wondering why our love was not enough to keep beloved grandson here in this flesh life… came to the realization that human love is simply not enough to keep the soul wedded to human flesh…
Source: Thinking About Love Again Today…
wondering why our love was not enough to keep
came to the realization
that human love is simply not enough
to keep the
for without that
that everlasting influx of
these flesh suits we wear are merely
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to clear out
Today, on the eve of President Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States of America, I sit here at my altar in deep introspection and self-evaluation. For am I not just as responsible for a “President Trump” as “those people,” the “others” who voted this sad example of humanity into the presidency? For who among us “do-gooders,” “free-choicers,” “equal-righters” and freedom-loving folks, has not had her moments of pure, unadulterated greed; of taking what we want when we want it and the consequences—be damned—including those who might be hurt by our actions or words. And who among us has not looked at a “white,” or “black,” or Latino or any other of the marvelous hues and varieties we humans come in, and had thoughts that could not be described as “brotherly.”
We are “TRUMP.” Some of us are closet Trumps and some of us are boldly “out.” For there could be no “TRUMP” without the consciousness and behaviors that create, protect, support and nurture that which Donald Trump represents, i.e., banks too big to fail, Corporate titans who with godlike power plunder and desecrate the planet and humanity. Money, wealth, power and material acquisition have become the American creed for which our government bombs nations of “others” into dust and to which our children are groomed to pledge their allegiance and undying effort.
It is time for us Americans to take individual and collective responsibility for the reality of a “President Trump”—as difficult as that may be for many of us to articulate much less accept as physical reality. It’s time to take a deep collective breath and just suck it up! Accept that which we cannot change as we accept our responsibility in its creation. Our energy—which is finite—would be better spent in introspection. And instead name-calling, blame-placing and fear-driven, knee-jerk reactions, our individual and collective energies would be better spent in self-examination and self-correction so that we may eventually steer the course of this potentially great nation toward peace among all peoples and the preparation of planet earth for a conscious and evolved entry into the multiverse.
Trump is right on time! Let us not be blind to the lessons he’s come to force us into learning! Let us take a few calm, deep breaths as we accept full responsibility for being part and parcel of a culture…a people…a nation that creates, protects, nurtures, promotes and encourages its Donald Trumps.
almost like an explosion of LIGHT going off in my head
the sudden realization:
needs not my
or even my
all that is required from me is
usually my lucky day
finally stopped trying to squeeze
and simply sat in the
I watched the sun set…
with the descent of darkness
Characteristics Of Fascism
By Dr. Lawrence Britt
Source Free Inquiry.co
I ran across this article this morning and found it very pertinent to the coming U.S.A. presidency of Donald Trump. Do take the time to read! I was able to check-off ALL 14 CHARACTERISTICS!! Very alarming…what is happening right under our snoozing noses here in the USA–and worldwide. Time to wake-up, people!!
|Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread
domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5. Rampant Sexism – The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined – Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
From Liberty Forum