The Hope Goblin- a short story #bullying #selfconfidence โ€“ ARJung

“Cinnamon and spice, say everything thrice…”
โ€” Read on arjungwriter.com/2019/03/03/the-hope-goblin-a-short-story-bullying-selfconfidence/

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Wake up. Sit. Breathe. Connect to your strength and love within. Sitting in quiet with yourself you feel a sense that all is well in this moment. You understand that your true power lies in the love that is within you. Love and peace within is your superpower. quote: Jimi Hendrix

Peace Texas

American Culture from a perspective of long-standing Race Discussions ๐Ÿค”

Luc Alex Raphael Here’s a lovely quaint idea….take all indigenous cultures, strip them of their language, their stories and their very culture…forcibly “move’ them to concentration camps (reservations) force them into christian schools, starve them to death and THEN make it illegal for them to teach their own people about their culture….and now YOU want to assuage your guilt by teaching these folks about themselves, RATHER than supporting a native effort to train teachers, develop and support restoration of cultural identity programs and bring the education process back to original people who were fucking destroyed by our hands….? That’s your great compassionate idea….? I don’t think so…AND THE POST STANDS.

So the solution to teaching Native American culture or history (or the culture or history of any group of people for that matter, indigenous or not) is to reduce it to follow the same set of racist or bigoted parameters that caused the problem in the first place? Good grief.

It presents an interesting problem in the real world as there are a whole hell of a lot more schools and classrooms than there are Native American teachers. By the logic in that meme, most schools would be reduced to teaching little more than Scots-Irish history from the post-colonial Caucasian perspective. Surely that’s exactly what would be ideal to avoid.

But why stop there? Anthropologists shouldn’t be allowed to lecture on any culture they are not from or originally part of. I guess we can simply dismiss an epic amount of scientific literature and anthropological data that allows us to understand other cultures and subgroups. Simply because that information hasn’t come to us directly from a person who is a member of that culture, ethnicity or race.

Do you make more finite distinctions between race, ethnicity and culture/sub-culture? How far have you actually thought this out? It’s easy enough to bang together a meme and post it on Facebook or copypasta and come off as pithy. It’s quite another to actually think something through to its logical end.

How does your grand design apply to mixed race/culture kids? Would they be allowed to teach one subject (pick a parent) or both subjects based on their race/ethnicity orโ€ฆ neither. Why stop with race and ethnicity? Surely you could apply the same logic to class. Only people that were raised in a certain socioeconomic class would then be allowed to teach anyone else from that same socioeconomic class.

The irony is too rich, my family comes from northern New Mexico and southern Colorado and very much a part of the Na-Denรฉ culture. Jicarilla to be exact. So frankly you’re preaching to the choir in terms of trying to break down all the injustices done. I get it. My family gets itโ€ฆ we’ve understood it from the very first day that the Spanish conquistador Juan de Oรฑate and his men set foot in North America in 1598, in particular, the Province of Santa Fe de Nuevo Mรฉxico.I suspect the Na-Denรฉ people would have a good chuckle at the absurdity of the meme.

Racist ~ Bigoted Parameters

So the solution to teaching Native American culture or history (or the culture or history of any group of people for that matter, indigenous or not) is to reduce it to follow the same set of racist or bigoted parameters that caused the problem in the first place? Good grief.

It presents an interesting problem in the real world as there are a whole hell of a lot more schools and classrooms than there are Native American teachers. By the logic in that meme, most schools would be reduced to teaching little more than Scots-Irish history from the post-colonial Caucasian perspective. Surely that’s exactly what would be ideal to avoid.

But why stop there? Anthropologists shouldn’t be allowed to lecture on any culture they are not from or originally part of. I guess we can simply dismiss an epic amount of scientific literature and anthropological data that allows us to understand other cultures and subgroups. Simply because that information hasn’t come to us directly from a person who is a member of that culture, ethnicity or race.

Do you make more finite distinctions between race, ethnicity and culture/sub-culture? How far have you actually thought this out? It’s easy enough to bang together a meme and post it on Facebook or copypasta and come off as pithy. It’s quite another to actually think something through to its logical end.

How does your grand design apply to mixed race/culture kids? Would they be allowed to teach one subject (pick a parent) or both subjects based on their race/ethnicity or… neither. Why stop with race and ethnicity? Surely you could apply the same logic to class. Only people that were raised in a certain socioeconomic class would then be allowed to teach anyone else from that same socioeconomic class.

The irony is too rich, my family comes from northern New Mexico and southern Colorado and very much a part of the Na-Denรฉ culture. Jicarilla to be exact. So frankly you’re preaching to the choir in terms of trying to break down all the injustices done. I get it. My family gets it… we’ve understood it from the very first day that the Spanish conquistador Juan de Oรฑate and his men set foot in North America in 1598, in particular, the Province of Santa Fe de Nuevo Mรฉxico.I suspect the Na-Denรฉ people would have a good chuckle at the absurdity of the meme.

David Ison So the solution to teaching Native American culture or history (or the culture or history of any group of people for that matter, indigenous or not) is to reduce it to follow the same set of racist or bigoted parameters that caused the problem in the first place? Good grief.

It presents an interesting problem in the real world as there are a whole hell of a lot more schools and classrooms than there are Native American teachers. By the logic in that meme, most schools would be reduced to teaching little more than Scots-Irish history from the post-colonial Caucasian perspective. Surely that’s exactly what would be ideal to avoid.

But why stop there? Anthropologists shouldn’t be allowed to lecture on any culture they are not from or originally part of. I guess we can simply dismiss an epic amount of scientific literature and anthropological data that allows us to understand other cultures and subgroups. Simply because that information hasn’t come to us directly from a person who is a member of that culture, ethnicity or race.

Do you make more finite distinctions between race, ethnicity and culture/sub-culture? How far have you actually thought this out? It’s easy enough to bang together a meme and post it on Facebook or copypasta and come off as pithy. It’s quite another to actually think something through to its logical end.

How does your grand design apply to mixed race/culture kids? Would they be allowed to teach one subject (pick a parent) or both subjects based on their race/ethnicity or… neither. Why stop with race and ethnicity? Surely you could apply the same logic to class. Only people that were raised in a certain socioeconomic class would then be allowed to teach anyone else from that same socioeconomic class.

The irony is too rich, my family comes from northern New Mexico and southern Colorado and very much a part of the Na-Denรฉ culture. Jicarilla to be exact. So frankly you’re preaching to the choir in terms of trying to break down all the injustices done. I get it. My family gets it… we’ve understood it from the very first day that the Spanish conquistador Juan de Oรฑate and his men set foot in North America in 1598, in particular, the Province of Santa Fe de Nuevo Mรฉxico.I suspect the Na-Denรฉ people would have a good chuckle at the absurdity of the meme.

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BEAUTIFUL BOOKS ๐Ÿค—

“DIRE!”~TEXAS Cowboy ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿค 

Where-INSPIRATION? Oh, my-DARLING! I-haven’t-got-a-clue,
IF-you’re-asking- about-yourself!
AS, FOR ME, IT’S ALWAYS YOU!
You are the catalyst – and -The-Touch-Stone;
You-are-the-one to-unleash this bone,
And jam the juices – to The Sky!
YOU ASK AGAIN, and-I-don’t-know-why;
I only know – that, at the start,
Procreation can impart,
A-sense-of-love and-commitment-then!
THE POWER SURGES, and-where’ve–I-been?
But-EVER – ever-here in your arms!
[MY]-INSPIRATION-STEMS FROM YOUR CHARMS:
Your LOOK, your VOICE, your SHAPE – Its SIZE!
At least for me – it’s in my eyes,
And ears and nose – I-do-suppose,
I’M-DRIVEN-CRAZY, AS YOU SMILE,
AND TEASE A LITTLE – TURN-UP-MY DIAL,
From passion-filled, exuberant lust,
To something NEW! where-I-[just]-might-bust,
Exploding! into Time and Space,
And even beyond the human race,
To HIGH-or-LOW – Yet, I-don’t-know!

It’s just a place – I HAVE TO GO,
Because of YOU!
“My Fond Desire!”

YOUR INSPIRATION!

Yes! It’s DIRE!*

fin <3

“STRAWBERRY FIELDS!”~ MYSTIC POET ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“

“STRAWBERRY FIELDS!” a poem April 9, 2019 [Tuesday]

It’s “The Mystic Poet,” Everyone! His-theme, is-it-quite-clear?
[Because – Doesn’t-he-repeat-it – year-a after year!?]
It REALLY is-not that profound! He just-says:-“Not to-fear,
Since we’re incompetently-programmed!! Oh-my-Oh-my-Oh-Dear,
God! [Is there really any [God] to appease?
Or appeal to – or for-to “shoot the breeze?”]

Perhaps, we might as well – RELAX – and try(?) to enjoy,
Our MASQUERADE-around-here as-part-of-“The-Real-McCoy,”
Which-is-just-“the-life-stream”-which we can’t comprehend,
And-what-we-think-we-see* – never com-eth to an end!**

Well, who knows? Who cares? DON’T BELIEVE ME! I’m not even “real,”
So I am not even writing this, and I think that our last meal,
Never was! So, why are you reading?
And why am I writing? and why are refugees bleeding?
Well, go ask Trump! or-Putin or-George,
W. Bush, who’s-maybe in Dallas (Texas), enjoying an ORG-
Y – or, perhaps, writing some historic[al] memoirs!

Anyway, IF you can, just take-a-pause,
And occasionally, smile and try not to fret,
Hold a lovely hand and cast aside regret!

fin <3

* – Well! Didn’t THEY tell us that we [and everyTHING] is just some blurry set of atoms? Do you believe that? Why not?! ๐Ÿ™‚ – L. O. L.

** – “Matter is neither created nor destroyed, it is simply transformed?” Albert Einstein

Strawberry Kisses ๐Ÿ“

“[ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  ] FROWN!”MYSTIC POET ๐Ÿ’ฅ

“[ ] FROWN!” a poem April 9, 2019 (2’s Day)

When [ ] has a frown, The World MUST stop,
and please re-consider, ’cause-her-salad’s A-FLOP!!

If she can’t get good salad, doing her diet,
She needs something else! Come-on-now, let’s-[all]-try-it:

Let’s all do THE [ ] FROWN! It’s-a-great-dance-sen-sa-tion,
Which they’re doing, oh, baby – all over The Nation!

You-just put-on-that-pout – and-do-a-“step”-o’-guacamole,
With some soggy, old lettuce* – and-have dressing that’s “HOLY!”**

OR! – you-get-another (pause) SALAD! Right quick,
Before The-World collapses! You-might-get-her: “CHOICE PICK,”

Get-her the finest darn salad that money can buy,
So [that] The-Most-Beautiful-Girl-In-The-World – won’t-continue to-cry!

NOW, [ ] is happy! The Kingdom? RENEWED!
And [ ] keeps her die-ta-tarit-al mood!

fin <3

* – Boyfriend or Husband? you’know, “salad fixin’s!”
** – low in calories!?