Narco Mindset Weekly Update (4) - Perspectives on Coronavirus
Narco Mindset Weekly Update (4)
Perspectives on Coronavirus
April 17, 2020
Host: Jorge Valdes Ph.D. - An Author, Speaker, Blogger, Podcaster, and You Tuber
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In this episode, Dr. Valdes brings his perspective to what he has been thinking about during the Coronavirus. Dr. Vales chooses to focus on the good he can see in the virus versus the horrors it has brought. Dr. Valdes mentions what the president of El Salvador has done and talks about how sad it is that many billionaires and millionaires are only focused on the twenty or thirty percent of their worth they have lost when in reality, they are still billionaires. A vast majority of Americans are only thinking about how to feed their children and keep the roof over their heads.
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INTRO: Welcome to Reflections from a Narco Mindset. Dr. Valdes examines issues we face today. We hope you will gain hope, wisdom, inspiration and truth from the secrets hidden in his ultimate narco mindset.
Jorge: Welcome to the Narco Mindset Weekly Update. Today, I want to take a couple of minutes to talk about what I have been meditating over the last few days. The other day, I saw the president of El Salvador, and I think he came up with the best plan I have seen to help the people. In his plan, he froze literally every payment a person has to make, whether it’s a car payment, a mortgage, a rent, utilities, cable for the next three months.
He said, “Basically, all I want my people to worry about is how to buy food, and food better fairly priced because if I see anyone price gouging, I will lock them up.” If we look at what’s needed today, which is really to help that everyday citizen that lives paycheck to paycheck. That person that has barely enough money to put five, six, ten dollars’ worth of gas because he can’t pull a full tank. That person that’s worried about how is he going to keep his roof over his head for his children? How is he going to feed his family? What do we see? We see Wall Street and the greed of corporate America worried about the fact that their stock market went down twenty, thirty, forty percent.
You know, a wakeup call. If a billionaire loses 40% of his fortune, guess what, he’s still a billionaire. If a millionaire loses 40% of his fortune, he’s still a millionaire. Let’s worry about the everyday American people that literally live paycheck to paycheck. The coronavirus has shown that the world is going to be very, very different than it was. So, you know what, let’s look at the world from a totally different perspective. Let’s look at what really matters in life. Let’s look at how frail our life really is. Let’s look at that in a matter of two weeks, our entire world changed forever. Now, for the first time, we’re not Republicans or Democrats anymore, we’re Americans.
For the first time, we look at different people being our heroes: nurses, doctors. For the first time, we have parents spending time at home with their children that don’t need to work 60, 70 hours to buy a new car, another car or a new house but basically just their presence. We probably see a lot of marriages today that were really struggling to realize that those differences are minute. Our faith is interlocked with every human being in this country. So, when we look at the world today, when we look at this situation with the coronavirus, I would suggest that we really get focused, especially those of us that have a house and have a car, and yes, we might not have as much in our savings as we used to but we have savings.
Look, I’ll be the first one to tell you how guilty I feel. I had a wakeup call. When I saw my company ... I had put all my money in the market, and that’s where I’ve lived in to be able to be doing what I’m doing here with no charge. I saw my retirement literally drop drastically. But then I realized one thing; one day I went to prison, I was worth $60 million, and went in there without a dollar, looking at spending the rest of my life in prison. You know what, I find joy. I wasn’t worried about it. So, I felt really guilty worrying about my investments and my savings that I worked so hard, 64 years of my life literally gone. Guess what, I still have a roof, still drive a car, I’ve got plenty of food in my refrigerator, and I have a healthy family.
So, I thank God for what he has given me, not what has been taken away from me. Anything that’s been taken away from us is just extra. If we have a roof and we have the ability to keep that roof over our family, consider us really, really privileged. There are many people in this world that don’t even have a roof. There are many people in this world that wake up every morning figuring out, “How can I go out there to be able to feed my children?” There are people that cross those rivers, those walls, those borders, risking their lives to those opportunists, those coyotes, those drug dealers that exploit them. Girls getting raped just because they want to be able to have a roof and put food in their table for our children.
So, as we look at how our world has changed, and we look at how right now, what really was important two months ago doesn’t seem to be that important ... Side note, we saved for three years because this year, my daughter graduates, and we were going to go on a trip to China. We were so excited for so long because she’s fluent in Mandarin, and she worked so hard, and we just felt that you know what, this was a great graduation gift. That’s gone. We look at it right now, and we have no desire to go to China, no desire to go anywhere. Perhaps instead of traveling all over the world as many of us did, we start traveling in the United States. Maybe we do it the way my parents did.
We load up the car and we had enough food to stop by a rest stop and eat and visit this amazing, gorgeous country that we have that we call America, and save money. Maybe this is a wakeup call for us to realize that you know, we don’t need that new car. That nine-year-old, five-year-old, ten-year-old car, if it runs and it takes us somewhere, it’s fine. What we need to do is worry about our security. Our security does not lie in debt. Our security does not lie in the stock market. This virus has shown us how quickly and frail our life is. But I pray that we get good out of it, and we think about the good that has come out of it. That no longer this polarization, this ugliness that made up America.
That today, we look at each other, not as Republicans or Democrats but look at each other as Americans, and love each other, and pray for each other, and hurt when one of us is hurting. That families reunite again. That we play board games with our children, that we find joy in ourselves and in our company. For us that have faith, that we find our joy in the savior who died for us. I just wanted to bring this awareness to us, and what I’ve been thinking about the last few days. God bless you for listening, and if you enjoyed this podcast, tell your friends about it, and I’ll see you next week on the Weekly Update. God bless you.
OUTRO: We have come to the conclusion of Reflections from a Narco Mindset. We encourage you to delve deeper into the reflections presented here today. For more information and resources to help you set your path towards a narco mindset grounded on integrity, honor and truth, head to jorgevaldesphd.com, and join our community.