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The Greatest Enemy of Black America: Low Expectations and Pity Brought to You by the Democratic Party

No one can be powerful and free, while living in the cloak of victimhood.

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Despite the narrative of the past year blaming and shaming Whites, “structural racism,” and “legacies of slavery” for the condition of Black Americans, I’m dumbfounded by the deafening silence on such issues as Black on Black violence and fatherless households within Black America.

The lack of outrage is most noticeable from those that use guilt, shame and pity as political tactics to continue to make Black Americans believe they are sick and needy to maintain a political base, gain votes and turn away any sense of responsibility from within the Black community itself. Turning one’s back on responsibility is giving up control. Giving up control is ceding power.

Those being blamed and shamed, merely for being born white are guilted and shamed into trying to understand and apologizing without room for sensible discussion or thought. This blame culture creates bitterness and separation. The blame culture reveals the lack of accountability, leadership, and standards within the Black community. No one can be powerful and free, while living in the cloak of victimhood.

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Progress begins from within. Until that truth is embraced by Black America, the progress they are hoping for will be dictated by those whose primary aim is to keep Black America waiting for a savior that will never come. Hope is the great enabler.

Greatness, mediocrity and misery all begin and end with individuals being responsible for their own actions and behaviors and holding those around them to the same standards. These values aren’t the monopoly of one race or ethnic group. These are basic human values. Living by these values is a choice, as is not living by these values.

Strong communities are merely masses of individuals that share and act on high standards and do not tolerate those that choose to reject those standards.

Adhering to high standards isn’t a sometimes thing, done for convenience sake. That is the behavior of the morally and spiritually weak. What you accept, tolerate and expect multiplies.

No election, no politician, no law, no amount of guilting, blaming and shaming will change hearts and minds, or the direction of an individual’s life for the better.

Celebrities, athletes, coaches and other so called “leaders” write and speak about individuals creating their own paths, working hard, fighting through obstacles and taking personal responsibility, but won’t hold a community to those same standards for fear of losing fans. Instead, these individuals will lower those standards for a community and attempt to justify behaviors and actions (or ignore them) that lead to failure. The moral high ground is a shaky place to stand when you pick and choose what to stand for.

Black Americans have contributed greatly to our nation, but their voices have been hijacked by a loud minority demanding more from others, than from themselves. The pace of real progress will be slow until those whose understanding is sought see that personal responsibility and accountability are the norm and not the exception.

Our system rewards individuals that work through the good, the bad and the horrible. Fairness is not a law of nature and can only be brought up so many times before those with sympathy tire of it and demand an evolution in mindset. In other words, your work ethic, effort and mindset should match the weight of the goals you choose to put before you.

It is time to take a stand and choose a side. The weak enable the weak and know only fear, shame and defeat. The strong win, period.

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

Proverbs 13:20

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Ted is currently a Homicide Investigator in a major metropolitan law enforcement agency. He served two tours of duty in Iraq with the United States Army National Guard as an Infantryman and worked as a private contractor providing security for American diplomats in Iraq.



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The Rightness of The Righteous Brothers

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I was feeling a bit anxious about all the Orwellian absurdities going on in our country. Randomly, I began listening to The Righteous Brothers and suddenly everything seemed a little more ordered and honest.

Apparently, for me, there’s something about a couple of crooners singing Unchained Melody and other hits and using terms of endearment like “baby’ and “honey” and unabashedly embracing the glorious differences between men and women that’s surprisingly refreshing.

Until recently, artists like The Righteous Brothers felt no inhibition about writing and singing songs that celebrate love and attraction between genders. There were no pronoun police, no anti-machismo militants, no shame and no efforts to emasculate men and weaponize women. Refreshing?

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If some think our pseudo-infatuation with many genders and desire-over-biology transitions are good for us as a people—or are good for ANY people—I don’t see any shred of common good in elevating desire over basic biology. I think they’re stiff-arming reality and open-arming fantasy.

If others think The Righteous Brothers should be renamed, “The Righteous Persons” or that they celebrated what is now considered sexist, rather than natural, I disagree. If those who hold this view don’t value tradition and institution created through loving design, I think they’re either fooling themselves or are being fooled, or both.

In their defense, The Righteous Brothers ask their love interests, “Without you baby, what good am I?” At first blush, these words seem to be about worth or utility. I think they’re about more than that; I think they hint at a “lostness” and a completion.

Design and destiny

Speaking of completion, Jesus teaches about men and women fulfilling their design and destiny. In doing so, he describes the union of a man and woman as not merely a joining, but as a becoming. He does this when he defines gender and marriage thusly:

“From the beginning of the world, God made them man and woman. Because of this, a man is to leave his father and mother and is to live with his wife. The two will become one. So they are no longer two, but one.”

According to God, this becoming, this state of oneness happens between members of opposite (and equal) genders. It does so because it’s based on a built-in and glorious design. No amount of surgery or hormones can change it. We’re male and female. This biological and spiritual reality doesn’t lie, and neither does God.

In terms of gender, who we are is fixed because we’re permanently and perfectly designed. It’s also glorious because as men and women we’re made to reflect God’s image in all his glory.

In truth, most of us know this is so, and those who say otherwise likely know deep down that they’re pretending. It’s quite an irony. They want something to be true, yet they’ve convinced themselves that truth is relative. They’ve chained themselves with inescapable logic.

If one accepts that we’re made in God’s image and that he made us male and female, one is free to embrace reality and his or her destiny. This truth brings light and clarity in the midst of the chaos and cacophony of our loud and silly mixed-up culture. Loving design becomes an unchained and beautiful melody.

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Post Lockdown: Are You Juggling Too Many Tasks?       

Concentration and focus are under rated in our current era of multitasking

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As traffic starts to mount up everywhere, and more people are heading back to office, is the ill-advised practice  of multi-tasking regaining a foothold? Considering all that you need to do personally and professionally, are you attempting to handle too much?

These days, we all seem to be human doings, not human beings. Unfortunately, we give short shrift to concentration and focus. Indeed, concentration and focus are under rated in our current era of multitasking.

Consider this: A magnifying glass held up at the correct angle to the sun will quickly burn a hole through a piece of paper: concentration and focus. Meanwhile, no matter how much sun shines through your office window onto your desk, none of those tedious memos are going to catch on fire.  The lack of combustibility has nothing to do with the way the manufacturer engineered this flat piece of glass.

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Multi-tasking is occasionally helpful and satisfying but, along with the shower of information and communication overload, represents a paradoxical impediment to getting things done. Let’s see why.

Faster and Less Attentive

The term multi-tasking evolved from the computer industry, the early mainframe computers designed with parallel processes is perhaps the prime example of automated multi-tasking.

In many respects, the computer has accelerated our inattentiveness.  Personal computers achieved critical mass in 1981 with the introduction of the Apple Computer designed as an alternative to the IBM PC.  The affordable technology enabled us all to engage in sequential activities and elevate our propensity to become task-switchers.

Then for many reasons, and some so bizarre that they defy description, over the next 40 years we began to emulate our computers, multi-tasking while they multi-tasked.

Today, with the typical office professional sending or receiving more than 200 messages a day, counting all forms of communication, and all of them coming and going at shorter intervals, a generation of career professionals are being driven virtually to distraction. A number of the messages are fleeting, the meaning often unclear, and the result a listless and confused workforce.

Against the back drop of information and communication overload, ever-advancing technology, and more choices than anyone needs or even wants, an entire workforce generation has been taught to multi-task as if this is the way it has always been, needs to be, and always will be.

Continuous Partial Attention

Undivided attention is a term that has fallen out of use! Multitasking has become a norm giving rise to “continuous partial attention,” where nothing gets your true and undivided focus, and everything is homogenized to the point of carrying nearly equal weight.

We offer our attention here, there, and then somewhere else. Like a one-man band, we get our strokes from strumming the guitar, tapping our foot, and blowing on the harmonica. We equate accomplishment with flapping our wings, stirring up commotion, and making a lot of noise.

We can barely tolerate stillness. For many, silence doesn’t appear to be golden; it seems more like a dark space, lacking productivity that can yield nothing useful.

Undivided attention is a term that has fallen out of popular use. Generally, we feel guilty if we don’t multi-task! We contemplate our increasing workloads and responsibilities and how they are subject to continual shifts, and justify multi-tasking as a valid response to a world of flux.

Despite the temptation to do otherwise, focusing on the task at hand is vital to getting things done. Whether there’s a handful of tasks confronting you, or ideally only one, give all your time, attention, energy, focus, concentration, effort, and all that good stuff to the task at hand, and then turn to what’s next.

Over-employed, and Undesired

It’s likely that people have always sought to handle many things simultaneously, stretching as far back as cave dwellers. Their multi-tasking effort probably seemed crude by comparison. Someday, somewhere, someone may discover that we are hardwired to continuously attempt to economize our use of time.

Our age old “flight or fight” response to perceived stressors in the environment works well, at intermittent times. The small jolts of concentrated energy and vigilance helps us to safeguard ourselves, our loved ones, and our possessions.

As a species however, we are not wired to effectively handle continuous streams of two major stress hormones — adrenaline and cortisol — on a daily basis.

Bruce McEwen, Ph.D., director of the neuroendocrinology lab at Rockefeller University, observes that while we can apparently weather stresses and rapid hormonal changes in the short term, about 3 to 15 days, soon thereafter chronic stress begins to ensue.

The result is a weakened immune system, aggression, anxiety and a decrease in brain functioning which results in burnout. Dangerously high levels of cortisol can result in poor sleep patterns and insulin resistance, which can open the door to bad eating habits and weight gain.

 

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