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Forgot locks

Peace by human fiat? To lead that cause perhaps complete the list of contrasts by including calls for the removal of every lock on every door and window in every home and car. Why?

Is there a better way to prove a pure example for peace before those we want so much to be as loving as ourselves... even when they are not, as demonstrating our implicit love and lack of fear of them?

We should remove locks from our cars, or at least refuse to use them in an expression of confidence and solidarity... a real authentic example for such a high and noble cause should not be dismissed lightly, nor omited as it is in this case.

Locks imply that we know danger is real!
Locks reassure us we are safe from harm or loss of life at the hand of our neighbor..., hence we need protection, we dont preach about trust, or refusal to live in fear when its our own front door, our windows, our family under consideration.

Locks separate people.
Locks divide people,
Locks kep some out and away from us, keeping others in, defending them from danger, harm etc...

Locks express suspicion toward others because we possess locks out of our fear of others...we even drive to Home Depot to buy new locks for our windows and doors when the old ones wear out.

Why do all people insist on locks? Its because door and window locks are most peoples firearms.

Locks implicitly remind us 24/7 that harm and danger are very real, and always just moments away, and it concerns us.
Locks, reveal we want to defend rather than to trust 911 will send police in 7 minutes when only 1 may exist to save yourself or your family.

Locks display, and reveal our fear, they are our evangelists proclaiming our fear.

Locks don't shoot, but they dont trust either.

So for 2nd ammendmant revisionists wanting to be seen as sincince, they ought to write about the need for unlocking our doors, windows, cars, etc.. let them urge everyone to go "lock free."
They should preach for every screen door and window at night to be left wide open on every spring night.

This could create more believers for this elusive dream, but a lot more martyrs too, because the biggest obstacle to this quest since the beginning of creation, has ever been the same thing.

Reality!!

We "cant" stop...because in this fallen world, we don't want to stop, and thats gospel.

tracy hodson

Randy, well stated. Thanks for that insight. Just as an interesting aside, I grew up in a town where we didn't lock our homes, folks left the key in their cars in case someone needed to move it...I grew up that way. So perhaps it informs some of what I believe. I do believe we can change, but I also believe it will take time, and the changing of many, many hearts...mine included. I do lock my (front) door here in Gainesville, though I am somewhat lax on the back one...progress?? or sheer forgetfulness... There is some similarity between the locks argument, and the idea of working towards international relations working towards the idea of viewing those relationships based on trust rather than mistrust and fear. And that will take time, and a different approach to different nations. But basing all we do on continually augmenting the capability for more and more destructive war has not worked out all that well.

tracy hodson

...and it is another day, a quiet morning in Gainesville, unseasonably warm even for north Florida, and I'm on my front porch with a cuppa coffee. Randy, I've been thinking more of the locks reply you wrote, and there's a lot in there. More than I can unpack in this short space, but I need to air it out a little, and see if you can take the time to reply again. Funny thing about locks; one old saw is that they at least keep the honest people out. There's some truth to that. As a remodeling contractor and carpenter for some 40 years, there really isn't a house I couldn't get into if I needed to or wanted to. It's amazing how easy it really is. You have a door with all kinds of deadbolts and locks on it, and then a window right next to it. Locks keep out the casual burglar, but not someone who really wants to get in. So what do locks do? Give us some minimal sense of security based on what..the idea that most people aren't that interested in busting into our home? I'm not sure about that. I keep thinking back to growing up in Pierce, and I know we had poor folks there, and some wealthy, but the general difference between the rich and the poor wasn't all that much. And there seemed to be a whole lot less focus on "stuff", on accumulating "things." It was there of course, but not as it seems to be now. And there might have been gated communities down in Palm Springs or Westchester County, but I don't think I could have found one in the Midwest. Haven't searched it out, but it would have been rare. Now, there all over the place, gated communities. That, to me, is not progress. It's fear. And why are we more fearful now? Perhaps it has more to do with the increasing disparity between those who have and those who don't. That's a well-documented trend, especially here in the US. And perhaps at some level, those who have are aware that this disparity exists, and they might also be aware that it's not a just system, nor is it sustainable. And because of that, they feel justified in the locks, armed guards and overflowing gun cabinets. I don't know.
I think something happens to people as they accumulate more and more wealth, and I think this change in their hearts is what is referenced in the New Testatment where it is suggested how difficult it is for a rich man to get to heaven. Again, I'm no biblical scholar. But I admire a man like Millard Fuller who gave away his millions to start Habitat for Humanity, or Bill & Linda Gates and Warren Buffett, who use much of their fortunes philanthropically. I believe the biggest source of crime and unrest in the world it the inequitable distribution of resources, which is increasingly skewed, and the world (and the US) is increasingly disquieted.
Locks aren't going to keep us safe. Nor will stockpiling more and more weapons.
It's going to take something much more difficult; it will take a change of heart.
I find the most generous people I meet are those who don't really have much. As much as Buffett and Gates give away, they still aren't giving from their need. They give from their excess. And that's commendable. But it doesn't materially affect the way they live, other than to limit the ostentatious consumerism exhibited by many of the rich.
However a person earns or inherits his wealth, it is very hard to share. The "mine" mindset seeps into every pore, mine, mine, mine. Quickly followed by the notion to guard it at all cost...fences, watchtowers, guards, locks, locks and more locks.
But the first lock is on the heart.
Randy...I hope you chance to read this and comment.
Thanks...Rg

Clint Norrell

NetFlix is tremendously successful because they have their ear to the pulse of America. Not only are they efficient, but they realize what America demands, if not "takes for granted:" immediate gratification.

Not only do we want it now, we want it to end well, too often with a bullet.

My country has been at war, albeit undeclared, my entire life. This is unlikely to end.

I imagine corporate executives at places like Exxon and Lockheed laugh their asses off when we peons argue the politics and principals of foreign policy. We talk right and wrong, while they rake in huge profits. All they require is a conflict. There's no money in Peace.

Government contractors say screw academic debate, America is threatened and needs another new weapon. They talk jobs and fear. We argue, but keep shopping for the newest kitchen, a 600 horsepower Camero or a 50 mpg import. Meanwhile, we watch more movie problems resolved with gunfire. You can see wildlife murdered with military rifles online, view unlimited porn, or learn how to dodge taxes.

You can argue and shop and look forward to the weekend all you want . . . but you can't reduce weapon sales just as you can't put an end to tobacco or drugs.

International conflict is good for the bottom line. NOTHING is as powerful as money. Principal has nothing to do with it . . . but it's fun to spit in the wind.


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tracy hodson

Clint, I've always been one to spit into the wind. As, methinks, have you :)

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