- Producer24/11/2016Open Your Heart [a poem]Now is the time. The time is now. Open your heart. Embrace those you dislike. Look not at the differences. Erase your fear. The color of the skin, how poor or how rich... These things matter not. They are superficial....
- Producer23/11/2016An Attitude of GratitudeA phrase we've all heard quite often, an "attitude of gratitude" is nonetheless an important concept if you're interested in becoming a Conscious Creator of your life. Practicing such an attitude brings you into oneness with the idea...
- Producer22/11/2016The Spectrum of HumanityWhat do Jews think about Jesus?He asked me as innocently as a college freshman at a small, Jesuit school could ask. It caught me a little off guard.What do ALL Jews think of Jesus?It was puzzling to me that he would think ALL people of any...
Comments28/11/2016 #30 Sarah Elkins#17 You hit the nail on the head, @Sara Jacobovici, I'd be willing to say that the vast majority of hate is based in fear. And thank you for that wonderful share and comment. I love our spectrum of humanity. Even the people who are horrible to me teach me something!28/11/2016 #29 Sarah Elkins#19 Unfortunately, @Ali Anani, that doesn't surprise me at all. I have similar stories from early in my time here in Montana, and from my travel experiences. What you say here is exactly right, we must connect one-to-one to change the dynamic. And it helps to be a good ambassador for our people, speaking and educating rather than being insulted and defensive.28/11/2016 #27 Sarah Elkins#25 Oh dear, @Nicole Chardenet, I know exactly what you're talking about in terms of it being hard to forgive the chronically and willfully stupid. I call it willful ignorance and have a really hard time with it myself. The reason I've been able to look past that issue with some people is that I realize that without talking about it, without having that dialog, the people who voted without the intention of exacerbating hate, fear, and bigotry, we are truly lost. Those who were more intentional with their votes are a lost cause.
I agree that asking what Jews think about Jesus is a totally fair question, it's the way he asked, as if all Jews would believe the same thing about Jesus. Many Jews fall into the category your mother described, and many do not. Just like some Jews keep kosher, others do not. The best question that is consistently asked by the students I encounter each year is this: "What makes the Jewish belief so different from the Christian belief." And my answer is that practicing Jews are still waiting for the Messiah, while Christians believe he has already been here. (Notice I said "practicing" Jews, as opposed to all Jews.)
Thanks for that great comment, it made me clarify why I responded that way to the student's question.28/11/2016 #25 Nicole ChardenetAsking what Jews think about Jesus is a fair enough assessment. It could be interpreted as perhaps the 'party line', with or without a Pope or other centralized figure. When I was a kid, growing up in a Christian family, my mother said that Jews believed Jesus existed but wasn't a Saviour, but that he was a great teacher. I actually cleave toward that view more myself now, rather than the Christian one...but then again, I haven't been Christian in many years.
As for not judging people en masse, easier said than done sometimes. I find myself struggling with the anger at people who elected a total asshat for world leader and put the rest of us in danger as well. That's not judging someone on biology; that's judging them on their unwillingness to take a real look at what they were voting for. It was eye-opening going to the States for Thanksgiving; it because quite clear that it wasn't just uneducated, chronically unemployed rednecks who hadn't been paying attention during the election campaign.
Harder to forgive, sometimes, the chronically and wilfully stupid.28/11/2016 #24 Julio Angel Lopez LopezGreat article, we can only contribute a little more, we are still evolving. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@julio-angel-lopez-lopez/una-teoria-sobre-la-evolucion-humana-a-theory-about-human-evolution27/11/2016 #21 Lisa GallagherThat's the second time I watched that video @Sarah Elkins and it still brings tears to my eyes. If only... most people would realize we are all connected in one way or another, we'd have a more humane world. We are humans, we are not our religion or our designated ethnicity. One day I hope that prejudice and biases end... that's my hope! It sure will be a better world when that time comes. I wish it would happen in my lifetime.27/11/2016 #19 Ali Anani@Sarah Elkins- I experienced what you experienced when I first went to the UK to do my PhD. As an Arab I was mocked. It took me three months before people accepted me as a non-conforming Arab to what impressions they had about Arabs. People tend to generalize and extend their conclusions linearly. I agree with your post. I find your writing "When we paint an entire community with the same, broad brush, we miss incredible opportunities to learn, to grow, and to make connections with each other. The only way to heal our fractured communities is to care about each individual we interact with, and avoid making assumptions". I believe this is the only way.
Mind you when my elder brother went to study his undergraduate studies in the USA he was asked to show "his tail". Some students believed that Arabs have tails. It is true. However; it is our actions that may change those impressions as my brother and I did.27/11/2016 #17 Sara JacoboviciAnother work of art produced by an artist story teller @Sarah Elkins. Beautifully written, beautifully told. Thank you Sarah. You write, "The spectrum of humanity is always my first priority." Agreed. I find beauty in the spectrum. Although I am always moved when I hear John Lennon's Imagine, it's the idea of hope that moves me. I don't want a world where we are all the same. Our challenge is to allow the differences to enable us to grow as humans, not to negate us. You write, "When we paint an entire community with the same, broad brush, we miss incredible opportunities to learn, to grow, and to make connections with each other." 100%! I regret to say that that brush is dipped in fear; for some reason we are made to feel that differences are a threat. It's individual behaviors, both verbal and non-verbal, which hold the potential of threat, not our differences.
@Ali Anani and I spent some time last evening (our time) in a synchronicity loop. I open up your buzz this morning and feel like I have fallen right back into that loop. You write, "The students laughed uncomfortably. I explained why that story was important in our discussion". I have recently shared the following video which I think greatly supports your invaluable message. Thanks again Sarah.https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tedspr26/11/2016 #16 Sarah Elkins#8 @Dean Owen, thank you for the comment. When I notice an immediate response to a person, I dig in to figure out whether it's truly intuition or bias. You're so right, it's human to make a snap judgment - and being introspective about those snap judgments helps us grow as humans.25/11/2016 #14 Mohammed SultanVery impressive @Sarah Elkins.God gave us the gift of life and honored us as humans and let us decide how to live well.Only wise people regardless of their religious devotion know well that a life is worth living when we live it for him.There's only one fact ,but can be interpreted in different ways and different manners because we each receive different "Light" from the same source.Because we receive the same message differently ,we have different and enduring cultures,not related to our DNA but to the paths we chose.Everyone has his own light and his own path and can see and think best within this context.25/11/2016 #13 Jared WieseTweeted:
The Spectrum of Humanity @sarahelkins "Are you able to truly judge ALL Americans based on.. handful of experiences?" https://www.bebee.com/producer/@sarah-elkins/the-spectrum-of-humanity25/11/2016 #11 Susan RooksBeautifully written and wise, @Sarah Elkins! I am also a Jew, but much more secular than many others I know -- of any religion! I identify as a Jew, but it's cultural. Yet one of my daughters is a Kohennet, sort of a rabbi. We are all different in the ways we understand and practice our religion / faith, and you made the point so very well. No group is 100% homogenous.
- Producer22/10/2016MY CHILDRENSince noticing, has been my lot in life. At every corner, the homeless cry. To see the amount people spend. On their toys, never end. When a single payment they give, Would help this poor mans family to live. And since no gold they will give. Then...
- 20/10/2016#333 " FRIEND 3" 10-19-16 From the PAINTINGS OF GRACE, W.C.B.II
Recognizing a Friend when others walk away, can be easy..
Knowing a reversal of fate, for themself, is certain, that you will not walk away from their AGONY. "Godbless"
- Producer21/09/2016THE PAINLESS WORDNothing but kind words, never lost. From a child dying. Even though the bed is empty today, The words spoken go on and on, From one person to the other, until one day, that child is you. ...
- 14/09/2016#319 god ON EARTH 9-14-16 W.C.B.II
You can follow earthly ways, of greed, following the god on earth where you think your so right, but,, this staircase is going down. no Salvation here, Godbless
- 08/09/2016#317 DREAMING 9-8-16
From the PAINTINGS of GRACE W.C.B.II
There was a time, someone looked out the window and felt Glory in the light of GOD.
- 01/09/2016#314 COLORADO 3 9-1-16
From the PAINTINGS OF GRACE W.C.B.II
Found myself chasing summer knowing everything will be frozen soon. Look at #279 and #308 paintings Colorado 1&2 brrrr.
Find more paintings @ Face book William cii Ballard Godbless
- 31/08/2016#128 THE ROSE 2-9-14
One who knew, made the Rose so true, the Aroma of Heaven," I CAN SMELL IN YOU" GODBLESS THE PLAN I DREW"
- 27/08/2016#184 PEACFUL From the Memorial paintings We all need peace in our lives, even JESUS,, Who gave us all another example to heed. Stress has no place in prayer, these paintings will help, Godbless
- Producer27/08/2016THE KIND WORDA kind word is never lost, The cold day was hard on the old man lying on the park bench, Walking by I stopped to ask "if He would like to come home with me tonight",, I saw you sleeping here last night, The old man looked up and said.... "SON,,...
Comments25/10/2016 #4 WILLIAM C. BALLARD IINot sad and a giver am I. My boy passed in 2012, The LORD took my boy, being the only Christian in the family,, Now I am, That took blood to change my way of thinking,, My life now is to give examples to the ones who need Faith, Given with love in mind, understanding the pressures of religion, that ruined my families Faith, Where no Church ever, in my childhood was given. To see blood in the family, should never change ones Faith ever again. Godbless23/10/2016 #2 WILLIAM C. BALLARD IIThe term "king of the world", remember, on the cross JESUS gave the Hebrews the world, JESUS gave us HEAVEN, In a kingdom, we would be servants, when actually , we are family of CHRIST, Remember when CHRIST said"I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME" Those words a king will never say, CHRIST JESUS is the Creator of the world and the universe.. Godbless.
- 25/08/2016#248 THERE YOU ARE 2-24-16
From the REDEMPTION PAINTINGS W.C.B.II
The shaping of thoughts and character for the future of children should not be left to chance. If we do, we leave their lives exposed, with an open invitation. to unforeseen trouble...
Comments27/08/2016 #12 WILLIAM C. BALLARD II#2 Well Dr. ,, it all started with water colors. being safe,, after 80 paintings, Acrylics found a Holly place and never left, (being safe, with epilepsy is key) distance can be found in most paintings to give mass.. I really get claustrophobia without it. .25/08/2016 #5 Selah Leinwand#2 Wow, so honored to have been kept in mind when referring to children, and the unique role of some of us here as custodians of life!. Blessings Margaret, success William, there is a special sweetness in your art it really resonates with my own connection with God and life.25/08/2016 #2 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDAwe! Welcome to beBee, WILLIAM C. BALLARD II ! Thank you for sharing your original artwork, and your selected piece is "Awe!" I love the little tiny child, and the Palm trees are something that I treasure, too! You painted this? Oil on canvas? Please tell - the water is so streamlined...just serene. Lovely. And Welcome to beBee! @Selim Yeniçeri, @Randy Smith, @Ray Looker, @Hemu Rayamajhi, @Naeem Masih, @Kirstie-Sweetie Louise, @Mandi Loren, @Vincent King, @Doug Vermeulen, @Jeff Roberts, @Selah Leinwand, @Manish Nair | Research Postgrad, @Paula Cofre, @Praveen Raj Gullepalli, @mohammed khalaf, @Angela Wice, @Julee Kim, @Ali Kamil Temizel, @Özge Yavas, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, @Franci Eugenia Hoffman, @Ali Anani, @Lisa Gallagher, @Dean Owen, @John White, MBA, @Juan Imaz and more.
- 24/08/2016#191 JESUS IN ROME" 11-25-14
From the MEMORIAL PAINTINGS W.C.B.II
JESUS prayed here on earth, yearning HEAVEN. Only HIS love and GRACE to serve humanity as an example needed to be,,,
- 24/08/2016#174 "THE ARTISAN" 9-20-14
From the MEMORIAL PAINTINGS W.C.B.II
You will see the beauty GOD can paint through my hands,,,#174 of #310
- Producer02/08/2016What Does The Bible Say About Female Pastors?This article was originally written for my blog The Christian Corner, if you want to read more articles teaching the true gospel please visit http://www.thechristiancorner.net/blogHi, welcome to The Christian Corner. I know it's been awhile since...
- Producer29/07/2016Standing Up For JesusThis article was originally written for my site...The Christian Corner...If you want to read more good Christian articles please go to http://www.thechristiancorner.net/blogHi, welcome to The Christian Corner. This article is for everyone who calls...