Dreamer’s World July 9 2016 – A Thought That Frightens Me

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I am unable to shake the feeling that we are all in serious trouble. The tragic events that continually unfold around us every single day are emotionally exhausting. They cry out for attention and for our compassion and efforts to make things better, but far too many people have taken the position that these things are normal, and that any attempt to reach an understanding or solution to the problems that we face are nothing more than a sign of weakness. This outlook is a self-fulfilling prophecy because ignoring these problems will surely lead to those very same problems growing beyond our ability to control or influence in the future.

I believe that the real culprit to all of this is GREED. THere are far too many people who mistakenly believe that everyone else is out to get them, and more importantly, whatever material possessions they have. Of course these are the same people who measure the worth of their own lives by the material possessions they can accumulate. That focus on THINGS, rather than on PEOPLE, is the root of the problem. Too many people are governed by fear and this is the natural companion to greed.

I am not a materialistic person. The things that I have are transitory. After I’m dead, others can fight over my meagre belongings all they want. I don’t measure my life or my success by how many things I have, I am more ethereal than that. Perhaps this is why I see things in such a different way than so many others. When I see someone in need, my first instinct is not to question how they reached that condition, but rather to help them if I am able to do so. The greedy people will always try to associate some type of flawed character to anyone who doesn’t fit into their micro-box reality. The really sad part is that these same people will always justify their hateful actions with their own peculiar warped religious nonsense. Heaven must love a hypocrite, because those are the people who are so sure that they are “saved”.

Personally, I think that religion is a MINDFUCK designed to maintain the status quo, protect those in power, and quash dissent. I have no use for religion in my life and for the most part I am very happy. Only a fool would claim to be happy all of the time, and once again, the religious lunatics fill that niche rather nicely. I think that t is impossible to be truly happy when others are suffering, and simply ignoring the problem will never make it go away. Trying to to save the world with religion is like spraying air freshener all over the place instead of taking out the garbage.

I wish that I had all the answers, but once again the religious lunatics seem to feel that they are the holders of some sacred truth that defies the cause of humanity. I know that the problems our society faces will not be solved quickly, nor will the solutions be easy. And yet, these things have to be acknowledged and addressed in order for us to move forward. To willingly condemn a portion of the population to poverty and despair will surely lead to that portion of the population finally screaming “ENOUGH!” at the top of their lungs. To do nothing is a choice with repercussions just as surely as taking direct action against the problems are.

Dreamer’s World January 18 2016 – MLK’s message. More important now than ever.

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 I found a prompt for my post today. It came from the DailyPost and it is:
A Reason To Believe
     Bruce Springsteen say in his lyrics to “Reason To Believe” that we all need something at the end of the day to believe in. Bruce is a great spokesperson for the working and middle class people of America. What is it that drives us to strive and achieve each day?
     Today in the US, we honor the memory of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and we attempt to use this day to help others in accordance with the many wonderful messages that Dr. King left to us. It is a tragedy that he was taken away from us far too soon, I was only 4 years old when he was assassinated, but I am fortunate enough to have lived in an era where we struggle to make his visions and dreams into reality.
     The ideas that Dr. King endorsed are so very basic that we sometimes have to step back and wonder why they are so necessary. Sadly, there are those who still believe that these ideas are controversial. It is the struggle against those people that makes it so important for all of us to live a life that would honor the ideas that Dr. King fought for. Since I am white, I cannot ever fully appreciate the impact that Dr. King really has had on this country. While I completely support his message, I cannot comprehend being denied basic rights based on the color of my own skin. This is the definition of what we now refer to as White Privilege. It is the completely corrupt idea that because an issue has not impacted the white portion of America that it must not be a real problem. Sadly, that is the problematic viewpoint that too many Americans still have.
     Equality is not something that is achieved in an instant. Equality is not something that, once finally achieved, is then considered something that is over with and moved on from. Equality is something that we all have to work for. Equality has not been achieved, and those who claim otherwise are in effect defending the discrimination that Dr. King dedicated his life to fighting against. Equality will never be something that we look back on and wonder why it took so long to achieve because it will always remain an objective for each generation to strive towards.
     In America today, we see the ugly side from those who would diminish Dr. King’s message. We see people for whom racism and discrimination are a way of life clinging to power and once again attempting to broaden their support by claiming that “Racism is over with”, or they will claim that “Dr. King was a conservative” in a vain attempt to justify their own hateful practices. We see white Americans seduced by a Nazi like Donald Trump, with his message of division and hatred that look exactly like the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s. I always have to remind people that Hitler and the Nazis first came to power through elections, there was no violent revolution that came first. The terror came afterwards.
     I think that Dr. King would be proud of President Obama. I also believe that he would urge the President to do even more to address the issues of inequality that we still face today. Dr. King would likely see President Obama as a milestone for how things have improved, but I also believe that he would see the intense hatred directed against President Obama as proof that we still have a long ways to go before we reach what he described as “The Promised Land”.
     Before his tragic death, Dr. King began to talk about things like the violence of poverty and the injustice of war. In the decades since his death, progress has been made. We are much farther along than we have ever been, but the road is still a long one and there is no time to turn back or to stop. I believe that Dr. King would have endorsed the same struggle for equality that women, other ethnic minorities, LGBT and  the disabled continue to fight today.
     As a Gay Man, I appreciate Dr. King for his struggle and his message. Because my partner is black, I have gained a much deeper understanding of how important Dr. King is, and needs to continue to be for us all. To allow any segment of our society to be lessened is an indictment of us all, particularly those in power who have the responsibility to make this country great for all of us.
     I believe that the message left to us by Dr. King can never be diminished. It remains an eternal goal that must be constantly fought for and defended. There will always be people who want power only for themselves, these are the ones that we have to guard against. I believe in HOPE. I believe in EQUALITY. I believe in JUSTICE. I believe in LOVE. These are the beliefs I have that comfort me at the end of the day and inspire me on to the next.