Misguided, Part 2
Answering unasked questions about racism, deportation and political obstructionists
I’m surprised that, in response to the previous blog, the question wasn’t raised about what to do about people who came to this country illegally, 10, 20 and more years ago, who now live here and have built their lives, homes, families, etc. It should be obvious that realism and reason must guide our thinking and actions. Uprooting such persons and families is unrealistic and unfair, despite the unfairness of their original actions; they shouldn’t be wrenched out of the lives they’ve built and deported in our fervor to right the wrongs of past policies. Certainly, being vengeful is wrong and serves no good purpose.
The priorities in terms of repatriating people should be the known criminal element, the gang members, murderers and rapists, etc., (we have enough of the home grown variety) and those who are more recent border violators. People in law enforcement and/or government positions who say that they won’t cooperate in the deportation of criminals need to be relieved of their duties, which would also give them time to get their heads examined, and their priorities to defend the citizenry straightened out. Again, look to Merkel’s Germany – and its effect on all of Europe – and pay attention.
What happened at the DFW airport should have been immediately addressed, meaning all of the praying protestors ushered out and treated the same way that the TSA, Homeland Security, etc., would treat anyone else disrupting travel.
Enforcing laws, principles, etc., can be very personally inconvenient, but it’s because many people are misguided in their concern with prioritizing political correctness that we bring these problems down on ourselves. When things happen to you, to us to…me, they take on a very personal nature and are no longer merely theoretical, abstract ideas that only affect “the other guy.” I’d be mad as hell if it happened to me. Actually, in a way…it did and I was.
In May 2003, I was on a flight to Zurich, by way of London, and, a few hours into it, suddenly a bunch of bearded men all dressed in black got up and moved into and completely blocked the aisles to start…praying. They were part of a large contingent of Orthodox Jews who decided that their needs to start yammering away overrode the rights and comfort of everyone else on the flight. Being so much closer to their beloved Sky Daddy at 30,000’, you’d think that they could’ve just thought or muttered their prayers and trusted that they would reach the ears of the All-Powerful Smotemeister, i.e. “The God of love and mercy”.
I immediately got up and made my way to where the flight attendants were all meekly hiding, I mean where they were gathered in the back of the plane. I asked them to immediately send those people back to their seats and clear the aisles of this arrogant group that had effectively commandeered the plane. A couple of them quickly told me that they couldn’t do it, that it was against company policy!
I told them that I was going to complain to the company, American Airlines, as soon as I could. I remember one of the women then grabbed my arm and said, “Please, please do that. We’re all frustrated with this kind of thing. This isn’t the first time, it happens a lot on these flights and we aren’t allowed to do anything about.”
As soon as I returned home I contacted American Airlines and complained about the idiocy. A Mr. Tim Rhodes wrote back with some double-talk that included, “It’s not a safety or security concern…they all went through security like you did…” As part of my complaint, I actually had questioned what would happen, if the airline would be so “tolerant” if some Muslims were to start praying in the aisles…so soon after 9/11.
So, while I got a mealy-mouthed, politically correct response – I haven’t noticed any more such behavior from the publicly pious, hirsute, hubris-exuding Hebrews as we happily float through the heavens together.
We hear a lot about how “our strength is in diversity” but diversity per se is not to be valued above standards, values, ethics, morals, demonstrable abilities, accomplishments, etc. As a test on how much we may value diversity above the aforementioned, to paraphrase an often-posed question, if you need a serious medical procedure, legal representation in a critical case, or if your house is on fire, do you want the person who got their position because of diversity, or because of qualifications (whatever their race, color, religion, etc.) to come to your aid?
So much for prioritizing “diversity” when one’s own butt is on the line.
When looked at objectively, not only do we find that in some ways emphasizing “diversity” contributes to conflicts but we find that condescension and guilt often lurk beneath so-called “liberal” values.
A Little Background
My own parents were both legal immigrants from Europe, having fled both the Nazis and the Communists. They were also liberal Democrats politically, which wasn’t too unusual in predominantly Democratic Chicago. My mother, who was mainly an executive secretary, had helped to break the color barrier in entertainment by helping a Jamaican man, who was a dancer and choreographer, get work in night clubs when there was a predominantly white, discriminatory policy in place. This man, Neville, would ultimately leave Chicago to return to the islands after a particularly brutal, racially motivated assault in his own home.
My father was a jeweler-watchmaker, who was also a union organizer (as well as a violinist). He was concerned with the rights of people and was instrumental in unionizing the watch repair shop he worked in and in getting OSHA to step in to deal with problems caused by benzene exposure to the workers.
With that background, I was quite surprised when as a teenager in the 1950s, I remember my father talking about how white liberals were often…hypocrites, that their supposed support for blacks was often very condescending and that they had an underlying, unconscious belief in their own superiority – and black inferiority – as they presumed themselves to be rescuers, or saviors of the blacks. He was very adamant that people should treat each other as equals, that they didn’t tip-toe around and avoid being real with each other. He said that the guilt and conflicted feelings of white liberals he knew, who were also predominantly Jewish, often resulted in them acting in a patronizing manner towards blacks.
While not as blatant as the outright racism usually associated with right-wing extremists, it’s just as real and insidious, if not violent, because those who are afflicted by it consciously think of themselves as humane, loving, prejudice-free, etc.
Of course, anyone still stuck in racism should look at what Asasel and Ledon (Black race), Saratel and Tet-El (Red race) were said to be up to on Earth around 387,000 years ago, as well as what the Kinten (Chinese) and Niper (Japanese) were doing millions of years ago…and see how “superior” they feel in comparison.
Some of the confused, conflicted ideas of many liberals from years ago are also present, or have influenced, many of today’s so-called liberals, and find extreme and imbalanced expression in the current crop of crazies on the left whose knee-jerk, “righteous rage” is completely devoid of positive solutions, let alone any inner reflection about, or consciously considered examination of, the thoughts and feelings that give rise to their irrational, anarchistic actions. These are the kinds of people who get their kicks from destroying things, not from creating positive solutions.
Some of the more “civilized” of the leftists who hold political/governmental positions and offices still possess the same obstructionist tendencies, born of their delusional sense of “moral superiority” and, currently, the perceived threat of a non-political president and his policies to their continuing to milk the cash cow that was their real goal in running for office, etc., in the first place. Apparently, they don’t care to thoughtfully examine and deal with the president’s policies based on whatever their actual merit may be, if this from Marco Rubio is accurate.
Sit, Beg, Good Dog
All of this is also the result of the institutionalized, pea-brained political partisanship that we so love and value in America. Every few years we have circuses with cheerleaders in funny hats, waving flags, salivating, clapping and screaming on cue as they choose, nominate and eventually elect so-called leaders who have also learned that just by saying certain disingenuous, feel good, platitudes, they can predictably elicit the Pavlovian responses that will result in the winners getting access to all the financial opportunities and perks that can help them to retire as millionaires, etc., despite some inconveniences in the interim, such as real accountability that they can often avoid just be waiting out the public’s short attention span.
It goes along with what Meier said about what he referred to as the “minority”, which we might think of as an actual majority, meaning those who negatively affected by what the powerful and might-hungry do.
The Spiritual Teaching
The spiritual teaching is the belief-free, non-religious, non-political teaching that assists us to take control of our own thoughts, feelings, actions and…destinies. As we consider all the misguided, polarizing, divisive, prejudicial, discriminatory behaviors and do-gooderism, all the confused, manmade laws, religions, politics and other mumbo-jumbo, the internal conflicts and external violence and stresses that all this produces, we can learn how to return to our true humanity and the recognition of our actual oneness, our being equal in value, through the study and application of this teaching.
Looking at all the issues raised in these two blogs, and in the news media, etc., we must take the opportunity to correct our own thinking, our prejudices, consciously and/or unconsciously held. The problems with race, color, immigration, etc., etc., have been caused by a lack of understanding about how life works, and how each culture can and should pursue its development and evolution and live in peace, love, freedom and harmony.
Many of us have friends, loved ones, family members, associates who belong to different groups, cultures, races, religions, belief systems than we do. There should be nothing in our recognition, realization, and rectification of the worldly difficulties that separates us from our true close bonds with these loved ones, or make us forget that we are interconnected to all human beings, to all creatures, to all life on our world and thorughout this universe.
Saalome gam naan ben uurda, gan njjber asaala hesporoona! Peace be on Earth, and among all beings!
NOTE: We filmed The Silent Revolution of Truth in 2006 and released it in 2008. You can see our presentation of Meier’s warnings about asylum seekers and illegal immigration, etc., here (starting at 1:23:00 right after information on the environmental destruction). You’ll see and be able to read some of the texts warning about exactly what’s now upon us. The information has been presented for a long time, perhaps now more people are willing to listen.
AMERICAN TIME BOMB!! Overpopulation and migrant Crisis PT 1 (Very important!)
Thanks to Norm DeCindis for the link to Marco Rubio’s information.
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