A Family Conversation: Love Your Neighbor As Yourself

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.
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Love is the Answer: New England Dan and John Ford Coley

Light of the world, shine on me
Love is the answer
Shine on us all, set us free
Love is the answer

Who knows why
Someday we all must die
We’re all homeless boys and girls
And we are never heard
It’s such a lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely world
People turn their heads and walk on by
Tell me, is it worth just another try?

Light of the world, shine on me
Love is the answer (let it shine)
Shine on us all, set us free
Love is the answer (you know the answer is love)

Songwriters: John Wilcox / Kasim Sulton / Roger Powell / Todd Rundgren Love Is the Answer lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Warner Chappell Music Inc

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This week, the cousins discuss LadyG’s post “What Jesus Are You Talking About?”

Pt 1

No bottom/Two Christianities?/Who is responsible?/Love God and your Neighbor/ Shortened Generations

Pt2

Cycle of abuse/Prevalent hypocrisy/Abominations/Single issue Candidates/How Christian is THAT?/Isaiah 45: King Cyrus

Pt3

Cannot NOT win/Games/Same storm /Stock Market vs The Economy/Patriarchy/The Big Man in The Sky/Omnipresent God

Pt4

A Group of Guys/That Ain’t in The Bible/Truth is Truth/Kneeling, Nationalism and Idolatry/Dissent is Patriotic 

Responsibility

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As I mentioned in this blog’s birthday post, I’ve been in introspection mode.

Hence, my inactivity on WP.

As a matter of fact, I’ve been involved in some form of deep study, meditation, prayer and contemplation ever since this blog’s inception.

Trust me, there has always been something deeper lurking beneath my tomfoolery!

And I mean ALL. OF. IT! 

LOL!!!

Anyway…

I’ve spent a great deal of time reading works that span generations, distance and culture. In essence, I wanted to cull and synthesize enlightened concepts from a very broad perspective.

And you know what?

There were several common truths that absolutely permeated seemingly divergent schools of thought.

Ah…but there was one truth, other than love, that continued to leap all the way up into my frontal cortex!

And it was RESPONSIBILITY!

Anticlimactic?

I get it, but follow me now…

What I have learned is that each one of us is personally responsible for our own lives.

PERIOD.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the temptation to dwell on all of the ways in which others have mistreated or abused us…I’ve had my share of both.

But in the end…

It is our responsibility to do whatever we need to do to take our lives into the direction of our choosing.

And to that end, I have been having some great discussions with my closest friends and family about how that might look in our own lives–regardless to the actions or inactions of mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, husband, wife, uncle, aunt, cousin, neice, nephew….society and so on.

I think one of my mama’s closest friends said it best…

“Gwin, don’t trust nobody with YOUR life!”

Though she said those words to me many years ago, they now ring with a resonant tone.

And so…

I’d like to share a video with you that was sent to me by one of my best friends, Sandra.  She and I had been talking about this topic for a long time, so she was knocked off her feet when she stumbled upon this:

 

Watch the video before it gets pulled!  LOL!

Here’s the link just in case!

Either way…

Let’s discuss.

Love and light to you all!

LadyG 💋

In Defense of…

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The Department of Accountable Responsibility

March 9, 2017

Please read this letter very carefully. You are required by our laws to respond as advised.

Dear Lady G,

The time has come for you to complete and submit the following form for your annual Right to Remain Hearing.  As you know, every citizen of this land must undergo an annual evaluation to determine if he or she is fit to remain in our society.

Please complete this short questionnaire. Your responses will be used to help us make a preliminary determination regarding your continued eligibility for societal membership.

Circle all of the categories that apply to your current situation:

  • I am working at least 20 hours per week. (Complete and submit Form 405)
  • I own a business or a farm. (Complete and submit Form 406)
  • I am the primary care giver of a child under age 16. (Complete and submit Form 407)
  • I am the primary care giver of an individual with a chronic and/or debilitating condition. (Complete and submit Form 407-C)
  • I am currently attending college. (Complete and submit Form 408)
  • I am currently attending a technical school or career training program. (Complete and submit Form 408-T)
  • I receive recurring income from an inheritance or some other legal and verifiable source. (Complete and submit Form 409)
  • I am a volunteer at a non-profit organization for at least 20 hours per week. (Complete and submit Form 410)
  • I am an artist, musician, writer or entertainer. (Complete and submit Form 411)
  • I have a state approved patron who will sign Form 412 attesting that he or she will assume financial responsibility for my total care.
    • A “patron spouse” is not required to complete Form 412.

***Note:  Your patron must be willing to appear and testify at your Right to Remain Hearing. 

If you have been accused, arrested or convicted of a misdemeanor/felony since your last Right to Remain Hearing please complete and submit Form 187.

Remember, failure to legally maintain sustained housing, healthcare and other expenses required for your own personal care will result in an immediate and negative strike against your Right to Remain.

Important! If you belong to any of the populations listed below, you are NOT required to attend a Right to Remain Hearing.

  • Individuals under age 18, and who, upon reaching the land’s mandated age, are enrolled in a land certified school or an otherwise approved homeschooling program
  • Individuals over the age 65
  • Individuals who are deaf, mute, blind or in any way incapacitated
  • Individuals with a terminal illness or a chronic and/or debilitating condition
  • Active Duty Military and their immediate families
  • Military Veterans and their immediate families
  • Physicians, nurses, teachers, paramedics and members of any other ‘helping profession.’

Exempted populations must sign here and submit supporting documentation.  A list of acceptable supporting documents can be found on our website.

I attest that I belong to an exempted population:

__________________________________________________________

Please mail this form along with Form 323 (Income and Expenses Statement) to your assigned Department of Accountable Responsibility regional office.

An agent will be contacting you in the near term to schedule your appointment for  a Right to Remain Hearing.

Warning!  Failure to submit this form with required documentation within 5 business days will result in your immediate arrest.

Have a wonderful day and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

I.B. Wondering

Chief Inquisitor, 

Department of Accountable Responsibility

I’ve been imagining such a scenario and contemplating the outcome for quite some time so I decided to write this to see how it might look.

That said, how would you respond to this letter?  How would people you know and care about respond?

Based on what ‘appears’ to be the given criteria, do you know anybody who would be in danger of being ousted from such an imaginary society?  Just remember, for the most part, the ‘Department’ did not necessarily offer a clear indication as to what it deems valuable. 

It simply asks for ‘the facts.’

I’d love to chat with you about it….hit me up in comments

Food for thought 🙂

Lady G 😘💋