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SAFETY FIRST (among giants)

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SAFETY FIRST

 

Life among giants is tricky.

We begin by staying close to Mom.

We venture out.

We crawl.

We rise up on our hind legs and we stumble.

We cry out for Mom but before she reaches us we are up again and on the move.

From Birth till Ever we search for safety.

We measure that safety with terms of approval.

We shout to the horizon “I am not afraid”.

And even when disappointed beyond words we seek additional measures of approval.

We had begun one person at a time until one day we decided “more is better”.

More approval meant  more cooperation but less emphasis on being right.

We stopped experimenting.

We adopted the attitudes and belief systems of the  group.

We rebelled occasionally, unhappy with having opted to be less true to ourselves in favor of what? Safety? Fairness? Fairness? Why had we abdicated our Freedom?

We had a cup of coffee in the most popular coffee shop and thought about it.

This isn’t so bad… is it?

Is it?

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SAFETY FIRST

lafayette compound 012

 

SAFETY FIRST

 

Life among giants is tricky.

We begin by staying close to Mom.

We venture out.

We crawl.

We rise up on our hind legs and we stumble.

We cry out for Mom but before she reaches us we are up again and on the move.

From Birth till Ever we search for safety.

We measure that safety with terms of approval.

We shout to the horizon “I am not afraid”.

And even when disappointed beyond words we seek additional measures of approval.

We had begun one person at a time until one day we decided “more is better”.

More approval meant  more cooperation but less emphasis on being right.

We stopped experimenting.

We adopted the attitudes and belief systems of the  group.

We rebelled occasionally, unhappy with having opted to be less true to ourselves in favor of what? Safety? Fairness? Fairness? Why had we abdicated our Freedom?

We had a cup of coffee in the most popular coffee shop and thought about it.

This isn’t so bad… is it?

Is it?

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Lee Broom

HIGH APPROVAL RATINGS

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People form groups, hoping to fulfill that which is perceived to address a common need; a measure of safety in a dangerous world. These groups may family, schools, sources of employment and institutions which build religions and serve our spiritual needs,

Soon thereafter and for as long as the group exists, the individual’s major role is to support the group. Negotiations ensue. The group offers a measure of approval in return for Compliance; the higher the quality of Compliance, the higher the approval rating. The higher the approval rating the more likely it is to be confused with Love. Approval is condition dependent; Love is not.

Love’s only aim is to Heal.

Wishing is not a substitute for Hope.

Hope is not a substitute for Faith.

Faith is not a substitute for Truth.

Approval is not a substitute for Love.

Love is not a substitute for Safety.

Safety is not a substitute for Fear.

ACCEPT THE LOVE AND PASS IT ON.

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A LETTER TO A FRIEND

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 A LETTER TO A FRIEND
It doesn’t matter WHAT we think about anything. In the end what matters is HOW we got the information. There is no reliable source aside from Love and Logic. Neither of these is employed when we allow others to tell us what to think. The voice of OTHERS does not come from the heart, The only thing to be gained from such silliness is the approval of others. Approval is easy to get and more easily lost; all was have to do is to live by the rules or to quit. What do you want your last thoughts to be? Will you be saying hello to God or Goodbye to your pals?

 

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. Henry David Thoreau.

I ACKNOWLEDGE, I ACCEPT, I PASS IT ON

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I ACKNOWLEDGE, I ACCEPT, I PASS IT ON

 

If I say “I love you very much” I must be mistaken for LOVE is UNCONDITIONAL (“very much” is a condition).

If I ask to be Loved I must be seeking mere approval for LOVE is UNCONDITIONAL . (I had to ask.)

If I accept the LOVE I acknowledge the source of that LOVE.

If I acknowledge the source of LOVE I acknowledge that THE LOVE was already in place.

I accept the LOVE and I’ll pass it on.