Cracked 5 … March 28th, 2020

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Cracked 5

 

Treatments That Do Not Work for Covid-19

 

A.  Chicken soup sucked through a straw while listening to mariachi music

 

B. Bible reading—even from the original Greek

 

C.  Blaming the Chinese for starting the damn thing

 

D. Tuning in on the endless reports. (Does your wolf blitzer?)

 

E.  The Magic 8 Ball

 

 

 

1 Thing You Can Do to Overcome the Coronavirus

Stay Healthy

But here’s the question—how? How does one stay healthy—especially since we’re being bombarded by literally thousands of suggestions on how to maintain distance from this nasty pandemic.

To stay healthy, you have to realize there are four parts to you.

If you’re merely going to wash your hands, avoid strangers and sanitize the planet, you will grow weary in well-doing and in no time at all, find yourself in the throes of depression.

Staying healthy begins, first and foremost, with your emotions. The only way to stay healthy with your emotions is:

Reveal what you feel.

No one would expect you to be happy about being quarantined by a microscopic bug. But attempts to be brave or appear adult will only make you more childish.

Speak forth what you feel. Be clean with your emotions. You will need a pure heart to stay committed to the joy of life.

Once you reveal what you feel, then:

Decide what you believe.

Since whispers are coming from everywhere, select what sounds rational to your spirit. What seems feasible to your soul?  Being told what to do does not produce the conviction required to pursue it. You need to decide what you believe.

Then it’s time to:

Learn what is real.

Find a couple of sources that mingle hope and truth and listen to them for advice. Use them as your preferred source of knowledge.

Stay away from the Internet with its fear-mongering or those who dismiss the seriousness of the situation. Learn what is real.

So let’s review:

Reveal what you feel. (In other words, get your heart right about this.)

Decide what you believe. (Get your spirit involved.)

Learn what is real. (Educate yourself so your brain does not become the headquarters for “Fear, International.”)

And finally:

Choose what to do.

Yes, take your body and put your body exactly where you want your body to be. You can’t stay healthy by just receiving directions, trying to follow every edict that comes across the airwaves.

Involve your entire being:

  • Reveal what you feel.
  • Decide what you believe.
  • Learn what is real.
  • Then choose what to do.

 

Sit Down Comedy … April 26th, 2019

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It is completely unlikely that anyone over the age of seventy in the United States of America has not heard, spoken or nervously laughed at a joke containing the “N word.” As painful as this may be, we were a country that was comfortable with bigotry.

Likewise, is there any chance that there’s a human being over the age of fifty who hasn’t stated, repeated or stood silent when the word “fag” was offered in an adult conversation? For years, this was the way we described anyone we deemed incapable of the tenacity, strength and energy to succeed.

And dare I say, there is probably no one over the age of twenty-five who has not referred or heard a reference to the female of our species as “bitch.”

It’s just the nature of our journey. We are born without the ability to walk, talk or use a spoon. We graduate from high school and enter grown-up land unable to solve problems, and therefore often opt for selfishness, in order to protect the little we have. As the old song says:

I wish I knew then what I know now.

But do you?

Do you really want to be the first white person in Montgomery, Alabama, who comes to the conclusion that Jim Crow laws are evil and must be overturned?

Do you desire to be the straight person, who during the AIDS pandemic of the mid-1980’s, decides to defend the gay community instead of insisting they brought a plague down on mankind?

And even more recently, do you want to believe the stories of women who were subjugated by domineering men, when it seems more popular, or at least politically acceptable, to come to the side of the accused, dominant, masculine figure?

There are no rewards for those who think ahead of their time.

Society has a history of putting to death those who finally clarify their message, especially when that proclamation is contrary to cultural standards and mores.

You can be popular—or you can be right.

You can’t be both.

It wasn’t even popular in 1863 to free the slaves, even though supposedly we were fighting a war to do so.

It wasn’t popular to take those same slaves—after the war was already over—and give them human and states’ rights.

It took us until 1919 to allow women a chance to vote—and even after that “lightbulb decision” was enacted, there were many places in our country where females were not allowed to serve on juries.

Being spiritually insightful, emotionally empathetic, mentally progressive and physically fit never places you in the forefront of anything.

BEING A LEADER MEANS…

If you decide to be a leader instead of a follower, you will lead alone—since the followers have already pledged their allegiance. Yet we, as a people, count on certain souls to walk a lonely path, pursue through resistance and overcome public opinion to bring us the solutions which lead us into a spirited life instead of rendering us dispirited.

As we judge candidates, senators, congressmen, President and judges, let us keep in mind that they gain their positions by either being voted in or approved. In order to get a vote or be approved, you have to get the blessing of those who walk in the present—not those who have the presence of mind to know where history is walking.

If I knew then what I know now, I would either have to forget it so I could still be fairly popular, or else decide to take the path untraveled—alone.


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