Sunday, February 9, 2014

If we don't mind; then does it matter?

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If we don't mind; then it doesn't matter.

                                         by Reggie Smith

And I went down to the demonstration

To get my fair share of abuse

Singing, We're gonna vent our frustration

If we don't we're gonna blow a 50-amp fuse

You can't always get what you want...

But if you try sometimes well you just might find

You get what you need

                                          Rolling Stones

Why don't they play slow jams at the club or parties anymore?  Twerking and jerking on the dance floor has always been fun, but it was often done in the hopes of attracting the intimacy that comes with blue lights and a slow dance. I wonder if young people even know how to slow drag or turn a slow dance into a romance.  It took a great deal of courage, sometimes liquid courage via alcohol, to take a chance on asking a young lady to slow dance.  That's where I learned what we mean when we say "it is mind over matter".  No guts, no glory we like to say; so if I did not find the courage to ask for a dance before the party ended, I would have to take my fantasies home with me and find ways to satisfy them in my mind.  At the time it would seem to really matter to me.  Those slow jams really set the mood and were great motivation for romance, right?

I'm a DJ, so I know we have still slow jams in the music crate, but no one ever requests it. Most folks have been trained to think we operate in a supply and demand society, but it's really demand and supply. In capitalism, the “job creators”, like the DJ, will pick the products or music they think we will buy or dance to.  Generally, the smart entrepreneur will try to convince us we want what they have, but ultimately they will give us whatever we want. If we don't tell them what we want, or more importantly, if we do not know what we want and need, they will figure we don't mind buying whatever is sold. If we don't demand what we want and need, it doesn't seem to matter.  Sometimes, like the young people I’ve asked, we seem to not even know a particular option (like slow jams at a party) even exists.

I wonder if the powers that be (PTB) care whether many of us live or die.  Diseases like HIV and Hep C should challenge us to see ourselves in enlightening ways.  The way that mortality rates mirror poverty rates is undeniable.  There are many ways we could more effectively change our reality and create a more healthy existence, but we would need to use enough discipline to stop being distracted by the lies being supplied by the enemy, and demand the things we need in order to thrive.  We need clean water, affordable nutritious food, clean air, gainful employment, educational opportunities, free or affordable healthcare, and safe, affordable housing.  We want peace and happiness.  What we are getting is chaos, oppression, disrespect, disregard, and both political, legal and economic justification for a lack of empathy that disproportionately affects those with the most needs. 

On a personal level, are we comfortable not living up to our full potential?  If you go back into the archives of RISE, you will see that we have been trying to say all along that if the powers that be didn’t care about those of us living with HIV, and if we all did not realize that we are affected and connected, sooner or later the virus of greed would spread to pandemic proportions.  People like the Koch brothers have pushed their agenda of total domination to the brink of democratic annihilation.   They have gotten so bold; they have given up the pretense of secrecy.  Obviously they have calculated that if we don’t mind being oppressed and manipulated enough to make the changes needed to be able to satisfy our own needs, then it won’t matter if we can see how irrational, reprehensible and absurd their tactics are.  

Talk is cheap and the PTB have enough money to make plenty of people in positions of influence say whatever they are told.  Brains are matter, but minds need to be engaged in order to consciously and intentionally create our reality.  Empires have fallen as a result of apathy.  Overcoming addiction and HIV has helped to prepare me for what we are now experiencing because it taught me the difference between what I need and want, and helped me practice a program for life while connecting with spirits like you, and I am grateful.  Now, for the greater good, it is time for you and I to Resurrect Inspirational Spiritual Experiences.  It is time for us to RISE.  It is time to RISE!

                     "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people."


"There comes a time when silence is betrayal"

                               Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.





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