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Our anger is unleashing monsters of which we should all be afraid

You know, it would be funny if it weren’t so critically serious.

There have always been people throughout history on the fringes with extreme and radical views. While their beginning intent may be honorable, they somehow lose sight of the actual goal. The allow themselves to get mired down in the anger of the argument and create stalemate instead of headway.

Fortunately, there were usually those who kept their eyes on the big picture. They realized that governing requires building relationships, being open minded, and learning how to pack the most from each position into a solution.

There are still those with their eyes wide open, working hard to maintain a land of liberty and justice for all.

monsterHowever, they are becoming harder and harder to hear as the screams, invectives, and literal inciting of mobs drown out all other sound.

The very people who are so angry at the government gridlock are also those who elect leaders with the directive: DO NOT COMPROMISE.

When a member of a political party does cross the aisle and work in a bipartisan manner, they are branded as “the absolute worst for completely betraying” the standard of no negotiating. Their death knell tolls and no one is willing to be seen associating with this traitor.

All the good that this elected official could do is snuffed out by a slammed and bolted door.

Like I said, it would be funny if it weren’t so true.

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Have we asked what comes AFTER the anger?

There is a lot of anger out there.

Global, national, political, social, economic, sectarian.

Through years of hiding our heads in the sand and putting off for tomorrow that which we should sacrifice today, we’ve made a mess of a lot of things.

And, to coin a phrase, everyone’s mad as hell.

Understandable.

gunshotIt feels like we have at last arrived at that final straw that will break the camel’s back.

And the resultant wounded roar is much like the shot heard around the world.

So, now that the igniting shot has been fired, what comes next?

To me, it looks like we have two choices: scream more oxygen into the flames and let the inferno burn everyone it touches; or, build a forge.

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What is hope?

A wonderful friend and priesthood brother of mine is going through something unimaginable, and has been for years now.

As a husband and a father, this is just about as tough as it gets; I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that plummets the depths of his soul.

We’ve talked several times throughout this experience about a fundamental human need that helps us make it through these tough trials:

What is hope?step forward

He shares that he can understand having hope in the long run; you know, hope in the next life, hope that things eventually will work out okay.

(Source: Alex Batty)

But what about today?

Or, even more difficult, what about tomorrow, when it is even darker than today?

I’ve lain awake trying to pull my thoughts together and put words to what I feel and know within. Chances are pretty good that I’m going to botch this up, but I’ll try anyway.

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Why turn the other cheek?

Lately there has been a lot of media hype regarding the story of a woman, who biologically has two Caucasian parents, yet identifies herself as African American.

She has stated that this is who she feels her true self to be, who she really is inside. She has taken steps to alter her physical appearance so that she does, in fact, look as if she is an African American woman.

interviewThe media and African American community, along with many others, are screaming for an apology for her actions.

It appears that this has hurt them deeply, whether it is from the lie or the presumption of understanding just what it means to be Black.

Hmmm.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is scratching his head here. Wasn’t just a few weeks ago that Bruce Jenner was given an award for courage?

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Being vigilant vs. being vindictive

(all images in this post are from the LDS Media Library)

A friend recently shared some frustrations regarding what it feels like to be considered a second-class member of society, or more painfully, a second-class member of a family.

I think I noticed it more in my personal life when I was younger. It was pretty easy to figure out who was “different.” The adults’ raised eyebrows and hurried whispers were seen by the youth and we were quick to imitate.

After all, there must be a good reason to see this person as not quite good enough, even if we didn’t understand what it was.

Savior6Gratefully, now as a middle-aged man I see it less and less in my personal life. Ann and I really do live in a pretty amazing place with pretty amazing people.

However, it seems that society at large has gotten worse.

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