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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #788 - #PayingAttention

14 Aug, 2017

ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION?

"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated."
George Bernard Shaw


"Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet."
Maya Angelou


"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."
Heather D. Heyer



Are you paying attention?
Do you feel the fear
masked as hatred,
twisted into hatred?

Do you hear the dying wails of those who
once were winning, winning bigly,
all those years
living off the labor of others,
stealing the lives and labors of others,
and making their fortunes off those others' backs?

And, too, the dying wails of those who
never won themselves
and yet
believed that someday they, too, might be huge winners--
have the right random numbers on their lottery ticket--
grab that elusive brass ring--
or at the very least be on the winning side,
rooting for the winning team--
baseball, football, basketball, hockey,
company, occupation,
race, gender, country, ancestral home--
and by association feel like they were winners, too?
at least after enough booze?

In a world in which these people
no longer feel any hope of being winners,
no longer feel they are held as above someone--anyone--
when being above someone is all they crave--
fear is masked by hatred,
twisted into hatred,
and our disgusting president is revered
for one major reason (and I'm quoting here):
"he doesn't take any shit."

They see their hatred in his unyielding face
They see their unwillingness to compromise, apologize, learn, grow
in his unwillingness to compromise, apologize, learn, grow
And they love it.

This is the dog whistle.
He doesn't take shit.
And they will try and destroy anyone who forces them
to take shit--
you know,
that shit that we know as
living in the real world, in the changing world,
in the woke world.


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