Communication and Politics

“Human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars” (Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary)

Can you talk with marbles in your mouth? The junior senators in ancient Rome practiced elocution by giving speeches with four marbles in their mouths. After practicing extensively, they took one marble out of their mouth. They continued speaking in public and improved their erudition. Taking another marble out of their mouths they spoke in public making sure that they were understood. Eventually, when they lost all their marbles they became senators.

It is interesting to note that 95% of our senators and congressmen are lawyers. There is no law in the U.S.A. that, scrutinizes congressmen’s or senators’ finances and compares them before and after they have held office. Many of our politicians become significantly rich while in office considering their base salaries. Could a law degree and being a politician possibly have become a license to enrich your life disproportionately to your ability or at others’ expense?

Un-presidentially, Agent Orange just can’t help it, because he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.

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Bushido Chess

Use tactics to achieve short-term goals and strategies to gain long term goals. Learn to play chess to learn about strategies and tactics.

The national game of Russia is chess. It is a game of perfect information. There are feints but no bluffs. This is why Khrushchev, confronted by imponderables, backed down from the nuclear conformation. Poker, on the other hand, originated in the United States. It is played here most avidly and expertly. The combination of risk, guile, open aggression and refined calculation reflects America and its frontier mentality. Even President John F. Kennedy was not obliged to show his cards.

Arguing with a Trump supporter is like playing chess with a pigeon.
The pigeon first knocks over all the pieces.
Then it defecates on the board.
Then it struts around as if it won the game.
I know agent orange just can’t help it.
He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.

Learn the rules, so you know how to break them properly.

A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse.
“But why?” they asked as they moved off.
“Because,” he answered, “I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.”

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Bushido Sex Life

Live your life in a way that includes and harnesses aspects of your life force that made you vibrate, thrill to take action, and the part that connects you, either as a biological necessity, a recreational proclivity, or a profoundly spiritual experience with the world, with others, sexual. Do not hold back and have the courage to live passionately and bring sexuality into many aspects of your life. It will be transformative and a key to a richer experience of life.

Don’t trust a man/woman who doesn’t close his/her eyes when you kiss.

If you have to choose between two evils, always pick the one you never tried, and never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.

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Bushido Stress Response

While generally it is beneficial to reduce stressful situations and relieve stress through exercise, yoga, and other outlets, it is also imperative that you view your stress with a different intervention. The belief that your body is rising to the challenge and an interpretation that stress is all right if it gives you meaning in your life. Keep in mind that stress makes you social by producing oxycetosin, a stress hormone that makes you want to hug, talk, and support. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps heal your heart.

When you reach out to help, or get help, the human connection allows the stress to be reduced. People, who spend time caring for others, and how you think and act, create the biology of relief. Joy and meaning for life and challenges gives you strength. So, try to reinterpret stress as not only all bad but helping you to rise to a more productive level and interact with people more frequently.

Don’t expect life to go in a straight line.

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Bushido Hands 

Keeping your hands clean can stop the spread of germs and keep you healthy. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations. Wash your hands before, during, and after preparing food, before eating food, before and after caring for someone who is sick, before and after treating a cut or wound, after using the toilet, after changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has, used the toilet, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, after touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste, after handling pet food or pet treats, after touching garbage. And keep in mind that the menu, at your favorite restaurant, has been handled by people who came straight from the bathroom.

Wet your hands with clean, running water, preferably warm, turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air-dry them. Then use the towel to open the door, throwing the towel in the garbage.

If you don’t have soap and clean, running water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. Apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount). Rub your hands together. Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

Think I’m overstating the obvious? Fleas in two Arizona counties tested positive for bubonic plague. (Time Aug 28, 2017) Welcome to the new world of digital overloud, incompetence, ecological neglect, rapid dissemination of knowledge and incurable new pandemics.

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Mistakes and Failures.

As a human being, one has been endowed with just enough intelligence to be able to see clearly how utterly inadequate that intelligence is when confronted with what exists. I sometimes say, when I meet a sharp younger person, “If I knew what I know now, at your age, by now I’d be king.

All of us have the desire to know more and have made so many mistakes. Taking ownership of failure builds the foundation for success. Use the experience to go forward having learned what not to do again.  Do not be disheartened by occasional blunders or failures. Turn the next similar situation around by not repeating the error. Do not dwell one moment on your past miscalculations. So why not learn from my faux pas and the errors of others. Or, you can live a few lifetimes and make all the mistakes yourself. Can you afford it?

All flowers need manure. Satoru

Power and Now

 

In these days’ innovation and change are critical to survival. You must not live in the past and dream of the future. Zen is about living in the now. The present is the most important aspect of your life. The past is gone and the future a theoretical concept. If your present is solid and positive, it is the best way to insure a good future since it is the basis for any plans you can make.

In life’s cycles, there are saturations and times of less intensity. Live the fast times consciously and reflect the experiences when the time has slowed down.

In the elegant language of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, “He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.”

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