The “2017 Holiday Free SOS EDC Giveaways Contest” Winners Selected

The “2017 Holiday Free SOS EDC Giveaways Contest” has been successfully concluded. We really appreciate your participation. Congratulations to the three randomly selected winners as listed below.

  1. Anita Leibert from Akron, Ohio
  2. Kiya Ludwig from Longmont, CO
  3. Aaron Martin from Aurora, CO

The winning prizes have been mailed to the winners, which they will receive soon. Please note that if you did not respond to the winning confirmation email within the specified time period, a replacement winner would be drawn which actually happened in this contest.

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Sharing Articles On Home Safety And Security

Real estate investing resources

Occasionally I received emails from visitors to my website to share some useful information & resources. Recently I received an email from Marie Villeza asking me to share the articles on home safety and security which she found very helpful to our visitor. Please check them out below and I hope you will find them useful. I like to thank Marie Vileza very much for the contribution. If you have any useful information & resources you like to share, please contact me via the contact form on the website. Thank you for visiting.

A to Z Guide to Security, Safety and Prevention

Tips to Ensure Safety of Seniors at Home

Home Construction & Design Techniques for Child Safety

Have a House Fire Evacuation Plan

Guide to Handling a Hoarding Spouse

20 Ways to Keep Kids Safe When They Are Home Alone

How to Make Your Home Handicap Accessible

Child Safety Guide: Making the Move from an Urban Area to a Rural One


“Before you can be with others, first learn to be alone” – For Those Who live Alone

In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an ageing man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair could be temporarily relieved only by immersing himself in a tumultuous throng of city-dwellers. ‘He refuses to be alone,’ Poe wrote. He ‘is the type and the genius of deep crime … He is the man of the crowd.’

Like many poets and philosophers through the ages, Poe stressed the significance of solitude. It was ‘such a great misfortune’, he thought, to lose the capacity to be alone with oneself, to get caught up in the crowd, to surrender one’s singularity to mind-numbing conformity. Two decades later, the idea of solitude captured Ralph Waldo Emerson’s imagination in a slightly different way: quoting Pythagoras, he wrote: ‘In the morning, – solitude; … that nature may speak to the imagination, as she does never in company.’ Emerson encouraged the wisest teachers to press upon their pupils the importance of ‘periods and habits of solitude’, habits that made ‘serious and abstracted thought’ possible.

In the 20th century, the idea of solitude formed the centre of Hannah Arendt’s thought. A German-Jewish émigré who fled Nazism and found refuge in the United States, Arendt spent much of her life studying the relationship between the individual and the polis. For her, freedom was tethered to both the private sphere – the vita contemplativa – and the public, political sphere – the vita activa. She understood that freedom entailed more than the human capacity to act spontaneously and creatively in public. It also entailed the capacity to think and to judge in private, where solitude empowers the individual to contemplate her actions and develop her conscience, to escape the cacophony of the crowd – to finally hear herself think.

In 1961, The New Yorker commissioned Arendt to cover the trial of Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi SS officer who helped to orchestrate the Holocaust. How could anyone, she wanted to know, perpetrate such evil? Surely only a wicked sociopath could participate in the Shoah. But Arendt was surprised by Eichmann’s lack of imagination, his consummate conventionality. She argued that while Eichmann’s actions were evil, Eichmann himself – the person – ‘was quite ordinary, commonplace, and neither demonic nor monstrous. There was no sign in him of firm ideological convictions.’ She attributed his immorality – his capacity, even his eagerness, to commit crimes – to his ‘thoughtlessness’. It was his inability to stop and think that permitted Eichmann to participate in mass murder.

Just as Poe suspected that something sinister lurked deep within the man of the crowd, Arendt recognised that: ‘A person who does not know that silent intercourse (in which we examine what we say and what we do) will not mind contradicting himself, and this means he will never be either able or willing to account for what he says or does; nor will he mind committing any crime, since he can count on its being forgotten the next moment.’ Eichmann had shunned Socratic self-reflection. He had failed to return home to himself, to a state of solitude. He had discarded the vita contemplativa, and thus he had failed to embark upon the essential question-and-answering process that would have allowed him to examine the meaning of things, to distinguish between fact and fiction, truth and falsehood, good and evil.

‘It is better to suffer wrong than to do wrong,’ Arendt wrote, ‘because you can remain the friend of the sufferer; who would want to be the friend of and have to live together with a murderer? Not even another murderer.’ It is not that unthinking men are monsters, that the sad sleepwalkers of the world would sooner commit murder than face themselves in solitude. What Eichmann showed Arendt was that society could function freely and democratically only if it were made up of individuals engaged in the thinking activity – an activity that required solitude. Arendt believed that ‘living together with others begins with living together with oneself’.

But what if, we might ask, we become lonely in our solitude? Isn’t there some danger that we will become isolated individuals, cut off from the pleasures of friendship? Philosophers have long made a careful, and important, distinction between solitude and loneliness. In The Republic (c380 BCE), Plato proffered a parable in which Socrates celebrates the solitary philosopher. In the allegory of the cave, the philosopher escapes from the darkness of an underground den – and from the company of other humans – into the sunlight of contemplative thought. Alone but not lonely, the philosopher becomes attuned to her inner self and the world. In solitude, the soundless dialogue ‘which the soul holds with herself’ finally becomes audible.

Echoing Plato, Arendt observed: ‘Thinking, existentially speaking, is a solitary but not a lonely business; solitude is that human situation in which I keep myself company. Loneliness comes about … when I am one and without company’ but desire it and cannot find it. In solitude, Arendt never longed for companionship or craved camaraderie because she was never truly alone. Her inner self was a friend with whom she could carry on a conversation, that silent voice who posed the vital Socratic question: ‘What do you mean when you say …?’ The self, Arendt declared, ‘is the only one from whom you can never get away – except by ceasing to think.’

Arendt’s warning is well worth remembering in our own time. In our hyper-connected world, a world in which we can communicate constantly and instantly over the internet, we rarely remember to carve out spaces for solitary contemplation. We check our email hundreds of times per day; we shoot off thousands of text messages per month; we obsessively thumb through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, aching to connect at all hours with close and casual acquaintances alike. We search for friends of friends, ex-lovers, people we barely know, people we have no business knowing. We crave constant companionship.

But, Arendt reminds us, if we lose our capacity for solitude, our ability to be alone with ourselves, then we lose our very ability to think. We risk getting caught up in the crowd. We risk being ‘swept away’, as she put it, ‘by what everybody else does and believes in’ – no longer able, in the cage of thoughtless conformity, to distinguish ‘right from wrong, beautiful from ugly’. Solitude is not only a state of mind essential to the development of an individual’s consciousness – and conscience – but also a practice that prepares one for participation in social and political life. Before we can keep company with others, we must learn to keep company with ourselves.Aeon counter – do not remove

Jennifer Stitt

This article was originally published at Aeon and has been republished under Creative Commons.


2017 Holiday Free SOS EDC™ Giveaways Contest

Minimalist Carbon Fiber RFID Blocking Anti-Theft Card Case Wallet w/ Removable ChainWelcome to another free giveaways contest – The 2017 Holiday Free SOS EDC™ Giveaways Contest.

Happy Holidays Everyone! Once again, in order to spread our SOS EDC™ brand awareness, we are giving away our products to 3 lucky winners for this contest. All you need to do is just enter for a chance to win. Please also refer your friends to participate to increase your chance of winning. Each extra action will also add an extra entry to increase your chance.  Even if you do not win any of the prizes after the winners have been selected randomly, you will receive a discount code just for participating in the contest. Enter now! Good Luck!

Please note that we will collect your email address for the giveaway contest notification purpose and for sending you occasional promotional offer messages. We will not share your email address with any third parties and you can unsubscribe at any time you like. Thank you! 🙂

October Free Giveaway Winners Awarded!

Hidden Neck / Pocket RFID Blocking Travel / Everyday Carry Anti-Theft Passport Belt Wallet / Pouch by SOS EDC™ - Never Lose Your Wallet Again!The October “FREE SOS EDC™ Neck Pouch / Belt Wallet Giveaway” has been successfully concluded. This is the third contest and the number of contestants jumped exponentially more than the previous two contests. Congratulations to the three randomly selected winners as listed below.

  1. Donna Kozar from Evansville, IN
  2. Jennifer Herman from Pevely, MO
  3. Jenny Ham from Topeka, KS

The winning prizes have been mailed to winners, which they should receive sometimes this week. Even though you did not win the prize, I want to make sure everyone who participated is a winner as well. An exclusive 20% discount code has also been sent to the participants who referred others to the contest.  All participants will also receive an exclusive discount code shortly.

Once again thank you very much for participating the Free Giveaway contest. Please be on the lookout for the future contest.



Winners of The September Free-giveaways Contest!

 Congratulations to Andreas Theodoulou from Spotsylvania, Virginia & Ruslan Selkhanov from Manhattan, NY. They are the winners of last month’s Free-giveaways Contest. Andreas Theodoulou won the Minimalist Carbon Fiber RFID Blocking Anti-Theft Card Case Wallet w/ Removable Chain. And Ruslan Selkhanov won the Carbon Fiber Leather RFID Blocking Anti-theft Passport Wallet w/ Removable Chain. Both of them are very excited when they were informed about the winning.

If you have not entered for this month’s Free-giveaways Contest, there are still a few days left, so please enter the contest now by clicking here.

The Minimalist Carbon Fiber RFID Blocking Anti-Theft Card Case Wallet w/ Removable Chain has been quite popular recently and to give you more choices, the Minimalist Saffiano Leather RFID Blocking Anti-theft Card Holder Wallet with Removable Chain will be available for sale on Amazon in just a few days as they are being shipped to an Amazon warehouse. Please add it to your shopping list on Amazon’s website. The quantity is limited so hurry. It’s also a great gift idea for the coming holidays.


SOS EDC™ Monthly Free Giveaway Contest – October, 2017

Hidden Neck / Pocket RFID Blocking Travel / Everyday Carry Anti-Theft Passport Belt Wallet / Pouch by SOS EDC™ - Never Lose Your Wallet Again!I like to thank last month’s contest participants and will contact the winners soon. If you missed last month’s contest deadline, fear not, here is another chance. This month three lucky winners will receive the SOS EDC™ RFID Blocking Anti-Theft Travel Passport Neck Pouch / Belt Wallet.

This wallet is my personal favorite which I carry every day. It’s the most versatile & secure wallet for everyday carry and traveling. Despite the 1 star review, the wallet is well made and high quality. I challenged the review with offering exchange or refund but I have not received any response from the reviewer. And if you purchased this wallet before, I like to invite you to share your experience with the wallet. You can go to your Amazon order page to write a product review. Unlike others, I don’t buy reviews.

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Why Stocking Investing Is Not For Everyone

I got into stocking investing right after I got my first paycheck because I heard stories how some people got rich through stock investing. So I must say that I have been investing in the stock market for about 20 years now. Did I get rich through investing in the stocks? I certainly wish I did, overall I did make a little bit of money but not significant that I can claim I am getting rich via the stock market.

The reason I haven’t lost money in the stock market yet which I believe is the stock picking software program I purchased a while back. It cost me almost $2000. I bought the program from a well-known financial company which provides stock investing advice & services. With that program, I can pick stocks based on the criteria such earning per share, broker ranking, dividend…etc., which a whole lot easier to pick the stocks than asking tips from friends and coworker or the recommendation from the so-called stock market gurus.

The other reason of not losing money if not making any is time. You have to spend time watching your portfolio if you are the do it yourself type investor. But for most of the investors, time is a luxury. They have to go to the nine to five job and most of the time, the stock market opens at the same 9 to 5 time schedule.

But even if I tried pretty hard in doing the best I could to avoid lost in the market, the stock market simply is quite volatile. For example, I purchased 2000 shares of a stock recommended by the stocking picking program for $ $0.28 per share back in May this year and I noticed the price has been dropping but all the sudden it jumped to $24 a share last Friday. But I didn’t really get too excited about this, especially this stock is missing from the stock holding position list on the stock broker’s website. So I called the stock broker’s office and found that since the stock is listed on NASDAQ, the stock has to maintain a certain price to continue to be listed, so the company did a 9000 to 1 share split, meaning if I had 9000 shares of this stock before I will receive 1 share to $24!! Since I only own 2000 shares of the stock, I will only get a fraction of a share, the value so insignificant, I might as well just write it off from the list.

Anyway, this is to show you how silly the stock market can be. Do not depend on the stock market for your retirement. Diversify into real estate investing and other hard assets such as gold & silver as well. The best way to retire comfortably is to have the reliable source of passive income streams, the stock market is certainly not one of them.


SOS EDC™ Monthly Giveaway Contest – September, 2017

In order to spread our SOS EDC™ brand awareness, we are giving away our products to three lucky winners for free each month until the end of the year, shipping included. All you need to do is just enter to win. Please also refer your friends to participate to increase your chance of winning.

Please note that we will collect your email address for the giveaway contest notification purpose and for sending you occasional promotional messages. We will not share your email address with any third parties and you can unsubscribe at anytime you like.

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SOS EDC™ Free Giveaway Contest