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As The Light Dims Slowly: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on December 3, 2013

I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night

Sometime during the golden slumbers of my night I dreamed. Floating high above Earth, I looked down with sleepy eyes and watched the lights slowly extinguish. No worries I said. Nighttime here is daytime there, and daytime here is nighttime there, and surely the lights will be shining brightly somewhere…but no…everywhere I looked, as the planet revolved on its axis, the lights continued to blink out, replaced only by darkness, darkness, be my pillow, take me away and let me sleep.

But sleep escaped me that night, and fear overtook me, for what does it mean when the light is gone? What can it mean for us all if the light finally fades from view and only the embrace of obsidian darkness is left for us? What can it mean?

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Upon Closer Inspection

The kings were fools, and Presidents and Presidents’ men were tossing the bull, tossing the wool, tossing it all in an attempt to convince the sheep that freedom is for everyone. The rich got richer, the poor got poorer, the corporations sent their henchmen to D.C. to plead for one more tax loophole, one more favorable vote, one more free pass on Glory Road, and with each act of economic tyranny the light grew dimmer.

The golden calf and chief of staff, rhyming Simons with similar quests, pushing aside the common good for the good of one, or a few, and that ain’t no democracy, closer to an oligarchy, and evil lies in the hearts of those who only care for themselves, and ain’t that the way in the good ol’ US of A?

Wall Street, small street, wheeling and a’dealing with not a care in the world for righteousness. Winner take all in this game, folks, so gather round the feeding trough and slurp down the Kook Aid. If you’re a believer then you will cash in; if not, saddle that broken down mare and find your way to the soup kitchen….and we’ll leave the light on for ya….but even that light grew dimmer in my dream.

Etched upon This Stone

And God looked down and even He with His 20/20 vision could no longer see the light. He had sent it to all, ten simple rules to live life by, only ten, not eleven, certainly not twenty, but ten, and the people gathered on Sundays and praised the Lord and hallelujah and promised their undying devotion to those ten little rules, then stepped outside that church and all bets were off.

Help the needy? Bugger off you fool; I gave ten bucks in the collection plate and I’ve got deals to make. Help the homeless? You bloody idiot, are you kidding me? Let them work just like I had to; strap on some balls and be a man, that’s what I say, and praise Jesus Christ for the Lord is my savior and he teaches me to lie down in green pastures and oh, yes, the color of money is what, now? Green, baby, green, and a lovelier shade of green has never been known. Turns out the Lord knew exactly what he was saying, and if I’m lying then I’m dying.

The Garden of Eden, as lush a place as ever has been seen, but lushness comes from water and oh, yes, light, and even in the Garden of Eden the light dimmed and the lushness faded and that garden isn’t quite as bountiful as it once was now is it?

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All Was Well at One Time

They flew across the skies and crawled upon the ground, and killing was for survival and turns out Darwin knew a thing about survival now didn’t he? All was well indeed for a few million years, a flicker of Time’s tail that was, and nature did its nature thing, and the air was clear and the water soothing, flora and fauna knew no limits, the perfect mixture of ingredients and a most pleasing pastry for all to snack upon……

But then…..

God went and experimented, and that experiment was man, and to that man he gave free will, and will is the root of willfulness, like a spoiled child running free and wild, and my oh my did that child ever run free, free to rape, free to pillage, free to despoil all the beauty laid out before him.

And those ten little rules gathered dust, spoken of only when they could be used to validate the excuses and blatant lies and greed that soon ruled the lands, and with each act of godliness the light grew dimmer….and dimmer….and dimmer.

And Welcome to 2013

And can it get any worse? Well of course it can my friends, because if man has proven one thing in all the time he has inhabited this planet, it is that he has an unlimited capacity for ruthlessness, complacency, apathy and cruelty. Look all around you and tell me I’m full of it. Go ahead, I’ll wait, give me some reason to hope; give me some reason to raise my hands and rejoice in the glory that is mankind.

But even if I could raise my hands; even if I had an inclination to do so; nobody would see them because the lights are dimmer still.

And as the lights dimmed and flickered out in my dream, fear rushed in to extinguish any semblance of hope. They gathered in their meeting halls and drew up plans for defense. They constructed heavy drawbridges, and cities were protected by giant walls, and if you were a stranger then God help you because the hand of civility was bitten off by greed long ago.

Don’t include them in our protected cocoon; they’re the wrong color and you know damn well they are to blame for all that is wrong. Don’t include that group over there; everyone knows they are heathen and don’t believe in the Lord God Almighty, and if they don’t believe then we don’t believe in them, so screw them and the horses they rode in on. Hurry, men, put more plaster to those walls. Make them thick, now, and man the battle turrets and pass the ammunition….but the ammunition sits untouched for how can one shoot in anger when the light is now completely extinguished and hopelessness is all that remains.

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It Was Only a Dream

Well of course it was. Look around you; there is still light, right? But man alive it seemed so real. Had me sweating bullets while I dreamed, and you know what they say about dreams, right? Nah, that can’t be true, dreams really aren’t a portent of the future, right? There is no chance we will be plunged into darkness, right? There is no chance we will completely lose our way, right? There is no chance we will forget those ten simple rules, or start blaming each other, or live the remainder of our lives in fear, right? There is no chance we will remain prisoners of our basest character defects, right? We will surely stop eating our young, our aged, our poor and our helpless, right? We will surely see the error of our ways, right, because history is there to show us the way if we only listen…if we only see…if we are only willing.

Right?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I sure love your thoughts here and do hope all do and can see the error of the ways, because let's face it the world would totally be a better place. Now that is a dream and hopefully reality I could get behind. Thanks as always and have a wonderful day ahead now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, the old saying, if you can dream it you can live it....I hope that saying is true because I'm fed up with what's happening around us. Thank you for being first once again my loyal friend.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well, my book says it will get much worse before it gets better but the good news is we don't have to be of the world but we do need to live by that ten to reap the benefits while we are here and never forget that Jesus said, love.... above all things.

      Great sermon, Bill.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for this thought filled piece of peace. I am reminded that we must look and see that many lights are out, but that we can relight them. Now let us go light some fires today.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, we can indeed relight those fires. I'm got my torch ready to go, buddy. Let's do it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love always, Jackie. Easier said than done, but very necessary.

      Thank you my dear friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, this hub certainly packs a punch, Bill! Let's pray the world sees what we are doing wrong and start mending our ways. Your dream is one I don't want to see come true!

      Excellent Dan Fogelberg video. His intro is very humbling.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sha! Fogelberg was one of my favorite all-time performers. :)

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      It reminds me of all the prophesies of the end times. Our news has more murders, robberies etc reported every night to the point I don't know if I should even be watching it. The political channels are even more than upsetting. Things need to change, but it is going to need a major movement.

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      Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

      Kindred, you have outdone yourself with this piece. This is equal to any of the writings of the great prophets throughout history. Is it a warning? Yes. Is it frightening? Yes. Will we listen? Some will. You are doing your part (and more) to light the way and for that, you should sleep without the terror of dark dreams. I applaud you my friend. This is awesome.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Sounds like you turned into a Brit in your dream.

      Beautiful writing, as usual, my friend. Thanks for always keeping our feet on the ground.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      A daunting look at human nature through your own dream and feelings. Sometimes I wonder about life--particularly as I get older. As ways very thought provoking.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What a beautiful way to express what needs to be said and done. How poetic and prophetic your words are and at the same time comforting. Even in the darkness, we know there is light. Thank you for this thought provoking article.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know the answer to your question, Barbara, but I hope the change comes soon in whatever form. Thank you for your thoughts....by the way, I won't watch the news. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, thank you my dear. It took awhile for this one to surface, but then it just exploded out of me in a half hour. I feel better now that it is out. :) Thank you dear friend. Sending you hugs.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I did go a bit Brit, didn't I? LOL Not sure where that came from.

      Oh, I suspect that your feet are firmly planted in reality.

      Thank you Lizzy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I wonder about life much more today than I did forty years ago...then I was too busy having fun and being self-possessed.

      Thank you Miss Loyal. I hope you are well and seeing some success.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Randi, thank you very much. I like your interpretation of my free form verse.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      A masterpiece! I love the analogy. It's scary but you're so right and this hits home. I like the line 'will is the root of willfulness' - certainly is. Doesn't free will get abused? It's synonymous with 'I'll do what I want'. Bit like those war memorials that say 'lest we forget'; our memory sure as hell doesn't work very well.

      This rolls along gathering momentum, becoming more forceful as it does so. Great rhythm and flow. You've been listening to those writing tutorials of yours, haven't you, bill?!! Superb. Ann

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      Mark G Weller 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Incredible Bill, A shared dream, a voice in the night, isn't this what god does for us....Gives us notes to share.

      Well done my friend.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for sharing your realistic dream. We are to be the light in this dark world and some are doing their part and many are adding to the darkness. It is our individual choice. I choose to be a light! Peace and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you so much. I wanted momentum to grow and it's nice to know I achieved that goal. Willfulness...my goodness, when will we ever learn?

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mark, my friend....best wishes to you as you carry on the fight.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you are light indeed. Now all we have to do is clone you a few million times. :)

      blessings and thanks always

      bill

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      Maria Ruiz 3 years ago

      This is wonderful. I love the way you flow the words. This is poetry. This is real writing. You are amazing. Good I read this I am so mad with people these days, they sure know how to step on others so cold, hard and mean.

      You are on the right path I love your heart.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, and I love your heart as well. Where there is hope.....the light will always shine. Thank you my dear, and blessings to you and Greg always.

      bill

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great insightful hub Bill. I hold great belief that dreams hold a lot of truth. The unfortunate thing is that many people have the mindset, "I am only one person, what difference can I make?" We have to get over that type of thinking and do everything to make a change, "From little things, big things grow". I have read a quote I like but can't remember who said it, "Don't wait for the light at the end of the tunnel. March down there and light the bloody thing yourself."

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill - I got goosebumps as I read, for there is such greed and cruelty--bounded by apathy--not only in the USA (where it's rampant), but all over this planet. I wish I could feel more hopeful about the future, but I'm afraid my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will pay an awful price. I keep hoping that enough good people will step forward and DO SOMETHING to turn the tide.

      You really should collect all of your stream-of-consciousness pieces and publish them together, Bill. When you write in this format, the result is electrifying!

      Fogleberg was perfect for this hub. Voted Up++++ and shared.

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, thank you very much. I love this format....and much of it is in the novel I am working on. I hope others like it as much as I do. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...John, I love that quote. My goodness, when will people come to realize that we are all in this together? Nothing is going to change unless the little guy stands up and demands change and then is willing to be the instrument of that change.

      Anyway, my preaching is done for the day. Thank you Sir!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill, I read comments along with your article. Like your written words,

      some have positive outlooks and some have not so positive thoughts on the situation of our earth, today.

      I read and watch much on the history channel. Never cared for history until this stage in my life. Like you, I wonder, can it get any worse?

      But, when I look back hundreds of years, there seemed be little more than chaos enveloping the entire world. This earth has never been in a state of peace or harmony.

      It has been brother against brother, tribe against tribe, nationality against nationality, country against country, color against color, religion

      against other religions or a social hierarchy that encompass only those born into its stately ranks, leaving many with not much more than deplorable conditions in which to live.

      Dan Fogelberg is my man. The last time I looked, my tribute to him was still on his web page. Chickasaw blood runs in my veins. But, do not think for a minute that the Native Americans lived in a state of harmony. They were intensely territorial and through the centuries, fought over

      hunting grounds and fishing rights and bragging rights.

      And, in the animal kingdom, it is much the same, with an 'eat or be eaten' way of life for their state of survival.

      You have given us much to think about.

      I do what I can with my therapy dog, as we try to bring smiles into wrinkled faces whose eyes have been dulled by decades of disappointments.

      That is my calling, at this time in my life.

      "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.."

      Thanks for shaking us to the core, from time to time.

      I always say, 'this comment will be short' and then I write enough for a short hub.

      Sorry about that!

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, DJ, I would worry if your comment was short. I would think I had written a stinker. Write all you like my friend; you are compassionate and passionate and I'll read your comments any old day. What a great supporter you are.

      As for the state of the world....raise awareness...that's what I'm all about. I have no desire to sugar-coat things; that solves nothing. I simply want to get people engaged and end the complacency and apathy that threaten to drown us in yawns.

      Have a great day DJ and thank you!

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Bill,

      Your words are “True Grit” dream or not. I know our world is not perfect, but it has never been. And don’t get me started on politics.

      I live by the simple rule of---if Jesus could die for me, then I will live for him---and let my little light shine and appreciate the simple things in life. I do not worry about who has what---the have and have not’s are few and many.

      The lights will never dim or go out in ‘True Americans’ hearts, and I will always support and fight for the rights of all no matter their bank account number or no bank account.

      I love the way your mind works---never stop being you.

      Your Friend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, thank you as always my friend. No, the light will never go out. I do believe that. I think we need to start moving in a positive direction, and I see signs of it happening...and of course it isn't happening as fast as I want....but I have faith.

      bill

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Billy, very thoughtful post. You have raised so many points, but the world will go on. Thanks for a wonderful post

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I am back to make another comment..It is amazing to me how our perception of life gradually changes to be more aware of our mortality. Something happened recently that would have triggered some amazing emotions in the past.. and now I have far more self preservations.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting comment, Carol, and I agree with you. There is little that can happen that would really shake me to the core....and it's only been in the last ten years that I have reached that point in life. Thanks for the return comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you MG and you are right of course...the world will go on.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, this is an awesome piece of writing. You have the ability to make us look back in time, then see the now, and it is not pretty. The ten commandents, so simple, yet we refuse to follow the teachings. The golden rule is the basis for happiness and goodwill. ' Love your neighbor as yourself. ' If we all would do that, just think, there would be no envy, no hate. Thank you for sharing your dream..Bravo...

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      SilverGenes 3 years ago

      Ah Bill, you know I am with you on this 100%. Fantastic job in presenting the reality in what I could only describe as poetry at its finest! Your dream is what many of us feel/fear coming. In my dream, the lights were out already and the night lit only by explosions here and there... and still no one cared. They gathered on porches and watched as fires erupted down the street. As long as it didn't touch their own house, they did nothing but observe. I hope my dream and yours are merely that—just dreams. I hope that there are enough good people to stand tall and get back to living for real, on the earth, appreciating the glorious life this planet offers. As for giving you a reason to hope? People like you. People who have written the comments on here. We may be down but not out yet. The Dan Fogelberg video is really good and a perfect complement to your words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I'll take OMG as a comment any old day. Thank you so much. I love this style of writing; it is when I feel most natural and believe it is my true voice. I am very appreciative of your comment and of course, of you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, how remarkable that you had a similar dream. I love the images of neighbors standing on the porch watching the fires but doing nothing about them....well, I don't love the thought of it being reality but it is a brilliant image. Thank you very much for your kind words.

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      ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

      Bill

      You do truly help writers spread their wings to fly

      To the point awesome

      UP

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ziyena....I do my best. :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      There are so many sides to you, Bill. I admire and learn from each one of them. Your language in the section, "Etched . . ." is very effective. This is an exceptionally great piece.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Dora! Your words mean a great deal to me. I hope you are having a wonderful week my friend.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome write here, so much has changed over time and you amaze me with your thoughts.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Wow..this is incredible writing! Bill at his very best. I'm reading this on the train from work so I'm much too tired to write what I'm feeling, so all I can say is, as long as there is a light as bright as yours still shinning, there is hope. My best as always.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill

      Feeling that beat poet sound masterfully executed. So many poetic lines, but the one that really gets to the heart of it for me is "the hand of civility was bitten off by greed long ago." Just powerful!

      Kim

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      I have had very similar dreams Bill. Great job in putting words to this dream that I dearly hope does not come true.

      You were in "the zone" writing this great work.

      Have a great and blessed day my friend.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Bill you have no equal when it comes to putting into words what so many are thinking. "all bets were off"...I wonder if they really are. The ten has fallen by the wayside and humanity along with it. There is light though Bill, light from you and others like you. We are the light of the world and as long as we continue the light will continue.

      You are so right, "if we only see, if we only listen, if we are only willing" we can keep this going and one day our children and our children's children will know what it is like to live in a good world. A world filled with love and hope. That has to be our dream, with the lights on!

      So very well done. Voted all but funny, shared and pinned.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Change is needed everywhere Bill. That dream of yours reads likes a nightmare in parts. Were you glad to awake to what you still have over there? You are right though, the undercurrent of discontent swirls in the uk as well as the usa.

      I think it was Churchill who said, 'The price of freedom is eternal vigilance'.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, DDE. Yes, times have changed....for the better? I'm not so sure, but it is what it is and we need to adjust.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, thank you so much my friend. This is the kind of writing I love to do, and it's nice to have it appreciated.

      Blessings to you my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, that means a great deal to me. Thank you for your kind words.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Greg, I was in the zone on this one. Thanks for noticing. I wish I could reside in that zone every day that I write. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I do have hope...in us...and in our children.....and I hope that came out in this work. Thank you my friend and a very Happy Birthday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Graham, we need more people on vigilance detail and soon. Thank you my friend. I really am glad you enjoyed this, and hopefully some people who need to read this will.

      bill

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      It feels like a really bad nightmare! We have to be vigilant and do our best and create a better world. Unfortunately, I don't have the recipe but I think if we each do our part, that's a beginning!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's a huge beginning, Joelle. I'm all for trying. :)

      Thank you!

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Wow Bill it was only a matter of time when this prophetic vision would burst open , Good evening my friend.

      You were brave enough to say what some others still holding back. The One announcing writings on the wall exposes himself to vulnerability , knowing or not , has supernatural protection. The events of our days are bringing to memory of an event in which darkness of immorality has extinguished light of patience at ' Sodom ' place, where a friend was negotiating with a messenger of the great I AM who having enough, ,needed to terminate one social system by a very well earned wage . ( A few still believe that wages of sin is death). His plea was simple : " will you sweep away righteous with the wicked ?"

      So, cheer up with me all of you who know right and apply if in daily affairs. Not all are destroyed at the time when darkness is owner. Those who are willing to see themselves as they are , they are not only blessed they will inherit the earth , - meaning we let the light shine , connected to the source " I AM light of the world." . A previous comeenter said it will become worse before getting better. So what ?! A prophet has been fed by a bird, bringing him everyday the best stake ever , while the rest - well were reaping their perverted crops.

      Looking at your dream I see the real thing . Encouraged . Much bolder then while ago to connect as many as possible to see with open eyes the way leading toward new social system in which righteousness will be at home.

      Voted hig up and awesome.

      Good night and blessings .

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello Michael my friend! As always it is so good of you to stop by my humble home for a conversation. :)

      Will things get worse? I believe so! Am I concerned? Absolutely not! I will live my life as I was taught to live it, with compassion and love; I have faith that those "weapons" will conquer all eventually.

      Wonderful reflections tonight, Michael. I hope one day we can sit in person and discuss life as the old friends that we are.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Where there is dark, there can also be light, if only a little. We just have to try and make it shine as bright as it can.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's the plan, vkwok, or at least it should be for all of us. Thanks for your reflections on this.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This is writing that moves the soul and stirs the heart into action. It is so powerful. Your photos are an excellent enhancement. I almost see no hope for our nation, but I am still going to do my part to help and pray for others, even if it is just one drop in the ocean. Sharing this post with others... it should be shared with those in DC.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wow! I really enjoyed reading this. I am glad to find out I am not the only person to have 'floating' dreams. LOL Seriously, your subconscious is speaking in this piece. That is what comes out in our dreams. I don't know if there are enough of us like you, that really care and can turn things around in this country and world. It is so overwhelming some days I just have to turn off the news and now listen to all the rot that is going on in our country today. I walk out in nature (what is left of it) and I am refreshed and renewed, but there is so much darn corruption at all levels of government and society I don't even know where to begin to try to right it. Your article says volumes about the state of the union today.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, can those in Dianna see? I know they can read but can they see? If so then there is hope for them. In the meantime, like you, I'll do my little part to make things better. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, if I allow it all to overcome me then it will. It would be so easy to do, just live in my bubble and hope it all goes away...but people like us, Suzette, won't do that, and there is the hope. Thank you for your honest comment.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Powerful prose, my friend, let us only hope your dream is not prophetic. But there surely are pessimistic signs and happenings all around us, are there not? Will we all awake in time?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Damn, drbj, I sure hope we do. I have faith as long as I am surrounded by a community of writers like yourself. :)

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Firstly, you always protest you are not a poet, which evidently you are; the natural rythmn and ryhming within this article superb.

      Secondly and more importantly, I love this article very much. Your open and honest review of the sad state humanity has brought upon it's self through greed and self interest is outstanding.

      It wasn't a dream it was real. The evidence screams out as you anywhere in our world.

      We are all a part of a bigger picture but we seem to have lost that in our scramble for shiny trinkets.

      Light will always overcome darkness in the end so I suppose we must each try to make the light shine a little brighter.

      My favourite of all your hubs.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I must apologise for my missing words!

      I feel strongly about this and your article ignited my hatred of injustice; so much so, that in my tiny editing window I didn't proofread I just added more!

      Your words stirred my emotions Mr Holland, the markings of a true writer.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I love to hear that a hub is a favorite of someone's. Thank you for that. I try to constantly improve, so your affirmation tells me that at least occasionally I am doing that. Your comment is invaluable to me. Thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, no apology needed. The fact that my article stirred that in you is a huge compliment for me and I thank you. I, too, can become incensed when I think of society today. I hope we see the light soon.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Your dream sure got me hooked. I just love reading your words you always bring me into a new world, offer me new thoughts and most importantly always inspire.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, I happily accept your words of praise and I thank you for them. Blessings to you my friend on this cold Sunday morning.

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      Valleypoet 3 years ago

      Reading this, and then thinking about H.O.W, made me think about the Carl Rogers quote "when I look at the world I'm pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic."......maybe, just maybe.....one person at a time?!...I have similar dreams like this too Bill now and again, sometimes it's the Sun burning up the Earth, or it may be the rain, heavy and relentless, flooding our planet. I awake, hoping the dream wasn't in some way prophetic.

      Thank you for this reflection Bill, and perhaps (even if it is just one person) it is a wake up call too:-))

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valley, I don't know any other way to combat the wrongs in this world other than one person at a time. Let's hope that message reaches many this holiday season. Thank you!

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      When I started reading this hub, it was like poetry. The more I read, the more I realized it was some serious poetry. You are doing a great job when you make people aware of the cruel world we live in, and you really make this world a better place by writing hubs like these. Thank you Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Made! This is the kind of writing I love to do. They are hard and they take me a long time, but with this one I was happy with the results.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Billy! This Hub has a serious message. When my grandfather passed away the day before Thanksgiving, he was ready to go. I was so thankful the time had come where he would find peace at the end of his 86 year journey on earth. Our life is like a vapor.

      As I sat in Church this past Sunday, I thought about the money I pay for cable television every week. I thought, why? Why do we need cable? If I could donate the same amount to people who need it, then our service to others who need help will be satisfactory enough.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crafty, a great message as always....thank you for that. We don't have cable tv but I remember the days planted in front of the tv, channel surfing and wasting time and money. I love your line...."life is like a vapor."

      Thank you my friend.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes, wake up and smell the roses and feel the needs...

      A lesson in paying attention and doing the right thing perhaps?? In our own little corner of this planet, trying to make sense of it all and to help turn around the wrongs we see.

      I cannot help but believe that we will find our way...I remain cautiously optimistic while knowing that improving what is wrong and enlarging what is right will only happen if we care enough and try enough to make a difference.

      keep your voice loud and clear my Friend.

      Know that many Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I used to do more of these but in truth it started to depress me. What is wrong can be overwhelming....and yet we simply cannot lose sight of all that is right in this world.

      Keep the light burning...one person at a time.

      blessings and hugs winging their way to you

      bill

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