64 Days of Love (Day Three)

If you missed Day One and Day Two of the 64 Days of Love post from yesterday, please read those first. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


On this third day of the 64 Days of Love it is one of my favorite songs from the Black Eyed Peas. The lyrics (see below) are piercing and to the point as they ask Where is the Love? and then answer there own question by singing “Love is the key…Love is the answer…Love is the solution…”

Enjoy the video.

Where is the Love
by the Black Eyed Peas
People killin’ people dyin’
Children hurtin’, I hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preachin’?
Would you turn the other cheek again?
Mama, mama, mama, tell us what the hell is goin’ on
Can’t we all just get along?
Father, father, father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me
Questioning
(Where’s the love)
Yo what’s going on with the world, momma
(Where’s the love)
Yo people living like they ain’t got no mommas
(Where’s the love)
I think they all distracted by the drama and
Attracted to the trauma, mamma
(Where’s the love)
I think they don’t understand the concept or
The meaning of karma
(Where’s the love)
Overseas, yeah they trying to stop terrorism
(Where’s the love)
Over here on the streets the police shoot
The people put the bullets in ’em
(Where’s the love)
But if you only got love for your own race
(Where’s the love)
Then you’re gonna leave space for others to discriminate
(Where’s the love)
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how hate works and operates
Man, we gotta set it straight
Take control of your mind and just meditate
And let your soul just gravitate
To the love, so the whole world celebrate it
People killin’ people dyin’
Children hurtin’, I hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preachin’?
Would you turn the other cheek again?
Mama, mama, mama, tell us what the hell is goin’ on
Can’t we all just get along?
Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questioning
(Where’s the love)
It just ain’t the same, always in change
(Where’s the love)
New days are strange, is the world insane?
(Where’s the love)
Nation droppin’ bombs killing our little ones
(Where’s the love)
Ongoing suffering as the youth die young
(Where’s the love)
Where’s the love when a child gets murdered
Or a cop gets knocked down
Black lives not now
Everybody matter to me
All races, y’all don’t like what I’m sayin’? Haterade, tall cases
Everybody hate somebody
Guess we all racist
Black Eyed Peas do a song about love and y’all hate this
All these protests with different colored faces
We was all born with a heart
Why we gotta chase it?
And every time I look around
Every time I look up, every time I look down
No one’s on a common ground
(Where’s the love)
And if you never speak truth then you never know how love sounds
(Where’s the love)
And if you never know love then you never know God, wow
(Where’s the love)
Where’s the love y’all? I don’t, I don’t know
Where’s the truth y’all? I don’t know
People killin’ people dyin’
Children hurtin’, I hear them cryin’
Could you practice what you preach?
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questioning
(Where’s the love)
(Where’s the love)
Love is the key
(Where’s the love)
Love is the answer
(Where’s the love)
Love is the solution
(Where’s the love)
(Where’s the love)
They don’t want us to love
(Where’s the love)
Love is powerful
(Where’s the love)
(Where’s the love)
My mama asked me why I never vote never vote
‘Cause police men want me dead and gone (Dead and gone)
That election looking like a joke (Such a joke)
And the weed man still sellin’ dope
Somebody gotta give these niggas hope (Please hope)
All he ever wanted was a smoke (My gosh)
Said he can’t breathe with his hands in the air
Layin’ on the ground died from a choke
(Where’s the love)
I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders
As I’m gettin’ older y’all people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin’
Selfishness got us followin’ the wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinemas
What happened to the love and the values of humanity?
(Where’s the love)
What happened to the love and the fairness and equality?
(Where’s the love)
Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
(Where’s the love)
Lack of understanding leading us away from unity
(Where’s the love)
Songwriters: George Pajon Jr. / Justin Timberlake / Michael Fratantuno / Printz Board / Allan Pineda / Will Adams / Jaime Gomez
Where Is the Love? lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Tuono Music

64 Days of Love (Day Two)

If you missed Day One of the 64 Days of Love post from yesterday, please read that first. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Strength to Love Book Cover
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One of the most important and impactful reads of my life came to me in my late 20s. At the time I was working as a Associate Pastor for a United Methodist Church. I learned a lot about love during my time as a part of the UMC. Openness and acceptance permeated my interactions with the church and on that journey I stumbled into Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr.

This book moved me in very deep ways towards compassion, empathy, and love. The admonitions from Dr. King ran deep into my soul and changed me forever. I would argue that his points in Strength to Love, though made from a Christian point of view, are applicable to all regardless of your belief or faith. One of the most renown quotes from the book reads, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Dr. King would argue (and ultimately live out) in Strength to Love that we need to love, love fully, love deeply, and love ALL–at any cost. What proceeds and follows this quote in the text of Strength to Love an explanation of why love is the only way to reduce hate in the world:

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says “Love your enemies,” he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies– or else? The chain reaction of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing wars–must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

― Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

Dr. King is clear. Only love can win the battle over hate and fear. If you see hate and fear in this world, especially on the internet, resist the temptation to meet it with more of the same and instead return hate with love, return hate with compassion, return hate with kindness, return hate with care. In a world increasingly full of hate, this is how the world will be changed for the good.

One person at a time.

One choice at a time.

One day at a time.

Or maybe 64 Days at a time.

64 Days of Love

I have wrestled for a few months now with the tone of all the negativity I have seen on social media and the internet in general. One side ratchets up the negativity and the other all too often responds in kind. It is heartbreaking to watch as people flood the internet with such venom that it is deflating to even login to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or just simply to read the comments on most online articles.

One of my many responsibilities as Technology Director is to help teach social media responsibility in the form of digital citizenship. It has honestly become increasingly more difficult in the hostile environment that the internet has fostered. However, in addition to being a Tech Director, I am more importantly a father that has to watch my kids wade into the shallow end of the internet and watch them as I wait for the first wave to hit them. Keeping them from the negativity of the internet is not preventable, it is inevitable.

So there I sat in my car driving my kids home from a weekend spent in Houston and mulling over what I could do when it hit me–if I want the internet to be more, to be better–than it starts with me. Every great journey started on a day, like today, and moment, like this moment, where a decision was made and we took a step forward.

So today, I start 64 Days of Love. I want to post one time a day the things that have given me hope in a world that needs it. 64 days before 2019 and I hope to post every day a portion of the love I have found in this world. Here’s the first one. Enjoy.

Love is the Protest.