Happy New Year everyone and thank you for visiting my blog this year. In August of 2012 I started blogging and since 2012 is also the year in which I have also marked my 57th year on Earth, I have crossed the 30 million mark in minutes spent alive.
I don’t know if that is an important accomplishment or not but in any case I should certainly have a lot more to write about. We shall see.
Actually as of midnight on December 31st, 2012, it will be 30,297,600 minutes that I have spent on the planet…but who’s counting?
So please keep reading if you will, unless you can thing of a better way to spend your minutes, but one does have to sit down and get a rest once in a while.
In any case, do your best to Spend your time wisely …and do try to enjoy every minute of it!
This pretty much sums up all of the Tea Party nonsense that we have had to put up with for years. Creating lies and then believing in them IS NOT what a political party should be about or what anyone should be a party to.
(Thanks and credit for this article goes to John Amato and David Neiwert.)
We’ll admit up-front that the title of our forthcoming book,“Over the Cliff: How Obama’s Election Drove the American Right Insane,” indulges in some rhetorical imprecision: conservatives in the United States are of course not really insane in any clinical or legal sense, and we are not suggesting they undergo sanity hearings to determine if their rights should be suspended. We mean “insane” in the common-sense meaning of the word — having taken leave of their senses.
What other word, after all, can properly describe the behavior of people who adamantly insist on believing things that are provably untrue? Einstein facetiously defined insanity as doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. Defiantly clinging to exploded fantasies and thoroughly debunked false “facts,” even when evidence of their falsity is planted directly in front of them, is a…
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Here is one of my earliest posts that I thought I’d re-blog on this, one of the most celebrated birthdays of all time!
We all have to learn. We aren’t born with the knowledge of anything. Babies can’t walk, talk, feed themselves, find shelter or make clothes and they have no innate knowledge of how to do these things. They have no ideas about what a number system is or that using symbols to communicate in writing would be a good idea. They have absolutely no knowledge of who god or their creator might be or look like and they wouldn’t know what to call him or her if they saw them. Babies don’t even know their ass-terisks from their elbows.
So the question is; what do humans rely on the most when it comes to growing and learning; Is it nature or nurture? Nurture is the effect the people in your life had on you as you were growing up. An example would be the values your parents taught you. Nature…
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Tonight they say is the end of the world as we know it!
So tomorrow, when you wake up in the morning, do something nice for yourself and for someone else too.
Because at the end of the day, or perhaps sometime before that…it just might be the end of the world…
as we know it.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When will we ever learn that this is the only lesson that matters and that everything else in this world will fall into place once we finally get this lesson into our heads.
Violence and hate are not only the wrong answers they are not answers at all. They are reactions and instincts from our distant past and primitive brains. To declare ourselves to be truly enlightened, emotionally evolved and intelligent people we must learn to answer all questions with love and light, compassion and kindness. That is why we bring children into this world: To live and learn and do better than we did…and that is what we must teach them first and foremost and above all other things.
“Think you can. Work hard. Get smart. Be kind. And have fun!” – Sandy Hook Elementary school motto
Isn’t that what we all want?
Violence and hate will never secure that for us or our children or our families or our communities or our countries or our cultures or our religions, not in any place, nor at any date nor in any time.
Teach it now. Teach it everywhere. Teach it always.
Something I wrote a few months ago that I would just like to say again…
Those of us who work with children on a daily basis and who work with people who are less fortunate than ourselves get to see problems on an up close and personal level. All of us have problems. I think we can all agree on that. And all of us are children when you really think about it. We are all someone’s child aren’t we? Aren’t we always? Don’t you feel that child inside you when you think about your parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles no matter how old you are?
Teachers and nurses, social workers and psychologists and therapists and police officers and firemen and anyone who comes in contact with people in need or distress meet that child everyday, whether or not that person is an actual child or a grown-up who is having a particularly traumatic day. Life is about children and when you see…
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