Culture War
Many from both the right and the left bemoan the state of the American culture today. Whether it is the lack of positive images in TV, movies, music, politicians, sports figures, police in schools and more, freedom and morality are discussed as being in conflict with each other. Benjamin Franklin once wrote on the subject: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need for masters." This should ring true to you today as we debate not only our eroding culture, but the role of government in our lives. Are culture and the need for more government control more connected than we realize?

Forgive Me, I love you and Goodbye.

3/29/20
from The Gray Area:
3/29/20:

A very dear friend of mine sent the following response to the March 27,2020 article in The New York Times titled, It’s Time to Talk About Death. Who speaks for the NEXT to die? I mourn for the dead I and my fellow Certified Sacred Passage End of Life Doulas did not get to help. I grieve for our indifference and circumstantial callousness toward living breathing fellow Life Travelers as they transition to their next dimension. I seek to find Joy from the suffering. I celebrate the heroics of all who serve the ill and dying. I am saddened that the dying and dead are being handled with such indifference in violation of their religious beliefs, traditions and customs. The beauty inside the death experience has been replaced by the terrors of it. Sights, sounds, and smells are all backward. Where is the Music and where are the natural scents and fragrances? Most of all, where is a loving hand to hold? Let us, together, turn this World tragedy into a Love story! Please, use this opportunity to let your readers know that Certified End of Life Doula’s exist and that the death experience can be as beautiful as was their birthday. ---------- In a separate note to me he said the following: Such a ban tears at the fabric of human life. The scars from this decision are permanent for anyone who did not get to say these words to their loved one who died--Forgive Me, I love you and Goodbye. Unforgiveable in a loving society.



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