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EDITORIAL: Wealth And Isolation

A key component to the imbalance that permeates our world is the isolationism that grips so many of our lives. In today's world that is over-run with impersonal machines taking the place of human faces, computers access to just about anything and everything, and the lack of incentive to learn about other cultures due to an ethnocentrism revolving around Western culture, people are becoming more and more isolated.

Many older people refuse to use a computer or learn to use e-mail for the personal touch of a handwritten letter is too much to lose. Others refuse to use ATM machines out of a desire to see and speak to another human being as it might be the only contact they have with a smile all day.

While living in a culture in which anyone can create and maintain a life by sitting behind a screen all day long is extraordinary...

Externally, isolationism affects people's ability to see outside of their own culture, tending to focus on that which is readily available within a comfort zone that prevents addressing international issues. Internally, many people are consumed by isolated activities that prevent daily interaction with fellow human beings.

According to a Nielsen Media Research study in 2000, the average Westerner watches over 4 hours of TV per day. While TV has both its positive and negative effects, the imbalance of time spent watching TV, especially among our youth, is astounding. Many opportunities to better one's life are lost as blank stares are caressed by the addictive moving screen that captures so many of our hours. If this statistic is true, it is indicative of the 20 + hours per week Westerners spend watching TV.

Although a small percentage of TV watching is educational, there is so much that could be done during this time that would contribute to the well being of millions.

Life and time are our most precious gifts and by losing oneself in too much of anything that promotes a lack of brain power and a lack of applying oneself to the world, we take for granted that which is ours to change.

While living in a culture in which anyone can create and maintain a life by sitting behind a screen all day long is extraordinary, the balance of personal touch versus that of heartless machines is becoming disturbingly offset.

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Manly Earrings

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Have you ever wondered how the trend of men wearing earrings started?

One day at work a sailor notices that his co-worker at Pearl is wearing an earring. This man knows his friend to be a normally conservative fellow, and is curious about his sudden change in "fashion sense."

The man walks up to him and says, "I didn't know you were into earrings."

"Don't make such a big deal; it's only an earring," he replies sheepishly.

His friend falls silent for a few minutes, but then his curiosity prods him to say, "So, how long have you been wearing one?"

"Ever since my wife found it in my truck."

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