Posts Tagged ‘compassion’

This year in the United States the president campaigned and his campaign was full of hate and fear one statement that was very troubling for me was one in which he said that “The American Dream is dead”. The phrase American Dream was coined  in 1931 by the popular writer and historian James Turslow Adams and it refers to the upward mobility of people in the United States of America.

“that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” — James Turslow Adams

Just recently I listened to a podcast from Freakenomics radio that was all about the American dream.  For me the major takeaway from the podcast was, that the American Dream is not dead it is merely elusive and if society works together it can become revived again and available for all.

As I listened to the podcast I thought about dreams. What is a dream, obviously there is the concept of images and stories we are treated to while sleeping and then there is the aspirations, vision, hope an ideal. The Everly Brothers sang the song “All I have to Do is Dream”. In the song the brothers sang about a girl that they were infatuated with and in their dreams she was theirs the only problem was they were dreaming their life away. Martin Luther King Jr. was famous for his I have a dream speech. In his speech Martin Luther dreamed of a nation that was desegregated, were children of all skin colors played together and learned together. It maybe irony that a major way to promote and foster upward mobility in a United States city is through racial and economic desegregation. The more mixed a city is the more well off the children of the city will be. Atlanta GA is highly segregated and the lack of upward mobility in that city is at an all time high.

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What is your dream? Is it James Turslows Adams dream, Martin luther King Jrs., The Everly Brothers? What are you doing to accomplish your dream? See the strange thing about all three of these dreams is this; to accomplish these dreams you must think about someone other than yourself and act in the interests of someone other than yourself. A society where upward mobility is evident cannot have segregation and racism run rampant as it is today, a society in which children of all colors are playing and living in peace has no room for racism, and  the desires of a would be paramour must be achieved through going out of ones way to make life better for the love interest.

I guess my takeaway from my meandering thoughts this am or my daydreaming is that dreams can become a reality if they are fostered with love for others and dreams will die when we only care for and help ourselves.

Happy dreams everyone

Peace

john3c

 

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Posted: January 12, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Weed is now legal in 8 states for recreational use. Cannabinoids, which are the chemicals in weed, can, when consumed on a regular basis, cause cognitive brain problems for people under the age of 25. Please note that alcohol consumption causes more brain problems than weed but weed legalization is new. Weed cigarettes and alcohol all legal now and all have consequences. As a parent many will worry that their children could get involved with weed, alcohol or cigarette use.

I have always felt that, education is a major tool that, should be used to alleviate the detrimental effect a of worry. We parents should educate ourselves on the yealth effects of weed and in turn pass the education on to our children. Armed with our education we can make a decision about our own weed consumption. As an adult we have an education and can use the education to weigh the consequences of our actions and finally act. I think this combination of education, judgement and action really is what being an adult is all about. Becoming an adult does not happen over night either, we grow into it. I think it starts as early as elementary school. There in elementary school, we learn that, our actions have consequences. In high school we are given more freedom coupled with greater consequence. College years are the same. Our whole lives we are learning about; actions and consequence, risk and reward and finally what do we understand? I think it is the purpose of all life. What is that???

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Ralph Waldo EmersonRalph Waldo Emerson

 

So today I encourage us all to; be useful, be honorable, be compassionate, make a difference, just be an adult.

Peace

john3c

 

I’m trying, I’m trying really hard, to understand the world I now live in, but understanding escapes me.

In the Philippines, the current president, Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the execution of thousands of people without trial including feeding one man to a crocodile and he is one of the countries most popular figures. In Syria, the Assad regime has committed mass genocide with Russian military support, causing an influx of refugees from the decimated cities and the international community has done almost nothing and now some of the international communities are closing their borders to refugees and this cold approach is gaining popularity. In the United States, the citizens elected a man to be president who has; referred to his own daughter as a “nice piece of a@#”, called a Mexican judge racist, was endorsed by the KKK, made fun of a mentally handicapped man on television, shoed distrust in almost every government organization (this list continues and does not really get any better). So all theses shameful acts are taking place and instead of shame and compassion the world and its people are bold brazen and it seems just getting started.

What I hear among the bold and brazen is a common thread and it is that, they are not content with the worlds current status quo, they want a revolution. Being a Beatles fan I immediately think of the song Revolution. See the thing about that is this, that song has more lyrics than revolution. Some lyrics I would like to point out follow

But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be
All right, all right, all right

But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don’t you know it’s gonna be
All right, all right, all right

See for 350 years the Jesuit priests taught dogma which was that, the ends justifies the means.  This dogma is incorrect and has been denounced by the catholic church and most Christian denominations but it seems that the public is turning back to this dogma. The utilitarian ethics is flawed in the Tyranny of the Majority. It seems we may not be facing a Tyranny of the Majority, people want change so badly that they do not care how or what change they receive. In an effort to avoid the tyranny of majority society and individuals  should always, strive to respect all life and show compassion whenever possible. I think this is a great place to bring up another Beatles song.

See this is how I was raised. To respect all life and show compassion but it seems this is not the new normal. Well I for one will side with the church and reject this ends justifies the means mentality that seems to be embraced all around the world, now and I hope you do as well

peace

john3c

 

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Posted: August 26, 2016 in Uncategorized
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It is funny how the human memory works. Most humans remember feelings smells and tactile sense associated with feelings they have in moments. Let me try to unwind my last sentence a little. The smell of vanilla will make most people think of sun block and sunblock makes most people remember summer days. Days spent in our youth on a trampoline or in the back yard trying to sneak a peak at the neighborhood girls and women sun bathing.  Maybe we will remember trips to the beach with our friends and families. Getting baked and burned by the sun and loving every minute of it, but see, it is the smell then the feel and then the moment. We do not simply, (barring an indivual who poses an eidetic memory) recall any situation. We recall parts and feelings that are associated with moments.

Some philosophers believe that a person is a product of their memories.  I am not sure if this is entirely accurate but in case it is I encourage you to live every moment to the fullest and with the most compassion and passion you can muster.

I will try and do the same.

peace

john3c

 

Ok so papers are written all the time, by really smart people. Papers about now, the past and the future. One paper  written in 2012 and just recently submitted for peer review in the scientific journal Ecological Economics, points out how mankind will end. It will not be because of lack of natural resources or “rise of the machines” it will more likely be our greed and bigotry.  The paper describes how movies like “Elysium” and “Blade Runner” may have it right for man kinds future.

I read an article about the paper on Cnet this morning and I will admit I scoffed a little. Come on, that is science fiction. Emphasis on fiction. I moved on from the article and began my morning rituals as I was getting ready for work I began to think again about the rise and fall of nations. The Akkadins, Babylonians, Egyptians, Indians, Romans, Ancient Chinese, Greeks. All thes civilizations have risen and fallen and today all over the globe it is hard to see anything but hunger and unrest especailly within the shadow of thes civilizations hay days.   China, India and Egypt have terrible cast systems in place that have cultivated a culture in which children starve and are marginalized at a very high rate. I apologize in advance this post is not meant to be derogatory to any nationality I believe that greed is a human trait that transcends all nationalites and civilizations and because of this I can now see greed at work in the United States of America, a group of people who are arguably the next great civilization in the world. If you argue against this I ask that you look to this countries armed forces power and presence world – wide. John Lennon had it right when he said “Today America is the Roman Empire and New York is Rome itself.”  John Lennon

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Every religious text has warnings against greed and commands to respect and have compassion on all living beings and yet it seems we cannot help but violate these commands and employ greed. We hide behind politics and religon while we engage in bigotry, racism, sexism.  The leaders of the world take up and hand down dogma that hurts more than it helps and if anyone disagrees with it they are called heretics or traitors.

There is some hope though an example of this hope can be seen in the actions and words from the new Pontiff. Pope Francis. I am not catholic but I understand how powerful the catholic church is throughout the world and the influence this religion has had and has on the western world so seeing a man like Pope Francis elected to lead this organization is a bright spot.

“Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God.”

Pope Francis

I think he said everything we need to realize when we feel that evil monster called greed or envy invading our thoughts and actions. We are all here on this earth together and while you may or may not agree with someones religion or politics it is not your place to judge. As long as everyone is helping themselves and others I am convinced that our civilization will endure for a really long time, but when we began to decide which people are deserving and pass judgement we will start the descent. As long as we do no harm and only help we should be alright. A good way to remember this is to remember “that each one of you is a child of God.”

peace

john3c