Sunday, January 22, 2017

My Point Of View (1 of 2)

My Words

I share with you a few ramblings from the past few weeks, as I had written on my Facebook wall.

My intentions are not to offend anyone.  If you find yourself between the lines of my comments, rants and blog posts, know I am rarely singling out anyone­, and that it’s unconscious.  I don’t have friends in mind when I write, and if I do, it’s typically to mention something positive and uplifting.

I think the problem with the world today is not that we aren’t expressing ourselves enough, but that we are communicating the wrong way, making poor social networking choices. In other words, reactionary, caustic people shouldn’t be using social media because they lack the ability to "mentally" edit. Those who think things through have a better chance of using social networking with more responsibility. The latter is not a judgment, but a guideline to living your best life. – paerki

Women’s March on Washington Vs. Facebook Rants

Fight the good fight, but find some positivity, commonality, too. There must be a balance to the extremes. Everything doesn't have to be about politics. For those of you who are posting photos of your dogs, gardens, homes, good people doing good things, etc., thank you because the world needs to see that, too.

At the same time, voices must be heard. I applaud the women who are committed to the Women's March on Washington and the men who support them. For those of you who can't understand this march, that's unfortunate. It tells me we have a serious problem on our hands. All frustration stems from a lack of understanding. Get a clue about the human condition.

"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one... just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."  F. Scott Fitzgerald

Think about that quote and then think some more. – paerki

(A few favorite quotes from the Women's March On Washington... "Remember, the Constitution doesn’t begin with, 'I, the President.' It begins with, 'We, the people.'"  Gloria Steinem... "We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages."  Angela Davis... "Continue to embrace the things that make you unique even if it makes others uncomfortable. You are enough. And whenever you’re feeling doubt, whenever you want to give up, you must always remember to choose freedom over fear."  Janelle Monae)

Trump Vs. Obama

I was there. I remember President Obama's words. It’s all or nothing when it comes to equality. No television... No radio and limited computer access on Friday, the day of Trump's Inauguration, that was my plan. It was an emotional day for many, I'm sure. I've misplaced my hope, but I'll find it again, in the people who carry humanity in their heart. We will unite, comfort one another and move on. Life goes on. Lastly, what goes around comes around. Know this... Fear and hate may have won the battle, but love will save the day, it will win the war. – paerki

"It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm." – Barack Obama, 2nd Inaugural Address

I Am Over Politics

I am so over politics and people filling my news feed with propaganda. We are so divided. The extremes, at times, are lethal. I have no interest in being part of that division because it often comes with a hefty dose of hate. I can't handle people speaking in bumper stickers. Why aren't people doing their homework, researching news articles before going off on a manic tirade? (No longer can we take news for granted because not everyone knows how to speak the truth. Dear Reader... Can you speak the truth?)

We no longer live in a world, as if we ever did, of believing everything we read – see, hear. I simply loathe extremism, on all fronts. Please don't misunderstand me because this reads like censorship.

Dear friends, do what you need to do, but know this... We all need a break, more often than not. Mean message after mean message doesn't solve problems. Very seldom do I read about solutions. Too often the message comes down to two words... F_ _K them! or maybe, F_ _K you!  You might not be writing these words, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to read between the lines. Dear humans, stop being so careless, so destructive with your words. Less beating people down and more lifting them up. No matter who you are, you deserve everything that is good, kind, beautiful and healthy in the world.

I had written the following several months ago and it's worth reposting here... Less politics and religion, and for some of you, please apply moderation to the latter because living in the extremes can be dangerous, killing the spirit of those who were meant to soar. Choose hope, faith and love. Let’s make it an all-inclusive world.

Here’s to more – more music, art, books, wine, sex (hoping it will make you less cranky), and most importantly – more love, because it will save the day, especially if you’re someone pure of heart. Let’s be genuine in our pursuits because only then can we find real happiness, and isn’t that what it’s all about?

Find joy, and keep it ever so close to your heart. Allow it to be your guide, remembering to love more for those who love less – and wear a smile because it’s your best asset. Cheers! – paerki

("Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival." – C.S. Lewis)

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"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony

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