Sunday, December 24, 2017

“…and David danced before the Lord with all his might..” 2 Samuel 6:14a / #HonoringGod 12/24/17 #God #JesusChrist #poem #remembrance #servantleaders

He does not faint,
nor does he weary.
His Word does not wane,
but shines brighter and brighter
to his coming day.
I said in retreat, “Lord, look what has become of it?!”
He pointed me back to all He said.
Searching Him, I found Him seeking me.
I thought to myself,
what is it to be a Christian?
Paul said it is a profession,
Lila said it was not enough to be a Christian,
but to go forth and be an active Christian.
Your words became as in the time of Daniel.
Inside of me I have kept them.
Sharing that which is sweeter than honey and the honeycomb with my children
If there be any hope,
please Lord, that they may love your Word;
that it may guide their heart and mind.
Before he graced us as the express image of God, the Lord Jesus Christ was the delight of His Father, and the apple of His eye. He became a little lower than the host of angels, a created host of ministering spirits sent to minister on Him and His children. Daniel asked, “for how can the servant of this my Lord talk with this my lord, (10:17a)? And yet, he came to us vulnerable, as an infant, and in a manger. No room was found in all of Bethlehem for the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. No hospital was at his service, but the trough feed of barn animals. God made it so for his entrance of incredible humility. He would not have it any other way. His earthly mother, Mary, blessed amongst women for carrying the King of Heaven and Earth itself, was/ is a servant of ‘this my Lord’, even as she gave physical birth to ‘this my Lord.’ Put at ease, by none other than the angel of the Lord (Jesus Christ), Joseph was told to “fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost…thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Honored by the Archangel Gabriel and comforted by her cousin, in who’s womb also grew the spirit of Elijah, Mary did as the Lord bade her, with Joseph next to her.
“Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me. I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.”
Can we honor the Lord Jesus Christ at one moment in time and be found at fault for not honoring all that he said and did with how we live? He rose up early and sent his servants to proclaim the correct way, to give us truth time and time again and to put the life back into our years like a flowing fountain of water. Being it so, mercy is rendered on both the spiritual house of God as much as the physical seed of Abraham, which are more than the eye can number. But all my eyes see is a hesitancy of the children to live out as Godly pictures of the Lord Himself. Yet, I know that the Almighty is in control, just as he was before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who delivered him, an innocent man, to be scoured with pronged whips, spit on and nailed to a cross in almost complete nudity. Pilate reminded the Lord that his life was in his hands, to which the Lord responded to Pilate that he could do nothing without the assent of God, his Father. An interesting declaration which eluded my comprehension until recently… God’s plan was in alignment with his Son (God) being humiliated, tortured and whipped. Pontius Pilate could do nothing but abide, heart and soul, by that which the Lord prescribed. And so it is that even at this time, that the Lord allows dark forces to overcome the world. Even in America, the land of the free, yes, the and of the free, we slaughter our children before the Lord in the millions.
How the children are persecuted
How quickly the life is extinguished and snuffed out
How easily our spirits die within us, unknowingly
The eyes of the Lord
watching it all
Conditioned to see God as owned by worldly religions, have the connections between the creator and the created been sublimely cast in a hazy light of ‘modernism?’ I release my mind from holding down my understanding that God is anything less than hotter than fire, Sovereign and ever present with no offense impinged unto him.
He is the same today as he was then as he ever will be, according to his Word. It is a thing of testing that he has given us his ‘water’ (his Word, the Holy Bible KJV) and has allowed us to be ‘as if’ we were Gods, that is to say, with free will and stewardship over the entire Earth, and he looks upon us to see what we will do and how we will behave? I beg him to not take his eyes off of me, nor let his countenance disappoint in my step, that though all things are lawful for me as an everlasting child, not all things are expedient, and so I rest on him, putting his Word into me like the code of a computer, a line here, a precept there, overlaying the code of the world, laying myself at his feet, waiting for him tor raise me up again to tell me, “well done, son.”
“My soul followeth hard” after the Lord, (Psalm 63:8), and I put on as a soldier, this breastplate of faith and love, this helmet of salvation and I keep his Word as my sword.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

#Interview / The Extraordinary Response of Ordinary People / #heroes #911 #neverforget #servantleadership #firstresponders

The World Trade Center, Manhattan 9/11/01

Being a hero has nothing to do with the way you look, and everything to do with the kind of person you are, during extraordinary circumstances. Seemingly ordinary people operating in extraordinary ways suddenly change. They became unmistakably different, even resolute in focus, as if on a mission. 

Their are untold stories circulating around the tragedy that took place on September 11, in 2001. That most well-known stories are those of the fire fighters rushing up the stairs of the World Trade Center towers looking to get people out of the building, many of these fire fighters got trapped inside as they did their job. Paramedics and all kinds of official first responders placed their health in harms way as they rushed towards the disaster. Airborne debris-filled the air, and at the time of the chaos to help the injured, it was not known if the attacks would continue. Going forth into situations, predicaments and untenable environments requires a certain kind of mind and heart set. One of these was Security Chief Rick Rescorla. He worked for Morgan Stanley. Eerily, months immediately before the attack, he predicted that such an attack could soon take place and successfully pushed management to allow him to carry out routine evacuations of all civilians in the forty floors the company inhabited. When the planes hit, Rescorla, of English descent, got a megaphone and began the evacuation of 2,700 people, singing folk songs from his upbringing in Cornwall, England as he escorted people down the stairs an out of the building. He made it out and then went back in to help others. He never made it back out again.

Other’s served afterwards in this same spirit of service unto others. I interviewed a Dad and husband who worked at Morgan Stanley also. Like Rescorla, nobody prompted him to show initiative, but this man acted in such a way that created a help onto others at a time when confusion and emotional exhaustion was on everyone’s face. To protect his privacy and that of his family, his name has been omitted. Here is the interview:

1. During and after the tragedy of '911' you were working in Manhattan, and subsequently were identified at work as a source of stability for others. How did the company you were working for identify you as such at that time? What kind of new duties were you directly or indirectly asked to take on?

Immediately following the terrorist attacks, I walked from the World Trade Center to the offices of a financial printer that I worked with.  Once there, I started making calls to (my wife) and to work colleagues in other offices to let people know that I was safe and to see about others. After
connecting with (my wife), I was reunited with one of my co-workers who was sitting in a different office at the same financial printer.  I then walked back to my apartment on West 57th street.  (My wife) was already there.  I began to call out to my co-workers.  I had a phone list from our Y2K preparedness the year before.  Over the next several hours, I was able to connect with others and I began to compile a list of who survived and who they saw.  I heard many harrowing stories.  For many people, I was the first contact that they had from Morgan Stanley and I was the bearer of good news about the safety of our friends.

I connected with my boss and reported the information that I compiled.  He asked me to continue and to locate as many people as I could.  In the following days, as the continuity of business plans were prepared, I reached out to many of my co-workers to ask them to report to work in Jersey City.  I stressed that it would not be a formal work day, just an opportunity to see friends and co-workers to begin to recover.  I was among the first back to work (my wife had to force me), but once at work, I helped lead the effort to get our business running again.

2. First responders are thought of as paramedics, fire fighters, police officers and medical professionals, like doctors and nurses, yet it seems that you did a special work of service requiring you to role-model a special kind of leadership that was comforting and calming for those around you in the aftermath of '911.' How do you view your contribution in creating an atmosphere of calm and emotional stability for those around you?

My contribution was in providing a familiar voice and being a sure of information for my friends from work who did not know who lived or who died.  Fortunately, we only lost one person from our floor.  I was determined to attend his funeral in New Jersey and others came because I told them that I was going.

I also took the responsibility to get our business functioning again.  Living on the west side of Manhattan, I had the most simple commute to and from Jersey City, so I tried to be the last person in my group in the office every day, so others could get home.  There were may stressful days with frequent bomb scares, anthrax, and an airplane crashing near Kennedy airport.  I stayed.  It helped me to be at work and most people benefited by the distraction of a return to some normalcy.

3. Be it the commander of a brigade, a company or organization of professionals, a clear understanding of who is/ are the managers in charge is key to the operation and success of the group. Even so, the need for a peculiar kind of leader was seen as needful for people returning to work to Manhattan office buildings after the tragic loss of so much life. The usual leadership of the company saw it fitting in responding to the emotional strain and depletion rampant at the time, right after the horrific attack. Can you share an example of how you helped someone in need? Why do you think management found you to be a kind of 'first responder' for the company's workforce? Were there others like you?

I was fortunate.  I arrived at the World Trade Center after the first airplane hit Tower 1.  I never went into the building.  Many of my colleagues were at their desks or in meetings as the first airplane hit.  Many were evacuating or clearing the floors as the airplane hit our buildings.  I heard many stories of friends who kept each other calm and helped strangers as they evacuated the buildings.  People who ran for their lives as the buildings collapsed.  I helped by reaching out and connecting with my co-workers.  


Coach Bill’s note: 

To be a hero, you don’t have to look like Superman, or carry a fellow injured soldier through combat. You just have to care enough to step outside of your comfort zone in a way that places you in the service of others at a time when no one else has come forth. This turns you from an ordinary person into a person moving and being extraordinary to the benefit of others. In adding value to ourselves then, only we profit, yet in practicing the notion that all are valuable, in our service to each other we add value to one another.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

‘Hello Brother, hello sister’ / #Israel #Palestine #Jerusalem #politicalscience #positivedisruption


Recently, the President of the United States of America formally acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It was a decision mainly met with contention from leaders in the Islamic world, and good tidings from Israel itself. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Jewish-state, staunch allies of the American government with deep cultural ties with the American Judeo-Christian culture, have marked the occasion of American recognition of Jerusalem with a joy that has been long in anticipation.
In this essay, I briefly expand on the human rights component of the contending issue between Palestine and Israel, and on a wider lens, the use of Palestine by internal and external powers as a proxy to militarily fight the Jewish homeland, destabilize the safety of the region, and in effect create an uneasy status quo of constant existential threats.
This middle-eastern city has historically been a staging ground of battle for thousands of years between Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Philistine, and Egyptian forces in the region who have reigned over it through conquest and battle. In Judeo-Christian scripture, it has long been recognized as the center of Judaism, and yet, as is shown in God’s Word, Jerusalem has been given or fallen into foreign sovereignty before. Long regarded as Jewish land, as is clearly stated in holy scripture, the topography east of the Mediterranean Sea has faced reacurring existential threats time and time again. As it stands, though the city and country be defended by Israel, its center harbors the ‘Dome of the Rock,’ which along with Mecca in Saudi Arabia, is the epicenter mosque of Islam. Israeli forces guard the city and are on alert every day of the year, dealing with possible attacks from Islamists suicide bombers using self-exploding devices, men brandishing weapons who take them out indiscriminately on people, or rock-throwing skirmishes between individuals of Islamic culture and Israeli military and police. Decades of diplomatic work has been rendered useless in the face of key issues that do not go away. Namely, these are:
  1. The safety and human rights of Israeli citizens.
  2. The safety and human rights of Palestinians.
  3. Palestine’s claim to be recognized as a nation, and have Jerusalem as its capital, alongside Israel.
  4. The use of the ‘Israel and Palestinian conflict’ as a proxy for international states.

Within its borders, Israel has contained sections where another people live within walled areas, such as Gaza and the West Bank. These are the Palestinians. A predominantly Islamic population, traditionally contending for recognition as a nation. Palestine has operated largely as a segmented and controlled set of territories within Israel. Military leaders of Islamic faith have arisen with the help of outside Islamic powers to oppose Jewish-right to exercise sovereignty within its borders. Even so, governorship of the capital, has resided with Israel, since it was recreated by a United Nations charter on May 14th, 1948, almost seventy years ago. Notwithstanding, peace has been elusive ever since, even in the midst of the best diplomacy available bringing with it tremendous amount of focus and attention to bring about an end to conflicts. It is as if all that has been accomplished are temporary reprieves in a never-ending detente. Responsibility for much of the instigations against Israel are believed/ known to be originated, not by Palestine itself, but by forces amiable to external Islamic-political powers looking to destabilize the region and provoke negative disruption. The Jewish people live in a constant state of hyper-vigilance that waxes and wanes according to their ability to normalize within this constant threat, itself rising and falling according to statements made by political leaders, small skirmishes arisen between Israeli law enforcement and regional conflicts from neighboring countries and international bodies which create a ripple-effect unto the Palestinian-Israeli stage.
The way forward in this particular situation may be able to deflate secondary issues which stoke the flames of opposition from within and without. Just as there is a Jerusalem for the Jews, should there be a Jerusalem for the Palestinians and the Islamic people? I posit that the use of the Israeli-Palestine conflict by outside forces can be dealt a power-void with the creation of a Palestinian country recognized by Israel first and across the global community, including the United States of America. Safety in the region for all people would receive its best ability to attain peace through the realization that there are not just Jewish and Palestinian people contending for the right to live safely and govern themselves, but that the entire Islamic world is keenly interested in the establishment of a permanent status quo for Palestine. This final outcome is a Palestine that is a nation, has a capital in Jerusalem, alongside Israel, and can begin to climb the road of social and economic prosperity as a people. Truly, the significance of making Jerusalem a dual capital is not an easy decision to make, but I believe it to be the right decision to make. At no point in the future, will the Palestinian (and therein, the greater Islamic world) stop from signaling the Palestinian injury of being a people in great distress and controlled by a greater power. This will simply go on as it is, unless a morally right, socially responsible path is carved by Israel to clear the way in the name of peace (salem) and human right to self-govern.
As a King James scripture daily reader and someone who is very pro-Israel, it is clear that God identifies a latter time where the physical Jerusalem is taken back. This has happened already. Jerusalem is under Israeli control and Israel is a nation. Reality for Israel is bittersweet though. Jerusalem is in Jewish control, yet its traditional religious epicenter is in Islamic control. There is no foreseeable way that a Jewish temple can be placed in Jerusalem without destroying the Dome of The Rock and enlarging the conflict to cataclysmic proportions. These issues will not go away but be made worse, if that route is followed, as some would wish. What we are left with is a troubled status quo which is irresponsible to keep in place. It is a status quo which external Islamic powers take advantage from, deriving political power even, in order to continue their anti-Zion rhetoric. Can Israeli leadership void the foundation of external aggression against it, win a greater peace for its people, place the human right of Palestinians as a priority that benefits Judah and continue on with life? Is it not time to close this chapter and open a new one, or is this equilibrium much too powerful to move away from?
Peace will have to be a compromise of shared geographical political recognition within the physical city of Jerusalem for Israel and Palestine, in order to start a new chapter.
God calls us to love him and to love one another. 
  1. The political bravery by Israeli leadership can bring an end and begin to win true peace through the overture of recognizing Palestine and accepting a dual-nation capital.
  2. Israel would recognize Palestine as a nation, even before its borders are identified beyond their present delineations. In one fell swoop, Israel can take the first step.
  3. This would positively disrupt the balance of power in the region, give Israel the moral high ground, and directly address a principle issue in the conflict. Israel should gain peace and a greater ability to pursue its inner growth without an existential threat and a constant war-defense footing.
  4. Palestine’s recognition as a nation, with a capital in Jerusalem would begin to address its right to pursue its development and right to life, just like Israel.
Countries like Iran, and entities like Hamas and Hezbollah, would have to publicly stand down from their stances of contrarianship against Judah. A declaration by outside powers clearly returning from calls for the destruction of Israel and following with overtures of peace, beyond superficial statements should be forthcoming. Peace is one of the names of the Lord God, and as such, a noun. But it must be treated also as a verb. Peace has to be a practice, and not a one-time event. Peace must be a cultivated atmosphere of trust given value on a daily basis. The alternative is the constant stress and uncertainty that new developments and instigations can pressure the continuation of uneasy living, of the possibility of death on both sides and of the use of the Israeli-Palestine conflict by external powers. Truly, the leadership of Israel has a constituency to placate, yet how many lives have to be lost? It is clear that many Israeli citizens would be disgusted in ceding recognition to Palestine, especially if their loved ones and offspring have been victims of inhumane attacks. But the people of Palestine are human too, and they suffer also. They live walled in. What does that do the the human psyche? How does that warp people’s mentality? Is it not incubating animosity?
Israelis have yearned for the ‘promised land’ and ceding dual-nation status in Jerusalem may initially feel as a loss. But I say that Israel does not lose its capital, it does not lose its sovereignty, nor its earthly promised land. The truth of the matter is that there are another people there too. They cannot be shipped out. It is not fair to keep them in a state of despair either, nor is it beneficial to the safety of Israel to do so. The emotion and passion of Israel and Palestine is so strong that it surpasses the sense of shared humanity. It is easy to not feel this sense of shared humanity if your child or loved one was lost in a senseless attack. That is understood. Nothing on earth can bring back a life. Nothing on earth can bring back a life. Nothing on earth, but love and reason can change the balance of power, and future lives can be spared through political bravery that says, ‘hello brother,’ and ‘hello sister.’

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Targeting Income Inequality with #EmpathicCapitalism / #business #SocEnt #economy #WallStreet #parents #teachers

Despite the incredible growth of the American stock market, ‘trickle-down economics’ remains a misleading assumption that somehow the gains of the capitalist system will reach people who do not participate in it. It is true, the United States is the most capitalistic nation in the world, and our free market principle supplies our economy with the most unrestrained money-making mechanism clear across the planet. Yet, this is a tale of two cities. One in which capitalists endeavor and hustle; in which self-employed business men and women work towards creating work, creating income and creating opportunity, and one in which the rest of the people work for these, indirectly appreciating the gains of the economic creators. Yes, it happens to be that as capitalistic endeavors scale, employees indirectly benefit from the growth of the company, albeit, in a more limited way than the actual founder and or leader of the company.
Now, in order to think like a capitalist, work as one and produce as one, an certain kind of education is needed. One in which the aspiring capitalist becomes acquainted with the methods and practices, mindsets and strategies required in thinking of, starting, and successfully operating their own venture. Unless this is taught, the odds of a person being able to surmount the mindset obstacles needed to see a vision through, as well as the common setbacks experienced and an understanding of the urgency of networking and timing, the prospects of success fall flat. Needless to say, most people do not attempt to ‘make it on their own’ because they understand that the road is long, lonely and met with no guarantees.
But what if, in an appropriate manner, we were to create an educational pathway in our academic systems which would serve as a bridge for people to begin to understand and practice entrepreneurship from an early age, even first grade? If schools would begin to enter the vocabulary and ideas of entrepreneurship into the lexicon of student’s minds, if school projects began to teach financial literacy early on and how students could unite what interests them and in a business sense, lean to capitalize it, this could very well create visionary people who become job creators. Of course, some may balk at the idea of teaching kids to train their minds to figure out how to capitalize on their interests. Surely, not everything needs to be thought of as a means to be capitalized, yet we have a conundrum down the road which begs that we go back to how and to what we purpose we educate our youth (how we educate ourselves). As we tell ourselves, or perhaps as the informational systems that we rely on, such as the television, the internet, social media, and newspapers do bring up the idea that the economy is important, that jobs are important, and that income inequality is a pervading issue.
It seems that for all the wisdom and experience of our nationally recognized economists, politicians and business leaders, not enough has been done/ is being done to effectively turn around the gross social-economic inequalities prevalent across the American landscape. Perhaps their are pockets of growth here and there. Stories of individual success that can be mentioned, yet as a whole, income inequality continues to remain as it has, with some reports pointing to the chasm growing larger.
  1. In terms of social responsibility, what kind of solutions can be remedied to positively disrupt the current economic equilibrium?
  2. If an experimental solution is set forth, where should we begin to put it into service?
  3. What are the time expectations for such an experiment to bear fruit?
Here is my answer: What if we were to go a step further and institute ‘Empathic Capitalism?’
In my previous essay on ‘empathic capitalism,’ I speak of it as an alternative to the welfare system that buttresses the continuation of subsistence living for people with low-incomes, mainly those of African-American heritage, in hideous housing projects within many of our urban, city centers. Empathic Capitalism uses the tenant of social entrepreneurship as a vehicle to create capitalistic visionaries who create jobs and therein economic opportunity, WHILE bringing their heart to tackling social issues that beset our local and national community. On this wavelength, parents, educators and school administrators take the drivers seat in turning the tables around on our present ‘trickle-down capitalistic system,’ and begin a ‘trickle-up economic paradigm.’

Under this economic reality, the local community of above mentioned entities realize that they can immediately empower themselves to create engines of prosperity right in their communities by coding a new thought process into their student-children. All it takes is a few town hall meetings were the idea of teaching social entrepreneurship is discussed and begins to be implemented in the town’s respective grade schools. A standardized set of steps can be created and shared, so that the ‘wheel’ does not have to be recreated over and over again, and yet, it is important to allow students to not be given ideas only, but to allow them to be the generators of ideas, or solutions to issues they may recognize in the local, national or global community.
For example, one of my focuses is to address the paltry state of special needs programs in the communities I operate as a Special Educator. I am in the midst of creating multiple skateboard schools that create an opportunity for individuals with special needs, like those on the autism spectrum, with Downs Syndrome, intellectual disabilities, or even mild executive function skill concerns to co-develop with typical peers through the advent of skateboarding. This Olympic sport provides a challenging, mental-physical exercise, which within ‘flow skateparks,’ creates a fun, novel practice that can be repeated over a lifetime. In this way, I am taking a vision of making life better for the community of individuals with special needs, while being able to garner income for my work to see the idea become a full reality. This is hard work, but the people I want to help and am helping are so worth it. This is empathic capitalism.
Another student, or an entire class may collaborate as founding members of a venture to bring a solution to all the plastic material we create, ultimately ending up in the oceans. There does not have to just be one leader, but an entire class can lead in different capacities for a company. Moreover, not all companies have to be real in grade school. Teaching financial literacy and how to operate as visionary, empathic capitalists can be kept within the physical school and the students can simply practice the steps. As they grow older, real ventures can be done, even in the middle school years.
When I was in middle school, I remember Mr. Cook, my English Teacher, had the whole class become a courthouse. Each of us played different roles. We moved the desks around to mimic a courtroom. We became lawyers, judges, witnesses, court reporters, and court secretaries. It was fun, and it was for all of us, the first foray into understanding the legal system in an experiential sense. Class time was something to look forward too. We were taking real-world issues and dealing with them. The same can be done with social entrepreneurship. All it takes is imagination and concerted effort that does not stop.
I believe that our children, which are our greatest treasure, are worth the energy expenditure needed to bring about this kind of vision into reality. Simply teaching them the academic subjects without teaching them that our global capitalistic system makes everything happen is tantamount to short-changing them and turning them into people who only have the option of working for others. This is more true for Americans who come from low-income households, and low-educational parent attainment. The most elite schools teach kids to think big and be captains of industry, while schools in low-income neighborhoods and every single public school across America teaches kids knowledge, without the financial know-how on how to apply that knowledge in a self-employed manner.

Finally, the ability to think critically as empathic capitalists requires that they operate not just as community-mined business men and women, but as full-fledged advocates of their causes. To this end, training students to be eloquent orators, or public speakers and essay-writing mavericks helps them market their social ideas, and galvanize community interest. People who want to weld a desire of being socially responsible in improving their life by adding value to the life of others first with the operation of a business venture that allows them to physically sustain themselves, need to know how to communicate on the local and national level, if they want others to invest in their vision. It is in these ways that income inequality is directly targeted and trickle-down economics becomes a flipped, bottoms-up, economic paradigm, leading to the creation of individual empathic capitalism systems in each of our children.

Friday, December 8, 2017

#EmpathicCapitalism: A Construct of #Parents & #Educators / #edchat #SocEnt #business

Rome was not built in a day, but it was built with methodical planning over time. The inner cities housing project architecture of the United States though, appear to have been created with no architectural passion. What does the building tell the young child who lives there? What can be done to change this paradigm?
These hideous mega apartment constructs seem to be places to pack animals, stacking them ever so high or across large swaths of bleak landscape. One need only to look at America’s urban city centers to see the teeming mass of people stocked into the prison-like blocks to recognize how our humanity has staggered in its progress. The eloquence of city politicians who pledge to fight for the voiceless begins to sound grating under the decades of nothing happening to change these hellish residences.
It is quite obvious that a great concentration of black people on or near the poverty line and largely dependent on welfare live in these. As I think back to when the slavery of people of African heritage ended, almost one hundred and fifty five years ago, it is not hard to see that the black man, the black woman, the back child, is still largely kept down. In the Winter, the hosing projects look most dreadful. The red cinder blocks lose their last remaining warmth, the windows are closed tight, the breath is kept firmly in so that the circulation of smells and odors becomes that much more pronounced. Any vibrancy borrowed from the summer bloom of urban trees is clean whittled away in the cold, leaving a dreariness that resounds the poverty of the situation. Grown men loiter just outside the building never seeming to go away. Children bustle in from school quickly to their domains, there is no backyard play. Around the neighborhood, commercial outlets sell discounted material, brand names are everywhere. The buses are filled to the brim, the laborers walk to and fro, all diligent as they go about their lives. All move with purpose through the streets. Life and activity is felt at the street level on the weekdays, especially in the warm months. Here and there a human extermination facility operates seemingly quiet on the outside.
On Sunday’s, Grace Baptist Church takes over on the corner. The preacher is invigorated and the grandmothers were their ‘Sunday Best.’ Black people congregate on the left and white people on the right.
‘Sunday Best

The children are called out and honored at the end of the service

like treasures and hopes protected for the future

Will these break the mindset?

Will hope remain steadfast;

vision propelling them past chains of air?

A grandmother praised the Lord and told us of how her infant granddaughter walked out of the apartment on fours, crossed halfway to the meridien on the street and sat up solitary with cars and buses speeding by non-stop next to her. A spectacle perhaps seconds away from tragedy, a sign of the blindness in people each on their trajectories, each in their minds, each moving right along unencumbered by what is presently happening. A startled, yet quick-thinking man stopped his car across the meridien to block all traffic before the young one and rescued her, bringing her back to her grandmother.
  1. With what foresight where the housing projects built?
  2. Why do they predominately house mostly black people?
  3. What kind of expectation of forward social-economic advancement does a person born into a housing project have conditioned into them?
  4. How is the quality and goal of education differ for children from housing projects and surrounding low-income communities, to those in wealthier, affluent suburbs?
  5. In a society where supposedly nobody cares, who’s responsibility is it to positively disrupt the social order of a society that continues to enable the foundation of inequality in housing, education and from this, professional achievement?
Some of these questions I will look to answer directly and indirectly. Others are raised for your thought.
In this essay, I outline how the educational goals can come together for the advancement and detriment of people. I posit that the educational instructional experience and the the physical architecture of the residences and neighborhoods overwhelmingly influence their outlooks on life on a daily basis. Moreover, I put forth that in the most cases, the social-economic equilibrium is enforced daily through the day internal coding of having to live in such a social construct. This leads to a loss or stunting of hope in one’s future, a sense that some human lives matter less than others, and a narrow-mindedness that is learned, creating a feedback loop, locking in the individual with a great, yet not unbreakable force. Finally, I put forth a new vision that is attainable, that of the ‘empathic capitalist.’ A vision that welds academics with social entrepreneurship to capture the enthusiasm and passion children have before it is squashed by the rudiments of their present reality. In addition, I also put forth that this passion, if worked on from an early age following this vision, can be stronger than the reality of the physical architecture many of the children in these urban, impoverished city centers have to live in.
If they feel that there is hope, if they feel and know that they are working on a clear vision that shows a way to bring about real change, not just promised change, then they will weather the present realities. They will do so willingly, because they know that the power of change is being educated into them. The key to sustaining this is that the students experientially know and understand that they are actively practicing and applying the solution of positive disruption and this solution is the daily scholastic practice of empathic capitalism. A construct that turns them into renaissance men and women with the ingredients of social entrepreneurship, academics, essay writing and public speaking.
Over the last ten years, gentrification has brought in a growing influx of caucasian people into Harlem and new kinds of housing and matching commercial properties have cropped up for them, in effect, creating enclave-neighborhoods within Harlem. This has all been called, the ‘Harlem Renaissance,’ yet the monolith housing projects remain, all the while, the time keeps slipping into the future. As the local political leaders come and go, it seems obvious that we should not look onto external entities to bring about real positive change. Change must start with ordinary individuals thinking extraordinarily. Of those who care and want to bring about positive disruption, this truth must generate from inside themselves and focus on diligently bringing awareness that leads to move other hearts and minds into action. Educators and parents are on the front line of this change because of their vested, direct interest into America’s greatest treasure. Together, a move to adapt academic goals to integrate social entrepreneurship with the application of science, technology and math literally connects the imagination and desires of young intellectuals towards launching local endeavors in the community. Educators and school administrators can have a united front with parents to craft learning as both academic and entrepreneurial in nature. This is how you get kids to be passionate. They don’t want to wait till they are graduated from high school or college to change the world; by then it would be too late. The reality that their youth was focused on studying and acquiring knowledge without the practice and experience of its application in real-world settings will dawn on them at some level of mindfulness and they will realize that they don’t have the extra social entrepreneurial experience and must be ‘realistic’ and go get a ‘job’ instead.
The alternative reality is not far-fetched, yet it requires the reader to accept that he or she is powerful enough to be a change maker. Parents and educators are the very one’s who mold and shape the children more than any other force. Impoverished neighborhoods were created without much thinking put into them and are the default reality that occurs when nobody cares enough to think critically in a diligent, concerted manner that is organized and leads to local change. The critical thinking parent can coalesce with other parents and approach teachers and school administrators to start teaching social entrepreneurship since first grade. The students who begin early in their scholastic experience to tone the skills to be positive disrupters practice being socially responsible citizens. It is these that begin to ‘think big.’ They have this knowledge and experience base that supports their notion that they have what it takes to organize and launch missions of social good. I call these ‘empathic capitalists.’ These would grow up to be passionate job creators, active in their hometowns, project-oriented and focused on a team-approach to enacting a better way of life.
In this sense, schools would pro-actively raise 'servant leader-business men and women,' trained not only in science, technology and math, but as writers and speakers. That is to say, renaissance men and women; ‘do-gooder’ armies of one. It is in these ways that we quash inequality and poverty. The parents and educators must start the process though. We cannot look on the federal, state or local government to launch such passion.
The application of academics should not be a means to create subjective ‘productive citizens,’ but citizens who have twenty first century skills to match their academic knowledge with this ‘empathic capitalistic’ know-how.  We don’t need to create employee thinking, we need to create collaborator and company founder thinking! Grade schools, trade schools, and colleges must value the teaching of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and business. The mindset has to adapt in the parents and educators first, with these emboldening themselves to care enough to organize local movement to call for the enacting of these changes within schools.
Social entrepreneurship can dynamically bring business, entrepreneurship and servant leadership to empathically serve the principal needs of the community. We need droves of empathic individuals who use their chosen expertise to design a new vision and then actuate it into reality. Students can be raised within this alternative educational construct to be the new architects, educators, business men and women, leaders of congregations, and technology professionals raised from within these impoverished neighborhoods and webbing together locally to newly construct realties. It is also wholly important that the solution-makers be generated internally from these very neighborhoods, rather than bring in outside forces to ‘fix things up.’ The passion of people who grew up within the old system, within these housing projects and in the schools teaching them to be workers, has to be harnessed by the very individuals themselves, yet supported by parents and school staff in order to create ‘empathic capitalists.’

Monday, December 4, 2017

A Vision for A New Era of Empathy in America / #humanrights #leadership #womensrights #criticalthinking #socialresponsibility

A Vision for A New Era of Empathy in America


Children and adults who grow up in a society were life is wholeheartedly valued would benefit from a new social compact. The changing of culture from base and immoral, towards greater degrees of respect, decency and valuing of human dignity is needful. I see a land where women are treated with respect and esteemed for their intellects. I see a land where men live according to the highest ideals God intended for them. I see a land were women are reverenced and built up to be critical thinking leaders, more so than they are now, and I see a land were boys and girls are taught to respect how life is formed and cared for from the moment of conception to the moment of age-old death.
A people who no longer kill themselves at the moment of their formation are a people who begin to think about everything else in their life differently, even how they govern each other. Our congressional leaders would be different than the stock we have and get now. None would be directly or indirectly funded through the abortion industry. A great amount of our music would switch from sexing us towards more responsible subjects, though the love songs would remain. Mass murder would drop significantly in a national environment were the message would be that each of us is very special, each of us matters.
Directly and indirectly, the dynamic of our relationships are changed, how we treat each other, how we court one another in relationships, and how we view the onset of parenting as new mothers and new fathers. Becoming pregnant begets tremendous responsibility that should not be shirked away so easily. Instead, intercourse and pregnancy becomes a more sanctified experience. To be realistic, this will not be so for everyone, yet, as a whole, the United States of America would enter a new era of social responsibility which would bring in a natural perspective on the sanctity of sex, marriage, procreation and how we treat one another under a new empathic paradigm. A paradigm were we are not things to be used for empty pleasure, but human beings who ought to respect the life and value of each other. Women; our daughters, should not have to grow up into cultures that treat them as objects of gratification, as shown through much of our music and entertainment, but reverence them as equal partners in life.
How much salt does each of us have before it is expended? 
Like a spill-over effect throughout our communities, empathy would tow and lead hearts and minds forward with greater social responsibility to ourselves and one another, how we raise our children and how we see human life. That said, although these changes would not happen overnight, new generations of Americans growing up in a land wherehuman life was no longer discarded over six thousand times a week, would benefit the most from the changed empathic society. Inevitably, with the closure of all human extermination facilities, vestiges of its old guard would seek to undermine the new reality, yet in time, an abortion-free America would view human life much more differently. Life being immeasurably valued, our perspectives  would lead to positive changes felt most over decades of time as the offspring of ethnic minority and low income mothers; potential black children, hispanic children and white low-income households would no longer be targeted for extermination. Abortion has long sent the message to these groups that they did not matter as much, and this has impacted their sense and value of self. It is so that inHarlem, for a time, more black babies were aborted than were born. The cultural lie that presently seeps into the neighborhood is that getting pregnant will not stop a woman from leading the life she wants to lead. Ethnic minorities who are targeted for extermination, are subject to receiving cultural messages that their lives do not matter as much as the lives of people not targeted.
1. Does this rob the woman from the ability to feel empathy for the life inside her?
2. Done over three hundred thousand times every year in America, year after year, does this affect our culture and how we view the preciousness of life?
In a pro-life country, women would begin to be valued for their intellect, their ideas, and their ability to be positive, intellectual forces. These virtuous woman would be esteemed beyond their basic abilities and be unequivocal leaders of society next to men. They would not have to lead for the championing of their gender or fight for their equality as able professionals with savvy intellects and worthwhile ideas anymore, because the sanctity of their life would already be protected in the social compact. Instead, to borrow from eastern philosophy, we would move (chakras) upwards from the base, primal forces that govern us, towards a way of life that values critical thinking and uses this as a defense against pressures to devalue life again.
Could it be that in the devaluing of humanity, we devalue each other? Makes…sense. Likewise, could it be that in the championing of humanity, we begin to cherish each other more? 

In a pro-life country, decades after the last human extermination facility is shut down, ladies and gentlemen would be seen more often. These are simply people with manners and respect for being socially responsible. These are simply people who value human dignity and prove it with the way they live their life and how they are with one another. Not all social maladies would be fixed. People would not be perfect, but human life would become more important and the perspectives on how both genders view one another would be seismically changed because of it. I believe that a pro-life America would would raise its children to think differently about love (on all levels) and how to build lives in an honorable manner, and I see a pro-life America would certainly treat its women with greater respect, kindness and gentleness, supporting their continued rise as intellectual members of society.

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