With this post, I am going to point some blame for our current problems, back to those who are shouting the loudest for change. I am one of them. We see everyone else trying to get attention for their issues, so we think we should too. The trouble with all this piling on is that it is cumulative and making too many people extremely nervous. … Continue reading Piling On…
It seems that in the most fundamental way, man is changing. We are losing our humanity. We worry too much that others are trying to defeat us, or to destroy “our” way of life. We think that to survive, we must lash out at the world to keep it the way we want it to be. I think fear is the primary reason for this. … Continue reading The Humanity of Man
Perhaps the most serious long-term damage that Trump has propagated is religion. Of course, in this case he was only the catalyst, not the only one primarily responsible for that. For the most part, individual religious institutions have done pretty severe damage to themselves. One of those religious leaders that comes to the top of this deadly heap is Franklin Graham. He took over the … Continue reading Perhaps the Most Serious Long-Term Damage
77% of Republicans believe everything Trump says. That can only be explained through the state of paranoia and paranoia as shown to the right comes primarily from a heightened level of fear and delusions of persecution. I know my Republican friends who might read this will be upset by this definition of them. I just hope they, just for a few seconds, take my words … Continue reading Out Of Fear Comes Paranoia
I am often a contrarian when it comes to views of today’s world, so for this my 74th birthday I want to post a view of America that I still believe in. Maybe I believe in an America that no longer exists, but I refuse to believe that where we are now is a long term thing. My America is not one of hate, or … Continue reading I Believe In A Different America
Tribal instincts are still a powerful force in today’s world. There is no better evidence of that than the MAGA/Evangelical clan and others who will mindlessly vote for #CO3, the current Oval Office occupant. This group did not start with him, but he has chiseled them into adoring him above logic/truth/compassion/empathy/. I could go on an on…. Those who blindly pull the same party lever … Continue reading Tribal Instincts…
I have been diligently trying to understand the rationale that some folks have in praising Trump. One of those efforts was to read a book entitled In Defense Of Elitism by Joel Stein. The author was recently interviewed on the PBS Newshour of which I am a regular viewer. Some points I gleaned from the book is what this post is all about.Continue reading “Understanding MAGA – Chapter 72”
This post is based on 14 fears that dominate many in the MAGA version of the GOP. These fears were mostly gathered from a post by John Pavlovitz over at StuffThatNeedsToBeSaid. It is about how fear can totally paralyze a person’s worldview. There are many reasons to be fearful in this world today and these folks seem determined to find all of them even if they are myth. That is what this post is about.Continue reading “When Fear Is Your Religion”
I love the banner for today’s post. Yeah, the more you know the less you fear and the more you realize that fear gets you nowhere, except for the case when you might be standing in the middle of a road and watching a Mack truck heading down on you. (ha). It seems that “fear” has become our national pastime. Everywhere you look people are … Continue reading About Fear
Fear of this or that is so prominent in our American society right now. A substantial minority on the right fringe of our political system has made fear a foundation of their lives. But the most tragic thing is that those on the rest of the political spectrum have allowed the rather thin minority’s fear to convince us that all hope is lost! I know, … Continue reading Don’t Give In To The Fear…
Fear is what drives far too many of us in the US right now. The majority of the most fearful live in the less populated rural areas of the country. You only need to look at the red/blue map to see that reality. Here are some causes as I see it of this inordinate fear: For many of these folks fear is due to just … Continue reading Being Afraid of Minorities… Why??
Are you a worrier? Do you worry about what other people think about you? If so, it just might be preventing you from being who you were meant to be. According to many studies, people driven by worry are some of the least happy people in the world. About the only thing that does more damage to your personal life than worry is an irrational fear. … Continue reading What Other People Think About You…
We need the above quote now more than ever. With #CO3 trying to shut down our shores to keep everyone out, we must remember that is simply NOT what America is about. That paranoia is driven by the 25% of us who fear one thing or another. #CO3 and his supporters see others different from them as potential competitors for jobs or at the worst as … Continue reading The Land of Opportunity.
I know one of the reasons that we have the current incompetent in the White House is that too many white men are afraid of becoming a minority. They are afraid of what will happen when their say is no longer the dominant one but instead one of many. For the most part white men have been dismissing minorities for decades and don’t want that … Continue reading What’s It Feel Like For a White Man To Be A Minority??
It seems my recent brush with death has left me with a different attitude toward life. We are tragically wasting our lives with our obsession with fear when instead we should be celebrating all the reasons that hope is on our horizon. This should be an age of hope. We are advancing so rapidly in the areas of medicine and technology as to make our … Continue reading Fear vs Hope..
Jesus clearly told us again and again to love your fellow-man. As a matter of fact he said all the commandments and previous prophets melted down to loving God and loving each other. Nothing else is nearly as important. Why do we find it so hard to even begin to live up to that command. For so many of us, particularly those in the U.S. … Continue reading Fear Your Fellow Man….