Posts made in August, 2007

The Return to Innocence.

August 23, 2007 The Return to Innocence. By Ted Burnett Recently, I have come to believe that each and every child is born a whole person with an intact spirit. The late A.S. Neil (the founding headmaster of the renowned Summerhill School, in 1921, in Great Britain) said, “Every child has a god in him; our attempts to mold the child will turn the god into a devil.” In all the places that I have called home, which have been predominantly in the South, I have yet to know someone whom I suspect hasn’t been press to fit someone else’s cast. In every case, it has been a stamping of faulty belief systems by “the usual unconscious suspects” – our family, religion, schools and society. Their intentions, while mostly good ones, often come with major side effects. We are...

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Our Soldiers, Veterans and the U.S. Government: A Real Dereliction of Duty

August 3, 2007 Our Soldiers, Veterans and the U.S. Government: A Real Dereliction of Duty By Ted Burnett My father served eight months in the Vietnam War as a marine during the peak of violence in 1968. After his three years of service were up, he was flown back to California where he received an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps. Even though he had been exposed to combat while in Vietnam, he was not offered even one single hour of counseling/debriefing or decompressing (nor was he required to attend such a session). It’s the year 2007 and the United States Armed Forces’ behavior towards their soldiers and veterans has not changed one pathetic bit. Almost forty years have passed and the total insanity and immorality of the world’s mightiest...

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