This thread’s intent was reconciliation; to nudge towards compromise and understanding, care & cooperation. I don’t think the thread found much traction in that regard; it is my shortcomings for why that is so. I tried shutting it down several times, but there is power in music and it is a media where common ground can be reexperienced.
Here, in the Bluegrass state, where once was caught in the crossfire of perhaps Murica’s darkest hours, when, if one was between a rock and a hard place, they had relative safety from the Madness,,,
we came to understandings;
This morning, in the darkness, drizzling rain, and wind, with fallen leaves swirling as I walked through them, I went to Daniel Boone’s statue and rubbed one of his boots. What’s up with statues anyway, eh?
if you ever read Faulkner, then you should know, the past isn’t even (ever) past.
and perhaps maybe it is like that so we have active reminders of what once was could be once again.
I, like many, have a checkered past. Moments of Light, moments of dark.
Murica is like that too. We are in uncertain times. Change, capital C, is underway. Things tend to follow predictable cycles. What once was will be once again. I pray we get Light and not Darkness. I’d rather be gardening, working on art, listening to healthy laughter, discoursing with ya’ll bums over light topics. I pray for each of ya”lls health, safety, comfort, and joys going forward.
I will close this thread fr
there will always be another song to play, to sing along with or tap your foot to.
The time has come for Taomeow’s thread. Let’s combine our energies and good will there.
I will continue on with the othering thread and the kindness thread, for a bit, if events allow.
I want to end the thread by sharing this: here, in Richmond Kentucky where a civil war battle was fought, and then when Lee surrendered, and Glory Hallelujah for that. But it didn’t really end then and there, there was not a clean break.
here, at Eku, founded 1874, as a way to stop open hostilities that were still going on in the aftermath of the war. The idea was to find any common ground and begin from there. They chose to fly a new banner in the breeze.
the banner bearing four words, they actually found four words they could agree on and they entered into a noble non sectarian set of principles to found the university on. To replace the war and its subsequent conflicts that grew from the schism, whatever the depths of those differences,
at the time, the four words chosen were Lex Rex Crux Lux
they agreed that The Law was our king, the cross is our light.
and they moved forward.
That was the common ground they found at that time.
nowadays, we need to find common ground, it won’t likely be those same four words chosen in 1874. This is 2021.
And in 2021 we will not agree to basic common ground. And we will, perhaps pay a heavy price for not doing so. I’d say, count on it. We cannot agree on the principles that the founding fathers wisely laid out for us. And Light shined for the world to see. And immediately, Darkness took note and took action to extinguish that Light.
unrelenting, darkness is soon upon us. We could choose four words to agree to and rebuild from that, instead, we will be seduced by the darkness, taking the bribes they offer and caving to their threats. It is the power lusting mongers who peddle darkness, spreading misery among us. One side says it’s the right that is wrong, the other side blames the left. While all the while, the power lusting mongers play all sides against the middle, smudging, obscuring, trampling out the common ground that we do share.
nothing like a good rant to start the day, I reckon.
here is the final song of the thread
edit>> the final song on this thread to be posted by me. I had a bum reach out, asking me to leave the thread open.