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To The Leaders Of This World, I Say To You That Enough Is Enough!!!

I am writing this tonight because I am frustrated….No, I am angry and incensed with the situation that has presented itself today. I speak of the situation that involves North Korea and these United States.  For any of you that have read this blog, you may have an idea of how I feel about the politics and the goings-on in our nation and our world.  But this issue today will have consequences that will be dire no matter what the resolution is.  What is being presented here is the possibility of nuclear weaponry being used, one country against another.  This is more than just politics as usual.  It is even more than ignorance on the part of the USA and North Korea.  This is blatant stupidity and a lack of leadership in action.  And sadly, we and the rest of the world have ringside seats.  We may have the sad opportunity to see the self-serving actions of a relative few affect literally tens of thousands of lives, the lives of regular folks.  People such as you and I who no longer have a say in what happens in and to our world.  This is simply wrong.

To the leaders of this, our country I say “Shame on you all for bringing things to this point!  Shame on our president who has not demonstrated proper leadership in this and many other situations that have run rampant across our country.  And shame on our elected officials, our senators and representatives who have made service to themselves an art form, voting themselves generous cost-of-living raises each and every year for the last 5 years while so many in our country work 2 and 3 jobs to survive.  Even worse are those who cannot find work and are unable to feed their families.  What has happened to the honor of your positions?  I am sadly embarrassed to recognize the bulk of the so-called “leadership” of my country.  And it pains me to say so!” 

And as to the leaders in North Korea?  I say to you there that you are not without fault as well.  It is your slothful pride and anger that brings this to bear.  Is our nation, the United States of America blameless in all of this?  I would say most certainly not.  I love my country dearly but I cannot and will not lie or make excuses for her.  But Kim Jong-Un, you are also not blameless here nor are any of your constituents.  And since we are on the subject and since it is “in for a penny, in for a pound” as the saying goes, I will say this as well.  The political games that have been played over these decades, these power games, if you will are the games that are played by those in power and by those who stand to profit mightily from said games.  To all of you I say, “Shame on you all for playing with people’s lives and with the lives of their families for the sake of your pocketbook!” 

I must say that in previous pieces that I have written, I have tried to put a message out to folks that would hopefully get their attention without speaking disrespectfully about those in power.  I have tried to convey a message to let us, “we the people” know that we still have the ability and the collective power to effect change in our country and therefore the world, if we come together as those united.  But what is going on here, what is happening now and today, this minute sickens me.  It is physically revolting and turns my stomach to see what is at work here.  And do you know why this is so??  I will tell you just now so please attend your ear to my words.

What I am about to say is quite simple really and very obvious.  It is only through a coming together of our various countries, ethnicities and beliefs that there will ever be peace on Earth.  Why do you people, the leaders with whom we have placed our trust fail to see this glaring truth?  “Well, it’s not so easy as that”, says Mr. Senior Statesman.  Oh but is, kind sir!  And that is indeed the truth of it.  The political arena is really little more than a very large sandbox in which the world leaders, politicians and special interests play.  And truthfully, I don’t believe I would begrudge them their games except for the fact that they have never learned to play together well. No one wishes to share the sand within the box because to them the sand is indicative of power and it is power they crave.  It is power they must have for power equates to money and more money is more power.

To those who are in a position of leadership in this country as well as across this grand world of ours, I will say this and it will be my close.  And I mean no disrespect to those who are in earnest and wield their power fairly and honorably.  You are indeed present but are sadly in the minority.  As for the rest of you, let me say this.  I am ashamed of you and of how you have used and continue to use your position for anything other than the good of the people who put you in office.  I believe that one day soon, your day of  reckoning will come about.  I do not know how or when it will occur exactly but it will.  I would also say to you that you might do a bit of self-introspection and consider making some changes.  Perhaps you should bring to remembrance who exactly you were placed in office to serve. (And in case you were unaware of this, it was not the special interest groups whom you love so well.)  It is the citizenry of this country who once entrusted you with the power to serve said citizenry.  You would do well to remember this and re-acquaint yourselves with the folks who provide you with not only the power you wield but with your paycheck as well.  Yes kind sirs and madams, we are the ones who pay your salary.  Just in case you may have forgotten that fact.  Oh and by the way, citizens today are not quite as accepting or ignorant as they may have been in years gone by.  Food for thought, if you will.

Now, one last thought here tonight and please be kind enough to indulge me here.  What I am about to say here will make me sound like a broken record.  However, there are some things that bear repeating.  I will say this again and again or at least as long as I think it will make a difference.  This evening it would seem I have  blasted away at our leaders and at world leaders as well.  Perhaps I have.  But at the end of the day, where does the real fault lie?  Who is really to blame for what is happening round’ about us today and in the day’s ahead?  The accusatory finger must be pointed at us, at ourselves.  In reality, there is none else to blame.  Now you may say, “Wait just a minute here!  How can this be so?”  To answer this question, I will ask a question.  When little Jimmy is being petulant and misbehaving, how do you get him to stop? How do you get him to get back on track, as it were?  And to those who would say a good hard swat on the rear would do the trick, I would say that isn’t really the answer.  The way to get the child back on the road to proper conduct is to let the child know that his bad behavior will no longer be tolerated.  And this message must be conveyed firmly and consistently.  In dealing with those whom we have elected and entrusted to the position of their office, the same principle must be applied.  And it must be applied firmly and consistently until the desired results are achieved.  Those who we elected to office will not “misbehave” any more than we allow them to.  Now, would the same principle apply to the government in say, North Korea?  Probably not.  But there was time when it was said that “as the United States of America goes, so goes the world”. We have pretty well lost that particular foothold over the last few decades.  But I suppose my point is that if we clean up our own political backyard, then perhaps we would regain enough of our world’s respect where they just might look to us for enlightenment and leadership.  Just a thought.

I apologize for going on here.  And if I have wandered off point a bit, I beg your indulgence.  This situation has upset me greatly just as I am sure it has you.  What will bear out here?  I do not know.  I pray for our country and for those in North Korea as well as the rest of our world.  The big boys are playing with their big toys.  I heard someone say that once.  It disturbed me then and it disturbs me even more today.  We do not need weapons of mass destruction and we do not need more political power plays.  What we do need is for those who claim to be world leaders to begin to lead responsibly.  It is the only avenue by which this country and our world can be brought into the presence known as Peace.

Thank you for your attention and kind patience.  Please consider what is here and act upon it. We the people. Remember those words.  It is our country and our world.  It was gifted to us by our Creator and belongs to us and all of our sisters and brothers across the Earth.  It does not belong to the politicians and the select few.  Pray for resolution with regards to the major issue before us.  Good night.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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If The Truth Of Our World Be Known….

I wish to address the idea, the concept of truth as it applies to our world this evening.  To do so accurately, I would like to define the word, if I may.  How is the word truth defined in the dictionary?  It is and I quote “the state of being the case; the body of real things, events and facts; a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality.  It also is defined as “the body of true statements and propositions; in accordance with the facts”.   The origin of the word truth from Middle English came from the Old English as akin to the words fidelity and faithful.   In times past, truth was a powerful word.  In our world today, the word “truth” has become subjective and is most often open to interpretation.  This is evidenced in our court rooms and as well as in our workplaces.  And in the hallowed halls of our nation’s capitol, this word truth is no longer treated with the respect and sanctity it deserves.  It is also reflected in our everyday conversations with one another.  So often it is the gossip that whether substantiated or not serves only to bring more rancor and ill will into this, our world.  It seems we relish that juicy tidbit of information about our co-worker or relative even though it edifies no one while at the same time eats away at our own integrity.  Where is the logic in that?  It is well past the time where we must return to what real truth is.

So, would you hear the truth of our world now?  Or would you prefer a showering of platitudes and such so as not to consider what is really the truth?  My heart tells me that you would welcome what is true and real for we are intelligent folk by and large.  So, here is what I perceive to be the truth, as it were.  There is much good to be found upon Planet Earth, upon and within the hearts of those who dwell here.  And that is a great truth, one that I know to be true for the knowledge I can feel within my Spirit.  And it is a truth that keeps alive my dreams and hopes for our world.  Without such a knowledge, my heart would be in deep despair today.  For as the saying goes, there are always two sides to every coin.  So conversely, there is another darker truth that pervades our world today as well.

This dark truth that I refer to is multi-faceted.  I liken it unto a cancerous tumor which is spreading its many diseased tentacles across our world, working its way deeper into our lives both individually and collectively.  There is so much hatred and anger and divisiveness everywhere.  A good example of this was the recent incident in Algeria which involved a well planned attack by a not so large group of those whose hearts were angry and bitter.  Many lives were lost there that day.  And it was all so unnecessary.  The truth of the matter is that after all these years, we have yet to learn any real degree of tolerance for one another.  We humans have deemed ourselves as intelligent creatures, certainly much more so than the animals who inhabit our Earth.  (Although personally, I believe we could learn much from our furried and feathered friends!)  Why is it then that we behave so ignorantly?  This question has vexed me more and more as each new incident of racism, violence, hatred or terrorism occurs daily.  Why, when it does not need to be this way??

This issue has been on my mind quite a bit as of late.  But I suppose what prompted my writing about it was that I had turned on the television this afternoon and happened across a movie which you are probably familiar with.  It is entitled “A Time To Kill” with Samuel Jackson and Matthew McConaughey, two actors who are most talented.  If you have seen this movie, then you know that is a very painful, yet very powerful movie to watch.  This is due to the truth it contains, of course.  Our country and more to the point, our world has become one that in so many ways, has chosen to walk down the darkest of roads, those roads being Ignorance and Intolerance. Ladies and gentlemen, these are indeed the roads which are devoid of light and lead directly into ruination.  Generally speaking, we have zero tolerance for those who are different from ourselves.  Over the last few years, racism has been rising and it is not so much a direct hatred as much as it is a separatism, a method of quietly setting ourselves apart from those whose skin color or belief systems or gender preference is not the same as our own.  And this is the truth that is at the root of so many of our problems today.  We have become a people separate unto themselves which is causing us to become spiritually blind and emotionally malnourished which leads only to ignorance and anger.  I apologize if I am offending anyone here but I made a promise to myself to be candid this evening.  If any of this is hitting a nerve for you, then perhaps you need to do a bit of introspection.

And if I may say so, it is really quite sad, this separatism business because ironically it is in our diversity that our true strength and intelligence lies.  Think about this for a moment, if you will.  How beautiful would a rainbow be if its’ only color was green or yellow?  Would it still give you that moment of wonder and excitement when you spotted that bow in the sky?  Probably not.  And remember that time when you were driving along and came across that field of wildflowers?  There were so many different types of flowers with so many different colors that it just took your breath away because it was just that beautiful!!  That rainbow and those wildflowers are not just happenstance, my friends.  Not in the least bit.  A coming together, a coordination of beauty in diversity is not a coincidence but is instead created and orchestrated by design.  Do you really believe that we are so different from those wildflowers and that rainbow in terms of our diversity?  I say to you that we were also created and orchestrated in diversity by design as well.  Let us not separate ourselves from it then.  Let us instead embrace it and nurture it as one should when they are given a precious gift.

Now some may say that this answer to our world’s problems while true is far too simplistic and cannot possibly resolve the issues that we face today.  Perhaps so but perhaps not as well.  You see, there are universal truths that have remained as a constant in our world that were put in place by the One who brought this planet we live on to be.  And one of these truths is that true wisdom is found in simplicity.  The reason this may not ring true to many of us is that we have allowed our minds and hearts to forget what is really true and instead have become burdened by allowing complications to control our lives.  Give your mind a break and your heart a rest for a time and breathe in the beauty of diversity.  Remember and relearn the gift of Tolerance for others.  We are indeed much more alike than we are different.  The truth of the matter is that we have forgotten this very important fact.  I would encourage all of us to consider these things.  Understanding and tolerance given and received, one to another would go a long way towards bringing our world to a better place.  And that is most definitely the truth!!

As always, I thank you for your kind attention this evening.  I sincerely hope you have found this reading worthy of your time.  If so, please do pass it along to others you know.  I believe it to be a message for all of us.  We can indeed change our world if we can come together as a people.  Take care with yourselves. May you be blessed in the same measure as you bless those you meet each and every day.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Love’s Gift

Two bodies with souls entwined.

Hearts pulsing, beating as one.

Two spirits conjoined,

thoughts once separate become alike in love.

Passions’s fire burns bright,

giving way then to Love’s warm embers.

Soft and gentle kisses are gifted

as a new Dawn gives its’ Grace to the sky.

Love’s gift has been given.

 

William James Thompson, Jr

 

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