Thou Shalt Not Lie…Sometimes

Over my years I have been exposed to many extenuating circumstances where I honestly felt that being honest was not the right thing to do because the brutal implications of that honesty were more severe than if I had just been dishonest in the first place.

Dishonesty has been long frowned upon by many religions. “Thou shalt not lie” happens to be one of the Ten Commandments. Even though they were probably chiseled into stone, are they really set in stone? Continue reading “Thou Shalt Not Lie…Sometimes”

Hiking Can Be Therapeutic

The sudden changes in weather patterns, physical intensity, and elevation make hiking one of the toughest challenges both mentally and physically. It is an activity where you can always expect the unexpected and no matter how hard you try to prepare for it, sometimes you find something unexpected — which you should already be expecting.

I’ve started too many hikes in shorts and a t-shirt in scorching temperatures worrying if I have enough water to make it to the top only to get snowed on near the peak. The elevation change can have a drastic effect on temperatures alone. Continue reading “Hiking Can Be Therapeutic”

Inside the Minds of the Jasper Jury

Putting all of the opinions and bias on the back burner we lay out the case into a logical flow to go inside the minds of the 12 jurors and how they viewed the case.

There were 3 crimes the jury had to consider:

  • Home Invasion
  • Sexual Assault (1st degree)
  • Sexual Assault (2nd degree)

When we sit down to discuss a possible conviction we must look at only relevant testimony to each particular charge. Continue reading “Inside the Minds of the Jasper Jury”

The People v. Mark Jasper – An Unbelievable Tale

WARNING: If you’ve ever received a loan or borrowed money it could be used against you in the court of law.

As desperation set in, the State of Michigan prosecution tried to persuade the jury into believing that Mr Jasper was a manipulative person based solely on the fact that he “convinced” a bank to give him a loan many years ago for his business.

It was almost as if the prosecution was suggesting he was a former member of the X-Men possessing some type of special ability to control the minds of others. Continue reading “The People v. Mark Jasper – An Unbelievable Tale”

You’re Not That Special

The adversities you face in life were intricately designed for just you.

You may think your revelations and transformations are relevant to others and feel so strongly about them that you must tell as many people as possible because it could change their life as it has changed yours.

Facebook and other social media has become the forefront of transformations, revelations, spiritual enlightenment, and so much more. Continue reading “You’re Not That Special”

We The People are Entitled to the Money You Make

There is not a single “wealth” generating activity on this planet that isn’t tied to the use of a natural resource. We do not use our brains to think money into reality and even if we did, that paper or money had to come from somewhere.

Even if your brain could digitally create money it would have to be stored on a hard drive somewhere and the information transferred through either satellites or physical medium somehow to have any real value outside of your mind.

At the root of every income generating activity, as with almost any activity, is the use of the Earth’s natural resources. Continue reading “We The People are Entitled to the Money You Make”

Stop Making Excuses, Start Making Progress

The word “excuse” has taken a bad rap and is oftentimes misunderstood. It is frowned upon or even considered offensive to some people.

Instead of being honest, people get the this insane notion in their head that any excuse should “excuse” them from any wrongdoing, regardless of the reason.

How many times have you seen someone late for work and had them blame traffic or something else “they had no control over.”

Being honest would look something more like this: Continue reading “Stop Making Excuses, Start Making Progress”

The Meaning of Love Yourself by Justin Bieber

I really enjoy some of Justin Bieber’s new music. His lyrics seem to be gaining more depth and meaning as he advances further into adulthood. Even though some of the lyrics in this song are kind of immature and “high schoolish” we can still find meaning and relate to the scenarios described in the lyrics well into adulthood and mature relationships.

One interesting thing I found out about this song is that it’s co-written by Ed Sheeran which perhaps explains the deeper meaning in the song as compared to some of his other work.

So let’s begin examining the lyrics for hidden and obvious meaning. Continue reading “The Meaning of Love Yourself by Justin Bieber”

The significant significance of a significant other – Cognitive Empathy

When your significant other is against you and not for you when it really matters the most. When their sarcastic humor is no longer funny and inappropriate. When the jokes go just a little bit too far and hurt just a little bit too much on the inside.

We’ve all had moments in our lives where we refuse good advice or information from someone based solely on the fact we don’t respect or like that person only to find out later down the road that they were correct after all. Continue reading “The significant significance of a significant other – Cognitive Empathy”