Make America Respectful Again

Original draft:
Yesterday, whilst perusing the Twitter feed on my phone, I came across an article about indigenous people seeking to make cultural appropriation illegal. I do not agree. Cultural appropriation simply should not be done. Making cultural appropriation illegal, would only further negative feelings and create another useless, unenforced law like the laws against United States flag desecration (U.S. Code Title 4, Chapter 1, § 8, “Respect for flag” https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/4/8 and U.S. Code Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 33, § 700, “Desecration of the flag of the United States; penalties” https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/700).

USA Flag
U.S.A. – RESPECT: Is. Not. Optional.

On Memorial Day, various groups held flag-retiring ceremonies in Central Montana and this past Wednesday, June 14, Flag Day was celebrated in the U.S. People should not don garments of honor or culture they haven’t earned or been a part of, just as people shouldn’t cut up a flag for clothing accents and other purposes. Flags are retired with honor for a reason, and are done so with special ceremony – as appropriate – just as when a dropped eagle feather is retrieved during a powwow. That military person’s flag is considered sacred, a sanctified representation of that person, by that person’s family, friend and peers – among others – and should not be worn on the backs of those who haven’t earned the right to do so, especially under the guise of “patriotism.”

Make America Respectful Again
“Make America 🇺🇸 Respectful Again” (published version, Lewistown News-Argus, June 21, 2017)
There will always be those few who’ll be childish and selfish and seek to demean others via cultural appropriation. That said, it would be un-American to seek law to enforce what human beings should be doing anyway; treating others how they would like to be treated themselves. Making cultural appropriation illegal could cause more harm than good. There are those who unwittingly appropriate a culture in genuine (hopefully) ignorance (example: children wearing Blackface for their school’s wax museum “exhibit,” or who dress as a Native American “princess” for Halloween), and those who appropriate culture out of a moment of stupidity (example: Katy Perry dressing as a geisha in 2013). Such examples of cultural appropriation would be better corrected if used as a teachable moment – an opportunity to create dialogue and understanding, and hopefully, empathy. Making cultural appropriation a crime would have the opposite effect – and likely encourage defensiveness, hate and spite, which – I hope – is not the goal sought.

There will always be assholes. I’d like to think however, that there are more good people than disrespectful, malicious bigots in our community, our state and our nation. Educate instead of prosecute. Knowledge is power, and that power can be used for the good of all. I would hope that with understanding, education and empathy, there will be more support for various cultures instead of appropriation; discussion instead of dismissal, should bounds be overstepped. Communities need to come together to show bullies and other small-minded people that their level of intolerance and entitlement will not be tolerated. We are stronger united. #UnitedStrengthsOfAmerica 🇺🇸

Repeating Numbers

1026 Collage
“1026”
The number “5” chases me today (in forms of 555 and 1414, etc.) and so we revisit this topic. Because 5 isn’t the only number I’m seeing repeated; it’s the answer to a question swimming in my mind all day. And the question has very much to do with this number: 1026

I posted this on Instagram, Facebook, and I’m posting it here: Interesting about Repeating Numbers… How some people insist it’s your brain bringing it to the fore, like when you get a pink car and then suddenly start noticing all the pink cars on the road. Or when you’re ready to have a baby and suddenly notice all the pregnant and or new moms about.

I can see in some instances where that premise could apply.
That said, it wasn’t my brain telling someone from the high school to call at 10:26 a.m. to tell me that my daughter’s diploma is in the office (why this wasn’t mentioned to her before the last day of school…. 😐). Or for me to receive a text from a friend the night before… At 10:26 p.m.

Or even better… When my Sacred Peeps got sick of my rationalizing why I saw certain repeating numbers on license plates so instead literally spelled it flat-out for me (on a license plate. Hint: It started with a “W” – and yeah, I took a pic of those too, but won’t be sharing here today 😜). Just saying.

Now, I happen to know what the repeated 1026 means for me, at least on some levels. And I’m certain that whatever’s involved with 1026, it has multiple applications (because god forbid 1026 to keep things simple and to the left… hasn’t before; why start now?).

Just pay close attention to the thoughts immediately before, after, and during seeing your repeated number pattern(s). Usually, the numerological meaning of the number will be your answer, or look it up on Sacred Scribes. Also, don’t rule out that the number very may well be a “who” rather than a “what” – pay attention to whether or not you run into someone whose birthday is that number or whose house number is that number, or digits of their phone number, etc. I’ll see “1026” repeatedly and find myself seeing him the next day or so. Or I’ll get a text or call. In this regard, the number repeat is being used as a simple “heads-up”.

If you share a strong connection with that person, it could also mean that they’re thinking of you at that time as well (who knows, they might be seeing your relevant repeat number at the same time as you see theirs), or that they’re going through some intense stuff at home and/or work (and if you had a normal relationship with them, be it friendship or otherwise, this would be a sign to call them or shoot them a text to see how they’re doing). (Here’s a good blog post about it.)

At any rate, I’m not one to dismiss noticing repeated numbers as something by brain triggered. I’ve seen what happens when one brushes off a whisper from the Universe (hint: sledgehammer).

So pay attention. And if you ever find yourself asking yourself, “What are you doing?” whilst loading up your vehicle with someone else’s possessions, put the box down. That’s your answer, your “sign” from the Universe right there. If you ignore it, you’ll find yourself on a karmic loop that may or may not give you an easy out. The fact that you were having “second thoughts”, “cold feet”, was your chance to be rewarded for your past efforts. You ignore that window of opportunity, it could take years before it opens to you again – if it ever does.

The down side is when you see the repeated number(s) and recognize it for the sign that it is… And know you can’t do a damn thing about it anyway. This is where patience comes in handy. If it’s Meant to Be, it Will Be… even if the original timeline gets pushed back or otherwise delayed. Of course, then other choices come into play, but that’s for a different post. 😉