Not to mention the woman. Hmmm.
Still a mighty poetic cry nevertheless.
Langston Hughes, 1936. Photo by Carl van Vechten
July 4th, 2020
For the last 2 or more decades of my life, this day is a reminder to me, personally, of all America is not.
The other 364 days of the year, we unconsciously (or maybe we’re semi-aware based on our citizenship status) enjoy the many things America, our home, offers us. Especially if we compare our country to other nations that have even more injustice, political unrest, and violence against their citizenry within their borders.
I maintain this: until there is Justice for All, there is no justice.
Until institutionally-sanctioned violence of every kindis acknowledged, examined, addressed and redressed, always striving toward attaining the best possible equity at every end of the spectrum for the individuals who make up our society, then our society, as a whole, will never know freedom or peace.
Below, a poem by Langston…
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“Everything begins from the source: I am. The power for change begins and ends with us, the individual – not from the hand of a minority elite. The individual has to live within the heart of humanity, as will humanity ever exist within the heart of each person. The question of responsibility is to resist the forces of dehumanization. To defy the forces that place us as anonymous numbers within algorithms. The responsibility is to grow into our humanhood – and to become the humanity that has always awaited us. A humanity within each individual – an individual within our humanity. I am because We are.”
This is a quotation from Kingsley L. Dennis’ article Questions Of Our Time – A Time For Personal Responsibility?
Please do take the time to read, ponder and digest the whole article. Thank you. 🙂
THE PROCESS OF FREEDOM
Which are the thoughts that free you?
And which are those imprisoning you?
Which ones devour your waking hours?
And which new ones are you eating?
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The germ for this can be found at Freedom – A Condition Of The Human heart.
What is this border
Between your dream and real life
But a real life dream?
A mighty thought. Next comes right action.
BUDDHA IN THE MUD. There are two truths: the real and the seemingly real. Their connection is the negative emotions. On the path of the seemingly real, the emotions imprison us. On the path of the real, the emotions liberate us. There is a secret life to the emotions.
We Are Sleepwalking In Others’ Dreams
There are those who are aware of this phenomenon,
those who deny it, and those who aren’t bothered.
Globalisation is the process by which businesses
– and other organisations –
develop international influence,
operating on an worldwide scale.
If we can see the consequences
of this power in the world,
their dreams do not become our nightmares.
When the Buddha came out of his ‘ivory tower’,
he saw the suffering of old age, sickness and death.
Questioning this, he changed.
We, too, have to see the suffering of greed, deception and injustice
within this technocratic age,
instead of merely accepting greed, deception and injustice.
Questioning this, we change.