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John McCain

Give It Away


What do you own?

If you ask me, I own very little.


Because I’ve been an artist all my life, have moved many times, I’m down to seven boxes that belong to me of my junk.

Seven bankers boxes.

What belongs to you?

Your things, your shoes, your chair, your car, those things belong to you in both a legal and personal sense.

If you die then the next day, it is a sure bet someone will give away your shoes, your chair, your car to someone else.

So in a sense, we rent the things we have.

We pay an agreed upon amount for the privilege to enjoy these things.

What have you paid with?

Have you paid for things with money?

Have you paid for things with time?

Have you paid for things with your emotions?

Your spirit?

Be careful about what you pay for.

If you really want something you have to give it away.

Do you want friendship?

Become a friend.

Give it away.

Do you want respect?

Honor the good that you see around you, hold open a door for another person.

Give it away.

Do you want love?

Love others, and you too will be loved.

Give it away.

Have you ever held sand in your hand?

Did you notice that the tighter that you held onto that sand, the faster that it escaped between your fingers?

Sand through your fingers is an analogy.

Understand that the tighter you try to hold onto anything the quicker it will leave your grasp.

There are those that are nostalgic for the past.

A past that they were comfortable with.

The changes they have seen, women equal to white men, brown and black people equal to white men, gay people equal to straight people have made them uncomfortable as well as angry.

Many of these people have decided to hold onto that past, that order of the world that put white men on top and everyone and everything under its tyranny.

What they don’t grasp is the tighter they want to hold onto that past, the faster (today) will run away from them.

History is the record of humanity’s past failures to accept the future.

Time and time again people and societies have fought and died in a selfish attempt to keep what they have and from other people from sharing.

Only time healed the wound of short-sightedness.

Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing.

Give it away.

Give away hate.

Give away fear.

Give away the past.

Accept humbly a future where justice and equality exist for all.




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“I remember” is an unusual thing for me to say.

When I was seventeen I died.

I lost the memories of my life. Of my family.

What remained was burnt, tattered, unrecognizable as my own life.

What I have are recollections of memories that I do not feel are my own.

I sometimes wonder where I get the sense of caring that I have and where it came from.

Is it my own in combination with a mentor?

A story..

My grandfather Larkin was a retired Quaker minister who lived with us. I assume he had some kind of retirement but it must have been very little.

I remember sitting on his lap and he asked what I would like for Christmas. We were a working-class family in Cleveland, Ohio with a father who didn’t think children needed toys.

I responded to my grandfather that I would like a Hot Wheel car. “Is that all," he asked?

Under the tree not only did I get a Hot Wheel but I also got the loop the loop track.

Another story..

Millions of people recently got healthcare for the first time in their lives. Some men helped them get it. Then some men got angry because they did.

One man in the middle of the night stood up and with a simple “no”, did not allow his political party to commit suicide. Senator John McCain. He prevented other men from denying care to others not like them.

Last story..

A man stood before a throng of people and told a story how people busy with their lives passed by a fallen and ill man on their street. Only one person stopped to help. A person whom the important believed to be an unworthy welfare cheat.

That unworthy welfare cheat nursed the fallen back to health, restoring his faith in humanity.

Why do we believe we have the right to deny health to others not like us?



For more about our current state of politics read GOP Angst.

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