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Thought of the Day

 I’ve been thinking about how we age. It’s almost like we have two different ages. We have our physical age in this reality which is based on the laws of this physical dimension. We know how our bodies age biologically. But we also have the age of our consciousness, soul, or spirit. Like when people say “you’re an old soul” to a young person. How old is our true self?  

So What Are You Really Mad About?

Again another shooting of an unarmed person has been caught on video and is now going viral on social media and the Internet.  Terence Crutcher was seen on video being shot by police after his hands were raised, in what appears to be a gesture letting officers know that he was unarmed and posed no threat.  Now since Mr. Crutcher is now dead he can not speak for himself as to what happened in the case.  We only have the video and the officers testimony.  The details of the case will come out as the investigation continues.  We are all aware of police shootings and everyone has their own opinion about them.  Whether the person is blue, black, purple, yellow, white, or any other color in the visible light spectrum American citizens are still being on the receiving end of an officer’s gun.  Every case is its own and should not be in comparison with any other.  Some have been wrong and some have been justified.  In the end a life is forever gone from this existence…….  But on the other hand there does not seem to be much outrage from the American public as a whole.  No matter how you describe yourself we are all still human beings and people are loosing their lives.  It’s beyond amazing to see the outrage over a quarterback and other athletes sitting down during the national anthem.  Hell, they are better than most, at least they have a legitimate reason for it.  But to see people call Collin Kaepernick different names and for him to receive death threats only points to the misguided anger in the country.  Everyone has the right to speak their opinion of him and his choice for how he chooses to protest.  And that’s ok.  But to see more outrage over that situation and no outrage over police shootings or the Pentagon loosing $6.5 trillion will forever blow my mind.  So I ask the American people,  “What are you really mad about?

To Sit Or Stand

Once again a headline has taken over the media and distracted us from other important issues.  Such as this upcoming elections with two of the most disliked candidates ever.  Anyways, recently NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, made news when he decided to sit during the national anthem.  But in other news, he’s neither Malcom, Martin, or Ghandi.  So why do we even care.  Though many do not support his decision, it is his right as a human being to choose to sit during the playing of the song.  I personally respect that he chose to make a stand on an issue.  But I think there are other ways to make a public stance.  Now, you’re probably thinking that I am against him sitting during the national anthem, but I’m not.  And it’s not for the reason you are probably thinking of.  This has actually been on my mind since I was a young child.  I was always bothered by the fact that we stood during the national anthem as well as reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every morning during school.  It almost seems like an indoctrination attempt the government structure. Yes, I understand it’s out of respect for the country and blah blah blah.  But how does a simple physical act make me more respectful of the country.  It’s symbolic but every person has their own perspective and unique way of how they symbolize their respect.  Now in Kaepernick’s case he felt that by sitting down he was making a stance against his perceive view of “oppression” in this country.  To me that’s just laughable.  Someone give him a gold star.  But it’s his choice.  To be honest, I only stand during the national anthem because of peer pressure.  People try their hardest to make you feel as if you are an angry disrespectful person because you choose to sit.  In reality, I just don’t feel like standing still for 1-2 minutes.  Whether a person sits or stands is completely irrelevant.  In society, we look at other people for physical validation of an opinion we want them to display.  For example, just because I do not want to stand or put my hand over my heart does not mean I do not have respect for this country or for what it stands for at its purest.  It’s just not that serious.  We are mad over issues that shouldn’t even be discussed.  The fact is, there’s not one person living in this country that doesn’t have respect for this country.  If they didn’t then they wouldn’t be living here.  Don’t get caught up in someone else’s antics.  If someone next to you doesn’t sing the natonal anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance, it’s ok.  It doesn’t make them less or more of an American than you. There’s no need to start an uproar over simple acts that have no real substance.  We all stand because we were taught this in school and we don’t want to go against the status quo.  As a teenager, I have sat during the national anthem and I have sat during the Pledge of Allegiance.  This month marks my 10th year of active duty in the Air Force….. So now what.  Everybody just chill ­čśĆ