THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: HOW THE UNITED STATES IS SO MAD BECAUSE IT’S GETTING BETTER

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“The fight among ourselves is as volatile as the weather.”


America has always dealt with issues socially in our country. As with any country, there are issues in the past, in the present, and will be in the future. But the more recent problems that have popped up into existence in the news are decades, even a few centuries old. And those issues are race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion. You would think that these would be non-issues considering the United States government signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. But just because you sign an act that keeps business, organizations, and schools from discriminating, it doesn’t change the people. People in society will always have bouts with each other over so many mundane topics. But is it going to really always be like this, or is it the storm before the calm rather than the usual phrase of the calm before the storm? Maybe this is the beginning of real change in America.

Because looking at America is like looking at how forest fires typically take place. A lot of the times, forest fires are sporadic, and seem to happen out of nowhere. But what’s interesting about forest fires, is that they burn everything, then lay down the foundation for new brush to grow from the area that was previously destroyed. And I thought that to be interesting considering America is that type of country. We burn things down, and once they burn we look back and realize, you know, that should have been burned down. Because we have something so much better that we live by now, it make the past seem ridiculous to go back. Now, you’re going to reach everyone, but it’s not about reaching everyone. It’s about creating the most stable environment for everyone to inhabit. And as longs as that stability is there, we have ground for something much better in the future. Are there any other reasons we fight because things are getting better?

Yes, we also tend to fight because there are people who remember a time where they didn’t have to work as hard, or even have their beliefs challenged. The way things were in the past was what it was, and no one dared to challenge. Now, you’re watching your word get challenged constantly. And you’re also unable to explain yourself because you never had to explain yourself. So you push back against the new ways simply because you see it as you becoming irrelevant. And no one wants to of themselves as irrelevant or outdated. Because this means you don’t have importance anymore. The landscape looks foreign to you, so you feel like you’re losing something. And in the end, this is what it all boils down to; winning and losing. People in America have this feeling that we are losing something in life. No matter how big or little, there was a time that benefited some and not others. And when you feel that is in jeopardy people begin to lose their cool. But as we look back over time, we begin to look at life differently.


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IN MY TIME OF NEED: HOW THIS NATURAL DISASTERS SAY A LOT ABOUT PEOPLE OF FAITH

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“For I was hungry and ye fed me not.” – MLK


Watching the results of the hurricane that hit the city of Houston made me realize something. All these people who are saying keep the city in your prayers; I wonder how many of them are giving aid. And it does not necessarily have to be in the form of money. I wonder how many of those people are actively engaging in trying to make the situation better. Are they going house to house making sure people are fine? Are they reaching out to see if they could perform some civic duty to make the lives of people in Houston better? Are they putting together some type of initiative to aid in the safety of people in need? Whatever it is they should be doing should be exemplified, yet it’s not as much as it should be.

There was recent backlash at the famous pastor Joel Olsteen who runs a mega church where 16,000 people come on Sundays to hear him speak. He has a church that could hold masses, which could serve as a place of refuge. But he instead stated that he would help if there were more people who couldn’t get the help because helped had reached its capacity at its current levels. People felt that a man of his stature should disregard the aid people were receiving and still open up his doors. Since the backlash, he has made a turn around, yet people still think that he should have done this initially. Why did it take backlash toward a man who is suppose to be a man of God to answer? Let’s say no one made a statement, would he have acted or just left everything alone.

In moments like this, you really find out what the human species is all about. People themselves have been helping each other, yet the ones of the religious faith who are respected the most have been praying. If religion is real and the faith is real, there should an out pour of assistance of church leaders nationwide. And I think that as time continues to trek along, you are going to start to see a decline in religion. Because people are having this feeling that we have to help each other. So religion begins to take a back seat with so many people helping one another. It’s just sad that people don’t aid each other on daily basis. But as for the church, time passes and with that time comes a disinterest in the belief as a whole. Because when stakes are high and chips are down, these religious figures run away the fastest.

In the end, I don’t know what the real answer should be. But you see the real nature of man the moment disasters happen. This is actually the upside to us as people. No matter the ethnic background, our human existence becomes paramount when trying to survive. And that will always be the status quo, yet I do believe the religious figures are becoming less and less important.


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FAMOUS QUOTES: WHAT ARE MY FAVORITE AND WHAT THEY MEAN TO ME

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident.” “That all men are created equal.” 

-DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE


We all have some favorite quotes and what they mean to each of us. They might be quotes that we just love to hear, or even quotes that motivate us to keep persevering. Some of those quotes could be a bible versus, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Or it can be from a literary, “I would have rather been born blind, than to have been given sight and lack vision” (Helen Keller). And with that said, I would like to present my own quotes that I love, which resonate with me. One comes from Thomas Edison, the other Marianne Williamson, and the third is Martin Luther King Jr.

Now, the first is Thomas Edison, who had many many quotes. But the quote that I recently found that Thomas Edison made was, “Many of life’s failures are people who didn’t realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” This statement is Image result for edisonalways coming into my mind every time I think about giving up in life on my writing. Writing is such a daunting task of working to succeed. You are going to have success, and you’re going to have failure along the way. But to me, I have yet to see those successes. And then I think about how long I have been writing. 2013 is the year I officially decided to become a writer. I gave myself on a ten year window to break into the industry as a screenwriter and playwright. Meanwhile I am writing my blog everyday and my books as well.

So, what does any of this have to do with Thomas Edison? Well, giving up, and not realizing how close you might have been when you gave up. I have written five full length screenplays, self-published two books, written 400 blog posts in the past two and a half years, and two short film scripts; one script turned into a short film. And still, I have been working to create other projects to keep myself in that creative mode. So if I give in now, it will have been for nothing. Not just my past four to five years, but the time put into my work. Don’t give up when you are so close. So close, if you knew how close, you might even put more time into your work. And that is why Edison’s quote screams so loud to me.

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But my second quote is from Marianne Williamson from her book, “A Return to Love.” The famous quote from the book is, “Our Deepest Fears.” “Not that we inadequate; our deepest fear is that we powerful beyond measure.” “It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.” “We look in the mirror and ask ourselves, who am I to be talented, gorgeous, fabulous; who are you not to be.” “There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won’t feel insecure when they’re around you.” “We were all meant to shine as children do.” “You were made to manifest the glory of God that is within you.” “It’s not in some of us, it’s in everyone.” “And as you let your own light shine, you will unconsciously give others permission to do the same.” “When you are liberated from your own fears.” “Your presence will automatically liberate others.”

I could not pick just one aspect of that quote, but I had to choose the entire passage. Because the first part speaks of being inadequate yet you really are afraid of your own powers. We have this fear because once you succeed, people are going to expect more, and what happens if you can’t give them more. So we fear the attempt because of the expectations that come with it. Then the passage details us questioning why us. But why not us? We as the passage says don’t want people to feel insecure around us. But you should never dumb yourself down for the sake of fitting in, or this notion your brilliance makes others uncomfortable.  You might just have a golden nugget of advice that the people need. And the quote further goes on to let people know we all have the powers to succeed. But once you let that inner you shine, it gives courage to others to step up. Why, because your willingness to not give up and fight makes them exuberate a little less fear as well. Because if you can do it, it makes them feel the same way.

Great quote, giving me an even greater sense of purpose. But there is still one more quote I love. And it was from civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. He didn’t make this a public speech, yet stated this quote among a small group of friends. He said, “I feel as if I am integrating my people into a burning building.” AsImage result for mlk a child I couldn’t understand what that meant. But as an adult, I see old footage of the time period. People wanted him dead, why. Just because he wanted people to vote, have a fair chance at jobs, eliminate Jim Crow laws (which were an extension of slavery), and send children to schools of their choice. But the backlash was often so brutal you think to yourself. “Is this worth it?” “Do I really want my family to integrate.” “Maybe segregation is best.”

Because if you want to vote and someone is willing to kill. Or willing to kill for you drinking from the same water fountain or eating in the same restaurant, should I assimilate. Because when you assimilate, you’re introducing that element into your life, to your children, and your community. It’s not everyone, yet it’s enough to make you think twice. Meaning, you might think you’re shutting me out, but you might actually be doing me a favor. Coming from a man who knew he could die for going against the grain, it was intriguing to hear a statement where even he questioned the movement. In the end, we all live by quotes, or have a love for some type of quote. But whatever the case, famous quotes have and will always be an aspect of our lives.


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ALTERNATIVE FAITH BASE: WHAT IF GOD EXIST, BUT NOT OUR BELIEF IN HIM

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“He might exist, but we could be wrong about him.”


The alpha and the omega, the creator of the heavens and the Earth; God. The age old questions, does he exist? Did God create us, or was he made up for humans to have purpose in life? But what about the alternative to both views. What if God exist, just not how people of faith see him. Meaning, what if science is wrong about his existence? But also, what if people of faith is wrong about his existence as well? Whoa, how could that be possible? Well, I have come up with a few scenarios as to why both sides could be wrong. One of the ways both could be wrong is his existence.

His basic existence could be something different on the scientific side and the religious side. Let’s first start with the scientific side that says there is no Blue Orange and Red Outer Space PhotoGod at all. Well, just as much as religion can’t prove his existence you can’t prove his nonexistence. Science can aim to disprove his existence as to how people interpret him. Meaning, humans were created by a deity is the religious faith base. But what if God is the all seeing, all knowing, who created the earth, and all creatures. But, he may not be the deity we see him as, but more so the force keeping all of existence of everything in order. And our scientific understanding of the universe, is in essence an understanding of God.

We could be slowly figuring out God, just from a scientific standpoint. Our human minds could have created the scientific theory for what he the creator have wanted us to find out. Our scientists just are picking up the bible, book, chaptercrumbs of what he left for us to figure out. It’s doesn’t remove science, but it also doesn’t remove religion as well. Which brings me to the religious aspect of who God is. And that is interesting in itself. What if God exist, people of religion would be ecstatic. But what if he is not the God we want to accept? What if he is more so one faith, than the other? Are we all ready to accept what the all-seeing God truly is as a deity? And what do I mean by accept who he is.

Let’s say you’re a Christian, and you die. You stand before the voice of the Gold and Black Crucifixhigher power. And then God says to you, “You have to past these series of test.” Makes sense because our religious beliefs always imply that God gives us obstacles. So, your first test is standing before God. Then your next test is
standing before Jesus Christ. But one more test you must face, and you’re ready for that test. Then out walks the Prophet Muhammad. Now, here in book, close-up, faiththis moment, you can’t accept that. Why would a challenge be to prove yourself to Muhammad. Now, your human belief says this must be wrong. But religion says God makes no mistakes. So what do you do? Because you can’t challenge God, it’s his house.

So, accept what he has placed before you or remove yourself from his kingdom above. Because he doesn’t need you, you need him. And what I could have just said would be the same for Muslims and Jews mixing the bible, church, handsdifferent deities. You might reject what I am implying in this moment. But what would you do standing before God. So even in our own belief of not challenging God, you’re ready to challenge him. Yet remember what I said, God makes no mistakes. So if you shall prove yourself to these other deities, then so be it.

And in the end, that’s what has so many people stuck in thought. We control so much on Earth, that we want to now control the afterlife. But you don’t control the afterlife. We all have beliefs and theories of what takes place after you die, and who you answer to when you die. Science says no one, this is it, and religion says God. But neither is ready to deal with both sides being wrong.


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CHURCH AND STATE: WHY RELIGION SHOULDN’T ENTER CERTAIN REALMS OF SOCIETY

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“Too many contradictions to have both coexist.”


The conversation regarding church and the state has been a topic of debate for decades. Should we include the religious practices of the Christian faith into our schools, workplace, or even leisure activities? And I for one am against the involvement of religious practices into our daily lives on these levels. Not because I have an issue with Christianity, but mainly because the people aspect of what could come of it. People are fine with God entering all of our lives so long as it does not interfere with whatever it is that benefits their lives. This is a key reason why we have the separation of church and state. Well, let’s go a little further into what I mean by benefits their lives.

When sending your child to school, you want and expect them to receive an education that is based in academia. The obvious reason why religion in school wouldn’t work is because you don’t have children at your schools that all believe the Christian faith. But another thing that people don’t think about is the idea that we have many sects of the Christian faith. So let’s sayauditorium, benches, chairs we do put Christianity in schools. What sect of Christianity: Baptist, Lutheran, Catholic, Pentecostal, or Johovah Witness? Here is where even more fighting could possibly take place. Because the way in which each of the above sects serve God is different. So even with Christ in schools, not all Christians worship the same.

What about the use of Christianity in our laws? Here is the problem with laws in our society. It’s easy to say, “Thou shall not kill.” But what about laws such as, “Thou shall not commit adultery.” If you ask anyone do they cheat, they’ll say no. But if you make it a law, people will fight for their right to cheat. It will be fought under the guides of “everyone makes mistakes.” But White Concrete Structurescheating is not a mistake. You don’t mistakenly sleep with another person. You mistakenly spill a cup of coffee, but you know you are in a relationship. Cheating is thinking you’re getting away with something. Well because cheating is human nature. But if the bible speaks against this human nature, can you make it law? That’s why structuring laws around religion can be dangerous.

Another place where we separate the church and state decisions are in the workplace. Everything from how you dress, to both genders working side by side. Christianity has something designed around the workplace. And you really start to run into issues, even more than children going to school. Because you have adults policing other adults who live the same way. AndMan Wearing Red While Sitting Inside Concrete Bulding what do I mean by the same way. For example, I am a male boss telling a woman what to wear. But the tables are turned the moment another man tries to enforce his will onto our wives, sisters, and daughters. We are comfortable telling other women what to do, just no one telling those close to us the same.

And in the end, all of what I have explained is the reasons why church and state have to be separated. Because when I do something you feel go against the bible it’s a sin. When you are now doing something that goes against the bible, it becomes either nobody is perfect, or the God I worship doesn’t judge. You can’t say abortion is wrong, then conduct research and abortions are up in the communities pushing against abortion. You can’t say wait until you’re married for sex, and then we find out you have been married for five years, yet you have a seven year old child. It’s the hypocrisy of us as people as to why we have to, and will always keep church and state separate.


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