I want to seed some of your thoughts tonight with 2 things.
For the first seed I want to bring you to the south-east corner of Assembly and Taylor in Columbia South Carolina: the Oliver Gospel Mission.
Your thought starts here because for 120 years they have been doing it right.
Welcome to the Oliver Gospel Mission. After 123 years, we are continuing our commitment to reaching out to the broken and homeless in Columbia. We have renewed the emphasis on equipping them to become spiritually fulfilled and functioning members of society who are making a positive impact on the quality of life in the Columbia area. For example, men who were previously unemployed are securing jobs, even in these tough economic times. Others are being reunited with estranged family members. Above all else, we continue to provide hope to people who have lost all sense of significance in a society that puts such a high value on material success. I am confident that as you browse our site you will be surprised by all we’re doing in the community, and find ways in which you can help. We encourage you to contact us for a tour. We’d love to have you visit the Mission and hope to hear from you soon!
-- President/CEO message
Re-read that message as if you were Hermione, look between the lines. Good progress is easy to find, as are ideological holes. Good Seed.
Second seed for this genetic experiment of a discussion we will find at 1225 Bluff Road, Columbia South Carolina. The National Guard.
Your thought must go here because since Neolithic times armies have been doing something right.
Now I know what you are thinking, It's the God Damn Army Bill. They fucking kill people. These are all murderers that deserve nothing more than death themselves. Every dollar spent on defense is a dollar stolen from someone's dinner. Etc.
But I've brought you here for a reason.
This one you really have to put on your Hermione glasses:
The Guard answers the call, at home or abroad.
The incredible versatility of the National Guard enables its troops to respond to domestic emergencies, combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions and more—all with equal speed, strength and efficiency.
Whether the call is coming from the state governor or directly from the president of the United States, Guard Soldiers are always ready and always there.
You'll serve your community, your state and your country.
As a Guard Soldier, you can expect your primary area of operation to be your home state, following the leadership of your state adjutant general and governor. This may include community efforts, responding to wildfires or floods. Or, it may include serving overseas, training foreign forces.
You will also be prepared to mobilize when directed by the president. This may include overseas service or domestic, such as serving along the U.S.-Mexico border.
So, what does the National Guard do? Whatever is needed, wherever it is needed.
If you couldn't quite do it for that last one: I'll help. The first is the last line: "Whatever is needed, wherever it is needed." You are *needed* Charlie. We need you. I need you.
Doesn't that conjure up a fuzzy feeling... Dwell on that feeling for a little bit.
The second key is the rest of it. Describing "stuff to do." You'll be productive! Rob always described it as an itch he had.
Dwell on how you feel when you are getting things done contrasted with when you are not getting things done for a little bit.
The third key is entirely implied. You ask any soldier: Why did you fight? and they'll respond for my friends. For the people right next to me.
Not the community that people like to think of as their city. But real community. Real brotherhood. Camaraderie. Friendship.
That's it right there. You want to help mommy with the dishes? Do it. You are needed.