What’s going on?

Have we reached to the point of no return? I am just asking! Can somebody please tell me “what’s going on?” Never have we experience the things we are facing. Moral behavior has receded to a place of ultimate disgrace. I might not be making much sense but the evidence is everywhere. I hope we are not asleep drowsing in despair because we the people will have to rise to take back our dignity from those who have trample self-respect and tolerance under their feet. We cannot just go on ignoring all the symptoms that is so evident amongst us. Ask yourself is this real? It seems to be the norm but I will appeal to the Lord above to intervene on our behalf because as the head goes so does the body; the head has passed and now it seems we are in a tailspin.

I often hear the song “What’s going on” it forces me to look at the lyrics closely, as I do, I can’t help but ask the question myself. What the hell is going on? Believe it or not we are at the threshold of no return because we have lost our leadership role in the world. Who will rise to take the stand and set the precedence for what is to follow. We have taken a back seat leaving a void for the rule of subtlety to fill. How can we establish a union without communication? In a progressive society, there are no room for mediocrity. Standards of dignity and politeness to what was so evident for all the world to see has been thrown out like a baby with the bath water. We have replaced morality for ridiculous insensitivity. Why did you make that mistake in thinking that our problem can be solve by a novice with no real self-worth? My oh my; what’s going on? The chicken has come home to roost!

This world has no place for hate! The time for healing and self-worth is an urgent need for humanity. Let those from the dark ages practice their barbarism but we should be the catalyst of change showing the way to true independence, democracy and freedom. It is a travesty to think that the world as we know it has not changed while we suffocate in the heat of climate change and environmental disasters. The evidences are everywhere. Why are we going backward instead of forward? Can someone please tell me what’s going on? It seems we have become insensitive to the truth and are willing to accept a lie. God have mercy! We have conquered space but have not caught up with the problems of humanity. It’s too much to ignore; the question is circling everywhere we look, the same question remains: “What’s going on?”

Let’s reflect on the words of the song as we try to see it from the writers prospective. “Mother, mother there’s too many of you crying. Brother, brother, brother there’s far too many of you dying. You know we’ve got to find a way to bring some lovin’ here today – Ya Father, father we don’t need to escalate. You see, war is not the answer; for only love can conquer hate. You know we’ve got to find a way to bring some lovin’ here today.” Why is the rug being pulled from under our feet? Why is the little we have been sacrificed and given to the rich and powerful? Why are we being shot and mistreated without true justice? Why; Why; Why? What’s going on?

Tell me what’s going on! We need to truly make America sane again! It seems we are drifting through a tunnel of disgrace, neglecting the poor and needy while propping up the rich. Take the little we have; ignoring the voice of the masses. Truly this is not the way we make America great again? We have now become the laughing stock of the world and are looked upon with disdained. We never saw this one coming; or so we thought! I may be passive but this is not the time to be quiet. We have been trampled on; we might be considered poor by the worlds standard but we are very rich in spirit. Money can buy you things but it can never buy peace and contentment so tell me: what’s going on?

Is there a light beyond the horizon, can anyone see the ray of the rising sun? The time has come for us to evaluate before it’s too late. Look at the road we have traveled, the bumps and bruises we have been forced to endure. Do we want to return to the days of despair as a people or do we want to march on enjoying the fruits of our labor; the true sense of worth and freedom we deserve. Think about this while making your decision the next time you are called upon. Remember if you run with the wolves you will learn how to howl but if you fly with the eagles you will learn how to soar.

The Dream

We are people of dreams, we grow up wanting to becoming heroes. Someone that society can look up to. We would like to champion the cause of the poor the homeless and the disenfranchised. Your family might have made a covenant; you would be the great hero they had hoped to become. A dream they have been long waiting to see fulfilled; they have lived the disappointment and now all eyes are placed on you. You were their hopes and dreams but alas their hopes have all but faded away.

Gods’ word said, without a vision the people perish. Prov.29: 18. What is vision you? Visions are dreams locked up inside our hearts waiting to be released. (This is my personal interpretation base on my opinion.)  While it is important to dream, be careful to follow those dreams if they are going to lead us to a path of success. Dreams are important driving force that propels us to the next level of life experiences.

I must admit that in our quest for fulfillment, we are faced with many frustrating moment. With the hope for self-fulfillment, self-awareness and self-gratification, we have lost what it means to be a hero and a leader. We have sold morality for economic privileges. We have given up the dreams of what was once important to us. What once grab our attention, the things for which our heart and soul craved. We progress through time and have now come of age to see our dreams come to pass: We have lost our dignity as producers in the work force and have succumbed to the stresses of eroded humanity and have lost our ideals to immoral, illegal, unethical or irresponsible actions. Every day we hear about it, someone is reaping from the seeds they have sown. They are unwilling to be identified because now their harvest has blossomed while they are refusing to reap their crop of indignity!

In this world, we live, we are progressing in technology but we are taking a backward turn in morality and spirituality. Our young people have become fathers and mothers but could only be qualify as children themselves. They are not equipped with the tools, the moral fiber and daring courage to stand up to society and give direction to the ones they help to bring into this world. Frustration has cause them not to want to dream. The result is a life of crime, hopelessness and now we are a decadence society. If we fail to dream, we are not fulfilling our God given responsibility, we are not living the life of success that God has ordained for humanity.

I once heard someone make this remark, “I have been down so many times, I don’t even think of getting up.” What are we living for, what are our hopes and aspiration? We cannot allow the pressures of society to guide us through a life of hopelessness. Let us turn our situation around by giving God first place in our lives; only then we can find the hope to dream again. People of the twenty first century, let us take up the torch of responsibility and run with dignity against the race of injustice, inequality and misfortune! God has given us a life filled with hopes and dreams. We must reach out and take hold of the promises He has left us. Those promises will lead us to live fulfilled lives with His blessings ever abounding in our path. Live the dream, you can make it to the next level in this life!

Remove not the Ancient Landmark

The richness of our history is a heritage that is needed to be preserved. Our fathers fought and gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom, peace and harmony gained. To tear apart in a moment what is so dear to us is but a travesty; it is a stripping away of our dignity and self-worth. The bonds of love and togetherness has crafted a nation despite the turbulence that continues to endure.  Who would have thought that we would be facing this moment of crisis?

The time is upon us the moment when the decision that was made has driven us off course and we are now drifting in bewilderment and amazement the direction we are heading. All eyes are on us; the frog jump in the cold water where it became comfortable, it is now boiling and it cannot get out. When one decide not to participate the result is catastrophe. Are we the laughing stock or are we too blind and bewildered to realize the water is getting hotter and it is time to jump! Let us stand with one united voice and with a clear message; “enough is enough!” Get up stand up’ stand up and unite and don’t give up the fight!

We are under attack and it is not from the outside. So, we are afraid of the terrorist. Have you ever thought of terror within? The fabric of who we are; the good we have done will be gone in a moment because we chose to remove the ancient landmark which our fathers have built. There goes the saying, “give me liberty or give me death” which way are we heading? Is this the end of our civil society? I get it, we are too afraid to let anyone in so we will build a wall of comfort and ease while hiding in the dark afraid of our own shadows. Now we don’t want to let anyone out!

We all believe in freedom. It is said that this country was built on the idea of freedom therefore there stands a representation of what we believe. It is standing on Liberty Island. This statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the “Roman goddes” who bears a torch and a “tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the “American Declaration of Independence”, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States, and was a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad. Now times are changing and I am sure there are tears running down the eyes of this monument as it stands with hand up held even when the vision of its creator is facing a gloomy future.

No matter how rich or poor you are there is one thing that you should not change and this is the things the was implanted in you from those who have blaze the trail that you now must follow. The moments the stories and mementoes that you have been given and are now a part of who you are; the values and much more. The saying is, don’t remove the ancient landmark that your fathers have set. It is the values, the rich history and the dignity we gained with the passage of time. Can we be so naïve to think that those things do not matter? Greatness is not the ability to destroy what took centuries to build, it is the humility gained from knowing that you are around when you are needed most. Let us not tear down the landmarks our fathers have set; let us build a bridge with an outstretched arm to welcome strangers in. This is what greatness is; linking the world with peace hope and togetherness.

The scriptures said, “I was naked and you clothe me, hungry and you feed me, a stranger and you took me in

What do we mean by the old landmark? A landmark was considered a sacred space that helped perpetuate family holdings and was used as a means of protection against deceit, error, and confusion. In the ancient days, it was the custom for someone who had land adjacent to someone else to have it stolen because that other person would adjust the land mark to steal the property of the other.  The landmark was set as the boundary between the two properties. Let us look at it from another point of view! The things handed down from generations and given to us by those who have fought so that we can enjoy a good life without going through the things they had to go through. The things left for us; the values they shared and the strength and fortitude endured just so that we could live in peace and prosperity. These are the things we should hold on to; not giving in to the values that lead to nowhere but distrust and confusion.

As I sit to write what is in my heart, I share solidarity with those who are suffering because of the lack of foresight of others. Let us use the ancient landmark as a bridge of possibility to foster courage, love and respect. Let us not spread hate and fear. We are all a part of humanity, we have different shades but we are all unique. Please share the space as we endeavor to harmonize this big blue marble we call planet earth. The landmark was set as a guide we should hold it dear, guarding it at every moment or the thief will take it when you lease expect!