Change and transition 2019

Both change and transition are qualities that a lot of human beings have a very hard time with. Often a physical change can be helpful on some levels but not on other levels. And transition is a period that is like an impasse between two change states: the one one has left and the one the one is going to. The impasse state is like an embarking state: it is like one is at the Vancouver International Airport and traveling to the Amsterdam International Airport, Schiphol, the embarkment state is the state when one is on the airplane between two destinations. However, in life things are always a lot more complicated than only traveling from one city to the other city by airplane. Many human beings cannot change, and many human beings do not even ever make the effort to change because it is very uncomfortable to change. Changing an environment is relatively easy to do but to change oneself is something that is very hard. In psychology, there are a number of classical theories that believe that a human being cannot change. I would guess that this theory – that human beings cannot change themselves to be one of the main themes in Western psychology. However often psychological theory of not being able to change oneself is often covered over with hypocrisy. Written on January 18th, 2019. Holland.49572412_10155810733482019_7972425063427211264_n

Dutch Leadership 2018

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The center of the Netherlands, the capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam. It is also in Amsterdam where the most powerful leaders of the Netherlands are situated. It is inside the “Gordelgracht” (#gordelgracht) where the powerful decision-makers are located. The powerful men (and they are mostly Dutch men holding the power of the country) are beyond the #digital_era. They are higher and above the digital era. They make decisions based on the #finance of the country in a single mark. The second layer of the Dutch leadership, are the stockbrokers in the #EuroNext. EuroNext is located very close to the #Amsterdam Central Train Station. EuroNext is like the American New York Stock Exchange (#NYSE) and carries just as much power as well. Dutch leadership is not much different from the #American leadership. In fact, the American Financial market and the European financial market used to be connected in economic values; however in 2018 the two financial markets (American and European) are being built in order to compete with each other now. Once friends and now enemies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The changing nature of totems

3 photographs taken at the end of September 2017 in the City of Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada

The Native Totem pole used to be a ritual pole placed in front of Long Houses of Big Houses on Vancouver Island, BC Canada. Now the nature of the totem pole has transformed in the City of Duncan to be a tourist commodity. These totem poles in the City of Duncan have for the most part been carved by natives from the island, however the purpose of the totem poles is like a business. I have taken tours of the City of Duncan where the Entrepreneur foundation hired a local to show the totems to be in the City for a fee.

Mirage of truth. City of Victoria BC

Photographs from City of Victoria BC

The funny thing about these high rise buildings is that they appear to be representing of wealth and prosperity but from where I am standing and in my point of view this is a mirage and very far from the truth. These buildings are an encasement for individuals that may or may not even want to live in the City of Victoria, as according to the local news, many owners of the condo units use their property as an AirBnB.

The majority of the owners of the units in the high rises do not even come from Vancouver Island let alone Victoria. Recently in the Provincial meeting at the Vancouver Conference Center it was mentioned in a seminar by a Simon Fraser PhD professor (in the last week of Sept. 2017. The news article was in the Vancouver Sun newspaper), that the condominiums are going to the Global financial elite who buy from outside of Canada and have the unit as an investment.

That means that while the lower level workers in the City of Victoria are getting out priced of their hometown city, the global financially secure elite get the best units in the city and do not even reside here but instead rent out their units in what the City Hall in the City of Victoria called “Ghost hotels.”

The bottom-line here is that the low income employees living in the City of Victoria can (more often then not) not financially survive in this city because the price of rent for a bachelor apartment, one bedroom or two bedroom apartment is too expensive for their budgets. So this means that in no time, the service industry in the City of Victoria is going to go under, at least to a degree, because the lower financial class who has been doing the service jobs in the City are getting out-priced. This implies they will move out of the city. Already businesses in the City of Victoria has closed their doors because of the lack of staff. The image of tall new high rise buildings appears to mean that the economy in this city is going well, when it a round-about way, the opposite is true.

In a way, the City of Victoria has created a vacuum and we stand on the edge of creating a ghost town. This ghost town would be unique only to the City of Victoria, BC in the way that is was started and it will end in this city. What I predict will happen, and it is always hard to pin-point the financial and economics of a city to an exact science, but it seems that the service industry staff especially the lower spectrum of the working class in the city are going to pack their bags as in an exodus and leave Victoria. This will leave the small business without staff members. Without the lower level employees the economy will at least in part collapse, hence creating a real ghost town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transition 2017

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Photograph taken by the Cowichan River in Duncan City, Vancouver Island, Sept 27, 2017

Within life many things can be calculated and some things in life cannot be calculated. When one cannot calculate things to preserve things one can end up in a transitional stage of life. This transitional stage of life becomes like a flow of a river. Somehow, the flow starts pushing one in a new and unexpected direction, with reasons often unknown to the individual. Still, whether the reasons are known or unknown to the individual the flow and the unknown direction needs to be respected as the push of the river is too strong to deter to another direction.