Innovation at its finest

One of the hallmarks of capitalism is innovation. Of course this is assuming that the only motivation to be innovative is to make money. There are countless people who are innovative either for personal or societal goals. Nikola Tesla comes to mind. Of course people like this usually get there ideas stolen from them.

One of the things I miss about living out west was the creative slogans on business signs. I have seen some of that in the south but not as frequent.

I saw more innovation living among the “poor” in Phoenix. That is some of the people who rode bikes putting motors on them. Of course when I looked up the first motorcycle, that is actually how it was invented.

There are some inventors, maybe more than we know whose only goal was to better humanity. Until some capitalist came along and profited from their idea. We probably never would have heard of these great minds if that hadn’t happened.

The way our monetary system works today, money no longer feels like freedom. In fact people all over are finding creative ways to live and do things just to save a buck here and there. From finding creative ways to beat the rent to even burying their relatives to beat burial costs.

Life in the material world

This meme about sums it up. The world isn’t getting worse. It’s always been cursed. The church was supposed to be a light to the world. They still are to some degree, but even man can corrupt that too.

Life is not hard. The ways of the world are. To put it in proper perspective anyway.

Anybody who walks in the Divine light is the Light of the world. Don’t expect the world to respond well to the light.

I think I may be dying

It’s true. I’m dying. And so are you. At least as far as this world is concerned. Everything man-made eventually dies. On earth, the man-made stuff just reinvents itself. This is why there is nothing new “under” the sun. This also explains the so-called cursed upon materialism; it will never ultimately satisfy and any attempt to find satisfaction in earthly things will enslave us and cause us to forget who we truly are.

Even Jesus said all things pass away. I have been dying for over 40 years. At the same time the last 40 years have been the best years of my childhood. You keep yourself young by staying close to who were were growing up. So I guess my purpose is to prove that I can be a responsible adult and still be “immature”.

What is immaturity anyway? It is basically a word that grownups who take life too seriously call people who like to have fun every once in awhile.

Face it, adulthood is overrated. Even Jesus said to be like a child. Although this refers to a childlike faith in Divine Providence.

So I’m dying and will continue to do so for another two or three decades. We were created to live forever. Even some healthcare practitioners can’t figure out why humans don’t live longer than they actually do. Or why they even get sick in the first place.

It turns out even dying is an illusion. All dying is is the body slowly decaying. Even this is cause by wear and tear on the body due to excessive demands the world places on us, not to mention our own egos which cause us to push ourselves too hard. People that know how to take care of themselves don’t show the effects of dying as they get old. Often this latter group ends up reversing the aging process. The result is when they hit old age, people end up being surprised by how old they really are.

When Jesus said “die to ourselves”, I believe he meant die to the way of the world and live the divine life that the Great Spirit calls us to live in service to our neighbor. This is how we overcome the world that keeps trying to enslave us.

Blue collar jobs as career options?

I grew up in a blue collar working class family. Actually back in the 1970’s this was the middle class. Since the 1980’s the middle class has evolved to include mostly corporate jobs with the working class falling behind; even though they are the backbone of society and are the ones who create the wealth in society that the upper classes live off of.  

It kind of reminds me of a line from the movie Good Will Hunting where Matt Damon was telling his counselor Sean, played by the late Robin Williams, that there was honor in doing construction work. While many people will look down on someone who waits tables or works as a retail clerk in a store or a gas station, it is good to note that there is no such things as a dead end job.  

The Bible even says that there is profit in all labor. Although it seems as if the better paying jobs involve dealing with more bullshit; not to mention the lower paying jobs tend to be funner and less monotonous.  

Just because I returned to my first job in my fourth company at 40 years of age doesn’t mean I will stay there forever. Even if I stay with the same company, I will likely end up as a store manager or at corporate.  I even talk to the bread vendors who deliver to the store; this is the highest paying outside vendor that we deal with and they are the only vendors who work as independent contractors. Imagine the luxury of smelling fresh bread every morning.  

Also, the last few years I have seen more retail space opening up in shopping centers while corporate jobs decline. The private sector is the backbone of the economy and this is why I feel we have nothing to worry about if the economy were to collapse. It would just go back to the way it was before with smaller family owned businesses. And there would likely be a lot more community.  

I am not ready for it yet but every time I pass by a vacant store for lease, I can almost envision seeing myself owning my own store. I love buying stuff from the local store owners as opposed to corporate chain stores as it feels like I am supporting a greater purpose.  

As much as I miss driving at the auto auction, I have looked into the possibility of acquiring a dealer’s license and flipping used cars.  

It’s not conflicted to have options. As long as you are content where you are at while you dream big.  Of course you can get so content that you end up not doing anything.

Minimalism: Making room for more

Now that I have simplified my life over the last six years, I am discovering that part of the secret to making money is solving complex problems. Man has a tendency to complicate things and this is actually where the money is at. The simple life may be the good life but it is not where the money is.


Being a minimalist is good. To a point, that is. But becoming a minimalist is not about the lack of ambition that many people think it is. Even the folks over at The Minimalist website (the Beckers in Arizona) consider themselves a middle class family.
Minimalism is all about prioritizing what you want in life and making balance.

It is all about knowing yourself and what you truly want out of life. Essentially you minimize the clutter and maximize your potential elsewhere.

As someone on my social media feed said, the best way to find your calling in life is to ask yourself what problem you would like to solve.


The best way to market yourself is to make the problem sound as complicated as possible and then in the interview you go and make yourself sound like you are the only one who is able to solve said problem.

Play the game. Or white man’s game, or whatever you call it. Although it is not really just the white man’s game anymore.


My ability to simplify as a freelance writer resulted in getting paid less for jobs. When you get paid by the word, it is not a good idea to simplify content into less words. I read somewhere that even in novels, the authors have to insert fluff. The result is a 500 page novel may in all actuality just be a 100+ page short story.


Factor in that every time the author mentions a name brand product that the advertiser pays a bonus to the publisher and then subsequently to the author.


So basically, the secret to making money is to overthink and overcomplicate. Then proceed to solve the problem by creating another problem. Or maybe two or three more. Why not be an overachiever?
Keep doing this for four or five decades until you can retire.