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Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” And Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father but by me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” ~John 14:5-7

He is Risen religious-easter-wallpaper

Though Jesus had many disciples, most spiritual scholars believe that Peter, James and John were his best students. Destined to write the visionary Book of Revelations, seems the Apostle John was Jesus’ most advanced disciple.

Such likely explains why John never denied Jesus and why a dying Jesus left his mother to John. Though we know little about John’s early life, Christian tradition maintains that John was probably born in Galilee about ten to fifteen years after the birth of Jesus.

St. John was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the brother of James, also one of the Twelve Disciples. Fisherman by trade, one day John, his elder brother, James and their father, Zebedee were casting their nets when Jesus, while walking by the Sea of Galilee, called them:

“And they immediately left the ship and their father and followed him”. Previously called that day were fellow fishermen Simon Peter and his brother Andrew; whom Jesus had told to, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”[1].

Of course, these were not ordinary, earthbound fishermen who generally would not have recognized Jesus, nor abandon their family and livelihood to follow anyone. Likely devout students of John the Baptist, an advanced teacher of God whose primary task was to first come and prepare those ready to receive Jesus the Christ:  Peter, James and John were now able to “follow” Jesus and accept his central message of universal love and forgiveness.

Though some likely perceived him as such, particularly when upholding the truth, John the Baptist was hardly the raving “wild-man” typically portrayed in Hollywood films during its Golden Era. Usually scantily clad in a lion’s skin while ranting at lost sinners to repent lest they burn in hell, such behavior, of course, is the direct opposite of the peace and kindness inherent in God’s Teachers.

John the Baptist Revealed

Traditionally recognized as Jesus’ most advanced disciples, at his behest, Peter, James and John witness Jesus’ historic Transfiguration on the Mount where Moses and Elias (aka, Elijah) appear to them talking with Jesus. Afterwards, they also understood from Jesus that John the Baptist and Elias were the same, which strongly suggests that they had properly learned the basis of reincarnation.[3]

Though John the Baptist reportedly denied being the Prophet Elias when questioned by the Pharisees (“separated ones”[4]) as to who he was, religious sages still hold that Jesus (as Elisha) was a disciple of John the Baptist (as Elias). Clearly of a higher mind, he was John the Baptist! That was his role in this life.

So he simply stated: “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the Prophet Esaias (Isaiah).”[5]

In recognizing the limited, egocentric mindset of the Pharisees, perhaps John the Baptist felt it best not to discuss his previous life with those who would not only deny such a revelation, but also kill the messenger! And his work was not yet done.

Yet, having been his teacher in a previous incarnation, or so it appears, this is likely why John baptized Jesus, why he preceded Jesus and why Jesus once said he was:

“…More than a prophet…there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist…if ye will receive it, this is Elias” as foretold.[6]

Maybe this is why some at the cross thought they heard Jesus calling for Elias in the ninth hour, followed by a mournful cry that still resonates today:

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”[7]

Yet, Jesus frees himself of such despair. Instead of holding inferior feelings of anger and revenge, Jesus speaks forgiveness and truth to Power:

“Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”[8]

Perhaps Elias was there after all, there in spirit to remind Jesus who he was and there to help him transcend the body during this very difficult time. Besides, no one really dies alone. What better heavenly guide to aid Jesus than the familiar presence of his beloved former teacher.

Meanwhile, until that final hour, Jesus would go on to teach, preach and fulfill his divine mission here on earth.

Betrayal and Trial

As Scripture states, with a greeting and a kiss Judas betrays Jesus to local authorities while he is in the Garden of Gethsemane speaking with Peter, James and John. Whom Jesus had sought for comfort and support knowing that the time of his suffering for humanity was near. Yet, being human, instead of staying in prayer with Jesus, they fell asleep three times.

Annoyed, Jesus initially said, “What, could ye not watch with me one hour?” He reminds them to stay focused and prayerful lest they fall into distraction, as “the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Meanwhile, no surprise to Jesus, he is arrested and taken before the high priest Caiaphas “where the scribes and the elders were assembled”. Who then grills Jesus, to no avail, as to whether he is the Son of God. Naturally, Jesus kept his cool.

Thus, in the radical rock opera of the 70s a resurrected Caiaphas aptly chants, “One thing I’ll say for him, Jesus is cool.[9]

Though Jesus spoke only the Truth, when he did speak, Caiaphas and the assembly’s upside-down thinking declare Jesus spoke blasphemy.[10]

The next morning, “All the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus” and called for his death. And fulfillment of the law begins.

Jesus soon stands before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judaea.

Unable to pass death sentences, the envious priests falsely accuse Jesus of sedition. Knowing “that for envy they had delivered” Jesus to him for trial, the conflicted governor ultimately orders his crucifixion, though only after pressure from a crowd of naïve citizens who had been manipulated by their priests and civic leaders.

Though the malleable governor washed his hands of the murder of “this just person,” as if to cleanse his conscience, still he had Jesus beaten, subjected to hateful ridicule and a violent death.

Thus, Governor Pontius Pilate fades into history as the man who crucified Jesus Christ.

Judas Repents

Meanwhile, likely hit with the reality of his benevolent teacher’s imminent death, Judas repents and attempts to return the infamous “thirty pieces of silver” to the chief priests and elders in the temple saying: “…I betrayed the innocent blood.”

Who then callously replies, “What is that to us?” They reject his pitiful recompense, claiming it is now blood money.

Dejected, Judas throws the money on the temple floor, likely a cruel reminder of his irrevocable error, or so he believes. Sadly, he departs and ultimately hangs himself.

Judas Repents But is Rejected

Judas Repents But is Rejected

Conversely, without a hint of contrition, the arrogant temple dwellers and their cohorts would foolishly mock Jesus at the cross, saying among other things:

“If he be [the Son of God] let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.”[11]

The Crucifixion (“Good Friday”)

As the final hour drew near, there also was the Beloved Disciple, John, who had stuck by Jesus the most, particularly at the foot of the cross with his beloved mother, Mary. Thus, John neither denied nor betrayed Jesus, ever.

While Scripture notes, “all the disciples forsook him and fled” upon Jesus’ arrest, such is understandable given that their own lives and the future of Christianity were also in grave danger. Of course, Simon Peter’s attempt to defend Jesus with his sword is historic, who then cautions Peter to:

“Put up thy sword…for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” [12]

Before surrendering his spirit to God, Jesus entrusts his mother to John his beloved disciple and John to his mother saying, “Woman, behold thy son!” And to John, “Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.”

Knowing “it is finished,” Jesus, “bowed his head, and gave up the ghost [13] .”

Henceforth, for Christians, this moment becomes Good Friday; the day Jesus redeemed our grievous errors.

The Resurrection (“Easter Sunday”)

On the third day, now known as Easter Sunday, Jesus arises from the grave and reveals his greatest message, which simply states that life is eternal, be glad!

As death, after all, is but a transition from this life-experience to the next.

Easter Lily and The Cross, A Symbol of Death and Rebirth

Easter Lily and The Cross, Symbol of Death and Rebirth

After discovering that the stone covering their teacher’s burial chamber is gone, Mary Magdalene, another close disciple of Jesus, runs to Peter and John believing they have taken away the body of their beloved Lord Jesus and she knew not where. Together they run toward the site, but John out runs Peter.

Thus, John is the first to enter the sacred chamber and finds it empty. Yet, rather than believe that someone had actually stolen their master’s body, John intuitively knows that Jesus had risen. Though, the other disciples had yet to learn that (from Jesus), according to Scripture, he must also arise from the dead.

Inconsolable, Mary Magdalene remains by the site weeping; she then looks into the chamber and sees two angels. Shortly thereafter, Jesus stands before her and, of course, she is elated. He lovingly bids her to touch him not for he is “not yet ascended” to our Father.

This, says the metaphysician, is indicative of the natural transition from the body to spirit that usually takes three days, and is likely the root of prayer vigils and wakes for the departed in many traditions. Jesus then bids Mary to go and tell the others of his ascension.[14]

Finally, Jesus meets with his advanced students: the eleven remaining disciples, whom he had ordained to preach the gospel, heal sickness and cast out error.[15]

Even after hearing from Mary Magdalene that she had seen and spoken to Jesus, still they were frightened thinking they had seen a ghost.

Jesus then invites them to look at his hands and feet, to touch him saying, “For a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have.”

Still frightened, Jesus asked them for meat: “And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish and [honey]. And he took it and did eat before them.”

The Law of Creation (Karma)

He lovingly opens their minds and explains why the Christ had “to suffer and rise from the dead the third day” as written, which is based on the Law of Creation (Karma) and is rarely understood by a closed mind.

According to the Ancients, wisdom cannot be taught; but the way to wisdom can be taught.

This is why Jesus came among us and accepted the consequences of our errors, simply to show us the way back to the Source of all wisdom, which is called God in Christianity. Of course, we must first apply Jesus’ teachings before we can understand the value of Divine wisdom.

Then, Jesus authorizes his disciples to preach in his name, among all nations, the value of contrition and remission of erroneous thoughts and actions for inner peace and happiness, to which they were witnesses.[16]

Jesus’ parting promise endures in the hearts of the faithful: “…Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”[17]

Judas Iscariot, Also to be Redeemed

Sadly, a deeply troubled Judas Iscariot, the twelfth disciple and alleged political zealot who likely lost faith in Jesus’ nonviolent policies, had committed suicide after realizing he betrayed his spiritual teacher, an innocent person. Thus, Judas was not present at Jesus’ final departure and therefore did not receive the promise.

Judas Hangs Himself

Many still wonder why Jesus the Christ, who had extraordinary powers, would allow a Judas to belong to his inner circle. Of course, Jesus, who likely abhorred censure, knowingly came to redeem Judas also.

Yet, the answer to this perplexing question is amazingly simple, which rests entirely in humanity’s absolute freewill that even God will not overturn.

Much like the Prophet Muhammad who could not overturn the ills of society manifested in centuries of slavery, neither could Jesus usurp the heart of one traitor.

Here we must understand that God’s Redeemer cannot just wave a magic wand and undo the mess we made; that would not solve the problem. Only our willingness to change can save us. Thus, if we never discern why we go astray and change, we likely create the same conditions over and over and hurt more people in the process.

Creation Follows Law

We must realize that creation follows law!  It must in order to maintain balance and harmony in the Universe. Somewhat like the laws that uphold our society.

Yet, God’s Love surpasses law. However we must first remember to accept Divine Love and let it flow like a river in our lives. Thus, God’s Teachers can only show us the way; it is up to us to follow it.

So, when Jesus said, “I am [not] come to destroy the law, or the prophets…but to fulfill”[18], he would have us realize that with freewill comes the responsibility to rightly choose that which is in harmony with God’s Plan for our happiness.

Otherwise, we are on our own and, in time, will likely suffer dearly and needlessly as did Judas Iscariot … but not forever!

It is not clear when Judas took his own life, which is a grave error that solves nothing. As the best way to seek peace is through the expedient of forgiveness as taught by Jesus. Perhaps it was on that fateful Friday when the heavens opened up revealing the Christ to all and it was too much for him:

“Now when the centurion and [others] watching Jesus saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying: ‘Truly this was the Son of God.”’[19]

Forgiveness: Jesus’ Least Understood Gift

Of course, forgiveness is Jesus’ gift to humanity directly from God, the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. Yet it is the least understood gift of all; that is, until we practice it!

Hence, when Simon Peter once asked Jesus if seven times is sufficient to cease forgiving one who keeps offending, he replied no: “But, until seventy times seven.”[20]

Naturally, this does not mean that we have to stick around and let some poor ignoramus keep hurting us. That too is in error. Actually, what Jesus wants us to realize, always, is the value of God’s Unconditional Love for us, which is the basis of our creation.

When we fail to forgive others (or ourselves) relentlessly, we actually block our awareness of God’s love, which is the only source of life and our real happiness.

Thus, the soul of Judas Iscariot, when ready, is redeemed at last.

The Ascension and The Holy Spirit

After Jesus’ Ascension, the Holy Spirit descends upon the faithful disciples as promised:

Jesus Christ Risen

Jesus Ascends with a Divine Promise

“And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye [awhile] until ye be endued with power from on high.”

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” [21].

Founders Peter, James and John naturally become pillars in the early Christian church.

St. Paul Receives a Fellowship

In recognition of St. Paul’s ministry, a leading convert and chosen Apostle to the Gentiles, as was Peter to the Jews, who would become the New Testament’s most prolific writer: Peter, James and John extend “the right hand of fellowship” to him [22].

Though St. Paul rightly notes that he needed no man’s approval as his mission came by revelation, he no doubt loved and admired the apostle’s relentless dedication very much.

In Acts, Paul writes of Peter and John’s fierce devotion to preaching and healing the sick in the name of Jesus despite persecution by the high priests, that results in imprisonment and trial. As the story goes, an angel releases them from prison and an esteemed lawyer appears at their trial and argues successfully in their favor; though beaten and directed not to “speak in the name of Jesus,” still Peter and John continued to “teach and preach” the gospel of Jesus “daily in the temple and in every house.”[23]

St. John and The Book of Revelations

While the reports of the Apostles continue to inspire and comfort Christians everywhere, still, today, most Christians remain perplexed after reading the Book of Revelations by the Apostle John.

Though often intrigued by it, particularly our gifted dramatists, most of us find St. John’s Revelations from the Christ downright scary or too gloomy to think about; thus preferring to read the Four Gospels and the more comforting thoughts of Jesus the Christ instead.

Yet, for those of us who traverse the road less travelled, the Book of Revelations eventually becomes an affirmation of the advanced teachings of Jesus and the Ancients, rather than something to avoid out of fear.

For therein, amid the scary images, lies the complete story of the fall and redemption of humanity and the way home. Or back to our Higher Mind.

[1] St. Matt 4:18-22

[3] St Matthew 17:1-13

[4] See, the Bible Dictionary KJV, p. 65, Pharisee.

[5] St. John 1:19-34; see also Isaiah 40:3; Esaias is Greek for Isaiah (Easton’s Bible Dictionary).

[6] St. Matthew 11:7-15

[7] St. Matthew 27:46 to 50.

[8] St. Luke 23:34

[9] See, “Jesus Christ Superstar” from the genius of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, c 1973.

[10] St. Matthew 26:36-75

[11] St. Matthew 27:1-43. See also John 18: 28-40 re malefactor or sedition charge.

[12] St. Matthew 26:52-56; see also St. John 18:10-18

[13] St. John 19: 26-30

[14] St. John 20:1-18

[15] St. Mark 3:14

[16] St. Luke 24:33-53.

[17] St. Matthew 28:18-20

[18] St. Matthew 5:17-20

[19] St. Matthew 27: 50-54

[20] St. Matthew 18:21-22

[21] St Luke 24:49 and St. John 14:26.

[22] Galatians 2: 1-10, KJV and NIV.

[23] Acts 4-5:42.

(Originally published 03/29/2013, Updated 03/25/2016, Endnotes updated 03/28/2016)

© Delores L. Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post 2016. All rights reserved.

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“The biggest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution that has to start with each one of us.” ~Dorothy Day, www.catholicworker.org

Lotus Flower

The Lotus Flower, Symbol of Spiritual Awakening

Dear President Obama, I am writing you because you are also the head of the Democratic Party and the DNC (the Democratic Nat’l Committee).

Please know that I am unabashedly mad-as-hell about the DNC’s bogus reports of the so-called ‘Super Delegates’ count that are heavily in favor of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Thus, making her opponent, Bernie Sanders, seem far more behind than he actually is! Sadly, this very bad information is constantly being recycled in the Media.

As we have been informed, these super delegate counts are actually promises (or personal endorsements perhaps) that are subject to change prior to the official nomination at the Democratic convention! Thus, in truth, these nonbinding Super Delegates counts are very misleading and therefore should not be published as actual votes!

Toxic Anger or Righteous Indignation

Needless to say, I am very, very angry about this bogus delegate count reported by the DNC, and demand its correction immediately.

But first, let’s be clear on the subject of toxic anger versus righteous indignation. Toxic anger often seeks revenge that can be very destructive; this is not the intent here. In sharp contrast, righteous anger is often a great motivator that generally seeks to right a terrible wrong, which is our intent here.

For me, righteous indignation is best illustrated by our elder brother Jesus when he got mad at the traders doing business within the church. With a mighty sweep of his hand, he overturned their tables and basically threw the traders, their money and their wares out of the temple. He then says:

“It is written, my house shall be called a house of prayer; but you are making it a robbers’ den (Jesus the Christ, St. Matthew 21:12-13).”

Has Our Politics Become a ‘Robbers Den’ These Days?

Sadly, in many respects, seems today’s politics has become a gateway to gaining vast personal influence instead of significantly improving society as it was meant to be. Thus, our presidential elections seem more far desperate than ever, where civility and truthfulness has sometimes given over to intense duplicity, bullying, vulgarity and even violence … particularly at the recent rallies of some presidential candidates.

Yet, for many of us donating our little money to the Bernie Sanders campaign, that’s working hard to win this election and stop the further abuse of our economy, it often feels like our politics are indeed mired in a den of thieves. And so we remain more determined than ever to join with Sen. Sanders and help right this terrible wrong.

And we start by speaking the truth as we know it. In Phoenix Arizona on the second “Super Tuesday” of this primary season, Sen. Sanders tells us, his supporters, this:

“The reason that we have done as well as we have, the reason that we have defied all expectations, is that we are doing something very radical in American politics … we are telling the truth. And the truth is not always pleasant, is not always what we want to hear. But we cannot go forward unless we deal with the realities of American society today, and that is what we are going to do,” he said.

Discerning the Truth in Today’s Candidates?

Thankfully, the Media, with all of its human flaws, has actually done a good job in vetting our current candidates so far. Thus, we are now seeing the toxic candidate who resorts to bullying, racism, hate mongering and vulgarity when his inflated ego is threatened. We’ve seen the ambitious young candidate abandon the truth and flat-out tell lies about the other candidates or their surrogates. And we have seen the career politician, who’s made lots of powerful friends, pander to self-interest groups for a block of votes and such.

And, of course, we have seen evidence of the DNC’s misuse of the so-called delegate count which gives an impression of its favorite candidate being the presumptive primary winner.

Yet, the race to the White House continues and We-the-People must make the right decision as to whom we hire as our next U.S. President.

Whom Shall We Hire Indeed!

Though way too many of us, including some candidates and the media, tend to view the presidential race as a competitive sport rather than a life-altering decision we all must prayerfully make, still there exists today at least one among us who takes this calling very seriously. And has come forward without apologies, and is truly telling it like it is.

This, of course, is Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose working hard to awaken voters to the infinite wealth we all can share when We-the-People unite and save our democracy from the greed and corruption of the reckless millionaires and billionaires among us.

Actually, as I view it, there are two people, now considered the front-runners for our next U.S. President, who are very, very scary and clearly must not be hired.

For me, the legacy of the Bill Clinton presidency that virtually surrendered the keys to our economy in authorizing deregulation of Glass-Steagall (the 1930s Depression Era law meant to restrain investment banks), the 1994 Crime Bill that led to today’s mass incarceration of Black and Brown folks in particular and those nasty Trade Agreements (which Hillary allegedly touted) that led to loss of American jobs and devastated the Middle Class, Hillary’s dubious emails as Secretary of State, her lucrative Wall Street speeches, and her involvement in regime change in Libya and such, makes me very nervous about Hillary Clinton and exactly what she would “mistakenly” do as our president.

Thus, I have no confidence in the Hillary.

Though Hillary Clinton now says these powerful executive actions were mistakes, who in their right mind would hire anyone who has been the author of such catastrophic mistakes?

Next, in my opinion, Donald Trump, whose Goliath persona loves to taunt his adversaries, is way too aggressive and much too contrary for this job. As one known to overreact to the slightest perceived insult, he would never do as U. S. President. While he sometimes tells it like it is, which is good, the Donald’s toxic anger and schoolyard bullying would never be tolerated by the World Leaders who will match his inflated ego with an eye for an eye!

And the bloody war of the egos continues; only it’s our innocent children who will do the actual fighting and the dying. Hence, the meaning of this parable from Jesus, our beloved brother:

“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (St. Matthew 19:24).

Yet, the good news is, one day we will find that better way and gladly change. Why not today?

Meanwhile, daily life and the 2016 presidential race continues.

Free the Mind! And may the Truth be with us as we cast that precious vote.

© 2016 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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According to the New York Times, and other breaking reports, “Nancy Reagan, an Influential and Protective First Lady dies at 94.” She passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 of congestive heart failure at her home in Bel-Air, California. She was 94 years young. Wow! What a long and eventful life. Mrs. Reagan is to be buried next to her beloved husband President Ronald Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004 and is interred at the Reagan Presidential Library in beautiful Simi Valley California.

Nancy Reagan  White House, Dec 1982

Nancy Reagan, White House Dec 1982

As she transitions onward, we extend condolences to the Reagan family, a host of friends, and a profound regard for Mrs. Nancy Reagan, our fashion icon and champion against drug abuse.

Nancy Reagan, A Fashion Icon

The Reagans occupied the White House from 1981-1989. A petit woman with a keen eye for the aesthetics, Mrs. Reagan was also known as a great dresser who loved the color of red. She would become a fashion icon to many women of her time. I can vividly recall my co-worker and kindred spirit, we both loved to wear hats, running up to my desk beaming with joy over having Nancy Reagan in the White House, as stylish hats and dresses were surly coming back!

Tired of only finding fashionable pantsuits in the stores, a big symbol of the women’s lib movement in the 70s which was good, Mrs. Reagan’s feminine sense of style was good news indeed. Sure enough, soon we were able to find fashionable dresses in the department stores again, though we still liked our pantsuits.

And television shows exploded with glamorous, well-dressed women reminiscent of the forties. Only this time, Primetime TV featured a highly independent woman, ready to claim her own space with no apologies. Hence, “Dallas” the popular TV Series, c.1978–1999, with all of its usual human dalliances, became the show to watch back then.

Yet, in retrospect, for me the new Reagan Administration also marks another definitive shift in our great society which, unlike TV’s Dallas, was far from entertaining.

High Crimes in the ‘Hood and Loud Music

One day, seems my quiet world suddenly changed. It was the year of 1981, as I recall. News reports began to escalate of young brothers running up and snatching gold chains off the necks of unsuspecting young women as they waited for the bus. And tension filled the air! Having to keep on the alert, no longer could we read at the bus stop. Things had definitely changed, and for the worse unfortunately.

Soon, someone turns up the volume. And the explosion of a so-called “Rap” music had hit the scene. Young people were playing it as loud as they possibly could in the streets and in their homes. Though an ardent music lover, I hated the discordant sounds passing as music that bounced off the walls of my apartment, which was downright painful.

Thankfully, after praying for peace and harmony in my home, my noisy neighbors soon moved. It was a very nice neighborhood, like folks had real jobs, so things stayed relatively calm.

Yet, depressing news of drug dealers, street gangs and drive-by shootings began to abound in the Black Community that reflected on Primetime TV. Of course, as usual, only Black and Brown folks were spotlighted, while White drug-related crimes and abuses virtually went unreported.

Just Say No: A Powerful Spiritual Command

Around this time, in 1981, Nancy Reagan envisions an anti-drug educational program to prevent illegal or “recreational” drug use, particularly among young people. Part of the government’s War on Drugs, this anti-drug campaign would simply become known as Just Say No, an advertising slogan created by Nancy Reagan, as a First Lady initiative, who obviously knew something about self-direction being an accomplished actress in her previous life.

With Nancy Reagan’s dedication and hard work, both national and international attention was drawn to the ever-increasing drug problem. Of course, the anti-drug campaign also drew the usual unfair criticism. The program’s critics erroneously labeled such efforts as too simplistic, a catch phrase not really addressing the hardcore issues of systemic drug addiction, and so on.

Thankfully, some drug abusers were reportedly helped by Mrs. Reagan’s vigorous efforts, who once said: “If you can save just one child, it’s worth it.”

Sadly today, some thirty-five years later, seems drug abuse in America has reached epidemic proportions across all social realities. Still, there are those who keep trying to help the hopeless as best they can.

I’ve always liked Nancy Reagan’s creative slogan of “Just Say No” to drug abuse. Actually, this is a powerful spiritual command, classically known as self-discipline, which we can deploy on our behalf. Self-discipline (or self-direction) is a great mental tool worth having; particularly in combating toxic anger, drug addiction, or any self-destructive habit within us.

The Importance of Good Government

Today, as we move toward electing a new president, the importance of good government is loudly before us once again! Sadly, the candidates usual pandering to self-interest groups (who often represent blocks of votes) seems to be the norm, except for one perhaps.

If only we can learn that what is good for one, is actually good for all on the level that really matters. Then we can really get things done and make democracy work for all.

Perhaps, one day, We-the-People will realize that democracy works best when we lay aside our smoldering self-interests and actually vote for the good of all. Why not today?

Saying Goodbye to Nancy Reagan

Meanwhile, as we say our goodbyes to Fmr First Lady Nancy Reagan, let us honor her good works against drug abuse, and revive the Just Say No Anti-drug Campaign in her name. I’m sure she will be there in spirit and praying for its success.

Free the mind and think before you vote!

© 2016 by Delores L Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post. All rights reserved.

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