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You Are Responsible

“We must never merely…provide people with  programs which have little or nothing to do with their own preoccupations, doubts, hopes, and fears….It is not our role to speak to people about our own view of the world, nor to attempt to impose that view on them, but rather to dialogue with the people about their view and ours.”

~Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

You are responsible! Regardless of how others may define “being responsible”, you hold the key to action and words which reflect a living response to situations or people which then canonize your values and ultimately declare who you are.

Paulo Freire is on point. Who has the right to determine, without broad input, what is good for others. Given the salient underpinning of each person’s environment from birth which shape one’s perspective and ego, everyone should consult and undergo a personal deepened examination of oneself before acting to salvage those who act, in their mind, less responsible.

Recent examples of environmental bias involve racism, homophobia, sexism, religious judgment, abuse in its may forms which result in actions that oppress and injure due out of external programs brokered by fear and undergirded bias.  How could one call the police on an 11 year old black boy who was innocently delivering papers unless the callers response was colored by racial bias? Or, how can a woman wearing a t-shirt stamped Puerto Rico be verbally abused unless there is a lack of honest responsibility and true caring for others.

Let’s probe further. Is it responsible to use religion and the bible to separate children from parents or deny legal rights only because they are of other nationalities than European?  Are you living responsible when you bombast same sex relationships by only imposing your view? Do women and men who are abused by someone in an authority role deserve justice?

What are responsible answers to these questions? What questions do you have that expand the dialogue so that accepted preoccupations, doubts, hopes or fears are challenged?

It is the responsibility of each one to care enough to question and gain knowledge. Once informed dialogue happens with a varied population of stakeholders a blended truth can emerge which heals rather than harm.

You are responsible, take it seriously. Own and accept your role in activating change.

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Question: How Can I Be Peaceful

Answer: Be peaceful. Serenity is the answer to peace, both inner and outward peace. Being peaceful does not mean you are a passive milk-toast and that you allow others to walk all over you.

To the contrary, when you are peaceful you tap into a strength of peace that is inviolable.  You will not be dishonored. You will not be humiliated. You will not be weakened when you are peaceful.

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”        ~ Robert F. Kennedy South Africa, 1966

 

Have courage, be peaceful but firm of conviction and honor.

Be an instrument of peace.

Be a vessel of calm on the stormy sea of life.

Be peaceful, get peace.

Friday Final Thought

Unify:

“Observe the invincible tendency of the mind to unify. It is a law of our constitution that we should not contemplate things apart without the effort to arrange them in order with known facts and ascribe them to the same law.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1836)

#unity

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#facts

Friday Final Thoughts

Thoughts resonate any day of the week, but this is a Friday thought:

“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the confirming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconfirming minority.”

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Strength to Love, 1963

#neveragain

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KISS

Kiss your indecision goodbye. Kiss your complaints or conflict goodbye.  Kiss fault lines goodbye.  From now on, all you have to do is KISS life.

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KISS – a simple formula to navigate life.

Keep

It

Short

Sweet

Keep your words and intention short and sweet, meaning live from your empathetic heart.  Instead of talking to someone in a raging diatribe, KISS it. Say what you mean simply but absent venom.  Managing any relationship can present challenges, but the sweetness of life offers the opportunity to regulate emotions and re-assign fault.

When you KISS a decision, it lifts you beyond the messiness of constant quandary.  Think about the choices you have when posed with a personal challenge and then think short and sweet of the outcomes after which it is time to make a decision.

Japanese use the term arugamama to describe a sense of acceptance.  KISS is your arugamama – you accept what you need to confront and then use simple, sweet active steps to live whole.

You are whole, now KISS life.