Currier and Ives

Currier and Ives: (n) the lithography firm of Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives, which produced prints of American history, life, and manners.

Why is it necessary to advertise our depletion by criticizing what once brought us completion?

Why are we so sarcastic about elements that at one time brought comfort and joy to our souls?

After all, is cynicism really a belief system?

Is negativity a plan of action? Is sneering the equivalent of smiling?

Does denying have the energy of accepting?

I grew up in America. The country that surrounds me today is still my home—it’s just dirty.

Fortunately, we don’t throw away our bathroom because it needs cleaning, nor do we cast our clothes aside because they’re sullied with dirt.

Clean.

I need visions of where we are to go.

I need to see the best to achieve better.

I require encouragement.

I find it impossible to gain breath and sustenance on a diet of despair.

Currier and Ives once represented the simple life we now sarcastically proclaim ridiculous, and even sometimes insist is insensitive to all cultures.

Does this mean we contend joy, family, warm fires and beautiful pastoral scenes are “white” things?

Is it necessary to express the plight of the poor by having pictures of starving children? Must we alarm others to sickness by offering snapshots of bedsores?

My eyes are thirsty for hope.

I could stand a little Currier and Ives.

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Buzzword

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Buzzword: (n) fashionable jargon

We must never grow weary in the pursuit of changing the world. Yet the process by which we try to rejuvenate needs to be carefully analyzed.

The most difficult thing to do is to revise people’s habits. You might as well just give up on that one.They are in charge of them, and still find change nearly impossible.

Likewise, you will also fail if you try to alter people’s minds.

And if you look for a revival in the soul, they will tell you immediately if they’ve already arrived at their religion, or if they’re just not fond of spirit.

Sometimes you can change the heart. This can be done by the introduction of emotion, which cleans out the valves.

But I can tell you , if you want to change the world, the most intelligent thing is to introduce good words.

Yes. Create fresh buzzwords.

In a climate where misinformation, fake news, reality TV and cultural differences are being bandied about, leaving us at constant odds with each other, just casually introducing buzzwords of energy and virtue can make a difference.

Let’s welcome back some great standards:

How about passion?

Here’s a good one: brotherhood.

One of my favorites: gentleness

And of course, there is that glorious buzzword phrase of “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Sometimes if you can get people saying the right things, they might just start feeling a spiritual awakening that makes them think about addressing bad attitudes.

 

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Barrier

Barrier: (n) a fence or other obstacle that prevents movement or access.Dictionary B

Prejudice is not just what I feel. It is also what is felt.

Candidly, I can have the most open heart in the world and be confronted with closed minds. Prejudice does not go away until the barriers are torn down.

A fence is a confirmation that isolation is required.

So when we talk about culture, customs and attributes of a particular race or nationality, we are creating barriers. Therefore we become overly optimistic about our ability to accept difference.

We are only able to comprehend difference when it contains some elements of similarity. In other words, “this is the way you celebrate Christmas, and it’s like the way I celebrate Christmas in this way.”

I am greatly concerned that in our attempt to tout universality, we are actually building walls between one another which only force us into deeper loneliness.

  • I don’t like barriers. I tear them down.
  • I don’t like it when people say that some clump reacts in a certain way.
  • I don’t like it when religion is used to separate the sheep from the goats, instead of finding unity within the herd.
  • I don’t like barriers of righteousness or boundaries of nuisance.
  • What will it take for us to finally realize that the more we try to be open-minded, the less we’re actually able to focus our love and attention?

Barriers tell us we’re different.

They are dangerous because once we believe we’re different … we quietly start pursuing our differences.

 

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