What are you pretty good at? What is it you enjoy doing? There could be a whole list of activities, hobbies, professions, whatever we call them, that we excel at or at the very least feel accomplished after doing them. Satisfaction often leads to happiness and can come from some of the simplest actions. When we are not up to snuff with what some others appear to be good at, we sometimes become envious and unhappy. This way of thinking is not along the paradigm that is most useful.
If you have ever read or heard of the book Outliers you may be in a better mindset to understand this point. Basically, anyone can become an expert, be awesome at their work, but first, they need to go at it for 10,000 hours of practice. This wild advice is not meant to be taken in the literal sense. Think of it in terms of positioning and environmental realities. We, for the most part, have control over these concepts.
We have no control over our evolutionary traits and coming to grips with that fact is often tough and can take a lifetime of realizations. The world we live in does not make this easy. Television commercials show hours upon hours of unhealthy food and drink advertisements over the course of our average working year. It is not some complex conspiracy though. The corporations which produce these minute long segments are paid by an industry which makes a ninety percent profit margin off of soft drinks and only a ten percent profit margin for fresh produce. So, let’s not punish those who are simply trying to make a living and instead focus on our own system of living. What are the other distractions which prevent this type of thinking?
According to the Associated Press, President Obama and Democratic groups supporting him have raised 450 million dollars for the re-election campaign. Republican challenger Mitt Romney and fellow party supporters have raised 400 million dollars. The cumulutive spending is expected to top two billion dollars, the most expensive election in history. Bob Dylan said in an interview with Playboy in 1966 that “statistics measure quantity, not quality. The people in the statistics are people who are very bored.” Most reasonable people are seeing, just like in many previous elections, how corporate and one percentish presidential elections have become. Although, it has probably always been the case. The difference is that for the first time, we are guaranteed to have a commander-in-chief who has never served in the military leading the United States across countless battlefields in the continued wars, conflicts, situations, and democracy building exercises.
Maybe it is all a shameless self-esteem experiment and we are the subjects. All the money spent on campaigning fuels our competitive edge and reasons to disagree instead of uniting together to fix our collective problems. We are all positioned differently whether we know it or not. How much are we willing to ask of ourselves? How much are we willing to ask of each other? How dangerous is it to really push beyond the boundaries and see what we’re made of? We could all help each other out with many of these issues of esteem and positioning. Some of us will be on the sidelines during the championship game while those who depended on us during the preseason move in for the win.