First published 08.13.14
Sometimes I have
to stop and pull up to the desk and put my words on paper so I will
quit writing my thoughts in my head. If you too, mentally write your
thoughts I suggest you give in and start writing. Anyhoo, it's just
a few unrelated topics that I have to purge and be done with. I woke
up today with an inexplicable blah; a blue-funk as some might call
it. Writing is my therapy, so here goes.
Ferguson Video Should Make 'Rioters' go "OOPS!"
First, the #riots
in Ferguson, Missouri are symbolic of the fact that if people want an
excuse to steal, what better way than to use an injustice as the
reason. I don't care how wrong either party in last Saturday's
shooting was, tearing up something that you did not build is wrong.
Who suffers? The community. Who wins? Big business because they have
the insurance funds to pack their business up and move to a better
place, or rebuild and charge the community higher prices for the
'injustices' they experienced. Now, to the bottom line: Mothers, no
correction; parents, because fathers play the biggest role in
the behaviors of their sons and daughters where discipline is
concerned: Teach your children to respect authority. I turned the
radio off when listening to the 'friend' tell his side of the story.
The scenario would have probably played a lot differently, and his
friend would be racking up some serious student-loan debt today, if
he had just stepped onto the sidewalk as he was told. That's all. No
use putting up your hands if the situation has escalated to the point
of rough-housing with a cop, and the bullet has already left the
barrel. I'm presuming this cop was riding solo. If so, he was scared
for his life, as when the fight ensued, it became a case of two
against one in his mind. Was he right to shoot? I don't know. I
wasn't there. This isn't about that. This is about parents teaching
their children the protocol for arrest, should that ever occur. The
need to run, especially in broad daylight should not be a necessity.
Failing to do as ordered, when ordered, is. People, young and old
alike, the dark rap music is not going to fair well with you in
real-life situations. So, it's clear, the Rodney King devastation
didn't teach much in the way of doing the right and honorable thing
when confronted. Boasting about your right to do this and that, and
progressing on in your way is not amongst those things.
Remembering Robin Williams
that got me to the computer is #Robin Williams' untimely and
bittersweet end. I will use this tragedy as my defense that licenses
do not guarantee efficacy when helping clients. As a Christian
counselor, I will glean from Williams' poignant remark in an NPR
interview that psychoanalysis works, only if the client is
willing to do the work.This was his way of saying it was easier to do
the least productive work for his mental health than change his
behavior. I can not, and will not make excuses for this truly
hilarious guy. He, as my old 'friend' #Capote-actor Hoffman, will
always be remembered as genius in his work. But, my response on
learning late Monday night was, “All the money in the world will
not make you feel or be successful, if you lack the ability to
process and make peace within the mind.” He was very wealthy
financially, and had every opportunity to live the life others only
dream of; but, money can't cure what ails you for long. The rich joke
that it helps; but, sometimes I wonder how true that is. For all who
are scraping two dimes together to survive, and are still able to
find true joy in life, count your blessings. I learned this morning
that one of my favorite actresses, the beautiful #Lauren Bacall passed
away at the decades'-rich age of 89. Godspeed to all.
Freedom to Worship God as One Chooses is a Strong-Suit of Democracy
And lastly, a few
words about the Middle East. Honestly, I am so glad to live in a
country where we have the freedom to worship God as He is defined in
the spirit. Who am I, a Christian, to judge? After all, #Jesus said in
Him there is no Jew, no Greek, no slave, or gentile. We can carry
that a bit further and trust that means all other peoples as well.
To Him we are all one. Anybody who can't believe that, might
themselves be the infidels. In truth, walking around in these earthly
bodies, I dare anyone to say on some level they have never been
guilty of this carnal role. Go ahead. Show me one innocent, and I'll
check their pulse.
Whew! I feel much
better now. Perhaps I will get around to publishing this soon.