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Minddset 161

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 7, 2010 by C.L. Harmon

Mindset
by C.L. Harmon
We all die a coward; we all die a hero. We all die a sinner; we all die a saint. We all live as these things and so much more in this life we are given.
We have a tendency to define others—even categorize them—but life cannot be separated and catalogued into specific classes. We are all much to complex for such simplicity. We are everything at any given time.
There are moments in our lives when we are all frightened and feel cowardice overwhelm us. No one is completely immune to fear, otherwise bravery would be only a passive word void of the action of conquest.
Regardless of our disposition toward life or the method in which we live it, there will be moments when we contribute to the existence around us. If even for a moment we make a sacrifice, put someone before us or offer a kind word to another, we are that someone’s hero in that moment.
There is no perfect life that we can achieve. Iniquity is in our nature. We will cause others pain and bring varying degrees of suffering through our words, actions and choices. It is imperative that we do so if we are to truly understand the sacrifice given for our forgiveness.
It is tragedy and devastation that spark compassion and generosity. As a witness to such calamity, our hearts cannot deny their  desire to bring relief. It’s as though the heart becomes the conscience of humanity making saints of us all in a time when the spirits of others need lifting.

Mindset 160

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 4, 2010 by C.L. Harmon

Mindset
by C.L. Harmon
Suppose acquiring the needs and desires of this world were as simple as wishing for them. Consider that even the hardships and fortunes were evenly distributed among the entire populous and fairness replaced partiality.
What would we be willing to sacrifice for a life such as this and at what total costs to ourselves? At times, we all wish for life to be easier and less arduous without realizing the benefit of a challenging existence.
Within those wishes are losses that are imperative to our growth. Every difficulty in life offers us something. Discord offers us a will of endurance which offers us the benefit of perseverance, which then teaches us the virtue of patience which will give us the time to find understanding and seek compromise.
If we were able to wish those things we need and desire without the benefit of work, we would lose the sense of pride that comes from being productive. From the loss of that pride we lose self-worth and from that loss we lose the need to believe in our potential to create and discover.
Each trying moment within every difficult hour holds a lifetime of growth that is lost in the easiest of endeavors. It is through the times we struggle and work that we grow to be great. And it is in that greatness others labor to find it in themselves.

Mindset 157

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 3, 2009 by C.L. Harmon

Mindset
by C.L. Harmon
We often become victims of our own progress, creating entities which grow larger than we as individuals believe we can control. Perhaps we do this as a means to be assured that we are taken care of.
But at what cost do we determine that enough has been spent to ensure our well-being? And when does it become to late to make that determination for ourselves?
Is it enough to simply trust those within the entities to represent our interests? Or do we need to remind them by our presence and actions that trust is not guaranteed to one but a privilege given by many, and if warranted, seized by all when that trust is violated.
We allow these entities to control our wealth by the levies they impose, our collective conscience by the laws they pass and even our freedoms by the restrictions they deem necessary to ensure safety…and many of these actions they have done without benefit of the voice for whom they were entrusted to serve.
When those who govern become entities, they cease to be a people and thus a representation thereof. It is the people, both as individuals and collectively as a nation, who must live with any burden imposed by its entities and it is those same people who must dismantle those entities when they no longer hear the voice of the people.

Newspapers Keep Us Free

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 22, 2009 by C.L. Harmon

Editorial
by C.L. Harmon
“STATEHOOD!” “U.S. AND JAPS AT WAR”, “PRESIDENT SLAIN”, “MAN WALKS ON MOON,” “U.S. DROPS ATOMIC BOMB ON JAPAN.” These words and so many others describe the events we remember, the ones we hold close within our life time.
These are the words we can put in a scrap book or frame as picture. They are the written voice that has spoken to people for 500 hundred years; they are the newspapers.
Newspapers are the medium where small town crime, sports and civic events to major national headlines become real to us. There’s a finality to print that causes us both anxiety and pride depending upon that which is printed and to whom it is about.
In many ways they are ancient-style writings on a modern-type stone published for all the world to witness…for all the world to know.
The same concept of cave drawings has been brought to modern presses for the same purpose—to inform people as to what is happening. We know that a spot on the evening news or a mention on the radio will fade as days pass but ink has a way of staining and chisels have always made an  impression.
We know that a name or happening in a newspaper will always be in black and white and someone from grandma and her refrigerator magnet to scholars and their archives will be able to appreciate it.
There will be those who read and cut out specific articles and pictures and save them for sentimental reasons as well as those who read and save the entire paper because the events within a particular edition had a profound effect on their lives. But mostly, there will be those who read because they believe they have a right to know what is happening in their community, state and country.
Above all else, newspapers have one main objective—to inform. Whether that be who caught the biggest fish in the local fishing tournament to who was arrested and charged with a crime, the American way has always been for the people to be informed. Good or bad, people should know; a concept very well understood by the founders of this country.
This belief has allowed for the people to question its government, know who may be a threat in their neighborhood, be informed as to where their tax dollars are spent and even what is on the lunch tray at the local school cafeteria.
There have and will always be articles and pictures that are embarrassing to some. We are after all imperfect and this is bound to happen. But does that mean we only inform on what is good and allow corruption, crime or tragedy to remain sealed because someone may be embarrassed?
Most assuredly, there are things happening within our government that certain people would not want to become public for this very reason, but whose right is it to decide what we know and what we don’t or what we publish and what we read? Shouldn’t it be our decision?
Each time a public document is withheld from those charged to inform the public or citizens don’t attend public meetings such as board of education and city council meetings or we simply don’t ask questions when answers are not apparent, part of our freedom, our right to know is either taken from us or given up by us.
The only things that can be taken are what we collectively and willingly give up. Read your newspapers, attend public meetings, ask questions, demand public documents which you are legally entitled too, research your open records laws and always remember that what you know today is only because other people did these things yesterday.
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. -Thomas Jefferson, 1787.

In A New Light 5

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 29, 2009 by C.L. Harmon

In A New Light
by C.L. Harmon
In 1945 President Harry Truman authorized the atomic bombings of Japan, first Hiroshima and Nagasaki three days later. His intention was to end the war in the Pacific and bring an end to the loss of American servicemen fighting against a determined enemy who refused to accept defeat.
His efforts succeeded at the cost of 230,000 civilians killed or injured by the heat waves that reached several thousand degrees. Time would inevitably take many more lives as a result of radiation exposure before the effects would level off. Past generations have and future generations will continue to judge the moral scope of President Truman’s decisions. But perhaps it is not his choice we should question but instead the choice of those who afforded him the opportunity to possess such devastation by their belief that the death of thousands of people was truly the greatest path to peace.

In A New Light 6

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 5, 2009 by C.L. Harmon

In A New Light
C.L. Harmon
During the Holocaust, a brave group of people who had lost everything except their own lives, took a stand to risk their only tie left to this world—their very existence.
On October 7, 1944, several hundred Jewish prisoners at the death camp Auschwitz (at Birkenau,) were being forced to carry corpses from the gas chambers to the furnace to dispose of the bodies. In those horrible moments, they chose to show the scope of humanity’s spirit in one of the world’s darkest hours.
The band of broken, weak souls blew up one of the gas chambers and set fire to another, using explosives smuggled to them from Jewish women who worked in a nearby armaments factory.
Out of the 450 prisoners involved in the sabotage, 250 managed to escape the camp. They would all eventually be found and executed as well as those co-conspirators who never made it out of the camp and the five women from the armaments factory.
Their actions however, are a lesson in the sense that we should never stop fighting for what is right and good even when it seems hopeless. When we choose to give up, then those who oppress and harm us find our acceptance in their deeds, but when we fight, they are to forced to ask why and within that answer lies the self judgement of their very actions.

D-Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 20, 2009 by C.L. Harmon

D-Day by C.L. Harmon

Wouldn’t it be a remarkable event if 5,000 ships came to the rescue of people who were being oppressed?  What if those ships were carrying 150,000 troops who were willing to die to ensure that those people could be free and safe?  Now imagine 10,000 aircraft flying above those ships with men willing to sacrifice everything for what is right. It is an awesome vision and on June 6, 1944 it became a reality.  The Normandy invasion into Nazi occupied France was the largest armada ever assembled. It was the action of nations in their finest moments. There is no vision greater than that of a free society which defends the right that all should be equally free.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of D-Day which was the turning point in WWII. Take a moment this year to remember the 9,000 servicemen killed or wounded on the beaches of Normandy whose sacrifice rests in the hope of keeping the dream of global freedom alive.