Endless War

by Roland Van Deusen

On September 16, CBS “SIXTY MINUTES” reported that 300,000 post-9/11 combat veterans now suffer from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, where it’s said “your brain slowly dies.” This is the condition that has led former professional football players to commit suicide. The combat vets got theirs from exposure to explosions.

This is in addition to our almost 7000 killed in battle, the more than 50,000 wounded, and the one in five with PTSD, of the two and a half million who we’ve sent to war so far. And after seventeen years of constant war, our stated enemy the Taliban control as much of Afghanistan as they did when we first invaded, according to CNN.

Our grunts also fight on in Iraq, Syria, and new places like Niger, which we only learn about when we have casualties. Still the VA hospital system has 10,000 unfilled job vacancies, mostly doctors. Everyone reading this knows someone who knows a traumatized veteran. Twenty still commit suicide every day, ending their suffering, but passing the pain on to their families.

Not learning from Vietnam gave us today’s endless, winless wars. With no draft and only 1% of us in the military, these wars are now so slowly destroying our democratic values, that we hardly notice. Trump is just a symptom of this. Blue collar white Americans who once craved freedom now long for his authoritarianism. We’re like a frog in a pot of cold water with the heat only turned up a few degrees every hour. Will we hop out before we’re cooked?

https://www.veteransforpeace.org/

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More Quotes for Life

for the Brat, with love

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On love:

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh

On the importance of the little things:

Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

On being present:

“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.

On the futility of worry:

“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”
“Supposing it didn’t,” said Pooh after careful thought.
Piglet was comforted by this.

On knowing by simply being:

Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.

On individuality:

The things that make me different are the things that make me.

On the difference between knowledge and understanding:

“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”

On knowing that you don’t need anybody else to complete you:

I was walking along looking for somebody, and then suddenly I wasn’t anymore.

On self-sacrifice:

Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more…to give way to the happiness of the person you love.

On gratitude:

Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.

On comfort zones:

You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

On not overthinking:

Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits…

On unselfishness:

A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.

On the wealth in your life:

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

On clearing your mind of all thoughts:

Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.

On the value of dreams:

I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.

On the benefits of not micromanaging everything:

One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.

On the beauty within the arts:

But it isn’t easy, said Pooh. Because poetry and hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.

On finding joy in everything:

Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.

See https://www.aconsciousrethink.com/3112/20-utterly-profound-winnie-pooh-quotes-make-smile/

More Quotes for Life

https://www.garyjohnsoninfo.info/musings/quotes.html

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The Pope on can I go to Heaven

The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class. We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all. And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: We need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: We will meet one another there.”

 

  • As quoted in “Pope at Mass: Culture of encounter is the foundation of peace” at Vatican Radio (22 May 2013)

The above is the actual quote. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/pope-francis-belief-in-god/

This is the widely circulated “mis quote”.

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by George Carlin

 The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

Wise and Happy

Welcome to My World

The quieter you become, the more you can hear – Ram Dass


All you have to do to be happy, is to be grateful – Martin the dog


We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create illusion, for the moment, that we are not alone – Orson Welles

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Carl Rogers on Help

When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an emphatic stance… provides illumination and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another.

The most important movies of 2015 were not in any theater

See this Boston Globe Article

Excerpt from above : By Ty Burr GLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 28, 2015

To me, the most important movie of 2015 was the police car dash-cam video of the July arrest of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, in Prairie View, Texas. Not just the three minutes or so of the altercation with a white police officer that resulted in Bland’s being taken to the local jail, where she allegedly hung herself three days later, but the entire 52-minute expanse of the tape, for reasons I’ll discuss in a moment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuPvDMN73hQ

To me, the Sandra Bland video is the most important movie of 2015 for the segment that comes about 23 minutes in, after Bland has been taken to jail and we hear Texas state trooper Brian Encinia on his police radio, explaining to his supervisor what happened. In his version, a weary, sullen Bland didn’t answer Encinia monosyllabically until he asked her to put out her cigarette and she said no, and he didn’t drag her out of her car while screaming that he was going to “light her up.” In his version, Bland is “flailing, stomping around,” despite his attempts to “de-escalate her.” He was the calming influence, he maintains. She was the instigator.

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Sandra Bland shows there are different rules for black people

If I had been Sandra Bland, I would have put the cigarette out.

I wouldn’t have liked it, but I would have recognized the trooper was pushing because his badge, gun, and ego always tell him he can.

Here are a few of the links in the article, just in case its pay-walled or moved.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsSeSaZW66U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKQqgVlk0NQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu3Yp2IdOxY

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