Wandering in the shadow of the past, wondering if our Hancock sun is rising or setting, misses the point: like a total eclipse, the blinding beauty of nature’s power is in the eye of those who’ve learned to behold – whereas denial leaves us defenseless against time and ignorant of evolution.
Few of us recognize, a life changing event, until it consumes us. For some, it was the exceptional ideals of a We the People Constitution. For others, a head-on collision playing football, or texting while driving.
Life changes as unexpectedly as a Gettysburg Address or Ferguson shooting. For some, the rise and fall of stock prices, or cash machines investing in voting machines transforming a Voting Rights Act Main Street dream into, dreamers go home.
Institutions don’t lie, but often, the people who run them, do. Post WWII financial, political and religious institutions used communications and educational institutions to convince otherwise intelligent adults that atomic power would bomb war into a deep freeze – but the missiles of October 1962 proved, denial precedes meltdowns.
Listening to Nikki Haley read to the United Nations Security Council was like streaming reruns of decades of American students being assured Duck and Cover, would save their lives from the Atomic Bomb; that they could be educated reading texts that, all but excluded female heroes, role models of color, contributions from Hyphenated Americans – tossing truth of Thanksgiving and Native Americans, into a spiraling white squall.
Shall we continue the self-delusion that dilutes world peace, or embrace the heroics of sincere dialogue: Listening graces brain power with the potential to overcome nuclear power.
Renewing our foundations in unconditional goodwill, enables equal opportunity and injects denial with the pre-existing condition of truth: our national security is inevitably intertwined with earth and all life upon it, so…
- First, do no harm
- Speak truth about the power of our leaders and ourselves
- Emulate those who believe character is the real measure of success
- Freely give to others what we ourselves wish to receive
Not only are we the change we’ve been waiting for, but we are the climate change we fear, the atomic bombs we’ve dropped and forgot — and those in need of affordable mental and physical healthcare, we ignore.
Any effort to take back, go back or hold back, incites our unwinnable war with destiny, because, with or without our permission, time moves ever forward – leaving in its wake, with every breath we take, an invitation to surpass the past, by achieving, what’s next.
Nonetheless, regardless which path we choose, we’ll attract friends, create enemies, periodically encounter sustainable leaps forward and alternately, battle addictive life changing denials: Opioids/Alcohol, Terror Cells/Smart Phones, iPods/iPads, Social Media/Television, DC/Wall Street Koch-heads – constantly challenging our electing principle over greed.
Much of life is a casting call: bully or bullied, caregivers or not my problem, but choosing progression over evolving into the company, habits and presidents we keep, shatters the denial of malice aforethought.
Language is used for both truth and falsehood – by heroes and deceivers. Being human is the life changing responsibility to learn the difference:
- No Child Left Behind – or – Global Warming
- Political neophyte – or – morally bankrupt self-serving bigot
- Gas pipelines & offshore oil drilling – or – Solar panels
- Trump Towers laundering money – or – Wind Towers real air power
When we can, in an embryo, replace the bad gene of one parent with a good gene from the other parent, can’t we also prioritize finding a cure for Alzheimer’s, for what will it profit humankind if we gain cures for Cancers, heart decease and strokes, but lose our memory of the choice between war and peace.
Both Silence and violence are welcome mats over which narcissists enter as existential threats magnetizing voter fears to the denial of Demagogues among us.
Language, poetry or prose, oral tribal history or constitutional parchment, communicates and inspires, but only we can determine direction, interpretation or cause and effect.
World to the trumped: there are more noteworthy persons, places, things, states of mind and character qualities in Heaven and on earth, than are dreamt of in the philosophy of judicial nationalists, congressional isolationists and America First white supremacists.
PERSONS: Wednesday July 19, 2017, Walter Shaub Jr., director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, will resign. Having fought the good fight, attempting to scale the wall of lies erected by an unethical White House – while five million families are living with Alzheimer’s and too many Americans living in fear of losing their affordable healthcare.
PLACES: Saturday July 8, 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia – Exhumed from its shallow grave, a vastly out-numbered Ku Klux Klan raised its flags 72.1 miles north west of the Confederate capital, to defend a controversial statue of General Robert E. Lee — a West Point graduate who, in April 1861, decided to resign from the American Army, and resist it as commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
Overwhelmingly, Charlottesville citizens and elected officials responded with numerous events around the city of Jefferson’s University of Virginia – defining Community, with informed, educational and positive fun for all ages, including concerts, slide show talks and picnics.
In the end, however, peace between north and south was broken by police tear gas, and the arrest of locals protesting Free Speech that still celebrates the division of a nation — with limited Rural Internet Service and Congressionally endangered Medicaid.
THINGS: World Trade sailing on, royally waving farewell to floundering American ship of state, groping to survive fake running it aground, into past pale prologue — while globe is warming to Paris Agreement to deny denial of Climate Change changing the foundation on which we stand dependent for life’s essentials: Background Checks, containment of drug overdoses, substituting conservative tunnel vision with equality of quality education — chiseling in granite: shut down school to prison pipeline.
States of Depravity and Delusion: Ignoring the potential killing of America’s unique genius, for exploration, discovery and wonder, wandering the unknown, visualizing the unseen – does not excuse choosing ignorance over reason.
It is not our raison d’etre to preserve, protect and defend Party birds of a feather flocking together for three-day work-weeks behind closed doors betraying Lincoln’s vision: of, by and for the people.
Sometimes, we’ve elected leaders, of every political persuasion, who have publicly praised and privately dialed a dictator, for purely selfish international euphoria on the grand orgasmic world stage — but must we continue sleeping with Dicks like Nixon and Cheney, by electing one so ruthlessly willing to destabilize any plausible pretense of national morality, that might still afford our sacred institutions some remnants to claim, legitimacy?
We are nouns so much more important to the universe than, the gluttony for supremacy that favors the nouns of war, hate, envy, jealousy, fear, anger, greed and violence.
Neither suicide nor restoration are solo performances, but rather the ensemble consequence of failing, attention must be paid — knowing who to applaud and what to reaffirm. The good, bad and ugly truth is, it takes only a few to tip the scale: correct or complicit – prophet leading those settling for pathetic, or choosing revelation over condemnation.
America’s challenging conflict isn’t really, Red v. Blue states and, less about economic, racial or sexual differences on which we’ve been media focused for 24/7 filler. The real 21st century American Revolution, in which we find ourselves, is the conflict between right and wrong, and knowing the difference. Hunting dirt, with foreign enemies wishing only to diminish us, is cheating on ourselves and wrong.
Collectively, we are many precious nouns, most, a cornucopia of potential gravity for the world; each, an overflowing fountain, interrupted only when overlooking both character, and characters, that determine the qualities life craves for, and demands of, us all: civics with civility, an all-inclusive pact and replacing undermining political PACs with informed mental clarity of purpose and vision.
Living a life that honors all, is what keeps America great – embracing, sharing and repeating, only what is true, noble, just, pure, admirable and excellent. To be praiseworthy, we need only practice what we preach.