The events of January 6th, 2021 and the preceding four years will live on as indelible black marks in the history of the United States of America.
All of this vividly and undeniably belies the notion of American Exceptionalism, and is in fact vivid proof of the converse (think, ‘welcome to the Banana Republic’). January 6th proves this point emphatically. Another case in point, our very own self-proclaimed “very stable genius”, has in fact proven himself to be a very unstable idiot. As for his followers and enablers… you are the fake news you consume and inhabit a fictive world.
Suffice it to say that anyone who issues self-proclamations of greatness is suffering from a form of “little man syndrome.” For example, the bigger the pickup truck the smaller the occupant. Or how about the guys with the fragile egos who have large metal bull testicles hanging from their trailer hitches.
In this blog I try to avoid labels and the politicization of issues. It’s not helpful as a rule. However watching events slide over the past many years (and especially the last few months), I had to comment.
For all of that, let’s embrace a better future. Listen, love, heal. We do not have to hate each other, we can be reasonable and we can reason, let science and fact help to guide us. The only thing we should not tolerate is intolerance.
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History teaches us that those who submit to oppression, suffer and die. Those who unite and resist, survive.
It is hard to say ‘all lives matter’ until one can say honestly that all lives matter equally. I suspect that there will always be racists. But we must not allow it to be institutionalized in any of its guises, and we can never condone it.
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Surprises come in all sorts of packages, including debunking many of the myths in the media. The title of this article from the Washington Post’s seems to some it up: “The little-noticed surge across the U.S.-Mexico border: It’s Americans heading south“.
*Douglas Corrigan flew from New York to Ireland in 1938, when he was expected to fly back to CA. For more information see Wikipedia.
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Mary Oliver, who’s “like an angel / or a Buddha with wings”- rest in peace (September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019).
When Death Comes
When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse
to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox
when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?
And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,
and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,
and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,
and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.
When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.
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