Blog 1733 – 06.22.2020
Another Magical Monday
And I realized that “magical” is not a word most folks would choose for Mondays but that is just because we have been trained to honor some days above others even as we have been propagandized to favor certain genders and skin tones above others. These preferences make no sense and only promote and prolong our less attractive tribal and baser instincts. Most of these long ingrained traits are little more that habit and could and should be changed like babies diapers and for the same reason – they stink.
Using power and authority to promote and to defend our preconceived prejudices is not nice no matter how you slice it. It is high time we rooted out systemic racial and sexual bias in our daily dealings with one another. I have commented more than once on the Christian song that young people sang when I was one. The words that still haunt me go, “We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord, and we pray that our unity will one day be restored, and they will know that we are Christians by our love, by our love. They will know that we are Christians by our love.” Jesus, in the four books about him call the Gospels or “Good News” is quoted as saying to his disciples, “Love one another even as I have loved you” and more pointedly, “They will know that you are my disciples in that you have love for one another.” This is a lesson of his still not emphasized nearly enough, I think, too often overshadowed by all the judging and condemning of those outside the group, even those within, and constantly jockeying for the seats of powers and preeminence over others. James, one of the first of Jesus disciples, also a son of Mary, wrote in the book named after him that “respecting persons” (thinking and acting like some are better or more worthy than others) is a sin, a pet and favorite sin of too many.
The Apostle Paul, to whom much of the New Testament of the Bible is attributed, wrote over two thousand years ago, “There is no longer Jew nor Gentile, male or female, for we are all one in Christ.” Christ is a title often attributed to Jesus, it means simply “anointed.” Jewish kings as a sign of their being chosen to reign were anointed with oil. The Lord God of the Jews according to the story never wanted his people to have a king like their neighbors but wanted to be their one and only King. Because of their stubbornness and as a work around he picked a king for them but warned them it was never going to work out the way they hoped. God had his prophet anoint a tall handsome young guy named Saul as king but the power went to his head, he lost his way and his mind, and turned out to be not just their first king but one of the worst in a long and infamous line of mostly disappointing kings. Even the better ones were not that much to brag about.
Power and authority over others must be checked by just and equitable rules.
Even the Captains and the Kings are only given their positions to protect and to serve. A certain wise guy once wrote, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Collusion and corruption are hard to hide and are indefensible and they should be exposed and rooted out of the body politic and all civilized society. They have not been yet and in all too many cases the forward progress has been little and even that short lived especially regarding racial and gender equality. Old white guys still think wrongly that they are “the only true anointed ones.” How they like to rewrite history to make themselves and their heroes deserving of statues and monuments erected to them and having schools and military bases named after them no matter how far on the wrong side of history they were. In this country and too many others there is an old sherif in town still touting and practicing old despicable and failed ways. It is time we got this democratic (little d) experiment back on tract trying to make not just our people but people everywhere aware that “life, liberty, and the American way is not just something comic book hero Superman stands for or a few old white guys tout to try to get reelected to positions of prominence and power but something we all deserve and can be proud to stand up for. All lives matter and if any should receive preferential treatment it should be the marginalized, the weak, the sick, the imprisoned and the poor. “ In that you do if for these you do it for me.” Sounds like a plan King Jesus would be solidly behind and his true followers. Saturday is no longer the Sabbath nor Sunday the Lord’s Day but every day, even Monday is a great day to think of ways of leveling the playing field so that all can have an equal opportunity to enjoy the wonderful game of life.
I love Mondays, another chance to start the week off right. Time we got back to work, tearing down walls not building new ones or maintaining old ones, but truly making more of an effort than wearing MAGA hats or even spouting politically correct words to make America greater not just for a few but for every one.
Your friend and fellow traveler,