The Only Way Out

The Only Way Out

The Way Forward

Sometimes the only way forward is to go back to the beginning.

Jim Rosemergy

We journey backwards, so we can reorient ourselves. Once we were on the mountaintop and saw the path before us, but then we descended into the valley and discovered we left our compass behind; we forgot the view from the summit.

We wander and the vista we once saw is forgotten. We say, “Just show me the path in the maze of brush and trees, and I will get to where I want to go.” No you won’t; no we won’t.

The journey is more than a path through the trees; it is a memory of the vision from the mountaintop. The higher perspective is the principles and ideals upon which the country was founded. We cannot go forward as a people or as a nation simply looking for a path through the woods. The guiding vision and vista from the mountaintop cannot be forgotten. It is our guiding light, but we have forgotten, and the darkness of the forest envelops us.

We have lost our sense of rightness and our ideals. We wander in the woods. For instance, in a recent national election, the people elected a congressional candidate who prior the election assaulted a reporter. (True: absentee ballots already processed could not be rescinded, but I’ll bet there were signs of this kind of behavior that were ignored by some people.)

Political agenda and issues are being placed above character, principles and ideals. This is why I say, “Sometimes the only way forward is to go back to the beginning.”

I am willing to put aside my political agendas in order to elect candidates with character who embody our country’s ideals and principles. Let’s put aside political agenda for a time and get the nation back on track. Let the vision of the mountaintop live in us again. Let us feel the excitement of our founding fathers who established a nation for the people, by the people.

Another Example

In the recent 2016 presidential election, white evangelical Christians and Catholics voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. They did so for political reasons. This is reasonable since it was a political election, but consider that the principles espoused by Jesus were lacking in the Trump candidacy. The principles of Christianity were set aside for political agendas.

During the campaign, Mr. Trump advocated violence toward protesters, even offering publicly to pay for those who assaulted them. He was disrespectful of women and revelations from his past revealed how deep was his misbehavior as it became evident he tried to seduce a married woman. The list goes on…

What Happened?

Political agenda trumped character, principles and our country’s ideals. We have lost our way and wander in the forest of our many personal and political agendas while forgetting the view from the mountaintop. The direction we travel is directionless. It is a circle that is steadily creating a vortex pulling us into darkness where we see only trees; where we see only our personal, political agendas, instead of the forest view from the mountaintop.

There Is A Way Out

By now you know the theme of this blog. We the people have the power to change what is happening. The president is an important position, but what is more crucial right now and in the next election cycle is Congress. At this time, Congress is where the change must take place.

I do not believe an angry, violent, prejudiced “majority” exists in our country; I do believe a complacent, lost in the woods majority does. That’s the problem.

We circle in the woods. The power of the vortex increases. The only way out is to return to the beginning. To silently sit with our founding fathers and marvel at their creativity and allegiance to ideals and principles that provide everyone an opportunity of the pursuit of happiness. Tears moisten our cheeks as we stand with them on the mountaintop and see the path that is before us.


  1. As always, WOW! Powerful and truthful words.

  2. As always, WOW! Powerful and truthful words.

  3. Thank You Jim! ❤️?? My sentiments exactly….

  4. And tears are in my eyes for your reminder of our vision, truth Jim. Thanks for this.

  5. Thanks, Jim, for being a voice of truth in the wilderness.

  6. I don’t think we can see the find our way out of the thick political jungle we are now in using just our mental and emotional faculties. What I hear the most from all across the political spectrum is “You are being lied to.” If we believe all that, it means that virtually everything we hear is a lie. It’s like a demented logic puzzle where one of several guys is telling the truth when he says others are lying, one is for certain lying, and only one of them always lies or always tells the truth. The challenge is to discern which is telling the truth without any foreknowledge.

    Whether on climate, budget, the economy, trade, wages, policing, extraction of mineral and other energy resources, all sides have “experts” who tell us that some or all of other “experts” with differing views are lying to us. What is a citizen to do?

    Jim, I think you make a good point that character matters. Blatant disrespect for one part of the population e.g. women, bodes ill for respect of any other people. The gathering of more and more money through corruption and breaking our constitution is another bad omen IMO. Stated disregard for the welfare of the poor and disenfranchised should be believed, and if not acted upon, puts all people at risk of suffering the same fate. So reasoning based on character assessment seems to have its place until we are told that all those supposed demonstrations of character are lies. Never happened.

    The way I see it, the only way out of this maze of a jungle is to enhance our reasoning and emotional gut instincts with our spiritual faculties. Spiritual faculties are part of the basic structure of the human being and are accessible to all. They are accessed through prayer, meditation or simply the pure desire for truth and the welfare of everyone.

    Use of our spiritual faculties requires giving up the belief in scarcity, i.e. That resources for living are scarce, therefore winners will have them and losers will not. Also the belief in deservingness must go. All creatures are in fact deserving. Another wrong attitude that blocks use of spiritual faculties the belief that the issues we face are too big to handle, solutions too complex to orchestrate, therefore much must be left to chance or to those with the greatest worldly power.

    Letting go of inhibiting beliefs leaves our spiritual discernment more and more clear of impairment, therefore more and more clear sighted. Once we can use our cleared spiritual sight, we are unaffected by lying or selfish motives of others, leaving us able to see clearly which leaders will take us forward.

    • Thank you, Shirley for your thoughtful comments and for keeping the dialogue going. The best is yet to be. Many Blessings, Jim

  7. Jim and Shirley–Thank you both for words of Wisdom & Encouragement. Returning to our founding fathers ideals for America are good ideals for us; now we need action steps. Increasing our spiritual and emotional reasoning certainly is a necessary action step. If this is our goal and an action step, then we need be disciples of these words and carry them to others (Many others), as multitudes are wandering around totally lost, confused, and fearful in the dark woods. Jim, it is so good that you are still writing!!

    • Thanks for the kind words. In fact, I am getting ready to start today on my next FOR THE PEOPLE blog as we have been away to Chicago for my birthday celebration. It will be good to be back in the saddle again. Pass on info about the blog. I have noticed that the audience for it is steadily growing. That’s good, I think.

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