Universal Spiritual Awakening

Universal Spiritual Awakening
"It's no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society" ~ ~ J.Krishnamurti

Friday, October 7, 2016

Heroic Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest Holds A Mirror Up To America

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It seems that the critic Dwight MacDonald was right when he wrote:
We have grown callous to massacre. King Mithridates is said to have immunized himself against poison by taking small doses which he increased slowly. So the gradually increased horrors of the last decade have made each of us to some extent a moral Mithridates, immunized against human sympathy.
 Kaepernick’s activism is attempting to awaken America from her comatose state, which is full of too many modern-day Mithridateses. For too long, too many Americans have become maladjusted to injustice.

Only by unsettling them is there any hope. It is as Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “People wish to be settled, but only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.”
Thankfully, enough NFL athletes are joining the San Francisco 49ers Quarterback in his demonstration. Millions of sports fans are now seeing images beamed into their homes of players from opposing teams either kneeling or raising their fists and bucking the various corporations that have signed endorsement contracts with them.
It is just as actor and activist Jesse Williams advised African-American entertainers during his BET Award speech when he said:
Now the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money – that alone isn’t gonna stop this. Alright, now dedicating our lives, dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies.
Brushfires of protest are spreading outside of NFL arenas to high school and college football stadiums. Student athletes are kneeling in solidarity with Kaepernick. It reminds one of what Twain wrote, “In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”
A spark has been lit and as a result, more patriotic athletes will light fires in the minds of spectators across the country.

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