Ron Paul tellin’ it like it is.
Everything is interconnected.
Flowing, dancing, all around us.
This We must remember. It is our duty to One Another.
We must strive to annhilate ourselves, as such:
our self-serving instincts.
When Everyone is doing their part–
doing their best
giving their all, to All
–We are all happier, We are all better off.
if We diminish ourselves–
lie to ourselves
–we diminish Everyone.
if we destroy our own potential,
we diminish the potential of All.
each of us knows what we need
each of us must honor our needs
in order to cultivate our potential
so that we can best serve All.
each of us must work;
trusting in ourselves,
to eliminate fear.
giving to ourselves,
to grow stronger.
so that we can give more
and yet more.
nobody else can tell us what we need
we must each learn that for ourselves
and insist that we get it
and accept no substitute.
for the good of All, we each must be…
what I need
what I want
all I care about is My own experience.
nothing else matters to Me.
I will take orders from nobody but Myself.
I will make all of My own decisions.
And I will make them with exactly one goal:
increasing My own happiness.
I want My life to be plentiful, beautiful, long.
I want more of things that I like.
I like many things,
I like Myself. I like other people too.
I want to be happy. I want other people to be happy with me.
I can make Myself happier by giving myself what I need, what I want.
I can help other people to be happier by being kind to them.
I will never sacrifice Myself for another.
but I am happier–
happier for Myself,
by My own standard, and nobody else’s!
–when I am kind, and generous, to others;
when I fit smoothly into the world;
when my song harmonizes with all of existence’s orchestra;
not needy, angry, forceful, clinging
but giving, gentle, friendly, loving…
sometimes, there is shrapnel.
kindness is heavy artillery.
I’ve been doing some reading about gold this evening, and I thought I’d put my notes up here in case anyone else was interested.
- There’s about 150000 tonnes of gold above-ground in the world. At current dollar market prices (about $28.5 million), that’s about $4.3 trillion worth of gold. That’s a number that’s kind of interesting to compare to things like bailouts and stimulus packages.
- Most of the world’s gold is in the form of jewelry. 60%-ish. The rest is divided pretty evenly between central banks, companies that use it to do stuff (electronics, dental), and private investors hanging on for a rainy day.
- In terms of central bank holdings, the US has way more gold than everyone else. (Well, it’s not as extreme an imbalance as our defense spending.) At about 8000 tonnes, that’s $228 billion worth of gold — more value than Wal-Mart ($198 billion), but less than Exxon Mobil ($345 billion). Also, note that the 8000 tonnes represents more than 3 quarters of the Fed’s foreign currency reserves. These numbers are also interesting to compare to things like bailouts and stimulus packages (oh, and note the annual defense budget is more than twice our gold reserves).
- About 2500 tonnes of gold (~$70 billion) are mined every year. This represents about a 1.7% annual increase in the total quantity of above-ground gold. 66% of the world’s gold has been mined since 1950, and production has been flat to declining over the past 10 years.
Most of this information comes from the World Gold Council (made up of a bunch of mining companies).