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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





How Arcs work 

Posted: January 16, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Today the United States should and will join together to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. In the United States toady is Martin Luther King Jr. day.
Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. was  a Baptist preacher and civil rights activist who, promoted non violent civil disobedience as a Christian response to the racial atrocities that were legal and happening to African Americans throughout the United States in the 1950’s and 60’s. Sadly Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated before he could see his work brought to legal fruition with The Civil Rights Act signed into law in 1964. The Civil Rights Law, made it illegal to participate in based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  This law seems like something that should not be needed but, I would be err if I did not remind you of the racist, misogynist and exclusive nature of the United States, the law was needed then and now as well.

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The Civil Rights fight was a long and laborious one that still rages on in the United States today. Doctor King was an excellent speaker (he preached for a living) and he was asked to speak all over the nation and explain the plight of the African American, what was happening to change the plight and how the average American could help. One sermon that the dr. preached at was in Los Angeles at The Temple Israel of Hollywood. The sermon preached by King was exemplary. This link will give you a transcript of the speech. That link, is worth your time and I encourage you to read or listen to it. In the speech, King compared the African Americans struggles to those of the children of Israel at the hands of the Egyptians. He made mention of moving forward to the promised land and of a moral arc in the universe.

And I believe it because somehow the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” MLK jr.

This quote inspired, Michael Shermer to create a book titled, The Moral Arc. In Shermers book he discusses how, How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom, until the most recent United States presidential election most would have agreed with Shermers  book but, after the election of the most recent candidate many would and do argue that Truth, Justice and Freedom are not going to be rewarded to all races, religions, and sexes. I would ask that my fellow citizens remember entire description that King had for the Arc.

 arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” MLK jr

It is long and we are merely a part of it. If we do our part as individuals and communities I believe as King believed that there will be progress no matter who is president. No matter what his stance is on race religion and sex there will be Truth, Justice and Freedom for all  I believe this because I believe in God and humanity. What do you believe in?

For some reason in the United States we took a step backwards but this is only one step. When King marched on Washington DC and made another speech; his “Dream Speech”, he marched with millions of men and women. The steps made in that march numbered in the millions and those steps were towards, Truth, Freedom and Justice and those steps out numbered and overcame the backwards steps. Let us remember the legacy of Dr. King today, the resolution of Dr. King today and most of all the hope and belief that King had in God and humanity despite the terrible actions of humanity.

peace and Happy MLK Jr. day