So the goal today is to stay on point.
A few days ago we started talking about race and by golly, we're gonna talk about it again today...probably tomorrow...certainly the next day...all week if that's what it takes. And damn it we're gonna like it.
We will apply ourselves. We will listen to our heart. We will look around and look at people in the eye. We will observe ourselves and who we are when with a person of a different color skin.
We will meditate on it. We will pray on it. We will talk about it and ask for help.
It may cause frustration. It might make us cry. It may be nauseating and uncomfortable.
We might even get to the root of pain, and drill baby drill until the disease is gone.
But we will never be any better if we continue to let the illness fester and grow deeper into our consciousness -- as an individual or collectively, whether we are aware of it or not -- as the negative belief system that it is.
Earnest Holmes, father of The Science of Mind, believed that thoughts were things. That what we think about expands. That our world is created by every thought we make; because back of every thought is a Life Force, is Creation, is Universal Law, is Spirit, is God. WE are basically spiritual beings having a human experience, and in that experience we create by way of our actions, our choices and at the very first inclination, through our thoughts.
"Man in the little world. God in the Great World (Universal Mind)...Things exist in the Universal Mind as ideas. Ideas take form and become into things in the concrete or the invisible world. Thought calls things forth from the universal into expression."
Oh, and Earnie is supported in this philosophy totally, as recognized by the word of God,
"If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you."
"The Kingdom of God is within you."
"It is done unto you as you believe."
"Ask and ye shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you."
And in Emerson, one of the early believers recognizing the inherent value of our thoughts -- in essence the highest form of our doing (or un-doing as the case may be) -- claiming in his first published work, Nature, there is a "radical correspondence between visible things and human thoughts."
And Shakespeare who says, "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so."
Dave Matthews, the latest celebrity to come out of the closet denigrating America's treatment of those of color, said this when asked if the animosity towards Obama is race related (to CNN correspondent Denise Quan) :
"Of course it is...a good population of people...are terrified of the President only because he's black."
Dave, I would like to see your poll stats. Honestly. Really. "a good population", what is that? How much of the population have you asked? Oh my gosh, why am I even bothering. (message to Dave "keep doing what you do best, shut up and sing")
So irresponsible, Dave, so irresponsible (and stupid) but mostly irresponsible.
Oh, he is entitled to say whatever he wants-- as is the rest of us; but these all or nothing, whole or in part, exaggerations are not serving us.
And if you believe like I believe, it matters how we handle ourselves. It matters what we say and how we say it. And more importantly yes, good race relations matter to us, as our everyday lives depend on the community-- the entire village -- working with each other, not against.
And if what we think about, expands, and if what we think about with regards to race is only found in all the ways the white guy is out for the black guy, even if logic tells us otherwise, God help us.
I said it in my opening blog on the matter of race, some of us are having a hard time with Obama, not because of the color of his skin, but because he's a liberal! Don't you people get that? The polls show that just over half of Americans lean just right of center, meaning we are more conservative than not. OVER HALF! (Did you know only 13% of Americans support a health care bill that includes abortions?)
Obama was elected President of the United States, with a fair share of the majority, because he was supposed to be all about changing Washington away from being the most corrupt, abomination of elected derelicts on the planet (that's not true, there are far worse, see the CPI index)
We gave him our vote of confidence because he was considered the best man for the job. Period.
Sure there are those who can't stand the man out of stupidity because he's black; that happens just as frequently as a person of color harbors ill feelings towards whites, with the most recent public example of that appearing with Kanye West and ooh that white girl's got nothin on Beyonce move)
Take a look at how our opinions have changed (drastically) since January 20, 2009.
We are quickly finding reasons for all of us to be concerned the more we see the direction our country is headed is not only a total reverse of ideology and ways of implementation, but stands as an example of how the total corruption of the balance of power and We the People has only escalated; in a word, Obama is freaking us out as duly noted by Dave, its just for entirely different reasons.
I would love to have Obama succeed. I would love to see him change race relations for the better, for good. I would love to see him teach the value of standing up on our own two feet, getting an education, making something of ourselves, advocating self reliance and accountability, without big government intervention. I would LOVE that.
I would love for Obama to succeed. I would love to see him cutting back government and finally taking a stand that far too many politicians before him were afraid to do, and just say no. I would love to see him allow for the ups and downs and ebbs and flows of a true capitalist market take its rightful place on main street to Wall Street; let some of us fall down and go boom, and in the absence of regulation, also rise up and grow a business, support our families, pay taxes and give back to those in need. I would LOVE that.
The problem I have is I'm not seeing that in you, Mr. President. I have a hard time just bending over and taking it anymore, too; call it really bad timing on your part, but the reality is, most of us are pretty unhappy with BIGGOV.com in places where they simply don't belong. It could be anyone in the hot seat; but it's not just anyone, it's you. And as hard as it may be to realize, Bushie didn't have it that great either, if you recall.
You know that CPI index, the corruption barometer, is based on perception. Our perception is everything; becoming "aware of in one's mind; achieve understanding of; to cease wholly" becomes a matter of great importance when confronted with the emotional bondage and scars from the past.
Sometimes our perception could shed light on things that are true, while other times, it may hold us hostage to a dark cloud hanging over the possibilities of a brand new day. It is a matter of choice. It is a matter all of us should consider changing our belief systems in order to create a more perfect world; all of us, black and white, need to make a shift in paradigm and believe that we create our world in every thought we make.
I want my daughter to grow up seeing that we are smart enough to figure this one out within her lifetime, as I had thought it had already happened in mine.
My perception is different than Dave's, and Cosby and Jimmy's too. Of course it would be, I'm a white girl born in 1962 and thought of myself lucky having grown up in a time when the rights of blacks, women and children, and currently gays, have each come to the forefront of a country's agenda.
Are we saying all issues surrounding these cultural concerns have been fully repaired, of course not. Can we prove then that our perception is everything; and individually we inherit a duty to ourselves and to our children to create, through the power of thought, a new day in order to transcend the generational genocide we are seeing played out on the CNN's of the world? I say yes we can.
I want to see where we succeed in race relations. I believe most of us, "a good population," want to value a man of color in the highest office of our nation, if not the free world, as an example of just how far we've come.
I grew up and only saw change; a change not good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
make it a good day, G