Lee Brown the Intellective

“The distinction between a simple living being and a spiritual being that is 'capax Dei', points to the existence of the intellective soul of a free transcendent subject".” My interests are varied and there is no limit to the things that are posted here – social issues, economics, politics, entertainment, etc! My approach is balanced and pragmatic, and I might not always present what is popular, but I will always try to present what is right. That is my definition of The Intellective!

America’s Mis-education

September 27th, 2012

O.J. Simpson was the first running back in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards. He accomplished this feat in 1973. Emmitt Smith gained 16,728 yards to become the NFL’s all time leading rusher in 2002 (he retired after gaining 18,355 yards), and Bob Hayes won the Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the 1964 Tokyo games. I trust you can verify these statistics are in fact true. Should you choose not to believe me, you can easily do your own research and verify my accuracy. That is the true purpose of research isn’t it? Facts are easily verified in this age of fingertip technology. Smartphones, tablets and computers make gathering data really easy. That being said, if technology really is just a mouse and keystroke away, then why would you believe anything comes into your purview without first verifying it?

America is a country of arrogance and of ignorance. She is arrogant in the sense that she does not truly realize her place in the global community, and too ignorant to care.   This isolationist stance stretches beyond politics into every aspect of our lives. America’s ignorance is its arrogance. For years we have thought that we were the dominant nation. We believed ourselves to have more influence on the global community than the Soviets and the Chinese. The Cold War was precipitated on this notion. We set out to out-spend China and Russia, hoping that this would bankrupt their governments into submission. We broke Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in the 1980s, yet China stood steadfast and began to invest in America, not because it believed that trade with the U.S. was a good thing, but because it wanted our debt. Yes, if you can’t beat them, own them. Case in point: The following companies who are hallmarks of American industry are owned by foreigners: Anheuser-Busch (Brazilian/Belgium giant InBev), 7-Eleven (Japan’s Seven & I Holdings), and Frigidaire (Swedish home appliance company Electrolux), just to name a few. America’s arrogance allowed these companies to be sold, and its ignorance has caused it to be asleep at the wheel.

Yet as Americans, we continue to digest information from unverified sources as if we were standing in line at a Jim Jones cookout. Our ignorance has spread at a pandemic rate. We repeat what we saw on the news, or what we have heard from “somebody.” We forward outlandish emails with reckless abandon, yet all the while we think that we have all the facts necessary to make intelligent decisions.  Imagine having to make the decision to commit troops to war based solely on the information you receive via the Internet? Or based on the rhetoric of a country led by a crazy dictator? (I’m still waiting to see the weapons of mass destruction). The side effects of stupidity are just as dangerous as the side effects of the hottest drug on the market. It can cause severe brain constipation, it can make you delirious, and it can cause you to repeat lies that would make the most severe Tourette syndrome patient pause. And I am not just speaking of politics. Consider this:

Medicine

Has every diagnosis/prognosis you have received from a medical professional been accurate? If you are one of the few to whom this has happened to, then good for you. If not, my suggestion would be to seek a second and even a third opinion. If they were as accurate as they would like to think they were, holistic therapy would be just a fad. Chiropractic care would be outlawed, and pharmaceutical reps would be in the unemployment line. Educate yourself.

Technology

How many times have you received an email making some outlandish claim? Lies so far fetched, you would have to have been a complete idiot to believe them? Elvis and Tupac are still alive and living in Europe. Whitney and Michael are not only alive; they are working on an album together. These are the same stories found in the supermarket tabloids. At least with these publications, they make no claims of accuracy. Question: when you received these bogus emails, what did you do? Did you delete it? If you did, then you receive a gold star. But if you forwarded it, did you verify its contents before you did, or did you just send it on to your friends and colleagues to further spread the lie? Now you become complicit, and just as culpable as the originator of the email. Fact-check and educate yourself.

Media

Network news for the most part has not changed since the days of John Chancellor (NBC), Harry Reasoner (ABC), and Walter Cronkite (CBS). Their broadcasts were balanced in their approached and not designed to steer your opinion one way or another. It was what it was. Then along came the cable networks and their alphabet soup of news channels: CNN, FOX, MSNBC, FOX Business, etc. The balance in their reporting disappeared and was replaced by partisan broadcasts. They hired hacks to bring you a daily dose of fear from everything from the direction the country is headed in to how one shipment of Tylenol was going to kill all Americans. At the end of these broadcasts, I am not sure of whether to take a shower or to grab my gun and defend my home. I implore you to watch all broadcasts, especially the ones with which you obviously disagree. You certainly need to see how those with differing views see this world. Again, educate yourself.

Lastly, don’t take anything you read at face value. Media outlets, politicians and advertisers all have one objective – and that is to get you to believe what it is that they are saying, vote the way they want you to and to buy whatever it is they are selling. To not do your due diligence is tantamount to being blind and trying to cross a busy intersection – you are relying on others to provide you with safe passage. Without educating yourself on the issues that affect both you and your community, how can you make effective decisions that best benefit you and your family? Education is the inoculation against ignorance.

The Intellective (C) 2012

High School Reunions Can Be Fun!!!

September 10th, 2012

 

Bloggers write for a myriad of reasons. Some write because they truly have something to say, or are experts on a particular subject. Others write because they see a wrong being perpetrated and want others to know about it. Still other bloggers write because it is therapeutic, and maybe even cathartic. Personally, I write for all of these reasons, but I also write because I want to remember. I want a recording of all of my experiences in preparation for the day when my organic memory fails me.

Having said this; have you ever been a part of something really special? Have you ever belonged to something that in any given time and place was truly extraordinary? Did you realize it right away, or did it take some time to sink in? I am sure that athletes who participate in team sports have experienced this feeling of euphoria that I am talking about. The 1972 Miami Dolphins have felt it, as have the 1927 New York Yankees, as have the Boston Celtic teams of the 1960’s. I, having never been a professional athlete, have never felt that feeling. Until now.

I was humbled to be able to attend my 30-year high school class reunion. Humbled not because I never thought I would be here, but humbled to be in the presence of so many great people! Humbled because try as I might, my accomplishments over the past 30 years pale in comparison to the giants I attended high school with. These men and women have accepted the challenges of today’s society with the same determination of the championship teams I mentioned. And many have done it with the same rate of success. And it is an honor to say that I knew them before they became world-beaters. I knew them before they became Kappas and Omegas. Before Deltas and AKAs. I knew them before they became CEOs and entrepreneurs. Before they became nurses and ministers. I even knew them before they took up arms in defense of this great nation. I knew these people when they were bright-eyed 15 year olds trying to figure out this world and how they were going to make their individual mark on it.

When we got together after 10 years, we were still making our way. We were still young and energetic, and moved about at a frenetic pace.  We were still eager to learn, but we were like caged thoroughbreds, ready to romp at our own unbridled pace. Look out world, here we come!

After 20 years we assembled again, having realized we had lost some of our classmates along the way. We still had the same energy, but we were more focused. Some of us had started to emerge professionally as we moved up the corporate ladder. Others had started to make an impact in our communities. Still others had struck out on their own in search of entrepreneurial freedom. But when we came together it was high school all over again. Titles and accomplishments got left at the door as it was and will always be, about the common love we have for each other.

Now here we are 30 years post-graduation, and looking better than ever! More accomplished, more confident, and more complete. We are now the leaders in our communities, the go-to people professionally, and even the patriarchs and matriarchs of our families. We volunteer in our churches, our communities and stand ready to help those in need. We have not only become parents, we have become OUR parents. Our conversations still remain zany, but now they have evolved from juvenile pursuits to more important things like deficits and wars, and unemployment. Conversations which at are not only thought-provoking, but intriguing. In the past week I have become reacquainted with some of the most special people in my lifetime, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with this fine group of people and I look forward to the next opportunity to do it again.

Lee Brown the Intellective

“The distinction between a simple living being and a spiritual being that is 'capax Dei', points to the existence of the intellective soul of a free transcendent subject".” My interests are varied and there is no limit to the things that are posted here – social issues, economics, politics, entertainment, etc! My approach is balanced and pragmatic, and I might not always present what is popular, but I will always try to present what is right. That is my definition of The Intellective!