Probably most people reading this will not consider themselves “woke.” That, frankly, is a term I wish had never come into our parlance. But, if you are “woke,” this is for you especially.
Most of you probably consider yourselves “awake.” I am sure you are. And, I hope that you are as well. But there are different degrees of “awake.” This Blog may help you increase your capacity.
Artists lead a culture. It is their vision and imagination which has, through time, helped people see what is possible, and what is necessary even. They see the world uniquely, and can help you see things that might be otherwise invisible, or perhaps overlooked.
I am an artist for sure. My field today is writing. Currently I am working on–and almost finished with the first draft of–the fourth book in the White King Series. It should be released in the fall, and it is the story of The Great Reset which is occurring on this planet today. Titled, “White King and the Seat at the Table,” the heroes you have come to love are tackling the entire package of who is doing this reset, why they are doing it, what they are doing, and where they are implementing it. And, more horrifyingly, what they intend for you and me.
So, my friends, I have some homework I suggest for you if you want to bring your “awakeness” to a higher level. You will need to find these three movies, for each is probably 30-40 years old. But, I am sure you can find them.
Watch them, in the context of today, not simply the context of the story line in its time 30+ years ago. See how prophetic they seem to you. See if they move you. See if you spot what today’s adversaries are doing. Characters and plot lines may change, but the underlying vision of those who have a different intention for our future than you and I hold for ourselves, remains true today.
Here they are: “Red Dawn” with Patrick Swayze, “Rollover” with Jane Fonda and Kris Kristofferson, and “Soylent Green” with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson. Wake up calls, all of them.
In the coming Blogs I promise a sneak peek at the newest adventures of Andy Weir, Brian Washington Carver, and James Mikolas.
I don’t know whether the President is a 21st Century Rip Van Winkle, or what? Listening to him address the nation last week–promising us that if we behave ourselves, and “follow the science,”we may be able to have a few folks over for the 4th of July in our back yards–I felt I was watching Theater of the Absurd.
Doesn’t anyone at the White House or on his staff remember that last month we had a Super Bowl? THE NFL HAD A SUPERBOWL. I know, because it was in my town, my team, and we won. AND THERE WERE 25000 PEOPLE IN THE STANDS!!! It was all done safely, and there were no adverse virus effects that I am aware of upon the population–either in the arena, or at their homes when they returned.
And we even had fireworks all along Tampa Bay. Kind of like an early 4th of July!
We cannot change what has happened to friends, family members, and our countrymen this past year. It is now history. We can mourn the dead. But we must live for the living. That means setting high expectations, not low ones. We have learned a great deal in the last 12 months, and many of us are applying it toward greater freedom and success.
So, please, Mr. President, don’t lecture me empathetically to achieve something we have already accomplished. We have moved way past having a few folks over–4 months from now. It makes you look foolish. You used war references (appropriately) related to conquering this situation. Well, sir, this is a “hill we have already taken.” Don’t squander more lives retaking the same hill.
To pretend otherwise makes you look out of touch with more than half of the great country you serve. Or is it your scientific advisors who are out of touch? Regardless, somebody over there at the White House needs to wake up Rip Van Winkle, and get into present time.
This Blog is going to be short, just about as short as the length of time between the “changing of the guard” at the White House on January 20, and the destruction of women’s sports as you know it.
Women have fought for decades to establish women’s sports–from grade school to college and into the pros. Acceptance of women’s leagues in all manner of athletic competition has been a hard fought for accomplishment. Even to this day women are still fighting for better incomes in their sports.
Young girls all over this country have been sacrificing and training, hoping to get scholarships to go to college, or even perhaps get a professional contract.
Yet, in just the stroke of a pen, President Biden wiped out decades of fairness and achievement by women throughout the United States. Where is the ACLU on this one? Where is NOW?
You explain that one to the brokenhearted girls and their parents. I don’t know how.
Webster’s defines “hate” as: an intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury.
At this point in my life, one of the saddest things for me to watch is what I predicted would be the outcome of a true Fifth Column attack upon the great American people–ALL Americans. The purpose of the Fifth Column in military terms is to sabotage and to break the solidarity of the group it is attacking. It is where subterfuge, and disinformation, and exploitation lies. It is always an inside job.
You can read my books. They have proven prophetic. But, today I only want to say something about that one word–hate.
Hate does kill others, if it is acted upon. That is obvious and sophomoric. Hate does kill the hated. It even kills the innocent.
But, mostly, hate kills the hater.
It kills the body actually with depository illnesses and the like. It weakens the body.
It kills the mind by destroying reason, intellectual curiosity, rational clear thought, fairness, compassion and the other things we hold as desirable in a workable society. It drives one to psychosis and insanity. Nothing prospers in the stimulus-response world of hatred.
But, worst of all, it kills the soul. It quashes all the higher, enlightened, spiritual aspirations of you. And as you or I cease to be good, we cease to do good.
Hate also blinds the hater. One who hates can not see truth, will not examine factual data, and will not ask questions that probe further. ( One such question is “why?”) Regrettably, the hater can not see who or what he hates. He can not even see himself.
Hate opens the door to the “exploiter.” It always has.
The way out? Decide to stop hating. Decide to slow down and learn how to ask the questions that will help you come to understanding. You can do it. Understanding one’s fellows and their intentions can dissolve quickly the hard residue of hatred. And, it defeats automatically the “exploiter.”
Years ago, a business mentor of mine gave me some great leadership advice. He reminded me that, as leaders, we are often in a position to insert something into the organization, or to change something with the team. The temptation to put something into a group is nearly irresistible.
So, he cautioned me, that before I would put anything into the business team, to ask myself, “was this something I wanted to have in there permanently, duplicated over and over by others, until it became a permanent part of the culture? He explained to me that it is very easy to put something into a group, or activity, but that it is very hard–if not impossible–to take it out once it takes root.
When you try to take it out, he coached me, you will meet resistance, emotionality, push-back, anger, and mutiny even. People do not like to let go of something they have embraced. They will cling to it even if it is no longer a relevant issue.
And that, my friends, is precisely the danger we face today with the China Virus lockdowns, and restraints. Our government has a tendency at all levels to put in controls, restraints, even repression in order to control some situation that appears out of control to the bureacrats.
Take for example the TSA screenings mandated at all airports, and forced upon all citizens following 9/11. I am not debating whether or not that invasion of privacy, and massive inconvenience, is public policy you agree with or don’t agree with. What I am pointing out is that they started this even before 9/11. Airports put in severe restrictions on going to the gates following the Atlanta Olympics bombing. That was in the 90’s, and that is still in effect today.
Post 9/11, the TSA check-ins were put in, to protect us from terror attack. It has been almost 20 years since then, and much more sophisticated ways have been developed to ensure our safety. Requiring every person to go through the machines is not necessary today, yet those machines remain in place. They were easy in, and hard out.
If you doubt what I just said, ask yourself, what is it that allows you to get a TSA Pre-check? You pay money, and somehow you are “checked” and allowed to board with not much more than identification. What tools did they use to satisfy themselves that you are OK to travel? Hmmm?
Which brings me to lockdowns, “home-arrests,” destruction of small businesses–all done initially to protect us from a new virus that spreads, and can kill. Easy in.
That was 10 months ago, when everything was unknown. Yet 10 months later–when we know its origin now, know its DNA, have developed very successful and multiple therapeutics to treat anyone who gets it and gets quite ill, and have developed and released two and soon-to-be three vaccines to protect the whole world from even getting it–you are being pressured, and threatened, and coerced into sheltering in place. You are being told it is noble for you to stand by as your fellow citizens lose their businesses. You are told it is just unavoidable collateral damage that millions of Americans have now sunk into despair and depression. You are pummeled if you even raise the certain truth that locking children out of school may cost us an entire generation, and destroy the lives of tens of millions.
All that done purportedly to save you! And God help you if you even dare to ask the questions, “Do we really need all this just to keep me safe? Can’t I be responsible for myself, and my family? Does everyone need to suffer now? What exactly is the current mortality rate of this disease? Is it true that the death rate is now down to between 1.5 and 1.8 %? Doesn’t that mean all the great work that we put “in” has worked?
Is it not time for us to take some of this “out?”
Watch what happens to you when you even ask any of the questions I just asked. It went “in” easy–this thing called complete power and control over a population. It is going to go “out” hard. You are going to have to work hard to free yourself–if you ever do.
You may ask why people make it hard to take something out that is no longer needed, or not needed in its harshest and most draconian form. Follow the money, my friends. It will always come down to the money. Those who love power and control also love money.
They may care about you, but it is on a much lesser priority than their caring about money.
Easy in, hard out. So be it. Let’s get it done though, lest we end up 20 years from now still living with masks, fear, social distance circles, hostile looks and comments, rubber gloves, and isolation from those we care about.FacebookTwitterEmailRedditLinkedInShareEditSearch for:
Lee Kessler is an author, television actress, screenwriter, playwright, and stage director. Read more