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Clash of Expectations

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Some of us need to get ourselves to Constitutional church and get churched up, and less staying at home cherry picking what we wish were true.

There is a real and cognitive disconnect going on in American life.

What I'm calling a clash of expectations.

Many of us are just now realizing for the very first time that many of our fellow citizens do not think like us.

Not only do they not think like us, they do not believe the same things to be true, they do not accept the ideas of our Constitution, they live with us but they are not a part of our American society.

Why?

Fundamentally it comes down to who do you believe more?

How do you rank authority in your life?

Who is at the top, your parents?

Your religious leader?

Your book of faith?

Governing documents like the American Constitution?

Science?

Or do you just cherry pick what you believe and ignore everything else as long as it supports your world view?

We all are brought up on stories.

Some stories are good, and many others are not so good.

We are told stories to mold and shape us into a useful member of that group we find ourselves in.

We listen to these authorities who in turn give us a set of expectations on how the world will work.

If you were raised in a farming community, then everyone tells each other how great the farming life is.

If you were raised in a Neolithic village in the heart of the Amazon, you are told how great it is living in the forest.

If you were raised in a crowded city, you are raised to believe that only people in cities are civilized.

Each group is fundamentally indoctrinated to believe that their group is the best.

Each of us grows up with a set of expectations on how the world is, how the world is believed to work.

I'm here to say we are all wrong.

How are we all wrong?

Any group, no matter how good they appear from the inside, will always fall flat on their faces when it comes to reality.

If your group does not fundamentally accept truth over fiction, then it will explode in your face when confronted by reality.

Expectations are a kind of a whisper in the dark that feeds our personal prejudice.

Our personal story we believe in how the world works.

Expectations keep us segregated.

Expectations keep us isolated.

Expectations keep us in fear.

Expectations are used by the criminal mind to exploit us.

Many of us are gobsmacked that so many people can support this President.

How can so many overlook blatant corruption and crimes being committed against our Constitution and against humanity itself and let it all go, they seem to ignore it as well as some cheer it on?

Because this President and his supporters profit off the fear, they are feeding.

They feed an expectation of those that believe in prejudice.

They feed those that believe one race is superior to another.

They feed those that believe that women should be used and must obey.

They feed those that believe there is only one true faith, only one right way to live.

What we are seeing is the fundamentalist American society stand up and cheer for this President.

And, this President knows he feeds this American fundamentalism of red, raw expectations.

It has been said by many before us that the only way to combat an idea is with a better idea.

This is a philosophical type of canard that doesn't hold up in the face of reality.

Over time better ideas can win out, but for those that are living through a time of societal trial like we are, it is only so much lip service while millions suffer.

There is a fundamental problem with human society, and our time and place are no different than the past.

Whenever these great turns of history have come about, do we do the right thing or do we wait?

The answer has always come back we wait till the house burns down before we call the fire department.

Examples are...

We are all witness to a U.S. Senate that sits on its hands because it benefits from a set of expectations that they are feeding.

We see heads of federal departments, secretaries of Housing, Education, Energy, Environment, State, Security, who feed our societies prejudice.

A president who openly proclaims how many of hundreds of millions of dollars he makes from Saudi's while he's in office and why shouldn't he like them because of his enormous profit and sees no problem.

Expectations.

On the other side of the coin of our American life, there are those of us who have a very different set of expectations.

We expect our representatives to have honor, compassion, and duty to justice, and to believe and protect equality and freedom for all.

We expect our leaders to respect the rule of law.

We expect our borders to be secure.

We also expect that America accepts all who seek freedom from fear, want, sickness, and are treated with compassion and are made whole and safe.

We expect that our leaders will tell us the truth above all other considerations politically.

We expect the equal distribution of justice.

We expect the government will respect our personal decisions our right to lawful privacy.

We expect equality.

We expect personal freedom.

However…

Today...

There is this clash of expectations.

Some would instead let the nation burn and start over with a clean white slate than to share this America.

Whose expectations will win out?

I hear the answer is blowing in the wind…

I hear the answer is blowing in the wind…

Peace

DFrey

Forces Film, Again Begin

More Than A Feeling

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America has a problem, and it appears to be us.

One step forward, two steps back.

That's right.

One step forward, two steps back.

The problem that America has did not arrive with the election of the current President.

There has been a sickness at the center of the American heart that we as a people have ignored generation after generation.

Just like our physical health, the mental health of America is not what it can be.

There is obviously something broken in our will.

There is obviously something overheated in our choices.

There is obviously something falling apart at the center of our idea of justice, of fairness, of the common good.

At least half of the population of our nation live in a world without hope.

I don't mean they can't live day by day but to tell you the truth that's just what I mean.

If all you are doing each day is just getting by, just living, lust living because you have lost hope for your future, you are living in a purgatory.

You are working hard each day but getting nowhere.

You feel your head slipping under the surface of the waters of life.

You are choking on the words of promises not kept by those entrusted with your vote.

On the other hand…

The condition of America's mental health is not held solely contingent upon the actions of others, we the people are also responsible for letting our conscious get so distorted.

Loss of income, loss of job opportunities are a part of life.

They always have been.

There have been places and times in the past where economic opportunity failed the people and created a fertile ground in which political opportunists and tyrants ransacked and destroyed nations.

They plunged their populations into wars blaming others for their own financial and moral circumstance.

It's easy to say the devil made me do it then it is to take personal responsibility for your own failing.

Yet here in America we the people have always understood that the good of the many is extended to the few and to the one.

Our great American experiment is about a nation of many living together through thick and thin.

That our strength is we leave no one behind.

The rich, the poor, the healthy, the sick, the old, the young and all the colors of humanity working together to make a better nation, a better world, a better life for each other.

So here we are at this time and this place in America.

The times they are a changing yet again.

Today instantly people can unite or divide over a single Tweet.

Words matter.

Words can make people swallow hate or words can lift them out of fear and give them hope.

Each of us has a responsibility to the nation and to each other.

We need to give each other hope.

What can hope be?

Hope can be if you become sick you can't lose your home.

Hope can come from not being afraid your child will be killed in their classroom.

Hope can be working hard and earning a living to pay your bills with a little extra left in your pocket.

Hope can be coming out of the shadows of racism, misogyny, sexual bias and contributing without fear of economic and social retribution.

Hope can be an educational safety net that if your career opportunities change your new education is free.

None of these ideas to bring hope are new.

No, they are not.

They have been there since the foundations of this republic.

We the People of the United States, in Order, to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.

All that means is we believe that hope belongs to everyone.

The more justice, the more peace, the more security, the more common good, the blessing of love and hope will be had by this generation and the generations to come.

Who doesn't want that?

Who would work against that?

Those that thrive that feed off of fear that's who.

Fear is power and for those who either want control or want to retain it fear is the thing that is fed.

Fear can do a lot.

It can build walls.

It can start wars.

It can starve people.

It can stop dreams.

It can destroy compassion.

It can throw down honor.

It can drown duty.

Fear is the enemy of hope.

More than a feeling, hope is the foundation of America.

After all this time, after all the people who have fought for, died for and have stood for what this nation stands for, we are not the generation to turn its back.

No.

Let us each one of us ask of ourselves and of our neighbors to do better.

Not just for ourselves, but for all those generations yet to come.

Let us each in our way drop hate and lift up hope for all.

Peace

DFrey

Forces Film, Again Begin

Right From Wrong

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How can you know if you're in the right?

Many people past and present have and will go to their graves in the belief they are right.

Over 620,000 Confederate soldiers died for the cause of the South during the American Civil War.

1,773,700 plus German soldiers died during World War One.

Then the German people still believed they were right and the rest of the world was wrong and for a second time they went to war with the world and over 4.3 million soldiers were killed and over 500,000 civilians were killed.

3 million North Korean soldiers died for their cause.

1.1 million North Vietnamese soldiers died for their belief.

This doesn't count the tens of millions of non-believers killed by these true believers during these conflicts who murdered the other under the assumption that there can only be one truth.

We today can see who was on the wrong side and who was on the right side during those conflicts.

But why didn't the people during those wars see the writing on the wall?

Why couldn't they see they were wrong?

There are big questions of right and wrong, but also there are everyday interactions, conflicts, issues that need answers.

How do you know you're in the right?

How many of us are willing to kill for a belief?

In our nation, many believe that they have the right to own guns and to kill whom they want when they want for their own reasons.

No one can stop them from killing not even the Constitution they believe.

We have subtler folks who casually discriminate based upon race.

Discrimination is a kind of casual death sentence upon the victim who is never given a real chance to thrive.

Greed drives many to gather and amass wealth through fraudulent business's, charities, religions.

Greed instructs the follower that the innocent are sheep, and you are the shearer.

Take from the stupid they'll never miss it.

Does at any time taking from the poor to make oneself rich ever raise a flag of morality for some?

Does a type of social, economic racism allow the person to convince themselves that this other kind of person doesn't deserve to be happy?

I'm of the mind that you either like humanity or you don't.

You're either willing to lend a hand or are of the mind that life is a party and it's there for your taking.

I'm also of the mind given our current time we live in that this split between those that are aware and support versus those that don't care about the common good is around 60/40.

I'm being an optimist and think that based upon the current polls demonstrating 40% of our citizens support our current President, and 60% don't.

That ratio can be reasonably applied to every issue that comes up today.

There are 40% of the nation who want children locked up.

There are 40% who want to discriminate against brown people.

There are 40% who don't want women to have equal pay.

There are 40% who would be happy with a dictator as long as that dictator favored them and oppressed the 60%.

There are 40% who want no restrictions on their right to kill with guns.

There are 40% who don't want the LGBTQ+ community to exist let alone have equal rights.

There are 40% who don't want abortions for any reason.

There are 40% who believe that the rich and corporations like them.

There are 40% who don't believe Man can change the climate.

There are 40% who don't want to share, food, neighborhoods, the street, the sidewalk, waiting in line, your right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It's really a sad thing to think about.

How could so many be so willing to destroy so much and yet still believe they are in the right?

What blinds people to pain?

What makes people deaf to the sound of sorrow?

What makes people ignore the crippling predatory power of poverty?

What takes away a person's ability to feel the anguish of hopelessness in another?

Is it as simple as, "At least it's not me."

How did generations, these generations that share this nation with us turn their hearts and minds away from love?

What put up the walls?

What burned down the truth of the common good?

What ground up common decency?

How did respect become hate?

Why did so many stop dreaming?

Why did so many of us stop dreaming of a better world?

So many have swallowed the pill of bitterness and now spew rank hatred in their wake.

Why?

How can a person believe that hatred, discrimination, intolerance, selfishness is standing on the side of right?

Of goodness?

Of compassion?

Of honor?

Of duty?

Personally, I'm gobsmacked.

America and please psychologists tell me if I'm wrong has a personality disorder.

An example is the opioid problem.

Yes, a corporation and doctors got together and made money off their product.

However, there is another problem that is more disturbing than corporate greed and the willingness to throw their customers into the morgue.

It's called personal responsibility.

Vast swaths of the Midwest have seen and are living in the aftermath of losing heavy industry and manufacturing to other countries via corporate boards lust for their ever-growing profit monster.

Unemployment, economic downturns, even depressions of the past meant everyone had to work harder.

Tough times made a tough people.

Can do spirit.

It didn't mean that they threw morality, social respect, belief in the rule of law out the window and went from no job to heroin addict overnight.

Historically speaking, if you're out of work, you became an alcoholic.

But opioids?

Heroine?

How is that doing right?

What makes one say I am different from the rest of these losers, I'm not an addict, I got this under control, I'm in the right?

I need this to get my life straight?

This personality disorder that America has did not develop on its own.

No.

No.

People do bad things when you take away their dreams.

When dreams become nightmares, some people strike out in fear and anger.

There is something we as a nation needs to know, something we all need to hear.

We can dream again.

We must, and it is our duty to dream again.

We don't have to believe we need to tear up and burn down what we have to make a clean start of it again.

No.

You don't set your house on fire because you need a new pillow.

Some of us need to calm down.

Open our eyes.

Our minds.

Our hearts.

Understand that the first principle of being right is to believe in truth.

Even if that truth reveals that we are in the wrong.

There is and only has been one truth in all of human history.

Not your truth or my truth but one great universal truth that has united us from birth to death.

Wisdom comes from compassion.

It's why a man a long time ago said, "What parent would give their child a rock if they are hungry?"

Too many fellow Americans believe they are in the right and are handing out rocks to the rest of us to suck on.

That's got to change.

Love means doing more not less.

Love asks more of each of us every day.

Reach out to that brother and sister and give them some of your courage.

Lift that box off their heads called fear.

Push away the night terrors created by their fear.

Ask them to join in a new dream.

Peace

DFrey

Forces Film, Again Begin

Fundamental

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The times they are changing.

The people on top have gone through many name changes in history.

A moving target is hard to hit.

For a very long time, they were called Bandits.

Then Master.

Then King.

Then Aristocracy.

Then the Man.

Then the Ownership Class.

They have had a few things in common over the past 10,000 years.

The ownership class does not like to share.

The ownership class does not like public education.

The ownership class does not like the public period.

The times they are changing.

In past history 400 years ago, the fear that struck at the heart of the Aristocracy was Moveable type.

Moveable type meant that anything which was said on any given day, on that same day, it could be printed and read by thousands.

The King's in the past were not afraid of the public learning of their thievery in time for the public to do anything about it.

The Master's controlled the narrative about themselves masterfully.

The public couldn't understand the motivations of the wealthy because we were poor.

Not just poor in the pocketbook but also poorly educated poorly understood politics, poorly endowed with brains that were equal to the rich.

Moveable type allowed for the almost live rendition of fact to the general public.

It took many social and political revolutions, the American revolution being one of them before the Aristocracy got control of the narrative again.

You can point to the American Civil war as being one of the turning points in history where a war of the Aristocracy was committed to further the power and control of industry.

The First World War was a war between the Aristocracy of Europe.

Each and every war since then has been about control of corporate power over resources and who ultimately sat on industry boards in control of the planets natural wealth.

The Man eventually got control of Business which in turn gave money to politicians who wrote the laws, who then made the world favorable once again to the aristocrat.

Dissent was easily destroyed through media, narratives casting doubt upon public institutions were firmly once again ingrained in the public perception.

Freedom had the drapes pulled, and the public didn't see it coming.

The ownership class is good at its own public relations you have to give them that.

However, an immigrant to America had an idea from watching Star Trek.

Steve Jobs wanted to own and operate a company that built and supplied the computer that was in control of the starship Enterprise.

Today over 2.1 billion smartphones and growing are in the hands of the public.

This is causing yet again a fundamental shift if the fear of the Aristocrat.

The Ownership class is throwing the kitchen sink at truth trying to stop the information age.

At least those aware enough to see that their yacht is on fire.

The Masters are losing control of the narrative.

Each and every day countless millions can see and hear how their neighbor fell off their skateboard and broke their tailbone.

They can see and hear what their government representative has said about cooperating with an enemy of their country.

They can see and hear the owner of an airplane company say, "…oops we made a mistake people died, our bad."

They can see and hear how current day aristocrats tell women what they can and can't have in their bodies.

The narrative is no longer in control of the invisible corrupt.

We are witness to a transition in history just like the time of the invention of the Moveable type.

Our world is changing.

It will change fundamentally.

The genie is out of the bottle.

No amount of alternative narrative can prevent the truth from being revealed.

The sight of a man running away shot in the back by police.

A sex trafficker sitting with your senator, your president's family.

A teacher choking a student.

A teen shooting a store clerk in the face.

Men in the street carrying tiki torches chanting slogans of Nazis.

The sight of a melted north pole.

This power that has been given to us in the palm of our hands is an instrument for a fundamental change of our world, of our society.

For the first time in human history, those that feed and profit from fear can no longer hide.

What happens next?

The times they are changing…

Peace

DFrey

Forces Film, Again Begin

Self Interest

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Why has the Republican Party jumped off a cliff?

What has happened to that political movements reason?

How can a majority of Republicans deny the history of hate and the disaster that the future will bring to their party?

Spite.

Spite is one of the answers.

Spite.

Bitterness.

Animosity.

Hostility.

Vengeance, are all included.

One day during the two terms of President Obama the Republican Party majority woke up that day and realized that the world they believed would never change.

Somewhere between poor people getting health care and Trans people using the same toilet as them, their collective heads exploded.

The myth they had consistently told themselves that being white and conservative in America would protect them from having to share the wealth with brown people evaporated in their minds.

This social realization of the change, the broadening of the social good for all drove a hot knife into their guts.

The reaction has been the Republican Conservative Party would rather burn America down then allow one thing, one brown, one other to share in "their" Homeland.

So among the many things that this executive branch has done while in office when their president and his people defund the Special Olympics, the conservatives in this country exposed the dark heart at the root of the hate that is being fed.

The Republican Party and conservative America believe that it is in a fight to the death.

They will not listen to reason because they are in a struggle with what they believe is true.

I've said it before, have you ever tried to take a bone away from a jealous dog?

These conservatives will bite your hand, they will claw your face, they will rip out your life to protect what they believe has been given to them by God.

Their rightful place as stewards of this country.

I personally know the depths of this feeling being born into this conservative culture.

It is not only believed but preached from the pulpit every Sunday in America.

The story of white supremacy is taught to this very day not just in alley's and in bars out by the highway.

White supremacy is in the office, in the home, in the church.

The ideal of segregation and whites being the stewards of the earth is in the book of Genesis.

At least that's how white racists interpret it.

So trying to reason with the Republican Party currently falls within a losing strategy.

When was the last time you asked a card-carrying Christian to stop believing in Jesus?

A story that says you'll have eternal life if you believe in me.

That is not something that can be casually laid down, can it?

No.

Especially when through the long dark history of racism in this country the two stories of racial superiority and Christianity have been woven together into an ugly basket of hate.

I honestly have no concrete answer to this problem of our current day.

I don't know how to stop the fear conservatives have that they are losing their world.

The reason why is because they are losing their world.

The world is waking up.

The light of truth is shining into the dark places of our society and revealing an ugly dark hearted mold growing there.

We today are working to clean out that mold of the heart and mind.

Those that are happy to live in that darkness are upset that we are letting in the sunshine and spraying bleach around.

They are comfortable with the status quo, and we are upsetting the apple cart.

In one respect, we are watching conservative America ride their anger off the cliff of history.

We who are looking towards the future are watching the past commit suicide.

We the people, the majority, stand at the mountain top and ask aloud, "Why did they do that?"

Love has bound a people to move towards truth and justice.

Love can bind the wounds of a people too.

Love can sweep away the nightmares in the mind, and restore hope.

Conservative America's last hope is if they can separate truth from lies.

Conservative America if you can hear me, "Love your neighbor as you love yourself."

Peace.

DFrey

Forces Film, Again Begin

Cannibals

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Straight up.

The wealthy cannibalize society by hoarding wealth and stealing its dignity.

Through all of recorded time, this has been a fact.

It has never stopped.

Please realize this fact.

It has never stopped.

Why should it?

The wealthy are a crafty type of parasite for the most part.

They feed off their host to the point of making the host weak.

But the rule for the wealthy is not to bleed the host so much that they die.

In recent centuries the French Revolution is a good point, in fact, demonstrating how the wealthy lost control of their greed.

Centuries of no justice, enslavement, destruction of the common good to enhance the coffers of the wealthy made a lot of ordinary people in France really upset.

So upset that they believed chopping the heads off the wealthy would lead them to a better society.

It got rid of the immediate problem of the local wealthy ignoring the needs of the host they were feeding on, but it wasn't a cure.

Killing is never a cure.

Government sponsored killing is a part of the cycle of justice put into place by the wealthy so that the larger society never addresses the source of the problems we all face.

People who cannot and will not share.

Some of us may recall the words of the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Or as the wealthy use that same sediment but with a twist, do unto others before they do unto you.

Wealth does a terrible thing to people.

It enhances their character flaws.

Sharing is not a trait that we are born with.

It is a fact.

If you are not aware of this, then please look into the current human genome project on how we are all born selfish, Are Babies Born Good by Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian Magazine 2013.

Sharing has to be taught by caring people.

Some of us get the lesson while others are naturally predisposed to be resistant to sharing.

Sharing means to give up some of your resources to help another.

On a hostile planet with a rapidly changing environment, resources to keep you alive are critical.

It's sort of obvious why an inborn trait of not sharing would be a universal fact in all of humanity everywhere.

It allows the individual to survive and pass on its genes.

However, this biological method of survival is antimatter to a society.

Society is all about cohesion right?

Sticking together?

The rugged individual who is the self-made man who is always winning, the top dog, the alpha male, the wealthy is the complete opposite of what a community stands for.

Right?

The wealthy tell the poor we are better than you because we won't share.

So in point of fact, the wealthy are the best at being humans who survive.

They survive at the expense, the lives that they destroy.

Is there a cure, is there a way to prevent this cannibalism?

There has been a cure right in front of our faces that have been in competition with those that are self-serving.

Love.

Love is the answer.

Love derives from our better angels.

We all have the instinct not to share.

But right there from the very beginning, a whisper tapped us all on our hearts.

The wealthy shout in our faces to follow their example, to deny each other and our selves to serve them.

Some listen to those callous voices thinking they will be like them one day.

Yet in the quiet spaces of all of our lives, the voice of love asks us to do more.

Love asks not to do one thing but to do many things at the same time.

Love knows we can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Love knows we can share bread with the lost.

We can heal those who cannot pay us back.

We can protect those that cannot defend themselves.

We can lift the hopeless and hold them in our arms till they feel safe.

We can wipe away the tears.

Love is stronger and more profound than the instinct of the wealthy not to share.

Love is a code that existed in this universe long before the earth did.

Love is a code as complex or as simple as those who want to hide from it versus those who want to walk with it.

Pile a wealth that never can be taken away.

Love.

Peace

DFrey

Forces Film, Again Begin

Never Done

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When we use to own a home, the North side of the house had a problem with peeling paint.

Every summer I had to get the ladder out, scrape the bubbling paint and repaint it.

Each early spring my father went out to trim the old growth on his fruit trees.

During the previous growing season, the tree would sprout sucker branches which would leach out the strength of tree and not put that energy into growing fruit.

Some days there never seems to be enough time to complete what we need to do.

That's why there's a tomorrow.

Many tasks take more than one day to accomplish.

Doing a part of the task each day with due diligence will get us to our goal.

In the late 1800s, vitamins were discovered sort of.

It was realized that some foods made people's health stronger than others, but they didn't know why.

Grand claims were made by health food hucksters of the day that they could cure anything from ingrown toenails to woman's complaint with their mixtures.

People then as now didn't go out of their comfort zone and habits.

It was known that inmates developed a sickness and death from eating just cornbread and nothing else during imprisonment but the authorities didn't know why?

It wasn't until 1912 that Casimir Funk isolated and confirmed the biochemical properties of what he termed Vitamins that the public became aware of their benefits.

However, knowledge of the right things to eat didn't flip a switch in people's diet.

Society abhors change.

People, on the whole, don't like to expend energy, do they?

For many, there has to be a crisis before they take action.

The house has to be actually on fire before they think about taking the stacked newspapers out.

People have energy at the beginning, but for most that enthusiasm dwindles with time.

They plant an herb garden and come back a few months later to see the weeds have taken over.

Our nation needs to tend to its democracy right now.

Dr. Martin Luther King admonished us all that the task of equality and justice for all wasn't going to get done in a day.

We each have our part to do.

The forces we fight will not give up.

Evil is not lazy.

Bigotry doesn't take the day off.

Racism feeds upon ignorance every day.

Injustice sprints ahead of the common good.

The weeds of intolerance grow in the fertile soil of anger and hopelessness.

Our challenge is not to succumb to apathy.

If you've never picked an acre of beans, at the start, the task seems long hot and daunting.

The sun beats you down and stings your eyes.

The fly bites your ankles and the blood flows.

You take a break, but that nagging feeling grows telling you to get up and get it done.

While you're working, a friend stops by and lends a hand.

The neighbor next door sees you working and brings you a drink of cold water.

That neighbor joins in, then the guy across the way brings a sandwich and helps with the picking too.

A community has come together of brother's and sisters, young and old, rich and poor all joining hands and hearts to share in the work.

To share in the riches.

To share in the love.

To share the burden of the task.

We will get there together, all of us one day.

Love has always been stronger than hate.

Always and in all ways.

Peace.

DFrey

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Hear That?

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In the night where the street lights buzz.

The smell of cooking still lingers.

A sharp word yelled through broken walls.

A slap.

A body hits the wall.

Silence.

Hear that?

Saturday night the lights of the city are a blur.

Running from a ghost a memory.

Fear propels relief into the vein.

Fear turns eyes away from truth.

Funny how the world doesn't fit into the story told.

A hollow cry for help.

Hear that?

There are sounds we want to hear.

The comfort of a familiar song.

The beat of rain up on the roof.

The thrill of children who are about to eat.

The words that tell us that we are wanted.

The abiding of love.

Hear that?

You and I can hear it.

How is it that so many can't?

What has happened to make pain invisible?

What story is more important to protect that it allows suffering?

Why are peace and prosperity only for a privileged few?

How can so many hope for so little for so many?

Hear that?

It's a sound that this President has never heard.

It's a beat that puts fear in the corrupt.

It's a solo voiced by knights of this republic that makes Evil run.

It's a chorus sung by the old, the young, the weak, the poor, the sick, the forgotten, the majority, by we the people.

It's the sound of justice coming right quick.

Hear that?

Peace.

DFrey

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What Happend?

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Liberace is gay.

The United States landed 12 men on the moon.

The Constitution states that the majority cannot deny the minority a right that it enjoys.

Bob Hope never won an Oscar.

There is no new border wall being built currently.

Elvis died of a prescription drug overdose.

Crime pays.

What happened?

Getting everyone onto the same page in society is difficult.

Information travels through each of our unique personal filters at various rates.

It takes time for people to have that light bulb moment, that moment of "ah-ha" to take place.

All those crazy crummy commercials we wade through each day, and at the end, you don't know what they are advertising do you?

Commercials and the people who make them rely upon the rule of thirds to get their messages across.

The first 30 times you see a commercial is just the introduction.

The second 30 times you see a commercial you realize what they are selling.

The third 30 times you see a commercial you determine if you will buy that product or service.

Marketing realizes how slow the consumer mind reacts to new information.

Do you realize how long it takes to get people to understand a fact?

Reality has an uphill battle going against it.

I mentioned our personal filters.

What I specifically mean is bias.

Bias is what we each personally believe to be true even if it's not true or based upon reality.

Bias can be as simple as not liking mushrooms on your pizza.

Bias can be fear and distrust of black people.

Both kinds of bias can be based upon real experience as well as belief in a myth.

It took Europe over 200 years to eat a tomato after it was introduced in the 16th century.

The fear was that the tomato was the fruit of a cousin of the nightshade plant and believed to be poisonous.

A popular myth that was dispelled allowing H. J. Heinz to become a millionaire producing ketchup.

Bias is the blanket that we wrap ourselves in to protect ourselves from the unknown.

However, the truth will out.

The truth will eventually overcome.

Truth is a slow-moving train through history.

Anyone at any time can get aboard and take the ride.

Truth is revealed through time.

Some of us can see truth immediately.

Some of us it takes about a week or two.

While others may never get to the truth without some help.

Like the person who asks what the hell is going on during a movie, some of us have not been exposed to a reality beyond our own experience.

It can be confusing.

Each one of us who knows the truth has the privilege of helping those who don't understand.

It's not our duty or goal to drag everyone by the ear to get them to truth.

It is our duty to stand when the purveyors of myth, of rumor, of lies and deceit, use their propaganda of hate to muster fear.

Make no mistake about it; there are those who profit from myth.

These criminals of our society profit off the ignorant.

They make billions of dollars pushing a product of fear, intolerance, greed, envy, hatred.

They make profit out of suffering.

They enrich themselves promoting hopelessness.

They pile up gold to themselves as they create division.

People like our President and this administration are the very definition of the huckster.

A huckster is a person who willingly stands before the innocent and tells lies for their own profit.

They feed bias.

They are enemies of the truth.

They are like dealing with a devil who never tells the truth but that too is lie.

What can we do?

We can hold a door open and point the way.

We can open a window and let the wind of truth blow out the cobwebs of bias.

We can lift the light of hope before the door.

For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it. - Thomas Jefferson

Peace

DFrey

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Why

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Chased down a dark alley the innocent soul turns on its attacker realizing they want to take their life and asks, "Why?"

The pursuit began when the locals determined that this soul was an outsider.

An agitator.

An entity that was going to disrupt the status quo.

Those that were in charge and in power would have to share that power, that wealth.

It made them afraid.

It made them angry.

It made them hate.

It made them believe that they had the right to kill that which brought change to their world.

They had always been right.

How could they be wrong?

Nobody had ever told them they were wrong.

They were at the top for a reason.

Obviously, they were the best.

They had always been winning.

Who could deny their success?

Who could deny their authority over truth?

Who could deny their position as absolute judges over life and death?

All the anger, all the hate, all the vengeance over this one innocent soul who happened to walk down the wrong street at the wrong time of day.

Those that were in power closed in on their prey, teeth biting, tearing and over the bridge they hurdled the innocent soul to their demise.

Why?

If you haven't had the chance to see Babe: Pig in the City you have missed an opportunity to ask yourself why?

The innocent soul is Babe.

Their life at that moment had not instructed them to the cruelty of the world.

How evil hides in plain sight.

How darkness piles wealth from exploiting the innocent.

How the phrase, "Crime never prospers," is a marketing ploy crafted by criminals to cover the fact that crime does profit especially the wealthier you are.

But more importantly the "why" asked by Babe is, how could you kill me when you don't even know me?

That question is real even if it's asked by a talking pig.

Right now, right today as the President stood in the Rose Garden declaring his border emergency those with a conscious asked why?

Why is this happening?

Why is this happening now?

The answer is fear.

Fear can do many things.

Fear has been the tool of the criminal forever.

Ever since one monkey sat next to another on a branch and said, there are bandits in the hills.

Killers.

Rapists.

The only way you can stop them is to give me half of your wealth.

I will give your money to those bandits in the hills, and they will leave you in peace.

That story has been parroted by criminals to countless innocent souls forever.

It was said yet again today February 15, 2019, in Washington DC, in the backyard of the White House by the President.

Why?

We wrestle not only with our own conscience but we, if we are responsible, must carry the burden of generations of anger and hate.

That anger and hate are always with us.

It's not going away any time soon.

Racism, bigotry, anger, hate are all exploited by the fear mongers, the criminal minds among us.

It's not just the likes of our President.

Fear can be stoked by your Uncle and Aunt.

By your wife and husband.

By your son and daughter.

By your minister, your priest, your rabbi, your imam.

By your friend.

Drop fear lift hope.

Our duty, our privilege for all that follow the truth of love has this task.

This task to take away fear and to lift hope for all.

So that one-day innocent eyes filled with fear and tears do not have to ask…

Why?

Peace

DFrey

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Lifeboat

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Cast upon a dark ocean in the middle of the night fear and the unknown grip the survivors as they cling to the lifeboat.

Who is in this lifeboat?

A young black man just graduated from college wanting to go onto become a doctor but not sure if it's right for him.

A retired white couple, she has MS, and her husband is a diabetic.

A Hispanic female crew member who before the journey came out to her parents.

A young white boy and a black girl who was reunited with their estranged mother who is in recovery.

A middle-aged Asian woman who is celebrating her divorce.

A Jewish 30 something female who that morning found a lump in her breast.

Who else is in this lifeboat?

You.

It actually doesn't matter if you realize it or not but you and I are all in the same boat together.

The world doesn't wait for you to have the epiphany the realization that we all need each other.

In our lifeboat called earth, each and every one of us has the ability to contribute to the greater good.

Of course, some of us are not up to the task.

They would prefer that others take their place at the oars of life.

Being involved with society would mean they would be judged, and they prefer to be not only anonymous, but they also don't want to get their hands dirty.

They don't want to have to deal with the life and death reality which is living.

Funnier still are those who are angry that others whom they deem unworthy are trying to save them from their own self imposed destruction.

For these people, they see a hierarchy of human worth based upon race quickly followed by income.

The blacker and poorer you are in their minds you become the least able to contribute to their society and are unworthy of help or consideration.

We are all cast upon this sea of the unknown which is the future.

If we are to get to the morning where the light of day will give us all a chance at rescue, we all need each other to get to that better day.

Who can say which mother's child will be the one to cure the disease that is killing you right now?

Who can say which person in this world will hold your hand and love you as you travel into your death?

Who can tell what person will lead a nation and stop a war that would kill everything you love?

Humans are not given the ability to see into minds.

Humans do have the ability to perceive actions.

We can all see the power of feeding the hungry.

We can all see the love of tending to the sick.

We can all see the courage of defending the defenseless.

Life gives each and every one of us a challenge to pick up our oar and start rowing this boat we are all in.

It is a tragedy of the human spirit that some turn their backs on this request made of all of us from love.

The dark heart of nationalism, of racism, of religiosity, all of the ism's that stake out divisions among society.

Their rules segregate and pull apart humanity refusing each and everyone from going into that good morning light of the future.

If you don't belong to my club, you're damned to torment forever.

Some would rather cling to that ship that is going down into the depths of the bottomless ocean of a racist, bigoted past.

They would rather sink to the deepest ocean of hate then share a seat with us in our multiracial, multiethnic, multigender, multi-belief lifeboat.

The future waits for no man or woman.

Right now right this very second you and I are living in the future.

We cannot help those that willfully hate the light of humanity.

What we can do together is row for that shore where freedoms light shines for all.

We can't wait or give space in the boat for those who want to put a hole in it and sink the future.

We can't let those that want to segregate us and divide us with fear and hate to keep us from the shore of freedom

We're in this together you and I.

Our lifeboat.

Row.

Peace

DFrey

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Retreat

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Fear makes people act against their own self-interest.

Children, when they are afraid of the dark, will retreat under their covers.

Their fear of what is beyond their sight in the dark overwhelms them.

They find comfort from that unknown inside of the familiar, the warmth of their blanket.

The children still realize that its dark outside of their blanket but within the confines of their sealed-off world they are no longer afraid.

Retreat.

Have you ever seen a dog that is gun shy?

A gun shy dog can no longer hunt.

A gun shy dog is where a gun has been shot too close to the animal thereafter they are afraid and run away every time they hear a loud bang.

When there is a loud noise, they do not recognize, it will strike fear in their hearts, and they cower from the retort.

The dog can no longer contribute it retreats from its purpose.

Retreat.

There's a story in my family about my wife's brother who cried over an egg.

Every morning for breakfast there was always plenty to eat.

There was abundance.

But this brother this day wanted a second egg for breakfast.

However, his father got to that second egg before he did and ate it.

This brother began to cry.

His mother could make him another egg, but he wanted that one.

It belonged to me he cried.

His mother told him you already had an egg you never have a second.

But the brother cried he ate my egg!

It was mine!

He didn't deserve my egg!

I wanted it I deserved it!

The mother said aren't you full?

The young brother retreated from his family and ran to his room and cried.

That egg was mine.

Retreat.

Today, Conservatism has retreated into a self-imposed mental and spiritual void where sharing is believed to be evil.

Intolerable.

Even in this reality, in the face of abundance conservatives would rather burn the nation down then to break bread outside of their community.

You and I are undeserving takers.

We have taken their egg.

The egg that mentally belongs to them and only them.

We have raised our voices in protest and made a sound that makes them afraid.

We are the unknown, and the conservative mind wants to build a wall to keep us out.

Society has meant to the conservative mind only they and that which they recognize in their closed gated communities.

Society was good and wholesome in the past when "those people" like us were not inside the fence.

Once society said that the gate needs to be open so that all may sit at the table of abundance, then the conservative mind said no that's evil.

Its evil that woman get to choose what to do with their bodies.

Its evil that we get to love whom we want.

Its evil to allow brown races access to our economy.

Its evil to let in the stranger fleeing danger over our borders.

Its evil that we get to vote, get free education, get healthcare, want a living wage.

Simply, if the conservative person has to share with any person or group they don't think is deserving than it's wrong.

Retreat.

I'm going to keep saying this till I hear it come back at me.

Do you know what love means?

Love asks more.

Conservatives know this too.

Love asks more.

But fear has made some people blind themselves to life.

They've pulled out their own eyes, so they don't have to see the suffering of the other.

They've blocked up their ears with the wax of dullness.

They don't want to hear the cries of pain of the lost and hopeless.

They've pulled up the covers over their heads against the darkness of the world.

They've put their candle under a bucket in fear that a stranger might come to their door in need.

They've pulled up the drawbridge and want to hide behind their walls so they don't have to share an egg with anyone no how no way.

Retreat.

In the Art of War by Sun Tzu, recognized by both conservative and liberal minds as having insight into the man's worst habit of killing each other explains his view of walls.

Walls, fortifications around a city are man's greatest folly of ignorance.

Walls, fortifications eliminate the ability to move, to maneuver, to adapt.

Walls allow you to go around your adversary and cutoff the foolish people who hide behind them.

A people who retreat behind walls commit a type of suicide they will perish and die.

This nation was not founded by people who retreated from the world.

Love wants each and every one of us to the best of our ability to reach out a helping hand.

Not to do the easy but the hard thing.

Maybe a little bit of envy is what is needed to move the mind that has retreated.

Maybe looking over at the party where everyone is happy and enjoying each other's differences maybe that fear of retreat will drift away from their hearts?

When the society, when the people come together and make a sound of joy everyone will be drawn to that light of freedom and justice for all.

Fear will fall away.

Fear will retreat.

Peace

DFrey

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Keeping It Real

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Keeping it real is a turn of phrase that means you stay true to yourself.

For the past month, we have seen leaders in our government display their true selves.

We saw a Speaker of the House stand for the people of this nation who are not afraid of the future.

We saw a leader of the majority in the Senate hide behind his office and not until the president laid his own head on the chopping block did he meekly say I think you're wrong Mr. President.

We saw a president who has an apparent personality disorder that doesn't allow him to tell objective truth.

Our president can only say what he thinks we want to hear.

Our president sees no difference between doing what is right or what is wrong as long as he gets his way.

This week we also observed the life of Dr. Martin Luther King who kept it real.

Keeping it real.

What does that mean to you?

As you go through life and get older, you may be able to attain wisdom.

Where wisdom comes from is learning from your mistakes.

If you don't learn from your mistakes, that's a sign too.

Time and time again the president makes the same mistake.

The mistake that the president makes is that he believes we don't care.

We don't care about refugees.

We don't care about those who don't have health care.

We don't care about government workers.

We don't care about non-white people.

We don't care about what this nation has stood for these past 200 plus years.

This nation has stood for freedom, liberty, and justice for all.

He believes we will all be satisfied with the status quo with white men making all the decisions and everyone else waiting around to serve them.

That's the world from which he came from.

From his perspective he's…

Keeping it real.

Physicians take an oath.

That oath they swear to says they are to do no harm.

They are to do no harm.

I think our elected officials from dog catcher to President should take that same oath.

To do no harm.

Hurting people for political power for political gain is evil.

Sociopaths the world over practice that ideal as a large part of their personal philosophy.

In the book, The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, Ph.D. tells us that 1 in 25 people are sociopaths.

That means if you know 100 people 4 of them are sociopaths.

The sociopath is the one that's making trouble and never taking responsibility for the disaster they created.

Doesn't that sound like the President?

Should the President be pitied?

No.

He knows the difference between good and evil but doesn't care which device he employs as long as he gets his orgasm no matter what that may entail.

We as a nation are learning what it means to have a president with this kind of personality disorder.

I've said before that I have had personal experience with a sociopath who almost destroyed my life.

It is illuminating as well as tragic to see our nation go through the same experience I had as we as a nation suffer at the hands of this man our President.

Keeping it real.

Remember.

This too shall pass.

We will all learn from our mistakes.

We will protect ourselves in the future from repeating this tragedy.

On the other side, we as a nation will learn to take better care of ourselves, and we will be a better people.

Keeping it real.

Peace.

DFrey

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Found and Lost

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Found in history…

The communist GDR, German Democratic Republic was fearful that it's citizens were tempted by the sins of the west and erected a wall to keep them safe from temptation.

In reality, it was a wall of tyranny to keep a people subjugated to the will of the Soviet Union, formerly Russia, ruled by non-religious oligarchs of a type of communist state.

The GDR soon realized that the Berlin Wall kept the sheep in but did nothing to prevent freedom from seeping into the minds of the people of East Germany.

Lost…

The wall failed in its purpose the year was 1989.

Found in history…

Construction began in 122 AD in the province of Britannia the farthest northern border of the Roman Empire under the rule of Hadriani.

The purpose was to draw a line in the woods of the Britannia, later to be known as Great Britain, to keep the annoying raids conducted by the barbarous Picts, the northern city-states of the common area of Britannia.

You can also attribute the construction of the wall to the voices heard in the head of the aristocracy of Rome who believed the gods told them that a wall was needed around the entirety of their Empire to establish how important the Empire was to the world.

Hadrian's wall stretched from the Atlantic to the Dover coast with an average height of 4 feet or 1.2m.

People must have been really short in stature back then because the average person today could trip and roll over Hadrian's wall.

The wall stood, but the empire of the Romans did not.

Lost…

Hadrian's wall fell out of memory its purpose lost to narcissistic whims of a former aristocracy.

Found in history…

The greatest wall!

The power of tyrants is their ability to create fear either real or imagined.

The emperor tyrants of China and the emperor tyrants of the Mongols had been at war with each other for hundreds of years.

The Chinese emperor's got the noble notion to erect a wall across their entire northern border to keep out the obviously inferior northern tribes from immigrating and diluting their culture.

Construction of what was to be called The Great Wall of China began 220 BC and continued till 206 BC.

A great wall it was indeed.

Strong, high and thick and made of the best greatest stones ever.

Ever.

In the 14th century, the Ming Dynasty even built the wall higher, stronger, faster than anyone ever before.

It could stop an army.

It did stop armies.

But it couldn't stop corruption and betrayal in the Chinese aristocracy.

The wall failed.

Lost.

Found and lost.

Walls are built by tyrants but not alone.

Walls are built by a people who are afraid.

We the people of the United States have never been afraid.

A strong people are not afraid.

It is reasonable to give voice to protection as well as defense.

However, fear is not a position that we Americans have historically made decisions from.

Fear in its primal form allows those that are in its midst to be manipulated by tyrants.

Those that are afraid will say or do anything, they will parrot the mindset of the tyrant to alive their fear.

A wall is a projection of fear.

It has always been in the history of the human race.

Like children hiding under the covers in the dark of night a nation, a people cannot hide from the reality of this world behind a wall of concrete and steel.

They cannot hide from the economic and political problems they have contributed to.

There are no guarantees.

Yet this nation was founded upon the idea of freedom.

A freedom loving people do not hide behind a wall.

A freedom loving people stand against the headwind and faces the dilemma with resolution.

A resolution born out of that certain knowledge that from strength comes responsibility.

That's right!

A nation that has great strength has the great responsibility to protect its citizens but to reach out to the world the steady hand of love.

We have nothing to fear.

Found.

Love asks more.

Peace

DFrey

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Love is What?

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Any one person doesn't know everything.

Any one person can't have all the answers.

Any one person won't know the direction to take.

Experience…

Life…

… teaches lessons to all of us in its own good time.

Not all hearts are built the same.

You may see the smile on a child's face.

You may see that same but see the smile covers the pain of bullying.

You see that woman talking to herself over there?

Do you see that she when she was young she lost her only child to cancer too?

When you stop a young black man in his car, do you see a defiant face?

That same stop do you see that defiant black face is because his childhood friend was killed by a cop?

That person there ahead of you at the traffic light they must be an idiot why aren't they turning?

That same person in the car ahead of you just came back from the Vet where they put down their only friend.

Over there that drunk drug addict asleep on the bus bench how disgusting.

That same drunk addict lies there because a corrupt disgusting health system bankrupted his family as his wife died of bone cancer leaving him on the street.

Love is what?

If I had love.

If I had love what could I do?

Love holds a door open.

Love throws open a window.

Love spreads the wealth and bounty at the dinner table.

Love reaches out its hand to save the drowning in despair.

Love does not see what it does as a sacrifice, or a duty but as a privilege.

Not all of us can see the same.

Not all of us can see the colors of the world.

Some of us are color blind.

We see the world in black and white.

I'm right you're forever wrong.

This is the tragedy of the human race that like a dog chasing its own tail it doesn't recognize its own handicap.

This lack of vision is why those that can see all the colors of the world have a duty to lead.

It takes many voices to keep a people, a generation, a society together.

Far too often voices of anger, of prejudice, of bigotry distract and detain society.

Two steps forward, one step back.

Just as one person can't do it all, we united can get to our destination together.

What will lead us?

Love.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

As we travel together in this time and place, let us keep love always before us.

There will be bad times.

There will be terrible times.

But our strength comes from a truth deeper than the cruelest crucible can inflict pain upon us.

If our strength is built upon love, we can see all the colors of this world.

If our strength is built upon love, we can heal the voices of anger and bring them hope.

If our strength is built upon love, we will learn that love demands more of each and every one of us.

Every day.

Following love means our work will never be done.

There's joy in that idea.

What is love?

Peace

DFrey

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To Be

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To be an adult what does that mean?

First, it means you are no longer a child.

What does it mean to be a child?

A child's first and foremost thought every day of their existence is about themselves.

There is no such thing as a child who on their own exhibits care for the interests of anyone outside of themselves.

Children, of course, can be taught.

They imitate the behavior of the person they want to please.

But in their hearts when they are told to share every one of them will resent the instruction to one degree or another...

To share.

To be an adult is to be no longer only responsible to self but also to the community.

An adult recognizes that they must put away childish ideas and consider their role in contributing positively to the society they find themselves in.

A child will not rely on their own to share their resources with another let alone a stranger.

The adult understands the merits of sharing.

A responsible adult, a parent, shares their resources with their children.

A responsible parent doesn't just give one child a sandwich and the other a stick.

Everything I just covered is centered on the ideal of a cohesive society.

Society at large has traditions and morals that collectively throughout the generations of that society have mutually agreed upon as being supportive of the welfare of that society.

An example of the breakdown of society occurred this afternoon on the streets of Burbank, CA when a driver threw their drink at the car my son was driving.

We are stopped in two lanes of traffic in the left lane, and a person is trying to pull out from a gas station to turn right.

They pulled across the right curb lane of traffic blocking it and wanted us to wait to let them push through to the left turning lane.

It couldn't happen, it didn't happen as we pulled forward.

The male driving in the car raced up alongside of us, yelled at us and threw their beverage at the side of the car, raced around behind us and zipped down a side street.

This is what's passes as normal now?

Adults in appearance but children when it comes to their emotions.

Since this adult didn't get what they wanted they threw a fit.

The adults around them didn't give them what they demanded, and they were outraged that they were not the center of attention and allowed to inconvenience everyone around them for the sole purpose that they are more important than you.

They had to wait one extra second.

In all of our lives, there are many times a day when we run into adults acting like children.

In line at the grocery store the adult who holds up the front because they are looking for the right coupon.

The middle age adult at the ice cream store who wants to taste a sample of vanilla when the line stretches out the door.

I suppose you can get to middle age in America and have never tasted vanilla before?

The adult who in their car stops in the entryway.

A president who says I get my border wall or nobody gets paid in his government.

Not one of these adults is genuinely an adult.

The praise of the unique, exceptional, talented individual in our western society has grown over the past couple of generations.

Individuals by nature are not part of society.

Individuals strong individuals do not share well.

Our president obviously never learned not to throw sand in the eyes of the other children in the sandbox.

Our president obviously never learned how to share his toys.

Well…

What can any of us do?

I don't really know.

Joseph Campbell said many times that the West has lost all of its traditions that would tell an individual that they are now an adult and not a child.

He was wondering what would take the place of these rituals that we use to have.

What we use to rely upon to tell children that they are now a responsible adult and what that actually means.

Now childhood extends into adulthood and even to being a 71-year-old president.

How do you tell an adult they are acting like a child?

How do you tell an adult they are not helping that they are the problem?

How do you tell an adult there conscious emotional fits is not how adults resolve problems?

How do you get a person a society to become responsible?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a sermon on responsibility for your actions, July 26, 1953.

He acknowledged that there was an influence on a person through environment and heredity.

However, in the end, it's how we react to those two external factors which in the end challenges us to accept personal responsibility for our actions.

Simply, those that are adults have to tell the children no.

That's what we are doing.

Right here, right now.

Do you know that?

Those of us who are resisting this president is standing up and saying no.

A quarter of the population of the United States at least according to the last presidential election has never heard an adult tell them no.

No adult told them that living like a child in ignorance is not a virtue.

Stories are fine for children but the truth is what adults have to deal with and resolve.

That same population never read the Declaration of Independence and understood what it was saying.

That same population never understood the meaning of the Bill of Rights and our Constitution.

That same population never wrote across their heart the words...

...of the people, for the people, by the people.

People is more than one.

America is about more than one person.

All the wars fought by this nation was about saving the lives of countless millions.

This country was created upon the ideal of freedom for all.

For all…

All means more than one.

The adults need to help the children to understand that their lives will be better when they learn how to share.

Share shelter.

Share freedom.

Share liberty.

Share justice.

Share equality.

When I was a child, I saw the world as a child, but as an adult, I saw the beauty in the hearts and faces of those that I share this life with.

To be.

Peace

DFrey

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Wait

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Christmas is here a holiday for which many wait for all year long.

As a child, the anticipation can be overwhelming.

First, the idea is implanted that a fat jolly elf will visit in the night and leave each good girl and boy their heart's desire.

The child is told to wait.

Once the story fades, older children go on a safari in search of the presents in the back of the parents closet.

They can't wait to know if they will get what they asked for.

We're all told to wait for various milestones in our life.

Wait to have sex.

Wait to drink.

Wait to drive a car.

Wait to vote.

Wait to marry.

There are however life events where waiting spells disaster.

We don't wait to save a person who is drowning.

We don't wait to put out a fire.

We don't wait to see if the roof will fall in during an earthquake.

We don't wait to catch a person who is falling.

Or do we?

If we know of a person whose life is on the edge do we remain silent?

Do we hold a judgment that the person deserves their fate?

Do we tell ourselves that they must have done something wrong and they are being punished?

If a child is choking do we turn our backs and tell ourselves they don't believe in the same god like me, so they deserve to die?

No, we act immediately, we don't wait.

What are we waiting for when it comes to taking care of each other?

Love demands more.

To follow love every aspect of it's meaning will fill your life.

It is not always pleasant.

It will nag you.

It will push you.

It will whisper to your conscience to do more.

It's easy to like those you know.

A child does that.

But love asks more of us the older we get.

It asks us to be aware of the suffering, of the fear, of the hopelessness around us and it asks us to act.

Waiting on someone or something else to make life better is a self-imposed delusion of conscience.

We are all only guaranteed this time this place this space.

That's precisely why life is precious.

That's why all the children, all the adults, all of us need each other to make a better world.

The milk of human kindness is felt best at this time of year.

It's the time when the spirit of love can speak through the roar and din of life and reach our understanding.

With a little determination, with a bit of practice, the reach of love can extend beyond this time.

This place.

With a little help from all of love's friends, a brotherhood of humanity can be now.

Don't wait.

You don't have to wait.

Do right.

Peace

DFrey

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Represent

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What does your life represent?

For myself, at different times in my life, it's had different meanings.

I've lost myself a couple of times in my life so far.

The first time was after I had died.

When I came back, I had no memory of my life before the age of seventeen.

I had to re-learn who my family and friends were.

I was disturbed by most of what I found.

I indeed discovered that family is what you are born with and friends are what you make.

I re-discovered my talent for art.

I humbly represent myself as an artist.

Although it has never gotten me to where I'd like to be.

I got married to a wonderful woman.

I represent myself as a married man.

I became a father.

I represent myself as a parent.

I became a writer, a producer, I represent a struggling version.

What does your life represent?

A nation, a people are known by that which they value the most.

We can all see for ourselves in black and white what a portion of our nation values.

Some value their privacy their desire for isolation from the world.

Some value only hearing good things about their group.

Some value their health and their welfare and prefer not to be reminded of the want and fear they are creating.

What some in our nation represent through their actions is the fear of the stranger.

They cannot hear the voice asking them to feed the poor.

They cannot hear the voice asking them to clothe the naked.

They cannot hear the voice asking them to heal the wounded.

Consider the creed that physicians take to do no harm?

Shouldn't we ask our congress to take the same oath to do no harm?

If they can't help they should as citizens of these United States get out the way and let those that can help do their good work.

I know that it is the hardest thing to ask someone to be kind to those you don't know.

To greet them with an open hand and an open heart.

Whether the stranger is upon the border or in a foreign land, the government of the people should not be about killing men, women, and children for corporate and personal profit.

Should it?

What does your life represent?

Before you can love another, you first have to love yourself.

The second time I lost myself I had forgotten that ability to love myself.

Toby/Yoda aka me almost was lost except for the kindness that reached out and pulled me back from the brink.

You can lose your way in this world very easily I have discovered.

For my third take on life, I asked myself, what do I want to represent?

Love.

Kindness.

Courage.

Hope.

Peace.

But most of all love.

What do you represent?

Peace

DFrey

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Where The Heart Is

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My father loved his garden.

To be honest, it was not a garden it was more like a farm.

A garden is something that you can putter around in when you want.

My father on average every year of his life had 3 acres of vegetables he worked in.

As soon as he came home each day Monday through Friday, he would scream like a madman and hustle us all off to the garden.

On Saturday's we would be there all day from morning till there was no longer any daylight left.

The ironic part of it all is he died from skin cancer from never wearing a hat while he worked in the garden.

The thing he loved killed him.

Where the heart is.

My wife is an ICU nurse.

She's been an ICU nurse from the very beginning of her lifelong career.

I met her during her first job as an ICU nurse when I was an orderly.

She's been an ICU nurse for over 38 years now.

Her devotion to patient care, her caring for the sick and dying is remarkable.

She treats both the famous and the unknown equally.

Wiping their mouths, cleaning their bodies, seeing to their comfort, talking to the families.

There's a great love inside her that she taps every day.

Where the heart is.

This past week I've asked myself just where the heart of America is?

We've watched a solemn event the passing of George Herbert Walker Bush, a president of the United States.

We don't get to see such a passing often in one's lifetime.

With age comes perspective.

What does that mean?

Every person who has ever lived on this world has had hurdles in their way.

These hurdles are life events that have real outcomes upon the type of life you ultimately have.

You either learn from these hurdles, or you do not.

If you don't learn from life's hurdles, you are doomed to repeat them again and again.

George Bush had many hurdles in his life.

Some he learned from and others he didn't.

In that way, he is no different from you or me.

He was human.

Over time he grew into his humanity.

It's a funny thing about growing older that the ideals when you are younger become softer.

Humans' are the opposite of plants.

Human's when they are young are full of themselves and see everything in black and white.

They're stiff and hard on others and themselves.

But as human's get older, they soften and become more compliant.

Ever see the difference of how a grandparent treats a grandchild versus how they managed their own children at the same age?

Where the heart is.

Now what I'm talking about is how humans grow into becoming contributing members of the human society.

There are some among us who have never willfully taken a swallow of human kindness.

As they grow older just like a briar patch, they become more ugly, twisted and sharp with age.

Their resentment towards life, towards the living, towards the young, blinds them to the sights and sounds of humanity.

Have you ever seen that segment on Sesame Street called, "One one of these things doesn't belong here?"

At Bush's funeral there sat all the currently living presidents.

Each one is having the shared experience of being the leader of the free world.

Each one with triumphs and mistakes wrapped up in their history as president.

Each one with regrets but each one with a real sense that they did their best.

All but one.

Trump.

He was the definition of a fish out of water.

He dozed off.

He fidgeted.

He didn't participate like the other presidents around him.

If I were a betting man and I'm not I'll make you a wager our president has never heard of the Apostles Creed, he doesn't know its relevance, doesn't know the words to the Lords Prayer, and it's his first time in a church for a real service in a generation.

Like a kid made to stand in front of the class, he did what he was expected of him by his social handlers, and that's all.

Where the heart is.

Selfishness will always be with us.

Those who do not want to participate with humanity and hold themselves separate will always be with us.

We have to accept there will always be an ugly side to humanity.

To have good you also have to have bad.

But bad doesn't have to be in the lead.

Bad has never gotten humanity anywhere.

Bad is not an option that leads to good results.

Shouldn't that be obvious by now?

Our hearts need to support the good.

The child that lives in poverty lifted up, lifted out, who someday is your doctor that saves your life.

Where the heart is.

That young man who failed at life, he served his time is given a job, he works his way up to give others a job at the company restoring dignity.

Where the heart is.

That woman who came knocking on the door wanting to represent her community leads a nation one day to peace.

Where the heart is.

America's heart is still intact.

Have no fear.

See that odd fellow at the end of the pew?

That's not America to you or me.

Love rules our heart.

What it is.

Peace.

DFrey

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Why Rural America Is Red

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Do you know what segregation is?

White America convinced itself that separate but equal was an excellent Christian idea.

White people would have their own church, park, bus, drinking fountain, bathroom, and black people would have their own.

White people convinced themselves that it was better for everyone because somehow they believed that black people used a church, park, bus, drinking fountain, bathroom differently than white people.

It would be upsetting to allow the races to mix together.

Upsetting for who?

Why for white racists that’s for who.

The idea was sold or better yet flimflammed to the public that separate but equal was better for everyone but it turned out it was never going to be equal for blacks.

Everything you can think of in your life was legally rendered separate which included specifically to this backstory, public schools.

Schools were segregated.

White schools and black schools both in the same school district attended only by their designated race.

In 1971 which is not all that long ago, the Supreme Court decided in the case Swann v. Charlotte-Meckleburg Board of Education that forced busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation.

You see previously to this ruling in 1964 the United States passed the Civil Rights Act which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.

So that separate but equal idea was found to be both unconstitutional and also immoral in a nation whose foundation was built upon the concept of justice and equality for all.

Americans have been historically slow at reading their own Constitution.

The Equal Rights Act, in the beginning, didn’t have any real teeth in it to enforce the law.

Most states ignored the law at best. 

At worst, state governments which included local and state law enforcement coordinated with domestic terrorist organizations such as the Klan, KKK, white nationalists, neo-nazis to burn black churches, to bomb black churches, to lynch, to murder, to rape what they called “outside agitators”.

Outside agitators are anyone who wanted to change the status quo.

The status quo meant that white men made all the decisions and woman and especially blacks which includes all minorities were not to be tolerated if they offered any descent.

Descent  by definition biblically meant that a white man's authority was granted by God which allowed the white man the right to kill you as preached from the segregationist's pulpits in every state, if you defied their will.

When the Equal Rights law passed it set into motion a series of events changing the political landscape of America.

A majority of white America was outraged by this law.

A good half of white American’s did not want to hear let alone understand how any minority could be equal to them.

A battle was had between over half the country who marched for equality and the other slightly less than half of America who believed both socially and in their places of worship that God had separated the races for his reasons and that it was not up to man to decide to thwart, to stop, what God had put into place.

The non-violence movement of Dr. Martin Luther King, the March on Washington the murder of the four little girls blown up during their Sunday school class in Alabama, the Freedom Riders, the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the words of Malcolm X, the eventual murders of Malcolm X, of Medgar Evers, the murder of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, these and more culminating with the murder of Dr. King, in each and every case demonstrated the depths of the depravity of the heart of racist America versus the determination by those fighting and standing for justice and equality for all.

So in 1971 to end this dark past upon the school children of America, it was decided to bus children from white school districts into black districts and vice-versa to reflect the racial demographics of each school district.
This set half of white racist America’s hair on fire.

I lived in Cleveland at the time and was eleven years old in 71.

I can tell you from first-hand experience what white people were saying  to each other then as well as now.

They were not going to let their kids go to school which a bunch of colored kids.

Those that could, moved as fast as possible to the suburbs.

Or, they enrolled their children in private schools specifically Catholic schools.

Consequently, the white flight from the cities to the suburbs in every town and city in the United States occurred.

As the years passed, this racist flight to the suburbs continues and has moved even farther out away from the cities into the rural countryside.

The idea of “bad neighborhoods” a bell rung by all racists to indicate a black neighborhood, indicates the intolerance for any elbow rubbing with any minority.

White racist America does not go to bad neighborhoods.

Bad neighborhoods contain blacks, Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Asians, Indians, Native Americans, gays and a recent arrival at least to racist America Muslims. 

White racist Americans moved out of the cities and permanently into the countryside.

Hell in our white racist neighborhood as an example we had a Nazi guard in a nearby suburb of Cleveland wanted by Israel, John Demjanjuk. 

A type and form of self-segregation occurred with white racist's who previously were peppered everywhere in society began to accumulate in white only suburbs as well as the rural areas outside of the suburbs.

The other half of white America, the non-racists or better those who could not move because of their personal economy, they were poor, stayed in the cities along with the racial minorities.

The consequence is obvious.

The cities became more and more liberal Democratic and the rural areas and outer suburbs became more and more conservative Republican.

Another quick piece of history for those that may not know this…

You see that Equal Rights law was proposed by President John F. Kennedy who then subsequently under President Lyndon B. Johnson who strong-armed the house and senate after the assassination of Kennedy to pass the bill.

Historically the Democratic Party had and supported the most substantial majority of racists legislators in their body since the Civil War.

But after that vote, they left the party and moved over to the Republican party especially after Nixon used his “southern strategy” which is nothing more than appealing to the racists in America to come over and vote Republican and the GOP will put minorities in their rightful place bigot language.

Black and brown people, as well as women and gays, will obey the law and will of white Republican men and know their place, seen but not heard.

The Republican party would restore the rightful place of the white man at the top of the food chain.

So, the racists left the Democrats behind where they had been dug in since 1864.

They then moved in and burrowed into the heart of the Republicans come 1969, where they are still and loving every minute of it especially because of...

Trump.

So here comes along a person comfortable with racism, he and his father were the kings of the slum lords in New York City immortalized by Woody Guthrie in his song about being evicted from his slum in 1950 called “I Ain’t Got No Home”.

A father and son team who were comfortable with discrimination against blacks and all minorities and Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was even an associate of the KKK.

Feeding the fear embedded in the cold racism found in strength in rural America, Trump succeeded in propping up and using all of the old canards used by bigots in this country to get himself elected.

Red America.

Blue America.

The separation exacerbated by an idea to address a terrible wrong.

After all of that history, what can we do?

There’s a simple but effective remedy that has been proven time and again to work.

Lead by example.

What happens if you paint your house?

Your neighbor next door will paint there’s.

Then the neighbor next to them will plant flowers.

The person next to them gets a new roof.

The guy behind you puts in a pool.

Lead by example.

You can’t tell someone they are wrong when they don’t believe they're in the wrong.

I heard a few times so far in my life about a failed carpenter told the people in his town you can’t beat people over the head with the truth.

They just won’t listen.

But live with love in your life.

Through your life that love will demonstrate a power that is louder than words.

We have to accept we won’t get everybody to hold hands with their neighbor and sing a song of peace.

But I know that the good outweighs the bad.

The good just isn’t good at making as loud a noise as the bad is.

The good is the real silent majority in our nation.

They don’t have the words, but they take the moral high ground with their daily activities.

They reach out to their neighbor and the stranger when they are in trouble.

There are people of courage, people with morals, people who do not discriminate in Red America for sure.

They find themselves between a rock and the devil.

Like birds who want to fly they are captured in a space and time where their natural inclinations are muffled.

But there is a natural law in this universe that says you can’t keep the water back forever.

You can't stop the rain.

You can’t keep the sun from rising.

You can’t keep the future from coming.

You can’t keep good people down.

Reach out, lift up, stand together with liberty, freedom, and justice for all.

Peace.

DFrey

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