3 Big Problems and 3 Big Solutions


We had an awesome, long holiday-weekend and I hope you did too.  Friday was a hike up Goat Peak near Mazama (Eastern Washington).  Saturday was a 4th of July party in Sudden Valley and chilling on Lake Whatcom.  Sunday was taking boats out on Baker Lake.  We got to hike, ride bikes, swim, and row boats.  We saw all the reasons why Washington state in the summertime is one of the best places to be on Earth.

We also saw some silly stuff: online beefs, a surreal mini-protest, arguments over masks, and arguments over fireworks.  We had some great food and drink.  We also witnessed how some people get out of control with that good stuff.  I had a lot of long, interesting conversations.  I heard some people really spit truth.  I also heard some loud and misguided opinions passed off as facts.  I saw a bunch of crazy stuff posted on social media, and I saw some heart-warming photos of friends and strangers enjoying life.

There were many stories that I witnessed or experienced this long weekend, and I started writing them all out here, but they kind of detracted from the point that I want to make.  In observation and deep thought this weekend, I thought a lot about the problems that truly plague this country and I came up with 3 big ones that I want to address:

  1. Many people are living meaningless and dishonest lives.
  2. Many people are moving minimally and insufficiently.
  3. Many people are eating only for emotions and mouth pleasure.

I also spent a lot of time thinking about the solutions for these problems.  Then, pretending to be a physician, I came up with my own prescriptions for them:

  1. Be your authentic self.
  2. Live your most vigorous life.
  3. Eat your own personalized diet.

This week, I am going to write a blog about each of these three topics.  And then, at the end of the week I’ll sum it all up.  Watch this space.


Published by nicnakis

Nicholas |nik-uh-luhs| n. a male given name: from Greek words meaning "victory of the people" John |jon| n. a male given name: from Hebrew Yohanan, derivative of Yehohanan "God has been gracious" Nakis |nah-kis| n. a Greek family name derived from the patronymic ending -akis (from Crete) Amha |am-hah| n. an Ethiopian given name meaning "gift", from Geez Selassie |suh-la-see| n. Ethiopian name meaning "trinity", from Geez

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