Mr. Trump! We Don’t Talk Like That in America

I often write about  great thinkers and visionaries. Most of these are from the past but I read a superb article this morning by the award winning journalist Zaheed Zakaria about American values and the threat of Donald Trump’s ideas to these values.  

I was at a conference with my stress management team including a group of chair massage therapists from www.eventschairmassage.com.

A few of the attendees were secular Muslim friends of mine who were pretty freaked out by the thing Trump has been saying and they shared the article with me. I read it and I knew immediately that I had to share the article with my readers.  

I have worked directly with Donald Trump. I traveled to over twenty cities including L.A.,  Dallas, San Francisco and others as part of the Learning Annex Real Estate Expo’s that he was part of and ran the “VIP” area for those events for over three years.

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Trump always seemed like a sensible guy even if arrogant and self involved. It went with the territory. “Show Biz” as they say.

 

Now it seems he has crossed the line into mean spiritedness, and bigotry.

 

He is using imagery and a type of speech and behavior that is so much against our inclusive culture that many influential conservative Christian evangelists find it offensive.

 

We have something special in America. In spite of the complexity of politics, the disagreements about government, political parties, guns, abortion rights, and more,  one thing that is not acceptable is bigotry based on a person’s religious affiliation

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“An “Evil” pebble thrown into the pond ripples beyond the intentions of the person who threw it”.

           Lewis Harrison

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Here is a bit about Mr. Zakaria.  His clear article and articulate article is below the bio.

Fareed Rafiq Zakaria (born January 20, 1964) is an Indian-born American journalist and author. He is the host of CNN‘s Fareed Zakaria GPS and writes a weekly column for The Washington Post. He has been a columnist for Newsweek, editor of Newsweek International, and an editor-at-large of Time. He is the author of five books, three of them international bestsellers, and the co-editor of one.  

 http://www.newsmax.com/FareedZakaria/Donald-Trump-2016-Elections/2015/12/11/id/705408/?ns_mail_uid=96377037&ns_mail_job=1646164_12112015&s=al&dkt_nbr=owwwogbf

 

 

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Click below to observe a nine minute video interview Lewis  did with the Award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes on why  people suffer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

 

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Lewis Harrison is the author of sixteen books including

“Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times” a book of  concerned with personal development, human potential, stress reduction and business excellence.

 

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Order his book by clicking below:

http://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Not-Religious-Sacred-AskLewis-com/dp/1499150547

Or type these words on you search engine subject line “spiritual not religious Harrison amazon”

 

You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

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A NOTE FROM LEWIS HARRISON ABOUT HIS FREE COURSE

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I have been contacted by many people who have studied with me over the last four decades. Many have an interest in my current ideas on  personal development and human potential. These notes are being organized into a series of books titled the”Teachings of Lewis Harrison” of which Volume One is “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times.

 Based on the positive response to this first Volume in the series I have organized a free course from my 20,000 plus pages of notes on:

 

How to Make Choices, Zen, Mystic Taoism, Game Based Thinking, Quantum Thought, Holistic Medicine and Healing and other areas of interest.

If you want to receive the course just send me an e-mail toLewisCoaches@gmail.com and write “Send Me the Free Course” in the subject line. If you like it and ask for the next lesson I’ll send you another one weekly.

 

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If you are a social networker please “Friend” me, Lewis Harrison on face book “Like”  my page at https://www.facebook.com/AskLewis/ and invite others who might benefit.

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Lewis Harrison speaks to organizations and businesses of all types and offers seminars throughout the world on his work on the art and science of decision making through spiritually motivated  “Game Based Thinking”.

 

 

 

 

He also offers private fee based coaching programs. 

Call him at 212-724-8782 for more information.

 

 

 

His company www.eventsChairMassage.com offers chair massage services to meeting planners, event planners and incentive travel programs.  Massage groups in his massage network offer services in all areas of the United States including: Chair Massage Chicago – Trade Show Massage Washington D.C. – Stress Master Massage Las Vegas – Castro District Corporate Massage San Francisco – Los Angeles Stress management Massage – and The Javits Center Chair Massage Company – Capital Chair Massage Albany NY, New Jersey Meeting Massage, Atlantic City

 

He also offers private fee based coaching programs. 

Call him at 212-724-8782 for more information.

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Lewis Harrison on Privacy Issues and Big Data

One of the important issues that we deal with in Lewis Harrison’s Applied Game Thinking is related to what is ethical or moral concerning privacy issues. Most democratic societies assume a certain right to privacy on the part of the individual. In spite of this personal privacy has been eroding since the late 1800s and has accelerated with the advent of new technologies. The amount of information about you that is available to corporations, governments and other organizations is mind-boggling. Most of this information is not the result of some government or corporate conspiracy or a plot organized by “Big Brother” as described in the book “1984” by George Orwell). Rather it is the result of the ordinary choices that each of us make in daily life. As we interact with the community and society, we are conducting numerous transactions that are being recorded. Maybe we made a phone call, or used a credit or debit card, went on-line to check our e-mail, used a discount card at a supermarket, drove on a highway through a toll booth, used the photo ID on our driver’s license to gain entry or to prove who we are or even researched the book “1984” by George Orwell on-line.
Each of these activities produces data about who we are and what we do. Most of it is recorded, organized and stored. One American Corporation has claimed to have consumer data on 95% of American households. In addition, many companies have some form of electric surveillance of their employees.

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As information gathering and “Big Data” becomes more prevalent in the world the master decision maker sill need to develop knowledge of present changes in technology as well as future trends. It is hard to predict such a thing. As early as the 1990s one could purchase a tiny microphone capable of recording a whispered conversation from across a street. Cameras become smaller all of the time and many technologies are merging. And then there is biometrics – the science and technology of measuring and statistically analyzing biological data.
Anyone can get the tools to invade your personal life and if you are on the “grid” even once than consider your privacy to be “toast”.
Of course there is some recourse for all this snooping. In recent years a new element has entered the field of information management. Rather than getting access to information the goal is to keep others from our information. There has been much debate between those who wish to enact privacy of information laws and those want to be buy and sell it as they please. It seems that in the end anyone can create walls to protect information and highly skilled hackers can breach those walls.
An interesting solution to this tug of war between “Big Data” and privacy was purposed in the 1990s book by David Brin, “The Transparent Society.” Brin, a Physicist and Science fiction writer, points out that as much as ordinary individuals fear the loss of privacy through technology, governments and the most wealthy and powerful individuals and corporations have the same exact fear, even if for different reasons. His solution is to simply do away with all restrictions. As crazy as this might sound and as unlikely as it is ever to pass, most people and most organizations – private or governmental have something to hide.
Brin points out that privacy is doomed and transparency would give all of us the power to know who knows what about us and thus keep those in power from abusing that power. I am sure there are many valid arguments against Brin’s idea, it is presented in general terms so he doesn’t discuss what would happen to “transparency violators, or how they would be held accountable. There is also the obstacle of the age we live in (the early part of the 21st century). A time where violent criminals, as well as economic, political and religious terrorists have learned to use informational technology to further less than ethical or moral agendas. Nevertheless it would make an interesting conversation I am sure.

Of course the point can be made that if everyone has access to the same information this would serve as a deterrent to those who would violate the common laws of “information courtesy.” A similar point is made by those who believe in the right to bear arms. If everyone has the freedom to own a weapon those with bad intentions are deterred from using their weapons to harm others out of the awareness that others with arms would use their weapons against the violator. Of course there are many arguments as well against the validity of this type of thinking.

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So ultimately the question is this, “is it best to limit access to our private information, or better to have total transparency.” There is a saying, “Just because I am paranoid, doesn’t mean there isn’t someone out to get me.” There is no easy answer to the dilemma of information dispersal and how it may serve us or harm us. The more information any of us has, the more power we have access to. Privacy seems like a logical idea. After all do we really want a database that has our DNA stored it, even if it is a useful tool for fighting disease or crime? Yet it seems that no matter how secure information may be someone with a strong enough intention will somehow get to it. Since information is power, we always have the choice to limit the actions we take that leaves a paper or digital trail. This is an important issue for individuals, governments, and international organizations of all types and forms.

Question:
Do you know how to use information for power and influence? If not how would you make the world a better place with
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Click below to observe a nine minute video interview Lewis did with the Award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes on why people suffer:

Lewis Harrison is the author of sixteen books including
“Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times” a book of concerned with personal development, human potential, stress reduction and business excellence.

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Order his book by clicking below:
http://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Not-Religious-Sacred-AskLewis-com/dp/1499150547

Or type these words on you search engine subject line “spiritual not religious Harrison amazon”

You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com
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A NOTE FROM LEWIS HARRISON ABOUT HIS FREE COURSE
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I have been contacted by many people who have studied with me over the last four decades. Many have an interest in my current ideas on personal development and human potential. These notes are being organized into a series of books titled the”Teachings of Lewis Harrison” of which Volume One is “Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times.

Based on the positive response to this first Volume in the series I have organized a free course from my 20,000 plus pages of notes on:

How to Make Choices, Zen, Mystic Taoism, Game Based Thinking, Quantum Thought, Holistic Medicine and Healing and other areas of interest.

If you want to receive the course just send me an e-mail toLewisCoaches@gmail.com and write “Send Me the Free Course” in the subject line. If you like it and ask for the next lesson I’ll send you another one weekly.

 

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If you are a social networker please “Friend” me, Lewis Harrison on face book “Like” my page at https://www.facebook.com/AskLewis/ and invite others who might benefit.
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Lewis Harrison speaks to organizations and businesses of all types and offers seminars throughout the world on his work on the art and science of decision making through spiritually motivated “Game Based Thinking”

He also offers private fee based coaching programs.
Call him at 212-724-8782 for more information.

Capitalism Versus Socialism

I was recently at a copywriter’s conference in NYC. In  another area of the building there was a talk being given  on Capitalism versus Socialism.

I was there speaking on stress management and game theory in one of the breakout sessions and my stress management team from  – www.eventschairmassage.com – was doing 10 minute back, neck and shoulder massages in the other .

 

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I took a break from my work to listen in. Being a socialism friendly minded capitalist it was extremely interesting for me, especially with my interest in Game Thinking.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Capitalism an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state. Capitalism when practiced to its highest potential is a gift to humanity for it is the most effective example of reciprocal altruism ever created.

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Obviously there are those who practice it poorly and us such are often both ethical and immoral. This being the case does not mean that capitalism is a fundamentally unethical or immoral system.

All humans will have limitations in efficiency, effectiveness and compassion if one uses  the Theory of Multiple Intelligences as a model, which I often do. Any system that defines human relations must on some level be tolerated for the limitations it brings to these relations. This is so with capitalism, socialism or any other economic or political systems. The poet Lord Buckley was rumored to have said that if you truly engage the world the devil is your agent and gets a 15% cut of everything. To call capitalism or socialism evil is simplistic and naïve. Everything at some level has an element that is a necessary evil – it goes with the territory.  The most successful capitalists tend to not only offer products and services based on productive innovations to the populace but often engage in philanthropy. As a young man I had a client whose last name was Rockefeller. He was a Rockefeller and was employed by the Rockefeller Foundation though he was from what called “the poor side of the family”, meaning that he was not a descendant of John D. Rockefeller. Once in my office a negative comment slipped out of my mind and mouth about how the Rockefeller came to such wealth. He simply smiled and suggested I do a bit of homework starting with John D. Rockefeller Jr. I was shocked by what I discovered.

I did as he suggested and was surprised what I has learned. Not only were many of the great research and cultural institutions in America created through the Rockefeller family but even today Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors philanthropic services to many organizations.

For those who see the world in a deification demonization cycle of good and evil the rich are evil and usually victimize the poor. Of course it is much more complex than that. The fact is that while those of great wealth often focus single mindedly on making money, they are often involved in various forms of philanthropy. In a free society others have the desire and to sell us things we were free to buy or not buy – this is the basis of capitalism.

Bad people will do bad things regardless of the prevailing economic system. This can be seen in the corruption found in many socialist systems and the horror of so-called 20th century communism is hard to fathom. When looked act without prejudice it becomes clear that capitalism begins with a big ethical advantage. Capitalist acts among consenting adults are voluntary. Socialism is systemically dependent on coercion.  The presumption of capitalist immorality is built on lazy thinking resting on a foundation false assumptions.

In the end I could see that it is not an either or situation. We need to take care of the less fortunate but not squelch business innovation.

This is probably done with effective public policy rather than ideology and this at the core is best done through game thinking, game theory and economic behaviorism.

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Lewis Harrison is a copywriter, motivational speaker specializing in game based thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking. The author of over fifteen books – http://www.amazon.com/Lewis-Harrison/e/B001H6W6Y4 – Lewis is a  seminar leader, futurist, entrepreneur, NPR affiliated radio talk show (WIOXRadio.org) host, success and life coach and a best-selling author.

He is the creator of a web site – www.askLewis.com.  that focuses on the application of gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme business problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

His company www.eventschairmassage.com offer Corporate chair massage to meeting planners, event planners, association meetings and trade shows. He offer these stress management and onsite massage services in NYC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Greensboro, Columbus Ohio and many other cities across the United States.