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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PENSACOLA’S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 1

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

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

RELUCTANT DEISM

God sees the truth, but waits.

God knows the truth, but waits.

God chooses not to intervene in this world.

Because God expects us to intervene in this world.

God chooses not to act as God in this world.

Because God expects us to act as God in this world.

God chooses not to do God’s work in this world.

Because God expects us to do God’s work in this world.

God chooses not to enforce God’s laws in this world.

Because God expects us to enforce God’s laws in this world.

And being humanity’s Creator in this world is the greatest burden of being human.

Being God in this world is the greatest burden of being man.

MONEY IS A MEANS TO AN END—NOT AN END

I have a bachelor of arts degree, and a year of graduate studies, from the University of South Alabama, in the field of English and creative writing.

No, I can’t get a job with this degree.

No, I can’t earn money with this degree.

But I do use it—I use it constantly.

I’m somewhat concerned about the financial prospects of young people who are earning degrees in non-lucrative fields, such as mine.

Yet I’m especially concerned about the intellectual and spiritual prospects of young people who are earning degrees in highly lucrative fields, such as medicine and Internet technology.

Because young people who are earning degrees in non-lucrative fields, such as mine, are almost always earning these degrees for all the right reasons.

And young people who are earning degrees in highly lucrative fields, such as medicine and Internet technology, are almost never earning these degrees for all the right reasons.

And besides, I am not desperately poor because I have a degree in English and creative writing—I am desperately poor for reasons that have nothing to do with my degree.

Yet I apply my degree constantly, tirelessly, and very purposefully.

Money is a means to an end—not an end.

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW

We the People of the West Florida Literary Federation are taking our organization back—right here, right now.

We the People of Pensacola, Florida, are taking our city back—right here, right now.

We the People of Escambia County, Florida, are taking our county back—right here, right now.

We the People of Florida are taking our state back—right here, right now.

We the People of the Southern United States are taking our region back—right here, right now.

We the People of the United States of America are taking our country back—right here, right now.

We the People of the world we call Earth are taking our world back—right here, right now.

WHAT GOD MIGHT SAY

I am the Lord thy God–thou shalt have no other gods before me.

That includes Jesus–thou shalt not have Jesus before me.

That includes yourself–thou shalt not have yourself before me.

That includes your spouse–thou shalt not have your spouse before me.

That includes your significant other–thou shalt not have your significant other before me.

That includes your friends–thou shalt not have your friends before me.

That includes your parents–thou shalt not have your parents before me.

That includes your children–thou shalt not have your children before me.

That includes your siblings–thou shalt not have your siblings before me.

That includes your career–thou shalt not have your career before me.

That includes your money–thou shalt not have your money before me.

That includes your possessions–thou shalt not have your possessions before me.

That includes your cellphone–thou shalt not have your cellphone before me.

That includes your smartphone–thou shalt not have your smartphone before me.

That includes Facebook–thou shalt not have Facebook before me.

That includes Twitter–thou shalt not have Twitter before me.

That includes all cellular technology–thou shalt not have any cellular technology before me.

That includes all social media–thou shalt not have any social media before me.

That includes all Digital-Age technology–thou shalt not have any Digital-Age technology before me.

That includes everyone–thou shalt not have anyone before me.

That includes everything–thou shalt not have anything before me.


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