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.
What do we have to lose from a landslide of Second Amendment salutes shooting down First Amendment rights, by rebuffing the embellishment of You’re a Grand Ol’ Flag’s Red, White and Blue, with shades of brown, black and yellow — Liberty and justice for all means, freedom is not limited to those of us resembling Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and a wannabe Birther-in-Chief.
Merely speaking one’s superman mind to twits with tasteless tweets, can’t transpose trending truth: government is the problem transformed United We Stand into Capitol Hill dung heap. When a people feel bullied, left behind, forgotten, deprived of the means to provide for themselves, hopelessness can express itself in a multitude of violent ways.
Surviving our Great Recession, by creating our great economic divide, we shouldn’t be shocked that, Shock and Awe, has been the light upon our pathway to a Divided We Fall potential.
Even the .1% are searching for an out-of-this-world exit from what they’ve created: an electorate triad of the enraged, the repulsed and worst of all, the undecided. Our elections have not always been a choice of the lesser of two evils, but what justification is there for choosing, by default or acclamation, the worst of two evils?
We’re taught, before crossing the street, if we don’t look both Left and Right, we could lose our life. As adults, not choosing forward over reversal, we could lose our nation.
Truthfully, progression is better than regression, Constitutional gender equality beats income disparity and Marijuana can heal while opioids kill — so what the hell do you have to lose…
There is no greatness in Misogyny, Xenophobia, Islamophobia or Homophobia — and The Trail of Tears, Anti-Catholic, Antisemitism, No Irish Need Apply, Japanese Internment, racial segregation and Jim Crow gerrymandering remain historical antagonists to our greatness. — and those who elect to re-inject these nightmares into our American Dream, are not only deplorable, but delusional.
Which is worse, a bout of email pneumonia or being trumped into that which decays from within? Hate is a boomerang with tentacles embedded by the embittered, blinded by nefarious nationalistic nonsense, aided and abetted by a media so hungry for notoriety, it’s easily nonplused into free press for the treasonous.
What do we have to lose: Talent, Wisdom, Culture, Courage and our Humanity!
- Orry-Kelly, lives lost at The Pulse, Carte Blanche Theatre and all forced to hide sexual identity & preference
- Jesse Owens, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Emmy-nominated music artist T.O.N.E -z
- Journalist Jorge Ramos
- Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai & Senator Daniel Ken Inouye
- Standing Rock
- Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women — Cecile Richards, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Cassidy McMillan
What do we have to lose: Our open minds exploring the exceptionalism of truth and character!
Couldn’t America use more circumspect conscious thinking, like where do Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Middle East oil wars, Birthers, ISIS, Ukraine, Syria and Putin intersect? Main or Wall Street? Snowden & Assange or GOP’s 41, 43 and Trump?
Arguably, for the 185 years between July 1776 and January 1961, our white forefathers — immigrants all – of European descent, determined the destiny of America in part, by determining the destiny of all Americans who didn’t look like them.
Change, however, was inevitable and evolution, like revolution, chronic pain, but Revelation celebrates humankind’s potential transcendence, not its end.
In time, both good and evil will come to an end, for not even a nation’s oldest white oak can last forever, if decaying from within.
Nonetheless, there is one core value on which we can all agree: To know what we have to lose, each of us needs to explore what’s at the heart of our individual, national and global struggle – before we vote.