Friday, September 10, 2010

My Thoughts: Inviolate

Over the last year plus, I have tried to refrain from using my blog to spout personal opinion, but I feel that if I do not, right this very moment, I might very well explode.

If you have been paying much attention, and believe me I have been paying as little as possible...then you may have come to the same conclusion as I. This country that I call home, and have for 56 years, is becoming a cesspool of intolerance, viciousness, mean-spirited hatred.

It has gone way past unbearable. This environment is unhealthy for our children, our grandchildren, their children, and so forth.

Our current flock of politicians are either scrambling for corporate money, votes, and using fear to conjure both. The way they act, and the expensive educations that started them on their merry way makes me wonder...wonder if they even have two brain cells with which to make a synaptic connection.

Life can be tough enough...why must some want to make it worse?What is so difficult about trying a bit of compassion, understanding, caring, brotherly/sisterly love, that might lead us to forgiveness. These attributes are fundamental to being human, and it is these very attributes that can and will bring us into relationship with each other. We need each other, regardless of our religion, doctrine, belief system. It is pretty much what all belief systems teach us...if we could only believe that it could work. In my opinion, where we have been going with the limited tools of intolerance and fear, have served us poorly.

I have for years thought that the U.S. has been in a huge position to positively influence the world. We are squandering that opportunity.

Below is a piece that I wrote this morning...Enjoy ;-)

I speak, but have not yet spoken...
I hear, but have not yet heard...
I see, but have not yet seen...
Ego falls away
Like leaves from a tree,
Leaving only branches,
To regenerate 'me'...
That I might speak only truth...
That I might hear only silence...
That I might see only beauty


  1. Jeff I am so glad you are speaking your mind. You are saying what so many of us are thinking! Thank you!! I love the poem as it says it all!
    Hugs to you dear friend.

  2. Bravo Jeff! I think more people than not agree with this. If you get a chance, check out my post tomorrow morning. It's a repost of something I wrote last year on 9/11, and it speaks to many of the same issues you just expounded on. I'm so tired of all the infighting and misinformation being bandied about. It really just makes me ill when I hear it. Intolerance is so fundamentally un-American. I think our founding fathers must be turning in their graves. Kat

  3. Go to my blog, Jeff, to see your beautiful photo and your beautiful poem as well! Thank you!

  4. some are personal, some are not.
    That's what I do about blogging.

  5. Oh man. Too bad your soapbox isn't a bit bigger and a lot sturdier. I would totally stand up there with you.

    I agree with everything you wrote here.

    Thank you Jeff.

    Definitely a different twist on violet, but I'm absolutely totally glad you shared this.

    I hope a lot of people get a chance to read this.

    Thank you for linking.


  6. Thank goodness that we have the freedoms to express...

    Blessings & Aloha!
    (trying to catch up on blog reading...ah...this seems to be what I find myself doing each week...catching up...)

  7. Jeff--

    We are certainly doing a bang-job of destroying the planet already. Do we have to concentrate so intently on destroying each other as well?

    Thanks for the post, the poem, and the interlude by Cat Stevens. I saw him in concert once, and have many of his albums. (I had a crazy crush on him when I was 14...)

  8. Bravo! Hate breeds hate, love breeds love. Peace to you!