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It Is Up To You To See Past The Facade

Here is a picture I took at a recent lunch for Houston-area political bloggers put on by Metro.

Metro is our local mass transit agency.

Metro was engaged in public relations when it put on the lunch.

There is nothing wrong with this fact. Metro has critics and should be able to respond.

I felt that Metro said some truthful and useful things at this lunch.

Though I’m sure they also left some of the bad stuff out.

But, of course, we know that so much of what we are told in life is a facade.

Above is a facade in plain view.

It is up to each of us to sift through the things we are told each day.

I can’t stress it enough—We  as individuals are responsible for seeing things as they are, for our using imaginations to help us connect Point A to Point B, and for our decision to work for liberal and progressive causes.

We as individuals are responsible for making the decision to work with others for a more fair and decent society.

It is not nearly enough just to gripe.

You can attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family,  start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor,  volunteer for candidates and causes you value, and even run for office yourself.

(Photo copyright 2011 Neil Aquino.)

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(Not Quite) Childe Hassam’s Avenue In The Rain

I walked out of a restaurant in Downtown Houston a few days ago and saw the image you see above.

This scene reminded me of the painting you see below.

The painting is Childe Hassam’s Avenue In The Rain. It was painted in 1917.

Learn more about Childe Hassam by clicking this link from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The images are not fully alike.

But the reason we have an imagination is so we can connect things that have at least something in common.

Imagination is a pathway to seeing the world in proper context.

If you can’t connect Point A to Point B, not only will you miss out on much in life, but you’re also setting yourself to get ripped-off by folks who see the that everything in life is connected, and who will use this knowledge to get ahead at your expense.

Make the effort required to see why people act as they do. See what one thing has in common with another thing.

Make use of the abilities we all possess.

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