Mr. Mandela taught me much about life that day and during the few weeks I worked with him. He believed that forgiveness and love were the only way to heal South Africa and lead it into a brighter tomorrow. You cannot take the mantle of leadership with hate if you hope to succeed, and the absolution turned those who had once been his enemies into footstools. He dispersed other tips about exercising daily and eating right, which I again took to heart and practice to this day. As we all know, Mr. Mandela went on to become president of his country and finish the job of dismantling apartheid. Unfortunately, South Africa is still a hard and divided country to this day and, to many, Mr. Mandela was only the beginning of a long process that will take decades to heal and empower the disenfranchisement of South Africa.
An 80-year life span means that we began to live âslow-paced lives.â Although our biological maturation (puberty) has not changed, our mental/social maturation has. Without the rush to become responsible and procreate, we can spend more time âfinding ourselves.â The longer we spend as an autonomous unit free from responsibility to others and family, the more selfish we become and the harder it is to adapt once we get married and/or try have a family. Even though the internet makes us more connected, we have never been more alone or depressed.
Hereâs the reality: In the United States, if youâre a Republican, the left considers you a racist by default, almost no matter what you say or do. If youâre a Democrat, your colleagues on the right think you can say or do almost anything â no matter how offensive â and get away with it, virtually guaranteed never to be called a racist.
Our country is wracked by one budget crisis after another. When the IRS permits an organization to enjoy 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, every American must pay the difference. Knowledgeable tax experts tell us that for every one million dollars in donations received by a 501(c)(3) charity, $440,000 of it is subsidized by US taxpayers. That is why we must ensure that taxpayer dollars going to activities in Israel are working to achieve peace and reconciliationâwhich remains an American priority in the Middle East.
The Redskins name should stay. The team has a historical attachment to Redskins that goes back over 80 years. The team has declared that its intention is to honor Native Americans and not to demean them, so we should take them at their word. If ever there were an example of political correctness run amok, then demanding the Redskins give up their name is it.
Despite the proliferation of education degrees (which supposedly perfect the art of teaching) growth in test scores have been tepid at best. TheseÂ degreesÂ have limited the playing field so aÂ CEO,Â or accountant canât become a teacher, bad teachers are believed to be able to overcome their missteps and become mediocre teachers, and schools donât compete for their kids. If our education system was run more like a business, everybody would be better off, despite what the unions say.
I am a businessman and can tell you that time and again I have to compromise to make a deal. By finding areas of agreement and contention, we can iron out those issues and find some kind of middle-ground. I may not get everything I want, but I get enough to make the deal worthwhile for both my associates and me.
Social media is a hive of vanity, deceit, and feigned sympathy. When disaster strikes and you are truly moved, give. Sacrifice time, donate money, lend talents, or send supplies. If you feel the need to post a message, use social media to motivate others to help rather than conveying false platitudes or telling everyone how much you are contributing. It is better to say nothing than to speak empty words, and it is better to help others rather than feed your ego and need to be liked.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, before the blood had even dried, liberals and the media howled that Aaron Alexis used an AR-15. This, of course, led to immediate calls from the usual talking heads, Sen. Feinstein, and Pres. Obama to ban assault weapons. But Alexis did not use an AR-15, he used a shotgun, the same type of weapon used in the Columbine massacre, and the recommended gun-of-choice of Vice President Joe Biden. Strange that the gun used in more mass shooting incidences is not the one that liberals are demanding be banned. I guess that is simply an oversight on their partâŚ or confirmation bias.