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Don’t complain if you’re not willing to make the sacrifice of time to, at least, read about what concerns you. If you abdicate your involvement---you get out what you put in.

To my father---as tough as an authoritarian as he was, he planted the seeds for this work. Did he know what he was doing?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ravi--Clementi, Tyler Too

This is a tragedy on both sides; and the world doesn’t even know they’re all culpable—including, believe it or not, Clementi’s mother. She, and I surmise her husband, set the stage for this tragedy as she proudly displayed the cross around her neck, at Ravi’s sentencing, while claiming she thought she knew her son. What she didn’t realize is what that cross represented, prevented him from talking about his true feelings to his own mother at some point in time. He obviously didn’t feel comfortable enough, ever, to reveal his inner conflict to anyone that could have made a difference. Should the world of homosexuality be that painful—the oppression too great a weight to bear? 

Ravi was just an immature victim of the same cross, hardly knowing any more at his age that there were other ways of life. I’ve had three teenage boys, not to mention my feelings of know-it-allness at that age. A freshman in college? What a strange time. Leaving the cocoon, attempting to navigate all the mommy daddy lessons and training, and yet appear to have life under control. 

I think the judge was sensitive in his sentence. Ravi didn’t lead to the suicide. It was the last straw that broke the oppressed camel’s back. We all know that one right? Although it was an immature act, I doubt there is true hatred enough to imitate three white men chain dragging a black Texas man behind a truck on a dirt road. Parts of that soul’s body, worn to the bone, were found scattered around. A heavier sentence here wouldn’t send any message. The message here is that bullying of people who are thought to be inferior to others because of behavior, looks, or other man-made created differences, must be addressed. Bullying is systemic to humanity’s core; not his genetic makeup, but his behavioral training. The seeds for it have been planted. Unfortunately, most people like you and I pass these tenets of divisiveness down to our children every day; and then we are aghast when they’re acted on. That's what Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation is attempting to address.

Ravi—the poor immature teen saw something that he was aware in life but probably never had to deal with it firsthand. He giggled his way bullying on the Road to Hatred.

Too bad the parents got a memo years ago and they’ve been passing it down ever since. It was the one in their bible from Leviticus. The one that said homosexuality is an abomination and those guilty should be put to death. Some people actually believe that 2500-year-old dogma. I doubt with that thought, people usually aren’t forthcoming with information; particularly if it’s self-incriminating. Look to your blind faithfulness and its demands for membership in the group, Mr. and Mrs. Clementi. You paid with your son’s life.

No Flies !         

Monday, April 23, 2012

101 Monkeys to Hatred---

102 Monkeys to Peace.  Is coming soon. The retitled book from Footprints to Hate, because that sounded like Guy Lombardo's music to have sex by, will make an epublish debut sooner than later.

The name is a play off the 100th monkey phenomenon as alluded to in Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point. The phenomenon was a myth, as much as people found the concept intriguing. People, like monkeys, will be taught behaviors. It won't spread just because a certain mass of monkeys have learned the behavior therefore the rest will just know.

We all remember the funny looking monkeys in their little hats acting in unison in the Wizard of Oz. 101 Monkeys to Hatred--  is analogous to man's inhumanity to man--just acting according to monkey groupthink for the past 2500 years. The same groupthink of myths and fantasies most of us, unwittingly, pass on to our children, but, in fact, contribute to humanity's problems it faces today.

No Flies !         

Monday, February 20, 2012

Something from Footprints to Hate

There’s plenty of hate here to go around. These are just some examples of what shows up on the Internet:

"We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves." Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983.

"We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?' Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!'" Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.

Israeli Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, Inferring that killing isn't murder if the victim is Gentile. Jerusalem Post, June 19,1989: "Jewish blood and a goy's [gentile's] blood are not the same."

"Zionist colonization must either be terminated or carried out against the wishes of the native population. This colonization can, therefore, be continued and make progress only under the protection of a power independent of the native population - an iron wall, which will be in a position to resist the pressure to the native population. This is, in toto, our policy towards the Arabs...... Zionism is a colonization adventure and therefore it stands or falls by the question of armed force. It is important... to speak Hebrew, but, unfortunately, it is even more important to be able to shoot - or else I am through with playing at colonizing." Vladimir Jabotinsky, The Iron Wall, 1923.

And I’m sure there are equal sentiments on the Arab side. But I have no clue as to whether these statements are true or not. That’s the unverifiability at some point of the internet. But my sense is that actions are speaking louder than words. And at the end of the day, we’ve seen the power of religious persuasion, the power of those with agendas to attain their ends regardless of the cost to others.  It’s a mindset that’s perpetuated through ignorance. The ignorance to believe that one is superior to another.

I believe there has to be a grain of supremacist truth because we’ve heard these verifiable thoughts from others for eons. If people of African origin and Native American Indians are considered inferior races, why should we think the founders of Zionism were any different than the Teddy, They are sure to come when a masterful people, still in its raw barbarian prime, finds itself face to face with a weaker and wholly alien race which holds a coveted prize in its feeble grasp Roosevelts of the time?  I find it hard to believe that the tenacity and ability to achieve the conquering of a people comes with pacifist notions, but on the contrary, requires a ruthless passion. The taking of something believed to be stolen can only be accomplished with the venom of entitlement.

The world has paid a high price for enabling the return of some religious zealots to a homeland that was, actually, a homeland to practically all of humanity. They paid their price for a “chosenness” never understood by others, for bluster that accompanies the list of human universals as a cat arches its back and blows up its tail, a porcupine spreads it needles, Saddam says he has weapons of mass destruction, Iran says they’ll defend themselves with bombs and humanity continues down the path of deterrence by the Hobsean threat of mutual destruction. The actions of occupying colonialism are speaking louder than words.

No Flies !         

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Like Chimps on Fire!

That's what Iran and Israel portend. We live with looking over our shoulder and one eye always open because of our allies’ actions.  Israel is a convenient ally, when it’s convenient for them.  But they are also possessed with fanatic doctrine and ignorant to mere prideful bluster by an opponent.  Iran has some 25 million people—are they that crazy? 

The Hobson’s choice of mutual destruction is not mutual; Iran doesn’t have the bomb, Israel’s military capabilities presumably superior to Iran’s. It’s just a fact of life like a chess master resigns when his fight is weak. Bigger have backed down in similar situations if only to protect their own citizenry and maybe even humanity. Russia was an equal, Iran is not—Kruschev saw the light with the Cuban Missle crisis.  Perhaps Iran’s leaders are blinded by their ignorance or pride.  But better to live another day as the cliché goes; many a dog has tucked their tail between their legs only to feast on other bones. Perhaps they’ll see the day that sanctions have applied enough pressure—if they’re allowed to work.

Iran has a choice.  Continue the Saddam like bluster and face the inevitable invasion of Israel, or call it a day and get back in line. It might be unfair, Israel has a bomb and big brother; but we’ve all come across similar situations. Plenty a poker player’s bluff has been called without the loser throwing over the table. Plenty a schoolyard kid went home unfulfilled in their dreams of a Karate Kid’s finale.  Instead, Iran suffers suffocating sanctions, the alienation of its worldly neighbors, and the slow erosion of neighboring support as they, too, topple to their own internal strife.  Unfortunately, Iran’s fanatic dictators spin the story that the great satans have nothing better to do in our world of climate change, hunger, unemployment, and financial instability, among others, than focus on Iran’s teenage pursuit of independence. In some way Iranians are captive to their leaders’ ideologies; sound familiar?

But who’s going to act in the region against Israel. If it weren’t for the likes of the Eric Cantors, providing the gasoline, providing a big shadow for Israel to hide behind, where would Israel get the balls to go it alone?  Panetta and the emasculated Obama administration (in this situation) join the game and tip the board in the West’s favor.  I’m torn because I’m embarrassed for the Iranians.  They’re people with pride, equality, and much to contribute to the world—they have demonstrated it amply in the past.  But they can only be a sore loser in this game; jeopardizing their own even more.  Israel has the bomb. Iran has a nut for their own for a leader. It’s a calculated risk on Israel’s part.  They all eat their own crap—they all drink the same cool aid.  They’re just setting the table like the Bush bunch did pre Iraq; because they can. Would Iran even use their own bomb—there’s fallout you know?  Zionist inmates are running the asylum and the rest of the world runs around like chimps on fire  Why would Israel heed military restraint when they now take and settle in territory that’s clearly not theirs?  Netanyahu Zionists gone wild. Their choice here is as David Ignatius clearly states, it’s “a roll of the dice” and all we can do is plead because of our own compromised inability to have a greater say.

Will we be better off for Israel doing the dirty work? Hey, it only took 19 fanatics to kill 3000 and change our way of life for the foreseeable future.  We are slaves aren’t we, to those who fantasize about a return to a homeland that never really existed. We subsidized and armed, and enabled it for years, and we will risk the results for years to come.   We're getting used to sleeping with one eye open in our trade for pursuit of religious fantasy.

Most of the earth has drunk the potion that says there are some “chosen” some not, some superior to others, some behaviors within mankind’s human universals unacceptable to others, and some shall be disadvantaged because others determined it so. We’ve all traveled the Footprints to Hate. 
No Flies !         

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Big Lie!

Have you ever been told a big lie? How did you feel when you found out the truth? Making matters worse, it’s lies; and they’ve been treated as unquestionable facts of life; taught to the world for the past 2500 years. When I recently learned of the truth, stumbling on it actually through my travels and related reading, I became incensed for the ones who have been victimized for those thousands of years. It’s an abomination against humanity still perpetrated today. You see, I’m white, or I always thought I was; and I, along with many more, benefited from those lies of historical fiction. Yet there’s more. We’ve discovered it’s lies that have been traced back to the writing and teachings of the Bible that have resulted in the divisive byproducts of supremacy, slavery, and discrimination. It’s a life of lies that, in spite of the facts, most take for granted and are faithfully and blindly passed from generation to generation.

In 2003 the scientific results of the Human Genome Project were released: “DNA studies do not indicate that separate classifiable subspecies (races) exist within modern humans.” This simply means that any person, regardless of skin color or appearance, doesn’t have enough genetic deviation to classify them as something different from anyone else. This is an earthmoving statement. White is not white, black is not black; people who we have been told are different are not. But that’s not what I was taught from birth; nor has the rest of humanity been under that impression; because we still talk and act about race and behaviors, and the superiority and differences of some over others. Meanwhile, without some other new supporting evidence, untold millions, perhaps billions of lives continue to be adversely affected by these lies that lead to hate.

Footprints to Hate is my 200 page narrative of a baby boomer’s journey to enlightenment when confronted with new scientific information that conflicts with what we’ve been taught. It’s my journey of discovery; connecting the dots of humanity’s behavior over the centuries, examining how our religious, economic, civic, and other contrived differences continue to keep people apart; and how mankind’s treatment of one another doesn’t comport with the truth. Considering we’re in a new age of changing demographics and technological leaps, the implications for our children can be horrific. It’s time to stop the lies that foster discrimination and are making our Leave it to Beaver dream-world into Freddie Kruger’s playground of hate.

Footprints to Hate is a compelling book certain to stir conversation, debate, and controversy. It promises its readers this: You will see yourself, and your fellow humans, as you have never seen them before.
                                         No Flies !