China is having its own issues, they are having tremendous problems with climate change, over-consumption of fossil fuels, increasing food prices, a serious real estate bubble, middle-class problems, etc. So I don’t think that China is going to accept the other nations demands over currency manipulation and reserves. I am not defending them, I am simply stating their reality which is not to our advantage. We, in this country, gambled very unwisely in the 1970’s, with our response to the oil shortage and the emergence of OPEC, free trade and globalization. We are now caught once again without a coherent strategy and the stakes are unfortunately higher. These problems are real and there are solutions out there, we just need to find the political will and courage to implement them.
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Unions have unfortunately, partly due to their own fiasco’s in management, been de-legitimized in a large portion of the public’s eye. This has to be reversed, unions are a vital tool and resource for middle class workers. The corporations during the nascent years of globalization succeeded in pushing the unions to the side, since employees were more concerned about keeping their jobs in this country then joining unions. I was speaking about the Boeing case and I argued that instead of looking at the problem solely from Boeing’s perspective, that they have the right to find cheaper labor, why not see it as an opportunity for workers to unite and North Carolina’s workers stand up and say “we will not accept less than $15.00 an hour, what a union worker starts with in Washington state”. That is not asking for the moon, it is asking for a living wage. It shouldn’t be workers versus workers, it should be workers in their field receiving a wage that enables them to contribute to the cyclical nature of a consumer based economy. The more successful a middle-class, the more demand for goods and services, the more demand for production, the more demand for employees, and so and so. That is what I mean by cyclical.
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Courage, bravery and fear, all three are tied together inextricably. Brave – a general term that suggests fortitude, daring and resolve. Courage – the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain etc. Fear – a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger. I know the question pertains to courage, I just needed to remind myself of the exact definition of both brave and courage because I have always confused them in my mind.
The essential difference between bravery and courage is that one must include fear in the equation, meaning that courage is to overcome fear and proceed with the task at hand. Bravery is a wonderful quality, however it seems to be generated more on the spur of the moment or more instinctual, Since fear is a key factor in shaping courage, I think that courage can be found within oneself with life experience and confidence. Can courage be made? I think that courage can be shaped and taught by institutions such as West Point, Annapolis and any of the armed forces recruiting facilities. The military is just one example, other places could be anywhere that pushes oneself to the limits of ones abilities. Performance schools such as Julliard teach courage, gymnastics training centers and I could go on and on. I think pretty much everyone has experienced a courageous moment in their lives. Like I stated above, fear is the defining difference between bravery and courage. Everyone has had to do something, no matter how trivial it may seem, that made them fearful and despite that, they did it anyway. The question remains, if it really came down to it, would you be able to overcome your deepest fear and prevail? It’s an important question to most of us, since almost all big action movies revolve around the hero and his or her courage. Week-ends see millions of dollars spent to see how the hero gets his courage and the journey he takes to get his courage or how his courage is unfurled from within, deep in his psyche and he is able to access it despite all odds against him. These struggles resonate with most of us, since it can be applicable to us at any point in our lives. Courage is a grand thing, it knows no boundaries, no age barrier, no gender barrier, it is open and available to everyone. It is up the person to strive for it, either by training, soul-searching or sheer will. Each person’s relationship with courage is an individual one.