Understanding Prejudice 2019-025

                                                Understanding Prejudice    2019-025

Understanding prejudice is something that I feel, cannot be done. Prejudice is tied to intolerance to a degree, which is also something that cannot be understood. Can hatred be the factor that feeds those that endorse or hold fast to these beliefs?

What other influences would lead those having such despicable thoughts towards others? The hatred for anything is NOT a justifiable defense for prejudicial intolerance. Neither is using any religion or religious dictate for having thoughts that go against normal decent beliefs.  I would think that the word normal is the key word here.

Self-avowed racists or some that claim they are not, but ARE, due to their words used or actions taken, at times, do NOT care if they are looked at as prejudicial or intolerant. Also, God fearing, holier than thou advocates, that use their Bible as weapons to try and prove their righteousness and disapproval of others are examples of why the problem with religion is religion itself.  

Liberals AND conservatives that stretch their beliefs either to the far left or right and show the world their prejudice and intolerance to others on the other end of the spectrum need to learn what compromise means.

Many, but not all, major faith groups use a variation of the Golden Rule in their beliefs. This thought of “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you is sometimes forgotten.

Listed below are some prejudices that are common, but there are more I am sure. Since I am a Christian, I will use an excerpt from the teacher Jesus Christ as an example of how I feel people could look at others. 

In Mark 12 versus 29-31 it states that Jesus told His disciples how they must adhere to the following: “The most important (commandment) is this:  Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love this Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.”

In other words, being prejudicial and intolerant is NOT the way to be, if you are a Christian and want to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.  In Luke 14:27 Jesus also said, “And anyone who does not carry His cross and follow Him, cannot be my disciple.”

I just used the Bible to show some thoughts, not as a weapon, but as a guide to living life with Jesus, so you could still call me a hypocrite for doing so, if you wish. 

It is so too easy to show our feelings about something that is prejudicial towards anyone, but if we do so it identifies it as a factual feeling experience, and it can give us an opportunity to change ourselves as part of the process of change and healing oneself.

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Peace,
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Essence of Thought 2019-023

Essence of Thought 2019-023

 

Begone, begone ye cursed thoughts,

Take off and flee to a different day.

Let my mind be at rest for a fleeting moment,

To regroup for a haggard stay.

Interest wanes for continued love,

In dismay, my mind wanders still.

 

Perish the Devil for allowing this,

A wicked way of fortunate bliss.

A rusty pinnacle of frozen tableau,

Given in time for decrepit spray.

Alas, the heart beat continues still,

Allowing a millennium of joy.

 

Where is the harbinger of celestial upheaval?

To judge those left behind.

Thoughts remain to drip to oblivion,

Finally peace reigns in my time.

 

 

Peace,

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Journey’s, Then, Now and To Be 2019-022

                                                Journey’s, Then, Now and To Be  2019-022

Our journey of life in the past is what it was, and will remain forever more, history. What we did, we did and nothing can change this fact. Our memories of then are what we keep, even if some of them we might want to forget.

We can cherish the good thoughts, the happy ones and relish in the rethinking of them now. The bad thoughts could be forgotten and allowed to dissolve if we allow them to do so; nothing wrong there!!!!

Then, can the “Now” journey be to our benefit? The” Then” episodes of our life can be a teaching tool to guide us on our “Now” journey.

By allowing ourselves to learn from the “Past”, maybe we can cope with today’s trials and tribulations better.  “Then” comes the “To Be” part of our lives an what we do “Now” might just dictate what will the “To Be” part of our lives — Good or Bad!!!!

We had choices before and acted on them and today we continue to live with our decisions then. The same goes for what we do now that will determine on what it will be in the future— our choice again!!!!

Yesterday is over, so get over it!!!!  Today we are in the process of life now, so do something about it!!!!  Make tomorrow succeed in our goals we make today and improve on it!!!!

It is sometimes hard to forget the past and make a change for today.  Acting now on doing things to make the next day better is within our power hopefully.

It is too EASY to make excuses of “why” because of the past and sometimes harder to make today different, but it is within our scope to have tomorrow more tolerable than what we did then and what we do now!!!

I am going to try and encourage you to give it a go, and I also, find things are sometimes difficult to follow through, but that is life..  So be it…

 

Peace,
Den Betts
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Life’s Inspirations 2019-21

To be inspired in any way, by something, is a great thing to happen and hopefully to be taken advantage of,  in the scope of life.

 

Life’s Inspirations   2019-21

To be Inspired

And do nothing

Is not to be inspired

At all.

 

Wishing, deep desires,

Boldly stated,

Yet not done, are

Forgotten in life

And left behind.

 

Each moment – a gamble

Of living; chances taken

Life’s reward an

Inner feeling

Not shared with others.

 

 

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State of Mind 2019-020

What is the state of our minds? It, our mind, is what it is, that is for sure. But, in reality, where does it leave us on a daily basis, to experience life in another way, unknown to us now? I ask, with the authority of knowing somewhat, how our minds are subject to forces of nature that enable us to do, think, and experience life in a unique way of existence.

State of Mind 2019-020

I jumped through the window in my mind,

Into the void of darkness beyond.

Pinpoints of starry far off lights,

Surrounded me on all sides.

I was through, I was there,

Scared, but not turning back.

My body and mind floating in free space,

No veil, no hindrance of feelings

A phenomenon as before, visited once again,

A difference, of total absolute awareness.

An intensity born from desire to know,

Culminating in final release and reality.

Not looking back, not knowing for sure,

The reasons of this wonderful sight.

Knowing that again, I will revisit

To feel the power of the feeling.

Peace,
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Winter Trek 2019-019

Frigid air, coupled with blowing cold snow, brings to mind how winter weather has a way to challenge us in everyday life. It is SO, SO easy to contemplate staying at home on days or evenings like described below.  At one time I did NOT have a choice, but braved the inclement weather, but now have the luxury to decide to go or stay in my warm nest of a home and look outside and appreciate that fact.   Winter on my mind this Feb 2019

Winter Trek  2019-019

Windswept snow

forming sporadic whiteouts;

challenging dim headlights

stabbing through hazy swirls

 

Compressing, confining,

twin valleys of miniature mountains

piled high by metal monsters –stand high

 

Inside the capsule, white knuckles

furrowed brow and squinting eyes

peer at ghosts of whiteness ahead

 

Tenseness filling the air

with quickened breath;

Ice islands, snow covered,

near skids, heartbeats missed

 

Exhalation with thought;

reward of hot chocolate

blankets and a crackling fireplace

waiting beyond the chill

 

Faint light filtering ahead,

a final turn

familiar beacon shining

home again, home again

journey done;

reward to be taken.

 

Relief

 

Peace,

Den Betts   bettsden@gmail.com  Email

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Imperfections in Life 2019-018

We get stuck in a mindset of beliefs at times and it is difficult to change our thinking, but we SHOULD do so, just to prove it is possible.  We think we are correct and without imperfections, but in reality, we are not; just think so.

 

Imperfections of Life    2019-018

At times, I feel like an imperfect man

in an imperfect world,

Striving for, but failing in a quest

of perfection in life itself.

 

Old bias and prejudices get in the way

of changing opinions once formed,

so hard to release, to forget.

 

Tapes of yesterday, stored in the mind

Rewind and play back

to remind of once was and is now.

 

How to erase, to eradicate feelings

that should not be there, but are;

yet still remember the WHY,

of the original thoughts.

 

Perhaps tis wiser to remember and grow,

in another direction, away from

the imperfections in life.

Peace

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