There’s so much to learn, process and catechize with current events. As an HSP this has been daunting. Hopefully this post will not overwhelm you…
Cross Pollination Produces Strength
As previously indicated, I am open-minded to other points of view as it’s an opportunity to learn and cultivate my mind. People listening to each other to gain a deeper understanding use to be common but, of course, that’s also when common sense was common, and journalism was objective.
It’s a different world today for sure but lessons learned to-date and reading the Tao help me experience the events of life more circumspectly.
As the Taijitu depicts, nothing is 100% anything — good or bad…
…there is light in dark, and dark in light…and they exist in harmony
I don’t affiliate with one political party or the other. When the following commentaries found their way to me through the current mass hysteria, I didn’t press delete but decided to listen, read and consider. Sort of like cross pollination you could say.
Cross Pollination Allows for Diversity in the Species
This enthusiastic video gave me a better understanding of the diverse opinions and experiences among younger black Americans:
(Apologies: I could not delete the 14-second ad no matter how hard I tried…) To me, several of the experiences expressed underscore the adage life will give you not what you want but what you believe. Actually, I see that truth for all of humanity.
And while I don’t share every viewpoint in this video, he offers some thought provoking observations:
This view is from someone who has lived and understands both sides of being black in America. Born in poverty, Carol Swain bettered herself to become a political science and law professor with interests in race relations, and immigration. Her scholarly work has been cited by two associate justices of the US Supreme Court — what an honor and achievement!
Dr. Carol M. Swain was born to school drop out parents and raised in a physically abusive home. She grew up in poverty, living in a shack without running water, and sharing two beds with her 11 siblings.
Dropping out of school in ninth grade, Swain later availed herself of American opportunity by earning a GED then working as a cashier at McDonald’s, a door-to-door salesperson, and an assistant in a retirement facility.
Resolute, Swain went on to earn an associate degree from Virginia Western Community College then a magna cum laude B.A. in criminal justice from Roanoke College and a master’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech. While an undergraduate at Roanoke College, she organized a scholarship fund for black students that by 2002 had an endowment of $350,000. She finished a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989, and in 2000, she earned a Master of Legal Studies from Yale Law School.
Without judging this video’s title, please be willing to listen to Swain’s views which are more encompassing than the title and were an eye-opener to me:
Studying Pollination Spans Many Disciplines
Hopefully, you have not crossed your arms in polarity by now and will be open to ruminate the following which also found its way to my inbox:
“Consider this…our President sometimes seems to be an absolute jerk. Too often, he’s crude, he bloviates, he gets his feelings hurt, he seems petty in his verbal retaliations, and he’s a hot head. BUT, as president he is much more than a repulsive ex-casino boss megalomaniac, and please allow me to share with you some of his other qualities that are far more important to have in a president in my view.
Donald Trump demands effective performance, and asks lots of questions. True, his questions aren’t suede gloved or cloaked in fancy academically polished phrases; instead they are “Why the hell…” type of questions. All the while under the duress of biased media and a deep state, Trump:
+ asked, “Why the hell do we permit pillaging our industries, hi-tech and otherwise?” Only Trump has had the principled courage to stand up to China to protect our country’s vital interests and demand some parity, some adjustments at least a bit fairer to our country.
+ has had the courage to do that with our NATO allies too who did not welcome his position but have finally acquiesced given their contractual commitments ignored by leaders in our country for more than a half century. He’s the only President with the principled courage to take on friend and foe alike.
+ ended the big money, Republican orchestrated NAFTA and replaced it with something fairer for our country and its struggling industries. Neither Bush nor Obama did any of these things, despite all the urgent, well-documented, and overwhelming evidence demanding such responsible actions.
+ got military hospital ships readied in one week by the clock, when it would have taken Navy bureaucrats months to get it done in their “normal” work routine.
+ got temporary hospitals built in three days using strategic tough thinking.
+ cut through years of bureaucratic red tape and asks why we aren’t using drugs that clearly indicate they might work on people who are close to dying; what the hell do we have to lose under the circumstances? In spite of all the naysayers, he wants effective action.
+ single handedly and against the advice of senior advisers, shut down travel from China that was flooding large number of Chinese into Washington state when the liberals and media were ascribing xenophobia and racist hatred.
+ ran on securing national borders in the face of a hostile screaming press and media. When he shut down borders in the midst of the coronavirus they were up in arms over such a draconian move. Then much later the thoughtfully responsible countries finally followed suit worldwide, including the European Union and even between member countries that have been borderless for decades.
We live in times when results matter literally as life and death considerations.
Has he made mistakes? Yep, and how. Everyone I know — including past Presidents — makes mistakes and certainly would have made big mistakes in this position of vast, mind-boggling sectors of responsibility. Trump is working harder than I’ve ever seen any President work. He isn’t hiding in his office; he’s out front every day giving and doing the best he can, disappointing some, aggravating others, and inspiring still more but always doing the best that he can on and off the set on minimum sleep. And yet to the Democrats, everything that is wrong is all Trump’s fault.
Trump has balanced his approaches, remained flexible, and listened to the experts, when his detractors and distractors said he wouldn’t and couldn’t. To the mass media, when he offers hope, he’s lying, and when he’s realistic with straight talk, he should have been more reassuring and hopeful. It’s a “no win” with the anti-Trump mass media that has forgotten the neutral fact-reporting duty of journalism, but, amazingly, he is not broken or deterred by all of that BS coming from the press and liberals.
I’ll take this kind of action oriented leadership with intuitive, multi dynamic, and multi-faceted decision-making over a nice guy charm that can appear in eloquent speeches that sound good to elitist ears but fall far short in results. We live in times when results matter literally as life and death considerations. Yes, President Trump definitely has his faults, but on balance, I can live with this cowboy logic of results at the bottom line.”
Pollination Requires Consideration of Pollenizers
If you read it in entirety, there may be a point or two or more that you agree with — or not. If nothing else, you may agree that no one is perfect. Nor is life. And we can agree to disagree without hating each other. I appreciated that this person’s view wasn’t all black or white, like life and the Taijitu. Nothing is 100% good or bad — including Trump and both political parties. I prefer giving credit where and when it’s due, and so did the commentator.
The media, sadly, doesn’t. CNN for example, aired Senator Bernie Sanders Mount Rushmore commentary four years ago that, “It really does make one very proud to be an American.” Yet when Trump was at Mount Rushmore this year the CNN reporter stated that he was appearing “in front of a monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans.” Whether you support Trump or not, this is not fair reporting.
Similarly, a person was asked to leave my local grocery store because they wore a mask with an American flag while another person wearing a black lives matter mask was allowed to stay. This is not uniting our country.
I prefer finding common ground than silencing those who think differently. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement apparently disagrees. Similar to the Marxist Black Panthers Party, they reject laws and intend to destroy family values and America itself as witnessed through violence, rabid accusations of white supremacy or privilege and systemic racism peppered with undeserved guilt, humiliation and victimization. They are not fighting for equality or against blacks killing blacks.
What sounds more productive — an angry, destructive mob? Biased reporters? People and businesses regurgitating soundbites without thinking them through? Persons willing to listen and openly discuss issues in a thoughtful exchange, or encouraging others to seek the truth? While I agree there are issues needing attention, I believe the increased rhetoric of hate and racism is only serving to strengthen those issues rather than resolve them.
“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
Cross Pollination Relies on Pollinators
I admit, I love America and have felt profound sorrow to hear Americans and other countries express their vitriolic hatred for our nation, and to witness the blatant disregard of civil rights for all Americans. I am not ashamed to love my country but disapprove of my government (and many others).
For today, offering this post as a pondering is my small step toward understanding and healing our country. And your willingness to ponder it is another. Thank you. As Lao Tzu says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” We may not change our minds but we can allow our hearts to open them.
Pollen Must be Transferred to become Fruitful
Here’s one last thought to consider which is from
“It’s a fact—everyone is ignorant in some way or another. Ignorance is our deepest secret. And it is one of the scariest things out there, because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don’t know it or don’t want to admit it.
Here is a quick test:
If you have never changed your mind about some fundamental tenet of your belief, if you have never questioned the basics, and if you have no wish to do so, then you are likely ignorant.
Before it is too late, go out there and find someone who, in your opinion, believes, assumes, or considers certain things very strongly and very differently from you, and just have a basic honest conversation.
It will do both of you good.”