February 26, 2018, Prescott-
I’ll say it, anyway-
Today was the first day of Ayyam-i-Ha, the Baha’i period of gift giving and gratitude for what we have.
I gifted an intentional community, north of here, with a stoneware baking dish, because they have been jerry-rigging their baking efforts. Plus, I love those kids.
Actually, I love all kids, and have for years. Even the ones that others call misfits and brats deserve love and encouragement, though not coddling. Nonviolent discipline is a vital part of love.
This generation, which some call The Founders, will have its work cut out for it. How much work, will depend on how much their parents’ and grandparents’ generations put up a fight against their efforts (see #CameraHogg and other noisome garbage that various “Old Guards” are spewing forth).
It will also depend on how seriously the children come to take their own pronouncements about inclusion. Splitting into cliques and putting up walls will just be more of the same.
“Hallelujah” and “The Sound of Silence” are among the most beautiful songs in the English language. They’ve been on my evening’s playlist. Then, there is this:
The Baha’i Nineteen-Day fast is coming up, starting Friday, and lasting until sundown on Tuesday, the twentieth of March. I will refrain, to the best of my ability, from eating or drinking, between sunrise and sunset, for those nineteen days.
Guns don’t kill; hate kills. Guns make killing easier, as do bombs and flammable liquids. The bottom line is, though, it’s a hate thing.
I could not live, easily, in a world without women. It started with Mom, and Grandma, in the early mists that I knew as Saugus, in the 1950’s. That brings up this:
The harbour lights and the campground lights have meant the same thing to me, over all these years: There is love and safety ahead.
Know this, my friends and family: There is not as fine a world, if not for you. Self-battery should never be an option.