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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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Koch Bros ready to buy 2016 US election

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 1 Reply

"Koch Bros have pledged to spend $889 million corrupting the next US election." (Quote from 350.org)The Koch network of conservative donors, anonymous and untaxed, now wields as much financial clout as both parties combined.…Continue

Tags: illusion of democracy, dirty money, Koch brothers

Religious fascism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Saturday. 7 Replies

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Tags: Saffron, Fascism", Christian, Hindu, fascism

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

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Sky God Dec 31, 2014. 11 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, 2014. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2013 at 1:10pm

Faith has no place demanding agreement or punishing disagreement.

Thanks to Doubting Thomas

I have faith in and believe the sun will set tonight and rise tomorrow and I know what time and from what place on the horizon this event will happen. The basis of my faith and belief is evidence. I predict and observe it every day of my life. 

To have faith in and believe the sun stopped in its journey across the sky cannot be proven, other than hearsay evidence. No court will accept such evidence as fact. Even eye-witness accounts have a very high probability of being wrong ... just list to different versions of an auto accident or a natural disaster or an unidentified flying  object. 

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. 

 
 
 

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