May 28, 2015

Now Ain't That A Kick In The Pants

The latest scandal to hit the world of sport comes as no surprise to those in the know. Apparently allegations of  FIFA's racketeering have been floating around for decades. However, it is just now that the authorities have collected enough forensic evidence to indict some of the organization's top officials.

What else is new? Every other week the media reports on but another case of moral decay and corruption. Although the ancients warned us about the pitfalls of greed, you cannot deny how powerful a motivator money is for the human primate. Hell, we even have had a financial scandal in the Vatican.

But the good news is that we finally are confronting the status quo. These scandals are bringing to light just how insidious our animal ways truly are. Like a squirrel that piles up nuts, many in our species have a preoccupation with stock-piling money regardless of the impact on neighbors. But, it can't be business as usual because evolution is demanding something else from Homo sapiens.

This new millennium has us facing the converging conditions of the global village. Consequently we are at a stage in our evolution where unprecedented levels of cooperation will be required from all of us. We cannot let lust for material goods threaten our quest to become an ethical species. Without an expansion of our ability to cooperate, Homo sapiens surely will die out.

It will be interesting to see what the court proceedings reveal about FIFA. I won't be surprised if they find that it is one more example of greed gone amuck. As we learn to heed to the wake up call that this and the other scandals bring, you can count on a lot more butt-kicking to go down.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks

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May 14, 2015

Come Back To Love

The following poem is found in Thoughts From A Contemplative Beast: The Paradigm Shift For The New Millennium. Written over 15 years ago, its message is more relevant than ever.


Bringing Our Boys Back Home to Love


Now boys have you come to your senses?
Will all your war games come to an end?
Can you rise up and come out of the trenches?
‘Cause we got the whole wide world to mend.

Now boys can you aim to be meek
or has that ego still got you by the balls?
It's humility and God's truth we must now seek
if we're to answer our ailing Mother Earth as she calls.

Now boys can you speak of love and respect
or has the cat still got your tongue?
Olive branches you must now go fetch
if there's to be a kingdom left to come!

 
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