America is “First” in
1) percentage of population which believes, but won’t publicly enter into discussion on, numerous things that affect them in political, social, economic, psychological, health, and other ways, but instead chose to be silent and let themselves and others suffer, and
2) people who think it’s absolutely true that we are the “freest” and thereby most fortunate people on the planet.
I hate to quote the Bible, because I believe it is a compendium of politically-sanctioned trivia with mostly political intent for the spiritual “truths” included; nevertheless, there are gems in it. And I love it when my years as an idealistic young “radical Christian” recall a scripture that makes my body resonate with wonderful recognition.
This is one of those scriptures, very simple: ”The first shall be last.”
I trust in that.
And I ‘m grateful to the prophet and teacher who tried to teach people on this planet how to live peacefully.
(I diverge from mainstream “Christians” in that I don’t believe that Jesus died, or saved or ransomed our souls by dying. I don’t “know,” but I like the story that the famous rabbi didn’t die or was somehow resurrected and returned to teach in the East where he first learned from Hindu and Buddhist holy men who received you into his land when he avoided marriage in his home town of Nazareth by leaving to visit the magi who’d visited him at his birth. [There’s wonderful evidence of this. See the movie, “Jesus in India” by Paul Davids and Edward T. Martin.])
I have no doctrine beyond a few phrases you might glean here.
I consider myself of the tribe of Yeshua.
When I first heard a few Bible stories told by a youth minister in the basement of a local church, in a crowd of young wannabe hippies, all sitting on carpet samples and scraps sewn together – stories against racism, sexism, violence, and materialism – my heart opened in a way I’d never felt, as though these ideas, never demonstrated in the life in which I’d always felt so strange, were written in my bones, and somehow these ideas had triggered an intelligence in me that was not of this life but reminded me who I was in a more infinite manner than in this Earth life, not in concept, but in body sensation.
Something opened up, and I knew this was my teacher, not by rational decision, though my mind was jazzed as well, but because it felt as though it had always been.
I believe Yeshua, Chief of my tribe, is returning. And the “harvest” is in process.
Resonate with whom you are, concentrating on your idea of you.
In this way, your cosmic tribe will find you.
Find yourself. Find your tribe.
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