We don’t really realize how good we have it on a global scale in the united states. I am reading about the bickering and politicizing of who wrong, while the people pointing the fingers think they are always right and I want to get sick. American politics is a runaway train that will soon be running with all the manipulation tools of artificial intelligence hired out by consultants and ever-growing news organizations that are op-ed or publicity machines. Wasn’t it called propaganda just a few years ago? Pre ww2 Europe? How soon we forget.
The story today, I didn’t mention while talking, but I can see him in my memory. He was a giant black man who would make a few dollars collecting all of our cardboard. What I don’t think many black people in the unites states realize is that in a lot of the world outside of Africa, they are not looked upon or treated well. In the south American continent, even the brown people have issues with the blacks. Why? I really don’t know. They are human beings just like you and me, they bleed red, and they seem to have a deck stacked against them merely because of the way they look.
This black man befriended me, and he was someone that I knew could look after the containers. He simply stood out in I think this was Cali Columbia (It was there or Medellin?) because he was large like me. I knew I could trust him when I would always set my keys down and seem to misplace them. He would always bring them back with his smile.
mind you, I didn’t speak Spanish, he didn’t speak any English, yet…there is an unspoken dialect of humanity that allows for people to communicate with hand signals. “you want some food?” was the action of pretending to hold a bowl and taking an imaginary fork and pretending to eat. “you want a drink?” was pretending to hold up a bottle to drink it or hole your hand over your throat in a parched expression.
Living on the road, you got two suitcases, and you traveled around the planet. I must have come from a European winter tour to America, as I had a lot of warmer clothes and I was heading to Japan for a 5-month tour. Thus, it had to be Cali where the man lived. So a few days before I left, I brought all my clothes and gave them to the man. I had never seen someone work so hard, have so much against him because of his skin color (he was constantly being harassed by 2-3 locals and always having to fight them off)
when he looked in the bag, he saw the clothes and didn’t understand until I signaled, “these are for you.” I am breaking down now, as I remember his eyes well up with tears. A giant man who had taken a week of cardboard merchandise boxes from china and stacked them atop of a container so when we left, he could sell the cardboard for some money to live on.
it probably was the first time in my life that I was humbled and realized how good of an experience I actually had coming from and living in the united states.
A few days later, we were rushing to pack out and get out of the country and hop planes to get to the busiest and most lucrative show market for us – japan. It was when the man came up to me and handed me a gift wrapped in newspaper.
I unwrapped it and wept.
the gift was a keychain on a chain that I could attach my keys to and never lose them. he smiled as i welled up with his gift.
As you move through life and see how the ebb and flow of good and bad times happen. It makes it really easy to underrated the lunacy where the lust for power, greed, and the desire to control and dictate what is right is to people. Aside from one, I think many of the politicians today are simply puppets not serving the American people, but rather their own career and that of the people that got them elected. When I see the news media running based on profit and not truth – well – you have a really sleazy development where people are frantically putting more makeup on what is a pig. The cycle will continue until collectively people ask, “why are we behaving this way? we are the leaders and the people will watch and follow what we do.”
You see this in watching kids. Don’t kid yourself, they are pretty smart when It comes to watching human behavior and understanding through the lies and bs of man. I guess that is why God says, “come to me with a childlike heart.” it means to strip off all the stuff of man and approach him as you are.
I never did see that giant black man again. all I know is for years before the keychain broke and I could no longer fix it. It held my keys. People would sometimes laugh about it, and I never told them the story or what it meant to me.
Today I see the news in the united states about Mexico and Baltimore and want to puke. No one wants to be accountable for the reality that America isn’t all that amazing or as unique as it once was. We are like an aging beauty queen applying more and more makeup, and doing cosmetic surgery to “look right” when behind the façade, the small cracks are getting more significant.
It doesn’t mean it is too late for everyone to go to the gym, eat a bit healthier, take some time to pray or meditate, and simply learn necessary social skills that they are not the center of the universe and the world doesn’t revolve around them. Instead, we are part of a tiny collective in the gigantic cosmic mass called the universe.
Going in and out of the country shows me that the country itself is getting meaner and meaner. Acts of insanity are considered normal. I used to walk to school through fields, and today I see the entire perimeter of the school fenced in.
Common sense is probably on a hill weeping. Simple human decency appears to have pulled up a chair to sit next to it and join in.