As flattery worships at doubtful feet

it pushes certainty to the side,

“There is no need for reason,” is heard,

there are no decisions to then deride,

there would be no questions asked if

there is no right… no wrong,

and secure in doubt are they then

satisfied… there is no cage, their song.


After hearing about the passing of Maya Angelou (April 4th, 1928- May 28th, 2014)… I couldn’t help but think of one of her more famous works,”I know why the caged bird sings.” With the recent push-back from feminist groups (over the Santa Barbara slayings), being a woman is seen as the chance to proclaim independence from the thoughts of misogynous men. The problem with this (here in this setting) is where one could speak out against things used by this clown… really a hater of himself and one misguided young man thinking sex is an expectational right. I do expect more people to come out against guns here… and it would be but one of the topics involved throughout discussions found caused by this one event.

As to independence for women… I don’t think that can be realized until: ‘female mutilations’ are stopped in cultures they flourish in, it would be considered wrong for people to put to death a woman for what she believes or when killing occurs because a child is born female. As to guns… this guy used a knife and his car as a weapon also. I find more credibility to the argument against guns leaning in favor of the shared burden found in the societal community: Psychiatric (mental state of an individual seen and known to be unstable) silence, issues of the State and juvenile records sealed (lost ability to validate the state of mind or signs of trouble) to harbor and foment issues of legal concern and, lastly, the due diligence for having the Right to bear arms is for sane people to be able to defend themselves- not insane people to use on the general public at large.

Maya had it right, there can be issues around issues… and we can take issue against the issues as we perceive them to be without speaking of them directly or indirectly. As it comes to the issue of respect, this lone issue is the issue I address in my own work… as there are people telling us ‘moral relativity’ is the new norm- but it would be left to the individual to decide what to speak against or whom. It appears the caged mind wins… and those who would like to think for themselves (on behalf of others) are just primed for the net of this new reality- when the weakest part of the chain appears to cry foul and not have to prove the claim themselves.

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.”                Maya Angelou