Saturday, October 20, 2018

"You're not the boss of me; I can do it myself!"

Leadership is a curious thing not well understood by people walking on the path of the ego. The highest and best leader is often unrecognized. This leader is helping, facilitating, organizing, recruiting, deploying, coordinating all behind the scenes.

The second type of leadership is visible, out front, the PR person of the movement or organization. If charismatic, everyone loves him/her. Praises are sung and celbrity swells. Emulation, devotion, inspiration, and motivation are evident.

The third type of leadership instills compliance and insistence on involvment in tasks and coerces to get the job done. Followers are afraid of failure, of disappointment, of criticism, even shaming and guilt.

The fourth type of leadership is hated, despised, mocked, and thwarted either by attack or by resistence. Sabatoge is the effort and dethroning is the goal.

Leaders who do not trust, respect, and collaborate with followers will not be likewise trusted, respected, and collaborated with.

With the best type of leadership which is facilitative and nurturing, the followers will take pride and satisfaction in what they are accomplishing and think they are doing things all on their own.

Unitarian Univeralists covenant together to affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within their congregations and in society at large. Democratic processes though require designing, cooperation, coordination, recruitment, implementation, and evaluation. Democratic processes are developed and implemented based on certain policies and values with activities, resources, and intentional direction. Developing, implementing, and evaluating democratic processes is challenging, at times difficult, and requires talented and competent leadership. Without the effort to create, maintain, sustain, and retain democratic processes it is very easy for some form of authoritarianism to emerge and take control of groups.

The only thing we have to fear are the people who tell us to be afraid

UUAWOL ministries index - Robocalls in the U.S.

  • Number of robocalls made to American phones in the first four months of 2018  = 12 billion
  • Number of robocalls made to American phones every hour = 4 million
  • Cost of robocalls to marketers per year = $438 million
  • Revenue those calls generate per year = 10 billion
  • Number of calls average person gets per day = 3-4

My Kind Of Church Music - How Great Thou Art, Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Ask Alexa - How many people convicted of a crime cannot vote in the U.S.?

Alexa: How many people  convicted of a crime cannot vote in the United States?

4.5 million.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Is humanity the manifestation of Love in the Universe?

The Tao is the essence of existence from which the ten thousand things arise.

We watch the ten thousand things come and go like the news cycles of cable news. Here today, gone tomorrow. From where did the drama come and to where does it go?

Emotional arousal is like the phases of the moon: it waxes and wanes. It is like the tides of the ocean: it rises and falls.

The one constant thing is the Tao, existence, which is eternal. We are born and we die but the Tao of which we are a part is forever.

Unitarian Univeralists know about the ground of our being which we affirm and promote in our seventh principle which is to respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Instead of "respect", the word should be "love" for Love is what we are and of which we are a manifestation in the universe.

UUAWOL - quote worth noting

“On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” 

George Orwell

UUAWOL ministries index - Rate of bankruptcies in U.S. for people over 65

  • Rate of bankruptcy in U.S. for people over 65 in last 25 years = 2x
  • Rate of bankruptcy in U.S. in 1991 for people over 65 = 1.2/1000
  • Rate of bankruptcy in U.S. in 2016 for people over 65 = 3.6/1000
  • Percentage of all bankruptcies in U.S. in 2016 for people over 65 = 12%
  • Percentage of all bankruptcies in U.S. in 1991 for people over 65 = 2%