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The Universe

    Do we really create our lives? Is this an offer from the Universe that would be really stupid to refuse?

Start: Here’s a choice for me. Which would I rather do? —

  1. Consign myself with 100% certainty to making peace with a world that’s metaphorically going to Hell, and to doing the best with what I can grab that’s still around? Or …
  2. Gamble that this little niggling inner sense I keep having isn’t lying to me, and that I, as an individual, have the power to make my life literally better than I can imagine?

(And, no, I’m not going to answer, “I’ll take door number three, Monty.”)

I know what my father would do. He might make noises like he would choose Door Number Two, but his actions would reflect Door Number One.

And until a couple of days ago, like father, like son.

Motivational Statements from the Edge

Why am I even thinking about this?

A friend of mine, Pamela Wilson, is a speaker/facilitator, coach, contributed to a published collection of motivational stories, and is very close to completing her first solo book. She’s one of these people we run into in our lives that reminds us by their very existence that there’s Something More, not by what she teaches necessarily, but by what she is.

We had a conversation a few days ago, and she recently posted an article, “Universe in Motion,” that captures on the blog portion of her site my take away of the discussion:

So I went back to the drawing board. Yes, the coach got a coach. Who laughed at/with me because my imagination failed. He asked that ever-popular question, “If time and money were not an object, what would you want to do with your life?”

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    Why is American society such a mess? It’s simple: We have never really been We.

No Trespassing Sign
I can understand the sentiment, but I think I’d dial it back a touch, personally.

Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders … and millions have been killed because of this obedience…. Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves … (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.

— Howard Zinn, Failure to Quit

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

— Edmund Burke

Start: Assuming there is some consciousness to the Universe that perceives us as we truly are, this in itself would be proof of its unconditional love. If the underlying intelligence of the Universe didn’t regard us with the proverbial patience of saints, it seems pretty clear to me we would have been toast millennia ago.

If we take any significant amount of time to really examine legislation in the docket for either the House or Senate of the United States, we can’t help but find ourselves clenching our fists white in moral outrage. Personally — and I know I am not unique in this, in just my immediate family alone — I can only look at so many of the issues our legislature is hell-bent on creating for our country (and the world) without seriously wondering if I will lose my sanity.

And the relentless growth of this ethical cancer is not limited to just our government, or governments in the world, or global corporatism, or despotic leaders in remote corners of far away lands —
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