Counting Your Conscience

They tell you that it is not good to lie cheat steal, be a murderer, or an adulterer…but how to be such a good person in a world that is so rotten? The world is becoming unconscionable; it rewards war, conflict, ugliness & ignorance, while it punishes integrity, honesty, and intelligence. The world teaches us to be good, to love, but how is one to be so righteous when the world is so wrong? If the world isn’t one of conscience, how are the people to have a conscience? The religions don’t have a conscience, the politicians have even less, and even parents are guilty of unconscionable behavior with their kids, often unknowingly. They want their kids to be great, wonderful students, beautiful, talented, and of course successful, but it is rare for a parent to demonstrate for a child what these things look like. If a child is exposed to distastefulness, they will naturally become distasteful. It’s obvious. The world is not kind, or benevolent. It is rather becoming something that is experienced as an uphill battle, a headache, something that people are fighting with. They have an idea that fighters survive, which is another lie that almost everybody is taught. You must fight for what you want out of life, even if it means you will have to lie cheat or steal to get it. They’ll tell you that it’ll be okay, you will still be rewarded. But I am saying to you that there is no reward for not being honorable, for being dishonest, and for having no integrity. There can be no reward for such things, only illusion.

To have a conscience in such an unconscionable world is certainly the harder way to go because it is the path much less traveled. You will not meet many of your friends there, as it is the road for warriors only. And to be a warrior of such character requires great courage. It is not something that happens often. But when it does, when you see it exhibited; if you see it in your child, or in somebody you love dearly, encourage and nurture it. Do not condemn it. Treat that person as the treasure he or she is, because they are the true saviors. They are here to show us the way to a higher, much more evolved awareness. dwp

Not in the Mood

I know how important it is to celebrate fatherhood, I just hung up with my dad of 91 years, whom I love and admire, but I am having a difficult time feeling happy today because there are in excess of 2000 children who are being torn away from their parents at the southern border of this country. These families are not criminals, they are seeking asylum. They have traveled thousands of miles to get here, only to be traumatized by this governments ugliest policy yet, separating children aged 2-17 from their parents and trying to use biblical scripture to justify it. What kind of people are these? And where are all the Evangelical Christians now? They are the ones always preaching about Pro Life; Well, these are lives, so where are they? It is the most disgraceful and despicable injustice I’ve ever seen. No, I can not be in the mood to celebrate. I am in Pain. I’m hurting. America has a devil for a president. He is demonic and truly evil. It is not even that he has low morals, he is amoral. He has no moral compass, or character. This man is trying to bring us back to the dark ages, where he lives. Do you realize that?

The only shining star in this is that we now have political history on him. So even though his donkeys believe anything their master says, they are becoming less relevant now. The people are tired of this government, it’s corruption, and lies…even those who voted them in. He is so transparent now. trump is a huge disappointment and failure & even the deaf dumb and fearful can see it.

So please people, celebrate all the good fathers today, but remember to also think about those warehouses full of precious children in dire need, without their moms and dads to hug, or help them. dwp

Off To Jail

Well well…The ex-trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s bail was just revoked by the district court judge, so they are taking off his $5000 dollar suit replacing it with a bright orange jumpsuit, and handcuffs. trump insists that Manafort had “very little or nothing”  to do with his campaign, even though he was running it for two months until he had to quit because there was too much heat on him. Anyway, they are taking Paulie boy off to jail now, and I’m lovin’ it! Can’t you just hear the fat lady getting ready to sing!! LOL dwp

Pain

It has always been curious to me why people give so much of their time and energy trying to avoid pain, when it’s just another fact of life. There is actually nothing to do about pain, which is why it’s so stupid to take pain killers, because pain killers will eventually create a worse pain than the pain you were in, if they don’t kill you first. The truth is that pain is simply a reality, much like pleasure. It always has been. And in the same way that we’d like to keep pleasure in our lives, we must try to do the same with pain, because it is not going away. It is not going to leave us alone, no matter how much we disapprove of it. As contradictory as it might sound, the sooner we come to terms with pain, the sooner our pain will diminish. dwp

The Success of Death

I was talking to my daughter yesterday after the tragic and surprising death of Kate Spade, about how so many people in the public eye look like the picture of joy and happiness, but so often aren’t, for one reason or another. Life is full of lots of challenges but there is one thing that is for sure, and that is that fame and fortune does not solve them. People constantly make the mistake of thinking that money makes problems go away, but it never has and it never will. Money is problematic. It is only good if you know how to control it. Once money is in control of you, which it seeks to do, it takes your life over. And when that happens, it is actually much better not to have it. That’s why Howard Hughes renounced all his money, and tried to live like a pauper and a recluse. He was smart enough to try to get back to some semblance of sanity. Anthony Bourdain just committed suicide today. And we find ourselves once again asking what wasn’t to love about his life? traveling all around the world from one country to another eating gourmet food, meeting wonderful people? But we never know what’s really going on in the deepest corners of peoples hearts. And that’s why we should always try to touch others in a sincere and loving way…because you might just be saving their life. dwp

Homeless, Not Hopeless

There is a photographer working in and around Los Angeles who is taking pictures of the homeless. He is taking black & white photos only, for effect, and to give attention to the kind of country this is, that is the richest most powerful country on the planet, and yet, we have tens of thousands of people who cannot afford to feed themselves, or have a place where they can call home. This man is highlighting through his photography the fact that America, as rich as it might seem now, is quickly in decline. Any country that is not dedicated and devoted to its peoples’ basic most needs, is heading straight for the sewer, and it should wind up there too. I always try to help the poor and homeless, not because I feel obligated to, or because I’d feel guilty if I didn’t it’s because I am them. And that’s what I identified with when I saw this wonderful mans story on the news. When he was asked, what is the motive of this very special work of yours? He said: “It’s to remind people that the poor and the homeless are still people.” His words brought tears to my eyes, because it seems that more and more these days some people are trying to forget that. But it is not only the poor & homeless, it is the sick, the weary, the heavy, etc. In spite of the efforts of the idiots to divide us and push us towards hatred, we must remember that we are all one, and that our highest spirit is the spirit of love. dwp.

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