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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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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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An Open Letter to Congressman John Boehner

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

Some days ago, Congressman John Boehner (R - Ohio) wrote an op-ed piece entitled, "…Continue

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Age of Impunity

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 5 Replies

TomDispatch  http://t.co/nKYjnph4Ke"For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity.  …Continue

Why we're headed for another Great Crash

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 2. 1 Reply

Thom Hartmann makes a case that we're driving the economy to another Great Crash.The denial of fundamental economic principles is setting the world up for another Great Crash.... corporate banks have ... discovered that instead of lending money to…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 11:47am

Richard Dawkins, Society bends over backwards

Not being able to speak one's understanding of how the world works and how we are to function in living feels like a piece of masking tape over my mouth and a mind-binder over my brain that tightly prevents thought and speech. To what end? Who benefits? Who pay the price?
When confronted with a statement based on religious beliefs I must give my perspective. What good am I if I don't give my perspective? Am I just a mirror, or a CD of your beliefs? NO! Of course not. I am created with a mind and a mouth and I intend to use them both. If the evidence changes or my understanding changes, I am more than happy to change. Until then, expect me to speak and act from my best understandings.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 10:39am

The good news is, many of us seek and find a more fulfilling mode of making a living; we learn how to live with rhythms of nature, enjoy each precious moment we have alive, feel a sense of pride of being part of it all and able to see the broader view of life and living things.

One little thing, I grow soil to raise food crops without chemicals; the end product is so far superior and the neighbor kids love to come over to watch my helper worms. Kids scamper through paths as they pick and eat a wide range of flavors, right from the soil. A little dust off, a splash in a pan of water and then to their mouths; their eyes sparkle with delight. Nothing like it happens when I return from the store. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 10:11am

Loren, I think you are right and I wonder how and what he transmitted to his children and their children? These mixed messages could only confuse. I also wonder if any of his offspring ever realized the consequences of his actions? Saw the poverty left in his wake? 

Comment by Loren Miller on September 23, 2012 at 9:01am

Joan, I read your last two entries regarding John D. Rockefeller, his faith versus his philosophy about money making, and I find I can't imagine the compartmentalization he must have practiced to be functional in his own life.  This had to be a man who didn't dare look too closely at himself, lest cognitive dissonance tear him apart.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 8:52am

“The way to make money ...

“The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets.

~ John D. Rockefeller, USA oil magnate”

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 8:04am

God gave me my money.

“God gave me my money. I believe the power to make money is a gift from God … to be developed and used to the best of our ability for the good of mankind. Having been endowed with the gift I possess, I believe it is my duty to make money and still more money and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience.

“JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER, interview in 1905.—Peter Collier and David Horowitz, The Rockefellers, an American Dynasty, chapter 3, p. 48 (1976).

“Rockefeller assumed giving to charity was a Christian duty, and did so throughout his life. Later in life he began to “have the semimystical feeling that he had been especially selected as the frail vessel for the great fortune” (p. 48)”

Rockefeller, John Davison (1839-1937)

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 23, 2012 at 12:20am

What’s the Harm in Religion?

"People often ask atheists, “Why does it matter what other people believe? Isn’t it their own choice? Isn’t it okay as long as it doesn’t harm anyone?”

"The answer to this is “Of course it doesn’t matter, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else.” And herein lies the problem with religions; they, by their nature, encroach upon the non-religious areas of life and influence decisions on a social and political level.

"People can believe what they like in private; this is a very important part of living in a free and equitable society, the freedom of and from religion."

"Religion is the opposite of humanism; it raises the few up above the masses, it harms in the name of a non-human entity, it interferes with social rights and hijacks progress over and over and over again."

Martin S Pribble on September 22, 2012

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2012 at 10:46pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Intelligent Design

Are we seeing a trend? First Bill Nye, now Tyson.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2012 at 10:39pm

Buffoon Award Winner — The Intelligent Designer

1.  Teeth are troublesome, they decay, they don’t replace themselves, and there are too many of them for the size of our jaws.

2.  spines seem to cause trouble for half of humanity.

3.  hearts are inadequate, 

4.  knees cause trouble, 

5.  eyes go bad, and even when our vision is “good” we’re blind to most of the spectrum. Were we able to see infra-red radiation we’d be much better equipped for night vision. Ultra violet vision might have informed us about the universe long before we had to fashion instruments to augment our senses.

6.  sensory equipment is inadequate compared to “lower” animals. that have far superior senses of taste, smell, and hearing.

7.  control system for the disposal of solid waste defective.

8.  lost limbs or organs cannot be regenerate.

9.  In human males, the urethra passes through the prostate gland that is very prone to infection and subsequent enlargement.

10. intake for air, water, and food all goes through our throat, one all-purpose intake orifice, making choking a high probability. 

11. output system for waste water is entwined with our reproductive system. Our system for the output of waste product (urine) and our system for the output of real products (reproduction) are scrambled together. They use the same duct-work.

Even a dog food factory would be better designed than we are. If we were designed, that is.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2012 at 10:12pm

Denial and delusion: beliefs that involve denial of reality and delusions of some magic or mystical power will come and rescue us from our faulty thinking. Our bodies give us clues if we are victims of such coping strategies. When we deny our reality, our bodies give off symptom such as headaches, upset digestive systems, depression, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Denial becomes compounded when delusions take the place of effective and efficient action. We may wish or hope or dream or wait and if these work, the physical symptoms go away. If they don't go away, search for something else to try. Of course there may be something physical that is not yet diagnosed, so that is a good place to start. Faulty thinking, such as trying to survive in a high conflict, or unhealthy situation, or a situation over which you have no control creates internal stress and our bodies send out signals in the form of pain, anger, fear, guilt, shame and avoids seeing what is really happening.  

 
 
 

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