Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Introductory Musing

Take a deep breath. As human beings, as a species, we truly are one of a kind. The world around us is one that we've come to mistakenly think we completely understand. Our planet is rotating and moving hurling 67,000 miles per hour around the Sun, while the Sun rotates within the Milky Way much like the horses on a Merry Go Round. The Earths crust remains the host of chaotic activity like volcanoes, thunderstorms, earthquakes changing the landscape we've come to know.

But each variable in the equation of life possesses the ability to obliterate us without a second thought.  There is comfort in recognition and celebration of the communion between our fellow brothers and sisters who've found themselves along this strange journey as well. I'd like to introduce this blog by speaking upon the title, "Tear Down This Wall", and my URL slogan, "liveasbrothers"

Former United States President Ronald Reagan, towering over a crowd in the early morning overcast sky against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall, told Soviet Premier Gorbachev, to "Tear Down This Wall". A wall built by the Soviets to separate the East from the West, due to the differences ideology. The Berlin Wall separated some family and friends from one another for decades. Each living in polar opposite worlds while remaining only meters away from each other.

Two and half years later, in November 0f 1989 after Reagan's renowned words the Berlin Wall fell. The two worlds were reunited. The world we find ourselves has become increasingly interconnected thanks to technology and globalization. Dangers once thought to be in far off regions of the world now illuminate an new and impending light. What happens there affects us here. The need to coexist is imperative now than ever before and the desire to communicate is a must.

"Tearing down this wall" represents the ability to communicate and interact freely with whom we choose through the Internet, cell phones, meetings, coffeehouses, regardless of background, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and spiritually and to be free from unwarranted and undeserved discrimination. I will use this blog as a way to tear down the walls of intellectual, cultural, religious, and economic pursuits that may separate us.

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." Nearly 50 years after these words echoed from Martin Luther King Jr's mouth, a disconnect still continues to separate us. One that continues to undermine our very existence and our livelihood. It's not a nuclear threat, not an Islamic threat, nor the Republicans in Congress. Rather, these threats are the manifestation of the real threat. We'll have to do a little introspection and dig deeper than the surface to discover the threat of ignorance and miscommunication.

"Tearing down these walls" that separate us won't be easy, it most cases, it'll take a lifetime to accomplish. When we find ourselves free of fear, free to love, we are the most alive. It is my hope that we can continue to tear down walls that physically or spiritually disconnect us so that we may live as brothers.

Through this blog, I'll critique essays and novels, book notes, thought provoking quotes,  interesting articles I've run across, write about ways to improve the world we live in and furnish commentary on global local level politics, comment on my adventures across the nation, all tossed and served with a slice of my own philosophical musings. I once read "the ink of the scholar is worth a thousand times more than the blood of a martyr". Granted, writing a blog is a minuscule start, but it should never be forgotten that it is a start. We only have two options in this world, to live together as brothers or perish as fools.

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