Positives: We would know more about our kids. Societal values would increase. We would know more about our family’s lives. Troubled kids may be stopped from engaging in anti-societal activities.
Positives: We would be funding our future with better teachers.
Negatives: Those entering the profession may be more interested in money rather than actually teaching kids and helping them learn.
Positives: Could it be the end of career politicians? We would have people in politics that WANT to be rather than people going for the money.
Positives: The local economy would boom. Small businesses could compete with big business.
Negatives: Product costs may raise if local sources cannot keep up with the demand.
Positives: Obesity rates would probably go down. People might enjoy fresh air. We would enjoy being with other people rather than electronics.
Negatives: TV stations, cable and satellite companies, and the like may take a hit in their pocketbooks.
Positives: We would be more self aware. We would care more about issues in our society and the world. We would be educated in social debates, and form our own opinions rather than the opinions of the media.
Negatives: News can be emotional. Emotions can lead to unintended actions and health issues.
Conversations on the Bench is an inspirational book about two very good friends and some of the conversations they had that were pretty insightful and filled with simple life lessons that you have to pick up along the way in life. I wrote Conversations on the Bench as a tribute to Sebastian Peréy at the request of his friend and colleague from the think tank they had formed back in 2003. I only met Sebastian on one occasion, at a symposium hosted by their think tank, but over the course of a couple days, I had the privilege of getting to know him and hearing a little of his story. He was a larger than life type of guy in more ways than one. He was big in stature, weighing in at over 400 pounds, but he had this positive energy about him that was captivating. You met the guy and you felt like you had known him for a long time. You just wanted to get to know him and hear his story. It was as if you could tell he had something interesting to say. Sebastian was a truly inspirational figure to a lot of people, including Robbie, his friend and colleague at the think tank who actually encouraged me to write the book. I was intrigued by Robbie and Sebastian, and I ultimately decided that I needed to tell their story. So I learned as much as I could about Sebastian from Robbie through telephone conversations over the course of about five years. Now, we have Conversations on the Bench as a great tribute to Sebastian, a brilliant individual and just an all around good guy.
Sebastian and Robbie spent countless hours toiling over life and worldly problems. Wherever they went, whether it was a local pub, a restaurant, or the golf course, they would find a bench and they would sit and talk for hours on end. They would talk about problems, the economy, women, business challenges, you name it. And Sebastian was sure to share his own wit and wisdom, a wisdom that can only be gained through a collection of unique life experiences. Conversations on the Bench is a compilation of some of Sebastian’s greatest life lessons as presented through various conversations he and Robbie had over the years. I’m confident that Conversations on the Bench offers something for everyone and that everyone can find something they can relate to in the book.