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What a World!

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What a world! What a world! With gas prices soon to reach the minimum wage…with Chips-ahoy cookies now the size of a communion wafer…with the tube inside toilet paper now the size of the old Chips-ahoy cookie…with the size of a large Dunkin Donut’s coffee cup the size of an old medium Dunkin Donuts coffee cup…with the price of a ticket to a Broadway musical the yearly wage of many workers from the Third World…is it any wonder why people are so on edge?

We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore. But the sad thing is that we’re not over the rainbow, either. We’re in a living hell of our own creation and we won’t ever get out of it if we point the political finger at the far right or the far left or anywhere else on the political landscape.

As bitter a pill as it is to swallow, we need to face up to the fact that as bad as things are today, they’ve been just as bad hundreds of times in the past. No one is picking on us. This is not our Armageddon.  We are not paying for the sins of our fathers.  But we are suffering from the greedy manipulation of a small minority of people who don’t give a flying @##%& about anybody but themselves.

It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, but our salvation is not going to be found with the winner of the 2012 presidential election.  I would sooner vote for a Hogwart than I would the incumbent or any of the three stooges seeking the Republican nomination. 

In times like these we need to realize that human potential comes from inside each and every one of us.  Commodity prices might be going up on everything, but the price on human kindness, compassion and selflessness has not changed and will never change.

And because I believe kindness, compassion and selflessness are contagious, I say it’s time to spread the disease all over the world. I say that we need to look for moments when the light of humanity can shine in all the dark places in our lives and in the world.

I say take time for taking time. Put down your ipad, blackberry and whatever other electronic devise that you’re tethered too and strike up a meaningful conversation with someone. And I mean a “meaningful” conversation, not one that has any political text or subtext to it. Engage in a conversation about things that matter. Talk about your fears, your joys, your doubts, your hopes and anything else that weighs you down or lifts you up.

Dorothy’s journey of self-exploration helped her fill her head and heart…and gave her the courage to rid the world of an evil creature.  There’s a little bit of Dorothy in all of us. And it doesn’t cost a penny to let it out.

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