Greg McEachern

Edmonton, Canada

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Greg McEachern
Posted over 1 year ago
What book have you read that everyone should read and why?
1. "Games People Play". The title sounds confrontational but to me it was a book that stayed with me all my life. The concept is humans live in three healthy 'ego-states' . . .Parent, Child and Adult. The author cries foul if and when someone gets hurt in a human interaction. It's a non-religious analysis of human nature with the basic premise that it's wrong to hurt someone (including yourself). It helped me to eventually understand suicide bombers; the most tragic game. 2. "L.E.T." (Leadership Effectiveness Training). A style of leadership explained in a book. 3. "Tobacco Road". I like books about the American south. 4. 1984 I like Bill Bryson and William Faulkner for writers also.
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Greg McEachern
Posted over 1 year ago
What book have you read that everyone should read and why?
I havn't read that one yet. He's a great writer. I was thinking about "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" For me it shows how corporations have taken over the roles of servants in older times. They have made a fortune in doing so. Bryson's writing style is so relaxed and the book is full of information about "the home". It's a great read.
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Greg McEachern
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why is it that classical music is now ignored by the majority of society?
People are given a lot of choices these days. I compose classical music at home. I've had season tickets to the symphony. Orchestral music is wonderful. I think that classical music is for the most part not an expression of what is going on in peoples' lives. I just finished playing and watching a bluegrass music weekend. I saw some of the best musicians in that genre perform and visited with them too. These players show the same dedication and skills and complexity of music composition as classical players do. I was transfixed. The economic models for both genres are similar. Classical music is sponsored by donations from corporations and rich individuals. The bluegrass festival was sponsored with casino money. Techno music seems to better express the modern machine-like society we are living in today. Everything is scrutinized by computer 'til it is perfected and then mass produced. Quality music for me has human elements to it. Human elements are old fashioned though. Welcome to the machine. Convenience is the deciding dynamic here. There is nothing convenient about dedicating your life to learning an instrument. Way too messy. But it's well worth it.
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Greg McEachern
Posted about 2 years ago
Integrating music into our everyday lives.
I like and agree with what you are saying. American Idol is un-natural. The kids that go on that show sign a contract that says they will sell their soul in trade for a shot at fame and fortune. Music is a gift offering and we go out on a limb when we ask money for it. We are then at risk of judgement of our gift (product). We commercialize everything in our society. Look at christmas for instance. What a mess it turned out to be. Here is a link to an article that touches on this subject. It is from the perspective of a night-club owner who hires live bands. http://onstagemagazine.com/open-letter-from-a-bar-owner-to-musicians/ This and American Idol shows the loss of innocence; what I would call prostitution. Our society puts too much emphasis on money. We would all probably like to become millionaires in order to shed the shame of what we are forced to do when making a living. I try to keep my innocence and pride intact.
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Greg McEachern
Posted over 2 years ago
Attitudes; share some worthy ideas of how we can change them?
I read a book called 'Games People Play'. The book itself seemed to be confrontational in nature but in it he described the human mind as having three 'ego states' (Parent, Adult and Child). As people interact, the ego states switch back and forth, normally in a 'healthy' dynamic no matter what ego state they are each in. He called this 'transactional analysis'. When the dynamic becomes 'unhealthy' is when someone is getting hurt (a game). There is theoretically a reward for both parties as they willingly continue this game. What opened up my eyes later in life was the wisdom that my oldest brother told me. He said "It's one thing to become a victim in life but it is masochistic to re-live the hurt over and over again". I then related what he said to the book. As I thought about it I realized that our parents are all very concerned about the lesson of right and wrong but what is seldom taught to us is the paradox of right and wrong which is forgiveness. How do you explain that dynamic to a child without undermining the lesson of right and wrong? But there it is. Remaining a victim of a transgression is a game. Forgiveness is the healing cure. If we think about a model like the middle east it possibly becomes easier to see the theory; suicide bombers becoming the ultimate victim model, masochistic and heroic like a child hoping to get it's parent's approval with rewards later to come in heaven.
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Greg McEachern
Posted over 2 years ago
Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA
As we see the rules being bent here in LA south, maybe he will start a trend that could take over North America. It would be great for kids with the exercise, community spirit and healthier eating. Healthier food stands would be great too. I love the look of a garden. Change the status quo. We live in the north and we bought a small greenhouse (10X12) last year. We are buying another even smaller greenhouse this spring. I'm gonna include my young niece and nephew in the maintenance this summer. Last year was delightful in our garden. It was a breeze to maintain. Happy gardening.
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Greg McEachern
Posted over 2 years ago
Is capitalism sustainable?
I like your analogy Dr. Hariharan. The sugar aspect rings true with me. Here is why. When I was in school we studied 'populations'. We did an experiment where we put fruit flies in a jar with unlimited amount of food (honey). We counted the fruit flies (living) everyday and presented the data on a graph. The shape of the graph was an exponential curve (X=Y squared) starting with 2 fruit flies and curving upwards in a dramatic increase until one day there were suddenly no fruit flies. The reason why they all died suddenly was pollution. We were told that other experiments with various living things had the same results: exponential population growth ending in sudden and complete death. Is capitalism sustainable? Capitalism is the same expression as the fruit flies devouring the honey. It is gluttony. It is nature and it is frenzy. We are more natural than we are intelligent. Everything we do today is refined and perfected and purified like a powerful drug and like honey. Our food is full of sugar to a point that it is killing us. But what is really going to kill us is pollution. If we graph our population numbers we see the curve is rising along with an atmosphere of frenzy and the silent killer, pollution.
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Greg McEachern
Posted over 2 years ago
What is the most important thing you've learned on your own?
When I was young my mother wanted a small landing and set of stairs built from the back of the house. Growing up without a father sometimes can prove to be cruel. Of course I didn't have a clue as to how to begin. I was ridiculed very harshly. Much later in life I built a large deck by myself complete with two sets of stairs onto the back of my home after reading a book from the library. Stairs are fairly complicated if you are to create the most comfortable (safe) ratio of rise and run while making them level too. I'd like to hug the man that wrote that book. God bless him.
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Greg McEachern
Posted over 2 years ago
Keystone Pipeline - Good idea or bad idea
To be realistic I think there is good AND bad about pipelines in anyones country. I think the reason it's going to Houston and north eastern US is because of the refineries there. They don't refine it for free. There's money there. The obvious negative is the potential for a spill. Nobody wants that. I don't think they are transporting 'muck' though. It's oil product that has to be refined. The product that is going to be piped to BC is raw and headed to China. I don't see the connect that you should be angry at enviromentalists in a different country that have the same concerns as you. They are also concerned about spills just like you. Sounds like they are your friend. You make some good points about earthquakes and tornadoes. That could prove disasterous for sure. I think you and I will find that we will have no influence on whether or not the pipelines will go through. It's bigger than us. I'm on your side by the way. We are all fruit flies in a jar.
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Greg McEachern
Posted over 2 years ago
Keystone Pipeline - Good idea or bad idea
It depends on who you are. Lots of Albertans want the pipeline I would assume. It would mean jobs for pipeline builders and oil sands workers. That means money. Our Prime Minister and his government is conservative currently. The conservative agenda is economics. The Prime minister came from Alberta at one time so he is showing loyalty to Alberta oil industry. Like most things it's always good to have balance. The province west of Alberta is British Columbia. They lean to the left politically. They don't want a pipeline to go to their coastline because of environmental concerns. Large oil tankers would be navigating through treacherous waterways that are pristine now. Economically there isn't much advantage for them to host a pipeline and port for the oil. I'm pretty sure they will build another pipeline in an easterly direction to eventually enter north-eastern US to refineries there. There was also talk about a pipeline to go north into the arctic and to a port to be exported probably to China. It depends on who you ask as to who wants these pipelines. It's about money and environment, but the current canadian government is all about industry and not so much about the environment.