AN OPEN LETTER TO MAYOR JAMES KENNEY-ARBITRATION SYSTEM SYSTEM IN PHILADELPHIA-INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM AND GENDER BIAS IN THE PHILADELPHIA COURTS

Honorable  Mayor James Kenney

Some time in 2016, I sent you a letter regarding the above and received a form letter back from one of your staff that basically skirted the question. I wrote you a letter dated July 18, 2016 addressing the issue and your insulting reply.

My question to you was rather simple:

What is the racial and gender make–up of arbitration panels picked to hear civil cases in the Philadelphia Courts and of those cases where the ruling is appealed, what is the racial and gender make- up and income of the Appealing litigants?

My, informal review of these questions through public records reveals that the panels are mostly white male attorneys and the attorney and  their clients are mostly middle class white men and women. This question should be easy for your staff to determine. It is a VERY objective question. Very few poor litigants are able to afford the high cost of appeal from rulings of the panels the  panels who can basically rule any way they want and are not required to give reasons or even  cite case law. The system is a farce for anyone but the wealthy. Working with attorneys as I have for over forty years it seems attorney simply don’t want to assume the cost of filing an appeal, much less any experts that may be required. The losers, of course those without money which because of the staggering increase in the cost of litigation is including more and more of the middle class

Given all the recent  talk of racism  in the news, I doubt very seriously whether your office would want to give the appearance of same yet you express little interest in addressingwhat I believe to be an obvious and severe problem. Buryiing one’s head in the sand is not the answer. The ones who can least afford it are being seriously hurt by your inaction

If you recall, when I first wrote you about this, I told you the story of my mother who always told me: “Remember Bob, the constant drip of water can wear away a stone” It was her way of saying: “Don’t give up”. I cited you the example of my caling Congressman Andrews office EVERY DAY for two and a halp years to get an appoint.

I looked the Congressman right in the face and asked: “At what point did your realize I wasn’t going away?” And further: “You don’t want it out in the public that I had to call your office EVERY DAY FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS do you?”

One of my favorite movies is “The Shawshank Redemption” If you saw it, you understand why. If you need to. I won’t give it away.

But my point is, you need to step up and address the issues I have raised. If there is no racism, you have nothing to worry about. If there is no racism, you have nothing to worry about. A recent segment on “60 Minutes” addressed the inequalities found in the Public Defenders offices when it comes to inequality concerning poor litigants the result of the research did not bode well for you and the city of Philadelphia as well as most other cities.

I won’t take up more of your time, but I DO WANT AN ANSWER TO MY QUESTION.

Knowing that you are quite busy, I think a month is more than enough time to tell me how you plan to address my questions.

 

Sincerely

 

ROBERT J. PHILLPS

DOCUMENT EXAMINER

www.DoicumentExaminer.org

 

 

 

 

 

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WHEN IT COMES TO JUSTICE IN THE COURTS FOR THE “LITTLE GUY” THE INTERNET IS THE GREAT EQUALIZER

For the average person who cant afford a lawyer to take their case, as long as you feel your case is valid and you have the facts to back it up, presenting it on the net may be the answer and let the public decide. It won’t get you money usually, but it may get you vindication and may help others in the same boat

I think we can all degree that access to the legal system is no longer available even to the middle class individual. Even those avenues designed to help them such as “Small Claims Court” and Arbitration are a farce to many who have tried and failed in these venues

But “social media” will certainly get your issue to the public, faster than the courts will and you may get more action quicker than tying your case up in court at great time and expense. You may not get much money doing so, but sometimes all people want is vindication for their grievance and want people to hear them.

There are likely tens of thousands of legitimate cases each year in this country that never see the light of day in a court room because some lawyer doesn’t think it is worth the effort no matter how valid it may be. These lawyers are NOT interested in justice, just making money and the well meaning lawyers who work at Legal Aid groups are so overwhelmed, justice is not possible, as was recently pointed out on “Sixty Minutes”. The system is broken, thus justice is not avalable to the poor and powerless.

We are here on this earth to help people. Pleading your case on the net, as I said, may not get you money uusually, unless your story is SO unusual that it is fodder for a book but it MAY help others to avoid the problem you encountered or they MAY be one of those individuals who CAN afford a lawyer and you may help them with their case. As Jesus said: “Bread cast upon the waters comes back ten fold”. It is ALWAYS  a good idea to put your info out there because you just don’t know who you are helping and who may help you. And it is not just legal matters but anything. As Dean Del Tessto says in his book: “Change Your Thinking” Google your problem and you might be amazed at who has the same problem and also the answer for you. This is another reward of searching the net that was not previously available and the cost is minimal but it also emphasizes the need to post your story as long it is true and can be verified. You are always entitled to your opinion about anything as long as you label iti as such.

Perhaps we need to go to the system in England of “loser pays”. Or allow paralegals to file cases  for arbitration with automatic appeal by either side,  should the case fail to settle. The whole idea is to allow EVERYONE to address their grievances and have a chance to be treated fairly  and feel they are being heard and yes obtain justice.

Your thoughts are appreciated. Please contact me on Facebook, not here-too many worthless spammers. Robert J. Phillips, Associates. You may also call my cell 856-278-1360 or email DocumentExpert@Comcast.not. Spammers will be blocked so don’t waste your time.

You just never know who might be reading your blog. You just have to be PATIENT AND PERSISTENT, like my mother allways told me as a child. You just can’t let them win. so whatever your method, bug them EVERY DAYuntio you get the answer you deserve.

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EXPERIENCED LAWYERS WHO DRAIN THE CLIENTS OF THEIR MONEY AND FAIL TO HIRE EXPERTS WHEN REQUIRED A COMMENT ON BAD LAWYERS

Lately this has become an all too frequent occurrence. Not only are attorneys NOT paying experts in contingency cases, they are requiring their clients to do it, who often can not afford the thousands of dollars it may take to hire a highly qualified and experienced expert. The result is that they hire unqualified and often incompetent “experts” because they are cheaper. The result is often the cause for the client losing his/her case or settling for a MUCH lower settlement. Many incompetent lawyers reason that 95% of all cases settle anyway and as long as their expert’s opinion is correct(and all they have to do many times is flip a coin and they have a 50% chance of being right.) then they should be able to get their client SOMETHING.

The end result of all thiis that many clients can not afford to hire ANY expert and without an expert that the lawyer doesn’t want to pay for the case goes un prosecuted and an injustice occurs. Strike up another victory for the wealthy who can afford top lawyers and expert. Oh, the poor have community legal services you say? A recent story on “60 Minutes” showed how these young, inexperienced, though well meaning attorneys are NO MATCH for an experienced attorney and it seems the courts simply look the other way even though many civil cases are open and shut, if the attorney would only bother to dig for evidence and hire top experts. But this is pretty well impossible when a young eager attorney comes in to find 40 cases on his or her desk for the week and a budget so low, hiring top experts is impossible.

You have to understand that ALL injustices are addressed in some way eventually and the result of that can be  a disaster as the victim of all this seeks to address his injustice in not so nice ways, whether it be criminal activity or abuse in some way. It is within al of our best interest to see that EVERY litigant is treated fairly and not just disposed of to lessen the overload on the courts. Arbitration is often not the answer as it is often seen by lawyers to make a quick buck for a couple hours of work with little or no consequence. They basically can rule any way they want because they know that the poor,, minoriities etc can not afford to pay a competent lawyer to apeal.

Well what is the answer? If average every day people can sit on juries and rule on matters of life and death, why can’t they sit on arbitration panels and decide law suits knowing that if they make a major mistake, then the matter can go to a single judge to make the final decision.

We also need to adopt the British system of “loser pays” which forces MORE SETTLEMENTS because no one wants to take a chance on a weak case such as a frivolous law suit, which are filed by the thousands in the US because the plaintif knows it will ocst X to defend so they will accept ANY offer, knowing they have little chance to win. There are lawyers who make hundreds of thousands of dolars that way, filing frivolous suit after frivolous suit knowing they won’t have to pay legal fees if they lose.

 

The system is broken and no once seems too eager to fix it because a LOT of people are making a LOOT of money off of it..

 

I am certainly open to suggestions. You may reach me on Facebook. Responses here are not read, thanks to all the spammers. ALL SPAMMERS ON fACEBOOK WILL BE BLOCKED. If you want to write me, you can send comments to my PO Box 2125 Haddonfield, NJ o8033

 

 

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THE DECLINE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION

There was a time when the legal profession in the United States enjoyed a great reputation around the time of our founding fathers culmination in the example of Abraham Lincoln, not that there haven’t been great lawyers since. But it seems the great lawyers are few and far between these days. Lawyers are some of the most hated people and their suicide rate is among the highest of most professions. I wonder why that is? After all, complete command  of one’s  profession as a lawyer, allows him to wield great power in any legal situation, but as I quoted Lord Acton to Judge Gawthrop when he blasted my testimony as an expert in a major case: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” He demonstrated his principles and integrity though, when in the same case, he later reversed himself saying” With reference the testimony of Mr. Phillips, the court should eat crow” when he admitted I was correct n my testimony then dropped dead not long after, going to heaven an honest man.

The problem is though that even if a judge is dead wrong, the cost of appeal for the average person is beyond their reach and most lawyers will not take the time to proceed to correct an injustice on principle and there is no recourse for the litigant victimized by such an injustice and the answer they get when they raise it in the media is “tough, we have more important things on our mind” like Action News in Philaldelphia recently reported on the late news as I was trying to go to sleep about the poor women killed in a head on collision(something that could happen to ANYBODY) when a drunk driver or distracted driver loses control of their car), leaving a husband and two small children behind. This is certainly tragic, but how is it news and what GOOD does it do to report it. All it accomplished for me was to make me  worry about the poor husband left to raise his two small children alone.

The average person no longer has the ability or finances or interest of anyone who could help to correct these injustices. But what is more tragic about that is that no one cares or is willing to help correct problems like this.

The legal system is simply NOT available to even the middle class any more so they have little hope of finding justice against a wealthier adversary who may be totally wrong n his action but has the money to wear down a litigant who cant pay and the judges who have SOME AUTHORITY TO CORRECT THIS LOOK THE OTHER WAY OR WORSE.

ACLU is a waste of time. They are only looking for major publicity

People need to speak up, but most are not like me who called Congressman Andrews office EVERY DAY FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS to finally get action.By not speaing up to correct these problems, we ultimately have ourselves to blame.

Today, with Social Media, it doesn’t take much to bring these problems to public awareness, but we still need to ACT. Lawyers and politicians won’t do ANYTHING unless forced, even when they know the person is correct in their assertions. They don’t want to do anything that is not popular even if right because getting re-elected is more important than integrity and principle. They don’t want to give up the “gravy train”.

How bad do things have to get before action takes place. As for the law, one place to start is to get rid of lawyer ads. Most people find them DISGUSTING and we existed without them for years. They only encourage lazy lawyers to look for ways to make a quick buck with little effort, not actually help people. They don’t fight for the client. As soon as ANY offer is made, they convince the litigant to settle, lest they lose(and of course the lawyer gets no contingency fee-that is if the litigant is lucky enough to find a lawyer to work on contingency. Forcing the client to pay means large numbers of litigants don’t get justice because of the cost..

Most people are not at all pleased with our legal system today, unless they are wealthy, in which case, some llawyers will greatly pad the bill when there is a deep pocket

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WAR AND KARMIC DEBDT

I went to the Phillies game last night with a dear friend of 13 years and her husband. When I first met Eileen, there was an overwhelming attraction which I could not understand.I fell deeply in love with her. Being married already, I KNEW that nothing could come of this intense attraction I felt but I had to understand why I felt the way I did at the time, with this beautiful, kind and spiritual stranger. It just so happened then that I was saying a Novena to St. Theres, “The Little Flower”. I was having a hard time emotionally and needed a friend. When you say a Novena to St. Theres, you are supposed to see a rose or roses. So that day when  Eileen and I were parting, she handed me her photography business card. It was a rose. I told her: “You are an answer to a prayer”  and she has been all of these years. She was truly a gift from God that I needed at the time and still do.

Just around that time, I happened to see a show on TV about reincarnation. Accident? I have come to learn over the years that there are NO accidents on this earth. God is in charge.

But before I go on, I want to say a word about reincarnation. A man I met at the Haddonfield Post Office, by chance(there we go again) is an expert in esoteric forms of yoga and we formed a bond as I was taking yoga classes almost every day on that topic as well as other forms of Yoga. Mahir was his name and he explained that Hindus and many other eastern religions believe in reincarnation. In fact, there are TWO BILLION people who live on this planet who do. Catholics generally do not, but cave writings found in 1945 dated to 100 AD profess to claim that Jesus Christ spoke of it. As the story goes the writings were destroyed and members of the sect were burned at the stakeand a subsequent Pope ordered that all references about reincarnation be removed from the Bible.

Well, Mahir explained that if you are living on this earth, by nature you are imperfect(as all religions believe) and when you die, you will die as an imperfect being, so by nature, this means that you MUST return in another body on your quest for perfection. You have no choice. It WILL happen.(although Newton(see below) suggests from some of his hypnosis sessions, the soul can request it NOT return in the flesh, but instead it returns as a spirit guide to people in desperate need  on earth which may include most people) Mahir explained that it may take millions of incarnations over millions of years to reach perfection which is up to us and since there is no such thing as time in the spirit world it may take eons of time to reach that state as Mahir explained.

This brings me back to Eileen and the strong attraction. Around the time I met her, there was an instant bond I could not explain. I also, had a strong emotional reaction to anything involving the US  Civil War(which was anything but civil, btw)I also came across a book by a Dr. Newton called “The Journey of Souls”, all about reincarnation-another coincidence? He was a therapist who used hypnosis in his work to treat patients early trauma and one day with one of his patients under hypnosis, the patient spontaneously went back into a past life that was greatly impacting the problem for which he was having therapy in this life. A whole branch of psychotherapy resulted from his work called “Regression Therapy”Dr. Newton reasoned that if a patient can go back to a past life by accident in a therapy session, he thought that maybe he can do this on purpose. He could. And over 30 years, he regressed HUNDREDS of patients and to his amazement found they all shared a  common “journey”, hence the title of his book. Other research by Dr Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia, detailed in his book: “Sixty cases Suggestive of Reincarnation” detailing amazing cases done under hypnosis such as the case of a young boy who had died at a young age in his previous life who told the hypnotist that as a young boy he made certain markings in a book in the library as a child and when the book was retrieved years later, there were the markings the patient had described from his previous life.

So after I read this book, another coincidence happened. I saw a TV show about a Dr. Bowman, who was a specialist in past life regression hypnosis and protege of Dr. Newton and lo and behold, she was in the Media, Pennsylvania area, not far from me, So I made an appointment. This amazing confluence of cynchronic events under hypnosis lead to the explanation as to why I was so overcome with grief by the Civil War and so in love with someone I barely knew.

It was in that session I learned of my extreme bond to Eileen and my extreme sadness about the Civil War. I remember when my wife and I visited a friend who taught at Sheppard college in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania which was near the Civil War battlefield of Antietem. I often ask people the trivia question: “What day in September did thousands of American die?” They always say 9/11, 2001. NOOO. It was the battle of Antietem where 25,000(if you can only imagine) were killed or wounded IN JUST ONE DAY!!!. My wife and I visited the battlefield. I knelt by the grave markers and cried and sobbed uncontrollably.

So as it came out in the session, I was killed in battle during the Civil War as a confederate soldier and the interesting part was that I was knocked off my horse and the Union soldier  clubbed me over the head with his rifle butt splitting my head open and held me under water, filing my skull with water.

As Dr. Bowman was imploring me to allow my spirit to “go to the light”, something kept pulling me back so she said: “Let’s see who this is that is pulling you back”. IT WAS EILEEN, CRYING  PRAYING FOR ME(It is often said by spiritualists that if you pray for the dying, it holds them to this earth when they really need to “go to the light”) I could see the clearest image of Eileen and that of a four year old little girl who looked just like her holding up her arms  for “daddy”

So as the hypnosis session ended, Dr. Bowman asked: ” Aside from meeting Eileen and learning about your death in the Civil War what did you bring from this past life to the present?” As I looked at my body in the water and  head split open full of water, I said spontaneously: “A head full of water”(the title of my book about my hydrocephalaus) an obvious reference to the SEVERE hydrocephalus I lived with whom Dr. Grady, a top brain surgeon once remarked about: “I have only seen five patients with hydrocephlus as severe as yours and they were ALL profoundly retarded–all the rest were dead. Yet you have an IQ of 133.” He pointed to the third ventricle of my brain which had a hole in it and explained that hydrocephalis infants today get a procedure called an ETV(Endoscopic third ventricular ostomey, where a hole is made in the third ventricle to relieve the pressure on the brain. That didn’t exist in my time so the question remains: “How did the hole get there?” My mother claimed it was because her father,a devoutly religious and brilliant man who got his Masters Degree from St. Joe”s College when he was just 16 said a Novena to the Blessed Virgin and the condition suddenly arrested itself(the brain created a hole EXACTLY where a surgeon would have put it, but I was never operated on since there were no scars.) To this day, I keep a lighted statue of the Blessed Virgin(which belonged to a dear aunt who died of cancer when I was 17) on my night table at night and can’t sleep without looking at and praying to  her.

So here I was, killed in battle leaving a wife and small child to fend for themselves. It came out in the session that I volunteered for the army and could have avoided service due to the wealth of my father who was a plantation  owner with many slaves Such  scenarios were   repeated thousands of times after young men with a wife and child are killed n battle over the years. “Oh when will they ever learn” as the song goes.

Another concept of reincarnation is that when you die, is if you have unfinished business such as I just alluded to, with someone you leave behind, your soul will search and search for the spirit of that person to satisfy the karmic debt.

Such was the case with Eileen until that fateful day in September of 2003 when I met her walking around Audubon lake taking pictures of the swans and ducks. I was walking my beloved Golden Retriever Gracie who proceeded to scatter all the ducks and geese when Gracie saw her and wanted to say “Hello”. As she told the story: “I wondered who this rude man was who couldn’t control his dog, but out of Christian, love, I  decided to forgive” and I am glad she did.

So finally, this brings up the point of this blog. How many times is the scenario of Eileen and I and my death during the Civil War leaving her with a small child to raise? Over all recorded time, it must be hundreds o f thousands, if not millions of times. They say that when you die leaving a wife and small children, in another life, your soul MUST find that soul to make sure they are not abandoned AGAIN and take care of them. My soul found Eileen and I am happy to say, she has found someone who loves and takes good care of her. I met him at the Phillies game last night and thanked him and told him how grateful I am he is taking care of a dear friend I have know for thirteen years and I am relieved she is safe and protected.

So what is the answer to all this. Perhaps it can be found in the final verse of “The Minstrel Boy” a Civil War ballad Which begins:

“The Minstrel boy to the war has gone, in the ranks of death you will find him.

His father’s sword he hath girded on, his wild harp slung behind him….”.

The last verse reads:

“The minstrel boy will return one day, when we hear the news  we will cheer it.

the Minstrel Boy will return torn we pray torn  in body but not in spirit

And he will  live in a world such as Heaven intended

And all the bitterness of man must cease and every battle must be ended”

 

Bob Phillips

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LAWYERS WHO ALLOW CLIENTS TO CONTACT AND COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH EXPERTS IN POTENTIAL LITIGATION ARE PUTTING THEIR CASE IN JEOPARDY

Expert reports and testimony only have value if they are: Honest, detailed, relavent and comply with prevailing case law and accepted scientific authority. Experts who meet these criteria seldom disagree in the matter in question with the opposing expert-perhaps 1% of the time.

It then comes down to the expert’s ability to convey those findings in a detailed, thorough and objective manner that does not contradict itself or ANY prior testimony on a similar case.

Unfortunately that is seldom the case.

Since 95% of all cases settle many lawyers reason why bother to hire a highly qualified experienced  and expensive expert  for most cases, especially if the other side doesn’t have one since as is the case with my work, signatures and writing can be proven can be “proven” with the testimony of someone who is familiar with the writing of the person whose signature is disputed as long as the opinion is not biased for any reason and is honest. Credibility of the witness goes to the weight given to it.

But herein lies the issue of the client contacting the expert and NOT the attorney. In signature cases, the client is seldom objective and may say or do something to try to influence the expert’s opinion. Honest experts DO NOT put themselves in that position even though they may be totally honest. You simply can’t stop a jury from believing otherwise because of the public perception that experts ALWAYS  disagree, which is certainly NOT the case. Dishonest experts disagree not honest ones, but lacking the experience of most  judges who have seen it all, laymen can’t always tell who is honest and who is not. There are MANY experts who make a very nice living slanting the truth to take advantage of the ignorance of a jury or even a judge. Experts are experts becasuse they do in fact know more than the judge and jury, which is why it is imperative to show in court that the expert IS in fact following the prevailing science and case law and has done so in ALL of his.her prior cases. This is exactly why the attorney MUST take command in ANY case where an expert is involved.

But today, not only are attorneys NOT hiring experts when they should, but they are abandoning their responsibility by letting the client do it, given what I said above. They are playing Russian Roulette with the case to simply save a few dollars in a case that will settle anyway. They simply don’t understand that the value of a good expert will win them substantially more than the fees that expert might charge. So not only are they CHEAP but LLAZY too. So they make it up on volume. The name of the game for some lawyers(many?) is minimal effort and expense/maximum gain–and certainly NOT justice for their client who is in the dark about a lot of these things and will not liely succeed in a malpractice suit even if they were unless the violation is egregious. Unfortunately being cheap and lazy are not unethical.

What is more egregious is the thousands of legitimate cases that go unprosecuted because the lawyers deems they simply just won’t make enough money to justify the effort. Many lawyers think the matter is a loss if they don’t recover MORE than what their hourly rate is for the time they spent  as if they are entitled to a dividend for doing what they should be doing anyway–their job.

I can’t even begn to count the number of cases where I earned hourly fees that FAR exceed the actually hours I spent on the case, but I still made money which as one old lawyer friend told me: “its better than a shap stick n the eye” but MOST importantly, I help the client  get SOMETHING. I am reminded of the litigant who complained to the judge about not getting justice in hiis case and Oliver Wendall Holmes stated: “Sir, this is a court of law, NOT a court of justice.

This is EXACTLY what you can expect if the attorney allows the client to have ANY contact with the expert outside of their presence and without their knowledge and consent. The attorney is the manager of the case and MUST know everything that is going on and will only have themselves  to blame if they lose. How do you stop a jury from believing the testimony was NOT tainted? You don’t

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PROFESSIONAL MISSION STATEMENT: MY MISSION IN LIFE AS IN WORK WHEN CALLED BY GOD TO HELP I FEEL THAT GOD HAS SENT ME THAT PERSON TO HELP THEM WITH THE HIGHEST INTEGRITY, SKILL, KNOWLEDGE, PERSISTENCE, PATIENCE AND KINDNESS. IF I CAN NOT DO THIS AT THE MOMENT BECAUSE OF OTHER COMMITMENTS,, I WILL FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN

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ARE THE VOICES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS MORE VALUABLE THAN YOURS?

There are a lot of VERY smart in this country who know a LOT about a LOT of things or are experts in different subjects whose knowledge in those subjects are far superior even to so called top experts, yet never get the chance to tell anybody, perhaps because they don’t try or  no one will listen or they just don’t get the chance.

Sadly, the media will only give voice to those who can raise their ratings and many experts are just too introverted or just don’t get the opportunity to share what they know.

The end result is that important knowledge that could help many or even save lives is often suppressed by those in control.

A glaring example of this is Dr. Emanuel Rivici, now deceased who received a patton on over 100 miracle drugs such as Purse, a drug that stops a heroin addiction in three days. Today 1000 people die every day from heroin over doses as great cost to the tax payers. And there are numerous similar examples.

But all is not lost. We have more power than we realize. I once called my Congressman EVERY day for 2 1/2 years to address an issue and we ALL  have that power if we only to exercise it.

A simple five minute phone call a day-EVERY DAY can not be ignored forever.

If Congress were to suddenly get one milion phone calls from around the county, they would HAVE to listen to us.

So what are YOU waiting for

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BEING A SUCCESS IN BUSINESS AND IN LIFE-WHAT TO DO AND NOT DO

Despite how the world has change so profoundly in the last few years, much less since the Industrial Revolution, the formula for success hasn’t really change so much. What HAS changed is that few businesses  and people follow the formulas for success that have been established for hundreds of years, namely uncompromising integrity and very hard work.

But most companies and people create their own obstacles to success because success comes with responsibility and many have fear of failure in being able to meet those responsibilities which often causes us to settle for less than what we KNOW  what we can do since risking failure is too hard to bear. We don’t have the confidence to really push ourselves. We do what we feel comfortable doing, not what we KNOW we should be doing, but putting aside that fear and uncertainty with techniques such as meditation allows us to relax and it is a proven fact, our most creative moments come when we are relaxed and happy. If there are more serious stresses n our lives holding us back such as illness, marital problems etc., they MUST  be dealt with by whatever means necessary including medical intervention. But putting this aside, there are many areas of our life that need attention such as family, church, recreation. Workaholics really are not successful people. Working more is not the answer. The physical, mental and emotional fatigue they cause throws our whole life out of balance. There is a fine line between working hard and being obsessed. Fear is NEVER the answer to success.

When we pressure ouselves and become fatigued is when we begin to cut corners. Who is going to know? On the surface to those on the outside people may not be aware at first, but WE will know and cutting corners WILL eventually reveal itself.

A dear, now deceased, friend of mine in reviewing the MBA programs of today as opposed to the past made an interesting observation. Many programs today have triedd to reduce business to an exact science about what to do and when. But he observed, many of these programs lack one thing, courses in ethics. It seems today that the ends justifies the means as long as the law is not broken(and sometimes it is). The focus is on the bottom line. But there are ethical and moral rules, though not illegal if not followed create serious repercussions if not followed. Customers WILL punish you if they feel your cost cutting is going too far at the expense of the product or service. Good will, it seems has been lost. Remember what God said. “Bread cast upon the waters, comes back threefold” Things are not always “strictly business”. Nor should they be. A little bit of “good will” can  go a long way. A drug company making a generous gift of drugs to the poor is NOT good will if they are all expired, which the company gets a nice tax cut for the donation. It seems that whatever business can get away with is OK. They push it to the limit.  They think people are powerless to do anything.

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SHAKESPEARE SAID KNOW THYSELF AND PHYSICIAN HEAL THYSELF. TRUE SELF-KNOWLEDGE AND PERFECT HEALTH IS ALL WE REALLY NEED. GOD WILL HELP US WITH THE REST

Now in today’s era of modern medicine and computers, have things REALLY changed from what they were at the dawn of civilization from the times of the Greeks, Jews, Chinese, Indians and, of course cave men and women Are we REALLY better off, living longer,  healthier, better,  more relaxed and happier lives. One could argue that the average life span 100 years ago wasn’t very high, but that was because infant mortality was very high. By the same token, stress levels were much lower and life was less hectic as long as there was ample food and nature seems to have provided. Animals have survived millions of years without having to go to the “Supermarket” and man did too. Human life is millions of years old if the fossils are to be believed.

So I ask again. Are we better off? Have things REALLY better? Do we REALLY  need all that we have today to be happy and survive. There have been people who have lost millions yet still survived. I read that if you have some loose change laying around the house, you have more money than 2 Billion people who live on the planet. Do the Billionaires REALLY need all that money?

So back to the point of this blog. What is the price for good health, or perhaps more importantly, what price do we pay for bad health and can we control that? How much money do we REALLY need and can we can control that.

Well, I am here to tell you that EVERYBODY can live a life in virtually perfect health in life with all the wealth we need  eating the food God gave the cave men–even growing the food in our back yard or a food co-op for people who don’t have their own yard. As for money, most peoplle are smart enough to study what works in the market and what doesn’t and to start saving 20% of their earning beginning with the first job out of school at age 18. Why don’t they do that? Whose fault is it?

Well, I hate to say this, but the young people of today BETTER do that or they simply  will not survive. Doesn’t it make sense to keep and maintain control over your life from an early age. What does it take to exercise for an hour every day? Or even less. What does it take to save? I am 67 years old and have Never owned a new car. Yet hardly a month goes by that someone knocks on my door and wants to buy my 1980 Malibu or my 78 Caprice that was given to me by my late father-in-law.  I haven’t been on a vacation in 17 years. I have a beautiful yard and enjoy lounging in the sun and playing w/my Golden Retriever. I visit friends who own houses down the shore or in Florida and they are glad to see me.  I buy VERY expensive men’s shoes that last 15 years being re-soled when needed-same for suits-Brooks Brothers than can be altered when needed. Most of he food I eat is organic and naturally grown, much  right in my back yard.

 

The only thing that bothers me about money is all the crooks that earn it dishonestly in vast amount they don’t need, nor do they share it to help people but waste it on things that NO ONE needs, like the $12 Million Rolls Roye someone had made for themselves or the millions spent on lavish jewelry that no one really needs.

It is indeed very sad that most people today  walk around in a fog today functioning on “auto-pilot” when an hour(or less) of daily meditation could make all the difference in the world as well as an hour(or less) of reading the classics or an hour(or less) of daily exercise. When I worked a regular job, during my lunch hour I ate then spent the remaining time walking. On the subway home, I meditated. I got to the point where I completely blocked out the sound of the subway. Unfortunately I did not save and am now paying the consequences, though I DO consider myself fortunate in that I own my home and there is food on the table and nice clothes on my back-things that millions don’t have. But the greatest gift I have is my health having survived cancer and lastly self-knowledge which is a never ending quest. Another gift I have is the ability to help people, the rewards of which can not be measured in the eyes of God. A brief example of this is as follows:  I was walking the dog around the lake and happened to meet a women and we started to talk. I always tell people how I cured my cancer–The Budwig diet. Well as it turned out, this women was just diagnosed with breast caner. Well recently I saw her again and she said to me: “I want to thank you. You saved my life. After I met you, I did the Budwig diet and now I am cancer free” How do you put a price on that? It does not take much effort to be kind.

Part of knowing yourself is discovering the gifts God gave you and using them to make yourself and others happy and prosperous. It would be sad to waste them since God gave them to you and our mission on this life is to help other people.

 

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