August 8, 2007
So the Chinese are threatening an economic ‘nuclear option‘ against the US? Well, so be it.
If the Chinese want to sell of their US Treasury holdings, the Federal Reserve can buy back our dollars at bargain basement prices. The Chinese can then base the yuan on the artificially inflated Euro.
All the while, we could keep the dollar low and thus our exports would expand and increase. That in turn would spark economic development in capital expenditures and in job creation.
Is there a down side to this? Yes, there is.
What is now a $6.00 cup of coffee in Paris will cost $8.00 and a $7.00 hamburger in Marseilles will cost $9.00. On the other hand, expect hordes of Speedo wearing Europeans to flock to bargain basement (to them) American beach holidays. Even sessions with the renowned Dr Sanity and Shrinkwrapped will be a positive bargain to the unbalanced insane Euro lefties (which is only a partial benefit. Chances are both Dr Sanity and Shrinkwrapped would be able to help their new patients and the Europathologies they bear).
On the other hand, if the Chinese were to ‘drop the bomb,’ we could ban their food exports (and let the Europeans reap the prize of tainted seafood at discount prices) and invest in our own aquaculture projects and industry.
In the end, if China were to have less dollars they would also have less political and economic influence.
Egg Drop economics.
August 8, 2007
Shrinkwrapped has written a post, Where Do I Come From, in which he discusses the case of a woman who is suing two doctors and Planned Parenthood because of a failed abortion.
Perhaps I am more sensitive to these issues than this reporter, but all I could do upon reading this was imagine the struggles this poor young girl is due for. She will inevitably know that her mother didn’t want her, that her life was weighed against the cost to her mother’s life style and found wanting. In fact, her mother did not even love her enough to decide to tolerate the discomfort of a pregnancy and then give her to someone who might have desperately wanted her enough to adopt her.
Teaching a child that he or she is loved is perhaps the single greatest gift we as parents can give to our children. There is no replacement for the comfort, safety and peace of mind a child feels that comes from knowing he or she is loved.
Love is many things of course, and cannot be easily defined. In a world in which science plays so crucial a role, it is also clear that in many ways, love can be counter evolutionary.
In discussing love, we must also clarify the kind of love we are talking about. There is reciprocal love and there is unconditional love. They are very, very different.
One kind of love can indeed be described as an evolutionary derivative. The other is entirely antithetical to the notion of strict scientific evolution.
Reciprocal love can be very powerful. It is shared- that is, I love you because you love me. I fulfill your needs because you fulfill mine, and so one. There is a balance, an equilibrium- an exchange. That kind of loves implies a great intimacy, and certainly, popular culture reinforces that. “He/she completes me. He/she understands me,” and so one. In fact, that kind of love is an exchange, a trade, a basic economic principle in action. Love is conditional, freely given as long as certain needs are met. In the end, however, that kind of love can be reflexive- that is, feeding the evolutionary model. We are satisfied and sated as long as we get what we want.
Of course, reciprocal love is not a bad thing. Reciprocal love makes the world go round- we can marry, have a family and live perfectly comfortable lives. It is also true that human nature does respond to to the give and take dynamic. We are after all, self oriented.
Now, while reciprocal love is beneficial, it is also conditional- and often temporary. People change. They grow, change and sometimes, they regress. The only thing for certain is that people do change. When that happens, some of the original ‘deal’ of reciprocal love is abrogated. What happens then? What happens when you find someone who exhibits superior qualities, or qualities more in line with your own? Is the relationship over because some elements of the ‘deal’ have changed? Those realities have contributed to and will continue to be the cause of more exsanguinated marriages.
Lastly, reciprocal love by itself, no matter how powerful, cannot capture the greatness that each of us is capable of. Reciprocal love may sate our egos, but it cannot support our yearning for something more.
Unconditional love is very different. You don’t have to look far to find it. If you have siblings or parents, you can comprehend that kind of love. Still, those relationships are only warm-ups to the potential of unconditional love. Finding the right mate and having children take center stage in the life drama of unconditional love.
That kind of love is decidedly not evolutionary, because it is not easy or reflexive. Unconditional love requires effort and investment. We choose to behave in certain ways with no guarantee of a payoff. In fact, we make our choices with the full understanding that the payoff may a long way off in the future, if at all. We make choices because they are the right choices, the right thing to do, not necessarily because they are the most expedient or logical of choices.
Unconditional love differs too, because when we say ‘ I love you,’ we are not referring to that part of you that makes us feel good. We are rather saying that we love who you are. We see the true picture- the strengths, the flaws, and despite it all, we love who you are, what your potential is and what you can teach us, in our quest to be better. That love recognized because we share a unique bond. We ’see’ each other, without filtering that intimacy through our needs.
I do not love you because you are beautiful- but rather, you are beautiful because I love you. I do not love you because I need you- I need you because I love you. Of course, we recognize and value the qualities of our mates, but the love is not limited by the parameters of those qualities. To love someone simple because they are smart only, is a recipe for disaster. Real love is not defined by the parameters of those qualities. Unconditional love transcends those qualities, and reaches into the very essence of the object of our affections. There is no rhyme or reason. To those that understand unconditional love, the mantra is as follows: I may never see that ‘payoff,’ but in fact, I don’t care- I still love you because we are one soul.
As the counter-evolutionary dance of unconditional love unfolds, we do not- and should not, escape the realities of romance, reciprocal love and all the other necessary ingredients necessary to bring to people together. If however, in the process of finding true love, we allow our souls, our very beings, to emerge, we can reach a space and place where unconditional love can be found. We can reach the point were we can recognize the shared bond that cannot be broken.
We reach a point where partners become a part of each other- and life without each other becomes almost unimaginable.
Love is neither physical or romantic. True love is about the acceptance of all that is, and all that has been and and that will be.
Shrinkwrapped’s few words thunder at what is an unnecessary tragedy in the making:
I have treated many people who have had to confront feelings of being an unwanted child, an imposition and intrusion on their parent’s life. Often enough there has emerged evidence that their parent(s) did harbor significant ambivalence toward them… The recognition and resolution of such feelings is difficult and painful. It is hard to imagine the pain for a child who is forced to confront, in the starkest terms possible, that she was unwanted.
Portions of this post have been previously published.