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UPDATED NEW QUOTE BY ULDIS SPROGIS 1713!!!

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UPDATED NEW QUOTE BY ULDIS SPROGIS 861!!!

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THE TRUTH ABOUT DAMAGE+

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Damage: v. to injure a subset(s) which is frequently a possession(s) and/or a human(s) which frequently results in a decrease in (value and/or goodness) and/or (quality and/or desirability) and/or (usefulness and/or health)

You damage possessions and you injure humans but I choose to include the injury of a possession in my definition because injury is better understood by humans than damage to possessions. Injury to a subset can be either a human or a possession and is an anthropomorphic concept which I endorse.

 

With this definition injury to a human or injury to the environment, wilderness, or an object become just as important and can be sensed in visceral human terms.

 

I do not encourage the division of the world into humans and objects or things but promote the idea that both have equal importance or that humans should not be separated from their environment upon which they so vitally depend in the long duration for their health and survival. Humans are not more important than nature from which they should not be separated!!!!!!

 

Don’t injure your possessions but treat them with the respect and admiration which they deserve since they are a part of nature and just as important as you are in the overall scheme of things. There should not be a world of humans and things with humans being more important but a world of things or subsets where inanimate objects are just as important as humans in nature.

 

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THE TRUTH ABOUT GET*

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Get: v. to add a subset(s) to one’s permanent and/or temporary possessions voluntarily and/or involuntarily

Get food and drink voluntarily and you usually add something pleasant to your life. Get a headache, a disease, an injury, or emotional trauma involuntarily and the chances are great that you will be adding something unpleasant to your life. There are important exceptions to these two general rules but they are usually validated in many cases.

The most important exception is involuntarily getting disciplined with punishment from parents or a boss. This can be quite unpleasant but the long duration effect is usually a beneficial or pleasant one because humans should learn from their mistakes and not repeat them. Being educated with new knowledge and/or skills can also be involuntary to some extent but the long duration effects are usually pleasant ones although not intuitively obvious to the reluctant recipient of the new knowledge and/or skills.

You can also get something pleasant or unpleasant temporarily or permanently and hopefully the unpleasant ones are temporary and the most important pleasant ones rather permanent. Life is a continuous process of change so the reality is that most pleasant and unpleasant possessions are only temporary ones unless it is a permanent disease or injury. Severe emotional trauma can have lifelong unpleasant effects on your behavior but time frequently greatly reduces or even eliminates the severity of an emotional trauma.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT GOVERNMENT*

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Government: n. controlling a political (territory and/or possession(s)) and/or group(s)

You can inaccurately say that you govern rather than just control your own behavior or your offspring behavior. Government usually controls to some extent a group(s) of humans, has control over certain possessions, and has jurisdiction over a bounded territory(s). Most governments have enforced rules and regulations or laws which apply to a territory(s) and its inhabitants.

The major complaints about government are that it is too bureaucratic or inefficient, has too many unjust laws, is corrupt, and is unresponsive to the true needs of the governed.

Government’s true purpose is to protect its citizens from external aggression, criminals, and environmental pollution. It is also increasingly apparent that it must provide a safety net for the destitute and also unemployed in a job poor environment and provide emergency medical care for those who can’t afford the medical insurance.

Maintaining the infrastructure such as roads, bridges, water, and electricity are important but even more important is protecting wilderness areas for future generations as a safety net of healthy plants and animals when irresponsible use of technology has polluted the food supply to the point where it is no longer healthy for human consumption.

An immoral government with immoral citizens is the biggest threat and a large potential threat of chaos in the foreseeable future. A secular moral code should really be taught all impressionable young minds in school so that they grow up to be law abiding citizens interested in promoting a just moral government. Trying to govern citizens without a moral backbone is mission impossible and it should be no surprise that almost a quarter of the US population is struggling with “mental illness” and leading dysfunctional social lives with offspring being the primary victims of family breakdowns.

Except in emergency situations-don’t destroy biodiversity, don’t lie, don’t be inefficient, don’t steal, don’t commit adultery if married, and don’t murder. Religion traditionally ensured a moral citizenry to some extent and their replacement psychologists and psychiatrists are doing a terrible job trying to teach moral behavior to the secular citizenry with relativistic situation ethics where almost any behavior can be justified and is accepted.

The only true hope of reducing corruption in government is a moral citizenry and until we create a moral society again there is a serious possibility that a tyrannical government will take over to stop a future descent into anarchy. Just democracies are only possible with peaceful moral exchanges between its citizens and once the exchanges are no longer moral a peaceful just democracy is no longer possible.

The growing welfare class and gradual destruction of the middle class means that there must be a radical change in the welfare system or the remaining working class will become the slaves of the welfare class leading to inevitable bankruptcy. My book CHANGES IN WELFARE LAWS and JUSTICE outline the future legal changes which will have to be made to ensure the continuation of a just vital democracy. Constitutional changes are also necessary in the long duration and I have written about those too if you are interested.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT PROPERTY+

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Property: n. a subset(s) which usually excludes humans even though offspring can theoretically be considered the property of a parent(s) and/or a guardian(s)

With the exception of humans almost everything else can be considered to be property which can be owned by someone or a collection of individuals. A terminal or perpetual trust can also own property but it still needs humans to manage it.

Property rights are fundamental to human freedom or liberty and if you can’t own anything personally then it is some collective or political entity which completely rules your behavior in a tyrannical and almost always unjust way.

It is a proven fact historically that you usually take care of your own personal property better than a collective can. If the property is not your personal possession then chances are great that you will be more irresponsible with it. If the property breaks or you lose it then you will probably make excuses or hope that someone else takes care of or pays for your irresponsible actions.

Pure collective communism is a historical disaster and modified Chinese communism is primarily succeeding because it once again acknowledges the right to private business ownership of property. State owned enterprises still exist in China but it is just a matter of time before they are mostly displaced by private enterprises which do a much more efficient and profitable job. Central communist planning is highly inefficient and considerable decentralization is the just way to go in ruling the nation.

Central planning by big government and big business is highly inefficient and the solution is decentralization. The United States government could eliminate the Senate and give states rights to localities or basically just have a National government with the House of Representatives ruling. That is true workable decentralization of government which will work and create many new innovative small communities throughout the United States.

Big business could also profit by breaking up into almost autonomous smaller corporations pursuing their specialized interests without central planning hindering their innovation or prosperity.

Big anything is almost always more inefficient, less innovative, and not willing to change in the face of changing circumstances which demand change to improve things. Big government and big corporations are the primary reason why we are still stuck in the status quo paying overly high taxes, eating unhealthy cheap food, driving big inefficient cars, living in big inefficient housing, and wasting our time with big inefficient mediocre entertainment.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT STINGINESS***

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Stinginess: n. (excessive reluctance to give one’s possessions without getting money and/or excessive reluctance to share one’s time without getting money) and/or excessive reluctance to share one’s possessions without getting money

Someone who is very reluctant to share a possession or give it away without getting money is frequently called stingy. You can also be stingy with your time and there are humans who simply don’t like to donate their valuable time to others. Excessive thrift is also a form of stinginess with money being the possession.

Being stingy is being very efficient but friendliness assumes that you are willing to share some of your wealth, information, and time with others so stingy humans are frequently not considered very friendly.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT FORFEITURE***

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Forfeiture: n. frequently involuntarily but sometimes voluntarily no longer possessing a subset(s) and the possession loss is frequently forcefully taken and caused by an authoritative punishment and/or penalty

If you had a car or furniture repossessed or had a game or games voided because of illegality then you forfeited the car, furniture, or game.

Forfeiting is giving up something either voluntarily or involuntarily when that something is taken away from you forcibly. Forfeiting exists because frequently you have done something illegal or unacceptable and you are being punished or penalized.

If you are excommunicated from the Catholic or Mormon Church then you forfeit your rights as a practicing catholic or Mormon.

Forfeiting property or forfeiting rights as punishment for illegal or unacceptable behavior is a fact of life for some in society.

Forfeiting a goal or points is also a punishment for illegal play.

 

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THE TRUTH ABOUT SELFDEFENSE***

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Selfdefense: n. an action(s) done to legally maintain possession of a subset(s) and/or to save a human(s) from death and/or injury

A human will defend his or her life and personal property and a nation will defend it’s citizens and territory and this is justified selfdefense.

Not so obvious is the fact that a human will defend his or her opinions and beliefs which are his or her possessions and this is also a form of selfdefense.

When you challenge a human’s beliefs don’t be too surprised if he or she wants to defend them even to death in some circumstances because they are very emotionally attached to those beliefs. Challenge a human’s strongly held opinions and they will enter a defensive mode and not easily change them.

Selfdefense is human nature and understandable and once you realize that a human is defending themselves when under attack then you will become more empathetic with them when they become upset, rebellious, or just simply disagree with your actions.

Anger, harsh criticism, ridicule, name calling, profane language, and disagreeing are all ways that you can get humans into defensive mode and sometimes create retaliation in the form of returned anger, criticism, ridicule, name calling, and profane language. It takes good communications skills and empathy to minimize human conflicts and turn them into discussions rather than confrontational arguments and highly emotional exchanges.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT DESTITUTION***

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Destitution: n. not having money and possessions and job

Next to death the thing most of us fear most is destitution or being without money and possessions and a job. If you have no relationship to help you out of the predicament or you can’t get welfare assistance then you will definitely be in panic or crisis mode.

Living on the street or in some poor shelter is what many of us fear, especially if we have family to support and are not alone.

Destitution for many young adult liberal arts graduates is a guaranteed fact of life if you are trying to live independently. If it weren’t for the fact that many still have some family members or relatives who are still living and are a source of some money, many would be out on the street or in some poor shelter.

Welfare reform or a safety net for the destitute at whatever age should be mandatory.

My evergreen truth books CHANGES IN WELFARE LAWS and EDUCATION REFORM address this problem realistically and offers the hope of reeducation in a useful technological field for those willing to put in the time, effort, and achievement over the internet from a secure location with their most basic needs taken care of door to door. That does not include personal vehicle transportation nor cash money for discretionary spending on luxuries and drugs. The advocated changes are revolutionary but that is exactly what is needed to address the destitution of young adults too in the technological 21st century.

 

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THE TRUTH ABOUT ABUNDANCE***

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Abundance: n. having more than an adequate quantity of a subset(s) possessed and/or needed and/or desired

Wealthy nations are living in an age of seeming abundance. There is more cheap energy, cheap food, cheap goods, and cheap entertainment than we can consume and this has led to many profligate irresponsible lifestyles. There are LESS quality humans, quality relationships, quality food, quality goods, quality entertainment, quality government, and quality wilderness.

Abundance has its costs and quality is what suffers. Technology when properly applied is an antidote to bad quality but unfortunately it is also being used to promote the abundance of cheap subsets which are destroying the biodiversity of the food supply and wilderness and endangering the quality of life for future generations.

A voracious largely mindless impulsive short duration consumption of goods and services is creating too many “live for today” inefficient lifestyles which nature abhors and is already punishing humans with bad health, dysfunctional relationships, and bad addictive lifestyles.

Increasing irresponsible financial and immoral individual behavior is creating government dependency and an irresponsible financially and morally incompetent inefficient government with a leadership which no longer knows how to govern justly.

A government which encourages and rewards growing healthy organic food by not taxing it, which promotes an updated secular moral code for elementary students, which promotes thrifty personal financial behavior which includes budgeting for emergencies and old age is what is needed. A government which operates with updated just taxation and laws, has financial reserves for fiscal emergencies which does not include the counterfeiting of money as needed, and balances the national budget on a yearly basis is what is sorely needed.

Profligacy or living abundantly beyond your means is not easy to change overnight but managing abundance responsibly is something which must be done for the long duration health of humans and the healthy economy of the nation and world.

 Finally there is an abundance of money not linked to tangible assests in the hands of wealthy individuals and there is so much of it that they don’t know how to invest it wisely for the long duration because there is such an emphasis on short duration profit. This oversupply of money and not enough smarts to invest it wisely for the long duration is what is polluting the world, polluting relationships, and destroying wilderness and biodiversity of the food supply upon which civilization’s ultimate survival depends!!!!!!

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THE TRUTH ABOUT GENEROSITY

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Generosity: n. excessively desiring (to give ones (possessions and/or knowledge) and/or time) and/or (to share one’s (time and/or knowledge) and/or possessions)

Giving of your time, energy, effort, money, knowledge, and emotional support is sometimes the right thing to do if you see results from your giving and it motivates you to give more.

Raising offspring is an example where much giving is expected and the return is merely well behaved, loving, and achievement based offspring which bring happiness in your life and a sense of accomplishment but little more.

With adults some giving is also expected but be cautious about showing generosity or too much giving because humans have a tendency to expect more of you when you give too much of yourself. Generosity frequently encourages dependency and you should avoid generosity if you feel that a dependent relationship is starting to develop.

Mutual generosity can exist but the generosity is frequently confined to only two humans and other important needs or priorities may be neglected by focusing too much on each other. Generosity is a form of undesirable profligacy on your part and frequently is not a balanced way to be living your life.

Generosity is only frequently considered a virtue by humans on the receiving end of it and not by those doing the giving. Altruists are frequently generous humans giving much more of themselves than they should because they frequently ignore their own personal development and improvement which they sacrifice for the supposed “greater good” or human welfare.

Generously volunteering your time, energy, effort, knowledge, and money for a worthy cause is sometimes a useful learning experience in the short duration but eventually you should have hopes of being paid back in some way for your efforts or the relationship becomes one of pure exploitation.

Long duration generosity can create dependent offspring and adults so don’t develop a reputation for being generous unless you want to burden your life with human parasites.

 

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THE TRUTH ABOUT ENVY

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Envy: v. to desire another’s (possessions and/or characteristics) and/or (luck and/or circumstances) without sensing angry resentment

Envy is just another word for jealousy unless you take out the angry resentment which jealousy should have but envy should not.

 

You can be envious of another without feeling resentful or thinking that what another has is unfair or unjust and feeling angry about it.

 

Envy is to desire what someone else has but not feeling that what they have is unfair or unjust and that they don’t deserve what they have. Envy is jealousy without the angry resentment.

 

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THE TRUTH ABOUT ATTRACTION

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Attraction (human): n. (causing a desire to approach and/or causing a desire to spend time with) and/or (causing a desire to participate with and/or causing a desire to focus physically and/or mentally upon a subset(s) and/or set(s)) and/or (causing a desire for pleasure and/or causing a desire to do a subset(s))

In the most general terms attraction is causing a desire to do something(s). If you desire something(s) then you are attracted to that something(s).

We desire to surround ourselves with and/or stay close to the things which attract us. It may be a possession(s) and/or a human(s) and/or an event(s) such as a game and/or an environment such as the wilderness which we like or even love. When we leave the things which we like, love, or desire then we may feel regretful or sad and hope to return at some point in time.

When we are attracted to something then we generally approach it, spend time with it, participate in it, watch it, and find pleasure in interacting with it or just watching it.

What attracts us to a human? It may be his or her looks, the personality, the behavior, and status in society. We may like or love to interact with the human but sometimes we may be forced to interact with the human because we need the money from the job and not necessarily the human whom we may even dislike. We are attracted to humans because we basically like or love them but also sometimes because we need them for our own survival both physical and mental.

We are frequently attracted to things which we find pleasure in but sometimes it is because we need those things and humans for our financial survival and they give us the opportunity of pleasure by spending the money later on.

Generally or frequently we are attracted to or desire things which give us pleasure and/or things which we need for our (financial and/or physical) and/or mental survival. Mental survival or psychological survival means that we frequently desire to interact with humans who don’t threaten our beliefs and/or opinions.

Yes, we may be attracted to or desire physically dangerous or risky adventures and crave a debate which challenges our beliefs and opinions but we still hope to physically and mentally survive after the event(s) is over.

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WILL STATUS SYMBOLS MAKE YOU HAPPY?

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Many want to be respected and admired and think that the way to do it is to get the right status symbols in society. There are three basic categories of status symbols and they are social, body, and material status symbols.

Socially having or controlling much wealth is the biggest status symbol and you can inherit wealth or get it with enough effort and ability by getting a good education and entering a prestigious profession and rising to the top of the professional ladder.

Inheriting great wealth without the right education  and not having good human skills frequently means that you don’t know how hard it is to earn that much wealth and you may end up spending it all on material possessions and a hedonistic lifestyle of shallow relationships frequently peppered with a liberal use of alcohol and drugs. You will eventually deplete your wealth with profligate spending and wind up poor and very unhappy because you never learned how to make much money on your own.

Making much money with a prestigious profession probably means that you have much responsibility and will be working very hard and may not be wise enough to devote some of your valuable time on family and close friends. The result may be that you are professionally successful but have a failed marriage or worse yet some poorly educated and socially inept offspring who can’t make it on their own in life. One or more failed marriages and delinquent offspring will add much unhappiness to your life even though you have professional social status.

Especially many women feel that being as attractive as possible body wise is the key to social status and landing a good husband. Obsession with body weight, cosmetics, and fashion trying to stay as beautiful as possible fades with age and if you don’t have a career or good job to rely upon many body conscious women lead some very unhappy lives in old age when their external beauty fades. Attractive celebrities, attractive politicians, attractive sports stars, and attractive media professionals all make life very unhappy for the average citizen trying to achieve or maintain those unrealistic social standards of external beauty.

Wealthy or poor, material possessions are a status symbol in society and many mismanage their finances and go into great debt trying to have a big house, big car, expensive clothes, and the latest gadgets all on a shoestring budget. Impulsive shopping by both men and women is the cause of much unhappiness in humans reaching out for those material status symbols.

Finally, whether rich or poor the key to being truly admired and respected or having a good status in society is being honest, sincere, and reliable in your human interactions with family, close friends, and coworkers. Reliable means that you fulfill most of your promises and show up on time when you promise to do so. In other words you can be trusted with your promises. Trust and reliability is the bond which makes intimate successful human interactions possible and if you are the lying or deceptive kind then you will never be admired and respected by other humans, especially if you are in a leadership position and want to remain there.

Be a trustworthy and reliable human and you will have good status with others whether you are rich or poor and you probably also will have optimized your happiness!!!!!!

 

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