Animal.

I was born free. I was born beneath the same sun and moon as every inhabitant of the Earth. The only difference is the joy that the sun obviously feels each time it touches my skin. As the sun shines brighter, my skin becomes richer versions of brown. I love the sun, and the sun loves me. However, when my Mother went into labor, society had a different plan for me. Society built a cage for me to call home. They had the audacity to paint the American Flag on the cinder blocks inside my home with the Declaration of Independence written beneath it. All Men are Created Equal….Not from my vantage point. From my vantage point, it seems that the scales of equality have always been unbalanced in this Country. My ancestors helped to build this Land for free, and it seems like the benefactors of their work hate me for surviving and defying the conditions designed for me. It seems that the most ferocious historical “heroes” on Earth had the audacity to label me as an animal. In fact, they called me an animal so many times that people actually believed them. They even convinced some that look and live like me that we are animals. Therefore, we should hate and destroy one another at any given moment for any given reason. All the while, the American Flag is painted on the cinder blocks inside our homes with the Declaration of Independence written beneath it. All Men are Created Equal. Not from my vantage point. From my vantage point, it seems that the scales of equality have always been unbalanced in this Country. As I see it, they were able to recognize our purpose before we were. Therefore, they were able to confuse us by blurring the lines between possessions, power, and purpose. Because we often times felt powerless, we confused their possessions with their power. Possessionless, we confused our lack thereof with being powerless and void of purpose. We were wrong. In fact, the only way to truly be free is to value your purpose more than your possessions. Your purpose is individualized and exacting. Possessions are made in bulk because the producer’s greed will always be greater than the consumer’s understanding. Our housing projects are government projects. Our schools are pipelines to prison. Our politicians are pimps dressed as servants. Here’s the thing; this government has always worked exactly the way that it was designed to. I have not, and will never, expect a system that was designed to destroy, disenfranchise, marginalize, and systemically ostracize me to work in my benefit. The system has always worked exactly the way that it was designed to. The 13th amendment never ended slavery. It simply gave it a loophole that we could all be comfortable with. They call it imprisonment. Simply put, in great numbers, poor men and women of Color are being locked away for years because of some violations to the law of the land. We are all living on stolen land. We only seem to be saints because those with differing viewpoints were slaughtered and forcefully moved. Voting laws are being changed because equality has always been an ideal that this Country has never been able to fully accept. Possessions, power, and purpose. As I have discovered my purpose, I have discovered my power. Therefore, my possessions are merely flights of fancy. They cannot, and will not, ever be great or beautiful enough to silence or stop me. I will continue on until this working system of ours is broken. I pray that this system breaks the lines of division that exists between us, thereby, making us stronger than we have ever been. I pray that justice loses its’ sight. I pray that wealth comes with responsibilities greater than poverty. Why should the poor pay more taxes than the rich? That’s not right. We were all born free. We were born beneath the same sun and moon as every inhabitant of the Earth. While the sun loves my skin, the Universe loves us all. There is more than enough room for all of us. Let’s build a version of the World that is predicated upon truth rather than delusion. Instead of building cages, let’s build communities. Let’s balance the scales of justice until this rigged system is broken. I hold THIS truth to be self-evident, I am your Brother, and I want the same as you. I want to be free, accepted, loved, and purposeful. I am not an animal. I am a Man…..Patrick

As always, this week, please do something for someone other than yourself for no reason at all other than to make their lives better. Also, if you make it to where you’re going, please don’t forget to leave a map for the rest of us. Always Choose Love Because Love Changes Everything….

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