Celebrating America’s Independence

On this day in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. The declaration itself let Great Britain know that the American colonies were tired of being ruled by them and that America wanted to become its own country.

Americans felt the need to fight for their independence from Great Britain because they were forced to be taxed by the British for tea and had to allow British soldiers to stay in their homes. This is what spurred the Revolutionary War, which started in 1775.

Although the Declaration of Independence was approved by Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776 the war continued until we finally defeated Great Britain in 1783.

Sadly America today embraces a lot of the ideologies our forefathers fought against. We once fought against a $0.03 per/pound tax on tea but today an $0.18 tax per gallon of fuel is acceptable. We send our money to other countries before we take care of our own. This is done under the guise of humanitarianism but any intelligent person knows it is politically motivated.

So while we spend this July 4th celebrating the freedoms that 25k – 70k men of our country died for, remember what we’re celebrating and don’t let their sacrifices go in vain.

My Opinion on the Recent Supreme Court Ruling on Roe v. Wade

DISCLAIMER
Although this will come across as such, this is not a political post. Must read to the end to fully understand.

It’s crazy how a month ago everyone was heartbroken over innocent children being murdered at a school yet today they’re outraged they don’t have the choice to murder children themselves.

They go on to make arguments for having the right to choose what they do with their own bodies yet last year were complicit in persecuting those who made a personal choice to not get vaccinated.

They make arguments against “outdated” gun laws because we no longer have muskets yet don’t follow that same logic when it comes to what we know now vs fifty years ago scientifically about a fetus.

The hypocrisy is complete lunacy and lacks any logic. It takes any credibility they think they have on the topic and flushes it down the toilet.

People that know me know that I identify as conservative and are surprised when I take the pro-choice side of abortion. Prior to the pandemic I would tell them that it would be hypocritical of me not to be pro-choice when I believe in capital punishment. And now post-pandemic it would be even more hypocritical since I believe I should be able to choose what I do with my body.

I honestly don’t see how anyone could take me seriously if I said one was okay but not the other yet that’s is exactly what the majority of people are doing.

I’m not making an argument here for or against the ruling. This is not a politically charged post. It doesn’t matter which side of the political isle you’re on.

What I am doing is making an argument for being congruent. Look behind why you believe what you believe and make sure you hold yourself to those standards consistently.

If you truly believe “my body my choice” then believe that in all facets and not just abortion or the vaccine. If laws should change because times have changed when it comes to guns, don’t flip on that when it comes to science. It’s okay to change your opinion once you’ve learned more about something, but take that same logic and apply it to your other opinions to see if they’ve changed as well.

Love it or hate it but no one respects someone who is inconsistent in their beliefs.

Be congruent
Be consistent
(Yes, I know they’re synonyms but I’m going for the dramatic finish)

So…

Be congruent
Be consistent
Use logic over emotion to validate your opinions
Be true to yourself
Become respected

My Thoughts on Therapy and it’s Effect on Society

I’m sure you either know someone who’s been in therapy, is in therapy, or therapy is something you’ve experienced yourself. And while I don’t personally see many benefits of therapy, I don’t necessarily think it’s all bad. But there is one glaring issue that I have with therapy that seems to stand out in most cases.

Let me start with a story. I have a close friend who is going to therapy. I’m going to call this person Pat to protect his identity. Since I’ve known Pat, he’s always had a bit of a short fuse. Pat is very argumentative and he feels the need to always be right. Pat rarely takes accountability for anything he’s done in his life and the results he has experienced in his life he considers a result of his upbringing.

When I chat with Pat, he tells me about his therapy sessions and how they’ve helped him identify his mother and how she raised him to be one of the reasons that Pat is the way he is. The therapist focuses on the family dynamics of how Pat was raised and what he had to go through during his childhood to somehow justify Pat’s behavior today.

Pat’s story seems like an extremely common example of what people I personally know have experienced with therapy. Heck, I have even tried therapy myself which was a complete waste of my time and my money. Nothing was ever accomplished and there were no tangible results from it. I already knew how I felt. I already communicated that to the people that were involved and at that point if things didn’t change it wasn’t on me.

This brings me to the reason that I’m writing this article and sharing my opinion with the masses. I just can’t stop thinking that it would make more sense to focus on what you can do moving forward. Focus on the things that you can control opposed to the things you can’t. All therapists are doing is helping to perpetuate the victim mindset that has become so prevalent in todays western culture.

Personally I feel like there is a lot of different content out there that can be more beneficial and is free or at least a low cost alternative to therapy that will garner actual results. I read a lot of books, consume a lot of content such as podcasts, YouTube videos, Audible, etc. that focus on your mindset. There’s some really great material out there. Books like Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins, Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander, or even just listening to free content like former Navy Seal Rob O’Neal discuss his life on the Vigilance Elite YouTube Channel which I will link here – https://youtu.be/Vm0fAae8x7Q.

I know it’s a four hour long interview, so let me just mention a couple of items that really stood out to me. Around the 27:35 mark Rob talks about going through Seal training and how tomorrow you always start with a clean slate. He says “When you feel like quitting, and you will. Do not quit right now. That’s emotion. I want you to quit tomorrow. If you can keep quitting tomorrow you can do anything in life.” At the 57:42 mark he discusses getting punished for something he didn’t do wrong. And the instructors thought process behind that was to see if you it would get inside your head.

Most people choose not to be mentally strong in life. Most people choose not to take accountability for their actions. They feel like they’re a victim of someone else’s decisions and not their own. I do realize the medical industry, therapy included, makes its money from repeat business, however, would it not be prudent to focus on taking accountability and focusing on moving forward rather than placing blame on a past that can’t be changed?

My Thoughts on Media Bias and it’s Role in Influencing Peoples Perceptions

In today’s day and age the media is constantly pushing their own narrative. Most of the time that narrative is being pushed to them by politics. Sometimes it can come across very subtly, while other times it can be extremely obvious. One thing I always like to do is question the motive behind the narrative being pushed.

I saw an article today titled “Tesla crashes into home after driver attempts to put it in reverse”. I am a Tesla owner myself so I know some of the myths and misconceptions that people have about Teslas compared to their reality.

Contrary to popular belief, there is not a major learning curve when driving a Tesla. For me the hardest part to get use to was not turning the car on or off when getting in or out of the vehicle. Yes, with auto steer and auto pilot, FSD, there are some additional technology features that may take some getting used to. However, it is still just an automobile and can be controlled completely by the human driver.

That being said, it’s pretty apparent to me that this incident is the responsibility of the driver and not the vehicle. So that really begs the question why was Tesla used in the title of the article? Cars crash into houses all the time yet their makes or model are not typically listed in the headlines. So why Tesla?

Elon Musk is a very polarizing figure. Some say he’s the real life version of Iron Man. But recently he has gained many critics, especially those on the political left. He has gone as far as to say that he would be voting Republican for the first time in his life because of how crazy Democrats currently are.

Of course this has spurred outrage from those on the political left. And it’s not surprising that those on the left that hold office or not his biggest fans. When discussing energy efficiency and electric vehicles the White House completely overlooked Tesla. NASDAQ recently dropped Tesla from their energy shares. And around the same time that Elon made his statements regarding politics he was hit with a sexual assault claim.

It’s pretty obvious here, to me at least, that politics are playing a part in the bias it is trying to create against Tesla and a Musk. The tactics being used are very similar to how when the media reports a crime they include the race of the victim only if the victim is a minority. Or, if the person committing the crime is white.

So why does the media do this? Well, it makes sense from the race perspective that they do it to help perpetuate the narrative of racism in America. If everyone believed that there was no racism in America then politicians couldn’t pander for those votes.

So why Tesla? Well I think it’s pretty apparent that Musk is upsetting those on the left. With his initial offer to purchase Twitter and save freedom of speech their reactions and response confirmed everyones theories that Twitter had been censoring those on the right unjustifiably. This is seen as a threat to politicians who are constantly trying to control the narrative to pander to their voting base.

In the end I believe it’s everyone’s individual responsibility to do their own research and investigating when it comes to the topics that matter to them without taking anything the media tells them at face value. In the day where we label everything misinformation or disinformation that is later deemed to be accurate and true, you can’t take anything at face value.

My Thoughts on the Lia Thomas Interview

Lia Thomas was recently interviewed by Katie Barnes for ESPN. She stated during the interview that she didn’t transition to gain a competitive advantage in swimming and while that may be entirely true, the fact of the matter is that it did.

For those who don’t know, Lia Thomas is the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division 1 national championship. There was a lot of controversy over this since Lia use to compete as a member of the Penn men’s team in 2018-19. At that time she ranked 554th in the 200 freestyle, 65th in the 500 freestyle and 32nd in the 1650 freestyle. As her career at Penn wrapped, she moved to fifth, first and eighth in those respective events on the women’s deck.

Currently the NCAA requires at least 12 months of hormone therapy. The policy includes a requirement that transgender women swimmers demonstrate they have maintained a testosterone level below 5 nanomoles per liter continuously for at least 36 months before competition. It also requires transgender women to provide evidence that they do not have a competitive advantage from being assigned male at birth. That evidence will be reviewed by a panel of three independent medical experts.

To put this into perspective, I was diagnosed with low testosterone back in 2013. Normal testosterone levels are 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter or 10 to 35 nanomoles per liter. My test levels were came back at 96 nanograms per deciliter, or 3.32 nanomoles per liter. This is well under the NCAA requirement for transgender competition, yet I’m a heterosexual male that had not had any previous hormone therapy.

I am a man who has a large build and is fairly strong. At the time my bench press was a max of 365lbs and I was throwing up 280lbs for my regular workouts. So my lifelong benefits of previously higher testosterone levels had built the muscle tissues an fibers that my body still had regardless of my new, naturally lowered testosterone levels.

Aside from personally understanding the physical benefits of going through puberty with normal testosterone levels, there are skeletal differences between biological males and biological women. This is how archaeologists are able to identify skeletal remains that are thousands of years old and can still identify the gender.

Regardless of any opinions on trans individuals, the facts are there that show they have a significant advantage in male-to-female transitions when competing in female sports. Under the NCAA rules that were adopted in February 2021 I would qualify to compete as woman. Does that really seem fair? I don’t think so, and neither does trans spokeswoman Caitlyn Jenner who has competed in the Olympics and won a gold medal. Jenner went so far as to say “Lia Thomas is one of the worst things that happened to the trans community because it’s such bad publicity,” She went on to add “We must protect women’s sports. At all costs. What Lia has done, beating biological women to win a Division I national championship, is anathema to what sports represents and the spirit of competition.”

Now you know my opinion, and the reasons I have for my opinion. Let me know your opinion in the comment section below.

My Thoughts on the Uvalde Shooting & Gun Control

People continue to look at superficial arguments to support their political beliefs rather than finding an answer to the problem. While I do think placing armed guards at schools is a better solution than more background checks (which wouldn’t have even worked in Uvalde considering he passed) it is still just a band-aid that doesn’t root cause the issue at hand.

Did you know that 75% of all adolescent murderers are from fatherless homes? Or that 85% of all adolescents diagnosed with mental disorders are from fatherless homes? Or even that 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes? Those are some staggeringly high percentages and should be a good place to start looking for real answers.

But guess what? It doesn’t help anyone win elections. In fact, it probably would piss a lot of people off to realize that they’re part of the problem.

Reality can sometimes be a hard pill to swallow.

In the times we live in no one takes accountability for their own choices so I wouldn’t expect things to change anytime soon. They’d rather lean on their government to create a scapegoat so that they can pass blame from themselves.

When Sales Ops Becomes Sales Prevention

During my entire tenure in sales I’ve been lucky to be a part of multiple different system implementations, leading some, and taking a testing role in others. Change is something that is fun to be a part of, and even better when the organization you’re with allows for input to help mold the processes that becomes the heart of the operation.

Sometimes however, you can end up caught up in a process that’s been developed by a single individual.  If this person isn’t open to input or feedback from the collective group it can not only make the implementation longer and more painful, it can also hinder the ability of the employees to perform their jobs at the same level they previously had been able to.
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