I am in the age bracket with enough underlying health issues that if I contacted a serious respiratory infection I would probably kick the ol’ bucket. I wear my mask when I go out somewhere among people. I wipe down my steering wheel, my door handle and my groceries or any other products I get off the shelves. I still have plenty of work to do and keep busy all the time.
When this happy time first started I immediately began to research. No, I did not sit and gape at CNN or MSNBC or Fox News 24/7. In fact, I did not watch a single news show. (I haven’t since 2012) What I soon found out was that the information on where the virus originated was a fraud. They did not sell bats at the fish market in Wuhan. Fact.
Then as the wise and well connected media professional that I am, I soon discovered the massive deception being disseminated by the ‘main street media’. No surprise there. Further investigation revealed the same old profit thieving criminals ready to pounce on people when they were down. Fuck you, Bill Gates. Always at the ready to stick a syringe up anybodies ass.
Did I mention the American Medical Association, most Pharmaceutical Companies, Health Care vendors and many Doctors and researchers are not healers? They are profit motivated entities. Nothing wrong with profit motivation. That is unless you mask it behind a healing concern for humanity. Might as well hire a Shaman or witch doctor instead.
So I understand how many are scared. Dead people is real. I also discovered medical professionals fudging cause of death to boost Covid death records and to increase Federal monies from their ‘reported’ statistics. So whether you are hunkered down in a ghetto shack or a concrete bunker on a Caribe island with pineapples, palm fronds and your pussy cat, I understand.
Many of my friends also fear Global Warming, yet they are clueless when it comes to comet and asteroid visitations of the past. They ignore pollution to cast it under an umbrella called global warming to prop up the rich getting richer under a farce they call carbon credits. See the parallels yet?
Few are willing to contemplate the thought this may well be an engineered crisis to serve several demented purposes by a host of truly sinister evil people that concern themselves not, as my friend so appropriately coined it, ‘collateral damage’. The fact remains, aside from the number of deaths large or small, the damage the social distancing and shutdown of working peoples livelihoods, may well be even more detrimental to our society as a whole.
It seems what people fear the most are people that ARE sick going out in public and spreading it to others. An understandable concern. Understand the reason so many contracted the virus in New York and New Jersey was for one simple fact. Their lives are centered around the subway and those that travel on the subways. So what we should really be doing is gathering much more accurate information and disseminating it publicly —- accurately.
People are not getting that. So they are pissed they are being lied to. They are pissed our Congress is sitting on their asses in their cushy mansions eating gourmet ice cream and our intelligencia are sitting in their ivory towers buying stock in the ‘vaccine cure’. Personally, I enjoy seeing a lot less dumbasses on the road. I enjoy the cleaner air. And knowing some people that should be quarantined, are.
One fact remains. Our lives will never be the same. In my opinion, this was a test run for a bio attack. In fact, I will venture one step further and say this was an INTENTIONAL bio attack. So now we have to adjust our life styles to earn and feed ourselves by expanding our horizons. I also feel it’s about time we focused on more actual creative invention, quality production and true artistic relevance.
Too long we have been manufacturing too many bullshit fall apart products. We have gotten lazy at building better mouse traps or solving simple things to make our products and everyones lives better. We have turned art into an elitist self gratification instead of a universal message as it should be.
So there is no damn reason you should be bored or can’t figure out how to make an extra nickel or two. Go back to the basics. You are connected instantaneously to the entire world. To every customer you could ever possibly need. Live your life! Do it.
Fear not death. Fear living life as if you were dead.
fjl- 4 20 2020
Four chicken score ramps in the way
of the eunuch
stamps of post-modern obliquity
charming prince, desperate pauper
what function have you ordered?
seldom sought aspiration
as if a wind were ever
to take off your charms
and hold tight on the sable
asking if freedom
your mask has been
no longer so squeaking
when opens the farmer
his hand on his daughter
and mothers run
for the steeple.
:from Poems 2001
WRAPPING UP TO DIE
you get to a point where you know you are about to die
you’ve killed, maimed, wounded or imprisoned all the villains you possibly can
you’ve put away all the trophies and collectibles
your library has no more room
your body has no more athleticism
your mind has no more expansion
your hand can no longer write or type the critical life saving enlightenment
you have no more anything
you’ve given away or discarded everything you had left
your bountiful wardrobe closet is now empty
your many hats have been gifted
your jewels have been distributed to your heirs
you have nothing
no muscle car, no monster truck, no eco go cart
no bike or bicycle or boat
no mansion, no party beach house, no lake house with a boat shed
everything is gone
it is you, and you alone
you are free
you are not lonely because you never were
you had love
you still do
time for the final scenes
the final curtain call
the final edits
It is time to roll the credits
you were a big star
you still are
now you are wrapping up to die.
fjl 10 1 19
A PRAYER IN TIME OF WAR
A pagan killed a Jew
A pagan killed a Christian
A Jew killed a Christian
A Christian killed a Jew
A Muslim killed a Christian
A Jew killed a Muslim
A Muslim killed a Jew
A Christian killed a Muslim.
They all bowed to pray
to the same ignorant God
with deaf ears
and a passion for killing.
Dear God forgive them.
circa October 2001
ESSAY FOR TODAY
I try to stay positive despite the world and most politicians being shit. You can’t brutalize yourself over things you have no control of. At the same time, it is important to voice your dislikes and let others know the things they don’t know. The slime brewed in the days of Nixon. Democrats bumped the stakes in Vietnam via Kennedy and Johnson. Bush had the dirt on Johnson to stop him from running, so he could set himself up later. They both shot Kennedy. Dicks boys did the same thing Obama and Hillary’s cronies just did to Trump. They hung the Dick and I’m hoping they hang Barry and Killary, too.
The septic slime was supposed to have been cleansed after that last deal. They cut off a few CIA balls (which grew back bigger than before) and they said no more dirty ops. So they just hid the money better, dealing drugs in Central and South America instead of just in Asia.
Anyone remember Bert Lance? The bankers banker. So honest Jimmy came along with a toothy smile and an honest injun approach. Problem was, he was surrounded by the slimiest of the past decade, Kennedy killers, negro lynchers, Klan cutties. All later inherited by Arkansas Slick Willie, including the Coke sales.
So they gave Jimmy just enough rope to hang himself, send us knee deep into more overseas crisis, and crash the economy at the same time. Fiasco plus ten. He was set up to fail. Enter Bushy VP tugging the head of the actors guild along with him to assure a great picture show. Since then we’ve had dueling dynasties. Trump not only shone the spotlight on the dead Kennedy’s and Watergreat trilogy, he once again brought back the microscope on the ‘slimy underbelly’ reality of our government. This time it wasn’t just a few hippies and a handful of journalists that saw reality, it was half the entire country. For this I praise be to God every day. And the fact He let me live one more day.
Thank you for sharing your sensitive personal story with us and thank you for your courage. First, I would like to ask if you would allow me to share your story with others. To me it is inspiring and I know others facing difficult situations in their lives, will also find it inspiring. Second, I would like you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. So we can correspond one on one.
I have been very vocal recently about the LGBT movement. I feel they have undermined the science and reality of intersex and the difficulties intersex persons experience. Physical or biological attributes are very different than the biological sex of who you sleep with, or the gender a person may identify as. I have received extensive criticism for this, but I remain true to the goals I originally established when I initiated this endeavor of the heart.
I quickly discovered the LGBT community were a significant obstacle in educating and informing the general public on the reality of the science of intersex. The LGBT groups would consistently glamorize and politicize the most serious issues. The recent national media attention given to transexuals because of the Jenner transformation has done little to help educate the public about intersex issues.
For an intersex person . . . intersex biological transformation at birth, or later in life to counter a surgical procedure at birth . . . is critical to their lives. Transgender or transexual transformations can also be critical to a persons life that is not intersex. But equating transgender or transexual transformations to intersex transformations is disingenuous to the intersex community. Which is why I have aggressively demanded the LGBT community prioritize education of the science of intersex to all of their membership and supporters.
The other barrier we currently face has also been incited by the LGBT community. There is a strong push right now to declare only two sexes. I can fully understand how some may take this viewpoint. The extremes of gender ‘bending’ have caused a knee jerk reaction against any admonishment of gender variation. Completely contrary to everything I have been working toward. So, I have had to argue on public forums to open the eyes and minds of otherwise open minded individuals.
What was evident to me from the beginning, which seems to have been overlooked by others, is that we need those that are the most vocal and deterring when it comes to intersex education. These are the people that once converted, become our greatest allies. And in many instances these are the people that hold the purse strings. Which leads me to another criticism of the LGBT community. Some members are now very wealthy and include millionaires and maybe even billionaires. Yet we find very little funding at all, trickling in to educate and support intersex persons for their medical needs, to support their communities, or to fund public education. I have to ask why?
Hermaphrodites were historically very important in many cultures. I still consider those born with this unique biology to be very important. I had a discussion at a thrift store just a few days ago, where I ran into a man of God and his son. I pointed out how God is neither male nor female, yet God is both. I admire and I am honored by your faith. I don’t believe in coincidence, and God gives us all a mission whether we know it or not. Yours is Blessed and I again appreciate you sharing your life with us.
On a final note, we are working very hard on educating both medical professionals and the pubic on the cruelty of hasty surgical decisions made at birth without full consideration for the child and their later life. This will be ongoing and must be approached carefully. We know some surgeries are not necessary at all. In a few cases some surgery is necessary for health medical reasons. We must be clear where the division lines may be and carefully monitor where they are crossed.
I look forward to hearing more from you here and/or via email. Our website was recently hacked, but I hope to have it back up in the next few weeks. You can always visit the group I worked with to open the lines of communication for our video, UKIA (United Kingdom Intersex Association at UKIA.org). There are also now a growing number of support organizations around the world, many just in the past few years. We are making progress despite the obstacles. Keep the faith and Blessings to you every day!
Media nowadays thrives on sensationalism. They use sensationalism for ratings to sell airtime or magazines or newspapers. It is dangerous. As we have seen lately and all too often, a deadly form of information sharing.
We live in a world where sensationalism creates an illusive hatred. By sensationalizing and exaggerating the relevance of issues and events, it relies on human emotion to amplify division on issues and events. The media then becomes the instigator where there may be two or more opposing sides. Through the use of repetitive reinforcement, the media forces those entranced by it, to take sides. This is how the media instigates hatred on a daily basis.
Anyone that follows this recipe can neutralize the emotion and hatred by presenting an equal amount of positive behavior and truly educational programming, or unbiased documentary storytelling. The mainstream media no longer does this. This is why the early news broadcasts of the sixties would present serious stories and then they would give you light reporting of human interest stories. A balance. Now they have all abandoned the concept. Creating consistent negative aggression psychological programming.
SEX IS SCIENCE
The Background Story (Part One)
In 2012 I initiated a project I knew would be an uphill struggle every step of the way. It started as research to produce a documentary film. I spent most of a year doing research and making contacts with reputable experts in the field. I recorded a few online interviews myself and I produced several educational short videos.
A year later, and now living overseas, I connected with an excellent science and educational film producer from London with a long list of credits and honors. I visited with him on a trip through London. He interviewed several individuals in London referred and introduced to us by the director of the leading support group in the UK. We co-produced a 20 minute educational video that was well received worldwide.
During that time I was contacted by good people from all around the world providing us with support for our project and telling us how important our project was in their lives. They thanked us for providing important educational information. And they shared their heartbreaking personal stories with us.
Stories of severe medical issues, incessant surgeries, social rejection, parental rejection and in some cases, naturally or surgically deformed bodies. The more I heard form these individuals everywhere, the more I knew our work was critical. At the same time I was feeling the pressures and barriers from those involved in the community and of course from those with closed ears. My commitment remained firm.
But I did reach a point where I felt the huge wall ahead and the negative responses I was receiving from some academics, individuals within support groups, and closed minded people, had become completely overwhelming. I reached a stagnation point. Our original fundraisers had minimal success and it was time for me to step back and reevaluate.
I was now working on independent projects overseas and decided to set the film project aside while I evaluated the political atmosphere now surrounding the issues in the mainstream. In September of this past year I returned home to Texas permanently. I had still not come to terms with the most productive move forward. All this time I had still been keeping up with the hard fought battles won and the small but important steps in the right direction.
I still felt it wasn’t enough. I also felt the mainstream social movement and the media, in many cases were moving in the wrong direction and alienating all the wrong people. They were being divisive and exclusive, instead of being unifying and inclusive. I myself was struggling with the social conflict between two opposing yet similar groups. One of them I had been advocating for, the other I attempted to steer away from so as not to dilute the goals I was working on for the other group.
Throughout this time a small group of academics and individuals continued to verbally support our project. But I was afraid my sincere and well intentioned differentiation between the two groups would alienate even some of the most hardened supporters, and further erode the cause myself and so many others had worked so hard for.
The Revelation Forward (Part Two)
Until I read this article only a few days ago. This is one of the most informative and balanced articles on the balance between Intersex and the LGBT community I have ever read. Understand I am not Intersex and I am not LGBT. I started this work because I felt the science of the truth needed to be heard and understood by everyone. And the good people that had been cast into this struggle, through no fault of their own, should also be heard and respected.
I had been grappling with this very same issue and it had been frustrating me for the past year or more. The article addressed many of those concerns thoughtfully and intelligently. Although in no way does it resolve all the issues, it does provide a unifying playing field to move everyone forward. Many of the issues are created by the media of popular culture and the sensationalization of the things they sensationalize . . . and those they do not.
I had been grappling with the relationship between the nature of intersex and the cultural direction of the LGBT community. I have written, and still believe, there is a significant and often ignored difference between ‘intersex’ and ‘LGBT’. I have criticized the exuberant public attention by the media on trans issues and gay marriage, while neglecting a true biological variation, intersex.
A few months ago I published a short article on the topic. Let me be clear here. I do believe the LGBT community can be an important ally to the intersex community. This has not been the case up to this point. In fact, I honestly feel the LGBT community has damaged the public cause for intersex knowledge, respect and awareness at large.
I have said this often, some LGBT persons may be intersex. The only way to know is to be tested. Statistically, based on current research, intersex persons are a much smaller subset of the population than LGBT persons. So many LGBT persons are not intersex.
I believe many LGBT persons can relate to intersex persons in many ways. But at the end of the day, they are not intersex, and true understanding of the complexities has it’s limits. In this same vein, I do not feel it is fair to stigmatize intersex persons with the same stigmas of LGBT individuals. By this I mean sexual partner biological sex preference, or personal identity preference.
Again I want to be clear here, it is no ones business who you sleep with, or which biological sex you may identify as. The important point I want to make is, intersex biological variation is biological science. The LGBT community must understand this science. And I believe if they do, it will also help them understand themselves.
The LGBT community must also promote this understanding to the public, along with the media and the medical and academic communities. It has been argued that most issues of the LGBT community that are not political, are psychological. Accordingly, intersex persons are also burdened sometimes with deep psychological issues because of their bodies, their sexuality, or any number of other characteristics or social issues.
In the final evaluation, these similarities can create an important dynamism that will advance everyone’s cause at the same time. This is an important social synergy that is currently non-existent. We all hope this will soon change.
Focusing on the science is the answer. Since the inception of the Born Between project, my priority has always been to sidestep all the political bickering that has stagnated progress for the intersex community for so long. I saw a clear light in science, cutting through all the fighting and the confused rhetoric of defining social variations. The biological or medical lines of differentiation were much clearer. They had already been defined by the science and medical community and continue to be.
My initial stumbling block in 2013 was the volatile conflict between the trans segment of the LGBT community and the entire intersex community. It is only in the past few months that I have come to terms with this personal and social dilemma. I feel I have for years wrestled with this obstacle, and now I am finally victorious. We are all victorious.
A resolution of a complex social issue is always a pinnacle for everyone. It is with this invigorating revelation that I can now move forward with the Born Between project with the same excitement I originally had at the inception of the project in 2012. We can all move forward!
As always, I am open to any thoughts you may have.
Thank you for everything.
The Born Between Website
with videos, stories, social media links and other links:
There’s always music playing in the air everywhere
Everything you hear
Music in the air
Sometimes it’s the snare and drone of the machine
Sometimes it’s the song of the wind
Or of the air
Or of a machine somewhere
Music always in the air
You have to stop and hear
Music in the air
No matter where you are
You can hear it
Because music is in the air
Thoughts on God and Love (Part Two):
And the priests argued between their churches.
Dividing God into empty pages of Doctrine.
I fight the Dogs of Hell.
The prophecy of Mohamed.
The arrow of enlightenment goes through them as if there is nothing there.
I have spoken to the tribes.
North, South, East and West.
They are united to fight
against the Dogs of Hell.
I have told the Churches, Mosques and Synagogues.
Give Women their rightful place. To teach the Word of God and the Prophets.
Equal in the Eyes of God. And Men.
In All Religions.
God created Adam and Eve.
Nature created, male and female.
Nature created male and female as one.
God created male and female as one.
Male and female together are closer to God.
God is both male and female.
God is neither.
The Word is Love.
God is love.
Love is God.
Live love and you will always be closest to God.
ON LIVING LOVE (PART TWO)
I have spent a considerable amount of time in the past months studying the Biblical texts that were not included in the Bible. The easiest way to look at the spiritual importance of God and Christ is in terms of the First Covenant and the Second Covenant. The First Covenant was the revelation of the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments were restrictive guidelines to live by.
The Second Covenant was the Coming of Christ. Whether you see Jesus Christ as a physical presence that lived on the Earth 2000 years ago, or a symbolic representation of a prophet. It is generally understood his message was ‘love’. So the Second Covenant was the message of love. His message of love was revolutionary because at the time of the Romans, and even before . . . daily life was kill or be killed.
The First Covenant gave humanity restrictive guidelines to live by. These values were not much different then the Native American virtues. These values are thousands of years old and do not change ever! The Second Covenant was NOT restrictive. It was the message of love. It isn’t that the Second Covenant supersedes the First Covenant. It is not a replacement. It is a message clarifying the Word of God. Everything in the Ten Commandments are representative of love. The message of Christ was LOVE. The Word of God is LOVE.
All of the major religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, have been fostering a lie for thousands of years now. Christ taught by example. His followers included women such as Mary Magdalene. My friends that know me have heard me relay this message before. After Christ died, Mary Magdalene told the other Apostles that she was given a teaching that Christ did not share with the other Apostles. The other Apostles did not believe her and would not hear her. There is an important teaching there, too.
One of the Apostles convinced the others to hear her out. She then shared the teaching with the other Apostles. Christ’s message was ‘to teach others how to teach enlightenment’. Read that again. It was not how to teach enlightenment. It was teaching others ‘how’ to teach enlightenment. This was the first most important revelation in my life just ten or so years ago, after all of my years of Catholic upbringing and studying philosophies and religions.
The important significance of the two Covenants of God was my own personal most important second revelation just a few months ago. The life of Christ was a message of inclusion. Christ was inclusive of women as equal in the ministry of his teachings and of the Word of God. This has not been the general practice of Judaism since inception. This was not the practice of Christianity after the Council of Nicaea. In fact it was the opposite. They eradicated any symbolism or text where women where shown to be equal in the ministry of God and Christ.
Islam has always included these restrictions for women. There is only one woman mentioned by name in the Koran. She is Mary, mother of Jesus. Two entire chapters of the Koran are named after her and speak of her. It is important to understand at this point that the Koran is much like the New and Old Testament Bibles. In fact, parts of the Koran are based on the Judaic and the Christian Bible. While all three have gems of truth, knowledge and teachings, they were all written by men. And as such, many of the edicts, fatwa’s, doctrines and traditions were written by men or religious groups or churches with the specific goal of controlling others or the behavior of others.
Which brings me back to the topic of forgiveness and repentance. The Catholic Church early on, and hence, Christianity, focused on Christ’s death on the cross as a form of repentance and forgiveness for original sin. These Christian concepts, along with the idea of resurrection, are all concepts of the early Church, written to gain favors for the early Popes and Bishops. And to reign strict control over followers of Christianity. But let me be clear here. This was not the belief of the earliest Christians. Which were later considered heretics by the Church.
Which leads me to my final point. Christianity as dictated by the Churches, focuses on the dogma surrounding the death of Christ, forgiveness for original sin through the knowledge and belief in Christ, Resurrection, and Ascension into heaven. Many religions believe in a second coming, or the future arrival of a great prophet. My personal belief is Christ never died on the cross. I believe in the Living Christ. Here on Earth right now through others and through love.
Unlike the Christian Doctrine, I do not believe you have to ‘know and believe’ in Christ to attain a paradise in heaven. Good people that know and share love, in even the most remote areas of the world that have never heard of Christ, are just as welcome in the paradise of life after death. In fact, Christ’s own beliefs are in actuality more akin to the Buddhist and Eastern concepts of atonement of the soul and reincarnation.
So the answer is LOVE. It will never give you a strict code of regulation on what you should or should not forgive. It is the flexibility of the Second Covenant that gives you the decisive conscience to make decisions based on the First and Second Covenant. The Word of God as revealed by the Ten Commandments, and love, as taught by Christ in the Second Covenant.
f j llorente
CONVERSATION WITH GOD
God said love
then he said
do it again.
Man said when?
I did it again.
Man said where?
God said where not.
Man said why?
God said look at the sky
look at the Earth.
all you see around is birth.
Look in between,
all you are is why.
Man said when?
again and again.
Man said where?
God said in the desert there,
Man said who?
everything inside you.
Man said how?
everything around you.
everyone around you.
God said love.
You have my Word.
ON LIVING LOVE
It is easier to understand if you refer to it as the First Covemant and the Second Covenant. The books of the Old Testament were the First Covenant. The Covenant of Moses, Abraham, God, and His people with the promise of the Arc and the guidance of the Ten Commandments.
The Second Covenant was the coming of Christ. The New Testament.
And the Old Testament is not complete. There are still stories and writings buried somewhere in the Earth. It is a Living Bible. As is the New Testament. The New Testament is a simple message. The message of love. At a time when all was Barbarians and Romans killing each other.
So the Second Covenant was a message of love. Whereas the First Covenant (the Ten Commandments) were strict guidelines of behaviour, the Second Covenant was not so much strict guidelines, as it was a much broader guidance to live by.
Reading more of the texts excluded at The Council of Nicaea, we find the true secondary message of the Second Covenant. This was a most recent Epiphany for me (the second major Epiphany in a decade or so). This is also where all three churches have been lying to everyone for thousands of years now. Including Islam, which although a much more recent belief system, is based on both the Old and New Testament.
Women were an essential force in the Ministry of Christ. The Church Council buried this fact in their male dominated Saviour concept. Women were relegated to second string. As they had been in much of Talmudic and Judaic Law. And certainly are in Islamic practice. As well as in Hindi beliefs
The male/female identity of God is accepted in Hindi, but not so much in others. Mary Magdalene was an Apostle of the Teachings of Christ. The Teaching she received from Christ was not shared with the other Apostles. See this allegorically if you must.
After Christ died, her mission was to reveal the Teaching to the Apostles. None of the Apostles believed Christ had revealed a distinct message to her which they themselves did not receive. One of the Apostles spoke up for her and asked the others to hear her out. There is an important Teaching in this also.
The most important Teaching of course was love. But the New Testament (as it is now) and the Church, focus on the redemption of original sin and the miracle of the Resurrection after death. Hence, Christ as the Saviour of our souls and the promise of eternal life.
On these two points they seemed to have confuscated the message. Christ’s message of love IS the redemption. Live by the message of love and you have fulfilled the Second Covenant (the New Testament). The Old Testament was still important, but the message of the New Covenant had precedence because it was all the more inclusive.
The Council of Nicaea put a chokehold on Christianity that is still held taut by most Christian sects. Confession, Resurrection after death, eternal life through redemption . . . all are based on Church Doctrine, not so much on the Spiritual Teachings of love.
Redemption and Resurrection are actually Buddhist and Hindi Teachings, as well as present in other ancient belief systems. Reincarnation.
The message Mary Magdalene was given by Christ to share with the apostles after his death was much less complex. In so many ways just as important as the message of love. In fact, they are inexorably entwined.
It had little to do with Confession, redemption or Resurrection. All are submissive Church Doctrines.
Her message was to learn to teach others how to teach enlightenment.
DESERTS AND OCEANS
I love the deserts and oceans.
It’s pretty deep this poem.
It’s not how long you live, it’s the quality of life that counts.
The world is a drug.
If you live a good life
you should never be afraid of dying.
Now . . . I can’t remember what I said.
Is that New Wave poetry?
The deserts are deep.
How much is hidden below the sands?
How many worlds past?
How many places and people we could never even imagine?
We know the world of the water.
The ocean is fish eat fish.
Do we really want to be able to swim underwater?
Ask an octopus.
Beautiful blue and green
and then black
and then iridescent.
And it’s still fish eat fish.
Beautiful world of water.
The desert is death.
drinking at the oasis.
A lonely sand worm.
Nothing else lives in the desert.
For miles and miles
dunes and flats.
The beauty of the colored dunes
in the sunset toward night.
The desert is a beautiful place.
Except at night.
Life lights up.
The lonely scorpions and snakes
own the desert at night.
where there is no water.
Except the camel I embrace and clutch
every step of the way
through the sand and the wind
to savor the drop
of moisture on the rock.
The desert is a lonely place.
as humble as the sea
on a remote island
or in a boat on open water.
A deadly place.
The oasis of cool trees and fresh cool water
along the long stretch of desert.
The camel is my boat.
The One Question We All Ask
We do not teach basic communication skills in pre-K and in the early elementary years. Teamwork, listening, constructive feedback, respect, how to communicate with each other without talking over each other, or arguing, or yelling, or using derogatory and insulting language. We do not teach the basic human values that have not changed in thousands of years . . . and will never change. Compassion, humility, courage, honor, generosity, honesty, humanity, respect, love.
Entertainment has become violence and blood. Killing, fighting, competing by demeaning others. It has engulfed our social fabric, so much so that we are attached to it every waking moment. Television, computer, cell phone, tablet. Even while we eat, meet with others, or meet with our family.
Even music has become violent. We continue to divide under the guise of tolerance. We have difficulty reaching agreements or compromising in a world begging for agreement and peace. We have lied to our children about sex, and gods, and God, and resources . . . and money.
We have the capability to communicate with anyone in the world. Yet we rarely do. Except to argue, bicker or insult. We have prevented our children in the schools the one communication outside of themselves, capable of providing them solace and companionship with our Divine universe, God. We have deprived them of Spirituality and Nature. We have deserted the only human quality that sets us apart from inanimate organisms, sincerity with each other.
For thousands of years the human species has had weapons. Rocks, spears, arrows, guns, cannons and worse. Weapons that were used for protection, freedom and food. Yes, we have seen those weapons destroy. But without them we would not survive, or have the capability to defend ourselves, our homes, our families, our possessions and our freedoms.
And suddenly, at this point in history, students turn against other students. Using weapons to end the lives of other students . . . at random.
And you ask why?