April 25, 2022


Fence Row 01/14/2012 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
Where do you find your succor?
Where do you turn in time of trouble?
Where do you go to "recover from the past
and store up for the future"?

Traditionally, people have found spiritual support
and sustenance 
in art, music, nature, literature, poetry
and the right kind of conversation,
in community with the right kind of people.

What works for you needs to be close at hand
in times such as these,
to ground us,
sustain us,
urge us on
and carry us forward.

and silence
connect us with 
more than words can say,
and offer the possibility
of finding the source 
of life, and light and being
as a welcome presence
near at hand.



Beulah Land 57 Oil Paint Rendered — Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Nova Scotia 09/23/2008
Fascism broadly considered 
is more than a political force for evil.
It is also social,
and pervasive.

Fascism's fundamental orientation is,
"It's people like you
who make people like me
hate people like you!"

It's primary operating assumption is
"I am only safe
with people like me.
People not like me
are the enemy
and are to be feared
and despised--
and treated in ways
that keep them far away from me."

How often do you encounter
welcoming presence,
and the benefit of the doubt
on social media?

How often do you encounter
and shaming?

Fascism is experienced universally 
as "I HATE YOU! Get Out Of My Life!"

And it is everywhere.

"People like me" is a delusion
fostered by false equivalence
and gang rituals, signs, symbols,
vocabulary, beliefs
and boundary markers.

Community seeks common ground
among a wide variety of people.

Gangs go to war with everybody else.

Fascism is built for war.
And is all in on killing everyone
not like WE are.

The best move for the rest of us
is to recognize fascists by their
words and behavior,
vote them out of office
and all leadership positions,
reduce their media presence
and increase their marginalia
across the board,
around the world.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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