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People do have free will and the behavior so prevalent in the world today shows that.  I think the behavior that people exhibit comes from the interactions with other people who have not matured, not broken free from their surroundings or still think that somehow it is natural to be self-centered.  In other words, addicted to the past and its myths and legends.  This is contradictory to free will, actually.  I would call it more “trained will“.

People still think of our relationship with the Creator as an in or out, or a here and there concept. God is up 'there' somewhere and we are here and God is either in, or not in, our hearts and minds. That's how geared we are to the separation teachings. When you think of God as a Just IS concept, in, out, within, without, becomes redundant. God, or divine life just IS. It IS as surely as the Universe exists in physical form.

The other dimensions are another topic. I too, am curious if we’ll learn after death, the answers to the mysteries. Or if it simply won’t matter anymore because we’ll know there was no mystery after all. We created the mystery, too, as a control mechanism. All we had to do was live with love and respect for our Earth home and its inhabitants. That’s why extinction is inevitable if we continue to go against the Natural Laws.

Right now, I think human activity is giving the Creator one heck of a stomach ache, if you'll forgive the metaphor. No telling how long it will take for the upchuck. It’s the same as you and I ingesting the wrong thing. We know it might make us sick but we love it and think how good it can be and maybe this time it won’t make us sick. So we keep trying it now and then. I’d imagine that all these multiple dimensions make up ‘god’s’ pantry. Horrible metaphor . . . but it’s not an easy thing to express within the limits of language. A night sky speaks it better.

  

Government, too, cannot NOT exist in and through you. We are not helpless victims of government unless we choose to be. If there is no separation, it simply isn’t an either or. It’s just an IS or ISN‘T. Recently, Oprah Winfrey was severely chided for funding a school in Africa rather than keeping the money in the ghettos of Chicago . She responded that she made the decision because the children here weren’t even interested in education. Things won’t change until people change the way they think. Frankly, I don’t know what kind of a cataclysmic event it will take to accomplish that. Katrina didn’t help much. The tsunami didn’t help much. The endless wars over religion and politics don’t help much. The issues don't help much to open any eyes past the time they‘re occupying the headlines.

I do know one thing. Laws don’t work if they aren’t enforced. Helping feed uneducated starving poor doesn’t work if they keep having more uneducated starving poor babies. And, until the ‘flocks’ of the various political organizations start questioning the leaders and doing some critical thinking on their own, the government will be of no help no matter what other good they do or don’t do. Yes, critical thinking . . . a lost art for the most part.
However, each can be taught to make the right decisions.  They choose to not listen at their own peril. All of our discussions are sophomoric unless we understand that we are in it all together. All humanity. This means a continued discussion of the root issues including but not limited to culture.

We need to do all that we can to get people to talk about the issues.  We also need to do all that we can to keep that speech as open and as clear as possible.  We need to avoid the spin of the pundits. Spin-off affects many things, all because well-intended people want to do the best they can without doing the work of thinking for themselves.  The only way we can limit the chaos is not to be a party in the pot stirring. People have a tendency to pick and choose what they want to hear, speak, or write. We need to rethink this. We need to listen to everything, and then choose to investigate. We need to speak and write only thoroughly investigated facts. And then, only then, employ critical thinking as to what is closest to the truth. The nation, the world, and ultimately, the Universe depends on it.

I hope everyone has a love remembering Memorial Day weekend.

Susan  

**Susan Haley is the published author of two books, several articles on networking, an award-winning poet, a contract copy editor and book reviewer for AME Marketing. She also contributes a column to "The Florida Writer" the official magazine of the Florida Writers Association, of which she is Facilitator for the Sarasota County Chapter. The audio version of her novel "Rainy Day People" was awarded in the 2008 Indie Excellence National Book Awards. She also contributes a variety of editorials and excerpts of her work to various E-zines and newsletters and local papers.

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      Coachmombabe wrote May 23, 2009
    • Susan, you are very articulate. This is good food for thought. Thanks!



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      Mztracy wrote May 23, 2009
    • Well said Susan!!  

      She responded that she made the decision because the children here weren't even interested in education. Things won't change until people change the way they think.  

      I remember reading this and thinking, ‘Wow, way to give up”

      TY again for a gr8 blog!



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      Denise Richardson wrote May 23, 2009
    • estatic Susan I applaud you for this post I talk about this often with friends and it does seem that we as a people will never arrive to that place where God is calling us to so many are either, lost or just refuse to believe, as well as follow the laws of the land in which God placed here thousands of years ago (it is written) but I totally agree with you about the educating, if we don’t teach they’ll never know and how could Oprah even make a statement on how the children here are not interested in education, if given fair opportunity I feel a great many would further their education and obtain their college degrees if it weren’t for the economy and the high rise in college educations.



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      Susan Haley wrote May 23, 2009
    • Thanks, girls, for the comments. I have one of those pondering minds and often write down my personal perceptions. I don’t claim them to be absolute truth and acknowledge they are my own perception of things, rightly or wrongly.
      Yes, I do think lack of education is the huge problem. And, not just formal education, but ‘human’ education, education on common values like the golden rule, which we all know begins in the home in a child’s most formative years. I think it is often referred to as ‘street sense‘.
      In studying more in depth on the incident with Oprah, we all know she can afford to do both and has done both, especially in the Chicago ghettos. She’s probably given more scholarships than anyone else alive.
      In deeper questioning on this furor, she was talking more about the ‘culture‘. She noticed the difference in attitude and gratitude for the opportunity to go to school, regardless the conditions. There was a moving documentary on this very African school. The kids were unbelievable. They’d walk miles just to have one book to read. No breakfast was a given. Lunch was a distant hope. Dinner was meager. Still, their priority was a ‘book’ and learning how to read it. That amazed me, as often these kids knew nothing but famine and civil war, and of course, work.

      Here, in interviews with kids, the top priority on average in the dropout and slow learners were Nikes and cellphones.
      Couple that with poor schools, biased boards of education on curriculum standards, always money the issue, drug dealing being the available ‘job’ on every streetcorner and guns as available as a Snickers Bar! I could cry.

      And all of this gets lost in ridiculous wars and stalemates rooted in religion, politics, and the obsession with being re-elected at any price. Even their own souls.

      I’m glad I’m old. I don’t even want to see the end of all this. But, as said, this is my personal perception and I offer it only as thought food to a bunch of intelligent women. Thanks for your feedback.

      Susan



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      Coachmombabe wrote May 23, 2009
    • Susan, these are my two thumbs up! .



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      Tamra wrote May 25, 2009
    • Susan, I enjoyed your article very much.

      Although I am not an Oprah fan, I clearly understand her remarks.  Just as you have explained, our society does not have a deep longing for education, most likely because it is taken for granted.  Yet, education is the key to resolving most every problem we have.  

      I totally get it.  I grew up quite poor with the lesson that I should provide for myself if I am able.  So education opened the doors to a very bright future.  I graduated from high school as valedictorian, and went on to complete my college education.  I am doing all I can to instill that belief in my children as well.

      Yes, we should all be “thinking.”  As I’ve expressed my fundamental belief here before —If more individuals would practice self-accountability, which includes a great deal of thinking, what a much improved society this would be.  If we were thinking, we could not be mislead by those governing us only for their own personal gain.  Rather, we would set expectations higher, requiring true results from them, or else.

      Would you please consider running for President?  estatic



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      Susan Haley wrote May 25, 2009
    • Tamra, you‘re funny. Anyone of us who’ve made comment here would have my ‘standards’ for elected office, some more capable than I, but you and I both know we’d never get elected. Obama would never have been elected if it had been for the millions of dollars contributed to his campaign by people who really hoped for change.  

      Heck, I’m doing good to pay my property taxes! They go up and up every year, yet the services are cut and cut. Where does all the money go? Starting an election campaign, I’d be lucky to come up with the filing fee!
      It’s not even the Federal government crippling me, or the state; it’s the darn county! I’d just about bet my life 80% of them are bought-off crooks. The developers are willing to pay well for what they want. Even now, for future scams.
      The re-zoning is still going on even though construction is at a standstill.
      But, you know what’s really sad? The ones that complain the loudest don’t even know the names of the County Commissioners, and I’ve worked the polls on local elections and the turnout is pathetic. That’s the problem right there.
      On the Federal level, nothing can be really accomplished because important issues get lost, buried or defeated based on moral legislation and who’s got the money behind them. Is a ban on assault weapons really a violation of second ammendment rights to anyone with a thinking brain? But, the NRA has made many a congress person quite well fixed. Or, because they worry about re-election first and foremost, they’ll pander to their districts even if their district is made up of a majority of ignorant, uneducated people that don’t even know how to make a sensible decision. They aren’t leaders! They are all self-centered opportunists. Less than a week after the election, they were all focused on 2010 and 2012. To hell with what happens between now and then. It doesn’t really affect them. I have precious little or no respect for any congress person regardless how articulate or promising they sound, or what side of the aisle they sit on. It’s their business to convince us how ‘concerned’ they are. Their career depends on it.
      Actually making any president quite powerless over the long haul.
      Even with a strong majority, the new administration has had to water down many things to get anything at all. Obama’s own party has thrown him under the bus more than once already. Most people don’t even know how to look at a big picture. The environmental issues show that. They want it NOW. Again, my perception. We could discuss just the budget deficits in a column devoted just to that! I need to learn when to get down off my soap box! happy  

      But, I agree he’s trying to do too much too fast because the people demand it. They’ll turn on him like a snake in a heartbeat. And yes, he wants to get re-elected, too, because he knows he can’t fix this mess in one term. But, at the worst, we have a president for eight years. Some of these congress people have been in there since Moby Dick was a minnow!

      Su



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      Tamra wrote May 25, 2009
    • Ms. Susan, don’t you dare climb down off of that soap box!  At least not until you can no longer do so.  As long as you are up there, you are contributing well thought out, stimulating commentary.  And heaven knows we certainly need all of that we can get!

      ...“Is a ban on assault weapons really a violation of second ammendment rights to anyone with a thinking brain?“....
      So true!  I think the forefathers had muskets in mind, not assault rifles!

      OK, so we aren’t millionaires that can afford a presidential campaign.  But if you ever change your mind, I would be glad to serve as your Treasurer!  Ha!



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      Mary Clark wrote May 26, 2009
    • I think everyday that God must want to say...“you know..you all are really messing things up that I created just for you“...and I’m sure it is very displeasing to Him. Why he doesn’t just say...“enough“...amazes me...but it is coming.  

      And like our government...I‘M SAYING:  “you are screwing up what our founding fathers created just for all of us...and you let your own political agendas...personal greed overshadow everything else.” And we are letting this happen.  Eventually all this madness has to stop!!  What kind of future do our children, our grandchildren have?  The rate we are going...not much. Everyday...our government shows me one more thing to validate that our great nation is on it’s way to being a nothing. HOw sad is that? Those are my thoughts...  

      Great food for thought Susan...



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      UK Girl wrote May 26, 2009
    • Great post ...lots to think about here.

      Over on this side of the pond we are in the midst of great political turmoil - we have now seen how much our greedy Government and all the representatives claim to live - they fund second homes and claim millions of us - we ahve found out they have duck shelters built for ponds on their large estates with our money - they avoid taxes on selling their property - they have avoided all the taxes they introduced on us to make our lives more difficult - we the people are now demanding an election and the Prime Minster who is the most hated man in Britian has said no as he thinks it will bring chaos ...... lots of people are very angry me included - in 4 days one newspaper collected 4 million names on an internet poll for an election so by the end of the week the roar will be deafening ...
      With us the Government took us for granted that we would just take their lies ....



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      Tamra wrote May 26, 2009
    • Vicki,

      I think it would do us good to listen to your woes.  We are doomed for your fate if we do not heed your warnings.



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      Midnightmom wrote May 26, 2009
    • If you like what Susan writes here you should read her books. I have, and they are incredible! I have a lot of commuting I do and I loved having the audio book of Rainy Day People. Suddenly the traffic jams didn’t bother me so much.

      I love what you have to say here, Susan. Keep up the good work!



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      Susan Haley wrote May 26, 2009
    • I guess it was a combination of MaryClark’s and UKgirl’s post that moved me to share this poem by a Brit. I love the Brits. They are a fiesty bunch who have survived many horrors. I feel fortunate to have many friends over there, to have spent time over there, and a bit of extended family too. My own grandparent’s were from Cornwall, so have the Brit fiestyness in me, as well. You’ve probably noticed on occasion that I slip back into the labour and behaviour spellings when I’m on a rant about something.
      Anyway, H. William Harbourne resides in England and I feature his work often on my own website and an ezine I coordinate the poetry for. He’s an incredible talent. Enjoy but do ponder his words . . .

      The End

      Man in his wisdom and complacency
      used the planet, blind to its situation.
      Populations exploded, concrete melanoma
      spreading its stain across our green fields and forests.  

      There were those who saw it coming,
      who cried into the wind of corporate greed,
      who saw a simpler life where nature
      is paid her due respects.

      In our arrogance, we assumed it was
      for us to put things right, to save the planet.
      Too late, powers that mere mortals cannot conceive
      were already in motion.

      Mother nature, be she a God or other deity
      had been doing her job since time began.
      Balancing the spread of life in fair measure,
      her controls, famine, flood, fire pestilence and war.

      Yet man would not be controlled.
      It matters not how the virus came to life,
      this slayer of populations, destroyer of nations.
      Be it our own scientists, or Natural creation,
      the seed of man’s destruction was sown.

      The delivery of death was man’s own success,
      jet travel encircled our globe.
      Within days every country had the kernel of defeat,
      Efficient railways, and that prize of all man’s
      achievements, the automobile.

      We fought, oh how we fought,
      scientists worked tirelessly for a cure.
      Our doctors and nurses worked to exhaustion,
      then they too fell before the sword.  

      Societies, robust for millennia
      collapsed into chaos.
      The dead could not be moved,
      man turned against man,
      scratching and clawing each other for food.

      There were some who survived for a while,
      resistant to the plague.
      Another of mother nature's wise controls,
      yet even they succumbed to death from
      the putrification of billions, bringing cholera and typhoid.

      The planet’s quiet now, the air fresh once more
      Better luck next time.

      H. William Harborne  

      Copyright2009



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      UK Girl wrote May 26, 2009
    • I like Harborne too and that is almost apocalyptic with what we are seeing here in the UK .....

      This particular government have just never listened to us the people who pay their wages and vote them in .....

      I hate to say this but 70% of the UK population didn’t want the war in Iraq we didn’t understand why we had to fight there ...... we came out into the streets and parks by the million week after week but hey we went but this time when we see them claiming $7K for huge plasma screen TV’s and garden swimming pools etc; now we are mad as hell and yest they ahve raised our taxes to 50% in my case .. I now work half the week for some idiot to have his pool cleaned !!



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      Midnightmom wrote May 26, 2009
    • I am curious, when you do your investigating who is it you listen to - CNN, MSNBC, newspapers, the internet, your gut? How can you know who to believe if you didn’t yourself witness what they report?  

      I agree we need to keep up the discussion if for no other reason than to keep aware of what is happening and to stick together when something needs to change, be it a leader or the handling of issues by our leaders.

      Wouldn’t it be a lot better if our leaders ran on their own merit rather than their pocketbook? Seems to me if you aren’t rich you can’t even be a leader. And, with money too often corruption is close by, following - seeking favor.

      Good thought food for sure. Especially your introduction paragraph. I would like to hear more about the training we are wrapped up in.



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      Susan Haley wrote May 27, 2009
    • Hi Midnight

      Thanks for your additional comments. I also appreciate your lauding of my novel and Spiritual ponderings. However, that’s quite different content than what I write here.

      I ‘listen’ to all the news pundits, not just one. That’s a sure way to hear only one, probably slanted, reporting of information. Cable, and even Network news, are driven by ratings and advertisers. They thrive on conflict and sensationalism. I like PBS and C-Span. I also read a lot, study history and the Constitution, and listen to the Sunday morning talk shows to hear the debates and interviews.
      Oddly, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart provides a lot of profound thought food through satire and humor, which I love. Behind the humor, Jon Stewart is a brilliant journalist.
      I also depend on search engines like Google where authentic documentation and research sites can easily be found. It simply requires a desire to know truth from propaganda and pandering.

      The training of our intellect and our prejudices and beliefs begin in infancy and through culture. People aren’t born with their philosophical leanings. Religion, for example, is most always established by virtue of one’s birthplace and family tradition. Training continues when you start school and are spoon fed a required curriculum. Most thinking adults over fifty now know that we were never taught truths about the Native Americans and how this nation was expanded and settled. But the prejudices are programmed in. Shedding them is not always easy, or even attempted.

      Best,
      Susan



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