“What saddens me the most is that children are learning this affront to all decency as a normal state of affairs but then all children know they have been lied to and that is what makes them so angry. My prayer is for each and every child that knows s/he is being lied to, find a mentor that has true integrity and can teach some lessons to hold onto during the most challenging of times.”
I am bolstered by the belief that someone is coming-a man/a woman of humility and wisdom who can inspire and lead the way.
A unifier who will bring a simple message of integrity-a wisdom so basic and so encompassing of all the nations that it will lead to a revival of spirit and tradition.
The problem has been that there are those who have attempted to cast themselves in this role and are so lacking in qualifications it has led to division and disillusionment.
Ceremonies can be staged for their entertainment, monetary, and media value, but within that context they amount to little more than pantomime.
It has become a competition with individual names attached to them as sponsors(?)-reminds me of evangelical Christian preachers who rant about Jesus and yet make sure their name is attached to any bible college, medical facility, church, or enterprise they are associated with-Jesus becomes second fiddle, the means to an end.
Where there is competition there is always a ramping up, an attempt to outdo others-this has led to staged ghost and sundances for your dining and dancing pleasure while being promoted as a spiritual event.
Such ceremonies have never been a thing to talk about, to publicize-or participation
to be bandied about, those who danced were known among their own people, now it is a claim to fame, something to make sure everyone is aware of-a merit badge for public display.
And the impoverishment of the nations is increased by this, just as it is by making a spectacle of any of our traditions or ceremonies. Who are we trying to kid, who are we trying to impress-ourselves, or a growing non indigenous audience?
More pointedly, in doing so who gains, what is the profit margin, what benefit results? We are told it is about promoting understanding-I say if that is so then create a common fund where all the revenue produced from the sale of dvds, cds, paypal “donations”, “love offerings” and “event fees” go and utilize it for real time issues rather than personal
“medicine men and women” who one could reasonably assume underwent years of instruction now await their cue, the call of Lights, Camera, Action!, to stumble around in a choreographed video production.
Their mainstay American market now increasingly augmented by an Asian one-preferably the Japanese it seems, who may see us as a distant and quaint cousin-or perhaps it is just a fascination as it is with Elvis and John Wayne, or Mr. America as the Japanese press referred to him in his passing.
I don’t begrudge them or any their interest-or their lack of understanding that they are being played as a commercial interest. My contempt is for the producers and actors-they are modern Nero’s playing a tune while their Rome of nations burns.