June 30, 2016, Prescott- I will leave here, in a few short minutes, to visit with several friends and family members, scattered as we all are, across the Great Plains, Midwest, Northeast and South.
Earlier today, though, I stopped by the town of Yarnell, so horribly hit, three years ago, by the fire which took the lives of 19 brave souls and upended countless others. I was not there for the formal ceremony, which will be addressed by an old friend and co-worker, himself grandfather to one of the men who died that day. My extended spiritual energy will need to suffice, but at 4:42 PM, wherever I am on the road, I will stop and observe silence, at the very time the lives of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots were snuffed out.
This brings me to the wider concept of value. Recent discussions, in various forums, have raised the matter of how much do the lives and livelihoods of men matter, anymore. I have been in the situation of feeling devalued, and know several men who feel likewise. It is not hard to find such people. All one need do is go to a busy street corner, and notice the person holding a plea-ridden sign.
Of course, homelessness is a far more complex issue than I will address in this particular post. My wife, son and I were homeless, for a few months in 1992. We worked our way out of it, and managed to keep a roof over our heads- which I still do. No, I am concerned right at this moment, with placing value on the persons and souls of the human male- every bit as much as I do with our precious, much-loved female companions on this earthly plane.
I will address this topic in more depth, but for now: Let each human being realize that his/her dreams, and what they have to offer, matter just as much as anyone else’s. We do nothing to make the Earth a better place, by excluding anyone, of either gender, or of any given category of humanity, from their rightful place in the mix. Advancing one group, at the expense of another, is short-sighted, and has always contributed to strife, in the long-run. There is room, to spare, for both men and women to work, contrary to the ongoing myth of scarcity.