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Pendulum of Power

The physical phenomenon observable in a simple pendulum can metaphorically describe the power relationships in society.This article investigates this observation.

Equity vs. Equality

When discussing justice and fairness in our schools, we frequently hear “equity” and “equality” used interchangeably. We assume that Equality in Education and Equity in Education mean the same thing. Nothing could be further from truth. This article looks at their differences.

Interfaith Dimensions of Social Justice

Considering the racial, social and economic divisions that accent our country’s history, our minds are challenged to answer the question, “Is it possible to truly become One Nation Under God?” This article discusses the possibilities.

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In Pendulum of Power I discussed the phenomenon of shifting power in our democracy. The election of Donald J. Trump after Barack Obama’s presidency is an example.

Yet, as votes are counted, the early results of the 2022 Midterm elections are amazing. Thus far results are balanced: Senate 49 Democrats and 49 Republicans; The House of Representatives has only a five-point differential. In spite of the “Big Lie,” our Congress is balancing itself by voter’s mandate.

What an astonishing time in which to live! When the new Congress convenes, those on the right are less likely to pass legislation that marginalizes the socially and economically partitioned. At the same time, those on the left are limited in their ability to initiate excessive individualistic regulations.

America’s ideological perspectives and legislative objectives are being bounded by a moral and ethical consensus. This is Divine intervention at work.

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In June 2021 the National Center for Health Statistics reported that obesity among Americans was 41.9% of the adult population. This statistic is merely academic until you travel by air and the passenger next to you raises the armrest to accommodate their body mass, imposing on your space.
There are many causes of obesity; excessive caloric intake, media influences, genetics, medications, and stress. Taken in concert, obesity is an abnormal unhealthy condition.

Now consider “The Fat Cats.” These are wealthy, powerful individuals associated with business and politics many of whom are motivated by greed. Their ambitions can blind them to their societal responsibilities.
In both instances, overindulgence threatens the health and well-being of individuals. In the case of obesity, one’s physical life is in danger juxtaposed to the Fat Cats who threaten equity and social life within a nation.

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It was Thomas Jefferson who was reported to have said, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” Although this quote may be spurious, it still intuitively rings true.
Knowledge is Power. Therefore, those with power attempt to control access to knowledge. During America’s colonial period, education was limited to white males. Indigenous Americans were herded into boarding schools to control their educational content, and America’s enslaved population was denied schooling.

With a midterm election a few weeks away, politicians employ 30-second sound bites to convince voters of their worthiness of support. They paint a picture on a canvas of their interpretation to show what is “best for the county.”

An educated citizenry makes informed decisions and casts a thoroughly reasoned vote. Contradictory to the apparent beliefs of wealthy power brokers, a sound byte is not an education.

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This African proverb is germane to issues faced by societal organizations. Working cooperatively is a necessary prerequisite for optimum success, whether family, neighborhood, geographical community, state, or our nation. Too bad we frequently forget and get stuck on me rather than we.

The challenges that we face today are numerous. Those on the extreme “right” argue for legislation that supports their avarice and desire for ultimate power. Simultaneously, those on the extreme “left” contend that they have the right to do whatever can be rationalized as legitimate. These unbounded extremes threaten to destroy our nation.

A path is needed that balances mutual responsibility and respect bounded by Divine law. In scripture, we find, “You are the best community that has been raised from mankind. You enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency, and you believe in The Almighty;” (Qur’an 3:110).

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Qadir Abdus-Sabur, Ph.D.

Qadir Abdus-Sabur, Ph.D.

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Education Sociologist, Imam, Husband, Father, Grandfather and U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran.