"I Took My Power in My Hand" Emily Dickinson:

"I took My Power in My Hand

And went Against the World

Twas not so much as David had

But I was twice bold

I Aimed my Pebble but Myself

Was all the one that fell

Was it Goliath was too large

Or was Myself too small ?

(Took Courage - Not "too small" ?)

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Comment by Al LeBlanc on December 18, 2015 at 7:16pm

 Joseph & Nadezhda:  Just realized, I owe both of you an overdue response to your comments. Joseph "right on" our Individual Conscience(s) need to realize we share a common home, common good, and the ethics of the "golden rule." It is incumbent on the Individual, acting singularly, to act for the common interest for the betterment of usall and the planet (collective win-win versus collective loose-loose).  Nadezhda: I know you well appreciate, that persons going alone against the world, can make a difference .e.g., Nelson Mandella, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, et al.  Given, that Individuals are now collectively interconnected through cyberspace/social media and exposed to new ideas and broader education, ignorance and hatred can be offset. Have been promoting #Cyberpeacefare where Individuals realize/utilize their Personal Cyber Power to initiate a CyberWorldPeaceTsunami (chaos theory butterfly effect).  The impossible dream is possible, especially in the long run.

Comment by Al LeBlanc on July 13, 2014 at 8:51am

My favorite #cyberpeacefare #my power (re-cycling)..   Cyberpeacefare Gadfly  

Comment by Al LeBlanc on June 2, 2014 at 8:20am

Joseph:  Thanks for the comment ! No doubt David had the "blessings of Yahweh", as well as much greater mobility and the element of  tactical surprise, over conventional warfare of the day.  Al

Comment by Joseph Peppe, ND on June 2, 2014 at 7:45am

Al, that is a great reminder of how we can get this or any ethical plan into action. However, the explanation of how and why the projectile, (what you refer to as Pebble), actually worked against this particular Giant problem, is found in verses 45-47.

"45 But David replied to the Philistine, “You are coming against me with sword and spear and javelin. But I am coming against you in the Name of Yahweh the Most High God, the God of Israel’s armies, whom you have defied!   46 This very day the LORD Yahweh will deliver you into my hand! I will strike you down and cut off your head. This day I will give the corpses of the Philistine army to the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the land. Then all the land will realize that The Most High God is for Israel.  47 And all this assembly will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord Yahweh saves! For the battle is Yahweh’s, and HE will deliver you into our hand.”

Note, this was not David's prideful ego taunting Goliath, rather a simple shepherd boy, proclaiming his Faith, (True Faith that produces anything ethical is depending on Yahweh, The Most High God).  David was announcing WHO was actually going to accomplish the overwhelming task by using he, with his little, but familiar slingshot weapon, common to shepherds of the day.

Comment by Al LeBlanc on June 2, 2014 at 6:15am

1 Samuel 17:38-40

Saul put his own clothes on David.  He put a bronze helmet on his head and dressed him in armor.  David put on Saul's sword and tried to walk around, but he was not used to all th armor Saul had put on him. He said to Saul, "I can't go in this because I'm not used to it." Then David took it all off.  He took his stick in his hand and choose five smooth stones from the stream.  He put them in his shepherd's bag and grabbed his sling.  Then he went to meet the Philistine.

Comment by Al LeBlanc on May 15, 2014 at 1:56pm

"IMAGINE" if people realized that Their "Pebble" can make a difference if they have the courage to act as individual consciences for the collective good,  e.g. by becoming cyberpeacecitizens. If trivia can go viral, why can't "world peace" go viral ?  (Million Dollar Question).  

Comment by Al LeBlanc on May 8, 2014 at 7:56pm

"There is often a sin of omission as well as of  commission."  Marcus Aurelius

Comment by Al LeBlanc on May 7, 2014 at 5:30pm

Valentine: Thanks for your "courage" to "speak out and be counted" for "us/all' - too much indifference out there - people don't realize their individual social media power for good in the world - can start with a single tweet causing a world peace tsunami.  Problem is people think their individual voice is impotent.  Anybody/Everybody except Nobody can be heard ?  Al

Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on May 7, 2014 at 1:19pm

The courage summoned by hitherto existed ones of the past in the area of technology breakthrough , technology  advancement and even understanding nature for example which they never saw as small has today form the basis of humankind's happiness in some respect. Same courage therefore, if summoned in plentiful folds by all and sundry for global peace; will be far reaching.However, the seminal courageous action to this effect by existing ones starts from Me You and All.Let There Be Peace on Earth .Take your power in your hand now and aimed at the pebble the monster VIOLENCE in all its ramifications.Shalom

Comment by Joseph Peppe, ND on May 6, 2014 at 10:12am

Yes, Al LeBlanc is calling us to pay attention, be attentive to this world's need of peace in a concerted "do-something" fashion. He is simply attempting to "community organize" our individual efforts into a group effort to actually accomplish something. It IS tough for one person to do anything, let alone create a world-wide peace initiative. Even when the Creator, who called Himself the Prince of Peace, came in human form, HE got nailed to a tree for HIS efforts. Before HE went back to Heaven, HE taught us that together, in one accord, with the same mind, is how things get done.

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