One Nation Indivisible With Liberty And Justice For All

1940s Justice Society of America Comic

1940s Justice Society of America Comic

Many times I hear the Americanized phrase, “never talk about politics or religion in polite company.” I am sure this concept is intended to keep the peace, and in truth, if people are unable to be kind, considerate and thoughtful, maybe they should keep quiet. However, it seems to me, as a result of our screwed up media system combined with our infatuation for stereotypes, many of us (American’s) do not really understand what we believe, or why we believe it. If verbalizing these thoughts makes someone uncomfortable, embarrassed, or feel threatened it may be easier just to avoid conflict, and I respect that. But if the rest of us cannot politely talk about a controversial topic, how can we ever expect to bring about a positive change to our world?

For a number of reasons, one of my personal American Hero’s is Roger Williams. Even though he was instrumental in founding the Baptist Church in the United States, he was often labeled a heretic and a seeker (both of which I can intimately identify with). One of his signature positions was, if we do not create a high wall between church and state, the church will corrupt the government and the government will corrupt the church.

Whether a person is aware of it or not, we all develop forms of psychological conditioning. Statistically, this is a huge influence on an individual’s position on religion, politics, philosophy and just about every area of life. My parents were not über active politically during my childhood. I remember a few muted conversations about Nixon, Ford, and Carter, but it was not until Reagan got into office that I started paying attention to my surroundings. My father really liked Reagan, but thought he had too much Hollywood left in his system. Although I didn’t understand much about it, the topic was already important to me in 1988, when I participated in voting for the first time as an adult. In the primary I voted for George H. W. Bush because someone had told me not to vote for the other candidate (Pat Robertson) because he would not be able to separate church and state decisions. I am pretty sure I would still vote against any religious leader entering into office.

Why was separation of church and state so important to our founding fathers? If there was a clear precedent established to remove Christianity (or any other religion) from our formative documents, why should this be different today?


Klingon’s, Christians, and Critics!

Klingon Lifestyles

I am constantly blown away by the blind arrogance of critical people. I have actually witnessed a guy dressed up like a Klingon, tell me, “Christians are stupid, and only a complete moron would participate in that kind of stuff.”  I’ve also listened to the penniless literary snob, scoffing at the pitiful writing style of Stephenie Meyer’s.  Another time, I chuckled listening to a preacher behind the pulpit of a 15-person congregation expose Joel Osteen as a charlatan, shouting, “he doesn’t know how to preach the real gospel.” And lastly, I knew a homeless musician explain how “Madonna doesn’t know how to sing or entertain an audience.”


In the end, each of us has a pet peeve, or a person that agitates us, but what value is there in building yourself up through demeaning other people. Ultimately, what a person chooses to believe (or not believe), how he or she lives, will manifest a destiny. At the end of our lives, it’s not all about the money, the fame, or the glory, but it’s how we feel about our existence (No Jesus Juking allowed). I don’t dismiss the importance of responsibility, discipline, and goal setting, but doesn’t history teach us that some of the greatest icons in each of these areas failed miserably in finding true happiness?

Today I encourage you to get up off your tail, and go make the world a better place. Be a friend to someone who doesn’t have a friend, write something nice for a person who annoys you, help an underdog feel appreciated, or just be nice, because it is the right thing to do. Remember, it is never wrong to do right, and it is never right to do wrong. Even your criticism can have a purpose.

P.S.      Oh, I forgot one additional annoying person… I know this self-righteous blogger, who schemes up creative ways to get people to read. Geez, those kind of folks are the worst!

P.P.S.   Tune in to my next blog to learn why Joss Whedon and Jesus Christ are two of my favorite people!


Hell is Real – ADHD

Ever seen this billboard?

Ever seen this billboard?

Relax; this post is not dealing with theology about those that receive eternal life and live it, in eternal conscience torment.  I spell hell differently than most, I spell it ADHD.  For those of you that have never experienced it, I feel both pity and jealousy.  It is a two edged sword.  Everyday I find myself walking somewhere, and then realize I have no idea what I am looking for, but I end up enjoying the scenery anyway.  If you could spend one day inside my brain, you might experience unspeakable joy like you have never known, or you may want to commit suicide because you have failed at every important juncture in life and disappointed those you love.

Have you ever forgotten to go to work, to attend the most important presentation of the year?  I have.  I was distracted by a homeless, starving hitchhiker with a mangy dog and stopped to pick them up.  The kind that hasn’t bathed or brushed his teeth in six months.  He told me his tragic life story in fifteen minutes.  I cried with him when he shared about getting fired, missing his family, and longed for how life used to be.  I spent all the change out in my ashtray (the last money I had) to buy him lunch, give him a much-needed hug and a prayer before I dropped him back off on the road.  Was this because I am such a great person?  No, I did not understand it then, but he probably had ADHD and I could see some part of me in his eyes.  Wanna’ talk about a priceless emotion?  Those of you without ADHD do not experience this, but I do.

I did not believe in ADHD two years ago.  I thought it was just a cop-out for people that had no structure in life.  Though there is some truth to lacking structure it is not purposeful or easily corrected.  After doing extensive research I found that though it is often misdiagnosed and co-morbid, it is very real and scientifically documentable.  Unfortunately, we still don’t understand all of the complications surrounding this condition.


Common misconceptions about people with ADHD

  • They are just lazy
  • They just need to change their diet
  • Medication fixes everything
  • They are not intelligent
  • They just need to learn discipline
  • They are purposefully rude and defiant
  • They cannot learn
  • They cannot be dependable

There appear to be valid reasons for this perception, but that does not make it true.  If we could go back in history and fix the people who exhibited ADHD symptoms what would the world be like?

Mozart, Edison, Ford, The Wright brothers, Einstein, Michael Jordan and many more fit the bill.  (See a pattern?) People with ADHD do not process information like “normal” people.  That does not make it right or wrong, it is just different.  Instead of shaking your head in disgust at the annoying knucklehead in your office that is always late to meetings, ask him if he has any cool ideas.  If he can think of one, it might just make you  rich, or put you in jail.