August 8: A Juxtaposition

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Occasionally I research what was happening in history on the day I am currently living.  It often provides perspective and insight.  Sometimes it slaps me across the face with an alarming wake-up call.  Always, it calls for prayer and a spiritual practice of compassion.

August 8 Wake-Up Call

1. On August 8, 1945 The USSR, England, United States and France signed the Treaty of London which laid the groundwork for the Nuremburg Trials.  The charter defined three crimes:

  • Crimes Against Peace
  • War Crimes
  • Crimes Against Humanity

The Nuremberg Trials later influenced the United Nations Charter of Human Rights

2.  On August 8, 1925 between 25,000 and 40,000 Ku Klux Klansmen dressed in their white-hooded robes, marched for the first time down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. At Arlington Park they stopped to burn an 80 foot cross and to initiate 200 new members. (Washington Post article by Terence McArdie 8-11-18) The Library of Congress photo of the march seems to show a contingency of military forming the cross.

3.  August 8, 2019.  We are still reeling from the hate-filled terror in Texas.  Has that march down Pennsylvania Avenue reached the White House?

Juxtaposition

The UN Declaration of Human Rights is a powerful document that can make a difference if we live it.  I will shape my spiritual practice around the concept of duality which is the underpinning cause of human rights violations.  If I separate others from myself perceiving their difference as inferior, I separate myself from myself and from the divine.

Breathing in, we are one.

Breathing out, I release separation.

May it be so.

 

 

For Your Pondering

The Washington Post article by Terrence McArdie 8-11-18

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/08/17/the-day-30000-white-supremacists-in-kkk-robes-marched-in-the-nations-capital/

James Cone The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Sermon by Pastor Megan Ramer Seattle Mennonite Church

https://seattlemennonite.org/cross-and-the-lynching-tree/

Razzle Dazzle ‘Em

In light of the American news stream these days, I give you a sequel to yesterday’s post, “Tap Dance Dodge or Truth Tango.” “It’s all a circus, kid. A three ring circus.” Billy Flynn has morphed into another character in 2017, but the message is the same fifteen years later.

“Razzle Dazzle” from the film musical “Chicago” 2002

BAILIFF(Spoken)

Mr. Flynn, his honor is here

BILLY(Spoken)
Thank you. Just a moment.
You ready?

ROXIE(Spoken)
Oh Billy, I’m really scared.

BILLY(Spoken)
Roxie, you got nothing to worry about.
It’s all a circus, kid. A three ring circus.
These trials- the wholeworld- all show business.
But kid, you’re working with a star, the biggest!

(Singing)
Give ’em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle Dazzle ’em
Give ’em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate
Give ’em the old hocus pocus
Bead and feather ’em
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?

What if your hinges all are rusting?
What if, in fact, you’re just disgusting?

Razzle dazzle ’em
And they’ll never catch wise!

Read more: Chicago The Musical – Razzle Dazzle Lyrics | MetroLyrics