Heather Heyer Believed in Activism

Charlottesville, Virginia will now forever be known for the violence that erupted there, and for the murder of a young American woman, Heather Heyer, who was bold enough to make her presence known by lending her light to the dark void of racism, gave the ultimate sacrifice of her life, on Saturday, August 13, 2017.

Thank you Heather. You will not be forgotten.

Hundreds demonstrate in downtown Los Angeles for victims of Charlottesville tragedy and against racism, USA - 13 Aug 2017

Ms. Heyer lived alone with her Chihuahua, Violet, who was named after her favorite color. For her, activism was about more than just “sitting behind your computer screen,” Ms. Blair said. “You gotta get out in your community and do things.”

There are so many people who are better able to articulate their feelings on the events of this past week, that I decided to post a few of their comments here. My own feelings continue to range from anger to dismay to depression over what is happening in this country.

I’ve heard some say that you can’t erase history, which is somehow their confused and nonsensical argument against removing monuments to America’s traitors, which high-light a shameful time in this country when some Americans thought it a fine thing to own other human beings. In fact, our misguided southern ancestors (I am a southerner) thought slavery was such a good idea that they started a war over states’ rights, just so they could continue to own other humans. And get this… many of them claim(ed) to be followers of the one known as Jesus the Christ.

How clueless can people be? 

For the record, as a southerner, I have ancestors who fought in the Civil War. It does not change the fact that they were wrong. States’ rights should never be allowed to strip other human beings of their own rights, one of which is freedom.

Fine People

Our president has claimed that “fine” people were at the Charlottesville rally.

Really?

Since when do fine people walk around with Nazi flags?

Since when do “fine” people devote time to defend monuments of America’s traitors, while not giving a second thought to those currently starving in America, or to those who cannot afford adequate health care?

Stephen Colbert expresses my own feelings about the ridiculousness of those claiming we are trying to erase history…

“Yes, taking down a statue is totally changing history. Because the main way anybody learns about history is through statue-based study. That’s how we know that Abraham Lincoln was 20-feet tall and loved sitting down.”

Stephen Colbert

James Corden was actually able to make me smile with the comment below… and smiles have been rare since last Saturday. This was in reference to Trump’s speech yesterday. Trump makes a fairly good speech denouncing white supremacy, the KKK, Nazis, etc., and then follows it up the next day with ignorant remarks about “fine” people.

“Apparently Trump went off-script and improvised all of these remarks during a press conference that was about infrastructure, which is terrible, because I’m pretty sure the first rule of infrastructure is whatever you do, don’t burn bridges.”

James Corden

Heather Heyer believed in activism. That’s why she was in harm’s way. She was there to defend the rights of those whom the alt-right Rally wished to squash.

There is so much more to be said.

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Myths and Mythology

As a child, I always thought of myths and mythology as tales of ancient times with no hint of truth.

I was carefully shielded from the fact that most religious beliefs are categorized as myths and mythology.

Oh the tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive.

Shame on religious fanatical maniacs.

Obviously, there is seldom any proof of myths, yet many cultures swear by the mythology that has been passed down to them for generations.

This is precisely why religions fall into the category of mythology in academia.

Christians also fall into this category.

Just so you know.

It’s time for all of humanity to examine WHY they believe what they believe.

If it’s simply because that’s what you were told as a child, then that’s not good enough.

Once upon a time, children were told that the world was flat. 

Remember that.

“Greek mythology is largely made up of stories about gods and goddesses, but it must not be read as a kind of Greek Bible, an account of the Greek religion.  According to the most modern idea, a real myth has nothing to do with religion.  It is an explanation of something in nature:  how, for instance, anything and everything came into existence; men animals, this or that tree or flower . . . Myths are early science, the result of men’s first trying to explain what they saw around them.  But there are many so-called myths that explain nothing at all.  These tales are pure entertainment, the sort of thing people would tell one another on a long winter’s evening. . . . But religion is here, too.”

–Edith Hamilton, Mythology

“Myths concern us not only for the part they play in all primitive, illiterate, tribal, or non-urban cultures . . .; not only for the grip that versions of ancient Greek myths have gained through the centuries on the literary culture of the Western nations; but also because of man’s endearing insistence on carrying quasi-mythical modes of thought, expression, and communication into a supposedly scientific age.”

–G. S. Kirk, Myth: Its Meaning and Functions

For more quotes, meanings and explanations of myth, see http://faculty.gvsu.edu/websterm/mythdefinitions.htm

Portfolio.com hits Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen is quite possibly the most inspiring speaker I have ever heard.

Whether you agree with his statements or not, one would almost have to agree that Osteen has great insight into the human psyche.

There are many professionals and other highly educated pastors and psychiatrists who do not come close to touching the masses in such a profound manner. joel-o

Joel Osteen delivers good news, a message of hope.

The August edition of Portfolio.com had an article by Karl Taro Greenfeld covering a service by Osteen in North Carolina.  It’s obvious Greenfeld doesn’t approve of Osteen, and yet he still gives us a pretty good example of how the “down and out” crowd views Osteen and his message of hope.

Osteen doesn’t accept a salary from the Church, but instead makes more than enough from his own books and cds. He even tithes nearly half of his income back into the ministry, according to some staffers who spoke to Greenfeld.

Since he couldn’t find fault with the salary, Greenfeld decided to bring up the issue of how much money this ministry and other similar ministries spend to get their message out to the masses.

Hmmmm.

Wonder if he (Greenfeld) would be interested in how much money a rock group spends to take their music message to the world?

I also wonder if the rock band members are donating nearly half of their salary to charities?

Why does anyone care how much any group spends to get their message across to the masses?

Next we’ll be condemning Pepsii for spending all of that money on advertising when they could be doing so much more good by helping the poor and poverty stricken individuals who will spend their last buck on a soda.

As for Joel Osteen’s message of prosperity, I don’t understand why so-called conservative Christians have a problem with it. If you believe that the Creator is your Father, then surely you believe that He wants you to prosper just as your biological Father would want you to prosper. What’s the problem?

The crowd is eager, multiracial, and well-intentioned. We want to hear good words, have uplifting thoughts, be inspired by a positive message. Who doesn’t? We are here to escape our worries, or even better, to overcome them with hope. These are uncertain times, and we all feel the pangs of doubt. Can we pay our mortgage? Will we keep our job? When will we finally achieve the plus-size life we have been visualizing? Listening to Osteen, it all sounds so easy. Delete those negative thoughts. Focus on the positive. We are victors, not victims.

It may sound easy, but it isn’t.

Ask any teacher, psychologist or psychiatrist how difficult it is to change your attitude about something or someone. It is not easy.

Most people, apparently including Mr. Greenfeld, don’t believe that they have many negative thoughts in any given day. That’s because we don’t “register” every thought and thought process. We have many negative thoughts and we express many negative thoughts with our words.

Examples:

  • Another day another dollar.
  • What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
  • I hate this traffic.
  • I hate my job.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a little bell that would ring every single time we had a negative thought so that we could re-think it?

No, Mr. Greenfeld, it’s not easy.

The plan may sound simple, but putting it into action takes dedication, perseverance and time.