Do These Colors Run?

oldgloryShortly after 11 September 2001, many Americans declared, “These colors don’t run.” This was in reference to the colors of the flag of this nation that was now under attack. It was a statement declaring that Americans would not run in fear from terrorists. Does this still hold true?

A decade and a half later, Americans have elected Humpty Dumpty to build a great wall. He coddled their fears and told them that they could hide behind this great wall because he would keep the bad people out. Has America become a nation of cowards ruled by a fear-monger?

There are poor and downtrodden people being oppressed in foreign lands by the same antagonists who have attacked Americans. These people are in desperate need of humanitarian relief. They are in dire need of the same refuge Americans apparently desire, but Americans do not suffer like those asylum seeking refugees. However, Americans are even afraid of the refugees?

A majority of Americans profess to be Christian. However, reports indicate that a majority of those alleged Christians elected Humpty Dumpty, also. Apparently, perfect love does not cast out fear (see John 4:18-20) and these people do not know the compassion of Christ. How can anyone claim to be “Christian” and turn their back on people in such desperate need? Has America become a nation of hypocrites, as well as cowards?

A liar cannot be trusted, and Humpty Dumpty has lied to the American people. He told Americans that he would open his tax returns to public scrutiny if elected, but still refuses to do so. He told Americans that Mexico would pay for his great wall, but Mexico said, “No!” Apparently, Mexicans are not as gullible as Americans. Nevertheless, Humpty Dumpty plans to build his great wall anyway. Guess who is going to pay for it. Has America become a nation of gullible hypocrites and cowards?

Humpty Dumpty took an oath to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States.” As the highest official representing this nation, Humpty Dumpty has other nations wondering if this nation will honor the agreements it has made or will make with them. Humpty Dumpty’s lack of personal honor now tarnishes the honor of the United States. It is uncertain if he knows about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the associated covenants that have been ratified by the United States. Has he abandon those treaties, too? Will he even honor the promises this government made to its own people?

Humpty Dumpty has already demonstrated that he either disregards, or is ignorant of his own nation’s practices and standards, particularly those concerning freedom of speech and the press. Although his oath also included preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States, it is uncertain if he knows that the Constitution limits his authority. Some of his actions already constitute an abuse of that authority. However, none of this truly epitomizes his incompetence in fulfilling his duties as President.

Humpty Dumpty ignores factual information established by extensive research and intelligence when formulating solutions for this nation’s problems and making plans for our collective future. How he would justify a nuclear response… he was feeling “bigly?” He acts irresponsibly and without reason. This single character trait clearly establishes that he is not fit for the office of the President of the United States. So why are other American leaders so willing to play patty-cakes with Humpty Dumpty? Is Congress filled with hypocrites and cowards, too?

The corrupt politicians kissing up to Humpty Dumpty need to realize how exposed their characters are to public discernment now. Osama bin Laden laughs at them from his grave. Yes, Congress is filled with hypocrites and cowards who fear losing prestige and power, but their honor is deteriorating rapidly.

I do not believe true Americans are cowards. I do not even believe that all who voted for Humpty Dumpty are cowards. The 2016 election did not provide Americans with a good choice for president; the American constituency were the guaranteed losers of this election, regardless of who won the contest. However, this election did expose the many worms who “came out of the [proverbial] woodwork” to feed off the carcass of a corrupt government. These worms need to understand that the only way they will ever feel truly safe is to dig a deep hole, climb in and pull the earth in over themselves. Of course, some of the hypocrites may discover a scripture that says even that will not save them. Regardless, it is time to recognize the superhero without a cape they thought they were getting is really just a clown without makeup.

True Americans remember the Day of Infamy and its lesson; isolationism does not work. Real Americans also know that the legitimacy and purpose of this government was established in a historic document before the Constitution was written, and that equality is the cornerstone of this nation:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” (The Declaration of Independence).

Real Americans know that Equality was not perfected when this nation was established, but rather that it is a work-in-progress. Many Americans have sacrificed their lives for this work, and their sacrifices are not forgotten by the true Americans who carry this work forward. Any attempt to “restore” this nation to an earlier state is an attempt to diminish the Equality that has not yet been perfected. The only people against equality are those who fear difference and work to establish their own kind as an elite class… a “master race.” Real Americans recognize the danger of inequality, as do other citizens of this world.

Humpty Dumpty lacks the competence, integrity, or temperament to occupy the Office of the President of the United States. He has quickly revealed himself to be an American disgrace and embarrassment. The security of the United States of America and the stature of this nation in the world community requires that this disgrace be removed from office.

Are there any true leaders left in Congress? Will they do what is right, or what is easy? Do any remain that are capable of rational thought? Do they think my assessment of real Americans is accurate? Who will control the houses of Congress in two years… if this does not blow up in their faces before then? The post-election protests have been unprecedented and they are unlikely to stop… unless Humpty Dumpty falls. This government clearly lacks the consent of many of the governed, and the ones who do consent are afraid. These colors do not run from enemies… foreign or domestic.

I am an American, and I am not running.

Simple Truth: Simple Reality

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASimple truth has been abandoned, forgotten… lost. The art of Science teaches us to dissect everything to reveal its underlying complexity, so simple truths are no longer trusted. Even precepts of the world’s great religions are granted only duplicitous regard on holy days, while otherwise ignored. However, simple truths haunt our dreams because of their strong roots.

Peace is found at the midpoint between extremes where things are balanced. This is the root supporting, “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace” (Psalm 37:11 KJV). The meaning here is often lost because the modern usage of “meek” confuses humble and gentle people with those who are spineless and spiritless. Regardless of usage, we can be certain that the meek do not subscribe to extreme beliefs, though.

Prosperity is found where where the waters of Life gather. There are three essential material requirements (needs) for human life: food, shelter, and clothing. These things are most abundant in places where water collects. However, modern people complicate their lives with desires that far outweigh their needs. This is often taken to extremes; they spend more than they have, then cry poverty. (This should not be confused with real poverty.)

machupichuWisdom is found in high places where greater vision is gained; mountains, hills and monoliths no longer obstruct the view. These are also quiet places where the voice of Spirit can be heard, rather than the cacophony of human voices marketing their profane opinions. Here the horizon inscribes a much larger circle of Life where lucid perception is permitted.

The Sun rises in the morning to reveal clouds nestled in the valleys below. As the Sun warms the day, the clouds are lifted up. The day is quite hot by the time the Sun hits its zenith, but the clouds gather to provide shade in the afternoon. Soon a gentle rain begins to fall that is welcomed by the parched earth and yourself. The falling rain runs down your body in the same way it runs down the slopes of the high place to the valleys below. Water always seeks the lowest places. It is an element of humility, although it is important to Life on Earth. It is a simple element, but it is also a great blessing. We can learn much about Life from Water.

stream5a.jpgWater teaches that we can be a blessing to others from a place of personal simplicity and humility. In contrast, we can see how complexity and arrogance has cursed this world with conflict, disease and death in the pursuit of wealth and power. This lesson is confirmed by ancient wisdoms that are ignored, forgotten or lost. It is also confirmed by the sense of clarity and peaced gained in this high place, separated from the business below. However, Water also teaches that we must leave the high place to return to our people.

An unprecedented seven billion plus people now inhabit the Earth. How long can we prosper if we cannot live where water gathers? How long can we live burdened with desires that outweigh our needs? Is virtual reality a viable alternative? What paths will we choose from here?

A Divine Sigh

spiritBlessed be the eternal breath that set Time in motion.

Our understanding of Time and Eternity should not be taken lightly or for granted. Our understanding of these two things are essential to understanding the realities of Life.

Time does not exist without movement; without change. Without movement/change of some type, it would be impossible to measure Time because it simply would not exist. In comparison, eternal things are unchanging, and therefore, last forever. The eternal contrasts the temporal.

There are things in the human world that seem eternal because they last for a very long time. However, pyramids crumble, continents shift and stars eventually burn out. It has been said that the only constant in our world is Change. This is supported by scientific evidence.

Ironically, people consistently demonstrate resistance to Change. This may be linked to an instinct for survival and a corresponding fear of Death. Much industry is engaged in fighting physical deterioration, both cosmetic and medical. Desires for everlasting peace and prosperity are proclaimed as these conditions also affect their longevity.

Periods of stability, peace and prosperity tend to reveal an incongruity in human nature, though. People are also easily susceptible to boredom. This usually leads to actions intended to make things interesting, but often disrupt the conditions originally deemed desirable; stability, peace and prosperity.

The contradictions of human behavior are easily understood by examining the human spirit. Much spiritual lore attributes the creation of our world, universe or multiverse to divine and eternal beings. As a product of divine creation, humankind usually have characteristics of their Creator(s). The Children of Abraham believe that people were created in the divine image. Consider the relationship between divine eternity and temporal reality.

The human spirit dreams of a realm that is eternal and unchanging because it is perfect, holy and sacred. Paradise, Heaven, Elysium, et al are spiritual concepts of perfection that are desirable because of the trials and tribulations of temporal existence. In turn, the trials and tribulations of temporal life prevent people from recognizing the boredom they would experience in places of such perfection. Few truly understand why the first man and woman were ejected from the garden of paradise in Judeo-Christian lore.

Few truly understand the human likeness of their divine images. They fail to recognize that creativity is a common solution to human boredom, or that the boredom of divine perfection could be an obvious cause for divine creation. The Children of Abraham portray creation beginning with the spoken word, but it seems more likely that it began with a divine sigh.