The Power Of Community

"When you're down and out, When you're on the street, When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you" Paul Simon 

Perhaps the hardest thing about mental illness is the alienation that a person feels with the disease, that one is all alone in the world. 

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A New Year Full Of Hope

"All is quiet on New Year's Day, A world in white gets underway, I want to be with you, Be with you, night and day, Nothing changes on New Year's Day" Dave Evans / Larry Mullen / Adam Clayton / Paul Hewson

New Year's Day is a time that should fill everybody with hope. It is a time of a new beginning. It is a time to refocus and concentrate on what is important in life. 

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The Chord Of Humanity

"You probably don't want to hear advice from someone else, But I wouldn't be telling you if I hadn't been there myself, It's alright, It's alright, Sometimes that's all it takes, We're only human, We're supposed to make mistakes" Billy Joel 

We all are human beings and recognizing that fact and its implications might be the most important thing that we as a society need to learn. 

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From There To Here

"It don't make no difference, Escape one last time, It's easier to believe in this sweet madness, Oh, this glorious sadness, That brings me to my knees"  Sarah Mclachlan

How does one gauge success and failure? In the United States, it seems that the amount of money in the bank is the standard that the majority use. But we came into this world with nothing and we will leave with nothing, so I utterly reject that standard. 

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The Most Important Thing

"Hello, I saw you, I know you, I knew you, I think I can remember your name, name, Hello, I'm sorry, I lost myself, I think I thought you were someone else" Bill Berry / Peter Buck / Michael Mills / Michael Stipe

Today I was in the library and I found myself joining, of all things a writing group. In this social situation, I had to recall the most important thing. 

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The God Element

"God wants a clean fight, What God wants God gets, Don't look so surprised, It's only dogma" Roger Waters 

Ingrained in the human psyche is the "God element." If you understand how this works you will understand how a lot of evil in this world happens. 

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We Warned You

“Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money.” Cree prophecy. 
The psychiatric hospitals, the jails, and the streets may be full of the mentally ill but the seats of power are full of the insane. 

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The Anatomy Of Greed

"The best things in life are free, But you can keep them for the birds and bees, Now give me money, That's what I want, That's what I want, yeah, That's what I want" Janie Bradford / Berry Gordy Jr.

Greed is, of course, illogical to the core. But that doesn't mean that we can't break it down and perfectly understand everything about a greedy person. 


The Contradiction Of Christ

"Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it." God

The greatest objection to Christianity is perhaps Christians themselves. Which is rather ironic because I am fairly confident that Christ feels the same way. 


The Glorification Of War

"I was born in 49,  A cold war kid in the McCarthy times, Stop 'em at the 38th parallel, Blast those yellow reds to hell" Billy Joel

War is something that defines the generations. Sadly in the United States, we have had scant years of peace. It is high time to end the glorification of war.