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Politics, Economics, and Religion

Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Greta Christina: Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo 7 hours ago. 6 Replies

Worth a read! Greta Christina explains philosopher Rebecca Goldstein's observation on a fundamental difference between "liberal" and "conservative" core values, and why things aren't as simple as "agreeing to disagree" between two "equally valid"…Continue

Tags: purity, democracy, loyalty, authority, avoidance of harm

You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 1. 4 Replies

"Hill found that religious belief was the strongest determinant of people's views on evolution—much more so than education, socioeconomic status, age, political views, or region of the country. More importantly, "Creationists are substantially more…Continue

Tags: confront, evolution, creationism, beliefs

Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva Nov 25. 17 Replies

"Karen Armstrong is dangerous. She’s dangerous because her blanket of tedious verbiage hides the truth that she wants us to completely ignore the dangers of religious dogma.  It appears that for her, there is no harmful dogma that can be pinned on…Continue

Tags: oppression, nihilism, politics, religious dogma, Karen Armstrong

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2013 at 1:24pm

The Global Status Quo Strategy: Do More of What Has Failed Spectacu...

"1. The global Power Elites know reform is necessary, but the risks of reform are unacceptably high. 

"2. Doing nothing will also bring down the Status Quo. 

"3. Since the only endgames to ballooning debts and declining household incomes are runaway inflation or renunciation of debt, the Status Quo has only one choice left to preserve its neofeudal arrangement: do more of what has failed spectacularly, i.e. inflate more asset bubbles as a way to mask the system's phantom collateral for a few more months or perhaps years."

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2013 at 1:15pm

Antifragility.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Antifragile."
"Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better."

Real creativity and progress occurs outside of the comfort zone, yet not so deep in that we feel paralyzed by fear. Risks of doubt and uncertainty exist in that zone, but so does opportunity.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2013 at 1:13pm

“If anyone says that the best life of all is to sail the sea, and then adds that I must not sail upon a sea where shipwrecks are a common occurrence and there are often sudden storms that sweep the helmsman in an adverse direction, I conclude that this man, although he lauds navigation, really forbids me to launch my ship.”
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 23, 2013 at 6:04pm

That's soulless! - Religion is about therapy and politics

"It is about personal wholeness and social coherence." 

The Nature of Religion (1/2)

The Nature of Religion (2/2)

What stories and traditions will vitalize our good without god era. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2013 at 1:48am

"Before Globalization, There Was No Unemployment"

"This film captures in just over an hour all of the central driving messages of Nextworldtv: globalization and Western consumer society, now creeping into every corner of the world, creates overworked unhealthy people trying to survive on an increasingly toxic planet, becoming alienated, broke, miserable and sick. 

"Localization of people, culture, food and the economy offers solutions to put us on track to a sustainable economy, prosperous in the truly important ways: creating balance in the whole system, using resources than we generate locally, having more time for more connection to ourselves, our work, our food and our community.

"The Ladakhis of the Himalayas are profiled here in a perfect case history of what happens when globalization interferes and systematically destroys an indigenous culture.

"Fascinating real numbers that underscore the inefficiency of the current system. It should not be cheaper to import food from halfway around the world than to produce it locally!

"Economic analyst and author Helena Norbert-Hodge has done a beautiful job with this exquisite film and this most important message of our time."

~ Bibi Farber

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2013 at 4:03pm

This tragedy that is Boston after the bombs sends a clear message, no guessing, no believing unconfirmed reports, no angry statements about race, religion, or political belief, only to keep an even keel.

We know what we can control, how we react, and how we influence the outcome so that fear and scapegoating do not take over. My fear is some  will demand a despotic leader to take over our political system and turn us into a police state.

There are some things we cannot change, no matter how hard we try. We won't be prosecuting this event until and unless we have confirmed evidence. We can conduct a fair trial and make an intelligent decision about the remedy. We  can take action to rebuild a healthier society.

We don’t need more guns and police; we need more justice in this nation. When government, businesses, banks, and financial institutions can steal from us without penalty, when thugs and criminals receive monetary reward, and working people sink lower into a helpless, hopeless pit of poverty, we can become dysfunctional. (Remember the French Revolution)

All this chaos, whether man made or nature made, can begin the impulse to build community based on cooperation and give up the notion that humans have dominion. We are part of the web of life, not superior or inferior to any other part. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 2:55pm

Dead kids sure are a bummer but….

“Dead kids sure are a bummer but we’ve gone completely insane, so even if we shed a few tears, we really don’t care deep down inside where it counts.”

A Dad writes about guns and risks to kids. He includes photos of is family, he brings living images to his comments. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 2:12pm

American's Comfortably Numb on the Highway to Economic Collapse

When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown,
The dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb

This graph takes the data up to 2013

Unemployment Rate - Official (U-3 & U-6) vs ShadowStats Alterna...

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 14, 2013 at 1:39pm

Human Rights

Humans evolved from previously developed beings through natural selection. Early man saw patterns in nature and made associations with them. Lightning strikes meant some superhuman power was angry with them, or with something a neighbor did. Thus, dogma emerged. To appease god and persecute the wrongdoer they began to think they would be held responsible for the wrong act of any other person, it became necessary for someone to teach them. Thus the medicine man, shaman, priest, and now the theologian came into being. Laws of conduct included believing in this power. Everyone had to obey the laws, and everyone had to believe, thus the emergence of missionaries. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 13, 2013 at 4:35pm

"How is it possible to engage in democratic discourse in a culture where vast segments of the populace suffer from a pernicious ignorance resultant from an inability to envisage the world that exists outside of their consumerist bubble? In short, they are devoid of the ability to process the criteria of their own experience (degraded as it is under the dictates of the corporate state) because their field of reference has been so radically diminished. 


"Moreover, when we have been socialized to hide our essential self before unreasonable power…to suppress the verities of the heart, and instead to truckle before our exploiters, and to act as if we should be grateful for the privilege of having this clutch of vampiric elitist, day after day, bleed us dry. 

"Once, we begin to evince the aforementioned mode of being, one's heart begins to whither to dust…a connection to life becomes severed. Yet, there exist crucial angels, earthbound, shambling in sorrow, who will approach us. Because decay and seed are one, these angels inform us of their presence by inflicting a sickness of the soul. 

"In a desperate age, these angels approach us as a so-called depression (both economic and psychical)…a state of being intended to bring to a standstill the false accommodations that are the calling card of the false self. 

"Although undetectable to the intellect (except in dreams, visions, works of art and pathologies) your soul holds you in its thrall. The soul, as tenacious as life itself, delivers ruin and renewal. Look around you…note the decay of the capitalist state. This is the work of the soul. Where, it has been blocked, it will deliver a wasteland. 

"When engaged in discourse with belligerently ignorant teabagger types and self-impressed democratic partisans, remember this: Their convictions and attendant acts are ushering the present order to its demise. They are part of the soul's song i.e., the arias of rot that rise at empire's end."
 
 
 

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