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Shame is no longer a deterrent

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“Shameless” used to be a serious insult.

If you said, “Have you no shame!?” That was a major put-down. The recipient of the comment was isolated from others by “Shame on you!” And we were taught to “never bring shame upon our (family, school, church, team, etc.)”

People have committed suicide over the shame they felt for misbehavior. People in many cultures, especially Asian, consider the worst sin one could commit would be to bring shame upon their family or country.

Pregnancy outside of wedlock was once a source of shame and Planned Parenthood found its mission in preventing that guilt. In fact, their main purpose even today is to prevent pregnancy or births. Their name should more accurately be “Prevent Parenthood.” As I have stated in other works, the right to choose life has always existed. What Prevent Parenthood insists upon is “a woman’s right to choose” to kill her fetus. Most of the hundreds of thousands of babies put to death annually in the USA are to avoid the embarrassment or inconvenience of a pregnancy, not for health or incest/rape reasons.

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There has also been shame in committing a crime, being hateful toward others, committing vandalism, abandoning your family or other responsibilites, taking the Lord’s name in vain, cheating on your spouse, embezzling funds from a trusted partner, disrespecting your teachers, clergy, police, or parents. Even in wasting a great opportunity that others have given you has carried a shame consequence. Deserting your post in the military or committing Treason was a source of shame.

That was then.

Sadly, the current culture has removed that stain. Our Vice President of the United States has openly lied and then laughed it off. She promoted a bail fund for felons and vandals. She openly encouraged those who were committing violent crimes in protests. And then she laughed and brushed aside any blame. Well, let’s revisit what Treason is.

U.S. Code Provision:  Penalties for TREASON

18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Our children are being taught to feel shame for being born white, but somehow they are absolved from shame if they destroy a statue, burn a police precinct, cause a death or betray our country.

It is time for Outrage to come home!

We need to say, “We’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore!” (Credit to the movie Network.) Seriously folks, isn’t it time we drew a line and stood up to yell if needed that this cannot go on?

Across America parents are confronting woke school boards and city councils but mainstream media brushes them off. Conservative media voices outrage on our behalf, but more voices are needed.

What is the product of a society where outrage isn’t expressed and shameless behavior is accepted?

The product is a people with no morals. An immoral society is capable of anything. Evil things. When nothing is truly good then nothing is truly evil and therefore it is permitted.

All of this is rooted in belief in God.

All of it comes back to our basic life assumptions or worldview. If we believe there is a Creator who is the source of life and the essence of love, then we are led to be more loving and life affirming. If we don’t believe there is a Creator then we are free to do whatever feels good and doesn’t bring about pain or payback. That’s where America is today, at that crossroad.

Our adversaries are among us. As the cartoon character Pogo is famous for saying, “We have met the enemy and he is us!” Yes, our neighbors and colleagues who promote racism against whites while condemning it against blacks, they are an enemy to a free democratic society. Those who demand religious freedom for atheists and Satanists while persecuting Christianity, are an enemy to our peaceful culture. Those who claim to champion compassion for transgender while criticizing heterosexuality are enemies to a healthy society. Those who insist on restricting language, banning books (Dr. Seuss, et al), cancelling people they disagree with, censoring and banning people online including the President of the United States, those are our enemies.

As Gandalf said, “This will not stand!”

We cannot allow this to persist. The moment of outrage is here. We need to be mad as hell and commit to not taking it anymore.

It is time to purge our leadership rolls of woke weakeners of society. We need a season of conservative leadership. The school boards, city councils, neighborhood committees, home owners associations, civic clubs, government agencies, mayors, legislators, congress, governors, and certainly our US Senate, Presidency, Supreme Court and Military leaders need to be pro-America. They need to believe in the goodness of a society rooted in Faith in God, the Brotherhood of Mankind, the value of learning our native language American English, the importance of obeying laws, earning citizenship, nurturing learning and encouraging open debate of conflicting and unpleasant ideas, and Serving Others.

Our current path is disturbingly similar to the German Republic in the 1930s when Hitler rose to power and ultimately murdered millions. This pattern must stop and you and I are the ones to stop it. Stand up, speak out, write to your leaders, gather with others who love America. Vote Conservative even if you don’t like the person’s personality. Assert your outrage and eliminate the shameful image our country is projecting to the world today. Be a proud American, a Patriot, a good person, a responsible neighbor, a loving family member, a loyal friend, a good student, a willing teacher and helper of those in need. Compassion is not enabling bad behavior with silence, it is guiding toward the light with a firm hand. No more violence, no more hatred, no more racism toward any color of skin.

Make America Good Again!

 

 

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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Seek Out the Good in Others

If you try, you can find at least one thing admirable in everyone you meet.

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Will Rogers, a political satirist, entertainer, and beloved figure in the first half of the twentieth century allegedly said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” Many people have interpreted Will Rogers to have meant that he could find something admirable in everyone he met. So, too, can we all.

Something Admirable

Is there a co-worker with whom you have had a nasty relationship? Is there something good about this co-worker that you can draw upon, so that you can actually say something nice to him/her at your next encounter?

Is there a neighbor with whom you have had a continuing squabble? What would it do to your relationship if you sent your neighbor a card or a brief note that said something along the lines of, “I noticed how lovely your garden was the other day and wanted to let you know that I appreciate the work you’ve done in maintaining it.” Too syrupy, or, pardon the expression, too flowery?  Guess again.

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You’re on this planet for finite amount of time. Do you want to go through your life trading hostilities with people, never having the where-with-all to restore some semblance of civility to the relationship?

Finding the Good

Try thinking of and listing five people who you may not have a good relationship with but can acknowledge. Next to each person’s name, write what is good about them. Do they maintain a nice garden? Here are some ideas for you in case you’re drawing a blank. This person…

* Is kind to the receptionist at work.
* Turns assignments in on time, and hence, supports the team.
* Walks softly past your office, so as not to disturb you.
* Greets you in the morning when you arrive.
* Maintains his or her office well.

Away from work, here are some ideas for finding the good in others:
* Keeps the street in front of the yard free of debris.
* Is respectful of others’ needs for quiet.
* Dresses well.
* Has well-behaved children.
* Drives safely in the neighborhood.

If you try, you’ll find something good!

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Reducing Stress Through Prayer, and More

Taking a few minutes out of a hectic day can spell the difference between frenzy and tranquility

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Prayer has been an effective method for soothing the soul since people first believed in God. For some people, the payoff comes with sitting still, and being quiet. Many feel a direct connection with God which, in itself, is calming. Those who attend a place of worship every Sunday find that praying with others is comforting. Reverence to God, fellowship, and familiar chants and hymns can all aid in reducing stress and bringing inner contentment.

If you haven’t prayed in a while, in addition to the religious aspects, the stress reduction can be magnificent. Even if you never attend a formal prayer service, informal prayer, by your bedside, in a comfortable chair, or somewhere in nature can work as well. Some of the most accomplished and admirable people who have ever walked this earth have been deeply religious and have found great comfort in prayer.

Other Options

In our rush-rush society, your ability to take a few minutes out of a hectic day can spell the difference between frenzy and tranquility. The majority of stress we experience is a result of the daily deluge of information and communication we come in contact with on top of the amount of tasks we need to accomplish. If you have been experiencing severe stress, it might mean the difference between a long life and a shortened one.

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People have long used drugs (prescribed and otherwise!) and medications to achieve certain effects. I’m not knocking all of these substances – some of them probably live up to their mystique; however, there is no need to engage in drugs, considering there are so many other ways to effectively reduce stress.

Amidst the flurry of reports from medical researchers, many people also rely on a glass or two of wine each day to relax. If this is your habit, and it works for you, you’re probably on reasonably safe ground. The latest research, however, paints a less rosy picture about wine’s beneficial effects. I’m concerned, as well, about the long-term effects of having two glasses of wine, 365 days a year, for 10 or 20 years.

Change for Real

It often seems like people around you are enamored by some techniques such as meditation or yoga, but in reality, most people who practice these or other techniques do so only a handful of times. Then, they revert back to what they did previously.

The changes that you implement need to come without too much pain, to be subtle, even natural and easy. Otherwise, you probably won’t stick with them. Lasting and effective change can come from small incremental change. So, keep in mind that not every technique will strike your fancy. Enough of them will fit your lifestyle, and will work for you enough of the time for you to stay with them and to ultimately exercise control in ways that you have always wanted.

Talking to Someone

The mere act of talking to someone about issues confronting you can be stress reducing, and certainly more effective than mentally stewing over things alone. In The Psychological Society, author Martin L. Gross concluded that “the modern industry of psychology in America was no more effective in treating patients than witch doctors in Africa were in treating people who came to them.”

The key was whether or not the patient believed that the doctor had healing powers. Hence, if you believe that a witch doctor can help you, then a witch doctor can be as effective as a psychiatrist. A trusted friend or relative, with whom you can discuss your problems, can be equally effective.

The idea of talking to someone about what is stressing you is not so much that you will find a solution then and there, but that the mere physical act of discussing the stressor moves you closer to resolution, perhaps using one of the techniques discussed in this article.

Using Humor

Throughout the ages, humor has also been a primary tool in helping to reduce stress. Don’t discount the power of humor before trying it. If it’s been a while, or forever, since you’ve engaged in humor to reduce stress, you’re in for a treat. I’m not talking about jokes or side-splitting belly laughs, but rather a gleeful, playful acceptance of the inane and absurd situations that you encounter, and as a business owner you have your share of them.

The ability to laugh at yourself or to laugh at your situation might spell the fundamental difference between those who show resilience in the face of hard times, and those who face nervous breakdowns.

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