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Be the change you wish to see in the world by limiting the Digital-Age technology in your life.

A smartphone can easily make you stupid, and social media can easily make you antisocial.

You’re better off without a smartphone, and you’re better off without any social-media accounts.

As long as I can have only a landline phone, a desktop computer, and a blog, so can you.

Even if you get rid of your smartphone, and get a basic cellphone with no Internet capabilities (a.k.a. a flip phone), you’ll be a lot better off.

And even if you close your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or other social-media accounts, and start a blog, you’ll be a lot better off.

If you limit the Digital-Age technology in your life, you can make a positive difference in your life—and in your country, and in your world.

Gandhi didn’t exactly say, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” but it’s still very good advice.

Be the change you wish to see in the world by limiting the Digital-Age technology in your life.

WHY DID YOU VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON—INSTEAD OF BERNIE SANDERS—IN THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES?

‘Why didn’t you report this sooner?’ is a valid question.

And the #WhyIDidntReport answers are valid answers.

But perhaps most valid of all are these questions:

If Hillary Clinton were President of the United States—instead of Donald Trump—would you have reported this yet?

Why did you vote for Hillary Clinton—instead of Bernie Sanders—in the 2016 Democratic primaries?

A WORD TO DIGITAL-AGE YOUNG PEOPLE

*ONE TIME USE ONLY* Must reach out to Clarion-Ledger for permission to publish in any future stories.
Tougaloo College students are arrested after a civil rights protest at the Jackson Public Library on North State Street in 1964. (Credit: Clarion-Ledger)

American educator and civil rights activist Robert P. Moses (L) speaks to two men during a voter registration project in Greenwood, Mississippi, April 1963. (Photo by Claude Sitton/New York Times Co./Getty Images)

Moments before Tommy Langston was attacked on May 14, 1961, he shot this single photo of Klansmen attacking a Freedom Rider at the Trailways Bus Station in Birmingham. The photo helped identify Klansmen involved in the assault. (AP Photo/Birmingham Post-Herald, Tommy Langston, File)

** FILE ** This is a May 28, 1963 file photograph of a sit-in demonstration at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson, Miss., where whites poured sugar, ketchup and mustard over heads of the demonstrators. Seated at the counter, from left, are John Salter, Joan Trumpauer and Anne Moody. (AP Photo/Jackson Daily News, Fred Blackwell, File)

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01 Feb 1960, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA — Original caption: 2/1/1960-Greensboro, NC: The participants in the first lunch counter sit-in are shown on the street after leaving the Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth’s by a side exit. The four North Carolina A & T students are (L-R): David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr., and Joseph McNeil. (No photographers were allowed into Woolworth’s during this first protest; this is the only photo of all four original protesters together.) — Image by © Jack Moebes/CORBIS

(Read the stories behind these photographs here.)

These courageous, young Black Americans (with the support of some courageous, young White Americans) were not interested in censoring anyone’s historical flags or monuments.

They were interested in gaining real access to the ideal rights to which they were entitled, as Americans.

The cowardly, young White Americans (with the support of some cowardly, young Black Americans) who are interested in censoring everyone’s historical flags and monuments, would do well to learn from these courageous, young Black and White Americans who sought to secure their own rights—not to infringe on the rights of others.

SOMETHING I’VE LEARNED SINCE NOVEMBER, 1985

Fortunately, people don’t take you seriously if they think you’re just crazy.

Unfortunately, people don’t take you seriously if they think you’re just crazy.

WOULDN’T HURT.

“It is significant for the language struggle on the whole that its ways engulf the school, the seed bed of the coming generation.  The child is the objective of the struggle and the very first appeal is addressed to it:

“‘German boy, do not forget that you are a German.’

“‘German maid, remember that you are to be a German mother.'”

It is significant for the American struggle on the whole that its ways engulf the school, the seedbed of the coming generation.  The child is the objective of the struggle and the very first appeal is addressed to it:

‘American boy, do not forget that you are an American.’

‘American girl, remember that you are to be an American mother.’

A CATCHER IN THE RYE

“‘You know that song ‘If a body catch a body comin’ through the rye’?  I’d like—‘

“‘It’s ‘If a body meet a body coming through the rye’!’ old Phoebe said.  ‘It’s a poem.  By Robert Burns.’

“‘I know it’s a poem by Robert Burns.’

“She was right, though.  It is ‘If a body meet a body coming through the rye.’  I didn’t know it then, though.

“‘I thought it was ‘If a body catch a body,’ I said.  ‘Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all.  Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around—nobody big, I mean—except me.  And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff.  What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them.  That’s all I’d do all day.  I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.  I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.  I know it’s crazy.’

“Old Phoebe didn’t say anything for a long time.  Then, when she said something, all she said was, ‘Daddy’s going to kill you.’

“‘I don’t give a damn if he does,’ I said. . . .”

J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

1945

IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE

Abraham Lincoln allegedly said, “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

If Abraham Lincoln did say this, he said it because that’s all he ever tried to do—fool all the people all the time.  He was a sociopathic liar.

It takes one to know one.

Winston Churchill allegedly said, “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”

If Winston Churchill did say this, he said it because he was a fanatic.

It takes one to know one.

Donald Trump says the media is “fake news.”

Donald Trump says this because he is a fake person.

It takes one to know one.

UNITE IN A COMMON PURPOSE—NOW

I do not expect you to agree with everything I say.

That should not surprise you.

Occasionally, when I ask someone if he or she has visited my blog, he or she will make it very clear that he or she does not agree with everything I say on my blog.

There would be something wrong with you if you agreed with everything I ever said.

This mindless Digital-Age technology—particularly social media—is perpetuating a myth that everyone is supposed to agree with everyone else.

That has never been the case.

Understand—I do not expect you to agree with everything I say.

I only hope that you will consider everything I say.

Americans have got to put their disagreements aside, and agree to save their country from its self-destruction.

For that matter, human beings have got to put their disagreements aside, and agree to save their world from its self-destruction. 

Our country is doomed unless we unite in a common purpose—now.

Our world is doomed unless we unite in a common purpose—now. 

YOUR RIGHTS END WHERE THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS BEGIN

Before this mindless Digital Age, there was no such thing as transgendered.  

There was such a thing as transsexual.

A transsexual person was someone who had gone to the trouble to have a sex change operation.

If someone believed he was supposed to be female—to such an extent that he had a sex change operation performed on himself—no one was going to argue with him (her).

If someone believed she was supposed to be male—to such an extent that she had a sex change operation performed on herself—no one was going to argue with her (him).

There seems to be a great deal of confusion about gender today.

Some languages have two genders—masculine and feminine.

Other languages have three genders—masculine, feminine, and neuter.

And some other languages have more than three genders.

Though sex is specifically a physical term, gender is not.

And the truth is that every human being has both masculine and feminine traits—in addition to neutral traits.

Every human being has both masculinity and femininity—as well as neutrality.

Most human males have more masculinity than femininity—most of the time—though there are exceptions.

Most human females have more femininity than masculinity—most of the time—though there are exceptions.

And though we should not favor the exceptions, we should not dismiss them either.  Sometimes they are the ones who accomplish the most—and contribute the most.

The case can be made that all of us are already transgendered—that in fact we transition between the masculine and feminine genders, as constantly, and naturally, as our heart rates and blood pressures fluctuate.

If sometimes you feel more feminine than masculine, whatever your sex, maybe you are.

If sometimes you feel more masculine than feminine, whatever your sex, maybe you are.

If you feel more like a woman than the man you are, however, that doesn’t make you a woman—though you have the right to feel that way.

If you feel more like a man than the woman you are, however, that doesn’t make you a man—though you have the right to feel that way.

If you feel more like a woman than the man you are, you even have the right to wear a woman’s clothes, and use a woman’s mannerisms—in the privacy of your residence, or in the appropriate public settings.

If you feel more like a man than the woman you are, you even have the right to wear a man’s clothes, and use a man’s mannerisms—in the privacy of your residence, or in the appropriate public settings.

If you are a man, however, you do not have the right to demand that everyone else see you as a woman—or treat you like a woman.

If you are a woman, however, you do not have the right to demand that everyone else see you as a man—or treat you like a man.

You have the right to indulge your fantasies—everyone has that right.

You do not have the right, however, to demand that everyone else indulge your fantasies—no one has that right.

Your rights end where the rights of others begin.

A #METOO LYNCHING

“On the eve of celebrating Martin Luther King Day, we should be more forgiving.  These hangings that are going on don’t make us better human beings.”

Bill Cosby

January, 1988


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