"Man is growth by law, and not a creation by artifice, and cause and effect is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible and material things. A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favour or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with Godlike thoughts. An ignoble and bestial character, by the same process, is the result of the continued harbouring of grovelling thoughts.
Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. ...Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master."
this day takes me directly to James Allen for nourishment of the mind and body--
what say you?
What say you upon this dawn, after a second night of violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina?
Now before anyone gets all up in my face -- mind you, our president just the other day (Tuesday, to be exact) and speaking before the United Nations, called upon all people to consider this notion of co-creation with God -- the very THING inside us that connects us through Spirit, and allows for us to recognize right from wrong, or being of noble character, or not -- and he began with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.:
"Sitting in a prison cell, a young Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that, “Human progress never rolls on the wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God.”
and going straight to his close:
"...But my faith in those principles does force me to expand my moral imagination and to recognize that I can best serve my own people, I can best look after my own daughters, by making sure that my actions seek what is right for all people and all children, and your daughters and your sons.
This is what I believe: that all of us can be co-workers with God. And our leadership, and our governments, and this United Nations should reflect this irreducible truth."
Now, in analyzing this speech (and nearly every speech he makes, really) -- given his personal penchant to please all people, it turns into a rather messy message. In and of itself, his constant overarching appeal to the masses, especially an audience of many nations, turns into mush -- after a'peel after a'peel is plucked one by one, the core message becomes a nugget of nothingness; the fundamental principles of America turn into nothing more than pig slop. And America becomes no different than any other place on earth.
But this idea of being co-workers with God thing is intriguing, isn't it?
Skipping around a wee bit, moments before he says "but my faith in those principles does force me to expand my moral imagination...by making sure that my actions seek what is right for all people and all children..." He makes this statement:
"My own family is a made up of the flesh and blood and traditions and cultures and faiths from a lot of different parts of the world -- just as America has been built by immigrants from every shore. And in my own life, in this country, and as President, I have learned that our identities do not have to be defined by putting someone else down, but can be enhanced by lifting somebody else up. They don’t have to be defined in opposition to others, but rather by a belief in liberty and equality and justice and fairness."
And I wonder...are you sure about that Mr. President?
Let's begin with putting down average Americans -- as in when campaigning in 2008 -- here's Genesis 2.0 when you said, "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
And evidently, along those lines and fast forward to like a week ago, you didn't think there was anything wrong when your candidate, Hillary, called a whole lot of Trump's followers an irredeemable basket of deplorables. What gives? Where is this unfettered "belief in liberty and equality and justice and fairness" for all?
And something else here is rather surprising -- this snippet from your speech also answers to the mass confusion as to who you are and from where you came -- "my own family is made up of the flesh and blood and traditions and cultures and faiths from a lot of different parts of the world..." thank you.
So even though Trump put to pasture the question of where you were born recently -- after revealing Hillary's people promoted the maligning story of your country of origin back when she was campaigning against you -- it is fascinating that all of a sudden you put your multi-cultural reality not only back into the conversation, but its like a point of light now, beaming a certain truth that was once hidden -- no, better still, once disguised. (What, for personal gain, perhaps -- to appear more like us regular folk? Why the deception, the repackaging of who you really are, if so proud and have nothing to be ashamed of now...)
Yeah, that was then, and this is now.
Now, Mr. President, you're looking at what comes next, aren't you...
Soon you will be free of the task of masquerading as an American president -- a president to all and in equal portion, fenced in by a certain discretion and allegiance and kinship to America. Soon you will be free to go long, broad, border-less and global.
Indeed. Obama is about to join forces with the likes of a new breed of globe trotters and plotters...people like Christine Lagarde who recently said:
“History clearly tells us that closing borders or increasing protectionism is not the way to go. Many countries have tried this route, and just as many have failed,” she said. “Instead, we need to pursue policies that extend the benefits of openness and integration while alleviating their side effects.
“What we need is a globalization that works for all.”
Obama noted at the UN:
"And we can only realize the promise of this institution’s founding -- to replace the ravages of war with cooperation -- if powerful nations like my own accept constraints. Sometimes I'm criticized in my own country for professing a belief in international norms and multilateral institutions. But I am convinced that in the long run, giving up some freedom of action -- not giving up our ability to protect ourselves or pursue our core interests, but binding ourselves to international rules over the long term -- enhances our security. And I think that's not just true for us"
But now look at me.
My blog is spinning out of control, turning into a mosh-pit of ideas...trying to say too much...and for what...
The thing is, this day is really about this notion set forward by President Obama, about being co-workers with God. For if he is accepting this as his truth, how splendid. If he is accepting this as one of America's cornerstones, as well, how wonderful.
But it makes me wonder -- for how is it possible to be co-workers with God, without clinging to our Bibles from time to time? How is it possible for him to believe we Americans are truly co-workers with God, if his administration denies such a faith to hold true to the commandments made with God? How is it possible to be co-workers with God, in our every day actions -- if that very belief system is punished, discriminated against, by the unconscionable rise in secular interests and cultural demands that force the innocent "co-worker with God" to live a lie (See new edicts cast down to the military, to the Catholic Church, to the Hobby Lobby, to North Carolina's LGBT law...just to name a few)?
And if in fact President Obama truly believes we are to be co-workers with God, what say the president after the last two days of riots in North Carolina? To be co-workers with God requires a certain character, no? I want to hear from the president, to speak of the character thrown asunder on the streets of North Carolina.
"Man is always his master,
even in his weakest and
most abandoned state;
but in his weakness and
he is the foolish master
this is a sad day in America.
a sad day in so many ways -- we are a multi-lateral, multi-cultural, multi-national, multi-dysfunctional mess...
and I happen to love people.
I am naturally a lover, not a fighter.
But above all things, I am not only the National Rifle Association, I am a co-worker with God. Thank you, Mr. President. [At every turn from here on out -- this free association should be our first response to the Obama Administration....that is, if faced with a lawsuit against our free exercise thereof....]
Make it a Good Day, G