T to tha Roy
I had one of those days today that make you strong. I've spent the last week recovering from oral surgery. There were complications and apparently it's a small 'miracle' that the left half of my face is not permanently numb. Yesterday I was able to eat a sandwich. Today I buried the first friend I ever had.
I can't separate him from childhood. Every childhood memory I have, except for when I was elsewhere, involve him. From infancy to adolescence. Think about it. That could be a lot of time, and it was.
Today, I listened to people. I heard them cry. I cried. Everyone loved him as much as I did. They talked to god, and I did not. We were all sad. They prayed for his soul, I remembered how he impacted my life.
I was prepared for the death of Troy by the death of my own brother. Sure, I grieved. But I also saw them bring in extra chairs because there was not enough room in the church for all the people he touched.
He lived his entire life. And an entire church full, at least, will never forget him. Most celebrated his death as a passage to heaven. I celebrated his life.
I have never felt stronger.
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The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
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