Don’t hate the bad more than you love the good…

 

 Don't hate the bad

I came across a facebook picture depicting a white police officer posing with a black woman and her son.

The woman had approached the officer at a park and requested to pray for his safety, offering her gratitude for his services.

 

This struck me in an unexpected way and I’ve been thinking about it all day.  I think sometimes in our fight against wrong, it’s easy to forget the value of celebrating what’s right.

To be truly equal it’s important to educate and promote change without oppression of others.

I myself have been guilty of it.  For years I’ve fought for religious acceptance and equality for my faith.  Through the early years I fostered hatred, within myself, towards my old path and its followers.

Wrongly I stereotyped all people of that ideology for the wrong doings of the past.   In the last few years I’ve awakened.  While yes, the actions of the past were horrible.  While those actions set back and oppressed such a beautiful way of life…  No living person is responsible or to blame.

I’ve since grown to recognize and respect the views and opinions of many individuals; Individuals who I would have, at one time, dismissed simply for my vendetta against their spiritual practice.

The simple truth that I’ve learned is that we can have our vendetta or we can have equality.  We cannot, however, have both.

In a world of equals there can be no us or them.  There can only be we.  We all have to help one another up so that we may all stand together side by side.

Police officers aren’t all racist, corrupt oppressors.  African Americans aren’t all criminals.  Caucasians aren’t all upstanding citizens.

Point being…

None of us are what we appear to be.  We are ALL what we CHOOSE to be.

I beg you all, don’t hate the bad more than you love the good…

Give praise where it is do.

 

OneCadence/Brad Mize

April 18TH, 2016

OneCadence, Equality United

 

Field tree

What is OneCadence?  OneCadence is the Ideal that we may all come together as one voice. One tribe.

OneCadence is the hope that no matter what we stand for as individuals – Religious Freedom, Racial Equality, Acceptance of Gender and Sexual Orientation – that we may too come together in unity as one. We don’t have to believe the same way. All we have to do is respect one anothers right to be who and what we are as individuals and equals.

I sit here, reflecting upon a phenomenal weekend with lots of good friends, both old and new.

This previous Saturday and Sunday was the Viking Festival at Heavener, Oklahoma Runestone Park. Upon arriving, we found that it was packed…cars parked up and down the winding hillside.

Finally, after what seemed like ages later, we made it to the top and entered the world of festivities. Those of us who came together set off to find our sister, who had arrived earlier in the day.

Once she had been located, the adventure back in time began. Through the masses of Viking warriors and painted women we went.

Within a short time, we were able to locate our buddies, from Northern Arkansas/Missouri, watching the birds of prey show!
It wasnt long after, my sister and I departed on a quest with a song in our hearts and the promise to find trouble wherever we went!

Our quest you ask? To locate hot scantily clad individuals and the phone numbers that accompanied them!

While failing our objective, the task was not to be a complete loss, for a big-boobed belly dancer we did find! Pictures were secured of the ladies together, and along our way we went once more!

That night we were fortunate to meet new friends –a couple from Pea Ridge and another from Dallas –and a signal fire was built to celebrate and guide lost souls through the night!

One such soul came through the darkness from just down the hill! “Your fire is too big! So I have brought you more wood!” saith he. While on a late night Dr. Pepper run for his wife, the friendly wood artisan found himself drawn to the light.

Many a jokes were shared late into the night! Our circles ranged greatly in diversity – from Jews, Pagans, Atheists, Agnostics, Gay, Straight, Bi and everything in between.

Events like this give me great joy and hope. If a group of people, mostly strangers none the less, are able to put aside their differences, share a night of discussion around the fire, and walk away as friends. Maybe.. Just maybe our goal isn’t so far out of reach.

For those of you who were there with us, thank you for the wonderful time, great company, and friendships new and old!

For those who weren’t able to make it out, I hope to see you among us next time around!

As always, feedback is encouraged! Tell me your crazy weekend stories!

 

OneCadence /Brad Mize

Only the beginning

 

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Some of you may know me from various places – Previous blogs, social media or even in person.  I’ve gone by several different pen names – Ira, WitchyWays or OneCadence – over the years.

This particular entry is for those of you who don’t know me on a personal level and / or aren’t familiar with my work.

I’m a single father, an aspiring blogger, a survivor, and a hopeful voice for those who haven’t yet found their own.

It’s my hope that given a chance I may not only break past the social stigma that my generation has placed upon itself, but also to inspire, inform, and entertain with the experiences of my life – or perhaps I’ll give you a new point of view to consider if nothing else.

Where I may be lacking in total years on the planet, I make up for in life experiences of a very diverse range, due to growing up hard and fast.   I’ll be covering topics ranging from the personal day-to-day activities within the comunity, equality – of Religion, Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation etc. – and everything in between.

I want to give a special thanks to my editor and friend, Elishevah Godfrey.

Thank you all for your support, any and all feed back is not only appreciated but encouraged.

 

OneCadence/Brad

April 14th, 2016