We Can’t Return To Normal

We cannot return to normal because what was normal has failed us. A health care system built on profit and balance sheet instead of the care of human beings. So many people are dying not just of Coronavirus in a place where many profess to cherish life. Health is a human right given to us from a creator who loves each one of us. Holding on the notion that you can be cured if you have the financial resources is morally wrong in every way. Instead of thinking about excuses as to why we can’t have a new way forward to care for the children of God come up solutions as to making it happen. My friends I don’t want to go back to what we had because its killing people. I value people and life and love above anything else and you should too.

Coronavirus Commentary

The global crisis we face is one based upon science, technology, medicine and yep a little bit of faith. Investing in all of those things is what is going to bring about a treatment for the Coronavirus. For those who are wondering when this will be over, I don’t know No one knows. We have to ride this thing out for as long as it takes. Worrying about the economy is worrying about the wrong thing. Everyone is going to take a hit of some sort. Life will be unpleasant at times. People will die, people will survive. The chase for instant gratification is a fool’s errand. It’s going to be a rough ride.

Fake It Til You Make It Faith Edition

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Everyone has some burnout in their lives. No matter what one is into there can come a time when you have reached over-saturation. For me, it’s my faith. I am tired of seeing Jesus Christ brought to the level of a Genie In A Bottle. He’s no Alladin. I am still observant and I haven’t missed church in a very long time. Even when traveling I don’t miss. However, in some religious circles, Jesus’ name is dropped like he was a viral celebrity of today.

I guess part of it is that I am still mad at God for my father’s passing in August of last year. I see Jesus’ good name used in vain by those who seek to do great harm in their dogma and doctrine through fundamentalism. Yes, some parts of Christianity are troubled by many issues that have caused great damage to its reputation. I personally don’t use the word “Christian” to describe myself. I prefer Episcopalian or Anglican.

At this point in history, faith is being perverted by some in political circles to justify stripping rights from people based upon “religious freedom”. That doesn’t help matters. I suppose Jesus should come back and turn over some tables and stand in the gap so people who are just trying to live their lives in peace and who make great contributions to the world won’t be stoned or worse.

Yeah, I am burned out. And it’s OK to admit this. God is big enough to handle this sort of thing.

A Ramble About Violence

As we all know the world is a violent place. So much of it is not fighting but something else. There is economic, political, environmental, ecological, social and spiritual violence that does as much harm you can’t see. It’s truly troubling what humans do to each other and to nature.

People have such promise for peace and they have the ability for unreal violence too. All this is senseless tragedy that doesn’t have to happen if we are intentional about pursuing peace, understanding and reconciliation.

How we treat our fellow man and the planet says a lot about us. We can do better. All of us can.

Be kind to the world around you. Peace begins with all of us.

Commentary On Current Events

The situation with Iran has me scared. It should have us all scared. To be honest I never felt afraid of either country and now we have to be concerned in light of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani. Sure he might have been a dangerous individual but his killing in my view will mean violence against American forces and perhaps civilians in the region. To me, it was the wrong move. Diplomacy and foreign policy should always win the day when it can.

The Bushfires Of Australia images coming out of the country are heartbreaking. The people of the country are having to escape the fires. Property and lives have been lost. The greatest impact is so many animals have lost their homes and so many more have been killed.

Political Discourse always has people wondering what’s going to happen next. From Brexit to Impeachment there is much internationally to keep us on edge. It will be interesting how everything will shake out and how much impact it will have on the world.

The New England Patriots aren’t going to the Super Bowl of the National Football League. That might be something that can bring a bunch of people into an agreement that it is a very good thing.

 

 

A Thanksgiving Thought #thanksgiving

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Today in America its Thanksgiving and its a time of feasting, family, friends and hopefully fun. It’s a tradition that has spanned generations. People coming together to express what they are thankful for is the rule of the day.

Yes, this holiday is not without its baggage. Sure there are stories of mistreatment and anguish in recorded history. We cannot ignore those facts because it would not be respectful to those who have suffered.

However, we can remember the problematic stuff and forge a way forward that recognizes the best of what Thanksgiving can be. In the times in which we live its good to have something positive to say and to remember the good times in our lives.

For many, it’s hard to be thankful and that is where we can come in to help provide experiences that they can hold onto.

I believe this holiday is one of redemption and renewal for something good. Happy Thanksgiving to each of you, far and wide.

Beware The Comments

Watching some YouTube videos today at lunch it seems the most hateful and negative people make it their mission to poison the experience for everyone. Positive people seem to be drowned out and suffer the wrath of those who are in such a dark space. The pessimistic climate we have online is discouraging. Maybe it’s time we including me lighten up and calm down.

Really. Some things are not worth the rise in ones blood pressure. Still beware the comments.

In The Comments

Do you ever wonder about people who write out long essays in posts about the most innocent things? Think about how much time these folks spend coming up with responses that seem to be disrespectful and angry.

It seems Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where this happens most. One could do a demographic analysis and come up with conclusions that can affirm a profile of people who seem to do this sort of thing the most.

It’s amazing what they say and makes you wonder if it’s from a place of fear or facts. Don’t dive into the comments, if you do it might leave one sad and bewildered.