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This World ~What's Really Going on?!


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This World ~What's Really Going on?!


This world. I have been contemplating what has been going on in this country today. It really saddens me. We have a president that advocates violence, racism, sexism, lying and just plain hatred. We have other countries threatening to blow us up or drop a nuclear bomb on us. We have Isis threatening us at every turn. Domestic terrorism with the Los Vegas shootings and the man who just ran over the bicyclists in New York City.

What’s going on in the world today? What happened to decency? What happened to being good to other people? What happened to neighbor helping neighbor? Has the information ages ushered in an age of coldness where everyone hides behind their Twitter page trashing other people?

You know I think we need to bring back the good old days where people sat down and talked to each other over a good meal. In the African American community, we need to go back to when we had each other’s backs. When we fought causes together. Where we esteemed each other.

Yeah, I know it wasn’t all good in those days but at least we cherished family values. We valued a good education weather you went to school or apprenticed. We looked up to our elders. We took care of our children!

It’s sad but the words to Marvin Gaye’s song “What’s going on?” is still pertinent today:

Mother, mother There's too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There's far too many of you dying You know we've got to find a way To bring some loving here today - Ya Father, father We don't need to escalate You see, war is not the answer For only love can conquer hate You know we've got to find a way To bring some loving here today Picket lines and picket signs Don't punish me with brutality Talk to me, so you can see Oh, what's going on What's going on Ya, what's going on Ah, what's going on In the mean time Right on, baby Right on Right on

Until next time…Enjoy the journey!

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