American Dreamer

As the years have gone by I’ve realized disillusionment is a gift within, that it produces the possibility of humility, (though not necessarily the guarantee) and humility is the bridge to unity. The lower we go and realize how little we know can be the very test of it all. Crushed expectations and disappointments can mean seeds for a garden of greater dreams, not their grave.

What if the American dream of the house, the car, 9-5’er, dog, and two and a half kids is changing as a response to unmet expectations. I’m not naive enough to believe that’s everyone’s dream. But I just say it to state that unmet expectations of your American Dream, whatever it is or was, is being tested circa 2017. I reckon in light of today a lot of people’s visions are morphing and it can be disconcerting.

The older I grow the more I realize the less I know. Once I think I know it all and have arrived is the day I start to die. When I think I know it all, I lose my hearing of any other speaking. I lose the ability for unity and community in my thinking independence is singularity. And could it be that life is bigger than me?

Some people can have a beating heart and be content to reside in an empty frame chasing additives to their name and information for their brain and have never tasted life. That chase is self driven most times, and self driven humanism leads to a loss of true riches and investments. The future is people, family, though now faceless and nameless. I’m not content to strive for the wind. I’m restless. But perhaps that’s better yet. 
The things that mattered in the yesterday’s don’t matter today.  

In 2017 there are now more numbered slaves than before with sex trafficking, forced labor, and more. Most of them are women and children. 

I see a revolution stirring in the heart of the people, a valid cry for justice. But are we missing it? There’s a violence that exceeds a warfare we’ve been taught before, and it’s starting in the chest of men and women. When what doesn’t work is seen as futility the hearts will scream. Silence never built a dream, and maybe–just maybe–the American dream could be changing. 

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”

This is where I’ve been thinking. And I had a dream so I’ve been hanging with the King. 

Quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. 


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