Love binds people of goodwill…A repost from a year ago.
Today is a day to reflect on the message of Martin Luther King, JR. His is a message of love and freedom; a freedom guaranteed by God and reflected in the U.S. Constitution:
“…in order to form a more perfect Union…secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity…”
In the early 1960’s there was no better person to secure these Blessings for people of color. Our lawmakers failed to be responsible leaders entrusted to uphold the Constitution. One might suggest that this failed responsibility dates all the way back to our founding as a nation, but I think that would be taking the easy route, condemning every step toward the progress of achieving a message of freedom.
“Humans have been literally torturing each other for centuries as they grope toward this Chalis of fulfillment.” – The Shrew
Our U.S. Constitution is the tool enabling wholeness in our country. No other country puts the responsibility of freedom in the hands of each individual. It is law makers who abuse this insight by putting limits on ideas instead of on their lawmaking capabilities. Martin Luther King, JR knew instinctively that the idea of a black person sitting where a sign indicated that they were not allowed by law to sit would challenge the lawmaker’s unconstitutional limitations on God’s creation. King gave power back to the people – all people, because injustice is never visible in God’s kingdom which is where the human soul finds strength to conquer the perceived injustice in the world of mankind.
Love binds people of goodwill. In a nation of diverse ideas, those people of goodwill come together to solve the issues at hand. There is no us vs. them. There is only…
It is now the year 2020 and it’s about time that we see the political climate around us with 20/20 vision.
How many of us get our news from social media snippets and/or “friendly” network broadcasters? Are they and their sources reliable? Are the fact checkers that give us the Pinocchio’s really digging deep enough in their fact checking? Are we being presented the whole story? Unless we are willing to give up our day jobs (or even get off the couch) and become an investigative reporter, we probably rarely if ever do the reading and research necessary to have a truly informed opinion.
In the mean time the majority of us are typically left to our biases. Having a bias is not a bad thing…It is an absolutely human thing. It gives you a basis from which to start your exploration of a topic and to be tested when faced with an opposing view; in other words, the ability to have an open mind from which to use to reason.
If you hold strongly onto your bias, then you have the inability to find justice. Potential jurors are scrutinized for bias before they are allowed to serve on a jury. This is a very important part of a society based on law and justice.
Social justice is justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. Can a liberty minded society be “cleansed” of biases? Of course not! Liberty is the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views (Oxford Dictionary). The opposite of this is Fascism. Social justice must impose Fascism in order to control the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges. In the USA each person would necessarily need to give up their liberty in order for the implementation of a true social justice agenda. By what biased authority would we want this agenda implemented? The answer to this question leads to our great awakening…
Liberty entails the responsible use of freedom under the rule of law without depriving anyone else of their freedom. This sounds like a just society to me 🙂
We are already USA Strong!
Your property and care of it is your wealth, your informed curiosity leads to your opportunity, and your positive relationships reinforce many of your privileges. These are guaranteed to you in the U.S. Constitution.
Remember, traits and behaviors are not indications of gender, they are expressions of human nature…
A few months ago I received an email from someone representing MPR (Maine Public Radio). They were taking a survey that asked three questions. I did not respond to the survey thinking that possibly something nefarious was afoot, but I did attempt to answer the questions anyway for myself because I found them very good. Here are the questions with my answers; I assumed that these questions related to U.S.A trends of the topic:
1) What constitutes masculinity?
Anyone can have masculine traits. Men display these traits when they use their integrity and dignity to protect their family and country, earn an income to secure their self and family, and organize within their community to create economies of scale that contribute to the balance of need. A unique masculine trait is sarcasm…this can be applied to situations for emotional relief toward intense scrutiny. Aggressive behavior is typically a way to attract attention when all else fails, however when aggressiveness is applied to friendly competition such as in sports it can be a positive outlet.
2) Who are public figures who embody masculinity?
– President Trump
– President Obama
– Ashton Kutcher
– Martin Luther King JR.
– Mohamed Ali
3) Is Masculinity under attack? Explain.
No one should have to compromise their authentic self to fit in with what is popular. This does not condone specific behaviors that go against laws or other’s belief systems. A society that attempts to ignore how masculinity benefits the balance of human nature is doomed to have this energy of “order” and “aggressiveness” be exerted in ways that are unleashed negatively on that society.
A Shrew will never humiliate or degrade male energy because to do so would disregard the importance of this balance with female energy. Remember, traits and behaviors are not indications of gender, they are expressions of human nature…This is why we are a nation of laws and not a dictatorship.
Identity politics has been stripping us of our humanity. The latest case in point aligns with how the homeless population has been allowed to grow unchecked in many urban centers. Homelessness has been a plight since the dawn of civilization. Circumstances create personal problems for people in a myriad of ways. Hopelessness becomes all consuming to the point where personal responsibilities which were once manageable suddenly are too much to handle. Some would argue that it’s a money problem and tell us, “If only we all had a basic income, free health care, and free higher education, then homelessness would not exist!” Responsibilities with this model of free stuff inevitably shift to an administrative group. This group identifies money sources, collects the money, distributes it with a system that is “fair”, and employs a means of enforcement. But would this progressive formula actually mitigate the personal problems inherent to human nature? Think about it!
If I allow an administrator to take control of my basic neccessities and to educate me, will they also be able to control my dreams, wishes and choices? What will be expected of me from this administrative state? And what about morality? Who defines morality and enforces this paradigm?
Now consider our police force…The men and women who are employed by municipalities to protect and serve its citizens. It seems to me that their functions are slowly being eroded by an over zealous political class. Lately the main stream news programs and social media fixate on police brutality as though it was more commonplace than the smuggling happening daily on our boarders. Angry attitudes against the police along with the dangerous aspects of the job itself are causing many municipalities hardships to find new police recruits. Is this by design and does this define a new mindset whereby law enforcement is now seen as the bad actor? To be sure, policing will need a newly defined mission in order to help a controlling administrative state enforce their “fair and progressive” systems.
Judeo – Christian principles were once the sphere of moral precept in our country. As these priciples erode and secular laws replace them, the human capacity for obtaining higher consciousness will decrease and dependency on the administrative state will increase. Each one of us is then acting as a cog in the wheel of an interdependent system and is replaceable if we are not being “perceived” as doing our part.
“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” – Sir Walter Scott, 1808
We can see how the deception is forming the web, but do we know WHO IS THE SPIDER?
Please think about this…The Declaration of Independence was the start of ending slavery on many levels.
First, the colonies needed to recognize that they could live their lives without a king as overseer. They were beginning to live this reality and then with this declaration they made it so.
Next, the Constitution began a system whereby no more slaves would be imported by England. Education for everyone would help inform citizens so that they could vote and govern themselvesproperly…This education would end the tolerance of slavery in the southern states along with a bloody civil war, ultimately to unite the nation and recognizing that “All Men Are Created Equal”. African American men could now be educated, vote and hold elected office.
Then, even though some women could already vote depending on their status and locality, all women were guaranteed the right. Persistence was the key.
And finally, we all look to these two documents to inform and develop increased opportunities to recognize oppression and bring about liberties for all citizens. This process will never be easy, but it is a process…deeper understanding is gained through listening to one another because united we stand, divided we fall.
Are you a slave to divisiveness? Only you can change this if so.
I attended a workshop this past weekend put on by an organization known as Maine-Wananaki REACH. This group focuses on decolonization and restoration of Maine for Wabanaki people who are the Indiginous tribes with original ties to the state we know as Maine.
The workshop began with introductions as we sat in a circle. The two moderators have been working with this program for several years, going to many churches, civic groups and private places of learning. I believe one moderator said that she was part Native American. As we went around the circle we spoke about the place where we were born and whether we knew the name of the tribe associated with our birth place. Most folks had some idea of the tribe name, others were curious to know now that they had been asked and a couple folks shared that they had some Native American blood in their geniology. I shared that growing up in Dorchester, Massachusetts I knew that there were many tribes that shared the land there, but was curious to know why tribes aligned themselves as a Confederacy. The term confederacy describes a loose coalition of tribes having a shared government of power which is not highly organized as is the U.S. Constitution. A Native American Confederacy is made up of many tribes in a region, many of which acquired their names from the “colonizers” based upon the location of their habitat.
Colonizer is the term given to those people who came to tribal lands and controlled the lands on behalf of a European King or Queen. Curiously, in Ecology this term also refers to a plant or animal that establishes itself in an area. As we know, ecology is the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings…The word “colonizer” does not hold a negative connotation for me because I tend to understand the term as a processional step toward new cultural systems theory. More about that in a moment…
The workshop had all participants stand as representatives of the native Americans on a beautifully painted cloth map of the state of Maine. Depictions of plants, animals and symbols Indiginous to the state were on various puzzle pieces lying connected together. As the moderators narrated the story of colonization, pieces were removed and people were told to leave based upon conditions of disease, war, dis-honored treaties and child abduction with the native Americans until only less than 1% of the land and even less percent of the native Americans were left to see. By the end of the exercise several of the participants were moved to tears.
After we gathered back in our circle, we related how the exercise effected us individually. Many were astonished that they did not know any of the history that was related through the story telling. Others thought that it was important to keep the information centered in the context of the times. Many wanted to know how our state was making reparations if at all. One of the moderators told us that the U.S. Government had done too much in the wrong way to “help” the Native Americans and that the Native Americans really wanted the Government to simply stop imposing on them. I think this makes so much sense!
Discovery of the “New World” was bound to happen at some point in history. The fact that Europeans were industrious, curious and greedy was the product of centuries of colonization in that region and gave mankind endless possibilities of renewal within monstrous periods of distruction. This doesn’t make the power grabbers right, it actually points out that it is natural to our human condition. We are at a period now that allows us to put into perspective the wrongs of the past and endeavor to live in right relationship, but do we force that relationship to happen or do we understand the system and theory that brought us to this place in time so that we unite in a slow progression of wellness with each other? I believe that latter to be true! And which form of government allows the latter to happen? It is definitely a constitutional republic which honors the individual as the actuator of self determination under civil liberties and common law.
Watch out for the power grabbers. They will claim to have the moral upper hand when in actuality we know that morality is not rooted in power, morality is rooted and guided by principles which acknowledge the faults and aspirations of human nature. Watch how this is currently playing out in our political parties and much of our media…Are their actions forcing compliance or open to compromise? Are the foundational principles of our country honored or being ignored? Are you willing to go along to get along simply because it benefits your own situation? Or do you have the perspective and knowledge necessary to understand your role to ensure Liberty? You be the judge…
The much talked about Green New Deal is a farce. Just the time taken from the people’s business to create this document should be concerning. And, much like the “hate crimes” that have materialized as unfortunate fraudulent claims, the list of pie in the sky goals to be achieved in ten years time in this deal will likely cause a cascade of despair and misery when actions do not meet their objectives.
To live in harmony with our planet Earth we should very much want to strive for a cleaner environment, but this should not be at the expense of lowering our standard of living. Opportunities abound as we work together to solve problems with clean energy, abundant water sources with efficient sewer systems, telecommunication networks in all regions and more dependence on local food sourcing. As a life long student of engineering principles with a knack for research and development in my professional life I will now attempt to give my list of goals to help our society become the epitome of environmental consciousness or what I call the science of Greenology…
Improve the internet infrastructure to include access for those living in our most rural areas.
Increase methods and opportunities for telecommuting.
Encourage co-working spaces near community centers with shared technology and internet connectivity that is secure.
Allow K – 12 public schools to advance entrepreneurial thought and skills.
Encourage innovation of new green technologies by allowing philanthropy to work through 501c environments.
Science is never “settled”. Always push for advances in research and development by remaining curious and always asking what next.
Encourage a new wave of farming technology that produces locally sourced ingredients for regional markets.
This is just the start! What could you add to this list? Remember, we are not getting rid of anything that would naturally fade away anyway because of supply and demand…That’s good capitalism working with sound progress.