We Shall Meet In a Place Where There Is No Darkness

I wonder if there are any of you who recognize the words above as being from the book by George Orwell entitled 1984. I took up this book to read again a few months ago but really haven’t gotten very far into it, but that is as it is.

The book was written in 1948 and was about a fictional totalitarian society, where there is no freedom except maybe in one’s personal thoughts — and those are communicated to others at risk of imprisonment or death.

We Shall Meet In a Place Where There Is No Darkness

This George Orwell book, with the exception of the Bible, is probably the most analyzed text in existence. Because of that the above quote has been interpreted to mean several things. but the most prominent is that Winston Smith (the main character in the book) is talking about his dreams as that is the only place where he can really think what he wants.

Here is a thought about that from Walter Fisher who is a certified Educator (whatever that means) 🙂

There is no freedom save of one’s personal thoughts — and those are communicated to others at risk of imprisonment or death.  Dreams, therefore, represent an escape from the constant repressiveness of the society in which Winston Smith lives.  Only through his dreams can Winston reflect on the past and entertain thoughts of the future

I don’t know about you but it seems these time kind of have a whiff of that. Doublespeak certainly is prevalent at least in the executive branch of our current government. For those of you who are not familiar with the word, doublespeak is a language that deliberately obscures, distorts, and reverses the meaning of words that is meant to make “truth” sound relative.

But I kinda think that the current version of doublespeak is to cover up the proud ignorance of the current Oval Office occupant (#CO3). This guy can’t seem to form an opinion on anything outside of himself without first seeing it on Fox News. How dangerous is this type of doublespeak?

If politics is one of your primary focuses in life then we are certainly living in a world of darkness. But if you boycott that menu it is much easier to see things from a silver lining viewpoint.

USPS ..to.. FDD

Everyone knows that the United State Postal Service (USPS) has been in financial trouble since the 21st century began. That is not surprising given that most financial transactions now take place on the Internet. I can’t remember when I last mailed a bill payment through them or much of anything else for that matter. This post is about what may just be the future of the USPS and that is as a FDD.

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My Biggest Shock Upon Retirement!

Sometimes the journey into retirement just isn’t very joyous, in fact it can be a down right painful journey at times.

Like almost all of us I had many challenges in my early retirement years. I started my retirement from the corporate world at age 54 and like the cartoon above, I didn’t really have any retirement plan to guide me. The first few years were difficult but now after almost twenty years I think I have finally gotten most of it right.

This post is about the biggest shock among the many I encountered.

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The Business Roundtable & The Three Legged Stool.

This post is about how an idea that died, or maybe I should say killed by corporate America is now new again. It seems that the Business Roundtable, which is a group of 188 CEOs has decided that corporations should be accountable to more than just its stockholders. The three-legged stool is finally being resurrected again, and none too soon.

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Mayor Pete…

As my first candidate to look at in my “The Next President” series I want to focus on a local guy. Who would have ever thought that the mayor of a small Indiana town could get such attention? All you have to do is google “Mayor Pete” and he comes up.

How could a 37 year-old from perhaps the most conservative State north of the Mason-Dixon line even show up on the radar? He isn’t rich by any means and moreover he has proudly proclaimed that he is a gay person with a husband! I mean he graduated from high school after the millennium! Despite all of this he is a front runner in the second pack for president.

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Seeing The Possibilities

Tomorrowland

I am definitely a SciFi guy. I love watching almost anything in that genre. The Mad Max movies and that type of doomsday stuff is neat but I really get off on the things that show humanity on a positive note. I guess that maybe started with “Robbie the Robot” in the 1956 film Forbidden Planet. By the time the Jetsons cartoon series rolled around I was totally hooked. I just love thinking about future possibilities.

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Go, Go,Go…

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Everything’s on all the time. We’re go, go, go. Attention spans are short and our readers have more, really good options than ever before.

The Medium – August Birch

I hear people lamenting far too frequently that no one reads novels anymore. They say serious reading has become non-existent in this age. But, as usual, I disagree. In fact, I expect reading has become more prevalent now than it has been in the last hundred years! I know I read much more now than even a few years ago. The Internet has opened up so many sources of knowledge that I simply don’t have enough time to consume as much as I would like. 🙂

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Being The CHEF Of Your Existence

It’s been an interesting journey trying to stay up on the happening of the Millennial and Centennial Generations. They seem to be learning lessons we Baby Boomer couldn’t make happen. One of those lessons is keeping your hormones corralled. I don’t think that suddenly the teenage years and slightly beyond have changed that much when it comes to hormones. So something else is taking place.

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Greek-ish Salad

Greekish Salad – RJ Walters

RJsCorner is meant to be a very diverse place. I cover many topics because I am a guy with many labels. One label I haven’t shown you here is my chef side. I spent five years in college working in a dormitory cafeteria serving about 600 people three meals a day. I started that time washing pots and pans and ended up running the entire student waiter staff of about fifty people. I learned many things about cooking and such in addition to how to be an engineer during those years.

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Staying Fit in your Joyous Retirement Years

I never thought I would be putting out a post on dieting. Will wonders never cease! But I finally came to the realization that I have been rationalizing about my weight for some time now. I have said I weigh the same as I did 10 years ago, so everything is fine. In reality, I have been losing muscle mass during those ten years, especially the last few. To put it bluntly, I have been gaining belly fat while losing muscle tone. I know that is not unusual for us older guys, but it is something that troubles me.

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About My Religious Beliefs

I have heard comments from some who have visited RJsCorner that seem to believe that I am anti-religious. This post will hopefully dispel that belief. Learning of things spiritual is a very fundamental part of what it means to be human. The primary method to accomplish to start this journey are religious establishments. They are the holder of the history of mankind in that context. In my grade school times I spent seven years being taught by Jesuit priests about Jesus. While at that young age I couldn’t fully comprehend what I was being taught, it did teach me to later be able to question some of what I learned.

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