"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Apostle Paul
this verse, snatched from Philippians 4:8-9...is one of my favorite...pretty sure I have led with it before...no matter.
It's a verse that builds from a place which transcends all human understanding, for in the moment just before, Paul says, "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
with thanksgiving, he says -- being of the present tense -- already praising HIM, no matter what happens; in everything, in thanksgiving, we must go to God to guard our hearts and minds from sinking into a certain darkness, floundering in our own swampy pit of self-pity, anger, despondency, or whatever...
But, to put into practice our loyal attachment to SOMETHING GREATER than ourselves -- to the Lord -- we basically learn to keep our head on straight, through anything and everything, trusting in the belief that for everything there truly is a purpose under heaven.
And Lord knows, that in this DAY, and in this AGE, there is probably no greater struggle upon us, to keep on believing; for we do not often witness the true, the noble, the right, the pure, the lovely, the admirable, let alone anything that appears excellent and praiseworthy...[and if we do, the media sure doesn't want to report about it...but I digress.]
There seems to be so many times, in life, that we simply don't understand why things happen when they happen; why bad things happen to good people; why our set of circumstances can virtually upend overnight, and for what? For what purpose is some of this nonsense and those woes, the shocks to the system, that come out of nowhere all about? Does it all go back to being on the receiving end of a gentle, or sometimes not so gentile, reminder of who, in fact, is still in charge?
But just so we're clear (for those aligned as a keeper of a certain faith), the crazy truth is -- our world will surely get a whole lot worse before it gets a whole lot better again. (And if that's not motivation to press on, then not sure what to tell you.)
In any event, I have wanted to talk about the Kanye/White House meeting, for what seems like a better part of a week, or more; my days and nights have rolled into one.... but who really cares, right?
But this treatment of Kanye -- being an African-American man, and celebrity, who has risked everything by his passionate support of President Trump, wearing his MAGA hat with pride -- is just heartbreaking. It's, like, what happened to the Africa American community?
White people are allowed to lean left or right.
Hispanic people are allowed to lean left or right.
Asian people are allowed to lean left or right.
But nooooooooooooo, if you are a person of color -- an African American -- you are not allowed to color your political party world outside the lines; you are mandated to think the same, support the same, and vote the same way as everyone else within your demographic. How Martin Luther King Jr. must be rolling in his grave, let me count the ways.
It is shocking, the treatment by the media -- mocking Kanye's mentality and sensibility; and even more shocking, the response he has received from his peers (like snoopdogg)...
Sometimes, it's just so very entertaining to be living in America. oh my
But let's go to Thomas Sowell for a little reality check , shall we --
"Many things that would advance blacks would not advance the liberal agenda. That is why the time is long overdue for the two to come to a parting of the ways."indeed....in other words --
10:03 AM - 18 Oct 2018
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things.
And more to the point -- it's about time to change your hearts and minds... and political loyalties, my brother.
Being mindful of what we find true, and noble, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable -- let me have you read, for purely entertainment purposes, the full post at The Atlantic, penned by Hillary Clinton, "American Democracy Is In Crisis" -- here.
and let's cut to her big finish:
Meanwhile, hyperpolarization now extends beyond politics into nearly every part of our culture. One recent study found that in 1960, just 5 percent of Republicans and 4 percent of Democrats said they’d be displeased if their son or daughter married a member of the other political party. In 2010, 49 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of Democrats said they’d be upset by that. The strength of partisan identity—and animosity—helps explain why so many Republicans continue to back a president so manifestly unfit for office and antithetical to many of the values and policies they once held dear. When you start seeing politics as a zero-sum game and view members of the other party as traitors, criminals, or otherwise illegitimate, then the normal give-and-take of politics turns into a blood sport.[my red highlight for emphasis...]
Ironically -- Hillary made this final point, after lambasting the president, the entire republican party and especially the people who continue to support this presidency, after calling the 2016 elections illegitimate and part of an elaborate scheme, including Russian collusion, after falling lock step in line with her party propaganda that divides Americans by demographics and identity politics, stewing the so-called "hyperpolarization" she claims to have nothing to do with democrats and everything to do with republicans, after elaborating on what she calls [Trump's] "five main fronts of this assault on our democracy."
The nerve, asking mid-stream, how did we get here?
Are you for real, Hill?
[I can think of a way, by way of the antics of the Clinton Foundation, the State Department, the Benghazi terrorist attack, the economic downturn that Obama could never correct, the rampant joblessness, the politics of divide, the lack of security protections at the border, the meeting on the tarmac between your husband and the Attorney General, the fraud of the Iran Nuclear deal, the fraud of the Climate Change agreement, ummmm, shall I go on? Cuz yes we can go on and on and on.............]
At one point, she says --
"Democracies are rowdy by nature. We debate freely and disagree forcefully. It’s part of what distinguishes us from authoritarian societies, where dissent is forbidden. But we’re held together by deep “bonds of affection,” as Abraham Lincoln said, and by the shared belief that out of our fractious melting pot comes a unified whole that’s stronger than the sum of our parts."Seriously? This is exactly what Trump is angling to do -- to unify the whole, the whole of America, as one America, for all Americans, because we are stronger than the sum of our parts. duh.
Your entire post -- ripe with contradictions -- is nothing more than hate speech towards people who think differently and disagree forcefully from you, you being a liberal. But much obliged for the Abraham Lincoln reminder of our "bonds of affection;" and likewise, since Lincoln was a republican, this girl is rather confused, yet pleasantly amused, by your choice. Does your head still hurt, are your eyes still a wee bit blurry? Is this piece how you show your bonds of affection...cuz i think some areas need a little work.
Gotta say, girl, you are great entertainment.
You and snoopdogg and Martha Stewart should all hit the road together.
Please run for president again, please, I beg of you.
oh my, happy friday people
be kind to each other...
look for the true, the noble, the right, the pure, the lovely, the admirable, and things should work out pretty well, eventually...at least, within our own minds, anyway...and if nothing else, at least we are not going through any of this alone. May the God of peace be with you ALL (really; and especially with you, Hill.).
Make it a Good Day, G