Dreamer’s World March 24, 2018 – March For Our Lives

    
I don’t know how to describe my reaction to the #MarchForOurLives rally that took place in Washington, D.C. earlier today. Hours later, and I a still feeling intense emotions about what I witnessed on TV. Tears flowed as I watched and listened, I am sure that happened to plenty of people around the country and the world.
     I am proud of these kids. I admire their tenacity and their persistence. I respect them for their dedication to this cause after being thrust into tragedy against their will.
     I am amazed at how quickly they turned tragedy into a call for action through social media. They suffered the accusations of being fakes, of being paid actors, of being political pawns, and have emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the future.
     I picture myself at their age and wonder if I could have done the things that they have? I honestly want to think so, but I am glad that I never had to learn to become a good citizen and an inspiration to others due to a tragedy like they did.
     I watched and heard and saw them become young adults in the last five weeks. Even while some of them were speaking today, I could hear that they are still the teenagers that they are supposed to be in spite of what has happened to them.
     I am thrilled that they learned to include others who have suffered from the same terrible violence. They recognized that their notoriety gave them the responsibility to speak out for everyone, and not just for themselves. Acknowledging and sharing the stage with others from different parts of the country showed great wisdom. It also demonstrated that these young adults are savvy beyond their years. The Parkland students acknowledged that they are only the most famous, not the only victims of gun violence.
      saw plenty of potential leaders speak today. Our nation will be better if we encourage them, it will suffer if we ignore them.

My emotions are still in flux here. Eventually, things will settle down, and I can get a handle on things again. Until then, take a moment and remember the lyrics that the late John Lennon penned for “Instant Karma.”

“Why In The World Are We Here? Surely Not To Live In Pain And Fear.”

Dreamer’s World March 24, 2018 – March For Our Lives

    
I don’t know how to describe my reaction to the #MarchForOurLives rally that took place in Washington, D.C. earlier today. Hours later, and I a still feeling intense emotions about what I witnessed on TV. Tears flowed as I watched and listened, I am sure that happened to plenty of people around the country and the world.
     I am proud of these kids. I admire their tenacity and their persistence. I respect them for their dedication to this cause after being thrust into tragedy against their will.
     I am amazed at how quickly they turned tragedy into a call for action through social media. They suffered the accusations of being fakes, of being paid actors, of being political pawns, and have emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the future.
     I picture myself at their age and wonder if I could have done the things that they have? I honestly want to think so, but I am glad that I never had to learn to become a good citizen and an inspiration to others due to a tragedy like they did.
     I watched and heard and saw them become young adults in the last five weeks. Even while some of them were speaking today, I could hear that they are still the teenagers that they are supposed to be in spite of what has happened to them.
     I am thrilled that they learned to include others who have suffered from the same terrible violence. They recognized that their notoriety gave them the responsibility to speak out for everyone, and not just for themselves. Acknowledging and sharing the stage with others from different parts of the country showed great wisdom. It also demonstrated that these young adults are savvy beyond their years. The Parkland students acknowledged that they are only the most famous, not the only victims of gun violence.
      saw plenty of potential leaders speak today. Our nation will be better if we encourage them, it will suffer if we ignore them.

My emotions are still in flux here. Eventually, things will settle down, and I can get a handle on things again. Until then, take a moment and remember the lyrics that the late John Lennon penned for “Instant Karma.”

“Why In The World Are We Here? Surely Not To Live In Pain And Fear.”

Dreamer’s World July 17 2016 – The Never-Ending Nightmare of Violence

     Apparently, the “new normal” has arrived. The days of simply enjoying a beautiful Summer day without yet another “breaking news” story about another senseless killing are a thing of the past. Will we tell our children or grandchildren about what life was like before this? Will they even believe that we could go for days, weeks, or if you are old enough to remember, months and even YEARS without these attacks taking place? Or will they look at us as if we have lost our damned minds?
     Is this the type of world that we WANT to leave to the next generation? How will we be able to explain to them that we could have done something, or HELL EVEN ANYTHING to stop this problem, and yet we did NOTHING? How can we tell them that unless we ourselves are in a state of denial about how bad things have gotten?
     Lots of questions so far. Not enough answers. Beware of those who have the “simple” answers, because they are never the ones that truly work. Violence is the result of many factors. Economic injustice, social injustice, lack of treatment for psychological conditions, racism in all its ugly forms, religion in all its ugly forms, politics that are nothing more than appeals to the most disgusting base instincts, lack of compassion, lack of understanding, greed, and privilege are just scratching the surface of why we are so damned violent.
     These factors combine to produce a generation of Americans who believe that only violence is the answer. Complex and critical thinking skills are a lost art. Communication with others to resolve differences has vanished from our societal discussion. Everyone exists in their own little social media bubble, surrounded by only those they agree with. Disagreements are not welcome. Unpleasantness is encouraged and rewarded by these micro-societies, and our isolation from one another only increases as a result.
     Our “leaders” speak only to those groups who will support their message. This is yet another reason violence is on the rise. The selective coverage of violence by the media attempts to convince us that there are only certain groups that are responsible for these atrocities. When someone outside of those specific groups is responsible, the media and our leaders are quick to bring out the “lone wolf” or “disturbed individual” labels.
     The media are quick to blame and slow to investigate. It has become a game to see if the media will EVER issue corrections after their “reporting” has been proven wrong time and time again. Accuracy is NOT the goal of the media these days, FEAR is the goal. FEAR to make us afraid to talk to our neighbors. FEAR to even interact with people who look different from ourselves. FEAR of those who came here from somewhere else. FEAR is a BU$INE$$ and BU$INE$$ is booming!
     The next time you try to comfort a child who is afraid because they are too innocent to know anything better, remember these things I have said. Is this the type of world that we want to leave to them? We are FUCKING THINGS UP and apparently have ZERO INTEREST in stopping anytime soon!

Dreamer’s World July 15 2016

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     For just once, I would like to experience a long period of time without another attack on innocent lives by some lunatic or lunatics somewhere in the world. Yesterday the lunatics struck in Nice, France. Yesterday the weapon was a truck that plowed through a throng of people who were gathered to celebrate Bastille Day. I cannot understand the level of hatred that exists in some people. I don’t want to ever experience that level of hatred towards any person or group of people because to do so is to basically die and keep living as a shell of a human being.
     I am already tired of all the calls for “revenge”. If revenge was such an effective response, we would not continue to experience these monstrous crimes against humanity. I hate to say this, but I almost believe that the leaders who inspire the lunatics and the leaders of the countries who continually demand military actions to extract “revenge” are secretly sitting around a table laughing all the way to the bank because they are invested financially in the war industry. Cynicism just comes naturally to me at times like this because I cannot follow the drooling herds that are calling for more war to solve this problem.
     The struggle for PEACE is a long one, it has lasted for thousands of years. It is fed by fear and division amongst the human race. Remember that when a leader calls out a group of people to take the blame for the actions of a few, or of one. That leader is unfit to lead because their own words identify them as a part of the problem. We have tried their way and it has been a complete and utter failure. Bombing some country halfway around the world doesn’t make us any safer, it creates the next band of lunatics that will incite the lunatic attacks in the future. Politically attacking people of one ethnicity here at home does the same thing.
     Over a decade ago, one of our own home-grown lunatics proclaimed “Mission Accomplished”. The real meaning must have been to create a permanently unstable world, because that is what his irresponsible actions did. That is why we still have our brave men and women stationed in that part of the world to this day and cannot seem to get out of our own way.
     After 9/11, I read through interviews with the now dead lunatic who was in charge of that operation. One thing that struck me was his prediction that if he was ever able to strike directly at the USA, he knew what the response would be and he predicted the quagmire that is the outcome we are experiencing right now. To be reduced to the role of the rat in the maze should be a wake-up call about how we are all being manipulated. The 9/11 lunatic is dead, but that hasn’t brought peace. Each and every death only results in some person calling for “revenge” and the cycle repeats all over again.
     If we want peace, we first need to look more closely at those in charge. What do they gain from continued instability? Who provides them with their financial backing? Why are any voices that call for a new way of thinking so instantly and effectively ostracized from the political processes around the world?
     When we discover the answers to those questions, we will be closer to the day when we won’t wake up to another lunatic massacre of innocent lives almost every single day.