After watching this powerful video for the third time I…

Creating:

An educational revolution as if the disenfranchised and disinherited children of our nation mattered.

A revolution in your personal life, and then declaring independence; as if your personal life mattered.

 

I found this video so very much Inspiring; so that, after watching it for the third time I took notes:

  • Her difficult childhood in growing up in the projects: “..It was scary, like every day” and; “..I felt trapped in a life that was not pleasant..”  For too many children, they arrive to school every day burdened with so many thoughts that would weigh heavily on even the strongest adult. And yet we expect them to magically leave those fears, hurt and disappointments outside of the school building. For those financially well-to do “Re(de)formers”, who say poverty does not matter, clearly they have not felt or understood the overwhelming pain of poverty; the multidimensional, overwhelming and comprehensive aspect of that pain; and how it asserts and inflicts its punishment on the lives of these young people and their families; every hour, every moment and every day of their existence. Children, don’t come to school having left their lives, their families and their histories at home.  On the other hand, for the re(de)formers misguided liberal cousins who say that poverty is the final determiner of a child’s fate, the deciding variable that prevents their learning; I reject their cynical fatalism as a theoretical rational (aka, excuse) that allows them to not fight hard for the educational success of all children. A school must serve as a lighthouse, a sanctuary, an antidote to the challenges young people face in their personal lives. The school must be a purposeful conscious cultural model of achievable hope; and the positive change mechanism of what is, and can be possible.

 

  • Sadly, there is always an “enabling-cooperating” factor in any (psychological or physical; subtle or dramatic) abusive relationship. It is therefore important, that one should seek to create a revolution in your personal life, (in your personality), and then go on to declare, and live a life Independent of self- allowed degradation. Personal history is not destiny. At any moment in your life, you can (without asking permission) choose to live a life that does not require that you serve as the psychological (or in this case also physical) punching bag for those whose goal in life is to find someone  who can help them to create meaning in their lives, by filling the other person’s life with feelings of despair and the absence of meaning. Why, stay in a situation where one is not appreciated?  I recently express to someone who called to tell me that I was missed from…………. “Being appreciated”, I thought, but did not say: “is more important than being missed.” For, one can be missed for all of the wrong reasons. Ah, but to be appreciated means your essential and healthy (mutually beneficial) contribution is a critical component to the successful outcome of the project, or relationship. In a most important way this speaks to a spiritual symmetry of rewarding results. Therefore, any type of abuse (personal, corporate or collective), is by definition a spiritually  asymmetrical relationship.

First, the task is to find, and grow your natural sense of self-appreciation. This can be achieved through the development of your unique gifts and talents. Second, take care, be good and strengthened yourself; that is, your physical and psychological self. Then, and only then, can you live and work in a space that is truly worthy of your presence and contribution.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/03/strive-to-thrive-wendy-ida-first-step_n_3542907.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices

The Egyptian People are in the Pursuit of Happiness

             Something extraordinary is happening in Egypt. A unique political/historical science project is unfolding in our time. It is an amazing popular readjustment of a popular (people led) revolution. It is interesting to watch a collective desire to correct and complete a revolution. Despite the dangerous uncertainty of the situation (progressive change is never without danger), I think that the Morsi government’s extreme pivot to a secular Islamic government has been rejected; and this bodes well for the future of the people of Africa and the Middle East. I think the people in these politically evolving nations want to both practice their religion and yet enjoy the freedom of a non-secular government and society. This “peoples” movement (it’s interesting to watch a frustrated  international news media struggle, and fail to find “the leader” of this movement); could in a strange way, eventually introduce a greater possibility for peace in the region, as it presents a model for the people’s  (not necessary the Arab governments) primary desire for freedom, peace and  reasonable prosperity.

              Meanwhile back here at home; a concerted right-wing political/judicial effort is ongoing, to restrict the voting rights of U.S. citizens of color. An insulting immigration bill that is so burdened down with wasteful and obscenely expensive “border security measures”, that it would be cheaper (and more honest) to just declare war on Mexico and move on. The racing of state legislatures (males) in parts of our nation to define and control the individual medical choices of women (and by extension the ultimate aim of the political control of the anatomy and physiology of women); these same bad legislative actors are at the same time working hard to deprive a healthy and productive life to the same children they insist must be born. The “stopping and frisking” of entire communities of their rights to a quality education and the dignity of employment. I am thinking about all of those people gathered in the streets of Cairo. I imagine that it must take a huge amount of popular frustration, courage and will to want to complete and fix an incomplete, and broken revolution. These courageous people of Egypt are willing to risk a great deal in their call for a true and complete revolution. I wonder, where is our courage, where is our will, to move America to realize its true potential, power and promise?  One could do an imaginary form of American history reading; and speculate what our nation would look like if the Continental army and American revolutionist of 1776 insisted on a true and complete revolution that included the abolishing of slavery, economic class distinctions and sexism. And so their “Declaration of Independence” would have read: 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (of all colors, nationalities, religions and economic status) and all women, are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..” 

  Well, just imagining……