Ideas for Puerto Rico, Public debt, and its Future (translation)


This whole thing about Puerto Rico’s credit getting degraded is the talk of the week. I’m surprised, and frankly, pissed off at the few ideas both politicians and the media actually have. The keep talking about the “only solution”… Well, I have a few ideas, I think they’re good, and they can be implemented at both short and long-term. Politicians should stop talking crap and start using their brains. That is what they’re paid for anyway.

  1. Legalize marijuana completely. Stop joking around with this. It won’t kill you and it could be a gigantic source of new income that doesn’t come out of your pocket, but out of the already existing underground economy. Moneys spent in court and stupid pot head cases could be saved. Also we can grow hemp for ropes, cloth, oil, and medicine.
  2. Fundraising for Debts. Politicians are experts at conducting fundraisers for their political parties and make a huge buck. Let’s invest that time and energy towards fundraising money to pay the debt and help the people. Local artists can donate their talent and time. Concerts, auctions of local art, etc.
  3. Schools should administer themselves and be by district instead of administered by a central office. That money should go towards teachers, materials, and the schools.
  4. Freeze all government salaries immediately. Mayors can’t keep doubling their salaries and raising payments to their friends at the electric company. Seriously, the county isn’t doing good. Everybody has to give!
  5. Stop giving tax credit.  5a. Make it easy to do business in Puerto Rico. It should be the same for foreign companies as well as locals. Let it be easy and cheap to do business here at the bottom level (meaning less permits and license fees that are really high and slow down the process) so that there are more earnings at the net level. Net earnings are the logical things to tax anyway. Sure there will always be some evasion, whatever, if there are more businesses contributing, there is more. What we need is a lot of small businesses and some bigger all putting their share in the pot.
  6. Extended Home Room. From 10th grade on our students need to start learning and understanding about how the government works, global economy, legislation, bonds, credit, etc. These are things we should all understand. I suggest we use an extended period during Home Room to read and openly discuss 1 current news every morning.  They should be pertinent to local or international current events of importance, government issues, economy, social responsibility, etc.  This kind of dynamic will help enhance knowledge and critical thinking in the future voters of Puerto Rico. That’s something very important in order to avoid putting the same charlatans in power in the future.

That’s it for this round. I will continue to explore and share ideas. I would love to hear other ones. Got any?

Ideas pro Puerto Rico, deuda y Futuro


Esto de la degradación del crédito de Puerto Rico está caliente. Me sorprende y francamente me encojona las pocas ideas que tienen los medios y los políticos. Pues yo tengo muchas y son buenas y se pueden implementar a corto y largo plazo. Aquí van. Dejen de hablar mierda y pongan a usar su cerebro que por algo les pagan.

1. Legalización full de la marihuana. Dejen el chiste. No mata a nadie y puede ser una fuente gigante de recursos nuevos que no salen del bolsillo de uno sino de la economía subterránea. A eso liberamos dinero invertido en cortes y casos estúpidos contra mafuteros. Además se puede cultivar el hemp para sogas, ropa, aceite, y medicina.

2. Fundraising pro deuda. Los políticos se la pasan haciendo fundraising para los partidos y sacan un billetal. Pues inviertan en el fundraising para el pueblo y que los recaudos sean para pagar la deuda. El talento local puede donar tiempo y/o algún arte. Subastas de artesanías locales, conciertos de artistas, etc.

3. Las escuelas por distritos que se administran ellas mismas en lugar de ser administradas por oficina central. Ese dinero debe invertirse en los maestros, materiales y plantas físicas.

4. Congelar absolutamente TODOS los sueldos de gobierno. Ningún alcalde puede estar duplicando sus salarios ni dando aumentos a los panitas en la AEE. Mano, en serio, andamos mal. Todo el mundo tiene que ceder.

5. Déjense de estar dando crédito contributivo de casi todo a las corporaciones foráneas y demás.

5a. Faciliten el negociar en Puerto Rico. Para corporaciones locales por igual que las extranjeras, grandes o pequeñas. Que sea fácil y barato hacer negocios aquí, pero le cobran taxes a sus ganancias. Mientras más económico el negocio abajo (es decir, menos permisos y pagos y licencias que cuestan un montón y atrasan y encarecen el negocio) más ganancia genera. La ganancia es lo que sobra y es lo más apropiado para el tax. Sí, whatever, la evasión, pero si hay más negocios participando hay más recaudos y eso es lo que queremos: Que hayan MUCHOS negocios pequeños y otros grandes y todos estén aportando.

6. Salón Hogar Extendido. Nuestros jóvenes de 10mo en adelante necesitan entender de gobierno, economía global, legislación, bonos, créditos, etc. Son cosas que todos debemos entender. Sugiero que durante el salón hogar de las escuelas se escoja una noticia para leer y discutir todas las mañanas. Deben ser noticias pertinentes a lo que ocurre en el país y el mundo actualmente. Esto fomentaría el conocimiento y pensamiento crítico en los futuros electores de Puerto Rico. Algo sumamente importante para evitar seguir poniendo los mismos changos en la silla.

Bueno, eso es todo por esta tanda. Continuaré la exploración de ideas. Me encantaría escuchar otras buenas ideas. ¿Tienen?

Economic Slavery


The economy is dwindling, apparently all over the world. Why? Frankly, I find global economy to be one of the most perplexing subjects to discuss. To this day, I don’t feel I truly understand it. However, from observing how things seem to be working in this day and age, the conclusion about economy looms over my head like a vulture. Why is everything so upside down?

My conclusion is that it all stems from slavery. Oh yes! Slavery was the economic pillar with which the entire economy of the America’s was established. Huge vast stretches of land just waiting to be conquered and cultivated. In came the slaves. It was so easy having all these able-bodied people working hard on the land so the landowners could make loads of money while sipping their tea. So easy, that a whole war was fought in order to keep it.

Slaves received homes, food, and 0 rights in exchange for their hard physical work… And then slavery was abolished. Suddenly all those workers who had 0 education had no place to live and no food to eat. The landowners had to dish out payments to the slaves and the slaves had to pay for their homes and food. Slavery didn’t really end. The landowners kept enslaving the workers by lending them money. Now, they worked in order to pay off their debt. Since the debt never ended, they could never stop working. Someone please tell me how this is different from now? Isn’t everyone up to their noses in debt and unable to retire and quit their jobs because of it? Slavery.

And what did the smarter or simply different business owners do? They outsourced their production to countries where “slavery” was more acceptable (ex. China, India, Thailand, etc.) Anyone ever heard of a sweat shop? These countries provide the cheapest paid service available, equaling it to slavery… almost… kind of.

So, just like in slavery times, things are produced by poorly paid people with very few rights or commodities. The business owners then take their cheaply produced products and sell them with a 500% profit margin to everybody else. In my head, it is reminiscent of sugar and cotton plantation times. Nothing much has changed. Businesses still wish they didn’t have to pay their workers and will do anything in their power to reduce costs at this level. Nobody hires anymore, it’s all freelance now. And yet somehow, the big companies are buying the little ones, making vast amounts of money for the shareholders while everyone else gets poorer. How? Because it’s a slavery economy.

You know what the worst part is? We keep buying their slavery produced items that we don’t need, enslaving ourselves at a higher level, but enslaving us none the less. It’s time to truly abolish slavery.

Heart Attack Caused by Bloomberg TV


Last night at around 11pm (rough estimate) I think I had a heart attack. It was a Bloomberg TV video link. I hear the words “Puerto Rico debt… default… reverse prediction” of course I start tuning in. It was a post from that very same day. Oh oh! More crappy news about our economic situation that will make everything worse. Yeah! I thought it was just a bad report, until a hear a very familiar voice.

Oh no! Our current Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro García Padilla is on American TV. Brace  yourselves people, this promises to be an interesting ride. Note interesting includes from mild amusement to permanent brain damage from a heart attack or violent body spasms reflecting your whole being’s rejection of reality.

The problem is not that he speaks with an accent. Anybody who speaks a second language has an accent. The problem is the man cannot construct a cohesive sentence in the language and refuses to use an interpreter. If you refuse to use an interpreter, then damn it, take some English lessons!

With every stutter, I felt my heart stop. I leaned into the computer struggling to understand him. What did he say? I wonder if his interviewer understands. Did he say “farmine industry”? What is that? (I think he meant pharmaceutical… I think)

I don’t think she understood him, or perhaps she hadn’t done enough research, but even though the constitution does guarantee paying of debts, it only guarantees 10 of those 70. He says they’ll close the government first. How reassuring!

Then the Governor starts to stutter again and it almost sounds like he’s trying to do a Puerto Rico tourism commercial.  Good idea, since according to her “all they have is tourism”.

This morning, the nausea and pain returned as I was reminded by every single post on Facebook. A ranting blog post ensued.

Here’s the video link people. Might as well laugh a bit.

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/puerto-rico-has-no-liquidity-problem-governor-says-Gs_JUSQqRCKMEBD9IcqB~w.html

The Expensive Side Effects of Rules


Life is expensive. At least, it is so in developed countries. But why does life have to be so expensive in one place, and so cheap in another? The problem must lie in the place of residence itself. So what is it about the United States of America and Puerto Rico that makes life so costly? The answer is obvious: The Government. After all, they set the rules. Right?

When I compare life in the 80’s to now I notice a tendency: There are more rules. And with every new rule the Government makes, comes a new expense for the people. Because the rules either impose a monetary sanction for doing something wrong, or not doing something at all, for example a seatbelt ticket, or the rule requires a person to have  a permit or certification for doing something. And that permit costs you money.  And sometimes they make you renew that permit yearly, or quarterly, or whatever. Making you yet again spend more money.

For example, the rules make it really expensive to “properly” care for a child. They make you vaccinate your child for stupid things like Chicken Pox and spend ridiculous amounts of money on them only to have them tell you, they’ve been held off because their contaminated, or 5 years later you need a booster because people have been getting sick despite the vaccine. What? So you made me give him something that wasn’t even properly researched? And it cost like a $100 dollars? And for what? Me and everybody else I knew from childhood got it and nobody died; nobody got any permanent damage. What’s the point of it then?

In addition to that, the list grew in 5 years (the difference between my two children). Suddenly I had to give the little one vaccines I never had or the older one never had. Hmmmm… If I opt not to vaccinate, I need an affidavit from a lawyer stating why. That costs more money too. So I don’t have to as long as I pay?

Then there’s the car seats. They make you have to have one. They cost like $100 and they EXPIRE. Yes people. The plastic things expire, making you have to buy a new one after a certain amount of time. WTF? And if you don’t have one, what do they do? They make you pay money. It’s not, “leave your car here and we will transport you and your child safely”. It’s “just pay more money and go ahead and have an accident. If you do, we’ll just make you pay more money again”. (This is the same attitude they have with seat belts.)

Then there’s school. For some reason they decided school should end at 3pm. But now a days everyone has to work until 5 or 6pm? What do you do with them between those hours? You need to spend more money on extended care or a nanny. Brilliant!

So let’s say you decided to open up your own business in order to avoid these costs. The Government requires a ridiculous list of permits in order for you to do that. And what happens if you operate your business without the permits? They make you pay.

How devoid of creativity! Their only options of punishment are either pay or lock you up. Subliminally it even sends the message that money is THAT important. So it seems the laws are all wrong. They’re the ones making our lives expensive. They are also the ones establishing the moral code we are to follow. I find it a bit out of whack that when someone who steals money gets caught, they go to jail for 20 years, but when someone who rapes gets caught, they only go for only 5 (or child molesters, for that matter). It tells the world stealing is worse than raping, and I’m not so sure about that.

So the point of the whole rant is that we really need to evaluate our laws. If we aim to reduce our costs, we must do so at the root. What’s with all the rules and requirements and expenses?

I could go on… There’s a lot more where this is concerned. What do you guys think? The other day I read some states don’t allow people to collect rain water. Again more fines if you do… This list is probably endless.

What Ever Happened to The Milkman?


The other day I was having coffee with my parents and I don’t really remember how, but suddenly the milkman was mentioned. Having thought of the idea already, I mentioned that we should “bring back the milkman;” that I could really use some “fresh milk at my door 2 to 3 times a week.”

I fantasize about grocery delivery on a regular basis. I have two kids and they down a gallon of milk in two to three days! The late night trips to the store for morning milk are countless, and so I dream of waking in the morning to find fresh milk at my doorstep, delivered by a unseeming angel in a truck. It can’t be that far off. After all, the milkman came to my house when I was a child… It wasn’t THAT long ago!

My mother quickly argues that it would be “too expensive” to pay so many drivers, etc. To which I respond with: “It’s more expensive to have them unemployed.” My dad agrees with me. His “ok” quiets my mom and I actually get to argue my case.

BRING BACK THE MILKMAN PLEASE!

The milkman used to bring milk every other day or so (I don’t really remember exactly) in glass jars. He would leave them in a crate by the side door of the house, two or three bottles (again I’m not too certain). My mom would leave the empty glass bottles from the previous delivery outside the night before. The norm was to reuse the bottles. These things were boiled and sterilized so nobody got sick from it.

The simple concept of the milkman represents exactly what Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is all about. Reusing the glass bottles basically generates zero (0) trash. The bottles are in constant continuous use. If one should break, the glass can be recycled. The way it is now, every time I buy milk I produce a plastic bottle of trash. In one week, I amass about 4 to 5 gallon bottles. Sure they are recyclable, but why should we process all that trash, when we don’t really have to? Recycling trash is expensive.

With regular delivery I get FRESH milk, not something that has been sitting in a fridge for two weeks and is on the verge of turning sour. With regular delivery, I don’t have to run out for milk every so often; or buy two gallons of milk to save myself a trip.  Regular delivery also means less wasted milk. The milkman would just be awesome!

Of course these people need to be paid, but it is better to pay someone to do something than to pay them to do nothing, as welfare does. There are plenty of big trucks delivering milk anyway. This way, the whole process would go micro. More, yet smaller delivery units. More jobs, better service!

So what ever happened to the milkman? Why did he stop coming? In the ever-present hope of making everything cheaper someone decided to off the guy. In Puerto Rico we had a commercial that said the following slogan: “Lo barato sale caro” (cheap things turn out expensive). I think it’s true. Eliminating the milkman made it more expensive. We’re up to $6.00 a gallon. Nothing is actually getting any cheaper, and yet they keep trying to bring down costs. The amounts of trash are copious. We need to bring back the milkman now!

Black Friday… WTF?!?!?!!


Black Friday… the shopping tradition has reached the point of ridiculous and abhorrent. Upon analysis, I’m beginning to think that this day and the accompanying reduction in brain matter that results from behaving like a primitive homo erectus is the epitome of what is wrong with society today.

These people pushing against a door like the jews would have done to get out of Auschwitz, are the same people who complain all year-long about the economy, Wall Street, etc. It can’t be that bad if they can afford a 50″ flat screen t.v. even with a $100 discount. Or perhaps they can’t and next year they’ll have the credit card company breathing down their necks. Who knows? Either way, I’m inclined to think that someone who was able to purchase an oversized, unnecessary television set, at any given time, has absolutely no right to complain. It’s nobody’s fault except their own, if they mishandled their money.

I know it’s Christmas. I know it’s the time for maximum expense. However, the average person standing in line at a Black Friday sale is probably not the one who can afford the maximum expense. In fact, I’m willing to bet, that person has amassed a nice little credit card debt. So tell me please, so that I may understand… If you have a $3000 dollar debt, why are you purchasing a $500 tv set? Shouldn’t you pay your bills first? Or spend $500 in ALL the gifts, instead of just one? Seriously…

So, not only do these people not really care about their economic situation, they also don’t care about sleep, social decorum, physical or mental health. I mean, camping out in front of the store and risking a heart attack over a gadget is just tipping the scales of reason in the wrong direction.  My guess is they appreciate the amount of money they will save. It makes me wonder just how much that is… But frankly I won’t bother to do that research. In all likelihood, omitting black friday would save more money, because without the advertised $100 discount, they would have never bought the tv in the first place and thus would’ve actually saved $500.

IT’S ALL A SALES GIMMICK PEOPLE!

You save a little here, you save a little there, but in the end, you bought MORE (again the word) and spent more. Stop picketing at Wall Street and start boycotting their businesses! it will make a bigger difference in both their pockets and yours.

An example of Puerto Rican “black friday”ridiculousness:

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On Occupy Wall Street…


Occupy Wall Street… I have conflicting feelings.  On the one hand, I understand the recession is making everybody desperate and the disparity between social classes keeps increasing, but on the other hand, I also reckon, it is the rich people who drive the economy for they make the businesses that make the jobs that we live on. If not, then they lend you the money you need to start your own business and be on your way to becoming one of them. (Oh! The horror! To sip Piña Coladas on a tropical paradise while being tended to every whim.) Isn’t that what we all want? Isn’t that why everyone is upset? The ones who have little want more (That word is everything. Read about it here: https://mariceljimenez.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/more/ ).

I would like to take a moment to point out that the people on the Occupy Wall Street movement are NOT starving to death! Why do I point this out? Just to note, that if the rich should suddenly feel like giving all their money away, it would probably serve a more gracious purpose if it went to feed the starving of the world and not those upset because they can’t afford a flat screen t. v.

That said, let’s dive into the real problem: MORE (I’m telling you its the root of all evil). If we look at history it will be evident that division of class has always been and thus will probably always be. Those who are rich need the poor to do the tasks they don’t want to do themselves. It’s the natural curve of distribution; bell-shaped, with a bunch in the middle and two extremes. People, that will always be!!! They day the population curve is a straight line where everyone has exactly the same, we have communism!! Is that what we want?

So then, what is the goal of this movement? There will always be rich, there will always be poor; what is the point? I think the point is to minimize the disparity between classes; that the extreme points be less extreme. How? Well, about that, I agree with the people at Occupy. I believe it is the rich and powerful who can do this.

Millionaires and billionaires: Don’t you have enough? If you dare answer with a “no” then you do deserve to have airplanes rain on you. So now I ask you this: What would happen if you lowered your prices just a bit? I mean, if everything we bought cost .50 cents less, life would be cheaper! Would you rich suddenly stop being rich? I doubt it. Perhaps instead of making 10 million a year, you will only make 5. Oh! Poor things! How will you afford that yacht then? (Cue sounds of tortured screams).  Buy a smaller yacht people!!!! Balance is key. (If only they would read this!!!)

Back to those on Occupy… I have an idea and it involves us women. (Hehehehehehe). Girls, we are the ones driving consumerism. We do the majority of the shopping. We have more clothes and more shoes, and those of us with kids are usually the ones doing the grocery shopping. Not only that, but we power a billionaire industry all by ourselves. If we really want to change things, all we have to do is: STOP WEARING MAKE UP! Think about it just a little bit.

Money: What Exactly is It?


Money; it appears to be a rather important thing these days.  Everybody wants it, or perhaps they need it.  Those who have it, apparently are never satisfied and are always looking for more (there’s that word again) of it. If you read the news you realize most people are actually willing to kill for it! This “money” must be a very important thing. So what exactly is money?

The nerd in me goes straight to the dictionary and looks up the word “money.”  According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) money is “a current medium of exchange in the form of coins and banknotes.”

Hmmm… coins and banknotes.  I like being thorough so let’s look those up too.

Coin (OED): “A disc or piece of metal with an official stamp that is used as money.”

Banknote (OED): “A piece of paper money (image of monopoly bill flashes into mind) consisting of a central bank’s promissory note to pay a stated sum to the bearer on demand.”

Yes! I was laughing after “a piece of paper.” The laughter went hysterical after “bank’s promissory note to pay,” and then went dead silent when I started wondering: promise to pay what? The stated sum. With what? If I go to the “central bank” and “demand” the stated sum,” what are they going to give me? (Tan tan taaaaan… insert suspenseful sounds here.)

Well, up until 1971 the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States of America (a. k. a. “the Central Bank”), “promised to pay” your money’s worth in silver or gold.

Actual silver certificate

This is what’s known as representative money.  It means the “piece of paper” represents a specific something; in this case a certain amount of silver. In most cases, it was gold. 

Hmmm…. If the paper represented the gold; where was all this gold? (Cue more suspenseful sounds.)

Yes people! At some point in history there was a big vault somewhere full of gold and silver and you could go and demand your “paper” be traded for loot. (Woo Hoo!) That big vault is called the “treasury.” (Sound of things clicking inside your head. Suddenly you remember that movie “National Treasure.” Oh my God! It’s all true!!!! Not.)

From 1944 to 1971 the global economy adhered to the Bretton Woods system in which the U. S. Treasury promised to pay or exchange U. S.Federal notes for gold at a rate of $35 us dollars for 1 troy ounce of gold (1 troy ounce = 31.1030768g). Practically the whole world was basing the value of their money on the treasure loot of the US.  Interesting… That vault must be huge!!!!

 Yeah right! By 1970 the vault held approximately .5% of the gold emitted in notes. In other words, the certificates “certified” absolutely nothing.  It was all a bunch of BS! And the European countries knew it so they started “demanding” the gold exchange.

In May 1971,West Germany was the first nation to officially leave from the Bretton Woods system. In July of that same year Switzerland retired 50 million in gold and France retired 191 million. (Hehehe… They “cashed in” while they were ahead.)

In August 5, 1971 Switzerland retired the Swiss franc from the system and 10 days later… (tan tan taaaaaaan) President Nixon cancels the “convertibility of US notes into gold,” turning the Federal Reserve Note, and consequently most of the international currency of the time, into “fiat money.” (Of course, the treasury was almost empty!!!!) This is known as the “Nixon Shock.” 

Current "fiat money"

I’m sure some of you must be wondering what the f*%k is “fiat money.” (I did.)

Fiat Money (OED): (from latin fiat meaning “let it me done”). “Inconvertible paper money made legal tender by a government decree.”

Hmmmm… “Paper money” ( I keep seeing monopoly bills in my head!), legal tender…

Legal tender (OED): “coins or banknotes that must be accepted if offered in payment of a debt.”

 (Cue image of firing neurons)

So, basically the “pieces of paper” or “monies” were no longer backed up by a precious shiny metal sitting in a vault somewhere. Now the money had value because the government said so. (Cue roaring crowd sounds). Of course, since there was never enough gold in the vault to back it up in the first place, the notes were always worthless and only valuable because “they said so.” (Crowd turns to adulation.)

In sum, modern money is only valuable because the government tells me it is so and I must accept the paper as payment even if I don’t like it. Interesting… (Insert scheming emoticon here.) If I had my own little world, (let’s call it Marynopolis), I could take all the monopoly money I have and “decree” that it is “legal tender,” decide how much it is worth, and make myself an instant millionaire! Double Woo hoo!

Actual Marynopolis Money

 

If only… the cashier at Walmart would accept it.

So, if money is only paper, why is it so important? There has to be more to it than that. The dictionary no longer seems sufficient to answer my questions. I now turn to the “economists.” (Oh! God! What have I done?). The first Google search turns up 528 million results! You see? Money is VERY important.

I read about inherent value and everything I just wrote about.  I read about international exchange rates, inflation, supply and demand, etc. The letters have turned to illegible black scribbles and I have a headache. Apparently everybody thought the same thing I did and all the countries made their own versions of monopoly money and not all the 1’s are worth 1. It depends on what version of monopoly it comes from. It seems Marynopolis wasn’t such a good idea after all.

I decide to set aside the academia of the issue and concentrate on the practical aspect of it. So I ask myself: Why do I need money? I need money for food, the house, the car, the electricity, etc… I notice a pattern: The more (again with the word) I have, the more money I need.

Hmmmm…

It seems the reason the “piece of paper” has value is because it can be transformed into other things that actually do have value, like a house or some food, etc. The choices are almost endless. Money is magical! No wonder everybody wants it.

However, the levels of magic power in money change on a daily basis, with geographical location and current historical events. In fact, it changes so much that people dedicate their entire lives  speculating on how magical money is now and will be in the future.  They even go to college to study it.  Yet, nobody is able to control it. It’s like it has a life if its own! (“Feed me Seymore! Feed me!” –voice of disgruntled dollar bill)

Why? Why does the value change? Why don’t they just cut up some more paper? The experts start to go on about inflation… The truth is that it IS only paper and the real valuables obtainable through money are not suddenly materialized because the government says so. In other words, should the government suddenly produce an extra billion dollars and spread it about, it doesn’t mean there are an extra billion plates of food to eat.

So what is money? IT’S JUST PAPER! If I want more of it perhaps I should go plant a tree. Either I chop it up and make more paper or I go and sell the apples. Funny! It seems money DOES grow on trees!

MORE


The more I think about it, the more I realize, the problem with society today is: More (the pun is absolutely intentional). The human population of the world is divided into two basic groups: Those who have MORE and those who don’t have ENOUGH.

As living creatures, we have an inherent right to survive and endure. There are a few basic needs that are essential for survival. As humans, we’ve managed to obtain these needs in rather clever ways. We’ve been doing it for a long time now. In fact, we’ve gotten so good at it that a good chunk of the human population has their basic necessities met by sitting in a desk. A lot of us take for granted that we have a box full of food in the kitchen. A stocked refrigerator can provide food for a family for 1- 2 weeks. (Basic need #1: Food, check). If you have a kitchen with a fridge, then you have a house or apartment; a place to live (Basic need #2: Shelter, check).  Since we have labour laws and you already have shelter, then Basic need #3: Rest, can be easily achieved.

Bare survival is possible with only these three things. Don’t worry, I don’t think we should go back to the bare necessities, however I do think we should keep in mind some people in the world don’t even have these 3 Basic needs met. Most of us take them for granted. Of course, in order to have those basic needs met in this modern society a person needs a job. To get a job you need an education. Most modern contries have some form of gratuitus education for its citizens (Basic need #4: Education, check).

I notice that the majority of the people in my country have these basic needs met. Their survival is practically guaranteed. Why then, is everybody so upset? Because they want more. Because the other guy has more and they want it. Because society has become focused on more. True, when society lacks, when they don’t have enough, then we NEED more, but when does more become enough? I reckon it is not the place of government to tell the people what is ENOUGH for them. It is up to each individual to determine how much is enough. I’ve met people who open a business and are successfull. A few years later, they open a second one. It does well. The next year comes the 3rd business. At that point the person complains they don’t have ENOUGH time to do what they like. Of course, at the beginning they had enough time for play and enough to live well, but they wanted more…

We wanted more time so we built machines to do some of our jobs for us; now we don’t have jobs. We wanted more time so we built faster cars. Now we have too many cars and less time because of the traffic jam. We wanted more years of life, now we have to take more medicine. Yes! More is what drives the human spirit, but at some point some of us have to realize we have enough; we don’t need any more…

What then, do you do, if you have MORE THAN ENOUGH? Share it.