From Pope to Putin, the answer is simple:  No Labels – Headlined by OpEdNews.com 9/29/15

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Francis I in America smallWhile still basking in the warmth of Climate Change a la Pope Francis the first, Vladimir winterizes UN with cold war arctic race, giving the U. S. the cold shoulder on secret Iraq deal.  Thus frost bitten, the president and the Putin toast with chilled smiles to who’s got the biggest Middle East bloc for war and a piece of the action.

To what labels do we adhere?

  • Great minds think alike Pope Francis
  • Boehner prayerfully bowing out in aura of Papal wake, having washed his hands of a Middle Class sacrificed on the altar of a Tea stained minimum wage
  • Chinese blow by with emissions talk in the wind
  • Not knowing why Putin dropped in

It’s not the numbers flowing from Syria, but the labels:  Lebanon, Afghanistan and OMG, Africa.  All we like Trump sheep going astray labeling our nation with, don’t give me your tired old criminals yearning to do drug deals and rape those labeled with victim mentality? 

We’ll never know how much like Pope Francis we can be unless we let go of labels that allow us to deny, ignore and stigmatize our fellow human beings.  If only we could be as concerned for mother and child after birth, as some portend before labor labels them.

How do we label Americans living in the twenty-four states refusing to provide Medicaid expansion for their citizens who most need affordable healthcare; or the five million American families living with Alzheimer’s disease; or the 250 million children around the world who cannot read or write; or the geographical location and poverty that prevents children, especially girls from being educated?

The whirlwind visit of Francis I wasn’t to be Made in America with The People’s Pope label.  He came to touch our hearts and open our minds so we see the injustice of Climate Change, war, ignorance, and yes, the shame of sexual child abuse.  He came so we could see beyond America, to Global Citizenship.

Like Pope Francis I, Climate Change, the justice of gender equality and the depletion of the earth’s resources cannot wait for our grandchildren.  These forces already demand our attention.  While we follow media directed email woman-hunt, we’re missing

  • Wall Street empire building
  • Why space travel and water are being privatized
  • The urgency of American cities now bone dry or flooding repeatedly

Labeling blinds us to a deeper reality:  character and personality, like Climate Change and Global Warming are not the same thing.  While we memorize and are mesmerized by labels for storms, we fail to ask, on what, and to whom, does Corporatism turn when the wells run dry?

So many claim God whispers discrimination in their ear, but only labeled Schizophrenics are proclaimed demons each time gun violence prevails over reason.

Core values, like labels, are century old lessons now incorporated by powerful wealthy lecturers to manipulate less affluent debt-ridden students of life yearning to be in tune with the harmony of inclusiveness.

Labeling each other crazies leaves us vulnerable to the life taking greed of a Martin Shkreli, but cheering a Pope for reminding us that we labeled ourselves The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, challenges us to open our hearts and borders – finally leaving no child behind to a languageless victim existence.

To quote A Pope and the Pope, Education forms the common mind. Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined.

Pope Francis:  society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk. Legislative activity is always based on care for the people. To this you have been invited, called and convened by those who elected you.

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