A Balance . . . Of Sorts . . .

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Once again, I would like to T.G.I.F.! Short week but action packed, right?!

Casey Anthony apparently will be released from jail on July 17th for “time served” on her four year sentence after being found “not guilty” of murder and child abuse, but “guilty” ONLY of lieing to the police during an investigation of her missing daughter. Meanwhile, across the pond at Trafalgar Square in London, England, the celebration for the opening of the last Harry Potter movie captures the interest of those “fantasy seeking” people all over the world … Isn’t that just life!

This spectacle of quasi humiliation of the United States Criminal Justice system has caused people to wish the worst on Casey, and some suggest that she leave the country. On the other hand, there are those who speculate that this high school drop out (with one credit left to graduate!) stands to make millions of dollars on movie deals, interviews and guest appearances, not to mention book deals. Are the people of today really enthralled by such a concoction of human degradation?!

Meanwhile, Harry Potter, who has sensationalized the supernatural witchcraft beyond the “Fellowship of the Rings” type literature, captures the attention of an otherwise thrill seeking population of fanfare and fantasy interwoven with themes of humankind and our struggles to overcome evil. Perhaps, it is a balance of sorts. Or perhaps, I just like to write about these things …

“The ultimate result of shielding men (and women) from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.” – Herbert Spencer

Today, I will be respectful of others by letting them walk their path while I walk mine. (TOUCHSTONES, July 9th)

Tomorrow morning, I will participate in a Raj yoga meditation retreat here in Miramar, FL with the Brahma Kumaris, and then, God willing, spend some time with my friends visiting from Germany, weather permitting. Have a great weekend!

Om shanti!

John I. Cook, Director

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