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Blog entry by nosferatus1966 posted 12-31-2012 09:48 PM 2449 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I want to share an email I sent to my friends:

A New Year is here

First at all, what is wrong with our society?
Like many American I come to this land to improve, to give my best for the future of my kids.
I packed my life and I come here, with my bag full of dreams, and preconceptions too.

A hardship business, this trying to find myself in this “new world”. Learning the rules and realizing: how wrong I was about this American society.
Chasing the happiness and putting besides my preconceptions. People are the same here, in China , or Uruguay. We all have the same feelings, we all have the same needs; when we put aside the obvious cultural differences. Yes we speak different languages, we worship different gods or no gods, but under the skin, we all are human beings, and we all have the same spirituals needs, and we all are touched when bad stuff happens.

Friday 14th of December, 2012 was a sad day in the life of all of us, no matter if you have children or not.
The fact is that twenty children were killed in a small CT town. They were killed by another kid, carrying an assault rifle, and I am not forgetting the adults he killed.
I was working when I heard the news, and I couldn’t do my job after that.
I was sucked in to the event, because the media in our country is “hungry for bad news”.
And I was so sad and frustrated; please America turn off the TV!

The show they put every time any tragedy happen is so disgusting. Bad news means high ratings, bad news sells newspapers.
What is wrong with our society?
We had became this social-network blooper society where people can broadcast about their lonely life in an illusionary world full of “friends”, or just broadcast of somebody else’s tragedy, just for fun.
We had became this society where bad-ass attitude and stupidity is cool. Anybody can become a celebrity from dark to dusk. Success is directly proportional to the level of stupidity.

And success is measured in money.
And I am talking about the Jackass, Jersey Shore, Big Brother, and the list can go on and on , and of course all the followers.VULGARITY is the new COOL.
And then again I blame the media and it’s brainwash broadcasting.
And I also blame us as parents when we don’t check what our children are watching, or what our children play.

The bad-ass behavior is not exclusive to the “celebrities”. We just need to ride the bus or train to feel at first hand this attitude. People shoving, pushing to get there, the same selfish attitude populates our roads and highways, people cutting you off, illegal turns, crossing double solid lines to get there, it’s all about ME, ME, ME….
Our society so hungry for instant satisfaction, we don’t know how to wait. It’s all about: satisfy my needs NOW: fast food, speed dating, 500 HD channels, sports where they score goals for dozens,(no wander Soccer is not popular here),I need it and I need it now!
We lost the ability to wait, we are loosing our humanity on us.

A New Year is here.
And the world didn’t end. This may disappointed the media, I’m sure.
But what if the end of the world is really the end of an attitude, what if the end of the world really means a change of direction. And I am not talking about government; I am talking about us, the people.
What we can do?

Let’s start from home.
Let’s start with our kids, or spouses, our family members, people we love, our friends, and our workplace.
Nobody told me to give the seat to a pregnant woman that is the RIGHT thing to do.
Spread the good values, turn of the TV, read a book, tell your wife/husband I love you more often, hug your kids tight, keep the good memories alive of those who had departed
We have to become human again, and our children ARE the future.
I may sound idealistic, but I am just a man, a parent, a husband so sick and tired of the direction our society is going.

Sorry, I just cried out loud, I needed it.

If you got this email it’s because you made some difference in my life, big or small, human connections can be measured, I
am sure I can count WITH you, my friend

My best wishes in this New Year
Let’s start working to make of it a GREAT YEAR

God Bless us all
12/30/2012 New York City

Richard Rivero

Sagan-Rivero Custom Carpentry & Design
www.saganrivero.com

-- Richard, NY, www.saganrivero.com



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#1 posted 12-31-2012 11:14 PM

thank you for sharing this richard

unless we come together as a people

we are all lost
and the dreams with us

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 11:48 PM

Thank you for this Richard .
I don’t have the verbal skills to compose a letter like this and am so happy you did .
If you don’t mind I will use this to pass on in future letters to friends .

Happy New Year and all the best to you and family.

-- Kiefer 松

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nosferatus1966

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#3 posted 01-01-2013 12:16 AM

Thanks guys for your comments

And PLEASE Kiefer, feel free to spread the word, we need more people like you, who can see we are going in the wrong direction as a society It is time to stop all this nonsense, can you guys imagine the future of our nation in 100 years? If we don’t change we will became the stupidest country in the word, and the change start at home
God Bless us all

-- Richard, NY, www.saganrivero.com

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#4 posted 01-01-2013 02:30 AM

Richard, A great commentary that we all need to heed. Here’s hoping people take your words to heart in the coming year. Andy

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 08:11 AM

yep.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 08:56 AM

Richard, very very well said. I have been shouting the same mantra for years, but I lack the eloquence you possess. Thank you for taking the time to put it writing and, with your permission, I would like to share this through every avenue open to me.

I haven’t watched TV in several years…..just got fed up with it’s entertainment stupidity and media manipulation of the facts. I figured I was stupid enough already so why make it worse by watching an idiot box(no offense or disrespect intended towards anyone). Some of those shows are not just stupid, but down right scary and yes the media is at fault, but we are at greater fault for not just putting up with it, but actually perpetuating it.

If anyone wonders what brought us to this point, just look in the mirror because we are all at fault and we are the only ones that can correct it if we act in unison.

Ray

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#7 posted 01-01-2013 04:32 PM

I rarely ever watch the news, read the newspaper or watch TV because I can not find anything positive, constructive or enjoyable by wasting my time doing it. Too many people are addicted of the showbusiness of the media. Sure, I will hear from people about horrible things that happen in this country and the world…usually several days after these events happen…but my life has never improved, become happier or even suffered because of not having instant information at my fingertips…especially from such a manipulative group of news media sources.

I focus entirely on what is important to me…my family, my friends and our lives and what we do and what we can have control over to make our lives better…

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#8 posted 01-01-2013 04:53 PM

Many sad events last year lets all hope and pray for a better year in 2013.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 01-01-2013 07:33 PM

To quote my friend, the Treeman, ...that is why TV is called “programming”.
I recently asked a new acquaintance from somewhere in Africa if what they have experienced since coming here has not been a disappointment. They said there will be some tragedy and anywhere you go, and some constriction to actual individual freedoms.
I concur with keifer.
I do not understand the way humans think, or why. Why do people seem so opposed to ….happy…reciprocal peacefulness…Quantum Activism…
-nice, Patron

-- christine

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#10 posted 01-01-2013 07:36 PM

Greetings from the socialist capital of America – California.
There is more than one reason they call it the ’left coast’?

Great thoughts. Perhaps you all would like something along the same lines from (of all people)
George Carlin.

SOMETHING TO PONDER: George Carlin

George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

George Carlin

Lee
Moreno Valley’s local has-been.
Servant of the Living God.

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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nosferatus1966

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#11 posted 01-01-2013 09:27 PM

Hey fellow woodworkers, I am so overwhelmed by your reactions to my post
It feel so good to see I’m not alone
I like this reaction to one of my good friends I sent the email:

“Well said Richard.
Ultimately we don’t have a better life by waiting for others to make it. We have to demand it of ourselves and offer it to those around us.”

-- Richard, NY, www.saganrivero.com

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#12 posted 01-02-2013 01:43 AM

Greg and Lee thanks for those inciteful posts (George Carlin had it right)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 01-02-2013 06:54 AM

I just watched (bits and pieces of) “Three Magic Words” (on netflix -in between scroll-sawing in the den) -a little cheesier even than “Quantum Activist”...but a lot of reminders of common sense practices we forget to employ when little trials set us on a cranky mindset (the best offered by children)... and some more great quotes from some of history’s greats…though, i think none as awesome as that George Carlin dissertation! I think i shall pass that one on!

You are not alone, but i fear we are greatly outnumbered!
I keep trying to share it and spread it…but some folks are so…inexplicably…rigid…inflexible…almost repellent…i don’t understand.

-- christine

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