New Tech Community Event in Boca Raton

South Florida is slowly but surely working toward building a world-class technology community.

On February 21, New Tech Community, a loose-knit association of independent technology professionals started in conjunction with the Enterprise Development Corporation, is holding a meeting open to all techies and those who serve their community in Boca Raton.

The February topic for discussion is "Creating a Mastermind!"

Here are the details:

What does institutional degradation and the decline of the West have to do with your mission?

This is a fabulous presentation at Stanford by public finance historian Niall Ferguson. He goes into a wide range of factors affecting the rise of the East and decline of the West. And behind much of that degradation, the failure of our systems and institutions to provide a suitable environment for growth, income and standard of living.

It will surprise you. And make you think.

More of my review follows beyond the fold. Click on the title to read more.

Anyway, here's the video for those who want to cut straight to the chase.

The Pain and the Promise

For a long time you've experienced the pain of dealing with a world that makes life hard, that requires conflict and struggle as the tools of daily existence.

You've had to make many difficult choices just to get by and carve out a life that has worked for you, albeit not always as you would have liked.

Along the way, it's exacted a heavy toll. Perhaps on your health. Or finances. Or relationships. Or maybe just on your peace and happiness.

Creating a Space for Peace

Traveling the way of peace doesn't mean withdrawing from the world and all of the situations that steal our peace. The deepest levels of peace are attained only by engaging the reality that life serves up and doing the best we can to find and keep it.

Too often, though, we don't, instead content to "work on ourselves" and pretend the rest of the world has nothing to do with us, much less the peace we seek. Wrapped in a protective blanket of denial, isolation, and avoidance, we find an uneasy peace that is all-too-easily disturbed.

While such actions may allow us a relative calm amidst the outer storms, sooner or later the search for lasting peace will demand we deal with them.

For rarely do these things go away on their own. Instead, they keep growing in number and volume until they become like the squeaky wheel that will give us no peace until we fix it.

We all know what happens by then. The problems often escalate in scope and complexity, and demand much more of our time, effort and resources to deal with.

That's where our world is today.

Situations that have been cooking for years are bubbling up all over, now getting to a point where we're forced to do something about it. Their threats are so great that many of us are throwing open our windows and screaming, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more."

So how are we to find peace in times like these, when the world around us is falling apart and screaming for our attention to fix it before it's too late?

Engaging the Things that Steal Your Peace

Okay. So now you're steeped in peace. Nothing can disturb your reverie, right?

Wanna bet?

No matter how much at peace you think you are, there's always more. There's always a deeper peace waiting.

Finding your state of inner calm is important. In fact, it's going to be essential for you to begin the next step of our journey together -- actually dealing with the things that steal your peace.

Perhaps nothing in your life does. You are like a saint, living with such equilibrium that it doesn't matter to you if your world is collapsing around you.

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