Guilt and Guilty

July 18, 2013

In the extreme heat of summer ... as one thing leads to another ... in Mercury Retrograde ...

Racial tension mount after the verdict in the Travyon Martin case. Do you suppose there's a method to the madness - like a government agency looking to create a riot to again demonstrate that martial law is the answer? Something about this feels very wrong ... maybe everything.

Martial Law reminds us of the Boston Marathon Bombings in April - accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev currently on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Boston suspect Tsarnaev 'manhunt photos' leaked   BBC - July 19, 2013

How about Ariel Castro pleading not guilty to 977 counts of murder, rape and holding three women captive for a decade in his home?

What constitutes a crime varies in the eyes of the players involved. Where one person sees guilt - another sees justification. This takes us to the Edward Snowden Affair that's playing out like a movie now being filmed in Moscow. Do you think he's on a "guilt trip"?

So there you have it - legal matters and covert affairs. How does one recover? There are endless intertwined stories whose truth may never be known.

Do you have a secret that affects others? If you can live with it or put it out of your mind - that's great. If guilt haunts you, find someone to talk too, a professional is best. Sooner or later that secret will come back and bite you in the ass.

With the emotional aspect of guilt - do you have a "guilty pleasure" - something one enjoys and considers pleasurable despite feeling guilt for enjoying it? The guilt involved is sometimes simply fear of others discovering one's lowbrow or otherwise embarrassing tastes, such as campy styles of entertainment. Fashion, video games, music, films, and junk food can be examples of guilty pleasures.

I'm Jewish. We're supposed to do guilt - which goes to manipulation - but that was never my thing.

To me ... it's all just a game ... often a cruel one at that. Luckily it's ending as most souls are totally worn out and don't always behave well in the "heat" of the moment..

July 18, 1918

Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

Mandela served 27 years in prison, first on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. An international campaign lobbied for his release, which was granted in 1990 amid escalating civil strife. Becoming ANC President, Mandela published his autobiography and led negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections in 1994, in which he led the ANC to victory. He was elected President and formed a Government of National Unity in an attempt to defuse ethnic tensions. As President, he established a new constitution and initiated the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses. Continuing the former government's liberal economic policy, his administration introduced measures to encourage land reform, combat poverty and expand healthcare services. Internationally, he acted as mediator between Libya and the United Kingdom in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial, and oversaw military intervention in Lesotho. He declined to run for a second term, and was succeeded by his deputy Thabo Mbeki, subsequently becoming an elder statesman, focusing on charitable work in combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.

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