If I were goddess, I could traverse the universe, with only thought. Nothing to fear, just enjoying the view of Andromeda; as I leave this universe and leave loneliness, pain and desire behind. I could get as close as I want or view all that beauty from a distance. I could be there in an instant or leisurely watch the stars get closer. I have no boundaries or time either. I could expand my thought to include infinity or dissect the smallest particle in the plasma. If I were goddess, I could imagine everything and be satisfied.
November 26, 2006
November 23, 2006
How does one expect to be forgiven, when one does not acknowledge there has been blood on their hands?
The myths of
I am asked to forgive and forget, because things have changed. How can change be permanent, if there is not any knowledge or interest of what happened before these changes? I would like to think you have at least thought about it. I had read a statement similar to this, “that westward expansion had expanded property rights.” Not getting into the argument of what this statement meant, I thought, didn’t the indigenous people have any property rights and weren’t our spoils from genocide? I would like the acknowledgment that our system can have failures because this is a government of men. We should understand, there has to be dissent, especially about the past. We shouldn’t make saints of our founding fathers or subsequent leaders or mistake them for their ideas. We have to keep the memory of the bad as an ethical reminder. I think without serious thoughts of our past, we will lose our conscience. When there becomes a lack of conscience, I feel the ideas of the nation will succumb and
November 21, 2006
I am troubled when people make a conscious choice not to vote. If you have read a previous post of mine, you will see why I think it’s important to vote, no matter the candidates. It also bothers me when people do not want to serve on a jury when it would pose no hardship. After forty years, I am beginning to change my mind about the draft. It seems so few of us want to do anything and we go to great lengths to give a philosophical rationalization.
Isn’t something required of us to maintain our freedom? It wasn’t a gift to begin with. We are not special people in which our system of government was bestowed by some higher power. There was effort, actually more than effort. Lives were put at risk and lost, so that we could decide how to govern ourselves.
Couldn’t we make an effort to find a candidate, get that person on the ballot and vote for him? Can’t we serve on a jury, so that a person might have a jury of his peers? Shouldn’t we give some service to our country?
November 16, 2006
I thought we were certain that contraception and sex education leads to sex, and now this too.
The Pakistan Parliament amends rape laws. Moves rape cases from Sharia courts to civil courts.
Islamist say this will lead to free sex.
November 11, 2006
In appreciation and remembrance of veterans, I would like to share this poem. I found this at soldierworks.com, this site publishes veterans’ stories, poetry and videos.
November 08, 2006
November 07, 2006
Tomorrow, many people will be writing about what the election results mean. The writers will try to extrapolate the future and the behavior of the government based on their view of rightness. Even if their party gets power or remains in power; their obsession will not diminish. The meanness continues, arguments repeat ad nauseam and rightness becomes the justification to assume moral and ethical superiority. The obsession with rightness will continue and when the next catastrophic event happens, either can blame the other for their obsession with rightness.
November 05, 2006
Other than doing ones civic duty, my reasons to vote have to do with the struggle of the civil rights movement and the lives lost. Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman are pictured above; their murders are most remembered.
During the Sixties, college students, mostly white, from the North came South, along with several civil rights organizations to educate and help register blacks to votes. The Civil Rights Movement Veterans web site crmvet.org has documented The Southern Freedom Movement from 1960 to 1966. I think if you check out the entire site you will understand how dangerous this was. You may see some familiar faces, but mostly you will see unknown ordinary students and citizens challenging almost eighty years of Jim Crow. I am grateful for their sacrifice.
The next year in 1965, there were three more murders. This description is an excerpt from a Unitarian Universalist Association news article describing the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of those murders.
Jimmie Lee Jackson, an African American civil rights worker, died on February 26, 1965, after an Alabama state trooper shot him in the stomach at a voting rights march in his home town of Marion. Jackson's murder inspired the march from Selma to the State Capitol in Montgomery that was brutally turned back by lawmen. After the attack, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. issued a call to clergy of all faiths to come to Selma to support the marchers. About 500 Unitarian Universalists, including about one fifth of all UU ministers, rushed to Selma. One of the ministers, James Reeb, was attacked on March 9 while leaving a restaurant with two colleagues less than a day after he arrived. Reeb died of his injuries on March 11.Viola Liuzzo, a UU lay person from Detroit, was shot to death March 25 by Ku Klux Klansmen after the Selma to Montgomery march was finally completed.
If the murders, beatings, and intimidation along with the loss of jobs and property did not stop the pursuit of equal citizenship and the vote; then it is, I feel, my obligation to vote.
I urge everyone to vote Tuesday. There is nothing to stop you and not having a desirable candidate is no excuse. You know what you would do if you had the office, write in yourself.