|A UNITED WORLD: EMBRACING EACH OTHER|
Beatrix Potter writes: “there is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they will take you”. We all have been raised to the knowledge of this truth: “Unity is Strength”, only that at times; our personal egos soar so high and we begin to think that we are good to go on our own. I have lived my whole life within the confines of pure adulterated love (especially when the stakes were; and have been so high), so I am darn sure “I am because we all are”. If you don’t swim along this raw fat, I can assure you, life is never going to be a happy ride. People in our society though subscribe a lot to greed and just self-love: unfortunately practically subscribing to a blinder that will breed self-ruination; for if you don’t see it fast enough, you are gone already. If only we woke up to this often dimmed reality, the world certainly would have no place for the bigots and all those who spew hate and vitriol preceded by inconvenient facts at the back of their minds. There is nothing in this world that beats Unity. One thing I am so sure about though, love always Trumps hate: thanks to you my brother Owen Erima and my sister Peri Harris for joining the campaign of love, love wins and certainly we will win, love you guys!
“A CALL TO SOBER DISCOURSE”: [FULL HILLARY CLINTON ENDORSEMENT]
If there is anyone I don’t have respect for in this world, it is someone who can’t provide a substantive argument but just latches for hate. It should have been rather soundly articulate to you by now that you can’t fix me in your circle of ignorance; I don’t fit there, that’s not my place. I labor each day to be a fair arbiter but your ungratefulness is staggering—you wouldn’t want to see the biased side of me. I was raised not to divide but to equivocally look out for peace where there is none, my mental lexicon doesn’t have a penchant for latching at insults: be as wise to yourselves not to draw me to that bottom of the barrel, you will embarrass yourselves, I promise you that.
I don’t really care whether the cameras are on or off, like so many people—I call a spade a spade, those who care to notice the good in it learn a thing: I do not need unwarranted approval to do my part; my life is under the banner of a faith card, I love it behind the scenes and it surely satisfies me—surely, what will be will be.
Our grandpa Nelson Mandela succinctly put it this way: “as long as you poverty and injustice still exist in our world, none of us can truly rest”. In a few years, I am going to run to be President of this country and it should be after a very smart person has led. We are going to meet each other here very often, as usual but I can advise you to stop trolling, because I will call you out to it: I will expose your foolery, trust me—the last thing anyone would want to eat is a shit sandwich. You may pay the price of having to square your jaw, tuck bottom lip in and do it.
I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I’ve recently seen some things that worry me immensely. Our self-jeopardizing behavior is menacing everything that would make our lives better—everything that holds us together, because of the inability to look further than ourselves that defines so much the present discourse. In a recent scholarly paper I read, sociologists Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning write: “insults might provoke offense, but they no longer have the same importance as a way of establishing or destroying reputation for bravery’, when the intolerable conflicts do arise, dignity cultures prescribe direct but none violent conflicts”.
From the Screw-tape letters of C.S.Lewis we read: “there are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist with the same delight”. I have known Mahtma Gandhi’s priceless words as anthem to my soul and I am obliged to share as an air of finality—whiles entwining it with this one, to settle the divide: there is no man I fear on earth, I just respect you if you deserve it!
“Let the first act of every morning make the following resolve for the day;
-I shall not fear any one on earth
-I shall fear only God
-I shall not bear ill will toward anyone
-I shall not submit to injustice from anyone
I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting the truth, I shall put up with all the suffering”.
|THE AUDACITY OF HOPE|
As I wrote earlier, I will leave the words of the scripture as an air of finality: “A well informed Citizenry is essential for a Vibrant Democracy. As my last note, I never go without Scripture, read with me from Philippians 4:8: “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is admirable—If anything is excellent or Praise worthy, think about such things”
Grace Abaho Sr is an INDEPENDENT BLOGGER: ARTICLE PURPOSELY TAILORED FOR MY SISTER & BROTHER, OWEN ERIMA & PERI HARRIS.