Saturday, August 13, 2022

A Relevant Rant, Part 2

      Last week I was ranting about how for-profit private prisons, paid for with our tax dollars, are profiting on the "selling" of prisoner labor to local and national businesses.  I believe this to be another form of slave labor, and it infuriates me.

     I also promised that this was relevant to this blog and begged your patience.  So, here it is.

     I have said many times that in order to be ready to join with our Twin Soul, we need to first balance the male and female parts of ourselves.  So many of us in the New Thought realm prefer to stay safely nestled in the patchouli-scented Land of Om.  We like to keep our energy high and unflustered, our mind at peace.  I totally understand that and believe that it is an important part of self-care (maybe without the patchouli).  

     But that is staying solely in the Feminine part of ourselves.  We are nurturing ourselves, and perhaps those around us, and contributing to the All with peaceful thoughts, but please look around!  More than this is needed right now.

     We need to balance that with the active, Masculine part of ourselves.  We need to act, people.  

     Look around.  Not only are people being treated as expendable resources, but many, if not most, companies operate on the model of profit first, people second (or last).  Our leaders have taken that model as they put their own re-election ahead of legislation that may help people and the planet.  Power and greed seem to run this planet right now, and we are reaping the results.  The climate is heading toward a catastrophe, and the human species, along with many others, risk extinction.  (On my darkest days, I think that perhaps the human race deserves it, after how they have treated this planet and each other).  I believe that some of the things we are experiencing right now -- mega storms, record-breaking floods, severe droughts, huge fires, pandemics and so on -- are just the warning signs of what could come.  

     Action is needed.  We need to stand up and call upon the Masculine parts of ourselves.  More on this next week.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

A Relevant Rant

      Sometimes I read about things that make we want to climb up on the roof and scream with outrage.  You, too?  

     Recently I read about how prison officials are using prisoners to do "volunteer" work for local businesses for a wage far lower than the federal minimum.  Some of these business leaders, I had thought previously, were good, upstanding people, involved in the community and serving in various leadership roles.  But they are profiting on what is basically slave labor.  If the prisoner gets injured, too bad.  If they don't want to do the job, they are punished.  If they want to better themselves and prepare for life after prison by getting an education, that gets second place.  It is infuriating.

     When I was a youngster, I remember visiting some relatives in a Southern state.  My uncle's house abutted a prison facility.  From his back yard, I remember watching through the fence to the fields on the prison property.  As I watched, a chain gang -- in their black and white striped prison uniforms, shackled to each other at the ankles -- was led out to work in the fields.  I remember at least two prison guards on horseback holding long rifles as they watched the prisoners work under the hot sun.  As I looked closer, I remember noticing that nearly every prisoner was African American.  Even as a young girl, I recognized this as another form of slavery and it made me mad.  

     Prisons (in this case, for-profit private prisons) are making money on the very people who need rehabilitation and education, not exploitation and cruelty.  Is this who we are as a country?  Is this what we truly value?  Has greed so corrupted our soul that we see every human as an expendable resource?  

     Yes, I needed to rant, but it is relevant, if you will bear with me.  More on this next week.

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

More Thoughts on Freedom

      And to complete this month's theme, I offer some more thoughts on what freedom means:

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.  (Nelson Mandela)

Liberty means responsibility.  That is why most men dread it.  (George Bernard Shaw) 

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.  (John F. Kennedy) 

 

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Further Thoughts on Freedom

      And more thoughts to ponder:

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?  (Mahatma Gandhi)

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.  (Abraham Lincoln)






Saturday, July 16, 2022

Some Thoughts on Freedom

      Here are some thoughts on freedom:

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.  (Soren Kierkegaard)

Did you ever wonder if "idealogue" and "idiot" come from the same root word?  (Celina Pavan) 




Saturday, July 9, 2022

A Quote to Ponder

      In my part of the world, it is time to vote for governmental leaders.  I ran across a quote that I will definitely keep in mind as I mark my ballot.  

I fear that in every elected office, members will obtain an influence by noise not sense.  

By meanness, not greatness.  

By ignorance, not learning.  

By contracted hearts, not large souls. 

(John Adams)

 

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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Happy Independence Day

 Wishing you freedom from fear,
Freedom from want,
Freedom from pain,
And freedom to explore
And express the wonder that you are.
Happy Independence Day!

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