Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Holiday Thoughts

Today in the United States many are out celebrating the birth of our nation with parades, much flag waving, barbecues, fireworks, etc.  The month of July contains three national holidays, Canada Day, Bastille Day and Independence Day, and marking such occasions is a part of what we as humans do.

But I would ask that we take a moment to reflect on all those who can't or aren't allowed to celebrate.  In the United States we proclaim that all are created free and equal, but the reality has always been much different.  In the beginning free and equal was only for white propertied males.  Over the years the qualifications have changed so that more are included, at least at some level.    But we are still far off the mark.  Women are still treated as second class citizens who earn less then men.  The GLBTQ (Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgendered/Queer) community cannot marry and in fact in many states must stay in the closet to keep a job.  Children go to bed hungry every night, denied the right to food and medical care.  And the list goes on and on.  We still have a very long way to go to meet the ideals set forth in the United States Constitution.

And what about those who feel entitled to more than equal rights?  There are wealthy people (not all, I hasten to add) who feel that they have a right not to pay their fair share of taxes.  There is Corporate America which feels entitled to grab anything it wants, raping, pillaging, and plundering with wanton disregard for anything other than their own profits.  And there is the mainstream media, determined that it knows what the viewing/listening/reading public needs to know and how this knowledge should be spoon fed to the masses.  These are just a few of the instances of the improper distribution of rights.

The United States is far from being alone in the unequal distribution of rights.  We rank 13th in most lists of countries by quality of life factors, so 12 nations are doing a better job and many others are doing a lesser job.  But I would like to see this emphasis on nations and boundaries abolished.  The bottom line is that our entire planet, the source of life for all creatures, is being cannibalized and each of us needs to stop and think about the health of our Mother Earth.  Endangered species certainly do not have equal rights, and they too deserve them as do all species.  We need to put the health of the planet above everything else, above profits, above nationalism, above so called progress.  If we don't, the planet will fight back and it will not be pretty.  We are already feeling the effects of global warming and it will only get worse.  We already have wars and acts of terrorism caused by the unequal distribution of rights and assets.  Selfishness, be it on the individual level or the national level, will destroy us all.

As humankind becomes more "advanced," so to speak, it seems to lose its connection to the earth and the remaining species.  Humans are not more important, more intelligent, more deserving than any other species.  We just think we are and we are the only species capable of carrying out mass destruction on every conceivable level.  It is time that we realized that we don't own this planet.  We have no more right to live here than do the birds in the trees or the fish in the oceans.  We need to work together to save all life.

So wherever you are and whenever you celebrate your nation's glory, please remember those who can't celebrate.  As you wave your flag and cheer the parades, remember those who are missing.  And together let's see if we can't work together to make Mother Earth our first priority so that life is better for all.


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    1. Thanks, Lydia! I really appreciate that!

  2. wow!! Great thoughts. Well put. Thought provoking.
    We all to often, as a people seem to think we are above everything. In everyway. Taking what we want, whenever and however we can. Big and small. Rich and poor. Certainly not everyone, but more than most people could imagine. And most of us, unfortunaly don't seem to 'get it'. Wanting everything, they/we don't Understand what we are doing. As a people. To each other. To mother earth. And that is not saying everyone is a bad person. But don't you think, all to many people just don't see what is happening?
    At any rate-terrific posting!!

    1. Thanks, Kathy, and yes, the command to take dominion over all things has been way overdone as has the command to create and multiply. I do think that way too many folks don't see or understand. They are working too hard just to get through each day and that is why what Corporate America and the Media do is so much more heinous but there it is. We all need to think more and try in our own ways to make a difference. Really appreciate your comment! It means a lot!

  3. so the big question is or becomes, HOW do we, as a people, get the rest of people to step back and see and listen and then do something?
    The article I wrote for the magazine was more or less about this same issue. How to get people to move, to think, to do something towards making a better world. And there is no question that the Media controls, and rules the world. It is interesting, to me, how in the last year (or maybe even two) people are talking. Openly. ABout polictics, about the state of things, about the world. Both close by, and in the bigger picture. People seem to want a change. Pick almost any topic and they will talk about it, have a voice and an opinon. In all my years of working with the public I have never seen people so, um, so angry, so wanting a differince. So maybe, just maybe change will happen. I guess change does happen, not always the change we want and need, and certainly not at the level and speed we need and desire, but it does happen. And your right too, so many folks just are trying to get thru one more day. One more week. Its hard to have the engery to get involed. To roll up our sleves, so to speak, dig into the problem and make changes. And a lot of people feel that they really have no voice. That thier vote doesn't matter or count. That one body isn't helpful. ANd of course it is. Because all thoses 'ones' add up to hundred, then thousands. Of $. Of workers. Of peoples brains working the problem.....Each problem can be an opportunity to faciltate change...that is the first step, seeing not problems but opportunities....instead of seeing a roadblock, if we see "it' as an opportunity to change how we do something about-whatever "it" is....Maybe then we can each start to make a differance.
    Must head off to bed...tomorrow is another new day, full of opportunities

    It really starts with gettign people to stop & think. So simply. So complicated....

    again great post...

    1. Yes, the big question is How and I think the only real answer is that we need to, as Gandhi said, "be the change we want to see in the world." And if we can individually stop and think, as you say, and change our way of looking at things and then "walk our talk" things will change for the better but it won't happen as fast as most of us would like. But at the same time, rapid changes, called revolutions, are very uncomfortable and rarely last. And yes, seeing opportunities and not problems would also be a major help. Thanks again for your thoughts and I can't wait to read your article!!!