Resistance is insistence©

Know the score: Resistance

Resistance is insistence©

  • on justice
  • on equality
  • on fairness
  • on freedom
  • on rights
  • on humanity

Resistance is insistence© that in America you will find a just nation, or at least one that strives to be just. Resistance is insistence© that inequality is not the American way. Resistance is insistence© that we, America, can do better.

Inequality is not a quality that America can tolerate. America has struggled with its sense of moral imperatives. If it has yet to find a way to provide justice for all, it struggles to achieve this goal. Resistance is insistence© that it can find the way. Resistance is insistence© that it must find the way.

Resistance is insistence© that if we are not all free and equal we are not truly America. Resistance is insistence© that we honor the code on which our country was founded. Resistance is insistence© that we strive to maintain the ideals of our Founding Fathers and resistance is insistence© that we go beyond those ideals to create a just society that accepts all its citizens as equals.

Resistance is insistence©

  • on principles of virtue and ethics
  • on inclusion
  • on justice for all Americans
  • on justice for those coming to our borders seeking a better life**
  • on an understanding that America welcomes and shelters
  • on the certainty that America cares and takes care

**(as your forebears no doubt did.)

America has been chasing greatness since the first constitutional assembly, well before 1776. When aspiring to greatness first do good. Greatness comes with serving the greater good.

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Rough, roiling waters

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River, rough and

Ready, darkened

In anticipation of

Rain. Black clouds

Above roiling waters

Muddled by the

Impending storm,

The river mimicks

The clouds muddling

The sky. with the river

Photo © Tamara Beck. Waters rough

Below, active and

Greyish green, roughed

By the expectation

Of a cloudburst, a torrent

The water in a squall, as

The sky offers a deluge

It roughs up the waters

Xenos

Is fear of strangers a more natural human response than welcoming them?

It is true that nefarious intruders, wily outsiders are central characters in any invasion tale. The Trojan Horse was not a well-intentioned visitor. The scenario that predominates these cautionary tales of newcomers taking advantage of natives notwithstanding, the home team usually has an advantage. It can set the tone with which foreigners are treated.

On edge

It turns even the smallest of events into an adventure.

Murky waters?

It, of course, is anxiety, which can add gravitas to the simplest outing.

Anxiety can also be overwhelming. Fretting over timing, routes, schedules and trip details makes it all so much more than it is. Worrying that the worst will happen, even if that outcome is way out of left field, can take its toll. Not just on the worrier but on those around him/her.

It can feel bullying, but step back and you see that uncertainty makes the anxious yearn for closure, for completion, and push for an immediate resolution. You are not being strong-armed, or hurried, You just need to make things go more smoothly and, yes, quickly to their intended end.

Still Life (x2)

Photo © Tamara Beck On a hazy day on the East River

Painted clouds tenderly dot

The clear bright sky with

Shades of blue, cerulean and

Azure, fatijful to the palette of

The great masters, fill the day

Colors–pale, here, dark, there’

Above, all still in contrast to the

Busy river, whose waters rage and

Roil below in fits of activity, the

Swirling momentum pitted against

The white calm of the cloudcast

A Still Life

River waters, billowing clouds © 2014 Tamara Beck

Painted clouds tenderly dot

The clear bright sky with

Shades of blue, cerulean and

Azure, fatijful to the palette of

The great masters, fill the day

Colors–pale, here, dark, there’

Above, all still in contrast to the

Busy river, whose waters rage and

Roil below in fits of activity, the

Swirling momentum pitted against

The white calm of the cloudcast

Originally published at https://letmyimaginationgo.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/still-life-x2/

amd at https://letmyimaginationgo.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/a-still-life/



Influence

What we now dub an “Influencer” might have been more magnanimously called a “Taste Maker” in another era. The latter is an appropriate term for a moment so dandyfied that gay is the new normal. Not that taste or influence is restricted to any one demographic or social preference.

Influencer is a more cultish** sounding occupation while Taste Making suggests a bespoke calling. To be a Taste Maker is elevating. You do not so much aspire to the level of or the sphere in which the Influencer sits as you simply follow. As a follower you are one of many. You may break out of the pack and create your own following.

You may one day wear enough American Apparel or its lower-case but strictly branded equivalents to be an Influencer. Note that the latter comes with its own capital “I” and the focus will then be on you and the number of followers you acquire.

Eventually there will be no one who does not exude influence. Followers will be Influencers following other Followers in a world so chic and neatly tagged that your grandmother will not recognize it.

**Not to wander too far off the post: Putin is an “Influencer” in the world of Trump where autocrats are glorified.