Source: DNA: Do Not Assume …
What is the one constant in life? Most think that it is taxes but what if I told you that ‘choice‘ is the one constant. If you think about it for a moment: how many choices do we make in a day? When we get up in the morning, we start making choices.
If you think about it for a minute, everything that you have done this day has been through choices that you made. If it is a weekday, you got up with an alarm and got ready for work. How many choices in that simple act? More than you may think. If you hit the snooze button, that is a choice. Did you make the coffee or take a shower first, choice again? Blue tie or red tie? Choice again.
Life is full of choices. How we decide those choices may seem minor but overall, they define our lives. When we look at the larger choices in our lives, most think of the people think of who are going to marry, where we are going to live or the jobs we have.
So here is the question for you: when you see a person who is disabled do you want to help them or not? Why or why not? What factors affect your choice? Do you see the person as a person or do you see them as less than a person? Why?
Some people say that just about anything that can touch my heart but there are somethings that only piss me off. When I see the disabled people getting picked on, mistreated or being used in ways that is a known lie I want to flu into a rage. The reason is that most people look at me and see a ‘normal’ person when in fact I have more than one disability. People don’t seem to understand that we don’t chose to be this way, often we have done things that others don’t realize. I can tell you of people in the science community that are disabled in the technical sense but they have made so many major improvements that we are thankful for.
If you look at people and see only the outside then the choice to not get to know them is a mistake that could haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Here is a challenge for you. If you want to understand people in a new sense, have a person that you trust help you with this. For a day have one of your senses temporarily taken away. The easiest one to do is vision. Have a person gently put medical tape over your eyes to where you can’t open them, then try to do things around your home. The simple things that you do at home suddenly become a challenge.
Try it and see how well you can do.
This is a message to all people of the United States of America.
We have a voice. We can stop the insanity. It is easy to do. The question is: Will you do it?
The voice we have is in many forms. Twitter, Facebook, email, text messages, calling each other and town meetings. It is easy to get your voice out. Doing blogs like this one is a way to do it.
We can contact our elected officials and say stop Trump’s routine. We can say that he is unfit to run this country. We are stronger together than apart. We need to have our voices heard.
Now we must work to together to make this country work well. We need to have the country work as a community instead of alone. When we stand as a country we are stronger than any wall, stronger than money that other countries put in to the elections, we can win the battle if we choose to.
If we work as a community then we can beat many of the problems that we have in the world. If we want true ‘homeland security’ then we must realize that the entire world is our homeland. We need to have the peace of the mind that everyone on the planet has the same DNA and we need to stop the .01% from having all the money and power.
Contact your elected official and say ‘Impeach Trump Now!’
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Until recently, movement in this country was aimed at making registering to vote and actually voting easier. Recent elections have resulted in Republican majorities in state legislatures which have passed laws reversing this trend. Voter ID laws and early voting restrictions are designed to make voting more difficult rather than easier, placing additional barriers in the path of those desiring to perform their civic duty.
These laws were passed by legislators claiming that they were necessary precautions to prevent voter fraud and swing elections away from the electorate’s true intent. This despite the fact that none have been able to produce any evidence of widespread attempts at fraud perpetrated by individuals voting where they are not eligible to do so. Getting a photo ID that is acceptable in some of these states is not as easy or as cheap as proponents would lead one to believe, and can affect different…
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Where is your balance? Why? Do you believe that things are getting better or worse?
I am looking the fact that there seems to be no balance in our lives. I am seeing that we need to get the balance back to understand that things are different and better in some areas and worse in other areas.
The reason that balance is more important than other aspects of things. Here is why I say that balance is so important. We need to have balance to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. If you look at modern movies you can see that there is a lot of unrealized balance that needs to be held. If you look at the series ‘The Matrix’ and you pay attention to the third movie, when Neo is talking to the Oracle they have the following conversation:
Neo: The Architect told me that if I didn’t return to the Source, Zion would be destroyed by midnight tonight.
Oracle: [rolls eyes] Please… You and I may not be able to see beyond our own choices, but that man can’t see past any choices.
Neo: Why not?
Oracle: He doesn’t understand them – he can’t. To him they are variables in an equation.
Neo: What does that mean?
Oracle: Everything that has a beginning has an end. I see the end coming. I see the darkness spreading. I see death. And you are all that stands in his way.
Oracle: [nods] Very soon he’s going to have the power to destroy this world, but I believe he won’t stop there; he can’t. He won’t stop until there’s nothing left at all.
Neo: What is he?
Oracle: He is you. Your opposite, your negative, the result of the equation trying to balance itself out.
Neo: What if I can’t stop him?
Oracle: One way or another, Neo, this war is going to end. Tonight, the future of both worlds will be in your hands… or in his. (http://www.matrixresolutions.com/index.html?page=conversations_neo_&_oracle_m1)
If as the movie shows, balance is not restored then there is a major problem. Now while the movie is fiction if we look at the real world you will see that the balance is not in place. With finance, we have a trickle-down plan going and it doesn’t work. The reason is that the money doesn’t make it to the bottom and those who are less fortunate don’t get any of the money. Again, there is no balance in the way that it is handled. We need to have the simple balance in our lives of who is going to do it. We need to take our lives into our own hands and find our balance.
When a young person signs the documents that say they are willing to serve in the United States Military, they are expecting some things. Good training, safe housing, and the ability to protect this country … right? So, what is the Federal Government hiding from them?
As a United States Army Veteran – we all need to know.
The base that I went to for basic training is Ft. McClellan Alabama. Here are some basic facts on it. First off – all the information is easy to find on the internet and none is classified!!!
Ft. McClellan was opened in 1917. It was closed in 1999.
The military schools that were at Ft. McClellan were the Military Police Corps, and the Chemical Corps, (N.B.C. Corps)
Now you may be wondering why I am writing about this. I went to basic there and it was a good time for me to learn about myself. However, there is another issue with it.
According to the VA’s website (https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/fort-mcclellan/) I found out that while I was there I unknowingly was exposed to some rather deadly and hazardous stuff. According to the site there was Potential exposures could have included, but are not limited to, the following: Radioactive compounds (cesium-137 and cobalt-60) used in decontamination training activities in isolated locations on base, Chemical warfare agents (mustard gas and nerve agents) used in decontamination testing activities in isolated locations on base, and Airborne polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the Monsanto plant in the neighboring town.
Now on the site it says that we can possibly get additional benefits and specialized healthcare for health problems with this when I called – the person had no idea of what I was talking about. I had to give them the site address and they had to put me on hold to find out what to do regarding my request for a form for benefits on this.
These are the actual screen shots from their site.
I am wondering why we were only told about it in 2011 when President Obama was in office and that we were put on a registry but the VA doesn’t know who should be getting additional treatments for some of these.
Now people are going to say that this was too long ago to be something to worry about, but there are people like me who suffer from health issues that we never had before going into the service and some have suffered like me for ages with some of these problems. Now I get to have fun trying to get additional help with this.
When you assume that you know better than most, how do you know for sure? Is assuming mean that you are better than others? I honestly don’t know but this post is what I see happening and it makes me rather sick. I am voicing my personal feelings only in this one.
When I hear that people, who have paler skin than others assume that they are smarter or better than those with dark skin – I usually must prevent myself from screaming at them. They are no better any anyone else. Their views are no more important than anyone else’s. The reason that the person of pale skin wants to believe that is because they view are more important is to make them feel better. Often it is a person is talking from a point of weakness and they feel the need to put the other person down.
When you look at a person who is thin, most would think they are healthy and that is again an assumption. The person could have a medical condition that prevents them from being healthy they look thin and healthy. If you look at a person who is overweight, the assumption is that they need to go on a diet. Again, the assumption is wrong. The person may have a health condition that causes the issue.
There are other things that can be shown as examples but the one I want to stress is you can’t look at a person and instantly feel that you know everything about them. When a person is ‘disabled‘ they don’t have to be in a wheelchair or totally blind to be that way. The person could be physically ok but have a mental health issue that causes things to be done in a way prevents them from working. A person who has chronic issues, could be considered too ‘disabled’ to work. I will use myself as an example. I have a chronic pain issue – for me pain at a 5 is a good day. When I have worked in the past, people have tried to use the fact that I have pain issues as a reason to let me go. I didn’t choose to be this way. It is the way my body is wired. Yet I have had people tell me that I need to get a job and stop trying to get SSDI.
I have tried to work several times and it isn’t something that people are willing to take a risk on me. When I go for the interview the first thing they see isn’t my ability to do the job but the cane I must use to walk. So where is the understanding that everyone is different? Not in the hiring managers mind, they are looking at cost to train and the fact that I use a cane.
So, when people assume that I don’t want to work, it isn’t true. I have tried but have lost more jobs due to things that are not within my control than the ones that are in my control.