The Power of Community

The Power of Community cannot be overlooked. Our story around community has been corrupted through some erroneous beliefs about biology and evolution, which has created a cancerous culture.

Education researcher (and Kentucky native) Joseph Chilton Pearce has pointed out, “We have a name for cells that don’t work for the good of the whole organism. We call them ‘cancer’.” Pearce worries that a false understanding of our human role on the planet has led to tumor-like behavior on our part, rather than healthier kinds of growth.

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Bully or Coward?

Why Wouldn’t our Children Bully?

It should be no surprise that bullying of and by our children has come forward as an issue of concern in America.  Look at the adult examples all around them.  Look at the tenor of our foreign policy, regardless of who is in power, regardless of the year.  We have bullied the world more or less since our inception.   Do you think that the sense of entitlement that motivates this adult and national behavior doesn’t influence and shape our children?!

Specifically, take a look at our current political ad campaigns.  Candidates are trying to shout, push, and fight their way into power so that they can “take back” Congress, or “keep” Congress.  And the candidates refuse to take responsibility for so doing—it’s just politics.  They say that they are victims of the very system they claim to have the strength and wherewithal to change, their espoused motive for seeking election.  I guess their plan is to stop bullying once they win their seat.

Then take a look at how are we responding to the bullying our children are experiencing?   If we are doing anything (the constant specter of litigation haunts those who are in the position to take action, often keeping them frozen in a feeling of futility and fear for their livelihoods), we are trying to crack down on the bullies.  Enforce rules.  Legislate the problem way.  Isolate them.  Expel them.  We are using bullying tactics to rein in the bullying.

Would it not be wiser to look at the underlying reasons for the behavior?  Attempt to come to terms with the cause rather than respond to the effect?

What is a bully?  A coward.  Per our habit, in our usual media blitz of the topic du jour, we tell stories about victims.  Then we ask the perpetrators, “Why would you behave this way?”  The resounding answer in this case:  “I wanted to belong.  I wanted to be part of the cool group.”  Read:  I’m insecure.  Read (here we go):  I have low self-esteem.  And why wouldn’t they?  Why wouldn’t they?

Parents are too busy chasing the dollar to parent.  Our leaders are too busy jockeying for positions of power to govern.  The talking heads are stuck in the blame game.  Our teachers and healers are busy covering their asses, the constant specter of litigation haunting them.  And all of this driven by a twisted and obscene notion of success and entitlement set in motion by [don’t touch the sacred cow] capitalism.  Not capitalism per se, but the perverse corporate capitalism we practice.

This bullying is a symptom of a malaise that plagues our country.  We need to be honest about some of our core beliefs as Americans.  We need to look at what we expect from our children, and why.  Ask any parent what he/she wants for his/her child, and he/she will answer, “I just want him/her to be happy.”  And what does happy really mean?  Comfortable, successful.  So we need to wrestle with our notions of comfort and success.

Conservatives Are Closer to God?

Georgia politics is enough to make you want to move out of the country. Apparently being a Conservative means you are closer to God–but, and here is the trick–one candidate is accused of lying, stealing, and cheating on his taxes, and the other candidate is accused of “promoting homosexuality to teens as young as 13.” How you “promote” homosexuality I haven’t figured out.

All I have learned from this campaign is that I want to move.

“Wild Things”

Who tore the wings off? “Aerial Maneuvers: Why do butterflies have two sets of wings? Not to stay aloft, it turns out. Scientists from Carnegie Mellon and Cornell found that cabbage white butterflies with their hindwings removed could fly as far and as high as before. But they were slower to turn. This suggests hindwings are the key to aerial agility, a trait that helps butterflies evade hungry birds.” Smithsonian, January 2009

Prostitution Diversion Initiative

It’s a start. At least society is starting to understand that prostitution is not a lifestyle choice, but a survival choice. These women usually have stories of abuse, neglect, mental illness. I don’t think one lies in bed as a 8 year old dreaming of becoming a prostitute. And it’s interesting that the truck drivers do not have a similar initiative. How many of them have wives at home taking care of their family, while they are out spending money on prostitutes?

Prostitution Diversion Initiative