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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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Ebola: much worse ahead

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Tuesday. 5 Replies

Much worse to comeDo the math => fear 2015.When you look at the numbers for Ebola's…Continue

Tags: global pandemic, Ebola, exponential increase

Guess who's holding up US Ebola funds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller Oct 15. 10 Replies

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Tags: James Inhofe, Ebola funding

Two little-known statutes may make religious belief superior to the law of the land

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 4. 4 Replies

Jeffrey Shulman from Georgetown Law looks at the unintended consequences of two U.S. statutes that could, in the words of Justice Antonin Scalia, “permit every citizen to become a law unto himself.”…Continue

Tags: Constitution, RLUIPA, U.S. Constitution, courts, Supreme Court

Growing appetite for religion in U.S. politics

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Sep 25. 6 Replies

A new Pew Research survey, conducted September 2-9, finds that "the share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should…Continue

Tags: religion losing influence, religion in politics, U.S. politics, Pew Research, same-sex marriage

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 1:09pm

Plundering-class criminals

"Romney's ruling class contempt for his economic inferiors views us as a clutch of parasitic layabouts.

"Obama's policies manifested Romney’s privileged class view of the world when he "bailed out the true parasites of the present order, and has all but turned his back on the so-called 47 percent." 
~ Phil Rockstroh

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 12:59pm

Origins - Moving Art™

Over eons of time, birthed from deep sea waters, evolved into splendid diversity, we enjoy the gifts of participating in many wonders of what time and space does in its natural flow of life and living. Each day creates a new opportunity to
use all our senses to soak in the universe, full of wonder. Sitting in my garden with all the wildlife scampering and flittering around me, I feel profound gratitude to be alive and a part of all of this.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 12:55pm

Louie Schwartzberg at Bioneers Conference 2011 - Moving Art™ -

Determination: Watching salmon struggling to master falling water to get to its spawning gravels, the tiny seeds sprouting to become massive trees, slime mold growing betwen cracks and over rocks, wood and vegetation, all attest to the determination to live and become part of this magnificent universe. 


Evolution: Knowing life, evolving from single cell organisms into vast varieties we know today, creating life as we know it. 

Vision: Understanding human beings, developing into bodies and minds for good and ill, have the capacity to protect and care for our planet, or to destroy life as we know it.
Comment by Robert Brown on September 19, 2012 at 11:43am

Joan, shafts of light was awsome.  Thank you for the great discussions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2012 at 11:25am

Greg, you give me bone to chew on when you wrote, "Occupy Wall ST was, to me, a better place for the 'in you face' aspects of interaction for (peaceful) change."
Will people who should read and hear the strident voice go to "Occupy"?Thanks for calling this option to my attention. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2012 at 11:17am

Richard Wolff - The Call For a New Capitalism

Wolff describes how our economic system developed, how it changed over time, and defines Booms and Busts. Capitalism creates great wealth and great poverty. Some don't wan't to recognize this but denying and deluding oneself does not change what is real. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2012 at 3:04am
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2012 at 2:50am

GRATITUDE

I close down this evening with a beautiful piece of moving art with the theme of gratitude. I am so very grateful for each of you who have taken this torturous path of ideas and options and choices with me. We haven't changed the world, but perhaps we could hear each other, recognize our differences and respect each other and all that you bring to the discussion. 

Good night. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2012 at 2:33am

Chris, I imagine you had to learn some coping strategies very young to compensate for feelings about your parents. With your recent vision of a preferred future for you and your husband, you reveal it is possible to rise above the wounds and scars of growing up. 

Now, the next step, it seems to me, is to find little and big ways that bring you joy.  You inspire me!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2012 at 2:18am

sk8eycat, your story and countless other women have been faced with their own version of that same challenge. They thoughtfully searched for options and explored ramifications for each option, coming to different conclusion, but the process continues. Faced with reality, most women think and feel their way to a solution that makes the most sense to them. I respect your journey. 

 
 
 

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