i have to give respect to the african americans in this great nation
as well as in particular the jamaicans, the people who honor Bob Marley, as i honor the great man as well, and as a believer in God
i can truly say i admire the words and teachings and music of Bob Marley
sometimes people make assumptions
there are people who will try to put me down
as if they know the truth about who i am as a person, as a man
again it goes back to led zeppelin’s words
“in the days of my youth i was told what it means to be a man
now i’ve reached that age i try to do all those things the best i can.”
so……. yes there is a sense of being insulted
yes there is a sense of being put down
but i take refuge in the idea that all people are bodhisattvas
and if my karma includes being insulted, so be it.
it certainly happens often enough that i am insulted
that it becomes routine. an everyday occurrence
having said that, i must do what i must do.
what does that mean? i believe everyone is my friend
to the extent that i try to smile at people and make them feel welcome.
if they respond with insults and insult comedy, so be it.
i believe in “infinite hospitality for all people.”
what does that mean?
you take the good with the bad.
you love people even when they are a burden to deal with.
“you don’t know the size of my heart.”
i believe in a world where everyone has fresh water, enough food, and so on. a place to live.
there are people who are wounded by the world itself. by the lack of heart, of men with heart in this world, a lack of generosity. a lack of hospitality. a lack of love.
they are humiliated by feeling that they have to take a job that doesn’t pay very much
and they know that they live in a society where indeed people are homeless. where people are hungry.
and they’re unhappy because there are apparently no more idealists who can imagine actively a world where everyone gets what they need.
so let me now take a stand: i believe in a world where the hungry are fed, where the homeless are housed, where people get their basic needs taken care of.
here we have the perennial question: does the money come from the government, through taxes? or from private sources? i believe in a partnership of public/private sources of money
so the job gets done.
but i also believe in a potlatch society, a society inspired by the traditions of american indians, who once a year (one set of tribes did this) they would give away all their possessions, and honor came not from keeping possessions, but by giving them away.
so people get what they need. the hungry are fed. the homeless are housed. the despairing are given meaning in life. that’s what i believe.
i am not ashamed of what i just said. but i am not a communist. i think there has to be new ways of dealing with society’s problems. the soviet union was a torturous place.
so…… if people make assumptions about me, so be it. i often am quiet, in part because i have studied the Quakers and i believe in simple words. keep it simple.
people look at the snarky insult comedy on TV, and they think the universe itself is a form of insult comedy, that this is a crazy universe, and in their unhappiness, they try to take it out on other people. but i love them just the same, as human beings, full of potential.
now…… i do have this to say: to the extent that someone or a group of people rely on insult comedy to make themselves seem superior, (just as is on the satanic TV set) there is a sense that they do not believe in the Day of Judgment. they do not believe that one day they will have to answer to God himself for their deeds, both good and bad.
so one pastor would put it this way: God doesn’t want you to go to hell. but if you want to go to hell, God isn’t going to lift a finger to stop you, if you are truly determined to go there. you have free will. you can choose good or evil. i warn you now, i warn whoever is reading this, there is a hell, and it is no joking matter. so, choose wisely.