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Eric's Monday Sermon; Democracy is Coming To The U.S.A
Water Buffaloes Are So Cool
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
"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
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?
That my buddies is democracy. Because it is fueled by your love for another. I promise you “Democracy is Coming To The USA.”