You Might Be a Flower Child If…

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 “Love, love, love…All you need is Love.” — The Beatles

 

You believe the Words, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. ” ~ 1 Peter 4:8  “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” ~ Colossians 3:14 –> And,  “Imagine all the people sharing all the world…a brotherhood of man.” ~ John Lennon –> regardless of your religion or politics.

If you believe that holding another person in your arms takes more strength than holding up a sign of rebuke.

If you believe that listening to another person’s story, really listening, is far more productive than skewed rhetoric spewed towards any particular people, in helping to sustain not only a nation, but the world, in finding true freedom and peace.

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If you understand that there will never, ever be true freedom and peace, but only people who believe there can be and who refuse to be influenced by anyone who twists the meaning of both concepts to serve their own agenda.

If you understand that the excerpt from J.F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address: “My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man,” did not mean that Americans were exempt from the world community and, therefore, not subject to the “together” part of his overall message. That, in fact, as Americans, we are called to step up and give an example to the world of what it means to live in universal community with each other both within and outside of our national borders.

Black Flower childIf you read, or listen to, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches and understand that his message is not merely for Black-, or African-, Americans:

There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men [women and children of ALL nations] are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience… [and that] oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever…[but that]… the yearning for freedom will eventually manifests itself…Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice [indeed ANY prejudice] will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation. — Letters from a Birmingham Jail

If you are intelligent enough to comprehend that, Dr. King Jr.’s: “I have a dream my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” does not mean that one’s character will always be beyond reproach. That, indeed, if one’s character falls short of expectations that retaliating with false claims of bigotry or abuse only serves to keep these evils alive and does nothing to eradicate them.

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If you understand that when Cesar Chavez said: “Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures,” he meant that for all peoples — Americans included.

If you understand that Americans and America’s culture are not purebred.

If you’re intelligent enough to comprehend that Che Guevara’s statement: “Silence is argument carried out by other means,” denotes that saying nothing does not connote the absence of taking a stand but, in actuality, is a vote for the status quo.

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If you understand that the phrase, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” actually means “Say something nice.”

If you understand that THE THREE MUSKETEERS’ motto: “One for all and all for one,” is an abstract concept that can be made solid with very little effort on your part.

If you understand that THE MOUSEKETEERS’ theme song may be a reflection of — perhaps even a paraphrased allusion to —  THE THREE MUSKETEERS’ motto.

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If you understand that by denying people {women, children, or men} their right to choose in any way, form, or manner [medical, sexual orientation, marriage, or otherwise) and claim it is your religious or political right to do so, that you are playing God (whether you believe in Him or not).  You cannot believe in free will, or take a stand for freedom, and then quash another person’s God-given, or legal, right to choose freely.

If you know that the term flower child means advocating love, peace, and universe harmony –> and that none of them happen without constant vigilance over the words and actions of the self, your “self.”

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If you understand that patriotism — the devotion to love, support, and defend one’s country — does not negate being a flower child but works towards creating a better balance of the “whole” self.

If you understand that to be vulnerable is to be truly brave.

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If you “Get It” and can still “Dig It” –> you just might be a Flower Child.

 

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 Love, Peace, and Bobby Sherman.

~ Blessings, dear reader

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