Last year at this time for for the New Year 2011 ..... I vowed not to write any more opinion articles on Sarah Palin.
And I haven't and I won't now one day before the year officially ends.
Some things and people are just not worth the time, effort or attention that we Americans give them.
In fact almost everything we spend the most time doing - is a waste of time.
That includes television and jobs. I particularly feel that 90% of TV is time wasting, misleading and harmful.
Even college has become a waste of time despite the propaganda and enforcement upon Americans by corporations that a college degree is necessary in order to obtain a job ..... where hundreds of millions of Americans have gone thru the motions of learning while acquiring very little they can put to practical use in their after school lives. We all become widgets of the corpocracy ... and success is more inherited than earned. Ask anyone who is fortunate enough to graduate from the most expensive and prestigious Universities.
We humans all go thru the motions while using one another as templates for what we should be doing - while at the same time ignoring what we really should be doing instead. We confine ourselves to the four walls of conventional wisdom - allowing what we ALL do to determine what we EACH do! That is not wisdom, but mindlessness.
Using behavioral science techniques and demographics the media controls how we live, think, eat and breath. Everything we do is therefore influenced by external factors and not what we want to do. Our televisions are used to slice us and dice us by habit and preferences. Polls are used to manipulate our thinking.
So with this in mind rather than make one resolution for myself or others to choose, here is a list of resolutions I personally recommend for all of us to consider: They are designed to take control of our lives and to discard the harness of conventional wisdom that keeps all of us pulling the plow of capitalism. We don't need jobs, we need meaningful work. We don't need politicians - we need each other.
Reeducate yourself. Education is not for impressing someone at a party or receiving a certificate to put on your wall. What you learn should make you more productive and useful and most of all happy in what you are doing. Other derivative benefits of knowledge will then fall neatly into place. Targeted vocational training is much more economically rewarding and useful. You shouldn't need to go to college to become a scientist or a Doctor .... training should be much more targeted and intense and the time-line for accreditation for your chosen vocation should be adjusted to what is needed - not fixed by educators who are bureaucrats.
Save and invest in land. That includes a home and a backyard garden. Ideally a hobby farm in the suburbs where you can live a healthier less expensive life. You should do meaningful work that you need to do to stay alive ... your first and only job is you. Anything like a job working for others is a form of slavery. Securities, precious metals and currency are intrinsically worthless.
Stop consuming, start conserving. By reducing consumption you will reduce your cost of living. Specifically eliminate extraneous unnecessary spending. Substitute exercise and a healthy diet for watching television. Conserve and share with other - and they will share with you. Find a free-cycle in your area and similar organizations that seek to share for the good of the community at large.
Eliminate car, phone and cable TV. Everything you need can be obtained on demand or "just in time". A computer and a high speed Internet connection are all you need.
Reduce and resize electrical consumption. Miniaturize and eliminate your use of electricity. That includes household appliances. Shrink the refrigerator as well as the quantity of perishables stored. Eliminate air conditioning. Use inexpensive indoor solar powered lights that are recharged during the day. Reduce heat usage - wear sweaters indoors, concentrate heat use in living areas. Wear pajamas and long johns.
Eliminate the expense of new cars. Simply rent a car on those rare occasions when you need a larger vehicle with more features. Utilize smaller electrical powered vehicles such as scooters or if you must own a car purchase a 100% electric sub-compact. Own a bicycle and use it when-ever you can. Walk. Work at home or within walking distance of your home.
Reading, writing and arithmetic. Make yourself a better reader and writer and gain a better understanding of math. Start with bills. read all the fine print and use the Internet to fill in the cracks in your understanding and knowledge. Improve your vocabulary, grammar and math skills. Read, read, read lots of books - non-fiction as well as fiction. Write, write, write for yourself and to communicate. Keep a diary, write letters. And practice the math.
Computerize yourself. The worlds of entertainment, work, education, communication and research are rapidly combining into one digital tool. This is one of the most difficult areas for middle aged and older humans to comprehend. Start out small but plan to eventually become a computer geek. You not only have no choice - but you will be much happier and save a lot of money as a result.
Much of what I've written is based on my personal opinion which is that earth needs ONE goal - and we humans via over-population have inherited the earth and are responsible to achieve that goal on behalf of nature.
That goal is to keep earth alive and healthy. Nature represents the veins and arteries of earth.
We are mammals who are self-aware and have the ability to learn, remember and break the infinite cycle of biological evolution on this planet.
We cannot recreate, substitute or fabricate earth. We can only preserve what pre-existed our species and embellish upon what we have been given.