“All the world is wrong but me and thee, and sometimes I have my doubt about thee.”
I love so many of the great quotes, frequently wonderful words of wisdom, handed down through the centuries. Not always coming from the brainy and well-educated. Sometimes out of the mouths of babes, and from “the dull and ignorant.”
One of my very favorite documents is the Desiderata, number one and number two, which says, “Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant, they too have a story.”
I grew up listening to a ton of sayings, clichés, quotes, and jokes from my mother. She was quick-witted and always had a response to everything, without hesitation. An independent thinker, who hated President Roosevelt with a purple passion. Despite the fact she repeated many of her sayings, everytime I was around her, I heard something new.
The last thing I heard her say, I had never heard before. Sitting on her bed in a personal care home, I was discussing something, when she looked up and said, “That’s just a zero with a zero on either side.” Cracked me up.
If there’s such a thing as wearing out a quote or saying, she came close to my favorite. Something she always said to anyone who visited as they were leaving. “Come back to see me and if you can’t come, write and bring it.”
I enjoy provocative quotes, which stir my intellectual mettle, and cause me to pause and think. One I read this morning by H.L. Mencken, an American journalist who passed in the mid-fifties, said: “Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.” A profound statement which prompts me to write an article about the auctioning off of America and Freedom.
In order to understand what is happening in The Transformation, it is necessary to listen to what the founders had to say, and then listen to what those elected in power today have to say. Those who value Freedom and the tyrants of the past and today, talk differently, expressing themselves with different words. It’s important to hear what both sides have to say. For example, listen to what Hitler had to say: “What luck for the rulers that men do not think.”
Whether or not it is clear to you, he speaks to you and me. If we fail to stop and think, and figure out what is taking place, right before our eyes in this transformation of America, the rulers of this nation benefit, and we lose.
How can anyone decipher right from wrong, good from evil, without information? We are empowered by information. And yet the President of the United States stated in a commencement speech, before a group of college grads last week, that information is a distraction. He spoke of social media of the internet, and such things as playstations, as diversionary.
When I heard his speech, I felt like I had been socked in the pit of my stomach. Does this mean the next drive from Washington will be censorship of the internet? Exactly what did he meam by his remarks about information? Coming from 20 years in Jeremiah Wright’s church, who damns America, I don’t take his reference to information as a distraction, lightly. I viewed it as damning freedom of speech. Plus viewing his commencement talk as distracting from the transformation of America. But I could be sincerely wrong.
Any of my readers who care to make an intelligent comment about information being a distraction, I will gladly post.
LET FREEDOM RING