Insurrection

In light of the attack by right wing terrorists yesterday, Americans need to stop spreading lies that are feeding this delusional mob and damaging our republic.

These lies can no longer be tolerated by any who consider themselves patriotic Americans:

1. Donald Trump won the 2020 election 
2. There is massive voter fraud in America 
3. Police brutality is not a problem in America 
4. Institutional racism does not exist in America 
5. Barack Obama was not born in America 
6. Hillary Clinton had people killed 
7. Antifa were behind the January 6 terrorist attack on the Capitol 
8. Climate change is a hoax 
9. The pandemic is a hoax 
10. The vaccine contains a tracking microchip 
11. There is a cabal of pedophiles run by George Soros, Democrats, and Hollywood liberals 

And the mother of them all: 
12. The right wing is more patriotic than the left wing
 I’ll be worn, I’ll be torn
 I’ll be lounging on my lawn
 When the coming insurrection comes to get me
 I’ll be at peace, be at ease
 I’ll be in my stocking feet
 When the coming insurrection comes to get me
  
 A rebel in my youth, always searching for the truth
 Lashing out at the world around me
  
 Now it’s Insurrection
 I see Insurrection
 There’ll be Insurrection all around me
  
 I’ll be sweet, I’ll be complete
 I’ll be watching my TV
 When the coming insurrection comes to get me
 I won’t be mad, won’t be sad
 I just pray I don’t get had
 When the coming insurrection comes to get me
  
 Now in middle age
 I can see through all the rage
 I pray for all the world around me 

2020/2021

Last year at this time I wrote:

A new year, a new decade, a new chance to reverse the obvious errors of the early years of this new century and new millennium. Here’s hoping for a greater clarity in our vision this year, for telling ourselves better stories, stories of hope and humility, of generosity and justice. And for a clear-eyed, unblinking view of reality going forward.

It didn’t quite turn out that way but my hopes aren’t dimmed. With a vaccine and a competent federal government to distribute it, there is real hope for a brighter future becoming reality in the new year.

Looking back over my years of new year’s posts I noticed that I have been here before. At the end of 2016, I wrote that it was “a horrible year for so many of us in so many ways.  I don’t remember ever feeling such desperation to turn the page on a year.” As 2017 ended: “Not to put too much pressure on you, Baby New Year, but we need some help after that nasty old man who just shuffled out the door. ” And 2014 was “a strange, sad year, full of goodbyes.” But always there was hope for better days ahead.

It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth.

Thomas Fuller, 1650

What was true in 1650 is also true in 2020. Even in the darkest times there are reasons to hope. There were some good things in 2020, seeds planted in the dark with the knowledge that the light would come again. Two people who are very dear to me got engaged, providing a shot in the arm to my faith in the power of love. And speaking of shots in the arm, I hope everyone joins me in rolling up our sleeves in the new year to do our part to eradicate this hideous plague.

As always, to better days ahead…

Here's wishing you the bluest sky
And hoping something better comes tomorrow
Hoping all the verses rhyme
And the very best of choruses, too
Follow all the doubt and sadness
I know that better things are on the way

Here's hoping all the days ahead
Won't be as bitter as the ones behind you
Be an optimist instead
And somehow happiness will find you
Forget what happened yesterday
I know that better things are on the way

It's really good to see you rocking out
And having fun
Living like you've just begun
Accept your life and what it brings
I hope tomorrow you'll find better things
I know tomorrow you'll find better things

Here's wishing you the bluest sky
And hoping something better comes tomorrow
Hoping all the verses rhyme
And the very best of choruses, too
Follow all the doubt and sadness
I know that better things are on the way

I know you've got a lot of good things happening up ahead
The past is gone, it's all been said
So here's to what the future brings
I know tomorrow you'll find better things

Christmastime

“I am sure I have always thought of Christmastime, when it has come round — apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that — as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Wishes

One of the first questions a child is asked at this time of year is “what do you want for Christmas?” Wishing is as natural as breathing. We have all wished for things we did not or could not get. Some of us have been lucky enough to have at least one of our wishes come true.

Wishes fall into three categories:

The first type of wish is the selfish one. This is the one exemplified by the adage “what’s in it for me?” There is no benefit to anyone but the wisher, except by coincidence. This is the wish of ego.

The second type of wish is the impossible one, the one that does not expect fulfillment. This is the wish for the return of something that cannot be returned – a faded youth, a loved one who is gone, or a reciprocation of love where it does not exist. This wish is an excuse for unhappiness, exemplified by the adage, “I could be happy if only…” This is the wish of dishonesty.

The third type of wish is the one given to someone else, with an open heart, without expectation of benefit to the wisher. This is the one exemplified by the adage “it is better to give than to receive.” The good will of the wish is its own reward. This is the wish of love.

My wish is for each person who reads this to cultivate one gift of love, for a dear one or a stranger, and to see through the selfishness and dishonesty that poison desire. And no wish list would be complete without one final adage: “Be careful what you wish for.”