Category Archives: Social Commentary

Love, It Is The Answer

If you don’t like the press
Think they are evil even
Then, go meet some local journalists
Take a tour of a newspaper
Or, a news station
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
​We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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If you don’t like all police officers
Think they are all bad
Then, go meet some local officers
Visit and tour a jail
Volunteer for the sheriff’s department
Spend some time
With them talk to them without an agenda
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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If you don’t like every politician
Call up your local officials
Find out who they are
Beyond their policies
Who they are as a person
Volunteer
Or better yet run for office
Be a part of the change
Instead of complaining
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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If you don’t like Conservatives or Liberals
Guess what?
There are already know who are already
Real people
You like them because they are real people
Not as their politics
They offer something more than that
There are others too
On both sides who are good people
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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If you don’t like people from other countries
Other cultures who come here
Offer them a gift of a smile
A present in the form of kindness
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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If you don’t like gays
Transsexuals
Bisexuals
Someone you know is one
Hold them close
Instead of pushing them away
Have a cup of coffee
Sit down and see one another
Beyond however they love
Or how you love
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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If you don’t like Muslims
Visit a mosque
I’ll even take you
The only thing to fear
Is the unknown
So embrace it
Without judgment
Or, and agenda
They are no different
Than you and I
If only you look beyond
Their faith
See that they have value
As we all do
Get to know them as real people
And, maybe, just maybe
You’ll see that they are just that
They are people
We must not lose our humanity
Or we will be forever doomed
For without humanity
Who and what
are we?
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The juxtaposition of our position

while we may be adept

proficient even 

….in caring for others

while being equally negligent
in caring for ourselves

….in exposing our breasts (or dicks)

we may be complacent
in exposing our feelings
our heart and soul
and our true vulnerabilities

….in giving to others

but have a terrible time
in receiving
the same love and kindness
shown to others

….in receiving

but cannot give
in kind

…in being environmentally conscientious

while polluting our own personal
space with toxic energy

…at making money

but horrible at making
relationships work

….in creating beautiful art

although at the same time
are starving
for the beauty that
life’s canvas holds

…in taking great care of our bodies

yet hate the way we look
no matter how great our body
may look

….in finding peace within

but cannot find peace
out in the real world

….at changing the oil

although cannot change
a diaper

….in multitasking

but may suck at focusing
on just one task

…at being the big boss

but have a horrible time
being the bigger man
(or woman)

…at managing tasks

yet unable to
not only manage
but lead
people

….at fooling the world

but cannot ever
fool the one person
looking back
in the mirror

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These Days….

These days…..

The sun does rise.

These days…..

The rain does fall.

These days…..

The sky is blue

These days…..

The water is too

These days…..

The world is ours

These days…..

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What is wrong with These days…..has more to do with our own personal perception, because These days…..are not that much dissimilar from those golden days of yesterday when we romanticize and glamorize their brilliance while fantasize about tomorrow’s eternal glow when today is all we really know.

Most certainly These days…..are not without fault, but then again, there has or will not ever be a time when there is not this or that, because that is the contrast we call life.

Heaven, nirvana, utopia whatever it may be might not be so far off in the distance as it may seem, because These days…..we have the capability to tap into a mind that can transform the state of being.

Peace

These days…..there is corruption.

When was there ever not?

These days…..there is manipulation?

When was there ever not?

These days…..there is division?

When was there ever not?

These days…..people have lost their way?

Have not I, at one point or another?

These days…..the kids are self-absorbed?

Have not I, at one point or another?

These days…..adults act like children?

Have not I, at one point or another?

These days…..they have something really stupid?

Have not I, at one point or another?

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Let’s Play

No matter where in the world
No matter what  country
No matter what region
No matter how rich
No matter how poor

Children just want to play

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This past weekend, I had a conversation with a gentleman who had traveled the world in the military and now working for the government.  We were talking about how similar we are, as human beings, and he gave the example of seeing children all over the world all wanting one thing  – to play.

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“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul
than the way in which it treats its children.”
 — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

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“Children must be taught how to think,
not what to think.”
  — Margaret Mead, cultural anthropologist

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“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
  — Fred Rogers, television personality

K.I.S.S.

Keep It Simple, Sincerely

Why oh why do we inexplicably have such a propensity for name calling?

……unconsciously needing to call someone something derogatory – and that someone way too often can be ourselves with names like, “Stupid”?

……enigmatically think it is acceptable?

……reflexively believe there is no harm?

……compulsively put others down in order to somehow think we are raising ourselves up?

……mysteriously hold such pain within and the propensity to distribute that to others?

……mechanically see the faults and flaws in ourselves, in the people we meet, and the world itself instead of witnessing the strength and beauty?

……curiously deem kindness as a weakness?

……peculiarly believe that shame and blame is the only game in town?

……perplexingly not realizing the damage it inflicts on oneself, others, and the interconnectedness of all?

……inexplicably making life, and all that it is – including ourselves and everyone else in it, so damn complicated?

…..sadly underestimating the power of…..

                Keeping It Simple

                      Sincerely,

                        (….Me)

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Shame, It is, A Losing Game

I have not the wisdom to know the solution
nor the foresight to have THE answer
but, then again, who really does?
if it was that easy, would there not already be
an answer or even better a viable solution?
but then again maybe, just maybe, that thing
called life is a bit more complicated? than that…….
and maybe, just maybe, we don’t really know?
those that say they do, do they really? really???
for as easy it is to look at someone else’s
situation and to frown upon them for their lack
of judgment and their action and/or inaction
with clarity and hindsight as unfortunate as it
may be have we not ourselves — ALL OF US
had our moments of transgressions where we
might have had the good fortunate of doing so
in the solitude of our own misfortunes where
only a few were on the scene and we had not
the cameras pointed at us when we were lapsing
in our judgment, because maybe one day it will
be and while public shame is the game of the day
where the lynchings in the court of public opinion
is rampant and it is not only ok but advocated
until that one day it happens to be us and then
just maybe it won’t be quite the same when it is
our father, our mother, our son, our daughter,
or yes……even ourselves, are put into the center
spotlight of public shame when the world passes
out blame hand and foot without regard to who
you are, or they are, as a person but only see one
situation and deem that to be all there is to know.
Maybe we know so far less than we like to think
we do…..maybe, just maybe…..
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there is a level of humanity that we may be missing.

We are taught to be good,
but don’t necessarily
learn to be healthy.
We all breathe
but don’t always live.
We are taught to sit
but don’t necessarily
learn to stand.
We may look
but don’t always see.
We are taught to do what’s right
but don’t necessarily
learn to be kind.
We might talk
but don’t always listen.
We are taught to recite
but don’t necessarily
learn to think.