The Grand Ellipses

I listen patiently when I am waiting for reality to respond. I act impulsively when I have no idea what's going on . . .

"The Grand Ellipses … “? I love that moment when i’m thinking about something, or listening to something and i have that … moment. It’s that pause before you have your realization of clarity. So, i thought that would be a good name for this, to refer to that grand moment when we let our mind settle, let the questions and turbulence stir a bit and allow free thought to reign.

Refugees and Thanksgiving . . .

So, we are now at the annual tradition of Thanksgiving. In accordance to my life, it has become a pretty damn good holiday. Mind you, there are a lot of people out there that really don't have much to be thankful for. As a Humanist, I like to keep this in mind because no matter how good I may perceive my own life . . . there are always others that need more than I do. This is why I keep food in my car to pass out to homeless people, donate to various charities, am constantly adding on that extra $5 or so at the register to organizations that are reputable, etc. I simply do what I can, and mind you . . . I could always do more. 

Now, since the attack in Paris and Beirut the other week, we have a new conversation happening in America . . . Syrian refugees. Many of our politicians and citizens no longer want to allow them in fear that any of them might be associated with ISIS or other terrorist organizations. Rather than exhausting myself with listing all the issues and statistics, I encourage you to watch this:

Within that segment is a particularly important quote:

Aside the fact that there is essentially nothing to fear by continuing to allow refugees a haven in the US, allowing refugees is one of the top moral values of our country. Just take this as a prime motive: 

And to all of my Christian friends, take this as a prime motive:

The Sheep and the Goats
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
— https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25&version=NIV

Now, between the video and the two photos, there's a lot to unpack here.

1) It is our duty to be benevolent and allow these refugees a haven. 

2) Statistics show that we have more to fear among our own citizens than we do Islamic terrorists.

3) Only a small population of the Muslim faith are terrorists. So, when someone says that most, many or all Muslims are terrorists . . . just tell them that they are wrong.

4) Not allowing refugees and keeping them closer to the terrorists that are trying to kill them will lead them closer to death or radical conversion.

5) No religious text is actually about peace. Not yours, not theirs . . . not any one. It is all in how the reader perceives it and cherry picks value. 

6) This: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-liberty-was-originally-muslim-woman-180957377/?no-ist

7) Stop being a huge dick!!!

8) We were refugees from a society that we didn't want to belong to anymore and in settling here we decimated a shit ton of people. We took this land from them, killed them, isolated them, tried to "reform" them to our like and didn't give a shit about the horrific reality of it. 

9) It's ok to tell people they are wrong and still have a fruitful, peaceful conversation. Just put the guns away #guncontrol

10) Really, stop being a dick. We are human beings and we need to treat everyone as though they are as well. Love doesn't stop with the people you live with or hang out with. It extends with giant arms over the entirety of our world. 

 

With that, I say Happy Thanksgiving. Be thankful for the things that truly matter, the people you have, the people we did have and the people you don't have . . . they matter too. There is no skin color or religion that makes us less valuable or less desirable to love. To say it simply, spread the love . . . not the hate.