Our Congress today is a forum for legalized bribery. One consumer group using information from Opensecrets.org calculates that the financial services industry, including real estate, spent $2.3 billion on federal campaign contributions from 1990 to 2010, which was more than the health care, energy, defense, agriculture and transportation industries combined.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
I’ve been writing non-stop to finish my feature by the end of the week, which I will. Whether it is “good” or not is anyone’s guess, although I can say with some certainty that it is interesting and different and hopefully pushing boundaries instead of just shirking the rules. Whatever the outcome, the path has been a struggle, as it always has been when it comes to me and deadlines. Are there people out there who actually meet all their deadlines? If so, they should be publicly flogged for making the rest of us look bad.
One of the big downsides to the modern world is that it doesn’t play well with focus. Lately the inventors seem to spend the majority of their time creating new and more profound distractions –– as opposed to inventing things that serve a viable purpose (the lightbulb), they are inventing things that give the impression of viable purpose but which more often serve to keep most of us from being purposeful (the internet).
I don’t think the human mind was designed to process this much noise, although it seems to believe that it is, so we continue to pursue the newest and most effective distraction in a futile effort to fill the void that real human connection is slowly being evicted from. Pharmaceutical companies make lots of money selling chemicals that make the void seem smaller than it is, or hide it from view, but it’s still there, and it’s not getting smaller.
I think one of the the biggest ironies of the modern world is that our endless pursuit of technology that claims to make us more connected actually makes us more disconnected. The irony of posting this in a blog is not lost on me, although I imagine most people stopped reading this after the first 140 characters.
Draw your own conclusions. I have a screenplay to finish.