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Is America Really a Watchman???

There is a conflict

in the world that has existed since the beginning of time.

The challenge

between freedom and the lack there of…


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th President of the United States

“We in this country, in this generation, are, by destiny rather than by choice, the watchmen on the wall of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and our responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men. That must always be our goal. For as it was written long ago, “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

“”- John F. Kennedy, from a speech prepared but not given, November 1963.

As Americans

as this leader wanted to remind, we must come to realize that this conflict has always been at the base of every human crisis. Does the American policy both foreign and domestic always get it morally and perfectly right…no of course not, no civilization ever has.

Still no matter what the continual problems are that all humans and countries

have and will continue to face

Freedom is at the base.

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Saved by Deity or Saved by Self?

I am just fifty years old this year

and continually learning

that what has occurred  in our country’s

history really makes a difference!

Currently I am reading ‘For the President’s Eye’s Only” by Christopher Andrew which is

considered the most important book written concerning American Intelligence from the time of

George Washington to George Bush Sr.

Many situations there to ponder. Ego, intrigue and deceptions. Wonder upon wonder that our

young country, or shall I call it the “Great Idea”, has held it’s own as well as it has.

Many times it seems that providence, what ever one may call him or it, has been at work moving

times and circumstance to protect this ‘Great Idea” from ruin.

Today I have been challenged to consider two equally interesting documents.

The first being, The Humanist Manifesto I ,written in 1933 by one author and signed by 34.

The other, The Humanist Manifesto II, written by two authors and signed by 120 in 1973.

To date that number grows as the platform to add signatures is publicly available.

Forty years of history  had created the need to update the first Manifesto…

Wikipedia: The second Humanist Manifesto was written in 1973 by Paul Kurtz and Edwin H.

Wilson, and was intended to update the previous one. It begins with a statement that the excesses

of Nazism and world war had made the first seem “far too optimistic”, and indicated a more

hardheaded and realistic approach in its seventeen-point statement, which was much longer

and more elaborate than the previous version. Nevertheless, much of the unbridled optimism of

the first remained, with hopes stated that war would become obsolete and poverty would be

eliminated. Further ideas were upheld here included opposition to racism and weapons of mass

destruction and support of strong human rights, which are fairly uncontroversial, and its

prescriptions that divorce and birth control should be legal and that technology can improve life

which is widely accepted today in the Western world.

To add ,its proposal of an international court has since been implemented and many now agree

with  its rejection of religion and controversial stance is strongly supported, notably the right to

abortion.

One of the oft-quoted lines comes from this manifesto is, “No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.”


Soon another 30 years will have yet passed

and as I am now aware of the Manifesto’s intent

I remember that it was in the very same way that

George Washington, Abraham  Lincoln,Thomas Jefferson

together with other great thinkers of

their times and with their signatures brought about this

” Great Idea”

which has its basis in The Constitution an incredible fore runner document

based on what would seem like uniquely different concepts.  It appears that some, like these who

signed the manifesto,  may

prefer a future that takes it’s cues from fear of loss  rather than true freedom to be personally

responsible for one’s self and those to whom have been placed in one’s path.

It causes me to remember an ancient and true historical account of a country

who would not pay off its aggressors.

Being told that they would be attacked by a million strong army from the North

who were in route through a 14 mile stretch of sand to capture them as slaves.

They were challenged to come together in one mass group on their border in song of praise to the

Deity by whose hand their country had been created.

When they engaged together in this singing  challenge the aggressing army annihilated itself in

transit before it reached their country’s borders.


While I understand the subjective notion that fear is real, I also believe that left to ourselves, and

the world at large, we do need to be saved and that…. only by a Deity, who has the capacity to be

perfect in judgment and whose nature is Love.

May God Continue to Bless America!


In Recognition of the Signers of The Constitution

Done in convention by the unanimous consent of the states present the seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven and of the independence of the United States of America the twelfth.

In witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names,

G. Washington-Presidt. and deputy from Virginia

New Hampshire: John Langdon,

Nicholas Gilman Massachusetts:

Nathaniel Gorham,Rufus King Connecticut:

Wm: Saml. Johnson, Roger Sherman New York:

Alexander Hamilton New Jersey:

Wil: Livingston, David Brearly, Wm. Paterson, Jona: Dayton

Pennsylvania: B. Franklin, Thomas Mifflin, Robt. Morris, Geo. Clymer, Thos. FitzSimons, Jared Ingersoll, James Wilson, Gouv Morris

Delaware: Geo: Read, Gunning Bedford jun, John Dickinson, Richard Bassett, Jaco: Broom

Maryland: James McHenry, Dan of St Thos. Jenifer, Danl Carroll

Virginia: John Blair–, James Madison Jr.

North Carolina: Wm. Blount, Richd. Dobbs Spaight, Hu Williamson

South Carolina: J. Rutledge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Pinckney, Pierce Butler

Georgia: William Few, Abr Baldwin

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Have You Drawn A Picture of It?

Drawings and Memory

Drawings and Memory

You may have heard it said before that “a picture paints a thousand words” well it’s true!

If you have put away your crayons or color pencils long ago it’s time to get them out agin. Studies show that goals without a clear vision are harder to achieve than one’s you’ve painted a picture of not just in you mind but on paper.

Did you know that Thomas Edision in one page of his journal not only wrote down the goal of creating a light bulb in 3 years but he also drew a picture of it. If a great goal setter and visionary felt the need to do this in order to achieve his dream can’t we followed his lead?
The sculptures of ancient times and builders of catherdral,skyscrapers and space ships know what the power of a drawing brings.
What is on your drawing table?

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Perspective …The Miracle is You!

It is often very hard

to maintain our perspective

In the daily movement of our lives

on what

are important things to focus on.

With so many so many demanding expectations to fulfil and to do list to make hay of ,we often get side tracked and are left wondering why we feel

finished, tired but not exactly satisfied.

CoCoToYou hopes you will

take a 5 minute break

consider a perspective of a miraculous nature

then breath in deeply… Click HERE

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Patience …One of Life’s Possible Gifts

Gifts from life show up just about everywhere like the other evening when out to a movie with a friend we saw” The Karate Kid” . As I drove home many scenes from the movie along with life experiences from the month I had just lived through merge together creating a moment of realization that everything is happening very much on purpose and planned in advance so that our personal days are rich with opportunities to learn our most important lessons. Lessons that move us forward on our personal paths of life and life more abundant.

Here is yet one more gift that has crossed my path at a very timely moment when I needed to be reminded that life needs much patience to really enjoy.  Thank you Pavithra and IJourney.org, the original place for this gift of  discovery.

I would highly recomend this interesting platform of thought… for those who have the luxury of time to think.

A Portrait in Patience

–by Pavithra Mehta

Patience they say- Click here and enjoy!

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Independent Thinking…Independence Day!

I am looking forward to our soon coming Independence Day Celebration Fourth of July.I have always loved the sounds and sights of this unique celebration. The day we as Americans together remember that our freedom came with a price. Men of independent thinking who willing placed it all on the line to win our nations freedom to self govern. I find myself this week being surrounded by the idea of independent thinking as I am reading Bill O’Reilly”s ‘Bold Fresh’ and this evening as I write I am watching the biography of General David Petraeus.

Not only am I a patriotic lover of my country I also come from a faith that was begun by an independant thinker named Abram whose name was later changed to Abraham because of his ability to think and question, changed by the unique God he followed. There might be a thread here… that being I love independant thinking. I have always believed that truth was worth sacrificing for and independant thinking was the only path on which one would be able to find it.

Independent thought however requires the foundation of strong study and awareness of common sense so that even a common or a very educated person can be capable of independent thought. Ours is a country whose origins were strong in the knowledge of the Judeo Christian principles and at the same time good old fashion horse sense. It’s no wonder that we have had such an incredible independence in our past. A past that was a product of men and women who together asked hard questions of themselves and each other, that I hope will continue as years go on.

To mine and your well thought out Independant thinking and our Independence Day!

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Solitude is Powerful!

In an attempt to gather towards myself things which are beautiful ,true and uplifting I have stumbled across the writings of Osho. I wanted to say bravo to the concept of Solitude and it’s power in our lives. Also the obvious lack thereof. Ours is a culture which demands filling in every gap of time with activity and much to our harm we allow it…even embrace it. Here’s to an age old concept….

The Fallacy of Togetherness
by Osho

Make friends with them who is on the path at least as much as you are. If they do not take you forward, at least they do not become a reason to move you backward on your quest. If this is not possible, just walk alone. The companionship of fools is not good. Remember one thing, you have come alone in this world and will leave this world alone. The togetherness ideal is just a way to make you feel better. That is why it is important to learn the art of solitude. In the company of a person who has gone deeper into themselves, you will feel their company as well as solitude.

Crowds are formed by people who are focused on the external. It’s a miracle to see that there are no crowds to be seen when you are with people who are focused in and within themselves. If ten internally focused individuals are sitting in a room, it is not that there are ten internally focused individuals sitting. It is each individual sitting by themselves, thereby not forming a crowd.

Internally focused people don’t make bridges to the outside. If there are ten externally focused people sitting, there not a crowd of ten people – it is a crowd of ten thousand. This is because each individual is connecting with the other ten and so on. Thousands of relationships are been forged. Even if internally focused people are together, they leave each other alone. The best company is offered from people who allow you to be alone even while you are with them. The people worth developing company with are people who let your solitude retain its purity. (Akkelanpan can be wichar na ho, near some translation help here).

The naturalness and nakedness of your solitude maintains its pristine state. Your aloneness, your silence remains untouched and pure. They respect your boundaries and do not become a reason for disturbing your solitude. They provide company, one which does not invade your space. When you call them, they come near to you. Only as near, as you call them and no more.

They leave you alone when you want to go inside of yourself.

–Osho

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Thanks Giving Because it's Good

No matter where you’ve been this year

No matter what has or has not happen

No matter if it makes any sense or not

Give thanks.

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I’d like to know if you have a thanks giving you want to share!
Just leave it at the comments!

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Shear and Utter Dissapointment

Shear and utter disappointment is not even close to the feelings I have concerning this week’s events in Coline, Texas. Depressingly disgusted may fit better. To think that from the leadership of our country from State Department on down it appears that the safety of our country and of it’s people is not a real concern is very dismal.

The inability of our nations leadership to discern how to think and act in proactive ways before problems escalate is mind bending. From inviting those known of terrorist involvement to speak in our nations colleges to this ridiculous event of allowing a man of uniform to publicly speak against this country and it’s military efforts to remain in the service of his country when his first oath is to protect and defend is beyond comprehension.

Today our people in leadership have such an inability to tell the difference between a real threat and a benign one that they suspend a six year old from classes because they bring their cub scout knife fork and spoon gadget to lunch. They determine that a young high school ROTC student who has a complete life sustaining set up in his trunk which includes his grandfathers pocket knife should be suspended for 5 weeks from school because they have a zero tolerance policy.

Today I have less confusion about this Islamic man killing so many people than I do with our country’s leadership on so many levels.This man was well known to speak out about his feelings and beliefs. Rhetoric that should have at least qualified as treason. Treason a very good reason for court marshall. Then at least he would have done this killing in civilian clothing and not in the same clothing as the one’s he destroyed.

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Learn How to Blog

You too can learn to blog! Wordpress.com makes it fun, easy and  an exciting accomplishment.

I am probably just like you, not at all a’ techie’ and can be intimidated by ‘cyberspace’.

Step 1. Go to www.WordPress.com and register with a user name and password. It’s that easy to start.

Step 2.Once you are registered, you log in and click on your post name that you just created.

Step 3. Click on where it says ‘NEW POST’ and add a title where it says ‘Title’ skip down and then add what ever you want to share about in the content section.
Step 4. Remember to add your tag words which come from your content and are separated by commas.

Step 5. Now Click on Publish and share it with your world. Let them comment and tell you what they think.

Next goal …to learn how to add a subcription…. subscribe and I’ll share that with you too just let me know in the comments if you are interested to learn!

Onward and Forward,

Colleen

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Life is fun when you have a goal.

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Life is fun when you have a friend to share a win with !

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