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Fresh update on "things" discussed on Morning Edition
"Are a star. And you get up there and mail it. Hey, Carla. It's really funny. My husband likes to make me sing, let it go. So he'll put it in and they'll call my name, and I'm like, why do you do this to me? And he's like, because everyone needs to know. Being an actor teaches us to be brave, being an understudy. I think teaches us to be brave. And so I just tried to kind of take what I knew about doing things that scare the pants off me. And apply it to everything. And this whole journey has been terrifying
Are Human Beings Naturally Good? Ben Carollo Weighs In
"I have it more interesting, I think, more important question. Do you think human beings are naturally good? Human beings are naturally social, right? Which means that human beings could be good or evil, right? The reality is that like what makes us good is also what makes us evil, right? Because the reality is, like, what would you do for your family? A lot. You do a lot, right? I think we would all basically do anything for our families. And that is both what makes us so capable of goodness and kindness, but it's also what makes us so capable of vicious evil because the reality is, if we thought that people were threatening our families, we would do a lot of terrible things, right? But if we work together with other people and other families, and we extend our minds to understand that we have a shared sort of societal experience, then we're going to do a lot of good things for each other. So ultimately, when it comes to whether or not human beings are good or evil, we're just naturally social. We want to fit in and be part of a society. So ultimately, it really depends on the way society is structured that determines whether or not we end up being good or evil. But it is all basically from us being pro social.
Fresh update on "things" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"The January 6th committee is planning to hold more hearings this month related to the attack on the capitol, and it still trying to gather critical evidence. WTO's Mitchell Miller has today on the hill. The committee still wants to hear from former White House counsel pat cipollone, who, according to recent testimony, had warned Trump administration officials about legal risks related to trying to overturn the 2020 election results. Committee chaired Benny Thompson says the panel would also still like to get more evidence from former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who turned over some records before refusing to testify. He was aware of a lot of things going on. As to whether he comes forth when any other information remains to be seen. Thompson has left open the possibility of more than two additional hearings depending on how the investigation continues to develop. On Capitol Hill, Mitchell Miller, WTO
Charlie and Trans Marxist Ben Carollo Discuss Cultural Marxism
"Where does cultural Marxism fall under your ideology? Cultural Marxism is literally a Nazi conspiracy theory. Like literally, like literally the Nazis and Nazi Germany invented the phrase cultural Marxism. The fact that you're asking me about it is a pretty telling to who you are. Oh, you think I'm a Nazi? I'm most definitely. I mean, at this point, like you've made it pretty clear. Why am I not? Ask me questions about cultural Marxism. That's literally like so in case you let me ask you cultural laws. Who is he? Why are you bringing grams into this? No, but just tell me who he is. The Italian socialist. Yeah, so what phrase did he coin? I don't know, you tell me. Cultural Marxism. Was he a Nazi? Okay. No, Antonio. Oh, so maybe it didn't come from the Nazis. Okay, literally. So why would you say something so false when gramsci himself came up with the phrase? Do you know what the conspiracy theory is around cultural Marxism, then why it got so popular in Germany? So let's go back to Grom. She, what did he write about cultural Marxism? I don't know. Let us know in prison. Yeah, you're not familiar because you just keep on spouting out these things that call people Nazis which is super unhelpful and not true. And so yeah, Antonio gramsci from prison said that marxists must adopt a cultural framework alongside an economic framework in order to get the means of what they want to get done. That's not a conspiracy theory, just read his book. Okay, but that's different than the phrase cultural Marxism. How is it used? What do you mean? It's exactly the same thing. No, it's not exactly the same thing. So what happened is a Nazi Germany and they spread this theory called cultural Marxism. They literally had this theory that Jewish people were secretly like bringing Marxist theory into the mainstream and literally that's not at all what is anybody on the right talks
Charlie Debates Trans Marxist Ben Carollo on China
"How are an individuals wants and needs represented best in a Marxist society? I'll ask the commie. Obviously through their democratic structure, like the reality is, right? This is the thing, right? Obviously going back to the role of the state to serve the interests of the working class to suppress the interests of capitalists, which is exactly why people like Charlie Kirk obviously are very unsettled with it because the reality is that in America, working class people have to worry about the government kicking down their door for doing things like smoking marijuana. But in China, it's not that working class people have to worry about the government kicking down their doors. It's corrupt billionaires that have to worry about the government kicking down their doors. Just look, for example, giant tech companies, making tons and tons of money in China with very little regulations. Well, what does China do? They put in tighter regulations on these tech companies. And then they take money from these tech billionaires, and then they give it to anti poverty programs across the more rural parts of China in order to fund schools, food, things like that. Like for example, China is this really, really great co op development program, which is really, really great. So they combine ecological. I can tell you you don't even believe this, by the way. If you've got to be, you got to be acting at this point. Why do you think I'm acting? Because you're actually, it's because the reality is so different of the millions of people in China that are literally forcibly held in their homes. The millions in concentration camps, the people that can't even breathe because the air quality is so bad. How about the underground Christians that are murdered in the streets for trying to go to church. So no, continue on your beautiful co op in Beijing, like yeah, we could grow vegetables in Shanghai, so it's so great. That's kind of the argument,
Quieter, calmer Kyrgios in Wimbledon quarters years later
"After being fined $4000 for cursing aloud in his previous match Nick kyrgios tone things down a bit in a 5 set victory over unseated American Brandon nakashima The 27 year old Australia next plays Christian garin 26 year old from Chile The other quarterfinal on their half of the draw will be 22 time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal against 11th seeded Taylor Fritz The woman scored a final set Monday a 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep versus Amanda anisimova and Elena ribena versus islay tumult John I'm Ben Thomas
Kash Patel: Trump Had Offered 20k National Guard Soliders for Jan. 6
"Do we know why The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi declined the president's offer For national guardsmen and how many did he offer The president offered up to 20,000 in the law works as xeno mark is the president can authorize the National Guard or the second component of the laws there must be a request by a federal agency or a governor in this case mayor of D.C. And Nancy Pelosi controls the federal capital police and therefore they report it to her and why they did not want it I would leave it to the political experts I'm a national security guide but they seem to be worried about the optics just like they were worried about the optics of Lafayette square though there was a hypocrisy of their way And they also could have put up a no crime fence around the capitol They failed to do that And they failed that federal law enforcement there surrounding the capital such as the FBI and DHS They failed to do a great many things that would have been very simple to do
Steve Deace: This Population Is Lining up to Be Controlled
"Well I'm hearing more traffic about mass coming back again if there's another outbreak Because this hasn't been about health from the very beginning This has been about power and control from the very beginning And what's happened in what's happened in our society collectively and COVID has revealed this more menacingly and glaringly than any other issue in our lifetimes Is that the highest value now in our society in a full spirit of the age status total state society The highest value now is compliance To show that I comply the west is now this episode of Black Mirror With Ron Howard's blithe Howard Ron Howard's daughter where she lives in a social credit system And she's constantly being judged by how well how just fake kind fake virtuous fake sanctimonious and fake compassionate compassionate she is in every walk of her life at work when she goes to the mall when she goes through A toll booth everything And that's what we're seeing now that this is really about compliance And that's why the same people who originally put masks in their social media bios then went to their jab registration cards And then they went to the pronouns and then they went to the Ukraine flag because they got the signal Hey new pronouns just dropped New civil sacrament just dropped new next current thing next current thing just dropped Your opportunity to show you're down You're compliant that you are virtuous And that's the highest value in our society now because we are run by masters of the universe that are really after nothing more than control over the population And unfortunately a lot of this population after a generation of pop culture and education that has a condition that accordingly they are lining up to be controlled They want to
Steve Deace: Things Changed When Corporations Got Woke
"Against it This gun Bill is a perfect example right It's 14 Republicans who just sold this out in the Senate side Yes And that's a red line there I mean that's the one issue over the last 30 years really that the mainstream Republican Party So if you look at if you look at since Eisenhower gave his momentous exit speech his going away speech The Republican Party's nominees have been Richard Nixon two bushes John McCain Mitt Romney and then there is then there's Reagan and Trump two of these things are not like the other And so this is the reality of the fact that you're aligned with this party has hated its base for decades It has as I saw I tweet out today that the difference between the new populist right and the mainstream right is that we don't favor corporations over God and our traditions And the mainstream right has always done that It was always about it was always up to Chevron doctrine more than overturning roe It was always about the two state solution more than let's move the embassy to Jerusalem And it's always been that way which has changed is when the corporations got woke in and they no longer even pretended to fly the flag and even wink at our belief system That mainstream right now they got exposed Now they couldn't triangulate off of that anymore And so I think a lot of people are pardon the pun getting woke politically just not necessarily in the way the other side had
Steve Deace: Dems Inspire, Republicans Conspire Against Their Base
"It reminds me of my old adage that most Republicans on Capitol Hill are really Democrats but no Democrats are really Republicans Hold on a second I'm reading a press release stand from George W. Bush He finally got shame Alito for writing the opinion We did No he did not Oh yeah of course he didn't That's right We were waiting on that Jim was waiting with bated breath Bobby bonilla day came first and it still hasn't happened Yes you're right Here's the difference between the two parties on Capitol Hill There's two things I could say that are the real difference Democrats inspire their base to get what they want Republicans conspire against their base to get what they want Democrats don't even attempt to curtail their agenda at all To win elections Like they used to or gone are the days of Bill Clinton losing a midterm calling it sending Hillary out on a two year tour and bringing in dick Morris to save his presidency with triangulation Those days are gone It's devil in a red unitard with a pitchfork Just out in the open with it now And so they won't even curtail their agenda to win elections Meanwhile Republicans will seek to curtail and agenda they don't actually agree
MSNBC Promotes Civil War Over Recent SCOTUS Rulings
"Here is some bizarre audio This is out of MSNBC This is a historian Michael Beck loth Talking about this is the kind of stuff I'm telling you This is where the air If you were a Republican say oh my Fox show talking about or even hinting at a coming like Civil War that because Republicans are going to lose their minds and start attacking people They'd be like what are you doing You would be on the crazy media matters lunatics would be like screaming and peeing themselves Here's a guy in MSNBC saying as Supreme Court man you know Civil War it's a possibility Yeah check this out This country further in the direction of some kind of new Civil War I mean that's obviously something pretty alarming They're tell us what you mean by that while you think that I'm not saying that lightly Savannah I think you know why don't usually overstate things Here's a case where the Supreme Court is doing a decision that is going to fly in the face of at least what polls tell us is a majority of Americans maybe 60 to 70% And if you look at human history and American history that tends to push a society and the Civil War or at least towards Civil War if it's something that's as basic as this Now I get it because again I'm not a crazy leftist who's going to mischaracterize a man's words He says historian and he's going to say well I'm just looking at the data points throughout history and when polling is really bad on an issue like this You know you get societal strife and Civil War Okay you know what Fair enough But again this is the kind of thing whereas I'm a fair host I am I'm a conservative I'm an opinion guy I have conservative opinions But I do believe in fairness I promise you if Donald Trump would have mentioned that word Right now he would get no such deference None As a matter of fact when Donald Trump says something like go march peacefully and patriotically He accused of inciting a violent insurrection
Hunter Biden Records Conversation With Russian Escort
"First this is Hunter Biden I can't describe the how crazy this is Videoing himself you'll hear the audio Talking with an escort sent from some Russian company apparently which is probably not an escort And doing like this verbal back and forth asking if he abused her or not And he was dumb enough to put this on tape to the craziest thing I've ever heard Listen to this Hey Anything you're running Anything I literally saying I'm sorry that took so long to give you $10,000 Do you have any bruise anything Have I ever touched you in a bad way Ever Have I passed you every time if I could touch you Every time We are look at me You can not talk to me that way And say things like that Because I always respectful than anyone you've ever met Are you okay What That's what you said you wanted to watch her It's only what I have I don't even know what to say about it That's apparently not there's been authenticated By the media I don't know how to describe what I just heard
Some Things You Never Knew About the Fourth of July
Michael Pack and Eric Discuss the Humanity of Clarence Thomas
"Honestly, we're talking about clarence Thomas, just this man, so great. And what I think you just said, Michael, is that when you made this film and how people saw the film and I know if they read the book, it's going to be that much more in spades. You realize how likeable he is and how much sense he makes. And in a funny way, that's another thing that conservatives have done very poorly is to show the humanity of some of these figures. We're always about ideas and about well, you know, what about the life story? What about the backstory? What about your family? When you see the humanity of people, it's harder to demonize them. That is a very, very important point. You know, maybe all your study of the Holocaust Eric brings that even more strongly to mind. But that is really true. And people want to put clarence Thomas in a box. They want to, they want a caricature of them, but they also want to label him. And so in just the coverage of the jobs opinion, people want to say that the court took a stand against abortion, and abolished abortion. But they did not. They took a stand on that. That's a lie. It's a lie, but people are happy to speak lies just as they're happy to demonize and dehumanize other human beings. Now, by the way, folks, if you have to do that, that might be a hot tip that you're on the wrong side of an issue
Kari Lake Calls Out Bret Baier on Fox News
"I warned you about Brett bear and we have seen how to deal with this fake report of fake conservative. I'm just going to show you a little bit of, well, his destruction of the hands of a good friend of mine play cut. Gubernatorial candidate carried Lake, who has attacked drag queens as dangerous to children, attended the shows of drag queen Richard Stevens from more than 20 years, and once hired him to perform at her home. Do you care to address that? I do care. I actually do care to address that, and I'm really shocked. I'm actually appalled. That Fox News would take defamatory story like that, and we are pursuing legal action against this drag queen. I'm appalled that you would bring that up when you have not talked about our stolen election. You've failed. You spent three questions, mister leg talking about this. You asked you a number of questions about it. I played the Arizona. This is the first. Let's address this story that's in The Washington Post. Every candidate takes tough stories. I'm asking you to respond to it. If you'd like to. I'm happy to address it. But I'm really disappointed in Fox. I thought you were a little better than CNN. This is a person who I covered for decades. That's enough. That's enough. We're going to post the whole thing. You've got to take down taking Brett to the wood shed should be a hashtag out
Why This Is the Most Suicidal Generation in U.S. History
"Is the most suicidal generation in American history. And it's not just because of the trans issue, but it's because of this gender identity confusion and sexual confusion. If you want to screw up a young person's mind, have them think that sex is normative and that it's not something for private. It messes up a teenager. Very quickly. Not to mention a lot of these young men are addicted to pornography and that they are being fed hyper hyper radical images and messages. So what is the big takeaway of this? Two things. Number one, all of you must realize who's actually behind this. This is one where actually it's deeper than the LGBT activists. The pharmaceutical companies stand to make billions of dollars a year off your children. Every child is a dollar sign. If they can get a child to self proclaim as trans, anywhere between four to $6 million of drugs and therapies will be given that child over the rest of their life. That is an annuity for Pfizer. Now, of course, we all trust the pharmaceutical companies, right? After the last couple of years, we think super highly of AstraZeneca Johnson & Johnson and Moderna. So they would never do anything like this, right? Where they see this as an opportunity. If you look at the amount of drugs that have yet to be approved by the FDA that are in waiting, clinical two trials, it is dozens of drugs for this specific purpose. So just think of this much more cynically that there's a gold mine. There are people right now working for pharmaceutical companies that want your child to have to have these gender issues interviewing the second part of it is this, though, which is that parents, I just want to tell you right now, if there is ever an issue to overturn the table to shatter the glass and to just to say upset friendships, please pound the table over this issue. I'm telling you right now that this is not the issue where you sit idly by.
It's Not Live and Let Live, It's Live and Let THEM Rule
"Is that it's not live and let live. It's live and let them rule. It's we do nothing and next thing you know your child has to show up to a drag queen event at the local public school. We do nothing and they have a incredibly pornographic piece of curriculum for ten year olds or 11 year olds in the local public school. We do nothing and then they're prescribing hormone blockers without parental consent. A public schools across this state and across the country. And I know many of you are in the same boat as we are, which is, we're not going to put up with it anymore, actually. Which is that the heart that the heart I now have is the stand for truth, which is that we must understand that there is the laws of nature and nature's God that there is a natural law and that we are not going to give an inch on God's plan for his people that marriage is for
Why Is the Left So Passionate About Murdering Babies?
"Little bit, but why do you think it is that the people on the left the liberals, the people, why do you think they're so passionate about murdering babies? So that's a really interesting question, right? So for some of them, when I go to these marches, I talk to them and they will consider the baby to be a parasite and invader all these different things. So really quick because all of you are going to have probably pretty passionate abortion discussions with family members and friends. It's important to know how they debate. So the acronym sled is most helpful. So sled are the four big claims that are used by abortion fanatics. Size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency. So let's start with size. This is the easiest one to push back. They say because the being is only half a pound or because the being is smaller than you, then you should have the right to be able to terminate that beam. Well, okay, I'm 6 foot four. Should I be able to kill Steve? Because Steve is not as tall as me. I can answer that. No, no. Exactly. So on its face, it is ludicrous, right? No one in their right mind believes your moral value is based on how heavy you are or how tall you are or your mass. That is on its face, just completely and totally wrong. Okay, so then level of development. They focus on this one a little bit, but they'll say, hey, the being, again, they use the word fetus a lot, right? Which again, actually, in Latin, literally means human being, but that's a separate issue. You need to ask them a very simple question. What species is the fetus? Where on the animal kingdom is it? Is it a cat, a dog, an alligator, a hawk and eagle? As soon as they say human like, okay, so it's a human being that happens that you're calling a fetus to try to disguise what you know is wrong. It just makes you feel better to call it a fetus, not call it a baby. And so by level of development,
A highlight from Creating Worshipers
"Welcome to live behind the veil and atmosphere where men and women of God speak his word to this age and bring his kingdom to this earth. Do you have ears to hear and eyes to see what God is doing in this hour? Let us join our host and the family's conversation as the Holy Spirit is unfolding. There were behind the veil. In everything that you do, do you do it as a worship to the lord? I'm Ron, your host, and on this podcast, we'll discuss how our work is to be an expression of worship in how we can impart this to the younger generations. In modern day Christianity, one of the things that people separate is their life church and their life at work, or their life at their vocation, or life at school. What God is looking to do is take us to the place where in our lives everything is done unto him. Right. Exactly. Yes. Everything we do is a worship. So if you have a walk with God and you are in Christ Jesus, and then you go to work in the morning, and you feel like the work you're doing may be menial, it may be very intricate, so what do we do? Do we shift gears? Or do we continue to carry with us? What I do with my hands is a blessing to the lord and worship, because we come to that place where we put him first. The Holy Spirit leads you to find out how to worship through your vocation. That you become a complete person. In God, you become a complete worshipper. Yes. Right. It's so true. It takes what could be a mundane, boring, vocation, and at all of a sudden brings a light to it. What can we do? We can break out of that prison of boredom. My focus is on loving the lord. And that's where I keep it. Our lives can be directed to find that place of exalting the lord in all we do. The realization of this gave me a new respect. For the things that I thought were menial, my poorly educated people, and made me turn away from that kind of thinking of putting anybody down. Now I have a greater respect. For that guy who came and mowed my lawn or came and helped me out with some plumbing or something like that. And it makes me a lot more open to what God is doing. All over the earth. You know, our work is supposed to be an expression of worship to the lord. So he gives gifts to man, so that we can express our worship using the gift SETI gifts to us. I had a vision many years ago, and I saw buying a property roughly 40 acres, and then connecting with families and people around the region the area, you know, that are close proximity. And I just envisioned, I said, okay, let's get together and let's build a basketball court to start with. Well, how do you build one? What are the specifications for a basketball court? The exact length and width, where the free throw line is supposed to be, how far half court actually is, you know, get all the correct dimensions, and that would be one phase is part of the research and finding out how to do it. And then go into the fact of, okay, now we know what it's supposed to look like. How do we do it? Now you've got to get somebody who knows how to pour concrete, and then, of course, then you also have to put the posts on each end, and you have to put basketball nets up, no good to play basketball without the nets. So they had to find out how big is the backboard. How, you know, the ten foot mark, where is that ten foot mark on the hoop? And get children involved with that design phase. I'm not really wanting to get adults. They can be involved, but it's about the kids. It's all about kids. And that's kind of the principle, the initial principle, is get an idea, find out what it takes for the design work, and then find out what it takes for the construction, and then the finality of actually finishing the project. And it is the coming together and teaching young people how to do every potential or every probable aspect of where they are going to want to work when they grow up. We have construction. You have the electrical, the plumbing. You have drama. You have people operating a camera, you know, for people doing drama. You have the sound technician, the lighting technician. You can teach these young people every aspect on every one of those and they get they can choose, where they want to spend the rest of their life in what field. Bring in the young people and let them be responsible. Let them do it, we can answer questions. But let them do their doing and if I had the means, I would still do it. Yeah. On one level or one aspect, you're opening the door for children or young adults to learn or to try different things and to find out what they like with their good at, what they don't like, which is a pretty big deal. On the other hand, I would say that if it was done correctly, it would have to be done because there's relationships being built. Correct. To me, the point is not teaching the children or opening the door for them to learn something. Yes, that's important, obviously. But more important is the importation and the relationships that's being built in the process of learning all that. So you have men and women of God that have reached into the lord and become something in God. And now you need an avenue for them to be able to impart that rather than sitting in a church service and trying to impart it. Yep. How much more effective is it if you're doing something like you're talking about where you're working alongside young people and you're teaching them or helping them learn different trades, different aspects of what you're talking about and at the same time what's happening is you're creating relationship with these children you're imparting to them the ways of the lord, you're imparting them, not just knowledge of the drama, but you're imparting an integrity, you're imparting the thinking of the lord that was imparted to us, so you're really giving them a walk with God. You're opening the door for them to walk with God. Through relationship and I think that's that vision is awesome because if that was the intent behind it, in other words, it's not just a college or a school, they can go anywhere to do that kind of stuff. Right. More than even just a hands on facility, it is who's in that facility? Well, it's men and women of God that have something to impart to a younger generation. What we're talking about is the foundation that should be in every person that walks with God. It's the very foundation that we live for is to be worshiping the lord in everything we do. It sure isn't limited to church. Everything we do, whatever profession we're in, it is to be a worship to the lord, because our life is a worship. That's the foundation that Allen's talking about laying for the children. So in other words, to me, that's very exciting because how many places do you know on the face of the earth that can open the door for children to have a walk with God other than church? This is why people turn on and turn off their walk with God, supposedly. They go to church and then they turn off their walk with God, and they go to work, or they spend the rest of their life, do whatever they do with the rest of their life, because there has to be this deep revelation that God's not just in church, he's with you 24/7. Correct. And children need to have that revelation. If you can train a child in the way he's to go when he's young, he's not going to leave. And so if we would have a facility that would was doing what gallus talking about, opening the door for children or young adults to learn different professions and you have people that have had this importation this foundation of worship in their lives, that's a huge, huge thing, and it's enabling them to find God in a different atmosphere. Lord, what do you want me to be? It's amazing when you start asking that question, God will answer it. And he answers it usually to ways. He will place a desire in your heart for that, and he will give you the ability. Right. Yeah. If we see that growing up and we minister it to our kids, it makes it a smoother transition and growing up. You don't go through all the the wondering, well, what am I going to be when I grow up? And all the frustration that teenagers have in young men and women have. Well, I tried this and I tried that. Well, why don't you seek the lord? And find out what he wants. That is where the big reward comes is when God speaks to you and you say, yes. And the main thing we want to do is give him worship. And give them worship out of what we're doing with our hands, or our minds, because the cry of our heart is a worshipper, is giving back to God. No matter what I'm doing, to do what is unto the lord. So, through this podcast, we've seen that whether at work, play, church, in all that we do. We do it as a worship unto the lord. Experiencing the impartation of God's word through his family is life. As this time in his presence blessed you, then please subscribe to our podcast at live behind the veil dot com. If you would like to contact the family with questions or topics that you would like to discuss, you can email them to living epistles at live behind a veil dot com. Stay connected, tuned in and grow with the family as the lord unveils his word to us live. Behind the veil.
Fighting the Pro-Abortion Cult With The Federalist's Sean Davis
"First guest of the day, cofounder CEO of that amazing website. We love so much. Great content there every day. It's the federalist and he's Shaun Davis Sean. It's been a long time. Welcome back. Thank you for having me. All right, gotta ask first. I didn't rehearse this. I was just looking at my notes. Have you seen Top Gun? Absolutely. Good. I just wanted to make sure because we could even discuss that. It has broken a billion bucks, wokeness is in trouble a $1 billion for Top Gun: Maverick in just the last couple of weeks. But let's stick on the topic we invited for you here today. Let's get the left reaction, the mainstream lying media's reaction to the announcement from Friday. This is this giant of a man. He doesn't even qualify as a rhino. Joe Scarborough cut 6. Even the language, there was a violence to the reasoning. We win, you lose. Yeah. We're taking away these rights, and there's nothing you can do about it. If somebody disagrees with me, please let me know where a court has overruled a right that's been in place for 50 years and done so in such such an aggressive manner with absolutely no grace and absolutely no outreach to their legal or ideological opponents. Sean Davis, the violence of this 70 page decision that I'm sure you have read as well as I have, the aggression, and the lack of grace. The left saying conservatives have no grace, your reaction. Well, I got to tell you that the side that has no grace is the one that refuses to recognize the humanity and innocent unborn babies. And they're the last people on earth that I ever want to hear that word come from. Ideologically morally, there's no real difference between abortion, which is taken alive. I think it's something from 60 million to 70 million babies over the last 50 years. In America, in America alone, 800,000 a year. Absolutely. Yeah. This, what happened on Friday is on par with the immense patient proclamation. In the Pantheon of American history, it is one of the greatest things ever to have been done in the face of unspeakable
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"Back in two thousand sixteen. You all identified some things that you need to change. It seems like though they're still plans that need to be implemented. Why haven't they been implemented if you knew back in two thousand sixteen up and needed to be changes that a significant amount of media improvements to increase the resilience yet those stations but we also realized was. We just need to rebuild. The pump stations The and build them to current design standards and make them more reliable overall so we've invested more than ten million dollars in a nose to pump station. Since two thousand sixteen but the project that we have that is underway. In fact part of it's designed and the other part that design should be complete this year. is is about a two hundred fifty million dollar construction project. We kind of You know short term the medium-term in the long term actions and the short medium term actions are done in that ten million dollars of work that we've done but the long-term along longer term solution is. It's it's well underway. How long will it take before we see result from these plans that that have been implemented to improve the system so the counterpart station upgrade projects. We think he'll be done in about a seven or eight years. The the part of part of the project will go out for fed next year. The public shouldn't activity breaking ground in those stations in the next year. Bill told me their options homeowners can try themselves stuff like check valves and backflow preventers. We're going to include those details on our show knows and how detroit's mayor is eyeing the federal infrastructure bill to help but residents and experts are questioning authorities ability to respond to these floods. Right now before. The next rainfall is the system reliable as it is right now doesn't appear to be that maybe provocative say it fills a bit Almost inevitable in a way that that residents are gonna have to deal with this until glee wa or someone comes along in the hopefully near future to solve this problem on a on a larger scale. Just because i don't imagine it being very feasible for individual residents to pay for it on their own. Which is a bit depressing. Isn't it yeah i. I know that. I've reconsidered the use of five basement. All my neighbors feel the same way Some have abandoned their basements. It's not just me. That feels like a piece of shit series again. It's like a couple of thousand people that historically feel like man you just don't really care that much or is just not that urgent to to get to and i. I just mean like disenfranchised people from different groups of color me white black brown. Like if you're in a certain area just like i will get to you. We get to you know. I wanna feel that support from the city that hey you know we're trying we're doing what we're doing. We're prioritizing you wall and this is how we plan to do those things instead of shifting blame at these communities means. i'm not in this alone. Like i can't be selfish enough to think that my baseman and us cutting out the drywall. Four five feet up like whoa is me. No there are people who lost real. Things went through real real emergencies. And i want to be extremely clear that like this is not just a problem with me. This is a problem for everybody. That's the longest jefferson chalmers region. Well this episode might be over but darius and jacqueline. The story is ongoing until next time. I'm your host carried you the second and this is on the line. And we're back kerry tell us where.
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"Some homes. But it's a sunny day. If you didn't know any better you wouldn't have guessed. It rained testing one. Two testing one two. Except when you pull up walking how you doing sir to dairy with watkins place. It's the first thing i noticed warning. You guys gone out here all all this. Where is this coming from. So candidates is coming from the bet so from the creek year because of the storm i have water seeping out this whole right here. Is that just like a random hole in the ground. That's a hole in the ground that's coming because of the dole access water from the creek and this is how this has been here since the first room store Wow yes so almost a month. You've had this water yet. All the way down your driveway yet. We even got it to point where like the driveway and everything law. Yeah yeah man. It's tragic care. Dear has been managing the damage done to his poverty since the rainstorm in june. The water has transformed. this place. darius has known his entire life my grandfather and my grandmother purchase this home. i will wanna say the seventy s in migrated from the south up here about the home and the members you had going an this backyard was used for fish fries. it was used for care yoki. It was used to handle neighborhood disputes My grandmother was kind of like a peacekeeper in the neighborhood. She would Bring folks down in you know in steal her her guidance in her wisdom through her cooking this this home just has a lot of great memories of just bringing folks together and i wanna keep it in a passionate about it. Which is why this this water situation. Not only for me before my entire neighborhood is is is is hurtful because every time it rains or anytime of catastrophic weather event occurs. It's gonna affect this area to hardest. Water always wins. It's got the time it's got the mass momentum to make things happen on. Its own time. This is bill. Shuster professor of civil engineering at wayne state university bill worked for the epa for over eighteen years he worked on stormwater and wastewater issues a lot of the same problems. That are hitting us today. I was able to convince the powers-that-be it was important to understand how water moves through our urban communities. We all use drinking water. We all produce wastewater. We sometimes suffer at the hands of water if we understand how water is moving through our neighborhoods our communities our cities we can better engineer infrastructure the yield services equitably across our habitations so on june twenty fifth twenty sixth though. Thank you june twenty six. What's going through your mind. I was out at the time. We had a soaking event pre soaking event that saturated the soil in our landscapes in detroit. And i received some calls about the flooding on on ninety four. I immediately knew like okay. Probably going to be a show trying to get back to. The huge pulse hit very early in the morning. On the twenty six and you range of porn porn porn porn porn porn is is basically. It's raining raining on one. hundred percent. hard surface soils just can handle it. I guess the popular southern euphemism for this is like a bat outta here. So what happened. Is that our wastewater conveyance collection conveyance system. We're probably undersized. The day they were finished the water can leak into the system. Rainfall derived inflow and infiltration where the water soaks in through the soils makes its way downward and flows into the pipes taking up valuable capacity and as we pointed out earlier in the conversation. Water always wins. It's going to relieve pressure by by moving where we can most easily in this case. It was our basement. The city runs a combined. Sewer system carries both stormwater enthu- which for during a storm that's what can show up any detroiters basement. We just got down and just acted quickly and got rid of as much stuff as possible. The night of it was really chaotic. Quick note detroit is more than three hundred year old city that sprung up because of water the detroit river and the chance for trade. Some of our pipes are over one hundred years old. According to the city that can be a good thing if they're sturdy but they've also sought to strengthen them i to nasa clever case in point you said They probably weren't fishing size with one. They were done with that. Do you mean when they were initially built. Detroit writ large is very very old system And so it's broken. Litters breaks for water again. Can soak him. would you say that. That's what led to the floods. The fact that our infrastructures under fis now for the type of rain. We've been saying it's you know partially Let's that's it one of the other things that play power outages that impacted both city and highway pump stations. In any case it was darius and his family in the basement trying to follow the problem their house and extremely happy that Family kinda just kinda like came together and say okay. Let's let's take care of this as soon as possible. Saturday things able to dissipate. Everybody get pumps out. Try to get as much as possible. and then like we started that process within we week take everything i feel as if although the water really kick my butt so to say there are people who experienced way way way worse in just a few blocks away. One of his neighbors wasn't able to salvage her things. This is jacqueline richmond. We're in her basement in jefferson chalmers and she's showing me the items that were lost and the damage that was done to her home. The last time in two thousand sixteen. I had these putting the shows correct so that i could take everything off the floor but as you can see from the what the way to paint is coming out up there back there. The water came all the way up. Here oh well appealing so sees the water get messed this up. Oh man who's hanging hanging hanging from the ceiling in the motor is unfortunately hanging down christmas. Decoration got watering okay. I'm just sick. Because i don't put this stuff down here but i said okay okay. It's a high it'll be okay and look it. Need to take these out of your. Hopefully they are dry out and be okay. I don't know the last rain. I came down here. And i kept hearing running water. I get down on my knees a flashlight to actually see it but yep foundation is finally correct on and that was my biggest fear. We'll be right back. Hi my name. Is phoebe wall howard and i am an automotive reporter at the detroit. Free press this year. We have covered an incredible range of stories. People products.
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"Let me spoke with our regional water authority about what kind of a what kind of solutions are going to implement now in the future And yeah in. So what's both at election episode and this episode. What's crazy is that. There's there's still more to be done right. The story is not over we cover it to give it light. But you know darius and jacqueline were in the flood story. They're still dealing with that and they still have to worry about what's going to happen. Next time it rained it rained today. And i'm still thinking about jacqueline areas right now so our work is not done. That's incredible. what else can people expect from the show. Death agree a lot. I we don't. We're we plan ahead a bit some somewhat but we wanna keep our stuff as current as possible We're gonna try and tackle a lot of things as far as education. We want to go into politics but most importantly we wanna make sure that we're representative of the people in michigan and that we tell stories that are michiganders' stories so they can expect us to be up in the up. They can expect us to be in western michigan. They can expect to be all over the city of detroit in the southeastern michigan region. But as far as topics i can't say one thing particularly but You know we'll be covering we're still in a pandemic right now so they can expect that and then they can also expect good storytelling. They can expect really true voices Authenticity and i think hopefully the passion that hopefully i facilitate the voices of the city in the region in the state. Well is there anything else in particular that you really want folks to know about your show. Why should they listen. What's the takeaway for them. And why should they listen. Even if they're not detroit residents or michiganders' The question clear people should listen. Especially if they're not detroit michigan redden's because these stories whenever you listen to national news stories. We don't talk about we. We do talk about you know the country but we have to tell it from that that that person perspective so you might be hearing on a michigander but we talk about issues. That impact is beyond just michigan. So for instance that that clerk story. There's there's clerks around the country and our report ended up also talked about how irregularities are not something that's unique to detroit now that was not something that detroit has a problem with cities have irregularities and this new episodes coming out we expound on an idea we talk about a specific detroit issue when it comes to go the corona virus the delta variant in new regulations in vaccinations that businesses are putting on. But we also expand on this idea of privacy idea personal responsibility and that is something that we're all going to have to deal with as we move forward in this pandemic on whether or not we're gonna wear math whether or not we're going to get vaccinated and how that affects us our families. But how did it affects our greater community at large And so those two stories right there that we expound bigger than that but also just be quick. I know you probably don't have time for all of this. But we ideas you tell the individual but also like the storytelling in the sonic representations illustration comfort that. I think we pretty good job of telling people stories letting them have their voice but also expanding on a deep topic. That's in the news too. I love what you said about. How local news is national news. We can miss out on so much when we don't focus in on a specific community and tell the story that is specific to detroit or any other city. So we're going to let you listen to living with water the second episode of on the line right now. Detroiters are tired of cleaning up after floods. This summer like the man carry just told us about who all of a sudden has pond in his backyard. What can be done to prevent the water from rising. Here's that episode. That's not the sound of a faucet. That is the sound of a driveway. So i just pulled up to watkins house on east side of detroit and the first thing i noticed is there's water running from his house down his driveway to the street. And then it's going down the street in creating puddles on both directions and that's his sidewalk. That you just heard sounds like a pool. Flooding is by no.
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"It's local news but the stories easily stretch far beyond just the city of detroit. I sat down with the host of the show kerry junior the second this week to learn more about what he's been up to. Here's that conversation. There are all sorts of stories that are coming out of detroit that stretch far beyond detroit kerry junior the second is the host of on the line and he sees so much through the lens of detroit. Carrie thank you so much for being here. Thank you for having the clear. I'm excited to be on the other side of the microphone. But i'm i'm enjoying it. Kerry introduce yourself for us. Tell us about why you wanted to start this podcast. Ooh oh man. That's that could be a much longer than i think. We have time for but to just trying to truncated as best as possible. I am i started doing myself I am kind of a music not nerd but a passion for music. I think i've gotten into a place. Where i i kind of. Listen sonically a lot of my surroundings. And that's kind of enhanced or in inspired. I guess a lot of the ways that i approach the work the way i do podcasting when i was young. I'd say i was a self-described conversationalist. I'd like to talk about a lot of different topics with my friends and Through that you know. That's how i got into it in finished education and came back home to the city born and raised here You know there's a lot of evolution that happened over that time in detroit. We all know has a certain perception by a lot of people who aren't from the city not about changing that perception or trying to be something different is about. It's about us being true to who we are. And what detroit is in understanding and seeing the beauty all of that. And i think this podcast is in a way supposed to be a window. A sonic window to that experience. But also there's so much going on in my city. And i and i love to. I will have to be someone to do. Do good and do work and report on the people that are part of my community. So i think that's what inspired while we started being at the free press is just the cherry on top because he could be no better place to to be here to to do the kind of work that we're doing. Yeah tell me about the name of the podcast on the line. What what does that mean. So we were trying to find like the right title name that that had a kind of a double meaning but also like made made sense to to listeners. And you kinda know what we're we're talking about so so straight on reading online. We're we're kind of talking about until the news. what's on the line. What's at risk What's what's at risk for our citizens for the state of michigan in these issues but the double meaning is you know. Detroit is motor city and so online is all the industrial meeting so the line being on the line working on the auto line. That's where we came from Shuttles to mark feeling our auto reporter who came up with that and when we heard. We're like oh okay. And then he could also be like online. I'm on the phone with authorities so we kind of liked that. It had those little meanings and that's how we came up with the title. Yeah i've learned a lot about how ford there's just so much culture wrapped up in. How so many different people in detroit their grandfather may have worked on the line and their mom and now they They might still work there. So it's like it's a true heritage. Tell us about the first couple episodes of the podcast. One deals with former president. Trump's lies about the election being stolen and and it deals with historic voting issues in detroit. Right absolutely The the what happened. Twenty twenty during the dinner election in detroit with trump was calling out detroit in things. You know baseless allegations of fraud in our election system in the city and so that put a huge microscope on our elections department or department electricity detroit and more specifically our city clerk In the tuesday after we had released episode are declerk was up reelection so we thought this was a great way to kind of go back to say. Hey a year ago. This position was under national scrutiny whether it'll allegations of fraudulent or not we were wondering what what fueled those allegations. Why did people feel like there was enough here. Why did trump say that you know. Detroit is the most corrupt or similar down. I'm paraphrasing his. His he said philadelphia are just so corrupt. Everyone knows exactly are so corrupt right and and it's like what what. Where did they get that from. And so we had to look back at our fifty clerk's office see what kind of situations we're going on. There recount issues there. There were irregularities history of that office so we wanted to inspect that and see what was going on and how that led to what happened in twenty twenty and then also highlight to people that you know. This isn't election time. However you feel about this office positions person. Who's in this position whether you wanna keep them or if you want to you know if there are three other four other candidates running so we want to put a spotlight on that issue but also on the election itself. What did you find when you investigated this voting office. Do you want to give listeners a preview before they actually listen world the eb though what i found is a little different than what are we talk about in the episode. We're not looking for anything particularly worried. More telling the story of where those allegations were those allegations who come from. So why is it that you know be looked back in the history of the city of detroit and we saw back from the seventies that there were irregularities in our counts in our votes in the city and so they were more common irregularity throughout the history regardless of who the city clerk was And we wanted to see how that made it easier for people to to to point the finger at detroit when it came to elections. But what i found is that there's a unique recount law. That michigan has where does not allow you to recount the the number of We we count ballots in specific districts that have a certain number of irregularities in so that prevents us from really knowing what went on and whether we rectify irregularities or whether we can actually say that there was something that went wrong here and so. That's what we found That's that was really fascinating aspect but we only had twenty minutes to tell the story so we couldn't get into everything but It inspires more and more stories for us to move forward on. Yeah what about the second episode. It deals with flooding and environmental issues. Detroiters face tell us about that episode. That wouldn't was. That one was a heart winded. Figure how we wanted to tackle because we know we had some sources you know that part of the climate change angle but we could go too big or it would be too much for us to pull together but we ended up failing kind of a story of homeowner story And trying to see what the city or the region could do or what they were doing to help rectify so we had floods in the city of detroit. Twenty fourteen twenty sixteen and then most recently. Twenty twenty one. We've had a few floods. I think july in june and so A lot of the feedback. I've gotten to the they love that we go into talk to a couple of residents in the city of detroit on the east side in jefferson chalmers and go into their homes and see what happened. There was one gentleman In the episode he has water. You almost like a pond in his backyard. Guys so right and so they. They had a temporary fixes because the flooding in that area all the time. 'cause he's a creek that runs behind his back yard by the river. 'cause he trade Is on the river and and they had a temporary fix of two. They call tiger dan they they put in his backyard and had moved during the storm and all the water than from the creek to his back door had made a pond and then it ran down his driveway and then there was a puddle on the sidewalk. And i was just like wow. This is crazy like and he probably haven't called them recently but ever since i had spoke to him i think today we released it episode. That water is still there so we went through and chart right we were. We went through the kind of illustrate what it was. That people were living through. One woman had a lot of stuff that he had built shelves because he had through so many floods and they'll shelves still weren't sufficient. Only the top shelf was sufficient. So it's like either recurring issues of we talked about that..
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"But not to say that it shouldn't still be really important for us to communicate. That's what. That's what our guiding compass is going to be for her. We vote for, but whoever it is ultimately is elected to these positions making sure that moving forward. They're held accountable for any actions. They take Oranje policies. They vote on all seas. They don't. Rectify correct for if they aren't continuing to show progress on key initiatives around these issues than. That would be a problem, too especially in any positions that are only voted on every few years it's. It'll be important between now and November and then afterward swell. Hundred percent agree and I think that. It would be pretty I don't understand it, but I think that as you were saying with the number of votes, it might take just the the work that we can do collectively in our local communities to. To sway equal toward or engage in dialogue around these issues and figure out where candidates lie on these things that's it hasn't been talked about nearly enough. Grievous election cycles in is suspected it will be now and just having those conversations with your neighbors, and whoever else in community about? This is? This is what I've seen this candidate say and where they stand on these policies in what they prioritizing and could easily go a long way. But yeah this. Leads Been recent ovation for me too I think this conversation is also helped. Open up tonight exactly how I think about. At least the the voting in the political piece of it is a lever. The conversation doesn't and I. Don't want to get lost in this. Because I'm pretty sure you're not saying this. Eric and I'm certainly not, either. The conversations don't need to be. White person to white person If you have an opportunity to engage with the Black American on this like your black neighbors Do So and if they are, they don't really WanNa talk to you well, then you probably have to understand that but this isn't a. it has to be white. Two White You do your part and you know, don't Don't limit it to other white folks One of the things that I've been trying to do last couple of years. is trying to be more. approachable more only friendly, more make eye contact with people just the basic stuff when I go out when I'm at the drug store, the grocery store, gas station, or whatever it is try to actually say hi to people to engage with people to To ask people how they're doing to compliment them on their. You know one of the things I started at first win when I saw somebody wearing a cool pair of shoes at the FCC and Cla Hana here and smash. I was like man. Those are really coal, and then I was like. Why don't I tell that person that I like their shoes? Because if somebody said that to me, it would be a positive experience so I did that. and I need to continue to do that more and make more of a point of doing that, but I'm certainly better at that now. Just engaging you know with with people on an everyday basis. We've become this. Kind of shutdown society long before the pandemic were all on our phones. We text more than we call email more than we call. There's not as much person to person conversation person to person contact you know certainly as there used to be mostly because of technology I imagine but there's a way we can impact that too, and I think that could play a role in Some of these conversations that we're talking about people being a little bit more open in communicating more makes it more likely that we're going to communicate about important issues such as racial injustice Whether you're walking in. The park. Would have and I understand. The pandemic has an impact on that right now, but if you're at the grocery store, it's Ok even right now. During the pandemic to talk to the people that are ringing you up, you know the person that's bagging groceries. and I think that goes a long way and I've had folks do that to me. And it was a positive experience, and to be honest with you and again this may sound a little bit Corny, but when folks have done that to me. In just a random situation, it was just a random person. I have felt better five seconds after the two second or three, second or ten second interaction than I did before and I. think that's what motivated me to start doing that. I think that could be a way to kind of. Help folks open dialogue with those that are close to their neighbors and even strangers somewhere along the way. Yeah, I think you're spot on what one thing I hope whatever the new normal ends up being post pandemic. One thing that I've noticed myself when I go. Pick up something that I've ordered from store restaurant is that they're seeing me personally anyway. I've I've been more drawn into the casual conversation in passing with member picking up food from from whatever restaurant word from whereas. If you're from Seattle in any way. Local to this area knows there's a seattle freeze where just walking down the street downtown any one day there's rarely anybody making eye contact or having those small casual. Hello, good morning! Nice shoes like I hope that that thaws as part of people coming out of this pandemic wingo again whatever the new normal is help..
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"It's on us to be more engaged and that isn't to say that we'd. We'd taking ownership, or there's no sense of pride that we should have been doing this. This is just the right thing to do. And this is where it's going to be critical for us to get that. Critical mass of people engaged to being that change so that that resonated with me the analogy of joined the gym in January and never making a habit out of exercising regularly and getting involved in the fight and I think. The for politics I've I've never been really politically engaged and vote every chance I get I. Don't follow it closely I've always seen so much energy wasted in the process. But like you were just saying something that I really. Opens, my mind around. What's most important for me? Politically moving forward I agree with the things he said about what should be a priority for Jay. Inslee don't include on climate change in health care in the in the pandemic, but I've also beyond those those two issues. I've always thought. You know politics and win especially on the federal and provincial level. You always hear about the economy. Economy and job, etc, etc, and what does that really? How important is that to me? Yes, those things are important, but to me. That's table stakes. Oh should always be part of what we're trying to do, but you know what's the meaning of life into? Get more philosophical if it's love, which most people will land on than the right thing to do in the most passionate and. Most loving thing we can do is try and correct these things for. The people around US friends family neighbors the community at large. If this isn't a top priority, solving racial injustices for political candidates will always be one of my top priorities moving forward Ryan. Decide who typical or allowed to keep their jobs, but in between voting cycles now keeping the pressure on the people in those positions today. I'm embarrassed to admit it. I had to look up who my district's council member was over the last couple of weeks because I didn't know. But over the last couple of weeks I have definitely email our police chief here in Seattle. Mayor Durkin, and then my councilmember dance straws emailed these people to let them know that this is going to be my top priority moving forward I wanna see you're gonNA. Take Real action on these issues, or I will leverage my vote accordingly to make sure they whoever is in these positions moving forward. has them as a top priority so. Those. Are That's? A lot is made about. She'll open voting in come. November make sure that you're taking these things in the heart. What I also think that pressure can be put on the people in those positions today and the police chief voted on position, but the people who decided that is. Our and Communicating with the local council member I think is important, and like I said never been politically tapped in guide beyond doing my my my responsibility to vote every chance I get, but taking those more seriously, but not getting too into it other than this is going to be. What's most important for me has A. That is one of the ways where we leverage our power. If you will is to to vote on based on things most important to us. When you think about it that way from the conversations, we started out this particular conversation. When you have conversations with people around you, family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, things that nature. And you try to make an impact that way and we get all the way to the end of this conversation. We're talking about how you vote in not just how you vote, but how you leverage your power as one voter. In between elections on the folks in those elected positions, one person I mean it so apparent right there. One person has a lot of power. One person can do a lot because of the influence they have over the politicians, and that the other folks around them I mean imagine You know you know when you're talking about a county executive or a or a mayor? We're not talking about a lot of votes. We're not talking about fifty million. It's not the presidential election if you impact five people. On the election or on a certain issue. That could sway the MEKA's way the entire election right there. When you're talking about a local position, you know I'm out in Psalm Ish you know when when folks out here are running for stuff in my district and my county in in in my area, whatever that position might be, we're only talking about thousands of votes. In some cases, we're talking about ten or twenty thousand votes, not even hundreds of thousands anything like that like like Seattle mayoral race might actually end up being in the hundreds of thousands of course but There's a pretty big impact that that one person can make and and. I'm not sure if I can say that I learned that, but I think that became more apparent during our conversation here at ending, that's one of the big things that I'm going to take away from this that everything one person does matters in a situation like this because of how it potentially backs other people. In and not to sound Cliche or You know too much like a kindergarten teacher, but. Like, we are all in this together. And the more you actually bring the people here together in that conversation and start aiming for the same thing, the more likely we are to actually get. A certainly hope so, and I think If I would imagine most politicians especially in a in a market like western Washington here. If they aren't gravitating towards doing the right thing in regards to racial injustices, they would likely naturally lose out on their currency, or whatever one that they're buying.
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"Open end of that spectrum. That's as I've thought about all the opportunities that I'm going to continue to come across to have these conversations I try and keep broad spectrum in mind. In that same thought process, I'm GonNa, say something, but then I got to know where I stand with that person moving forward especially in terms of how that conversation goes whether or not I care to continue engage with them both in the conversation man in a relationship more generally I think a lot of people are having those conversations right now. I've talked to more friends. Feel exactly the same way that I. do about these things about the difficulties. They're having conversations, but close family members feel totally differently about. On these issues than anything else and. In the big picture. That's good that more people are talking about this and figuring out where they stand in line themselves accordingly. Moving forward, but those are those are tough conversations and I'm glad that more people are having them with nothing else. One that I'm looking for and I. Don't want to keep it too much long. Eric really appreciate your time. This has been a good conversation, but one thing that I'm looking for and I'm curious to get your thoughts on. What is the next step for somebody like you know you? Maybe and it sounds like. Maybe you've gone even further than I have already, but being aware talking about it calling out racism, actively attempting to be. educating yourself. What's the next step? If you're a white person in America, particularly a white male in America, what is the next step from where it sounds like you are? It sounds like where I am moving forward, you know what else is there? What it? What more can we do? I've thought about this a lot and I wish there was one answer that everybody could take that same step together, but I think the best way to answer. That question is more broadly, but that could. Present itself as a different solution for nearly anybody who takes the same broad step by that. What I'm getting at is that I think that we all need to commit to this journey whether you know were newly stepping on the path or are. We've been on it for a while. I'm the journey as a lifelong one. We need to be actively a part of this fight in for everybody regardless of. Where you are in the dirty getting involved is starts with step on and entire. Breakdown into a couple of cyclical steps in that's a one is to just listen and learn. In by listening to learn I also mean you know read whatever you can do to. Try and understand what it's like to be black in America and have empathy about the racial injustices that have plagued our country since the beginning and so listening as much as possible learning as much as possible reading, reflecting on those issues that is going to be a cycle that continues for the rest of your life in just committing to that is the more you learn. It's like peeling back. And you'll find other rabbit holes to dive down and I as you continue to learn about those things, it'll set you up to take more tangible action on whether that speaking up standing up or steps that you can take trank career for some of the things that you see in everyday life based on the things that you've learned in all of those things are pretty. That turns into a virtuous cycle. It will continue to grow in a healthy way for. For you if you stay engaged in, it's like anything else. and I think it's it can be entered at any point I. Think you know taking action can happen right away if you don't know much about it. It's pretty easy to start following along in the dialogue online with some of the leaders in this movement, whether it's no black lives, matter or any of the local chapters or black lives matter, and changed not or of the so many different. Whether. It's whether it's organizations. leaders in the modern civil rights movement leaders in some of these different organizations were following along with them. You can take action right away. Just by following what they're saying. Signing petitions that. They are recommending if you have the ability to donate into causes that they're promoting by doing so. You're going to quickly receive updates from them on current issues it will just fuel your own your listening and learning process, so you can start with action still back into the listening and learning art of the equation as well now alternatively I think that there is so much to learn about with respect to our history of racism in America, and it's a lot more approachable than people might think. I've spent the better part of the last year changing a lot of what I read to be about some of the different layers of racial injustices in America, and I think no matter who you are and what you're interested in. You can find very approachable entry into that part of the cycle. No, we're both baseball. Guys for my whole life I've followed along the career. Ken Griffey Junior, he is who I looked up to the most, I remember distinctly twenty five plus years ago, I was ten twelve years old at the time when he was the first player to wear number forty to honor Jackie Robinson and. That would not. I was young. He grew up in rural town of Here south as Seattle at predominantly white didn't know the school system certainly didn't teach anything about these racial injustice issues, but that was one of my birthday I. Opening experiences is so through sports. If you're following modern athletes in their beginning, use their voice more and more. If you follow baseball, it easily read up on anything with respect to the Negro League history, or any one individual within that. No, if it's music, if it's literature there, there is A. A, entry way into the virtuous and now ongoing cycle of learning about these issues. I found a lot of them I. don't know if you want to go through some of them. Or how much time you've got, but I can share a few examples if you think could be helpful, sure sure few example is one of the things. I wanted to get out there. and I'm not sure if for you, my video is frozen for me. It is but as long as you can hear me I can hear you good. One of the things that I think is really important is for folks to make sure that the information they're getting is legitimate whether it be statistics or news reporting, because one of the big things that's come out in our area is what's actually happening in capital versus what one or two news organizations are reporting is happening and just because politicians say here's what's happening until you actually get the right information you know it, it all leads to opinions that didn't need to be formed in the first place. I've had people. Try to tell me that. What's going on on Capitol? Hill really truly is garbage. GARBAGE IN ITS ANTIFA they're taking over, and and they fought off police officers with guns and bats, and but all the other information I get. Is You know like video from a Greg Bell? The News? Tribune went down there and he took some video as some pictures. There's a freelance reporter that I follow on twitter. That's been down there pretty much every night, talking to people taking pictures taking video and I'm like. Yeah, okay, now I think I. Understand what's actually happening here versus the initial reports and some of the national reports that are coming out and I. think that's really important for folks to To do put in the time. Put in the effort to make sure the information. They're getting as legitimate and I think for the most part we know, which outlets are going to be legitimate, and which aren't, but it's really easy to fall down that rabbit hole. It's real easy to go well, you know this outlet reported I mean there are legitimate outlet right leg to fall especially somebody without experience in in this realm. They don't really know who to trust, but they just go. Oh, it has a big name in front of it Are you telling Me Fox? News is if you're not. If that's not something you pay attention to, it would be easy. Just go. You know what talking about like this is. This is apparently what's going on. That picture Israel so doing that research I think is really really important To come up with the actual accurate information on what's going on at actual legitimate statistics on racial injustice. One of the things I hear the most, and you probably are distinct from the utterly uninformed is Yeah, but on black crime is know so much. You know so much worse or which to me, just you know. I JUST WANNA pop those folks in the back then to be honest with you. It's like you know first of all. If it's black on black crime, it's not based on race right like you know I mean that that's not what we're talking about. Here in to a lot of folks don't understand The population in America the black population is about thirteen percent, but it's disproportionate percent of the. We'll call him. Negative interactions with with police in our country is with. Is With Black Americans despite the fact that the thirteen percent live poppulation, our country and I know in Seattle specifically, the black population is significantly lower, and the numbers are even more disproportionate so understanding those numbers, and what they actually mean You know I. It would almost be like in baseball missing. Yeah, but he hit only hit two thirty. It's like the whole. Ricky, Henderson argue no yet it is on base..
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"Where I'm. By no means I'm going to repeat what he said that there were things he said that were clearly racist knife found offensive and I said. Hey, what was my response opposed to that? Be because what you need to know is that? Well what you said wasn't about me. I was hurt by saddened by because it's about people and care about love. Friends family up to my whole life, whomever. In I said, what was my reaction supposed to be a hate that you keep saying things like this I can't stand for it anymore and will help these stop saying help you finally compassion to. Feel more broadly about these issues like I do until I just want to know why you. Out was okay say. In. I think that's the best way to go about it. Because hopefully it opens their eyes, but I'll be honest with you. That conversation still didn't go well, and it's led to a divide a ray close relationship I. Pat for a long time, but for me. I know that that's the right thing to do I know that no matter what I'm always going to say something. Depending on who that relationship is like you said somebody on twitter. That's not an actual relationship. I'm GonNa, say something so north the right thing to do, but if the conversation doesn't go well, oh well remember released that. Relationship or that? In the case twitter, it's not distant relationship if it's somebody on the fridge, fringes of my inner circle and even family that I've had for years on distant relatives day if I know that their worldview cemented in their extreme racist her. Racist I'M GONNA. Say something, but if it doesn't. Take steps towards them being I'm going to release that relationship. move off if it's a close friend that I love him conditionally, I'm still gonNA. Say something Hope that at the very least even if the conversation doesn't go well today, I need to have the awareness the rate. At least I hope I planted a seed that eventually germinates in their head in eventually leads them to be world. I'm certainly going to move about my life in such a way where I'm GonNa feel differently about that person until I see that there little moral minded milk, come around, but I'm committed to having those conversations are not always gonna go well. I just need to make sure that. Conscious of what my role is in that Combo in how to respond old, personally with that relationship and more broadly with that process, depending on how those conversations go so now on winter responsive is foothold we like is asking. How much to feel about that. Why did we in a non argumentative way? Just simply like Dude Eric like you know. How did you want me to respond? Yeah, that makes a Lotta Sense. That's really interesting. one of the things that that I've found Pretty effective in in disarming. in a way is and I gotta be honest with you, A couple of times it's been a stretch, but. You know sharing like. Give me an example of your own equivalents like you know like if you're talking to someone and they say something that's racist, or or or goes in that direction at all if you call them out on it, but. Share the like the equivalent with them like. Yeah used to say that a lot. You know you see what I'm getting at like. I used to say that a lot, but then I realized so now the sudden. You're on the same level. You're not looking down on them. You're not condescending and you're sharing the the wrongdoing with them, and the misunderstanding about what certain things mean or what certain words Can actually do or what they mean to To the majority of our of our communities in the black communities in communities, people of Color that has been very disarming for me. That's happened twice in the last three weeks for me where I'm like. Yeah, you know I, I i. here's what I thought. As soon as I realized where they were going I was like yeah, here. Here's what I used to do but then I realized because in this is why I realized it, and this is what I try to do now and bowl times it never turned into an argument and one of the Times. Kind of ally. was kind of a lie I it really it was in and I don't even feel bad about it It was a way for me to To make sure that the person I was talking to didn't feel like I was attacking them at all I wasn't trying to start an argument. I wasn't trying to make them feel bad. It was trying to make them feel lesser. It's a mistake and sometimes it is an honest mistake, but if somebody brings it to your attention that what you're saying. Is Racist or is absolutely considered racist. By most then it's certainly something you shouldn't say or certainly something you shouldn't do something you shouldn't display or something. You shouldn't wear or whatever it is but if you share that with them, you share that mistake with them. I mean it's only two. It's a small sample size, but it's been very disarming for me and I. Have some law enforcement in my family and I. Haven't yet had conversations. With them about it My cousin is a state patrol officer. And, his sister. My other cousin works for the state. They've both been in it for a long time. so I I'm to be honest with you I'm a little bit afraid to have those conversations at this point, but I'm going to have to one because I need to know where where they stand. That's IT'S A it's not an easy spot for law enforcement to be in right now, and and I think for my own education I need to have that conversation. He's A. State patrol cousin is to two and a half years older than I am. We used to close as kids. We were like brothers. His kids but we don't talk on any sort of regular basis now, but I just think he's in the system where there's a major problem and. I think if I got him at the right time, he would spend the time to share his thoughts and where he's coming from and because I I have no idea. I don't facebook and that would be the only other way that I be able to communicate with them, but to this point I've been a little bit. Hesitant to reach out. To try to get him on the phone and Get. It taken and not that I would plan to be. Confrontational about it I think you know at first. It's just like what's your take on this. As as a state trooper officer here you know what your experience been with this. As much for my own benefit, as to let him know that it's something I care about and that I'm not going to sit back and and just let it go by. Be just because it you know doesn't affect me directly. which I feel guilty saying like it doesn't as a white person I don't feel racial injustice like. To me to my person, but absolutely feel it and you lied to. Let's a lot of things you just said. There resonate with me for one. Both of my parents are not retired, but we're in law enforcement. My Dad was Washington state control officer as well as soon by state patrolling me here in.
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"Just being prepared to take those steps when they come up. That's something that just the as you've noted. Jumping on social media doesn't have to book. It can be any of the content that this outpouring out all over the place has. Ever actually think you made a good point about Even though we really in in you realize it and I, realize it and a lot of folks realized that we have a serious problem in this country, but becoming even more empathetic in reading or watching. Whether it's documentaries or movies that are based on true events is a really good way to hit a certain level of understanding and empathy where. Now you're even more like you may think. You're motivated now, but go go read that book or go watch this or go watch that and you will become even more motivated. I'm listen to somebody talk about their experiences I. GotTa be honest with you. the. The seahawks reporter. Dubar Michael Sean Dubar. WHO's terrific. Rows with you I didn't even know he was black. I didn't and that's my fault, and I feel embarrassed for not knowing that. Because I'd never like tried to find like a photo of him or anything and I I obviously I don't work in that field, not around him his tweets. The last two weeks have hit me hard. Won't one of his tweets literally is? Please stop killing us. And that? Oh man that destroyed me for like a week I. Just could not stop thinking about it. and. I just imagine but things like that you know make. Not just real, but the more you understand it, so it's a really good point the more you you see it in in realize that it's so much worse living it than it is knowing about it just knowing about it, so the more you expose yourself to those things, the the more likely you are actually do something about it, and the more not just motivated, but it it'll be. You'll be more educated on it. You'll be more more likely to find the necessary resources to seek out the next thing. To Watch or to listen to you know I I've certainly found that that to be true. There are and the resources are are endless or absolutely on this. I'm I'm. Curious, In terms of calling out racism. Now really easy to do on twitter because there's. A, there's no risk that there's no. What's that person going to reach you the computer and smack you in the head like not? But in a live situation where we're unless you're at the protests, or you're in one of the few jobs these days, where you actually physically going into work and and as we start to reopen, and that becomes a reality for more of us Like how to be honest with you I'm at a loss I don't really know at an and I need to and I lied to needs learn more about that, but when you see it in person, live in person like have you have you experienced? Have you seen that? Have you seen? Somebody else handle that because again. Calling out racism on twitter is easy like it. It doesn't take. It doesn't bravery really to do that honestly. Because I really don't care what a racist thinks that I called out racism. But. If you run into somebody you're confronting their racism face to face. There's some danger there. You know not even if you do it really well, and you do it very tactfully. There's obviously some danger there. You're out in public arena restaurant, or whatever I'm wondering if you've ever ran into that or if you've you've read up on anything like that in terms of how to handle that sort of a situation. I've tried to tackle some of these conversations. These are examples of the conversations it some of. It especially when I committed to I'm gonNA say something every time I hear. When I made that just live commitment at first conversations did not go well in. Sometimes, it was in Burston. Sometimes, it was over text message around the fall on and on a my first entry. If you will to having these conversations was just to. You know what that's. Just call it out in. Be Angry about it because I was angry about it in. Just call them out for being racist and it never. It was always just turned into almost custody matched. And! I found myself figuring out. What my response! Constantly in my own head with the conversation will, my response is being to any of their reviles. They're going to tell me. It was just a joke. I'm going to tell them the you know comedy has it's place it can be healing or be divisive in you. Just said wasn't a joke. It was an insult, not only way think it's funny. Because you think. For reasons of hey or ignorant sand. Device comment wasn't something that was good comedy. Whatever in those conversations just became arguments where it would do nothing positive for the relationship? The person I was arguing against wasn't going to change their mind in that conversation on is certainly wasn't going to change mine. so one thing that I've learned and I think I picked this up in that same book, so you want to talk about race. It might have been Michael Eric dyson called. Tears cannot stop. One of those books basically I gave me this. Take where instead of getting into those just. Spiraling arguments stopping. What was my reaction to that supposed to be? Or how did you expect me to respond to that? How am I supposed to feel about what you said? Because it was offensive or find it offensive in with with had exchange with a close friend several months.
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"Got a thank you so much for doing this before we kick off? I must ask. House hosted homeschooling going or is your voice too young to where EUBANKS homeschooling yes. No my oldest So he's in kindergarten Which is fine. And we do the home schooling being and it's It's not bad it's Usually read around podcast time or on conference calls in all of a sudden his leg. They WANNA make noise and hang out here and you're like what are you doing? What are you doing whose this person on the other end of the line here got some. Give me you know. It entered the world of audio visual way. Did you study anything in colored short lead you to this part not not really So I mean college wise like Av was not even thought I was planning to will always wanted to join the military. My parents were. You're going to be a pilot you know if you're gonNA do anything And so I went to Emerador or not university in Prescott Arizona and Starting my degree off in aviation Was called a aeronautical sciences And then on nine eleven happened and I was just I particularly didn't see the Market coming back on meantime soon nor did particularly care for that pilot life It which is weird to lot of people but that was just not my thing and I couldn't switch to engineering degree because I had a scholarship at the time for a non technical degree. Then ended up joining the army instead. Saturn airforce class that everybody said Or the professor said no matter what you do in the service. Everybody supports the boots on ground. So I switched over to the army. Parents are pretty upset. I had about a little over little under three months to of leave to Before I ended up hopping on a plane to Iraq and that's when I started working for my dad for a little while he was like I need extra labor a cool and in the the guys I left in love with their passion for. Av just got to be something about this while you were in Iraq before the right before Iraq Add some time to kill so I had leave and they're like you can't take bear so you won't take your leave earlier let's do that And then My Dad was like I got some extra time are as some extra labor needs and I was like okay cool. I made some extra money. So you've got the orbital industries. Well Y- yeah. He owns a company in Hawaii. Okay and then So yet I thought it was interesting. There is a guy Scott Nishi Horo. He was one of my mentors when it came to installing Incredibly talented Installer or technician and I wanted to get to that level but again if he wasn't in my But my head yet says burs a career and then I met my wife or girlfriend. Dan I was like a maybe a try staying in one place in on so Just because if we were doing something serious of infantry life is not a life to necessarily all her full is off the end. The conversation thought it was all your fault for data. You say you're you're ran. A navy compete in residential or was US more a commercial. Yeah He's before I join He was residential. And then I think it was `Bout to remember the nineties. S Ninety eight ninety eight he Got Into The Commercial Space. He just for saw a big box houses coming up in was like. I don't want to compete against those guys so he ended up Just doing commercial instead. Yeah so the leader onto doom. Study you it's like have you got have you gone nine your epochs. Sat S so I had my CPS. I actually just let it expire it lists past July which I've been kicking myself ever since huge regret on when all the courses are free now and you could have picked up or you points on place or you know I've always used a manufacturer trainings as my Like my renewal credits. Problem IS I am not their Their client anymore. So I was like. I'm asking for daily. Yeah of course. There's like no urgency so tune rolled around July rolled around and then August than those already are eight. It's it's gone saying that I think to myself I after getting the chance. I said I'm never going to let this lapse with or you. Boyd's I even if I get you know. And what what's your favorite role that you've had the navy. Then I guess working for your job is one thing but like you know family. Relationships were working together. Come be tough I I can imagine. Yeah it's It's it's got it's Pluses and minuses. The benefit is you know I mean I had his ear which is nice But you know. Our particular family dynamic is You know a just a cute always doesn't have enough experience and so I always you know they always ask At figure how to do it myself and You know and it's funny because for him. It was always like we don't have the money for that as we don't need money just in time united putting in actual money or inputting sweat equity so A lot of things that happen because of sweat equity and you know usually worked out So yeah it's And so my my role that wanted the most was When I came back from Iraq owes like you know I can actually use a lot of my organizational skills to You know to run your your Tech Department of the time. They weren't large enough. They didn't have a a Manager or anything was the guy you know who oversaw everything and then Yeah to get over. We built a lot of standards. I got eighty percent of the TEX- Z. Tia certified including myself and made a lot of standards around It was infocomm back then. But now a big Around a lot of their on best practices and create a lot of standards in little manual. And all that fun stuff so That was my particular role that I was fondest of that. I didn't get the finish on had a lot more wanted to do. But then the recession hit while I was aware at Iraq and for Hawaii takes a couple of years to for that to hit So we actually thought we're bulletproof Come to find out. No it's IT'S COMING. It's just delayed and soul They went through three cells managers and other against him with the tech side. I didn't know sales but I knew. Hara fix organizational problems in this when I took over the sales manager Roy and on that was probably the most rewarding Just because I got to see it through to the end but the the interesting time and in our phone that my neck is not necessarily any particular technology or any particular skill set. It was just a leg leadership in lake Being able to positively influence people and so that's kind of why stuck in sales okay. You're still working as bright. Sign Your Dad's company or you know. No no no we. We'd be a lot Richard. Yeah so my wife is She went back to active duty and so she ended up on getting station here in San Diego and then we were all right. Let's give that a shot on. Just because her career on path in Hawaii started to dry up a little bit and so Now a lot of ads do politics. You know it's funny because it's like how do you not get certain job like she was ranked like top one percent in the Pacific is the for all captives in areas crazy? Why any not getting a job? And then it was like as crazy as in Could Watch your soul. Dial a little every day as you work in a certain position and you know I was like no. You GotTa do something so that you put in for active duty in San Diego and that's win A year of a hand off to the now sales manager at My Dad's company audiovisual company in I moved over to bright sign on January of last year. Oh two what's what's the role involve in bright's sign regional sales manager So nine charge of people but I still get so worked with the resellers kind of influence them in a positive way. As far as you know the right way to use our products You know and that's one of the things that like my particular approach you know. I don't want people to sell it. Just sell it. And then if it's the wrong tool then you're in you know bad Montpe- so it's always you know. I want to know what the project is in coming into involved in you know. Make sure that we're not the right path so that'd be able to hand it off to someone else to to install and it's You know that's that's the part that I kinda I. I Miss a little bit. Is You know For manufacturer standpoint. You just get up to a point in the year lake. I Like I WANNA see the rest of this project. And so that's I always asked this to all the people that hide put under the spotlight in what was one moment way went. Oh crap everything is going wrong. How do I put us right? What what you always have one way to sweat beads. Absolutely poor live events ainge. Hurry in your installed as you moments way you go okay. I don't love to tell by data by this moment in time so you can my very first. My very first is law was actually funny Weta we had a forty foot stewart. Screen so not cheap had the flight to Hawaii so that in itself was expensive. Just the shipping and You know my job was just a wire of the switch in you know We're GONNA tested Wants to the site just because it's so is so large thou predicament we tested at the site. And you don't went down just fine and it went up and it didn't stop. It rolled onto itself into the case. allowed Bar Word Old. Grab trying to stop. This thing is not stopping the gate. You know luckily One of our TEX was wisely at the Parole alleges yanked the plug like. She's actually bill where it was when it happened. I hit off nothing. Happy and in my first instinct was get rid of it. It was another installer sitting next to me who is just as clueless as I was. Just what the do anything and then. Luckily the store guys were super cool. They flew down their leg. It's on the limited probably Came loose during on transit off. Wei has very terrible shipping. Everything is damaged as just the way. It is apologize for the crying kids in the background. I got right. Where during overnight? Tade if you want to even bring your kids into the program Extol Easter's Luna like this is the Dokie top. I think we have to do on the next all things. Techy is finite high. Much the innocence from the mates of kids. Do they know what Daddy Mummy in Audiovisual Mike. If if if you ask your son or daughter Tucson rather thrown at what to study do for what do you think they would turn around and say I think he just thinks I'm on the computer all day You know they travel not travel bottle. Think if that registers necessarily for him I think Just go away and then he just Kinda hang out with mom for the rest of the time to come back so I think he just thinks that. Play on the computer all day now with with your role currently like as we sales manager. Are you on the road? Yeah usually about fifty percent of the time so every other week. I'm traveling I'm sure my boss wants to travel more. I found every other week. So good Temple for me. I get a plan and catch up one weekend and I go out and try to drive business the next week in industry bouncing everything about so important when you have a young family as well working ordering vigil. Now I the biggest mistake you did an audiovisual. What s being the biggest achievement for you? Well the.
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"That moment and enjoying it that's awesome I'm extremely thankful for family. which is obvious but Every every Christmas we've been extremely really fortunate We're kinda spread out a little bit right now. You know I'm I'm back in Sioux falls now but wasn't you know The South my sister lives in Phoenix Phoenix Arizona. She does Grad School. And we're just a little bit spread out but all of us siblings are GONNA make it back again This this Christmas and just have the five of us At the House you know Christmas morning Like you said just looking around and being extremely grateful extremely only happy just enjoying the time spent with family members Yeah just extremely extremely grateful for the the holiday here in a few days my man I actually was at a northern northern game last night and saw Nicholas huge. She was throwing the Hammer. The ball is the ball the hammer is that what that is. Yeah she was throwing that stink and hammer so far but I saw that and then brought back fond memories when I used to call her pitch and stuff but our little pitch object she she is. She's grown up in still fantastic person and unfortunately she could beat me up now. So but Yeah everyone Thanks again for. You're listening we really really appreciate you. that email is the little things dot Mitch and Jacob gmail.com. Send US your thoughts. Send us your little things..
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"To those things the simple things the little things versus a substance or in events or the news you should be in an overall better state of mind and if you continue to do that obviously becomes more consistent. I don't know if I brought this up on our podcast but I want to challenge our listeners to do this right down the things that you spend your time doing. I want people do that and like I said I don't know if I brought this up. I know I haven't challenged you guys yet but what I want you to do. Is I want you to take some time and write the things down that you spend your time. I'm doing outside of work. Outside of sleeping eating all the necessities supporting your family those kind of things and I want you to write down those things things in what time you spend doing them. We all have priorities in our life. We all do do your priorities. The thing the things you think are very important in your life do they line up to the way you spend your time and I think that's GonNa play a huge role if they don't you need a change in. You're going to start to see positively in your life you Dr. Because they're going to align I think a lot of the negative things we almost feel bad like. Hey this is really important to me. But we don't spend the time doing it. And we feel bad about about that and that plays a huge role in the negative aspects. In our life you agree hundred percent one hundred percent if you're in a positive state of mind it's a great feeling and when something negative happens it takes you down a notch but if you can if you can live positively the and thankfully and show gratitude for all the things then those negative things. Don't have such a profound impact on you so I'm with you there. One hundred percent man breaking came down negatively and positively. I believe that our initial response plays a huge role in this the way we experience negative like a negative reaction in a positive reaction our first response to that plays a huge role. We build the stigma that is oftentimes hard to overcome. And we do this more offer. Negative than positive. We're GONNA get this a little later on. We experience something and we build it up. We build it up so big especially on the negative side of things that it's hard for us to overcome that you wanNA elaborate a little more on that absolutely and that's what I was going to touch on is the initial response it. It is a huge role. It plays a huge role in in negative and something relevant for me certainly at times throughout my life is I've I have been known in and have come to know that I do sometimes hold things. In so for instance a an event will happen. That really really affects me emotionally whatever it may be instead of addressing it or trying to turn around into positively what did I learn etc like I mentioned earlier. I'll just let it sit inside and when that happens it boils it continues to boil and bubble up in your mind will keep going back to that instance that experience that event and the more you go back to it the more negative it becomes the more negative you become overall because you're always drying nine from that negative events or interaction so you know like you said an initial response try and take more broad overall umbrella approach approach to it. Don't don't get so emotional so personal like you said be sure to address it. The initial response happens event. Happens address. It if you need to talk about it with someone right down. Whatever your you stressing activity may be and then it won't live inside you and eat at you and just continue to To build and build and build until it gets to a breaking point what what are your thoughts revolving around that you got to let people know. I think you've gotta communicate with the people that you have relationships with because if you keep it inside it plays a huge role and that's with anything in life both your success in your failures in your thoughts on that. We talked talked about right away at the beginning of this episode about mental illness. And I think that we struggle keeping things in and I think that plays a huge role and has played a huge role in the increase of mental illness. Because I I said over and over and over again we're in a society that struggles to ask for help your week if you ask for help and that's how we cope with it but you and I can agree that this does happen more with negative. You've positive outcomes and why is to question. We WanNA pose to our listeners if you have any ideas any thoughts on what we talked about Shoot shoot us an email. The little things not mention Jacob gmail.com. We'd love to hear it and we'll shoot it at the end of an episode absolutely. Yeah definitely shoot us an email. We Love the interactions guys. It means everything to us. And you know something I want to touch on here mentioned and I'm GonNa pose a question to you. Excuse me finding the positivity living things let let's be real. We can't be positive all the time. You can't be positive literally all the time. It's nearly unachievable so we have we events happen in our lives. We have circumstances come from those events we get in a negative mindset. I wonder if is there. Maybe a real life example example of an event that happened or something that happened to you mentioned where it obviously had a negative connotation on it but in the spirit of this episode episode. D- have you had a negative outcome event. That's happened that you turned into a positive outcome. Let's say yes and it's it's about someone dying and I want to share this with our listeners. Because I've caught myself doing this at times. We've all lost someone important to us and sometimes it takes other people more time to get over that. Don't judge those people don't put them in in say like. How is this person not over this person? You have no wadia. I say all the time the first step to helping someone is understanding what they're going through an appreciating their strength. You have no idea the relationship that person's person's been what else those people are dealing with and they are just trying to cope with what they're dealing with. So I I. That's what I WANNA share in. I'm sharing this out of experience because I've done this before. It's like Jesus person in the gone for six months and we still. I haven't been able to move on rather than make that judgment. Go ask how you can help in what I've realized Jake about death and I know this is kind of getting off topic a little. I Bet I was always afraid of talking to people that lost someone and I read an article on it because I was. I didn't WanNA bring it up. It's Kinda like suicide. It's kind of one of those things. You kind of tip toe by you. Don't really WanNa talk about but I ran after reading this article. It's like no. That person is still coping and they will call the rest of their life dealing with someone. They've lost that they love when you go and bring that up. It reminds US person that they're not forgotten about. Haven't I've lost my GRANDPA and that's the story that I'm GonNa tell you hear a little bit. I've lost my GRANDPA but I haven't lost anyone. That's it's been like a spouse or child or or anything like that and that's what I fear most about losing someone close to me is that their legacy will not stick and they we'll be forgotten and when you go up and you talk to these people and you share a story of how they've impacted your life that gives them life because it gives their significant significant other. There's someone close to them. It gives them life. That makes sense. I I don't want you to elaborate because I still got that question. You just asked me but I want I wanted wanted to get that out because I think it's I think it's really important. Does it make sense. Yes Mitch segment how. `Bout that listeners. Yeah I jumped up on my soapbox and I sang sang from the mountaintop. If you need to. Replay the back rewind man I mean mic drop. We I mean I think we should be episode. Yeah what's what's the what's the answer what what's the event that you turned a negative into a positive outcome. Thank you thank you my grandpa passing away for sure. I could've looked back on that and been like. Why was he taken because he he wasn't terribly old he was early seventies when he passed away he he had so much more to offer especially me as I was growing up? I'd love to get to know that guy and spend the week with him talking and picking his brain. I was just a kid taken for granted the time that I had with them. I know for a little while I just look back and y you know. Y Z gone. Why is this? Why is that then? I realized the things that he has taught. Let me already have played a huge role in my life at that time. And still I'd me to where I'm at and I'm so glad that I was able to transition and look at the positive ositive things that he did to my life and put those to the forefront in. That's the way I work at school. When I work with staff members I worked with students? I don't judge I try not to judge I try my best. I look underneath and look at what this person's going through and taking the time to to push them and support them is huge region. I ever since I decided to do that. It hasn't been a negative thing. I've lost my GRANDPA and it. It was tough at the time without him. I wouldn't be where I'm at today. That's awesome man. Thank you for sharing. That's that's great. I know he was a big part of your life. And obviously you you live on and show some of that that grit and in love and and stuff that he taught you man. So it's awesome. That actually made me think of something to I. Lost my GRANDPA Harvey Two thousand and thirteen. And so I find myself when I'm going through a tough time or an event happens or if I'm down on myself I often talk to my grandpa or ask my grandpa up above you. You know what what would grandpa Harvey think of this. I asked myself that a lot. Like if he was here and he saw me all down in somber or mad that something that happened that was out of my control. How would grant a harvey handle it? I talked about this in a prior episode about my GRANDPA. He was just a rock he was. He was the Family Foundation. Asian for for our Neilan family and what he did for us. It was just unbelievable. He's such a great guy. He was a role model. Used simply role model. And I I tried to live myself In reflection of both my dad and my GRANDPA and I often ask myself what would he be down in somber. Would he be up. Would he be proud of the things he's done and accomplished and would he find the positive eighty in these things that I'm going through so that that just made me think of my GRANDPA APPA as well too much so I appreciate you sharing that. Read an article when I was going over this because I think our listeners when they think find the positives and things things were going to. Just jump up. We're GONNA talk about like you said the rainbows at the start. I wanted kind of a twist on this and I think I found one. I think I did found an article on the power of positivity followed on facebook. Look for articles. It's great. I love the notifications. I get really puts perspective and a lot of everyday we day dealings. Three signs you're trying too hard to be positive. Because you hear that all the time be positive change your mindset growth mindset a positive mindset. Don't look at the negative all the time. Look at the positive. I like this because I think a lot of people are trying way too hard to be positive. Here are three signs signs that you our listeners are trying too hard number one over thinking things number two overdoing it and number three comparing yourself to others jake out of all three of those. Which one do you see is the biggest problem in regards to trying too hard to be positive all of them which can't say that one? I'm giving you one. I have to say comparing yourself to others. And we've talked on this a little bit but it just the trap of comparison. It's so relevant these days. TV shows movies facebook instagram pictures videos. We're always in a state of comparison and that is very very hard to continue to have a positive mindset on when someone is always doing it better you see. See your friends family on trips in. Just everyone's highlight reel on on social media feeds. Well am I that happy..
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"Contact. Contact us at the little things that Mitch and Jake at gmail.com. He's been doing our finances. My wife is finances for like seven eight years. Here's good dude fantastic work with. I trust him wholeheartedly. give us a shout out if you're interested in him. Our main goal is to show show you that by appreciating the little things in life and understanding what the people around us are enduring we can increase everyone's quality of life the question. Today what makes a meaningful life. The answer to that question. Finding the positivity in things pretty broad quite a variety here jake what what do you think man when preparing for this episode. It's one of those things that you just glance over and think well. Yeah that'll be easy. Find The positivity and things sure yeah just be positive right you know you see it everywhere. Just be positive you know all all rainbows and everything you think. It's going to be easy but I'm excited Dive in dive in and get it deep and try and dig out maybe some some answers or some questions revolving around quote unquote the positivity in things. I'm really looking forward to this topic. We do a pretty good job. I think on the little things. I'm just speaking. Maybe I'm pat myself in ourselves on the back but I think we do a really good job of looking at something. Finding the positivity and things pretty general for the most part like you said seems pretty easy but we make a twist on it and we actually put that to work in the lives of our listeners. Ars as well as you and I. I'm excited to hear what we've got first. Let's talk about the things in our life that get in the way of being being positive I guess the first thing I think is busy but jake what are you got busy. How that's your first thought? Why why do you say that? I don't know 'cause we it's so easy Z.. And I don't like the word busy either. I caught myself a lot of time right before Christmas in school. Got Going on and people ask how you doing all busy and I think no. I'm not busy for some reason. I my mindset is that I've got a lot going on but busies a mindset. I truly believe that. But that's where I'm at right now. I think people think they're so busy and a lot of got a lot going on. We've talked about this before. Busy is a is your priorities in if you're if you got your priorities down you're spending time with the people you need to. It's not busy but yeah no. That's that's a curious way to look at it busy for sure. Sure it's easy to in a work setting career setting. You always have problems issues. Come up things. Don't go well in meetings bosses on your back etc so and we spend so much time working in our careers I think that's Where a lot of negativity can come from? It said at the beginning of this episode. There's positively all around us. You see it everywhere. There's also negatively around everywhere. You know you flip on the news channel any social media feed. There's a lot of negativity around us to and the more you surround around yourself with negativity the more relevant. It is so a lot a lot of issues at hand there. We take negativity so personally I think when we when we encounter encounter something negative and that revolves around us in the decision that we've made we take it super personally and and we put it on a pedestal. When we do something positive for the most part we just enjoy it and then we kinda ride the sunset and do all that negativity has just such a bad stigma? I guess and we feel like we have not accomplished something that we've needed to do. We almost see it as a failure. Yeh that that brings up a really solid point. We see it as a failure. Not all bad things that happen are failures. Talking about looking at the positivity and things finding the positivity activity in things if you quote unquote fail or don't reach a goal or something bad happens. Well what did it teach you. What did you learn from it? What's Your New Perspective on that event or that circumstance or that relationship like if you spin it to what you learned or how you grew from it? Isn't that to finding the positivity in it agree it's kind of a funny way of looking at it but negatively in a way can spurn positivity can turn into positively acitivity. If you just switch it you know switch that that mindset or that meaning behind it just just a Tad WanNa look at some of the things that we look at you know what. What are some the things that? Get in the way of positivity a lot of this stuff I'm gonNA share are really out of our control. That's a problem with it. When we turn to negatively? It's things that come up in our lives that we have zero control over. Here's some examples. Depression anxiety mental health illness which mental health and wellness. Listen I'm in the same same thing. Accidents tragedy addiction weather holy smokes finishing up here in a time of South Dakota. That was very very hard hard on farmers and it's really easy to sit here and look at some of the things that we have no control over and take that personally that if we're struggling on the farm if we're struggling struggling with commodity prices and things like that it's really easy to take that personal and think we're not doing a good job with our business when in reality you would be doing fantastic stick with the weather would cooperate. Did I get exactly what you're saying in from personal experience I feel like I'm talking directly at my dad right now. Ah But Man Farms in just outside of summit really really tough your farming as you mentioned. What does the old man do every single day? It looks like what other looks at the weather. He looks at the one thing that he has zero control over. And he's he's getting better at it. I'll give him that and I've you know certainly pushed tim a lot too. But the the one thing you don't have control over it can. It can run his day sometimes and that and that's tough and I do understand it. You know Especially Ashley being in the Midwest and in growing up on a farm it. It's tough but you don't want to waste those days by those weeks those months those years. You don't WanNa waste those in a bad frame of mind over something that you have no control over like the weather so right when you said that it was it was like a light bulb. It was like Scotty to haughty. He's he's talking about addiction to man. I think that plays a huge role. Because you think think anything in life that you can get addicted to and I'm GONNA I'm gonNA share some of the major ones you know alcohol gambling tobacco drugs you. There is a very negative negative backdrop to that I should say there is not one person that feels good when they are strong and addiction when they're not high on on whatever they're chasing you know what I mean when they come down from their high whether that'd be the alcohol the gambling things like that and they get back to reality. Negative fills ulcer life. Some of us aren't necessarily negative. Or you know chasing that high of drugs and things that we get addicted on. But we're all on a chase that dream of being positive and living a happy life and not experiencing things that put us down. I think we all do that in what that leads to as is a very hard ground very hard floor that we fall into every time. Because we're up we're up we're up and eventually there are things in our life that that takes down a couple all matches and it's how you respond to that that play a role in how negative and how positive you are what are what are your thoughts on that. Yeah that that actually gave me a thought there and and see see how you agree with me or disagree but potentially see where see where we're at but when you tie yourself to something an event or a substance for instance alcohol you're tying yourself in your in your mindset to that thing and when that thing isn't there that highs and there you and you go back to reality that's when you struggle and then you're negative the cons. The constant the consistency of that is not good overall. You brought up mental health earlier and to tie it back to our podcast Mitch. The little things if you simplified life into the little things.
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"The year is nineteen. Eighty-one ronald ronald reagan survived an assassination attempt and the president of egypt anwar sadat does not the average house cost seventy eight in two thousand dollars and a gigabyte of data storage that cost three hundred thousand dollars cool in the gang celebrate good times and olivia newton. John wants to get physical harrison ford fights nazis and raiders of the lost ark and faye dunaway voices her displeasure for for wire coathangers in mommy dearest diana spencer becomes a princess after marrying charles prince of wales another famous marriage from nineteen eighty-one. Luke and laura tie the knot on general hospital. M._t._v. makes its television debut. Airing video killed the radio star by the buckles and walter cronkite signs off for the very last time and that's the way it was like like with any year. There were good things and worse things for a family living in a small mountain community in northern california on the eleventh of april worse things had waited. This is the story of the shocking murders that took place in cabin twenty eight and the town of kennedy and why no arrests were ever made <music> <music> <music> <music> <music> worse things way is a true crime podcast covers adult themes and is intended for adult audiences will senator discretion is.
"things" Discussed on Things Above
"I'm James rice myth. Welcome to the things about podcast. You're listening to episode thirty nine. If you missed the pilot episode, this is your first time listening. This is a podcast for what I call mind discipleship as I've said before the most important aspect of our discipleship is mind discipleship because what happens in our minds influences, everything about our lives. So we need to set our minds on thoughts above each and every day today. Stop from above is this God is not in a hurry. When it comes to our spiritual development, recently, I was visiting with a longtime friend who shared with me her frustration about not being spiritually mature as she would like to be. She said I thought by now I'd be deeper in the kingdom as you like to say, Jim I just assumed that after being an apprentice of Jesus for almost two decades that I'd be kind of spiritual giant that I would have it altogether. But instead I find that I still battle with some of the same things I did as a young Christian. It's just so discouraging do you have any wisdom for me? She asked. I did my best to share something that I was fortunate to learn many years ago, and that is this God is not in a hurry. When it comes to our spiritual development that may come as a surprise. But I believe it is true to be sure. Most of us are very much in a hurry. When it comes to our spiritual growth, I know I'm often impatient. One. I'm confronted with my lack of development in areas of my spiritual life miles Stanford in his classic book, title principles of spiritual growth has a chapter that really shaped the way I look at our spiritual growth, the chapter's actually titled time. And in it, Stanford writes, it seems that most believers have difficulty in realising and facing up to the inexorable fact that God does not hurry in his development of our Christian life. God is working for and from eternity. So many feel they're not making progress unless there swiftly and constantly forging ahead. I certainly relate to this like, my friend. I have an unspoken expectation that I'm supposed to make leaps and bounds in my walk with Christ each and every day, or at least each week think about your own spiritual journey for moment where their times or seasons perhaps even years in which you felt like you were growing rapidly in your face. I know I've had those times. In fact, the first few years of my life in Christ were marked by rapid growth and change when Alfred my life to Christ in August of nineteen eighty my life, and my soul began changing right away. Like, the great John Wesley. I felt my heart strangely warmed from the moment. I gave my life to Christ. The change happens. So quickly in fact that it was hard for me. And for my friends to understand what exactly had happened to me. Because almost overnight. I went from a party animal to Jesus freak. I had my head in the bible most of the time and I longed for Christian fellowship. This magic carpet ride lasted for several months. But in time those changes began to slow down. Mile Stanford notes that what experiences actually very common for new converts. There's an old saying there's no zeal like a convert seal Stanford writes, it's true that the new convert begins and continues some time at a fast rate, but he goes on to say, this will not continue if there is to be a healthy, growth and ultimate maturity. That seems counter to what we might assume the fast rate, he says will not continue if there's to be healthy growth and ultimate maturity. Now, why is this? So well, according to Stanford. There are several reasons one reason is that if the rapid growth were to continue we could easily become overly confident in ourselves. We might be tempted to think that this great progress were somehow the result of our effort. God rights Sanford has the teach us that we have no strength. Think of Moses he had this powerful encounter in front of the burning Bush. But then he needed forty years to mature into the leader God designed to be or think of Paul after his miraculous conversion he spent three years in Arabia in solitude and study before he was ready for his mission. In other words, the development of our souls takes a great deal of time. Dallas Willard was fond of saying our souls or massive and they grow slowly. Unless we understand and accept this were bound like my friend to feel a lot of frustration one of my favorite sayings, which my colleagues here me often say is that we have to play the long game. When it comes to the development of our souls, as I write this have three tomato plants in my garden. I just planted them a few weeks ago. And they've been growing since about the first week of may and right now, they're small they're green plants, but in the next few weeks, they are going to double in size and in the next few months. They'll start yielding tomatoes one of the plants in fact is named fourth of July because of this plant should be producing fruit by that date, man, I love homegrown tomatoes, and I can't wait to eat them. But in truth, they're going to you'll their fruit only for a month or two and by the fall, they will fade away. In contrast. There are two large oak trees in my front yard there about seventy feet tall. And by my estimate or about fifty years old. And here's what's really amazing. They're in no way done growing. Oak trees continue to grow for seven hundred years, and they can live up to around a thousand years. They can grow a hundred and thirty feet high and one hundred and thirty feet wide over their lifespan. They will produce one hundred million acorns now I shared this illustration because our souls are more like oak trees than tomato plants. Mile Stanford offers another important truth when it comes to speed or lack thereof in our spiritual growth, he uses the growth of trees to make a very powerful comparison to the growth of our souls a truth that I was never made aware of until I read his book, he writes growth is not a uniform thing in the life of a tree in some single months. There's more growth than the entire rest of the year during the rest of the year. There is litigation without which the green timber would be useless the period of rapid growth when the Woody fiber is actually deposited between the bark and the trunk occupies. But four to six weeks in May, June July. So back to those oak trees in my front yard. We've lived in our house for almost twenty years. Now when we moved in those trees were not nearly as tall or as wide as they are now. But what I had no idea about is that their growth occurred only during those four to six weeks each year the rest of the year spent in solidification. That's a beautiful image to remember when it comes to our spiritual growth, we grow rapidly in certain seasons. But then the vast majority of the time is spent solidifying that growth if we grew and grew and grew without solidification that growth as Stanford points out would be useless. One last bit of wisdom from miles j Stanford just as the growth of the tree involves sunshine. It also involves storms. He writes days of sunshine and days of storm each add to their share blessing will succeed blessing and storm will follow storm before the fruit is full grown and comes to maturity so back to my friend. He shared with me her frustration about her lack of spiritual growth that frustration is normal. It's a sign that we long to grow to mature to live as I say more deeply in the kingdom. But the reality is that we're more like oaks than tomato plans. God Stanford said is working from and four attorney our growth comes in spurts, and then needs time to solidify and during those times, you know, we can easily become discouraged when we see little growth, and we may even think we've. Stop growing at all. Or even worse that we've may be falling backwards be at peace. So I want to leave you with a thought from above from the apostle Paul because Paul he knew a thing or two about patients when it comes to our growth, he wrote I'm confident of this that the one who began a good work among you. We'll bring it to completion. By the day of Jesus Christ Philippians one six. I hope you'll join me next week for episode forty which will be things about conversation with our good friend, Chris yards until then you can find me on Twitter and Facebook at James Brian Smith, and you can learn more about this podcast at apprentice institute dot org. 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"But man when I first heard now sort of riff on those that also was a game changer. I mean that was a turning point my life. And it said that you know, these three classic lies that we sort of bounce between. I am wanna have what I do. And I am other people say about me really sort of create the rails for how personality let's say is formed how spiritual trajectories are are set in motion or how we come to view those fragments or aspects of self. I'm sure like had he had more time. I'm sure had he he really developed the thoughts. He would have seen the natural connections. But I do see those match leeann lining up with with some of the things that we see or that we can learn in the ground, and then one of our founding board members in fleeing priest over. For the past fifteen years who just passed away. Last fall Thomas Thomas Keating, also sort of brings out these programs for happiness that are sort of just biologically hardwired tar, psycho, spiritual development, and infancy and those are power and control fiction seem and security and survival and actually see those lining up with with nouns lies and one of the punch lines in in my book this hatred. Any is then take Henry nouns lies Thomas Keating's programs happiness line three Tim -tations of of Jesus in the wilderness. And consequently, actually, there's an echo of these same very temptations when go to Paul is meditating under the load ustry becoming the Buddha. I think what that sort of points to these are the things that we have to learn to contend with because I think it's in a sense, probably hardwired to our our spiritual DNA. Okay, we're getting deep now. Let's let's go over those again of the three laser. I am what I have. I said these fast brilliant, you went on. It was awesome. I am what I have. I am what I do. I am what others people say about me. So those are the three the three lies, and you write in the book that the one one of those three was particularly difficult for you. Yeah. So so so I would say this. I I am what I do. Like, I was saying earlier especial aligns with, you know, the first twenty years of of my my humanitarian, my international work. Became sort of the Trump that I fell on. It was like I really thought like I was this activist. I really thought like I was this this this person who was helping folks out of the sex trade, let's say or you know, vulnerable children. But clearly what I was doing in in many instances. I hope there was some at least good hearted true in my work. But I think in a lot of it. I was was projecting outside of myself. What I wasn't actually finding the courage to look inside of myself. And you know, I'll say this like someone who identifies as dominant in any Graham type a there's there's something very difficult for us, which is is is being it's. It's about learning to practice phone ability. Right. My spiritual director wants to remind me that the word vulnerable in English comes from the Latin word for wound. And so to be vulnerable is to be wound. -able I'd rather use transparency is sort of a side hustle to make you think I'm being vulnerable. But but I'm not I'm still sort of keeping a distance to really let somebody in really opens opens us up. Let's say well for aids there's there's this conflicted relationship with former ability because we have this healthy relationship with control for aids. There's part of our childhood that may fell celebrated and so when we're around children, it's actually an invitation to sort of let our inner child come forward. And so yes for probably twenty years of my life. I was working outside of myself when I wasn't trying to work on inside myself. And I really did think I became what I was doing. And that's who I was. And of course, it's wasn't me. And of course, that led to a lot of pain and and. Of sort of self abandonment. So you get you've got the three lies, and then you've got Keating's the the power and control. What did you call? Those those were the so father Thomas called those programs for happiness..
"things" Discussed on Things Above
"This is a podcast for what I call mind discipleship. It's a podcast for those who want to set their minds and hearts on things above. That's where the name of the podcast comes from Colossians three versus one into your minds and hearts on things above. I believe the most important aspect of our discipleship is mind discipleship because what happens in our minds influences are motions are actions are choices and our behavior. So we need to set our minds and our thoughts on things above each and every day. Today's thought from above is this God is a God of second chances. Sometimes when I read the bible, I am caught by surprise. Even though I've read most of the bible many times over I'm still caught off guard when I come across a passage that doesn't seem to fit. There's a fancy word for something. In a discussion that does not naturally follow. It's a Latin phrase called eight non sequitur, a non sequitur is a conclusion or a statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement. An example of a non secular would be if you ask someone what the weather was like outside, and they said two o'clock what we find what appears to be non sequitur in the gospel of Luke chapter thirteen the chapter begins with two stories about seemingly innocent people who won because of what we might call a natural disaster and the other because of a man made or human caused disaster, namely the unjust slaughter people. But let me read the passage for you because the passage deals with the age-old unanswerable mysterious question of why bad things happen to good people. Or conversely, why good things happen to bad people? In other words, does God meet out punishment, according to our behavior. Well, let's listen to Luke thirteen at that very time. There were some present who told him about the galleons his blood pilot had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them. Do you think that because these gal? Alien suffered in this way, that they were were centers than all the other galleons. No, I tell you. But unless you repent you will all perish as they did or those eighteen who were killed when tower of Siloam fell on them. Do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you. But unless you repent you will all perish just as they did their two things that I wanna point out from this passage first Jesus raising the age old questions does God cause suffering. This is an angel question. As I said, it goes all the way back to the book of job and probably even further when something bad happens to people. We instinctively want to know if God caused it to happen in this passage. There are two instances one natural disaster in which a tower fell killing eighteen people in the other group of people who are seemingly innocent were massacred in the temple. Now this question has plagued humans for a long time as long as we know differ religions have provided different answers to this question. But as a Christian all of my answers, come from Jesus who is the exact representation of what God is like as I often say the only answer to the question. What is God like his Jesus? Now in both of these cases, Jesus rejects the narrative that the people did something to cause they're suffering. As some of you may know, my wife, and I had a child born with birth defects. And some I assume well-meaning Christians asked me if we'd done something to cause it I'm happy to say, I have moved past this understanding of God..