Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Abdul Jabaar features Boston Celtics coach's "religious" comments

 I saw a headline in Mr. Abdul Jabaar's blog about the Boston Celtics coach, who is black, missing an opportunity to make a comment  on "race".  Abdul Jabaar had featured an article by reporter Vincent Goodwill.  Goodwill had an issue with the Boston Coach responding to a question regarding 2 black coaches in the NBA finals by responding, "I wonder how many of those have been Christian coaches?" 

I thought the response was a good answer to a repetitive human question regarding race as a defining factor.  Why isn't someone's religious belief not mentioned in discussions?  Is not that as important or more important than a person's race?  Of course there was no follow up to the coaches responses.  Apparently, sports reporters do not know how to deal with issues dealing with religious beliefs as they relate to one's profession.

I did not see what Abdul Jabaar's opinion was regarding the response.  Can you share that with us Mr. Abdul Jabaar?

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

An Individual Neutral Human

 In January 2023, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) established a new participant category.  Labeled "Individual Neutral Athlete", this category allows individual athletes from countries banned from the Olympics to  participate in the games.  These neutral athletes will participate under the abbreviation "AIN" which comes from the French translation, Athletes Individuels Neutres.  No references to the athletes countries will be made during the Olmpic competitions.  Even better, no anthems, no flag, no colors or identification with a country will be displayed.  This would appear to be the purest of form of athletic competition.  It's not about divisiveness, not about geographical pride, not about ethnic superiority.  It's just about the competition and the results between indivduals competing because they have talent within their designated sport.

I would like to see a descriptor for non athletes.  Individul Neutral Human.  People labeled to our purest form.  Our one label as the descendants of the original people created by God. No human created labels for gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or country of allegiance.  No anthems or flags to which we have to stand for and pledge our loyalty or trust.  Just a simple designation as intended by God for all of us.  God the Creator, human beings the creation.

Will we ever reach a point where we could be all called an Individual Neutral Human?  That would mean equal status for all.  No preferential treatment.  No caste system to adhere to. No need for labeling each other due to the color of our skin or the economics of our household.  What a  nice change that would be!  Especially when completing questionnaires.  We can just skip down to the really important questions and not have to wade through 11 choices for our human gender.  

The human systems of caste, class division, economic division, and racism are barriers to us reaching a point where we are called Individual Neutral Human.  We think we are so intelligent, but are too stupid to understand that all these man made systems of division are partly what keeps us from achieving the purpose God created us for.  That reason was to fellowship with God and to take care of the planet Earth.

We can still reach the status of Individual Neutral Human.  It will take an individual choice by each of us to reject a lifestyle that takes us away from having God as a focus of our daily lives.  Concerns about worldly issues keeps us in a selfish state of mind.  A state of mind that focuses on such things as national unity, pride in a geographical location, and emotional attachment to a flag and a national anthem.  It's time that we cut ourselves loose from the selfish cord of humanity and became the person God wants you to be.  Become an Individual Neutral Human who focuses on being the type of human God meant for us to be.

Friday, May 17, 2024

The Highways of Life

 In the New Living Translation, Matthew 7;13-14 talks about the highway to hell.

We are born into this world.  At birth, we are not given an instruction manual on "how to live a Godly life".  Instead w are blessed if we even have someone called a mother, father, aunt, or grandparent who tries to guide us on how to behave as a human being.

After birth we start off in this world on highway 101 headed south to warm weather, human fun and adventures, and riches galore.  We are taught to idolize sports and athletes.  We salute our flags and play our national anthems.  We do whatever we as human beings want to do.

But as we go down highway 101, we start to see billboards.  Some say, "Jesus Saves".  Then we stop for gas, or for electric cars, we stop at a charging station to refuel.  At the stop someone may tell s about a man named Jesus Christ.  About God and somebody with a strange name of, Holy Spirit.  We listen for awhile, but highway 101 is calling us back to the road.  So we get back to the earthly journey, the adventures or mis adventures of life.  Then again we see the billboards about Jesus and then see large crosses built up on the side of the highway of life.

All of a suddenwe start seeing detour signs.  Detour to Salvation, next exit.  It's strange.  The Detour signs keep appearing.  Even if you have driven miles since the last Detour sign.  You start to wonder. What is this Salvation place?

As we get tired on the highway, we pull over into rest stops. Then we get some information.  Some brochures about this Jesus Christ and this Salvation place that we kept seeing Detour signs for,  Then we get back on highway 101 and eventually follow a detour sign which leads to this place called Salvation.  That's when your journey really begins.  After being on a 4 lane highway, the Detour route merges you onto a 1 lane road, only going in one direction.  It's a very narrow road, so you slow down. Every few miles you see a sign that allows you to merge back onto highway 101.  You see some people merging back on 101, while others continue on the road to Salvation.

Then you start seeing competing billboards. Signs about what you will find if you get bacck on highway 101. Luxurious material things.  The enjoyment of human vices. The freedom to go faster on highway 101.  But, the plain signs of Jesus Save, Salvation ahead still greet you.  You notice that the highway 101 signs are more colorful and bright.  They are made to appeal to your human senses.  You find yourself getting of that narrow road and getting back onto highway 101.

But the signs about Jesus and that place called Salvation and the detour signs are still on 101 serving as reminders that you still have a choice.  You start to notice that the gauge in your vehicle no longer shows how much elecric power or old school gasoline is left in your vehicle.  Will you get stuck on highway 101 when your fuel runs out?  Do you get off 101 and detour back to highway 1 and take that narrow road to Salvation before your fuel runs out?

It's time to make that decision.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Mr. Fortson and Mr. Rosario - Another wave of improper use of force?

 It is nothing new.  Policemen responding to a call for assistance.  We can imagine the adrenaline and apprehension they must feel as they approach a situation they have been sent to respond to.  The unknown awaits them.  The common thread they all have is they are armed to respond with deadly force to the situation.  That is there personal tool for saving their own lives.

But in two recent situations either lack of training, or unsubstantiated fear resulted in the police murder of a victim who need not have died.  An airman in Florida, Roger Fortson.  Shot to death as he stood in his apartment, one arm toward a sheriff at his door, and one arm with a gun pointed toward the floor.  The result 5 to 6 gunshots by the officer which resulted in Mr. Fortson later dieing of the wounds caused by the gunfire.

Nineteen year old Mr. Rosario in Queens, New York having a mental issue crisis.  Responding policeman attempt to tase him, but a situation when Mr. Rosario got a hold of a pair of scissors and approached the officers, resulted in Mr. Rosario being shot and killed by one of the policeman who had responded to the scene.

These events are nothing new.  Nor is the refusal to conduct a nation wide review of police training.  The refusal to stress de escalation continues.  The refusal to implement nation wide use of force policies continues.

Now the thought is building on how competent are the police to respond to a situation and a call for help?  If you do so, are the odds greater that the request will lead to the death of someone, possibly even yourself?  The competence of each officer to use a weapon only when necessary needs to be asked before they start their tour of duty.  Which officers are liable to shoot to kill first rather than deescalate.  This is a conversation every city with a police force should be having with local police, state police and sherriff departments.

Is it coming to the point where we have to defend ourselves against the police??

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

What Value does TV news have to your life?

 I was listening to another round of news being reported on local television stations.  One thing has become apparent.  News stations in different cities and sometimes within a city seem to report on the same "news".  It is further testimony that somewhere in these United States of America, a small group of people is deciding what it is you need to hear that day.

I was listening to the news report about a member of the British royal family and thought to myself, "Why are the goings on of a British monarch an important news story?  What information preseneted in that story is going to materially impact or change my life? The answer was, nothing. The caste systems in our world has concluded that the level of human importance of the royal family dictated that a story be shared to the world about it.  Did presenting that story change negative conditions in your community?  What did it do for you?

We need to expect and demand more from the news.  The personal events of somenone's life is not really news.  News is an item that helps develop or improve a person.

During your local news, ask yourself, "why is he/she  telling me this information?

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Our Video Game World = Stupid Human Tricks

 There it was on TV. A news clip showing Israel rockets soaring towards drones fired from Iran.  It brought back memories of the 1980s video game Galaga.  The object of that game was to shoot down approaching aircraft.  But, this was not a game.  It is reality.  Modern warfare is at the point that we send rockets and drones at each other.  The intent is the same.  The rocket or drone is expected to cause death and destruction. The same destruction that manned jets and planes brought in past armed conflicts.

This is the best we can do as human beings.  Resolve conflicts via video game techniques.  As with people who use guns to shoot others in a conflict situation, world leaders have decided to use missiles and drones as the upgraded guns of the military.  Both get the same result.  Someone dies or is maimed for life.  If there ever was an art of diplomacy, it seems to be on a long vacation.  Dialogue, discussion, and compromise appear to have left mankind as a skill and technique.  Instead we seek to destroy each other using technology.  Self destructive techniques in a "civilized" world.

My wish is that the nonsensical decisions of so called world "leaders" and the actions of terrorists, domestic and foreign just stay away from me and my family.  I would love to have the ability to put together a group and go visit leaders who instigate wars and acts of terror against people, only because they can.  The horrific actions of these leaders and terrorist needs to be inflicted upon them.  Their evil spirited stupidity impacts us all.  They need to be removed from this planet.  They are not helping us to be able to live spiritual lives devoted to the purpose and lifestyle our Creator wanted us to have on this planet.

Stop the stupid human tricks.  Create your area of solitude and evil.  Leave the rest of us alone.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Similarity to The Omen's Damien Thorn to todays D. T.

I was watching a video on social media.  A reporter was asking a candidate for President what were some of his favorite scriptures.  The candidate has the initials D.T.   The candidate refused to mention any scripture.  His reason was because it was personal.  I thought to myself, "here is a chance for you to inspire someone spirituality.  Can't you mention even one scripture?"  Then I thought to myself, who is afraid to mention scriptures?  The answer was Satan or someone who does not want the word of God even spoken.

This candidate started putting bibles for sale for $59.99.   I believe the funds will be going to his campaign or to his criminal defense fund.  Then I thought of the movie the Omen and the evil character Damion Thorn who was evil and Satanic.  Is it a coincidence that today's candidate has the initial D.T. and displays some of the same behavior as Damion Thorn did in the movie, The Omen?  Connect the dots.

It is not surprising that many people are following today's D.T.   Some people have always attached themselves to people who present selfish behaviors that appears to our own selfishness.  It is only further confirmation that life as it is today will one day come to an end.  The rise of such evil behavior will never go away.  

Seek life after death.  The antics and promises of evil based candidates such as Damian Thorn will not lead to everlasting life.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Corporate America Applies Sanctions to my using "Human Being, Unlabeled Choice" as my race/ethnicty designation

 It did not take long.  After about a week of starting to respond with "Human Being, unlabeled" as my self identification of my race and ethnicity on surveys, my account  was suspended for earning rewards via Branded Surveys.  My refusal to allow myself to be categorized by the color of my skin, apparently was a violation of the human caste, label system which Branded Surveys apparently supports.

And so it begins.  The battle for my right to self identify my humanity as I so choose.  I choose to no longer go by the prescribed titles and categories created by humanity.  Those titles and labels only serve to divide us as humans and place fences between us.  By the labels created we are then expected to behave and show specific stereotypical traits.  I refuse to go along with that program.

Monday, March 18, 2024

My new racial category - Human Being Unlabeled (HBU)

 It became clear.  Suddenly.  For years, I have allowed society, my culture, and my country to place me in the category of "African American", "black", "Negro", "colored" and those other labels makind felt compelled to place on me.  We are all asked in surveys to identify our race/ethnicty.  Then follows a list of racial categories from "white" to "other".

After reading "Caste" by Isabel Wilkerson, I decided her discussion made sense on how we are herded into human categories and groups.  What I also realized is that we willingly allow ourselves to be put into these categories. We are willing members of our caste groups.

I have decided that I no longer want to play the game.  I had no role in setting the rules of the game.  The rules were imposed upon me to behave as my category dictates.  I am supposed to be a minority in terms of my racial category.  Why am I a minority?  Why am I not defined as being in a higher category of humans because there are fewer people like me than others?

I have redefined myself.  From now on, on surveys or anything that asks me my race, I will identify myself as "human being unlabeled".  That means I am a descendant of the original creation of God, Man.  Anything after that in terms of racial labels created by society, cultures, whomever is irrelevant.

That is who and what I am.  The other parts of my character you can learn by talking to me and watching me in action.  Join me in being a "Human Being Unlabeled".


Saturday, March 16, 2024

What is really Important to you?

 My question.  Are the things on your mind now, those topics of concern to you, really your concerns or thoughts placed in your mind by the news media or social media?  Think about that.  Did you wake up thinking about the possibility of a nuclear war?  Or did a news item, or a social media post raise that thought in your mind?  Have you ever thought, "How much original thinking do I really do?"  Pause and give that some thought.  Are your thoughts and emotions driven by exterior forces?  Again, something you see or hear via teleovision, videos on our phones, tablets, etc.  ?  What are the sources of your thoughts?

Are we being manipulated to think about specific topics?  Are our thought processes being hijacked and taken for a ride by the schemes of others?  I submit that in some cases our focus is determined by "information", true or not, that is thrust out at us to get our attention and then to influence our behavior.  Realize that somewhere in the world, a group of people are gathered together to decide what top 10 stories to push out at you each day.  Why?  Some is straight forward information.  Some is an attempt to influence your thinking.  And some is just out right sending out of data not caring what the data can do in terms of influencing you.  Some information is sent out to solicit high ratings and interest for the economic benefit of the senders.  Some information is sent out to influence your thoughts and to influence the creation of public policies.

What can you do?  Always question the source and intent of the information you are receiving.  Think, "what is the goal of this information?"  When you wake up each day, try to write down your top 5 concerns that have not been influenced by information you received or saw via the news media or social media.  Those top 5 un influenced personal items are the ones that are more meaningful for you to focus on.

It's time for us take control of our own thoughts.  Stop letting others control what you think about and what should be important to you.

Monday, February 19, 2024

An Unofficial Banning of Books? - Use of Inter library loan process

 The Movie "Origin" made reference to a book titled "Deep South".  After viewing the movie, I did a search of my local Hamilton East (Fishers, Indiana) library's catalog.  Unfortunately, it was not among the holdings in the library.  I did a book request via the library's book request system to have them purchase the book.  The next day I checked for a response from the library.  The response was that the book was felt to be to "scholarly" for the holdings of the Hamilton East library, but they would borrow the book and get it for me via an interlibrary loan system.

I then decided to find the book to purchase via a private vendor.  It arrived in a few days and I quickly delved into the first few chapters.  The content of the first chapters gave an unfiltered and embarassing view of the actions and beliefs of white people in the South.  The book did not read as an overwhelming scholarly text book.  The impression I got was that the person who said it was too scholarly was offended by the content of the book's depiction of white people, and did not want that depiction in the Hamilton East Library catalog for patrons to read and talk about.

I located the selection criteria that guides the library's acquistion of books.  It lists nine criteria.  Several seemed relevant to "Deep South".  Those being "accuracy and timeliness of content", "current and anticipated needs and interests of the public", "contribution to diversity or breadth of collections", "presentation of unique or controversial points of view", and "price".

I then followed up and sent a letter of complaint to the library board asking them to reconsider the book not being purchased for the holdings of the Hamilton East library.  Then it ocurred to me.  Not purchasing a book, is the same as banning a book.  Not purchasing a book to me means you do not want that book available for your patrons to read.  This process is likely being repeated across the country.  Libraries are avoiding the controversy of removing books off the shelves by never purchasing books  that some find offensive.

I am awaiting a response from the library board regarding "Deep South" not being approved for the library's holdings.

Monday, January 22, 2024

The United States, Losing Focus

 In the early years of this country, the United States was lead into the wrong direction by embracing slavery as an means to help build the country.  Lost in those times were valueing differences among people and respecting the right of every individual to live free.  Lost were the hopes and dreams which had caused many people to flee their own land for the promise of America.  In the early years of the United States, the country failed the moral challenge of slavery.  Instead of saying "no", the government of the Unites States said "yes", bowing to the selfishness or laziness of those who were settlers, including big businesses.

In 2024, the United States faces another challenge.  This challenge impacts who will lead this country for the next 4 years.  The American public is facing a choice on whether to allow a former President, who supported insurrectionist activities to once again hold the highest elected office in the United States, that of the President.  How can citizens support the former President coming back into office?  It all seems related to a decline in the decency of people in our society.  Anything goes, seems to be the general frame of mind.  Rudeness, anger, nastiness seems to be condoned under the guise of freedom of speech.

As the Presidential race moves into the primaries, I pray that moral sanity and reason, plus spiritual calmness come to the forefront.  I pray citizens nationwide rebuke any behaviors that support hate, meanness, rudeness and disrespect of each other.  I pray that by the end of the Presidentail primary season, we will have refuted and rejected the politics of hate, angriness, nastiness and disrespect.

Monday, January 1, 2024

Texas Governor Unknowingly Creates answer to problem of Homelessnes in America!

 There has to be a law against such behavior by a public official!  The Governor of Texas, continues to send immigrants coming into Texas to other states to establish their homeless conditions elsewhere.  This is the first time I have seen a public official use state taxpayer funds to move the homeless from one state to another.

So is that the solution for U.S. citizens who are homeless in states around these United States of America? Those whom you see on downtown streets or hanging out at intersections seeking financial contributions? Governors, that means you now have the option of sending your state's homeless population to the state of  Texas!  Maybe you can send your state's homeless population directly to the address of the Texas governor!

Thank you Governor Abbott for such a warm humanitarian idea to spread the homeless problems of one state to another.  Indiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, every state!  Round up your homeless citizens, warm the buses up and get those buses headed to Texas to give your state homeless citizens a new promising life in the state of Texas!

Governor Abbott, why stop with using buses, or planes?  Why not really be creative and financially sponsor immigrants being sent into outer space to stay at space stations specifically built for them?