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March Spotlight on Women

In the United States, the innovation, bravery, courage, and determination of women are being celebrated during March’s Women’s History Month, to ensure a collective progressive attitude toward women. Circa 1792, Mary Wollstonecrafts wrote a book called, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” It was the beginning of a long battle.

In 1893, New Zealand granted women suffrage on the national level. Australia followed in 1902, but American, British, and Canadian women did not win the same rights until the end of World War I.

Modern women reflect on History, for example, Linda Wilson, upstate New York resident, recalls Eleanor Roosevelt, Inez Cole, and Caperton Preston, saying, “These women don’t inspire me in a specific way to ‘do’ something specific in life. Rather they inspire my realization that women can forge their own path,” says Linda Wilson, who was reared during the 1940’s and 50’s when women were seen primarily as wives-mothers-nurses-teachers. “Women should never let a cultural norm prevent them from taking a path that runs against the cultural grain.”

Wilson not only described to me the accomplishments of Roosevelt, Cole and Preston, but also added a funny side-note related to Preston, showing women are noteworthy yet practical loveable human beings.

At the age of 88 years, Miss Preston had the physique and posture of a young woman. Miss Preston also taught Linda the word “jackass.” Linda was 5 years old at the time and during a dance class, Miss Preston protested, “Point your toe, you jackass!” Linda went home delighted with the new word and called her mother a jackass. Her mother asked Linda where she learned such language. “Miss Preston,” the child answered. Linda received a spanking for lying and she began crying. When Linda’s father came home, the story came out. Her dad replied, “Linda isn’t lying. That is how I learned that word.” Linda’s dad had taken ballroom dancing from Miss Preston as a teen. He accidentally tripped Caperton and she fell to the floor and said, “Get me off this floor, you jackass!”

The mental landscape of equality still needs leveling and developing, but we can do it.

Positive Deviance and Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr., another individual who lived up to a standard far surpassing what the common human mind could envision, even while hate, fear, self-righteousness, and stupidity tried to defeat his emphatic trust in love, justice, forgiveness, and wisdom.

But, courage, bravery, positive deviance, and insight have their Day.

Although the jealous and myopic minded may belittle Martin Luther King Jr., even thinking someone else would have done a better job of advancing the human rights movement, the bottom line is: no one else did lead. No one else did what needed to be done. Other leaders were busy busy busy defending the quickly dwindling territory they owned. Fortunately, many of those very leaders got their act together, dropped their agendas, and supported Martin Luther King Jr.

The human rights movement is not dead and certainly not reached a pinnacle. Because human beings have a habit of balking at positive deviances, God sent Christ-spirit to embolden humanity to act on that which God manifests: fairness, integrity, health, humor, purpose, activity, newness, and so on.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “A person’s gaze, fastened fearlessly on a ferocious beast, often causes the beast to retreat in terror. By meeting hateful prejudice with fearless love, Martin Luther King, Jr.[1] sent hate to its own defeat. These occurrences represent the power of Truth over error. Exercise the power of intelligence, to displace unintelligent behavior.”

[1]Luther King Jr., Martin (1929–1968) American Civil Rights Leader.

Recalibrated Consciousness

Here is a mouthful, but quite interesting:

Consciousness has changed dramatically over the last few centuries due to individual inspiration and a nonhierarchical collaboration. Science has pierced through superstitions. Technology has recalibrated spatial and temporal orientation. Education has revealed the similarities between human beings, doggedly proving that there is no superior or inferior person. A conscious “self” has emerged from the tribal mentality. The cosmos itself interprets an infinite. And, a theological religion is yielding to the empathic religion as religious thinking, through faith and reason, struggles to keep up with these new concepts without twisting them to suit a human ideology or outgrown beliefs.

Audio 21st Century Science and Health

Sammy in Seattle

Recently, a Liz emailed me and asked if I had an audio version of 21st Century Science and Health. I went into my computers archives and found multiple files of an audio version of the first edition of Science and Health. But, I didn’t know what to do with the files.

My son-in-law, after returning home to Seattle from their France trip, clicked, searched, converted, clicked, uploaded, and poof, resurrected the audio version as a whole. I emailed the link to Liz and she responded by telling me they work nicely.

I then began my travels home to upstate New York after saying goodbye to Hamish and Sammy. Nine hours later, I walked out of the plane into seven degree weather and snow on the ground. Yep, I’m home!

If you are interested in purchasing an audio version of 21st Century Science and Health, let me know. The cost is $20 and can be paid through PayPal. Email me: 4CherylWrites(at)gmail.com

 

 

Getting Back Up On Our Feet

Originally posted on Beliefnet

The Smithsonian Magazine ran an article in its September issue titled, A+ for Finland, discussing Finland’s extraordinary achievement in education. A little background reveals, for hundreds of years, the Finns were stuck living between the two rival powers of the Swedish monarchy and the Russian czar. As far as the children’s education, they generally attended school for 6 years and only the privileged or lucky got a quality higher education (not a promising future).

Article author, Lynnell Hancock reported, “The landscape changed when Finland began trying to remold its bloody, fractured past into a unified future.” Getting back up on their feet however was not an easy task. After declaring their independence in 1917, Finland was plunged into a civil war, “leaving the country scared by bitter divisions and a punishing debt.” But, the country got back on its feet and has designed and implemented a stellar educational program which overshadows the United States.

Whether it is a single person, a country, or a religion, the principle of getting back on our feet to stand for an exceptional ideal is valid. Moreover, we can look before we walk to make sure we don’t trip up. But, everyone has the right and ability to pick themselves up and feel their uprightness and worth.

From Science and Health, “Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious freedom of the children of God,” and be free! This is your divine right. The self-deluded temporal perceptions, not divine law, has captivated you, made you arthritic, made you a procrastinator, weakened your body, and ruined your reputation.

“We must begin however, with the more simple demonstrations of control, and the sooner we begin the better. The final demonstration takes time for its accomplishment. When walking, we are guided by the eye. We look before our feet, and if we are wise, we look beyond a single step in the line of spiritual advancement.”

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Competitors Can Form an Alliance for the Greater Good

Historical facts have a way of discombobulating the minds assumptions. For example, I grew up during the Cold War. Russia was the bad guy. No one wanted to travel to Russia. Even all the war movies depicted Russia as the enemy.

So when I listen to the audio-book Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, by Jon Meacham, read by Len Cariou, it strikes me as odd that Russia’s Joseph Stalin was an ally to Britain and America as they fought against Hitler.

During the Revolutionary War, America and Britain were enemies. Americans, who were friends, became enemies as some Americans who thought America was better off under the control of Britain were pitted against the Americans fighting for independence.

This foe/ally anomaly is not exclusive to politics. Competitors can come together for a greater good. A health problem may open the door for people who never wanted to listen to one another’s view, to actually sit down and listen and figure out an answer to solve the health problem.

A poor economy can encourage people to form an alliance to stave off unnecessary deprivations. A hurricane can bring people together to save a town, people who didn’t think they had anything in common and even got on each others nerves.

What greater good unites us all to become allies fighting for life and love?

Rising water from rain

Hurricane Irene damage last week in upstate New York

Dear Abby hears it all

I can’t resist this:
A writer from Michigan tells Dear Abby, “My nephew, Charles, a minister in his 50′s, confided to me that he is unhappy in his marriage and is attracted to someone else. He asked me to keep this confidential, and I have,” and she goes on to describe her life situation in detail.
HAVE KEPT IT CONFIDENTIAL????
How, by getting it printed in a national newspaper?

This minister told the wrong person. There are benefits to confiding in God.

Religious Freedom can be Defended

Religious freedom has to combat constantly the tendency of teachers and students to sit on their hands and remain mum when new ideas may offend those who adhere to an ideologically “correct” way of thinking. Churches have a reputation for little tolerance toward those who are courageous enough to challenge prevailing systems of thought. But, religious freedom fighters know that a new idea involves both an intellectual and a personal risk while challenging the presumptions of group think, therefore both intellectual and personal courage are taken on to defend and transform the new idea into an accomplishment.

Churches are no more immune than the larger society to the malicious and unsavory behavior of community or collective consciousness. Due to sedentary thinking, if churches received wisdom and ideology are challenged, the knee jerk reaction is to become defensive, however the nonsense that we stop receiving wisdom is defenseless.

Sadly, the institution of church suffers and chases people away as it pressures thinkers into ideological conformity, but religious freedom fighters decompress and pro-actively return to the original intent of church as being available for discovery and research and constructive criticism. New ideas are revived and religious freedom is felt.

From, 21st Century Science and Health, “To the ritualistic church authority, and hypocritical Pharisees, Jesus said, ‘The tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.’” (Matt.)

Flash Mob in Upstate New York

It takes a lot of people to keep a big secret.

Needless to say, the pre-planned secret Flash Mob was being whispered about as we walked around the Fair on the Square event in Delhi, NY. At 6:30 p.m. the chamber music died down and a rock-n-roll song came over the loud speakers. More than 100 people sprinted into the street (blocked off by the police) and began movin and groovin, hip-hoppin in unison.

Everyone was cheering, smiling, and feeling it. The big secret was real.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “You can rejoice in secret beauty and abundance, hidden from worldliness, but known to God.”

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