Considering the state of America on her birth date, what would be your message — Get Well? Condolences? Happy Birthday? Congratulations? Apology? As with everything in life, I suppose that depends on your viewpoint and values.
While waiting in an office recently, I saw a framed calligraphy (wisdom repeated below) that was attributed to President Lincoln but still apropos for today. I later discovered that, although Lincoln did express similar sentiments, the postulations in the calligraphy were not his actual words. Still, it didn’t matter to me as I welcome various viewpoints and any reasonable commentary.
Purity of the Message or the Messenger?
Case in point. After my brother passed, I began reading The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying when someone stated that the author (Sogyal Rinpoche) was unsavory. They completely discredited the book and information because of this.
I responded that I focus on the value of the message, and that no matter who or how it is delivered, the content is most important to me. However, in all fairness, that same person gave me a copy of The Five Invitations by Frank Ostaseski which I found to be a better read (for the content…and author too, if that mattered).
Is it not a more pure, unbiased appreciation when the words themselves ring true without knowing the author? Think of yourself as a blind person while hearing this pansophy which is commonly referred to as the “Ten Cannots”:
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
The Unity of Independence
Cultural upheaval and constitutional political crisis have punctuated nearly two-and-a-half centuries of America’s history. It appears to be in our Republic’s DNA. As a successful leader through similar times, Lincoln is on my mind this 4th of July holiday.
“History is a story of multifaceted people and events.” — David Closson
That simple statement, to me, reflects reality and why erasing any portion of history is untruthful. The Taijitu easily explains this. Everything is composed of a complementary, interconnected and interdependent balance that naturally coexists harmoniously. (Good and bad, positive and negative…you cannot have light without darkness.)
“Folks are always fed up with the ideas of conflict while fighting for good over evil and trying to put an end to the dark side…We need to accept the opposite sides of anything to live in harmony.” — Anurag Barman
Lincoln had flaws as all humans (and governments) do. Any individual can freely choose whether to focus on the darkness or the light. Which is more productive? Which feels better? I prefer focusing on the positive aspects such as Lincoln’s accomplishments which do not need to be cancelled. Nor do any other persons and events in history. Period.
I have no problem with adding statues, but completely disagree with one totalitarian group dictating that America’s leaders be denigrated and our history erased. Frankly, it’s un-American. I do not condone George Floyd’s death but to erect a statute of a drug addict while abolishing Lincoln’s is beyond comprehension.
“George Floyd was a victim – of his drug addiction, self-destructive behavior, and Derek Chauvin’s misconduct…Floyd is not Jesus. He’s not Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, or Medgar Evers, black men who died tragically in service of promoting racial fairness….”— sports journalist Jason Whitlock
Think of the unity Americans might actually feel today if, rather than victim hood and divisiveness, MSM, Big Tech, educators and political parties supported independence through practicing the Ten Cannots and honoring our flag and Pledge of Allegiance for the freedoms only America provides.
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
America was Founded on Unity with God
Contrary to what some would like to eliminate or change, America was founded on God and God’s principles, not communism, socialism, totalitarianism, Allah, or Buddhism, but is tolerant of these religions and other ideologies. Whether or not people believe in God, or how they may refer to God, in America it’s their free choice. It’s the message, not the messenger.
David McCullough’s book 1776, offers a lively account of America’s life-altering fight for independence and how the hand of God (through adverse weather of too light wind and fog) decided America’s fate. Of note during this current time of heated political and cultural climate are the unprecedented heatwaves throughout America now…
America’s revolutionaries founded the American Republic on the principles that all people are created equal and have fundamental rights such as (but not limited to) liberty, free speech, freedom of religion, due process of law, and freedom of assembly. As written in the Declaration of Independence, the Founders declared our rights come from God, not government.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…” — Declaration of Independence
For 245 years, America’s FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE have illuminated the world. I thank God for our Founders and the Revolutionary War soldiers whose courage and selflessness helped birth America today, for all the men and women of our military who followed in their footsteps, pledging their lives for freedom, and for all the people today who love this country enough to be messengers in standing up and speaking out to uphold the principles America was founded on and which make it unique.
God Bless America. God Bless Humanity. Today and Always.
Unity in its Purest Sense
I realize that some who do not agree with this or diversity of viewpoints will unfollow me but I could never, ever, be untrue to my values or to my country.