Listen to the Music

When we choose to look beyond the clouds of misinformation and slay the demons of prejudice and animosity, we can move towards a world of life rather than destruction.

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Crazy, but that’s how it goes
Millions of people, living as foes
(Crazy Train, Ozzy Osborne)

Song lyrics speak what so many of us think and feel. They question why we have so much violence, why, month after month, war after war is waged on the only planet we have to call home. It’s no secret that the majority of people are against war: thousands killed, hundreds of thousands homeless or disabled or starving, homes destroyed, water sources irreparably damaged…When we think of our loved ones, none of us desires these things to happen to them.

Nations droppin’ bombs
Chemical gasses fillin’ lungs of little ones
(Where is the Love, The Black Eyed Peas)

The mystery is in how we continue to allow and even cheer on the indiscriminate destruction of various peoples around the world. On the micro level, we profess ourselves to be kind and virtuous and to only act in self-defense. We express shock and outrage at those who attack innocents, and disbelief when people carry on revenge in Hatfield-and-McCoy fashion.

I got my finger on the trigger
But I don’t know who to trust.
(Devils & Dust, Bruce Springsteen)

On the macro level, however, that is exactly what we, the human race, or more specifically, the first- and second-world nations, continue to do. Except that it’s the Hatfields and McCoys and whoever Continue reading “Listen to the Music”

Bring in the Zebras

We have presidential elections coming up. Bring in the circus animals. Elephants, donkeys -why would we need anything else?

Black & white photo of original artwork ©Dickson

I know I can’t be the only one who sees it. For one thing, I’m not the brightest crayon in the box (humanity should be thanking God for that). For another, I’ve had multiple conversations and heard snippets of other people’s. So you see, I’m not the only one. It’s fairly plain and simple. Rather black and white.

There are rules. Laws. If it is illegal, it shouldn’t be done. If it is uncouth, it should be avoided. If frowned upon, we should walk away.

How fortunate that much has been decided for us.

This includes the political and economic issues that are becoming more critical every day. Possible war with yet another country is hardly newsworthy. After all, we have presidential elections coming up. Bring in the circus animals. Elephants, donkeys -why would we need anything else?

Debates are occurring as I write. The future of the nation may very well be at stake. Those who do not want Trump to win must be ready ro vote for Hillary; if you don’t want Hillary, you’d better be ready to vote for Trump.

Wait – What? Are we saying that there are truly only two ways of looking at the political, economic, and international future of the United States? That there are only two parties? And if there are, that these two humans are the best the U.S. has to offer?

Remember, several years ago, the British royal family was the butt of a lot of jokes. They were practically treated like the laughingstock of Western political conversation.

Well, thank goodness the U.S. didn’t let them stay on top for that one.

And thank goodness the media provides us with such unbiased, well-rounded coverage of the electoral candidates. I mean, really, there are only two political parties in the U.S., and only two ways of looking at things, right? Democrat or Republican – all of those other parties, the ones the media barely mentions, they don’t really count. Right? They “only” make up 42% of the voting public. More than either the Democrats or Republicans – but who’s counting? (Certainly not the electoral college, which often has tended to vote for politics and not the will of the people.)

Speaking of not counting, I thoroughly enjoy hearing how important the Iowa, New York, and California primaries and votes are. I mean, there are only 50 states. Four or five – ten percent of the nation – should certainly decide the final options for the presidential ballot, and then decide who ultimately wins the election. States like Alaska and Hawaii – do their votes even matter? (If indeed anyone’s does – you cheeky electoral college, you.) Think about it – the polls of all other states are closed and counted before Alaskan or Hawaiian votes can even be tallied. Good thing New York and California know what’s best.

It’s refreshing. No decision-making power,  no input to what happens in the nation we are a part of. Why worry about it? Why waste our time at all? Let other people make the decisions. Let them appoint “leaders” over us and enact laws we must follow. They know what is best for us. They know what’s right. And they know what’s wrong. After all, it’s all black and white.