It’s Time for Americans to Grow Up – Act like Adults – Put Childish Ways Behind Us . . . Our Democracy Demands It

It’s Time for Americans to Grow Up – Act like Adults – Put Childish Ways Behind Us . . . Our Democracy Demands It

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became an adult, I spoke, thought, reasoned and put the ways of childhood behind me – and mutually expected the same by fellow adults – by fellow citizens – fellow human beings.

Each vote is dependent on the maturity of each voter as an adult – not a child.

Our Democracy demands the maturity of each citizen to defend and protect it.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
— E.E. Cummings

Which Candidate(s) and Political Party Will Realistically, Seriously and Honestly Deal With Local, National and Global Problems in the 21st Century?

Which Candidate(s) and Political Party Will Realistically, Seriously and Honestly Deal With Local, National and Global Problems in the 21st Century?

The multifaceted complex problems we face in the 21st century are unequivocally stark and real.

The polls focus on “The Economy, Gas Prices and Taxes” – as if each had no history and context.

Our ballot requires due diligence – voting with knowledge, intelligence, advocacy and moral clarity. We know what can happen when voting with ignorance.

Lest we forget:
~ Tax Cuts for the rich and corporations did not just happen in 2017 but began in 2016.
~ Denial, misinformation, politicization and polarization about the pandemic did not just begin in 2020 but began in 2016.
~ Overturning Roe vs. Wade did not just happen in 2022 but began in 2016.
~ The insurrection on our Capitol did not just happen on January 6, 2021 but began in 2016.
~ Some 30,573 (and counting) misleading claims and Big Lies did not just happen in 2023 but began in 2016.

Before you vote in 2024 ~ just ask a few simple-complex questions connected to our Democracy

Before you vote in 2024 ~ just ask a few simple-complex questions connected to our Democracy

How venerated and sacred is our vote – whether it be for Mayor, School Board, Police Chief or President?
Does the vote itself carry an oath regarding our citizenship – its ethos and meaning?
How honorable is our vote?
Does it carry the tenets of honesty, credibility and trust?
Does it stand for the vision, mission and guiding principles of our Democacy, Constitution, Rule of Law, Justice and respect for inalienable rights?
Does it go far beyond one individual and one political party?

If not, then why even vote at all?
Why not just stay home and get out of the way of those who want to live in the reality of the 21st century – yes living and working pro-actively together to solve serious global challenges, issues and problems that can be solved.

Engaging in the “White on White Conversation” on Racism and Hate ~ The Choice ~  The Willingness ~ The  Readiness ~ The Work

Engaging in the “White on White Conversation” on Racism and Hate ~ The Choice ~ The Willingness ~ The Readiness ~ The Work

Why the hesitation by white people to engage with white people in difficult and uncomfortable discourse on racism and hate?
Some would argue that the reasons are due to the “teflon effect”, “cognitive dissonance”, “white fragility”, “fear” and a lack of knowledge.
“White on White” conversations can become contentious, uncomfortable and question social-cultural loyalties.
But we are in the 21st century and “White on White” conversations are taking place by choice, with emotional intelligence and moral courage.
Inclusive generational alliances are in motion and a reality.

Voter Risk Management ~  Conscious Conscientiousness to Enhance the Quality of Life for All

Voter Risk Management ~ Conscious Conscientiousness to Enhance the Quality of Life for All

It was 1869 when African American men were allowed to vote.
It was 1929 when women were finally acknowledged as voters.
It was 1965, just 58 years ago, when the Voting Rights Act attempted to end voting discrimination.
It’s the 21st Century and voter suppression remains a reality by politicians who promote obstruction, denialism, division, Big-Little Lies and extremism.
A democracy requires citizens who vote keeping in mind our history, casting their ballot with due diligence, emotional intelligence and moral courage.
Civic duty, in the 21st century, requires risk management as to authenticity, credibility and trust.
Who are the candidates that will enhance the quality of our Democracy and the quality of our lives?

Ethnographic Citizenry ~ Able to Observe Diversity and Embrace It

Ethnographic Citizenry ~ Able to Observe Diversity and Embrace It

The Zulu greeting of “Sawubona” means “I see you.”
These are more than words of politeness.
Sawubona carries the importance of recognizing the worth and dignity of each person.
It says, “I see the whole of you—your experiences, your passions, your pain, your strengths and weaknesses, and your future. You are valuable to me.”
Sawubona is also infused with the belief that when others “see” me, then I exist.
The common response is “Shiboka”, which means “I exist for you”.
These are more than greetings.
Awareness and observation go far beyond looking and seeing – a matter of validating presence.

Citizenship ~ Essence, Meaning and Context

Citizenship ~ Essence, Meaning and Context

When, how and why do we learn about our citizenship?
Is it an absolute construct?
Is it ever morphing, authenticating and amplifying its essence, meaning and context?
Is it all about privileges or does it come with life-long responsibilities?
Is it regional, national and/or global?
Does it seek veracity and credibility?
These are some tough critical questions that perhaps need review – more often than just every two or four years.

Diversity and Athletics as Fans and Citizens

Diversity and Athletics as Fans and Citizens

Athletics and sports are part of our social-cultural matrix. They are our communal national passion. We love our sports and marvel at human athleticism.
Can we, connect our fanaticism with athletics to our responsibilities to our Democracy as citizens?
Can we turn March Madness to a daily passion to enhance the quality of life, inclusivity and equity for each fan and citizen?
History beckons us to do so.