When I found this post from 5 years ago this week, it grabbed my attention even more than it did then. Symmetry just seems to slow my frantic mind down. It gives me peace in these hectic days. So, here it is again…
As will be the ongoing practice here, I am looking back five years to the week and comparing what I wrote then to what I see and feel now. Here is the current edition:
What is surprising about this post is how these two in intolerances have merged! The politics of our current times has gotten down right hideous and at least one version of Christianity has followed it into the gutter. I never would have predicted that some who call themselves Christians could totally ignore practically all the teachings of Jesus when to justify their political stands. It seems like that should be the other way around.
They say the young people today are denouncing conventional political parties to back a socialist/independent for president and are also leaving the pews because of all the hypocrisy in those buildings. If RJsCorner is around in five years and still doing Looking Back Sundays I wonder what this movement will look like then? Might the ugliness of today destroy one or both of these institutions?
Yeah, we definitely need a lot less of what is now the Political/Religious Movement.
Being over the hill is probably the most often used phrase for getting older. When you turn forty, at least for my generation, you were considered over the hill. My hero Will Rogers certainly was an inventive guy. The way he looked at life such as the words above is what inspires me.
I have never really thought about it much, but I never did get the feeling that I was on top the hill. My life has just been happening day-to-day. Uphill-downhill seemed more like potholes in life. When I finally reached retirement, or should I say when it reached me, I knew my life was on a downhill glide but it was a pleasant glide and it was high enough to say out of the gutter.
In fact, the downhill side of life has proven to be more enjoyable and fulfilling than the other side of the slope. You could never have convinced me of that in those uphill years. My main negative about being over the hill is my loss of stamina and strength. I know that is something I could do more to partially alleviate but don’t choose to use much of the time I have left to do that. I can’t lift up a 40-pound birdseed bags anymore with some serious grunting but that is OK.
Being over the hill is kind of peaceful. You don’t have to worry about competing with anyone. Instead, you can just enjoy life. That is a great place to be 🙂
Something that has always been unfathomable to me is the U.S. unconditional support of the state of Israel. Why do we continue to throw billions of dollars of our borrowed resources into that country year after year when in reality they almost never heed any of our advice. A two State solution with the Palestinians is the most obvious workable solution to this decades going Middle East stuff and that seems to be something that Israel, or at least their current leader is adamantly against.
Because of our billions of dollars of annual support Israel is by far the superpower in the Middle East so I guess they think they can bully their way into whatever they want. I know there is a strong biblical connection between Israel and Christians; is that the primary reason we don’t chastise them for anything they do and we will not allow others in the U.N. to do it either? I also know that the Jewish lobby in this country is much more powerful than the 1% of the population they represent; is that why we give them unconditional support?
I also know Jerusalem is at the center for all three major religions in this present world and wars have been started throughout history for control of it. Maybe it is time to make it an international city open to all. If only the United Nations were able to accomplish that. Another much more radical solution is to just let Israel and Iran go at it! If they use nuclear weapons that would make that entire portion of the world uninhabitable for the next 100 years. That is kind of the King Solomon solution isn’t it.
I just don’t know why we don’t tell them that our support has conditions. It makes no sense to me. They are not our children, they don’t need or deserve our unconditional support…
Just outside of Lexington Kentucky is my favorite historical village called “Pleasant Hill Shaker Village”. I simply can’t get enough of that place. Whenever I start feeling tension for whatever reason I think of escaping there for a few days. I think I have been there about a half a dozen times now but have really lost count. Staying in the actual rooms where Shakers lived is a fantastic feeling. I almost sense their presence there.
Shaker Hill brings out my creative juices. I have probably taken 500 pictures there but every time I go I find another undiscovered place that inspires me. The last time I was there was in 2011 and took these pictures. I will have to go again some time soon.
Click on any of the pictures above to see a larger slideshow view…
For those of you who haven’t visited here much I will state up front that while I am very much a social progressive but I am also a fiscal conservative. I too think as indicated in this editorial cartoon by Jack Ohman “where did the Republican party go?” They once were the party of small government and keeping expenses under control. During those days I voted Republican about as often as I voted Democrat. But those days now seem to be a distant memory.
- The new GOP seems to be made up of screamers who want infinite military budgets so that can go after the “bad guys” wherever they can find them.
- They ignore thousands of needless deaths in order to justify their unlimited quest for the next gun.
- They say they are pro-life but don’t want to provide easy access to contraceptives to prevent unwanted births.
- Instead of providing mental health facilities and other social services they also seem to want to imprison everyone who might frighten them.
- They have mountainous fear and very little empathy or trust.
It saddens me to see the party taken over by what was once its radical fringe. I pray that those who are on the drum beat to another war give peace chance with the Iran situation.
“They want Peace, but they want a Gun to help get it with.” – Will Rogers, 9 February 1930
Yeah Will, nothing has changed much in this area since your day. About the only thing different is that we have MUCH bigger guns now. It goes back to the old quote “If all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail”. I love this country but I simply can’t begin to understand its obsession with guns…..