TEMPTATION IS A RELATIVE CONCEPT

The human had been tempted by promises from his master. His master, ever duplicitous and willing to employ the services of inferiors lured by promises of eternal reward, accepted the homage. He had made good use of his servant. Now, it was time to close the contract.

Said the Devil to his servant as he kills him:

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From “Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.


THE DEVIL SPEAKS WITH A FORKED TONGUE!


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BE NICE. STOP FIGHTING. FIX THE WORLD.

What’s wrong with this picture? Other than you know … that face. When I found this on Facebook, it gave me pause for thought.

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I am not a fan of Trump. However much I dislike his politics and pretty much everything he stands for, he is not why we this country is divided. We were divided long before Trump. Basically, this country has been divided to one degree or another — usually more rather than less — for our entire history. What Donald Trump did was successfully parlay our existing divisions into his victory. He used our prejudices, bigotry, hatred, distrust and willingness to believe the worst of others — and turned it into political capital.

We let him win. Collectively. We allowed this to happen. 

Trump did not create the divisions. We did that ourselves by allowing partisanship to infiltrate every aspect of American life. Trump is the payback and our punishment. Karma is a bitch.

We should think about this. If we want a less divisive political system, what do we need to do to achieve that? If we want to live in a less angry society, how can we make that happen?

dwight-david-eisenhower-quote-i-do-not-believe-that-any-politicalWe might start by being nicer to each other. We can be civil, kind, polite, and friendly. Personally and online. It might catch on and become a trend. Obviously, it’s not a panacea. It can’t fix what’s wrong with the world, but it’s a start. Baby steps.

Next, it’s time to start letting go of old grudges, philosophical differences, and meaningless principles. We don’t only fight with “the enemy.” We constantly fight with each other over all kinds of nonsense.

It’s reminiscent of the battles within anti-establishment groups of the 1960s. Wrangling about every stupid little thing splintered us. Groups which should have been pooling resources could not let go of petty differences. Today, either no one can remember what the fighting was about … or it seems so trivial, it’s hard to believe anyone cared.

It’s Big Picture time. We need to define common ground — not our differences. Because there will always be differences. If we let our division define us rather than the stuff we have in common, we will never win.

Living in Israel, where government is via a parliamentary system, I always wondered how the religious right got what they wanted while the rest of us — center to left liberal majority and not a small majority but a huge one — seemed to not count, even though we vastly outnumbered the right. The answer was simple. Obvious. They stuck together presenting a solid wall. Whereas what the rest of us had in common was not being them. To effectively work as a power bloc, you have to find the core issues, the stuff that really matters to everyone — and let the rest go. Otherwise, we will lose. Again.

HIGH CONTRAST! CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Dark and Light


From Cee: This challenge was the brain storm of Judy over at Lifelessons blog. She called this twosies. It is all about contrast of various types. Have fun with this next series. This week the topic is Light and Dark. You can have light and dark in the same photo. Or you can have at least one very light and bright photo and at least one darker toned photo. What I am looking for is great contrast.


Or, in a nutshell, what I would call (trumpets) … high contrast!

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Shaft of sunlight in a shadowed hallway

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Super Harvest moon – November 2016

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Bright water under a dark bridge

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