The segregative people at the Daily Post group of Word Press gave us the one word prompt of “Divide“. Then they added an obvious statement-“Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.”
Isn’t there enough Division in the World?
Just looking back through the history books of the United States of America, remember when the south fought the north in the Civil War? If that weren’t bad enough, our schools used to be segregated. White students went to one school while blacks were forced to attend another.
Then there was the time we segregated our citizens based on their religions. Most were just here fleeing the Nazi regime. They wanted to raise their families in a more peaceful environment. So what did we do? We confined them to camps where they were forced to live in squalid. Amazing more of them didn’t die from sickness living that way.
Today there is a division of the income of families. The families that live in poverty are treated much differently that the wealthy. There used to be a thriving middle class of families that worked to keep this country running each and every day. Today the middle class basically no longer exists.
Politics today has the entire country up in arms. Some candidates are funded by their supporters while the others operate off their family’s money. Kind of the haves against the have-nots! They flood the news media with advertisements against their competitors. Kind of why I gave up watching T.V. years ago!
Please Help Fight this Evil Disease
The medicine my neurologist has prescribed for me for my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes
The prompt for the day from the creative inspiration sparking people at wordpress was Forever Young.
Bob Dylan was the artist that released the song that was sung at the graduation my Junior year in high school. Was playing in the band for that evening, that is why I remember it.
That year two of my classmates were killed in a car accident because they were speeding over what was known as seven hills road. There were questions raised because there was alcohol detected at the scene. Since the local police at the time were known for being the supplier of drugs and alcohol to the young people of the area, it was sorta swept under the rug.
One of the two girls had played on a khory league team with me one year back when I was in seventh grade. The other girl was relatively new to town. They held a combined funeral in the high school gymnasium. Both families were of different religions, so there were two separate pastors preaching. Was a confusing day.
The family that was new to the town moved away. The other family never fully recovered from the loss of their daughter. They will remain the age that they died in my mind for the rest of my life.
Used to love Mondays, when I was still able to work as a network engineer. You never knew what challenges would present themselves to your network. Could be a vicious hacker attack or a natural disaster, you never knew ahead of time!
I miss all the exciting challenges that would come up unexpected. A random snow storm or hurricane was not that unheard of. You just had to meet the problem head on and conquer it. People all around the world dealt with problems differently. Had to learn how to deal with other cultures so you could respect their individual beliefs. As long as they were not physically hurting others, you just had to roll with the punches.
One of the best discussions on religion I ever had was with a group of coworkers during lunch. We had many of the different religions represented during the conversation. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and a few others I can’t remember what their beliefs were all participated in the discussion. We just agreed to listen to each other so we could learn more about our friend’s beliefs. There was no judging, just helping each other understand where they were coming from. If our managers would have found out what type of conversation we were having, we could have all been fired! No one felt threatened or pressured in any way. We were just educating each other about our personal beliefs.
In the world today, those type of lunch breaks can no longer happen. The world has changed so much since 9/11/2001. There is no way we could have had that conversation today. Our world has been damaged too much by the terrorists to ever allow those type of relaxed conversations to occur. Our children will never know what exploring other faiths is like. I remember attending a Bat Mitzvah for a young Jewish girl. Was under the mistaken impression that females had no place in the Jewish faith.
Mondays are always loaded with unending possibilities. Terrorists or not, it is still the start of a new week!