President’s Message for September 2019 

                                              John Isham                                                                   

Can we live our seven UU principles?  We must!

Each day begins in the same way.  I wake up and momentarily before consciousness floods in, everything seems wonderful.  Then the dark clouds roll over containing the realization that nothing has changed from yesterday, the latest insult to humanity in the ongoing stream of insults was announced and I am helpless once again to do anything about it.  I am kicked off center like a spinning top getting ready to fall, all day long again?  

Having been a victim of medical depression in the past, I know what it is like.  But that malady comes from within, like an uncontrolled virus, and is equally awful, but in time with medication will get better.  These clouds, these concerns, these worries however, come from without. No pill will make them better. I am an engineer trained to fix things and make them better, but my training is useless, I am helpless.

We are forced to live in the fantasy world of a psychopath. The daily, ever constant, onslaught of lies and confusion amplified by the media is relentless. The media and us are pawns in a project, an ongoing reality show all about one person’s ego. Important appointments continue to be given to totally incompetent people with damaging agendas.  The country and the world are not getting better.

A bridge friend seems unconcerned.  Just be happy and let it happen, he says, roll with it.  Sort of like, “why can’t we all just be friends,” a ridicule usually directed toward overcoming a weaker opponent. Are we seeing the break up of the interdependent web? Where is the inherent worth and dignity of the office or the person? Is the search for truth and meaning, lost?

My hope is that my day to day routine with people can make a difference in some small way and when added with many others doing the same thing can grow into a much larger and significant difference. The hope is toward peace and harmony ultimately spreading in an uninhibited way. I see this hope is being seriously challenged today. I will double my effort as we all must.  I hope you can too.  

 

Presidents Since the 50th Anniversary
John Isham  2018 to 2020
Carol Bartz   2016  to 2018
Martha Pelletier 2015
Bill Peruzzi:(winter) and Martha Pelletier (summer)   2014
Bill Peruzzi (winter) and Joan Butcher (summer)  2013
Grace Hirsch January 2012
Lorraine Berry  2009-2011

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