Month: April 2016

Meditation, Peace and Intuition: Part 1

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Peace is not a far-fetched state of existence, and intuition is not a mystical superpower. We look for peace outside, we look for signs outside, when in reality, all the answers lie within our own minds and hearts.

Someone asked me yesterday if I was losing my sleep over everything that’s been going on in my life lately. “Not at all“, I said, “On the contrary, I’ve been sleeping quite peacefully“. The other person exclaimed, “Taken up boozing or any other addiction, have ya!“. “Not really but you can say it is a kind of addiction- it is wellness- I work out and I meditate.

Before I talk about the how-to of meditation (part 2), I want to highlight the real, tangible benefits of the practice and how they can potentially change a person’s life.

1. Meditation and Peace

I am not talking about world peace here, although I do believe that if everyone in this world was at peace with themselves, they wouldn’t go around fighting and imposing their own way of living and thinking on others. Insecurity begets fear and fear begets contempt. When we find peace within, we rise above our insecurities. We learn to face that which we fear instead of shunning it. We learn to respect and coexist with differing views because we don’t see them as threat anymore. Our faith is founded in reason, and we don’t worry about it collapsing just because the rest of the world doesn’t believe in the same things as we do. We don’t worry about majority, or confirming, we are content to be who we are.

But all that sounds too grand and glorious. In simple terms, when you find peace within, you won’t worry about what other people will say. You understand your strengths and your weaknesses, and you do the best with what you’ve been given. You don’t waste your time worrying about things which are beyond your control or influence. In this world of ever-increasing competition, it is almost impossible for a person to not feel the pressure to excel. So unless you take conscious steps and make guided efforts to seek some quiet time dedicated to reflection and introspection, peace can be unattainable. Ten minutes a day is all it takes to lay the foundation for a  calm mind. It may take a while to get there, but once you’re there you will find yourself to be so much more productive than what you once were. You are more efficient because you are focussed on what matters and what you can control. Everything else is noise, and you realize that any time you spend worrying about this ‘noise’ is time you’ve lost not doing something you actually control. And ultimately, when you know that you haven’t wasted any time you can sleep peacefully.

2. Meditation and Intuition

A lot of people think of intuition as a psychic ability, a power to foretell events that are yet to happen, or a gift to see the future. Intuition is none of that, not the kind that I’m talking about at least. Intuition is simply being aware of your instinct, or the ‘gut feeling’. Instincts are not supernatural. They are very much scientific and evolutionary in nature. Our brains have evolved to pick up cues from our surroundings and constantly scan them for known patterns. Some of this cognition happens at a conscious level but there is a lot more that happens at a subconscious level. So as it is picking up these cues, the brain is also comparing them against all the information it has gathered through centuries of evolution. There are somethings that we just know. You don’t have to tell a baby that violence is bad for it to start crying when it hears loud, angry speech. The infant brain already knows what danger sounds like. But as we grow older and get sucked into the chaos of adult life, we don’t listen to our brain the way a child does. We analyze and analyze and analyze until we’ve driven ourselves crazy.

When you meditate and learn to be at peace with yourself, you also learn to trust yourself. It is this trust that helps you become more cognizant of your instincts and gives you the confidence to follow them. Too often people choose to ignore their instinct because they can’t find a rational explanation for the feeling. What if they followed it and things went wrong? What will people say? An enlightened person realizes two things: 1. You can only control your action, consequence is noise, 2. What people say doesn’t matter, if something does go wrong it can always be fixed.

Now obviously, you can’t expect your brain to shout out the winning combination for lottery. But you can turn to your instincts when meeting someone new- if you listen closely your brain will tell you whether or not that person can be trusted.

Meditation is not a fad, and its benefits are not makebelieve. I strongly encourage everyone to give it an honest try. In the next part I will share the simple steps I follow during my daily practice. All you need is a quiet room, and an open mind 🙂

Be well!

P

 

 

Depression, the final chapter: A survival story

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When I decided to do it, I was down on my knees, crying like I’ve never cried before or since in life, begging for a sign that I could live. I loved my life once, I never had it all, but I always had enough. I had great hopes for the future, I wanted to live to see it, but the pain of living had become so unbearable that I didn’t think I could take another breath without my chest exploding from pain… I was going to kill myself to end this suffering.

Clearly I didn’t do it. What saved me was my cat’s innocent eyes. They came to me as a reminder of my promises. I had to live.

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Suicide is not something people like to talk about freely. Religions condemn it, society considers it a weakness, a mistake, a tragedy. Tragedy it is, mistake it may be, but having been so close to the edge and having walked back, I can tell you it’s not a weakness. Weakness is what stopped me from doing it- I was overcome with it when I saw my little Milo.

Talking to people about these thoughts is the last thing I wanted to do. I knew exactly what everyone was going to say. But they couldn’t understand just exactly what it was that I was going through. When you’re that close to the edge, others can only take you back few steps temporarily, until you start inching closer again. What you need is to turn your back towards the precipice and start walking in the other direction, towards healing. But how can you do so when you can’t even see clearly?

Before I proceed, if you’re in need of help urgently, please call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255, or someone close to you. This post is based on my personal experience and does not offer professional or medical advice. It simply shares ways to avoid suicidal thoughts that helped me during my struggle, it is not qualified counseling.

If you’re finding yourself struggling with such thoughts, first of all, speak to someone you trust. All of the steps from my previous two posts on depression are still valid (Depression 101, Depression 201). But sometimes depression can sneak up on you like it did on me. I was mildly depressed until I lost my job. But once that happened, it was like the rug was pulled from under me and I couldn’t find my balance. I kept spiraling down until I was too close to hitting the bottom. I went from mildly depressed to this final stage within days. I only crossed the second stage during my recovery.

So how to avoid these thoughts? And not just avoid them once but toss them away for good. Try these two things:

Step 1: Give yourself a reason and keep it in front of you at all times

Your family, your friends, your pets, your garden… It could be anything. In the moments when you do think clearly, make a list of these ‘reasons’ and keep them close. Put pictures around the house if you can’t physically have them. My cats are my reason and my biggest responsibility, and they’re always around. I know no matter how bad things get, I will endure anything to keep them safe. I promised to give them a healthy, happy life and I will never break that promise. Promise yourself you will not abandon anyone or anything that depends on you and loves you.

Step 2: Remember that your death will be in vain 

Harsh as it may sound, it’s true. Most often suicidal thoughts stem from events brought on my external triggers. You were hurt, mistreated, abused, it’s what someone else did. Or you incurred huge losses, lost a job, lost someone dear, these are things you couldn’t control. First of all, your death will not undo anything, it will only add more grief to the lives of those left behind. Secondly, even if the perpetrator that caused you the suffering felt remorse, you wouldn’t know it. You won’t be there to watch him/her apologize. So what’s the point then? Sure, your suffering might end, but it will end eventually if you live too- nothing lasts forever. At least in the latter case you have a possibility of great things happening.

Take that chance. Survive this crisis and live. Turn all the hurt that you’ve got inside into something meaningful. Start volunteering, share your story, or write like I’m doing. In the coming weeks I will write about all the wonderful things that have happened to me since my recovery. Although depression is a morbid topic to pick for the first series of my revamped blog, it is the most fitting considering this is truly where my journey began. It only gets better from here on, I promise 🙂

Be well,

P

 

 

Depression 201: When crawling out of bed is a challenge

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You aren’t just blue or mildly depressed, and Depression 101 isn’t for you. You are at a point where you spend most of your day in bed, you have no energy to do anything, you can’t eat anymore, you can’t focus on anything, and your thoughts are a messy jumble of despair and fear. If you are still working, which can be a very daunting situation, you think about calling in sick everyday, and when you’re at work, your performance isn’t what it used to be and you avoid coworkers. I’ve been through all of this, and below are few things that helped me fight back.

I used to be one of those people who thought depression was a sickness of the weak-minded and it could never happen to me- I am a very strong person. I used to think that people did it to themselves, that it wasn’t a real thing. It is still true in part. Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. While that bit is out of our control, depression does feed depression. By not taking any action to fight it, you are allowing the imbalance to worsen. So the most important thing to do is to take control. But when you’re depressed, taking control seems impossible. It is a vicious catch-22. So let’s take it slow.

Step 1: Talk to yourself

It might sound silly, but when your mind is full of incoherent thoughts it’s hard to concentrate on any one of them. Talk to yourself out loud, in first person or third, whatever you prefer. Ask yourself, “What is happening to me? Why do I feel like I’m losing control? I need to stop this, I need to find balance“. You won’t jump out of bed and feel better suddenly, but this is the beginning of a positive feedback cycle. You’re acknowlding there is a problem and that it needs to be dealt with. Do this anytime you find yourself unable to do something. Keep this conversation going, and build upon it until you find your mind responding, “I can do this“.

Step 2: Write, write, write

You don’t have to write a blog, just keep a personal journal next to your bed. I didn’t write much on my blog in the time that I spent being depressed. But I scribbled in a diary. Whatever was going on in my head was out on paper so I could read it back and decipher what it meant. Slowly I started seeing that these thoughts made no sense. They were just mundane what-if scenarios. I knew then that I had to avoid these thoughts. Anytime I felt a negative thought coming, I would preemptively shift my focus to something else- think about something positive. So write down your thoughts and start weeding through them, and replace at least one negative thought with something positive.

As you start getting clarity of thought, start making a list of things you can control in your life– like the times you wake up and go to bed, things you eat, etc. Look at this list everyday and prime yourself for the next step.

Step 3: Small victories

Now you’ve acknowledged the problem and you’ve prepared your mind to overcome it. Next step is to set small goals for yourself, “today I will get out bed within next 10 minutes“, “today I will take a shower and get dressed“, “today I will get groceries“. You can’t feel better in one day, it’s a process. When you force yourself to act normally all the time, it becomes so overwhelming that you give up even before you can start. Allow yourself the time it takes to recover and do one normal thing a day, and keep increasing it as you get your confidence back.

Step 4: Find a source of joy

Writing is my source of joy. Once I was well enough to get back to normal life, I resumed writing regularly, but my posts were still rather gloomy. It was ok because I wasn’t bottling it in anymore. When you’re ready to progress to this next step, find something that makes you happy and stick with it. I find baking very therapeutic too. Whatever you choose to do doesn’t have to be a hobby, it is your own personal totem that represents your success. This activity serves to remind you that you were able to free yourself from the grasp of depression and no matter what happens next you won’t let yourself go to that dark place ever again.

The road to recovery from depression is not an easy one, and most commonly it is a very lonely one. No matter how many professionals, friends or family you gather around you, no one can lead you down this road unless you are willing to. In my experience, the biggest challenge in overcoming depression is to find this will to do it. I hope these simple steps will help you. In my next post of this series on depression, I will talk about suicidal thoughts and how to cope with them.

Be well!

P

On War and Peace

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(Picture provided by a dear friend from her personal collection)

Most reasonable people in this world do not want a war. There are some others, however, who think in extremes- extreme zealots who want to forward their religious interests, and more recently, we have seen extreme xenophobes here at home, who want to drive out all foreigners and build a wall all around the country! All extremist philosophy is same at its core, whether or not it is endorsed by a government. Extremism creates barriers and a sense of disparity which amost always leads to violence. In Trump’s America, can you imagine how many people such as myself will be killed before every last one of us is driven away from the country, forced to leave behind much of what we own, and the life we once had?

I am fortunate to have lived in New York for majority of my time here, where I have never felt like an outsider. Even with the current state of politics and polarized opinions in many parts of the country, people in New York, both Democrats and Republicans have remained sensible. And when I was in Michigan briefly, things were much the same. During my stay there I met a number of long-time Republican voters who voted Democrat in this year’s primary. (Sen. Sanders won in Michigan). With the primary in New York approaching, I have been encountering similar sentiment around here. I met an old friend few days ago who has always voted Republican but this year she plans to stay out of it altogether. I shared my views with her about the Sanders campaign but whether I managed to change her mind remains to be seen. I met another Republican friend few weeks ago who didn’t have the usual aversion to Trump that is typical around here but even he wasn’t sold on his fanatical rhetoric on immigration. He is indifferent to the violence inflicted in the name of interrogation, but does consider himself pro-choice. We had a long candid discussion about each candidate’s policies and I could see that although he did support Trump to a great extent, he wasn’t one of those people who wanted me out. So, like many others, he has decided not to vote either.

Anyway, I digress. What I am trying to say is that extremist tendencies threaten the very foundation of a democracy because they are in exact contradiction to everything that a democracy stands for. Extremists are a small group of people with the loudest voice, and they thrive on attention-seeking tactics. Like it’s true for the current presidential race, the same is true for international outfits like ISIS. By no means are they the true representation of a country, a culture or a religion. They are simply a small group of radicals with obnoxiously loud voice and who will go to heinous lengths to get the world’s attention. Well they have it now.

But should the US go to war with every miscreant in this world and give them exactly what they are asking for- a state of anarchy? Absolutely no. With great power comes great responsibility and the right way to wield this responsibility is to bring together other nations of the world to collectively and systematically eradicate such threats, and consider war only and only the last resort.

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Sen. Sanders has the same views on Iran building nuclear weapons. Before we consider going to war, we must make sure we have tried every available option on the table. When all else fails, war becomes a necessary evil, but not sooner.

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There is a great cost of war that everyone involves pays, and not just during the war but for years afterwards. So instead of spending the defense budget on deploying our troops everywhere, I think it might be more effective to use that money at home, on national security- on keeping the US borders secure, keeping the US airspace secure, keeping the US waters secure.

But surveillance shouldn’t have to come the cost of people’s privacy. I strongly suport Sen. Sanders’ stance on government’s collection of public phone records. I just don’t see how it can be justified when we still keep hearing of attacks here on the US soil. Consider the attack in San Bernardino for example. After months of squabbling with Apple over its security settings, the government was able to access the phone with the help of a third party. But have they found anything that could have prevented this tragedy? My guess is no because if there was something that the government could use against technology companies, they wouldn’t hold back. So I fail to see the rationale behind this kind of surveillance. The intelligence bureau does a great job but it needs to evolve faster than it has ever had to before because of the world we are living in. And in doing so, it should not compromise people’s right to privacy.

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This post covers two topics from the Sanders campaign website/issues page. Please follow below links to see each item in detail:

War and Peace

and, War Should be the Last Option: Why I Support the Iran Deal

Thanks for reading!

P

For more posts in the series ‘Bernie on Issues’ look under Current Affairs in menu 

 

Depression 101- Introverts Pay Attention!

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This is my first post in the series of emotional issues. Depression is a monster. Almost all of us have, knowingly or unknowingly, grappled with depression at some point in our lives. Life isn’t always kind. Sometimes things are rough and they can challenge our fortitude.

I started seeing a therapist last year after a series of mishaps. What he told me shocked me. I knew I was depressed, but according to him, I had been depressed for the better part of my life! Is that even possible, you ask? Apparently so. I am a social butterfly chatting up with strangers, making friends wherever I go, but when it comes to talking about problems, I am as introverted as they come. It’s vanity really. I can’t appear weak, it’s unattractive. So I pretend I’m strong and life is oh-so-awesome, and that I’m totally in control of what’s going on. But in creating this impenetrable facade I had accumulated a ton of baggage inside. During my first session which went over by 30 minutes, my therapist and I didn’t even talk about my current problems. We talked about my past, and man, it wasn’t pretty! Thank god for Kleenex 😂.

Anyway, I now realize that from time to time the strongest of us need a boost. We can handle our problems more efficiently when our mind isn’t fogged up with depressing thoughts. Now, if you’re not sure whether you’re depressed, ask yourself these questions:

Are you able to fall asleep at your regular time?

Do you sleep soundly?

Are you able to wake up at your usual time?

Do you feel refreshed when you wake up?

Do you have enough energy to go through the day?

Are you physically and socially active?

If you answered no to all or most of those questions, I’d say follow the next few tips. If you answered no to a couple, no big deal. You didn’t sleep well? It could just be your allergies keeping you up. Are you tired all day? Maybe you need a metabolism boost (we’ll talk about that at a later time). But if you can’t sleep, and feel tired and unmotivated, something else might be going on. If your symptoms are worse than what’s outlined above, please see a specialist first.

If you’re only mildly depressed, here’s what to do:

  1. See a therapist! Seriously. There is no shame in seeing a therapist. I think everyone should do that once in a while. You don’t have to make a habit of it, and if they are trying to coerce you into coming back more than you like, run the other way! My therapist was actively working to make sure we didn’t need too many appointments. A good therapist wants you to get and feel better, not keep you wallowing in misery and return to him/her every week. I only saw my therapist for 2 months, and I was majorly depressed, like suicidal depressed 😟. Once you find a good therapist, like I did, you’ll realize that it’s nice to be able to talk freely in a neutral environment. You don’t have to worry about hurting anyone or being politically incorrect. And you don’t have to be clinically depressed either. Just speak your mind!
  2. Force yourself to workout! Doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym everyday and pump iron. Try going for a long walk, or follow a workout video at home. Join a dance class, play with the kids; but get moving. It’s simple physics really, first law of thermodynamics or the law of conservation of energy- energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed. So if you have any pent up negative energy, you can’t miraculously destroy it. You have to transform it. Transform it into kinetic energy by getting active.
  3. Watch what you eat! It’s convenient to run for the jar of cookies or a box of donuts when you’re feeling blue. Who doesn’t like sugar! But sugar can only make you feel better temporarily. If you keep eating junk, and continue being inactive, you’ll ultimately end being more miserable than you were before because your body wouldn’t feel good. So force yourself to eat healthy. If you’ve lost your appetite, you need to see the doctor first and then come back to this list!
  4. Meet new people! This is especially important for us introverts. As depression worsens, it becomes easier to stay cooped up in a dark room than to step outside and fake a smile. And we’re too proud to go cry in front of our friends 😕. Best way to overcome that impasse? Join a volunteer group or sign up for a Meetup (go check out the app if you haven’t heard about it). In short, meet strangers. They don’t know your story so you don’t have to pretend anything. Just showing up is enough. Your brain will take care of the rest. It will immediately stop worrying and start taking notes of its surroundings, analyzing people, staying alert- it’s what it’s programmed to do in unfamiliar situations. Extroverts are blessed in this regard. I know a few people who’ve hit some hard times over the years. But they would simply go around talking to the whole world about it, crying to any friend or acquaintance they met. They are proactive in seeking social suport, without consciously being aware of it. Introverts need to work hard on this one.
  5. Breathe! Alright, obviously I know you’re breathing, but what I’m saying is to stop everything else and notice that you’re breathing. Take a few one-minute breaks during the day when you put everything aside and take long deep breaths. Fill up your lungs and notice the air coming in and going out. Say those words in your mind if you have to, “breath coming in, breath going out“. Here’s some more elementary science. Doing this exercise will increase the oxygen content of your blood which is much appreciated by tired cells.

So there you have it. Few simple things to practice when you’re feeling sad or blue. I use the term ‘depressed’ liberally as this is a non-technical discussion. If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, please follow your doctor’s advice first and take any medication you’ve been prescribed. You can still apply these steps in your day to day life but listen to the experts first! For example, I was placed on clonazepam when I was diagnosed with depression. However, my therapist and I worked diligently to make sure I didn’t develop any dependence on the drug and eventually came off it.

I hope these tips will help you just as much as they helped me. Know that there is nothing wrong with feeling weak; acknowledging weakness and fighting it is the bravest and most difficult thing to do. So kudos to you for taking control!

Be well,

P

 

A New Beginning

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I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I don’t want to go back to what I was. I want to make a difference. When I started writing this blog, I was just looking for a space for my thoughts. I was learning a lot of new things, about life and about myself. And as I was learning, I was logging it here, and sharing with others in the process. But now when I look at this blog, I want it to be more than just a sounding board for myself. I want to turn my lessons into meaningful advice that someone else can use. I don’t like to receive or offer unsolicited advice, I don’t, and that’s not what I want to do. But in periods of crisis, I’ve often found myself searching the Internet for things like “what is my purpose“, “how can I find strength“, “how to deal with depression“. I’ve read other people’s memoirs and found, not necessarily answers to my questions, but guidance on how to tackle those questions and find answers for myself. I think it’s my time to pay back.

Every blogger would probably agree that after a point you have to reinvent your blog. That is what I want to do now. I want this blog to be a source of strength, perhaps even inspiration, to others. As part of meeting that end, I have created a Facebook page for 30 and Learning. If you are on Facebook, I hope that you would share it with your network of friends, and for that I thank you in advance! Through my many problems ranging from unemployment to immigration to breakup to depression, I have gained significant expertise in how to deal with life’s many challenges and come out on top. I have also learned how to take better care of myself be it physical fitness or mental. And recently, I’ve learned that I care about the state of politics even if I am only an outsider here.

Going forward, I intend to do three kinds of posts- how to deal with emotional issues, how to look and feel better, and discussions on current affairs. I will strive to do one post per week on dealing with emotional issues since that has been my biggest lesson. I will also do a second post each week on either one of the other two topics. I hope this new direction will help me help others. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments.

Thanks!

P

Bridging the Gap

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(Pictures taken from campaign website)

Economy- it’s one thing we all care about equally and agree that something needs to change. But just exactly what needs to change is not so clear. We need more jobs, but how can they be created? We need a stronger middle class, but how can they be empowered? We need wealth to flow freely across classes, but how can we prevent it from recirculating within the top 1%? These are important but tough questions, and, quite frankly, I don’t think anyone has the absolute answer to this. But there are some points in the Sanders plan that I think might work.

‘Tax the rich’ is a common proposition we come across. But is that really a solution? And is that really fair? If I were that rich, I wouldn’t want to be penalized for it. Do the rich use public roads and amenities any more than an ordinary person? I don’t think so. Then why should they pay more for them? Taxing the rich seems like a reactive approach to me. What we need is to understand why only some people become that rich. If they did it the right way, they have every right to keep their hard-earned money as does any other middle class worker. Like I said in a previous post, I don’t believe in altruism, so I don’t necessarily condone the philosophy that the rich should carry the burden of general emancipation. But I do firmly believe that the race to the top needs to be fair and open to all, and below are some points that might level out the playing field.

Item 1:

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Making unfathomable sums of money is ok by me as long as it is done the right way. But sending profits overseas is not the right way. The latest hotspot seems to be Ireland as more and more companies are reincorporating there to avoid paying US taxes, a phenomenon called ‘tax inversion’.

I am no expert on Wall Street but the little that I do understand about speculation is that it tends to create bubbles by artificially driving prices up, and then down. The last great financial crisis can be attributed to speculation. Speculators make profit from price fluctuations thereby creating volatility and preventing long-term market stability. Besides generating revenue which will be used to fund college education, a tax on high volume trades, like the computerized transactions run by big firms, has the potential to deter some traders due to the cost involved. And such a tax is not a novel concept; it already exists number of other countries like the UK.

Item 2:

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I recently came across a shocking study released by Glassdoor. At the time the report was published, on average a CEO for a publicly-traded company was earning 204 times more than its ordinary worker. Let me repeat- 204 times more! And this is just the average. For some companies the ratio was upwards of 1500. You can read the full article here. How can this be considered fair by any stretch of justification? Granted that a big part of CEO compensation came from bonuses and stock options but why are these options not available to an ordinary worker? Why are the scales so tipped to favor those whose base salary is already high enough to run a small city? Can you imagine how many more jobs can these companies create if they stopped paying their CEO’s so much?!

While pay gap between the rich and the middle class remains something to be ashamed of, raising the minimum wage for those at the lowest rung of the ladder is one small step in the right direction.

Item 3:

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This point is almost reminiscent of the Civil Works Administration established during the Great Depression. The common consensus is that WWII led to the end of the depression but there are others who assert that war spending does not count towards national GDP. I am not an economist so I’ll let the experts debate on that but a government funded stimulus that creates jobs and infrastructure could only have done good things for the economy. If it worked then, it must work now too, right?

Item 4:

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This one is similar to Item 1 in regards to closing loopholes that are being exploited by big corporations. Policies need to be ever-evolving. Any regulation that is set in place will end up being exploited at some point, thanks to the cunning of those shrewd folks who are always looking for loopholes. Nothing is fool-proof. So when trade agreements start hurting us more than benefiting, it’s time to go back to the drawing board. NAFTA, CAFTA and PNTR are not only causing manufacturing to move to Mexico, Central America and China respectively, they are also contributing to the worsening exploitation of low-wage labor in these nations.

There are more items in the plan that I really like. Free college education is one which I would like to discuss in a separate post. Education should be based on merit, not affordability. And a good college education should not leave a family or an individual buried under an insurmountable debt. Youth employment program is another way to give everyone their fair share of opportunities. Everyone wants experienced workers but if no one hires an inexperienced candidate how can he/she ever become experienced?

I think the economy needs a lot more than this to be where people want it to be. And wealth distribution is only one small piece in the big puzzle. But there are two important things to consider: a) Rome wasn’t built in a day, and b) Utopia doesn’t really exist. We will probably never live in a world that is devoid of problems such as unemployment, poverty or wealth disparity, and I don’t mean to sound pessimistic, I’m only being realistic. Problems are inevitable and they will always exist. But it does not mean we stop striving towards something that is better than what we have today. A policy that is effective today may not be so tomorrow. Problems are the force that makes us think and innovate!

Well, that’s my two cents 🙂

P