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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 Grinning Cat Dec 20. 10 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 October 11, 2013 at 12:48am

Randy Neugebauer slams memorial ranger

There he goes, blaming others for what his party has created. This is getting very old!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2013 at 3:22pm

One member of Congress does the right thing during govt shutdown. "... please withhold my pay."

Comment by Dogly on October 3, 2013 at 2:42pm

Buy clothes (and everything else) at thrift stores,  It won't matter where they were made. Recycle, barter, sew (Yah, sure), and borrow, Buy American stuff when you can.  

Comment by k.h. ky on October 2, 2013 at 9:31pm

Cheap clothes are cheap at a high cost.  Who needs to buy  three dollar shirts at Walmart?  The merchandise is shoddy and the workers get paid a wage that won't sustain them. And benefits don't exist.  Same for the walmart workers.  A wage they can't live on and no benefits.  I know many people, me included, have to stretch their pennies but if these damned corporations would pay a living wage wouldn't we all be better off?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 1, 2013 at 2:40pm

Thanks to booklover 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 10:30pm

Milt Preiggee tells it like it is. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on September 26, 2013 at 4:17am
  • ...the questions remain unanswered.

Sentient, Chris: not so. Daniel Webster is alleged to have said if we take the decision-making into our own hands we won't do too much harm. If we leave it in the hands of others we do no good.

The number of employee-owned businesses is growing.

Employee ownership's purpose is wealth creation, so it will grow more rapidly than political democracy is growing.

I hope we reach the tipping point while earth is habitable.

Comment by Plinius on September 26, 2013 at 1:34am

You're right, Sentient, the questions remain unanswered. I've seen it so many times now, that people petition against dangerous workshops and child labor and then lean back contentedly. Take away child labor and the children will be exploited as prostitutes, petition again and everything goes underground but the exploitation remains. Marriage? Too horrible to think of when young girls are sold into marriage. The weak have no protection.

I only climb into a neat outfit for work; at home I wear old things. Wonderful how long you can use old clothes.

Comment by Daniel W on September 25, 2013 at 8:27pm

I can't  figure out what to think about buying clothes and other stuff made, in foreign factories, by people who get paid almost nothing.  On the one hand, it's exploitative.  No question in my mind.  It supports near-slave conditions dangerous.  On the other hand, if we are willing to pay more, then would those clothes be made domestically?  Which is not a bad thing, but then how do those poor folks in Cambodia and Pakistan feed their families?  Should I send the person who made my shirt a check to help them?  No way to know who made the shirt.

Then again, thinking, say, of the millions who were killed in the Congo to supply rubber for tires and electrical insulators, were the Americans and Europeans who benefited from those products, partly responsible for the horrendous abuses?

I don't know the answer to those questions.

For work, I buy nice shirts and trousers at the local department store, on sale, and wear them until they almost wear out.  I get my neckties online. 

But for puttering and working in the garden and just at home, most of my clothes are from yard sales and estate sales and Goodwill.  I keep hoping someone will see me in Home Depot and say - "That's just like the shirt I got Grandpa for Christmas a couple of years ago" so I can say "Maybe it IS the shirt you got him for Christmas!"

When I lost so much weight this year, I went into the basement and sorted through clothes I kept when I became too fat to wear them.  It was like going to my own estate sale.  "That's a nice shirt!  I'll wear it". 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2013 at 1:13pm

Chris, I like your idea. Knitting socks not so appealing, I don't like to knit ... on the other hand, I may enjoy it if I tried it again now that I am not as mobile as I was 50 years ago when I last tried. Winters are as full for me as summers because I like to read and putter. 

Please share a photo of your socks when you are done. 

 
 
 

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