This is what people do?

Posted: June 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

The movie Wonder Woman was recently released and I have watched the movie two times with some wonderful people. DC Films and Atlas Entertainment have created a really wonderful film. I do not want to spoil the movie for anyone who has not watched but I need to divulge some of the plots. The story takes place during WWI this is important because the scene I am referencing is a scene in a war-torn town that has a brief respite from the war.

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War is hell. War takes and destroys and gives too. War brings out the best and worst in men and women. War is Trauma and can have some serious side effects on society and its citizens.  War is conflict, there are two sides and when both are uncompromising and resort to violence there is war.

Men and women all fight their own wars, psychologists call these internal conflicts. Many psychologists feel that it is their duty to prevent men and women from resorting to violence when they are internally conflicted.

In the town, our protagonists enjoy drinking and dancing and Wonder Woman asks if this is what people do when they are not at war? The question made me think, we are not at war as a society but what are we doing? Are we working on helping others and doing good? We should, good is the enemy of war, good keeps war at bay good prevents the violence. Do yourself and all us a favor today and do Good.

peace

 

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There is always a way

Posted: June 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

No matter what happens there is always a way to get what you need and want. I really believe this. My mom and dad did a great job taking care of me and my sisters, we were feed, educated and protected. Above all the things that happened my mom and dad believed in me and my sisters. The power of belief is something that I have seen make a huge difference.

NPR covered a story about the power of belief, the story was pretty good.  The story involved touching and the difference it made in lab rats. When rats were touched and treated well or encouraged they performed better (quick note.. that link may not be correct I have not verified it).

My parents demonstrated their belief in me so much that I believed it and so much that I know believe in the power of everyone I meet. I truly feel like no one is living up to their potential. I really think that humanity is capable of anything.

I am a Christian Baptist and two major tenets of the Christian religion are; the deity of God in the form of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and, that the Son dwells in the hearts souls and minds of the believer in God.   So the through the deity of the Son God dwells in the hearts, minds, and souls of humanity and God can do anything.

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peace

john3c

The price of tea in China

Posted: June 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

1983 President Ronald Ragan in the night States gave a speech in order to drum up support for military action in Central America. In Reagan speech, he mentions how the city of Nicaragua is closer to Miami than San Antonio Texas in Washington DC.

The speech was an odd one and didn’t make much sense to me but it did help drum ups support. When I was younger I would use strange arguments to try and convince my mom to allow me to do something that she would not approve of.

My mom would say “What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?”

Last year I read this amazing book called; “The History of the world in 6 glasses”.  In the book, I read about how tea came from China and went all over the world.

When I hear about arguments for and against action I often try to ask myself ” What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?”  See many people have hidden agendas and will utilize manipulation through asking questions that have nothing to do with the argument at all. Being level headed makes a big difference. I encourage you today and tomorrow to work towards good stuff in a steady and consistent matter and when someone tries to encourage you to do something that seems brash ask yourself “What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?”

peace

john3c

 

Nothing except for…

Posted: June 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

I just finished listening to a podcast on the show 99% invisible. It was a podcast that covered a massive earthquake in the 50s they hit Anchorage Alaska and the woman from the Anchorage radio station that covered the earthquake.Genie Chance was a woman in a man’s world who kept her wits when a major tragedy struck and informed the world about the tragedy. She directed the emergency services and relayed messages between friends and loved ones over the air.

The podcast points out how temporary everything is. Earthquake, tornados, hurricanes almost every natural disaster often destroys what man has made and purposed to be permanent. Natural disasters have a habit of pointing out the temporary nature of everything. Nothing is permanent, everything is moving and changing and resting on a razor’s edge, but see something is permanent.

Humanity is drawn to this thing and its promise of a perpetual nature. Humanity has throughout time worked tirelessly to find this thing. My mom would tell you right away what this thing is. It is God.

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God does not change, God transcends everything we know and can see, God is bigger than everything there is was or ever will be, God is omnipotent.

The Christian religion believes that god lives within the followers of God. This power that is not something we can explain or quantify exists within men and women and when men and women allow this force to work I have seen some things happen that are permanent and perpetual like love, compassion, and unity. The earth shakes and everything breaks except for the love within.

Today you will work and do good work productive work but what will last? The work you’ve done or the way you’ve done it?

peace

john3c

 

Oh where oh where

Posted: May 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

It has been a full week since I last published a post. I was not on vacation, I was not “super” busy, (side note here anyone telling you that they are too busy is a liar) I simply took a break. I sat down to write this post and began to wonder what my one fan thought. See I try to write on a regular basis. I imagine that one fan wondered where I was and immediately (because this is how my mind works) the song “Der Deitcher’s Dog”, or “Oh Where, oh Where Ish Mine Little Dog Gone”. When Septimus Winner published this song I cannot help but think that she had skipped blogging for a week. Well, maybe not, blogs were not real popular in 1864.

The song describes how a dog got lost and was captured by a butcher and turned into sausage. Yeah, you didn’t sing that part in nursery school, did you? It is important to remain calm when something happens that is not normal but also be vigilant. Someone we know doesn’t show up for work or doesn’t post a blog for a couple of days, maybe a phone call or email is warranted just to be sure they are not sausage and to let them know we care. The thing is we do not want our concern to be construed as nagging meddling, so maybe one email and one phone call, not 50.

The psychologist would call the phone call or the email an action of our love language. We show our love or concern for others through the call or email. do the ones you love know it? Why not call or email them?

Peace

john3c

 

The only time it works

Posted: May 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

Is when we all sing together. That is the truth, isn’t it? I heard a man describe the muppet show this way. He explained how the show was full of wild diverse characters that shared little common ground but when Kermit brought them all together and they sang it worked.

Life is a lot like the muppet show. In life we meet and interact with people who look, think and act differently than we look act and think. This difference is eloquently put as diversity. In evolution, there is and has to be diversity for life to evolve and survive.  My mom used to tell me that we need everyone and my dad would say that it takes all kinds. They were and all right.

Diversity has to happen and can be tough to deal with but when we all sing together and keep what makes us unique that is what makes it work. There is a balance you have to strike up. When we all do this we get masterpieces like the muppet show. But how do we do it? What keeps us diverse and brings us together? The answer is easy but not obvious and sometimes it can feel impossible and like it is never going to happen but it is easy and simple and here it is…. Are you ready?

 

LOVE!

Peace

john3c

The thing about fate

Posted: May 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Yesterday looking for inspiration and focus I turned to song and found it. I found both in the song  Who’s Your Uncle and the lyrics “I don’t f with fate” from the great Uncle Kracker and his double wide album.

 

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Fate is the development of events outside a person’s control regarded as determined by a supernatural power.  I am not a big believer in fate. I did not type that I do not believe in god but I do not really put a lot of water in the idea of fate and destiny only in this. I believe every human is destined and fated to live and die.

I feel like life is a lot like a boat and the rudder. The ocean is huge and sailors cannot control much of it. Boats can be big and small but all of them have some type of rudder. The rudder is often the smallest part of a boat and in the hands of the skilled sailor, a rudder can be manipulated to move a ship through the roughest seas around and around the entire globe.

See fate is really overrated and even though you seem small you can make a huge difference.

peace

john3c