Vision without action is a day dream. Action without vision is a nightmare."Japanese Proverb
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of dreams."Eleanor Roosevelt
Aid of Haiti…
I think its complete BS we are putting so much effort into a country that hasn’t been able to properly support itself for decades. Being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is no reason for us to feel obligated to donate so much…
What has Haiti done for itself?… Not a damn thing. Can’t blame it on corruption because people who believe their government is no longer acting in their best interests should over throw their government. Happened in the states, in France, in Cuba… Countries through out history have depended on its people for progress and prosperity. What does Haiti’s people do for their country? I see Haiti as this miss-managed corporation where their employees are so ignorant to the reality in front of them. They act as mere sheep in a herd, just following the Shepard.
Helping Haiti now teaches them nothing, they will not organize and create an independent government that will allow it to advance into the next millennium. If you give a man a fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for eternity… Teach these people to build a safer city, don’t do it for them. Teach these people don’t hold their hand.
How does Haiti even manage to function financially? Tourism? Agriculture? I can only hope its something at least, because if they dont have anything of value to trade how are they existing?
Call me a horrible person for having such apathy for a country I believe has no purpose or value, but give me a break… Don’t miss understand my animosity of Haiti to be directed at its people because I honestly, believe it or not, sympathize for the families who have been affected. If you don’t believe me I have some family in Venezuela who were in the region on business when a 5.6 earthquake hit near Cumana. While no one was hurt, the sheer panic, and fear for the safety of loved ones turns even the coldest of hearts fragile.
What I argue against is the global investment to a country who doesn’t seem to give a shit about itself… Coup after Coup Haiti’s government has failed its people in providing the fundamental provisions of life. If global investment were to be used, it should have been used years ago in prevention…
Granted no one could have believed an earthquake to occur in the Caribbean but having decent housing rather than shacks, modern communications, and emergency aid quite possible would have prevented 50,000 deaths.
Instead of saving a burning house let it burn, and rebuild making sure you have included the necessary provisions to prevent another disaster.
Lets help Haiti the way America knows how!
Use the troops and equipment to save as many people as possible. Allow the government to buckle under the financial strain, have American businesses invest in Haiti, employ its people create goods, sell ‘em, make money, leave. Cross fingers the country can sustain itself, call it a day and make it home for dinner. Phew! That’s pretty cut and dry when you think about it…
New Year’s resolutions
I think as my first post I should reflect on the seasonal fad of new year resolutions it being so early in 2010.
The problem with making resolutions is that people, for the most part, never follow through. Why? I think in part because they suspect having goals is enough to say they fufilled their accomplishments. However, that fantasy ends on Dec 31st and the endless cycle begins again.
That first step is crucial and it doesn’t start with making a list but with getting off your ass, which for the majority of society is the hardest thing. For those who can do it live comfortably for the rest of my fellow underachievers we struggle through life trying to find meaning and working empty jobs.
For those who read this I don’t wish to offend but voice an opinion that not many people wish to hear. I am a fruitful example of how 21 yrs can be used so inefficiently.
Fortunately, under this cynicism I believe in making up for lost time. Being a late bloomer is better than never blooming at all.
I for one, made my contract to myself and hope like any optimist that 2010 is “my year” and I, with confidence, can succesfuly say, with the vigor of a man that has improved his life, that my contract expectations were met.