As my son’s parent it’s my job to see that he gets the best start in life. And! Since I made such a mess of my life by making poor decisions when I was young and netted nothing financially to aid my children when it came to helping them enter into the world as successful adults, then my son’s student loan repayments became mines because his entry into adulthood debt free is my job as his parent.
John Newton is the author of this spiritually enlightenment hymn. At the age of eleven he became a seaman and later was imprisoned. After escaping from those that held him captive he found work on a slave-trading ship. It was then God began to work on his conscience about the cruelties of slavery. And it was then when he wrote this beautiful hymn as a testament to his transformation from being a slave-ship captain to becoming a Christian.
Most often God takes our wrong to right the wrong of man’s inhumanity to man. We’re His wonderful creation with the flaw of cruelty attached to our characters. It is only by God’s amazing grace that saves us from always extending the hand of destruction to our brothers and sisters.
– Prayer –
I pray this day for God’s peace in your life. I ask God to give you His grace. For the Bible says, His grace is enough for you and His power is perfect in your weakness as His grace is new every morning. Have a wonderful day!
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less dys to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.
It seems the negative word thug is always used to misrepresent the entire African American, Negro, or black communities. Honestly, people who distort racial integrity by misguiding readers, viewers, and listeners are worse than those they are writing or talking about. Such viewpoints are transparent as they are criminal acts of spreading hate.
As a humanitarian I find hate served on any platform detestable and a waste of time. So, therefore, today my vocabulary word is “thug” because I object to the ignorance of those that use it improperly. And it is such ignorance that keeps hate alive. And in keeping hate alive it becomes an avenue for exploitation by discriminatory acts when negative words are used to describe others by race, age, disability, ethnic, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and etc. Despite the worlds gratifying social exposure of discovering people are people, a pocket of people continue hate cycles for the sake of personal gain.
Part of Speech: noun
- a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) one of a former group of professional robbers and murderers in India who strangled their victims.
Last night I watched a History Channel special on the movie series Indiana Jones. The purpose of the show was to separate fact from fiction as it relates to the movie. While watching the show I was introduced to origin of the word “Thug”. When you think of a thug what image comes to mind? Is it a Black or Brown man? Is he iced out with diamonds and wearing baggy pants? Most people think of a thug as living in a poverty stricken urban area ( Ghetto) in the United states. The origin of the word “Thug” couldn’t be farther from its present meaning. The word Thug originates from an 800 year old cult called Thuggee in India. Thuggee were known for befriending travelers and killing them with the ultimate intention of robbing them. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this cult is responsible for the death of 2 million unsuspecting travelers.
So the question arises, ” How did we get from Thuggee to thug?” The Indian Cult and its practices were popularized and introduced to main stream Western Culture through books such as Confessions of a Thug by Philip Meadows Taylor (1839). Thuggee was also popularized by British Culture as Great Britain Ruled India from 1858 to 1947. In a way it bothers me that such a negative word like thug is largely associated with Blacks when it should be associated with Indians. How is it that we get the bad rap when they’ve been “thuggin” for 800 years! If we’re going to play the name game then we need to call prostitutes Geisha Girls! If there are any words that you can think of that are unfairly associated with your or someone else’s culture, please feel free to comment.
It is so hard to believe this incredible talented man was shy. Wow! Right!
For me, after seeing this video I decided to research Marvin Gaye. I wanted to learn more about the him the man [and not the singer]. There wasn’t much that had been uploaded on the internet about his personal life that I didn’t already know. As usually it was mostly bad stuff. To be honest, I was not surprised. It’s sad how people are only interested in the bad things when it comes to the rich and famous. It seems that people are never really concern if the person that is in an influential position is truly making a difference. Well any-who-how . . .
I can remember hearing Marvin Gaye’s tantalizing voice being resonating from the speakers of my moms record-player. I also remember how she would let his music play over and over for hours. It was as if his melodies would transport her to a place that was only for her to enjoy. I knew she had reached her fantasy destination when I would start misbehaving and she said not a word. Talk about a little person taking advantage of the situation.
Let’s just say, not only did Marvin Gaye inspire many lasting relationship through his ability to connect lovers, but he saved me from getting many tongue lashings and spankings. As my mother used his latest hits to transport her from the harshness of life.
So when I heard this sound track of Marvin Gaye singing a cappella, I was transported back to a time I enjoyed my mom the most. Not only did I return to a time where I was allowed to be a mischievous kid; but, my memory allowed me to remember how my mother set the mood for her to enjoy an evening to listen to one of her favorite vocalist, that eventually became one of my favorite male artist.
Marvin Gaye’s music makes him timeless. I realize the phrase “timeless” is normally used when referring to to music and not the artist; but it’s as if Marvin Gaye never got older than the music he recorded so long ago. His larger than life performances captured on film still gives his craft the ability to make women swoon even after his death.
As I watched several documentaries about his life, I discovered he was a kind man. He was generous with his fortune and he never met a stranger. For a kind and generous man, Marvin Gaye had his share of troubles that later spilled into the public as his tribulations finally became the reason for his death. But despite his tragic ending he has left a music legacy that will be hard to meliorate.
Personally I have always loved his song “What’s Going On.” It’s something about that song that reaches deep inside of my soul and makes me want to do what is right by humanity. As a matter of fact I am sitting here jamming to the tune and saying aloud “what a man!” And if you listen real close you can hear his Christian up-bring coming through this particular song. For those of you that do not know Marvin Gaye or have not heard ‘What’s Going On’ I’ve inserted the video below for your listening and viewing pleasure:
- Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (monteproctor.wordpress.com)
- Marvin Gaye: I Bet You Didn’t Know What Was Going On (J. Sanders Reflection) (capice2003.wordpress.com)
- What’s Going On Entry (jalcindor239.wordpress.com)
- This Track Of Marvin Gaye Singing Without Instruments Will Give You Goosebumps (businessinsider.com)
- Marvin Gaye on Grooveshark (grooveshark.com)
- “Marvin Gaye’s – What’s Going On” (guyc0221.wordpress.com)
- Marvin Gaye – What’s going on (rholt7.wordpress.com)