Just Breathe

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In this post, I want to acknowledge the amazing uniqueness of a young actor, Jaden Smith.

This young man reminds me of all I believe America’s founders intended for our country. The intention to breathe a new life into a new world. The intention to break down the establishment that would oppress. The intention to give voice in unison to all those who wanted to speak and to speak for those who could not speak for themselves.

Americas basic principles are outlined in the early writings of these men that shaped the foundation of our country. And, don’t forget, these men were revolutionaries! These men sought change. These men fought for change. Some of their fellows died for change as Americans still fight and die for change today.

Change does not come in silence. Change does not come in retreat. Change comes when men speak up and step out, taking the great liberties that America is blessed with and freeing us all from those that would hold us back from creating a better more perfect union.

As we stand here together in 2017 America is continuing the revolution. It has never ended. Our Constitution is a living document intended to change and grow as our nation matures.

As we step out of a period of amazing gains for liberty and justice for all Americans we must live in freedom. We the people must resist those that want to close the doors that have been opened. We must resist those that want to take us back in to oppression.

America is strong like this young man. America is a beacon in each generation to the light of our Constitution. America is at liberty to be what it wants to be. America is free to breathe.

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A Man Can Not be Numbered

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The title clarifies that as Shia LaBeouf is my second blog about people who inspire and share, that number places him in no different position to any other human that will or shall exist.

I envy the stage your life is currently playing on. It is an elevation that is above any of our human frailties to withstand for extended periods of time. I admire  your idealism, and that your identity is much more complicated than what we see on the screen.

Your voice spreading virally around the globe is a phenomenon that at your age, in my life couldn’t have fathomed. The dichotomy of its defiance and love show what is in your heart and gives me hope that our struggle will not fail, falling to the  side of the road in rocky soil where it’s seed will dry up.

Your voice continues the dialogue of a place that most of humanity has been affected by. Your voice speaks of what happens when no one speaks.

The holocaust came about not just from a single man that wrote of hatred, that spoke propaganda, that bullied opposition and spread fear. It was a voice that believed he had a destiny. That he and those like him were superior. The words had the power and the man abused the words for personal gain, personal glorification.

“He Will Not Divide US”! is today’s conversation about a man that in too many ways similar. A man that bullied the top politicians of one of America’s most powerful political parties into irrelevancy. A man who bear false witness against another man that he believed was inferior to him because of his race and religion. A man who manipulated media and usurped the power of the greatest nation on earth for his own glorified sense of self.

I am thankful for you, Shia LeBeouf, for your courage. For calling him out. You are affecting a mass conversation and message that I am dedicated to continue sharing in your movement until this man is removed from office. Until his power to tear apart the fabric of Americas Constitution and values is stopped.

#HeWillNotDivideUS

Mark Hamlett

Humanity’s Touch

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For a few years now I have been blogging “It’s Not Random, It’s Personal”. The words here are a catharsis for me as I am one of the weakest and most flawed of all humans. It is through my words that I can express the sadness I feel from my Bipolar depression, the amazement I have in science for keeping me alive though I have a virus in my body, HIV, that does not die, and my hope that somehow my words will be affect others in a positive way.

It is with this post that I want to honour someone who I admire, who has inspired me with hope and who’s love and advocacy has personally touched me through her words and works.

Alyssa Milano, you are my number one.  I wanted to reach out and thank you for being a loving human. I wanted to thank you for being an early advocate for those living with HIV through showing your support to Ryan White. I cried when I watched the Phil Donahue show as I now cry with more understanding of just how important your kiss was.

I wanted to thank you for your advocacy for children through UNICEF, for years of being an ambassador and positively influencing countless lives of children around the world.  If it had not been for your pregnancy, I wouldn’t have know what “Project Runway” was, or how beautiful you are when sharing your life by carrying another one inside.

I wanted to thank you for sharing your love of humanity throughout your journey of life. Most recently I wanted to thank you for marching with other Angelenos showing support of the American values of Love over Hate, and Freedom over Oppression.

I hope the love you illuminate always reflects back upon you and those you cherish.

Mark Hamlett

To What End?

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To what end will you go to fight your cause

To what end To what end.

To what end will you fight to go your way

To what end To what end.

To what end will you lie in order to be heard

To what end To what end.

To what end will you order your lies be heard

To what end To what end.

To what end will you brag of your might

To what end To what end

To what end will your might be your brag

To what end to what end.

To what end will you demand you be pleased

To what end To what end.

To what end will you please by your demands

To what end To what end.

To what end will your mouth speak defecation

To what end To what end.

To what end will you defecate your speech

To what end To what end.

To what end will you build your wall

To what end To what end.

To what end will your wall be built

To what end To what end.

To what end will you rape

To what end will you steal

To what end will you deny

To what end will you defile

To what end will go to strip America of it last speck of soul

To what end will you go, To what end will you go.

 

Humanity is…

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I am an atheist. I do not believe in any God.

I believe humanity is guided by instinct like other species on earth.

What sets us apart is cognition.

To be human on this planet earth, in a sense, is to be God. Humanity has the ability to consciously take actions that have ‘everlasting’ impact.

Humanity is not unique in self-awareness. Other species are aware, and science continues to increasingly reveal to us this awareness in all living things.

Humanity is not unique in communication. Science continues to open our ears to the conversations in the world around us. Not just creatures, but even plants.

Humanity is not unique in having cognitive thought. Anyone who has had a pet, hunted, visited a zoo, swam with a dolphin, had an ant farm; anyone who has taken notice of and spent time observing the world around has seen the ability of other species to learn and process information.

Humanity is the dominant species on earth because of our seemingly unlimited cognition.

Humanity is evolved and has taken stewardship of earth, as we are now understanding our affect through actions create lasting effects.

Humanity is evolving as we struggle with ourselves and the world we inhabit.

Humanity is cruel, not matured enough to overcome childish behaviours.

Humanity is kind, reaching out to those in tragedy.

Humanity is insensitive, overlooking what it thinks is unimportant or lesser than itself.

Humanity is caring in its ability to nurture and heal.

Humanity is selfish, believing it owns the earth, it does not.

Humanity is everything it desires to be yet not what it should be.

Humanity is in this moment, as every moment, making a choice.

Humanity is…

Day of Infamy

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Seventy-Five years ago on December 8, 1941 the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt took form and sang a song of shock and determination around the world. This response to the act of war Japan took towards the United States and it’s allies territories in the Pacific was a precursor to the United States commitment in WWII.

On December 7, 1941 Japan’s forces attacked Hawaii killing nearly 2,500 soldiers and civilians within a short period of 90 minutes. By the end of the war that figure would increase more than 100 fold to just under 500,000 or one-half of one percent of the United States population.

For the United States this was a moment in history that had very little reflection or debate. The country came together and supported the effort 99.9%.

This act of aggression, this day of infamy was just the beginning.

Losing It

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There is a dark shadow, a thick cloud, a smoke that rises from the heartland; and nobody sees it.

We look out over what we have, we look at land, we look a t farm, we look at city, we look at country; and we don’t see it.

We listen to sounds of our voices, to the sounds that are familiar, the sounds of music, the sounds that make us feel good, the sounds of information, the sounds that we agree with; and we don’t hear it.

We taste coffee, hamburgers, fine wines, imported cigars, exotic dishes from around the world, spices from cultures from far and wide; yet we don’t savour it.

We touch linen, cotton, silk, a warm bath, a clean shower, a spa, a massage; yet we feel nothing.

We think, we debate, we research, we graph, we study, we disseminate; yet we don’t know.

We possess, wealth, land, diamonds, companies, energy, water, food; but we don’t own it.

We desire love, sex, food, cars, homes, television, movies, phones, drugs, thrills; and we pay for it.

We experience, we travel, we learn, we experiment, we challenge thought, we conquer, we subject; because we have power.

We are safe, secure, comfortable; because we are dominant.

We love each other; yet we hate them.

We have liberty; yet we refuse others freedom.

We have life; yet we cause death.

We are human; but we are losing our humanity.