Due to recent events humanity is walking together on a bridge into the unknown.

We’ve been caught off guard by bigger forces that have been unleashed in 2020. First it was a modern plague and now police brutality fueled by racism. Never before in human history has there been such a global upheaval. We are seeing the tide of dissenters rise up and push against systemic hindrances to progress. It is as if humanity has finally awakened, is seeing her unified power, and finally believes that change is possible.

Amidst this upheaval, I see many things to consider, to celebrate, and to embrace.

Globally millions of people are willing to stand and put their bodies on the line to stand up to unpopular truths. This has been true for many generations that have fought for change.

It can feel defeating to learn that our hard-earned tax dollars that pay for safety and protection are supporting systems that are hurting humanity globally. The US Defense budget alone is 2 trillion dollars. Every local city and state has multiple police departments, highway patrol and state police services as part and parcel of taxes and budgets funded by the local residents.

  • To see that we are paying for systems that are not working as designed is disheartening.
  • To learn we are paying for systems that have systematically supported oft oppressive actions is devastating.
  • To realize our taxes often support very real oppressors and oppressive structures operating in government military and police is debilitating.

If that is not a ‘cruel irony’ I don’t know what it is. This makes the professionals we pay to protect and govern us use their power often turn against us in very brutal and violent ways as we are seeing on a daily basis. And these are only the violations that we have seen… what about all of those human violations that happen day after day that we do not see?

This picture of serve and protect is so very broken.

The biggest question that often goes unanswered amidst the tumult is who benefits and why?

If you have been around me for any length of time, you will hear me asking this question.

  • If the police are not being held accountable, who benefits and why?
  • If vaccines are mandated across the globe, who benefits and why?

I’m not asking you to answer these questions for me, but for yourself. To the degree that we can NOT answer these questions is the degree that we are complicit in a system that is able to control our behaviors and decisions.

We must critically look at every aspect of what is happening around us (and the way the news reports it!) with a lens towards truth, justice, and liberty. We must always ask, “How is this helping my brother or sister become healthier, more free, and live in a more just environment?”

Humanity is collectively crossing a new bridge into the unknown that must be traversed for truth and justice to prevail.

My hope and prayer is that my insights, questions, challenges, and research will encourage thought leaders, free thinkers and contrarians to stand up and speak out to support systemic, sustained transformation.

Where our global humanity simply obeys out of fear, we lose. We lose because obedience without subsequent examination of these systems doesn’t employ the critical checks and balances we need to keep any system healthy.

Sacrifice at times can be good – even when it costs. However, sacrifice with critical examination and thoughtful reflection is always better.  

Everyone has agreed to make sacrifices for the greater good even with a great personal cost. The people have sacrificed gainful employment, honest media, fair government along with the ability to communicate and dissent. While we are focusing on one area of crisis, there are multiple initiatives being considered behind the scenes (for example, look at what is happening with environmental laws) — how critically are we keeping an eye on these?

Alternate opinions are often censored in spite of numerous doctors and scientists’ questioning the electronically force-fed fear/death narrative. A simple examination of both sides of media (conservative and progressive) evidence that diametrically opposed narratives are shared regularly as truth. One station is reporting masks are good, one that masks are bad… so which is it? How are normal people like us supposed to stay on top of what is true or not?

Lest you think I’m imagining this… here are some examples… 

We know that at the beginning of the pandemic, important information to build our health and human immunity were not released or discussed. We know nations have made decisions to stop releasing true Covid-19 counts (see yesterday’s Washington Post article about Brazil). Because food and vitamins are not patented products, any curative properties they could provide are not highly publicized (see What The Health). Big Box stores and public companies have received stimulus money meant for small businesses and as a result, mom and pop stores are being decimated.

Further, we have sacrificed much over the last two months just for physical safety. Direct social communication, touch, breathing camaraderie in the name of health protected by social distancing. Life as we know it has changed, and perhaps the irony is that even research recently demonstrated two diametrically opposed opinions on the efficacy of face masks. If scientists aren’t even agreeing on things, why are we not questioning our habituation into these new safety patterns?

Where these events, practices, habituation, and patterns remain unquestioned or unexamined, all of society will suffer.

True justice and the freedom that results from it must begin at the foundation of truth. What is the truth of what is happening around us, who benefits, and why?

It has taken a murderous racial atrocity visibly committed by many corrupt policemen to wake the world up. Yes, the protests have been marred by intentional instigation of violence and theft by diabolical forces designed to harm, not help, those who work for justice. But we are seeing the positive force of the uprisings begin to make a difference (*see below for the list as of 6.8.2020).  Our species is waking up… and now it’s time to get out of bed and do something to participate in the global awakening.

“Those who watch those who stand, and watch say nothing are equally guilty in complicit as the oppressive perpetrator.” ~ Albert Einstein

Where humanity fails to realize that systematic oppression of one group makes another group rich we will fail our brothers and sisters in marginalized groups. I will discuss the Wealth Economy in another post, but for today, I want to leave you with some questions… some research… and some seeking that I have been doing.

Choosing to embrace a critical lens to the events around me leads me to uncover some deeper — and I pray — more hopeful truths about this season on the bridge

  • Would I know truth without dishonesty?
  • Would I know wisdom without ignorance?
  • Would I know health without sickness?
  • Would I know justice without injustice?

These are but a few paradoxes that plague every human being on Earth alive in 2020 and they are the deeper truths of what is happening underneath the scenes. It is why – even amidst this upheaval – where we find ourselves on a rickety bridge covered with fog that seemingly has no end in sight, we can have confidence that something bigger than any of us is occurring. It is why we can have faith that a larger, more universal truth is being birthed that will carry us forward through this next iteration of our evolution.

May we restore 20/20 vision in clarity as humanity awakens.

Our forefathers fought for Liberty and Justice for all. Lest we forget we have an inalienable right to be happy in any way we please without restriction.

The road we will now take is up to us.  Remember this bridge into the unknown was crossed by our forebears and ancestors. They too were forced to walk on the same path this we.

Under the American Constitution that still remains law of the land we have the right and duty as taxpaying and law-abiding citizens to question authority, to ask “Who benefits and why?”  The First Amendment includes debate and dissent. We also have the right to petition the government with our grievances. The illegality and unfair practices allow us to take them into a court of law if ‘we the people’ become the injured party. It’s time to study and learn the foundation upon which the U.S.A. and America was created.

Our very forefathers (and mothers) died to give us those rights to question, to search, to seek, and hopefully to find (or stumble) our wait to a more just and equal society.

It’s my wish and desire that humanity as a whole will courageously walk across this bridge ‘arm and arm’ into the unknown. It will be our choices that we make every day which will make the difference. Collectively we have the power and freedom to go it alone or together as we seek justice for all. We are all still free with a choice to collectively decide how ‘we cross the bridge into the unknown’ together.

If we persevere, I believe that Truth, Justice, Freedom and Liberty will be waiting for us on the other side.

We are our ancestors’ dream come true… let us now cross the bridge into the unknown, knowing that they are cheering us on every step of the way.

 

*How have the uprisings changed our world thus far?

👉🏾Within 10 days of sustained protests: Minneapolis bans use of choke holds.
👉🏾Charges are upgraded against Officer Chauvin, and his accomplices are arrested and charged.
👉🏾Dallas adopts a “duty to intervene” rule that requires officers to stop other cops who are engaging in inappropriate use of force.
👉🏾New Jersey’s attorney general said the state will update its use-of-force guidelines for the first time in two decades.
👉🏾In Maryland, a bipartisan work group of state lawmakers announced a police reform work group.
👉🏾Los Angeles City Council introduces motion to reduce LAPD’s $1.8 billion operating budget.
👉🏾MBTA in Boston agrees to stop using public buses to transport police officers to protests.
👉🏾Police brutality captured on cameras leads to near-immediate suspensions and firings of officers in several cities (i.e., Buffalo, Ft. Lauderdale).
👉🏾Monuments celebrating confederates are removed in cities in Virginia, Alabama, and other states.
👉🏾Street in front of the White House is renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
Military forces begin to withdraw from D.C.
Then, there’s all the other stuff that’s hard to measure:
💓The really difficult public and private conversations that are happening about race and privilege.
💓The realizations some white people are coming to about racism and the role of policing in this country.
💓The self-reflection.
💓The internal battles exploding within organizations over issues that have been simmering or ignored for a long time. Some organizations will end as a result, others will be forever changed or replaced with something stronger and fairer.
Globally:
🌎 Protests against racial inequality sparked by the police killing of George Floyd are taking place all over the world.
🌎 Rallies and memorials have been held in cities across Europe, as well as in Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.
🌎 As the US contends with its second week of protests, issues of racism, police brutality, and oppression have been brought to light across the globe.
🌎 People all over the world understand that their own fights for human rights, for equality and fairness, will become so much more difficult to win if we are going to lose America as the place where ‘I have a dream’ is a real and universal political program,” Wolfgang Ischinger, a former German ambassador to the US, told the New Yorker.
🌎 In France, protesters marched holding signs that said “I can’t breathe” to signify both the words of Floyd, and the last words of Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black man who was subdued by police officers and gasped the sentence before he died outside Paris in 2016.
🌎 Cities across Europe have come together after the death of George Floyd:
✊🏽 In Amsterdam, an estimated 10,000 people filled the Dam square on Monday, holding signs and shouting popular chants like “Black lives matter,” and “No justice, no peace.”
✊🏽 In Germany, people gathered in multiple locations throughout Berlin to demand justice for Floyd and fight against police brutality.
✊🏾 A mural dedicated to Floyd was also spray-painted on a stretch of wall in Berlin that once divided the German capital during the Cold War.
✊🏿 In Ireland, protesters held a peaceful demonstration outside of Belfast City Hall, and others gathered outside of the US embassy in Dublin.
✊🏿In Italy, protesters gathered and marched with signs that said “Stop killing black people,” “Say his name,” and “We will not be silent.”
✊🏾 In Spain, people gathered to march and hold up signs throughout Barcelona and Madrid.
✊🏾 In Athens, Greece, protesters took to the streets to collectively hold up a sign that read “I can’t breathe.”
✊🏾 In Brussels, protesters were seen sitting in a peaceful demonstration in front of an opera house in the center of the city.
✊🏾In Denmark, protesters were heard chanting “No justice, no peace!” throughout the streets of Copenhagen, while others gathered outside the US embassy.
✊🏾 In Canada, protesters were also grieving for Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old black woman who died on Wednesday after falling from her balcony during a police investigation at her building.
✊🏾 And in New Zealand, roughly 2,000 people marched to the US embassy in Auckland, chanting and carrying signs demanding justice.
💐 Memorials have been built for Floyd around the world, too. In Mexico City, portraits of him were hung outside the US embassy with roses, candles, and signs.
💐 In Poland, candles and flowers were laid out next to photos of Floyd outside the US consulate.
💐 And in Syria, two artists created a mural depicting Floyd in the northwestern town of Binnish, “on a wall destroyed by military planes.”

Gary Stuart

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