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Death Notes by Seade Danu

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

“The most important things are the hardest to say. They
are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish
them—words shrink things that seemed limitless when they
were in your head to no more than living size when they’re
brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most
important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is
buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to
steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly
only to have people look at you in a funny way, not
understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it
was so important that you almost cried while you were saying
it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within
not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear”
(King).

The word “death” alone is enough to conjure those emotions—conflicting
emotions that are deep and visceral, poignant, universal, and intensely
personal. Death: what does it mean? What does it entail? What does it suggest?
Death is known as the bogeyman behind every psyche— the final unknown—
and for some: peace. In its most simplistic and stark definition, Merriam-Webster
notes death as: “The action or fact of dying or being killed; the end of the life of
a person or organism. An instance of a person or an animal dying.”

Every school child knows that when something is dead, it stops breathing,
and it stops moving. In an anatomical sense, the brain itself begins to have
erratic electrical activity, and the heart begins to have arrhythmias (irregular
beats and rhythms). On the cellular level, the sodium and calcium channels
begin to shut down resulting in a temporary state of tetany—involuntary
hardening of the muscle—that we refer to as “rigor mortis.” This fully occurs,
however, some hours after the person has ceased to have any brain function.
In fact, rigor mortis means “death rigor.” Most muscles begin to stiffen 3-4
hours after death—with peak rigidity occurring at 12 hours—then gradually
dissipating over the next 48-60 hours. Dying cells are unable to exclude calcium,
and the calcium influx into muscle cells promotes the binding of myosin cross
bridges. Actin and myosin become cross linked irreversibly, producing the
stiffness of dead muscle. Rigor mortis disappears as muscle proteins break
down in the several hours after death. And, so, the school children are right in
that very basic sense—the body stops moving.

We find anatomically that the brain has ceased function as well. For all
intents and purposes, the person is “dead.” Where do we go from here? Death
being acknowledged as a cessation of moving or breathing is as descriptive as
calling a Picasso masterpiece a thoughtless doodle. Death is—to the human race
and to each individual—massive, complex, inevitable, and fraught with emotion.
It would serve to wonder how death itself—in a universal sense—is viewed
in different cultures. In the United States, we find that we are the only country
where death is not viewed as a cycle of life. In fact, we as a nation try our
hardest to stave death off to the last possible moment and then dress the
corpse up to appear as still living. Gutierrez lends a different perspective to this
argument, as noted in  Views on Death from across the Border :
“Dealing with death can be a difficult process. Even though
death and dying are inevitable, American society seems to be fearful
of death and avoids the topic whenever possible. According to
Philippe Ariès, in the Middle Ages, everyone (including children) was
familiar with death. Death was a public event where family and
friends were often present, and children were socialized about it
early on. Today, death has become taboo, usually avoided due to a
need for happiness, an attitude that was born in the United States at
the beginning of the 20 th century. We are so concerned with
collective happiness that we avoid any cause for sadness. As a
result, adults seem especially uncomfortable addressing death with
the young.

Contrary to American society’s attitude towards death,
Mexicans view death as an important part of their national identity.
Mexicans embrace death, something that is reflected through the
different rituals that are practiced when someone dies as well as the
celebrations that take place to commemorate Día de Muertos (Day of
the Dead). Taking place throughout the end of October and
beginning of November, it is probably the most important national
holiday in Mexico. This period of remembrance is used by Mexicans
to pay tribute to their loved ones who have died; it is a time when
relatives who have died can visit and spend time with the living.
Some of the most important elements of Día de Muertos include: the
ofrenda  (offering) that is set at the home, the visits to the cemetery,
and all the preparations that take place (e.g., purchasing aromatic
flowers, preparing elaborate dishes) before the main celebration on
November 2nd. Due to its importance, everyone is expected to
participate in this celebration, and children are no exception.
Mexican children are fully incorporated into all aspects of this
celebration and play a very active role throughout the festivities. Día
de Muertos probably provides children with one of the most relevant
experiences with death.”

It is significant to remember that death itself rarely stands alone as a
human experience; nearly every culture defines death in terms of a religious
viewpoint. Needless to say, every religious viewpoint varies, and one can be left
with a bewildering hodgepodge mix of the soul, the spirit, rituals for the burial
of the dead, and the afterlife. (It is interesting to note that among at least one
tribe of Aborigines, when asked, “What happens to the soul after death?”, the
elders were noted to respond with incredulity, and, “ We don’t know!” This is a
refreshing wisdom.)
Within it all, however, Kubler-Ross still stands as a beacon of reason with
her 1969 classic,  On death and dying. In this, she refers to the typical stages of
grief that human beings tend to follow when confronted with the inevitability of
death—all human beings, regardless of culture or religious affiliation: (1) denial;
(2) anger; (3) bargaining; (4) depression; and (5) acceptance. This allows us
the perspective of viewing life within the context of death. Knowing that, in a
human experience, acceptance will be the final step and one may begin their
journey unencumbered.

We may begin to realize that the way we view death is far less important
as the way we live it. Death may be a cessation of the body, but most human
beings—in some form or another—believe that the spirit survives, and moves
on. In the Wiccan tradition, death is viewed as a cycle of life—a microcosm of
the macrocosmic world around us. As each living thing dies and is reborn in
some fashion or another—as minute as the grass and as large as the seasons—
so we, too, feel our bodies die but to only regain life. Death ceases to become
that which should be feared; instead, death can be integrated into that which is
simply a cycle.

It should be mentioned, no matter how briefly, that one of the
fundamental reasons people fear death is because of the question: “What
happens to the body?” From the fear of being buried alive (Taphophobia) to
cremation, to the now-fading Promessa promise of being dipped in liquid
nitrogen and scattered to plants, there remains a lingering fear of somehow still
being connected to the body after death. In most belief systems, there is an
assurance that this isn’t the case; yet in the dark shadows of the human mind, it
becomes difficult—if not impossible—to separate the “essential self” of the
person from the housing that encased it for the span of its life.
In this, as previously stated, it is helpful to remember the cycle of life,
death, and rebirth. When one is able to view death in the light of a crowning to
life and a herald to a new beginning, it loses some of its stigma and can hold
the promise of achievement. Psychologist Carl Jung had his distinct views as
well, as noted by Springer:
“Jung viewed death as a fulfillment, rather than a negation, of life.
‘As a doctor,’ he wrote in his 1930 essay,  The stages of Life, ‘ I am
convinced that it is hygienic—if I may use the word—to discover in
death a goal toward which one can strive, and that shrinking away
from it is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second
half of life of its purpose.’”

As human beings, we are told we share nothing in common to all except
birth and death. We will—and do—age: our eyesight dims; our step is less
certain; and we realize with occasional awe-filled clarity that someday—what we
acknowledge as our very existence—will cease, and we are stilled with the
thought. We should, however, remember that as humans, we actually share
three things: birth, life , and death. We can draw from that very unity a comfort,
and know that regardless of the individual or cultural beliefs, we do not go
where our ancestors have not gone before—we merely follow in their steps.
The Great Wheel turns, and we—like all the living—will be among those
cast with Fate. What certainty can we hold? In the world around us, we are
shown that life will continue through death in its tenacious way. As Crichton
noted, “Life will find a way,” and in this, we may draw comfort. Death will never
be the final eulogy of the human race—nor of any race;  life will be its final
word, its ultimate Aria, its grandest epic—and you can bet your death on it.

PhoenixPhyre 2014

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

 

I had a blast at Autumn Meet in Lakeland, Florida with my Phoenix Phamily

The entertainment was outstanding.  I especially enjoyed the band Jaxx or Better and hope they will be returning soon.  The fire spinners put on a fantastic show with some acts that I had not seen before. 

The best part of the festival has to be the people.  Not just those that put the event on, but those in attendance.  There are so many special people that attend on an on-going bases and new attendees that are now part of the family.

The workshops were also first class with a lot of spiritual work and healing.  It was truly a spiritual experience in a family friendly environment.  The big yellow dump truck load of sand that created a great play area for the children was back again this time.

 I appreciate so very much all the hard work that Team Phoenix put into making this event so very special.  PhoenixPhyre in March and  AutumnMeet in October  are two festivals that will remain on my calendar.  They are held in Lakeland Florida and I would encourage anyone who can get there to check out either or both of these festivals.

Phoenix Phyre 2014

March 19th, 2014 – March 23rd, 2014

 

Autumn Meet 2014

October 15th, 2014 – October 19th, 2014

 

Speaking of festivals, it seems that there are two festival seasons each year.  One in the Spring and one in the Fall.  Some many festivals during each of these seasons and I want to attend them all.  Of course, that is not practical, possible or affordable, so I pick carefully.  One of the limitations for me is that so many Pagan festivals do not allow dogs for one reason or another.  When the dogs can’t go, then my wife stays home with the dogs and I go to the festival alone.  

I also plan to attend Florida Pagan Gathering (FPG) this year and the Hawkfest events at Dragon Hills.

Cobwebs

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Every year when I was a child, my grandmother would have Spring cleaning. It was time for the chimney sweep to come and clean out the chimney. I remember, my job was to go out in the yard and watch for the brush to come out of the top of the chimney and then run inside to tell the sweep. I didn’t realize until much later that he didn’t really need for me to do that, but it did get me out of the house while he did his job.

During this time we would open all the windows and take all the bed linens out to hang on the clothes line in the sunshine. My grandmother would start upstairs and work her way down and then eventually out the back door. As she would say “it is time to get all the cobwebs out”. It was a busy and exciting time. Winters in England are long and were very cold. The house had been kept closed up against the North Wind, and the ice and snow for so long. It felt so good to have it all open.

Cleaning and opening up is still part of a process of clearing the clutter from our home. Getting the cobwebs out is good. This came home to us as we recently inherited my wife’s grandmothers home and it had years of clutter and being closed up. After a lot of hard work, it is beginning to shape up. It did, however, make us think not only about the clutter in our home, but also the clutter in our lives. We decided that we are hoarders, not as bad as the ones on the reality shows, but yet we keep a lot of things “in case we need them”. As I said, this not only applies to our “things”, but our lives in general.

We decided to clear out the things in life that do not serve us well. This included organizations to which we belong as well as friends and acquaintances that we are constantly chasing after. I had some “friends” that I had kept in touch with for years. I would call them and they would always say things like, “I’ve been thinking about you and was going to call”. The only problem is they never did. When I cleaned the cobwebs from my life and stopped calling them, that was the end as they have never called me since. These are one-way friendships and my time and energy is too valuable to feed this type of relationship.

So I recommend that everyone look at the cobwebs in their life and see what is there. Once you rid yourself of the things that clutter you home and life, it opens up many possibilities. People may not realize is that while the physical clutter in your life take takes a lot of energy to keep organized and stored as well as physical space, people, organizations and non-material clutter takes a lot of your personal energy.

When we are in a relationship, be it romantic, friendship or organizational, maintaining the ties takes time and energy and sometimes money. How often have you said I wish I had more time, money, or energy? It’s the cobwebs and the clutter that rob you of those vital resources. My wife and I have challenged each other to reign in the energies that are out there and not serving us. I in turn challenge my readers to do likewise. It doesn’t matter that it is not Spring. Start now to de-clutter your life and make it more usable for you. It is your energy that you are wasting. It is amazing how much more of your resources you will have available to contribute to the things in life that matter.

Getting the cobwebs out of your life can be stressful and perhaps this is why we have a tendency to avoid doing so. We make excuses and put it off for another time. It is really a catch 22. The more we procrastinate, the more stressed we become and yet it is stressful to take action. The solution is to be grounded and to take care of yourself during this clean-up phase. The best way to do this is to develop a meditation routine. So many people say they don’t have time to meditate. This is the one spiritual practice that is more important than any other. If I had to give up something in my spiritual life, it would not be meditation. Not only will meditation improve your spiritual life, but also help you at work, at play as well as enabling you to have more energy and clearer thinking, no matter what you are doing. So if you are not meditating because you don’t have time, you can make time by clearing out cobwebs. So clear out those cobwebs from the corners of your home and life and let me know how it impacts on your life. And, don’t forget to use some of that new found time and energy for meditation. I will write more about the importance of meditation and how to develop a meditation practice soon.

Books

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

A couple of days ago I purchased nine new books. After I made my purchases it made me think about books in general and most specifically my obsession with books. I have an extensive library of books almost all of which are either Wiccan, Pagan or the occult. I will read a book once and then keep it for reference or to read again later. When I re-read a book that I read several years ago, I oftentimes find material that I didn’t see before. I believe that when that happens we were just not ready for that piece of information the first time we read it. Even my original book of shadows (that is hand written by me) sometimes reveals information long forgotten or just not as relevant at the time as it is now.

It is said that when you are ready a teacher will appear. This must also apply to the books we read once and are not ready, only to read again when we are ready. Teachers come in many forms, human, animal, plant, mineral and even media such as movies, T.V. (ugh) and the written word. The only limitation I have is time and sometimes discipline. I also find the more we observe life the more that is revealed to us. It is like a self fulfilling prophesy, the more see the more we want to see and therefore the more we see, etc.

I have filled several bookcases with books that I have collected over the years and they are like old friends, with whom I would not want to part. Maybe in some way they are better than old friends as old friends will move away, get busy in other interests or even get mad about something little thing and move on with their lives. My books just wait around until I get ready to pick them up and read them once more. They never get mad, jealous or lose interest. They are just there, like a faithful dog with a long life.

I was better about buying books for a while. After all books are expensive and they take up a lot of room. Once I discovered that I could buy used books much cheaper on the internet, my passion was in full bloom again. This too got expensive, the book cases bulged and a new bookcase had to be built costing me more money. So I cut back on my book buying, at least for a while. Then along came books that could be downloaded on-line and they were free. They were in PDF form and I had to read them on my computer, but free is good.

Then one day I bought a Kindle. I think it will hold 3500 books. I had discovered book Utopia. Now I could have a bookcase full of books in my hand and take it anywhere. My reference books were ready and I didn’t have to hunt and find where I left them last time. But, as evidenced buy my last purchase it can become obsessive. In my own defense, I only paid 99 cents per book and some were classics and references. In fact a couple of them are duplicates of books I have on my shelves. The advantage is I no longer need to lug a briefcase full of books when I travel. I just need to remember to bring the charger for the Kindle.

Some of the sites I find inexpensive or free books are:

http://www.sacred-texts.com/

http://www.hermetics.org/library/Library_Gnostic.html

http://dealoz.com/

http://www.forgottenbooks.org/index.php

http://www.amazon.com

The Veil

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

I know that we all have our personal feelings as well as those of our tradition when it comes to what happens when we pass through the veil. For many it is something they do not want to think about. Perhaps because they are young and believe they have a full life ahead of them and there is no need to spend time thinking about something so far down the road. For others it is the fear, or terror, of dying that keeps them from thinking about death and dying. And, while it is not a subject to dwell on for too long, lest we get melancholy or even depressed, it is something we must all face someday.

 Since most of us Wiccans and Pagans came from a Christian background and from an early age have been taunted with the rewards of heaven and the terrors of hell, it is hard to switch gears to the reality of a Summerland where we all go. To a place of love, peace and rest. A place where no one is waiting to judge us or even to weigh the weight of our heart against a feather. It does seem that there has frequently been threats of punishment and reward associated with the afterlife in most mainstream religions. What a powerful way to keep their subjects, members and citizens doing their will. Fear is a powerful motivator.

 It does seem interesting to me that since so many Christians believe, or so they say, that they are going to heaven when they die, that they fear death so much. This has been brought to my doorstep by some recent events. The first of these was the death of my mother-in-law. A Christian woman who, although in pain and living in a nursing home, fought death so very vigorously. It was not until the day of her death that she found the peace, through the comforting words about heaven from the hospice chaplain, and was ready to pass through the veil.

The second brush with the afterlife came when my father, also a devout Christian, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and placed in an Intensive Care Unit. After many ups and downs, all the while calling out “I don’t want to die!” and reciting the “Lord’s Prayer”, he flat-lined. Since he didn’t have a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), he was revived. He is currently in a nursing home and making slow progress.

The third incident was our cat, and I know she is Wiccan like us, passed through the veil on night not too long ago. She was slowly fading and finally quit eating and drinking. I visited with her on the night of her death and she seemed very much at ease. She passed away later that night in her sleep and I found her where I left her, the next morning.

With so much death and near death around me lately, it has caused me to reexamine my thoughts and beliefs in the dying process and what waits for me beyond the veil. I know that I do not fear death and also that I know there are many things much worse than death. Perhaps also because I am older and have had a wonderful life so far, I am comfortable with the idea of dying. I know that it is something that I, as well as everyone else must eventually face. When I think of this, I think of the words of the great Persian poet Rumi, who said:

When I die

I will fly with the angels

and when I die to the angels

What I shall become

You cannot imagine

I am comforted in my mind and my soul. I believe in reincarnation and that the afterlife will be a respite before another incarnation. I know that I must make the best of the life I have and to live life to its fullest. And yet, take care of my body and soul while I am able to do so. I believe that death is the final frontier, of this lifetime and I will go where many have gone before me including myself. I am not ready to die, but I am prepared to accept it when my time comes and I want to go like my cat and not like my Christian family members. I will go in peace knowing that there are loved ones, ancestors, spirit guides and gods there waiting to help me with that transition, oh and those angels too. I pray that you may also find peace and understanding that the veil is not the end, but the next great adventure.

In My Backyard

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Since I have not been home much in the past couple of months, I have missed my back yard.  It seems to have become so green in my absence. Friends that visited from Florida, this week, even commented on how green everything is.  I decided to enjoy it this morning and soaked in the hot tub for about an hour.  During that time, I listened to the birds singing in the trees and flying overhead.

At one point a hawk made a low pass over the trees and was pursued by two smaller birds that seemed really upset.  It reminded me of my dog Raven that passed earlier this Spring.  We called her our huntress.  One day she was in our back yard and managed to snag a bird out of mid air.  She was so proud!  Although it didn’t please us, it really made the songbirds angry and for the rest of that year she was attacked by dive-bombing birds that held a grudge.

There are those that say animals don’t remember or have a soul, but I for one believe they do.  These birds obviously grieved one of their own and demonstrated their anger for a sustained period of time.  I have witnessed many situations where animals and birds have mourned the loss of one of their own.  I know that there is a spark of the Devine in every living thing as much as there is in us.  I honor this in all of life and know that we all share the energies of the cosmos and the Spirit of Deity.

Spring Festivals

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Life has finally slowed down this Spring.  Not that it hasn’t been a wonderful ride.  Because it has.  I have attended and presented at several Pagan festivals to include PhoenixPhyre Phamily Phestival, Old Earth Gather, MoonDance, Pagan Unity Festival (PUF) and a couple of smaller events.  The conclusion that I have come to is that each festival has a spirit of its own.  The things that remain constant, however, are that I meet new friends and renew old acquaintances with many wonderful people.  I have made many new friends this year and by the same token, it has been wonderful to see old friends.  The really fun thing is that people show up where I least expect them.  People that I know from one festival and don’t expect to see again until the same time next year suddenly appear in my peripheral and good times get even better.

 

The second constant is the I get to share my knowledge with others at these venues.  It is so rewarding to have so many people attend my workshops and linger afterwards to talk and share ideas.  It is especially rewarding when I see familiar faces (people that have taken the workshop previously) show up to go through it again.  I do love to teach and facilitate workshops.  I also attend other workshops and learn from them.  Not to mention the fact that I learn from my attendees and students.  The more challenging the questions and comments the better it is and the more I learn.

 

I have enjoyed some fantastic music this year also.  S.J. Tucker is one of my favorites and I enjoyed her music at PUF.  I really enjoyed Spiral Rhythm and Telling Point.  So much good Pagan entertainment out there.

 

I am already have bookings for this Fall and next Spring and will post the fall schedule soon.

Balancing the Goddess and the God

Friday, March 11th, 2011

In my current personal practice of Wicca, I understand that there needs to be a balance of energies within my religion.  I find though that, more often than not, we Witches are considered part of a Goddess religion.  I am aware that this may have been the case when the Craft was first revived (in the 1950s); however, I believe, with the exception of Dianic Covens, that most of today’s Witches see the advantage of a balance of power in rituals, rites and our relationship with the gods.   Perhaps some of the Goddess emphasis came from the pendulum swing created when many people changed from the patriarchal structure of the Christian world.  This being the point from which most of us began out spiritual journey. I believe it is a challenge to transition from the single Deity (God) or even the God in three persons (all male) to a concept of many Goddesses and Gods (polytheism).

When I first entered the Craft it was very much a Goddess religion.  The God was only acknowledged as the consort of the Goddess and the High Priest was just in circle to protect the High Priestess.  Neither I nor any other male Witch was ever allowed to touch the altar or even be taught how to activate the altar.  I know that times have changed and we are more eclectic today than back then, however, there is still the feeling that we are Goddess orientated.  In an attempt to visualize the concept of balance between the God and Goddess I looked at the Tree of Life within the Qabalah.

Before we take a look at the Tree, be aware that the Qabalah is more of a universal symbol than one of the Judaeo/Christian doctrine.  It is a Hermetic tool and most likely predates Judaism.    As such, we Witches can use the Tree of Life to help us understand the Universe and life itself, but that is beyond the scope of this article.  For this example, I want to use just the three top spheres (sephirot) or what is called the supernal triangle.

If we conceptualize Kether at the top of the supernal triangle as Deity, then we have a starting place. Kether is understood to be both male and female.  It is the focal point from which everything emanates.  From Kether the force or energy is directed to Chokhmah which is the male representation of God and to Binah which is the female representation.  Binah represents the Mother Goddess and Chokhmah the Father God.  As we descend the Tree of Life we find all the Goddesses and all the Gods placed according to their traits.

Although this correlation may not work for those who are not familiar with the Tree of life it is a great visual for those who have at least a cursory understanding.  Given some thought you may even find a visualization and correlation that works better for you.

That being said, it begs to ask the question; why is balance important and what is wrong with Goddess religion?  It really depends upon what you are looking for on your spiritual path.  If you are tired of male dominance and are looking for a change in favor of the feminine then this is not an issue for you.  However, if you believe as I do that real magick can only occur when both masculine and feminine energies are employed, you will be obliged to move to that space between masculine and feminine enabling you to access both.  With very few exceptions, in nature, the male and female are needed in order to procreate.  Since it is your path you follow, only you can decide whether or not to follow just the Goddess or a balance of Gods and Goddesses.

A Short Rant

Friday, March 11th, 2011

I have been complacent for far too long.  I receive e-mail and Facebook posts that are not appropriate and not appreciated.  They are steeped in predigism, hatred and bigotry.  I believe it is time for me to stand-up for what I believe in.  I am a realist and I am not a bleeding heart liberal.  I have the right to my opinion and believe I have earned it.  I spend 20 years of  my life defending this Republic as an American serviceman and another 10 years in law enforcement.  I love my country and truly fear for the direction in which we are going.

  • I believe that every man, woman and child in this world has the right to proper health care.  That is the right and opportunity to seek and obtain medical care when it is needed.  I would gladly wait longer to see a doctor if it meant someone who would not otherwise be eligible to see a doctor had the same opportunity as me.
  • I believe that every human being on this planet has the right to be able to have food, clothing  and shelter. I believe that people should not be faulted for doing whatever they can do to obtain this for themselves and their families.
  • I believe that all people have the right to the pursuit of happiness.  I don’t believe this should be limited in any way because of a person’s race, color or creed.  Furthermore it should not be dependent on the sexual preference, their heritage, the nationality or their religion.
  • I believe that no matter who our president is that once he is in office we should support him/her with our words and our prayers.  We don’t look good in the eyes of the world when we criticize our president and question his nationality and his religion (or what many believe to be his religion).

There was a time that American were respected throughout the world and those that took us on paid a heavy price for doing so.  Not just in a wartime situation, but in the eyes of the rest of the world.  We have lost that respect and honorable position that we once held.  Many Americans today have to have someone to hate.  In fact, this is one trait that has followed the human race throughout time.  There have been groups singled out for this hatred throughout history.  Today that hatred is aimed at the illegal aliens that come into this country from Mexico.  It wasn’t too long ago that that hatred was aimed at the people of color.  And, women have been the brunt of this in many cultures at many times.

We are already pointing some of this hatred toward gay men and lesbian women.  Who will be next?  Will it be the legal aliens, the liberals, the homeless, the elderly, the Democrats, the Republicans, those that vote, those that don’t vote. the northerners, the southerners, the Pagans and the Witches?  Will it be you?

There have been times when people stood by while others were persecuted and have done nothing.  One by one group after another of people were singled out arrested and murdered and no one spoke out.  And, when the tide turned and it was their turn to be arrested, there was no one left to speak for them.  You need only to look at Nazi Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s to know this is true.  Don’t think that was then and this is now.  That couldn’t happen in this country.  It could and I fear might if we do not stand-up for the oppressed, who will stand up for us when we are oppressed?  I don’t ask you to agree with me and I know many of you will not.  I just ask you to take a moment to ask yourself who you are and for what you believe.  How would you feel if you were one of the other people. Hate is a terrible insidious disease.  Rodney King was so right when he said “why can’t we all just get along”.