There is some weird stuff circling around us these days; it's like we've jumped into some kind of black hole, one that upon every spiral downward we find stranger and stranger things going on.
In the last week,
we've had a Harvard educated, Professor of Sociology, Dr. Amy Bishop, go on a shooting rampage and kill three fellow professors in the middle of the day, who we assume were just sipping coffee and having a chat at the University of Alabama biology department. The speculation from the inner circle -- that it was due to her not receiving tenure -- her attorney is claiming insanity;
we've had just hours ago, a press conference with Tiger Woods (yet without the Q & A), who extended his second apology accompanied by an additional 12 minutes of explanations -- not that any of us really needed to hear it. While within the hour immediately following, we got the tearful "Josslyn James", the porn star (aka Veronica, along side her attorney, Gloria Allred) requesting a personal face-to-face apology for all the anguish he put her through; I mean, he simply destroyed her reputation and she had to go "in hiding" after the news broke...as she really loved him...and she was told he really loved her!
we've had just minutes ago, a press conference on behalf of the Stack family, by a guy who sounds like he just fell out of the sky, Rayford Walker (he just appeared, doesn't know the family, apparently not getting paid -- he's "just here to help" -- but never you mind all that) He stood amidst the crowd of cameras and gave us a quick peek of the level of distraught found in the family left behind of a crazy person, Joseph Stack...you know, after he purposely set fire to his own home and jumped into his plane and proceeded to careen into the second floor of an IRS building in Austin.
All this while our President is on the road stumping for Harry Reid in Nevada, because that dirty Harry is relentless in his pursuit of looking out for middle America and deserves to be re-elected come November --
"Health care has been knocking me around pretty good," Obama said. "It's been knocking Harry around pretty good..."Oh my.
"...I can personally attest that Harry Reid is one of the toughest people I know, sometimes he takes his licks. But he gets back up. Harry Reid has never stopped fighting."
We are lost souls; we're somewhere between heaven and hell, more caught up into the sensationalism of the day, than the root cause back behind it all -- and especially to that which may actually heal us and correct the error of our ways.
We are so taken by fame and fortune; we are so mired by money and the follies of man; we have lost our way and our respect to the laws that truly govern and give great cause to a sound government and a system that supports sanctified, proven. happy human relations -- that being, NATURAL LAW.
Our Founding Fathers looked way back when they began to create our Republic -- the one which we unabashedly and ignorantly take for granted today; they, most certainly, would be aghast to see us in this way; talk about pleading insanity... or falling to human error... or choosing sensationalism over substance... or the inability to come to sound and moral and virtuous choices for ourselves... adversely affecting the lives of others in our wake.
Our Founders went to the days before Christ walked the earth to find the real tools to build the best society the world has ever known; one of their favorites was a Roman, Marcus Tullius Cicero, who studied law and philosophy in the days of 106-43 BC!
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions...It is a sin to alter this law,nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely. WE cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or people, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it. And there will not be different laws at Rome and at Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and all times, and there will be one master and ruler, that is God, over us all, for he is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge. Whoever is disobedient is fleeing himself and denying his human nature, and by reason of the very fact he will suffer the worst punishment." (Quoted from The 5000 Year Leap, who takes excerpt from Great Political Thinkers, Dr. William Ebenstein, Princeton)."The Thinkers" today dismiss the credibility of the Law set in motion by our Founders, referring to the abundance of Christian principles as having grown obsolete according to the ways of the modern world; when in fact, the very roots of our system run far deeper than the age of Christ and his followers -- albeit making that which was masterminded by our founders, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, all that more astounding and rich.
Cicero noted that Natural Law supersedes all others -- whether already devised, or any law to come; and connected that the Law of Nature and Nature's God is universal -- eternal -- basic goodness in motion from one to another, and as one stands alone. We are connected to this Universal Spirit back of all things created; yet as humans, we are ultimately set apart and above all that exists due to our incredible mind, and more importantly, it's ability to reason.
Remember now, this knowledge and foresight comes before the days of Christ; this is the mindset discovered and cultivated through the gatherings of "thinkers" and "revolutionary men" who made it their mission to create a country of unprecedented liberties, and in so doing declaring provisions and universal truths in order to create a more perfect union and outlive all time.
"But what is more divine, I will not say in man only, but in all heaven and earth, than reason? And reason, when it is full grown and perfected, is rightly called wisdom.
Therefore, since there is nothing better than reason, and since it exists both in man and God, the first common possession of man and God is reason. But those who have reason in common must also have right reason in common. And since right reason is Law, we must believe that men have Law also in common with the gods.
Further, those who share Laws must also share Justice; and those who share these are to be regarded as members of the same commonwealth. If indeed they obey the same authorities and powers, this is true in a far greater degree; but as a matter of fact they do obey this celestial system, the divine mind, and the God of transcendent power.
Hence we must now conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members." (again, from The 5000 Year Leap)God's Law is "right reason" -- grounded in the one love system of justice shared by all under heaven.
If I'm not mistaken, isn't this really what most liberals rant and rave and protest about every day? Are they not the party of the kumbaya -- this one world -- this one people -- gathered together for the good of the whole? For goodness sakes, this very idea is centuries old and created long before Harvard had ever seen the light of day; the irony, if they only knew of it's inherent connection to God's Law! And to be sure, Natural Law is the only set of Laws we should ever really be concerned about -- if we want to grow good people, that is.
Where was "right reason" within the sensational stories of the last week? Where was reason at all, let alone whether it was right or wrong; for if any one of these people ever "reasoned" the choices before them, wouldn't they have soundly and rightly come to another action(s)? The Law is not to blame; undoubtedly, the individual separation from the principle of right reason is at fault.
Many of the "certain unalienable" rights of man, called upon as the foundation of this country, were not spelled out for us by our Founders -- for they assumed we would never wander very far away from them. They had more faith in us than is conceivably possible -- given how they could see into the future with such vision, subsequently knowing us better than we know ourselves, yet still leaving our personal responsibility of our duty free to decide for each and every one of us.
If only we had the foresight to recognize these truths all along the way; our society would never have grown into worshiping short term gains and desperate, quick-fix solutions over long term sacrifice and generations of prosperity and blessings.
"Right Reason" is what we have in common with one another, as a planet of men and women -- and yet it is this one thing we mess up on time and time again. How do we teach "right reason" to our children if not going explicity and often to where the teachings can be found -- whether it be found in the Bible, in Fables and Fairy Tales, and in the spiritual teachings of all faiths which encourage, correct and support a moral compass and right minded thoughts? How does our ability to "right reason", or not to right reason, affect the outcome of our lives, as well as the lives of our neighbors and countrymen -- as if we don't already know from current events?
In the end, and from the very beginning -- right reason only comes from one place, doesn't it.
What comes from the one place that truly matters -- at the start of all things good or bad, right or wrong -- is our one mind, which is naturally connected to the whole. This one mind must be cultivated with right teachings -- that which we must become acquainted with right from the start -- and likewise must be supported with in times of trouble and despair; in both cases, firmly planted in a loving family and a faith in something greater than ourselves, call it whatever you want -- God, Allah, Mother Earth, Universal Mind, Yahweh, Spirit, First Cause...
We have a moral obligation to hold ourselves to this One SOUND RIGHT REASONable MIND in order to keep the peace -- the peace that passes all understanding, rooted in the principles that recognize our pursuit of happiness and the liberty to do as we so please in this world which is equally and proportionately connected to the "Right Reason" back of all things great and small...
...And like Dr. Amy, Joseph, "Josslyn" and Tiger -- our free will makes it so.
Make it a Good Day (as nobody else but you can), G