Monday, July 16, 2018

nary a but


I've been thinking about how a lot of Christians act and think about immigrants and these passages keep coming to my mind.

Matthew 25:35-40 
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Daniel Suelo talked about this in a blog post he wrote back in 2012 not even talking about immigration. Just the way people of faith seem to have mostly made up their religion out of any belief that takes attention off of their own failures. 

This is what Suelo said:

Ironically I find that non-religious people, including self-proclaimed atheists, are more accepting and comfortable with Jesus' teachings than self-proclaimed followers of Jesus. I guess it's always been that way, the religious persecute their own prophets and then worship them when they're good and comfortably gone. And Jesus himself states more than once he finds more faith outside his religion-nation than inside it, which is why he hung out with non-religious people. That got him crucified.

Lately I've had several conversations with Evangelicals about Jesus' teachings. Every single one of them has an explanation why Jesus' teachings are not for us, or Jesus didn't really mean what he said, or else they find clever "salvation-by-grace" loopholes, or "dispensationalist" loopholes, to cancel out Jesus' teachings. I've personally witnessed many even call me evil and going to hell if I even suggest keeping his teachings! They put incredible amounts of energy into diverting attention away from Jesus' teachings with distracting doctrines and scripture-quoting rather than simply admit they don't believe in their own Jesus! I was impressed by some sincere Evangelicals a few months ago. They simply admitted they didn't believe, but they wanted to. The first step to believing in Jesus is to admit that you don't. The first step into being able to practice Jesus' teachings is to admit that you can't. Religious AA! This is the paradox of all spirituality.

There is nothing I can say that explains better so I'll stand by what Suelo says.  I want to live in a world where everyone is treated equal and loved for their individuality. It seems so magical in my mind. You can be accepting of people who are not like you and who do not live like you live. The bible says you can. Jesus did it. If you can read that passage at the top of this post and show me where an exception was made that would allow you to leave anyone out, please show it to me. You think you can because the people who teach you in church tell you that you can but they are obviously not following the bible. Just like Suelo said, I can live with accepting others not like me but can you? I'm not a Christian and it is easy for me but given that this comes from teachings you pretend to follow why is it you can make exceptions to fit your own needs? What harm would come to you if you allowed others to be who they authentically are even if it is not what you consider biblical? Would the world be a better place?
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I saw this posted on Instagram today by a Travis Albanza who is transgender:
Please watch this also:  
What are you afraid of? If the world turned inside out and you became the very thing you are afraid of how would it feel? What would you hope of the people around you? 

Matthew 25:35-40 
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Nary a "but" was uttered in those passages. Don't say "but you have to follow the law and the Bible also says that." You might want to find out what the laws are around seeking asylum in this country because the current administration is not following them. Police do not follow the law when they murder unarmed people of color in the street in front of witnesses. When a transgender person is murdered in the street and it's not called a hate crime that is a stretch of how we apply laws. We tend to only call something a hate crime if the perpetrator is not from this country. Plenty of hate crimes go unlabeled as such. There are all forms of not following the law and I'm pretty sure a lot of people are fine with that. Just like your belief in the bible, you seem to pick and choose what you will follow/allow. 

It may seem like I lost track of my point here but my point has always been equality for all. I will never stop writing these posts. I won't if one person reads them or zero people read them. You cannot treat people unequal and no matter what way you want to fool yourself that it is okay, you will always be wrong. 

Galatians 3:28 

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 

Mark 12:31

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

James 2:8-9 

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 

John 13:34 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Leviticus 19:33-34

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Acts 10:34 

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 

Colossians 3:9-11 

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 

Philippians 2:1-30 

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, ... 

Romans 2:11 

For God shows no partiality.  

James 2:1-4 

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

See you made me, a person who claims to be Buddhist (simply because it is the closest thing to what I believe), have to throw down scripture that you already profess to believe in order to show you that there are no "buts."

Is what Suelo said true about you?

"Ironically I find that non-religious people, including self-proclaimed atheists, are more accepting and comfortable with Jesus' teachings than self-proclaimed followers of Jesus."

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Thoughts


We all have our opinions about what is going on in this country and here are mine.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

lfjlsflalkfjslfjm i just randomly typed letters cause i don't know what else to do


When I look at the things my friends on Facebook say regarding people who are brown or who are not from this country it makes me ashamed. It's why I find it hard to write here anymore. You cannot make an animal become human and you cannot make a human who thinks like a predatory animal give a shit about others. When I write here the only minds I'm communing with are the ones who already think like me. The people who do not believe we are all equal come here and leave still thinking we are not all equal. Writing anything in this current climate is a waste of time. I tell myself that every time I think about coming here and hitting the keys on this keyboard to convey any sort of message to souls who are obviously lost in hate.

It's a total chicken and egg thing. Does the way we see the world we live in create the world we envision or is the world what it is and we are just observers? You ain't gonna believe this but the world is nothing until we see it. I really want to stop right there and never explain this again but I cannot. The reason why we can't all agree on one reality is that reality shifts with the viewer. It shifts because none of us see true reality. We can only see it from the perspective of our own life's lens. You see the world based on your life experience. If you'd been raised one town over, you'd be a different person. If your parents died when you were small and someone else raised you, you'd be a different person. If your soul had ended up in a body with a different exterior skin color, you'd be a different person. Every little experience makes up the lens you use to see the world. That is why we are not all seeing the same world. 

I'll tell ya something else that changes the way we see the world. MEDIA. That is correct. We all grew up watching TV and we learned how to see people not like us on TV. Sometimes that is the only experience we will ever have with other races and cultures. My mom watched Leave It to Beaver and Father Knows Best and she grew up thinking the man was in charge and the woman took care of the family and household. Good Times taught us about a poor Black family, where the man had trouble finding work and how there was always someone coming to collect and no money to pay. Shows like this were the only access a lot of white folks had to Black families. A lot of people started to believe this image and they never stopped. It doesn't matter how many MLK's or how many Barack's and Michelle's there are in the world, this will be the vision some people hold until they die. Imagine if you are Black and it's all you see of people who look like you, you might start to believe that's who you'll be. There are still a lot of times that the only roles someone Black is considered for is a welfare recipient, a drug dealer or a gang member. On TV shows all brown people are terrorists, drug cartel members or gas station attendants. If you look back at old western's you can see how Native American's where shown as savages like they were the invaders and not the white man who stole their land. So, these are the parts we see on TV and movies, what about the news?

Start paying close attention to the news. How do you find out if someone who committed a shooting or act of crime is white? You have to wait to see a photo. They never say white or Caucasian in a verbal or written description. Think about how many times you have heard either white or Caucasian said. They never say it! Like I said, you have to see the photo on the news. You won't hear it on the radio or on the television. You'll have to wait to see the photo every time. How do you know if the shooter or perpetrator is Black or Brown? They will say it every time. You never have to wait for the photo. If they don't say the ethnicity of the person go ahead and assume they are white. There is a reason they leave that detail out. Because rich white men who want to stay in charge own the news outlets. It is no wonder so many white people think only people of color commit crimes. 

Rich white men own the entertainment industry and I think they make their agenda clear. Whether by design or by chance media paints us all separate. Tell me the last time you watched a movie with diverse characters who come together to heal a town by celebrating diversity of person and culture? For some reason that is not the picture they want in our heads or maybe because it is not in their heads so they aren't capable of creating it. Either way it's up to us to paint a new photo where we peaceful coexist.  You won't make the world better by persisting with separation. 


You CAN change the world you live in. All you have to do is stop allowing society to tell you how the world is and start making it what you want. It's one of the great things most religions try to teach us and that is that the way we see the world is what creates it.

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. “ ― Proverbs 23:7(KJV) 

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.“ ― Buddha

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”― Mahatma Gandhi 

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, June 18, 2018

oh the times they are a changin'

I'm not even gonna pretend I haven't written some form of this post before but let's give it a different perspective today shall we?

Is much/all of what we believe a product of hand me down ideas? I'm going to use a shallow example to explain why I ask this.

What do you think about dress code at work? Do you believe there should be a dress code? Do you believe it should be followed strictly or have some allowances? Is workplace casual okay for everyday or just Friday? Some of the usual less casual dress code items include: no jeans, no 5 pocket colored pants, no tank tops, no flip flops, no tee shirts, no hooded jackets, skirt lengths have limits and no tattoos or body piercings. Some places also restrict facial hair.

Ask yourself, if you work in an office, if you believe this to be proper office dress code or do you believe it should be the guidelines for proper office dress code? Now I want you to flip over to this blog and scan down a few pages of the posts. This blog, The Sartorialist, is made up of photo after photo of people dressing in very individual ways. A great deal of it is very androgynous. The men at times appear to be wearing items that were probably purchased in the women's department and at times it appears that the women or dressed in attire that was probably purchased from the men's department. As you look at all these photos try to suspend your belief about what is appropriate. Actually look at each person and think about if you think what they are wearing is flattering to them. Don't think about rules or about how you'd do it, just think about if the look is attractive. If you are honest I know you will see people who look amazing wearing things you'd never wear or wearing things you'd like to wear but would be afraid of leaving the house in.

Another question for you. Why do you believe that you have to dress a certain way and why do you believe in appropriate and inappropriate? The answer is that someone taught you that.

I have worked with so many people (most all of them) who believe that there is only one appropriate way to dress despite how much our world has changed over the decades of our lives. When someone taught them what was appropriate years ago they never let go of that even though there is evidence all around us that shows allowing people to both dress casually and show their individuality makes them happier and more productive in the workplace. Also, even though it was years ago and not as relevant now, these people hold to these ideas simply because they believe them and never push themselves to expand to include new ideas. They are stuck in time. They are stuck in belief.

Now let's leave the office and just talk about how you feel about clothes in general. When you looked at those photos of people and the androgyny in some, are you able to allow these looks without judgement or does it make you uncomfortable? 

What I hope to give you with this post is a curiosity. I hope it will make you examine how you approach the world and not just with regard to dress but to life in general. Are you stuck, are you closed off and are you unable to allow others to have an identity that is different from how you have been taught? Let this one example be your wake up to be more accepting, open and more able to embrace the individuality of others. Don't be closed off to time and advancement. Though you may want to stay the same you can allow others that window to move with the times in a meaningful way. If you stay where you are but allow others to move and embrace change, that will be enough to make the world a better place. People are not robots and should not be treated as such.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Steam Powered Aereocast Pop Up II

We did it again. Here's another surprise episode of the podcast. It's a rambling mess of a thing. There was no Truckston, got that wrong but really I'm sure there is one somewhere. B also had the wrong Drew retweet about the baby names. It was a Drew Magary retweet, details here: 

Royals fan from, like, before‏ @kevbo9 May 16 

My 1st grader finished school yesterday. She brought home her year book. Here is a sampling of some names from said year book: Caydince Dokken Blayk (girl) Kollyn (girl) Brayzdn Jaxis Gwenevere Brycon Hawken Leilynd (boy) Zaylyn (boy) https://twitter.com/kevbo9/status/996926369547382784

Monday, May 28, 2018

art?

Olive and Rose
Jason Rydquist
David Salafia
Hannah
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Today I was laying in my loft and I looked over and saw this movie by  staring back at me. That took me back to Olive and Rose and Flickr. I remember them writing about the long period where no one speaks in the movie and I wish I could be as poetic as they were about it but I've lost all they said now except for the feeling they gave me about artistry.

These two used to have a Flickr account together and that was mesmerizing. There was a video of just a phone swinging in a bank of phones on the edge of a fairground and it seemed both mysterious and sexy at the same time. That was their art. You can still find them out there but I won't point you to them because honestly I wouldn't want it to lead them back here where my words would be a failed attempt at telling you how they mastered telling a story, being mysterious and drawing you in. That is what good art does. It makes you feel even if you don't know what that feeling is or why it makes you feel the way you do. Somehow, I kinda think that if you cannot know exactly what it does to you but that it does something, thats some of the best art. 

So the thought of Olive and Rose took me to flickr to find them again and what I found has depths of layers  I have no interest in but could still not look away. But it did get me on Flickr looking at my favs and the way I saved other peoples photos back in the day and that just woke all of humanity in my brain. The photos I saved mostly seem like the world ended, you are the last person alive and you are going from house to house looking at photobooks and taking in how the world was and how people live. If you got a good bit of time, go over and look. It will make you feel connected. Here is the link. Remember you can click the slideshow button on the top right by the arrow so you don't have to scroll if you don't want to.
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