The Passing of the Last Gentleman

We lost a great man this week. President George Herbert Walker Bush made his peace with his God and bid us farewell at the age of 94  (Bush 41) may well be the last Gentleman President.

Indeed. Gentlemen and Ladies are in short supply in all walks of life in the first quarter of the 21st Century.  Gentle people are not born, they are raised in a culture that cares deeply for others and little for self.  They are often people raised in privilege and old wealth; in a culture that inculcates the idea of “from those who have been given much, much is expected”.

They know one of the great secrets of life:  The idea of servant leadership.  If you have not served others you have no right to lead.  Ladies and Gentlemen know that it is unnecessary and rude to trumpet your achievements.  Others will deliver the accolades.

Service over self is the mark of the gentle person.  They receive accolades and glory from those around them, never from braggadocio.  There is an old saying among men.  If you have to talk about it …..you haven’t got it!

70 years of marriage to the love of his life, 6 children and a multitude of Grandchildren.  What a magnificent life! It has been said that his Presidency was the most consequential and important one term Presidency in history.

This blog is not the forum for politics but rather for matters of the heart and Spirit.  Kudos to this magnificent gentleman. To meet him was to make a friend.    We shall be the less for his passing.

George Herbert Walker Bush is with the angels and I know that God has given him the highest accolade a human can receive.   Well done, good and faithful servant; you shall sit at my right hand.   

I can only hope that another like him will bless our nation with his or her grace, character,  goodness and ability.

Let us dedicate ourselves to teaching our young women and men to serve others first, to listen more than speak, to honor others and give to those in need without hesitation.

Let us dedicate ourselves to a kinder, gentler society and renew the thousand points of light that this magnificent man put in our national firmament.

 

Until we are together again…..This is Rev. Dore Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida sending you love light and joy all the days of your life.

I am a Religious Scientist    Won’t you stop by the nearest Center for Positive Living very soon.  You will be right at home. 

 

 

 

The Boomer Life at 73

At the dawn of the 21st Century this Baby Boomer was expecting to looking forward to a  time when the Unity of all Life would have been taken for granted.

My generation missed the mark on quite a few things, it seems. Instead of Brother and Sisterhood we are creating rampant tribalism that threatens a retreat to fear and disunity.  What happened to us as a nation and a society?

I graduated from College in 1966; a time when we welcoming the coming of the Age of Aquarius and the dawn of universal love and plenty.  What went wrong ?  The assassination of JFK in 1963 changed everything;  followed by the shooting of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

Instead of Aquarius, we got Mars and the Vietnam War.

It’s a wonder Boomers turned out as well as we have.  Nothing like a nice big mortgage to make you grow up, put down the joint and get to the business of work, children and and building an adult life.  We were a a turbulent generation;most with multiple careers (I have had 4) and multiple marriages (also 4)

I attribute our rather chaotic journey to old age to a generational span that began in the last days of World War 2 for the oldest of the Boomers (I was born 3 days after the Japanese Surrender) then listening to Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey as tykes and continuing to elementary school and Patti Page, Doris Day, Chuck Berry, Elvis and Yes, Pat Boone.

That’s enough to mess with anyone’s head!

By the time I hit Jr. High it was ’57 and Rock and Roll was in full swing, followed by a High School experience never again to be duplicated.  My graduating class at Van Nuys High School in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles numbered 1150!   Cruising Van Nuys Blvd, Burgers and Shakes at Bobs Big Boy on a Friday night,   Those were the days.

Boomers just may have been the last generation to really have fun that did not depend on a smart phone, tablet or e-mail, texts or whatever  We actually talked to each other, slept out under the stars in the back yard in summer in a pup tent with our friends and talked til 2;A/M.

We rode our bicycles the 20 miles to the beach and thought nothing of it.  Our parents gave us 50 cents for emergencies. LOL

What does this have to do with Religious Science or spirituality?   We made our own fun, we learned how to be a friend and how to relate to the opposite sex.  We did not stare at a computer screen. We were self sufficient, made our own fun and our own friends.  Learning social skills was part of growing up.

You see, Religious Science is a do it yourself religion.  Yes, we have classes, ministers and Sunday Celebrations.  What you get out of Religious Science is up to each individual.  You learn Principle ( the basic spiritual rules that make it work) and then you think the thoughts, you speak your Word and you operate the Law of Mind action which is the mechanism that creates all things, including your life experience.  If you are a good operator of the Divine Law you will flourish like a rose in spring.  If not you may experience struggle.

You see, we are the authors of our lives.  No victims here.  We are at choice every minute of our lives.  We decide what our life will be by what we think, believe and say.

You and I are the Masters of our Fate and the Captains of our Souls.  God Creates the Law and the Word and we do the work.

Until we are together again… Think of things you desire in your life, speak words  of good report and make your daily choices in alignment with your desires.  Know that you are the power in your life, you are not a victim, your life is yours to create.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian,  “I am a Religious Scientist”

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

Is your life everything that you wish it could be?   Are you enjoying every aspect of your life?

What would you change in your life if you had the power?  Can you really change your life or are our lives predestined?

You can change your life experience any time you are willing to change your thinking! Your thoughts are the currency of your life.  Your life is built brick by brick by your thoughts. Hold on to those same thoughts and they harden into beliefs in your sub-conscious mind.

There is a power for good in the Universe that you may use anytime that you are willing to do the work of learning the proper use of this great power.   It is not easy to change your thinking , you have been thinking in a certain way every moment of your life.  You and I actually think our lives into being.  Just imagine what you could achieve if you could change your thinking and change your life.

Here is the secret that has eluded humankind for thousands of years.  You are what you think, what you believe and what you do. Your thoughts, words and actions must be in alignment; they must be congruent in order to create the life you want and deserve.

You cannot think that life sucks and then expect a happy life.  You cannot love, while speaking hate.  You cannot be prosperous while acting poor and speaking of poverty.  You cannot be well while thinking of sickness.  You cannot love while thinking hateful thoughts.

You  have been given four of the greatest powers in the Universe:  Thought, Speech, Will and Imagination.  Without thought, nothing exists, for thoughts are the building blocks of reality.  We speak our world into being.  Our Word has tremendous power.  Remember John: in the beginning was the Word.  

All things in heaven and earth are made of thought and made manifest by your Word.  Without willpower nothing is achieved, you must carry on even when it seems so very hard.  Those with weak wills do little of any account.

Perhaps the most powerful gift is our imagination.  We can envision worlds beyond the stars, places never seen, species of life beyond our belief and understanding.    We can imagine worlds beyond our understanding or experience. We can see pictures flying on a current of electrons, we can pluck entertainment out of the ether.  We can travel coast to coast in just hours, where our forefathers took 6 months for the same journey. Within the next century we shall travel to the stars by bending time itself.

Without the great gift of imagination we should be trapped by precedent and condemned to a life of sameness and stagnation.

A dog cannot imagine being anything but a dog.  A dolphin or whale, the smartest creatures not human, will never transcend the state of “dolphin” or “whale’.

If one day you see a dolphin walking down Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles then the drinks are on me!  You will see me on the “street of dreams” anytime that I return to my native City of Angels

Until we meet on that Street of Dreams, be well, be happy and remember: “There is a power for good in the Universe and you and I can use it”.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida    I am a Religious Scientist

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Religious Science (aka The Science of Mind) explained

I am a Religious Scientist, it is my faith and my understanding of the way life works.  Religious, because it takes me to a higher plane of thought where I can be in the presence of the Great Soul, the Divine Mind, the indwelling God and the most High God which are one and the same.  My faith is based on the deepest belief in a Higher Power and at the same time it is governed not by superstition or magic but by Divine Law.

The Science is in the Law which always works in exactly the same way each and every time we use it.  There is cause and there is effect and neither you nor I can escape that basic Law of the Universe. For every action, there will be an equal and corresponding re-action. Hit a ball into a window, the window will break and you will be called upon to buy your neighbor a new window. 

The love you give likewise is returned to you pressed down and multiplied; as are the errors that you commit.

 Science in Religious Science is the absolute predictability of the Law, both physical and spiritual.  Drop an iron ball and it will always fall to earth. Not one time will it fly up into the sky.  When you go to bed you need not worry that you will be on the ceiling.  Law is constant and it is knowable and predictable.  

Just as physical laws may be depended upon, so are the Spiritual Laws instituted by Spirit.  What you put out you will receive in like measure, pressed down and overflowing.  No one is exempt from what most people call “what goes around, comes around” which we call the Law of Compensation.  

We can heal by using the Law, we can prosper by using the Law, we can have success beyond measure or sorrow deeper than the deepest ocean.  

As we think, so we are.  Your thoughts are creative, they are alive and they create your world.  You are licensed by God on the day of your birth to create Heaven or Hell in your life.  You speak the cursing or the blessing out of your mouth.  Your choice, each and every day. You will experience what you think, say and do.  You are the architect and author of your life experience.  

This is what St. Paul meant when he said “think only things of good report”.

You can heal any condition with the speaking of your word, if you believe.  You can create any condition with your word and your belief.  You have a power that you may have never realized before.  

There is a Great Power in the Universe and you can use it.  That is what we teach in Religious Science, which is the teaching of the Science of Mind. 

Until we are together again…..be well, think well and speak well. 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida.  

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What to do when the rain falls!

“In each life a little rain must fall”.  My Mother, a lady of the “Old South,” had a hundred aphorisms full of wisdom to guide her child through the pitfalls of life.

When I came home crying after being bullied for the third day in a row, she would trot out “Son, in each life a little rain must fall”.  She would then cap that with “if you don’t care, then they don’t matter”.  She was trying to teach me not to give my power away to other people.

She was right, but my father had a more satisfying solution:  “Son, bullies are always cowards:  They do not want to be hurt and will run crying like a baby. Simply punch them right in the nose, it bleeds profusely they will never bother you again.  Not politically correct today but he was entirely right.  Once I bloodied a nose or two I was left alone, indeed they wanted to be friends!

Well, you and I cannot go around punching people in the nose in 2019, so how do we manage the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune in the 21st Century

Rather than using our fists, we learn to use The Law.  What is The Law you may ask.  The Law is the cosmic mechanism that changes thought into actual form.  You you may think that thoughts are just puffy things of little account but you would be dead wrong.  Before the beginning of time God created spiritual and physical laws to govern the Universe and all that was in it.

Thoughts are things….they exist.  They are the building blocks of the entire Universe.  God uses the thoughts in his or her Divine Mind to create all that exists in this Universe and many others.  As scripture says: “as above, so below”.

In other words, God thinks everything that exists in all Creation into form with the thoughts of Her magnificent Divine Mind.

So it is that we think our reality and our lives into form with the God Given power of our magnificent human Mind.  (not the brain, that is the organic computer that dies when we do)  We create our lives with the power of our Mind, and with our words, which are thoughts in form. Most important are the actions we take or fail to take.

You see that we really are the Masters of our Fate and the Captains of our soul.  We think our lives into being each moment we live.  But how do we avoid the storms of life?  We think only of things that we want in our lives. We refuse to rent space in our minds to sorrow, anger, hatred and lack and limitation thinking.

As St. Paul famously said:  Think only of things of good report. 

In the Words of the Master:  It is done unto you as you think and as you believe.  

Do not let fearful, negative or hateful thoughts take root in the fertile soil of your subconscious mind.  Give no thought to how you will live or what you will eat.  If God provides for the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, how much more will he provide for you and yours.

But this is so only if you believe firmly without a scintilla of doubt that you are beloved of God and that She has provided every good thing that you need.  Fear and doubt are the mortal enemies of humankind.

Your mortal mind is constantly in need of reassurance that all will be well.  Your belief in the  promise of the Mind of God and in The Love of God is the antidote to the constant fear of “not enough”.

You are enough, there is more than enough for you and yours. Only your disbelief will make it not so.  You don’t have to know how or why this is so.  Just believe it.  It is done unto you as you believe.

Each person on this Earth has been given a power greater than any in the Universe and this is the creative power of Mind.  You can create Heaven with it or fashion you own private Hell.  Think only of what you will allow in your live.  Think of things that make you smile.  Think of Love, Light and Joy.

You are who you think you are!

Most of all show your appreciation for the gifts you have been given by loving and cherishing every human that you meet.   Greet them as your brother or sister, regardless of paint job, culture or origin.  Gratitude is the lubricant of the Universe.  Be grateful for every one of the blessings in your life. 

The first great Truth of Life is that we are ALL ONE.

Until we are together again…. May the blessings of the Great Architect of the Universe be abundant in your heart and in your life.

Rev. Dore Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida   “I am a Religious Scientist”  Visit a Center for Spiritual Living near you.  I know you will love the experience. 

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Open Sesame!

There is a key that unlocks the unfulfilled life.  Rather like the old magician’s “open sesame”, this key will transform your entire outlook on your life and the world around you.  What is this magnificent key, you may ask?

It is so simple that you will wonder why you never thought of it before.

The key to a life well lived is empowerment and that empowerment happens only when you realize and understand that everything in your life begins and ends with you.  You are the driving wheel, the motive force, the producer, director and chief actor in this drama called life.

You see, we really are the “captains of our fate and the masters of our soul“.  It was true in the 1600’s when William Shakespeare penned those immortal words, and even more so in this age of personal empowerment, civil liberties and an “anything goes” public morality.

How do you find this key and what do you do with it.  First, claim your power! Affirm that you are a magnificent creation of God and that God never experiences a recall. (no junk).  Know that you and I and all humanity are made from the very substance and stuff of the Most High God which is the God within each and every one of us. Yes, you and I and even your mother-in-law are made of the very substance of the Divine.

You may say, what happens when we are the victim of other people’s actions, nature or luck?

Please know that becoming a victim is a conscious choice by you, not something that is forced upon you.  OK, a really bad thing happened in your life.  Lost your job, your home, your spouse; you became ill, you were diagnosed with cancer. These are tough things to take in stride, but unless you want them to persist, that is exactly what you must do.  How do you look cancer in the eye and say no big deal?  How do you lose your spouse and say it doesn’t matter?

Sure, these things matter, they are scary and they hurt like hell! I know I have experienced all of these more than once.

Here is the secret.  These things did not happen to you, nobody did this to you. In one way or another you are responsible for every thing good or bad that happens in your life.  Be careful now, you are not to blame but you are responsible.

There is no blame in the spiritual realm,  but you did create the situation with your stream of consciousness (thought) and your words which led to your choices.  Thought, word and choice are the building blocks of life.

In truth there are no victims in life.  Sounds heartless I know, but its true nonetheless.  When I was diagnosed with cancer my first reaction was woe is me! But then I recalled that I am a Religious Science Minister and that I don’t believe that things just happen.  We create them one way or another.  I traced the thread back in my memory and presto, I found the cause of my cancer.

The cause was a rather tumultuous love life that featured three divorces.  Once I realized the cause, the fact that my cancer was in the Prostate was no accident.  The Prostate is the sexual and reproductive area.   I caused my body to turn against itself (that is what cancer is) with my feelings about my turbulent personal life.  

Since I have been happily married to my dear Susan for almost 19 years I know that there will not be a recurrence.  Her love and my being ready to be loved have healed the old relationship wounds.

Once I knew the cause of the cancer, which is always spiritual or mental, I could let the Doctors treat the symptoms and I would treat the cause so it never would return.  Anger, sorrow, a terrible hurt and great stress are the real causes of cancer and the reason why it is endemic in 21st Century America. 

The “Open Sesame” is to understand that YOU are the power in your life.  You have had a license to heal since birth, given by Deity.  You have the power to transform and to create whatever life you desire.  You are a magnificent creation of the Architect of the Universe and you need never be a victim again.  

Think of what you will allow in your life, speak words of kindness, love and joy, and chose what is healthy, happy and the highest and best for all concerned.  That is the recipe for a life very well lived.

Until we are together again…..

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida   Yes, I am a Religious Scientist! 

The Soul’s Journey

We all are aware that there are two things that every human must do.  Pay taxes and die.  The modern world has figured out how to change out gender,our appearance and even enhance our intelligence, but taxes and death seem to be beyond the reach of even our technology.

Most of us realize that we are not our body.  Our body is the Earth Suit that we wear for locomotion and life support.  When the body dies……then what?  It is my belief a human being can never really die.  The mind (not the brain) and spirit lives on.  We never die we just transition to another state of being.

I know this for a fact for I have done it twice, which seems to me one more time than necessary.  According to the EMT Paramedics I was clinically dead when they found me tossed up on the shore of Malibu Beach after being caught in a rip tide. I was 23, far too young to die in my considered opinion.  They got over a gallon of water out of my lungs; I was as close to death as a human can get.

The second time was in my early 40’s during surgery for a burst appendix which had gone septic.  The experience was very similar to that “fun” day at the beach so long ago. 

On both trips to “the other side” I was mentored by a transitioned relative or loved one.  This is done undoubtedly to soften the blow of one’s imminent demise.  Yes, there was a lovely bright light and my maternal grandmother, Margaret, who talked like Scarlet O’Hara from “Gone With The Wind”.  

Both times I took her hand while she explained my choices.  It came down to staying in this life or going on to another experience.  Like a good lawyer, she summarized the case for both courses of action but emphasized that time was of the essence, as I was fading fast.  

I remember Margaret reminding me during my first near death experience that   my young wife, pregnant with our child, was on the beach, unaware of anything amiss, and that was something that I should consider carefully.  

She then showed me a glimpse of the absolute world of Spirit and words cannot describe the loveliness, peace and sense of belonging that I experienced. She did tell me that this was the Soul’s natural state and that life, although exciting, was very wearing on the spirit and soul.

She emphasized over and over that we never, no never, really die.  We just change form rather like water transforming into steam and then to ice.

I asked Margaret about heaven and hell and she laughed.  She said God made us out of Her own substance and that to send anyone to Hell, God would need to go with us since we are the same substance, different only in scale.  

She did say that we all get to experience that which we put into Law while in this life ( for good or ill) but not as reward or punishment but as information for the next experience.

The point of this post is that you can never really die so don’t sweat it.  Nothing to be afraid of; in fact if you live long enough you will embrace death like a lover.  Life is great but enough is often too much.

You are eternal, you never die.  Your body and your Ego dies but the essence of you is eternal.  God will walk with you for all eternity through each transition and each Journey of the Soul.

Do you not know that you are safe, you are Divine, and you are magnificent?

Until we are together again go to CSL.ORG to learn more about Religious Science, which teaches the Science of Mind Faith and Philosophy.  Attend our Sunday Celebrations at the Center for Spiritual Living nearest you.  You will be greeted like family.    Go to YouTube.com/revdore and check out my 121 Video Podcasts. 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL  …..I am a Religious Scientist, the Faith and Philosophy for the 21st Century and beyond.

Standing for Faith and Truth and the American Dream

It has been said that those who stand for nothing will fall for anything.  In our nation and in too many others around the world, we see the creeping virus of disbelief in our private, public and civic life.  It is essential for every human being to believe in something greater and more noble than themselves.

 A good religion or spirituality provides this faith and belief and teaches a moral code as well.  Believe in Science, if you will.  Believe in America or your family but believe in something greater than yourself. 

Countless hours staring at a game console, tablet, smartphone or other device has many of our Millennials living in an artificial universe where they don’t talk, they text, they don’t make love,they hook up, they don’t work, they do their thing.  

Far too many Americans under 40 believe in nothing, experience little of real life and have retreated to a Doll House existence.  (Doll House is a chilling sci-fi series about a near future reality in which humans don’t live in the outside world at all, we lay on couches and experience life through AI, (artificial intelligence).

If you are not familiar with Doll House, stream it on Netflix.  It will scare the pudding out of you!  

Belief is the greatest power of the human mind. Some call it faith which is a first cousin to belief, only deeper. Faith can heal when the doctors give up; it can move mountains, surmount any obstacle, achieve the “impossible” and create whatever you can believe and conceive. 

A society that has lost its core belief is doomed. Rome did not fall because it was evil or corrupt but because it stopped believing in the Gods of Rome and the ethos of the Roman state and so they ceased to be Romans.  Are we headed for the same fate?

What is America’s Core belief?  It is the American Dream, in which fewer and fewer believe today.  It never was a promise or a guaranteed benefit.  It was a chance to be more and do more than your grandparents or parents.  It was a chance to be free, to speak your mind without fear or reprisal,  it was a chance for those who arrived in steerage to travel in First Class within a few years with enough desire and hard work.

It still exists and is alive and well but it seems that only immigrants believe in The American Dream today.  We hear all too often that the system is “rigged”. It is only rigged if you believe its rigged.  

Andrew Carnegie was nearly bankrupt when he finished the first steel bridge over the Mississippi River with borrowed money.  Within 5 years he was the richest man in America. 

To those without belief, courage and guts the system will always seem to be rigged.  Was it rigged for my Cambodian neighbors? Here is their story.

I patronize a dry cleaners owned by a family of Cambodian immigrants.  They walked 500 miles to get to Thailand, fleeing the death camps of the vicious Khymer Rouge.  They had $100 to their name when they arrived in America. 

Today they own 4 dry cleaners and 5 restaurants, providing a fine living for the entire extended family.  They came here with $100 to their name.

How did they do this when so many Americans believe that this story is no longer possible?  Immigrants are highly motivated and they believe that in America anything is possible and so it becomes possible for them.  Faith, courage and hard work does the rest.   

Doubt or cynicism is the enemy of the creation of our good for the cynic and the constant skeptic believes in nothing; not even in themselves.

I believe that the day that we stop welcoming immigrants to the US will be the day that America begins to die.  Immigrants refresh the tree of Liberty with their hopes, dreams, hard work and faith.  They are a lesson for all Americans and an example of the American Dream in action. 

Searching for a spiritual faith that you can believe in this 21st Century?  Log on to CSL.ORG and find the nearest Center for Spiritual Living near you.  We teach Religious Science which is the Science of Mind.  You will be glad you came and you will be most welcome

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL

The Healing of America (Part 1 of 2)

 This has been a uniquely disturbing US Presidential election. As I write this post, only 3 weeks are left until Election Day, November 7th. Both Republicans, Democrats and Independents are weary of this most uncivil and unseemly campaign; unprecedented in modern American history.

Yes there were elections in the 1820’s and 30’s so toxic and mean that the shame and false accusations heaped upon Andrew Jackson’s wife caused her to die of a broken heart.  It was a “no holds barred” type of politics in the first 50 years of our Republic and I am very saddened to see us descend to this level again in the supposedly enlightened 21st Century.

Whatever your politics or preferences I am sure that you would agree that our democracy cannot thrive in an atmosphere of distrust, thuggery and mean spirited hate speech.  We heard just yesterday a candidate sowing the seeds of conspiracy and illegitimacy of our democratic process.  Unchecked, this could destroy our very soul and nation.  This is the atmosphere that destroyed the world’s first democracy, Athens.

What has happened to “morning in America”?  Where have “hope and change” gone, just 8 years after thrilling and empowering much of the nation?

Every problem has a spiritual solution and this time of nastiness and recrimination can be solved only by good will; brother and sisterhood and a large dose of empathy.  There also must be a few structural changes in our Election process.  (Parties must nominate as they did formerly, then the people elect)  Lest you think I am suggesting that we all hold hands and sing Kum Ba Ya around the campfire I would say that “it wouldn’t hurt” but it is not the medicine that our body politic and our national consciousness needs.

America has lost faith in its own mythology.  A people’s myths are the bedrock of their culture.  We sometimes think of a myth as something false.  That is often untrue.  A myth is a long held cultural tradition, usually based on truth.  Myths are the ideals upon which a nation is built.

What are America’s basic myths and why have so many forsaken them in the last decade?

The central idea of America is the American Dream:  This is the heart and soul of America.  If The Dream dies our nation dies a slow death from the inside out.  However the American Dream is not the American Promise.

Nothing is promised in a free society but equal protection of the laws and due process.  The American Dream simply means that anyone from anywhere is free to thrive or fail to the limits of their talent, hard work and character.  We are now all measured primarily by our talent, drive, character and the fruits of our labor.

There are no longer blue bloods, no privileged class, racial barriers and no nobility or royalty.  Every one of us, if we have the will and the talent and the guts, can become a Warren Buffet or a Colin Powell.

We can all, if we have the athleticism and put in the years of hard work, become a super star athlete no matter if we came from Beverly Hills or South Central LA, from Coral Gables or Liberty City.

Somehow the American Dream has become in the minds of many the American Guarantee.  Nothing is guaranteed in life, here or anywhere else.  To achieve the American dream you must have a thirst for it, a hunger for it that cannot be satisfied until it is achieved.  You have to sacrifice, persevere when the dark hours come and never, never give up.  Most importantly, you have to make wise choices every step of the way.

Particularly in America you must write the story of your life and produce the movie version with every thought, word and choice. You are solely responsible for the outcome.

What causes the American dream to go off the rails for so many?  Many, many people kill their American Dream with a rebellious spirit.  “I am sick and tired of school, no college for me!”  Poor choices at an early age can blight a life.

In 21st Century America, unless you invent something magnificent, or write the great American Novel,  you have just consigned yourself to a life in the working class, working long hours for an hourly wage.  One bad decision not quickly corrected is all it takes to turn the American Dream into paradise lost.

But weren’t things easier in the 50’s?

Weren’t we the greatest nation in the world in the 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s? What happened?  Wasn’t this the Golden Age of America?  It seemed that way to some but only if you were straight, White and Gentile and preferably Protestant.

Jim Crow was in its heyday and religious and ethnic bigotry was a way of life.  There were ethnic slurs for almost any nationality or ethnicity and they were used in daily conversation. Whole neighborhoods would move out if one person of color or unacceptable ethnicity moved in!  Seems unreal today but that was the United States of my childhood.  Not so golden for much of the population, was it?

What about those great jobs?  The days of walking down the street of your industrial Mid-Western or New England town with nothing but a high school diploma and getting that high paid union job at the mill or factory, complete with  fat pension and 100% health coverage, are long gone and they are not coming back.

This way of life was an aberration caused by World War 2.  It never happened before and will not happen the same way again.

Immediately after the end of World War 2 the United States became the most powerful nation in the world and “the American Century” began.  Why and how did this happen?

We emerged from the war with the homeland totally unscathed; our infrastructure, cities and industry emerged from the war as the most modern in the world.  We became the industrial giant of the entire world.

Japan, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Russia and to a large extent the UK had been reduced to rubble by the war.  We had by far the most powerful military in the world armed with the most terrible weapon ever developed.   Hiroshima and Nagasaki were stark reminders of this.

Do you know that post War Great Britain, with their cities in ruins and their economy shattered, had very stringent rationing of fuel, food and clothes well into the 1950’s.  At the same time Americans went on a buying spree unlike any in our history, buying appliances, automobiles and homes, all of which were unavailable during the War.

In 1946, ten million G.I.’s came home in a matter of months, sending women out of the factories and back to home and children. Rosie the Riveter may have built the planes, ships and weapons that won the war but she was fired in mass to make room for the men.  

Women, once freed from the nursery and the kitchen by the critical need for workers during the war, now saw their freedom and independence abruptly ended and did not like it one bit.  Thus the seeds of feminism were born and not a moment too soon!  

My own Mother was one of the first to sign up for gender equality.  She became one of the first females to become a  licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of California.  Seems strange today but real estate was virtually an all male profession prior to the 50’s.

This American monopoly of prosperity and power could not last.  It was built on the misfortune of others.

When the rest of the world recovered and rebuilt their industries and infrastructure we began to have competition in industry and in trade.  A rising tide does lift all boats and the perennially poor nations such as China, India, Malaysia, Korea and war torn Japan began to become industrial powerhouses and soon became First World nations, rather than recipients of our hand-outs.

Sometimes Americans tend to see the world as a zero sum game.  If others advance and prosper; we sometimes feel diminished.  We should be thrilled that the world is getting richer every day.  We should give thanks to whatever Deity we honor that more and more children go to bed on a full stomach, go to school and have hope for a better life  than ever before in human history!

We should celebrate the advances of our brothers and sisters around the globe, but today we envy them.   Hope has been replaced by fear and anger.

Charity and love has been replaced in too many hearts with feelings of loss, helplessness and anger. Only a renewal of the Spirit can remove this stain on our national consciousness and return us to the big-hearted, kind and charitable people that once fed the world, healed the sick and led the way to hope and freedom.

Is there room only for The United States of America in the World Prosperity Club?  Let’s spread the Gospel of Prosperity as ardently as we do the Gospel of Democracy?  

Time to relight that Shining City on the Hill; time to rekindle the American Dream and then export it to the world.

Next post: My take on the solutions.

Be well, speak well and think well, until we are together again

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida    YouTube.com/revdore

 

The Truth About You and I

I know the truth about you and I and I have not even met you yet.  There is an overriding Truth about humanity and about every single human on Earth.

That Truth is that in the basics of life we are all the same.  Yes, we have different exteriors, colors, hair type, mental abilities, sexual preferences,  personalities  dreams and desires.

And yet we are more alike than we are different.  Every human on the planet bleeds red blood when cut or wounded.  Every human cries when sad or hurt. Every human must eat and drink often. Every human on the planet must release liquid and solid waste at frequent intervals and every one of us has a pump we call the heart that circulates the blood that carries the oxygen on which life depends.

Pump stops, we die …all races, all nationalities; death knows no country,  culture or color.

Every single one of us has dreams and aspirations; most of us ponder the mystery of creation, which we explain by one system of religion or another.  Or perhaps we make science our secular religion to explain the unexplainable.

We laugh, we get horny, we love, we hate, we kiss and we fight.  We get hungry and we fast.  We are serene and we are anxious but the one constant about humanity is that we are all cut from the same cloth, made in the same mold and have the same Creator.

Every one of us is born of a woman, conceived with the help of a man, and every one of us will end his or her journey in death.  Most believe that the mind and soul goes on, some believe in “lights out, its over”.  I do believe that we live on many, many times but which of us really knows?

The commonality of humanity needs to be re-stated over and over and over in this age where empathy for our fellow humans is running rather thin.  We need to see the common thread of humanity to realize that the differences are mainly cosmetic and personal.  In our laudable search for diversity we have splintered our societies into constituencies and social and political identities that have had the unintended consequence of dividing rather than uniting the human family. 

We are ONE, Created by one Divine Mind, Great Architect, Ground of Being or just God.  We are made of love and come from love.  Love giving itself by the Creator creating all out of itself and on Earth a joining in love of our parents.

Look in the eyes of the next person you meet and see yourself in their eyes no matter the color of their skin, the shape of their features or the type of their hair. They are you with a different exterior decorator.

Every human wants a happy life.  Every parent wants success and happiness for their children and every mother thrills at the first stirring in her womb.  Every man becomes a father the first time he holds his baby in his arms and he’s hooked for life.  All of us wants our children to advance beyond what mom and dad achieved in this life.

One of my greatest joys is watching my three lovely children building wonderful families of their own; buying their first homes, enjoying rewarding and well paid careers and having good solid, American affluent lives.

This success was no Ozzie and Harriet tale.  It happened in spite of being children of a rather unpleasant divorce and being bi-racial.  They had additional hurdles to jump but that only made them stronger and smarter. They are loved by both parents and they know it and that is what enables them to surmount any obstacle.

Love is the lubrication of the good life.  Empathy is the glue that holds a civil society together .  My RX for America is More Love and a Boatload of Empathy, which is in short supply at the moment; in our body politic and in our conversations with each other.

Until we are together again, reach out to someone who needs encouragement, love or understanding.  See the One, Be the One and live as One.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida