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2020 was bad but it did plant some seeds

There are only a few hours left in 2020, one of the most arduous years most of us have ever had to endure, I remain hopeful as I watch the images of the year playback on my television.  It was a year where:

So many of our brothers and sisters senselessly lost their lives to a virus run rampant, aided by the political overtures of leaders and the indifference of others’ health and safety by those who followed them.

People of color continued to be shot and killed at a disproportionate rate by those sworn to protect them.

The rich saw their portfolios grow in size while food lines stretched for miles.

The very fabric of American Democracy came under fire, its flames fanned by American politicians looking to secure or further their careers.

Yet, for as bad as it was, 2020 planted the seeds for a better future.

Young people and people who never were in the past came out in record numbers to vote—determined to remove those who put themselves ahead of the country, who looked to line the pockets of the rich at the expense of most Americans, who believed that America has no responsibility for the inherent racism and social injustice it has propagated since before its birth.

Americans of all races, genders, ethnic backgrounds, religious and sexual orientations came together and took to the street in a call for racial and social justice.  It was the birth of this generation’s Coalition of the Righteous.

So as we head into the new year, let us not discard 2020n entirely but cultivate the seeds of hope it has planted.

Happy New Year!

Do not think. Do

As Yoda would say: Do not think. Do.

As children, we do not look at each other and think.

How are they different than me?

Do they believe in the same god I believe in?

Where were they born?

What is their sexual orientation?

As children, we do.  We see other children and look to interact with them.  We do not think about the unknowns of the child across from us.  We reject the fear that they may be different than us because we do not believe there is an unknown.  We allow our minds to be free, to embrace the unknown and new possibilities. In these possibilities is the growth potential that is essential for the existence of humanity. As we grow, we learn to question the culture, religion, and religion of others. Subsequently, we cease to grow; we stagnant and wither away, unable to or afraid to dream of a better future for humanity.

Yoda had it right. Do not think. Do

I’m not a psychiatrist, but I play one on television. 

The year 2020 has brought so much heartache to so many that when we are feeling overwhelmed or sad. When we want to let out a scream or ball up in a corner and cry, it seems we are selfish. How could we complain about our problems, feel sad about anything when we have so much compared to others. When we have been blessed not to know the pain that 2020 has brought to so many. But let’s not forget we are still only human, and while our pain may not be as great as others, it is still our pain. Please do not push it down and let it fester that is not healthy for you or anyone around you. Let out that scream, have a good cry, talk to someone about what is troubling you. Do what will make you feel better, and don’t feel guilty about it because you can’t help others if you don’t help yourself first.

What has become of our country?

What has become of our country?
 
A country where so many are unconcerned with their neighbor’s health, they refuse to do something as simple as wear a mask.
 
A country so fixated with guns that it can’t even pass common-sense gun control even in the aftermath of children being senselessly murdered.
 
A country where people complain about raising taxes to help the millions who live in poverty, are homeless, have no health insurance, or face food scarify but are willing to pay $1,100 for the new iPhone.
 
It is time America looks in the mirror and asks itself, is this really who we are? If the answer is yes, then I weep for us because it is just a matter of time before our violence, greed, and lack of concern for our fellow man leads to our downfall.
 
Ezekiel 22:30 New King James Version
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one

September 11, 2001 – Never Forget

As a New Yorker who worked blocks away from the WTC, I will never forget that day 19 years ago. A day that started out so beautiful, not a cloud in the sky and quickly turned so tragic. The sadness in my heart that day for the countless innocent lives so tragically taken from us remains to this day.

The respect I had that day for the hundreds of first responders who without a second thought rushed into the danger to rescue others and paid the ultimate price with their lives remains today. It has been said “Heroes are made by the path they choose, not the power they are graced with.” The first responders that day were heroes

The pride I had for my fellow New Yorkers and their response to the worst day in its history remains to this day. We truly were New York Strong, shaken but not broken we have risen from the ashes of that tragic day.

19 years later and still the hate that took so many from us remains, some may say it is even greater. Let us never forget 9/11/2001 and pray that as a people we will one day vanquish that hate and truly be able to say it will never happen again.

The Aliens have decided – We are not Worthy

Alien #1: Are you prepared today with your recommendation on the humans?

Alien #2: I am.

Alien #1: Then this evaluation hearing shall come to order. Please proceed.

Alien #2: Thank you. As you know I have always been an advocate of humans as a species, because of their cognitive ability. When tasked with evaluating them it was my hope that I would find them to be worthy of admission into the Collective of Advanced Planets,  However as I studied them I was dismayed that they have not even identified themselves as one species.

Alien #1: What do you mean?

Alien #2: When faced with their differences they do not draw strength from each other, learn from each other, grow.  Unfortunately, that is not the case. Rather they choose to make it us versus them. Drawing lines along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, language group, religion, age, socioeconomic status, and so on. That combined with their thirst for power and money has led at best to turn their back on and subjugate the weak or at worst kill each other. Undoubtedly this has stunted their development as a species.

Alien #1: Yet they still do not change. Why?

Alien #2: Well I have theorized that the human mind despite all its unique and special characteristics is lazy.

Alien #1 Lazy?

Alien #2: Yes lazy. The human mind prefers to be comfortable. It is more comfortable accepting that which is familiar than that which is different. Even when they come to the realization that their actions are morally wrong and counterproductive; they choose the comfort of turning a blind eye rather than the discomfort of confronting it.  Their nature is to live in the moment at the expense of their future good. One can see that in how they treat their own planet. Coupled that with their creation of and need for a socioeconomic system in which each group strives to climb over the other. I can only surmise that over the course of their history there has been a loss of a great many minds that if not extinguished would have flourished and led to the growth of their species. Regrettably, it is this lack of self-awareness that humans despite many tremendous qualities has proven they are not ready to join us.

Alien #1: Thank you we will enter your recommendation into the record and the human’s admission to the Collective of Advanced Planets has been denied.

The Many Faces of America

According to the Department of Homeland Security White supremacist present the gravest terror threat to the United States of America. White Supremacists are a group of ignorant people who believe that white people are superior to everyone else, especially blacks.  They feel that America is “their” country and that the rise economically, socially, and politically of people of color is a clear and present danger to what they believe is the true face of America.  These people have always been a part of the fabric of America spewing their hate but over the last four years they have become emboldened once again. Emboldened by a President who spews the same hate, and with a wink and a smile tacitly approves of their actions.  He does this not only because he himself is a racist, but to maintain power for himself by using their hate and belief that he is the last line of defense to keeping the face of America white.    

But you know the truth? America has no face. America has many faces.

The Democratic National Convention offered us all a look at the present and future of America.  How refreshing it was to see so many faces. White, Black, Latino and Asian; Men and Women; Straight and Gay; Young and Old, Progressives and Moderates. You can agree or disagree with their politics, but you can’t deny that everyone watching could personally identify with someone who spoke at that convention and that’s what makes America great.

We are a country of many different races, ethnicities, beliefs, religions, sexualities, economic levels and social beliefs, an incredible mosaic woven together to form very fabric of America.  It was the founding fathers who imagined this America when they declared independence from British rule proudly stating:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal

At the time it was more of an ideal than something that was practiced, there was still the sins of slavery and the displacement of Native Americans from their home land, but it was an ideal this nation was founded on never the less. Today there are still those who believe America was at its greatest when segregation was the rule of day, when opportunities for women in the workplace were far and few between, when being gay was meet with societal shame. That America is no more. America is changing, not fast-enough, but it is changing. Evolving beyond its past prejudices. We are now the majority; we are the coalition of the righteous. It is why domestic terrorism is on the rise, it is why a segment of society willingly turn a blind eye to Trump’s corruption, lies, and cling to his mantra of hate and division and a time when the majority of Americans are coming together to reject it.

They arm themselves with automatic weapons and brazenly walk through our communities. They are afraid of the new America, unwilling to open themselves up to anyone or anything that is different from themselves and what they believe to be right. This is their last stand and they know it.  However, the momentum is against them, the new America is here, and it is has many faces.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal

It is after all the ideal that America was founded on.