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The Lull By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq.

Jan. 7, 2018

The Lull
By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq.

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(TriceEdneyWire.com) — Certain characteristics are common to all living organisms.  The shared need for rest pops into mind most quickly.  Whether we label it rest, sleep, hibernation or dormancy, in the lifecycle of an organism, its health and well-being is only satisfied with time set aside for rejuvenation.

My studies and observations inform me that as the complexity of organisms increase, there is a corresponding complexity in their need for rest.  For example, examine the behavior of lower life forms versus the human animal.  Generally, lower life forms simply sleep when their need impacts.  Unless threatened, they will awaken and pursue outcomes that are more instinctive than not.  The simplicity and outcomes of their rest usually require no in-depth discussion.

Although the human animal will succumb to the need for sleep, its restfulness will be determined by a myriad of circumstances that include, but are not limited to: individual anxieties; physical threats; physical discomfort, and more.  Whatever our circumstance, rest is the absence of or a lull in the presence of stressors - the stressors that prevent us from allowing ourselves to experience a renewed state of peace and well-being.

Many who identify as my friends have called this year's holiday period a lull in their observation of the insane behaviors of #45.  Their need to remove immediate thoughts of the past eleven months and potential consequences from their consciousness has directed them impose a personal lull in the processing of current events.  I cannot help believing that this is the ultimate goal of #45 and his minions.  As I have stated numerous times before, I think it is in #45's plan to have us thinking in so many different directions that we can't see the truth of his actions.

As we embark on a new calendar year, I again encourage and admonish my readers to STAY WOKE and focus on #45's REAL intent for our lives and future of our nation.  Rather than tell you what I surmise his intent to be, I will ask several questions to which I want you to give serious and on-going consideration.  In the most honest manner possible, answer them for yourselves.  Discuss them with others and open a dialogue that results in the development of personal clarity:

1.  WHAT DOES OUR NATION GAIN WITH THE DESTRUCTION OF THE INSTITUTIONAL NORMS THAT GIVE DIRECTION TO OUR DAILY LIVES?

2.  WHAT BENEFITS ACCRUE TO OUR NATION WHEN #45 AND HIS LACKEYS DISTORT AND MISSHAPE THE FACTS WE USE TO CONSTRUCT OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE TRUTH?

3.  WHAT POSITIVE OUTCOMES CAN BE EXPECTED FROM DESTROYING PUBLIC FAITH IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND THOSE WHO ENFORCE THE LAW?

4.  CAN OUR NATION, DIVIDED RACIALLY, ETHNICALLY, RELIGIOUSLY AND BY OTHER FACTORS, THRIVE WHEN THE DIVISION IS ENGENDERED BY POLITICAL LEADERS?

Steve Bannon told the 2017 CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, that a major goal of #45 was "Deconstruction of the Administrative State."  He added, "...these cabinet appointees, they were selected for...deconstruction."  We see a Secretary of Education who has designs to eliminate public education.  The EPA Director has relaxed rules on dumping toxic waste and air and water quality.  The Attorney General has abandoned Civil and Voting Rights enforcement.  Every White House press conference challenges us to believe or not believe what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears.  #45 constantly condemns intelligence and law enforcement agencies that are not in lock-step with him.  And, #45 has engendered a resurgence of overt racism not seen in the last fifty years.

If nothing else, we must keep these questions in the forefront of our collective consciousness.  We mustn't let our need for rest lull us into inactivity.  Our Struggle continues and we will only succeed through action.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

(Dr. E. Faye Williams, National President of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. www.nationalcongressbw.org--202/678-6788.

 
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