Is it humanly possible to ever truly empathize with another’s deep seeded sorrow and anguish? When does it become unbearable to try to explain, define or describe the depths and layers of brutal inhumanity? History is not void of its power to remind us of such ingrained agony – of open wounds still bleeding – of multigenerational and intergenerational trauma. Perhaps this is why some try desperately to erase the past, pretend that the barbarousness did not happen, deny the horror, desperately avoid any semblance of a connected ancestry. But there is no escape, no absolution, no greater conscious sadness knowing that the cataclysmic inhumanity throughout the ages was executed – engineered by choice, by design . . . leaving generations to ponder why . . . without answers . . . then and now. And so, as humans, we are left to validate truth, remain aware and cautious so that the children of tomorrow will never have to ask questions without answers . . . of savagery caused without a cause . . . of the heritage of forebearers exterminating, enslaving, making invisible . . . needlessly.
Veracity, authenticity, credibility and trust is alive and well in America! “When Otta.com, a job search platform, surveyed 25,000 workers asking what top qualities job seekers were looking for in their next job, the number one answer was diversity and inclusion along with transparency, respect, meaningful work, recognition and reward for a job well done.” Otta.com – The Feldman Report WWJ Radio, January 6, 2022
Republican Trumpism is the antithesis of what 21st Century corporations, schools and societies are experiencing and focused upon. That is – the future – looking forward – working toward a quality of life that is shared – continuing to define and authenticate truth, logic, reason, wisdom, emotional intelligence, moral courage, common sense, mutual respect, collaboration, consensus, compromise, opportunities of worth – all core values of a Democracy – of human beings – that happen to be workers, consumers and citizens.
As the clock stuck 12:01 on January 1, 2022, the phone lit up with wishes of, “Happy New Year!” For the first time, while grateful, I felt the words lacked substance and meaning. They felt tired, lazy, lacking life.
Damn it, we are living through Covid 19 and Republican Trumpism viruses and all you can wish for is “be happy!?” No, no, no we need to do better, much better!
Thus, I propose that we wish each other three basic sentiments with authenticity, meaning and motivation. Therefore, to each and everyone,
“I wish that in 2022 we remain in good health, human and sane!”
Yes, its a little long, but isn’t the person receiving the sentiment worth more than three words? Yes, I included myself in the wish. Hope you don’t mind as good will is a collaborative and mutual effort.
By the way, don’t wait until Hallmark reminds to reach out to someone via a text, call, card, email, FaceTime, zoom . . . make the time to voice your feelings to someone who made a difference over years. Don’t wait until 12:01, January 1, 2023 . . . as the song goes, “If your heart is in them flowers, bring ’em on.”
A new poem by Jorge Prosperi
“The history of inhumanity caused by socio – cultural – religious – political victimization, must be scrutinized in the raw to clearly understand, identify and expose its lingering legacy of multi-generational trauma in the 21st century. The sins of the past can be and should be acknowledged with veracity and owned, so as not to recycle the ongoing burdens of systemic racism, autocracy and domestic terrorism. That is the choice made by every generation – by every vote cast.”Jorge D.H. Prosperi
The latest essay can be found here:
I posit that on November 3, 2020 what will be on the ballot will not only be the name of candidates for President of the United States. But also on the ballot will be an opportunity to restore leadership, integrity, dignity and personal veracity. There is a hunger and thirst in America for leadership that is credible, trustworthy and takes responsibility for tough decisions. What is on the ballot will be ethics, empathy, emotional intelligence, moral courage and a connection with the human condition.Jorge D.H. Prosperi
Find the latest essay: The Ballot of November 3, 2020: Beyond Candidates ~ Beyond Party here.
An additional essay just added:
Education’s Greatest Failure: Ignoring Racism from Pre-K Beyond
Take up the White Man’s burden—Kipling
Ye dare not stoop to less—
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloak your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent, sullen peoples
Shall weigh your Gods and you.
A 2-part series of America struggling to get back to normal.
Will America return without pausing to critically examine the normality of the past or seek a new vision and mission in the 21st Century?
Doing Violence to America’s White Soul
by Jorge Dante Hernandez Prosperi 2020
This next series introduces two new poems and one new essay. Included in the links below are two companion essays previously published. A continued reminder of the pain, anguish, and suffering untold.
“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit with the core belief.”Frantz Fanon
White America will not change its inherent inherited racist pathology until it does violence to its white racist soul and deals with the pain.
Continue reading this essay…
New poems by Jorge Dante Hernandez Prosperi
Previous essays related to this topic
The reappointment was announced by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden calling Harjo “an inspiring and engaging poet laureate,” who would “help the Library showcase Native poets from coast-to-coast.”
Harjo is the nation’s first Native American Poet Laureate, and her own poetry often draws on her Muskogee Creek background, as well as feminist traditions. As Laureate she has been working on an upcoming anthology of Native poetry as well as an online map that the Library says will include “Native poets’ biographies and recordings of them reading and discussing one of their poems.” Harjo recently kicked off a Washington Post/Library of Congress series, The Poetry of Home, where she read her her poem, “Perhaps The World Ends Here:” She will serve as Poet Laureate to promote appreciation and awareness of poetry throughout the country and world.
Read the latest essay –
America’s Essential Workers: COVID-19 Reminder of Necropolitics
COVID-19 is not the enemy – not someone or something to blame. It should not become another excuse to not look into the mirror . . . images we own. COVID -19 views earth as it was always meant to be . . . without borders, flags, anthems, walls or caged children. It does not recognize contrived constructions. Damn it for its presence. . . masking . . . unmasking . . . blessed it be for removing the shadows . . . for casting reflections . . .
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