Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Time to heave out the old header text...
This place is a public journal of self-self discovery, on any level.
With hope and joy, this will to self-determine rises to the occasion past any and all barriers and impediments. I hope that this will uses any and all ethical means and tools worthy of applying to reason/emotion/mixed-complicated-relationships/gut-feeling known as humanity.
Also whatever's arisen in the scrambled eggs upstairs and happens to spill through my fingers. :|
Soon it will say something different.
chant/prayer/mantra: Invite a little change once in a while.
agape to all,
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A Message Regarding Pennsylvania HB2029
This country is based on democracy. Freedom of speech is a critical tool for a strong democracy. People of all perspectives, and of any systems of belief can come together through the democratic process to decide how we want to live together, and at the end of the day, the democratic process will reveal to us a codified system of laws that a majority of the population—or its representatives—agree upon.
Of course nobody should be judged according to laws that have not been enacted through a rigorous application of the democratic process. It makes no more sense that a government agent would judge somebody according to Shariah Law than it would make sense for somebody to be judged by the ten commandments, or the code of Hammurabi for that matter.
I urge you to see clearly the folly of fear at work behind this bill, and to put it behind you. With a strong democracy, we can have a conversation about how our values and principles inform laws. We can celebrate and clarify those values in traditions both religious and secular, and we can catch on to what really matters—the power of a community with an active force of love and trust at its center. A community that sees nobody’s culture as “other,” but rather seeks to include all into the discourse. A community that writes its loves into law, and leaves its fears at the door. Thank you for your time.
chant/prayer/mantra: May my community of one join with others.
agape to all,
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Phone Books: Relics of the Past
Saturday, February 11, 2012
“Great thoughts come from the heart.” A little research shows these words come from Marquis de Vauvenargues (vo-ven-arge). I don't fault the fortune cookie writer for plagiarism. I am only grateful to the universe for bringing these words to me, because they're such a perfect fit. “Great thoughts come from the heart.” Those words say that the heart is the source of thoughts. Not just any thoughts, but great thoughts, important thoughts that matter to our world. Thoughts that clamber their way from our minds to our mouths, thoughts that then may turn into actions or events, or even institutions!
More than anything else last week, what I learned from the sacred text Paula Cole Jones brought is that we as UU's have a tendency to start by thinking, and that doesn't generally get us where we want to be spiritually. In this congregation, we say the seven principles every week as a part of worship. I'll be the first to say that I believe the seven principles are wonderful. And we treat them as our foundation. There is a deeper question, however. A question that provides a deeper foundation: “Why do we have the seven principles?” “Why do we covenant to affirm and promote these principles?” I say the answer to that is Love. A desire to be in beloved community, to care about each other, and to know we are cared for. The principles work best when we recognize them as a natural extension of our desire for love. When we start from love, and stay with love, we'll be in balance throughout. Even with love, I'm sure we're going to make mistakes, people may disagree, people may misunderstand, and somebody may get hurt. Yet with a humble love as the foundation, we know that we're committed to each other and we're not going to abandon anybody, and we'll get back on that horse once we're ready again.
From a full read of the sermon, it is evident to me that he spoke this sermon of truths not for his own ego, or to gain control, but to satisfy an underlying love he felt from God. Using the Bible as his text, he sought to clarify the unity of God, stating that claims about God being three separate persons in one were untrue and caused great confusion. Regarding these inconsistencies, he preached, “If God be infinitely wise, he cannot sport with the understandings of his creatures. A wise teacher discovers his wisdom in adapting himself to the capacities of his pupils, not in perplexing them with what is unintelligible, not in distressing them with apparent contradictions, not in filling them with a skeptical distrust of their own powers [of discernment].”
In the “Guess How Much I Love You” children's story today, the father and son nut brown hares make a game of expressing ever greater love for each other. There is never the slightest thought that they could be out of relationship with each other. It's a pretty good model for us to strive toward, for times when we turn inwards to build a stronger core community in this congregation, and also for when we are turning outwards.
But again, the anti-oppression work of changing our collective soul—it can be difficult and consuming. Even a mantra of “just add love” means asking some tough questions as we become vulnerable to our own inner searchings, as well as to the searchings of others. If you/we step further into this work of building beloved community here at First Unitarian, and I hope we do, my prayer is that we recognize our limits, and be gentle with ourselves and each other. For we often don't know the storms and struggles others carry within, and sometimes hardly acknowledge our own.... For those times, may we foster a love that undergirds meanings and the truths we make about ourselves, each other, and our world.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
- There is nobody checking for IDs, so at present, it is READILY available to any high school of middle school student if they want to get it.
- It remains unregulated which has two inherent problems.
- A user doesn't have a clue how strong it is, and may get too much effect. Would you do this with aspirin or alcohol? No--the strength is printed right on the side of the bottle.
- Your children and friends could be breathing in dangerous molds and chemicals. Cannabis grown indoors attracts mold, and many growers use chemicals to combat it, and also to help the plants grow faster and bigger. In this world where the things we get at the grocery store are grown using pesticides, we've already lowered our standards of what we put in our bodies. If you wouldn't allow your children and friends to eat chemicals on apples, would you want them to get it here without regulation?
- It's known that people, especially children who lack adult capacity for judgment) will try substitute drugs to get high if Cannabis is illegal.
- One such substitute is huffing glue and gasses that can cause hypoxia which can permanently destroy brain cells.
- Another substitute is the K2 stuff, a.k.a. "spice" which is incredibly dangerous, and has a variety of chemicals sprayed onto leaves. People are going to emergency rooms as a result of this. It's called "synthetic marijuana" but that's a terrible misnomer. A person cannot overdose on marijuana. K2/spice would better be called a variant of meth. In other words, prohibition is a gateway drug.
For people with serious medical conditions, it should be researched by pharmaceutical industries. There are terpenes and cannabinoids of astounding value that need to be researched and combined in the most effective combinations into medicine. There is plenty of money to be made for pharmaceutical industries without keeping it illegal for simple adult use.
We should do everything we can to stop people from driving while intoxicated in any form--whether the intoxicant is alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, a cell phone, or a hamburger. This requires major changes, and will require political will to create a powerful system of trains and busses for mass transit. It will also take a major attitude adjustment for Americans who want to be independent and free to drive whenever and wherever they want without prior planning. I think we can and must do this.