Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year?

It may well be that our means are fairly limited and our possibilities restricted when it comes to applying pressure on our government. But is this a reason to do nothing? Despair is not an answer. Neither is resignation. Resignation only leads to indifference, which is not merely a sin but a punishment.

- Elie Wiesel

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If someone that faced what Elie Wiesel suffered through and witnessed (the epic horror of the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald) is able to live a life from which such sentiments spring then I suppose I have little to complain about.

But I must say that today's world is entrenched in a spreading insanity far different than the blatant and isolated terror of Adolf Hitler.

And with the recent suicide death of young Leelah my beliefs hinge on the hope that it is my children's generation that has the urgent duty and the spirit and resolve to change it.

It has taken me over a month to actually find a spot to jump back into blogging. So many issues, so much happening on so many levels in so many places in the world. So after some delay, here I am... *waves*

My old eMac was a workhorse for over a decade. But running a 40G computer in a terrabyte world really put me behind the social/cultural curve. I was seriously overwhelmed when I replaced the old Mac and traded over a decade of having only a dial-up modem to having the high speed capabilities of WiFi, especially when I returned to Facebook.

I mean, like, omg... I was at least several years behind. But once I did start to catch up I found that as much as things had changed... nothing had changed.

Some things that are new and are deeply disturbing to me?

- Men that shoot little girls and call themselves moral authorities.

- The degree to which law enforcement in the U.S. has gone from Sheriff Andy to any of these guys just boggles my mind.

- People believing fracking is a good idea.

- People believing that Fox News IS really news.

And I'll leave that there, bad news is in no shortage. I have discovered that there are good things happening still - people helping people, good cops still exist and, via a FB post from my son that led me to Prince Ea, the arts aren't dead. I'm one of those that believes that music is healing and that music and the arts are redemptive social movements, exposing both the glorious and inglorious to a depth that lies deep in the human psyche and capable of triggering great change.

So, dear friends, I shall leave you with this moving piece from Prince Ea.

Happy New Year!



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As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.

- John Lennon

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