The Power of Words

People often ask me why I write. Some because they disagree with much of what I have to say, but most just want to know what drives me to it.

My answer is simple. I don’t write because I want to, I write because I have to. There is something inside me compelling me to write. I do not always choose the topics, they sometimes choose me. Something I see, or hear, or remember, or read sparks an idea.

These ideas delve deep into my mind, often churning and churning just below the conscious level, fermenting and ripening until they burst forth into my consciousness, then driving me to a keyboard or pen and paper to capture these thoughts.

Much of what I write is driven by a concern and caring I have for this country, this world, and this universe. To paraphrase a line from Robert Kennedy who borrowed it from George Bernard Shaw, “Some see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?”

Some see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?

It is in stimulating discussions and sparking thoughts in others that are the reward in writing, even if it causes some to challenge the ideas or argue against them.

Yet there is a rare moment when something I write strikes a familiar chord with almost everyone. I can see it in the comments made in response to these pieces. Just words–an arrangement of twenty-six letters and some punctuation marks–can reach around the world and touch someone’s soul.

This is the power of words and it is for moments like those that I spend my limited time on this planet writing. I hope the ideas keep churning away…

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Lost Ballfield Memories…

Is there anything sadder in today’s Covid-warped world than the sight of an empty Little League baseball field?

I know we face a myriad of problems, but problems have always been with us. From the beginning of these United States, turmoil, hardships, and troubles have been a familiar constancy—along with death and taxes.

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby

Ever since Abner Doubleday invented the game—although, like many legends of the past, this may be in doubt—baseball brought joy to the hearts of many a young boy.  The game is a business in the major leagues, America’s favorite pastime corrupted by greed. But when I was growing up, it brought much joy and happiness to me and my friends in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

These were different times in the 1960s. We often cloud the reality of the past with the analgesic of nostalgia. Still, I think memories of baseball played on a Little League field are as close as one can come to remember the “good ole’ days” as they really were.

These are the faces of life-long memories

Girls weren’t on teams back then. There were no leagues for girls. Truth be told, it was more selfish protection of less-skilled male athletes from being outplayed by girls than anything else, but they were different times. One cannot change the way of the past. We were just little boys with no need or ability to understand such complex matters. We just wanted to be boys playing baseball.

Little League games gave ten-year-old boys the glorious moments of dreaming they would one day play at Fenway or Yankee Stadium (for the really, really outstanding players.) These lost moments on today’s empty fields can never be recovered. I know much has been lost to the pandemic—graduation celebrations, wedding receptions, travel plans, summer days before heading off to college—a whole host of missed opportunities. But these are adult things, or those on the cusp, where a lesson in the vicissitudes of life can reap benefits down the line.

Ten-year-old boys don’t need such lessons at that moment in life, they’ll have time for that later. But they can never regain the moments of standing at-bat, the thwack of a ball on a wooden (never aluminum) bat, and the pure joy of making it in to score a run.

Standing in the late afternoon sun, on a warm and humid August day, even playing right field to minimize the chances of actually having to catch a fly ball,  is as close as one can come to pure joy in this life. Such is the cost of these challenges we face.

A field of dreams lost to time, and memories left unmade.

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You Might be a Moron if…

“On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

H. L. Mencken

What sparked this diatribe (and public service anoouncement) on morons was a meme circulating on Social media. I won’t dignify it by repeating it, but in summary it implied that by having had a black president for eight years that somehow mitigated and eliminated the centuries-long history of racism in this country.

So, I thought I would offer this simple guide to those who may need it to understand their own implicit biases, to help them identify them, and hopefully to work on eliminating them.

Here’s a simple checklist to determine if you harbor any moronic, churlish, idiotic, misanthropic, antisocial, or racially biased fallacies in your character.

You might be a moron if…

…you believe your sexual orientation implicitly grants moral superiority over any other.

…you believe your race implicitly grants intellectual superiority over any other.

…you believe your ethnicity implicitly grants cultural superiority over any other.

…you believe your religion implicitly grants theological superiority over any other.

…you believe your place of birth implicitly grants hereditary superiority over any other.

…you believe your educational level implicitly grants knowledge superiority over any other.

…you believe your lack of education implicitly grants practical superiority over any other.

If you hold any beliefs that your personal characteristics- those mostly an accident or fortune of birth—grant you any measure of superiority over others, you are likely a moron. 

It is the content of your character, and your actions towards others, that measures your value as a person.

Keep these wise words in mind from the Neil Diamond song, Done too Soon whenever you find yourself feeling smug about yourself in comparison to others.

And each one there
Has one thing shared:
They have sweated beneath the same sun,
Looked up in wonder at the same moon,
And wept when it was all done

For being? Done too soon,
For being? Done too soon.
For being? Done.

Done too Soon, Neil Diamond

We all sweat beneath the same sun and look up in wonder at the same moon…

Everything else is just the dust of life.

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Author Profile: Laurin Haupt

A Miracle at Dachau by Laurin Haupt

A Miracle at Dachau by Laurin M. Haupt. Published by JEBWizard Publishing Release date 8/31/2020

Pre-order here https://www.amazon.com/Miracle-at-Dachau-Laurin-Haupt-ebook/dp/B08C4LQ4DJ

Laurin Haupt was born and grew up in Germany, close to her grandparents. Her mother married an American soldier and they moved to the United States when Laurin was thirteen years old. Laurin heard the stories of the war from her Aunt who wanted the world to know of the heroism of Simon Johann Haupt. Laurin lives in Florida with her husband and is planning on more stories about this tragic time in Germany.

“History books don’t often talk about the spirit of the unknown hero, and they remain unrecognized shadows in our past unless we talk about them and make them known.”

— Simon Johann Haupt

A Miracle at dachau

Tell us a little about yourself. Where you were born, grew up.

I am 61 years old, born and raised in Augsburg, Germany in the beautiful state of Bavaria.

When did you first decide to write the book?

I decided the write the book when my Aunt Lisa told me the story about my grandfather, Simon Johann Haupt. It took me awhile to find the right words to tell this important part of history many have never heard.

What are your goals for the book?

My goals are for a copy of this book to be available in every store and library so people can learn about the heroism of ordinary Germans who fought against Hitler and the Nazis.

Who would you like to see read the book?

This is an incredible yet little known story. I think it is important for everyone to read this and understand the ordeal the many good Germans went through under Hitler.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, a sequel that tells the story of the scores of people my grandfather and his friend the German policeman saved during the reign of the Nazis.

What books are you reading now?

The Alchemist

Anything else you’d like to share with your readers?

Only that I am thankful to anyone who reads or listens to my story, this honors the prisoners and their sacrifice in the cause of righteousness.

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Author Profile: Marti Murphy

Forbidden Emotions: The Key to Healing by Marti Murphy, Published by JEBWizard Publishing
Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/3f84q3g

Marti Murphy is an Emotional Fitness Coach, Certified EFT Practitioner, and Psychosomatics Practitioner (Body/Mind Connection).
Marti has been a life-long spiritual junkie, but nothing worked until she identified her forbidden emotions.
She was exhausting herself “trying” to think positive, under highly stressful financial circumstances, and it wasn’t working. When she gave up “trying” to change, she accessed her forbidden emotions. Forbidden emotions that were attached to her most negative thoughts.
As she gave these emotions full expression, she felt better without “trying” to think positive, and her life changed for the better.
She now specializes in helping her clients resolve conflicts in their personal and business lives, opening their eyes to their forbidden emotions. This helps allow guidance and direction to come through, creating inspired action. As this happens, life unfolds with more grace and ease.

Where were you born?

 St. Louis, MO

When did you decide to write Forbidden Emotions: The Key to Healing?

The idea came to me about eight years ago and the more I worked with clients and did my own inner work, the more I started to see that the golden thread was suppressed emotions. Making ourselves wrong for feeling many of the emotions we feel.

What do you hope to accomplish with the book?

To raise awareness of what keeps us stuck in a cycle of failing or not being able to move forward despite our desire to do so. To help people find relief from self-judgment and learn to embrace this amazing palette of emotions we all came install with. To realize there are no wrong or bad emotions, there are just emotions that are intended to be felt. And to find the liberation and healing that comes from feeling fully.

Who should read the book? Who would you like to see read the book?

ANYONE that’s ever made themself wrong for who they are and how they feel and for not believing that are “succeeding” in life in the worldly way, we’re taught to believe we should succeed.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, for sure. The next book dives deeper into rekindling our connection to God, The Great Spirit, the Authentic Self, Fred Flinstone, The Dinosaurs or whatever you wish you call it.

What books are you reading now?

Outrageous Openness
A Course in Miracles Workbook
Everything is Here to Help You

Anything else you’d like to say to people reading this?

Yes, that there’s nothing wrong with you. That allowing yourself your unadulterated, unedited truth, in a safe and healthy way has the power to liberate you to learn to accept and even love ALL of you. Especially in the places you’ve judged yourself the most.

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Excerpt from A Miracle at Dachau by Laurin Haupt

“What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystanders”

Elie wiesel, holocaust Survivor, author of “night”

An little known aspect of Nazi German was the efforts of ordinary German citizens who became extraordinary heroes fighting against Hitler’s Third Reich. This is one of their stories.

Introduction

Simon Johann Haupt spent almost a year as a political prisoner in Dachau Concentration Camp in Bavaria, Germany.
One of the first of many Germans to rise up against the Nazis, he would suffer grave consequences for his opposition. Sentenced to indefinite detention in Dachau—denied the hope of a release date—he faced certain death in the brutal world of the camp.
Although he considered himself French by birth, Simon was a German citizen. The change in his adopted country under the Nazis shocked his conscience. This same conscience would compel him to acts of enormous bravery and great personal risk. One selfless act by Simon Johann Haupt set in motion a series of events that would lead to his freedom
The world knows of the atrocities inflicted on the Jews, Gypsies, handicapped, and homosexuals by the Nazis. What many never knew was the suffering and torment of thousands of ordinary German people. Germans who resisted the Nazis at considerable personal risk through open acts of defiance or secretly aiding those doomed by the “Final Solution.”
This is a story about one of those ordinary people.
Simon Johann Haupt was a remarkable man who loved his family, his friends, and his homeland. A man who fought for the liberty of his country and countrymen, enduring great suffering, moral tribulation, and degradation to survive an era of tyranny and hopelessness. He suffered great hardships fighting against the relentless and brutal forces of the Nazi regime.
He bore arms against evil in its most insidious form, never losing faith or hope or yielding to despair. While souls were being lost to Nazi tyranny, while surrounded by the wanton destruction of human life and spirit, he persevered. Simon Johann Haupt would be the champion of the helpless and stand fearless in his convictions and moral creed.
He never surrendered to the darkness; becoming a hero who continued in his pursuit of righteousness for the sake of humanity.
Through an unbreakable bond of brotherhood, he survived by a real miracle. The undying love of friendship, forged by a selfless act, offered him a way out. When the only thing a man had left was his faith, Simon Johann Haupt held tight to his conscience and lived to tell the world the truth of the years of Nazi terror.

September 1972: Laurin’s Story

By the time I arrived in Bavaria, Germany, after my high school graduation, two years had passed since I’d seen my grandparents, Oma and Opa.
I am filled with both happiness and excitement as I get into the taxi that will take me to their house. The drive brought back fond memories. Every kilometer, every turn in the road, every landmark took me back to my carefree childhood.
A passing train toots its whistle as it moves down the track parallel to the road. I remember the train rides to the city with my Opa when I was a young girl. I daydream of eating ice cream while listening to him tell his favorite stories as the train chugged along.
The day trips to the city with my Opa were memorable in their own way.
As the taxi pulls in front of the old rock house, I can see the half-opened window calmly blowing the sheer lace curtain. In the kitchen, I see my Opa and Oma peering out.
Opa hurries outside to greet me with a hollow, toothless smile. His excitement is contagious. Hugging me to him, holding me tight in his arms, then releasing me, he takes my suitcase inside.
Oma is standing in the open doorway with warm, wet eyes and a joyous smile. It feels as though I had never left them. The reunion is tearful, yet happy, and the joy melts away the years we’ve been apart.
Oma set the kitchen table with a coffeepot and her white gold-rimmed saucers on a bright red tablecloth. Centered are fresh homemade Danish made from the berries from their garden.
We talk about my mother and how much they miss her. I tell them of my plans for college, filling in the gaps of the two years since I’ve seen them. Surrounded by the familiar sights and sounds of the fourteen years I lived here before moving to the US, I feel at home.
My Opa and I would take our train ride to Augsburg in the morning, and I can’t wait. Childlike, all I can think about is our favorite place to get ice cream.
This train ride to Augsburg would be like no other, and the story I will hear would forever imprint on my heart and spirit. It would be an incredible emotional experience.
I will never forget.
My Opa, Simon Johann Haupt, was an ordinary man with an extraordinary true-life story. His was a story about war, the Holocaust, and courage more intriguing than any I have ever heard or could imagine.
My Opa would reveal his own human story, one I never suspected. Here was a man I have loved and admired my entire life yet had no inkling of his past. Little did I know he was a man of great courage, worthy of admiration and respect.

His is a story worth the telling…and one we should Never Forget

Pre-order in Kindle here https://www.amazon.com/Miracle-at-Dachau-Laurin-Haupt-ebook/dp/B08C4LQ4DJ. Print book available August 26, 2020 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or wherever books are sold.

For more information about the book or the author contact JEBWizard Publishing at info@jebwizardpublishing.com.

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The Chariot of the Gods

“Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris”
(Remember, man, that thou art dust and unto dust thou shall return)

The newly discovered—and more importantly visible—comet Neowise is making a celestial spectacle across the skies.  If you miss it, you’ll have to wait 6800 years for its return.  This got me to thinking a bit about such things.

When the comet last made an appearance in the skies over our planet, it was the year 4780 BCE. The world then was a bit less crowded. The leading technology of the day was canals and irrigation in the Middle East. In Europe, circular ditches of some unknown ceremonial purpose were the latest of man-made structures.

In that time of little artificial light pollution, the night sky would be filled with stars, meteors, and the occasional comet. Lacking any understanding of astrophysics, it might seem to be the chariot of a god flying across the sky.

Huddled before their fires, terrified of things they could not understand, perhaps they prayed to their gods for atonement or forgiveness for angering them. Humans, from the very beginning, assumed such events were tied to their behavior and required some sacrifice or act to appease the offended celestial being.

Thus we somehow decided burning a lamb, or an enemy, on an altar would be a “burnt offering so pleasing to the lord.” Now, we just pillory them on social media.

In 2020, we have a more fundamental understanding of the elliptical orbits of such objects and the ability to predict their return. Few, if any, are cowering in fear of the nighttime display. We have a better understanding of the science.

But 6800 years from now, as the words from the song  The Year 2525 by Zager and Evans asks, “If Man is still alive,” those humans will look on the same  comet and wonder what those primitive humans six thousand eight hundred years ago thought.

To those in our far future, we will be the backwards, technologically inferior beings. Those of us who have seen the comet in 2020 will be long forgotten memories. For us, our time will be long over.

We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon,

And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.

Crosby, stills, nash, & young, “Woodstock” 1969

Yet I like to imagine a different scenario. A continuity of existence beyond this short time on this planet. Carl Sagan, the late (Late? He ain’t late, he’s not coming) eminent astronomer/philosopher, is famous for saying we are stardust. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young sang about it at Woodstock (and you thought it was just sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.)

The elements that comprise most of our being—carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen—were created in the nuclear furnace of stars over 4.5 billion years ago. I am not turning sixty-four this year, I am going to be a youthful 4,500,000,064.

I imagine a return to this elemental stardust isn’t the end of existence, but just the cycle of continuity within the universe.

And as one of our many attempts at explaining life and death says ,  “Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shall return.”

I like to imagine on my return to elemental stardust the atoms that once were Joe Broadmeadow will scatter throughout the universe and, if I am lucky, perhaps I can catch a ride on an asteroid and look back down on my former planet 6800 years from now.

As I fly by, I will “smile” in a way only someone who understands these elemental truths can and shout “What a ride!”

Now it’s been ten thousand years
Man has cried a billion tears
For what he never knew
Now man’s reign is through
But through the eternal night
The twinkling of starlight
So very far away
Maybe it’s only yesterday

The Year 2525 Zager and Evans

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Excerpt from Forbidden Emotions: The Key to Healing by Marti Murphy

Living a Liberated Life

The Before Picture

“You are a smart, driven, responsible person. If you get honest with yourself, you will say your life’s not bad, but it does not feel good either. There are times, especially in the wee hours of the morning when you wake up and can’t go back to sleep, that something inside of you just knows “there’s got to be more.” In these moments of longing, you feel that somehow, you are missing the boat, but you are not sure where the boat is or, if you found it, how to board it.

You think you’ve found “that thing” and get excited trying to create this elusive “more.” You might even make some progress, but before you know it, despite your best efforts, you are back to square one and telling yourself, “my life is not that bad” until you hear about friends or acquaintances building their dream home, or who just retired and are traveling the world, or are moving to a new exotic place to start a new adventure or more importantly those who seem to be fulfilled, despite whatever worldly possessions or achievements they have or don’t have.

You want to feel happy for them, but all you can do is feign excitement because deep down you are envious. It is in these moments you fall back into this place of longing for more. What appears to be their good fortune hammers home the feeling that you are just settling and that something must be missing within you to not be living a life that you desire; one you have actually chosen for yourself, despite what family or society says you should want.

This feeling slowly chips away your self-esteem. Deep down you feel a quiet desperation, like a slow death of your spirit. Your situation is not bad enough, and yet it is not good enough, either. You feel stuck, and it is as if parentheses have been placed around your life and you cannot move beyond them—you can spend decades in this place of limbo.

I have felt this way.

That you could lead a fulfilling life—and a life not measured by the success model that most of us have been enculturated to measure ourselves by—feels more elusive than ever. (It is important to note here that to learn to measure yourself from your own standards that come from your heart, mind and soul is true freedom no matter what anyone else thinks.)

Without creating our own standard of what success means to you, you are trapped in a maze where it seems like there’s a club for “those people” who seem to have this magical membership to a wildly successful life and you are not a part of it. You hear about it all the time, and now you long for a membership. You long for a life that feels so out of reach to you, and you long for liberation.”

from Forbidden Emotions: The Key to Healing “Living a Liberated Life” by Marti Murphy. Published by JEBWizard Publishing. Order the book here or wherever books are sold.
Author Marti Murphy

Marti Murphy is an Emotional Fitness Coach, Certified EFT Practitioner, and Psychosomatics Practitioner (Body/Mind Connection).
Marti has been a life-long spiritual junkie, but nothing worked until she identified her forbidden emotions.

She was exhausting herself “trying” to think positive, under highly stressful financial circumstances, and it wasn’t working. When she gave up “trying” to change, she accessed her forbidden emotions. Forbidden emotions that were attached to her most negative thoughts.

As she gave these emotions full expression, she felt better without “trying” to think positive, and her life changed for the better.

She now specializes in helping her clients resolve conflicts in their personal and business lives, opening their eyes to their forbidden emotions. This helps allow guidance and direction to come through, creating inspired action. As this happens, life unfolds with more grace and ease.
For more information about Marti please email her at marti@martimurphy.com.

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R.O.A.R.: Simple Rules for American Lives

If the evidence is to be believed, something that should be, well, self-evident, the US is performing like an amateur boxer facing Muhammed Ali when it comes to managing the pandemic.

At just over 4.4% of the world’s population, we hold the unenviable claim to almost 25% of the world’s cases of COVID-19. Plus 138,358 of the 577,954 who have died so far. But this is not a criticism of our response as a nation, there is plenty already written about that.

No, this is more personal.

This is a criticism of our behavior as something that transcends our status as Americans. It is our conduct as humans that requires serious attention.

Somehow, in our impatience, sense of entitlement, or just plain selfishness, we seem to have forgotten our responsibilities and covered them over with a claim to certain rights.

If we would just learn to R. O. A. R with common decency, we might rehabilitate ourselves in the eyes of the world (and perhaps save a few Americans from needless death.)

Rights carry Obligations, and Ability is tempered by Responsibilities.

Roar, you say? How does one roar and keep a semblance of rationality? Easy, like the memory aids we all learned as children, if one follows these simple steps.

Rights are inherent to all humans, they are enshrined in our Constitution, but these rights come with…

Obligations. We have an obligation to behave in a manner that does not put others at risk. These obligations may present a roadblock to certain things you wish to do. But do not confuse can with should. There is a difference. And it is defined as…

Abilities. You can do or refuse to do many things. Wearing a mask to protect your fellow humans is a simple yet effective example. You can wear a mask, or you can refuse, but wearing one implies you understand another cornerstone of mature behavior…

Responsibility. We must be responsible for our behavior toward others. And we have a reasonable expectation for them to behave responsibly in kind.

So there you have it. Remember this simple meme.

ROAR

Rights carry Obligations, and Ability is tempered by Responsibilities.

It’s not that hard.  

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A Miracle at Dachau by Laurin Haupt. An inspiring story of an ordinary man who became an extraordinary hero during one of the darkest times in the world. Click image to read more.

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Forbidden Emotions: The Key to Healing by Marti Murphy

Finding a way to a healthier, happier life by understanding and managing our “Forbidden Emotions.”

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From M.A.D. to G.O.D.

An easily transmissible novel respiratory pathogen that kills or incapacitates more than one percent of its victims is among the most disruptive events possible.

The National Intelligence Council—something I would bet most people have never heard of—is one of those rarest of governmental entities. Avoiding the taint of political bent of any sort—probably because it is so obscure—it functions as a center for long-term strategic analysis. Every four years, it produces a report projecting various potential scenarios for the future.

Their reports are, sadly, read by few people; a consequence of our ADHD-addled society lacking any ability to read and digest anything more than a grammar-deficient, emoji-laden posting about nonsense.

While the report cautions the dangers of trying to “predict” the future (something only Long Island Mediums and their ilk can do with any certainty), the council’s analysis has produced some startlingly accurate scenarios.

One of which we are now experiencing with COVID-19.

In the 2012 report, the council compiled a list of “black swans”—game-changing events that could impact the world. One of those scenarios was this.

“Severe Pandemic No one can predict which pathogen will be the next to start spreading to humans, or when or where such a development will occur. An easily transmissible novel respiratory pathogen that kills or incapacitates more than one percent of its victims is among the most disruptive events possible. Such an outbreak could result in millions of people suffering and dying in every corner of the world in less than six months.” Global Trends 2030 Pg. XI   https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/GlobalTrends_2030.pdf (emphasis mine)

Why does this matter? Because this report, and information analysis by the Obama administration, led to the creation of a government entity to plan and prepare for just such a scenario.

They created a plan for subsequent administrations to build on (and rely on) in a pandemic. (https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6819268/Pandemic-Playbook.pdf)

What they didn’t expect was their administration would be followed by one who was hellbent on reinventing the wheel and dismissing anything that came before them. (As a side note, they will have the new design for the wheel right after they finish building the wall.)

All of this leads up to the main point here, the critical nature of the upcoming election. We have an administration characterized by anti-science bias, fundamental disdain for critical analysis, inability to grasp complex geopolitical matters, and driven by pettiness and ego.

And this is what we might face in the years to come.

(From the latest version of the Council’s report)

“Uncertainty about the United States, an inward-looking West, and erosion of norms for conflict prevention and human rights will encourage China and Russia to check US influence. In doing so, their “gray zone” aggression and diverse forms of disruption will stay below the threshold of hot war but bring profound risks of miscalculation. Overconfidence that material strength can manage escalation will increase the risks of interstate conflict to levels not seen since the Cold War. Even if hot war is avoided, the current pattern of “international cooperation where we can get it”—such as on climate change—masks significant differences in values and interests among states and does little to curb assertions of dominance within regions. These trends are leading to a spheres of influence world.”

One of the most frightening realities is the stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world and the potential for proliferation of such technology to unstable theocracies and apocalyptic embracing non-state actors. Absent a rational and intelligence-driven administration, our ability to mitigate such risks is crippled.

There are almost 14000 nuclear warheads dispersed among the eight or nine known nuclear nations. The US and Russia hold ninety-one percent. While terrifying, this is a dramatic decrease from the mid-20th century peak of almost seventy thousand. These decreases resulted from negotiation strategies—a policy abandoned by this administration and replaced by belligerence, nationalism, and increased leaning toward isolationism.

Since the days the Soviet Union became the second nuclear power and the replacement of the first atomic weapons with the even more powerful thermonuclear ones—a weapon that is detonated by an atomic explosion—we have avoided nuclear war through a policy of MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction.

We prevented all-out war by guaranteeing everybody loses. MADness indeed, but effective.

Now, the proliferation of such technology—a characteristic of technology is the newest inventions become easier to produce and distribute over time—threatens this delicate Faustian deal with the thermonuclear devil.

If the latest report is even partially accurate, the US and the world face one of the most complex and volatile moments in human history. We always held the keys to own destruction; war, forced starvation, tribalism. Each had the potential to wipe out humans.

But those things took time.

What we’ve done is reduced the time necessary to bring about our own obliteration down to the mere opening of a briefcase, the turning of a few keys, and a short countdown to Armageddon.  Who do you want to sit in the position to work to prevent such a future?

On our current track, we are moving from M.A.D to G.O.D. Mutually Assured Destruction to Guaranteeing Our Destruction.

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