If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em…then beat ’em…

So, the old adage “if you can’t beat them, join them…” is something you may see me apply in the next 30 or so years.  I’m not a socialist and I’m not a money mongering bastard, but I realize that the financial markets and the ways we fund or support things is through money.

A lot of criticism occurs daily in terms of how “things don’t work,” but the sad thing is that very few do anything about it.  They are complainers…I used to be in that group…albeit with attempts to try to do something once in a while, but thinking it was futile many times in my life & just giving up too early in the process of trying to fix something I thought was wrong.  The other problem is that I didn’t always check to see if it really was a problem.  Kind of like my old “debating days”, I didn’t see if the system was inherently ill.  I didn’t see if things were fixing the problem or if it was a perceptual problem & that there may be a chance that the problem would get fixed.

Nevertheless, there are still some problems.  Actually, there are HUGE problems.  I was reading on the subway today (I love my subway reading time, by the way — always enlightening) and I was reading about Dr. Prathap C. Reddy in an article written by Forbes.  By the way, I don’t know a lot about Forbes, but it seems to have a right wing leaning…hard to say, but I’m pretty sure due to the owner being a huge republican.  Plus, two of the opinion pieces were talking about winning in Iraq…come on boys, I mean men…

Anyway, Dr. Reddy set up hospitals “for profit” in India 23 years ago or so (I believe) when there was a HUGE need in India for medical support.  From the article, he says “I remember writing to the prime minister [Rajiv Gandhi at that time] saying it was easier to start a bidi [cigarette] factory or a beer factory that kills lives than to start a hospital that nurtures lives…”  His point really echoes in my mind because there are many things controlled by traditional methods or systems that we can’t just revamp right away.  Half of the problem though is nobody speaks up and even tries.

I’m usually an outspoken person.  My previous bosses and a lot of friends know this.  My friends though don’t look down on it, but they may ignore it at times.  However, my whole purpose behind it all is that I just speak my mind.  It’s never to hurt, but always to hopefully help.  I know my mom does it to me regularly and it hurts…and so the method of delivery is very critical.  So, as a plea to all of you, give me advice on how I should honestly deliver messages.  However, before providing me with the advice, think of the various options and not just a quick “you should do it this way…”  I don’t mind quickies either, but thinking about it a little is good…yes, I’m growing mature.  Mom, I’m growing up! 

Anyway, I still think we need to do what we can in the capitalistic driven societies we all live in, but never give up.  We should do something about what we feel is not right or at least speak up and try.  It’s better to say something than not…and for the next 30 years, I’ll be speaking up, building some cool businesses that hopefully add to the world & hopefully make a small difference before it’s all over.

A few things I’m doing are here:  Facebook group that will hopefully generate ideas and motivation to do some positive work: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5397527330, a company I hope to soon launch some great initiatives and projects: http://behindeverything.com/blog/?page_id=4 and an eventual dream is to build the Synthesis Foundation which is identified briefly in the Behind Everything organization and there’s a little here that I write & collect thoughts once in a while.  I bought the domains & will be building once I have the financial base to start it: http://interfusion.wordpress.com

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