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Born This Day - Alice Walker and More

Alice walker
Born this day in 1944 – Alice Walker, American novelist, short story writer, and poet. Happy birthday!
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men."
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."
"Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet."
"The harm that you do to others is the harm that you do to yourself and you cannot think then that you can cause wars in other parts of the world and destroy people and drone them without this having a terrible impact on your own soul and your own consciousness."
"I think unless the people are given information about what is happening to them, they will die in ignorance. And I think that's the big sin. I mean if there is such a thing as a sin, that's it, to destroy people and not have them have a clue about how this is happening."
"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it."
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Born this day in 1930 – Garner Ted Armstrong, American religious leader, son of Herbert W. Armstrong, Anglo-Israel theologian, radio preacher, and author (d. 2003).
He was controversial before and after being "defrocked" by his father.
He was also strongly suspected of being an "incognito" participant in the Religion Forum on CompuServe during the years I managed it, under the moniker, "G.T."
On this day in 1950 – Second Red Scare: US Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with Communists.
Take note of the 4th picture: Flier issued in May 1955 by the Keep America Committee urging readers to "fight communistic world government" by opposing public health programs.
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In his musings, the psalmist wandered around the dusty trails of his own existence, traversing over his own struggles and victories, glancing upon the outgrowths of wickedness that tormented him and the grace that attended him. He paused to pray a reflective prayer over his fleeting existence for perspective and resolve, assessing his own need of assessment.
" “O LORD, make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!
Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
and my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
Surely a man goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!"
Psalm 39:4-6 ESV
If I am going to enjoy righteousness and the pursuit of holiness, I must also understand the pernicious power of the sin that does so easily beset me. I am not immune and you are not immune from The Great Distraction or its destructive persistence. There is a duality to our lives - an authentic self and a false self. I cannot speak of the wicked man without recognizing the phony me who walks around in and desires to rule my body and mind. I can own the reality and reject the rule, but it is a daily deed. As bad as any can be, so can I be! Yet, there is more.
"Transgression speaks to the wicked
deep in his heart;
there is no fear of God
before his eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes
that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit;
he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
He plots trouble while on his bed;
he sets himself in a way that is not good;
he does not reject evil."
Psalm 36:1-4 ESV
And yet, there is more ...
"Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O LORD."