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Any of you ever get a chance to look into a big time microscope? Like, a really good one, not necessarily like what we had in high school labs, but like an electron microscope or anything like that? If you look into a really good microscope and you put a drop of water in there, do you have any idea what you see when you look into a really high powered, incredible microscope at a drop of water? What do you think it’s like? It’s an entire universe. I mean, it is a wild, wild experience. You see all these amoebas, like, driving to the laundry and going shopping, and I mean, it’s just all kinds of stuff going on in that drop of water. It’s wild. It’s fun. It’s like a whole civilization. A single cell civilization, but it’s a civilization. There’s all this movement going on.
It’s really, when you think about it, this is a drop of water. It’s infinite, what’s going on in that drop of water. And then if you look into, like, the Hubble telescope, and you’ve seen pictures from the Hubble telescope and you realize that whatever the number is, I’m going to make this up, two hundred billion, two hundred billion stars the size of our sun. Two hundred billion. Think about the sand at the seashore. Two hundred billion stars the size of our sun. It’s endless. It’s endless. And so you look at the universe out there and you look at that microscope down there, and you say, well, what are our limitations? What are the limitations? Because there are endless possibilities when you think of things in that scope.
Now, let me ask you this. When you’re flying around the world, outside, you know, the earth’s atmosphere, in a spaceship, and you’re looking down, what do you see? Blue. What else? White. And if it’s night time, lights. You see blue, you see white, you see lights. Do you ever see the [inaudible] county line? The border? No. Do you ever see the [inaudible] town city line from outerspace? No. Unless it’s a river, you know? What color is this? What do you think? Alright. So three people say this is red. Anybody disagree with that? It could be burgundy, it could be maroon, but we’ve got three people saying it’s red. Now, is it red, or is it something that we agreed to call red?
It is, right? We agreed that this is red, and what color is that top you’re wearing? We agree to call it white. This might be chartreuse in some other realm of reality, but we’ve agreed that that’s white, and we’ve agreed that this is red, and we’ve agreed that there is a boundary where when you’re speeding from one state to the next, the hats will be different on the policemen that write you tickets. Right? It’s going to be you’re crossing from Pennsylvania to Ohio, do you really know that? Do you see a line? No. These are things that we have agreed to, and sometimes we’ve agreed to it over millions of gallons of blood, because we’ve fought and killed and done whatever to get land, right? And to say that that’s our border and that we own that, but do we really?
And what, really, are the boundaries, and what are the limitations? The limitations that you all face in your life are by and large self-imposed. By and large, they’re self-imposed. You are limiting yourself, thinking this is red. It’s like limiting ourself to thinking about just one dimension. I mean, if you read the work of Albert Einstein and you start to understand time and space and relativity and different dimensions, it’s like all of a sudden, your opportunity to be more open broadens, because in that description of time and space and where we are and how we fit in, there are other opportunities out there. We are just familiar with this one, and this is the one that we embrace.
But this is also the way we put limitations on ourselves. This is where the calf paths come in. We take – it’s black and it’s white. Nothing against accounting. But that’s your world. It either is or it isn’t. The money is either in the bank and we can count it, or it’s not in the bank and we can’t count it, and I don’t care what you tell me about where it is in the pipeline, it’s not in the bank, so that is either black or white. Am I right? And so many of us come from professions where you either make the sale or you don’t make the sale. You either got the check or you didn’t get the check, and there’s no in between. But that is what we impose upon ourself, so when you’re creating and you begin to realize that nothing has to be the way that it is and that we can either invent, we can take that shoe off, or we can prevent our futures, we can prevent it by never taking our shoe off ever.
Don’t take it off, don’t participate, don’t think outside that box. I met a guy once who met a guy who trained fleas for a flea circus. I said [inaudible], how do you train fleas for a flea circus? He said, “It’s pretty simple. You put the fleas in a box, you put a lid on the box. The fleas jump up and down and hit their little head on the lid. And they do it a thousand times. They just keep jumping, hit their head, hit their head, hit their head, hit their head, hit their head, fall down on the bottom.” He says, “Then you take the lid off, and guess what happens.” What do you think happens? They never jump higher than the lid was. They’re trained. Don’t ever do that because you might hit your head again. That’s how we’re trained, too. You know, you hit your head, you hit your head, you hit your head, you said, “I’m not going to even try it, because I might hid my head. I quit.
I’m not going to reach out beyond my comfort zone, I’m not going to take my shoe off, I’m not going to allow myself to be challenged in a way I’m not comfortable with, I am not going to bother to grow because I don’t need to. I’ll work within those boundaries, those township lines, those county lines, those city lines that are in my mind, and I will live there and I will stay there.” That’s what we do. That’s what we do. So there are no boundaries, and all the limitations that you have are self-imposed because the universe is really one connected fabric. Whether you’re religious, whether you’re not religious, whether you believe, whether you don’t believe, none of that matters.
It’s all tied together somehow. I don’t know how necessarily, but you know they can get a moon rock and find qualities in that moon rock that you’re going to find in man. You know that there are, somehow there’s a web that ties us all together. You know. I don’t know. I’m not here to tell you one religion or another. I’m not here to tell you one articulation of one holy book versus the other. All I’m here to tell you is that somehow it’s connected. So here’s this universe that’s connected, and there’s a fabric that connects it all, and then the issue becomes what is the vision for your own future? Because you have the ability to create a new world order. You, personally. You.
Remember the old thing, it’s like, you know, one man, one person has the ability to change. Like Tiananmen Square. There’s a great little quick video I call the power of one. Did you ever hear of it or see it or know anything about it? And it shows how individual people in this humankind, in this spectrum of life, how individuals stood up to something or invented something or stopped something or created something, individual people, because of their passion, because of their belief, because of their commitment, because of their ability to jump beyond the top of the flea box.
Because of their ability to see things just a little differently than your peers, than the people around you. Because, by and large, we are surrounded by ho hummers. Ho hum. Another day. I used to have a college roommate that was a 4.0. Graduated top in his class, and he’d walk in from class every day, and he’d go, “Another day. Another A.” I hated him. So we have the ability to do it, and once we’ve totally accepted it, we can change it. Now, why is this so critical to us right now? Why is it so critical to you right now? I’m in Pittsburg. You’re in [inaudible]. What one major significant thing has happened here in the last nine or ten months that absolutely will change the fabric of this area without a doubt? What’s the most significant thing that’s happened? Can anybody think of anything?
Pardon me? Mr. [Inaudible] died. I think he was killed, but that’s a whole other story. I do. I think if they had taken the mask off, it would have been Dick Chaney and [inaudible] doing the surgeries. I’m not sure, but you don’t die from what he died from, but that’s a whole other discussion. So Mr. [inaudible] died. How could that change things at [inaudible] group? There it is. There it is. How could it impact current technology? Absolutely. How about [inaudible]? They’re not investing here. That’s right. What about JWF? Yes you do. Yeah. What about Memorial Medical Center? Less patients. Less need for employees. UCP. Yeah. Less consumers. High market blue cross. Less customers, less consumers.
Barnes and Sally. Okay. So this is a common theme we have going on here, isn’t it? So now you’re in a situation where you’re saying, “Okay, he’s dead. He’s gone. He was great for the area. He created thirty thousand jobs. He helped us in so many ways. Where do we go from here? Do we pack up our tent? Do we put our house for sale? Do we just keep letting things deteriorate?” I grew up in Fayette county. They used to call it Fayettnam. It just kept getting worse and worse and worse. It was the [inaudible] and coke capital of the world during World War II.
I mean, as a kid, I can remember my parents would take me for a drive, and all you saw were empty coke oven where they made coke from melting steel. Thousands and thousands and thousands of them. And then the process changed. The demand changed. The geography changed. And then every member standing in line in the supermarket behind everybody who weighed 350 pounds was on food stamps. It’s interesting. About nine months ago I had bronchitis, and I couldn’t sleep, and I turned on the TV, and Oprah came on. I had never watched Oprah. I had heard a lot about her; never watched her. And she had a guy on that just wrote a book, and the book that he wrote was about food, and he said, “You know, in 1960,” that would have been my era, “in 1960, we didn’t eat out a lot.”
And I always thought it was because we were cheap, but he said it was because food for a family in 1960 cost you eighteen percent of your family income to buy food and make it yourself. Eighteen percent of your family income. Ironically, healthcare in 1960 was only 9% of your family income. Guess what it is now. Food is now 9% of your family income, and healthcare is 18%. So we can make cheap food, but don’t try to live on whatever. Big Macs the rest of your life. You’ve seen that show, too. So you start to look at this and say oh, yeah, we can make cheap food, but you know, something that takes water and flour and sugar all of a sudden now has a list of chemicals this long to make the shelf life last longer. I remember walking beside a scientist, and he said, “The greatest experiment ever perpetrated on mankind without his permission was trans fatty acids.”