Blogs are resplendent in opinions, often "over the top." Blogs are usually political, social, economic, or spiritual expressions. I have chosen to comment about "love." Is that a bridge too far? Love comes in so many forms, textures, styles, depths, etc. Love is not gender-specific or even species-specific. People have love for neighbors, pets, friends, partners, spouses, divinities, and even inanimate objects. So, from an open and free place, I share with you some quotes about love. Who knows, these may even enhance your love?
Yes, it seems over the top to call the right-wing extremism in American politics today fascism. Let me tell you something. Read history very carefully. The two fascist periods are not so different, and the U.S. capitalists are AGAIN playing a lead role in its development.
It seems so easy for Americans and Europeans to find Arab and Moslem actions as reprehensible. We never seem to see our part in the mess that has been made of relations between our two cultures and our two religions. Even American foreign policy is conducted by people who know nothing about the historical back-drop to the Middle East and how things evolved between Christians and Moslems. America has stumbled badly in the Middle East. Sometimes we act as though nobody in the state department or the White House ever took a history class.
As you reflect back on Wisconsin's rich political history, and remember names such as LaFollette, Dan Hoan, Frank Zeidler, Gaylord Nelson, Bill Proxmire, Russ Feingold, etc., we are now in the middle of the total destruction of their contributions to equality, fairness, openness, morality, ethics, and the overall responsibility we each have for others. Look what is happening today in state politics...
With all the tremendous, positive press that Pope Francis is getting, wouldn't it be nice if he could arrange to have an ecumenical, initial meeting with leaders of other Christian denominations...Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican/Episcopal, Coptic, Presbyterian, Methodist, etc.? It might only be for general discussions and not begin with differences, but explore possible ways they could cooperate for a better world. We need only to look to the ecumenical dimensions Jesus explored regarding Samaratins, etc.