Apologies if you wanted to contribute but were not able to do so. After a review of the Advanced Settings today, ALL THREE SETTINGS OPTIONS have been SWITCHED.
This allows ALL MEMBERS to post IMMEDIATELY. We need more constructive dialogue that focuses not only on the issues, but also on why there are ideological differences in the first place. Even though there are divisions, for example, on such racial issues as affirmative action, reparations, voting rights, marching permits, etc., the greater need today, it seems is to understand the actual issue.
For example, why do some strongly support reparations? What are reparations, in the first place? When did the idea first appear and/or gain traction? Why is there such opposition to it? What is the intended consequence if implemented. Does the other side oppose the idea, because they are opposed to equality, or do they believe the idea is undemocratic? Do they believe it will do more harm than good? If so, what do they propose in its place?
Idea main hope is to increase peaceful and engaging dialogue that will lead to actual results.
Here were the three advanced settings options that were changed. All three had been automatically set to the top option but were all switched to the bottom option.
1. Which type of community would you like to create?
Posts can contain action items and only community leaders can post by default (you can add more contributors manually).
Posts do not contain action items and all members can post by default (more like a forum).
2. Contributor Settings
Posts by Contributors will appear in your community as soon as the Contributor publishes them.
3. New Members
CANNOT post right away
New members are simply set to "member" status - they cannot post.
CAN post right away
New members are set to "Contributors" and can post to this community.
There Have Been...
Questions about "How Long?"
How long shall we suffer? How long shall we live in poverty? How long shall the Marginalized, the Oppressed, and the Overlooked still be Marginalized, Oppressed, and Overlooked?
Well, at this defining moment, I must say,
How long? Not long! As long as we come together as one,
How long? Not long! As long as we sacrifice for each other,
How long? Not long! Because "Truth crushed to earth shall rise again!"
How long? Not long! Because "You shall reap what you sow!"
How long? Not long! Because "If God be for us, who can be against us?"
How long? Not long. Because "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!
"Glory, Hallelujah. Glory, Hallelujah. Glory, Hallelujah! His Truth...Is marching on!"
As I listened to the speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave in Oslo when he accepted the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1963, I noticed his unwavering faith in peaceful resistance to unjust laws. He spoke of nonviolent struggle, though militant in its goals, with the result of gaining freedom.
Then, I began to listen to the speech given when Barack Obama was the American president. I listened with shock as he swiftly began to turn to this notion of "just war." Did he actually put ancient philosophers above Dr. King??? He accepted his role of commander-in-chief as a status quo, regular president, not the great president he aspired to become.
If we are to move beyond the confines that violence is the answer to every threat, meeting violence with the threat of violence, then we have not become as advanced in peace as we thought we are.