What is peace. Is it simply a lack of war? Would there be no struggles if we were not allowed to make war? I say that even without violence there would be many struggles of varying degrees. Violence is simply the last-ditch effort to resolve a conflict, or at least that is how it is portrayed. Currently it is used, at least by the United States of America, as our only tool. It is not something we come to after considering every other option. We have the worlds largest military force, and we spend 36.6% of the total expenditure of the world’s total military spending. To match the US in military spending it would take the next nine countries below the US to come to that 36.6% of global spending. I will not say war is never the answer, but I will say the US is going to extremes. Our economy has hit a wall, and currently there are many of us without work. Instead of spending money here at home, we are wasting it on war efforts abroad. Perhaps those in power seek to ensure a better future for all of us, but that to me is merely too optimistic. In times past a war economy always boosted the countries, but that does not seem to be the case, as we have been at war continuously for over a decade. We are employing many Americans in our different branches of military, but soon they are sent home, hopeful that the training they received will allow them to find employment. But that simply is not the case. If you do not spend your time here within the country trying to find employment, working on your resume, or receiving some form of higher education, you will find it difficult to make it in the job market. Even those with the advantages of staying inside the country are finding it difficult to find employment. It seems only those who have already been in these jobs before the crash, are able to find a place for themselves. Until you reach 25 according to statistics do we show a reduction of unemployment. It is still there, and the statistics we are being told of (6.6% unemployment for 2014) is actually (12.7% unemployment for 2014) because they no longer count those who are no longer are looking, or who have been unemployed for longer than a year. We have pushed many of our manufacturing jobs overseas, and there was a good reason for that. The labor costs over there were much lower. It looks as though China will soon have to supply similar benefits that we enjoy here in the states, so that will raise prices. Companies will look elsewhere once more, and have materials made in less wealthy economies. So what can we do at home? Some would say we should each be given a living wage, by taking away some of the overspending we are doing in the military. But I say we need to find something to produce again. We were once the worlds makers, the worlds doers. We have lost that, and we are no longer bringing in the money like we once did. There are fewer jobs, and fewer places for us to expand into. Where does money come from in the first place? It comes from making things, or producing. We could become the worlds farmers, or makers of new technologies. We will be paid for those products, unless everyone else does the same. If that becomes the case, then we will have to become self-sufficient, and only trade amongst ourselves. Or we must expand. I am not saying into other countries, as that would lead to more war, but into space perhaps. Spend that military money on sending out colonies into space. We cannot sustain continuous growth without population growth. We have plenty of land here, but no personal motivation for making more humans. All our eggs are in this one basket, and that is always dangerous. Our country could fall, though unlikely due to having a weaker military. But if we were to be at greater distances from any perceived enemies we would be able to rise up again elsewhere.
Reading over this again, I myself think it is a bit of a ramble, and hard to follow. My initial premise was going to be about how peace can still avail us of the ability to have disagreements without outright war. But apparently I wanted to talk about unemployment. I don’t think I’m going to edit anything, and let it stand. I may not even agree with anything I wrote today, but I think it gives me something to think about. Of course I am always wanting us to get into space, and like I am want to say, not have all our eggs in one basket. Feed back is welcome, and feel free to disagree vehemently, or agree for some reason. I look forward to hearing your take on all of this.
Update – I took the day off from writing, though I may go back and work on the dialogue for the trailer later. And of course I had my Saturday morning pancakes.
“There are stories — legends, really — of the “steady job.” Old-timers gather graduates around the flickering light of a computer monitor and tell stories of how the company used to be, back when a job was for life, not just for the business cycle. … The graduates snicker. A steady job! They’ve never heard of such a thing.” ― Max Barry
– Steven Oaks
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