I have an interesting cup of coffee on Sunday mornings after church where I sit with a young man in college that has the fire and spunk of youth with computer engineering and the effects with artificial intelligence on the planet sitting next to an elderly ww2 veteran who brings the dynamic of life experience into the fray. my role is more of a man in the middle facilitator asking “why” or “why do you feel that way?” to questions I have been working on during the week. today was more about the social dynamic inside the USA and what might be the possible reality with AI and the effect on humans when floating the issue of work, jobs, welfare, and the idea of basic universal income.
I doubt that society will get closer as technology evolves unless some catastrophic change produces problems where the idea of medicating with a magic pill or blaming another will no longer suffice. while I love the idea of freedom and that one can try most anything, when I look back I see how selfish I have been in my life, and I see how society is talking a good game about collaboration -but it is more of a surface fluff or cake frosting kind. this type of collaboration will not solve the problems we have allowed to creep into the domestic USA society for the past 40 years.
case and point is that I am actually shocked with how the president is handling the country. each day, you wonder, “did this guy ever really travel outside of the USA? or see and live outside of his gilded cage?” while I understand the reality of his journey to make his brand and all the successes, failures and work that went into it – what I am seeing of his personality makes me pray even harder that general Kelly doesn’t simply walk out one day. maybe the president thought his tv show was an accurate view of reality? maybe he things amazingly high turnover rate is like my friends in the first silicon valley stock option wave thinking a high “burn rate” was good, and a -16,500 P/E ratio was great?
“what do you mean, the high number isn’t good?”
it saddened me to hear the reality of what the elder man thought of the current office of the president. “that man isn’t serving the country, he is serving his own selfish ego.” had me stop and wonder about his actions and more staff turnover in the past week. it just sets out a picture where his ego and pride is going to take a country down the tubes for a bit. thankfully, there was an ex CIA director that put out a scathing message that pretty much spelled out that while one can hurt and be vindictive to some folks, in the long run, the country is far greater than one man or office.
now we get to wait for a porn star to tell us all about being paid off and the president simply not being honest and hiding behind an NDA that he swears he knew nothing about.
maybe I get sad, as I remember a few moments in my last where I did not tell the truth and it was in hindsight that I realized, “that was stupid. be honest at all times, don’t keep secrets anymore, and you will have a healthy and rich life and live. it might not be the same as when you were competing with other folks scratching and clawing for the same brass ring – but until you get off the treadmill of what the world thinks is a success – you can’t see how insane it really is.
it all has me wonder, “what exactly does Vladimir Putin have on Donald Trump. I mean it has to be something really amazing when you consider the president can’t even negotiate an NDA with a porn star to be quiet. just my two cents of head scratching disbelief.
what I am witnessing, and I hope I am wrong, is pride before the storm. will it just affect the president and his “image?” or will he hurt a lot of people inside the country, and world? time will tell. until then, my odd prayer is, “general Kelly, can you please just jam the president's twitter, or just take his phone away? for the sake of national security?”