America’s Politcal Future

I used to think that Donald Trump marked the death of egalitarianism. I was wrong. Egalitarianism didn’t die, it just retreated, and in a few years, it will be back stronger than ever. Donald Trump’s victory only spelled the end of neoliberalism and neoconservatism, which will inevitably lead to a complete restructuring of both the Democrat and Republican Parties. This, in turn, will put America at a crossroad. Either the United States becomes Richard Maybury’s version of fascist, or we slowly turn into a socialist society; anything is possible at this point.

The old establishment is losing their power hand over fist. The neoliberals and neoconservatives have been defeated “big-league” – perhaps not by Trump necessarily, but by more extremist ideologies. Because of this, both parties will need to reinvent themselves. The Democrat party will probably change the most as the Hillary Clintons of the party are quickly replaced by extremists like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Republicans, too, will become more radicalized under Donald Trump as the Mitt Romneys and Jeb Bushes of the party go hide under a rock. Needless to say, this transition of power will have consequences.

No matter what happens at this point, I think it’s fair to say that America’s future will be a radical one, but whether America becomes hardcore left or right will really depend on Trump’s presidency. If Trump can keep his popularity at a steady maximum, without making too many unpopular mistakes before leaving office, right-wing extremism will have the upper hand and Republicans will probably be dominant for another administration. What if Trump leaves office hated? Then Republicans are royally screwed, and people like Julian Castro have a chance to be president. So just pray that Trump is nothing short of a savior.

So in conclusion, I’m getting ready for a more radicalized America. I’m also going to keep a close eye on Trump because his success determines whether America goes hardcore left or right. All I can really do is make sure that I understand what kind of political climates certain ideologies require, then boom: I can figure out what’s going on (to a certain degree).

Workout Results

It’s official; for over a month, I’ve been working out. Three days a week, I force myself into my gym clothes, and I go to the local health club. The result?

  • Complete flexibility.

Only a few short weeks ago, I could barely pick a pencil up off the floor. Now I can twist myself up like pretzel and smile while doing it. Success!

  • Less body fat.

I weigh 5 pounds less than when I started; my stomach feels tighter than it used to, and I don’t jiggle like Jello when I use a jump rope anymore.

  • I get to eat like a cow.

Honestly, I’m eating all the time now. Ribeye steak, rotisserie chicken, turkey legs – and that’s just for lunch. I’m able to enjoy such a vast quantity of food since protein is required to build muscle. Plus, I’m not gaining any body fat. Amazing.

I love how healthy I’ve become over such a short period. I’ve enjoyed the journey getting here too. I still have a long way to go before I become an Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that still doesn’t take away from the excitement of improving myself through hard work. It’s very rewarding, and I can’t wait to share my progress in future posts. Cheers!

Uh Oh. I’m Bodybuilding Now.

I recently decided that I wanted to have the body of Arnold Schwarzenegger – or at least a body with no body-fat. Is that overkill? Yes, but that’s just how I roll. I’m not worried one bit (ok, maybe a little bit). It’s going to be a wonderful adventure that I’ll be able to add to my book of life.

How do I plan to get the body of the Arnold (AKA Greek God)? Hard work a determination, of course. It’s going to be difficult, but I’ve hired a personal trainer with my own money to help me with all the heavy lifting (no pun intended). I’ve started eating protein in the form of a few hard-boiled eggs for breakfast and I’m drinking tons of water. I’ll be right back. I need to go to the bathroom.

Ok, I’m back. Right now, I’m just one week into this little body experiment. The result? I’m able to touch my toes (not that impressive, but at least it’s a start). I’m beginning to feel pretty limber – although I do feel quite sore at times – but I’ve honestly never felt healthier.

It’s going to be interesting to see how well I look and function in the months to come. I can’t wait to see the results of my hard work. I’ll keep updating my progress on here.

Are People Taken Seriously?

I’ve always believed that I’m not taken too seriously because I’m young. Now I’m starting to question whether people are taken seriously at all.

Over the course of my relatively short life, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some extremely smart and talented people who are considered professionals in their field of work. Yet even they aren’t listened to when it comes to subjects that they are knowledgeable of. I mean, seriously, how many knowledgeable professionals do we choose to ignore on a daily basis? My guess is hundreds.

In light of this fact, I am no longer concerned about people’s perception of my thoughts or opinions. Instead, I will strive to perfect my beliefs based on my own judgment.

I’m Breaking Up With Instant Coffee

Coffee is amazing. Especially when it’s just a couple of feet from you when you wake up. That’s why I decided to set up a Keurig coffee machine next to my bed, because, why the heck not?

I’ve always been an instant coffee fan, myself (Maxwell House coffee from Dollar General, in case you were wondering). Now my palate will have to accept the fact that instant coffee isn’t the head-dog anymore. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to deal with – *drinks a sip of coffee* – it.

Dear Generation Z: You Don’t Have a Right to Complain.

Sadly, almost everyone in my generation is attempting to abnegate personal responsibly for their own actions. Let’s hope this revolution of irresponsibility dies aborning, as it most likely will and should.

We can’t keep blaming the horrible problems of the present on the past – and that’s basically what my generation is doing now. As it says Mathew 8:22, “Let the dead bury their own dead.” Live in the present; leave the past in the past. After all, these are good times.

You can’t honestly believe that we, as a society, are living worse now than we once were. Crime is down, technology is advancing, and it’s getting harder and harder to be bored since we now have more entertainment than we know what to do with. If you think about it, it’s almost disgusting how comfortable we’ve become.

If you are complaining right now, you better be complaining about climate change or too much intervention by the state. Other than that, life is pretty dog-gone good.

So I Recently Finished Reading A James Bond Book

Dude, that guy was sexist. With that being said, it’s my new favorite fictional book. It was so freaking good.

Sometimes it’s just nice to hear about a man’s ideal man, you know? It seems that society is really lacking in the masculine department. Men seem to be neutered, forgetting that they have a specific role to play in society: the dominant, physically-aggressive male. Anyways, back to the subject of James Bond.

James Bond: now there’s a guy I wouldn’t mind emulating. Casinos, high-steak bets – there’s literally nothing about Casino Royale that I didn’t like. Even the ending, as dark as it was, was inspiring. It shows how men are supposed to act in tough situations and deal with tragedy.

Frankly speaking, the movies didn’t do the book justice. The book was far more bloody, making it far more entertaining as well.

“Class” is something that’s missing from our society too; it’s not like it used to be. These days, “class” would be defined by… well, I’m not quite sure what’s considered classy these days, but I’m sure it’s not half as fancy as tuxedos and 1930s sports cars.

With all of this being said, this book has definitely given me a wonderful taste of fiction, as I’m not much of a fiction reader. It’s good to see that there are books out there that are so interesting. It gives me hope that not all books were as boring as Philosophy 101 (it’s not for the light-hearted).

Time For a Procrastination Intervention

Procrastination is one of the greatest threats to productivity; It creeps up on you and before you know it, you’re not as productive as you once were. At least, that’s what happened with me recently (Netflix is a *this content has been removed by the people’s republic of China*).

Anyways, I seriously need to start being productive again. Meaning, of course, that I need to start studying new interesting subjects and read awesome new books (Boo-hoo). But can I resist the evil temptation of Call of Duty and Netflix? Only time will tell.

Thoughts on Open-mindedness

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die.” – Max Planck, physicist

This is about more than just scientific truth; it’s about all truth. When confronted with facts, people tend to shy away from them, sometimes choosing to ignore them altogether. It’s partly because of our almost complete disregard for reality. We would much rather go to our graves believing comforting lies rather than unpleasant truths, even if that means living a life that’s not functional. It’s a serious problem.

We live in a time where information is everywhere. Yet, given this, we still manage to believe disproven ideas? Has Evolution brought us to this point so that we can simply think as we did centuries ago? I sure hope not. We’ve come too far to stop evolving now. We need to be more open to criticism, arguments, and theories that other people have. We need to accept the fact that we do not have all of the answers. We should encourage debate on every issue.

What I’ve Learned From the 4-Hour Workweek

I recently finished an awesome book called the 4-hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss. Although it was uncomfortably long, I learned some pretty marvelous stuff; I learned the art of refusal, how to outsource work and the concept of mini-retirements.

So what is the art of refusal? It’s basically the idea that your work-life shouldn’t be interrupting you. If a coworker invites you to an event you don’t care about, then don’t go. You don’t have to be rude to him/her, but you can make some polite excuses to get yourself off of the hook. You have no obligations to those people unless you’re getting paid for it, but make certain you’re tactful and polite.

Outsourcing work is pretty easy if you have access to the internet (if you’re reading this, then you probably do). There are so many websites out there that can help you at your job. For instance, you can hire an Indian for $4-$5 an hour. Honestly, imagine 50% or more of your work being done for you. It almost makes me a little giddy.

Mini-retirements are easy-peasy (ok, they’re just cheap, not easy). You can actually do what Ferriss did: ask your boss if you can work from home, and once he accepts, travel the world and work by computer. Crazy, huh? But remember, just because he did it, doesn’t mean you can.

In conclusion, the info that I’ve gathered from reading the 4-Hour Workweek is simply life-changing. I sincerely hope that I’ll find another book that touches on these subjects as well as Ferriss did.