Friday, July 21, 2017

Moral-less

  Today I read an article about an incident in Florida where a disabled man was in a pond drowning and frantically crying for help while a group of teenagers not only watched and yelled obscenities at him but also videoed him drowning and not one offered to help him. The man did drown and the kids posted the video online. (Click here for the news story)
  While the behavior of those teens is horrific, it is hardly shocking in this day and age. Similar stories of youths and young adults sinister behavior are a regular fixation on our news outlets. The regularity of such occurrences raises several questions. Questions such as why do these children and young adults not have any moral compass and what can be done about it?
  Sitting back and reflecting on my 50+ years of life I consider the changes our society has gone through in that time, some good (civil rights, gender equality) and some bad (general loss of morality, intolerance of opposing ideals, and civility in general). Yet why have those changes occurred, more specifically what has given rise to these bad changes - changes that have given birth to hostility and hate?
  Once we knew how to argue with each other then share a meal and enjoy each others company afterward. Once we held respect for life, for our elders and for authority. Once we were guided by high moral standards - even those who were not religious did as well. What has driven our country to the precipice implosion?
  It is all too easy to point fingers at innovations of technology such as television, computers and the internet yet I believe the real culprit is much deeper, after all a TV and a computer are simply inanimate objects and can't do anything we as humans don't tell it to (at least until full on Artificial Intelligence becomes a reality - if it does).
  No, I fully believe the cancer plaguing our society today is caused by the removal of religion from our secular landscape. Removing the ten commandments from schools, not allowing prayer in school and at school related events such as sporting events and graduations has removed the teaching and integration of moral values from our youth over the years. Those youths have in turn grown into adulthood and now hold positions of power in business and government from which they can influence decisions which are designed to remove God from our society all-together.
  Not only has this crusade removed God from our schools but it has also encroached further into our society in a drive to obliterate God from our country. The Boy Scouts of America are routinely under fire and often forced into subjugation because the organizations core principles are to teach patriotism and morality (regardless of religion) to boys and young men. Other secular organizations also face similar assaults on their core principles.
  This cancer of trying to remove God from society must end if our nation, indeed even our world, is to survive into another century. How do we stop it? It won't be easy and we who seek to instill a moral compass into the world must stand firm in resolution to oppose those who would remove our God from our halls of justice, our government, our schools and our public spaces.
  Secondly, we must educate the fact that our nation was founded on Biblical principles beginning with the pilgrims who were seeking escape from religious persecution much as we are persecuted today, albeit in different ways. While all who accompanied the pilgrims may not have been religious (possibly the soldiers and sailors who stayed on in the new world) the great majority of the early settlers were. A hundred years later the leaders of the colonies gathered and drafted a document that clearly included a belief in God when they referenced God four times in the Declaration of Independence.
  While a parent is ultimately responsible for instilling a child's moral values it is reasonable to assume many parents fail in that responsibility for a variety of reasons. While it should not be a school's mandate to instill moral values I would argue that simple things such as teaching the ten commandments and saying prayer in school would go far in improving our nations morality. Teaching that it is wrong to murder, steal, lust, bear false witness, respect your parents or to covet are all parts of the ten commandments that certainly can cross no religious lines or offend non-religious society.
  In my opinion the answer is to have a constitutional amendment which allows specific teachings that may address issues of morality based on religion yet are not religious indoctrination. A pipe dream I'm sure, nevertheless our nation is doomed to annihilation unless we are proactive in restoring moral responsibility within our borders.
   



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Child's Place

NOTE: I came across this article courtesy of a friend who posted it on their Facebook page. It so eloquently expresses beliefs I have tried to express in the past but not nearly as well as the author John Rosemond does here.

            I recently asked a married couple who have three kids, none of whom are yet teens, “Who are the most important people in your family?”
            Like all good moms and dads of this brave new millennium, they answered, “Our kids!”
            “Why?” I then asked. “What is it about your kids that gives them that status?” And like all good moms and dads of this brave new millennium, they couldn’t answer the question other than to fumble with appeals to emotion.
            So, I answered the question for them. “There is no reasonable thing that gives your children that status.”
            I went on to point out that many if not most of the problems they’re having with their kids  - typical stuff, these days – are the result of treating their children as if they, their marriage, and their family exist because of the kids when it is, in fact, the other way around. Their kids exist because of them and their marriage and thrive because they have created a stable family.   
            Furthermore, without them, their kids wouldn’t eat well, have the nice clothing they wear, live in the nice home in which they live, enjoy the great vacations they enjoy, and so on. Instead of lives that are relatively carefree (despite the drama to the contrary that they occasionally manufacture), their children would be living lives full of worry and want.
            The issue is really the heart of the matter. People my age know it’s the heart of the matter because when we were kids it was clear to us that our parents were the most important people in our families. And that, right there, is why we respected our parents and that, right there, is why we looked up to adults in general. Yes, Virginia, once upon a time in the United States of America, children were second-class citizens, to their advantage.
            It was also clear to us – I speak, of course, in general terms, albeit accurate – that our parents’ marriages were more important to them than their relationships with us. Therefore, we did not sleep in their beds or interrupt their conversations. The family meal, at home, was regarded as more important than after school activities. Mom and Dad talked more -  a lot more – with one another than they talked with you. For lack of pedestals, we emancipated earlier and much more successfully than have children since.
            The most important person in an army is the general. The most important person in a corporation is the CEO. The most important person in a classroom is the teacher. And the most important person in a family are the parents.
            The most important thing about children is the need to prepare them properly for responsible citizenship. The primary objective should not be raising a straight-A student who excels at three sports, earns a spot on the Olympic swim team, goes to an A-list university and becomes a prominent brain surgeon. The primary objective is to raise a child such that community and culture are strengthened.
            “Our child is the most important person in our family” is the first step toward raising a child who feels entitled.
            You don’t want that. Unbeknownst to your child, he doesn’t need that. And neither does America.

-by John Rosemond

Thursday, February 02, 2017

I Was Convicted

  I know what it is like to be on trial and hear the words no defendant desires to hear - "We find him guilty!" I know what it is like to be bound in chains, and discarded from those you hold dear and love to enter a life of uncertainty, of fear, of knowing you are where you are because of your own decisions and actions, torturing yourself knowing the time you spend incarcerated could have been better spent, could have been spent in joy and happiness and love with a future to look forward to.
  Yes I know what that feels like. Not because I was a criminal and actually sent to prison, but because I was a child of God and turned my back on God and the church purposely. When I left the church in 2009, I didn't leave it suddenly, it happened over a period of weeks. At a time of weakness, at a time when I was not a mature Christian, I let evil into my life. Not once, but several times. Not in a huge ugly heap but with small little things that chipped away at my soul. I knew I was sliding downward even as I sporadically went to worship services.
  It was in those worship services I attended though that I learned and felt the anguish of being convicted. Convicted as I listened to the words of the songs being sung. Convicted when I partook of the Lord's Supper when I knew in my heart I was lost. Convicted when the heat of the words the preacher spoke singed my heart. Convicted at the invitation because I knew I was headed for death for not surrendering to Jesus.
  But especially the songs. The songs haunt me even today. For now my soul and spirit has clawed from the mire of a sinful world, I have been released from my prison, I have returned to the fold. I sing with joy and love the words of the hymns. And now I am revived, reborn, renewed and redeemed. Some songs are almost impossible for me to sing now, not because they convict me but because of the joy and love that wraps and protects my heart and knowing how close I came to eternal death.
  I was always told of how easy it is to fall away simply by missing a worship service. How easy it is to miss a second service after missing the first one, easier still a third service, then a fourth and on an on until one day you just stop coming to join the family and worship God altogether. Don't think "that's not me," or "I'm not worried about that," or "It's just one time." Falling away always starts with  "just one time."
  If I had an absolutely, positively, can't miss, sure-fire way to make a million dollars with virtually no effort you'd probably listen up and follow my instructions wouldn't you? Well, I have an absolutely, positively, can't miss, sure-fire way for you to live a joyous life both here and now and in eternal life. You see, there is another type of conviction. One that pierces your heart and soul. One that makes you fall to your knees and cry in joy and happiness. Will you listen? Will you follow my instructions? See me at worship services this Sunday and I'll tell you how. Hope I see you there.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

OM?

  I feel compelled to write about something of a religious nature. Many of you reading this might not agree but I hope you will consider my point and give it due diligence.
  The topic is the ambivalence the world has with respect to taking God's name in vain. It is especially troubling in this day and time to hear those who profess to be Christians absent-mindedly insert "God" into their remarks - something God has expressly forbidden
"Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." Exodus 20:7
  When we insert "God" into a remark as just a flippant annotation to some abject comment we utter during the course of our day we are in fact using God's name in vain because we are not recognizing the omnipotence and holiness of God when we do so.
  "But!" you say "God's name isn't God so it's okay to say 'Oh my god.'"
  No. No it isn't okay. True the term "God" is a word that recognizes that God is a position or title and Isaiah 42:8 God himself tells us his name is Jehovah. Consider for a moment though that any reference to our Creator spoken loosely and with little consideration for what and who he is can only serve to trivialize him. And in our society now we have found a way to trivialize God even further when in our digital universe we exclaim "OMG!" throughout our social comments. Think of it... we have reduced God down to a single exclamation, to a single word in our society, failing miserably to recognize the awesome power of a Creator who loves us. How sad.
  Having grown up in a very conservative and religious family I have heard it said that even words such as "gosh," and "golly" are extrapolations of God and we should even remove those words from our language. Whether they are or not (and there are those who claim to trace the etymology of the words back to God) the point is still valid - ANY word we use in reference to God would be a practice in trivializing God and reducing him to an afterthought. I don't know about you but I don't ever want to minimize our Creator in ANY way and I pray you wouldn't want to either.
  For another commentary on this subject I came across please click here.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Positive pet peeves... and ice cream!

My last blog entry of 2016.
  I was thinking about writing another piece on my pet peeves (click here for the previous pet peeves article) as a last entry for the new year. As I sat and thought about it I realized it was so negative and I’m really working hard to be a more positive, happy person. And then I thought about ice cream. If you know me at all then you know how I LOVE ice cream. I also have a philosophy on ice cream which is “Ice Cream makes the world a better place.” Think about it. You’ve never seen anyone be angry or mad while they were eating ice cream. It’s impossible. If you sit down to eat ice cream and you’re angry your anger will be gone after the first bite! Ice cream is the solution to the world’s problems. Send a boat load of ice cream to ISIS and voila! No more terrorism! I know, a little simplistic but seriously you just can’t be angry or mad when eating ice cream. But I digress.
  So I thought about how ice cream makes me happy and I wanted to write about my pet peeves - remember them? Well I thought I would turn it around a bit and write about my pet peeves in a positive manner but we’re not going to call them pet peeves. We’re just going to say here are five things you can do in the new year to make the world a friendlier, happier place!

1. Open doors. No, not just for yourself but for others. Take a moment and hold the door for others as they try to enter or exit. It’s not just a must for me to do for women but everyone can hold the door open for someone. It only takes a moment or too and then you can be on your way.

2. Use your turn signals. I know sometimes the bulbs might be burned out or the lens broke or something that prevents your signals from working but judging from the number of people I’ve had turn right in front of me or change lanes suddenly I’m thinking it’s more about laziness of the driver than it is about the lights not working. Oh, I’m guilty too and I’ve taken it upon myself to work really hard to make sure to use my turn signals at all times. If you do too then that’s two less people to piss other drivers off.

3. Say “thank you,” “please,” and “you’re welcome” more. Have you ever gone through a drive-thru and got up to the window and the person taking your money or handing you your food barely acknowledges you? Well did you acknowledge them? Take a moment to tell them “thank you” or better yet before you pull away take an extra couple of heart beats and tell them you “hope they have a wonderful day.” And if they have a name tag on their uniform then call them by their name. Trust me when I say someone being nice and pleasant to them during their brief interaction will put a lift in their spirit for a moment, and eventually they are more likely to start being nicer to customers as they go through. If enough of us take the time and give the extra effort it might become the norm one day and wouldn’t that make your day just a little better?

4. Elevators. Just as it is polite and respectful to open doors for others so too it is just simple good manners to stand to the side when waiting for the elevator doors to open and then remain standing to the side for a moment to allow anyone getting off to do so unfettered. The same also goes for getting on an elevator. Stand to the side and let the elderly and women get on first guys. And hold the elevator door if someone is a little slow getting on. You’d want the same done for you so take the initiative and practice good elevator etiquette.

5. WTF! You know what it means. You’ve probably used in a post or text. But why? I guess somehow we think we are okay writing it because we’re not actually using the word. But actually we are. When you type those three letters you know you say the words silently to yourself and when someone on the receiving end reads it you know they say the words silently in their mind too. So essentially you are actually saying the word whether you want to or not. I know foul language is all the rage these days, we can’t seem to get away from it. But does stopping writing those three letters or even not cussing at all make the world a better place? Absolutely it does. Think about it for a moment. When someone is cussing their words are very harsh and impolite. There is nothing “kind” about a cuss word. So why even use them unless you’re trying to be a harsh, unfriendly person?

  There! Five pet peeves of mine turned on their ear and into a positive message to help you think and hopefully change and help to make the world of 2017 a much better place and time.
  Oh, and don’t forget to eat lots of ice cream too!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The sound of doves crying

  2016. From January 1 to December 31 it has been a rough, tough, hard year on many fronts. Without a doubt politics was at the top of the heap of hot button topics as was gender bias bathrooms. Yet despite the venomous rhetoric those and other subjects elicited there is one topic that unceremoniously affected us all - death. The death of relatives and friends is probably the most painful of all but It seemed Death visited so much more in 2016. 
  A veritable who’s who of celebrities found Death knocking this year. The year was barely ten days old when it was announced that David Bowie had sung his last and just 4 days later beloved screen star Alan Rickman passed. Other icons followed - Nancy Reagan, Prince, Muhammed Ali, Gene Wilder, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Michael and Carrie Fisher, just to name a few, all closed their eyes for the final time. 
  But why do those people, those celebrities deaths affect us so greatly? It is because they are a part of the fabric of our lives and with their deaths we lose a small part of our lives. We remember where we were when first we heard the opening strains of “Purple Rain.” We remember who was with us when we watched Willy Wonka sing “Pure Imagination” next to a river of chocolate or the smells of the bar where we watched Ali take on Liston. We remember laughing as Princess Leia put Hans Solo in his place with a quick-witted jibe. 
  Just as a smell and sound can easily whisk us away to a distant memory, so to can the names of our hero’s. We then lament that there will never be another “Really Dahling!” (Zsa Zsa Gabor) or the Sheriff of Nottingham sarcastically claiming there will be “no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas!” (Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves). 
  Losing the iconic celebrities of our lives is a traumatic thing and it forces us to recognize and face our own mortality. That being said there is a silver lining. Because we live in a day and age when we can instantly call up a song on our phone or immediately order a film to watch at home our celebrities become immortal… at least to us. It is a shame young children will likely never know our celebrities as we do - or even know who our celebrities are (ask a teenager who John Wayne is!) But for our generation our celebrities will always live on, will always be a part of who we are even though for a moment we know “what it sounds like when doves cry.”

A fairly complete list of celebrities we lost in 2016:

JANUARY
4 – Robert Stigwood, Entertainment Manager – age 81
6 – Pat Harrington Jr., Actor – age 86
7 – Troy Shondell, Singer – age 76
7 – Kitty Kallen, Singer – age 94
9 – Angus Scrimm, Actor – age 89
10 – David Bowie, Musician – age 69
11 – David Margulies, Actor – age 78
14 – Alan Rickman, Actor – age 69
14 – René Angélil, Singer / Manager –  age 73
15 – Dan Haggerty, Actor – age 74
15 – Noreen Corcoran, Actress – age 72
18 – Glen Frey, Singer / Songwriter – age 67
26 – Abe Vigoda, Actor – age 94
28 – Paul Kantner, Singer / Songwriter – age 74
28 – Mike Minor, Actor – age 75

FEBRUARY
2 – Bob Elliot, Comedian – age 92
3 – Maurice White, Musician / songwriter – age 74
3 – Joe Alaskey, Voice Actor – age 63
4 – Joe Dowell, Pop Singer – age 76
15 – George Gaynes, Actor – age 98
15 – Vanity, Actress/Singer – age 57
22 – Yolande Fox, Singer – age 87
22 – Sonny James, Country Music Singer/Songwriter – age 87
24 – Lennie Baker, Musician – age 69
25 – Tony Burton, Actor – age 78
28 – George Kennedy, Actor – age 91
29 – Gil Hill, Police Commander/Actor – age 84

MARCH
4 – Joey Martin Feek, Country music singer/songwriter– age 40
6 – Nancy Reagan, First Lady of the U.S.(1981-1989)  – age 94
8 – Sir George Martin, Producer for the “Beatles” albums – age 90
9 – Robert Horton, Actor– age 91
10 – Keith Emerson, Musician / keyboardist – age 71
13 – Adrienne Corri, Actress – age 85
16 – Frank Sinatra Jr., Singer– age 72
17 – Larry Drake, Actor – age 66
18 – Joe Santos, Actor – age 84
21 – Peter Brown, Actor – age 80
22 – Richard Bradford, Actor – age 81
22 – Phife Dawg, Singer – age 45
23 – Joe Garagiola, Baseball Player – age 90
23 – Ken Howard, Actor – age 71
24 – Garry Shandling, Comedian – age 66
28 – James Noble, Actor – age 94

APRIL
6 – Merle Haggard, singer/songwriter – age 79
12 – Anne Jackson, Actress – age 90
17 – Doris Roberts, Actress – age 90
20 – Victoria Wood, English Comedian/Actress – age 62
20 – Chyna, WWE wrestler – age 46
21 – Prince, Musician – age 57
21 – Lonnie (Mack) McIntosh, Guitarist – age 74
23 – Madeleine Sherwood, Actress – age 94
24 – Billy Paul, Singer – age 81

MAY
8 – William Schallert, Actor – age 93
12 – Julius La Rosa, Singer – age 86
19 – Morley Safer, Journalist – age 84
19 – Alan Young, Actor  – age 96
24 – Burt Kwouk, Actor – age 85
27 – Mike Barnett, Singer – age 89
29 – Patty Duke, Singer – age 69

JUNE
3 – Muhammad Ali, Professional Boxer – age 74
10 – Gordie Howe, Hockey player – age 88
13 – Michu Meszaros, Actor / Circus Performer – age 76
14 – Ann Guilbert, Actress – age 87
14 – Ronnie Claire Edwards, Actress – age 83
17 – Ron Lester, Actor – age 45
19 – Anton Yelchin, Actor – age 27
27 – Mack Rice, Songwriter – age 82
28 – Scotty Moore, Guitarist – age 84
28 – Buddy Ryan, NFL Football Coach – age 85
28 – Pat Summitt, NCAA Basketball Coach– age 64

JULY
2 – Teddy Rooney, Actor/Musician – age 66
3 – Noel Neill, Actress  – age 95
6 – Danny Smythe, Musician – age 67
16 – Bonnie Brown, Musician  – age 77
19 – Garry Marshall, Writer/Producer/Actor – age 81
27 – Jerry Doyle, Actor– age 60
30 – Gloria DeHaven, Actress/Singer – age 91

AUGUST
2 – David Huddleston, Actor – age 85
3 – Ricci Martin, Entertainer – age 62
6 – Pete Fountain, Jazz Musician – age 86
11 – Glenn Yarbrough, Singer – age 86
13 – Kenny Baker, Actor – age 81
14 – Fyvush Finkel, Actor – age 93
19 –Jack Riley, Actor – age 80
23 – Steven Hill, Actor – age 94
25 – Marvin Kaplan, Actor – age 89
29 – Gene Wilder, Actor – age 83

SEPTEMBER
1 – Jon Polito, Actor – age 65
6 – Hugh O’Brian, Actor – age 91
9 – James Stacy, Actor– age 79
17 – Charmian Carr, Actress – age 73
24 – Bill Nunn, Actor –  age 63
25 – Jean Shepard, Singer/Songwriter – 82
25 – José Fernández, Baseball player – age 24
25 – Arnold Palmer, Golfer – age 87

OCTOBER
21 – Kevin Meaney, Comedian –  age 60
23 – Pete Burns, Singer/Songwriter – age 57
24 – Bobby Vee, Singer – age 73
30 – Tammy Grimes, Stage Actress – age 82

NOVEMBER
3 – Kay Starr, Singer – age 94
7 – Janet Reno, Attorney General  – age 78
7 – Leonard Cohen, Poet / Songwriter – age 82
11 – Robert Vaughn, Actor – age 83
13 – Leon Russell, Musician / Songwriter – age 74
15 – Holly Dunn, Singer / Songwriter – age 59
18 – Sharon Jones, American soul and funk singer – age 60
24 – Florence Henderson, Actress  – age 82
25 – Ron Glass, Actor – age 71
26 – Fritz Weaver, Actor – age 90
28 – Van Williams, Actor – age 82
30 – Keo Woolford, Actor – age 49
30 – Grant Tinker, Television executive – age 90

DECEMBER
3 – Don Calfa, Actor – age 76
3 – Billy Chapin, Actor – age 72
7 – Greg Lake, Musician  – age 69
8 – Joseph Mascolo, Actor– age 87
8 – John Glenn, NASA Astronaut. Senator from Ohio – age 95
12 – Jim Lowe, Singer – age 93
13 – Alan Thicke, Actor – age 69
14 – Bernard Fox, Actor – age 89
18 – Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian Actress and Socialite – age 99
18 – Gordie Tapp, Entertainer –  age 94
20 – Michèle Morgan, French Actress –  age 96
24 – Rick Parfitt, Musician/Songwriter –  age 68
24 – Caroline Aherne, Comedienne/Actress  – age 52
25 – George Michael, Singer/Songwriter – age 53
26 – Rickey Lopez, Actor – age 54
27 – Carrie Fisher, Actress – age 60
27 – Richard Adams, Author – age 96

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The trouble with Pirates...

  Have you ever stopped and thought about pirates? Seriously.  Pirates. You know… those swashbuckling fiends we root for on the silver screen. Don’t you just love Captain Jack Sparrow, Long John Silver, Anne Bonny, Captains Flint and Charles Vane? 
  Like a lot of people I grew up fascinated with the lore of pirates and their tales of gold, adventure and fighting. Being a nautical minded person I’ve always had an affinity for anything dealing with the oceans - under or on them. But as I age and take stock of more serious issues in life I am forced to give pause and consider the true nature of pirates when I see films and movies about them or even consider the naming of sports teams after them. About the best thing I can think to say about pirates is they weren’t as bad as ISIS and that’s not much of a compliment.
  We have for some reason romanticized pirates and piracy. Consider that. As a society we have taken ordinary men with a lust for blood, women, drink and money and given them respect. We get upset when a male celebrity beats on a woman yet we idolize men who beat, brutalized and raped women on a regular basis. We are shocked when an individual plows through a crowd in a vehicle or meanders through a school or business with a gun killing at will but why aren’t we more appalled at the atrocities of pirates through the ages? Why do we idolize those rapists, murderers and thieves? Their defiance of authority and the romantic notion we have of them freely wandering the seas are ideals that are alluring to us. But we can’t justify their brutality so we trivialize it in order to feel good about their carefree lifestyles.
  I know, a lot of people will say I’m being ridiculous or nit picking but consider this - we remove confederate flags, change the names of sports teams and generally pout when someone hurts our feelings by something that is said but those same persons will jump at the chance to root for murdering rapists when they can see another Pirates of the Caribbean movie or the next season of Black Sails.

Just something to think about.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

No more cussing!

I no longer cuss. When I started going back to church and committed myself to that lifestyle change my language was the first thing I had to change. Now when I am around others or even just sitting watching TV and hear someone cuss I can't help but to think about how pathetic cussing sounds now that I no longer engage in that vice. And I think about those around me who are fast and loose with their tongues and then talk about how they go to church or trust in God or ask for prayers - all of which is fine and good except I also think about James 3:16 & James 1:26. The former verse says 
"From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so." 
In other words DON'T CUSS! The second verse is even more condemning saying 
"If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless." 

Think about that. If you claim to be religious but do not bridle your tongue (which means you do not stop cussing as well as speaking hateful things) then your religion is, well worthless.
  Isn't it time we not only put God back in schools and in our government and businesses but also back in our character? Couldn't that be what is wrong with our country today? We have relegated character to a fictional idea only found in old movies and TV. Change our character for a better world and we can start by bridling our tongue and stop cussing and spewing hate.