I share this Letter from a Birmingham Jail, by and in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his Christ like love that lead to real change through peaceful demonstrations with dignity and purpose rather than calls for dead cops and disregard fellow citizens and the republic within which we all find ourselves together and for which many have fought and died in the pursuit of equality and justice for all.
There is a big difference between constructive tension that reveals the strength of character and dignity of people who are oppressed as apposed to destructive tension that makes use of racial slurs and expressions of anger and hate and teaches young children to have contempt for people of another race. You can’t fight hate with hate, as Dr. King himself said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
There appears to be a big difference between the civil rights movement of the past and the present day protesters whose messages are often unclear and un-unified but ultimately seem to always reduce to differences in economic standing. Even that one unifying message from protesters that seek special consideration and economic equality for one race seems to ignore the same economic circumstances suffered not just by the protesters and their race, but by the majority of people from all races, geographic locations, ethnicity and backgrounds.
Like every person including many hero’s, Martin Luther King Jr. had flaws and was known to have had affairs with women outside of his marriage. If he were being judged by the hypocrisy of today it is unclear if his message would have even been able to be heard over the tabloid news fixation about his character flaws. We appear to have become the great accusers happy to punish anyone as much as possible more concerned with form than with substance. Non-the-less, thankfully, Dr. King lived in different times when people appeared to recognize and accept the fact that no-one other than Christ is perfect.
It seemed in that in the past, people were willing to forgive each other more liberally than today. Perhaps forgiveness was more thoroughly integrated into the lifestyles of people in our society because religion was integrated into families and the schools. Judeo-Christian faith encourages people to do their best to live to a higher standard based on centuries old teachings and wisdom from the Bible. The faith also teaches people to exercise forgiveness liberally in light of the fact that we are all imperfect and often fail and act selfishly in spite of our best efforts to to live to any standard higher than our own limited thinking and feeling. Perhaps forgiveness is exactly what is needed today.
In a time when there is a national debate about whether current activists are intentionally and unnecessarily encouraging protests that involve hate speech and contempt for others rather than peaceful demonstration against unjust laws, what are your thoughts? During a time when there is a debate about whether protesters are asking for special favoritism rather than true equality through law, what do you think? In a time when there are questions about the integrity of facts, statistics and studies used “to determine whether injustices are alive” are in dispute, what do you think? At a time when there is a debate of the clarity of the issues and the reasonableness of demands being made by protesters, what do you think? At a time when the methods of protest appear to many to be misguided and misunderstood, what do you think? At a time when the fundamental issue that seems to divide the majority of people are those who think that the best solution to every problem is to seek to control the thoughts and reactions of others rather than focusing on controlling our own thoughts and actions and exercising self-responsibility, what do you think?
My own thoughts are clear. There can be no lasting solution to any of the particular problems that face us unless they are founded upon the tenants of Christ, in particular loving God and your neighbor, and most importantly forgiveness. Christ on the Cross forgave people who did not even ask to be forgiven. I believe that forgiveness is what is needed today more than anything.
Am I against protests, action and tension? Not for the right causes and performed with dignity in the right spirit, with love for your enemy and not with contempt and hatred. Contempt and hatred are the beginnings of armed conflict, not peaceful protests. As with many things today, I believe that many of the protesters lack clear goals and the protests themselves are done without negociation from the spirit of anger, hate and manipulation rather than from the spirit of love.
Romans 12.19-21 : Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written: “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” On the contrary, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. “
The protesters of the past had clearly defined goals and unfair laws and rules to change. They were being physically oppressed, hurt and ridiculed and they did not respond out of anger or hate. They were apposing evil that was easy to see and they did so not by hurling racial slurs and condemnation at their oppressors, but rather exhibiting real superiority and dignity by exercising patience under extraordinary situations. Protesters of the past invited the support of all people, even old veterans. Protesters of the past didn’t seek to agitate the wrong people who would otherwise be on their side. Protesters of the past took careful consideration for their methods of protest so that there could be no mistaking their intentions, integrity and sincerity. I believe the components that made such effective protests by Dr. King in the past are not present in today’s protests and “movements”.
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An ideal protest includes a clear cause and a method of protest that educates and unites as many people as possible to either come up with a solution to a problem or to perform some call to action. Protests that lack any specific call to action may be therapeutic but are unlikely to solve any problems.
I agree with those who think that kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest creates more problems than it solves. The protest lacks a call to action so it’s unclear what anybody can to that would satisfy the protesters and end the protest. There doesn’t seem to be any one single representative of the protesters who has the authority to declare an end to the protests.
All you have to do is to look at the confusion, division, anger and resentment that the protest has caused among so many citizens to realize that it’s a disaster. The negative results are indisputable.
If racism is the cause for the protest then most people are already aware of racism and they appose it. It’s not as though Colin Kaepernick discovered racism, it’s been a problem throughout recorded history that we struggle with to this day.
The best analogy that I can think of to explain why kneeling at the national anthem is so misguided is that it’s like going to church and spitting on the cross while everyone is taking communion in order to protest all of the sin in the world. In other words, the blame appears to be directed at the wrong party, the most innocent party. In the case of kneeling at the anthem the blame appears to be placed at the ideals and the vision of the founding of the United States government and the republic for which it stands.
The obvious problem with protesting against the United States and it’s founding documents is that the U.S. is made up of all of the people who hold the truths of the Declaration of Independence to be self evident, including equality, freedom, justice and liberty. Although things have never been perfect in any country including the United States and they are still not perfect today nobody can argue that the founding documents and principals of our republic have been the best catalyst for change that continue to guide us all towards the ideal goals of liberty, justice and equality for all citizens.
Kneeling during the anthem has created an immediate diversion from the discussion of racism to a discussion about how patriotism and love of country by citizens should be respected. The kneeling protest is peaceful and provocative but it gives the wrong impression. The most successful movements of our past that have lead to real change leveraged patriotism. These were protests lead by people like by Frederick Douglass during the Civil War and Martin Luther King.
One would think that in this day and age the NFL would be staffed with advertising moguls who would have immediately enforced the leagues own policies that clearly spell out proper behavior during the national anthem and immediately performed an intervention with Colin Kaepernick. If they really cared about their players as they claim that they do they could have helped him to help him formulate a more effective media campaign that we could all rally around. The NFL has to realize that these young men come from a lot of backgrounds and may have no idea why their protest is so ill received.
The NFL has failed fans from all races and backgrounds that are offended. Many former fans are now boycotting games and burning their NFL paraphernalia because the NFL refuses to acknowledge that kneeling during the anthem is simply too offensive. Instead of apologizing to people who are being offended the NFL and the protesting players keep trying to justify the protests and change the narrative from the method of protest to some vague cause that has something to do with racism.
In defense of themselves the protesters say that their intentions are being misinterpreted and misunderstood. If that’s true then the misunderstanding only goes to strengthen the argument that kneeling at the anthem may be one of the worst forms of protest ever conceived and it would be grounds to end the protests rather than continue to confuse and agitate people. No matter how you slice it it’s simply indefensible.
The NFL’s failure to take a stand and do the right thing or even acknowledge and apologize to everyone who has been offended makes them look just like the very swamp creatures that are reviled by the majority of citizens and that have drawn the ire of President Trump.
In twenty years from now, I predict that we will even see documentaries where some of these players who are kneeling today will admit that kneeling to the anthem was a mistake. The question is can anyone admit the failure sooner?
In conclusion I would like to offer the NFL and all of the players who have knelt during the anthem a way out. I believe that there is a way out that would not only enable us to address the very issues that prompted the protest but would also create an opportunity for some who are now kneeling to become heroes.
In this case that hero is somebody who is willing to admit that they made a mistake and to apologize to all of the people who have been offended. In this day and age were so few people are willing to admit when they are wrong and being right is more important to people than doing the right thing this would be received like manna from heaven. The management of the NFL should really become that hero but their previous miscalculations and missteps demonstrate that they may not be smart enough to do the right thing.
And so the possibility of being the hero is available to any of the players who are currently kneeling at the national anthem who have the guts to be the first to admit that it was a mistake and that it was a bad idea simply because it has hurt so many people from all ethnic backgrounds and genders. If such a hero comes forward then that hero would suddenly have the ear and support of everyone, including those people who have been offended. That hero would enable us to move on from the discussion of the method of protest to a serious conversation about the underlying issues of racism that are presumably at the root of the protests.
Any form of protest that gives the impression of uncaring, anger or hate is not going to win the support needed to achieve any constructive outcomes. Regardless of intentions too many people are seeing uncaring, anger and hate towards the republic for which the anthem and the flag stand. The only way that these protests can lead to anything constructive is for the protest itself to be condemned and to come to an end so that we can move on to the more serious discussion of the underlying grievances are real and that do effect us all.
by Eric Majors, www.EricMajors.com
October 10, 2017
Modern Cell Phones and Cars
Why do auto makers have USB charging ports for cell phones in cars without any place to put your phone? If you’re like me you love when things just work. For the past few years I’ve rented cars to take the family on cross country vacations on several occasions. In each case I am continually frustrated when trying to find a place to put my phone which I typically use for navigation and music for the road.
Why can’t we get this right? I can think of no reason to keep us from having a place to put our cell phones in modern vehicles where it can be easily accessed by the driver and passenger. If there is concern over people texting and driving, I can assure you that regardless of how you use your cell phone, without a logical place to put your cell phone your driving experience will always be less safe. Although I do not recommend texting and driving this condemned practice is even more unsafe if you are trying to text and drive with your phone on your thigh or in both hands. What’s equally frustrating is having your GPS on your phone drop off the console or wherever you are forced to place it whilst you drive.
What needs to be in place in order for our cell phones to have a logical an prominent place in modern cars? Let’s start a movement…
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In many science fiction Horror films hell is depicted as a place of chaos where there is no certainty and people mutilate themselves and harm others.
Today’s world brings us to an age of technology that makes it possible for a relatively small group of people to annihilate the entire human race by simply ordering a toxin online capable of poisoning millions.
Perhaps a more subtle but even more lethal threat to humanity is coming in the form of ideas designed to target human feelings which emanate within the body. Feeling and feelings are one of the many great and important components of human beings. What would life be without the sensations and energy that comes from feelings that we experience from within our physical body? Feelings are not bad and we aught to be thankful that we have them but they also come with some dangerous downsides that people have to learn to manage if they don’t want to live their lives in chaos, hurting themselves and those around them.
Feelings change throughout our lives often for inexplicable reasons and without any basis in logic. We do not feel the same way today that we did when we were children and the ebb and tide of energy that arises from feelings must be managed if we don’t want to cause harm to ourselves or others.
Feelings are also the root of selfishness which must be tamed and managed in order for people to reach their full potential and keep from being used by the consciousness of feeling itself. The human component of feelings are the lowest level of human consciousness similar animal instincts and are designed to be managed, governed and tempered by the brain and Spirit (or higher consciousness) if we don’t want to live like animals. Feelings are also often confused with the conscience, that “feeling” of what is right and wrong, but the conscience is actually a manifestation of consciousness that is higher than feelings and thinking and comes from the Spirit when it is not blocked out and over ridden by feelings or wrong thinking.
The Spirit is that component of us that is the observer of our thinking and feeling and therefore able to see what is true even when our limited thinking and feeling are deceived. When a person has a healthy connection with their Spirit the Spirit can cause right action to be identified and executed in spite of our own fears and in spite of our own wrong thinking and feeling. Unfortunately many people live their entire lives never engaging with, never seeking to develop or connect with their Spirit. Because of the negative dogma of some religions many people reject all religions which typically come with their own rules that are designed specifically to tame thinking and feeling in order to connect with Spirit. Without consciously engaging with their Spiritual development in any way many people live their entire lives dominated by every whim of their ever changing, temporal and limited thinking and feeling alone. Sadly many people live their entire lives burred under and deceived by their limited thinking and feeling. Many people never know, use or experience the power of the Spirit that enables people to override their limited thinking and feeling and even permanently modify it in order to experience true prosperity and fulfillment that is available to us all without having to mutilate our bodies, live in fantasy of mind or impose our lifestyles on others by force.
Feelings are very strong energies that are particularly vulnerable to manipulation and illusion and people who live dominated by their feelings believe that whatever you feel is how you should live your life. As a result they live their lives in an unpredictable whirlwind of highs, lows, relationships and rules that change whenever their feelings change, often chasing an illusive “feeling” of satisfaction that never seems to completely manifest. People who live dominated by feelings alone have not learned that “what feels good for you is not necessarily good for you.” People who live dominated by their feelings are not interested in objective reality or facts and they have no use for rules imposed upon them by government or religion that are designed to protect them from themselves and the selfish destructive nature of lives dominated by feeling alone. People dominated by their feelings are not governable and believe in using force whenever necessary to protect themselves from others who they often believe are the source of all of the problems in their own lives. For people who live by feeling alone it feels much easier to blame others for their circumstance than to take responsibility for their own lives which would require them to do work which does not feel good in order to overcome circumstance.
Because of the technology of communications aided by social media, the human race is increasingly acting as one organism, even connected to each others thought in real time through the internet. Like one big human being, complete with feeling (body), thinking (analysis) and Spirit (that which is unseen). And as a one big creature we are now witness to the classic fight that takes place within every person at some point in their lives when the consciousness of feeling (the body) wrestles with reason (the mind), in order to maintain dominance and avoid evolution for fear of losing control and perhaps dying. In most individuals this fight occurs later in life as the physical body (feeling) loses dominance and gives way to reason (the brain, thinking) due to aging or as a result of life experience. For some lucky people the relationship between body, mind and spirit is mastered earlier in life. The understanding and usage of the relationship between body, mind and Spirit is referred to as enlightenment and results in the ability to truly utilize free will where decisions are calculated and executed rather than being manipulated by misleading feeling and thinking alone.
This brings us back to the the consciousness of feeling which only knows one thing, it wants to feel good. I believe that today the collective of the human race is in a dangerous struggle to transcend the lower consciousness level of feeling in order to reach a higher level that will transform humanity for the better if we can survive the struggle. It is hard to predict if the human race will make this leap in consciousness because feeling is with out reason and it is strong and it will fight even to the death of its host if it believes it is threatened as evidenced by the riots, lawlessness and “resistance” to any form of governance and self discipline that we see today in our culture.
Feeling (the body) has no regard for how it gets to “feel good” and is happy to feel good even at the expense of others and even causing harm or death to others if necessary in order to feel good.
I do not believe that gender confusion brings life to anyone. Studies show that those who mutilate themselves in order to live in an alternative reality are never fulfilled. Fulfillment comes from within ourselves from our ability to decide to be fulfilled. Fulfillment can never truly be realized through manipulating the physical world outside of us but rather it is attained from within and does not depend on geography or form. I believe that tinkering with our genetics and other technology before we are fully aware of all of the ramifications can also lead to our own destruction. I believe that the popularity of these concepts are a byproducts of the disease of the mind that is lead exclusively by the selfish nature of the “feeling” component that dominates many in our culture today. Reason and careful consideration of potential and unpredictable consequences are abandon for the feel good moment that can be perceived right now and that will fade as quickly as it came in the first place.
These new modalities of confusion are only byproducts of the fight between the levels of human consciousness. The question is… who will win this classic fight? If feeling alone wins then the human race will self implode and human beings will be ‘dis-integrated’ which is representative of the culture of the mainstream that fights for relevance and promotes chaos. Unless there is an intervention of some kind by a higher being, God, then I believe the human race as we know it will soon become extinct. The Holy Spirit is a Christian concept that is the manifestation of thinking and behavior which brings life that leverages the totality of the human being rather than feeling alone and by itself. The human race could really use the Holy Spirit now.
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Letter of Non-Recomendation for James Comey, By Eric Majors, EricMajors.com
Dear Potential Employers of James Comey,
With FBI Directors like Comey who needs the Russians to destroy our country or manipulate the President? If you were the President of ANYTHING would want Comey on your team? Instead of communicating with you and helping to keep you out of trouble he would secretly question your motives and take secret memos of your meetings when he thinks that you might be asking him to do something wrong then leak as much as possible to the press to try to get you arrested if you fire him. What kind of employee does that to his boss, the President of the USA after telling the President that he would always be honest with him?
Comey and other swamp creatures like him want the President to fail no matter how much it hurts our country, the citizens and all the people that voted for Trump.
Comey is an incompetent employee in particular as a communicator, team member and a lawyer. He would be a liability to any President or boss in authority over him. His failures have damaged both political parties and who knows how many others.
If Comey is representative of the type of people that we have running the government then it’s no wonder everything is upside down.
If you are considering hiring Comey for any job, the consider that it’s the difference between haivng an employee working to help support his boss or working to destroy his boss by creating the perception of impropriety based on vague conversations and unconfirmed presumptions of bad intention if Comey doesn’t like you.
For example, if Comey didn’t like Trump and suspected Trump of bad character he should have resigned rather than plotting against him behind his back then leaking vague possibilities to the press to cause further damage. In my opinion Comey’s actions raise to the level of sedition. Obviously Trump read that Comey was not loyal and fired him.
Loyalty in the cesspool of politics means, “help support me, keep me informed and protect me from myself when necessary and help protect me from negative press that all my enemies seek to create to use to advertise against me.” Comey did just the opposite. Comey stated that he would be honest with the President. By making secret notes and not sharing his concerns about his relationship directly with the President he was not being his own word, he was acting secretly against the President when he assured the President he would be honest.
According to the Constitution of the USA Trump is THE top law enforcement official in the USA and has the authority to halt any investigation without needing any specific reason at any time, in the same way a prosecutor might decide not to prosecute. Not withstanding, Trump gave no specific order of any kind but is now accused of being suspected of giving an order and accused of having suspecious intentions about the possible order that he did not give but somehow had hoped to maybe give in the future? To expect law enforcement officials like Trump not to discuss the merits and their opinions of the cases is impractical because those discussions happen every day and previous U.S. Presidents have publicly and privately stopped many investigations in the past or given pardons.
A person of the caliber of the Director of the FBI is expected to support his boss and inform him when he suspects his boss is not acting properly, not attempt to build a dossier against him or hire someone else to do it for him as Comey attempted to do. As part of his office Comey had a responsibility to clarify (by speaking) with Trump to openly determine what his real intentions are and then share with Trump (warn his boss) if Comey believed that Trump is overstepping his authority and/or such meetings are inappropriate. Comey had a responsibility to inform Trump that Comey would have to report any such meetings or request to the Department of Justice. But instead, Comey kept a secret payback file and pretended to be scared and intimidated by Trump. Instead of initiating an investigation while Comey was Director of the FBI, he gave Trump Comey waited until after he was fired by Trump to use an unorthodox proceedure of leaking information from his government files to the press in order to attempt to have a special council appointed after he previously decided not to ask for a special council in the first place as he was required by law to do if he felt there was impropriety.
The question is, would you want someone like Comey working for you who would not be completely open and honest with you but rather attempt to build a case against you? No President of any country or business could be successful under those conditions. Trump has so many swamp creatures like Comey surrounding him that we don’t need Russia to bring down the Presidency, we already have the Judas’s from within that will not even allow the President to do the things that at least 50% of the people of this country voted for him to do.
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