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Control + Alt + Delete for many with computers that was how you would escape the screen freeze or blue screen of death. Then have to answer the question if you wanted to restart in safe mode. Alberta thought they were doing that when the United Conservative Party was elected to governance just over a year ago. The traversing of change, the needing to re-invent our economy, and create space for belonging for everyone had stalled many out in the change process in anger and denial.

That was preyed upon by a high centralized bully culture.

Is it the best governance? How many voters have voter remorse as our world class institutions were decimated, the world rebuked our oil and gas sector for the draconian ways we scaled back to, and diversification was cancelled. With announcements of Premier Kenney tomorrow (Monday) around diversifying our economy, one has to simply wonder is it relabeling NDP era policy as UCP to try and win back support, knowing the shenanigans’ of this government I would side on yes.

In the midst of cancel culture though, it raises the question what about governance and politics? Why do we accept shady business and almost zero accountability for actions and behaviours? Have we defaulted to our “colour” must win at all costs in striving for power and be damned the consequences to ourselves and neighbour? Data points to yes.

The ideological lock chain does not help out world, our neighbour or ourselves. It locks us into false dichotomy for solutions with no robust discussion on topics and research. It leads to school yard tattle tale gotcha moments that can deflect from the ongoing ineptitude in governance for all Albertans (insert your context here as I am sure you have examples). The rallying cry for engagement has always been the least you can do is vote.

NO! That’s not the least you can do, showing up and putting an “x” beside the party name, as you say it’s the leader not the local representative doesn’t matter—oh but it does. For when the leader with the centralized power is off base, it is the local members that need to hold them to account, and within the Westminster System have the power to replace.

Knowing the character of the person wanting to represent your party is important. Do they show up for debates and events? Do they live locally and have their kids in the public institutions? Are they a parachute candidate from somewhere else? A paper candidate or flag bearer (just letting their name stand on the ballot)… all these things are important and need to be understood, for if we move beyond gotcha, to the ability to demand better choices we begin to engage. In the last federal election the Greens and Cons played games with voters with the gotcha era pretending to fire candidates, and then election day people were shocked they were still on the ballot, once confirmed you are confirmed. Know our system, the local constituency associations need to take seriously a candidate search and are the main point of vetting for the best to represent… are they doing their job?

What if the ballots were party blind? No parties listed, just names, how would you choose your representative? You’d actually have to get to know them, and the volunteers behaviour would reflect directly on them…those that espouse ableist, rascist, queer hate, misogynistic views would be held to account. Also, knowing they could not fly under the party colours how much more seriously would the local EDA’s take the vetting? Would all parties be fielding full slates? Or would their be times if a candidate had to be of good character and active in the election period to stay on the ballot (i.e. 3 debates planned must make 2 or are deleted)…would we get a better crop (and I do believe a ranked ballot would aid the process even more).

Cancel culture when used well and targeted appropriately can bring about positive change. It needs to hyper focus on our political systems, demand better choices, push media to remove the voice of opinion from policy, and close off the options for populist-extremism on either side to be shuttered away, to create space for robust discussion of the issues, and the big questions on why and how? The voice to strip the centralized power from the First Minister’s office (Prime Minister and Premier), to re-empower the local representative, remove the party whip, and allow the local voices to come together to create consensus policy for the whole.

The least we can do is to open the conversation and share why things matter and are important, to create a space for healthy, robust debate and dialogue so that come election day, it is not an adversarial approach to save our own fragile egos that our team needs to win like some Stanley Cup play off round, but be able to say the local candidate with the best ideas is the one that was voted for and elected.

Ready to do the least for the vote?

If you’re interested in being a part of the reboot of our province, I encourage you to check out https://rebootalberta.com/


Cancel culture is the new en vogue. It is simple enough to understand as accountability for one’s posted content/thoughts/actions/behaviours. For those of us that grew up in a healthy and positive home environments with authoritative caregivers/parents that gave us boundaries, rules, expectations with warmth and love this is understandable.

As stories emerge, and folks loose work one sees the blatant hatred, racism, queer hate (sorry note homophobia, this is not a DSM-V classification for a fear that is so anxiety inducing it fires out fight-flight-freeze system this is simply hatred), bigotry, prejudice, etc. Accountability within a 24-7-365 world were everything is recorded seems laudable. For the most part it is, we learned at very young ages that words are just as destructive as acts of physical violence, and there has been far too many examples of what cyber-bullying has led to in our youngsters.

YET…there is always a yet, as we unpack what is happening within out world through a critical lens. Is it truly a world of accountability? A step in the right direction towards reconciliation and moving forward? Or is it simple acts of vengeance as the course correcting pendulum swings power from one side completely to another, with the other acting without having learned the lessons of corruption?

Pause and first think of the destruction of statues (iconoclasts), which has happened throughout our history with regime changes and history. Is it wrong to destroy monuments to hate? No. Yet, what are you going to replace the vacuum with? For if a statue is simply pulled down, or destroyed you are leaving the replacement in the hands of those the may have erected it in the first place?

Are you working to have the full story shared? Moving beyond ideological entrenchment of complete where everything on either side is holy/sacred and the other is seen as satanic/profane. A space where we cannot speak out against corruption, ills, contrariness, or violence/abuse within our own movements without being seen as “traitors” to the cause.

Are we working to replace the statues with images that represent the full story of the era that is glories/joys/scars/traumas and everything in-between? The truth of the era and what the time is to represent?

Yes, filling the vacuum with education, so as a society we get better, we learn and heal together. The onus being on each citizen to learn (not on the oppressed to constantly teach)…laying the course after truth opens up the way to reconciliation (moving forward as a society into the new). The truth stage is our moments of prototyping the new, before crystallization of the new begins (using the concepts of U Theory).

Within the arts, why are we simply removing those items that may offend instead of looking at how it can be used to teach where we were, and where we are? Is there a way to use these shows and movies, think like PBS used to have the discussion folks before and after to place the piece in its proper historical context, and discussion points for today as a result (think of how you should have been taught things like Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice in High School, we have examples within the last 100 years that need the same teaching surrounding them).

Which brings us into the other pieces of cancel culture making the mainstream and social media circuits. As we have allowed our politics to denigrate into this power anger grab match of gotchaisms to show corruption and ineptitude, so has cancel culture evolved. It is not about rooting out the asininely that is currently perpetuating hate, but rather from this old hacks perspective digging through early days of social media to catch some celebrity in a moment (possibly) of stupidity, and then using that to end their career.

Is this reconciliation? Is it making our world better?

First, is there a statue of limitations on racism/hate? Yes/no. Say what? What type of fence sitter am I?

I’m not. But I do believe it is looking at the journey of the person to see if it is in need of cancelling accountability or a case study in what the power of education and reconciliation can bring about.

When we are looking at allegations from 1-20 years old, we need to look at the person and ask…what does the pattern show? Has there been a change? Because within the journey and the change creates a case study that creates strength within the cause for a better world, for when those saying that do to (insert reason here) change is impossible, a list of those that have changed, and continued in life shows the difference.

Yes, life is about evolution and development. You are not the same person you were last year, 10 years ago, in adolescence, young adulthood, early or middle child hood. Some things may remain the same, some beliefs have strengthened, some have faded away or radically transformed. The lens you bring to personal reflection within your own journey, you need to bring to look at another’s (that whole Jesus thing of loving neighbour and loving self).

This comes out of reflecting on cancel culture and my own journey as a semi-public figure with many media interviews, public talks, sermons, and workshops out there of my thoughts, and evolving beliefs. As well, 34 years of publishing of stories in all genres and types within fiction and non-fiction. Some in the public record and archives, others in post-secondary, still more within the unpublished realm shared through friend and professional pools.

Is there anything in all that I could get cancelled for? Honestly, I do not know. I know in the time and context when the piece came from, what is there is where I was on my journey. Where I am now is what is written and shared now, there is transfiguration and transformation each day of my life as I reflect, learn and grow what it means to build a world of belonging for all.

The shift that needs to happen is not one from hate/oppression to revenge/vengeance… it is truly a shift to sharing the truth of the events of our world. Then the greatest shift in actions and attitude, through education and love, moving into authentic healing for our communities to reconciliation and into hope for the future.

Are you willing to take the first step towards HOPE?

Not just create the vacuum, but fill it with the new.


PSA on Care for you: I have been having conversations virtually and on social media with folks who are feeling more anxious, tightness/heaviness in chest, nausea, or gastro-intestinal symptoms that doctors can’t tie to a physiological (physical) illness and wondering what is happening? We are in the in-between phase of life, our bodies are in recovery–full recovery of a constant 24-7 on call lifestyle that abruptly stopped, and new stressors both conscious and unconscious took hold upon our systems that now our holistic system is trying to figure a way to burn out of, and move beyond the constant overlapping flight-fight-freeze responses (conversion). It is normal, it is also normal to take time to pause, to rest, to renew, to reflect on your life. Below is a tool for self-care, defining each area, you rate yourself from 0 (at the hub) to 10 (at the outside wheel), in each area, this is the wheel you are travelling on. Pick one area you would like to grow, it is not an audacious plan, but one simple thing you can do each day to grow it by one point. For example: Watch 1 sitcom that makes me laugh, take 1 hour where I unplug from the computer, read 2 chapters on a mystery novel I picked up at the grocery store. These moments of pause, and care for you, aid in your body rebooting, and reduce (because elimination is probably impossible at this time) the conversion symptoms. As always speak with your family doctor as well:

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Posted: June 11, 2020 by Ty in Spirituality
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I cannot share the words I want to share in regards to our premier, I do believe he is jumping the gun advancing Phase II of re-opening, holding fast to an expiration of the Health Emergency, as our numbers in the province continue a daily trend upwards once more. Not even going to touch upon the Education Minister after vicious attacks, and cuts (new funding formula is not a cover story) and lay offs, then saying schools will return in September and leaving it up to decimated school boards to sort out how to accomplish this feat, but leaving the final dangling parciples until August, while our students who can return for summer school are the test subjects in this dry run. Restaurants can open with no cap, places of worship the same, they say that social distance and masks need to be used, yet what is heard in a pack that already believes it nothing more than “influenza” (our premier’s words), or shame those that mask–is we’re back open for business!

Will our Premier who is known for stating it is okay that elderly die, as they have lived beyond the average life expectancy, have the fortitude to shut us back down when wave 2 hits? What happens when it happens in the darkest part of the year? And family holiday gatherings are cancelled.

Yet in this anxiety inducing turmoil, there is a pause for reflection and learning. Communal and individual growth, over the past 87 days have you noticed that the world did not collapse without everything running 24-7? Including ourselves?

Could this be a time to rediscover the spiritual practice of Sabbath? True rest. Unplugging, letting the fatigue and stress leave our systems, as we have been witnessing it happen within nature itself during this time. Can we experience the same rejuvenation? And true relaxation?

The silver lining in the thunder cloud of virus that is not caring about political will or economic want, but rather is its own monolith.

What has this time at a distance shown you, about a slower life?

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Posted: June 2, 2020 by Ty in Spirituality
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My daughter picks up the torch and creates a proud Daddy moment—

Daughter speaks

 


See the source imageAh 50 days after Easter, and it is Pentecost. The birthday of the church. The day with the outward experience of the inward holy mystery of each of us, as the ancient church told the story in the Christian Testament:

2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

-Acts of the Apostles 2:1-13, English Standard Version

It was a time of shattering false dichotomies, labels and barriers. A time when all were seen as created- equal and whole, blessed and loved. This is the story of Pentecost. Removing the barriers of exclusion and hate, so love wins.

What a weekend for this to happen with the historic riots south of the border, as Rev. Michael Coren on Twitter reminded us this morning with:

A #PentecostSunday prayer
Unite us Holy Sprit: in justice, equality, peace, and love. Remove the power of the oppressor, restore the dignity of the oppressed. Make us whole with the rhythms of what is right, repair the brokenness of an unfair society. Amen.

Who would Brother Jesus direct us, his humble students and believers nee 2,000 years onwards, to stand with? To love? What should we do in this time of uncertainty, upheaval, physical disconnect? The world is changing rapidly, and we are responding in person or from a distance to crisis after crisis it seems. Constantly running at a minimal level of constant being on anxiety.

Fatigue is setting in and that is okay. It is okay to take time for one self, but not to do it in a way through justification that the world is fear mongering, or our oppressed brothers and sisters simply need to get over it. We still need to stand in justice and love. So when we rest, it can be a rest of peace. Especially this week in Canada as we open accessibility week . A week to remind us all, that there is a mosaic in society, for the secular it is about building spaces that are accessible, healthy inclusion.

For those who are spiritual, I would say it is  a challenge thrown down to actually live the Holy Love and Justice that is the belonging in the story of Pentecost. It is about creating authentic belonging for all in our world, our society, our communities, and our homes, as labels become irrelevant, and it is about the person before us, understanding how they experience the world, advocating and ensuring they have the right resources to thrive, and to be in community with one another.

Are we up to answer the Pentecost Love challenge?

For those who want to argue if this is a pandemic due to numbers of deaths, and that Canadian ER’s have not been overrun…uhm this is harm reduction/prevention in action as community works interdependently to keep all members of society safe. If our politicians were not directed by Health Services, and was the inverse…just look to our neighbours to the south, death tolls from Covid have far surpassed the totals of lives lost in America in Vietnam and Korean wars combined (this attitude is what the Alberta Premier is moving to by tying the hands of Health Services, and referencing it as an “influenza”), or to Sweden which never locked down, and is now paying the price. To my neighbours in YYC, restrictions are easing, but please continue to thinking communally so we can all live safe and healthy lives together.

-End sermon on Pentecost.

-Day 76 Facebook story, just before visiting Calgary’s Sage Hill Wal-Mart mask on, and having many complain about so many people fear mongering by wearing masks (face palm time).

One of the blessings of c-tine, is connections that may not have normally happened, due to the nature of the video call (but I caution thezoom fatigue to be aware of), but some cool things can happen, like the rendition of this song.

Pentecost Song here.

It is a time of ebb and flow, where we are called to experience life differently, could it be in this time of pause, we take a moment to listen deep within for the small still whisper of the Holy, and have those conversations that truly matter with others? And renew bonds of belonging?

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Yes that awkward day for all those with a British (or naughty sense of humour), so get the giggles out before we move on to the rolling thoughts of this Sunday, as dusk settles in (or is it possibly more rain?).

Image may contain: text that says "So in retrospect, in 2015, not a single person got the answer right to "Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?""The first thoughts wrestling through during this is what grows out of the memories tab at Facebook, a reminder of my own meandering journey over the last 3 years connecting to the satirical meme to the left in regards to the grand concept of life planning/goals of the “5 year plan”. For it is definitely not unfurling like I pictured the last few years would’ve been. Although, I was never one to really plan, just follow the path to live out the mission of making my own corner of the world a little better, one act of kindness at a time.

During C-tine as Alberta’s government and health minister continue to attack our medical community, and the fabric of public-universal health care in my province. It reminds me, that during the time I was down,  as I was going down, and going through PNES-PTSD- the diagnosis, and the phased healing– that the private medical practitioners the insurance company wanted to send me to, to get me off the LTD claim faster, refused to accept the referrals as the complexity of what was happening (the idea that it was not a simple cause and effect solution) led them to decline, while the public system rose to the challenge. Yes, reflecting back on some Facebook memories, there was nervousness, and some trepidation into the unknown once the path and treatments started…but the system supported through to the best outcome, and a year after the feelings of trepidation have me back in the field and now working from home, serving the next generation of practitioners to grow their knowledge base.

It does lead one to pause, and consider the wisdom that guided many, spear header by (Pastor) Tommy Douglas, leader of the then named CCF to take up the struggle for universal health care, the concept that no one should have to choose between money and health…

And it makes one wonder, how any government can look at the history of medicine, and decide that it as a for profit endeavour is ethical, let alone moral.

But as we segue way, the announcement has been made by our illustrious premier that June 1 places of worship (with precautions) can re-open. It did make me wonder what this would look like? Would the mega-churches, or mid to large size churches take the risk? Yes, it is a risk assessment and liability. As one church, Living Spirit United, here in Calgary shared that just before the shut down they were following guidelines about 40 in attendance, and still 24 became ill, and 2 died.

Will this serve as a prophetic warning to places of worship? The very nature of closeness that comes with a “faith family” (regardless of religious stripes), is connection, embracing, how do you stop children from touching? Who will turn away the extra’s that turn up that are not allowed in due to restrictions who will turn them away? Will they listen? Will people wear masks (as we are already seeing the direction from the Federal Chief Medical Officer Doctor Tam going unheeded already).

From my sociological tracking of churches though, it again is creating poverty as a petri-dish. I don’t want to make a blanket generalization, and I won’t. But what I do see is those that will jump back into opening are those that may not fully understand the implications, or are able to leverage “spiritual language” to convince in a populist movement because what is being heard is not, with precautions- but “open as normal”. The other plausibility, is smaller to mid-size congregations who have been struggling financially before this time, and were unable to adapt a method of donation stream during, re-opening and welcoming back the congregation for both donations but also re-connecting with what has created a mass shut in situation. The third point, is the confusion of church/worship with the building, not the spiritual practices and connection with the belief system and members that can happen without the physical building until things are in a safer situation.

But all these musings will fall I do not want to say on deaf ears or hardened hearts, but I would say driven by a fear or better anxiety, of necessity for what worship/ritual is to them and tied to a specific holy space and time.

I am not sure what my church (yes I am switching to my own faith background from the meta) will decide on re-opening. But as a family unit we have looked at who we are, the health needs, and our own connectivity to people and faith. Really it is tracking numbers, that is not only infection/recovered/new, but total daily tests (are Albertans seeking out testing when exposed even asymptomatic, or when feeling ill, or not) to see what is happening over the summer before choosing possibly by late summer or fall to make a choice to return.

Why? Well, the letter from Paul of Tarsus to those in Colossae was touched on today in the service, and the words of what it’s all about hit home (Colossians 1:15-20, The Message):

15-18 We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.
18-20 He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.

What does it come down to?

Living out the life of love of self, neighbour and God–that the life, death, and resurrection of Brother Jesus laid out as a road map for all of us. So yes, being in a building with others is a wonderful additional experience, but I do not think it is a calling at this time to partake in.

Rather it is a calling for care and kindness of other by distancing, by doing things that encourage corporate health.

Take time, we are still in the precautionary stage, we are easing some restrictions to aid our neighbour…take the lead of that sentiment…choosing actions of kindness and economy that aid others. For we all deserve to be healthy, cared for, and belong.

Sunday Song- Brad Paisley’s Me and Jesus


a day of errands,

understanding that physical distancing

no longer understood,

for ease of restrictions–was heard as “We’re open as normal”

Face palm the selective hearing of a society

as many still thrive to protect through safety protocols.

Wondering if this means a shut down for Christmas?

But it causes a pause

for reflection

on a life having been lived to build a Kingdom

Brother Jesus stated was near,

and in the thin space,

one were everyone belonged, was loved, and honoured

for simply who they are

was possible.

A life of blood, sweat, tears and death threats

tearing down prejudices

bigotry

ableism

queer hate

speaking out, supporting social safety nets

serving the vulnerable

the Sacrament of Service

Love of the beautiful Imageo Dei

int its wonderful mosaic here on earth…

Just over a year from being elected

watching

as elected members of governance exist under a cone of silence…

environmental protections stripped away

children with disabilities, passively placed back into isolation

supports of belonging removed without a tear or a word

but a key stroke tweet

Hard fought for equality

to finally belong

living that love is love

and now under the faux cross

of Christo-fascists

they want segregated humanity

money

power

rampant individualistic

trollism

out to harm citizens

one would say called to serve,

and I ponder,

as the rain of the last 2 days recedes

an ark not necessary today

the new sun emerges

the grass is greener

but will those who say they rally under a belief ethos

actually read the source documents of the Master Teacher?

Or are we to be a part of a Roman Occupation 2020.

Where only some are allowed to be seen as

H-U-M-A-N.

At this time,

choose love

choose advocacy,

Choose to love yourself, and your neighbour…

 

 

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Posted: May 18, 2020 by Ty in Spirituality
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Days tick by

they are made up of hours

minutes

seconds

could be reduced further, but why be so theoretical

in the practical

we are over two months.

Phase 1

restrictions are lifting

too many hear it as a wide open call

forgetting safety

not giving a damn about the neighbour

as another senior is claimed

numbers spike up a little,

scale back down

watching the mud caked hmv’s leaving the country

the line of trailers

one wonders the state the environment was left in?

After a long weekend clarion call to be outside?

Within a purgatory of our own making

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a waiting time

which Phase 2 will hit first?

eased restrictions?

Or a new spike of cases?

As human trials are set to begin

on a vaccine,

that is already building an anti-lobby

because opinions need to be more valuable than fact

what a time to be alive,

wondering the value others will place

on loved ones’ lives…

 

 


Say what?

See the source imageA trope is a device used to propel a story forward, one of the most famous raised in pop culture recently was the PG remix of Deadpool 2, Once Upon a Deadpool, where Fred Savage explained it in the context of “fridging”. Which grew out of a new era Green Lantern in the 1990’s Kyle Rayner, who’s girlfriend was murdered and shoved in a fridge by a villain to move the plot forward. But I digress, why the idea of a trope?

For it sets the scene for the court room drama. Many can come to mind, Matlock, Perry Mason, JAG to name but a few. JAG is the one the twigged this as it follows a very simple plot idea of mysteries. The defense attorney trying to prove their client’s innocence (this was inverted with the CSI shows) of the charges brought against them. The prevailing populist view as charges had been brought is that the person is guilty (yes, I know it shifts how the justice system should work, but think of reality and how when we see someone is charged we make the same assumption?)..

This is the learning within watching these one and done style mystery shows (or made for t.v. movies), it is a great way to begin to unpack how to discuss many issues. Not due to the adversarial nature of a court room, for that is usually downplayed in the series. For it was more about seeing what are the red herrings (those deflections, and misdirection’s that lead away from the truth–hmmm…do we see any of these existing in our public discourse on issues today? Political announcements? The Covid-19 situation, and the conflation of independent rights over social distancing? The list can go on). For it is bringing together the other evidence that is left out of the discussion because it does not fit the narrative.

If it doesn’t fit the narrative is it because it is inaccurate? If so, then it should continue to be left out (does the data, both qualitative and quantitative, pass the litmus test? or not?). If it only doesn’t fit the narrative because the narrative is designed to fulfill an ideology, not a fact statement–well then, the discarded facts need to be brought to light to challenge, and break apart the false narrative, and set the soon to be wrongfully convicted free.

What is happening as you work through a court room drama mystery? As you begin to put the different pieces of evidence together you begin to have a dialogue between your held ideology/belief/assumption and the different facts. This dialogue is healthy, it allows us to have our lived experience (which creates a bias base, that is normal) into dialogue with the data, and out of that to craft a healthier narrative that actually not only follows a line of fact, but also aids the journey towards a better society.

For it is not just the destination that matters, but the most important piece is the journey, and the journey is what can adjust the destination as we open ourselves up to the dialogue partners that eliminate our own ideological red herrings, and clear up the mud and fog of the false discourse, the dualism every system wants to create where one side is Holy/Good and the other is Satanic/Evil, to walk, what Anglicans would call the Via Media, the middle road.

For that is the other piece of the court room drama, both the prosecutor and the defense, provide their narrative of the facts, the judge/jury then are to unpack the narratives and boil it down to what is happening and what this truly means…

Which means eventually we become the judge, the adjudicator of the facts in their isolation and presentation, and have to be open to adjustment, context, and precedence that interworks within us. By following this path, we can discover our behaviours and attitudes may shift and change over time, as our core values become clearer and assert themselves with less and less dissonance in our lived out life.

Are you ready to actually enter into a dialogue within and without yourself?