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…
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.
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.
My heart goes out to all the migrants from Honduras who have made the torturously long journey for better lives. Traveling as a caravan would certainly bring more protections for those members who are most vulnerable to physical harm and manipulation by undesirable players, but aren’t there even greater risks to these people if the coordination of the caravans were done through deceitful means?
The ends are clear to me at this point. The USA is to be viewed in the wider setting as a cruel nation, from its birth right to the present. But let us not take our focus away from where the migrants of today have come…Honduras is a failing country and the examination of this fact will make it clear to all that an evil energy is working to create the same fate for the USA (Spoiler alert, it is not climate change!!).
I am not a “doomsdayer”. I am a realist. In fact I believe there is no Utopia in this world beyond my ability to live my life on my terms which is what we know as the “American Dream”. You may think me foolish, but I believe that in this country there are criminals, homeless persons, and loners who are themselves actually living in their own Utopia…constructing a way of life that makes them happy on their own terms. Others might look as these folks with pity and say that they must be helped, but we cannot construct a Utopian way of life for them because it would be our idea and not theirs.
This brings me back to the caravan. In Honduras their is no “Honduran Dream” even though the government is a Democratic Republic. The military coup of ten years ago set the stage for a constitutional crisis because, simply put, the beaurocratic effort to rewrite their constitution had no rules…no one could agree on how to begin the process! The people of the country were not consulted because their rights are considered too limited! And their Attourney General was not able to reconcile a civil rights process. THIS IS WHY OUR FOUNDERS WERE SO INGENIOUS WITH THEIR PROCESS FOR THE US CONSTITUTION!! Our Founders had the educated study of human history over thousands of years as their baseline. We in this day and age refuse to take this into account because we want to only live in the present. Learning from our past means to not repeat our mistakes and our Constitution allows for this practice.
Hondurans at our border have been sold a bad dream that they are now living as reality. Who are the manipulators of this bad dream? This must be the focus of discussion. God help them…
RA house divided against itself cannot stand – Abraham Lincoln
Who are we kidding? Neither the liberal left nor the conservative right have all the answers to our country’s problems at this point in time. Have they ever? Let’s be honest…The best answers come in the form of a small community working together in a non partisan manner. And, if someone is not connected to and working against the community then we should consider that it may be by choice. Families, neighborhoods, churches, schools, Rotaries and even sports offer opportunities to connect in a variety of healthy ways. The only skill you need at first is curiosity. Defined as a strong desire to know or learn something, curiosity can open doors to a stronger sense of belonging. The best part about this is that you can belong to many different circles of community thereby finding your niche to make a positive impact.
I have a feeling that anyone who picks up a weapon to inflict harm on a community really knows down deep that they are not solving anything. Like being totally on the left or totally on the right the answer to their problem leaves a literal hole that oozes pain, guilt, horror and disgust, all of which are the antithesis of curiousity and clearly the mask of evil.
Isn’t this evil what the extreme left wing Democrats see in President Trump? And by the same measure isn’t this evil what the extreme right wing Republicans see in the extreme left wing Democrates? When did Congress stop being a community for the people? Elected leaders must have the skill of curiosity to belong to their peer community no matter which side of the isle they are on. The President is putting forward his ideas, but it seems as though Congress has no strong desire to learn or know how to debate and offer a compromise on the ideas. And what is worse, Congress has been modeling this behavior for far longer than I can remember. Unfortunately our leaders of the next generation are not witnessing the intended function of Congress.
I think we have reached a tipping point in this country. Evil is showing its ugly face in unimaginable ways. We must acknowledge its ability to reside amoung us and be curious enough to ask why it exists. Only then can we learn together the path of the humble messenger that we all can become. God help us…