Nov. 3, 2012 3, 2012

THE NEW AGE OF TRANSPARENCY
And our Current State of Cultural Affairs


As the human species continues to share our planet home – discoveries and technology surge on. As the implosion of the human presence coalesces around the known, along with discoveries of the new, information continues to pile up and filter down at an ever accelerating pace. Our present challenge is the ownership of our history as well as the current implosive human moment. Integration of the facts at hand is always a process of the eventual acceptance of a must, and that must has to be recognized as sufficiently important to merit our time and effort, it must be integrated in some meaningful way, discarded, or just plain ignored. In retrospect, ignoring may place us personally, some of us, or most of us, in mortal danger. This has always been the human circumstance. Why does this seem to be so hard to remember?

At some levels knowledge integration is alive and well, although there is another process that is ongoing – the unfiltered plethora of savage attacks on the accumulated wisdom of the ages.






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Dec. 16, 2012

SOME WOMEN’S VOTE

To vote an informed vote, one has to be sufficiently informed to own responsibly the opportunities of the present moment. Currently, “We”, as an organic whole, are not prepared for what we must do/be. That is, we must comprehend our role in our local edge/corner of the great cosmic interplay – we must act “as if” this is our best and final hour on a stage that has the rest of humanity as a part of the cast.

There is an existential totality that presents and it can only offer that which is actually and potentially already here, there, and anywhere. It must be connected to some preexisting reality of possibility. And it cannot be “merely” of my own making, even though I can “create” some possibility that surges from my imagination. This is because I fathom some vortex of space/time from which I draw an actual or some potential, a thing or idea that I cause to come into being, somehow related and yet nuanced in some different way. Nothing is done in isolation. I am a part of something much bigger, much grander, than me alone.

One wonders, if this is the case, why so many single, or young women would vote overwhelmingly for someone who possess so little understanding of our current state of affairs, a person without leadership qualities, very little experience in anything really, and totally inept at his current post. Actually this mirrors all adolescent behavior; they attempt to escape from societal responsibilities for as long as they can. The inherent danger in having a president who, as a immature ideologue, is that in his fumbling attempts to be all to all is lying and therefore stealing the ability to own creatively the essential attribute of personal and communal freedom, a freedom that is essential to a healthy personal and communal development.

Could it be, with the young and single women demographics, that what we saw in this last election was a resentment vote, a vote that spoke to the annuals of history, the tortuous road that women, as a whole, have had to endure throughout the course of most of human history? Think about this for a moment: I am I, a woman, a complementary presence in the great human epic. I have suffered immeasurably throughout most of human history. I have been put upon by my own, by others of every stripe, the yawing infamous gender gap. And now it is that I have an opportunity to express my feelings, long pent up, about this historical circumstance, now is the time for me to remonstrate in a present the agony of my fellow sisters throughout the ages, now is the time for me to cast a vote for an angry adolescent, someone who arrogantly has achieved a measure of prominence from his “compromised” circumstances, someone with no leadership qualities and some talent with rhetoric, someone that I “feel” can understand my circumstance – and maybe even help me a bit, a kindred spirit, so to speak. All adolescents tend to find in their own group those that they think/feel will “side with them” in the confrontational moments when reality presents and we refuse, or are unable to understand responsibilities and consequences.
When we become aware of our relational circumstance and we choose to self empower and to see and relate to “the big picture”.

As the stages of human growth play out from childhood, to adolescent, from maturing young adult to maturing adult, we have witnessed, really lived through ourselves, these various phases of maturation and we know that when we enter the adolescent stage of our development we tend to “think” we possess enough wisdom to “make a go of it” (life and all that life has to offer) when indeed most of us don’t have much of a clue, especially in a culture that has made an art of delaying maturation while pretending that it can happen when we are too young to fathom the ramifications and subsequent responsibilities of our developing lives.

The skewed preponderance of the single/young feminine vote of a given demographic presents much food for thought. Perhaps we have shortchanged our children and have set them on the pathway of life with insufficient knowledge about the seasons of life, seasons that will demand a certain maturation and the assumption of responsibility that comes with age. Expectations are one thing; the facts of the matter, as our world view expands and experience presents, are many times something all together different. 

We may ask, “Did Title 9 help?” You bet it did. Did it solve all of the problems or meet our expectations? Obviously it did not. That we might have expected it to was a sign of stupidity. The road has been long and equal pay for equal work is still debated and demonstrated by the facts at hand. What we have, in addition to “culture’s ugly lassitude”* is an “ignorance”** that runs very deep, an ignorance that can provoke, when we have – for the first time – a plethora of information that is available to almost everyone. Women now know (as if they weren’t already well informed from their mothers and grandmothers, and great grandmothers, etc., history itself) that they (women) have been sorely mistreated throughout history.

Now, ostensibly, they have an underdog, someone with whom they can identify, want something from, someone that will help them, make them feel good, they (the young and the single) chose to make a statement, that while expressing some knowledge of history’s long road, has a fundamental flaw connected to it.

Human history is always the story of one with another. This circumstance has lead to subjugation and to love, to slavery and to freedom. And here lies my point: What does that word freedom really mean? In the great bio-dance of nature there manifests a certain reciprocity that changes over time; it changes from dependent to independent and back to some measure of dependence, a new dependence that manifests as a complementary contribution to the wellbeing of the presence of the whole of humankind, indeed of all life.

I think this is where a mistake was made when so many chose to cast their lot with someone who did not measure up, someone they projected their pent up aggression on and thought they had a sincere partner, another “put upon adolescent” with whom to commiserate, from whom they could expect some measure of self fulfillment, some assistance. In this false expectation we see the failure of parenting and the abject failure of an educational system in presenting a progressive and ascendant understanding of human growth and development. Expectations are one thing, personal responsibility is another. Dreams are essential and yet when a certain level of maturation is achieved they are tempered with the realities of life. Does this mean we should not dream? Obviously it does not; dreams are an essential aspect of the human moment. What it does mean, however, is that we assume a measure of responsibility for our own dreams. We eventually become Santa Clause for others and for ourselves only to the degree that we are able.

It is not for us to expect that others will dance to our tune, (most adolescent do and this culture has been remiss in its acceptance of adolescent and prolonged adolescent behavior) it is the ability to sing our own song, dance our own dance, and become a positive contributor to society and the needs of others, especially those less able, less fortunate. In other words, we must become a mature adult who fully understands that “nothing is free”***, and that there is a concomitant relationship between freedom and responsibility. The task at hand, for any capable adult, is to recognize the gift of one, the self, and assume all of the attributes of a freedom seeking adult with all of the accompanying responsibilities. 

The skewed number of those who expected (but will not receive nor be fulfilled in their expectations) to be “taken care of” are part of a quasi-permanent cadre of adolescents, demonstrating a fundamental lack of understanding of the process of human life. This vote, at least in part, was an indictment of a culture, as well as those who knew better and responded in an immature in-kind way, a way that has failed to respond to the necessities of a democratic republic, a republic that cannot function without an informed maturing citizenry that understands the miraculous creation of a Bill of Rights and a Constitution that speaks to the necessity of complementing circumstances with a literate and participatory population that possesses a deeply inculcated spiritual and humane morality that complements a freedom loving, freedom possessing participative citizenry of a democratic republic.

As time has worn on, we have failed in or attentive commitment to maintain an enlightened participatory involvement in the health of the nation. We get what we deserve when we are not honest with the facts at hand and do not possess an in-depth understanding of the human condition. Bon appétit!

© Don Davison

*See Perpetrators in Always Extolling: A Collection.
** “Ignorance” and “Ignorance – Again!” will be in Pebbles on the Shore: A Collection
***See “Nothing is Free!” in Sign Posts Vol. IV.

Dec. 10, 2012. 10, 2012

, 2012

A proposal for a discussion at The Fifth Annual "Search for Meaning Book Festival"

A DISCUSSION OF THE “SEARCH FOR MEANING

An existentialist - Heidegger, a paleontologist mystic - Teilhard de Chardin , a religious pragmatist - Niebuhr, and a philosopher of human behavior – Davison; what do all of these authors have in common; a search for fundamentals that enable a beginning, a beginning that puts one on a path to salvation. And now, in the 21st century, we must add that our understanding of one’s salvation has grown to encompass all theaters of human endeavor: the intellectual, the emotional, the physical, and always the spiritual as a new understanding of the individual and the whole continues to emerge.

* * *

From the Dasien of Martin Heidegger, the Is that is, that moves, therefore cares, always a beforehand that in emanating announces a fundamental reciprocity: there is a relationship that has directionality, a knowable that encompasses, always becoming more than, to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Alpha and Omega that portends a progressive and ascendant attached to and part of a radial that bounces back upon itself and in that imago dei, becomes aware of an all encompassing pushing and pulling that is bringing one to one’s self in order to coincide with the gift of one to One, “fuller being brings closer union”, to Reinhold Niebuhr, a theologian who exudes the heart of an informed pragmatist, a believer who, in his personal journey, leaves messages for those who choose to follow, to know a way to greater truths, to reciprocities of connectedness that informs one of personal and social obligations and the need for a stalwart heart in the face of the truth - neither the sentimentalist nor the cynic contribute to a complementary involvement in the human epic, to Don Davison, who as an educator and poet has become a gamester, a seeking romantic, a lover of truth, one who is forever moving through the doors of a self perception of the human species that leads a soul to the edges of communion, a communion offering a choice: “take and become one with one’s brother, one’s sister, the All of Alls, or refuse that integrity of one and live a life of another one, a life of a lie.”

These are some of the threads of human self perception that have folded into the tapestry of the past from the ancients all the way up to and including the post, post moderns (I don’t know what else to call us yet.) who live in a place and at a pace of human life that is in many ways anything but human for many who wallow in their victim hoods with a sanctioned pride, a pride that blinds them to the only productive path to self ownership and a productive maturing life experience that demands a reasoned participation in our current local, state, national, and international circumstance. Our current moment, to paraphrase Niebuhr, is too sentimental and too cynical; in other words, less than honest about our real and potential possibilities and responsibilities. 





BIO DATA FOR DON DAVISON, PH.D.

Don Davison, PhD. was born in northern Wisconsin, the son of a Forest Ranger and Tree Farmer. His mother was a newspaper office manager. He has had careers in counseling, consulting, and as a university professor. 

Dr. Davison has a B.A in Philosophy and Spanish, an MAT- a Masters of Arts in the Teaching of Spanish, and a Ph.D. in philosophical and social foundations (A hybrid in philosophy, theology and psychology.) The Master’s Essay: An Outline of a Philosophy of the Consciousness of Truth (Written in Spanish). This was carried out on a National Defense Educational Act Fellowship. His Doctoral Dissertation: The Concept of Personhood in the Evolutionary Process of Being in the works of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. This was made possible on a University Scholarship. Both graduate degrees are from Marquette University.

He has a broad and varied career including teaching, counseling, and consulting. He has taught in settings from Kindergarten through Graduate School. Subjects have ranged from Spanish, United States History, World History, History of the Iberian Peninsula, Philosophy, Education (philosophy of, and curriculum design), and Humanities, to Business Management and International Business. His Humanity courses were broadcast nationally on Dish Network’s UniversityHouse channel 9411. A prolific writer, Dr. Davison's works include a life coaching book, reflective poetry, including political poems, social & political commentary books, and more.

His academic career includes tenures at Mt. Saint Paul College, Waukesha, Wis. University of Wisconsin (Consultant in Distant Learning), University of Texas at El Paso, (Community Coordinator for a Teach Corps Project) Texas A&M (Assistant Director of International Affairs and Consultant for The Texas Real Estate Research Center.) He was an Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University where he taught in the colleges of: Liberal Arts, Education, Social and Political Sciences, Business, Hotel & Restaurant Management, and the Graduate School. 

His wife, Patricia, takes most of the pictures for his books. He has four children and four grandchildren. His published works include: 7 vols. of poetry (with two more in the pipeline) and 4 vols. of essays (with another on its way). His self help book The Game of Life: A Player’s Manual for Executives and Others was well received. All are available on Amazon. He has been a resident of Arizona for more than 28 years. He currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona.  

http://amzn.to/gpHPRB All 7 vols. of poetry  

 http://amzn.to/fgeCeV All 4 vols. of essays

http://amzn.to/fOrqEi THE GAME OF LIFE: A PLAYER’S MANUAL FOR EXECUTIVES AND OTHERS



Nov. 3, 2012

THE NEW AGE OF TRANSPARENCY -
and our Current State of Cultural Affairsand our Current State of Cultural Affairs


As the human species continues to share our planet home – discoveries and technology surge on. As the implosion of the human presence coalesces around the known, along with discoveries of the new, information continues to pile up and filter down at an ever accelerating pace. Our present challenge is the ownership of our history as well as the current implosive human moment. Integration of the facts at hand is always a process of the eventual acceptance of a must, and that must has to be recognized as sufficiently important to merit our time and effort, it must be integrated in some meaningful way, discarded, or just plain ignored. In retrospect, ignoring may place us personally, some of us, or most of us, in mortal danger. This has always been the human circumstance. Why does this seem to be so hard to remember?

At some levels knowledge integration is alive and well, although there is another process that is ongoing – the unfiltered plethora of savage attacks on the accumulated wisdom of the ages.









BLOG CONTLINUES



Feb. 5, 2013

ON MY WAY AGAIN!

May I awake to the quadrants of my space
(A square with the corners connected,
 each to its opposite.)
and to the “books of my forevers”
– and on my way again –
to the woodshed of my dreams,
to the feeding of the livestock
and the tending of the garden of my necessities,
to the office of my creations,
to the labyrinth of illusions,
and finally,
 I return to the depths of my slumbers.
Then –
to rise again,
upon occasions,
to hunt the sojourner’s path
directly to my creations
from whence I cross over to my illusions
and there
choose brief reveries of passion
seeking again my woodshed
hardly remembering at all 
the crystal goblet of my centered self
hanging in the vortex of my path.
I wander wondering through my days. 


OBUNTU

The essence of humanity,
the compassion of our kind.
Why do soul-centers often wander in ambiguous
and less than real states of being?
The hail of circumstance cautions our resolve
and duty to “the other”
emerges as that social tenet bound
to honor history.
Yet there is no honor
that does not give freedom its reigns. 
To sound the blessed note that came before
and struggled through its nows
to this edge of eternity,
that’s the dream – beyond conventions
 – driven by those soul-winds that build and ravage
– that always build and ravage,
screaming, “How many truths are there?”
The only answer heard blowing through the winds
of the eternal and caught now in the trumpets
of my ears is ,
“Yes!”



STILLNESS

From the rushing dissonance of the day
we must be still,
still enough to catch a glimpse
of the essence of life;
the repose in moss and fir.
We must come to know,
again – and again – 
the perfection of the moment.
By assuaging our fears 
and embracing the holy quiescence – 
then,
and only then
can we act in a sharing
of essential magnanimity
setting to each their freedom.




Jan. 29, 2013

NOT A MANDATE

As we move away from the pomp and circumstance of the inaugural and the peaceful continuation of a presidential term of office, without the turmoil so often witnessed throughout history of the species, we need to reflect on the facts at hand: This particular election was not a mandate – it was an unfortunate moment, made possible by a lot of mistakes in so many ways: poor choices, procrastination, and in general a lack of focus representing a lack of in-depth understanding of the sustaining human purpose. A cobbled together critical mass made up of a few here and a few more there, made the difference. To this we must turn our attention.

From all these groups the “left” put together sufficient numbers to have a “win”. This was a win that could in no way be called “A Mandate”, that assessment could only come from the minds of entrenched ideologues who actually believe what he, she, or they say – even if what is said makes no sense, has no enduring precedent, and is described as “impossible” by those who have a better understanding – even professional standing – such as the CBO {Congressional Budget Office} and the GAO {Governmental Accountability Office}. Both entities have indicated that federal spending is going to wreck havoc on the United States of America, destroying its essential character. In this vein, maybe it could be referred to as a mistake of perception or a “Mandate of destruction.”

It does not take a genius, a historian, or an economist to have a measure of concern about our national and international well-being, the well-being of the parts and of the whole of the world. These are difficult times for many in this nation and across the globe and while we have leaderless political moments in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government, other governments also have their difficulties. They are all dysfunctional, precisely because they are dishonest.

Tell me, where in all of this is there sufficient courage to say, “Stop! We need to cut spending and take care of our personal and communal responsibilities both domestic and foreign?”

Now, while it is obvious that our current problems did not appear overnight or in the last few years – there has been a growing cultural and political vacuum that has added to the growing stagnation, deflation, inflation, and the downright debilitation of the greatest country in the world and the best beacon of hope for the entire human family.

I would like to address this problem that not only affects the culture and politics of this nation but the entire global family of nations.

To put this in some context I want to take a universal tool and truths that are being used and really do matter; numbers and perceptions. The fact that there are more of us here, there, and everywhere and the indisputable fact that technology has succeeded in penetrating every culture and country in the world. To put it simply, we are, we matter, and also math matters.

In those statistical enclaves, those “groups”, we discover the famous “bell curve” where we find less thans and more thans, unemployed and employed, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, atheists and believers, liberals and conservatives, and everything in between, the all in all of the famous curve. It is indeed true that some are always more this or that and yet we categorize them as this or that. We forget or choose not to know that the organic is always 24/7 and always, in the very long run, always more than. And we can, in our honest reflections, agree that this curve does help us identify similarities and differences as well as the gradations of those differences – and that the knowing of those differences helps us to develop essential cultural cohesion.

In order to elucidate these facts I would like to use as an example: Immigration, (Health-Care and Education would also serve as examples).1. I think we can find in the whole of immigration a sufficiently broad field of facts and figures to gain some understanding of our current milieu. In saying this, I would like to think that upholding the laws of a country’s constitution is paramount in protecting the citizens of any country and that this is one of the major responsibilities of government.

I will focus on the kinds and numbers of the “Mexican Moment” in the U.S. as an example of these groups – and the parts of the groups and the individuals (all of them) that have found their way, through the media of the day, on to the stage of the whole. The statisticians and the political gurus have now found them and they target them with insightful delight and many times with dishonesty – downright lies – recreating and abetting the age-old nemesis of class warfare: us against them (the U.S. against the world) or whoever the aggrieved may be, whatever the fringe elements that have managed to catch the attention of some eager beavers (unseasoned “news technicians”) to whom we cannot apply the term “reporters”. They are creators, Masseuse’s of information. We also must now add “advocates” either for themselves as an adolescent “I” or “Me” who desperately wants and actually really needs to be noticed and will do anything in order to get noticed.

The 24/7 “news cycle”, glorified by the entertainment industry, has been swept up in the numbers of illegal immigrants, and I choose the use of these terms “Illegal Immigrants” for a reason; that is what they are. Every county has laws and they have them for a purpose: to protect the general populace and maintain a productive social order in which the “citizens”, I use that word also on purpose, can enjoy their inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I would like to add here that this is what we espouse as a nation and what we advocate and have been willing and are willing to spend life and treasure to help bring to the rest of the world. That we have been, at times, remiss in doing this is the subject of another essay. Here, I want to only point out the fact that as a nation we have been at the leading edge of promoting the recognition of these same just inalienable rights for all the people of this world.

So, what is it that we need to know? When people ignore another country’s laws to enter that country’s sanctuarial space undocumented and then continue that disobedience by some – not all – by driving without licenses, without insurance, and accessing goods and services that are supported by a legal infrastructure created to protect and serve the citizens of that county, they do not merit the privilege of the protection of that county; they are law breakers and should be treated that way.

Now, before we go any further in this discussion, I want to share something with my Mexican brothers and sisters and everyone else for that matter. Pues, soy Mexicano de corazón, norteamericano de nacionalidad. (Well, I’m Mexican at heart, North American by nationality.) This is not only a sentiment of nationality. That while it is a sentiment that was gained after spending years in their midst, is true – it is also true that I married a Mexican (We are working on some 48 years of the miracle of marriage.) It is also a fact that I attended a university in Mexico, graduated from a university in Mexico, taught at a university in Mexico, was a Dean of Men at a university in Mexico during which time some of my responsibility was dealing deal with the Mexican judicial system. I know something of Mexico. I say this because I want you to know that it is the similarity of our personhoods that matters and we need to wear them as a personal and social responsibility.

Now, to get back to the subject of Not a Mandate, for some of the “fringe” elements of the Obama Mexican-American votes – there is a mentality that each and every country has, that has distilled over time and come to some fundamental synthesis of values. (All laying somewhere on our famous curve.) The U.S. is no exception – neither is Mexico. I ask my Mexican compatriots to examine Octavio Paz’s insightful work, The Labyrinth of Solitude. It is a historical analysis of the psyche of the Mexican people. It is a description of their collective and individual consciousness – it is a window into their soul – it provides an understanding of their collective motivations and behaviors. In short, it describes why they would support a “Patrón” who would mouth platitudes about a social conscience – the gilded rhetoric – while stealing freedoms from the most vulnerable among us. This is why they, in their beautiful familial standpoint, without the additional understanding of the importance of laws in their new cultural milieu, would justify lying, cheating, and stealing from the basic constructs of a civil society that they, themselves, want so desperately to be part of, is not without understanding. Integrity of purpose at the individual and social levels is the glue that gives opportunity to individual presence and social cohesion. To live in a society that at its heart and soul has set as fundamental goals the mandates and truths of our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution requires sufficient knowledge of the freedoms and subsequent responsibilities that are concomitant with those freedoms. There are also those U.S. citizens who also do not understand these responsibilities or the freedoms – for different reasons. This is also a subject for a future essay.2. 

The greatness of the U.S., this “Beacon on a Hill”,3.  is precisely that it provides opportunities to give expression to each one according to their talents and abilities within the construct of a civil society governed by laws and customs.

To have not known enough about either, is an indictment of those who did not know enough to protect themselves from the “Patrón” who has as an agenda; “the fundamental transformation” of what they came here to enjoy, to offer to their children, is their greatest sin of ignorance.

Therein, lies the great tragedy of their naïve participation in this last election. It was a perpetuation of a consciousness that, while given birth in Mexico, that by the way has an excellent constitution, also has a society that says, “Cumplo, pero no obedezco.” {I will comply but not obey.} And here, does this remind you of anyone? Executive orders, perhaps?

Multiply this by the statistical fringes of the ill-informed, the elitists and their destructive intentions, and the ignorant and you have a win but you certainly do not have a mandate, much less a coalition of sufficiently prepared participants to enhance this country’s potential in order to take care of current and future generations.

The challenges for my Mexican brothers and sisters as well as those “other citizens” is to understand sufficiently the constructs and opportunities that this great nation has to offer and to participate in its maintenance and as well its growth by protecting the laws and other attributes that make it the greatest county in the world.

If we were to multiply this description of the “edges of the curves”, of the many bell curves of U.S. society, we could see how many there were who believed the rhetoric, bought into the message, and participated in the “win” – and lost because they didn’t know or couldn’t understand the deceit inherent in the message, we would have a better idea of those who helped create the “win” that gave birth to the supposed “Mandate”. We have all lost a measure of the freedoms that they purport of defend and that so many on both sides of the border have labored and died for. There are many that must rethink their future and the future of their children and, as well what this country is all about. History, in its inexorable bending trends toward the freedom of humankind, must be protected by those few who in the making of new history, knew and know and choose to defend those freedoms while others grow in their strength and understanding of the very nature and purpose of those freedoms. There is much to do. Game on!4.

  1 The reader may wish to view the essays on immigration and education in the collections of Sign Posts at: pathtotheself.com/allpostingvols.html

  2. Again I refer you to Sign Posts for essays on these subjects.
  3. You may wish to read A Beacon on a Hill in Pebbles on the Shore: A Collection. This is a collection of poetry. It may be found at: http://amzn.to/gpHPRB

  4. For some specific suggestions of what to do about our current immigration problems, and there are may, see again, Sign Posts. All vols. are available free at: pathtotheself.com/allpostingvols.html




Jan. 24, 2013

SOME WOMEN’S VOTE

To vote an informed vote, one has to be sufficiently informed to own responsibly the opportunities of the present moment. Currently, “We”, as an organic whole, are not prepared for what we must do/be. That is, we must comprehend our role in our local edge/corner of the great cosmic interplay – we must act “as if” this is our best and final hour on a stage that has the rest of humanity as a part of the cast.

There is an existential totality that presents and it can only offer that which is actually and potentially already here, there, and anywhere. It must be connected to some preexisting reality of possibility. And it cannot be “merely” of my own making, even though I can “create” some possibility that surges from my imagination. This is because I fathom some vortex of space/time from which I draw an actual or some potential, a thing or idea that I cause to come into being, somehow related and yet nuanced in some different way. Nothing is done in isolation. I am a part of something much bigger, much grander, than me alone.

One wonders, if this is the case, why so many single, or young women would vote overwhelmingly for someone who possess so little understanding of our current state of affairs, a person without leadership qualities, very little experience in anything really, and totally inept at his current post. Actually this mirrors all adolescent behavior; they attempt to escape from societal responsibilities for as long as they can. The inherent danger in having a president who, as a immature ideologue, is that in his fumbling attempts to be all to all is lying and therefore stealing the ability to own creatively the essential attribute of personal and communal freedom, a freedom that is essential to a healthy personal and communal development.

Could it be, with the young and single women demographics, that what we saw in this last election was a resentment vote, a vote that spoke to the annuals of history, the tortuous road that women, as a whole, have had to endure throughout the course of most of human history? Think about this for a moment: I am I, a woman, a complementary presence in the great human epic. I have suffered immeasurably throughout most of human history. I have been put upon by my own, by others of every stripe, the yawing infamous gender gap. And now it is that I have an opportunity to express my feelings, long pent up, about this historical circumstance, now is the time for me to remonstrate in a present the agony of my fellow sisters throughout the ages, now is the time for me to cast a vote for an angry adolescent, someone who arrogantly has achieved a measure of prominence from his “compromised” circumstances, someone with no leadership qualities and some talent with rhetoric, someone that I “feel” can understand my circumstance – and maybe even help me a bit, a kindred spirit, so to speak. All adolescents tend to find in their own group those that they think/feel will “side with them” in the confrontational moments when reality presents and we refuse, or are unable to understand responsibilities and consequences.
When we become aware of our relational circumstance and we choose to self empower and to see and relate to “the big picture”.


As the stages of human growth play out from childhood, to adolescent, from maturing young adult to maturing adult, we have witnessed, really lived through ourselves, these various phases of maturation and we know that when we enter the adolescent stage of our development we tend to “think” we possess enough wisdom to “make a go of it” (life and all that life has to offer) when indeed most of us don’t have much of a clue, especially in a culture that has made an art of delaying maturation while pretending that it can happen when we are too young to fathom the ramifications and subsequent responsibilities of our developing lives.

The skewed preponderance of the single/young feminine vote of a given demographic presents much food for thought. Perhaps we have shortchanged our children and have set them on the pathway of life with insufficient knowledge about the seasons of life, seasons that will demand a certain maturation and the assumption of responsibility that comes with age. Expectations are one thing; the facts of the matter, as our world view expands and experience presents, are many times something all together different. 

We may ask, “Did Title 9 help?” You bet it did. Did it solve all of the problems or meet our expectations? Obviously it did not. That we might have expected it to was a sign of stupidity. The road has been long and equal pay for equal work is still debated and demonstrated by the facts at hand. What we have, in addition to “culture’s ugly lassitude”* is an “ignorance”** that runs very deep, an ignorance that can provoke, when we have – for the first time – a plethora of information that is available to almost everyone. Women now know (as if they weren’t already well informed from their mothers and grandmothers, and great grandmothers, etc., history itself) that they (women) have been sorely mistreated throughout history.

Now, ostensibly, they have an underdog, someone with whom they can identify, want something from, someone that will help them, make them feel good, they (the young and the single) chose to make a statement, that while expressing some knowledge of history’s long road, has a fundamental flaw connected to it.

Human history is always the story of one with another. This circumstance has lead to subjugation and to love, to slavery and to freedom. And here lies my point: What does that word freedom really mean? In the great bio-dance of nature there manifests a certain reciprocity that changes over time; it changes from dependent to independent and back to some measure of dependence, a new dependence that manifests as a complementary contribution to the wellbeing of the presence of the whole of humankind, indeed of all life.

I think this is where a mistake was made when so many chose to cast their lot with someone who did not measure up, someone they projected their pent up aggression on and thought they had a sincere partner, another “put upon adolescent” with whom to commiserate, from whom they could expect some measure of self fulfillment, some assistance. In this false expectation we see the failure of parenting and the abject failure of an educational system in presenting a progressive and ascendant understanding of human growth and development.

 Expectations are one thing, personal responsibility is another. Dreams are essential and yet when a certain level of maturation is achieved they are tempered with the realities of life. Does this mean we should not dream? Obviously it does not; dreams are an essential aspect of the human moment. What it does mean, however, is that we assume a measure of responsibility for our own dreams. We eventually become Santa Clause for others and for ourselves only to the degree that we are able.

It is not for us to expect that others will dance to our tune, (most adolescent do and this culture has been remiss in its acceptance of adolescent and prolonged adolescent behavior) it is the ability to sing our own song, dance our own dance, and become a positive contributor to society and the needs of others, especially those less able, less fortunate. In other words, we must become a mature adult who fully understands that “nothing is free”***, and that there is a concomitant relationship between freedom and responsibility. The task at hand, for any capable adult, is to recognize the gift of one, the self, and assume all of the attributes of a freedom seeking adult with all of the accompanying responsibilities. 

The skewed number of those who expected (but will not receive nor be fulfilled in their expectations) to be “taken care of” are part of a quasi-permanent cadre of adolescents, demonstrating a fundamental lack of understanding of the process of human life. This vote, at least in part, was an indictment of a culture, as well as those who knew better and responded in an immature in-kind way, a way that has failed to respond to the necessities of a democratic republic, a republic that cannot function without an informed maturing citizenry that understands the miraculous creation of a Bill of Rights and a Constitution that speaks to the necessity of complementing circumstances with a literate and participatory population that possesses a deeply inculcated spiritual and humane morality that complements a freedom loving, freedom possessing participative citizenry of a democratic republic.

As time has worn on, we have failed in or attentive commitment to maintain an enlightened participatory involvement in the health of the nation. We get what we deserve when we are not honest with the facts at hand and do not possess an in-depth understanding of the human condition. Bon appétit!

© Don Davison

*See Perpetrators in Always Extolling: A Collection.
** “Ignorance” and “Ignorance – Again!” will be in Pebbles on the Shore: A Collection
***See “Nothing is Free!” in Sign Posts Vol. IV.



Jan. 20, 2013

TODAY’S MOMENT

The childish response to our current circumstance (the perceived chaos as well as order) from many – perhaps, even most: apathetic citizens, incompetent elected officials, and absolutely idiotic prognosticators as well as educators, is pathetic.

From those great reciprocals of being’s thrusts and drags – the earth of heaven and the heaven of earth – we choose, again, our current plate where sanctimony is served, humility reigns, the still point beckons.

When cynics and sentimentalists come together to commiserate in their blabberings and flounderings with each other’s standpoints, they wallow in a disfunctionality that deepens the risks we expose to ourselves and to our children in this current stage of our global implosion. Heat will build, thought and actions become clouded. We are unable to see that “Madness is just madness. Glory lies to justify the madness”. *

Addendum found on an agreement between two parties: This applies to all actions related to (The Agreement): It is understood that all actions between both parties will be carried out with an integrity of being in thought, word, and deed, exuding a belief that encompasses all actions; namely that no one has the right to complain or take contrary actions against a nativity scene, statues, the 10 commandments, or other manifestations of history’s efforts placed in public places – efforts that have graced public space for centuries. If you don’t like them or disagree – “Suck it up! Shut your mouth, and move on.” Any healthy person wearing their own personhood would have sufficient understanding that they and they alone, have the capacity to act upon their own beliefs and not be offended by what anyone else may say or do – unless there is an immediate existential threat to one’s very existence, one’s own life, or the life of a loved one. 

*ALMOST ...

In grief we fight from moment to moment,
never knowing
yesterday’s truths or tomorrow’s lies.
With blinders on we see only cataracts of time,
falling, falling,
dropping off to God knows where.
I seek to know,
help me in my unknowing.
And finally,
When shall I know that the intellect knows so little?
When from the depths of some abyss
pristine drops of water come,
and touching me
they find and baptize a soul
wanting, wanting
so much to be touched by the truth,
to be free.
How could I know how wonderful it feels
to be self if it were not for you?
And what do I say
when the gentle breeze calls for a response?
Madness is just madness.
Glory lies to justify the madness.
And yet,
in their souls lies a hidden time
when truth is one.

© Don Davison



There are those confrontations of science and justice: children and parents, generations upon generations, fundamental human truths, sedition, the continuance to an adherence to an apocalyptic age, always hoping for a better place, adventure, entertainment, and the parsing of the really real with the potential good and bad that surrounds us all. Always there is the need to know, to care, to be responsible, and to respect, to always respect the need to protect the innocent. This is becoming more and more difficult. Smaller slices of repose in our rapidly moving environment are providing insufficient reflection to understand and to integrate the truths of the ages.

The downside of the current moment is that there are too many individuals who operate with insufficient under-standing. They lack the necessary parsing tools to comprehend the facts at hand. While we know we seldom have all the facts about any occurrence / happening, we do know that there are times when we have a critical mass – and that is enough information to make a reasonable assessment. And yet, it is also true that sufficient common sense is indispensible in fathoming the relationships of facts to the Truth as opposed to the truths from the facts at hand. We must have an ongoing honest and universal educational effort that encompasses our past and the ever mounting new. Our very survival depends upon our recognition that we must own Nature’s profoundly equanimical dictum: Pay attention or die! This must be understood and applied, in the human realm, to all four theaters of our very existence: the physical, the intellectual, the emotional, and the spiritual. Unless these are all recognized we cannot hope to survive.

This all presupposes that there exists constructs of an ability to reason through various generalities as well as specifics and arrive at what is termed a reasonable understanding that can subsequently be used to make some common sense response to the vicissitudes of life.

Nature’s inherent efforts demand a moving participation in life itself. Taking a historical stance and maintaining a continued commitment to that stand makes sense, is reasonable, if and only if that standpoint meets the demands of our current moment – do the facts at hand demand a different response is always the perennial call. This can only be answered after a moment’s reflection in which we ascertain whether or not the presenting circumstance(s) needs more or less than it would have needed before – did need before – would have been sufficient before – would be sufficient now.

Then, in that omnipresent existentiality, the one that always presents a “new now” in which an ever increasing body of facts and information become available to us – if we will only be open to them, facts present themselves as choices. And it is precisely this new information that needs to be brought to bear on the current need.* 

The facts, both historical and actual, of the human presence on the planet earth are of paramount importance; nevertheless I feel we must now reference our current states of being as we spend more and more time and resources on space exploration. We inhabit a space station that exists in an earth bounded orbit with some sense of earthly security. And yet we will, in the not too distant future, require a dependence on a different set of circumstances. To this we are destined, to this we must mature.

The point here is that as a species we cannot hope to survive either in our current “earth moment” or our future “space moments” without the fundamentals of sufficient common sense that enables us to make life and death decisions about our self and others.

As the depth and breadth, and these are two different things, grow and magnify, we are exposed to the thinking of ever increasing numbers of individuals from now not so far flung countries and quite different circumstances. It behooves us to assess the veracity of the current conversations and interactions in order to be able to relate to them in ways that will provide sufficient understanding so as to have adequate security to maintain our commitments to potential and actual mortal dangers, as well as opportunities to survive, much less take with us into a future necessities that will undoubtedly offer ever greater opportunities to grow and develop. There will always be ideologies that foster the very attributes of being that made it possible for us to get where we are now – existing in the plenitude of benevolence that sustains our capacity to dream and hope with a faith that abounds in charity. We are all alike and yet different. To respect that similarity and uniqueness is one of Nature’s most profound laws.

The phrase “It is prudent to recall …” is another one of the most essential standpoints of the species – the call of humankind. That reflective parsing of new and old information, in the midst of the cacophony and rambunctiousness of our current selves, along with the new omnipresence of all forms of instant communication, has become our most pressing opportunity. This new sharing will provide a plethora of avenues for new responses to new and old contingencies. The way we choose to accomplish our survival and this new melding of the species must become the new hallmark of the behavior of humankind. Far too many individuals live ensconced in a pathetic intransigence of limited thinking or ignorance.

“Grow or you lose, if you lose those around you also lose, the world loses.” has already been written.* Too many people are unaware of the acceleration of an omnipresence of information that will demand a new level of integrity from each and every one of us. The audio and visual, of an ever attendant technology, will present a new demand for absolute integrity – that if lacking – will crush the staid and slow to adapt. They will be left wondering how it is that truth will out so quickly and that lies will be exposed in the blink of an eye. The concomitant circumstance that will blindside these individuals will precipitate an immediate response of anger – rising even to rage (that maligned behavior without reason). The swiftness and abruptness of this will come as a surprise when pitted against ignorance and intransigence.

The subsequent confusion of an old understanding in the face of a new circumstance will make for very difficult moments, especially for those involved in making decisions meant to be in the best public interest. Those involved in the exercise of governance will need to be very well informed and act with the utmost integrity or they will be met with swift and appropriate punishments. And this may preclude their presence in an elected office with some term limit (election) in which they will not be allowed to participate. We will no longer have the luxury (if that was ever true) of allowing malfeasance to be carried on until the next election. Justice must be administered in a timely fashion. We now have sufficient tools to assess, in a reasonable time frame, the veracity of their behaviors.  
A PERSON

A person,
an image and likeness,
presents itself.
What constellation of events
makes a person a person?
Time and space surely play a part –
history wraps its arms around our knowing (being)
and we are caught in those
tumbling times from which we come.
The events of the ages adhere and dispose.
Myth and legend merge from learned stories
and surge to the forefront
of our selected druthers:
Choices! Always choices!
Heroically we attempt to justify our beliefs,
beliefs that we employ
to weigh and measure
those choices,
our choices,
choices that have bloodied the earth
maligned our souls,
torn asunder relationships of family,
and of love,
as well inspired our heroics.
Why is it that in the face of difference
we resort to modes of being
that do not complement
the needs of the human family?
What cursed diamon
sits upon our right shoulder,
what gargoyle perches upon the left?
Why in the face of Nature’s benevolence
do we insist in wallowing in chaos
when we all stand in wonder and awe
at the birth of a child?
Simple truths befriend us all.
To these we must adhere,
to these
we owe an everlasting thankfulness.
Nature’s profound mandate:
Pay attention of die!
must be met with a
chorus always singing, 
“Yes to self! Yes to life!
Yes to all life!”*

*(You may wish to see in Sign Posts Vol. I., An Agenda For Us All, and as well, The Greatest Challenge of Our Time Part I and II in Sign Posts Vol. III, and also an essay entitled Changing Our Minds in Sign Posts Vol. IV. The other essays in the four Vols. of Sign Posts may be of some help in understanding the absolute need for educational programs, both formal and informal, that have integrity of purpose that cannot to be trifled with by pushing errant ideologies.
All of these vols. of essays are available free of charge at: pathtotheself.com/allpostingvols.html)
© Don Davison

*You may also be interested in The Game of Life: A Player’s Manual for Executives and Others. Rules and Corollaries give some constructs for life’s winning players.
The text is at: http://amzn.to/fOrqEi

*The Phenomenon of Man, speaks clearly of a sense for, and an absolute need for, the coming upon a realization of “kindred spirits” and the omnipresent sense of biophilia,* especially for those who think – believe – that Sharia holds, offers, some inherent holy purpose for humanity, I offer The Eternal Feminine. Both writings are by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. 

*There is another text with a poem entitled Perpetrators, which touches on the omnipresent theme of biophilia. It is in Always Extolling: A Collection at: http://amzn.to/gpHPRB


Oct. 8, 2012

U.S. FOREIGN POLICY

The FP of the U.S. needs to mature into the 21th century. For far too long we have languished in historical ruminations, and paid too little attention to our rapidly changing world. “Our Current Moment” 1 is a “New Now” that is laced with and over laced with technology – technology that has changed our perception of not only ourselves but also our place the world.

We are, as individuals and as nations, more than and less than – numbers matter. We need to consciously own the strengths as well as the weaknesses of our standpoints in our current world.

STRIKE FORCE2

More than just enough,
less than too much,
life threads the needle of the possible.
From a democracy of biology and our own kind
rings a message:
“All men are created equal”
and still “we are engaged in a Great Civil War
testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived
and so dedicated
can long endure.”
On the altars of our battlefields the value of the species
becomes a holy sacrifice.
The rational animal’s personal integrity encompasses
a universal commitment to life:
A life which begets and fosters more life,
and yet, not all life.
The cancers of our now and future,
many the gifts of progress and numbers,
are set to assail the soft tissue of fellow travelers.
We ride on a spaceship
that is not responsible for its privileged inhabitants.
Therefore we must develop a resolve:
Surgery is a must, cancers must be removed.
Healthy flesh will be invaded and infringed upon.
The living paradox: Yes/No.
Life’s mandate: Some yes/All no,
Enough of everything/Not too much of anything.
The mystical demands participation
in the paradox of the existential totality.
The execution of our presence can only be done
with the law of love.
In seeking the Truth of the Now
we must get close enough
to the edge of God’s mind
without losing sight of our souls.
Our challenge is to train soldiers for surgical strikes,
while attuning minds of citizens
to know when to send them into theaters of operation,
and to support them while they are there
and to welcome them home when they are done.
Existence is educere,
the leading out of complex Truths
from within and without,
all becoming in the present.
Unless we choose to maintain a commitment
to excise the insidious malevolence
of our brothers and our sisters,
we will not be able to exert control and deterrence
at the heart and periphery of our kind.
Freedom and restraint lie in the balance:
Close enough, swift enough,
Now!

1 Our Current Moment is in Sign Posts Vol. II A Collection of Essays http://amzn.to/fgeCeV
2 Strike Force is in Always Extolling: A Collection http://amzn.to/gpHPRB


Oct. 4, 2012

THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

FACTS: 

Obama’s confusion and smug ire were obvious.

The adolescent came to the debate thinking he knew enough (as all adolescents do) and lost.

Thinking doesn’t get it done. The triumvirate of Thought, 
Word, and Deed are all essentials of a maturing adult.

The disparity between the professor and the student was all too evident.

Obama can’t be prepared enough to divorce himself from his character profile. It is what it is.

He was and is the wrong person for the job of president of the United States of America.

Please go to: pathtotheself.com/allpostingvols.html to follow critical social and political criticism.

THE WORST OF ALL CHOICES:
OBAMA AS PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.A.

When an articulate and effusively charismatic adolescent – totally unprepared and unfit for the office – is elected by an abundantly uniformed – actually downright ignorant citizenry – the nation is in trouble. This was truly the poorest of all possible choices.

And so the country has followed along floundering under an umbrella of euphoric and expiational stupidity. There has been almost no realization that the world is moving on – without the U.S.A.

Is it true that we have sufficient ignorance still alive and well to re-elect an inadequate pseudo president in order to maintain our continued national destruction?

What part of “Pay attention or die!” don’t we get? This is the most important presidential election since the founding of this great republic. Remove Obama from office. Let’s get it done!

GET WITH IT!!!

We all need to contribute in some way to the well-being of our nation, really the entire human community. I don’t know why the old adage: “Discuss everything except religion and politics” is so true. My personal experience is that there is indeed a reluctance to engage in conversation on those two topics. How drab this makes our common dialog. Your efforts to engage people in a common understanding, is an excellent exercise in bringing people to new levels of appreciation of our sameness. Well done! Keep up the good work!

I have come to believe that several of the reasons that people are reticent to discuss these two subjects, some of the most important aspects of human involvement, is that they feel ill prepared and therefore their actions are driven by fear. They feel they don’t have all the facts and heaven forbid they might not have all of the current numbers quite right. To them I say while numbers matter – principles matter more. And those same principles are what people admire most in another person. They speak to the character of the individual.

With this in mind, I am sharing some of my personal efforts to stimulate some dialog about matters that I feel are extremely important, at least to me, and I truly believe to others.

Attached are some of my thoughts in the hope that they will help others to enter into a dialog with family, friends, neighbors, and fellow community members. Some of the questions posed could by interesting for your audience.

pathtotheself.com/allpostingvols.html

Enjoy! And share! Don  


Sept. 6, 2012

The Great Wound in the side of Europe has been festering for some time. Now is the time to excise, to cauterize the wound. Isolate – Contain – Remove, is the mandate from Nature’s plate.

When Greece, Iceland, California, or any other country/state, cannot maintain a fidelity to the essentials of self respect and self responsibility they must be let go.

Sufficient wisdom is present in the whole to set those floundering groups of like minded people free to choose, to give them an opportunity to get their house in order, or fail.

What part of the idiocy of “Something for noting” don’t we get? Whatever the rubric of the piteous blather of “Save me”, will it ultimately become so obnoxious that we will finally say, “Yours not mine!” The wounds to your own freedom are self inflicted and consequently, your own existence is in peril.

You have violated Nature’s first law: Once here, pay attention or die! Only when catastrophe is not of your own making does the morality of the ages, the Samaritan Rule, kick in.

You have sinned against yourself. You lose! And we don’t expect to hear some progressive slobbering nonsense that speaks to some corporate disease, some communal malady. The choice was yours!




Sept. 3, 2012

For all of my friends in the Spanish speaking world. I think it is time to honestly express the truths that we feel we have come to understand.


¿POR QUÉ?

¿Qué se necesita para escribir?
Un ¿Porqué?
Un “algo” de Don Miguel.
Una estrofa de un poema de Delmira,
“…como si tuviera
la cabeza de Dios en la mano.”
Un arrebato del alma,
una caricia, una impresión de antes.
¿Qué yace en el nido
de Florencio?
¿Qué hay que nos provoca
en las noches del Corazón?
Son las huellas cruzando las olas del mar.
Dime, amigo mió,
¿Qué labor me da tanta angustia y tanto placer?
¿A quién le doy las gracias
por haberme dejado los regalos de ayer?


¡SON COBARDES!

Los políticos que aprendieron
a robar del pueblo –
¡Son cobardes!
Los políticos que hacen promesas
que no van a cumplir –
¡Son cobardes!
Los políticos que hablan del pueblo
como si hubieran nacido en el campo
y ni siguieran han puesto píe en el monte –
¡Son cobardes!
Los políticos que mienten sobre todo
y actúan como si tuvieran almas cristianos –
¡Son cobardes!
Los profesores que gritan
y no demuestran en su enseñanza
compasión y virtud –
¡Son cobardes!
Los maestros que dicen groserías
para describir a los políticos
cuando todo el pueblo lo sabe –
¡Son cobardes!
Los profesores que no tienen suficiente valentía
para cambiar la política con un voto –
¡Son cobardes!
Los maestros que no manifiestan sensibilidad
a la manera de cambiar el punto de vista
de los jóvenes para que ellos no toleren
a los políticos deshonestos y deshonrados,
a los políticos que carecen de virtud,
a los militares y a la policía que no protege
a su pueblo –
¡Son cobardes!




Aug. 29, 2012



A QUESTION FOR OUR TIMES

Will the young mixed-puppies of a culture
be seduced by the old corrupt behemoths?
The electoral jury is hung at 49/51—
and tipping to the more-than side of enough—
even too much.
So tell me,
when the youthful exuberance
for the fashionable,
and the branded-moment wears off,
will we fall victims
to the corruption of soul
where the waves of avarice
roll across the mainland?
Will there finally be more than
a few who will say,
“Enough of your tasteless shoving
of corruption down the throats
of your own constituents
in your all-out attempt to do it
to everyone!
Have you finally
torn off enough faces?”



IGNORANCE

Ignorance! Ignorance!
Oh ignorance what bloody dirty thing!
We do not know what we do not know,
yet when we come to know,
we must also know
there was a time
when we did not know.
What humbling magnificence!
What joy!
To know that we can come to know
 – that there is yet something –
for us to know.

Aug, 24, 2012

THE FACTS AT HAND

Unfortunately, as a compromised country and culture,* we have elected a compromised president. And that is not a rhetorical we. It is a fraternal we in that biblical sense; “I am my brother’s keeper.” If I believe that you can’t see – that you are lost, I am obligated to care for you as the Samaritan did for his brother. And I must not only care for you, I must help you to understand so that you can survive in the organics of our everyday lives, knowing that all things change. In the human realm this has meant that we plan for the future, and we share information with others precisely because there is the omnipresent unknown over which we have only a modicum of control. In other words, our evolutionary success is due to the fact that we do what we know we need to do in order to insure that sufficient numbers know, and can do, so that they (or we as a whole) can provide for ourselves and our loved ones.

This means that we, as a whole – sufficient numbers in a constitutional republic – the electorate elected an individual that has insufficient understanding of the nature of the human person. Not only is this represented in the individual of the presidency it is also represented in the Congress and in the behavior of a large segment of the citizenry of the republic.

Given the abundance of the historical record, we have ample evidence that shows if we give someone or many too much they do not appreciate the gift. There are many reasons for this: the human person learns to expect when patterns prevail and if we have some ostensibly reliable source of food, money, healthcare, or what have you, we (many) will merely wait for that to be produced and delivered.

This must be seen with the instructive facts of history. Fact: Historically, we have the Seven Deadly Sins and the Virtues.**

*Facts: Approximately 50% of wage earners in the U.S. don’t pay income taxes. And approximately 50% of the people in the U.S. receive some form of governmental assistance. That this is an anathema to the facts at hand concerning the nature and survival of the species is obvious and this has been amply demonstrated by history.

**For those of you who may have forgotten: Deadly Sins: Wrath Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy, and Gluttony. Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Temperance, courage, Faith, Hope, and Charity. Fact: The former are reviled, the latter are prized and respected. Fact: Human nature is at the disposition of reality and intent. Fact: We can, by our commitments, better ourselves and care for our loved ones to the degree we are able. Fact: The free expression of our capabilities and our actions maximizes our ability to do this.

And now, we turn to some observations about our current presidential and political scene.

There are many red flags: Our national debt is approaching impossible numbers. Individuals on the governmental dole exceed any rational number. Tax payer numbers cannot support the current levels of governmental activity in any conceivably fair way. The cost of education in no way can be justified by the return on our investment. Healthcare is a personal responsibility – for the most part. It is also true that accidents do occur, and nature prevails. Utopias have been described for some time; we have yet to find any at the human level, or any other level for that matter.

* * *

There is a certain pathos in our current circumstance. The Congressional approval rating is at an all time low. The president’s approval rating approximates the government dole. Trust in our social institutions is fading. When a constitutional republic’s working-parts fail, there is a high likelihood that there will be some adjustments to the governing of this republic. History is our most helpful predictor of change.

I would like to look at these two attributes of our nation, The Presidency, the Congress, and the society at large.

There is pathos in and around the Presidency. The president is a fear driven adolescent in a man’s body. He manifests himself as an angry adolescent who never grew into his own skin. He is driven ideologically as that adolescent and consequently he cannot comprehend nor defend his espoused ideology. He has not been able to comprehend the essential aspect of the absolute and sacred need for fundamental human freedom. As an honestly dishonest adolescent, he cannot use the words truth and respect without stumbling over himself. He has lived in a fear driven, angry guilt ridden, and false pride (lying) vicious circle all of his life. This will continue forever, or until a maturing process moves him on to the heroics of human growth. Unfortunately he has never been able to accomplish this necessary growth. This circumstance is mirrored, by a large group, in the U.S. population which is also suffering a crisis of childhood/adolescent behavior. This is also an attribute of too many of the current members of both parties in the U.S. congress.

We, those who should have been paying attention to the well-being of the body politic, have been seriously negligent. We have allowed our culture to devolve into a dependent morass of whiners who perceives themselves entitled to everything and anything. And to make matters worse, we have not educated our populace sufficiently to comprehend a simple laws of physics: Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion – maintain a given directionality. The objective to live in an entertainment universe has taken the edge off our abilities to maintain sufficient credibility in dealing with the facts at hand instead of the “facts” on the screen/display, whatever. Responsibility is the key to the success in the journey of humanity’s efforts. Sweat counts for something! Objectives do matter! The truth belongs to itself and it is in our best interests to comprehend sufficient truths in order to maintain a productive presence as individuals, families, groups, countries, and as a global whole. Leadership is an essential attribute of growing/maturing societies. A leaderless gaggle, flock, herd, crowd, or group, cannot be in the best in interests of the whole.

Those who are poorly committed and those ignorant of the facts at hand, approximately 59% of the voting public, intend to vote for an adolescent attempting to lead. Neither they, nor he, have any clue as to what it takes to form a working whole while providing for sufficient expressions of freedom to sustain the activities of a whole. The sad facts of the matter are that most know that something is fundamentally wrong, and yet as frightened adolescents they, and he, continue on a course of failure. Grow or you lose. If you lose, those around you also lose and the whole world loses. Failure is not an option! What part of this do we not understand? Any part should serve to remind us to adopt a serious adult commitment to the virtues and to strike a course to remediate the madness of the present.

The media is profoundly adrift, screaming minions make the news of the day “at the speed of live”, news is reported by mostly incompetents, schools – for the most part – are failing, we have a government that does not understand how to balance a budget, Mother Nature needs our help, frivolities become lifelong goals, obesity reigns supreme, neophytes and children are elected to public office. How are we doing? It could be worse. Now is the time for each and every able body and able mind to gather themselves, tighten their belts, roll up their sleeves, and focus their commitments. We must save ourselves and the nation. Let’s get it done!

© Don Davison
pathtotheself.com




Aug. 20, 2012


NOTICE!

BECAUSE THESE ARE SUCH TROUBLING TIMES, WE ALL MUST DO OUR PART TO RIGHT
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Aug. 12, 2012

Found on a napkin among the scraps next to the current political plates of those in Washington who attempt to devour each other in their current political arena.

An errant reflection capturing a truth by one of our elected officials...

WE HAVE BECOME…

The mental largesse of the Post Modern world
shames the efforts of our ancestors.
Their attention to detail
and their studied commitment to common sense
gave a depth of focused effort
to their purpose.
And we,
we just wander aimlessly
and banter idiotically
in demonstrations
and court battles
wasting human effort.
From the courage and efforts of the species
we have become
pissants of anxious bacchanalia.


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Aug. 7, 2012

Sometimes the beautiful is apparent – to those who wish to know it.

“Speechmaker(s) you speak too late. Just a little time ago you would have been able to believe in your speech, now you no longer can. For, a moment ago, you saw as I did, that the State is no longer led; the stokers still pile in the coal, but the leaders have now only the semblance of control over the madly racing machines. And in this moment, as you speak, you can hear as I do that the levers of economies are beginning to sound in an unusual way; the masters smile at you with superior assurance, but death is in their hearts. They tell you they suited the apparatus to the circumstances, but you notice that from now on they can only suit themselves to the apparatus – so long, that is to say, as it permits them. Their speakers teach you that economics is entering on the State’s inheritance, but you know that there is nothing to inherit except the tyranny of the exuberantly growing It, under which the I, less and less able to master, dreams on that it is the ruler.

… Economics, the abode of the will to profit, and State, the abode of the will to be powerful, share in life as long as they share in the spirit. If they abjure spirit they abjure life.”

From I AND THOU, Martin Buber, Charles Scribner’s Sons, N.Y. 1957.


July 25, 2012 

I'm sharing this message because I think it most timely. Watch Iranium the movie on YouTube. Seldom do we know enough about the timing of our lives and the challenges we face, much less how prepared we are to meet them. I believe this is worth watching this. Now matter what you believe.
http://www.youtube.com/user/ClarionProductions
On YouTube
I would be most interested in your reaction.



A PERCEPTION OF OUR PLACE IN TIME

“IRAQ THE LAST WAR” has been written. (It appears in Sign Posts: A Collection of Essays Vol. I.) There will never again be huge armies “in the field” facing each other – unless we call the global moment a “battle field.” A case could be made for that. And yet I also think that what we need is a perspectival orientation that takes into consideration the historical presence of our species on the planet earth.

Our historical behavior ranges from, among other things, the retributional to the sacrificial, from the ideological and religious to the political, all of which form a part of the human repertoire.

The difficult issues for the foreseeable future will be sectarian violence and the mundane. There will be all kinds of forms of brutal ideological confrontation and faction - action precipitating a broad range of behavior affecting the arenas of the intellectual, physical, emotional, and the spiritual. This will continue at some level forever and will only substantially dissipate when sufficient numbers of people realize there is enough room, as of the now, for everyone on the globe.

There have always been those “seasons” of disaffection and it seems that, although to some degree these various activities will continue, human life will also continue to take all of the four seasons to accomplish the tasks of cultural change and development. A bursting spring will be followed by a hot summer, a cooling fall, a waiting winter, and finally a new spring will come to pass with the seeds from the previous seasons germinating and driving roots ever deeper into the fertile pockets of old cultures where insufficient openness prevailed and sufficient ingredients were distilled and held ready for the next maturing seasons, season for the ripening of a new fruit, new potentials, new creativity in every realm: the intellectual, physical, emotional, and last but not least the spiritual could also grow and develop.

Still these ever-renewing seasons will also continue to bring spontaneous expiational acts of violence – wolf pack and lone wolf mentalities committing acts of unimaginable brutality, expressed from some incomprehensible and archaic sub consciousness to the mentally ill, will always be with us. Dismemberments and the wanton loss of the lives of the young, the middle aged, and the elderly, all brothers and sisters, daughters and sons of someone, will horrify us all and this carnage will raise its ugly head again and again. These bursts of violent acts that would have been impossible before today or the day before yesterday will spill across the landscape. The facts of human life, encompassing in their wholeness the full spectrum of behavior, will also spill from every segment of society.

There is always on nature’s side what seems to be a darkness that brings new light. The astrophysics of our understanding always hearkens back to or ahead to the cataclysmic. It is true that nature, quiescent most of the time, can suddenly be devastating and that devastation can have long range social effects for the human family. In the human realm acts of violent degradations on other members of our human family can scar the generations caught up in the seasonal and cataclysmic changes. Indeed it may take generations for the wounds to heal sufficiently for a healthy “critical mass” to provide sufficient stability and focus for families and individuals to mature and share a loving presence with others of their kind.

This intermittent brutal intentionality will not stop the natural effervescence of “freedom-rising” in the human spirit. Nature’s greatest recognizable gift from the evolutionary ages is freedom itself – that fulfilling of innate aspirations as owned and expressed in human life, indeed in all life, the very whole of existence. 

Freedom speaks to every single capable individual as a profound responsibility of selfhoods and personhoods that are unique manifestation of the universe’s efforts of sharing itself with all other conscious selves and indeed everything in the universe. And for those less informed or less willing, it also speaks for those phasing moments of conception when the helpless need our help, when simple and gallant acts of human valor say, “Yes!” to life, all life. When we will finally say, “We humbly and conscientiously assume responsibility; to the degree we are able, for the whole human race.”

This obvious fact – the expression of freedom by the human spirit – testifies to the inherent movement of growth and development. Without waxing too poetic or lauding magnanimously, one could say life itself is a salvific exercise.

It must also be added it is not just the crescent of Arab nations in the middle east that struggle, it is also each and every enclave in every phasing place in the world that is trying to serve the many who are struggling to appreciate and find a place for themselves in the great human epic.

Mention must here be made of Russia’s and China’s historically accumulated paranoia in which they feel that they will be put upon by the rest of the world and while they fumblingly attempt to gain sufficient understanding of the current slaughters in the real world they hinder the progress of each and every manifestation of freedom in the whole.

As the human species learns to move from the cavalier attitudes of the adolescent, we must go on to mature into the heroic commitments of conscious selves shouldering our share of the focused efforts of the Divine’s Plan. We must acknowledge the truth of what we know now and live with our awareness of those deep and profound acclamations echoing through the halls of Nature’s efforts: Pay attention or die! Let freedom ring!




July 15, 2012

HISTORY DOES NOT RUN BACKWARD

History, of any kind, does not run backward.
With this profound statement
the organic truth sets the arc of movement
and its complementary understanding:
We must live our lives!
From astrophysics’ toiling efforts
to the presence of person
change brings closer union
– fuller being.
“To see or to perish” has been written.
“The word became flesh”
is true in the birth of each new child.
The reciprocal is also true –
as flesh becomes the word of universal understanding,
the word nurtures the flesh.
To debate in ecumenical circles
without understanding
is to spit in the face of the All.
Turning one’s back on life is an excuse to embrace death.
Visions that preempt life
are wasted smoke from meaningless sacrifices.
We now know enough to realize
that the freedom of the existential totality
belongs to itself now and forever.
Human life can only be maintained
by a fidelity to a knowledge of,
a caring for,
a responsibility to,
and a respect for
each and every thing.
An idea or a belief is never sufficient.
Both must live to complement what is already
here, there, and everywhere.
And if they do not, they are worthless
in the journey of humankind.
It is true that a mad mind
can harbor a child for a while; however,
it is only in wearing that maturing mantel of
“active concern for life and growth”
that we add a loving purpose to the human mosaic.
Who has ever returned from the dead to say,
“My understanding was complete”?
We must live open enough
and closed enough
to further the Grand Design.
From the bowels of history,
we have become predicates of the now.
Our lessons must deal with the facts of the present:
I am here now!
Is a commandment blessing us all
with the ability to effect change,
a change that harbors and promulgates life,
life that in embracing itself, gives of itself
so that other selves may follow.
Indeed,
“As it was in the beginning,
it is now,
and it forever shall be.”
Hold fast to the nurturing moment,
it will become today’s and tomorrow’s gift.


ECOLOGY OF ACTION

We live in a time when the what of the now
entered the who of the now,
snapping a piece off,
leaving fragments of the self floating
in a turbulent sea.
Attachments to the wandering
without of others,
stand lost by the wayside.
Who asks themselves what should be done
to save us from our frenzied apathy
as we sit and watch another episode of Survivor?
Time has given us the wealth of time.
Plant! Tend! Harvest!
Beware of a bloating nothingness
as it flashes incessantly away from the light.
Cup the chalice of our mates
in tender time
and fondle tips to life’s gentle purpose.
Be gone,
oh you savages of wanton ignorance!
Where life is left, softness reigns!
Leave it alone!
Embrace it all!

HANDS ON!

Do it now!
Touch!
Caress!
Listen!
Living with the word turned flesh
is an absolute.
If there is a living dialog,
we are touching.
Admonitions:
Those lost in the existential smoke and mirrors
or our current confusion,
those panting and out of breath,
they must stop and take the extended
hand of truth.
There is an ocean of difference between
healthy skepticism
and the deception of paranoia.

Both poems are from The Twelfth Hour, soon to be published.



July 4, 2012

Come to the Party is in: Sign Posts Vol. III
A Perfect Storm will be forthcoming in: Sign Posts Vol. IV


COME TO THE PARTY!

Was the last great stupidity of democracy to vote on what it could not see? Remember “to see or to perish.”* If our vision is impaired, our understanding is impaired. We have chosen not to understand. With a yes vote we have shackled ourselves—again—in the Platonic Cave of Ignorance. Remember, “History does not run backward.”** We now have chosen to enslave ourselves.

Turning our backs on the most precious gifts of our forefathers and fore-mothers—those dramatic gifts of enlightenment birthing freedom—we have chosen, again, the darkness of the cave. How could this be? We have been turned by the excited exuberance of uninformed minions—those who lack sufficient understanding, those who are easily swept up in the passion of the moment, those too willing to say “Yes!” with insufficient understanding of what the consequences of their actions will be, those who lack the foresight contained in the mature understanding of “if / then,” and those who choose to lie.***

To understand a point of beginning, one must comprehend their current existential circumstance. Lacking an understanding of this fact is exactly what the perennial problem of adolescent ignorance manifests itself to be. Could the facts of the moment be that a super-arrogant, ignorant old woman (Pelosi) and a super-arrogant, ignorant old man (Reed) along with an arrogant, naïve youth (Obama), as well as the willing crowds of sheep, and finally those less willing and those less informed—those gawking followers—have blundered into a crack of darkness (Plato’s cave) in our current moment and believe they have finally come home?

Has a rash, inexperienced arrogance, founded on a fear of not being someone, finally withered into a piteous murmur: “We have to do something, anything, whether we know what the consequences will be, or not!” I have no truck with the liberal patsies of an age, or of a movement. They lack the heart of the hunter—they meddle in the triflings of their time.

It has been said, “My Kingdom is not of this world—my Kingdom is at hand.” It is precisely in their lack of understanding of this seeming paradox that they (the liberal left) have demonstrated their lack of maturity.

Life is not a zero-sum game—it is the assumption of commitments to understand and to assume responsibility for that understanding. “Let’s hurry up and vote on this bill so we can see what we don’t understand” is the hallmark of their abject ignorance.

As the older, the more weathered, the more reflective of the world’s people have pondered on what was so miraculous about the gift of democracy, we have, by standing idly by, most recently floated in a cloud of misunderstanding. We have now placed this democratic republic at risk, and this also places at risk democracy itself—that greatest of gifts to each and every recipient.

The hard-won efforts of parsing real truths from apparent truths, those guiding stars of the ages, those “I AM!” moments that lead to a personal ownership of “MINE NOW!”—those self-empowering breakthroughs—are being frittered away by an unknowing, an ignorance, an inability to comprehend the deep, meaningful realities of the human circumstance. We have allowed ourselves to be informed by the dishonest, surreptitious smatterings of a few misguided, ignorant, lecherous, so-called historians and politicians. We have had two books of Common Sense written in this country’s great history: the first, indubitably an essential expression of the real values of freedom, points us toward ourselves and the benefits of our concomitant social responsibilities; the second’s primary value lies in the fact that it points us again to the first.

Picture a tired, old elephant in chain traces dragging a huge log, stopping periodically to look back to see how far it has come. Now, picture a donkey sitting on its hindquarters with a befuddled expression on its face looking from side to side, unable to decide what to think or what to do. These are the current images of the two political parties of the day. They have both lost (chosen to lose) their way in their participation (or lack thereof) in this great country’s governing democratic process.

Finally, picture a sleeping giant next to a small fire, his toes barely basking in the heat. Periodically he rouses himself, and still lost in his somnambulant stupor, throws kindling on the fire, and as it catches in the embers he burns his toes and is awakened to a new-found reality: “Pay attention or die!” The silent independent majority has suddenly come to the party.

There is no more powerful tool with which to work for the good of humanity than a truth that complements the fundamental needs of the human family. These truths cannot be just some perceived need that lacks a fundamental understanding of justice and what is best for each and every individual as they attempt to reconcile their existential interface with their reality, along with their imagination and dreams. They must be seasoned, factual truths that have borne the test of time and circumstance, that have a known and accepted, concomitant responsibility firmly attached.

Who will be strong enough to say, “We must have some comprehensive understanding of the abilities and needs of the species, and we must also be willing to take sufficient time to fathom the depths of our efforts”? Essential understanding and the necessary time to move with measured resolve is essential in a working democracy. We now have a dysfunctional hodgepodge of complex and conflicting infrastructures that mire us in meaningless intransigence as well as dishonest efforts.

How can so many people claim to know right from wrong while advocating for and actually doing such senseless things? Are they just ignorant, are they liars, or are they both? In any case, there is a need to send most of them back to where they came from. We can ill-afford their wasteful presence in an essential process. A democracy is a doing form of governance that precisely because it represents the will of the people has a most powerful resource in the collective knowledge and will of the people. Any politician who claims to know more than the electorate lies first to self and then to others. Send them all home! Elect a new breed of politicians, those who understand that their primary responsibility is to protect the hard-won efforts of the ages, those who grasp the essential of efficient, limited government, and those who understand that they participate in the governing process as representatives of their constituents.

From the depths of experience we must harvest those miraculous gifts of freedom (that exuberance of latitude that births choice) and resolve (that enduring, focused intent). Both complement what is eternally always already there, and so essential to our personal and communal growth, our well-of being that leads to our well-being, to our very survival.

And with this we need an informed citizenry that takes an in-depth understanding of time-tested, complementing principles to lead us to the well-being of our souls. We need the silent, independent majority to come to the party.

* From Teilhard de Chardin’s famous text The Phenomenon of Man.
** In this current volume, “History Does Not Run Backward.”
*** I echo here Jacob Brownowski’s plea from The Ascent of Man. “I
beseech you in the bowels of Christ to think that you may be mistaken.” I
must add again, “Do not continue to steal fundamental freedoms from anyone.
You lose, they lose, and the world loses.” You may also wish to see
“Our Current Moment” in Vol. II of Sign Posts.


July 1, 2012

A PERFECT STORM

What happens when confusion meets ignorance and the status quo gets rocked? What does a younger generation do, one that came of age in the last ten years, when wants and expectations go unmet?

Many young people are seduced into the Group Think of the moment by words that reflect a thin film of palliative, common – even trite – stuff that wouldn’t rise to the level of aphorisms or shallow truisms. They are lacking in intellectual depth and breadth. What knowledge they may have, it certainly isn’t wisdom, they use in making spasmodic social or political commentary, if they make any at all, with a delivery of a very sanctimonious attitude, with just enough irony and cynicism, to capture the fleeting attention of a less than dignified generation. They cast aspersions against history and a present as well as those currently working on the problems of the moment. Too many are unschooled and misinformed.

Victims of any age who choose ignorance and who, through no choice of their own find themselves with insufficient information will encounter difficulties and find their contributions wanting. They prattle and babble. Democracy cannot flourish with an uninformed populace.

“We have met the problem and it is US.” has already been said. And here the pun is intended. Many people are living out some self-fulfilling prophecy of their own making. Who wants to be wrong? Embarrassment as a tool only works for the maturing person who is able to say, “I was wrong in what I thought about this or that and I can choose to grow/change – develop a well grounded integrated perspective on the real, a perspective enmeshed in nature’s grandeur, her incessant willing, her pushing and pulling, her making things happen. We likewise must exercise our will in choosing to follow the roadmap of the virtues. We must come to know them and to recognize the absolute need to practice them in every aspect of our lives.

Where are the leaders? To each and every one I say, “It is our turn now!” The word politician became an ugly word when a critical mass decided to colonize a piece of the public turf for their own benefit – and in order to do that they had to leave integrity at the front door and enter the belly of the beast.

They had to lie, cheat, and steal from their constituents. They had to compromise everything and to everyone – knowing there couldn’t be an easy way to ameliorate the differences. Just keep tensions high, class warfare works, and build arguments based on separation and fear.

Tax and spend became the mantra of the ill informed. While history breaths in soft vales and screams from mountain tops they play along with faux charisma adapted from the screens of the present and salted into every social encounter. Feed the monster of “I don’t want to be wrong!” and at a deeper level “Just take care of me!” Too many act as if they are coarse brackish adolescents who don’t know much about anything – least of all respect. 

Democracy demands an enlightened maturing sense of self-worth and sufficient compassion to know enough to care about personal freedom and all of the inherent manifestations of the essential need to express that freedom in thought, word, and deed – all forming a new religion, the religion of our very own personhoods. Each one of us is to wear only our own – with the utmost integrity of being. We must “Play one or die!” at the intellectual, physical, and spiritual level. The only way for us to live is by giving all of our really true self, our one to the One as some form of holy creative maturation.

Generations come and generations go. Some come on the crests of history and some come in the troughs of history. Our current crops of Gen Xers and Millennials are not exceptions they are merely exposed to different circumstances, circumstances that presented – or obfuscated – new information or old information. It is only in the melding of the two that we can add girth and depth to the new edifice of our understanding and our honest participation in the process of creation.

The winds blow and weather changes – from the classic to the neoclassic, from the conservative to the neocon, from the communists to the progressives (anything but), we are all those precursors and succeeding stages of human development that we have come through and we must go through. We are pieces of a moving template that forces us to divine solutions for the human paradox: We live knowing we will die. We can choose to love or to hate. We must live understanding our place in the movement of history.

We cannot just float along and trust that all things will go well. Without a reasoned and dedicated acquisition of wisdom and commitment we will lose our great nation status and become a failed state, a “has been” country, one that was blessed with a new beginning and a purpose, one that finally lost its way. What part of “Pay attention or die!” don’t we get and why don’t we get it?

If one generation cannot talk to another, if there is insufficient respect and trust, we will vanish from the face of the earth.

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth was gone: and the sea is now no more.”

Revelation 21:1


June 20, 2012

TIME, PLACE, AND PEOPLE

Place matters; the “salmonic imprint” affects us all. If this is true, then we must be about the discovery and understanding of our space, from local to regional, from regional to farther away, from continent to continent, until finally we circumnavigate our current planet home. And yet this is not so simple. Along with our inherent wanderlust we must also be about the comprehension of the motivations of the wanderer. We must become, in the course of our inward and outward journeys, masters of our own soul-space. From the bundles of fire within,
we must reach our arms around ourselves and choose to understand the stickiness of simplicity and complexities that stream from our consciousness and our perceptions.

Life’s trail is a manifold exercise of touching with hand and mind the soul of all of it and of us. This eternal way shares the substance of Divinity that courses through it all. Our greatest challenge has always been and will always be to revere the all. 

The saints and the sages of every time have left admonishments for the palette and the mind of the species. We have ignored much of their fruitful gifts. This we have done to the detriment
of our very being and the being of our most cherished—our children.

In our passionate drivenness, we have rushed from cradles to graves, and too seldom have we stopped to see, sense, touch, and come to stand under (under-stand) the toucher and the touched. We have frittered away our time flitting through the amalgam of it all. We have wasted blood, time, and treasure in naive attempts to just keep on going, when we should have stayed still long enough to let it touch us and for us to touch back.

If we are the knowing species, we are also the hurrying species. The stars will wait long enough for us to learn to love only if we choose to center our understanding on the reciprocity of it
all.

So … welcome Eric Holder and where is the reciprocity of it all? The other side is that we expect what they cannot give, for many reasons. They don’t have a frame of reference that coincides with an idea of human nature that has reciprocity as an essential attribute and they choose not to mature sufficiently to comprehend the fullness of individual creativity and the
absolute necessity of personal freedom. They choose to think only about stealing the capacity to develop personal commitment and the acceptance of one’s own being; they cannot get away from their current myopic adolescent standpoint. This has implications.

Eric and his minions are examples of everything that is wrong with the current American political moment. There is purpose and intent and they form an integral part of the heart and soul of the United States, and that purpose and intent is embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. He was appointed to serve as this nation’s Attorney General, no easy task at any time—democracy is always a messy involvement—and yet his responsibilities and obligations are to ensure that the laws of the land and the will of the people are upheld. This country is
not some fourth or fifth rate demagogue’s playground. This is a democratic republic with the rule of law and he has sworn to uphold those laws, not represent some ephemeral, misplaced,
blind loyalty to a president or a personal ideology. He works for us—the people—of this great land and his constraints in the carrying out of his duties and obligations are clear.

In view of his current position-taking against the will of the people, and of madness when it comes to the simple facts, he has two choices: Follow their will, or resign.

From: Sign Posts Vol. III. © Don Davison 


DAMN IT! I’VE HAD ENOUGH!

If one of those pismire “Czars” approached me, I would say, “Get the hell out of my way!” I have too much to do to waste my time with any “appointed” individual who has never passed
through any kind of hearing, was never vetted, or approved by the House and Senate for their particular task, whatever they are. No one is going to issue edicts, demand change, fire, or
otherwise interfere with the correction of a free economy and the operation of this dynamic democratic republic.

Some of the asinine diatribes of the Czars’ “reasons for being and priorities of the moment” are such stupid archaic nonsense that anyone with any sense would not listen to them—and some poor souls think they have some measure of authority.

These dog-eared/neophytes—and everything in between—have no governing power whatsoever. None of them had enough sense to stand back and let the process work its way through the ignorance and excesses of the last 20 years or so.

These are difficult and dangerous times. There will be individual and corporate dislocations and they will not fall evenly on society—there is no level ground. There are only opportunities
to become and to provide guidance from a free-market perspective that rigorously enforces some of the current laws, the ones that stand to reason. Those that do not will not matter. This is a democratic republic and we decide as a union and with consensus what laws we feel mutually (to the degree that is possible by employing something like the 80/20 rule) have agreed to respect/observe. We are not interested in presidents who give pardons to criminals, or plea bargains that deliver less than an appropriate justice.

That is what we are here for—our presence demands a rational participation in the business and operation of this beloved country. In order to do this we must become knowledgeable enough, care enough, be responsible enough, and respect enough of the truth for what it really is—and it is seldom just this or that (read red or blue).

I’ve had enough! We are not going to radically alter the course of this nation. We are not going to “change the system.” What we are going to do is correct the system by a transparency of
information and through an informing of the public. We are going to rely on an organic model of progress that will seek complementary solutions to reasonable needs of the moment and some understandable needs for the future.

We know what we need and we know what needs repair. That’s where we will allow the government, our government, to concentrate our efforts. We will oversee as a nation a focus
on the essentials of our nation by involving a sufficient number of individuals on a sufficient number of the impaired parts of the whole. We have the appropriate infrastructures, although
individuals who are less than honest and less than well informed have infiltrated some of them. We do not need a new house; it just needs some difficult repairs. We have abandoned
it for far too long. We can do this and now is the time.

Most of us agree that we were insufficiently involved in some of these essentials and that was a big mistake. It is not a mistake that we will make again. We will forge ahead to manage our current needs and those of our future. This glorious and imperfect nation deserves our very best and that is exactly what we will give it.

The time has come to lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. If the executive branch of the government insists on a tyrannous monopoly of power, we—the people—will demand that the legislative and judicial branches act to reinstate an executive that will provide some leadership and some reason for being the chief executive officer and commander-in-chief of this great nation. If we must impeach this messianic, misguided neophyte, along with dismissing his cadre of czars, that is exactly what we will do.

This was written for all of my friends from Quietville, in the Hinterlands
From: Sign Posts Vol. II © Don Davison



June, 16, 2012

Who does this arrogant kid think he is? A constitutional scholar he is not. Where are all of the bona fide citizens of this nation? Where are those, be they blue, red, or green, who respect the constitutional commitments to this great Republic? We have three branches of government not one.

To watch this nation crumble under the heels of an adolescent tyrant is a sad thing. It should motivate every single citizen to join the chorus saying, “No! Not now! Not ever!” We are a nation of laws.

FREEDOM OF THE SPIRIT

Spirit comes before the letter of the law, through the letter of the law, and beyond the letter of the law.

How do we identify ourselves as a self? History and capacity play their role. These are themes for another discussion. So … let us focus on our political self-definitions, our participation in a body politic at the local and global level, and all those enclaves along the way, precipitates in our historical understanding of how well we can get along together, achieve some measure of our personal dreams, and respect the personal dreams of our fellow human beings. It all comes down to our sense of well-being, our whole sameness as vessels of freedom.

If this is true, there must be a maturing sense of self that grows with us as we become more experienced, as we age. One should suppose that a more balanced, a more open and closed self, would emerge from our personal and interpersonal history, the history of our individuality, our indivisible-duality. There are those who have critiqued the yeses and nos of our long journey into self and our individual upbringing. There is something in these critiques. I have written about that Salmonic imprint – of that longing for some distant shore where there will be an ending and a new beginning. This can be a serene shore of yesteryear or some placid place yet to come. In either case, it is a motivational necessity, a place of peace, a place where our self fits, is welcomed, and we have an intimate knowledge of just what it is to be a self-coincidental being.

It is a place of silent knowledge, a place of knowing when we are on the path to the truth of our real selves and when we are off that path. We come to realize that there is only one true path for each and every individual, and that the essential for everyone is that mastering of one’s own freedom to become what we have come to understand is eternally already there. In order to accomplish this free self-expression, we must be free to coincide with that very being of our self.

The many idealists and realists, utopians and pragmatists have, for the most part, poorly understood this essential attribute of human nature, of freedom. One could even say all life’s freedoms. They have not grasped the emergence of a self-ownership that provides a beacon for all of one’s own personal development and the developments of all others. No one can be subjugated and be free. There have been and there are those convoluted and trying moments when a few or many have come to believe that a form of subjugation is or was in their best interests, and yet in the end they find (or have found) that there is a absolute necessity in the having of freedom. [There are those exceptions in cases when a person is a danger to self or others or chooses to malign the peaceful coexistence of our kind by disregarding the sacred concept of ownership, including self-ownership.] We, as rational souls, must have access to our personal freedoms or we cannot fulfill our very own purpose for being. To “think” that we are free is incongruent with our very nature. It is only in that free exercising of our very selves that we are free.

In our current age, an age defined by machines of every stripe, we have been seduced into a complacency that has shadowed our vision. We have lapsed into an artificial incomplete expression of self, a self that has become accustomed to less than sufficient freedoms in order to self-define, to mature and to self-express. We must rouse ourselves from our somnambulant adolescence. We are at risk of losing our most profound attribute, without which we cease to be an example of humankind, for kindness is a rational choice. 

Any thought or belief to the contrary is a childish whim, one that causes us to wish to be held in a parent’s all-encompassing arms, always protected* and never exposed to circumstances that can challenge us into becoming all that we are. It would be our most grievous mistake.

*This is another one of the many reasons for us to promulgate a respect for and a obligation to maintaining families, families where those protected moments foster that innate sense of “Okayness” that allows for one to risk that journey into selfhood, without which one cannot be free.


WE ARE A WORLD OF LAWS

There are no shortcuts to justice. The very character of personhood is bound to a commitment of recognizing mutually advantageous norms and laws that we submit to and that provide a governing umbrella for everyone and every country. Finding truths and following the laws of the land must be the single most focused effort of nationhood. We all must mine the depths of historical acumen; namely, for us, The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution, as well as the body of case law that has become the cornerstone of our judicial system. Other nations have their own founding principles to which they can and must adhere. Nothing has a sense of meaning without a before and an after as we consider and choose to own a measured presence in our space/time.

The current immigrant situation needs to be addressed fundamentally from legal and humanistic per-spectives. In our case, if anyone is in the U.S. illegally – they are in the U.S. illegally. Therefore every approach taken to enforce the current laws – laws designed to maintain control of our immigration policies and complement the intent of our founding documents – should be applied at all levels of government – local, state, and federal.

The economic and psychological damage caused by avoidable incursions and subsequent destruction of life and property are unnecessary aftermaths of careless policy and a failure to an application of the law. The current circumstances of intent and technology provide ample evidence that we can no longer ignore the facts at hand. A porous border and a problematic immigration policy are not in anyone’s best interest. 

Race does not and should not be used in any effort to create a working immigration methodology. We are all members of the human family. Simple procedures should be obvious:

1. Some form of a biometric identity card is not a violation of human rights. It is an example of prudence.

2. No individual or entity should employ an illegal alien. Fines and/or jail sentences, or both, should be severe. We are charged with upholding the tenants of the nation by adhering to the laws of the nation.

3. Anyone seeking employment or stopped in the course of law enforcement activity must demonstrate their citizenship. It’s as simple as that.

Anyone who is not in the U.S. legally will be fingerprinted, DNAed, and processed according to the laws of the nation. NOTE: Most cases will be straightforward. There will be some that are deserving of further investigation, i.e., if there is someone who can demonstrate sufficient need for political asylum they may be eligible for special treatment, which may be that they will be sent to some more appropriate country – they will not automatically become a citizen or a ward of the U.S. This is not the only country that can and does accept individuals from problematic circumstances. Those who cannot be placed elsewhere and can demonstrate threatening circumstances should be allowed some temporary status – not automatic citizenship. There are many countries in the world that have relatively safe hospitable environments.

Slowly there should be a tightening of immigration control by the enforcement of law that would create some semblance of order. The important thing is to start with what we already have and then to create an infrastructure and focus an appropriate amount of energy and assets on the management of the immigration problem. We have ignored it for far too long.

We must close the borders to anyone not properly documented and any criminal element should be sent into the penal system of their country of origin. Now while I agree that there are some discrepancies of legal focus, a felon is a felon, a murderer is a murderer. These are social pariahs that belong to some cultural and human circumstance, and it is not unreasonable to assume that they belong in their own cultural circumstance. This also assumes that there would be some recognition of a cultural responsibility “to care for their own”, and to assume some measure of universal humane responsibility.

A philosophical adage that applies to law as well as immigration as a human circumstance is: Form dictates content - once the form – the essential laws are set in place and enforced - the content will follow. That this is a global problem is obvious. Human nature is not a racial or political phenomenon; it is a generic attribute of the species and as such is the responsibility of all peoples.

That any individual has an inherent right to seek meaningful employment is also manifest. The organic history of immigration amply demonstrates that we will seek a better place in which to realize our dreams. It is also true that social intercourse must be governed by laws that give a measure of security to the individuals of every society and that that measure of security must be enhanced through acceptable law.

A just and well-monitored worker permit that provides opportunities for those so engaged should be established if and only if there is an internal need. Instead of much of the nonsensical palaver of the WTO (World Trade Organization), this should be a global priority. The facts at hand dictate that there is an element of the human family that does not have the best interest of human life in mind. Given the obviousness of this fact and the additional fact that technology provides the means to create very destructive opportunities for individuals and society, we should be about engaging in ways and methodologies that provide for an expression of human freedoms that complement human life.


June 9, 2012

CHANGING OUR MIND

That great Salmonic* gift of our natal-times seeps to the surface of our pores and we sense the sweetness of serenity – or the stinging of an open wound. In either case, our memory stores serve us, for the most part, in good stead. The former provides us with an open disposition, the latter a cowering sour disposition, which many people try to cover over with a jovial, humorous shell. This can provide a lackluster life – one that we can choose not to have. The benefit of discomfort in life is that it can provide a motivating force for change, for growth, or a way for an act of courage. Nature’s laws prevail; to avoid mental, physical, and spiritual stagnation, we must be open, we must move – we must grow.

Too often we become addicted to perspectival points of departure that are inconsistent with our new-now. We are no longer a wounded child, a naïve youth, and the world has changed, it is always morphing. For most of us our experiential bank has provided us with a sufficient critical mass of life experience, and we can now categorize events and relate our growing understanding to a wider worldview. This process, however, can be interrupted when we experience a disruptive happening, a personal tragedy, divorce, death of a loved one, loss of employment, move into a new circumstance, retirement, there are many possibilities. 

When changes such as these occur, we need to be especially careful not to retrench ourselves in some archaic, childish, youthful – incomplete, standpoint. Actually the process of maturation is an exercise in heroics.

We must knowingly exercise our capacity to choose what we perceive is currently in our best interest. Notice, I do not say this is an easy thing to do – hence the need for heroics. If we have managed to develop a dynamic growth profile, actually seeking the new and interesting, and have incorporated this new information in an active fulfilling life, we can then travel the road of life with a disposition of cheerfulness, excitement, expectation, hope, and love. If we have not, catastrophes of every ilk lurk in the shadows and haunt us. We can then develop a fear-driven pessimistic disposition that always translates into anxiety and eventually is expressed as anger, even rage.

When as an adult our core beliefs, some of which are caught in an adolescent intransigence, are challenged by having our candidate defeated in an election, or worse yet, having a piece of legislation become a law that we really don’t want to obey, we have a very difficult time adjusting. “It is wrong! They are liars!” become the loops of our self-speak. And no matter how long the monologue of our mind continues, life still goes on. Now, it may be true that they are wrong and liars, it may also be true that the world has hidden a truth for some time and we are just now becoming aware of it. Grow or you lose, if you lose, those around you also lose, and the world loses.*

This, for some people, is very unsettling. Some of us have lived for many years supporting a party, a belief, and when we are challenged to reassess (and when we choose to reassess) there is a subtle awareness that something does not quite “fit”. We are being nudged by a synthesizing mind and a moving spirit that forever seeks a greater expansion of our logic. When this happens, the critical mass of our experience may be at odds with the facts of the day.

We need to be courageous enough to follow the path toward a greater truth. Even though this may mean we have held on to some perception of reality, even defended it rabidly, this should have been our first hint that something was not quite right, that we may have been wrong for some time. This can translate into self flagellation, social embarrassment, depressive funk or malaise. At this juncture of our life we need to “suck it up” and move on. No one knows it all. It’s the learning and the growing that matters most. It is what makes us feel comfortable with ourselves and gains us some measure of respect from others and for self. Everyone admires the honest growing person. Isn’t that who we all would like to be? It has to do with the giving of the gift, “the gift of one” back to the Giver. It makes us eminently human, humble, and awe inspired.

The omnipresent challenge for us, as we maintain a fidelity to our maturation, is to reassess the veracity of our memories. The yeses, the sentiments, the fathomings of a youthful mind, although potentially able to partially parse an ever-changing reality, need to be exercised in order to be augmented as we grow in our awareness of a larger picture and a more dynamic worldview.

As we pass through time and space, we accumulate a deeper appreciation of our relationship to our self and with our surrounding circumstances. It is this “growth-in-time”, the integrated accumulation and application of new knowledge, that may seem to be a flowing, but actually is a series of quantum leaps that in retrospect seem to flow. This is what we call maturation. It is in those times of discomfort that we can choose to exercise our courage and make that “leap of faith” that always leads us toward a deeper relationship to self and others. It is a time of great becoming; an old foreboding is being confronted by a new spirit of adventure. A feeling of dissonance seeks a resolution. This is the process of our becoming who we are now.

*Salmon return to the same creek and the same shoals from where they were born after being at sea for some 7 years.

*You may wish to check The Game of Life: A Player’s Manual for Executives and Others. The positive and negative consequences of perspectival decisions are discussed at length. 
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June 9, 2012

OUR TIME

The context of our discourse is wanting – not because there isn’t context – there is always context, but because we have fallen victims to the mediated pace of the day. The essential pause to place the slices of the news in its graded context, its connectedness, is sorely missing. And without it, we wander in a shadowed world of half-truths and fodder for those who have less than the interest of the whole and a composite of ones in their minds or in their hearts.

There are those who choose a subversive, less-than-honest, piece of propaganda designed to keep the uninformed ignorant and to victimize the innocent by stealing those essential freedoms, freedoms that form the constructs of our national founding documents and our subsequent history of commitment to those ideals.

To continue in our current, less than thoughtful, parsing of the historical context of our limited exposure to the facts of the matter and the spun and doctored tidbits designed to advance an ideology that is an anathema to human freedom, is less than wise. Alongside these choreographed diatribes of falsehood and seditious onslaughts, we also had the advancements of technology that moved information “at the speed of live”. More and more “news” was cherry picked and edited to reinforce an ideology that had heaped untold sound bites upon us (no pun intended) to shore up a less than complete picture of human suffering and missteps that turned innate intentions to be free toward a decadent tendency to be “taken care of” by anyone, and most assuredly a government of those who choose to inhabit a present as well as a future that allows many to practice sloth and avarice. We have bequeathed to future generations the options of being lazy and greedy as potential options that ostensibly would serve us in our best interest. They never have and never will.

The double seduction of less-than-honest propaganda and a user-friendly media technology, both of which helped and hindered us enough for us to take our eye off the facts of the matter and the consequences of a lack of reasoned commitment to our innate desires and our personal responsibilities will, if left un-attended, be fatal.

We need to separate those salacious selected slices of some failed ideological construct, those that play to our worst vices, vices that demean our human nature, from those historically accurate descriptions of the grand human epic. This will require a maturing mantle of truth seeking; one that presents those heroic complementary efforts that will bring out the very best of our conscious commitments to own responsibly our personal participation in the great mosaic of our personal and societal actions.

As a nation and as individuals we are on a precipice, if we lose our balance and slip over the edge many will perish and the reconstruction of ourselves and our governing principles will be very difficult. To have evolved an orderly nation, one built on founding principles that recognized and elucidated freedoms of being that governed by laws designed to protect those freedoms, were essential – we indeed, with a masterful stroke of genius, created a democratic republic.

As the beneficiaries of this great accomplishment, we have produced innumerable benefits and done much to elevate the lives of our fellow citizens and those of the entire world. Our lives have been unburdened of the mundane and our hopes have been raised to great heights. In the process of these accomplishments we have lessened our commitments to the responsibilities of the concomitants of our productive and busy efforts and the participation in our own governance.

In this new age, where we possess an insufficient understanding of history and are engaged in an onslaught of entertainment, we have failed to learn to focus our attention on an ever more rapidly imploding global whole and as well on an ever more demanding attention to our own well-being. In all of this there is also the absolute need to put our shoulders to the wheel of great new ideas – ideas that will inspire us to labor incessantly at the task of preserving our freedoms.

In addition to these new ideas, we must learn new skills in order to restrict ourselves from the onslaught of noxious nothingness and to focus our attention on the essentials. When confronted with too much of anything we must limit our exposure and mine the depths of that which we already know. We must seize the tiller of self and engage ourselves in our work for freedom’s sake.


LOOKING FOR THAT THING

I see this more as a matter of ignorance and false shame. There is an abundance of ignorance out there. People simply do not know – many of them because they have never had that innate curiosity to seek those great universal truths, truths that speak to the soul of the species, truths that have driven us for millennia toward those higher aspirations. They came of an age without sufficient commitment to that personally focused responsibility to seek excellence in the self. That age-old path of recognizing one’s own talents and mastering them well enough to be able to say, “Well done!” to one’s self. Not some minute of fleeting notoriety of difference, not of excellence. Rewards became a manifestation of a shared social conscience that chose to treat everyone as equals – when no one is “equal”.

 We are only exceptional in our own ways, and our “path to excellence” lies along our own integrity of purpose. Most people never got that message. Instead, in a perennial adolescent peer-driven focus on acceptance, they wallow in a shallow sense of self, wanting desperately to be liked by everyone. They choose screaming and shouting in some bland branded myopia. They lack that “fire in the belly” of the great race, the mountain top, a life goal.

Our social sense of treating everyone the same has robbed many of any sense of higher purpose. What we see and hear are adolescent whimpers and wailings. There is only a fading sense of greatness. We need a cultural shock that will open eyes and ears to profound realities that do not bode well for human life. And in a newfound awareness, we need to reach to the depths of ambivalent souls, and grabbing the helm of self, rise to a greater sense of personal and familial integrity, an integrity that gives birth to a commitment that is life-long, a commitment that demands our everything. Let freedom ring!



FRUSTRATION – REITERATED

It has been said, and yet bears repeating: “We must, if we rationally can choose to survive, keep an omnipresent “pressure on the real.” This is our mandate: “PAY ATTENTION OR DIE”. Nature in her magnificence is honest to the core. Lest we forget she means it, as we develop the umbrella, or envelope, of our omnipresent mediated environment, we must keep a watchful eye on everything all of the time. Neighbors, close and afar, weather, politicians, governments, the list goes on. What part of this do we not understand? And the older we get, for most of us, the more we realize just how important this PAY ATTENTION OR DIE mandate really is. This is an excellent opportunity for our “retired” brothers and sisters, in their heroic attempts to do just that, to exercise their newfound skills and start sweeping, mopping, cleansing, polishing, and honing the wonderments and applications of the internet. While many are doing just this, we need legions of the willing to help stem the tide of the malicious, seditious, and insidious. As the old Chinese proverb says, “We must move our chairs closer to the fire to see what we are saying.” Or, has been so often said, “Battle on!”




May 30, 2012

GOD BLESS THOSE WHO MARRY WARRIORS

The heroics of those who marry warriors
is the stuff of goddesses and angels.
To love enough
to allow one to follow one’s own sense of duty
is to recognize a purpose
that meets the demands of human life.
When one considers the disposition of a lover,
a father, a mother, a provider, a friend,
a child,
we are not easily satisfied.
Our internal wish and our eternal desire
is always to share a presence with our love.
Yet in the face of an eclectic fleeting now
we still forge bonds with sufficient freedom
to allow warriors
to risk it all to protect beliefs
and place their lives
upon the altars of our times.

A FEW GOOD MEN

I seek a few good men
who revel in the farthest reachings of soul.
And that is all.
I seek a few good men
whose senses bask in wholeness,
not a dreary, thin palette of an age.
And that is all.
I seek a few good men
astonished by their solitude who, touching femininity,
romance with reverence like kittens at play.
And that is all.
I seek a few good men
tested by war,
yet free to love all the children of the day.
And that is all.
I seek a few good men
enraptured with sufficient erudition
comprehending the eternity of the present.
And that is all.
I seek a few good men
possessing subtle humor offering
poignant relief of perceptions strung on the rack of irony.
And that is all.
I seek a few good men
who remember Martin.
No! The other Martin
of the conversations of I and Thou.
And that is all.
I seek a few good men
free of the click-clacking rhythm of the mind,
souls free in silent stillness sensing
Presence.
And that is all.

THE VET

Deeds done!
Buddies lost – comrades missing!
Some spared the gruesome sacrifice.
Who’s in charge of the mission?
There and then:
A multimillion dollar piece of equipment
under their command.
Here:
a lover who couldn’t wait …
no jobs …
times have changed …
no mutual respect.
And so
it came to this …
The headlines read:
“Death in Ditch …”
“Self-medicated with alcohol …”
“Marginalized from the mainstream of life….”
To preserve our country’s way,
isn’t that why we went?

* * * * *
And still they wonder
why I play taps in the evening
at the flag pole
near the edge of the meadow.











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