Everyday Explorers: Hitting the open road is really the impulse to explore that is hard-wired into our being from the first day we crawl from the living room to the kitchen; or run down to the creek in the woods; or bike across town without our parents knowing about it; and we never stop. It is on-demand exploration for all of us and the motivation is so strong that we return to satisfy that desire, year after year. So the question within the question is, why do we explore?
“So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous—whether it’s ultraviolet or just a very powerful light,” Trump said. “And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or some other way and I think you said you’re going to test that too.”
Reporters have been disclosing that the Trump administration has ordered the suppression and redaction of any mention of climate change in government reports, policies, and procedures. This kind of covert action is representative of the kind of message control classically employed by fascist and totalitarian regimes.
Presidents Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey) began their assaults on democratic norms and institutions by demonizing the opposition. Then, with a combination of threats, purges, and appointments of cronies, they clipped the wings of their judiciaries and bureaucracies, enabling their subsequent, more complete power grabs.
Dystrumpia might dismiss this as either fake news and/or of no significance, but they might consider the hypothetical 2020 scenario with the election of a new non-Trumpian secular administration that might not want any mention of Christianity, the Bible, Jesus, God, or prayer in government documents; and following Trump’s strategy, have these words secretly and systematically redacted from all government documents and policies. I doubt Dystrumpia would be happy with that!
Reasonable and lawful content should not be secretly and arbitrarily redacted from government documents just to suit an administration’s bias. If a report has been properly researched, vetted, and produced by a government agency, let that report be made public. American citizens have a right to think for themselves and come to their own conclusions and decisions without being deceived and manipulated by insider zealots who say they are called by God. Surely their better angels are not at work here.
we stopped spitting in public we stopped carrying guns into the saloon we stopped littering our highways we started protecting our air and water we stopped drinking martinis at lunch we stopped smoking in offices and restaurants we stopped demonizing gay people we eliminated the death penalty we started yelling NO! to monuments of confederate slavery we started yelling NO! to using more plastic we started yelling NO! to sexual misconduct we started yelling NO! to workplace discrimination we started yelling NO! to unsustainable extraction we started yelling NO! to police violence
gun violence, racial, religious and ethnic prejudice, antisemitism, religious vs secular polarization, science denial, endless wars, sexual deviance, lying, the politicization of everything, and poverty & inequality,
If we could all sit down at the dining room table with some coffee and have a friendly discussion (that’s gonna have to be a big table), I think we could get back to basic core principles of what it means to be American, then everything could flow from those principles. Right now, Americans are all tied up in knots we can’t seem to untie. We have lost our way how to get along, to experience that good and powerful feeling of solidarity.
What does it mean to be an American? It is defined by what we believe in, what we do, and what we don’t do, that can be common to everyone:
Americans believe in family first.
Americans believe in the Golden Rule.
Americans are humble. We don’t brag; we are not vain.
Americans celebrate the team. We don’t say I, we say We.
Americans stand up and speak out against tyranny.
Americans don’t blame others; we are accountable.
Americans don’t practice nepotism.
Americans are civil both in person and online.
Americans are trustworthy. We don’t lie, we don’t exaggerate.
Americans are consistent. We don’t flip-flop.
Americans are loyal to family, friends, partners, and allies.
Americans take no satisfaction in bankruptcy at the expense of employees, suppliers, lenders, and investors.
Americans believe in democracy, free and fair elections, active civil participation, and majority rules.
Americans respect the rule of law applied equally and fairly to all citizens.
Americans allow and expect each other to keep leaders and government honest and accountable.
Americans respect all religions, but we separate church from state.
Americans embrace all refugees and immigrants, as we are descended from them.
Americans don’t discriminate against each other based on age, race, sex/gender, or religion.
Americans don’t unilaterally invade other countries, but we do defend our democratic shores and we help our allies when they call us for help.
Americans believe in the protection of human rights for all people of all countries.
Americans protect our citizens wherever they may be.
Americans think BIG, but we spend less than we earn.
How do Americans get back to our shared core values?
How do we get our leaders to lead from these values?
As Americans, we love our freedom and independence. But in certain times when we need to all come together and make personal sacrifices for the greater good, we sometimes under-perform other nations. For those Americans that don’t perceive the coronavirus as a clear and present danger, they think and act as they choose, but not as a united nation. For many Americans, the coronavirus is abstract and is not perceived as a clear and present danger because they can’t see it, touch it, understand it, believe it, even though science and data confirm the virus is an existential health and economic crisis of enormous scope. It is a tragic irony that our fierce and independent Americanism we are so proud of is working against us and not uniting us, but dividing us at this critical time.
It is a difficult leadership moment in history for politicians at the federal, state and local levels to know the right balance between
guidance and directives emphasizing safety and the protection of lives, vs.
Trump’s “banzai charge” to give the virus the finger (mask-less) while misleading, egging on and cajoling citizens back to work asap to serve his personal objectives.
Striking the right balance is the key, but where and how to strike the balance between livelihoods & lives is the challenge.
We are a family, and a family in crisis pulls together to save its home and household and in the process, we make no favorites within the family. If one family member needs a little more help today, that’s ok because in the future that member can help another who is in need. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
In this moment of crisis, we Americans should be one in solidarity and love.
Does Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick know what the f**k he’s talking about when he says he is willing to die from coronavirus in order to go back to work now and help save America’s economy for his grand-kids? Apparently he subscribes to the evangelical christian gospel of “growth and prosperity” which says “thou shalt not sacrifice a quarter or two of gross domestic product to save tens of thousands of lives.”
What a brave guy he is, always looking so sharp in his yellow power ties. If Patrick were to contract a coronavirus and die, in the process he would infect his family and become the source of the virus that might kill one of his grandchildren. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, are you willing to pay that price? Did you ask your kids and grand-kids if they are willing to pay that price?
Of course we all have to go back to work sometime and want to go back to work, but the tough question is, when is the right time for the greater good?
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.
And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.
Pandemic by Lynn Ungar
What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath — the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down.
And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart. Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. (You could hardly deny it now.) Know that our lives are in one another’s hands. (Surely, that has come clear.) Do not reach out your hands. Reach out your heart. Reach out your words. Reach out all the tendrils of compassion that move, invisibly, where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love — for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live.