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Precious. We All Are!

This is not the post I originally had written for today. I wrote a post about Ronald Reagan replacing President Grant on the fifty dollar bill which you will read on the 13th.

I’m actually writing this with tears still falling from my eyes. Why are people so cruel to one another? Why do we hurt the ones we are supposed to love? And by supposed I mean, inherent, normal, instinctively, purposefully.

I just finished watching a movie called Precious. I know that Precious is just a movie but it got me to thinking. People treat each other even worse than what I saw in the movie and what adults get away with in the way we treat children is sometimes a crime. As I stated before, I was moved to tears many times during the movie. This is a crazy messed up world we live in. We pour out our hearts and open our wallets when nature destroys whole communities and that is great. What about human nature?

What about the nature of man? We are by far the most destructive force on this earth. I’m not talking about deforestation or pollution either. I’m talking about hatred and prejudice and gossip and strife and jealousy and mental and physical cruelty and abuse. I’m talking about the kind of destructive force that makes a person feel less than an animal because the words we speak or the deeds we do hurt our fellow man, our children, family and friends or even strangers.

Our thoughts and our tongues are perhaps more responsible and are to blame for more murders and deaths than tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes, tornadoes and earthquakes combined. The words we speak can murder the person we aim them at.

The words we speak are powerful and can kill a person’s spirit. The words we speak can and sometimes do affect a person for the rest of their life. We can never know the outcome of the words we speak. I looked for a quote on words and this is the best that I was able to find. It’s from the Bible. Religion and God have been coming up a lot lately in my life.

James 3:5-6

In the same way the tongue is a small part of the body, but it can brag about doing important things. A large forest can be set on fire by a little flame. The tongue is that kind of flame. It is a world of evil among the parts of our bodies, and it completely contaminates our bodies…

So I guess once again my parents were right when they told me and my sister, “If you don’t have something nice to say to someone, then don’t say anything.

I didn’t read the book and I don’t know how well the movie compares to the book. As far as I’m concerned none of that matters. Precious was a hard movie to watch and a harder pill to swallow, but it’s therapy perhaps we all need to endure. Rated R for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language.

Love and peace my friends.

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

So, it’s Valentine’s Day. Strange title for a Valentine’s Day post, isn’t it? Well I’ve had a problem with Tina Turner’s song I think ever since I heard it. I don’t like it and don’t suppose I ever will.

I could pick the song apart line by line but I think instead, I’ll just say in this world we live in, love has everything to do with it! What’s Love Got To Do With It? Absolutely everything!

Love is not a second hand emotion. Love is first and foremost, more an action word that persuades people to do things, than it is just an emotion. Love is not a gooey emotion that causes butterflies in the stomach. It is a motivator. It causes people to spend all day cooking dinner for the person they love. It causes parents to take on one or more part time jobs to pay for college their kids might decide not to go to.

Love brings people on the verge of foreclosure to send ten dollars to Haiti despite their own suffering. Love gives kidneys to strangers. Love brings out the best in people. Love keeps an American father sane living five years without his son, while he’s in Brazil with his stepfather, knowing the law is on his side. Love brings people together in hospitals, nursing homes, soup kitchens, and adoption agencies. We would do far better as a race of humans if we allowed love into more places in our lives.

Love is often confused with a plethora of other emotions that disguise themselves as love (in the human psyche), but true love is not what most people think it is. Love is not, sex. Love is not jealousy. Love is not infatuation, lust, attractiveness, competition. Love is not so many things. Love is love.

And I am constrained to believe love caused me to write this post. Happy Valentine’s Day friends and strangers alike.

I know you didn’t write the song and if you didn’t sing it some other 80’s pop star would have; but Tina I want you to know love is an all consuming emotion that has EVERYTHING to do with everything.

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