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When Can We Be Great--Three Ironies to Consider

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When Can We Be Great--Three Ironies to Consider

Living in the world today, I have been thinking about three ironies. The first irony is that the most versatile plant on earth--that could create biodegradable products and a more sustainable future--has been illegal since 1937 because some corporations could make far more money if the cannabis-marijuana-hemp herb of the earth was made illegal. Using yellow journalism and convincing the minds of Congress of its "pernicious influence" made that possible.

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Lies and misinformation create mindsets, worldviews, and lifestyles based on false information. Can we create an open, honest, and transparent society? Can we be open, honest, and transparent in our personal lives? That seems to be the issue.

The second irony for me is that Jesus is not coming back in any literal way in some sort of Rapture or Second Coming, yet many people still believe that. If a false belief system makes us too otherworldly, we will stop being concerned about the condition of the earth; we will stop being concerned about world problems; and we will stop being in touch with Nature and our own natural feelings.

The third irony, and maybe this is the greatest, is that our nation, the United States, is an Empire, bent on dominating and controlling the whole world. It is killing many people, creating much pain and suffering in the world and a refugee crisis. Many people don't know this, or they don't want to think about it because they are too busy trying to create a secure future for themselves and their families. Having only two empowered political parties, we do not live in a democratic society, and we are not great. When there is peace, goodwill, and happiness throughout the world, then we can consider ourselves great.

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