I have reserved this section to communicate with you on a regular basis regarding the happenings in our world today, events or trends in the past that may have been a foundation for current happenings, and what the future might bring us. Much of what you see here will be my own opinions, feelings, and/or beliefs. And at times, I will be presenting ideas or writings of others.
August 24, 2018 Writing Entry
HOW do we turn this total disaster happening in Washington, DC, and elsewhere, around?
I am expressing myself here because I believe in the free press guaranteed by our US Constitution. So far, we still have the freedom of speech. And we must put this freedom into action. We must use it. I am using it now because I am, quite frankly, fighting for my country, my life, the lives of those I love, our wonderful nation, and the earth! This is serious, this is a national emergency. So what can we do?
We can start to reverse this terrible direction we are in by becoming more involved, each of us, in our government. Our lives depend on our involvement. We can no longer ignore involvement, and just leave it to someone else. We can't say "well, I am an independent, I don't have time, it is all too messy, I don't know enough about government anyway." You no longer have that "out."
Every American must be involved and take part in THEIR government! It is your's as much as it is any office holder's, no matter what the office is. And this means more than just complaining and leaving the action taking to Joe, or Bill, or Sam, or Jill, or Barbara, or Susan, or etc.
I believe that we must embark on a NEW PARADIGM. If you scroll down and check earlier writings, you can see what I am talking about. In my next writing, I will talk more about a new paradigm. It is the only way.
August 23, 2018 Writing Entry
BEYOND Beyond belief!
My August 19 Writing Entry was "Beyond belief" and now I guess I'll label my August 23 Writing Entry, "BEYOND Beyond belief"! I do not like the word "crazy" but the actions of this president and this administration just keep getting crazier and simply beyond beyond belief!
I grew up respecting and believing our national leaders such as the president, vice-president, members of congress, supreme court justices, and administration cabinet members. And I believe that most of my generation, previous generations, and generations of Americans also held this same admiration for our national leaders. BUT this president is destroying this respect and admiration for the office of president. And along with the loss of respect and admiration for the office of president, I and I believe that a majority of Americans, have also lost respect for Congress and many other national leaders. Unless this downward spiral is halted and reversed, our America will be no more. We will lose our freedoms, we will lose our way of life.
August 19, 2018 Writing Entry
In my opinion, what we have been witnessing even since the new president was sworn to office, is beyond belief. Words simply cannot describe the inhuman, crude, cruel, things that this president has done, and is doing. Further, I must add that I am dismayed by the approvals of his enablers, supporters, and followers. And especially our Congress, which is supposed to be the "check" on this sort of behavior according to the Constitution. Since the Congress will not act to stop this president's unbelievable negative actions, our system of checks and balances that our founding fathers wrote into the Constitution, simply is not working. Now, how do you, how do we explain this to each other? How do each of us comprehend this ourselves?
Beyond belief! Most of the world surely must think that Americans have gone mad. Gone mad to let one person destroy our way of living and humanity. For this president to act as though he is a dictator or king and Congress to enable and support this behavior. For him to take away security clearances of American experts as a political tool so they will not have the information to not only challenge his negative actions but also to advise him when he needs the advice of special subject experts. For him to consider using pardons to excuse the unlawful actions of his friends. For him to run up the national debt by trillions. For him to speak out against and criticize his own Justice Department (and your's and mine). For him to establish a new normal that runs counter to all our beliefs, to human decency. For his personal attorney, Rudi Giuliani, to try to tell us that truth isn't truth. For one of the high ranking members of his staff, Kellyanne Conway, to utter the infamous words "alternative facts" as a substitute for real known and witnessed facts. For him to make our country a worldwide embarrassment. Beyond belief!
What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is a Constitutional Crisis.
July 29, 2018 Writing Entry
What we tell our children and grandchildren?
What will I tell my children and grandchildren?
What will you tell your children and grandchildren?
I cannot avoid what is going on in our world, on our earth, in our country. I cannot close my eyes and pretend that all is fine. I cannot lie to my children and grandchildren if and when they ask me what I did to stop the inhuman pronouncements and directions that the top elected official and his enablers, supporters, and followers are doing to other human beings.
I cannot NOT call for our nation, these United States, to change the paradigm that our top elected official and his enablers, supporters, and followers have embarked on, and are stepping up the absurd inhumanity policies and practices on others. I cannot look the other way when our long-standing friends such as the Canadians, Mexicans, British, and French are treated as enemies by the top elected official in our country. I will not lie to my children and grandchildren about what is happening in our country.
A NEW PARADIGM. As I have called for previously, the only thing that will save us and the world from destruction is to all work together in a new paradigm, a new way of living, interacting with the world and the other peoples of the world!
President Ronald Reagan (1987): "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
President Donald Trump (2017): "Give me $25 billion so that I can build a wall."
January 20, 2018 Writing Entry
A NEW PARADiGM!
In August of this year, I called for a new paradigm, a new way of looking at functioning in our world, a new way of behaving, a new way of interacting with each other, a new way of discourse and operating with our international neighbors.
When someone or some group is taunted, called vulgar names, treated as inferior, the natural reaction is to taunt back, name call back, go either into a defensive posture or an offensive posture, to try to defend oneself even if the defensive maneuver is to take the offensive against the other side. To fight! In high school sports, I was taught that the best defense is a good offense. This, in my view and learning, never solves anything. And yet, that is what this nation and its leader, with followers (including a majority of your Congress representatives) is doing to international neighbors. The leader and followers want to build a gigantic wall between the United States and its southern neighbor, Mexico. How much will the wall cost? $20 billion? $30 billion? $50 billion? Spending this money on bricks, mortar, steel, lumber, etc., it will make rich people even richer! It will not help children on either side of the border to learn so that they can be self sufficient when they become adults, it will not feed hungry mouths of people starving, it will not be used to help develop better ways of combating deadly diseases, etc. In short, it will be wasted. Your tax dollars wasted!
When we taunt other countries, for example, North Korea, when the president of the United States calls the leader of North Korea demeaning names, treats him and his people as inferior, this only promotes him to do the same to the name caller. Reminds me of two school yard bullies calling each other names! Like two children who know no better. Ridiculous! Childish! Each has a button and argue who has the biggest button. Each is too stupid to understand that one push of one button will lead to the destruction of the world, to the destruction of our planet earth and all living things! Each of these men cowards. The kind of people who would instigate a fight, but they would never do the fighting themselves, instead hiding behind somebody else to do the fighting for them. It seems like they are hell bent to destroy the world, and themselves with it. And their children. And your children. And your grandchildren.
We need to have a new paradigm. Time is of the essence!
A NEW PARADiGM--Here it is folks-----=======!:
Try smiling. And genuinely! Try helping others, genuinely! Try sharing, genuinely! Try being a friend to neighbors, genuinely! The neighbor next door. The country next door. The country on the other side of the world. And this applies to our government officials too! And ESPECIALLY to the Executive branch and the Legislative branch! They must approach other countries with a genuine kindness and collaboration, a "Let us come together to reason together so that we can live together"! If we don't, and they don't, all ofour fates will end in the death of the planet, the death of each and every one of us. And all the beautiful and magnificent animals. And all the beautiful and colorful plants. It is as simple as that.
Please let your US Senators and US Representatives in Congress know that they must change their stance with the work they were elected to do, that of representing ALL of us in governing this great democratic republic of ours.
January 1, 2018 Writing Entry
Happy New Year to everyone! New individual resolutions, good luck, good health, and good fortune! May you all start this new year of 2018 with a strong and confident spirit that will carry you onward with strength to fulfill dreams.
December 1, 2017 Writing Entry
How can anyone just stand by and do nothing? How can anyone be blind to what is going on in these United States of America? There was another time in world history which includes United States history where people stood by and did nothing. The time was the late 1930's and into the 1940's. Thousands, even millions, of people were being herded into killing ovens in Europe. A leader of a large nation was raping much of Europe. Many people turned a blind eye to this destruction and killing. And what happened? World War II happened! And many more millions of people were killed and futures wiped out before surrenders were finally achieved and the killing stopped. The millions who died in this war were from all over the world, including the United States.
Now much the same thing is happening in our wonderful country, our wonderful earth home. Only things are much different some 80 years later, in 2017. The United States, along with several other countries in the world, have enough killing machines in the form of bombs to wipe out all living things on this earth home of ours, including all humanity, in an instant! Ruling despots, including those in the United States of America, are insanely leading the charge to war and unleashing the firepower to kill us all, and maybe even destroy the earth in so doing. There is a national leader in the United States, who only thinks of himself and more power, more money for himself. In doing so, he will not only destroy the earth but also destroy himself, all in the name of greed!
November 15, 2017 Writing Entry
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. This is the statement that I still remember typing many times in my high school sophomore typing class. Of course, in the 60's when I was in high school, I assume that it was understood that "men" also included women.
In these perilous times, I think the statement should be "Now is the time for all good mean and good women to come to the aid of their world and its inhabitants."
August 15, 2017 Writing Entry
How did we ever get to this point? When two bullies who sit at the pinnacle of government in two countries shout salvos of destruction at each other. Two bullies, neither of them with any prior service in any war, neither having served in the armed forces, shaking their fists at each other saying they will bury each other under fire and fury. Now if they could just bury each other under fire and fury, I say, let them! Trouble is, if this becomes a shooting war with nuclear bombs being hurled back and forth, then thousands of people on the island of Guam would die, millions of people in North Korea would die, and probably millions of people in South Korea would die. And this is just assuming that the war would be limited to Guam and the two Koreas on the Korean peninsula.
August 1, 2017 Writing Entry
Your Country-My Country-Our Country, My God, What is happening to it?
A New Paradigm
Be the Change that You Want to see in the World
Come Together to Reason Together so that We Can Live Together
It is Better to Light one Candle than to Curse the Darkness
Greetings! A short recap or review: My first entry in this Writings tab was on November 23, 2016 and I had planned to make a new writing every month. My next writing was on January 1, 2017. My next writing was on January 15, 2017 but I chose to listen/research/think for a month before I combined it with my February 15 writing.
On November 23, I offered a short explanation of why I chose to enter my opinions/writings periodically, about once every month. I also wrote about the recent national elections, offered a prediction, and wished you all a Happy Thanksgiving featuring my favorite poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by my favorite poet Robert Frost and also my personal wish to each and every one of you through a writing by Esther York Burkholder.
On January 1, 2017, I congratulated everyone for making it through 2016 and still being here in 2017 and wished you the best for 2017! I also wrote about losses as opportunities, your gifts, abilities and disabilities, and presented a little exercise about your gifts that you were born with, and what you were doing with your gifts.
My January 15 writing, which I did on January 15 but didn't actually enter to the website until February 15, talked about choices and making a paradigm shift. I especially focused on the wall between the United States and Mexico and recommended that both countries make a paradigm shift in their operations and relationships with one another.
On February 15, I wrote about my November 23 prediction, the absurdity of stereotypical labels such as "conservative" and "liberal" and "republican" and "democrat" and opined that using labels is not at all accurate since these terms have been used so much by so many different people with different definitions of them. These terms simply have no true or accurate meaning anymore.
AND WHY HAVEN'T I WRITTEN IN MARCH OR APRIL or May or June or July or ????? Well, I really don't know what to say or how to say it. With so much s**t being thrown around these last few months nationally and internationally, lies and damned lies (and which are damned lies , which are just run of the mill lies, and which are truths?), what's a man or woman to do??! Throw more s**t? That really never works; it just escalates things to see who can throw the most ****, well, you get the picture.
A NEW PARADIGM
Nations of people have been at war with each other for centuries. Even more basic than nations of people, individuals have tried to settle differences in one way or another. And this as early as preschool age. Elementary school age, middle school age, high school age, and early adult, and ad infinitum, all ages followed suit with settling many differences by inflicting damages on one another. "I can hurt you more than you can hurt me." "And therefore I am the right one!" "Might makes right!" A bloody nose, a black eye, etc. (And I received my share of black eyes, bloody or broken noses, etc.! And I also administered some.) This of course was elevated when there were wars between peoples, between nations. Hundreds were killed, thousands were killed, millions were killed, and we kept right on "progressing."
Be the Change that You Want to see in the World
Come Together to Reason Together so that We Can Live Together
It is Better to Light one Candle than to Curse the Darkness
Alright, trying to say what I want to say, and get on with my message of a new paradigm. I believe that the above three statements in bold type that have been extant for several years, can be guides for our behavior to get out of this loathsome morass exhibited by the present potus (with a little "p") and his band of kids and wealthy buddies.
Be the change that you want to see in the world. If you want peace, then be peaceful. If you want to see kindness, then be kind yourself.
Come together to reason together so that we can live together. This is the whole premise of negotiation. And how much of this have we done with a country like North Korea? Or Mexico?
It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. From the time I was a child, I used to see this statement "It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness" quoted in the news. And doesn't it make complete sense!? Picture yourself. The electricity goes off at 9:00 pm, or any other time that you need light to see. It is blackout dark. You have candles and matches. Choice: Do you light the candle? Or do you sit and curse the darkness, walk around, stub your toe and crash into the furniture? Any person with any brains would light the candle.
How many candles do you see our leaders lighting? President? Congresspersons? Others?