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5 New Ways of Looking at the World

Updated on November 23, 2014
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5 New Ways to Think About Life:

  1. You are a slave to Technology, Shifting World Powers, and Globalization; either beat them or join them.
  2. You can get anywhere in 24 hours and $2000 so if you don’t like your current view, change it.
  3. Opps, we’re running out of fish, farm land, and fresh water. Buy commodities, hug a tree, and work on your rain dance.
  4. P.S the Cold war never ended. Nukes out populate sheep in some countries.
  5. Bigger is not better, Greed is not good, and Hand Outs don’t actually Help.

5 New Ways to Think About Education:

  1. Your i-phone can do your math homework, who needs a calculator?
  2. Want to learn Chinese? The violin? Tai Chi? Wikipedia and Youtube are free, unlike Harvard.
  3. By the time you get a degree your chosen profession will be outsourced and if all goes well you will pay off your student loans before retirement.
  4. Due to budget cuts your textbook still thinks Pluto is a planet, the USSR is going to blow up the world, and Evolution is only a theory (some in academia are now saying we came from aliens).
  5. Employment Studies should be a college major, as should Terrorist Tactics.

5 New Ways to Think About Your Finances:

  1. Your bank might go BANKrupt tomorrow,
  2. According to the Fed it’s easier to print a dollar than to make one
  3. Your kids will have to look up the words “Social Security” in the dictionary
  4. When banking, the only 7 digits you’ll probably ever see are zeros in front of your savings account interest rate. Like this: .00000003%
  5. Being Rich has nothing to do with money


5 New Ways to Look at Your Job:

  1. It's guaranteed that someone in India can do your job twice as well for one fifth the price.

  2. Your wage, life savings, and 401K are probably looking like an upside down parabola.

  3. Entrepreneur, Adventurer, and Vagabond are now job titles.

  4. Your boss most likely does NOT live in the same, city, state, or country as you.

  5. If you’d traded a few beanie babies for Apple stock back in the 90’s you probably don’t have one.

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      Larry Wall 5 years ago

      With only a few minor adjustments, what you wrote, could had been written in 1929 at the start of the Great Depression. It could had also been written at the start of WWII. Maybe during the 1960s, when the world seem to be on the eve of destruction, you could have written this. Times are tough. I know, I am unemployed. I cannot get decent insurance. I am five years away from Medicare or Obamacare. I have concerns for my son, who has several neurological problems, but his outlook is better than yours. He has dreams for a better tomorrow. Sit back and think is this really the worse of times. I agree it is not the best of times, but I cannot tell you when the best of times ever occurred. In the 20s and 30s we had the depression. In the 40s we had WWII. In the 50s and 60s we had Korea, Vietnam,the Cold War, inflation, racial unrest, attempts to limit academic freedom, mind altering drugs that had harmful side affects, the hippi generation that never grrew up. In the 70s we saw our government fall apart when the vice president resident, the president resigned and for the first time in our history we had a leader not elected through the regular process. Today we have two wars, high prices, no jobs, high gasoline costs. We have been down this road before and always found our way back. Have a little faith. The times, they are a changing.

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      Jennifer Arnett 5 years ago from California

      Larry, Thank you for your in depth comment. You have shown that we have never had peace. The one thing we have going for us as a country is our ability to adapt. After WWI we had the Roaring Twenties, full of new music, art, economic growth, and the creation of the entertainment industry. Then came the Drepression, in which WWII brought us out. Then the good old times of the 50's, appliances, personal televisions, larger houses,ect. Then the Korean war. It seems that turmoil ends up refining our country and letting her progress. After every war we seem to have a period of economic growth and a reorganization of industry. After the Gulf War, we had the dot com; after September 11th and the susequent wars with gas producing countries, the Green Revolution was born (solar, ethanol, a boost for natural gas, sustainable materials). My intent for the article was to humourously show that we need to change the way "thigns have always been done" to survive this new era. For me it is exciting, because if the pattern holds up, we're in for something good coming our way. Thanks for taking the time to join the conversation!

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      Larry Wall 5 years ago

      I frankly missed some of the finer points you mentioned. Makes the hub even more insightful. Great job. Keep up the good work. Voted up and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad I stopped by. You have a firm grasp on history and the lessons that need to be learned from it.

      We have taken to a simpler life, relying on outside influences as little as possible. Heading for a self-sustaining lifestyle in five years and I think we'll make it before that.

      Great hub and fascinating.

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      Jennifer Arnett 5 years ago from California

      Billybuc, I really enjoy your comments and admire your efforts towards having a self-sustaining lifestyle. Even if our society never collapses, there is a freedom you will taste that others only dream of. Also, there is great satisfaction in living simply, with your hands, tasting the fruits of your own sweat.

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      europewalker 5 years ago

      Excellent hub, love "Bigger is not better, Greed is not good, and Hand Outs don’t actually Help." I totally agree! voted up and awesome:)

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      Jennifer Arnett 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Europewalker

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

      Dear Availiasvision

      What a wonderfully colorful and comedic hub! It touched the cynic in me all the way to my toes! It also touched the man in me who longs for a life where people were actually totally clueless! LOL. I grew up in the 60's and 70's and find that in reality nothing has changed, except the vehicles to express our delusion.

      There was so much I liked about this hub I could spend all day telling you about it, but instead I'll just vote it up and share it!

      Very well done,

      Thanks for the laughter!!!

      Bruce

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      Jennifer Arnett 4 years ago from California

      Bruce,

      Thank you for the kind words and the vote. Glad it made you laugh.

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      I thought that was a thought provoking hub. I hear a lot of people say that hate history because it's so boring but lessons can definitely be learnt by reading, watching, researching past events. Good job

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      Ed Palumbo 3 years ago from Tualatin, OR

      I enjoyed your sense of humor, your perspective and the way you expressed it. I hope Life is good to you!

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      Jennifer Arnett 3 years ago from California

      Thanks Edward. I find the times we live in very comical.

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      John MacNab 2 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Of course we are aliens; it took all of 40 days and 40 nights for the Ark to get here from Mars. If we work harder at it, we should have the Earth looking like the home planet in a couple of centuries.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      John, thanks for adding a little humor to my comedic piece.

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