I have swept clean my earliest memories as a child.
I mean, I cleaned them out in a pile of dust for the Potter to mold them into a pitcher. Now that it is filled, I would like a word about Social Justice. It begins with being cordial. There is no way anyone can advance a wholesome relationship without the quality of cordiality. Any ambassador on a diplomatic post knows this card of success in bringing peace to the table.
I am sincerely baffled by the need for the world to learn more about being kind hearted. Of course, I am even more disturbed by the fire fueled to burn the legacy of the intelligent thinker. That’s why I say an incomplete education causes consequential harm in our society. Mark Twain hit the nail on the head :
Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog.
– Speech, 11/23/1900
It breaks my heart. Lies aim to murder the truth. A test of how serious we are in our belief in God and His power, is in our ability to stick to the truth. After all, He knows all our secrets. Therefore, to Him, social justice stands for words intended to fight a cause that was addressed by great thinkers. Had they been taught, what a great difference they would have made. I don’t give up on educating because there is no greater joy in any soul than to be in the knowing. That’s where freedom soars. Teachers and professors carry the responsibility of the nation’s future. To deny a proper education is criminal. To oppose those who give their time to better the lives of others is criminal. To be infested by an ideology that promotes the destruction of our nation’s Constitution is sickening. The disrespect has escalated and it is time for the educated to be heard instead. There is no benefit to listening to the inept. Who are they? Easy to spot. They fling mud at those who do the work. They are the chameleons that unsuspectingly poison.
To be enslaved by the lies that have been spewed and continue to be spewed, is to be caught in the whirlpool of a cesspool. Instead of disempowerment,we must choose to discipline ourselves to behave in civilized manners. To laugh at this grain of truth is to deny the power of faith as large and heavy as a mustard seed. That’s how little faith most of us have until that instant, that defining split of a second, when the TRUTH sparks, and we become what God intended all humans to be: humane.
It is heart wrenching to know that there are not schools for the homeless. They have a need to be taught how to survive in a community among themselves with their mutual needs at the forefront. It seems to me that the wealthiest of the Hollywood stars and old, career politicians would have met in council of creative benefit to physically build what they profess. There is always hope in leaders who deliver to provide real skills, real jobs, real accomplishments through the encouragement of self reliance. Dear Dr. Wayne Dyer said: ” You can either be a host to God, or a hostage to your own ego. It’s your call.”
I paid one dollar for CAN’T QUIT YOU, BABY by Ellen Douglas. I read every word, and some out loud to be sure I chewed the meaning. That is the way to totally understand a novel, or a manual. My favorite quote is this : ” Do you recall that a long time ago I wrote, ‘ I want to remember that every act in a human life has layer upon enfolded layer not only of imagining, but of circumstance, beneath it ‘? I was thinking then not of Tweet or of myself, but of Cornelia, of her refusal to plunge down through those layers, to lift them apart, even to admit their existence. And later I said that she skimmed like a skier over the surface of her life. NOW–NOW THAT CORNELIA SEEMS WILLING TO LOOK, NOW, AS I STRUGGLE WITH MY OWN DIFFICULTIES, WITH THE NEAR IMPOSSIBILITY FOR ME OF GRAPPLING WITH THESE EVENTS–I THINK THAT PERHAPS–NO, CERTAINLY–I AM THE ONE WHO IS SKIING, WHO CANNOT ACKNOWLEDGE OR EXPRESS THE COMPLEXITY ALL THOSE LAYERS OF CIRCUMSTANCE AND IMAGINING–IN ALL OUR LIVES, BUT PARTICULARLY IN TWEET’S. I thought I was at home in Tweet’s life, that when she spoke, I heard her speak with her own authentic voice. But of course I never heard her speak, except to Cornelia.”…Ellen Douglas adds at the end of this segment: ” I think back to the moment when I invited your ‘absentmindedness’ about ‘these ludicrous and dreadful matters.’ About race. Cornelia and Tweet, I wrote, might have other, more complex business with each other. Other business, yes. Sometimes. But surely no more complex business. I made a routine disclaimer. They were not absent minded, I said.”
I cannot sell my copy for less than a thousand dollars. No. It’s not for sale, not even for a million.
When God created us, He gave us the free will as vessels of love. We are fragile beings who need the loving care of our parents or guardians. The strength in us all to be best at all times is consistently at risk of faltering. As humans we simply mess up. This is precisely why those of us who have mastered a degree of advantage have a responsibility to host our talent in honor of God. Successful people love to give of their knowledge to help others. Furthermore, those who have no faith work hard at dismantling the hope and trust conveyed to us in the Bible. They are the ones who profess social injustice to exist without bidding all to be empowered by the light of the masters:
“We are each other’s harvest: we are each other’s business: we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”
__Gwendolyn Brooks ( 1917-200)
Her remarkable works need to be read and taught for the heartfelt nuggets of truth that rise for all to admire. Though she addressed the REAL PROBLEMS present at one time in her life, she calls for all to realize who we are. As humane humans, our bond ought to have the magnitude of the Universe. It is much greater than we can imagine. It is all that we have been honored to explore in every part of the world on this earth. Our calling is uniquely different as we choose to journey forth. I simply hope we can consider the going on in our lives to be cordial. That peace begins within our hearts and then is poured unto others.
I think we can respectfully raise our profiles and honor the voices of wisdom among us.
Angela Jackson wrote A SURPRISED QUEENHOOD IN THE NEW BLACK SUN, the Life and Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks.
Below is a great coincidental find. God works in mysterious ways in all of our lives :
The Genevieve Staudt Intercultural Lecture is delivered annually during Women’s History Month at Elmhurst College. It is named for the College’s former dean of students, who served the College for 30 years and left an indelible stamp of leadership.
Jackson’s talk will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in the Frick Center, Founders Lounge (190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, elmhurst.edu/campusmap). Admission is $10 for the general public and free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available by visiting elmhurst.edu/cultural.
It is obviously an invitation. All who are near Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, attend and be nurtured. These are the blessings of our United Sates of America.
We can rise above the prejudices:
“If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.” _RUMI
That is exactly where peace begins.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
We can all become a guiding light ” no matter where we be” to promote peace, love, and understanding through faith.
“The earth is too small a star and we too brief a visitor upon it…for anything to matter more than the struggle for peace.” _Colman McCarthy
I question the need for the struggle…and there is more on this topic:
ILLEGALS must respect the fact that we are a nation of laws. Citizens who don’t, cause enough havoc.
TRUE social justice respects the citizens who abide by the laws to keep us safe, free of danger.
PLEASE share your thoughts…Thank you…