Thursday, June 25, 2015

JUST SHARING THOUGHTS ON RELIGION AND MORALITY

SHARING THOUGHTS ON RELIGION AND MORALITY Had a phone conversation with, Lisa, my youngest daughter this morning. I called to wish her Happy Birthday and too catch up on things – actually I’m a day late with my B-day wish; got deeply involved in a film debate on Religion and Morality. It was well past 3 am when I shut down my computer; after a few hours of sleep I called my daughter to sing short versions of the birthday song. Although I’m the son of a Baptist preacher and at one time considered study in the Christian ministry, I have long stopped believing those things a Christian must believe to support his faith – I stopped believing the Virgin Birth, Deity of Jesus Christ, Resurrection, Heaven, Hell, Life after Death. God, as defined by most religions, became more a question than a fact. For obvious reasons I don’t participate in any religion. I’ve always resisted labels; for a long time I reluctantly accepted Agnostic when contemplating the existence of God and morality. Now the Atheist label seems to be a better fit for how I live my life. I neither believe in nor appeal (pray) to a supernatural power to direct my life. I chose the course my life will take and make the necessary adjustment when I fail at something. My morality doesn’t come from the fear of a God or Hell’s fires – it comes from my sincere desire to add to the quality of human existence by the choices I make. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net

Saturday, June 20, 2015

JUST SHARING THOUGHTS ON RACE IN AMERICA

SHARING THOUGHTS ON RACE IN AMERICA The lives taken in the terrorist tactic at the South Carolina church provoked me to share my thoughts on whether black-white race relations is moving toward peaceful coexistence or mutual inhalation. History, and the current behavior of our government, seems to suggest that conflict is better resolved by bloodshed. The bigger the entrenched conflict the greater the required amount of bloodshed to resolve it. White on Black racism was in the inception and birth of this country we call America and has matured since it was born. The ocean of blood that was shed in the great-war was not enough to resolve the white on black racism still existing in America. If the history of conflict resolution is to be followed, white on black racism must continue until all blacks have been murdered – an American race genocide. Early in my development I thought that race-related bloodshed, to the point of inhalation, was inevitable. As I matured I came to know that I, we – all Americans - could conceive and develop my, our own future; I came to know that I, we – all American, am, are not slaves to the past. What racist whites better get is that blacks are here to stay; and that we will play active roles in all aspects of the American culture. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ET ADOLPHUS ON UNIVERSE EXPANSION

JUST ET ADOLPHUS THINKING ALOUD Although my physical body is earth bound, my consciousness and spirit often take trips into the heavens exploring the wonder of solar systems, galaxies and the other stuff that makes up our universe. A friend of mine gets very excited when my Ego starts to talk about his experiences. She thinks I’m flipping out again and implores me to stop talking about leaving the earth. I do admit that I am a little crazy; but it’s the kind of crazy that gives me the freedom to do to be to think of all sorts of things - no subject is off limits to me. I don’t seek any ones permission to think and talk about shit I know little or nothing about - which brings me to my notion about our expanding universe. Yes, my ET Ego has a notion about why the universe is expanding. Why should scientist be the only ones to have fun thinking about such things. Everyone knows there are eight planets in our solar system – there was nine but scientist decided one didn’t measure up to what a planet’s supposed to be so out it went; it’s still there but we’re told to pretend it ain’t. Now to my notion; with our sun producing energy way beyond my comprehension and with all the planets producing energy by their rotations and orbits around the sun - and don’t forget that each planet, like the sun, has its own magnetic field - there’s a lot of energy being produced. My ET thinks that that energy has form and dynamic of its own; and I think ET’s right. If we think of all the suns all the solar systems all the galaxies in our universe, that’s a whole biggalotta energy being produced. ET Adolphus thinks it’s the effects of all that expelled energy that’s driving the expansion of our universe. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net

Monday, June 8, 2015

SOME THOUGHTS ON POLICE TRAINING/TACTICS

MY THOUGHTS ON POLICE TRAINING/TACTICS – INVOLVING NON-CRIMINAL YOUTH CONFLICT When a police officer brutally restrains a young person in the same manner as he would a terrorist or adult criminal it’s an insult to my sense of justice and angers me. By posting these thoughts I’m urging Parents, Police Officials, Police Officers, Police Trainers and others in youth development to change the way officers are trained and ordered to carry out their duties. Our cities are not war zones and our youth are not enemy soldiers. I noted in an earlier post that police training continues to adopt military tactics when stopping and arresting civilians. Police dress and weaponry reflect that trend. I don’t think military tactics ought to be used in non-criminal civilian conflict: particularly non-criminal youth conflict. Where an enemy soldier or adult-criminal understands the rules of conflict and yielding to an authorized force, a non-criminal youth, and many adults, is totally unable to understand or comply with the rules of conflict – particularly in a spontaneous situation. The command to shut-up and get face down on the ground requires an individual to instantly abandon any sense of autonomy - the natural instinct of self- preservation. Soldiers and criminals often find it extremely difficult to assume such a vulnerable position. When I see non-criminal youth physically handled like an enemy soldier or adult-criminal something inside me screams NO!!! POLICE TRAINING AND TACTICS must be changed when stopping youth conflict – we must make the change before the gulf of trust between police and communities is unbridgeable.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SHARING THOUGHTS ON STINK DAY

JUST SHARING MY THOUGHTS ON STINK DAY Sunday is my stink dad. I don’t take off my sleeping clothes or foldup my sofa bed. I sometimes lie back down to daydream about something I’m working on or whatever comes into my head. Outside of my pleasure and research reading I try to avoid doing any work. Tomorrow I’ll resume recording and editing the first of my three novels. It has taken some time to understand and effectively uses the software. But I’m the kind of learners who keep trying, making mistakes, until I get it right. I now know how to record and edit audio files. My eighty years of living and exploring life has taught me think, to reason, and not to simply accept what is given as truth about race, religion, war, politics, love, friendship, kindness, ruthlessness, eternity, etc.. I’ve come to know that the differences we, humans, allow to separate and weaken us are often the very attributes which could make us, humans, stronger. Whether we chose to accept it or not we, all humans, occupy this planet and share its limited resources. If those with political/economic power chose to dominate and destroy – like any parasite their ultimate destruction is inevitable. Our lives and destiny is in our hands. No one is coming to save us from ourselves. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net

Friday, May 22, 2015

THOUGHTS ON REPARTATIONS

MY THOUGHTS ON REPARATIONS African peoples were deprived of their homes their lands their cultures their freedom and their lives. Their labor and that of their descendants was forcefully taken and used in the development of this country and its wealth. For years the descendants of African slaves have been and continue to be denied access to the benefits of their stolen and freely given labor, their loyalty, their taxes, their blood, and their lives in service to this country. Reparation is not just a nice or just thing for this country to pay – it is an unavoidable and undeniable obligation. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

THOUGHTS ON VIOLENCE

JUST SHARING THOUGHTS ON VIOLENCE Like most writers I read a lot – much of it is done for character and story research; but I also love visiting the worlds writers create – I read across many genres, in fiction and non-fiction. I enjoy examining character behavior – why a character does what they do; why she/he makes the choice to do one thing instead of another. I often ask myself why I select one choice over another. Through the years I've learned to think critically about behavior. I awoke in the middle of last night thinking, again, about the young black lives recently taken by police and the peaceful and violent protests that followed; my thoughts centered on the violent protest. Why did some people choose violence in response to police violence; and why did that violent behavior, more often than not, result in property damage and not the loss of life? I have taken a critical look at black on black violence and the violent destruction of one’s own neighborhood. I think there’s an identical root-cause inherent in both forms of violent behavior: when a person fails to see any connection between his/her life and the life of another human being it becomes relatively easy to take that life; when one has no investment, no sense of ownership, in the physical property around them it becomes relatively easy to destroy it. What if the violence inflicted on a neighbor or the damage done to physical property is only a conscious or unconscious substitute for the intended target or targets of that violence - is it possible that one’s neighbor or property just happens to be closer and therefore easier to reach? If that is the case, then in military terms both would be considered collateral damage. http://www.amazon.com/author/adolphusward http://www.adolphusward.net