The Times We Live In

Covid does not back down as many viruses have. Our tools to fight disease have never been better or more sophisticated, yet this virus continues to threaten the world’s population. No person on earth is safe from contracting the virus. This is an issue for all. But the virus is just one of many problems here or coming our way.

If this is not enough, we have Russia and Ukraine, China and Taiwan, and the intentions of North Korea. Adding to that is the misery of much of Central and South America and Let’s not forget Africa or the Middle East.

The endangered environment and its bag of present and near-present issues are probably just noise to many of the world’s population. Taking care of today’s demands is already plenty to worry about. Feeding oneself and family, drinkable water, and breathable air is, or will be, a problem for all humanity. Wealth is no protection. Humans have not found a way to eat silver and gold.

Other issues of the day are not insignificant either. Mass shootings have become more commonplace, including killing people out to enjoy a parade, children in school, people of different color, religion, political views, and sex. Consequently, those who fear future events like these might suffer isolation to avoid placing themselves in harm’s way. Where can any of the people I write of feel safe just being?

We would think and hope we have the tools to identify warped minds, particularly at early ages where treatment is more easily done and success more likely.

In the fifties through the beginning of the seventies, I worked with disturbed youth and achieved changes in their behavior and sociability with most, if not all. I remember two things: I listened to them and gave them tools. Amazing what honesty and caring can do.


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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