SJ Manning: on my mind…

Antisemitism

Hatred of Jews, virulent antisemitism, is not a political, economic, social or anthropological belief grounded in facts. It is an entirely destructive ideology. The most enduring and irrepressible social pathology of all time. Antisemitism is endemic in many populations. In fact it is congenital. Millions, perhaps billions of people are antisemites from birth, with no basis for being so other than, they are offspring of antisemites. The...

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On Racism

Liberating the oppressed, and empowering them to equal opportunity driven prospects in life empower countries’ citizenry and societies to aggregate in progress. The quest for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has and will always inspire people to strive for freedom. Yet, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the human condition among minorities, particularly the Black community in the US, continues to manifest many...

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My life changing failure?

I hope you give this short piece a couple minutes and read through all of it. My very personal reasons for writing it are below... I am given to random acts of kindness. Yes, I know. Often enough, those are misguided or short lived, good intentions notwithstanding. Blame my lineage of born rescuers... I know that many readers of my writing are given to acts of kindness. Like “your” homeless person you encounter regularly, who you share your...

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POWER OF WORDS ANTHOLOGY 4 of 4: Black Lives Matter

Thank you for the comments you all posted and the many emails on this essay.  I am reposting this as an anthology: broken up in four unique pieces. Black Lives Matter But for hard core misanthropes, of course Black lives matter. All lives matter. No need to wonder how many supporters of Black Lives Matter, the movement, have read beyond those powerful words. I opine none other than academics and enlightened people. What does the movement stand...

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POWER OF WORDS ANTHOLOGY 3 of 4: Positive Thinking Positive Imagery

Thank you for the comments you all posted and the many emails on this essay.  I am reposting this as an anthology: broken up in four unique pieces. Positive thinking. Positive imagery. Just think positive while bathed in the appropriate imagery, and all that will come through. Not hawking Tony Robbins – he does not need my help making massive bank deposits – but his new book Life Force ... is relevant in his long-overdue confession of the...

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POWER OF WORDS ANTHOLOGY 2 of 4: Pro-Life

Thank you for the comments you all posted and the many emails on this essay.  I am reposting this as an anthology: broken up in four unique pieces. “Pro-life.” I hold A. S. Neill, who coined those words in 1960, a genius copy-writer. For their powerful simplicity and amazing symbolic value. The value of those words, I opine, lays even more in that the antonym is absolutely unacceptable for all who are not institutionalized or indefinitely...

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POWER OF WORDS ANTHOLOGY 1 of 4

Thank you for the comments you all posted and the many emails on this essay.  I am reposting this as an anthology: broken up in four unique pieces. Clichés ... Clichés are cliché because they are soooo ... damned cliché! "The pen is mightier than the sword". There is an absolute truth, first written by novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. Fantastic wisdom. And, now, shockingly, reduced to an ordinary cliché. Every writer,...

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Power of words

Clichés ... Clichés are cliché because they are soooo ... damned cliché! "The pen is mightier than the sword". There is an absolute truth, first written by novelist and playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. Fantastic wisdom. And, now, shockingly, reduced to an ordinary cliché. Every writer, actually everybody, must understand the power of words. The power of words is astoundingly far beyond that ubiquitous cliché. So much good, and even more...

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What Kind Of Jew Are You?

With due humility, I know more about the most enduring social pathology in history, antisemitism, and about the Holocaust than most. Not as much as some. And, incomparably uninformed compared to some legitimate scholars who have invested significant shares of their intellectual beings studying both. I read some of them. Marvel at the dedication they had – and some continue to have - to dwell into those subjects to the depth and breadth they...

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Clisby Clarke, Ashby Chateau And Nicksic.

I faced this keyboard - still dark coast to coast - with some concern. Just some because of admitted arrogance as a writer of often provocative stuff. Would I be able to relate coherently what was buzzing about in my mind. Not-torturously. Rather, fun and informative. And worthwhile your time. Here goes a yeoman’s try at all that. My eyes popped wide open at 2:17 AM. Inexplicably, one hour and one minute ahead of my normal-body-clock-alarm. For...

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Steven J. Manning
storyteller • satirist • humorist • speaker • businessman

Some people collect stamps, memorabilia, music, dolls, comic books, Zippo lighters, bottle caps, stamps, cars, coins, Happy Meals toys, rocks, bad habits …

Manning collects people, stories and hopefully wisdom from his millions of life and real miles traveled. He writes unbridled satire, humor and much on social/political/economics/lifestyle realities. All for intelligent, informed, discerning readers. A sense of humor is a must.

“Life Is Not A Dress Rehearsal” and “A Life Without Passion Is A Life Not Worth Living,” are on his omnipresent imaginary teleprompter.
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