The air is thick with tariffs, or is it? We hear about more and more tariffs and tougher and tougher negotiations. But is that the truth of it, the bottom line? I think not. I suspect the truer story is more and more taxes on each of us. That’s the real negotiating strategy. Press play and come to your own conclusion.
Did you ever play cowboys and Indians? Maybe you are too young to have that childhood pastime as part of your history. You might even be so young that even knowing how to play cowboys and Indians didn’t make it into your skill set. If you want to test your non-digital playtime acuity, try this very short pop quiz.
When a few children – almost always all boys – got together to play cowboys and Indians, how did the kids decide who were the Indians?
They usually didn’t. There were only cowboys. The Indians were a figment of their vivid imaginations.
What was the point of playing cowboys and Indians?
To run around stealthily and somewhat randomly while shooting imaginary Indians with cap cracking six-shooters.
How did you do? If you passed the quiz with flying colors, you also know that the Indians always lost, and the cowboys never failed to vanquish those primitive savages. The good guys always won and the bad guys always either died during the battle or tucked tail and ran.
Are we as open minded as we like to think we are? Perhaps you are but most of us aren’t. We see what we expect to see and then we stop looking. We hear what we expect to hear and then we quit listening. We find what we expect to find and are seldom surprised. In this episode of Audio Tidbits Podcast, the discussion leads to a simple conclusion. Be open to being surprised.
I am struck by how often I am confronted with what I have come to think of as the taking sides dilemma. Either President Trump is a good guy who deserves our support and confidence or is a bad guy who we should fear and distrust. Either immigrants are merely harmless people looking for a better life or are dangerous thugs and potential terrorists who are a threat to our families and communities. Either unrestricted access to guns is a benign, constitutional imparitive or is the underlying cause of mass shootings and random violance. Make your choice and then take the side you know is right.
We are thoughtful, logical, reasonable people who are not mindless side takers. We are open minded, take care to consider all perspectives and aspects before making decisions and judgements, and base our choices and conclusions on facts and a clear grasp on reality. We don’t reflexively take sides. Rather, when we take sides, truth, logic, and a firm understanding of conditions and situations guide where we stand.
How well does that work for you? I hope it’s working better for you than it is for me. I struggle with figuring out what is true, what is real, and what does and doesn’t matter. Even if I’m sure that something definitely matters, my struggle isn’t over. It’s not yet time to take sides. I also have to assess just how much it matters in relationship to everything else that matters. …
Mr. President, there are a plethora of promises made. Let me remind you of a few. Listeners can then judge whether promises made have turned into promises kept.
I have included four examples of down home country wisdom just for you. Each has a message worth considering without the usual hard to follow part that so often comes with life’s little lessons. I suspect at least one of the simple messages will resonate.
You may know about Dr. Pepper but likely do not know about Dr. Pepper’s First Principle. If you are open to a tip about life and living in the real world. Dr. Pepper’s First Principle is one you will not want to miss. Press play and learn.
Greetings Earth Humans.
Let’s talk turkey.
We know we are not products of the culture in the America pod and very likely do not appreciate the subtleties of American politics. As aliens, our experiences and mind sets are not the same as yours. With that caveat in mind, we want to use this broadcast to share our perspective and our confusion as well.
To be sure we are as objective as possible and to share the best available perspective, we have arranged a panel of experts on truth and reality. Of course the panel members are all women since as is true in The America pod, human men just are not capable of keeping truth and reality in the forefront while giving politics its proper position in the background. You only need to focus attention on male politicians to grock the accuracy of this insight.
We have asked the panel to help us understand human truth in the context of the current political kerfuffle. …
Greetings Earth humans. There is an expression here in the America pod that we have come to understand, up close and personal, as you Earth humans have been known to say. We too have wise ones back on our home planet who sometimes feel compelled to sit us down and give us one of those attitude adjustments we have heard you mention now and then. No, we didn’t like it all that much at the time but are coming to appreciate that sometimes we really should listen to those who are wiser than we are.
Since we started broadcasting to you not all that many moon cycles ago, we have attended to the words, opinions, and pronouncements of our leader in the capital city, Congress humans, various politicians, and not much from anyone else. As the wise ones from our home planet pointed out to us, we have been treating the words and actions of these Earth humans as if they were truly important beyond the moment. We know that what these luminaries say and do matters and may make an actual difference but have failed to keep our perspective.
The wise ones from our home planet made a point that now seems obvious. Today’s talkers and doers who are getting most of the air time are only those who happen to be passing by the microphones and cameras today. There were different talkers and doers yesterday and will be still others tomorrow. What they say and do may appear to matter today but did not matter last sun cycle and likely won’t matter all that much come the next sun cycle. They are little more than place holders in the flow of life and living.
You are probably having a reaction to this that is very similar to the reaction we had when the wise ones from our home planet sat us down with the expectation that we seriously ponder what they were saying. Our first reaction started with yes but. It was really tough getting past yes but to simply yes.
We are not saying that we had a great ah ha moment and will never again get caught up in the moment as if it were the whole of reality but we are going to try to remember to remind ourselves that those who get to be the leaders today only seem bigger than life. It’s mostly an illusion generated by microphones and cameras. Few of them will say or do anything worth remembering next week or next year. The reality is that what they say is unlikely to matter more than a twit and what they do will only matter to the extent they are successful in getting others to go along. Even so, most of what they can and will do will be undone by the Earth humans who step up to the microphones and who pose for the cameras in future times.
Are you skeptical?
First list the last five American Presidents. Now note one thing that each of them actually said.
If that is too tough, list one thing that the last American President actually said.
The wise ones from our home planet asked us to try this for our past leaders back home and we were embarrassed. We hope you do better than we did but are not optimistic.
There is another reality that deserves our thoughtful attention. There are Earth humans who do say and do in ways that make a difference, that are remembered. What we find most remarkable about this is that what they say and do are not the daily output from the microphones and cameras favored by the current political placeholders.
“I have a dream….
All men are created equal….
Do unto others….
People who live in glass houses ….
If it is to be….
We are also reminded that not all of the wise ones are like us nor do they come from our home planet. We do not hold the corner on wise and right. As one wise Earth human whose name seems to have slipped away observed,
Sometimes I have to stand on my head to see things as they are, when the world seems so upside-down that this is the only position in which anything makes sense.
Maybe we can all stand on our heads for a bit while we remember the wise ones and what they have taught us. They probably are not the placeholders who have the attention of the microphones and cameras today.
We are happy to share a tune from back home to serve as background while we all flip our focus and consider what really matters to us.
I can’t tell who is an Alien Amongst Us and who is a normal human like us. I will leave that to you. A few of the Aliens Amongst Us have joined some regular people at Starbucks for a cup and a chat. I think the Aliens Amongst Us are close to being fully integrated into the Earth society. As you will hear, they are really getting into what is happening and what it all means. Please listen and draw whatever conclusions you think are appropriate.