FAMOUS QUOTES: WHAT ARE MY FAVORITE AND WHAT THEY MEAN TO ME

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident.” “That all men are created equal.” 

-DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE


We all have some favorite quotes and what they mean to each of us. They might be quotes that we just love to hear, or even quotes that motivate us to keep persevering. Some of those quotes could be a bible versus, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Or it can be from a literary, “I would have rather been born blind, than to have been given sight and lack vision” (Helen Keller). And with that said, I would like to present my own quotes that I love, which resonate with me. One comes from Thomas Edison, the other Marianne Williamson, and the third is Martin Luther King Jr.

Now, the first is Thomas Edison, who had many many quotes. But the quote that I recently found that Thomas Edison made was, “Many of life’s failures are people who didn’t realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” This statement is Image result for edisonalways coming into my mind every time I think about giving up in life on my writing. Writing is such a daunting task of working to succeed. You are going to have success, and you’re going to have failure along the way. But to me, I have yet to see those successes. And then I think about how long I have been writing. 2013 is the year I officially decided to become a writer. I gave myself on a ten year window to break into the industry as a screenwriter and playwright. Meanwhile I am writing my blog everyday and my books as well.

So, what does any of this have to do with Thomas Edison? Well, giving up, and not realizing how close you might have been when you gave up. I have written five full length screenplays, self-published two books, written 400 blog posts in the past two and a half years, and two short film scripts; one script turned into a short film. And still, I have been working to create other projects to keep myself in that creative mode. So if I give in now, it will have been for nothing. Not just my past four to five years, but the time put into my work. Don’t give up when you are so close. So close, if you knew how close, you might even put more time into your work. And that is why Edison’s quote screams so loud to me.

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But my second quote is from Marianne Williamson from her book, “A Return to Love.” The famous quote from the book is, “Our Deepest Fears.” “Not that we inadequate; our deepest fear is that we powerful beyond measure.” “It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.” “We look in the mirror and ask ourselves, who am I to be talented, gorgeous, fabulous; who are you not to be.” “There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won’t feel insecure when they’re around you.” “We were all meant to shine as children do.” “You were made to manifest the glory of God that is within you.” “It’s not in some of us, it’s in everyone.” “And as you let your own light shine, you will unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” “When you are liberated from your own fears.” “Your presence will automatically liberate others.”

I could not pick just one aspect of that quote, but I had to choose the entire passage. Because the first part speaks of being inadequate yet you really are afraid of your own powers. We have this fear because once you succeed, people are going to expect more, and what happens if you can’t give them more. So we fear the attempt because of the expectations that come with it. Then the passage details us questioning why us. But why not us? We as the passage says don’t want people to feel insecure around us. But you should never dumb yourself down for the sake of fitting in, or this notion your brilliance makes others uncomfortable.  You might just have a golden nugget of advice that the people need. And the quote further goes on to let people know we all have the powers to succeed. But once you let that inner you shine, it gives courage to others to step up. Why, because your willingness to not give up and fight makes them exuberate a little less fear as well. Because if you can do it, it makes them feel the same way.

Great quote, giving me an even greater sense of purpose. But there is still one more quote I love. And it was from civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. He didn’t make this a public speech, yet stated this quote among a small group of friends. He said, “I feel as if I am integrating my people into a burning building.” AsImage result for mlk a child I couldn’t understand what that meant. But as an adult, I see old footage of the time period. People wanted him dead, why. Just because he wanted people to vote, have a fair chance at jobs, eliminate Jim Crow laws (which were an extension of slavery), and send children to schools of their choice. But the backlash was often so brutal you think to yourself. “Is this worth it?” “Do I really want my family to integrate.” “Maybe segregation is best.”

Because if you want to vote and someone is willing to kill. Or willing to kill for you drinking from the same water fountain or eating in the same restaurant, should I assimilate. Because when you assimilate, you’re introducing that element into your life, to your children, and your community. It’s not everyone, yet it’s enough to make you think twice. Meaning, you might think you’re shutting me out, but you might actually be doing me a favor. Coming from a man who knew he could die for going against the grain, it was intriguing to hear a statement where even he questioned the movement. In the end, we all live by quotes, or have a love for some type of quote. But whatever the case, famous quotes have and will always be an aspect of our lives.


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THE GREAT DIVIDE: WHY AMERICA IS SEEING A SEPARATION OF REGIONS

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“We’re the Flintstones! Meet George Jetson!”


Since President Trump’s presidential election, we have noticed a great divide among regions in the United States. There is the massive region of the country where ever you come from: Midwest, The South, Northeast, and West. Then there is the major metropolitan places where people live as well versus the small cities and rural towns. And it has become the battle of those that want to move forward, versus those that want things to go back in history. The problem is, is that we have always progressed forward as a human species. And technological advancement has pushed that initiative. So you can’t go back once technology takes hold because it makes life more effective. Well, what has caused the disconnect?

A lot of changes have been to the fact that jobs are not in the form that once were in America. For the greater part of the past 100 years, the
industrialization of America kept this country going strong. But with the car, car door, factoryadvent of technological innovation, it has placed so much of the industrialization on the back burner. Mass production of goods have
become cost effective and more efficient through the use of more complex machinery than manpower. Why pay hundreds of workers $25 plus an hour, when you can hire one or two engineers to keep the machine on point. In a business sense, there is more money to be made, with less input. But this is nothing new to society.

People are angry, yet we have always shifted the way business is conducted agriculture, children, cropdue to technology. The cotton gin instead of manpower, the combine, instead of mule pullers. We never look at previous people and say, “Let’s go back to that; ” we want what we want. But to get what we want, someone else was hurt for us to get it. We don’t care, just build something for Green Tractorme in the now. I don’t care if a mule puller could not keep up with the combine. Then you shouldn’t care if the combine can’t keep up with the latest form of technology. You have to learn to shift with this new global marketplace, or get left behind.

Yet, it’s not just the job situation that has people divided. What about the introduction of so many new immigrants? Immigrants are better suited to sustain in this country because they are less politically driven. Meaning, they teach their kids more so about prospering while we all wait for a political leader. People are waiting for Trump, whose not going to do it; Related imageHilary, who wasn’t going to do it for them. Meanwhile, immigrants are wining in the medical field, engineering, education, law, etc. They are not waiting for someone else to make their lives better. They are staking their own claim, while people who have been here in this country hold their breathe and wait. Wait for something, that actually won’t formulate no matter who is president.

And where is a lot of the push back coming from to not move toward a more technologically advanced society: small cities and rural towns. Then you have the flip side, those who are hoping advancements such as AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) takes hold: large metropolitan cities. The more advancements will always win simply because you have to Bird's Eye View of Intersection and Overpasses during Daytimecompete globally. And you ask why? Well because, raw materials used to produce anything we need in society will become easier for people outside of us to purchase if we go backward. And our infrastructure will fail. For example, if I am in the business of steel, and can sell steel to China with more profit than the United States, we lose are ability to produce anything that requires steel. And if we do purchase, we get into bidding wars with other countries.

You see, in the end, it even Trump’s plan of bringing jobs back from overseas. It’s not possible, not because it’s not physically possible. It’s not possible because it would require spending more on products to be made here than if they are made overseas. Meaning more money out the pockets of people already struggling with current prices. Meaning, if I am China, India, Russia, or any other country looking to gain an advantage over America, I can now really compete in industry against the U.S.A. Further 4th of july, america, flagmeaning, offering that the same product you want in America cheaper overseas, and maybe even better quality. Meaning, if I only have $20 to spend, and something cost $25 here, but that exact product is $5 outside America, I’m buying $5. And spend that other $15 on something else. Global economies are so broken down, so complex, even Trump’s allies would shoot it down. Meaning, adjusting to new forms of business because society is not going back.


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AUGMENTED REALITY: HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE THE WORLD AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

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“In a world that is beyond our world.”


Technological innovation has been pushing the bar for decades. Yet as we look back at what was supposed to be the hot items, they are so generic looking now. Especially compared to the great products that are hitting the market in today’s society. We look at the past and say to ourselves, “Wow, that looks Grey Vintage Crt Tvawful.” “I remember when that was the in product that everyone wanted.” But it’s not an awful product, it’s just that the innovation to technology has made such leaps and bounds. I look at televisions in just my lifetime. The picture quality of a television in the past for what I thought was incredible, looks dated now. So what does the future hold?

And when I say what the future holds for us, how will we communicate in the future through various forms of mass communication. Because we already don’t use televisions like we once did. Now, our cell phones and laptops have replaced live television. It seems odd sometimes when I turnSpace Gray Iphone 6 on the television set. And you might ask yourselves, why all the T.V. talk? Well because the television has been the main source of how we get information out to the masses. But now that is rapidly going away and replacing itself with other forms of connecting to each other. But how will we use the communication?

Meaning, more and more, we will start to see augmented reality (AR). The computer generated graphics that were only in Hollywood movies, will now beach, grass, landscapebe of use to the populace. Seeing through the lens of Terminator and Robo Cop was seen as revolutionary in the 1980’s, and is coming to fruition through the creation of AR and VR (Virtual Reality). AR will be, in my opinion, better than VR. Because AR is existing in this real space with added forms of advancement. Like watching a movie from your AR headset in Central Park versus the VR, watching a movie wearing the headset at home, yet inside a theater in the virtual world.

Now, there are skeptics that feel that this form of technology will make us even more impersonal than we are now. I tend to disagree because we are more connected the more the technology advance. Pokemon Go proved how connected we are becoming. A game where people who were complete app, augmented reality, gamestrangers were connecting to each other to play the game. Other skeptics might see these advancements as a way to get in the way of daily activities. But, with the increase in innovation, people will become more active once you can incorporate the augmented world into your workout. Video games, such as first player shooter games will be all the rave. Just imagine, AR Call of Duty tournaments in Central Park.

In the end, we are reluctant to see what the future holds. You have people who are from an industrialized time period who see these advancements as a way to hurt jobs. But there is no stopping the technological advancements. You have to adjust and role with the punches. Because the change is inevitable, so get used to it. Time will always tick forward, as well as man with it. Adjust to the changes or be left behind.


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TRYING TO REGAIN YOUR FOOTING: REBOUNDING FROM A SHIFT IN ECONOMICS

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“Feeling the pain of a major economic shift.”


The United States of America have always had shifts in the economics in this country. Whether it was using the cotton gin and reducing slave labor, to switching over to the combine from mule pulling. Now the country has jumped into this new tech space and people are railing regarding the state of employment as that leap takes place. In our nation, we have had so many people geared toward knowing how to accomplish a single task based job. But a task based job versus a career is different. When you are engaging in a task that is something along the lines of working at a McDonald’s or a WalMart super center. A career is more specialized form of employment such as an engineer or a physician.

So one of the daily duties is specialized while the other requires minimal training. And this is what has so many Americans afraid for their futures. We live in a country where so many people have been skilled throughout Gray Scale Photo of Car Factoryhistory in a daily task. Meaning, working in a factory at a machine, and sometimes being rotated to another machine so as not to become too complacent. As technological innovation increased, there was a lack of need for the human element. And when I say human element, I don’t mean decreasing the use of people all-together. I mean the work has become a lot more specialized. For example, instead of using people at a work station at various stages of manufacturing a vehicle, you now have a machine conducting the entire process. And then you hire an engineer who specializes in keeping the machine on track, you don’t need a base of employees.

But if you are not a specialized individual, what is out here for you? To so many Americans, they fill there is nothing for them. And you know what, they would be wrong. There are a lot of opportunities, as a matter of fact, Low Angle View of Office Building Against Skymore than almost anytime prior history. In the past, we weren’t as connected as we are in today’s society. We, in today’s society are open to the global market to make the decision. So I can conduct business with someone living in China from my living room in Iowa. Because of so much government intervention, this made the business transaction impossible in the past. But as more country’s governments become lax, the world is becoming more and more of a single global entity. But, what does this all mean to the person who is out of work.

If you worked in factories for years, you know absolutely nothing about conducting international business. You most likely barely understand how
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Now, what if you don’t have the patience to learn something new. Well unfortunately, it’s tough shit. It sounds harsh, but that’s where we’re at right now, and I don’t see it ever going back. See, in the end, we are in a battle in society. Those that want to move forward, and those that want life to remain the same. Younger generations are more tech savvy and want efficiency without having to utilize manpower. While older generations want life to maintain equilibrium; something they’re used to working. But the standard has been sat. So you can role with the punches or lose out completely; evolve of die.


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MOVING FORWARD: THE FUTURE OF AMERICA

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“Where are we going to go from here?”


Since Donald Trump walked into the White House, his supporters have all been waiting to see what decision he will make regarding employment in America. He has promised to open the factory doors of America and make products here in this country. A lot of our goods in America are made in China, a move that has cost a lot of Americans jobs over the past few decades. So the question remains, how does he plan on doing this in a society where automation is replacing manpower? And where should we move from here since the factories may not be coming back?

In the United States, for decades, this country made and bought within goods and services. But over the past few decades there has been a sharp decline. Jobs, mainly factory work, has been moved overseas to places like Mexico, India, and China. The cost to the organization is cheaper and the good is cheaper for us to pay for in the stores. Making the product here would drive the cost up because the organization must cover the cost of labor. The raw materials to make the good is cheap as well as the production. But the people working is what brings the expenses up. So people want these low prices, but want jobs here.

Now we move to Donald Trump coming into power. A man who has been criticized for his language. Yet I want to see how he manages to bring those jobs back. Better yet, why are we still focused on being an industrialized nation when the future of society is computer engineering. Everything is falling into the tech space. Whereas few people in the past were becoming engineers, now everyone is moving into the tech space. Especially in the recent years, considering so many young people have become billionaires from the ideas they have created.  It’s no wonder so many people are joining in. Yet the American workers feel this new technology could prove disastrous for them. But this isn’t anything new, we have always moved groups of people aside via technological innovation.

Back in the early 1900’s, mule pulling was a way of farming. Do you know how many people lost out once the combine was invented? Where is the sympathy to all these mule pullers. You don’t care because no one wants to pull a mule through the fields. And don’t forget all these public libraries closing because people are using the internet. We as a society have always innovated, but now that the generation who benefited from someone else hurting, is now complaining. This will also happen with my age group. Because we can’t keep a society one way for an eternity.  We have to continue to innovate, if not we lose to other nations that will.

In the end, we have and will always move forward with technology. And with that move, people will lose out, and others will adjust. You have to be willing to roll with the punches. Get on the bus, or risk getting left behind. Because America is not, and can’t afford to go back in time. This nations has to compete on a global scale, so if the new standard is tech, then it’s tech we must learn. Grow as a nation or die out as one of the world’s last dynasties.

HUMANOID: THE MORALE OF INTRODUCING US INTO MACHINES

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“What’s good now may not be later.”

For decades people have theorized what the future could potentially look like with robots incorporated into our society. And when I say robotics, I’m talking machinery for production of goods. I’m talking about putting human qualities into robots. Giving them human thoughts and feelings that make them react like us. It sounds interesting if you’re a tech type of person. But are there any drawbacks to having robots perform with human like abilities? In my opinion there are both positives and negatives with making human robotics to benefit us in society. They would be useful in the workforce, military, and even in education.

There uses in the workforce could be beneficial for making the job more productive and efficient. An engineer would be needed for the overseeing of the robot, but the robot could perform for hours without needing a break. The down time that a normal person would need is unnecessary to complete a task. For example, if we relied on the robots for construction, projects would complete the job quicker and cost effective. Now initially it would cost a lot to build humanoid robots, but as time went on, the price would drop. Now, my next question is, are there any downsides that come with incorporating human robots into the workforce.

The downside is that it would render so many people in our society obsolete. What’s the purpose of hiring a person, when robots would work for free. They are more productive, but once they complete the project, who would patronize the goods and services. If they have the jobs, what’s the use of people spending. There would be this animosity from the masses, who are feeling threatened by losing out to robots. Another issue with the workforce is too many people specializing in robotics and not enough of other professions causing an imbalance in the career pursuits. Which leads into my next viewpoint. What would happen with education?

The upside to education is that students would become more engaged in the classroom. The teacher would have an assistant that could assist him/her in everything from class lectures to grading coursework. The job of an educator would be less of a burden. Another upside is that duties around the school campus would be perform in more of a timely fashion. These could be duties that range from maintenance to constructional. Now in my opinion as with any good comes the downside of using robots for this type of assistance.

The negatives associated with using robots in education is once again, the employment aspects. If the students are more engaged with the robot than the teacher, the educator becomes replaced. Because why have a teacher when you have the machine for free. You could program the robot to teach and let students answer questions. In addition to the teachers, the robots performing task around the school could see more people lose their jobs. But is education and the workforce of benefit or burden. Well how about our armed forces. Imagine the military using robots.

In regards to the military using robots, the obvious upside is, decrease in casualties. Countries could use bots to fight instead of people. The human cost to society would lesson, considering we’re using machines, the death tolls would lessen. On the other hand, using military capability in robots could backfire. They could ultimately turn on the masses and we could become under siege. Also, mechanics could become faulty causing even more people dying. In the end, there are ups and downs with incorporating robots into society. Do I think we’re ready anytime soon, no. But when we do, we must be prepared to deal with any negative externalities that come with using the bots.

HUMAN DINOSAURS: WHY AMERICANS CAN’T FIND WORK

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“Where’s the work?”

Manufacturing in the United States of America has been the backbone of our country for over 100 years. Michigan for example, was king with multiple cities booming because of the manufacturing of vehicles. But in the recent years , there is an aging demographic who are still old enough to work in factories. There is also a young generation hoping to get in the door the same as their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. On the other hand, we are entering a new era of progress. So the young as well as the aging demographic will need to come into this new era. It’s tough because they are so resistant to change.

Well why, why not change and roll with the punches? For starters you have an unskilled and uneducated group of people that are not able to jump on board. America must get into this new industry of technological innovation through app creation, hardware, software, and all around mechanics. But taking on something this advanced is quite intimidating. Especially for those who are used to repetitive factory work. You get one task and do that hours each day. You might get rotated so you don’t become too stuck in knowing one aspect of the factory. But come on people, this is a new age.

I guess this is the same reason why President Elect Donald J. Trump is such an attractive candidate. His promises to bring back manufacturing jobs and remove what is perceived to be illegal immigrants in the way of that progress. Now if I were a betting man I would say most likely little to no jobs are coming back. American corporations can’t compete with the market if they do. And technology is moving at such a scale, humans used as manufacturing labor is an archaic form of production. No one cares if you can stand at a machine or use a drill. Why pay you $30 per hour when we can pay $3 per hour in Mexico.

So in society we have a lot of fears. But when you’re a person in the know, or willing to put yourself in the know, you can elevate. These types of individuals aren’t worried about Trump being president. They’re going to be fine because they are some of the most resourceful citizens in this country. And that’s my theory on the United States job market. We don’t have a lack of jobs problem in this country. America has a qualification problem. We have plenty of opportunities out here to make money. It’s just the people who need them are not qualified. Imagine walking outside everyday seeing the streets paved in gold. Yet you can’t grab even the smallest of piece because you don’t have the tools to pluck gold from the ground.

In the end, my theory is that instead of bringing back factory jobs, we should be training. Training people in this new tech era. Manufacturing is for machines not people. The man or woman who can use their hands to work are becoming dinosaurs. There is just too much money to be made from not bringing back manufacturing in America. The way I see it, you have to take some night classes, get on the internet and play around, do something. Do something to figure out this new thing because it is our future. And if you can’t compete, you’ll be left behind.