Tao Te Ching – Chapter Twelve
Colors blind the eye.
Sounds deafen the ear.
Flavors numb the taste.
Thoughts weaken the mind.
Desires wither the heart.
The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.
States of Our Unions (title change 1.30.17)
What follows is an open letter to Donald Trump et al.
We have a choice to disregard or address the issue(s) at hand and to defer or engage.
Are there really any other choices?
Most of us are being bombarded with these choices of seeming pop-quizzes or unresolved left-over baggage issues in appalling rates. Step aside for the moment from your personal issues, of which we all have many. Let’s step back to when John Kennedy addressed the world as the 35th President of the United States on January 20, 1961, in his inaugural address. I was a few months shy of my turning 14 and if anyone says that none of this is personal, I only have one response, ‘Bullshit.’
Every bit of our experience is personal and to quote Joseph Campbell about the afterlife in his interview with Bill Moyers, former White House Press Secretary from 1965 to 1967, ‘If you don’t get it here, you won’t get it there.’ PBS Power of Myth
Without wandering on . . . what brings me to this message to you is to engage the conversation with Donald Trump where he seems most comfortable on his address on Twitter.
Donnie Tweet may seem disrespectful to POTUS, but I would suggest an alternative view.
Respect is a cherished characteristic across eons of time and shifting borders of political gerrymandering. Donnie Tweet is anything but disrespectful. It merely acknowledges his appreciation or lack thereof of the same. We get what we give. Cause and effect are universal laws of nature. Reciprocity in this instance is without malice. It merely reflects back what is being sent. When Donnie Tweet expresses respect for POTUS that many of us hold dear and the appreciation for what has made the United States that shining light on a hill, then perhaps we can call him Mr. President. In the meantime, all we see is something in between childhood and adolescence behavior acting out.
Bless us all!