Why the Hate? Through love and conversation darkness is driven out and opposing sides are brought together.

Love and Conversation conquers hate and divisiveness.
Racism had reared its ugly head in Charlottesville, VA. But now its time for love and conversation to take over. I have a hard time understanding the hatred people have against someone based solely on the color of their skin. Hatred in and of itself is hard enough to understand, but hatred without basis? Why?

Hatred
NO HATRED

Isaiah 58 tells us what God expects from His people.
To be humble, feed the hungry, house the homeless, provide life’s necessities for those that can’t help themselves, be kind to our neighbors, honor the Sabbath and stop condemning the defenseless.
That’s a simplified list. Simplified for me.
No mention of race, color or economic status. Just to love our neighbors no matter who that might be.
Over the last few days I’ve read and listened to many different people trying to figure out where this country stands on racism. What I’ve found is that most people don’t know where we are.
Are there problems in the inner cities? Obviously yes. Are there problems in the rural areas? Yes. But, for most of America, I don’t believe we’re locked in racial divide. And I do believe we, the American people, can stand as one and resolve the issues still dividing us.
I say this because I know where I come from, how I was raised and what I am now. Having been raised in a racist home in the 60’s and 70’s I know what racism looks and acts like. How it sounds and feels. It’s ugly, destructive and full of hate.
With the hate coming to the surface we, as a country, have the opportunity to come together and defeat this ugly, divisive and fundamentally wrong ideology.
But will we?
Will our leaders use this moment in time to galvanize opposition of these groups or will it be lost in the mass of confusing voices.
With mixed signals coming from the president wanting to lay blame on “all sides”, instead of using the moment to bring us together against the hatred, we are in danger of losing any momentum that was to be had.
Hate groups have decided to be quite and let the anger against them settle and with this any galvanizing moment we might have had has been lost.
But we, the American people, can and will still stand united against their hatred.
To stand against hatred not with more hatred, but with love. You don’t defeat hatred with more hatred for only light can drive out darkness and only love can drive out hatred.
Using this man as an example, 58-year-old Blues musician Daryl Davis, conversation and friendship defeats their hatred. Not rocks, hate filled shouts or fists, but sitting down and talking over coffee.
http://ijr.com/the-declaration/2017/08/948022-man-spent-decades-befriending-kkk-members-hundreds-left-group/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Owned&utm_term=ijamerica&utm_campaign=ods&utm_content=Culture
Using Daryl Davis’ playbook, conversation will ultimately turn more hearts to inclusiveness then all the hate filled speeches and thrown punches.
Love and conversation.

Conversation
Love and Conversation

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.
JB

I’m Angry. I’m Sick of Politicians. I’m Sick of the Hard Line Politics.

I’m angry. I’m tired of all the bs on capital hill.

I’ve been a lot of things in my life. A son, brother, husband and father to start with.
I’ve been broke. I’ve had money, lots and I’ve been everywhere in between.
I’ve been a student, a teacher a coach and a mentor.
I’ve been a democrat. A republican. An independent.
Now I’m a combination of them all.
I am me.
And I am mad.

Angry

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve gotten older and am now looking at the disaster that this country, my country, is becoming.
Or if it’s because of the general apathy.
You have the hard left and the hard right yelling and screaming at the top of their lungs that the other side is crazy and going to doom us.
Democrats
Republicans
Liberals
Conservatives
I’m sick of the false promises and lies.
None of our representatives truly represent us anymore. None. They work for the highest bidder. The lobbyists. The corporations. The billionaires.
Our representatives constantly lie to us. And we keep voting them back in because our representative isn’t that bad, its always the other guys. That and my representative gives me stuff. A job, more benefits, cookies, name your freebie. Sad…
We have a president that acts like a teenager at times. Seriously, stop the tweeting. Stop wearing your feeling on your sleeves. Man up! Geez…
I have a headache, my back hurts and I’m tired. But, I go on. I read, listen to the news and think. Then I make the mistake of getting on Facebook. Why didn’t the news tell me the world was ending?
Do any of you fellow Facebooker’s check any of the stuff you share? Read any nonpartisan news? Listen or watch any nonpartisan news? Some of you scare me, not in the sense of physical danger, but in the sense that people can be manipulated this easily. Do a little research before sharing that explosive bit of news…
Reminds me of a quote by John Naisbitt, “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.”
How inept can the Trumps be? It seems that every week there is something coming out about one of them.
This Russian thing is the size of a Blue Whale now. It has dwarfed the Elephant that was in the room. Do I believe the Trumps are in the pocket of the Russians? No. Not yet. Could I change my mind? Yes. Before I do I want proof. Concrete proof. One way or the other. I want the Mueller investigation to provide us with answers.
I’m not talking about weather or not the Russians tried to interfere in our elections, that’s been answered in the affirmative. I’m talking about weather or not the Trumps are being paid off by the Russians. Weather or not they are acting in treasonous manners.
If they are then they should be prosecuted and if convicted, then depending on the depth of their crimes, jailed or ……
If not, then let the Donald step down go away, let them be the Trumps in the private sector, out of sight and out of mind.
Speaking of ineptitude. Can anyone tell me if there has ever been this much ineptitude in the senate? Has there ever been a more inept Senate Majority Leader then Mitch McConnell? Why is he still the Senate Majority Leader after this series of gaffes? He should retire immediately.
The republicans cant stand success. They have horrible leadership and despite all of their talk, no plan, no MAP, management action plan. Nothing.
Fire them all.
What happened to the days of bipartisan politics? Where there was a give and take. Perhaps you didn’t get everything you wanted, but you got something. Everyone could go away with a piece of the pie and the American people benefited from the outcome.
Rant over for now. At least until I look at Facebook again. Why do I punish myself this way?
Ask yourself this question today. Did the American people win today? If the answer is no then find out why and do something other then cry on Facebook.
Contact your representatives and ask questions. Tell them what you think. Before you do prepare a list of questions and what you expect. Above all, be respectful. If you’re angry be in control of your anger. Let them know you’re angry, but be respectful.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time
JB

 

How to spot a misleading graph. Educate yourself, its the best defense against a world that seeks to deceive.

They used a graph! Now what? How do you interpret the information you just received?

Deception abounds! From product promotion to politicians making outrageous claims. But! You can arm yourself with the ability to see through their claims with just a little information, especially when graphs are included.

Graph
Graph

Watch the video below to learn how.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

JB

 

 

How many of the Ten Commandments do you think Americans break each month? This was a question asked on Family Feud and the answers were hilarious.

The Ten Commandments! How many of these do you break each month? The real answer, of course, is to many.

Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments

How Many of the Ten Commandments Do Americans Think They’ve Broken This Month?

I’m thankful for a savior that intervenes for I am a sinner.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

JB

Live your life to the fullest. Make your “Dash” as thick as a brick. What? You don’t know what “Dash” I’m talking about.

The “Dash” I’m talking about is the one on your tomb stone. You know the one between your birth year and year of death, 1923-2000. That one. Live your life to the fullest and make that dash mean something.

Dash
Volunteering

Linda Ellis wrote an amazing poem about the dash. You can find it here: http://www.linda-ellis.com/the-dash-the-dash-poem-by-linda-ellis-.html

Living your dash to the fullest involves you getting outside of yourself. It means living a meaningful life. Giving of yourself.

Putting others before you. Lifting others up.

Are you getting the idea now? Follow this link to read more on becoming a better person. Here is a snippet from Be the Better Person “Lastly. Be the better person. Be the better person in every conversation. Be the better person when you leave a tip, drive your car, negotiate the next contract, when you leave home, when you’re at home. Be the better person.”  Leave me a comment below.

There are many ways to make your dash as thick as a brick. It can be as easy and small as getting involved with your church. Volunteering your time in some way. Getting plugged into a small group at church, you would be amazed at how you can impact others as well as being impacted yourself.

Volunteering is the easiest way to grow your dash and by growing your dash you will grow as person. A win-win situation. There are many opportunities in your community to volunteer. Leave me a comment if you need some ideas.

Grow your “Dash.” Get outside of your self and make a difference.

I would love to here from you, so leave me a comment below. I’m thick skinned so don’t be afraid to write what youre feeling, but please don’t use profanity, thats the quickest way to get deleted from the comment section.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

JB

The simple joys of the Dull Men’s club.

Dull. Sometimes its nice to be dull. To just be able to enjoy the moment. To be you. A nice quiet, relaxing hobby without big bangs and bright lights.

 

Dull
HO HUM Ho hum

Dull: not exciting or interesting

I like being dull. At least thats what I want people to believe.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

JB