The following comment by Jerry Stark expanded and improved upon my attempt to explain the notion of ressentment. It is extremely well done and helps us understand the mind-set of those who follow our sitting president and worship at his shrine. I post it here with Jerry’s permission.
Good People doing Good Things.
Ever notice how, as a general rule, it’s the people who have the least that give the most? I find that both inspiring, but also depressing, for what if every single millionaire/billionaire decided to give 10% of their net wealth to humanitarian causes every year? There would be no more poverty! But anyway, that isn’t how the world works, but today I am bringing you two young people who are giving of themselves. Today I’m focusing on young people, for it is they who hold the keys to the future of this planet. If we teach our children the importance of caring for others from a very young age, then there are no boundaries for how far they might take those lessons. Today, I will introduce to you two young people, both from Louisville, Kentucky, whose parents obviously began teaching this lesson as early as they could.
Meet Andrew Dunn. …
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A good woman going good things to help others.
You are going to fall in love with today’s ‘good person’ …Her name is Betty Chinn, and as you may have already guessed, she is originally from China. I’ll let her tell you about the days of her childhood …
“I was born in a very good family. I’m one of 12 kids. And then in the 1960s, they had the Cultural Revolution. My mom was a US citizen and a Western educator. My mom believed in God, religion. Because my parents had religion and education, my family was a target for the government.
I was separated from my family and I lived on the street by myself. I had to wear a sign on my neck that said, ‘I’m a child of the devil.’ I had nothing to eat, hungry all the time. Every time when I asked for food, I was beaten up by people. Torture, separation…
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Well worth pondering.
Back in the early 1970s, an interesting and different song by Donovan called “Atlantis” hit the airwaves. It spoke of the destroyed world consumed by the sea. As sea level rises, the city of Miami will become a future Atlantis.
Earlier this week, a PBS Newshour piece called “Will climate change turn Miami into a future Atlantis?”, Henry Briceno, a research scientist from Florida International University, used the phrase to define his city, “we are doomed.” Sadly, this is the second scientist I have heard define Miami’s future demise.
Hurricanes have caused Miami planners to build for strong winds. Yet, they have not paid enough attention to the encroaching seas. Miami is built on porous limestone, so sea water can more easily come in. Sunny day flooding has occurred more frequently and pumps and pipes attempt to take the water back out to the bay. It is even worse during…
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More good people doing good things in a world gone a bit mad at present.
Today I have not one, but two ‘good people’ for you, and … a surprise ending! If these two people don’t bring a smile to your face and a song to your heart, then I don’t know what will. Gronda … grab your box of tissues. For today’s story, we travel to Kenya on the African continent …
The teacher …
Can you imagine being engaged at the tender young age of five, being expected to leave school to marry, bear children and become a homemaker in your early teens? That is exactly what was expected of Kakenya Ntaiya, who spent her childhood in the small Maasai village of Enoosaen in Western Kenya. She was the oldest of eight children, working hard alongside men tending the fields and helping her mother haul water and care for her siblings. The family was very poor, but young Kakenya would dream of a…
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We need to read about people like this.
I was working on a special piece for this week’s ‘Good People’ feature, but as often happens, I find that it requires more digging and research than I have time for right at this moment, so I will have that one next week. But for today … you are going to fall in love with this woman! She will restore your faith in human nature! Please allow me to introduce …Carolyn Collins, a high school custodian in Tucker, Georgia. About four years ago, Carolyn was working the early shift, it was still dark out, and she was getting ready to take out the trash when there came a knock on the cafeteria door. Two students — a boy and a girl — looked at her nervously. “Can we please come in?” asked the boy, even though school didn’t start for two more hours. “Me and my sister are getting…
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A refreshing glimpse into a remarkable life at a time when we are painting immigrants with dark colors — forgetting that we are all immigrants.
Axana Soltan may be only 21 years of age, but she has already done more for human rights than many of us ever do in our entire lives. When she was only 10-years-old, Axana immigrated from her native Afghanistan to the U.S. At the time Axana lived in Afghanistan, the Taliban controlled the country and women endured unspeakably harsh conditions and were deprived of their basic human rights like education, employment and freedom of speech. Girl’s schools were burned down, teachers were threatened and women who spoke up against their regime were flogged and executed.
Axana’s family was forced to flee the country and became refugees. Axana has spent much of her childhood in refugee camps where there was no school, no medical facilities, no electricity, heating, and not even access to the very basic life necessities such as water. After witnessing the disparities in Afghanistan, she has witnessed the…
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It’s the little things that good people do that often go unnoticed. But not by the eagle eye of Jill Dennison. This is one of her weekly posts about good people doing good things.
Every Wednesday morning I go in search of good people, people who are helping others or working to preserve wildlife, the environment, or something humanitarian. I never have trouble finding those good people, and this week was no exception … in fact, I already had a few tucked away from last week! Sometimes the good people I find are doing huge things, helping hundreds or even thousands. But at the end of the day, it’s the little things, I think, that mean the most. And so today I present you with some people who are giving of themselves in small ways, yet with huge hearts!
Herman Gordon is a much-loved custodian at the University of Bristol (that would be England, not Tennessee) . The students say he is always happy and upbeat … Herman and his wife are originally from Jamaica and have not been able to afford a trip…
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Worth your time!
Last night President Barack Obama spoke at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser in Los Angeles. He has stayed largely, and wisely, out of the public limelight and has had almost nothing to say for the past 17 months about the disaster known as the Trumptanic. Obama is a professional in every way, a man of heart and courage, a man who has always had the best interests of this nation and its people in mind. He is, however, planning to be a presence in the build-up to the November mid-terms, attending fundraisers such as the one last night, and helping democratic candidates in competitive races.
Let us take a look at some of the things he said last night:
“The simple message right now is that if people participate and they vote, that this democracy works. And if we don’t vote, then this democracy does not work.”
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For those of us who wonder where the true heroes are hiding!
Most often this feature focuses on ordinary people doing little things to help others and to make the world a bit better place. Today, however, I wish to focus on a very big thing, a big man and his organization, Mr. Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). A friend & reader, Ellen, pointed me to this organization and thought I might be interested. I was absolutely fascinated, and I hope you will be too. Thank you, Ellen … I owe you one!
Bryan Stevenson grew up in the shadow of segregation and racism in school, on playgrounds and at the local swimming pool. After graduating from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, he received a full scholarship to Harvard Law School. It was during his tenure there that he found what would become his life’s work. As part of a class on race and poverty litigation, he worked…
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