: the place where someone or something is in relation to other people or things
: the place where someone or something should be
: the way someone stands, sits, or lies down
Position : 14c. from Middle English posycion, from Anglo-French posicioun, from Latin ponere “to lay down, put, place,” from Old Latin posinere, from po- “away” + Latin sinere “to leave.”
“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”
John Adams (1735-1826, Founding Father and second president of the United States was a remarkable political philosopher and also served as the first vice president under George Washington. Born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, he was a Harvard-educated lawyer who identified with the patriot cause and led the movement for independence.)
“You cannot be in a position of power and destroy the life of another person.”
Pope Francis (Jorge Marioi Bergoglio, born 1936, age 78, Pope of the Catholic Church, Bishop of Rome and absolute sovereign of the Vatican City State. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was briefly a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before beginning seminary studies. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969. He became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European pope since the Syrian Gregory III in 741.)
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”
Booker T. Washington (Booker Tallaferro Washington, 1856-1915, African-American educator, author, and orator. A political advisor to presidents of the United States, Washington clashed with intellectual W.E.D. Du Bois over the best avenues for racial uplift. Born in Virginia he put himself through school and became a teacher. He founded Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, now known Tuskegee University.)
http://www.biography.com/people/booker-t-washington-9524663 - synopsis
“At the end of the day, the position is just a position, a title is just a title, and those things come and go. It’s really your essence and your values that are important.”
Queen Rania of Jordan (Rania al Yassin, born 1970, Age 44, Queen consort of Jordan and also known as Rania Al Abdullah. Since marrying the King of Jordan, Abdullah bin Al-Hussein, she became known for her advocacy work related to education, health, community empowerment, youth, cross-cultural dialogue, and micro-finance. She has two daughters and two sons, and is avid user of social media.)
“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.”
Jessica Lange (born, 1949, age 65, American actress who has worked in film, theater, and television. She was the recipient of several awards, including two Oscars, three Emmys, five Golden Globes, one SAG Award, and three Dorian Awards. Lange is widely considered to be one of the greatest actresses of all-time. She was discovered by producer Dino De Laurentis while modeling part-time for the Wilhelmina modeling agency.)
“Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included.”
Karl Marx (1818-1883, German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, historian, and revolutionary socialist. He was published The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital, anticapitalist works that form the basis of Marxism. Karl was one of nine children born to Heinrich and Henrietta Marx in Trier, Prussia. His father was a successful lawyer who revered Kant and Voltaire, and was a passionate activist of the Prussian reform. Although both of his parents were Jewish with rabbinical ancestry, Karl’s father converted to Christianity in 1816 at the age of 35. When Karl Marx died he was buried in London for which the Communist Party of Great Britain erected a large tombstone. The stone etched the last lien of The Communist Manifesto, “Workers of all lands unite.”)
http://www.biography.com/people/karl-marx-9401219 - london
Sarah Varcas, a spiritual teacher and astrologer from Whales, who I admire very much once wrote: “To identify requires separation: ‘me over here being this and you over there being different.’ To drop identification allows true connection beyond the false barriers we build between ourselves and others.”
Choosing to be identified solely with our ego-based positions of what’s right or wrong builds walls, and provides the creative juice and rationale to support our positions.
Turn on the news or documentary and you will view mankind’s studious focus of positioning on any range of subjects.
I remembered watching Bill Dukes’ documentaries entitled, “Dark Girls” and “Light Girls.” In these documentaries on race and colorism within the black community, Dukes chronicles the hurt, pain, and cellular programming that exists not only in American’s black families and communities but also in the world.
We definitely have to stop boxing in, chaining up, and imprisoning each other with these illusory constructs of favoritism and destain, which is solely designed to divide and destroy us not only as a human family, but also individually.
Diabolical, isn’t it? When you think about it. Actually, sometimes I for one, can’t wrap my mind around all the aggressive and passive aggressive bullying and killing. Wonder why our children are suffering through this world-wide cultural epidemic. They are only mirroring what they see.
In order for us to put an end to this insanity, we must face ourselves and stop the bleeping nonsense, and what a better time than now!