When it comes to the principle of hate, many people do so because they simply don’t understand. No one is born to hate. They are “taught” to do so. Those that do hate often base their justifications on what they have learned from others. They don’t particularly know the people they hate. However, they do believe that they know their circumstances. Whether it is based on different values, different customs or just a different look people formulate their hatred on what they “think” is there. Everyone has a little prejudice in them. If you don’t like a lady because she wears an ugly hat you are exhibiting prejudice against her. Your realness depends on how well you can “control” your prejudices. Those who display their ignorance publicly are those who cannot contain themselves. They lack will power. What can be done to stop people from exhibiting hatred? Just like hate can be taught, love can be taught as well. Your lack of knowledge can be the one thing that makes you susceptible to hatred. Either get to know the people you are judging, or learn from someone who knows. If you hang with a certain group of people, you may only know their ways. If their way makes you believe that others are wrong, then you can become that product of hatred. Learning to love is not based on your vision. It is based on your heart. Once you begin to understand that the world has many variations to it then your process of loving becomes much stronger. Make a way for people to understand you… because just like you don’t know them, they may not know you either… Let love teach you both… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly and Lynda Carter (The “original” Wonder Woman)
Even when I try to find positive things in the current news, just about everything in the front headlines has Trump’s name in it (and of course, much of it has not been positive at all). The one thing that seems to dominate the current news is this “travel ban” that Trump is seeking. A lot of people have sounded off over it, and now I am reading reports that some have deemed this move to be “unconstitutional.” That would be up to lawmakers to determine, but I will say this much about it: I understand fully President Trump’s wish to keep “undesirables” out of the country. We ALL want to keep them out. However, it’s not his idea that’s at fault but rather “who he included in this ban.” If he had the concept of keeping out just those people who are on the terrorist watch lists then I think everyone would understand and support. The problem is that instead of limiting this ban to those specific targets he decided instead to ban ALL immigrants of those particular countries from entering the Unites States. These are Arab countries. That makes his order “discriminatory.” ALL immigrants are not bad, but if you put a ban on all immigrants (who are generally of another race) then your actions will on the surface “appear racial.” I do realize that since this happened he has amended his own order to accept those who have already established themselves as legal citizens. That still may not be enough. When you start to classify targets by “race or ethnicity” then you are headed in the wrong direction. When you look at our ancestry and examine it from history you should find that we ALL are immigrants to this country. A travel ban on foreigners may seem like the right thing to do for the President, but it is against all that we stand for. Yes, we need to make security tighter. Yes, we need to fight terrorism around the world. What we “don’t” need to do is start labeling people by “ethnicity.” Right now the courts are involved and time will tell if this order will stand. How do you feel about it? Do you think the ban should stay the way Trump introduced it, and if so, what would be your rationalization for supporting it? The great thing about this country is our “diversity.” We are who we are because we are “everyone.” I am Brett Jolly, and I endorse this message. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly and Lynda Carter, the original “Wonder Woman”
I recently read an interesting article. For those of you “young enough” to remember, a lady by the name of Lynda Carter used to play the role of “Wonder Woman” on television. As a child, I loved watching the series (and honestly, as most young boys probably did back then, I fantasized about what life for her might have been like behind that “amazon” bra). NEVER did I believe that one day I would ever get the opportunity to meet her. Well, as it appears, I did much more than “that.” First, let’s talk about the article. In it, they interviewed her and she revealed her bouts with alcoholism back during that time. Her series had been canceled and her husband had been charged with bank fraud. It was a tough time for them both and she resorted to drinking to help her “escape.” In this interview, she admitted that it had cost them “everything they had” but they finally managed to win the case and he was eventually found “innocent.” After that, she claims that she managed to “conquer” her bout with alcoholism… I remember a couple of years back hearing that I had a “gig” coming up in Washington, DC, at the Kennedy Center. I have done a lot of big gigs in my life, so I really didn’t give this too much thought (at least until I learned who I was about to play for). When I heard the name “Lynda Carter,” I was a little bit shocked. I actually laughed and then said “Who are you referring to, Wonder Woman?” When the answer to that question turned out to be “yes” I wasn’t sure “what” to think. I was informed that she now sings “country music” and I was about to do a show with her. When the day of the concert came up, I was at the Kennedy Center getting ready for sound check when I saw this “tall” amazon-like woman talking on her cell phone. To my astonishment, after “all these years” she still looked “just as great” as she did back then on television. I mean that… She hardly looked any different, and she was in “awesome” shape. She finished talking on the phone and I immediately went and introduced myself to her. I first asked “Are you Lynda Carter?” She joked and said “Do I owe you money?” I told her no and then she admitted that she just “might” be Lynda Carter. She was so pleasant and we talked for quite a while (most of the conversation was actually initiated by her). She seemed at peace with her life, and she seemed to realize that the “Wonder Woman” days were long behind her. I told her that it was an honor to play for her and she said “Just wait until you hear how I sound first before you say that.” She had mentioned that she had indulged in alcoholism back then because with fame came a LOT of responsibilities that she had difficulty overcoming. I informed her of my own mother who battled “alcoholism” and “also” won. She seemed “very” interested in my story and that was when our great conversation ensued. I love talking to people who are “real” and she most definitely fit that bill. If there is “any” message to be gotten out of today’s “Daily Thought” I hope it is that even though you may “think” that people who are in the limelight (or of celebrity status) “have it easy” then you really don’t know. This woman’s struggles “just might have been greater than anything we might have encountered” and yet she survived. There is a BIG difference between how these people are portrayed on television and “who they really are.” There was “no conceit, arrogance or disrespect” in her demeanor, and in my eyes that made her an “even BIGGER star.” “No” I did not AT ALL ask her anything about her “amazon bra” but I did feel that if I had, she probably would have “laughed it off.” Gold is only worth the “value we give to it.” Otherwise, it is “worthless.” The same can be said for those in the public eye. I would like to thank Lynda Carter for “being real” with me and for helping me realize that “a person’s life value depends more on what’s inside than what people view on the surface.” I only hope that we all can come to make that very “same realization” in our own lives. Thank you for reading today’s Daily Thought, and I wish you all the very best.
Lynda Carter and Brett Jolly at soundcheck before performance