Pessimism

Why can’t I just be optimistic? Why must it always be “the sky is falling”? Why are some people just able to be bright and hopeful about life and things and people like me aren’t?

I know this one guy who is always “up”. Nothing ever seems to get him down? Even when the situation is dire, he can manage to find optimism.

I’ve discovered there’s no magic pill and no matter how much I smile, there are times when I feel so down I’m not sure how to recover.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. My one hour commute home gives me time to reflect and recharge. Coming home to watch a great movie, enjoy food & drink, or play games with me extended circle of online friends is awesome and I find myself going to bed relaxed … only to do it all again tomorrow.

What is the best way to tax people?

Australian Coat of Arms (adopted 1912)

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What is the best way to tax people? Countries around the world use different approaches. Which do you think is best? Or should their be no taxes at all? What does it mean for everyone to pay their fair share?

Australian has this cultural idiosyncrasy that suggests “you get what you pay for” or more simply “if you want it, you pay for it”. If you take this idea to taxation, I propose this — everyone pays a flat tax of 15% of their wages and another 10% on any item or service they purchase or use…except for a list of basic foodstuffs and essential services.

The problem is who collects the taxes, how are they divided and who gets the money. Right now, every level of government puts their hands into your wallet and takes a piece. If we were to implement a more standardised approach to taxation it would have to be collected and administered Federally but divided by State and County (not by city).

It’s not glamorous and I’m sure there are loads of problems and pitfalls but I think we need to start looking at how we are governed and how our money is being spent by those we elect. That’s the message I take away from the Occupy movement.

A case of the blahs

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I’m committed to the blog-a-day idea but I’m looking over my post ideas notes and can’t find anything I’m modivated to write about today.

I’m getting ready to move into a new office in a new building and there are large orange moving crates all around my space and everyone else’s. Plus I have to move out of my secondary residence in the other city where I spend my weekends. My love life is in a state of transition — to either break-up or make-up. Everything feels unsettled and messy.

Side-effect = my brain feels uneasy and my thoughts are unorganised and chaotic.

Result = mood swings from happy to restlessness to blah!

<deep sigh>

Meh…wish I could just sleep through all this and wake-up when it’s all done.

Describe the perfect sandwich

Describe the perfect sandwich. You have up to $5,000 to spend. Be creative.

New Orleans - French Quarter: Central Grocery ...

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I was going to write all about the best sandwich I ever ate — Muffuletta from Central Grocery in New Orleans — but as I was searching around for some extra information to include in my post, I found an excellent blog article written by RachelleB that summed up everything I wanted to say.

Editor: This is seriously cheating on the blog a day principle.

What’s your opinion of the occupy movement and 99%?

Across the U.S., and now elsewhere in the world, a protest movement is rising called Occupy Together.  You can read live updates of the original Occupy Wall St. event, that’s still going.  Also take a look at we are the 99%, a related website where people interested in the Occupy movement are telling their stories.

Do you think these protests are a good thing? Do you agree with their belief that there’s something wrong?

I’m not sure what to think. Until now I haven’t taken the time to educate myself on this movement. I just stopped by a few websites but I’m still unsure what it is they are protesting for and what their ultimate goals are. Pure anarchy won’t solve the 99% problem!

Do I believe there is something wrong with the “system” and society as a whole? YES! But the fundamental nature of human beings perpetuates societies such as these. We are greedy, self-absorbed, ambitious creatures, capable of horrible things in order to further our own agenda.

Can we do anything to change society? Not without fundamentally changing ourselves. Should we all become Buddhist? Should we do a “fight club” and bring down the “establishment”? I don’t know. All I know is that I try to live a life with compassion and kindness. I try to improve my life and the life of those around me, because that is all I can control.

We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.