I first ran across Paul Hawken and his writing in 1977 and have been a fan ever since. I had been watching the economic markets for several years and used an old high school typewriter to record my alarm at what was happening to the economy. Because of what the markets revealed and because of writings by some economist, I began watching for a financial crash, especially in the 1980s when I had my first computer. It sits in my sunroom upstairs, idle for many years and with no services to…Continue
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There are so many different lakes of so many different colors, I find it hard to pick my favorites. This author choses these eight lakes of different colors.
She didn't pick my very favorite lakes, so far, Croatia's Plitvice…Continue
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I like to think the U.S.A. is the greatest country in the world. I have heard it said, over and over. However, when I look around at the events and systems that hold our culture together, I know it is not true ... at least not now ... maybe never. We started out as a slave holding nation, which gives lie to the Declaration of Independence; we were founded on the principles of white, male, landowners as citizens, when suggested U.S. isn't a nation of the free, and we only made citizens of…Continue
Human exploitation of nature's water, soil and sky results in degradation of each of these elements; they impact everyone on Earth, causing famines, droughts, diseases, pests, and all forms of political upheavals. Many people can see the degradation and work to reverse the manipulation of resources in harmful ways into observing the water, soil and sky to create a more livable, renewable, sustainable life. One such man is John D. Liu, a photographer. …Continue
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We are social animals, with a strong streak of caring for others, especially in time of need. People give generously, and sometimes denying themselves things they need. Those organizations that receive money from the public have an obligation to tell how every cent is spent, including how much it costs them for public relations and salaries.
"Doug White, a nonprofit expert who directs the fundraising management program at Columbia University, praised the Red Cross for dropping its…Continue
From the moment of my birth, silence has been my enemy. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins all remained silent about the violence in our family. No one spoke the truth, and if they did, they were told by other family members to not speak about it out loud, to remain silent, to act as if nothing terrible was happening.
My family has been my greatest enemy in matters of what was actually happening. To speak out loud, telling my truth meant shunning, scolding, chattering…Continue
God of the gaps means whenever you cannot explain some thing then "god did it." I know of no other thinking process, except superstition, to define it.
Science is all we have. All of life, indeed, all of the universe is so complex we can’t possibly know all the answers. We can observe and describe and think and still we don't have all the answers; we may never know them. It is to rationalize to say “god did it”! How do you…Continue
I watched it begin to happen. In the 1960s I kept track of the numbers and ratios of people living below the poverty line. Both were falling because of the war on poverty, the opening of community colleges for low income people to get a college education, the fair labor laws that protected workers and provided disability…Continue
It has been 40 years since I left my religious faith laying in rubble on the floor of family violence, including the imperative to yield, pray, obey, turn-the-other-cheek, forgive, love him to the lord, crucify myself daily in imitation of…Continue
If one is born into a matrilineal culture instead of patriarchal one, the expectant mother of each is treated very differently from the moment of a known pregnancy. The ancient native culture prepared a moss and branch hut for her, lined it with mosses and perfumed it with fresh flowers. She was attended by women who provided food, clean clothing and they freshened the hut. From the moment of birth, the language of a matrilineal culture differs from the patriarchal one.The influence…Continue
"In the early 1990s, a …Continue
“Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intention emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control. We do not have the freedom we think we have.
“Free will is actually more than an illusion (or less), in that it cannot be made conceptually coherent. Either our wills are determined by prior causes and we are not…Continue
I’ve discussed in other documents the killing inspired by, directed by or committed by god in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua. Let me now turn to other killings by god or under god’s direction.
Judges: This brutal chapter of the old testament. There are six genocides: God selected the tribe of Judah to kill Canaanites and steal their land, the Jerusalem…Continue
Illusion: Crazy Circle This reminds me of Chaos Theory, "seemingly random events are actually predictable from simple deterministic equations". Although this video shows actions that don't fit this definition, the small circles do more than what is perceived. Kind of like life. There is more than what is seen. One person looks at the Grand Canyon and sees evidence of a 6,000 year old Earth and another sees evidence of a 4.54 ± 0.05 billion year old one. An individual's perception is…Continue
When I traveled throughout Europe and Asia, bikes often outnumbered cars, especially in downtown areas. Huge loads could be carried on bikes, even whole families rode along on a single bike. It was odd to see a pig or a goat on a bicycle and no one seemed to notice, except…Continue
The right to own slaves runs deeply in our history, creates traditions that benefit some while harming others. The moral teaching of the bible supports slavery in both the old and new version. To pretend that christianity supported abolition of slavery is to deny history and delude oneself into thinking that the scriptures are a fit place upon which to build…Continue
Seth Andrews' presentation on May 3, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM
Questions that lead to doubt arise as one reads and hears the stories from the bible. I doubt it is healthy or morally sound to take the flesh and blood of christ in communion. I doubt the story of Adam and Eve and the incest implied in the population of the Earth with Homo sapiens. I doubt enslavement of the Hebrew people in Egypt and the walk back to the land that they claim god gave them. I doubt…Continue
Promises that Jesus makes about prayer in the Bible:
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. [Matthew 21:21]
If you ask anything in my name, I will do it. [John 14:14]
Ask, and it will be given you. [Matthew 7:7]
Nothing will be impossible to you. [Matthew…Continue
Peter Boghossian looks at the word faith.
These faith-based conclusions reflect knowledge claims. The individual professes to know something about the external world. These commonly heard expressions use the word "faith".
1. "My faith is beneficial for me."
Phone threats of rape with a blowtorch by a man who claimed I insulted his god went on day and night for some weeks. I made the same decision as Robin Marty, at first I was afraid; then realized I had no control over him and I did have control over my reaction. He wanted me to stop writing about his god as dominator, exploiter, manipulator and hate-monger; if I stopped writing, he would silence me and for what purpose? I had to write what I know first hand. I realize there are loonies out…Continue