Commentary: “Freedom is acquired by conquest, not by gift!” – Paulo Freire. I bank with Chase. As a small business owner, I immediately realized it could have been me. I am drafting a letter to Chase and will express my extreme displeasure. We can’t just talk and complain! Do Something! 😔 – Period, Case-Closed!!
The 1994 crime bill passed by the United States Congress explicitly prohibited inmates from receiving Pell grants by stating: “No basic grant shall be awarded…to any individual who is incarcerated in any Federal or State penal institution (Korte, 2016). Surely people who break laws of a system should be punished. However, the system should too provide an opportunity to rehabilitate and restore! Surely the prisoners will eventually come home to roost.
Korte, G. (2016). Pell grants for prisoners: Obama to give inmates a second chance at college. Retrieved from USATODAY.com/story/news/politics/2016
Once upon a time…
On a sunny Sunday morning I made a change to the way I make my morning coffee. Which is not that interesting. What is interesting is: when I took the first taste I almost dropped the mug because it was soooooo good. It was the best cup of coffee I could remember tasting. Ever. Dark, sensuous, chocolatey, rich and clear, with zero bitterness and a highway maximum caffeine wattage.
It was perfect.
But! Things are not SCIENCE unless they are repeatable. So the next day I tried the same method and reaped just the same results; a smouldering whirlwind of orgasmically coffee-scented bliss.
When it worked for the third time I tweeted this:
…and promptly collapsed under the tsunami of messages saying: how?…
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Resilience is innate. However, it must be discovered, explored, and/or developed. Absent challenges, adversity, etc., resilience cannot be realized, demonstrated, nor illustrated. Derek Irvin
One evening, I had been reading the book, The Resilience Breakthrough. Thus my shared thoughts above surrounding – resilience. Then later that night, prior to bed, I was watching Animal Planet. This segment was about seals. There was a baby seal that was newly born. Not long after its birth, the mother quickly jumped into and swam far out into the sea for food according to the narrator. The baby seal was “fearful” of swimming. He was fearful of getting in the water. At first it just dipped its head in and looked around under water. It was the cutest sight.
Eventually it FELL in. At that point, it was life or death, the baby seal had to swim – although clumsily. It splashed and made lots of noises. There was a male bull seal that seemed to be perturbed by this little baby seal. The large bull bit the little baby. Several times, the pull picked up the baby by the neck and or the fin and slung the little baby around the sea like a rag doll. At one point I thought the bull seal was trying to drown the lil’ guy. You could hear the baby seal swallowing large gulps of the sea. Eventually, the baby seal got away. Weary and worn, the baby seal made its way to the shore near some rocks. The rocks were slippery, so much so that the baby seal had a difficult time climbing atop the rocks. Pull, slip, pull slip and it fell right back into the sea. It was a pitiful sight. It became exhausted. I thought it would surely drown. However, finally, it made it atop the rocks. There the baby rested.
This sight to me was a demonstration of resilience. We all have it within ourselves to overcome any challenge. The wherewithal to stay afloat and not drown lies somewhere deep within us. It is when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, pain, disappointment, or tragedy that resilience is demonstrated. Here’s a video that attempts to demonstrate my point; it’s not what I saw last night, but you should get the point. CLICK: Baby Seal Swimming. Period, Case-Closed!
Commentary (Repost from June 2016):
I am reading this book for a potential project in the program for which I am employed. Recently, I read a public Facebook post on June 26th, 2016, 7:33am, by my second mother. Her husband went to school with my mother. She shared a number of challenges that speak to the reason many would shut down: The lost of two children (her oldest daughter and her only son), then a car wreck that included her other children, the loss of a father, surviving breast cancer, blood clots in both lungs, then her baby too experienced blood clots in both lungs and through all this she eventually graduated from college. When I read the definition of resiliency above, I had to stop to publish my thoughts as I immediately thought of her. She has absolutely demonstrated resiliency. She is the epitome of resiliency. Period, Case-Closed!
As an Black male, I go out into the world daily with an understanding of how the world views Black men. My feelings can be best described in the context of the latest murders of two Black men, the one near Baton Rouge, LA. and the other near St. Paul, MN. Whether it is about the hatred, persecution, or loathing of some Whites of Blacks, Heterosexuals of Homosexuals, Men of Women, Jews of Gentiles, Christians of non-believers, etc., etc., I too have found it indeed (borrowing Mr. Ingersoll’s word) – AMAZING!! However, after reading the above excerpt by Ingersoll, I now understand why from a different perspective that it is NOT amazing. We should expect nothing less from so-called humans when the very make-up of their mental faculties are founded upon one’s superiority and another’s inferiority. How ’bout that?! Period, Case-Closed!