The pilgrimage to Santiago started over 1000 years ago.  People from all across Europe traveled to Camino de Santiago, Spain, the burial site of Apostle St. James the Great.  For more on the history of this magnificent journey, visit the following web site.

Inspired by the movie, The Way, starring Martin Sheen, my wife and I decided to make the trip and we were not disappointed.

 
 
Much like abortion, discussions – sometimes heated, circulating around the death penalty, have been with us for a very long time.    Michigan was the first state to abolish the death penalty for all crimes except treason.  This was in 1846 – Rhode Island and Wisconsin followed in short order for all crimes; but there was really never a lot of discussion about these States’ decisions.

 
 
As we prepare to face the onslaught of yet another death of a black – (in this instance, a) woman, at the hands of law enforcement officers, the question cries out for a meaningful response – When will this bizarre behavior come to an end.  Is this the new normal?  But wait, this is not new; it’s reminiscent of times past – a return to the old, if you will.

 
 
As we prepare to bury two more victims of violent crime – in this instance they happen to be police officers,  we really need to come to grips with the circumstances that continue to perpetuate the cycle of violence.  We need to understand that every Action will ultimately bring about (at some point) a Re-action.  This is pretty much Standard Stuff;  in some cases it is called revenge, in other instances, retribution – and there are numerous other tags, but they all mean the same thing.  Having said that, re-actions are invariably never good.   They are usually emotionally charged and even after the emotion has subsided, any factual support  is all too often totally lacking.

 
 
Outlined below is a communication I shared with an “old” aquaintant from High School.  We had not communicated in over 40 years  but due to the miracle of FaceBook, there he was.  However, it did not take long for me to realize that although we went to the same High School in Kingston, Jamaica,  we were diametrically positioned on opposite sides of the political platform.   The communication below has been edited to remove any personal references to this person but  a recent encounter brought this piece back into view – thought I’d share it; thoughs and comments are always welcome. 

 
 
On August 14th, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a TIME magazine article on race relations in America, entitled – The coming race war will not be about race.  He used the current situation in Ferguson as a back drop.  The article was impressive – well researched and  clearly presented.   So, rather than recap his dialogue in my words, I’ve attached the site  address and suggest that you take a few minutes to read it thru.

 
 
For over 200 years the great nation of the United States of America has enjoyed a platform of government, comparable to none anywhere else in the world.  The initial tenants, formulated by our founding fathers, morphed into what we have today – essentially a two party system with the common objective of providing liberty and opportunity for its citizens.  This platform was designed to be guided by prudent and objective rules and regulations, devised and implemented by a governing body, elected by the citizens of the Republic.

 
 
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As we surge forward into the 21st Century its become abundantly clear that the male of our species has essentially lost control over his existence – especially as it relates to women, or has he.  Is this a new phenomenon or has it been this way for years, only now becoming visible because of the changes in our social structure.   To answer this question, let’s take a closer look at history.


 

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    I was raised in a system governed by the British. I enjoyed my early years, as a kid growing up in Jamaica, West Indies, but always considered myself to be a thoughtful person, more concerned with understanding the accuracy of an issue – any issue, and less with the categorization of right vs wrong, good vs bad.  I never really understood why I thought along those lines – I just did.  However, as I matured I discovered that the essence of this thought process was the first step in my commitment to achieving a fair and balanced evaluation of events, as they occurred.

    For me, Right and Wrong always seemed to be relative to something else.   Albeit that there may be some events that are unequivocal in their absoluteness, most issues tend to bounce between the two (right or wrong/good or bad) extremes, depending on the perspective/paradigm used to evaluate them.  Consequently, the end result for most of these conclusions is in that murky grey, middle area.

    In creating this Blog, I am committed to focusing on an objective evaluation of whatever issue I bring forward.  I will endeavor to keep to a minimum any personal preferences, paradigm influences and emotions, in my evaluative efforts.

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