Teach The Lessons Well. . .
Again from a journal entry the Teacher speaks on evolution. . . in the evolution of genes, in cleaning up genetic history, we talk of literally thousands of years. But with emphasis not on the helplessness of man, but with concerted thought and concerted direction, there can be a manipulation of behavior with new guidelines instituted.
Man will manipulate those genes contributing to defective bodies with no question. But the kind of manipulation that requires change in behavior brings on argument. Man has been fed the cliché that says the only person you can change is yourself. What he must realize is that by changing himself, he changes the behavior of all about him.
Behavior that reflects constructive change, reflects goodness and well being outwardly, in every area of public and private life is a large morsel to contend with. The change will be reflected not just in superficial dealings with each other but also in personal relationships.
We say make certain that in all areas there is a behavior that reflects the kind of goodness we choose to like about ourselves. Because of the courage required to come forth many are now speaking of insults to their persons for generations. The revolution has begun and if fortunate, in time to save this blessed classroom from future horrors. And we must teach this lesson well. By example.
(I wrote the following poem in 1986 and know the full weight of it. Please take a moment and read it carefully for the meaning is in the uncovering, literally.)
The Uncovering. . .
Written in the minds of men
are stories waiting
for the uncovering.
rising through the surface
of parchment shielding the brain
from eruption, are memories,
waiting for recognition.
The memories lay in imagination.
Housed in quarters of familiar terms,
the storehouse yields what man
can comfortably accommodate.
Open wounds charitably protected
from untoward blows,
form reservoirs for occupancy.
Listing toward comfortable complacencies,
which have nested in protection
in an accommodating psyche,
the lessons will prove invaluable.
Couched in terms needing no explanation,
the thoughts will yield improvement
destined for the lot of man.
Singular in judgment, new to the thinker,
the thoughts will lodge immovable
and looking for completion.
The idea will find its home
in the minds of all men
and the revolution begins.
The learned ones will marvel
at the evolution in thinking
and peace with brotherhood
will slowly mark its beginning
in the house of one man.
Nestling in the home will be the children,
safe from untoward shock.
They will be remembering another place
where the promise was given.
It will be as they expected.
photo by Jon Katz