Posts Tagged ‘peace’

Water and fluidity

Posted: January 19, 2017 in Uncategorized
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I was writing a paper for a class on film and had to do some research into the Wachowskis. The duo created the Matrix franchise and directed all the movies in the Matrix franchise. I did not realize until I did my research that the Wachowsky brothers were now the Wachowsky sisters. Formerly Larry and Andy the two are now Lana and Lily. The duo are still the same people they have merely transitioned from the gender they were born with. Gender is fluid, identity to one gender or another is something that does not seem to be “hard coded”. Some are uncomfortable discussing this fluidity but they should not be. See as I get older I realize that almost all of life is fluid. Concepts that at once seemed “hardened” when studied and applied in practice to life become far more pliable and fluid. There was an author on a radio talk show discussing how language works and promoting his book. The book is, “Words on the Move: Why English Won’t – and Can’t – Sit Still (Like, Literally)” and the author is John McWorther. The book and the author explain how language is a changing and living thing and how when we correct someone about their use of the language we are often stopping progress. If everybody understands the word it is not the wrong word, this is how language works. Language is, as most systems are, fluid.

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When I think of fluidity I imagine water and a stream. The water moves in the stream towards the ocean. It changes course and cuts new paths but it is always moving towards the ocean. Humanity moves towards sublime perfection, we cut new paths, make new languages, systems but we are always moving toward enlightenment. puddles and ponds that are not moving towards the ocean dry up and evaporate. They disappear and eventually become part of the movement back to the ocean. I like to think it is the same way with society. Those who hate and resist things they do not understand will evaporate and go away only to be swept up again in the fluid motion. I want to be a positive part of the fluid nature of society and not a stagnant part.

 

peace

john3c

 

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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

john3c

 

I have never been one to respect a person’s position.  Watching and learning from my dad I was taught that all men and women were basically equal.  Know I have seen some pretty impressive actions by people and I respect the action but the person I respect no more or less than I respect myself. This attitude has made it impossible to kowtow to managers and executives at work and other institutes. I can usually tell which people enjoy the sycophants and undeserved loyalty pretty quickly and I know that my relationship with these people will not usually go well. Let me say that very few people I have meet in managerial positions or at executive level look forward to or welcome the servitude. Most are there to simply do a job and move on. They are less power hungry and more apathetic than anything else. In business most men and women simply do not care.

It is the apathy and the rapacious personalities that I would love to see totally disappear from the world both professional and personal. Did you know that the Aboriginals do not have a word for mine? I was told that by someone once, I am not sure if it was true and when I am finished with this post I may fact check it but imagine no sense of ownership.. It is kind of hard  to do. Imagine if everyone is a partner of some sorts. Imagine if a organization reaped rewards for the worst performance not the best and the organization could not terminate or sack anyone. Imagine the things that the human race could do. Today and this weekend you will run into other people I encourage you today to respect them no more or less than yourself look at them and understand that whether we accept it or not they are our partner.

peace

john3c

 

Love

Posted: February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Valentines day is over the candy has been eaten the cards all given out and now it is Monday. We wake up shower and push off to work,but Love remains. Why is this? How is this? What makes love so special what makes love more than a card or candy or sweet nothings?

I Corinthians 13:4 -8

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues,they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Love is pretty cool huh? The world and mankind can seem harsh, at times but not love. Love is the opposite of harsh it is warm, open non – judgmental. Who do you love? Well let’s see I love my kids, my girlfriend, my family and friends, but what if I loved everyone? How different would my world be? What if I really loved them?  Do I even know how to love like that? Does anyone?

So how do you love like that? Hmm I have some great examples. My dad has never showed any judgement. He raised four kids to adults and I never once noticed him sitting in judgement of anyone else. “Hey, it takes all kinds.” Are words my dad would say when invited by others to be judgmental and participate in  the mob of public opinion either for or against peoples life choices. My mom always had me and my sisters in mind when making life decisions. How can she make sure we are safe and happy? What could she do for us so that we would grow up to be decent adults? These questions guided what seems like all my moms decisions when I was growing up. The non – judgmental sacrificial love that I saw helped me learn to love.  I see this same love in action today by people all over the world, but there are also many examples of a lack of love. A judgmental spirit, more interested in sousing out the “right” people from the “wrong” people.   A spirit of envy which is defined as ambition, pride disguised as self – esteem and finally anger and fear that when manifest leave nothing but death and destruction in its wake. So not everyone is engaging in love, and I can only imagine what the world would be like if everyone where.

Imagine all the people
Living for today…

 Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

— John Lennon

We know how to love and it isn’t easy but it is possible I know someone know who loves everyone she meets and makes it easy for me to love her, but if we want a world like the one John Lennon sang about if we want a world without war, poverty, disease, and full of life we have to love the ones that make it hard to love.

The candy is eaten the cards opened,  But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues,they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away…….

Love never fails.

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“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from “Loving Your Enemies”)”

Martin Luther King Jr.

 Matthew 5:44

King James Version (KJV)

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

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peace and love

John3c

Peace

Posted: February 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Yesterday the ministers sermon was from the writings of Peter. The sermon was titles the seven steps to peace. The minister explains how Peter points out that the only way to find peace with others is to have peace within ones self first.

I am of course unsure what religion you practice but I know that despite religious affiliation inner peace is something we all should and could work on. You would be hard pressed to read, view or listen to any news show today without hearing about some war between nations or violence inflicted on one group by another.

The small town I live in is, right next to one of the largest US Military bases in the United States. I used to work on the military base and one afternoon while traveling, off post to pick up lunch I noticed a group of protesters camped out in front of the main gate of the Army post. I have only seen a few protests in front of the main gate. Protests are interesting and some feel they make a difference. I am not sure if they do or not. I am sure though that our actions and attitudes make a big difference when it comes to peace. Inner peace with yourself becomes outer peace with yourself which becomes peace with family which becomes peace with friends and ultimately it can become peace with our enemies.

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Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism
This-ism, that-ism, ism ism ism
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

(C’mon)
Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
Minister, Sinister, Banisters and Canisters,
Bishops, Fishops, Rabbis, and Pop Eyes, Bye bye, Bye byes
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

(Let me tell you now)
Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
Revolution, Evolution, Masturbation, Flagellation, Regulation,
Integrations, mediations, United Nations, congratulations
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary,
Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan, Tommy Cooper,
Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer, Alan Ginsberg, Hare Krishna
Hare Hare Krishna
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

You guys knew i was going to post that song right?

Anyways all I am saying is give peace a chance and start with yourself

peace

john3c

Ok so I am traveling to work this morning barreling down the highway (traveling of course at not above the legal speed limit) and I noticed the sign on the church marquee on the side of the highway. The church sign read “live a peaceful and quiet life” I Tim 2:2. I know, I know let’s stay away from politics and religion and I totally agree, most of the time.  Before you stop reading know this I am going there, but not really.

So my thoughts when I read the marquee was of course was why? Why should I live a quiet and peaceful life? Why not live a full and fierce live?  Why shouldn’t we love, work and play hard. The sign really bothered me so of course I had to do some research and there are two things.

First the book  Timothy is actually a letter from the apostle Paul to a young church leader named Timothy. Now Paul is a very controversial character in the bible and throughout history even Thomas Jefferson had beef with Paul. Paul is so controversial that some argue the existence of the apostle. Wether the apostle exists or not the writing is there and used for the church marquee so Paul is in prison at the time of this letters creation. His imprisonment is a result of starting churches (controversy) like the one Timothy is now in charge of. The second thing is… In this letter to Timothy Paul opens with a statement and the live a quiet and peaceful life is part of the whole. Of course I am going to put the statement here in this post (don’t worry it is not long).

1 Timothy 2:1-3 

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior”

Man Paul is an eloquent writer isn’t he? Like, wouldn’t you just love to get a letter from him? When I was in the service my dad would writ to me religiously and he would always open with ,”I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirit”, and it usually did.  Dad was good but Pauls opening was great. Paul said pray for the leaders so the can bring everyone peace and a quiet life so you can be a better christian, church leader and all around person.

After my research I realized Pauls request for a peaceful life was not for a stagnant life but exactly the opposite it was for a stable society in which Timothy could become a powerful church leader a force i people s lives for good. Now Paul was an apostle and Paul was also a Greek I think (still unsure) but Paul understood the Grecian about government and society in which democracy rule with respect to the minority is paramount. Paul has burrowed sometimes directly in his writing from Great Greeks like Plato 1 Corinthians 13 :12. So being influenced by and borrowing from the Greeks the peaceful comment when taken out of context makes little sense but when in the opening it makes complete sense. Paul encourages Timothy to participate in the mystical aspect of prayer so that the governing bodies would allow him and all to reach their full passion for the new religion and church.

Pauls cry for a peaceful and quiet life was actually more of a cry for the opportunity to be free and engage in one’s passion. This makes sense considering the emphasis  the greek culture has on passion, reading the works and viewing the art of the ancient Greeks demonstrate this passion. So I am less upset now about the comment on the church sign and even more fired up about the upcoming political elections and looking for a candidate with respect of democracy and passion.

I am sorry for getting all religious and political last time I promise

peace john3c