Hatred Finds Ample Excuses to Erupt

It has been proven, time and time again, that if one hates something or someone, one would invariably find some kind of excuse to accuse and belittle that person or thing over and over again. For instance, the food that you have just finished eating has cause you to be sick, you would somehow blame it for yet another problem you might experience health wise; or if you hate somebody and think that that person is repugnant, because of that person’s religion or status, you would invariably find yet another excuse to condemn that person, emanating from the one and only premise that had been deeply rooted in antiquity.

Generally speaking any particular circumstance that has existed in the past and passed on to the present could continue to rekindle revisited condemnation stigmatizing an entire race or nation again and again.

A case in point: The present conflagration between th State of Israel and Gaza, for which Israel has been repeatedly condemned for killing civilians, actually stems from the fact that Jews have been vilified for no reason other than their status as Jews, in spite of the fact that the rampant killing of civilians has been attributed to a new strategy on the part of Hamas to use civilians as shields in order to elicit sympathy from critics that hate Jews and the nation of Israel, such as the U.N., consisting of members from practically all of the Arab countries and their cohorts.

The Power Of Love

Love is everywhere. We do not have to search for it, nor is it taken away from us. Its power is permanent. It is the anchor of life, the quint-essence of our freedom. It is our right-of-way through which we must maneuver our movements, as we follow the signs, and try to steer clear of obstacles and impediments of evil. No doubt, the forces of hate and malice are all around us, but these are somehow neutralized by the power of love, so that we may not stumble, as we navigate the ups and downs of life; we may assume that the menace of hate and calamity seems insurmountable; we may feel disheartened, as we age; we may at times be depressed and feel the sharp edge of despair. But we must not forget that, between the cradle and the grave, life is preconditioned to fall back on love, under all circumstances.

Love begins to illuminate life before the birth of a baby and after it is born. The meticulousness and care on the part of doctors and nurses help the mother give birth to her baby and the care it receives after its is born, both from its mother and from attendants around; the interest and enthusiasm on the part of parents and teachers in the way of rearing and educating a child; the selfless endeavors of parents and guardians to maintain the child’s education through the years, leading to manhood; the concern for the aged, on the part of families and friends, including doctors and nurses, and all the way to the end, when life begins to ebb and love continues to exercise its force and function, even after death.

Love is ubiquitous, in spite of the feeling of hopelessness. Nothing that we do can be achieved without love. Objectives cannot be fulfilled without the zest and spirit that drive people to heights of success. The flame of aspiration and desire remains unextinguished through determination, emanating from love. Charity and other good deeds, monetary and otherwise, are performed by way of love.

The foundation of religion is love, not fanaticism and hatred. The need for religion is not merely for the sake of religion itself, but for the manifestation of love that it advocates. When religion preaches hostility and hatred and abuses its tenets of human values, it does not fulfill the purpose for which it exists. The reality of love is not abstract or obscure, but revealing and relative.

Love can be seen in Nature that is wondrous and fulfilling. The all-embracing power of love sustains our planet in ways of which we are not aware. There is no peace in the absence of love, immeasurable and infinite.

Historical Significance Of Thanksgiving

The time-honored observance of Thanksgiving Day is considered to be one of the best-loved holidays in the United States. It has also become an important prelude to Christmas as well as an incentive to promote sales by appreciably discounting prices in many retail stores, seeking the continued patronage of shoppers looking for bargains. Its celebration is woven into the fabric of the history of the United States, reinforcing its reputation as a well-known democracy, dating back to its origin, as well as the well-conceived laws that were enacted through the persistent efforts of its founding fathers.

It was neither premeditated nor anticipated when it had begun more than three hundred years ago, in the year 1620, when the Pilgrims had arrived in the Mayflower. The sudden, good fortune that had accompanied their arrival had served to propel an overwhelming feeling of joy that prompted them to harvest their first crops. The ecstasy, not only had elevated their spirit, but also seemed to flood their souls with gratitude to God. It was so powerful that they decided to genuinely express their good fortune by preparing a feast, considered to be the first celebration, memorialized to this day.

How it had suddenly evolved deserves a special niche in this country’s unflagging endeavors to charter a course that had taken it along the path of success, but not without the struggles that followed years later and the repercussions that time itself had seemed to have found fit to leave untouched by the consistent permanence of adversity that it had encountered, such as those of slavery and the civil war, triggered by divisions that had threatened its survival.

The first official Thanksgiving holiday was celebrated in Massachusetts in 163l, during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, when he chose to name the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day, blazing a path for future presidents to follow until 1939 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt publicly proclaimed the fourth Thursday in November as such a day that must be included among other holidays. It was a deliberate act that served to afford retail stores a longer “Christmas buying season.” In 1941 Congress enacted a law declaring the fourth Thursday in November as a national holiday.

The Tufted, Lion-Tailed Macaque

There may be a lot of those that never ever heard of the existence of macaques that are lion tailed, inhabiting a mountain range in India, known as the Western Ghats. They are characteristically furtive and might be on the verge of extinction, considering there are only between 3,500 and 4,000 of the species, although it is not known if the specified number is greater or fewer than previously. Further studies, particularly in the way of closer observation, is necessary to conclusively confirm the belief that they should actually be considered as gradually heading toward their disappearance because of the continuing encroachment of humans engaged in the commercial aspects of logging, one of which being road-building.

The lion-tailed macaque is glossy black and agile, its main diet being jackfruit. Its diminutive size does not prevent it from adeptly balancing the large fruit with its forelimbs, although the fruit weighs a hundred pounds. They usually congregate in groups of about fifteen individuals, controlled by a dominant male.

It is quite likely that the building of roads around their habitat might sooner or later
cause the total disappearance of the species, considering that it has adversely affected their lifestyle, forcing them to beg for snacks from tourists, because of logging and the absence of trees on which they depend for their livelihood. .

What Is Love

Love is:

A prop for the head,
For the eyes a visor;
For the weary a bed,
For taste an appetizer;

A rainbow arching
The sky of life;
A soldier marching
To a battle of strife.

A melody for
The soul to greet;
A welcome shore,
A haven, retreat.

A booster of heart,
A lifter of soul,
Both being parts
Of a wondrous Whole.

A soarer on wings
Hovering above –
All things earthly–
Such is Love.