I often have some of my best insights of any given day while thinking in the shower. So on January 5th i was thinking about the state of the world. It dawned on me that we empower one another to do Everything. Sometimes even when we’re empowered we might fail. Sometimes we empower the wrong people, like politicians, and then it becomes a race to disempower one another.
If someone has an awesome idea for an art project, and their friends think it is worth helping out on, they put their energy together and make it happen. Another variation of that is a sports team. Or even a corporation, or an open source software project, like WordPress. Crowd sourcing is another variation, such as Kickstarter.com.
Unfortunately, there have been way too many examples of treachery overtaking trust as the way people get power in the World’s history.
But when trust is earned and empowerment given, there has been beautiful results, time and time again.
That’s what I was thinking about in the shower the other day…
That same day my Dad brought my Mom to the Emergency Room at a local hospital. She was dehydrated, catching bronchitus, and experiencing severe mental disorientation, nor had she eaten anything for a day or two. Also that day I hung out with one of my only first cousins that I have, & his son, who I’d never met. It was the second time I’d seen Greg since 1987. The other time was a few months ago at my uncle’s funeral. His son has the same first and last name as I do. Wierd.
I went down to see my Ma on Sunday. They had her in restraints. She had ripped out the IV tubes earlier. She didn’t know where she was. It was painful to see but she was happy to see me and my Pa. She was scared and confused for moments, then in good spirits, then, down, then up again. This is brutal. She would not eat the food they had brought her. Later in the day she ate a few grapes and we got her to drink maybe twelve to sixteen ounces of water. I got her to smile for a photo though.
I’m not sure what any of this has to do with empowerment. I just know I love my mother and would do anything to empower her to get well. 2013 has started out in a very surreal way.
Brother Gerard Foley, Trappist Monk, RIP
My Uncle Dick, known by his brothers at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey as Brother Gerard, left this worldly plane (sp?) of existence last night around 11:15pm Pacific time. The journey he began in service to the Lord 56 years ago is finally over, and he is now able to claim his reward for his faithful life of service to the world. He was in hospice care for the last two weeks or so, had lost his appetite and was in steady pain. Thankfully, he was able to go back to the monastery which he called home for his final day here on Earth. Click the image below to visit his memorial gallery.
Old School Pizzeria in Olympia, WA is a good, low key place to stop for a slice if Northbound traffic on I-5 is backed up around Dupont/Ft. Lewis. Don’t let the bathroom photo scare you off… their thin crust pizza is done right. The decor inside will reinforce the fact that the Reagan years were just not that great. Visit them to see what I mean!
Rainbows and unicorns yo!
Clay Shirky explains SOPA and PIPA in plain terms and what might happen if they pass
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THE NEW COMMON SENSE
A Declaration of INTERDEPENDENCE, born of necessity, from and for the collective conscience of the “99%” to and for the oligarchic “1%” of the United States of America.
SECTION I: The Right to Equal Participation in Government has been taken from the People and is explained. — A Plan is offered to restore the Right to Equal Participation that requires only the use of tools and procedures that have already been proven to work. — The restoration of Equality must take priority above all and reasons are given. — Outside damaging influences must no longer be allowed privileged access to Elected Representatives in a Constitutional Republic. — An Offer in Compromise that would reunite this Nation with its Foundation is clearly stated. — A clear, workable and simple method by which we may rebuild ourselves as a Prosperous Nation and return to being One Hundred Percent is explained. — A New Litmus Test of our government is declared and explained. — A plan and petition to rebalance the Branches of Government is outlined in detail.
SECTION II: Monitions are forwarded to our Leaders, to the Congress in specific, to the Media, to Law Enforcement and the Domestic Militia, and to the “1%” — A direct message and plea for the “99%” from the author(s).