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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Elections

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Count Me In

I wonder what he was electing.

I wonder what he was electing.

To Each Their Own

Elections. What does that mean to you? Have you ever stepped back and asked what an election is. Election is also a verb in a sense. Elect is part of the word and “ion” is a suffix. Elections mean more than the word elections. It is a whole world of thought and action. To elect you must act. In philosophy the first elections were with cavemen. The man elected to hunt and the woman elected to care. If that does not have your head spinning, go back to sleep.

“I elect to love.” That just puts our notions of “elections” on their head. My soul depends on my election to love or not. And then immediately jump to our national elections for a President of the United States. Nuts! How can a word/concept be so personal and yet so social and world impactful? We let that soak in. World issues are decided by individual people.

First I am blown away and then it settles in. What we elect in our own life, effects billions. No not like the fact that I effect thousands but like our soul and being is part of the whole and effects the world. What power you have. What an amazing gift you have. In all truth even your thoughts feed into the concept of world.

What do you elect to do with your world? I have seen this world from inside out and downside around. I have stood with presidents (OK just for photo ops and souvenirs but still) And I have slept with no pad on the ground. I would say that I did that by election. Not to worry not like a homeless guy but like a forest camper. One time I elected to leave society. I did not go all “Into the Wild”; just for a week or more. I elected to check out for a bit. Is choice the same as election?

I am not what you would call “pro-government”. I kind of like my weeds on my walks natural and not cut. On a sidewalk I prefer fallen leaves to clean and swept. I grew up in a desert. Anything that was green was keen. Now I live in suburbia – well outlying, and people pull what they call weeds. My son and I wonder why people don’t appreciate weeds. But oh well. Of course my wife thinks we are nuts with our magnifying glass and book in hand. My boy and I elect to love creatures and plants normally unseen.

Livin And Dying With The Choices I Made

The Eagle and The Moon

The eagle elects.

The eagle elects.

Choices Again

Last couple of weeks my wonderful bride with her time off, thank you covid, has had time to be interested in politics. I was in my first political science class in 1972. I have never missed a vote – 2 or 4 year since 18 years of age. With time on her hands she has elected to spend some time on elections. We are changing the concept from personalities to issues. We are well taught to judge people first and issues second. That makes some sense. But not really as I wore boots to a black tie affair long before it was acceptable. People had trouble talking to me because I was me.

But one time I invited one of the premiere local advocates for civil rights home for dinner. A pleasure for me to have known the lawyer. My wife was repulsed by his crassness and demeanor. With all others in bed we argued into the wee hours regarding the concepts of Christ and civil disobedience. I elected to enjoy his nasty disposition and tested his mind and spirit as he did mine. Are elect and choice different?

I like the religious notion of “he is the elect”. I spend time on this stuff and if you think you know what that means, say so.

Feeling so guilty, I have on too many days elected to only exercise for thirty minutes about. Yes it is in nature and yes I break a sweat but still. I choose enough to stay healthy but not enough to excel. Sometimes in elections I vote for the lessor of two evils.

We can say: He suffers for the elections he made in life. Normally we say “choices” he made in life. I had a brother once who visited my hospital bedside and said that I must be suffering like hell. I raised up a bit and looked to my side. “Who the hell are you talking too?” I asked. We laughed so hard. Sick in a nasty way and place, suffering was a choice I did not make.

We choose to accept bad stuff. It still has just never occurred to me to do so. I guess I gave up the right to elect bad stuff. Hmm, elect, select and choose?

A Land of Difference

A good experience by any measure.

A good experience by any measure.

Brothers and Sisters

Decide In Love

What a blast I am having writing this. I think you will enjoy reading it. Please just let the notions flow in and flow out. They are meant to click a thing within you. What you do with that thing is your election. My style and concept of writing is to let you imagine. What are we to make of imagining and choices.

My younger son and I have a pretty constant routine of hanging outside in the morning sun and recalling and talking about our dreams. Right now we are concentrating on “why did I do that in my dream?” The rule is that we must be wrong. Why would I elect in my dreams? Prayers are very close. We pray a lot but our minds wonder yet elect to focus on one thought. If you get that then please write a book.

I do reckon and declare I gave it up. I set myself up to love. My circumstance and abode and family are for us to love. What an election of reality. I just plain elected to love. Do not worry I have my moments. But 95% of the time my life is just set up to love. Sometimes I beg my Lord to get those other 5% back for a redo. But better folks love me with my warts or not at all.

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Elections. Vote. I vote every day of my life. I do not always like my choices but love often guides me. Do we stand up tough or do we stand up in love?

Three o’clock in the morning in Saigon. I could not sleep. I put on my running gear to go out. I went out the doors to the 4 star hotel. They were watching me. They freaked. We had to be watched 24/7 so as not to make contact outside the “party”. One hopped a motorbike with another in back.

I stopped for coffee in an all nighter. I invited the chaps in but they elected not to as actual contact with me could be an issue.

Why did I elect to market marketing in a communist country? I was nuts. I elected to do it while I was nuts. Met my wife there. A bad choice, turned out to near 20 years of marriage and still going strong. My election to go there has created the best ten year old I know. I elect and God laughs.

Maybe as our voting season comes up we can do more than cast a ballot. Maybe we can dig deep and elect to elect what we see as the most loving choice. I wonder if love was our criteria, this world would be a better place to be.


Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 16, 2020:

Dora I guess it is a "one person at a time" deal. But if you think about it there are millions at one time. Let us keep it positive.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 16, 2020:

Denise you are so right. It may sound counter intuitive to match the politics with love. But when we do, it feels so right.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 16, 2020:

Sure, Eric. Love for the progress of humanity, instead of selfish love for personal progress over everyone else, can make the world a better place.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 14, 2020:

No need to wonder: if love was the underlying motive of all humans, the world WOULD be a better place. Unfortunately, most people elect to look out for themselves first and their loved ones seldom or not at all.



Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 14, 2020:

Thanks Devika, I am glad you got something out of it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 14, 2020:

Eric you put the words together and created an insightful hub. Your thoughts matter and I understand your views.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 13, 2020:

Oh my friend we had a wonderful lesson on civics, and citizenship and politics last night. He ended the whole thing by saying "We get to do that?" We truly are blessed. Let us make elections.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on October 13, 2020:

Hi Eric, as usual you put things upside down and finally they start looking straight from a different perspective. The election word finally sounded positive and better. And is that your younger son looking absolutely innocent - having faced no election as yet,maybe,it is easier.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 12, 2020:

Greg I thank you. We just went through a proposition. We bantered about the issue of running up the cost of doing business versus increasing privacy of consumer. Nothing easy.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 12, 2020:

Linda we just sat down and went through the notions of separation of powers but yet how they are intertwined. The more we learn the more we find good stuff.

Life is hardly easy but love makes it more so.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 12, 2020:

My wonderful previous mother-in-law had a saying, If you want to give up where do you go. So we must move forward and try. In love I trod the painful and lonely road. That is alright by me. But someone told me my optimism was contagious. I do figure he meant my love through Jesus.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on October 12, 2020:

Eric - you wonder, and I marvel. I marvel at your last line: "I wonder if love was our criteria, this world would be a better place to be." I believe it would be, and wouldn't that be wonderful? I, too, have voted, and am now complete with this election cycle, ready for it to be over with, ready to get on with the everyday.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 12, 2020:

Eric, if our elected officials acted more with love (for everyone) and not for their status what would politics look like? Choose to love instead of always trying to be right--how much happier the world would be.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 12, 2020:

Bill - Go Seahawks! My wife and I were talking about choices and decided we make most decisions on love. Why not elections? So she told me to fill out the ballots - oh well.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 12, 2020:

I like that...elect the loving choice.

I think I did. Already voted. Now waiting for everyone else in the country to catch up with me. :)

Have a great week of loving, buddy! Sorry I'm late. I had to watch the Seahawks pull out a last minute win.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 12, 2020:

Binoy, we are wise to keep your comment right up front in our mind.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on October 12, 2020:

I’m glad you didn’t discuss the usa elections here but took a broader look on the meaning of elect. Not an American myself, i’ve totally had it with either one of the two big parties you have to choose between. The us elections even dominate our daily newsupdates.

So, I’d rather read about your adventures and your notions on love and living. They lift me up and often bring a smile on my face. Thank you!

Binoy from Delhi on October 12, 2020:

Our life is full of election and selection. Every day we elect and select. Election means the choice. Better we choose Good than Bad. I choose issues over personality. Sin or not to sin is a choice, an election, or a selection. Every moment of our life we are doing that.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 12, 2020:

Linda I most often give thanks for the luxury or thinking on such things. As you can see I am still working on it.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 12, 2020:

James I thank you for your right on comment. I reckon we can elect to try.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 12, 2020:

Flourish my son is ten and growing like a weed. We do a check in to notice where he is in pain. Growing pains stink but a part of the deal. I see my country going through growing pains. I wish I could fix it, but acknowledging it is what I can do.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 12, 2020:

Mary, back in my youth days they spanked a lot. I never felt it was less than love. Don't know why. We can do so much with love as our compass.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 12, 2020:

Mr. Happy, as usual you make me happy. I just love that first paragraph. I for some reason have that in my head and it gets a chuckle every time.

My favorite rendition about that preacher's son is Aretha. Yes he was!

I did some time in the YCC and we did light fires -- actually a notion from the Natives.

I think I could find some reason to love each of your stages. But that dog love is crazy good.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 12, 2020:

Pamela, that love factor is scoffed at when it comes to elections. Tough horrendous decisions can still be made with love as our cornerstone. I have trouble remembering that.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on October 11, 2020:

People have been troubling to talk to me as well because Im always me.

This is an awesome and relatable persuasive writing. Awesome persuader! There's so much behind the word elect I didn't know

Thanks for the knowledge you've shared ;-)

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 11, 2020:

I love your ideas about the meaning of "elect." You've given me some interesting things to think about.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on October 11, 2020:

Election is selection and rarely is the result perfection. And, this goes double for politics. Thought provoking article.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 11, 2020:

I’ve elected to vote early and ensure d that family members did too. I hope our country is headed for brighter days whatever the outcome.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 11, 2020:

There is much to be said about electing what is the most loving choice. I need to think about this.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on October 11, 2020:

"What power you have." - This statement has to be followed by a: "MUAHAHA' (evil laugh). Haha!! That's what I see after a statement like that.

I never say things like that - they might get to someone's head. Haha!! Might be why I would not make a proper preacher. Ever heard that song "Son Of Preacher Man"? Many sing it. It just came to mind. I love that song.

"On a sidewalk I prefer fallen leaves to clean and swept." - Ya but if someone slips and cracks their skull ... we gotta clean them up in cities and leave them alone in Forests and parks. Well, once in a while we gotta do something anyway 'cause they can become a fire hazard. Maybe just light them on fire from time to time. Natives used to do that I hear.

"I wonder if love was our criteria, this world would be a better place to be." - Can't buy into this. What I thought "love" was when I was eight years old, was different than what I thought "love" was when I was seven-teen and it is way bloody different now. Haha!! I like that dog love, the unconditional type but humans love for many reasons and if those reasons change, bye-bye goes the love lol

Anyway, thanks for the read. I was supposed to be off to dinner already. What am I doing? Alrighty, You have a lovely week-end! (That dog love.)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 11, 2020:

I love your message of electing to elect a loving choice, Eric. There is to much hate in this country and we can't solve problems with hate. You have written a very interesting article. When we make choices that don't turn out well there is often something good that comes out of that choice. Have a great week, Eric.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 11, 2020:

Thank you Chitrangada. Very interesting times we are in. I hope we make good choices. People will not walk away, wondering about things the same way again.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 11, 2020:

Interesting perspective and I enjoyed reading it.

There is hardly any time left for the forthcoming US elections, and we are also watching the day-today developments with curiosity.

I believe, we the citizens have a responsibility and an important role, by means of voting for the right candidate. It’s for the love of the country and it’s people.

I loved the first picture and your article is as usual great. Thanks for sharing.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 11, 2020:

Thanks much Liz. It is a fun endeavor for sure.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 11, 2020:

I enjoyed reading through your interesting play on words. It can be fascinating to analyse how many different contexts and meanings you can get out of one word.

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