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By Wick Fisher
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Place all people, planet first

Wick's World


September 14, 2017

“Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together try to love one another right now.” -The Youngbloods, 1967.

Yeah, well, good luck with that; the '60s saw its attempt at peace and love result in an outcome of Nixonian corruption and Watergate. What a chance America had to learn lessons from that debacle. We had an even greater chance to learn lessons from the Vietnam War. America, we blew it by reliving both.

As I write this, today is September 11. Let’s just go ahead and call it by its television name, "Nine One One." It’s pretty ironic that America’s phone number for calling emergency is 9-1-1. It’s no longer a number; it’s a name.

I woke up this morning very angry and cynical. As I always do, no television was turned on to remind me today was Nine One One or talk about our most current emergency named what, Irene, Iris, Irma? I’m not even sure because I refuse to acknowledge disasters as televised entertainment. I do remember the one preceding it, Harvey. I know the next one in line is Jose.

Is there a point to my rant? Yes, and I hope some will get it. Maybe it will help if I feed you some quotes from people I hold dearly. People I believe in.

A now retired minister said this to the world this morning on the social media of rants called Facebook: “Everyone in the U.S. excited about TX & FL; but the Carib & Mexico be damned.”

Thank you, Rev. Geoffrey; I have been sharing your rage for days now. I am dedicating my weekly column to this very issue. I have a noon deadline and I hope I can somehow put my words together in an acceptable inoffensive way to enlighten people, not to anger them.

First, let me address my anger about Nine One One. Yes, it was an attack on America and freedom. What most people ignored was the fact that it was an attack on the world. For a few weeks after that immoral act, we had a united world against a common enemy called terrorism. However, rather than unite the world against that common enemy, the administration in power used it to demonize a religion and divide the world. Years later, our current boss leads our country with the motto “America First.”

This is where my rant leads. The only way to survival is to place all people and the planet first. We are all in this together. What is good for one person must be good for all. It doesn’t mean we give terrorists a free ride. It does mean our world is not working properly today for human and planet survival, climate change being a whole other story.

Another Facebook friend who I listen to daily gave me this tremendous quote this morning, “It is your rules that make unlawful beings. You would get along better if you would just trust each other to treat each other appropriately, but you don’t. So you keep making laws — until you make criminals of everyone.” Amen, sister.

The more I saw the media focus on toxic-stained Houston and a U.S. Army Corp of Engineer-built Florida that never should have been settled in the first place, the more irate I got. We all need to wake up and realize there is a Nine One One every day on this planet. It just happens outside of our “America First” world, so we don’t give a damn.

My wife and I have concerns and personal relationships outside America. The Mexican settlement of Juchitan suffered massive death and destruction last week. It was barely a newsworthy footnote with little coverage about the earthquake. I’ve written several stories about Juchitan, the city in the epicenter of Mexico’s earthquake and the outlying cities of San Cristobal, Chiapas and Oaxaca.

Years ago, we had a most remarkable experience with this matriarchal society on the southern Pacific coast of Mexico so we are as concerned about it as Corpus and Clearwater, the fires in Portland and the tens of thousands dead in Bangladesh.

I am an American who served our country. However, I am a human of the planet Earth first and foremost. This is where I place my allegiance and respect. I thank everyone who has endured my passionate statement of beliefs. I know some will agree and many will not.

My duties as the Reverend Wick Fisher remain the same — weddings and funerals. It is not my intent to convert anyone.

Hug your children, say hello to friends and strangers alike and reject the tendency to demonize others even as I have demonized America’s leaders, television and etc. earlier in this very column. I will try to do better. May we all.


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