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Mindful Monday: The problem is far from solved

Mindful Monday: The problem is far from solved

awareness, Freedom, mindfulness, racism
"Another indication that progress is being made was found in the recent presidential election in the United States. The American people revealed great maturity by overwhelmingly rejecting a presidential candidate who had become identified with extremism, racism, and retrogression. The voters of our nation rendered a telling blow to the radical right. They defeated those elements in our society which seek to pit white against Negro and lead the nation down a dangerous Fascist path. "Let me not leave you with a false impression. The problem is far from solved." --Martin Luther King, Jr., December, 1964, from Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech What are you noticing when you read this? ... for Mindful Monday ... Photo credit: "Martin-Luther-King-1964-leaning-on-a-lectern," Wikimedi
Daily Practice for November 9, 2016

Daily Practice for November 9, 2016

Word:  So, I am sad today. What I am most sad with is the calls all over the internet (and by internet, I mean Facebook) that are saying, "Love wins in the end! Hold onto hope!" Uh huh. In the meantime, Mexicans, Muslims, LGBTQIA folx, are terrified that they will be kicked out, detained, or have their marriages annulled or bathroom rights taken away. And by Mexicans, Muslims, and LGBTQIA folx, I mean United States citizens. Much less being female-bodied and having the most misogynistic and relentless campaign ever take down a woman who is super smart and has a great resume. And don't start with the, "but she is a flawed candidate." Well, aren't we all. And aren't they all. But I have to hand it to the FBI. Comey executed a presidential coup J. Edgar Hoover would be proud of. So, to al
An Open Letter To “Conscience-Driven” Trump Voters

An Open Letter To “Conscience-Driven” Trump Voters

14th Amendment, bigotry, Challenge, Change, citizenship, civics, Comfort, community, Compassion, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, courage, critical judgment, culture, election year, Equality, Ethics, Fear, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Ideology, immigration, injustice, Islam, justice, law, Minorities, Presidency, progressive politics, Religion, terrorism, Tolerance, Trump, Uncategorized, Xenophobia
I understand what it means to adopt an unpopular stand and to say unpopular things – things that could possibly cost valued relationships and reputations – purely on the basis of conscience, as you have elected to do in your decision to either refrain from voting altogether or to vote for Donald J. Trump.  I would only ask you to reflect on the particular building blocks that together make up the foundation of such a choice.  The question to be borne in mind as you do so is very direct and very simple:  Given your decision to support – if only by default – the candidacy of Donald Trump, will your conscience also accommodate the principles that go into that decision?  (This is really just an updated phrasing of that hoary old maxim in ethics "If you will the end, then you must will the