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25 Sep 2017

I’m way too caught up in this discussion (or maybe not) but I want to share my personal thoughts on this respecting the flag nonsense. Yes, I just called it nonsense. That’s because that flag is but a symbol. What that means is it stands for something. Well, the ideas that it stands for have never really happened in this land that it flies over. If it deserves such honor then that should mean that idea deserves honor. So what happens when the idea is always being just a nice idea and not really acted upon as a way of life? What is there to take pride in? It’s a false concept.

The American flag is supposed to stand for something just and correct, but too often it brings just the opposite. It would seem that a patriotic thought would be to make sure that we are living up to that idea. If we’re not then who are we to claim offense?

The idea and the concept is worthy of adulation, but we fall way short of even trying to reach for that plateau. That’s a reality that I find by ignoring it is offensive and a disgrace. If a person wants to demand reverence and respect for an idea that’s nice, but ideas are not reality and reality is a lie if we do not intend to make those ideas into reality.

If the symbol is supported by the reality of the idea then by all means keep it holy, but a symbol is just an object. It has no real value. It represents an idea that in our country (these United States of America) is more fantasy than a truth that was ever an honest goal. To that extent I simply have no feeling for it one way or another. It’s not important to me. What is important is what we do in the name of that symbol.

09 Jul 2017

With all you got

There’s a special hustle spirit in someone who will endure not only a marathon of spontaneous dance routines, but do so in the early summer humidity of the Big Easy

07 Jun 2017

But if you can make sense of it..

So many times I find myself in a struggle because of it.

16 Apr 2017
I confess to being less interested in your religious pageantry than I am in seeing you be the LOVE you so proclaim to the world. — the broken egg

 

If that makes me a sinner man, then I’ll wear the label proudly

 

14 Apr 2017
You are inspiring someone today whether you intend to or not. The question is "what are you inspiring them to?" — Me
09 Apr 2017
31 Mar 2017

Oh bother

People always think of a young person when such a subject comes up, but our society has no use for us seniors.

15 Mar 2017

One of the saddest things about internet discussion is how it brings out hostile discourse. Maybe I shouldn’t say it brings out because internet discussion doesn’t do anything. Only the participants can actually bring something to it. I think of all the time wasted in personal attacks, anger and unnecessary fighting and wonder how much better we could make this world if each individual made a firm choice not to bring such things to the discussions. At best, someone ends up making a conscious decision not to continue in such discussions, walking away from them. Communication is then lost along with what benefits come from it.

2017 and so many of us on edge with our heals dug in and our fences securely in place around our respected positions menacingly shaking our fists and proclaiming “I will not be moved” – which is to say I will not consider anything different than my views nor will I change despite whatever is presented to me that could alter my process.

Walk away from it? Stay out of such discussions? Never participate? Sure. These are all solutions that we come to, but always at the expense of communication that teaches, provides learning and fosters growth. I look around at this mess and mutter “no wonder.”

14 Mar 2017