"Yes, we are the nation of progress, of individual freedom, of universal enfranchisement. Equality of rights is the cynosure of our union of States, the grand exemplar of the correlative equality of individuals; and while truth sheds its effulgence, we cannot retrograde, without dissolving the one and subverting the other. We must onward to the fulfillment of our mission -- to the entire development of the principle of our organization -- freedom of conscience, freedom of person, freedom of trade and business pursuits, universality of freedom and equality. This is our high destiny, and in nature's eternal, inevitable decree of cause and effect we must accomplish it.
John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny, 1839
"Lynch Mob"© 2008
From "The Spidey-Hole Series"
Perhaps he left those considerations to his private investigations of Alchemy.
I can only speculate. And do. Often.
But I can't help but wonder that if we are awash in the brilliant effulgence of truth: and if that truth is intended to Enlighten our way, and blah blah blah blah blah. That's just me yakking out of a contrived belief system. Which, like cause and effect works well enough on most days. But well enough is just a beginning. See, I think we are so much more than we believe and so much less than we think. I intuit that the ancient light of stars cross in each of our cells and create us again and again. Transformation is a constant. It is altogether complete in each moment and then incomplete in the process of living. Any destiny we own is the trajectory of this process. And if we have any input into its
creation and course, then we better get cracking.
Transformed. Now what?
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As the light changed from red to green to yellow and back to red again, I sat there thinking about life. Was it nothing more than a bunch of honking and yelling? Sometimes it seemed that way.