New York is not my most preferred city. You might say that I have a cognitive bias against it, a well-known phenomenon in psychology and behavioral sciences. It is human tendencies to think in certain ways, that causes illogical judgments and perceptions. Even intelligent people are biased and tend to create conclusions suiting their preferences rather than objective thinking. Why, when I discovered that prices are skyrocketing in New York in September and keep rising as the time approached, I didn’t check what events are scheduled in New York in September, as I did when we wanted to visit Key West? I do know how to draw conclusions: I drew the right conclusion in the episode of the knocks in the middle of the night and changed hotels?
I racked my brain why prices are rocketing up and found no answer. Till my man came home and declared that he found the solution to this mystery. He had a conversation with a friend, complaining about New York’s prices. The friend asked him: “What, you do not know? The United Nations General Assembly’s grand opening is in New York in September!” Eureka! Now everything is clear! Not only prices will not drop as the date approaches, on the contrary, they will rise higher and higher. This special session will draw heads of state from all over the world and special delegations. Thus, the hustle and bustle and the unlimited security measures will turn a visit to New York to be unpleasant. So, what do we do now? Flights have already been reserved!
Relying on Waze’s wisdom – our eyes and ears abroad – (it’s a GPS software Darling), and leaving time for unexpected surprises, we set off at nine o’clock in the morning to West Point Military Academy, an hour and a half drive. Our tickets were for twelve o’clock. However, Waze who is very reliable mostly, instead of taking us through one of the eastern pipelines, took us directly into New York’s rush hour and 34th Street! The policemen, who were trying to take command of the mess, turned us in the opposite direction! Finally, we arrived at West Point at 02:00 pm!
From there we went on to the Franklin Roosevelt estate. He is the 32nd President of the United States, who was elected president four times in succession and subsequently passed the amendment limiting the president’s term to two terms only. During his tenure, he faced the economic crisis of the 1920’s and World War II; Thus, he is considered one of the three major presidents of the United States, along with Washington and Lincoln. His personal story is fascinating and transcends all imagination.
As a son of a well-established and well-to-do family, Franklin Roosevelt grew up in wealth and comfort. He studied at Harvard University. Then, he started law school at Columbia University yet left to study by himself and passed the New York State Bar Association. At the age of 28, he began his political career as he was elected to the New York State Senate. He contracted polio at the age of 39 and was paralyzed from his waist down. He understood that people did not discern between physical disability and mental disability and therefore could not advance his political career as a cripple.
Therefore, for three years, Roosevelt fought to get to his feet. He used swimming and water (hydrotherapy) to get him to stand up and even take a step or two. This helped him to get elected to the white house as the 32nd US president. His disability was known only to a few loyal assistants and concealed from the public: He managed to avoid being photographed in a wheelchair; He used a specially adapted speech stand that functioned as a buttress; He appeared in public mostly sitting in his car, and even got a special train platform (watch the video – Platform 61) that took him with his car from the Central Station to his room at the Waldorf Astoria, where he used to stay while in town.
The last word: “A conservative is a man with two perfectly healthy legs, who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.” Franklin Roosevelt