The Paradox of Liberty Joined Forever with Egalitarianism

Below were my words, written on March 23, 2017, in response to Jay Bookman’s words regarding the Republican model for healthcare for Americans: (Link to Bookman’s blog on the subject of eliminating Obamacare: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/03/23/opinion-winners-in-health-reform-probably-dont-include-you/ )

They refuse to see it because they live by their purist creeds which many call dogma. They have not the imagination to see what their stubborn insistence that every man and woman take care of himself or herself alone, without any governmental support, does ultimately to the souls of individuals. It makes them mean spiritually, tough to the point of cruelty in backing those rigid beliefs, and naive to what they are doing to others (Gorsuch showed signs of that when he made that decision regarding the truck driver in spite of his charming ways and his ready intelligence. Al Franken saw that kind of mind in a flash.)

Back to Thomas Jefferson’s vision.

Only a mind as brilliant and a soul as caring as Jefferson’s could have made America (and thus the world) be forced to accept the greatest dichotomy and paradox in the world, through the force and power of his commitment to these two very American concepts being joined forever in the world’s history.

Liberty and Egalitarianism. “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. . . governments are created to ensure these rights.”

It is up to this generation, us, to see that Jefferson’s vision for humankind lives.

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Another poster’s response to Mary Elizabeth:
“Sorry MES, agree with most you say, but, don’t find Jefferson the wunderman you did. And I too have read extensively of his life and the Colonial period. He was a mediocre president at best. His chief accomplishent was the Louisiana Pruchase. And that fell in his lap.”

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Mary Elizabeth’s Response to that poster’s remarks:

“Evidently, you assess only in terms of actions alone and not, also, in terms of mind/spirit. I would remind you that Jefferson left off of his tombstone any political office he ever held, and instead focused on the his ‘actions’ of having written the Declaration of Independence for humanity’s posterity, having penned the Virginia statue for religious liberty, modeled for all times, and having founded the University of Virginia, as a reflection of his belief that the mind/spirit must be cultivated through higher education for democracy to prevail.”

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The other posters response: “I do. He may have a great mind, but, he didn’t release his slaves. Even his family. Maybe a good spirit, but, actions speak volumes.”
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Mary Elizabeth’s response to the other poster’s remarks: “I wish I could get you to think with complexity instead of through stereotypes. You have the potential for it.”

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Human, Animal, Plant Life

So many additional thoughts have been generated in my thinking regarding the variances between human, animal, and plant life and WHY we should honor all, with equal humility. All contain differing degrees of the continuum of consciousness of life, and only full consciousness of life is known by God. (I will follow up later with more thoughts on this subject.)

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“Mary Elizabeth, kill it before it multiplies.” :-)

My words to others on Jay Bookman’s blog, March 18, 2017, in loving memory of my father.

Mary Elizabeth: “Here is a priceless comment from a fellow that caught my eye out of the over 1000 comments on Facebook about the Merkel/Trump press conference yesterday:

‘I wish this guy would just drop dead!’

He said it better than all the rest, imho. ;-)”

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Another poster to Mary Elizabeth: “Bad Karma.”

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Mary Elizabeth: “My post, above, was supposed to be for humor, not to be taken so literally, just an expression of frustration on the part of America’s citizens as to having a president such as Trump.

Here is a parallel remark that my father used to make to me on occasion when my thinking went too far awry, that will hopefully communicate my intent better in sharing that American citizen’s words. That poster is not my personal FB friend, btw. That press conference clip of Trump was shared on FB and thousands of Americans responded to it. It was not on my FB page.

Dad: ‘Mary Elizabeth, kill it before it multiplies.'”

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Another poster to Mary Elizabeth: “Serenity Prayer.”

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Mary Elizabeth: “Interesting that you said that. I have hanging above this computer in my study the very Serenity Prayer that my father gave to me before he died, engraved in wood with gold-plated hands pressed together in prayer above the verse, itself. And, beside it is the crocheted Serenity Prayer in a glassed mahogany frame and matted to perfection with a lifelike vine with blossoms around the verse that was given to me by one of my favorite cousins, taken from his guest bedroom when I had spent the night with him, in memory of my father’s previous Serenity Prayer gift to me.”

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Shooting Them, First, Would Be Kinder

I posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog on March 14, 2017:

” A poster stated, earlier, that the top 10% create 80% of the wealth in this nation through their taxed income. Many agreed with him that these people deserve what they earn and those who do not contribute more in taxed income deserve what they get.

Has it ever occurred to him and to those who think as he does that the salary demarcations assigned in our nation are off-kilter? Perhaps, we should not be allowing CEOs to gather as much of the overall wealth as they do, and perhaps the workers should be paid much more.

Otherwise, if you take this poster’s reasoning to its most pure form, then we should be justified in lining up the sick, disabled, old and poor into a long line (maybe stretching across the Mexican border), and machine gun those American citizens to death since they do not deserve to live, not being part of the top 10%. (sarcasm)

This poster has perverted Jesus’ teachings into something that Jesus would never recognize.

He should save his soul by opening his heart.”
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This poster’s response to Mary Elizabeth:

“1: My soul is saved. I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior and I know with 100% certainty that Jesus has written my name in the Lambs book of life and I know where I will be spending eternity. How about you?

2: People are paid by their skill sets . The more unique and in demand your skill set is the more money you make. If you have a problem with what people make then you need to take it up with the society at large because they are the ones that determine the demand for a particular skill set.”

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Mary Elizabeth’s response to the poster’s remarks:

“I predicted exactly what you would write in response, td, because you have answered in rote the same way over the years.

I am sorry, but I do not believe your words. Words are only vehicles for consciousness communicated, and your parroting scripture from the Bible does not indicate to me that you have spiritual consciousness.

In terms of skill sets, computers will be taking over most persons’ possible skill sets in the next two decades and many people on Earth will have no skill sets that are required for existence on the planet. Should we just let those people starve to death until the “dregs” of society are gone? Shooting them first would be kinder.”

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The other poster’s response to my comments above:

“You believe what you like because I am secure in my faith and my acceptance of Christ and not afraid to proclaim it in public.

There are plenty of skills that computers will not be able to do like plumbers and computer techs.

What happened with the industrial revolution when machines replaced millions of field laborers? Did those “dregs” starve to death or did they develop new skill sets? One thing that happened was people decided they no longer needed to have families of 6, 8, 10 plus children to work on the farms.

Times change, technology changes and people find different roles in society.”

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My closing remarks to the poster’s comments, above:

“All easy answers, regarding both the nature of faith and the coming technological world, which have not undergone exploration in depth from you, imo.”

“To readers, I just think that this poster’s Christianity in following Jesus should be reflected in his thoughts and actions if he had explored Jesus’ teachings in depth. That I do not think he has done, and the shallowness of his Christianity is having a negative affect on others instead of the positive affect that Jesus’ life, and even the life of MLK, who also followed Jesus’ teachings, had in the lives of others.”

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How To Embrace Diversity In Schools As An Asset Instead Of As A Liability

The following video should be shared as a resource for teaching students how to embrace diversity in schools as an asset instead of as a liability. Thank you, Denise.

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Read “Dark Money” to become politically aware of the reasons behind America’s dramatic political change over the past four decades

I want to try to educate this reading public as to what has happened to our nation to turn it so conservative toward the free market’s imposing itself upon every aspect of American institutional life, including that within the educational arena in the past four decades. This conservative change has not occurred by natural evolution; it has taken place as a result of deliberate design by some of the most wealthy people in America who were determined to change the trajectory of this nation’s future toward capitalism, exclusively, in every American institution, including education

In order for readers to understand what has been happening so that they do not remain politically naive, I am encouraging all may who read this post to read Jane Mayer’s recently published book entitled, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right.”

Here is the link from Amazon from which you may read more information. I urge you to listen to the sound of Mayer’s voice (I assume it is her voice) as she mentions the Olin Foundation and its plan for implanting a conservative agenda to influence America’s future by infiltrating the hallmark institutions of higher education.

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The Earth’s Future As Seen By Mary Elizabeth Sings

I posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on the morning of Saturday, March 10, 2017:

“We are going to be forced to see ourselves as Earthlings more than as nationals of any given nation, and we are going to be forced to see that we will have to adopt a rational communion with all people on earth so that we will be able to survive, together, on this planet.

By ‘forced, I mean these natural occurrences (climate change, worldwide diseases, population growth, technological change and growth) will ‘force’ us all to see that we MUST work together in cooperation rather than in competition with one another, through greed for power or avarice for money, if we will survive, as I see our common future.

Of course, I also, cannot help but see that this coming communal existence will be in harmony with God’s spiritual truths within our universe.

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This past week I learned on cable news through two engineers/scientists that in less than a decade technology is going to control the planet to such a degree (cars motorized without people driving them, etc.) that jobs will be lost to the degree that there will be little that Donald Trump (mentioned with sarcasm in their faces for him) or anyone else will be able to do to create jobs for the people, enough to support the population’s need for jobs.

These two scientists predict that ultimately people who inhabit the earth are going to have to be subsidized with a minimum income in order to exist because of this coming new technological age, that is unstoppable.

My thoughts are that universal healthcare will, also, be necessary for people throughout this nation (and perhaps this planet if we move in a humane direction instead of a power-motivated direction) to be in tune with the future. The ideology of the Republicans is going against this historical movement and is destined to be made obsolete, imho.”

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I posted the following on Jay Bookman’s blog on March 14, 2017:

“This planet is changing rapidly and technological advancement is unstoppable, which means that there will be fewer and fewer jobs for people throughout the globe in the coming years.

And, that means that people throughout the world are going to have to survive by having governments subsidize their incomes and their medical care. We are going to have to have community throughout this planet to work on our common solutions to these common problems: overpopulation, climate change, pollution, technological advancement, medical diseases that spread across the globe, energy and water management, etc.

Obama had the right vision for our common future on the planet and the right vision for our common humanity. Trump’s vision will destroy us all.”

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