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Wounded Healers

July 8th, 2016 No comments

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Nobody escapes being wounded. We all are wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not “How can we hide our wounds?” so we don’t have to be embarrassed but “How can we put our woundedness in the service of others?” When our wounds cease to be a source of shame and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers. – Henri Nouwen

Bernie: You can boo me all you want…

July 8th, 2016 No comments

The only sane person left in our government. #BernieOrBust

I’m Not Even Surprised

July 7th, 2016 No comments

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It takes as much willing suspension of disbelief to be a true Hillary supporter as it does to support Trump, not that there’s any shortage of wishful thinking flying around these days. Neither of them should be allowed anywhere near the People’s House. And it takes courage to portray the facts of the political cesspool created for us by the oligarchs who have seized control of our country. CNN and anyone else pooh-poohing the incredibly blatant corruption at every level of our established politics, of which  Secretary Clinton at best or at worst is but a prime exemplar, apparently do not possess that courage. Jefferson believed the maintenance of liberty depended on an educated electorate, and he believed the press was to be the instrument of that education. The American press has sometimes fulfilled that role admirably, (exposing the Watergate affair), but most often it has not. Today’s media does not serve an educative function. They are but mouthpieces for partisans who more often create news than report it, on the assumption (fact, really) that outrage sells. Keep the people riled up and they’ll keep clicking your site. But I can tell you Bernie supporters are not “melting down.” The fact is, anyone who cares about the rule of law ought to call into question the FBI decision to at the same time acknowledge that Clinton broke the law and recommend against prosecution. Those who have lost touch with reality are those who who have suspended morality and decency to the point they can think this represents a level of trustworthiness appropriate for a candidate for President of the United States. I’m not melting down. I’m not even surprised. But I am thoroughly disgusted, with Clinton, the FBI, the “Justice” department, the political elite of both parties, and the media. #BerniOrBust

 

Sanders supporters melt down over FBI’s Clinton decision

The FBI’s email announcement set off a torrent of anger and frustration among some of Bernie Sanders’ most diehard supporters, a vocal minority who have been agitating for an indictment of the former secretary of state in the hopes it would vault the Vermont senator to the Democratic nomination.

Freedom from Wanting

July 3rd, 2016 No comments

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In January 1941, eleven months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his State of the Union address and stated what came to be known as the Four Freedoms. The declaration was a departure from traditional US isolationism, articulating the ideals for which the United States would join a world already at war. The Four Freedoms are: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. It was upon these principles that the United States would recover from the surprise attack and proceed to vanquish regimes that represented the opposite. The United States, at great sacrifice, played a key role in the restoration of liberty in the world, and it is because of this that those who lived in that generation came to call it the “Good War.”

It might be nice if history was more like a movie and everyone could go home after the great victory and the heroic music and fall asleep in peace, confident that the good guys had won. But it is not. The triumph of World War would give way to numbing totalitarianism in many parts of the world, anti-colonial wars, tragedy in Asian killing fields, turmoil at home, and finally a religious fanaticism that shakes the very foundations of civilization upon which the Four Freedoms depend.

While all of the Four Freedoms enjoyed a moment in the sun, as we survey the world today we see all of them under assault, both abroad and at home. Everywhere we see people clambering for freedom to express themselves without reprisal, for freedom to practice their own religion as they see fit, for freedom from terror. In falling short of the full attainment of the Four Freedoms the lone exception, at least in the United States, seems to be Freedom from Want. Today, even the poorest Americans are wealthy by world standards. Yet even here no one is satisfied.

After World War II a decade of prosperity led to great expectations that the capitalist system proved unable to consistently deliver upon. Generations who expected to be better off than their parents found themselves deep in debt and shut out of promised prosperity. Others, struggling for adequacy while unable to attain the imagined good life, angrily point the finger of blame at politicians, each other, foreigners.

I wonder if the reason we find ourselves so dissatisfied in the midst of such amazing wealth has less to do with the “other” (Democrats, Republicans, immigrants, those we differ with ethnically, culturally, ideologically or religiously) and more with the fact that we are beset all day everyday with messages, subtle and blatant, that regardless of what we already have we need to possess something else before we can be truly satisfied. I wonder if consumer capitalism, which for many has been spectacularly successful in delivering freedom from want, has not at the same time left us enslaved to wanting.

Perhaps as we watch the train wreck we call the Election of 2016 unfold, in which we see fear and loathing of one group against another, each one grasping for the one thing that will validate their lives and deliver Freedom from Want, we might take a moment to appreciate what we have, and to enjoy the unity in diversity that allows each one of us to claim our own place in the United States. Maybe we should take a moment to consider striving for a Fifth Freedom: Freedom from Wanting.

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