Ray’s Random Thoughts. 9-21-2022

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The world is in a state that is quite divisive, seems political extremism is at an all-time high, and social inequality is having a toll on the world’s economy. I watch as some of those in need get left behind or forgotten when the government distributes financial help as other groups seem to get the lion’s share. War intensifies in the east over land that belongs to Ukraine and Russia tries to claim it as their own under the pretense that Ukraine is not a legitimate nation-state. West vs. East mentality growing as both sides saber rattle and stare each other down over the situation at hand.

One of the underlying problems is that nations like the Russian Federation and China see the U.S. as an adversary in the Economic, Political, military, and world policy arena. Too many western countries rely heavily on Russia for energy and for manufacturing and supply of goods, which puts their countries at the mercy of those 2 eastern economic powerhouses. When you look to one source as the main supplier of any product you put yourself at risk, and when you outsource most of the manufacturing to another country that leaves your own country at a great disadvantage as the world is learning in 2022.

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There should always be multiple sources for goods and a country should always keep at least 50% or more of the manufacturing at home so that they are able to be self-reliant in turbulent times. As they say, hindsight is 20/20, and that’s a lesson we are learning once again. One can not blame Russia or China for being economic powerhouses in the areas they are, they just welcomed the opportunity we eagerly gave them. Far as the war in Ukraine, I fear it will escalate to dangerous levels unless Putin finds a way to cool it down or if Russians force him to either step down or pull out of Ukraine.

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that Putin will cool things down or that he will be removed from power so it looks like we are in for a very long and scary ride when it comes to Ukraine. My only plea to Mr. Putin is to refrain from using Nuclear and chemical weapons in the conflict because I am afraid if he does this small war over one nation will escalate into a full-fledged world war that will bring on a mass extinction event thus ending the time of humanity on earth. No one’s pride, no ideological belief nor any dispute over land should be worth the destruction of all life.

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I just wish that the major superpowers could put their differences aside and the past as well so they could find common ground. Just imagine what kind of world we could live in if we all worked towards the benefit of all nations and the people within those nations. If we just spent a fraction of the money we have on the military complexes of our nations on something else such as medical research, green technology, or renewable energy we would probably have already been driving electric cars in the 80s and space would be home to colonies probably by now. Who knows we may have even found cures for such things as Cancer and Alzheimers.

We may have even found a way to keep every person from living in poverty, being without a place to live or without food or clean water. We have so many problems in this modern world but we are held back by the troubles of our past that we have not yet learned to get beyond. I guess that I am a dreamer, one who tries to look for the best in humanity and desires for all of us to live in peace and harmony. But I am enough of a realist to know that though it is possible it is unlikely to happen any time soon.

I wish everyone well and pray for the War in Ukraine to end soon and with as few lives lost as possible. I also hope that those in Washington figure out that not only college students and people with children need financial help during this time of high inflation and low income. Those without children and those who are older if not elderly are still a big amount of the votes they need to stay in office and a good portion of us are paying tax dollars into the system or have paid all our lives into the coffers of the federal and state governments.

God Bless

Published by Ray Barbier

I am just an average man who loves writing, thinking and trying to inspire kindness, love, understanding and Compassion in others and try to find them within myself.

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