Philanthopy towards future generations

While we are here for a short time, and can certainly have a lot of fun with our assets, doesn’t it make better sense to be philanthropic to future generations then to put it up our nose and spend it at Las Vegas or on war?

We are human beings and life is very short. Our legislators seem to be only interested in getting reelected. This is wrong. They should be thinking of their legacy and of future generations.

Note – if it’s bad for the grandchildren, it’s bad for us. Corollary – if it’s good for the grandchildren, it’s good for us.

Flooding the USA with naturalized undocumented immigrants may help certain political parties with their aspirations, but it’s not good for our or their grandchildren.

Having  the existing or slightly modified immigration process work to provide new Americans to American business and industry as we have done in the past makes most sense and is fair.

Legislation might be better thought out and implemented if our legislators thought about it with the grandchildren in mind.

For instance, no one wants their grandchildren killed in unrest because they are unable to defend themselves. The 2nd amendment protects our God given right to keep and carry arms. Don’t our legislators believe in God and his gifts ? I do.

If you think about this and the future, you may realize that it’s in your and our interest to have the legislators legislate with the grandchildren in mind. We are all Grandchildren.  If you agree  in whole or part, please tell your legislators.

One way to implement this would be to require to have all bills to have an attached analysis e.g. Likely impact, worst case impact, best case impact and also a list of possible alternatives  to investigate or that have been investigated. Then perhaps a statement as to why the bill was chosen as the solution.

War isn’t in our grandchildren’s interest. Spending more on diplomacy might be a better investment for the future. Of course, if you have a vested conflict of interest, you might feel differently.

What is the most dangerous animal on the planet? If you do some thinking, you realize we both have an interest and an conflict. I’m thinking of the common good.

Sincerely yours,

Bernardo de la Paz

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Taking care of our unfortunate fellows

Mary and  Joseph looked for a place to stay for the night. They aren’t alone.

We are surrounded by unfortunate people. If we close our  eyes to it, we are  guilty of neglect.  We used to have special hospitals for the mentally ill. We closed  those over time due to abuses and a plan to move them to regular hospitals and community based treatment centers.

The treatment centers rarely materialized except in some enlightened urban centers.

President Kennedy started work on the problem.

CNN did a story on homelessness. This is a serious problem.

I was just enjoying a swim at my local  YMCA and conversation with my fellow citizens. One of them  told me a story of encountering a mentally ill man picking his skin bloody in front of her business. She spoke with him, but there was no one home.  She herself has a brother with mental illness. She  showed compassion.

She called the police to get aid for this person. They investigated the man and then asked her where they should take him.

She asked had they never dealt with a mentally ill person before ?  Why would they ask her where to take him?

While meeting with a Detective at the Ventura County Sheriff’s office, I overheard a former customer asking about going back to jail. Jail provided him with a place to sleep and meals. Seems to me we need better places for people to go.

Our major mental hospitals are closed. We do need community based health care to take  over. This needs to be added to municipal code that the mentally ill be provided for. I’m not talking about the Ritz but a safe, clean, dry place to get treatment, get a place to sleep, use the restroom, take a shower, do some laundry, etc.  They could also receive services.

I have asked my Assemblyman’s office to add this to the municipal code. We are all human being and we need to take care of even those with severe mental illness. With treatment, many will get well and become contributing societal members.

It’s the right thing to do. I hope you agree. We are one of the most advanced societies on Earth. Shouldn’t that be reflected in our actions ?

Bernardo de La Paz
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Educational (R)evolution

I’d rather an Educational Revolution then an actual Revolution.

War is bad for children and other living things.

We are all  human beings and grandchildren.

Let’s remember the Golden Rule and think of our grandchildren. Better still, ask our public servants to think of the  grandchildren.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.  And Debra Kidd is mostly right on about education.

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Works of Mercy

We are all human being and grandchildren.
I believe we should practice the works of mercy towards each other. That’s some of what my blog is about. Life is so short, we should do what we can for each other. We are all brothers and sisters. Talking with my fellow swimmers at the YMCA, we feel like we are still 10 years old sometimes.

We should try also practice the Golden Rule towards our grandchildren. We may not be around, but they will be. Please God, help them. May you work for enlightenment. It may make you less secure, but doing justice to each other will make us all happier.

The Greatest Virtue – Compassion

Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.

Corporal Works of Mercy

  • To feed the hungry;
  • To give drink to the thirsty;
  • To clothe the naked;
  • To harbour the harbourless;
  • To visit the sick;
  • To ransom the captive;
  • To bury the dead.

Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • To instruct the ignorant;
  • To counsel the doubtful;
  • To admonish sinners;
  • To bear wrongs patiently;
  • To forgive offences willingly;
  • To comfort the afflicted;
  • To pray for the living and the dead.

God Bless America, please.

Adam Selene

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Dear Mr. Michael Bloomberg

Dear Mr. Michael Bloomberg –
Congratulations for being so successful. If you don’t know, you aren’t taking it with you. Why not leave a legacy for your grandchildren?

John D. Rockefeller founded the University of Chicago. You could do something similar, perhaps with an endowment to fund the University education of many young people. That would be a great mitzvah.  It’s your money.  Please think about the legacy you leave.

We are a free people. People with money like yourself are certainly to be respected, as long as your do things for the common good with your money.

Our Bill of Rights is based on Natural Law. Our founding fathers were wise. Do you have wisdom?

Think of our grandchildren. It’s the right thing to do.

Adam Selene

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Primary Education

Last night I briefly heard my youngests sons teacher and others respond to my question about why such large class sizes.

She appears to be concerned about teaching for the test and not recognizing that kids are different from each other and have different learning styles. I am concerned too.

Likely the best thing to do would be to reduce class sizes from the over 20 we have now to something like 12-14 students.

Let’s do the right thing for our students.

Remember the source for some of our founding fathers excellent thinking. Jean-Jacques Rousseau‘s – The Social Contract

Let’s not be so greedy educating our children properly. Remember, A Mind is a terrible thing to waste. It takes a good Elementary and Secondary education to get into a good college, and a good job to pay for it. Even more will be lost if we don’t know why we are free to enjoy our lives, liberties and pursue happiness.

Adam Selene

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Housing for Transient Workers and Young travellers

While visiting Europe, I frequently stayed in Hostels such as members of the International Youth Hostelling Association.

Some of these facilities were large apartment like structures that housed small groups of same gendered humans in each room and provided a cafeteria for the humans.

This was very much like college dormitories, but larger in some ways and accommodating humans that were not always students.  The cost was nominal.

As an enlightened society, we should strongly consider providing these facilities for our family of fellow humans who travel to  other cities.

Adam Selene

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