I haven’t written in a while. I have found it very hard to focus for any length of time and when I do, some of the issues before me seem so inane, inconsequential and way off base. I have been reading about the “Road to Prosperity” by the Eddie Munster look-alike, Paul Ryan and I hope that rationally thinking and compassionate Americans would vote against it. The ideas of lowering the tax rate for the very wealthy from 37-35% down to 25% would be laughable if it weren’t obscene. As Obama said today just down the road from us, “Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the backs of people who are poor, for people who are powerless and don’t have lobbyists or don’t have clout.” So true and so typical a process proposed by out of touch politicians. This “Road” will probably get Obama re-elected big time in 2012. But the underlying premise is the issue of trying to run the federal government or the United States like a corporate business venture. Not even close. This is a non-starter, even with the amounts of money that are poured into coffers of politicians to make favorable laws for corporations and in the process screwing the Constitution. Right now, it sounds as if the pursuit of happiness is for companies not people. Thanks to the corporatists on the Supreme Court, we haven’t heard the end of it. That is what I mean by mis-placed and way off-base.
All of this pales in comparison to the fragility of having a life, and trying to live it which is another part of the Constitutional contract. This is Holy Week and a week that has us pause and reflect on stuff and how much that stuff gets between us and our spirit. What is it all about anyway? What is the point for fleeting power that does not last forever? Where is the joy and the compassion of our humanness handgin’ out? Why is it only winning and losing? And in the end, since we cannot take it with us, only give it away to others, why don’t we start now and take an inventory of all the stuff we have. Then we need ask ourselves, is my happiness dependent on this stuff? is this stuff giving purpose to my life? I can only hope the answer is a resounding no, no it does not.
I believe that the only reason you and I are here on this blue planet is to learn how to love and to allow ourselves to be loved. (Reproduction is down the list.) Love is the only thing that makes sense to me. Everything else needs to be a vehicle to promote this prime objective. Power is not love. Screwing the poor is not love. Destroying collective bargaining is not love. Giving big oil 60 Billion in taxpayer subsides is not love nor is it giving oil companies free reign over the Gulf with pre-BP equipment to start drilling again. Invading a sovereign country on bogus intelligence is not love. What else is there? Morrie Schwartz in “Tuesdays with Morrie” put it best:
- “Have you found someone to share your heart with?”
- “Are you giving to your community?”
- “Are you at peace with yourself?”
- “Are you trying to be as human as you can be?”
That is the wisdom of love. “Just Do It” Sometimes it’s harder than fighting a war.
“…and so it goes…”