2021June turns towards July:
Our Hero Finds Solace and the Strength of Heart to go on Boldly!
Into the TWILIGHT ZONE.
A Jazz Riff through a life with me, myself, and I.
FINALLY, some white boys who are telling the truth about racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and social service support scam artists. Want to know what they said? Want to know why they said it? Want to know how they came to their conclusions? Okay people, fasten your seatbelts, it's gonna be a bumpy night ride, mon ami!
Listen to The Liberal Redneck Manifesto by Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, Corey Ryan Forrester on Audible. https://www.audible.com/pd/B01L7QHDJ6?source_code=ASSOR150021921000R
Okay, for everyone who cannot access their quality response using the link provided, please clap ( bottom left of page) and continue reading.
1.) You need cheese grits, I eat cheese grits, don't make me eat vegan grits, y'all in the Pacific Northwest Empire.
2.) Bring me a casserole; then go home and pray --- without me!
3.) a. Love me, Unconditionally
b. Engage me by greeting me with Unconditional Positive Regard
c. Co-exist with creation by consistently applying The Golden Rule
Number 3 is all LGTBQIA+ tribespeople are asking for. When I hear The Redneck Nation Comics speak, that's what I hear. Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see? Do you feel what I feel?
When I listen to their stories, I hear an America that has been suffering, starving, slip-sliding away, and self- medicating for centuries. Obsessed with darkness and or light.
For example, the boys reveal:
1.) The preacher-alcoholic/ pain med addict character
2.) The perpetually-poverty- stricken (since before the Civil War) pink-skinned-people
3.) The real evolution = the path from Kings and Queens to Landed Gentry to Ruling Elite to One-percenters. This pathway is only made possible by Capitalism.
Then there is Cynthia M's picture of a Georgia Southern Twilight. There has always been deep beauty in the space where darkness and light and lightness and darkness meet. But only those embracing Lush Life ever take the time to reflect and engage darkness and light without fear and anxiety.
I am persuaded that....nothing can separate us from agape love. In Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, we see the Panorama of America's past, present, and possible futures. The tipping point was when an actor died in the making of a particularly violent and brutish episode. That should have been a national recognition of grief. If only we had joined together to realize how far from our seminal text, " WE THE PEOPLE, ( united) to form a more perfect union..." that we had strayed. We have always been challenged, exhorted, counseled, admonished, and taught to share the abundance of human and natural reason we have been given, just by being born.
We have always been able to choose to strive together and share. Why have we created a historical narrative where we, more often than not, choose the expensive, deadly and complex ways to strive against everything all the doggone time?
Every twilight, we are reminded of Twilight 's Beauty. Why did we choose to be, why do we CONTINUE to choose to be afraid of what we cannot see clearly until our eyes adjust to the different and not evil light in darkness? There is a better way. We have always been aware that there is always a better way.
However once we chose to numb out to pain, we robbed our individual and communal selves the opportunity to comfort each other. We legalised chemicals that when ingested in consistent quantities over time initially produce pleasure, THEN, produce their own pain. We then, out of fear and ignorance, outlaw other plants that are not fatal over the short term or long term, apparently.
Many years ago now, I had the honor of participating as the only man in a spiritual retreat in a cabin just a short drive from Big Bear Lake, CA. A kind and wise Pastor, Susan Highleyman, led the retreat weekend.
It was amazing! I had sisters for the first time in my life. Some (?) most (?) all (?) of the women had a gay black brother beloved for the first time in their lives. We shared meals and light chores. We laughed and sang and cried -- together. My conclusion, if we could spend a weekend in the same home, ANYTHING was indeed possible!
UL, UPR, and TGR were all REAL. Just like the process of BECOMING real as depicted in the classic book, The Velveteen Rabbit. My California Mom shared that book with me. Now I shall share it with my nephew River. He will go on to share it with someone he has chosen to love. The torch is passed. Our shared journey together carries the promise of truth and reconciliation for new life, together, in a world that works for all of it's occupants.
We can agree and we can agree to disagree. We have never needed deadly force to make a dramatic point that power can be used with painful and precise deadly force against life itself.
Let's take some time alone to unpack and test that theory. Maybe that's the pathway toward mutually assured CON- struction, MAC instead of MAD, Comfort instead of Cold, just ahead, in that perfect place of darkness and light-- Twilight.