Thursday, December 30, 2010

Keeping the spark

Despite the malaise in the financial circulatory system the New York Times has run articles that show a rise in entrepreneurial activity. When you have little to lose betting doesn't seem so bad? Which might be a fine theory if you overlook that when times are better your friends and relatives would be more able to support you should things end up on wrong end of the bell curve. And the "bell" for businesses is pretty flat. But, in this time isn't it nice to dream and work toward control? Plus, it highly depends on what you seek to get out of self-employment. If you expect riches, ease, the support of strangers and friends alike then you may find more incentive to quit. Money is always a fickle thing, nothing is easy about doing some things your own way, and if you are taking a risk many people will look at you like a disease carrier.

I'm making the effort, myself. I'm writing more outside of work. Research for a business with an ecological focus, as well. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The "holiday spirit," gifts, charity. When does it slip away? That is, what is the threshold to maintain this kernel of altruism wrapped in a cushion of greed and insecurity?

We see in places like Cote d'Ivoire and North Korea a gear and desperation leaving the idea of worrying about anyone else a luxury. I would like to know how charity is viewed in Russia, as it doesn't seem a place where such "soft" feelings would be respected. It is important to delineate between soft and practical, as charity can be an indirect benefit over time.

I have seen economic studies which showed no strong correlations between an education beyond the sixth year and GDP growth. However, if reading and logic and deduction enhance abstraction and long-term thinking, then I posit there is a negative correlation between exposure to the humanities and violence rates.

This not to say things like expectations of material and physical needs meeting aren't big factors, too, which I suspect in the above examples.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Looking for Inspiration

I apologize for the long delay in posting, apparently contemplating the correlation between contemporary unemployment rates and the suicide rate is not this writer's motivating exercise.

What we need, as individuals and as a society, is inspiration. Science and engineering are frustrating as we see the ravages on the environment. Social change and growth, even when pioneered by a charismatic leader, is stymied by political squabbles. We are left with distractions, entertainments to distract or feelings of hopelessness. It doesn't surprise that so many intelligent and educated people spend their free time either smoking marijuana or playing computer games.

I have long believed that entrepreneurship is the best path for the free-thinker. My own pursuits in such realms have not been sustained, but are looking like a renewal is burgeoning. Many, many self employed people have said that you should do what you love and let that drive blossom into something marketable. I want my own endeavors to be informed by inspiration, being the change that I wish for humanity.


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