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Eye opener for February 16, 2024

It's hard to image a great nation without passionate citizens. I say this because I have lost the passion I used to feel for so many in recent years.

I used to love to write. I would would write screenplays, novels (for adults and children), poems. I would paint portraits most in my feeble attempt at photo-realism. I loved creating original songs and playing music (mostly classical on the drums at small venues around Miami, Florida). While some try to promote Miami as a cultural bastion, I find it mostly, if not completely devoid of culture. I say this because in a city run by a majority of Hispanics (mostly Cubans), it seems odd that there are few places to hear live Salsa, Merengue music. It's even harder to hear live reggae music which seems to be more prevalent in the northwest states like Washington... At least according to the reggae musicians to whom I've talked. It seems odd to me that a city as diverse as Miami no longer supports these art forms. It's odd that Miami's leaders want to attract all of the tech companies leaving California, but they offer very little incentive for employees of those tech companies. Who would want to move to a city where all of the amenities offered cost an arm and a leg.

While many may try to diminah the role that the arts play in people's lives, there is no denying the impact they have had throughout history and in recent decades. Many technologies have been inspired by the 60s TV show Star Trek. Innovations like the personal computer, cell phone and medical devices have come to fruition after their inventor saw the concept of such devices on that show. Innovation, however, should not be the sole motivation to support the arts as people need a schedule that is broader than home, traffic, work, home, traffic, work, home.

If you don't live in Miami, but this sounds familiar, you might want to question why the lack of recreation has become so prevalent in the world's richest country. You should also wonder how a people could love said country or be motivated to strengthen said nation.

In 2018, I wrote a book highlighting the problems Humanity would face if more power, wealth, and control was funneled to a small group of elite individuals, groups, or organizations. In my book, I provided solutions (from myself and others) to the inevitable problems and also a means for the Public to analyze, compare, and contrast the words and deeds of those we choose to follow against reality. In my book Solutions: Enough complaining. Let's fix America.

In "Solutions...", I provide the means for readers to disseminate information as provided by their news sources of choice, their elected officials, and any other authority they choose to follow. The book also offers a means to hold their leaders up, not just to a higher standard than is currently accepted but to one that would improve their lives and the lives of those for whom they care.

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