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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/You Reap What You Sow

Every once in a while, I am reminded of the biblical scripture “you reap what you sow.” For whatever  reason, some of us, human beings, believe we can practice dishonesty, wickedness and avariciousness without any consequences. When I was a teenager growing up in South America, there was a family who terrified our neighborhood with their threats of being able to cast evil spirits on anyone who made them angry. I remember we, my childhood friends and I, were never allowed into the Taylors’ home. Even though we all visited and ate in each other homes, the Taylors were off-limits to us.
I remembered once we – with the aid of one of the Taylors’ sons – were shown their living room. Situated around the room were several bottles with an object, corked, in each of them.  I remembered the fear we all felt and later spoke of as each of us ran from the Taylors’ living room. After that day, we never visited the Taylors’ home. As a matter of fact, we stopped playing with them.

The Taylor brothers were constantly in trouble with law enforcement, but they never, as I recalled at the time, were convicted of any of their alleged crimes. The Taylors bragged about the objects in the bottles and their prowess to escape convictions. We in our limited and frightened state of minds attributed their supposedly invincibility to the power of the objects we saw in the bottles.

Then one day, we saw their father, Mr. Taylor, the patriarch and most feared man in our neighborhood, walked with the aid of a cane and one of his sons directing his path. He was wearing sunglasses and seemed sad, feeble and helpless. The word spread in our neighborhood that Mr. Taylor had contracted blindness, because of his interactions with the objects in those bottles. We never found out what really caused Mr. Taylor’s blindness, but from that day forward Mr. Taylor was viewed as an evil and forbidden individual who reaped what he sowed.

I also learned from this life experience that if you play with fire you will “eventually” get burned.

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  • 17

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Practice To Be Perfect

While watching the National Basketball Association (NBA) television channel this past weekend with Larry Brown, former coach of NBA Philadelphia 76 Sixers, as a guest host, I was reminded of the importance of practicing one’s craft to become an exceptional and desired performer. Allen Iverson, one of Brown’s 76 Sixers star players, had an aversion for practicing. He felt that his skills were impeccable and thus he did not need to practice. After all, it was just basketball and he knew how to play the game at a high level. At one point during their tumultuous relationship Brown and Iverson had a blow up in the media regarding Iverson’s refusal to practice.
After Iverson was traded from the 76 Sixers, he bounced around to several NBA teams, Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons come to mind. Iverson had developed an image as being a “bad behavior individual.” As a matter of fact, he had several run-ins with law enforcement and was intermittently in the news regarding his relationship with his former wife. In some hush-hush circles, Iverson was blamed for ushering into the league NBA players’ thug dressing and excessive tattoos. Several former players had tried to temper Iverson’s behavior, but for whatever reason it seemed Iverson could not be mentored by anyone. Fast forward to today and you’ll find Allen Iverson is not playing in the NBA. It is alleged he is broke and unhappy. He recently played in Turkey’s basketball league where he earned much less than he did in the NBA. And, currently, the Associated Press has reported Iverson allegedly signed a “one month” contract to play in a regional basketball league in the Dominican Republic. Yes, Iverson skills have eroded and his bad behavior image continues to give NBA owners pause about hiring him to be a player on their teams.

I believe if Allen Iverson had practiced humility, he could have been lionized as one of the top five best point guards in the history of the NBA. Iverson squandered his legacy by behaving in an adverse manner towards the game he supposedly loved. If he had embraced practicing, he still might be playing in the NBA with several of his contemporaries. The story of Allen Iverson connotes a cautionary tale of what happens when one practices bad behavior; practice bad manners and usually unpleasant results occur.

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Sugar Harms Our Bodies

Public relations of high-fructose corn syrup
Public relations of high-fructose corn syrup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I did it again. Last Sunday, on Easter, I consumed a red velvet cupcake and it tasted good. Then why am I feeling guilty for eating red velvet cake? Well, one week before Easter Sunday, I attended a dinner on Saturday, March 31, 2012 and consumed a dessert that was too sweet for my liking. So, you can imagine how I felt the next evening while I was watching my favorite TV show, 60 Minutes, and one of its segment purported that the high amount of sugar in the American diet is killing us. Why does our bodies crave sugar so much if it is not health for us? Sugar is sweet, addictive and once dissolved it activates the pleasure region of our brains. And, since sweet is connoted with being safe, we overindulged in sugar consumption.

 

Dr. Robert H. Lustig, University of California Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, is one of the main voices speaking out against too much sugar in our diets. His lecture, “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” is a must see for anyone who is interested in America’s sugar epidemic.  Dr. Lustig remarked he was motivated by his patients who to a large extent were obese. Months ago, I wrote a series of posts on Childhood Obesity, so when I saw the 60 Minutes segment on sugar being toxic and resulting in heart disease, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and in some cases cancer, it prompted me to write this post. High Fructose Corn Syrup which we are consuming at an alarming rate is present in many foods we eat and it is harmful to our bodies. I was shocked to learn that the average American consume 130 pounds of sugar each year. No wonder obesity is a problem in our society.

 

To learn how sugar became such a major staple in our diets, I recommend you view Dr. Lustig’s lecture. I am willing to bet after you view this informative, transparent and well researched lecture, you will decrease your consumption of sugar, change your behavior and potentially avoid coronary heart disease.

 

 

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  • 03

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By Ron Carter Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Re-dux Give Pertinent Information

I am not a prophet, but sometimes the universe provides one with inspiration which can be prophetic. Less than six weeks ago, I wrote a blog titled “Give Pertinent Information” in response to an incident I experienced with two Pasadena, California Police Officers (check my blog archive to read if you missed it). Fast forward to the present and you’ll note two Pasadena, California Police Officers are accused of shooting and killing a 19 years old teenager. Apparently, the two Pasadena police officers pursued two men who it was reported ransacked a car and pointed a weapon at the car owner. The Police Officers were called to the scene of the alleged crime and began chasing the two young men which resulted in the fatal shooting when one of the officers shot the 19-year-old teenager.

The car owner after being questioned by Pasadena Police Officers have recanted his complain and it is reported he’s now saying that he remarked the alleged robbers had a gun to hasten the arrival of the officers to the scene of the alleged crime. This past Saturday,  the Pasadena Police Chief held a press conference/community meeting at one of the prestigious churches in Pasadena to quell the angst and answer questions that community members had regarding the shooting.  The Police Chief stated the car owner is now being charged with involuntary manslaughter. Because of an error which could have been avoided by one individual, another human being is dead and all of the families involved are inundated with grief.

Based on all the recent activities regarding the unfortunate shooting, the Pasadena Police Department is working diligently on multiple investigative levels to get the facts out on what occurred during the incident. They (police) arrested a 17-year-old boy who is alleged to have been involved in the robbery. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged the teen with two counts of commercial burglary, grand theft and failing to register as a gang member. And, Pasadena, California is now in the national spotlight, because of the alleged bad behavior of a few individuals.

Again, I plea, please give pertinent “and accurate” information to police officers whenever you call them to a crime scene.

 

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