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Happily Ever After Constitution Day!

September 17, 2017

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By Dahni

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Happily Ever After Birthday Constitution!

Today marks two hundred and thirty years since 1787. It is Constitution Day! Today commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution, by thirty-nine brave souls, on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens. It was signed in Philadelphia, PA, the city of “brotherly love (and sisters too). For better or worse, indifferent or just different, WE’re still here! That in and of itself is a reason to celebrate. That’s it for history today. Rather than a lengthy essay or a long drawn-out post, let’s us just take some time today, to consider:

  1. How far those original 13 colonies had come in 1776
  2. How far those sovereign 13 states had come, from being so anarchistic and so un-united, in 1787
  3. How far this republic has come since 1787
  4. How far you and I have come in 2017
  5. How much further, are WE willing to go

How Much Further?

Happy Birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 of WE,

Dahni

 

 

 

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What Happened to Love thy Neighbor?

August 17, 2017

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What Happened to Love thy Neighbor?

By Dahni

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There was a day. It was warm and beautiful. The skies were blue and friendly puffy floating clouds drifted by. Birds were on the wing and in song. Hope was in your heart. Possibility in the air was blowing through your hair. You felt good and walked with confidence in every step you took. You smiled. You smiled at others you knew or met. You said hello and they in turn, gave it back freely and friendly, like a hug and kiss from just a gesture. You opened doors for others and they for you. You complimented and were complimented. You helped out and others helped you. You checked on others and they checked on you. You stood together with them and for them and they stood together with you and for you. Your joy was theirs and theirs was yours. Their sorrow yours and yours, theirs. You were alive and glad to be. You stepped as if you knew where you were going. You were fearless with nothing to fear as all you met and would meet, had your back. You had no doubt, no worry and no fear. You loved and you were loved. The sun and moon and planets and stars and the whole earth revolving under your feet, were all in alignment, for you. You were in agreement with everyone and everyone agreed with you. Life and Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness was good, very good, good for you and good for everyone and anyone!

Then, something you did not agree with happened. Someone that was different happened. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

A fever of the mind took you. It took your heart. It started slowly – no opinion, no confrontation, no questions asked, no getting involved, no making waves, no want to offend. As evil surmising(s) began coursing through your veins, you kept to yourself, you kept quiet, but your temperature continued to rise. Your apathy began to boil and boil over and out of your words and deeds. Disagreements led you to arguments and the fever took your heart. It was only a matter of time; it is only a matter of time until, the fever took and takes, all of your body, your heart, soul, mind and strength. And it is contagious. It is highly contagious. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

I am writing here, to you, you of this country, The United Sates of America. Whether loving your neighbor is, a universal truth like, the golden rule, doing unto others as you would them do unto you or not, I am writing this and speaking to you. WE were never united because, we are all the same. WE were and may yet still be united because, all of us created equally, are all equally fervent and desire the same— Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

What happened to— Love thy Neighbor? I will tell you, whether you believe in God and believe God or not—the love of money happened! Not money, but what it represents—power and control. Not just power and control, but the love of power and control! Things like money, are made to be used, not loved. People are made, not to be used, but to be loved. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor? The love of money (power and control), happened. It is, the root of all evil! If you require a reference, here it is: 1 Timothy 6:10 King James Version (KJV)

How easy it to love Him that we cannot see, if we cannot/will not love him or her we do see? How can we say we love Him, if we cannot/will not love them He created equally? What stone do you first cast at yourself, for your own weaknesses and errors, sins, shortcomings, your differences and flaws, and corruption and imperfection? If you are to love others as you love yourself and you do not, how much even self love do you have?

Whom or what has made you feverish? Whom or what has infected you? Whom or what owns you? Whom or what controls you? Whom or what bribes you? Whom or what gags you so that you cannot/will not speak? Whom or what blindfolds you that you cannot/will not see? Whom or what has stopped your ears that you cannot/will not hear? Whom or what binds your hands or places instruments of destruction in them? Whom or what chains your feet so that you cannot or will not move or threatens you, your loves and/or whips you, harms you, kills you or your loved, unless or until you do? Whom or what has stricken history, from all your memory or your recall and whom or what strikes it still? Whom or what will come to your aide, if you cannot or will not come to the aide of others? What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

I write these words. I have read these words. I read these words. I am just like you. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor, my Neighbor?

Do you remember, do I? Do you know, do I?? What are you, what am I, going to do about it???????

If I have a fever, I do not need or want to spread it! I do not need or want the undertaker, the mortician! I need and want a physician! I need and want to be healed! I want and need to Live! I want and need Liberty! I want and need, the Pursuit of Happiness! I want and need to be made whole! Please come my neighbor, come and love me and make me whole!!!! I will do the same for you!!!!!

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

 Excerpt from: The first inaugural address by Abraham Lincoln

Fourscore and seven [now, Twelvescore and three (243=1774], years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863


 

Dahni

1 of WE

 

 

PS My inspiration for this piece is from a four-year old movie I just watched yesterday (twice in fact), called: ‘Copperhead.’ It is very similar to the times in which we are living in today. It has always been thus—What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

 

D

Fragile Whispers

July 4, 2014

by Dahni

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In the midst of this, our 238th year of Independence, on this fourth of July, I am reminded and reflect upon the costs of the many freedoms, many here in the United States, enjoy.

In the midst of our pomp and circumstance, parades and parties, pyrotechnics and the propensity toward a plethora of pleasurable activities that many will enjoy today, there remain, many that will not.

In the midst of our celebrations, the fury of nature has left many with joy-interuptus’, changed plans, stranded and forced to deal with the havoc of hurricane Arthur.

In the midst of remembrance of our birth of Liberty, and Freedoms in this country, there are many that are far from home, in foreign lands that will to die and some have and some will die, to defend ideas. Ideas such as a republic, a democratic process, equality, and rights among these as: “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

In the midst of these, I am reminded and reflect upon histories long ago that these are not new ideas nor do they represent some finished and completed work, wrought and won in times past, but ever present hopes and dreams, of every man, woman and child, the world over. These precious ideas, ever remain fragile and like whispers, with always the possibility that they could vanish from the face of the earth and without a sound to the human ear or heart; forgotten and to be never recalled in the memory of HOPE.

I am reminded and reflect upon that from these many histories, these fragile whispers were almost nonexistent in the backdrop of insurmountable odds, vast numbers of opposition and even the fury and the ravages of nature. Our present WE, was born thousands of years ago, during many empires of the ancient world; in Greece and Rome, civilizations built and which thrived upon these fragile whispers and only endured until, the fragile was trodden under dust and the whispers were silenced. The costs of freedom have always been high and ever will be. Sometimes these fragile whispers were lost, but not forgotten, for you cannot silence the unspoken desires of every man, woman and child, from the beginning of human-kind upon this earth until the last breath of the very last soul.

I am reminded and reflect upon the reasons or the WHY, for conflicts and perils endured. Not numbers, not technology, not superior intellect, luck, nature’s cooperation, training, skill, or discipline – each separate or all together combined, could not answer; cannot answer. These merely may play, some minor part, but something else propelled and will propel, hope against  all hope. Search your own heart and you will answer, Love of Life, Love of Liberty, and the Freedom to Think, to Pursue Happiness!

I am reminded and reflect upon HOW any of these ends could have ever been or ever shall be enjoyed in part or full by all, by many or by any. Search your heart and you will answer, Unity of Purpose!

I am reminded and reflect upon that during conflicts and perils, many, many men and women stood shoulder to shoulder and that they were men and women of many different backgrounds, languages, color of skin, cultures, states and colonies, villages and hamlets that for their individual Love of Liberty and with Unity of Purpose, they became each other’s brother and sister. But I am also reminded and reflect upon that behind them stood men, women and children of equal Love of Liberty and with equal Unity of Purpose, they became the families of Family, husbands, wives, fathers and mothers, brothers, sons, sisters and daughters. These families would bare more sons and daughters; they would be the children to rise and fall and to continue!

I am reminded and reflect upon that through these struggles there have been many losses and defeats, but  “…right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.”

I am reminded and reflect upon that today, my wife and other family members are safe from the ravages of hurricane Arthur and are safely on their way home. I enjoy relative good health. I have a roof over my head, food and drink, and many freedoms, but there are many that do not. Am I therefore free? How can I be when there is anyone in the world that is not? I cannot!

I am reminded and reflect upon the idea that no matter the outcome of conflicts and perils, I still hold that which no one can take, steal or destroy, my Freedom of Thought! I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men [and women] have torn down, men [and women] other-centered, can build up.”

I am reminded and reflect upon the ideas that conflicts and perils so great, so long and so lasting, so continuing, yet still, nothing can stop the idea of Liberty that cries within every heart and as a barbaric yawp from every voice, and yet it cannot long endure, without Unity of Purpose.

I am reminded and reflect upon that even with Unity of Purpose, and the Love of Life, the Love of Liberty and the Love to Pursue Happiness, none of these can be or ever are, sufficient to claim these things for all to enjoy, without the proper foundation to drive them and make them a reality! “Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy [lament] into a creative psalm of brotherhood [sisterhood]. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”

On this day, July 4th, 2014, I am reminded and reflect upon these fragile whispers. They remain fragile and they remain, but whispers, for they are not finished. There ever remain forces that would obliterate them. There remain many that have not or do not taste the fruits of equality and unalienable rights. I am not free while any are not free or anyone is not free! And though I may continuously and continually pledge to these ends, my life, any fortune of any real or intrinsic value or influence I may control or access, they are NOT ENOUGH! For I am one. But with others, I become a WE! He or She that will stand for me, are He and She that stand with me. And our individual Love of Life, Love of Liberty, Love of Freedom and Love to Pursue Happiness are NOT enough! For WE must become more than we may be, because of our differences and in spite of our differences. WE must be, Unified in Purpose, but that is not enough either! For WE, must become bound by a foundation of LOVE, for ONE ANOTHER! And then and only then will the fragile whispers become unbreakable cries of victory, for once and for all!

WE the People, United and Undivided is founded by Love! May this foundation,; may this fourth and may this force be with you, within you, for you, in front of you, over you, underneath you, behind you and ever be, by your side!

 

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Dahni,

1 of  WE

 

 
= excerpts from acceptance speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize, Oslo, Norway, December 10, 1964, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr