“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence” – Frederick Douglass.
Tao te ching verse 55 (Stephen Mitchell’s translation)
The master’s power is like this.
she lets all things come and go
effortlessly, without desire.
She never expects results;
thus she is never disappointed.
she is never disappointed
thus her spirit never grow old
I have made great strides in allowing things to be, nevertheless, I was a sick puppy at one time. In my youth (i.e., yesterday) large parcel of my consciousness housed thoughts of control. I was absorbed with force, accepting reality was not an option; there was always something I could do about it. I thought F&#K going with the flow. I am the damn flow! Needless to say, I fought many needless battles with this jaded contraction of awareness. You silly, silly man!
I’m not saying going with the flow didn’t work for me, on the contrary, it worked when my needs were met. But recently, (i.e., yesterday) I’ve tried and with a bit of success to accept all manners of realities. I’m driven by my deceased mother’s mantra, “You can get down any way you like; I do not give a damn.” In other words, you can fight life if you like, but I’m not getting in the ring with you; I may just referee.
Learning to live in the moment (i.e., today) is the only blessing one should desire. As a result, if you accept that and oxygen, you’ll not become unhinged at the first sign of trouble. You’ll realize hopefully and quite quickly, no matter the circumstances, you will not reshape the outcomes. Just remember, how much time we have spent (i.e., today) attempting this flawed premise. Here’s a nudge, mimic the animals and plants, they never squabble about their circumstances. They instinctively have gathered, ‘It is what it is’.
The Invisible Dragon
I applaud Tracy’s apology for his homophobic rant in a recent comedy skit. I have long acknowledged my stiff opposition to all LGBT violent speech, discrimination, and physical assaults. I love Tracy Morgan’s comedy and will not stop watching him on my favorite TV show, “30 Rock” or a HBO’s comedy special. However, I also congratulate Tina Fey, whom did a wonderful job in condemning his routine and denouncing such garbage. Mr. Morgan used a total lack of judgment in light of recent young people committed suicide because of their sexual orientation.
Again, his skit was insensitive, hurtful, and dangerous to young ppl facing constant violence from homophobic individuals. Hate speech and violence against LBGT individuals cannot be tolerated: regardless of person/s or forum used for it; Homophobia language demonstrates a lack of education from its speaker.
This brings up an entry point concerning the Black community and its high moral stance against homosexuality. Nearly, 94% of African-Americans claim an affiliation with religion, specifically Christianity. Through research and general knowledge the Black community’s position toward the LBGT community is well-known and a point of emphasis in the Black church. NO GAYS ALLOWED!!! This consensus is laughable if it wasn’t so miserable.
The Black community, who screams for constant equality and social acceptance find themselves the most homophobic group in America. Who the hell cut off the lights?Despite chronic urban violence, high homicide rate, mass incarceration, massive illiteracy, high unemployment, and lingering health issues…(I would run out of strength in my fingers to continue our national forecast). Yet, homosexuality, we find defective and deserving of our wrath and must be condemned in all spaces. (again, who cut off the lights?)
I am not a religious person, nevertheless I sought its membership in the past on a few occasion. (Thankfully, I failed) Religion, like politics creates strange bedfellows. I have come to realize pious individuals find it assessable to manipulate their religious oath to suit their vices. In other words, it’s only a sin when others do it, surprisingly, the same (pious) person will shout to the mountain top about homosexuality. It is a facade, albeit, a clever transparent smoke screen,…
Just in….BREAKING NEWS!!!
Black people are members of the LGBT community and frankly, listening to my gay and lesbian friends more than one imagine. However, robotic mannequins preaching God’s wrath against the devil’s army believes theirs souls are different. BullS—T! Black Christians and non-Christians are more similar than opposites in my experiences. For instance, both groups lie, steal, cheat, commit adultery, and ask God for forgiveness, and on the other hand both accomplish good deeds. In fact, there exists no proof that a pious person will obey their religious mantra faithfully: Not even the fear of God will hold some back from their hidden vices. However, Homosexuality is not a vice, it is two humans sharing a relationship and hopefully a loving one.
In closing, Blacks lead the country in HIV/AIDS new infections, our young people are dying, yet we bury our heads in the proverbial sand called ‘religion.’ I do not know if Tracy Morgan is a religious individual, this is not about his faith, but about Black America’s hypocrisy. I did not have to forgive Tracy, we say dump things at times, I am one who does it more more than once. Nevertheless, Blacks need to clean up the religious rhetoric concerning homosexuality, you’re not fooling anyone. Cut the lights back on, please, I beg God.
The Invisible Dragon
The formula to inner success is the ability to “Stick With It”. In 1980 as a freshman in college (Eastern Illinois University) the environment of intercollegiate athletes was overwhelming. I was lost, confused, and befuddled on the humongous campus. In addition, Charleston, Illinois was night to-day to Chicago; its personality resembled Dixieland, Mississippi. I was a non-scholarship student-athlete (a walk-on) in Hell. I wanted to quit the first day. (August 13, 1980)
Playing football never came hard until arriving at Eastern Illinois University. One week removed from intercepting the game saving pass in the Chicago Public vs. Catholic League All-Star game, I was relegated from city hero to cleaning the latrine. In fact, the treatment was consistently antagonistic and aggressive; as walk-ons, we received everything last. This went on for what seemed like forever.
Our jerseys were t-shirts, our shoes were black, (other players’ shoes were white), and the helmets resembled props from a 1940 movie set. Again, I begged and pleaded for my mother to save me with her approval to quit. Once more she never uttered a word to confirm the request. However, she said something that night that would change everything.
In the prison camp disguised as a college football team “live hitting” was about to begin. I warned my mother about the upcoming event. On this day, live tackling drills would fill the air; walk-ons like myself would be instructed to run with the football…and BAM, the varsity defensive backs would take your head off. This day was scary for all underclassmen.
However, as much as I cried (I cried a lot) to my “Ghetto Mum” her uneducated tongue the night before prepared my becoming a Two-Time First team All-American (82-83), Pittsburgh Steelers (1984-85) and an Eastern Illinois University Hall of Fame Inductee (2007)…
to be con’t…as usual..
The Invisible Dragon