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Ferguson is old news


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A Ferguson protest in Baltimore/Photo by SocialJusticeSeeker812 on Flickr
A Ferguson protest in Baltimore/Photo by SocialJusticeSeeker812 on Flickr

You say the shooting of Michael Brown happened happened earlier this month and only the riots and marches are keeping it alive in the news cycle. I have to tell you it happened in 1963, 64′,65′, 66′ and on and on. It’s old news of a minority controlling a majority, people seeing not through rose colored glasses, but through the stark cruel eyes of black, brown, yellow, beige and white.

As a spiritual leader in the New Thought movement, Religious Science to be exact, I recognize what is going on around the world and our teaching is to “see” the world differently. Spend time every day visualizing what could be, not dwelling on what is.

Do I do what I can in this moment to change what is? Of course, however, the real work though is to visualize, hold, and work toward a new vision for humankind. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream, a vision of what could be, and it was this that made him effective and great. I got tired, a long time ago, of being told why things are a certain way, and I’m sure others got sick of me asking why.

My suggestion for Ferguson and the world at large is to step up to the voting booth, show up in life and if it doesn’t work, show up again. And spend time each day with God, as you understand God to be, and hold a new vision for the world — a vision that honors all beings, respects all beings, and has the opportunity for real lasting peace.

Let’s not read about Ferguson in 2020, 2050 or 2100.

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Joe Niemiec
Joe Niemiec
The Rev. Joe Niemiec Jr. began his spiritual quest in 1986 when he walked out of a Houston jail and was struck by the realization that his life was in shambles. He began his quest for ‘getting back on track’ with 12 step programs, followed by learning and practicing meditation with a local Redding, California, teacher.


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