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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Voting For Thanksgiving

What America stands for is not defined by constitutions or other documents but by the documentation of elections. Who the majority votes for tells you what the country is about. Who the majority reelects tells you even more about their basic beliefs, thus their future actions.

We live in the world we vote for.

If the majority of Americans wanted things to change, things would change.

How quickly we ban together to create a furor and protest over airport screening procedures despite the reality of their necessity.

Where is this outrage against what passes for food, against housing crises, against inadequate education, against the exploitation of nature, against obese governments and against anything that makes a difference for every American at the fundamental, we-hold-these-truths, level.

Americans must like the death, maiming and psychological damage of their sons and daughters over bullcrap. Why else vote for massive destruction the second time? Americans must not appreciate what it takes to change the entrenched and unrepentant “good guys.” Why else not vote for giving change a decent chance at breaking through these barriers? Americans must like unemployment since it has been caused by the longstanding slow leak that has siphoned the air out of opportunity only to cushion corporate bottom lines. The workforce merely serves as insulation to keep the superstructures on Wall Street nice and cozy. Thank you Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty. Good looking out.

Other Americans will often warn me, “Careful what you wish for.” Not once have I heard, “Thankful what you vote for.”

Everything Americans have gotten over the years, we've voted for - every opportunity, missed opportunity, celebration and many calamities. If Americans wanted their unemployed neighbors to continue to get extended benefits they would not have voted for those who continue to block these extensions under the guise of a budget that can't be balanced unless Americans vote for stripping the government naked so it can get a thorough cleaning.

If Americans wanted an end to bipartisanship (as polls mislead you to believe) they would not tolerate the dishonorable Senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, and anyone who supports his un-American promise to destroy the President at the expense of millions of Americans.

If Americans wanted foreclosures to stop or slow down and their own property values to stabilize they would hold anti-tea party-like rallies against banks and suggest, via the blogosphere, airport screening-like boycotts. Come on! Banks don't have to foreclose as hastily as they are. Leave the people alone. Charge interest on unpaid balances and give the people at least a 6-month payment deferment so folks can regain their footing. Seems like banks are in a hurry and trying overly hard to be in the “owning real estate business” by unmercifully making homeless more Americans during these extra shaky times.

The vote of a righteous American availeth much. Have faith in prayer but focus on the vote. Eat together tomorrow but vote for better tomorrows for hard-working and eager to be working again Americans. Americans ought always to vote so no American today has to face the same uncertainty of survival that faced the Pilgrims. What will our next vote say about what we are really thankful for?

Friday, November 12, 2010

DNA & Genetics of Belief: A Dynamic New Approach

It's impossible to change when you don't see how (believe) you can.

A plant in my flowerbed grows 4 feet tall and blooms. In the middle of the yard where the mower is used frequently, it flowers at 3 inches. In just a few years, this plant has learned to adjust. I am inhibiting its inbred tendencies and it is finding a way around me. The plant has changed the set of instructions its parents, siblings and relatives live by. It has altered its DNA. It has changed its individual self.

You do yourself a dreadful disservice if you go along with the notion that some longstanding aspects of your nature are unchangeable because “it's in your genes, genealogy or it's genetics..”

“Adaptation” or “mutation” both mean a change in DNA. The former is preferrable to the latter. If humanity's genes can change during the lifespan of others then it is not impossible for it to change within your individual lifetime. You are not hard-wired and steel coated. You are soft-wired and placenta-coated. Every cell is an embryo responsive to molding. Even in older humans.(1)

Consider this. In order for there to be seasons or no seasons there must be a pattern of actions and reactions. These patterns are flexible. They take into account innumerable influences such as celestial movement, living organisms and other aspects of the natural world (oceans, volcanoes, forests and rocks to name a few).

The climate has never stopped changing. The world is alive. Each aspect acts upon the others. The natural world is constantly adjusting, passing on new sets of instructions and changing patterns. You will not be fit to thrive, let alone survive, in a changing world unless you do the same.

Thankfully you are not a plant or a season and have more flexibility to respond to influences that may inhibit you. You can direct your life. You can think through your life. Keep at it and keep away from those who see your attempts to change as curious rather than perceive it as courageous. That 3 inch plant only grew leaves for awhile. This year it figured it out, completed its reinvention process and is once again doing what it came here to do.

By changing just one part of any one of your instructions, you can alter the course of your life. It's not about nature “versus” nurture It's both. Nurture yourself and change your very nature. Will it be finances, relationships, spirituality, health, historical knowledge, self honesty...?

Evolution is about experimenting with what works. It's about choosing the best option that ensures short-term viability but does not derail long-term possibilities.(2). Evolution is about reassessing and trying again. It's about reassessing and changing again and again and...

Don't inhibit yourself by stubbornly or fearfully holding onto a set of beliefs that are not working for you. DNA is dynamic and so should be the mental instructions flowing through your brain. These are the philosophies you've lived by for so long. You must change what influences you if you want to change anything at all. This is a certainty. Change what you allow into your mind. Find a way around your current inhibiting self to get to the new unlimiting you. Begin changing the genetics of your beliefs.

DNA could just as well stand for Dynamic New Approach.

Note (1): You can't teach an old dog new tricks but you can train the puppy inside.

Note (2): Some examples: You don't work for money now that prevents you from later fulfilling your dreams. You don't tell a lie today that will catch up to you tomorrow. You don't destroy your health ever in exchange for anything.

Biblio Video containing the most recent influence in the quest for evolution beyond the spin cycle: "Different, Not Deficient" Reverend Jeremiah Wright at NAACP Dinner, Part 3