Tag: Donald Trump

Super Bowl 2017: A Battle of Cultures

Even if you’re not a football fan, it’s worth paying attention to this weekend’s Super Bowl —

“This year’s Super Bowl between the Falcons and Patriots is viewed by many across football as a battle of cultures. On one end, some in the game see the Patriots as a conveyor belt of winning machinery, aligned with Donald Trump, but despised by a large swath of the American populace. On the other are the Falcons, a talented, less rigid team, supported by a city starving for a winner and viewed as the welcome alternative in this fight…In interviews with 10 NFL players, it’s clear that many see this matchup as a proxy fight between Trump’s America and anti-Trump America.” ~ Mike Freeman, NFL National Lead Writer, Bleacher Report

Dream/Vision on 2/3/17: I dreamt about a group of man-sized Peregrine Falcons climbing to the top of a mountain with super-hero style vigor and determination. Matt Ryan led them. He moved like an acrobat, highly energetic, talented, yet unpretentious. A star, but more of a team player at heart.

Spiritual Significance: A Falcon’s WIN represents “a win” for our political well-being and the soul of America. Democracy will be restored.

For further commentary, read blog article, Political Lessons from Super Bowl 2017.

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There is No Peace Without Vigilance

Image Credit: 6-Nedward, deviantart.com

Image Credit: 6-Nedward, deviantart.com

Words
are powerful
forces of nature.

they are destruction.
they are nourishment.
they are flesh.
they are water.
they are flowers
and bone.

they burn. they cleanse
they erase. they etch.

they can either
leave you
feeling
homeless

or brimming
with home.

~ Sanober Khan

In the 80s, I lived in Kentucky with my first husband. I remember eating dinner with his family, and repeatedly, his father would tell racist jokes. No one said anything about the disrespectful tone in his language. We even had a psychologist at the table, his sister, and she said nothing. I regret not having said anything.

The dinner table in our homes and the dinner table on the political stage are no different. It’s the same dining table.

Decades later, we have Donald Trump sitting at the Republican’s candidacy table, shooting verbal barbs at Muslims, immigrants, the disabled, and others. What’s disconcerting is there must be a no-holds-barred agreement about what can be said or not said. Otherwise, Trump would have been reminded of some standards of communication, and asked to adhere to a set of principles. Since his words set a tone for the nation and the world, the reminder would have been immediate.

With no action, no reminder of any principles of speech, a negative model imprints for parents, teachers, corporate leaders, young people, etc. that abusive language is allowed.

We aren’t standing up for respectable standards of speech. The precursor to violent events: Words that condemn others, and discount their point of view. There is a build-up, a history of harsh words that are exchanged. Words are the first bullets. Read more