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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

A HINDU TEACHING THAT DESCRIBES ISLAM

Karmanyevaadhikaaraste

Maa Phaleshu Kadaachana.

Maa Karmaphalaheturbhooh

Maa Te Sangostvakarmani.

(Gita – 2, 47)

You have but the right to perform action;

you have no hold on the results thereof.

May you not seek the rewards of action and

may you never engage in wrong action

(this is not an excuse for inaction!).

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.


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