QUID PRO QUO: HOW BARTERING CAN AID IN GOOD BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

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“I will gladly pay you tomorrow for your services today.”


The quid pro quo system goes back as far as we can remember as people. Another name for this is the barter system. And if applied the right way, quid pro quo can be a very productive measure of conducting business. But it involves a lot of cooperation and people must for the most part be on the same page. Because a great system of trading goods and services can easily get quite messy. This method of business can be very beneficial to a poor community where the community does not have many resources. You might have a loaf of bread and your neighbor might have a gallon of milk. You guys could trade slices of bread for this person to make a sandwich, for a certain amount of milk so this person can bake. Now, could that work in today’s society like in the past?

And my answer to that is absolutely it could. But like I said before, you need cooperation and like minded people. If you have these similar character traits then you’re going to have a pretty productive environment. Because now, money is not the only precious commodity in our communities. If you are trading goods and services for other goods and services, then the good and service is valuable. And for the most part, people are trading for things outside of housing expenses and not household. What do I mean by housing and not household. The housing expenses are priorities such as rent, mortgage, utilities; whereas the household expenses are bath soap, toothpaste, lotions, deodorants to food and beverages. This is how everyone in the community will be able to live and work together. Not only that, but if I can only pay rent, but I can provide a service to you in exchange for food, I don’t have to worry about monetary expense.

Meaning, let’s say after I pay my rent and utilities, I have a hard time feeding my children. But I can provide a service to a neighbor in exchange for food. You give me what a babysitter would get paid in food. So let’s say a babysitter charges $15 per hour, I will babysit your child for four hours. In exchange, you give me close to $60 worth of food. Because the babysitter may not have food, but could babysit for the person who has food, but need a babysitter. You will do each other such a service by operating in this fashion. Another action that will take place is a close nit community that is based around people helping each other. But inevitably, in our today’s society this does not work.

And in the end, the reason why quid pro quo has a tough time being implemented is because you’re going to have someone not repaying the favor. You’ll have someone not giving the equal value of product and service. You’ll have people who always want more than someone else. So the human conditioning is what keeps the barter system from working. And what’s said is that the poor communities in America could use this means of trading. If implemented well, no one starves or is forced to sleep in the street because they don’t have a roof over their heads.


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ARTISANS STILL HAVE A SPACE: WHY CRAFTSMANSHIP IS STILL RESPECTED

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“Might be a dinosaur, but not a dead dinosaur.”


I am always impressed whenever I see the craftsmanship of people throughout history. I work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. And there is artifacts designed and built by man that stretch back hundreds and even thousands of years. And when you take a step back and look at the artisans of the past, you can’t help but to be impressed. The magnitude of what they were able to accomplish with such a small amount of tools to perform their jobs. But it were these basics tools and pulley systems which built these past civilizations. So my question to you is, “Is there still room, even in today’s tech savvy environment for artisans/craftsman?” Because with so much manpower being replaced by machines, do these craftsman have a place in our society? And the answer is yes they do. And you know why?

Even with all the technological aspects of society, we are always impressed with the hands on abilities of man. Yes, we are enamored with machines and what they can do. But when you look at the performance of man’s hands on approach, he are seeing something far better. Meaning, it’s one thing to see a statues put together by machinery, but viewing a statue or monument that we ancient, architecture, artused our own hands to build is even better. Like I said before, I work at a museum, and when you see scrolls that were crafted by man or sculptures from the past, you know they used tools that were far less advanced than today. But having to use something less advance yet still getting the job done; and on top of all that lasting throughout history is a job well done. But then you start to think about the future of mankind.

What will be create in today’s society that 1,000 years from now people will be amazed that we were able to build? To us, we say, so what we built a car to drive around. But our future descendants might look at the materials we have built cars with and say, “Wow, I’m surprised those vehicles lasted as long as some of them did with that material.” “Those pieces of metal should have fell apart soon as they put them together.” Which is why you’ll start to see our cars in museums as time progress. Museums guides will say to people, “This here is a Ford pickup truck which was used 500 years ago to transport cargo loads for construction.” “It was one of the transports of its day.” And what’s great about us 500 – 1,000 years from now, we will have all this stuff in perpetuity. So there will be audio and video of this Ford pickup truck in commercials and what it could accomplish on the road and off the road.

In the end, craftsmanship is eternal. We will always look in the past at what man has built and muse at the ingenuity. From theamerica, ancient, architecture simple tools of Cromagnon Man to the building of the pyramids in Egypt, to the carving of Mount Rushmore to public school classrooms where art student are shaping clay into artistic objects of interest. The human intrigue with our abilities to take what’s allotted to us and make life work using the simplest of tools is what makes us great.


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THE EVOLUTION OF MAN: HOW DO WE PHYSICALLY ADAPT

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“How are we adjusting moving forward?”


We are always hearing about how in the future technology will be at such a scale. Well, what about the idea of human evolution physically. I have heard numerous reports of how the human species will advance in our physical appearance in addition to technology. This makes sense considering technology is getting better. All it means is that our minds are expanding, giving rise to our heads growing because our brains are growing. And when that happens, you will have the entire facial structure taking on a new look. Meaning, our bodies will also take on another form. And this is not in the distant future. This physical change is likely to happen over the course of the next 50, 100, 200 years. When you observe the evolution of man, 200 years is not a long time. The United States as a country is not even 200 years old yet. So what other factors could possibly take place with this change?

You are going to have a less religious society; one that is more human centralized. One in which man will be forced to help each other because we will know more about ourselves. Depending on a deity is most likely to decline. In the centuries past, we needed to walk and drive more, but not in the future. So our awareness will be heightened in other areas because we will have technology to scale to transport us around. And when one sense is lowered another gets stronger. Meaning, when we are driving a car, our minds are constantly moving trying to figure out space around our vehicles. The car has made us extra sensitive because you’re watching so much at one time. But with self-driving vehicles in the future, you’ll watch less of the road, and more of the outside world. And here is where your mind can focus on ideas as you take your daily commute. The mind can be a lot more expansive.

The human body will be able to live longer, not just because of modern medicine, but because of less labor intensive activity. Well, at least for more developed nations. Places like the United States, where numbers of population will shrink due to cost of living, and technology on the rise, the strenuous work on the body is decreased. And from this you have an aging population, where the average age of people in America today is 78, and will jump higher over a century from now. With everything that I have said so far, the human body will also evolve in how we perceive the world around us. With the brain expanding our eyes will take in a lot more than prior. You start to see life around in color and shape different than your ancestors. Images may appear in a totally different shape, and we may build to scale at a higher level.

Humans over time will also become healthier due to previous studies. We are not carnivores, but have had to eat meat as a means to feed so many people; it’s survival. So with this diet change, the body could also take another form as well. Well at least in more developed countries where people are more health conscious. In the end, as with all the technological changes, we also have to talk about the changes to the human body. The technology is growing to scale because of the changes we are going through internally. We’re getting smarter, we’re getting softer, we’re becoming less religious, yet more compassionate. We won’t be in a Utopian society, but at every level we do learn from past mistakes to become greater in the future.


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GIVE EM THE FACTS: WHY MORE PARENTS SHOULD BE TRANSPARENT

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“Tell them so they don’t figure out the hard way.”


Ever since I was a child, my mother made it her business to prepare my and sisters and I for the world ahead. And it was quite helpful, as I can tell you so far everything I was taught I have experienced. From dealing with people who try to get over, to dealing with jobs and the stress that comes with that as well. But my question which ties into the topic today is, why don’t more parents prepare their children for the real world? And I don’t mean raising them to be responsible and hard working. I’m talking about, with what you experience. Tell them in detail how society has impacted your life, and the real relationships you’ll encounter in adulthood. Most parents either tell children, “You’ll see,” or “work hard.” But these are very vague responses. They don’t provide much insight.

And what do I mean by providing a little more insight. Tell children how, especially when you get out of school, that your degree alone won’t help them get a job. Tell them how when you get out, chances are, you’re going to be working a job you hate initially. Landing a dream job takes more skills and more work. Explain to them how your supervisor may ask you to do something, and when you do that order in which you were given, the order fails. Then instead of the boss taking respectability for being wrong, they transfer blame onto you. Because their incompetence will cost them their job, they have to make you look stupid. And you can’t flip out on them because you will lose your job, and you need your job. So you learn to suck it up even when you’re right, and you grow to resent your job. Tell them the whole game.

Explain to them when they get in relationships that there is a control aspect to being in the relationship. Someone may want to have the upper hand in your life just because they are with you. And this may require detaching from them, and starting fresh with someone else. Tell your child how emotional people get once they start having sex, and how someone might try to use this as a means of controlling you as well. Know when to get out of a toxic situation and how. But while you’re teaching them this, make sure to tell them that you should never give anyone any bit of your time not willing to reciprocate. You don’t want to be your child’s friend, but make them realize they should come to you before their friend because you and only you are in their best interest. Also tell them how to manage their finances.

Teach your child that when you get a check, you don’t run to the store and spend, spend, spend. Living for today and not tomorrow is not smart. We might not wake up tomorrow is a reality, but plan for tomorrow, hell even next week even if it doesn’t happen. Money can be considered the root of all evil, but you need it to survive. So explain how you may or may not need wealth, but you don’t want poverty. And tell them how they can be somewhere in the middle. Teach them to know what they’re getting into before they get involved. Meaning, if you are comfortable with all the risk of making a decision, make it, but also live with it. And in the end, everything I have said was explained to me by my mother growing up. She spoke to her children like adults, not like her kids. We knew because she told us; so now I ask you, “Do you tell yours the truth?”


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DO BETTER; BETTER THAN WHAT: DON’T LET YOUR GOAL BE SOMEONE ELSE’S DREAM FOR YOU

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“Build yours or someone else’s.”


We all have these visions of the life we want. And for a lot of people, the dream is real. But what happens when you attain what you want, but then someone tries to make you feel like you should be doing more. They try to convince you that your life could be so much better. But if you allow them to invade your mind, then you can’t enjoy the satisfaction of what you initially wanted. And that’s what’s important; you living the best you that you can be. But why do people get in their minds that you should be doing what they want you to do? Part of it has to do with the idea that their opinion don’t matter and they want it to matter. And the other reason is to keep you from outshining them in what you do.

People want their opinions to matter. And when their opinions don’t matter, then you have to deal with their wrath. They get irritated at what you do, and feel that you should take their advice. They want you to be what they want you to be, and work how they feel you should be working. In their mind, they say, “Why isn’t this the way I like it.” And that has to do with the idea that people want you to succeed how they feel you should succeed. And when you’re doing things your way, outside the realm of what they think, then you’re breaking the rules. And rules is what they have been told to abide by. But the other reason people try to deter you from your dream is out of fear that you may surpass them.

The outshining aspect is, to a large degree, a big reason why people want you to take their cue. It will force you to grow at their pace. And it has a lot to do with the idea that if you make it quicker than it took them, then the road they took was for nothing. With that said, you have to do your best to remove yourself from these types of people.They are toxic and mean you no good. And not to mention these people will try to make you feel like you’re being disobedient by not listening to them. They’ll come up with every reason why you should be listening to them and not yourself. In the end, be able to distinguish those that are on your side from those that want you to fail. Follow your own drum beat, and don’t worry about others. You’ll make mistakes and hit a few roadblocks along the way, but hopefully you land on your feet.


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MENTAL HISTORY: WHY YOUR INSTABILITY TODAY COULD BE PREEXISTING

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“Fixing the mind starts with the history not the treatment.”


When I was a child growing up, I never thought of myself as mentally unstable. Yet when I became an adult, I attended therapy at one point and time. Now, that doesn’t mean I’m crazy, but that is the label associated with going to a therapist. And once I attended, I always thought that maybe something was stemming from childhood that brought me to this point. Because the point between my last year and half in undergraduate school and my last year of graduate school were depressing. The more I would think about how this was an issue the more I look into my own life’s past. What could have gotten me to the level of being depressed? Was there something in the moment? Or was there something there that may have been festering for a while? And eventually, I figured it out, and have been able to cope since then.

As for the rest of you, how do you fair as it pertains to your mental history? People have issues that have teetered on the brink of suicide, but have never been close. And you think to yourself, where did that come from? You might want to consider checking into your family history as well as observing your life up to this point. Throughout my life, I lived in constant fear, and writing is the first time in my life I have been confident about anything. So I found the catalyst for my mental issues. What is the catalyst for your mental issues? My mental extended to lacking confidence; an internal feeling that has taken years, and will take years to fully overcome. What are you lacking that has stopped you in your tracks? People say things like, “Just fix it.” If only life were that simplified, no one would have any problems. And as far as depression, it never goes away fully.

Once you are depressed, you usually live out your life that way. But it’s all about trying to manage it moving forward. Finding ways to cope with your mental instability. And like I said before, mine is to write. Conversations make the situation worse, which is why I stopped therapy. You on the other hand might think talking to someone is the best course of action. Now, you might ask, “Why writing?” Writing gives me the ability to be honest without filter. When you talk to another person, you’re not allowed to be human honest, but society honest. One is natural and indicative of us as people and the other is how we construct society to be. And the one I like is nature; the things you feel but can’t say in the public. That is why I write, it is one of the last vestiges of honesty that doesn’t get you in as much trouble as the verbal.

So in the end, I have shared with you my life mission from instability to stability. My mental health has transformed over the years, and I still have my moments. What are your moments? With everything we are blessed with with, we have something that is an imbalance to us. You can’t be 100% good at everything in life. You have an instability somewhere in your life. But finding a balance is what’s important. You should not try to find the perfect way to live, but more so the optimal way to live.


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POLITICAL POWER SHIFT: HOW WILL THE GEOPOLITICAL MAP LOOK IN THE FUTURE

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“Boundaries are constantly being carved: which will be next?”


You ever hear people say how much you can only see the landscape of the planet from space. And that man carves up all the boundaries. Well, yes that is true, but what will be the next boundary carving on Earth? I am only 30 years old, and I would really like to see how the landscape looks by the time I turn 50 years old. Or better yet, what if I live to be 90 years of age. Since 1987 when I was born there are countries who have merged with other nations and countries that are no longer countries. For example, you have the North and South Sudan, which used to be just Sudan. But what will happen with places like North and South Korea? Will they eventually just become Korea? Or will this be a long lasting country? Why do boundaries change? How do they change? Where will be the next boundary change?

The first and foremost reason as to why boundaries change has to do with the amount of conflict in the region. In the United States, there has been conflicts that have forced boundaries to change, but that was well over a century to two centuries ago. But there are places globally that have changed its boundaries and continue to change its boundaries. Outside of just conflicts, you have the political reason as to why the boundaries tend to change. For example, the European Union, where countries have either broken away or in the process of breaking away. One of those countries was Great Britain, which recently pulled away from the EU; an event that was known as BREXIT. Boundaries also change because you might have a neighboring country that is poorer than the other. So joining forces with the other country could be beneficial to that nation. Especially if the poorer nation is a smaller country. The addition might actually serve as a boost to the economic and sociopolitical morale of the nation.

Next you have to deal with with how do they change. And that is more complex today than in the past. In the past you would just ride through the country on horseback, and just conquer everything. Now that we are living in a more modern and stabilized civilization, you can’t just stroll in and take over. Because unlike centuries ago, you’re not dealing with swords, but now you have guns and bombs. A move that could actually get quite messy. So now, there all these different meetings that must come into play. And when I say meetings, I don’t just mean within the country; but I also mean the meetings at a much higher level like the United Nations (UN). UN assemblies are to keep everyone in the loop of global changes. And if a whole new country is about to be erected or merged with another country, that is an agreement that must be dealt with by all global powers.

In the end, the main questions still remains. “What will be the next global boundary shift?” I have been hearing about China buying land in different parts of the world. Is this because they are investing in different places, or are they making room to expand their nation? Look at Puerto Rico; will they continue to stay a nation, or will the United States swallow them up entirely? There is so much that could take place. But with the change comes the resistance from so many people. And this resistance could be the start of yet another war whether on that nation’s soil or a global conflict. Whatever the case, people are already established in certain regions, which could prove a problem when trying to carve out new boundaries.


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