Author Archives: Carl A. Cooke

Choice is an illusion

In the Matrix Morpheous tells the Merovingian Everything begins with a choice. To which he responds: No, wrong. Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without.

When it comes to those who have made the vaccine some sort of political statement they often say this is America I’m free and I have the choice to do with my body what I chose to do. But the reality is they have been told by those in power that they should not take the vaccine, don’t be a sheep, and follow the crowd they are told. They have been duped into believing that they are making a choice not to be vaccinated when in reality it is those in power who have chosen for them and like sheep they follow along. 

Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without.

September 11th – My Memories

Twenty years ago, I emerged from the IRT #2 subway line at Fulton Street to what could only be described as a perfect day, blue skies, not a cloud to be seen except it wasn’t a perfect day; it was a day of unbelievable horror. I remember standing on Fulton Street, staring at the towers only a few blocks away, smoldering. I remember running when the first tower collapsed and a dust cloud came roaring down Fulton Street. I remember standing on the FDR Drive only a short time later watching the second tower collapse and with tears in my eyes, turning to a colleague who also had tears in their eyes and muttering the words, my God, how many people do you think were in that building. Evil and hatred took so many from us that day, but for those of us who lived through the horror of that day, we also remember how we all came together for each other. Black or white, male or female, it didn’t matter; religious or sexual orientation was irrelevant. It was the best of humanity showing itself in the face of those who knew only hatred. It was as if we were saying; even if we didn’t realize it, hate could not define us. We are all in this together. We are all one people.  Today on the 20th anniversary of that horrible day, let us remember how we bonded together, how for one moment we understood we are all human. Let us hope one day that moment can be every moment. 

With Freedom comes Responsibility

I’m an American; who the hell does Joe Biden think he is mandating anything on my freedoms?

REALLY?

I’m a Father or a mother; who the hell do you think you are for putting my child under 12 in danger of contracting this life-threatening virus because you refuse to wear a mask or get vaccinated.

I’m a son or a daughter; who the hell do you think you are for making it impossible for my elderly parent to receive the emergency medical care they need because the hospitals are at total capacity with Covid cases because you refuse to wear a mask or get vaccinated.

I’m a health care provider; who the hell do you think you are for causing me undue stress and nightmares because I have a front-row to countless unneeded deaths due to Covid because you refuse to wear a mask or get vaccinated.

I’m a person with a treatable medical condition; as long as I can get access to an ICU bed, who the hell do you think you are for taking that bed because you have Covid because you refuse to wear a mask or get vaccinated.

Don’t tell me about your freedoms as has been said People love freedom – but nobody wants responsibility. And they come together, they are inseparable. – Rajneesh

Those of us…

The road to greatness is a journey traveled by those of us who believe we were born to stand apart from the masses.

Those of us who recognize that the potential of greatness is within all of us but is only unleashed by those of us who do not fear the unknown. 

Those of us who are unafraid to reach for what others say is impossible. 

Those of us who understand that limits are merely artificial constraints created by the few to hinder the potential of the many. 

Those of us who refuse to give up the colorful dreams of our childhood in favor of the colorless existence society tries to limit us to. Those of us who have an unwavering belief in ourselves and what we can accomplish.  

Join us and take that step off the road of the ordinary and know you will fly, no soar with the eagles above the clouds to the road to greatness. 

A Place of Areogance.

It’s from a place of arrogance that a republic willingly embraces ignorance among its citizens and expects to thrive. It’s from that same place of arrogance that those citizens bestow leadership on and blindly follow those who peddle ignorance for their own personal gain A republic that embraces this arrogance as a sign of strength is a republic that can not survive. 

Be You

They may wonder who you are, where the person they’ve always known has gone. But sometimes, it takes just one person, one thing, one moment, to change your outlook on the world and the person you are.  That may not be the person others want you to be, but if you are truly going to find inner peace, it just might be who you need to be. 

They Only Dare to Whisper

Ssh, can you hear them?
Of course not they only dare to whisper if they dare even whisper at all
But I shout out loud for all to hear, and I do so unapologetically
I know our time on this planet is but a blink of the eye
So I listen to the rhythm of my heart
I embrace my dreams
No one can deter me
No one can stop me
I will reach for the stars
I will not silence the talent that resides within me
Others may only dare whisper if they dare even whisper at all
But I do not fear rocking the boat
I am not afraid to stand alone
I have the courage to be great
As Prince said, Baby, I’m a star

If a tree falls in a forest – The Critical Race Debate

The age-old question asks If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? As conservatives enact laws to shut down the teaching of topics such as critical race theory, an academic movement that seeks to critically examine social, cultural, and legal issues as they relate to race and racism. The question to ask today is if we ignore the inherent racism that has played a pivotal role in so many aspects of this country since its birth did racism ever exist? 

Anyone who looks at the history of American with an objective eye would have to agree that several factors, including redlining, underfunding schools in communities of color, the lack of culturally diverse teaching in schools, disproportionate incarceration of people of color, disproportionate disciplining of students of color, negative media stereotypes, lack of employment opportunities and a host of other factors have contributed to today’s America being 100-meter dash with one group being afforded a 90-meter head start.

The argument that students—predominantly white students—will be exposed to supposedly damaging or self-demoralizing ideas is nonsense.  Germany has not tried to sweep its Nazi past under the rug.  For example, as the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz drew near. Angela Merkel delivered a speech at the Auschwitz Memorial, where she expressed a “deep sense of shame for the barbaric crimes that were here committed by Germans.”   Major German cities boast monuments, museums, and centers dedicated to the study of antisemitism and the Holocaust.  Its schools present a conscious and responsible approach to dealing with the past sins of Nazi-era Germany.  The past has already taken place, it cannot be changed, and it cannot simply be ignored because it makes some feel uncomfortable. It must be taught so we learn from our past mistakes and understand how we can change and develop for the better as people. If we ignore it, we doom ourselves to repeating those same mistakes and never growing as a society.

THE JOURNEY HOME

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

The Journey Home is my personal exercise in strengthening and reawakening my faith after a near-death experience. So many things challenge and make us question our faith. Yet, it is these times of doubt that paradoxically we exhibit our strongest faith as it is in these times; our faith brings us through the troubled waters we are dealing with. This book was written to help both you and I reflect on our spirituality and get closer to the Lord. I hope it gives you as much enjoyment reading and hearing its message as I enjoyed writing it.

THE JOURNEY HOME

Available at Amazon.com in paperback or as an e-book.