I love this time of year! After a long difficult winter in many ways, I’m finding my way back to the light. These pink dogwood always brighten my day so I thought I would share them with you
Memes are not the answer to everything. Political memes from either side are most often twisted partial truth or outright lies. They are designed to provoke knee-jerk gut reaction’s and inflame tempers and sadly they work very well. People read them and believe what they read instantly because it resonates with what they want to believe. They pass it on as a fact and it becomes fact in the minds of many people who never bother to check it out.
Whether it be politics, religion, race, or whatever, pause before you post a knee-jerk reaction to someone’s post on Social Media. Think and research instead of spewing hate filled nasty comments that make you sound worse than what you’re complaining about. Sharing facts that are well documented and links that explain the other side of the issue logically are much more effective at getting people to think.
Rather than condemning those around you who have a different mindset on issues, have real conversations with them about the reasons; share your reasons and thoughts with them. Why is that so much to ask?
Both sides of most all spectrums have small factions that act very dishonorably or violently, and both sides have many many good kind people. Do not judge a whole group on the actions of a few.
Personally, I so much enjoy and love my friends and family from all the political parties and walks of life, not because of your politics, race, or religion; but rather because of the goodness in each person.
I just wish that everyone would agree to disagree agreeably. What can I say, I’ve always been a dreamer. So much so that my birthday wish since I was a child blowing out candles was that the world could experience peace and people would get along and be happy.
“He who experiences
The unity of life
Sees himself in all beings, and
All beings in himself.
He looks on everything
with an impartial eye. ”
~from “Heart of a Buddha”
Aurora from my Alaska trip this last Fall.
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This was Saturday afternoon 11/05/16 near Anchor Point, Alaska on the southern Kenai Peninsula, where I nearly got covered with hail at Whiskey Beach. Slideshow with music is posted on the blog post. I wanted to stay and watch it happen and then I looked at the hill I had to drive up to get out of there. It’s a very very steep windy road already getting white, and I was not at all sure of the van in the icy conditions. Good thing, because by the time I was driving on the highway’s they were solid white and getting slick with about a half inch of hail. Next morning I discovered all the hail balls were perfectly preserved in the freezing temperatures 😀😳
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Recently I shared a story of my cat Willow who had disappeared for a month in the Alaskan Bush. I wish he could tell me the stories of everything he went through. I’m sure some of it was very traumatic because he panics in small spaces. Nevertheless he’s eating large amounts and getting those bones covered with a layer of flesh again. I appreciate the help various people gave me on his behalf so he could see the vet. He says thank you.
Thoughts on Political Process, Social Media, and Polarization of the Masses… and about Fear of Change. This has been boiling up inside as I read more about both “sides” of both the #noDPL Standing Rock protests against the oil pipeline as well as the occupation of the #Malheur wildlife refuge in Oregon by the Bundy family and militia. Although I still don’t agree with the occupation of the Malheur wildlife refuge by the Bundys, reading some of the stories about the trial and things that have been said have made me a little more understanding than I used to be. It reminds me once again that the truth is often somewhere between the extremes we hear. I’m also blown away by the incompetence of the Oregon prosecutors who blew the case, regardless of my opinion on whether they’re guilty or not. It seems like the whole crazy experience does a lot to confirm some of the Bundys primary complaints of incompetent government. I personally think there’s a lot to learn from this whole situation.
I know I have many friends who will just immediately lash out that what the Bundys did was horrible and wrong and I have other friends who will immediately defend the Bundys regardless of their methods. That seems to be pretty much the mood of the country right now, lash out without thinking or reading or learning more. Lash out to defend what you wish to believe, because you don’t want things to be any different than what you’ve always believed. It’s uncomfortable to see things any differently than what you’re used to. There is actually a lot of fear involved, fear that maybe you weren’t as justifiably angry as you thought. Fear of change; of governmental control; of militia taking over the country. Fear that someone’s going to see you with egg on your face and then that makes you terribly angry.
20 or 100 years from now people will be studying what happened at this time., And they will be amazed at how quickly things got out of control and how bullheaded people were.
So, before you cry out with your explanations of why it was obviously one way or the other, stop and think. Facebook and social media have become so incredibly overreactive to what is in front of us. People have been encouraged to make quick short passionate comments, or derisive comments. The way Facebook operates is to reinforce what ever your apparent belief is based on the things you like and share. They stop showing you the other side of the coin. This process causes more and greater division and less common sense. This becomes incredibly apparent during a political process of any sort.
The other side of the coin here is that Facebook also allows us to show what’s really happening during events and anywhere in the country with our live videos and observations and photos; to show things the media never shows anymore because they’re owned by big corporations and have vested interests. So Facebook can also be a grassroots tool of great impact. News used to be non biased, with journalists searching out the truth. Now it is an entertainment circus aimed at increasing ratings. Levelheaded people on Social media have the ability to get real information out there to the world in ways that have never before possible. However that falls apart when all people do is attack each other.
So in the words of the immortal Youngbloods song, “Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together try to love one another right now”
My goodness here it is 8:18 AM and barely a hint of distant morning light yet outside here in Anchor Point, Alaska. The days are getting shorter so fast now, and the sun barely times the distant trees at noon. There is a gentle misty rain today, and it has warmed up to 37° already. Here are a few fun details to make you smile on a rainy day. It’s too dark to take these now, I actually took them yesterday when there was a little bit of sunlight.