COLORADO & PULLING WEEDS…”

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Today, as I pulled weeds from our rock garden, I realized the rocks held tight to these intruders as if implying they were here to stay. For those of you who know my blogs—yes—there is a link between what was intended and how our garden actually grows.

EXAMPLE AUTOMOBILES: I was born and raised in Trinidad, Colorado and until I was seven years old we did not have an automobile. So when Dad came home with IT Mother insisted we put on cleans clothes and shoes (we went barefoot all the time). Sometime later we learned we were to take a family trip to Denver. In those days IT was the center of our Colorado. We all got sick from the fumes rising into the car but no one complained because Denver was our destination! Compare this to today when some use their vehicles for weapons & lawyers are everywhere.

EXAMPLE EDUCATION: We learned what there was to learn in those days. Books were in print and never up-to-date. One BIG scare while in high school was the fact We the People were warned that the Russians were coming for us. We were advised, by those who said the Russians were coming, that when they did arrive we were to hide beneath our wooden desks. Naively my friends and family took this threat seriously. These days there are ultimately much easier ways for Russia to attack us without touching our shores.

EXAMPLE TECHNOLOGY: Pencils and paper and rulers and machines that clicked and libraries and calculations on paper and cursive and Hallmark cards we wrote in and typewriters and Gregg Shorthand Simplified and storytelling by writers in hardbound books one could smell and television and connecting with others by telephone and whatever you wish to add to this list.

EXAMPLE FOOD: We had local stores where everyone knows your name. Where people could promise to pay for food later and they did. Where most had gardens with vegetables and all food was cooked by hands who knew the purpose of its nutrients. Contrast the warnings on the news these days as to what is or is not good for us or contaminated or a new version of yesterday’s food and those end dates on packaged products of all kinds. I’m curious if the dates are arbitrary or real?

EXAMPLE MEDICINE: I do not remember taking pills when I grew up. There were no cupboards to lock in case a child might get curious about what looked like candy. And did we have as many illnesses before the list of their possibilities started to run across every television station asking us to call our doctor just in case we have one of the symptoms mentioned. And I question if in fact if marijuana helps some illnesses why haven’t the pharmaceutical companies jumped onboard. It’s not like marijuana hasn’t been around forever.

EXAMPLE LEGAL MARIJUANA: Just a question: Are the legal monies for selling marijuana actually reaching the COLORADO CHILDREN to enhance their education. Some say yes and some say no. This question is like those weeds I chose to pull this morning: intruders in my garden that are coming harder and harder to pull.

“Education…The Tree of Life”

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Education is a word that includes teaching, learning, tutoring, edification and culture. There are so many ways to instruct: Fear; Dialect; Cruelty; Respect; Intolerance; Lenience; Schooling; Life, and Self-Taught.

Why should we Humankind care more for who and how we educate than for sports or killing or social media or dominance or hatred? It seems obvious, but is it? Obvious is a word that means observable; so are we observing the demise of the import for an educated society?

The Teaching I speak of ranges from the family elders to the formal educators and the Students I speak of seem unmindful of the need to absorb knowledge in all its forms. Yet some, like last evening, graduated with General Educational Diplomas (GED). Their individual stories were compelling and each shared a singular trait: A declared worth for their pursuit of knowledge.    

To be Watchful of Education is Humankind’s Contribution to One Another.

“OUR WORLD TRAVELED…”

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In my youth, knowledge of Our World existed between the covers of books that transported me to ports-of-call I only dreamed of visiting. Today, I blend together my travels with my acceptance of the complexities of our world – unfamiliar thoughts now planted in my garden of understanding. What follows is my harvest:

  • Each of us is born alone and death will be without companionship. In between, we are amongst Earth’s Sisters and Brothers.
  • Corporeal truths are  physically experienced—Spiritual truths are gathered in life’s backyard.
  • We The People neither yell nor whisper in the ear of supremacy. The prosperous might get a      glimpse of it. The poor are still poor in spite of it. And, most will never get close enough to discover its vulnerabilities.
  • Children and education are conjoined twins that should never be separated.
  • To be invited within is to be greeted with the blessing of hospitality.
  • If progress, however slight is not shared, we will not perceive our own plight.
  • Teach one another to plant—recognizing our diversity—and a seed will not only take root: it will grow change.
  • Presumption is a misplaced comfort.

“WHAT IS TRUTH?”

typewriter_legswtypewriter_sample_img_2I cannot tell you why or for what purpose a thought comes to my awareness. It is usually a single word that stalls in the everywhere of inspiration. Today that word is TRUTH—characterized by words like fact; reality; genuineness; honesty; candor; devotion, and veracity.

We all have our truths and our lies whether to the outside world or to the inner place I call our knowing. We even tell ourselves lies to support our sorrows or to escape the past. So, I ask again: “What Is Truth?”

This question begs an answer that I must solve for myself; as you must. YET TO FIND TRUTH YOU MUST UNEARTH YOU! There are, although I haven’t actually counted, thousands of truths others wish us to believe in order to rule in their truth… But is that ours?

The Ancient Greek saying “KNOW THYSELF” is not—it turns out—a cliché. Truths are truths whether they are lost in indoctrination or forgotten in education. The good news: Truth is never misplaced in linking to the universality of the mind of humankind.

I Have Questions

 

Lately, whether I read it, hear it or sense it, questions pop into my mind.

I know to stop this phenomenon I must write my questions down. Here they are:

  •  History illustrates that conflicts over religious belief wound the very premise of what is taught inside its moral value. Why is that? P.S. Has there ever been a war over God?
  • When did we start naming foreigners Aliens instead of immigrants? Alien to what?
  • Those despots who use a vulnerable society to carry out their lunacy are heroic for a time. But who catches on first to its downfall: the lunatic or the peoples?
  • When a mastermind(s) of mass killings (under any guise) reach local to international courts of law they are qualified for an insanity defense. But I ask you, what are their sufferers qualified for?
  • I think I can safely confirm that evil is authentic; the news media in all its forms confirms this to me. Should we believe this is what our world has become? What about when a child smiles?
  • I marvel at the education I received, but that was long ago when integrity was the word of the day. I’ve read for years how IT is improving, and measuring the trillions we’ve thrown at it and the names we’ve given it, surely… Is it bureaucratic red tape or freethinking or tolerance for inaction or laissez-faire that redouble drop-out rates?
  • Playgrounds! I read recently they are too safe for our children and preventing them from experiencing life’s cuts and bruises. Is it because our society feels so insecure that we insulate our children against every aspect of it?
  • We have an aging society, but my personal harangue on this matter is inconsequential. What is of consequence is the manner in which we are cloaked: aged, seniors, baby boomers; disadvantaged elderly, and users of Medicare and Social Security. This mini-inventory begs the question: Are Older Americans nothing more than a burden on society? Before you answer, remember we too trusted our government to manage the monies we contributed for our future.
  • “Balance The Budget!” Okay, here are two questions: “Do you, the individual, balance your budget? Should our government be held to the same high standard? I would just state for the record that money does NOT grow on trees around my home and I certainly am not qualified to borrow from China.
  • Okay, so those who represent us in Washington debate (a good thing really) about raising or not raising taxes. My only, and last question, is: Do you know anyone who pays taxes without a job?