Sustainable Gatorade, A Shot of Vodka, YHWH, Language, Fear, Crisis for All, Blue Bloods
We’re doing it wrong. All of it. Okay, maybe just a lot of it.
This is an episode of raw, because I just had a glass of sustainable Gatorade with a shot of vodka. What, you ask, is a glass of sustainable Gatorade? It is a glass of Gatorade that I have begun making for my son’s basketball team, because I got tired of watching all of the plastic wrap and single use containers that were going into the trash. One of my hashtags is #OurChildrenAreWatching… that includes when we have end of the game snacks for our kids. (No, a shot of vodka is not added to their Gatorade).
A shot of vodka, while it can be frowned upon by some folks in our communities, really should not be frowned upon. Fermented drinks are often seen as beverages that help medicinally, or otherwise, in many indigenous cultures. It is only in America, where we are still a young country, where we find ourselves still in our adolescent years, confused emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and much more. We argue over words. We argue over politics. We argue because our ego and self override our sense of community.
And yet, so many individuals in America hold high their value and honor to God. Not YHWH, but to God… a God who they have so many interpretations of. My interpretation:
IF there exists God – The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit; The Holy Spirit resides in each of us (so we are each God); and Thou shalt have no other gods before me;
THEN none of us is above any of us.
Back to words:
- Toilet to tap versus recycled (or better yet, reclaimed) water.
- Homeschooling versus unschooling.
- Oriental versus Asian.
- Illegal versus undocumented.
- Excessive discipline versus abuse.
- Community activism versus crime. Watching Blue Bloods, Law and Order SVU, Criminal Minds, and more gives me a perspective from law enforcement, albeit via tv shows. The thing about tv shows is that we know that it is realistic fiction. Now, when we watch the news, we are sometimes unsure if it is realism or fiction.
- Childlike versus childish.
- He or she versus they.
- Committeman versus committeeperson.
- Fat versus fluffy.
Fear ends up guiding most of our actions these days. Fear freezes. Fear causes flight. Fear causes fight. Some of us call it Crisis Management. Some of us call it being a Snowflake. Some of us call it being weak. Some of us call it being an Activist. So many names for so many ways to deal with FEAR.
We’re dong it wrong.
We are trying to force, manipulate, coerce individuals into actions against their will, through the use of guilt, shame, and fear.
I’m tired, Boss. I’m tired of the fighting, the flight, the freezing. We need new systems, new processes. We need to throw out the bath water. We need to throw out the concept of an eye-for-an-eye, and we need to embrace peace, empathy, love, wisdom, forgiveness, compassion, freedom, choice.
Have a shot of vodka. Go to a shooting range. Play a video game. Pull the handle of a slot machine. Buy your kid a mobile device. Because all of these “sins” are a part of life. Controlling and manipulating our youth into (or away from) the “sins” of the world cause nothing but harm. People say: “The grass is greener on the other side”. “Leave no stone unturned.” “Ask questions.” “Just say no.” “Just do it.” With so many idioms (even though Animal Rights folks are working to change “Kill two birds with one stone” to “Kill two birds with one scone” (Glutenist)) we must recognize that WE CANNOT CONTROL what others do or say. However, we CAN CONTROL the way that we react and respond.
Punitive measures serve no purpose than to further enrage or confuse the accused. Crisis affects each of us and all of us. Victims and perpetrators. No, this is not victim-blaming. This is fact. (Stop the distractions. Pay attention to everything. All of the details. Don’t just follow the crowd. Stop listening to echo chambers. If we keep doing things the way we have been doing them, we’re gonna keep getting what we’ve got.)
Time to finish watching Blue Bloods. Trying to figure out who called homeland security on a community activist.
Viva la revolucion para la paiz.
“We are each a piece of the puzzle of life. Without each of us, our picture is incomplete.”