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Sunday, December 20, 2015

What will you do, or not do?





If I AM to understand it correctly, for anyone to refuse to accept mistreatment of any kind doesn't roll with an all too common agenda of elitism. 


I have always maintained that "ism's" are dangerous to our society as any word ending in "ism" typically has or becomes negative. 


A few days ago, I was told that I shouldn't have used a curse word and was given some BS about what Jesus would/ wouldn't do... I don't buy that as my reading showed me that the man in the story detested hypocrisy and threw money changers out of the temple porch area. 


I would highly suspect he wasn't smiling when he carried out that specific action, and he may have said a choice word or two to further emphasize his action of overturning the tables and running them out!!! People need to stop living on Fantasy Island and believing in fairy tales. 


As always, those who seek to manipulate and control others are quick to twist reported events to their satisfaction and own benefit, even when it is diametrically opposite of what they claim they are reinforcing. 


So, in the end, I cannot concern myself with what a man reported to have been named Jesus would do, but I AM always responsible for what Raymond Walters will or will NOT do!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Power of Social Media





It was just brought to my attention in a meeting this morning that certain parties take a dim view of my decision to exercise my 1st Amendment right to free speech on social media... interesting in that the other parties have exercised their right to free speech as well in slandering me personally and having made false allegations lacking some pertinent facts.


The difference between myself & the other parties is that I posted what I know to be factual and true, while the other parties have participated in slanderous accusations.


Legal counsel informs me that free speech means responsibility, and dispensing truthful facts that one can back up to the best of their understanding.


My whole point is to never underestimate the power of social media, be it used for positive or negative propaganda purposes!!!


This last comment is for the person(s) that couldn't wait to share yesterday's post about the hospital... now go ‪#‎RUNTELDAT‬

The dichotomy of private prisons, education and oppression





I have recently been re-reading Carter G. Woodson's book Miseducation of the Negro. It is creating some different thoughts and views at my present age than I recall having when I was 20+ years younger. 

His comments regarding education touched upon the inadequate education that most Blacks obtain or are provided under the current education system. 

I mention the book as I have long had concerns about the educational system over the years; first from being a former educator (secondary-high school community college) and most recently in observing the inability of recent high school graduates or junior high school students that are inept and lack skills one would expect them to have obtained in their education to graduate high school. 

The comparison I can offer is my observation of many young (and older) Black men who are incarcerated that lack the basic educational skills one would expect them to have - jails are full of poorly educated persons. That didn't strike me as a mistake during the time I spent with those many incarcerated individuals. 




A comment from Monroe Lord Akhenaton (via Facebook):


What we also have to do is stop relying on "proper association". Some only want to build with the church. Some with the mosque. Some with them and never with others. That breeds competition amongst ourselves.

In business, competition always LOSES
 at some point. And not like a lesson in dues or the journey's lessons. Competition by nature is agreeing to winning AND losing.

DOMINATION, however always wins. Now, I'm not trying to conquer the planet. I'm first conquering myself so that I can have the strength to rid myself of so much ingrained BS. Sometimes, it takes a church, mosque, or temple. The endgame should be financial freedom.

I say this because as black people, it's our ONLY PROBLEM. If we're gonna agree to a world where time is traded for dollars, we have to figure out what wastes time, so we can actually work towards actual building.

But I'm not foolish to believe that I don't need money in this world. I NEED MONEY! Billions of not trillions. Can't help the poor of I'm one of them. Once my mind is clear of the employee mentality, what can't I conceptualize with my own funding? And if others have the same levels of money, what can't we achieve?

Pretty soon Into independently collective wealth, the evils of the world will have to face retribution from the empowered.

Get the prison size down to 3000 like in those Nordic countries. And that would be just one of the effects of an empowered mind. Money becoming non-powerful would also soon take place.

Change the culture of living to LIVING, and the need to be destructive, even as a means of expression won't NEED to be a thing......

If I make a huge enough Impact NOW, maybe in 200 years, the tide could shift.

Change for 2016

As I end this year 2015, the new year 2016 will bring some changes in writing topics and postings.


Freemasonry will no longer be a topic that will be discussed on this blog. Any who have followed me for any length of time will already be familiar with my stance or position on a number of issues.


The change comes about as a simple progression and new direction in my personal life. While I remain a Freemason, the last several years of membership have simply changed my perspective on what is important to me personally, even as a general discussion topic.


The remainder of 2015 will be spent with family and focused on career employment in this crumbling economy we all are dealing with. Please enjoy your family time and holiday celebrations (if you celebrate any).


I look forward to sharing thoughts and receiving feedback regarding future posts.


Frat,

Raymond Walters

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Reflection (A Masonic Memoir blog)



Years ago I was a​ little boy watching my grandpap, daddy and some of their buddies playing cards. There was always plenty of trash talking, whiskey sippin’ and laughter. This was the after work life of bricklayers who worked hard all day at their trade spreading mortar and pressing bricks into place, laying them bricks “hard to the line”.
I had watched these men many times ​i​n my young life but today was the first day I noticed something I had never noticed before. They were all wearing rings with the same exact design on ​those rings​. I told myself I would have to ask my daddy what the design was.
I never got to ask my daddy what that design was as I had gotten distracted like many young boys do, and before I ever thought about it again, my daddy was dead. I was 14 years of age, having only begun to truly learn my trade, the “family trade”, in earnest. That “family trade”, the mason trade​,​ had gone back to at least the early 1800’s in my paternal line and is ​often referred to as bricklaying, or operative masonry as I know and understand it now​.
I was to learn later in my lifetime that my daddy, my grandfather, and those men that I had come to respect during my formative years were all giving me life lessons, lessons to live a true moral life by. It took many years to actually learn my trade as a bricklayer, many more to understand the lessons taught, and a little longer to understand the symbolism they cryptically managed to conceal within those lessons they shared with me.
What I have come to value was that these men all gave me what had been given to them; a healthy fear of our Creator, a sincere love and respect of my family, and an appreciation for the trade that I wanted to learn (and that they were willing to teach me).
Over the last 25 years of my life as a member of the Ancient Order of Free & Accepted Masons I may have seen and experienced a little more than most of those who hold membership. While much of it has been positive, even the negative experiences have held educational or instructive value after having had time to digest, reflect and contemplate lessons learned.
It is these many learned lessons I AM compiling into my current work project. While I do hope that readers will find value in my shared work, this work has and is somewhat therapeutic for me personally.
See, I now not only have a good sense of understanding of who I AM as a man, I have a much better understanding of who my father, grandfather, and all male descendants before me were as men also. After all, I see them every day when I look into the mirror at myself.
I have finished the genealogy and historical research needed, and have begun the actual work of writing my first draft. I look to have this personal project completed and published by December 2016 owing solely to the fact that I have a number of other commitments and writing projects in progress as well for other Masonic research groups and genealogy societies I hold membership in.
I will continue to periodically post updates or thoughts related to my pending work on this blog.
​Fraternally,
Raymond Sean Walters
#PerspectivesOfAMasterMason​ #AMasonicMemoir


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Sunday, December 06, 2015

Who Really Are The Hebrews



Found this interesting, but always investigate for yourself and do further research