01 February 2014

Exordium, I

"To impart the belief in ultimate victory, to the people and the army...I applied education and training to the schools and to the youths, and I planned for soundness of heart and mind among the people. At the same time, by encouraging unity...between the people and the army, I worked to secure the position of the army as the pillar of the nation." -- Ugaki Kazishige, Army Minister of Japan, 1928.

The Effects of Fascism:

Political / Liberalism
1) The state is more important than individuals.
2) The government is controlled by a single political party.
3) A powerful dictator unites the people and symbolizes the government.

Social / Conformity
1) The government controls all aspects of daily life.
2) Secret police use terror and violence to enforce government policies.
3) Citizens are denied basic rights and liberties.

Economic / Communism
1) The government controls businesses and directs the national economy.
2) Labor and business are used to fulfill the objectives of the state.
3) Sensationalism rewrites the narrative where aptitude and ethics once occurred.

If you have witnessed any of the above nine signs, your democracy has failed, too many of the above events will cause cult of personality.

The Effects of Capitalism:

Economic / Nationalism
1) Increased economic interdependence among the world's nations.
2) Growth of the free trade movement, international trade organizations, and treaties.
3) Rise of multinational community.

Social / Evolution
1) Population movement around the world through migration and urbanization.
2) Spread of culture traits from one region to another.
3) Human rights awareness.

Environmental / Expansion
1) Growth/demand brings cultural awareness, causing renewed responsibility.
2) Sustainability becomes relevant, therein promoting meritocracy.
3) Security threats loom often unrequited until spiritual awakening.

Time is a limited resource, and using it wisely requires a plan called a budget. A budget that is carefully planned and followed can help ensure that needs and wants are provided for appropriately. Responsible budgeting can also help prevent debt.

“Demasiada cordura puede ser la peor de las locuras, ver la vida como es y no como debería de ser." ~ Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote 

Too much sanity can be the worst of the madnesses, to see the life as it is and not how it should be.