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“United we stand. Divided we fall.”

Aesop

 

When we work on our own instead of as a team, we are each doomed to fail and we will all be defeated…

 

When we first faced the Coronavirus, something good emerged. Our severely divided and broken country became one. The feeling of unity was palpable.

No longer separated by bitterness into political party lines, together we applauded our heroic health care workers. People created funny videos of daily life in quarantine, which we all could relate to. The frustrating antics of hyperactive children, silly stunts with pets, the pranks and creative mischief brought on by being at home with nothing to do and no place to go made us laugh and feel connected.

We understood each other. The erudite among us created touching poems and the musically talented gathered people together remotely in harmony and we were inspired.

At a time like this, great leaders step forward. They encourage unity, provide clear direction, transparency, honesty, and factual data and support those in greatest need. They are capable of translating complex data into terms we can all understand. They have empathy for the fallen and grief stricken. They build trust. They communicate clearly and we listen.

However, no such luck for us! Our incapable, incompetent, inept and delusional psychopathic President completely washed his hands of any responsibility for recovery efforts. He ignored the facts in front of him, suggested truly insane remedies such as ingesting disinfectants, ignored and continues to ignore medical science and ridicules and fires world-renowned infectious disease experts when they don’t comply to his wants.

He shoves off all responsibility on to the shoulders of state governors. This, of course, has created discord and confusion within our country, leaving each state to scramble for much-needed supplies and head in their own directions.

Trump is the Great Divider. He thrives on fighting, fear-mongering and antagonizing anger. He has to be the center of attention at all times and he does this by creating division and sides. His short-sighted, reactive cult followers take the bait as he encourages them to “free” themselves from the “tyranny” of the state governors, most of whom are desperately attempting to integrate us back into life as safely as possible. These are the very governors whom he empowered to manage a response to the virulent disease, because he himself was too ignorant to come up with any kind of constructive plan.

Instead, last weekend, he apparently had nothing else to do, so he sent out 435 angry, accusatory tweets against Obama! Take a second to think about that. It’s ludicrous! Insane! Dangerous!!!

As a result, we as a people are now drifting apart again as he intentionally spurs people on to take sides, which drastically deepens the divide. Unable to have the rallies (yet) that feed his immense ego, (look at ME, appreciate ME, thank ME), he gets to be center of attention once again by flying around the country stirring up trouble.

However, I do not blame him for his depraved behaviors because he is a sick man and is simply doing what mentally ill people do who have his condition. The real problem is the group of politicians and people who feed off the bait he throws them.

Please don’t listen to Trump about ANYTHING! Please don’t fall victim to his lies. Beware of the angry, impatient, frustrated, frightened, fearful voice inside your head!! I know it is scary and confusing. Sometimes it can be terrifying not knowing what the future holds, but we WILL get through this as long as we stick together…We are a generous people. You will not be left alone.

We all recognize the incredible importance of getting our economy going again and we are. Listen to the leaders like Governors Cuomo and Newsome and others like them. Steady, strong, calm and capable, they are leading their states back into life as safely and sanely as possible. Don’t forget…United we stand. Divided we fall!

We’ve been doing so well. Stay the course. Don’t let your fear and impatience get the best of you now. We’re getting there. . . .

Remember the story about the tortoise and the hare?
I am reminded also of another tale.
Did we not all learn these lessons as children?

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. “What food might this contain?” It devastated him to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning.
“There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said,
“Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be caught in a mousetrap and I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house.”
The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured, you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow. She said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you. But it’s no skin off my nose.”

So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.

Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient.

But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer’s wife did not get well. She died and so many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

So next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

Many thanks to my good friend, Stephanie P. for sharing this child’s tale with us.

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“A lesson is served until it is learned. If we don’t learn it, the lesson will get louder and louder until you learn it.”

Please listen to this video. (Click on picture)

It has a very important message…(4 min.)

Are We Entering a New Age?

About 3M years ago, during the Paleolithic Age, mankind began his emergence into the world. With the discovery of the use of stone tools, and as knowledge and skills grew, civilization developed into higher levels of sophistication. Eventually, linguistics, writing and other disciplines evolved.

With the advent of the systematic husbandry of animals and plants, nomads transitioned to permanent settlements, which in turn provided increased security and productivity.

Communities were formed and various modes of transportation were developed. Roads soon followed.

As farming developed, people learned to grow different grains, which needed to be stored between growing seasons. This required a need for workers, which evolved into divisions of labor, which then led to a leisure upper class.

The growing complexity of human societies necessitated systems of accounting and writing, cities were formed and the foundation for human civilization was established.

Civilizations throughout the world went through their own evolutionary timeframes.

 

 

The Western world grew and flourished through the Age of Classical Antiquity. The Greco-Roman empires rose in power and influence as they spread through large regions of the world. They were very sophisticated in their knowledge of a multitude of subjects and the upper class lived a decadent life of opulent excess.

However, their fall was inevitable.

Corruption within the government, the instability of narcissistic, hedonistic leadership, the oppressive taxation that widened the gap between classes as it favored the rich over the poor.

 

The military’s over-spending with decreased allegiance of their soldiers were all major contributing factors that led to the fall of a huge empire.

Additionally, with the slowdown of technical advancements, their infrastructure fell into disrepair and made them a conquerable target by the rise of the Eastern Empire, the Huns and Barbarians.

The Dark and Middle Ages followed along with a surge of artistic creativity during the Renaissance (~1300).

The rise of religion rose from ~500 AD–1500 AD bringing with it its own inequities and drive for power.

 

 

 

Technological advancements like moveable-type printing increased communication and widened the dissemination of information.

This ushered in the Scientific Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the Late Modern period we are in currently. Timelines in other cultures of ancient China and India and other countries, unfolded differently, but by the 18th century, due to world trade and colonization, the histories of most civilizations became substantially entwined into what we know today as globalization. The world has steadily become smaller.

Today, like never before in human civilization, we are confronted with rapid rates of growth in the areas of population, knowledge, technology, communications, commerce, weapon destructiveness and environmental degradation.

We are traveling at warp speed and in many ways, beginning to spin out of control. We have become addicts caught up in our addictions to the drugs of consumption, quick fixes, selfishness, power and greed.

It’s affected our attention span and ability to empathize and relate.

A lesson is served until it is learned. If we don’t learn it, the lesson will get louder and louder until it is learned.

 

The Coronavirus, like an intervention, has made us stop. It has our attention. We have choices before us. We don’t have to continue on the same path we were on. We can change and redirect our behaviors towards a healthy, balanced world. It all depends on what we are committed to.

Will we give our power back to our addictions or are we evolved enough to use our vast knowledge and advanced technological skills for the greater good for all?

Will we do the work it takes to confront our addictions and choose to enter the age of The Great Realization?

We can do this!

With change, we can make this world the kind of place we all want to live.

What Will YOU do?

Your actions determine the future of our civilization.

 

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One day you wake up and you realize something. You see something in a way that you never saw it before… and boom…epiphany. Something is different forever. May that moment be now.”

Martha Borst

We Fell Asleep in One World and Woke Up in Another…

Sure, we fit. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t. But the world wasn’t made for us, we were made for the world.

The world will endure without us, but we won’t endure without the world.

(Click on the picture to watch video)

Thank you to my good friend, Gene Kiernan, for stirring this video.

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