Church and State

Introduction

lao-tzuTao Te Ching
Chapter Eight
The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
When you are content to be simply yourself
and don’t compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.

Line and Feather

inauguration-moment-with-barron-10States of the Unions
Lao Tzu wrote from China five hundred years before Jesus taught in the Middle East.
Yesterday the United States exercised the peaceful transfer of power for the eighty-fifth time since 1797. That reflection of democracy is truly a light shining in a conflicted world. One of the issues with the Founding Fathers from the Declaration of Independence trough the writing of the Constitution and beyond was religious freedom and the separation of church and state. We the people still grapple with those issues.
I have been a fan photojournalism throughout my life and with all the avalanche of words and images we were exposed to yesterday this one image captured a sublime and poignant moment. I wish I knew who to credit for the photograph!

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