Despite the fact that its central or federal government is a total bust – in addition to the fact that it is becoming ever more evident over time that the ability of its central or federal government to uphold a global economic and security order is gradually eroding – the United States remains the most economically and socially vibrant nation and society in the world. Moreover, those within the federal government are affirming the grim reality from within. For one, more than twenty congressional representatives from the Democratic party have decided en masse to retire. The task for American society over the next few years is to reduce the burden and stress that the federal government has placed on American society so that the country as a whole can remain economically and socially vibrant. When a tooth is rotting and aching, the best thing to do would be to pull it out and replace it.
In my case, I have gotten the desire for connoisseurship and pleasure-seeking out of my system. Thus, when I intend on carrying out a task or achieving a goal, I am focused and I am not confounded by the irrationality and senseless passions that confound others. Aside from running a blog and a family enterprise, the ideal job for me would be to take a break from everything in America for a while and either research and teach at a university or do something that involves a journalistic nature in a truly cosmopolitan and international city like London or Amsterdam. I prefer London out of the two cities, but both cities are truly cosmopolitan and international cities where freedom of expression and freedom of thought have long been prominent features of their respective societies.
Also, in order to be a true academic or scholar, one’s focus should not be on connoisseurship and pleasure-seeking. Before becoming an academic or a scholar, the best thing to do would be to get the desire for connoisseurship and pleasure-seeking out of one’s system, which I did over the course of my teens and twenties. As Lao Tzu said: “A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.” Plus, there is a time and place for everything, and there is a certain phase in life for certain things. Once the phase ends, one moves on to the next phase.
Not all academics, scholars, and journalists are great people. Egos and sour personalities exist no matter where one goes. But to drop the routine at home for a while and to do something which involves an academic, scholarly, and journalistic nature in a truly cosmopolitan and international city like London or Amsterdam is perhaps the only thing left on my bucket list (aside from a brief trip to China). Ideally, one would complete the bucket list directly rather than circuitously.
For me, true submission and inner peace would come from completing the one or two items left on my bucket list. True submission and inner peace are the results of doing rather than sitting idly. As John Lennon said: “Peace is not something you wish for; it is something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.”
In closing, there are those who will appreciate the brutal honesty, and others will be turned off by it. But as John Lennon said: “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones.” And with the right friends, one is sure to complete the bucket list and in turn live a fulfilling and satisfying life.