Recently I have been looking at all the ways that I can decrease the ways that I contribute to the problems associated with the American lifestyle. Last week, I wrote about how we can escape from the plight of living pay check to paycheck. This week's blog is about decreasing our garbage output. Every week, I noticed how the dumpster outside our housing project is packed full to overflowing every week with stuff that people are throwing out. Though I cannot change the habits of others, I have decided that I was going to do whatever I could to decrease what I throw out. MORE
Last week I wrote about how slavery is still alive and is a sickness in the world today. There is, however, a different kind that no one really calls slavery and it is much more prevalent today. This type of slavery is called living from paycheck to paycheck. There are basically two causes for this type of slavery and that is either not earning enough money or having so many financial obligations that individuals are unable to spend their income in the ways that they want.
The solution to the slavery of paycheck to paycheck is simple, but not always easy. You either must spend less or earn more or a combination of the two. MORE
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln put the Emancipation Proclamation took effect where he freed the slaves forever. However, that day, no slaves were set free. It wasn’t until after the end of the Civil War that through Constitutional amendments, the practice of the slavery of African Americans was finally put into law. Though free, many of the struggles of freedom and equality continues to this day.
Unfortunately, slavery still exists to this day in one form or another. According to American professor Kevin Bales, co-founder and former president of Free the Slaves, modern slavery occurs "when a person is under control of another person, who applies violence and force to maintain that control, and the goal of that control is exploitation". According to this definition, research from the Walk Free Foundation based on its Global Slavery Index 2016 estimated that there were about 45.8 million slaves around the world in 2016, with 58% of them live in India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, and Uzbekistan. Of these 45.8 million, it is estimated that around 10 million of these contemporary slaves are children. Bales warned that, because slavery is officially abolished everywhere, the practice is illegal, and thus hidden from public authorities, making it impossible to obtain exact figures. MORE
It is funny how some blog posts just come to me. This is one of those. I don’t know what it is called exactly, but often I find that my attention is drawn to specific situations and had recently. Billy Graham’s passing was one of them. I had just watched an episode on the series The Crown where Graham had been in Great Britain and visited Queen Elizabeth. There was a scene where Elizabeth and her husband Phillip where Phillip said that he had been a Fuller Brush salesman.
At the same time, I started a new job in sales. Part of the reason was because I wanted to make more money, but another reason was so that I could personally become a better salesman. At the same time this story broke, I was in training for this new job this caused me to be particularly sensitive to Graham’s preaching style. It made me realize that Graham was Christ’s Closer. His style drew millions of people to the altar using many of the skills that made him a top salesman for Fuller Brush Company. MORE
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