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Eric's Monday Sermon; Democracy is Coming To The U.S.A

Updated on October 9, 2017
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Water Buffaloes Are So Cool

You can ride them if you wish but they only take direction from their child handlers. I boy maybe is too young to irrigate of harvest rice but he learns quickly to help by loving the Buffalo.
You can ride them if you wish but they only take direction from their child handlers. I boy maybe is too young to irrigate of harvest rice but he learns quickly to help by loving the Buffalo. | Source

Maybe This Is a Premise or Preface.

We go a little deep here into a human debate of the mind. I hope it is your debate and not mine. Please do not read this as though there is a test. Just let your mind rest and please and go with you gut.

Just Some Stuff To Read, Give A Second of Thought and Move On

This topic about democracy was inspired by my friend Bill who mentioned to the effect that we are moving toward civilization. And of course the song by Cohen named “Democracy is Coming to The USA”.

Understanding the great show of caring and the best of man that we have seen in our country lately, is hope inspiring. I wonder if that wonderment is an amazing result of democracy. Our empowering right to choose our representatives in governance somehow allows us to choose to do good. Our freedoms, like speech, religion, right to try and fail, and to travel. Yes we are a long way from perfect total participation in democracy. But it is coming.

Many people associate communism with a communal sharing of labor and things. Also many here in the USA associate the word with hateful dictatorial regimes. When we look at it as an evolutionary notion like true Marxism, we see it is the result of a change towards development or an industrial revolution. This is key. This social and economic unrest due to mistreatment of laborers. And if you think of it as moving along a straight temporal/time line you can see that mistreatment of certain groups also result in civil unrest and the curing of the ill is one step closer to true civilized democracy.

Take a knee at the football game? Is the result of such demonstration an act that leads us closer to or further away from our fledgling notions of freedom? Perhaps that is how we should view all development and “progress”. Yes I am invoking the right to be skeptical. What benefit of cloning outweighs the risk it may cause us until further development and pros and cons can be contemplated by those governed?

Let us not fail to address spirituality which we link here to creativity or maybe imagination. “Freedom To” is most essential here. Yes we are not addressing religion where we fear that there is a certain amount of being told what to think rather than telling us to think in freedom from oppression including guilt and ostracizing. We simply cannot agree that structured conformity is a step toward spiritual democracy.

Are we really free to think? Have you ever heard of a school class entitled “how to think on your own”? We simply do not foster free inquiry or that worn out phrase, thinking outside the box. In my home when my youngster gets out of school he is lead to play outside by himself. Get the school conformity and rules out of his head. Freeform imagination is a required course in the Dierker curriculum. Funny isn’t it that I somewhat direct that my son be without direction in order properly development of free thought – what an irony.

Think of This As Poetry Set To Tune. Let Go And Give A Thought. I Like The Part About Not Pretending To Understand The Sermon On The Mount

Throw Out What You Presume What Democracy Is

Coronado Island. Named after Francisco Vázquez de Coronado y Luján and you must understand the rule of names for this period.
Coronado Island. Named after Francisco Vázquez de Coronado y Luján and you must understand the rule of names for this period. | Source

"Badges? We Don't Need No Stinking Badges" If You Know It Smile

In structured organized proof and precedent social debate probably should be laid out in a special way. Here we prefer the I.R.A.C. format. That is; issue, rule, application and conclusion. So here the issues have been laid out above. Now let us find some social norms that we will call “rules”.

Let us be sure here to go back and look at religion and thoughtful spirituality. Those kind of have rules of their own. We say clearly religion has rules. And by golly that is why a lot of intelligent people do not like the confines of thought. However this can only be honest if the tenants of the religion are thouroghly investigated, learned and understood. Examples are kneeling. Taking shoes off at the temple. Praying just so. The day of the week to rest and attend services. (which is kind of strange as sometimes I think of attending a church on Sunday as work ) End of life rules are rules that exist without knowledge. Pagan rules apply as do some anthropomorphisms. Certainly if one practices mindfulness and yoga they follow rules.

There we go. Just about anything we do has rules. Rock climbing has a rule not to fall ;-) Cooking has rules. Of course most homes have rules. Teachers have rules. The only way that we can engage properly in breaking these rules is to know their purpose or lack thereof. I just love breaking writing and grammar rules. But I promise you I have spent decades studying the rules and understanding them.

So I propose that democracy has rules. Breaking them for any purpose requires an understanding and the concept of why they exist. Criminal Law Rules and Codifications are there for the greater good. And yet still sometimes we must be disobedient toward them. For sure we must teach our children that rules must sometimes be broken and pound into their little skulls of mush that we must accept the consequences. This is as old as the code of Hammurabi that is old.

Let us set in motion a counter thought that is so important to freedom and democracy. Abraham Lincoln has a great notion attached to him. It works for man’s laws and for Gods, if God has them; Obedience of the law is the greatest freedom. Take my word for it that this proposition is an absolute truth.

Are there rules to Love? Does freedom and democracy require love in order to be true.

Read Here, Then Just Be Happy That We Can Think Together

The Faith Of A Mustard Seed

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Maybe The Freedom To Imagine Better Is Democracy

Please Join Me In Treasuring the Love of Democracy

If the ruled class in a participatory republic representative democracy does not love freedom and embrace democracy it will fail. Lucky for us it can take centuries to fail if it allows for democracy to grow. I just love the similarities between searching and striving toward democracy and that Bible notion of forgiveness of failing acts. They are on in the same. Mistakes and sins will be forgiven if the reality of trying to do better is present. Democracy and grace and forgiveness are the same in that regard.

Hey you might call me conservative but I live in one of the most offending nanny socialist states. California edges close to lack of democracy. But in my home though we are fiscal conservatives we are happy to pay our taxes so that the whole of our peoples enjoy life and thrive. Schools provide free meals to the very impoverished (sorry a military family of five is impoverished) We give breakfast and lunch for children all school breaks at the library. Actually for everyone. My son really wanted the hamburger, fresh fruit and veggies one day. Shoot we were just at the library to have fun learning stuff. Our library system is top notch and we love it. No it was not like that. We waited for all to be served and when they were ready to toss food out we asked. We asked and had a banquet fit for any homeless folk. One time we snagged about 15 that would have gone in the garbage, placed them with our local bodega. Chaldean Christians. And they handed them out though it might have cost them a profit. Love giving democracy a good name.

So in a proper democracy the haves love the have nots. We build them upl. I love that old verse concept from James; ““What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2015/06/29/top-7-bible-verses-about-feeding-the-hungry/#gAa13qzCbR1Jmiqq.99

That my buddies is democracy. Because it is fueled by your love for another. I promise you “Democracy is Coming To The USA.”

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a nice comment Lawrence. I think our current democracies through out the world are progressing. Sometimes 1 step forward and 2 steps back but we are trying.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      10 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Reading this I had the words of Winston Churchill ringing in my ears. "Democracy is a poor form of government, BUT it's better than all the others!"

      I think what you say about the 'haves and have nots' shows its 'poverty' but the way we take care of those 'in need' shows why it's better than 'all the others'!

      My thoughts anyway!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Jackie. You just made me remember about growing up and report cards. Real bad grades were noticed. But the first one checked was quite literally E for effort. If we excelled in that area all other sins were forgiven.

      I live in privilege. My family is very grateful for that.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora that balance is wonderful to achieve in my mind. Thank you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for reading and leaving a note Bill. I think I get the protests. But I wonder about the concept of Black Athlete privilege.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      12 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Who will want to be in America when it is not America anymore? What would be the benefit anymore to all those who have longed and do long to be here? Which God forsaken country would we like to be?

      Strange that the ones benefiting most are the ones complaining.

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      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      You bring the discussion to a clear sensible conclusion, illustrating the balance between free imagination and the observance of set rules.

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      William Kovacic 

      12 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Some interesting thoughts, Eric. You mention kneeling for the national anthem. I love football, but I just don't get it. Certainly the right to peaceful protest is there, but I just don't understand how dishonoring the nation that made an elite group of men millionaires has anything to do with the so-called purpose of the protest involving racism.

      Anyway as always, you bring out a lot of things to think about and ponder. Thank you, my friend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much for that great song and dance. How fun. I had not heard or seen it but now that little fella will be followed with my little fellow.

      You comment reminds me of a concept I learned some place along the way. "Non est specifica in generali" Pretty much meaning that we cannot take a small sample and obtain a larger picture. Our news loves to do that. I believe that what you see in person is valid. The exceptional dramatized singular spectacular events are not.

      I reckon I do not know a single person without love and compassion as Jesus taught. Failings yes of course. But not in general.

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      Lori Colbo 

      12 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I don't know what we are here in the US anymore. We have good, caring, compassionate people, but too much of the population is full of hate. Political Correction has done great damage to our culture. I can list 9,000 other bad things about dwindling freedoms etc. All I can do at this point is to choose to be kind, find healthy ways to advocate for the things that are important, and to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. He is in control and people need hope.

      I love your water buffalo. Surely you know this one -

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltG37Bbx1qk

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Clive and I respect this area and genesis of thought. But when I see it I always point out the failure of such a notion. Is it not true that all men are free and that those who are not are delusional? I think you are a free soul.

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      Clive Williams 

      12 months ago from Jamaica

      No man on earth is free. They are only dilusional by buying into the shuteye system. Democracy????

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      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah my friend let us disagree on a point of high importance. I do not buy the notion of superior levels of consciousness. A genius is a genius and a brick layer equal in intellect. A Guru if considered more than a conduit like an old telephone operator is actually regressive.

      Alan Watts is a great great thinker but so arrogant in his condescension that I pity him not the other way around. "He" speaks as a learned man makes my skin crawl. For if I am not fully a fellow man my words are but empty gongs.

      I have been given a talent. And it is the highest calling in my silly little mind. I am gifted to help others "out know" me. They never let me down so I am blessed with their thoughts.

      Love can know no other bounds to my way of thinking.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      12 months ago from Washington DC

      Democracy - "a government of the individual, by the individual and for the individual" as I prefer to paraphrase what has been said to be the government the United States of America supposed to have become.

      What that means.

      As I look at "The Buddha" who left his father's palace which only allowed him to see only the things judged favorable and went into the self-reproducing environment where he found duality to existence; and the Bible's "Adam" who lived in the self-reproducing environment without recognizing it's opposites until eating from "The Tree of THE KNOWLEDGE of Good and Evil" which caused him to be evicted out of the garden and made to live in man-made palaces intended to eliminate the opposites, I believe I see what is required to produce democracy. Live ECOLOGICALLY!!!

      How would human/woman live if they lived ecologically?

      Looking at the Adam metaphor of a man leaving ecological living as human and woman - by their lowest common definition are defined as "minds unable to comprehend all things" - who divided himself into either a feminine or masculine attributed "human being" and loosing his manly ability to "comprehend all things" - man's definition - I see the following.

      Pre-Adam man had the "anthropomorphic" laws to multiply - we must imagine using rules similar to all other earthen life - to "again planish" the earth and eat only from "self-seed reproducing" plant life. That would suggest there was nothing "man" rejected nor clung to - other than eating non-seeding plants and animals - which allowed objective observance of everything, participating with everything to determine their purposes and live in harmony with all beings of earth. Thus, by believing the creation story metaphorically, man lived democratically.

      If Leonard Cohen's “Democracy is Coming to The USA” is a true prophecy we can expect the life of the the transition between civilizations to have it's beginning in the USA prior to the termination of the world prophesied to happen no later than 2028.

      Thanks, Eric, you forced me to make my vision of "man's life on earth" into a very short version.

      Peace

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Bill I was thinking that this one maybe too weird. Then again you are a little bit as weird as I.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Perfect!

      I have nothing else but really, what more do you need?

      Perfect!

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