Monthly Archives: July 2013

Regrets

 

Regrets can take your soul, twist it and present you with a ghost of the self. Is it worth it to live in the past?

 

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Zealot

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Zealot, Reza Aslan, Ph.D.

The hue, cry, and pious reaction over a Muslim having the audacity to write a book describing the milieu out of which the message of Jesus arose is disturbing. If this kind of logic were transferred to that of a Christian attempting to write and research Muslim personalities there would be few books to help and assist us in understanding Islamic culture. It often takes a person outside the faith to help us see ourselves as we really are.

Dr. Aslan, though a Muslim, wasn’t always so. For many years he was a Christian as are several members of his family who currently practice their Christian faith. Dr. Aslan has turned from Christianity to Islam. This religious identification change is what appears to disturb most potential readers. And why? I am told he calls to question some of the basic doctrines of Christianity. As I have not read his book yet I cannot comment on its content. However, getting an outside view of the faith is always helpful in causing each of us to question what, how and in whom we believe.

It is my belief that there are many who fear Dr. Aslan’s assertions are right and for that reason will do their best to avoid his arguments. That is sadly true of many who would hide behind their faith rather than challenge their intellect. If there be a God, this human attribute we call “intellect” was given us by Him. Would He give us something we should not use when it comes to questions of faith and, more directly, faith in God? I hope not!


Indians and Land

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Our heritage as a people who take what we can for our benefit is rife with example. One quote from an American hero says a lot:

“I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.” -John Wayne

Separated from the land they cultivated and cattle-grazed for thousands of years, it has been alleged our government once told an Indian tribe at the Mississippi river, “If you cross over the river to live we will never bother you again.”


Wishful Thinking

…wanting something to be true so much so that one is willing to suspend good judgment, analysis, and common sense while distributing prejudiced points-of-view lacking verification. In other words, exaggerate, lie, spread unsubstantiated rumors, say pious things to distract from one’s motive while leading people to accept your word as truth with little justification except that someone else said it, so it must be true, and it fits what I want to believe anyway. This approach to communicating one’s thinking is lazy and haphazard while lacking in creativity. 

There is a better way… check resources, is this factual or is it opinion? Is the story based on a known agenda? Has the story been fact-checked? Is this an emotional or intellectual argument? Do the principals involved have reason to be prejudiced for or against the person or idea? Have you been presented with both sides of the argument? Do you believe the person conveying the information, or who has generated it, is fully aware of all sides of the issue and has made an honest attempt at resolving the issues before pronouncing one view over the other? Is this fact or opinion? Is this wishful thinking? 

One of the reasons I have migrated to a blog and semi-abandoned a social communication site is due to the above issues around false representation and the unsavory arguments that follow. Though, in due time, I expect that to happen on this blog as well as strong criticism and issue disputes. I am prepared to defend myself in a setting that can mask the identities of those who might criticize or take issue with me.

Those who might find the contents on these pages offensive, well, someone might be offended, but isn’t that the nature of a blog? And one can move on as it is not about loyalty to a blog that will reflect negatively on a religious or family member. All are welcome to read, comment, criticize or praise. My only concern, as above, is that the message left for me to read is clean, tidy and accurate.


… and justice for all!

For those who use the Scripture as their guide – I find little, if nothing, to commend or endorse business and corporations in Scripture. I do find adequate support for the average, day-to-day worker in Scripture. It is the right thing to do, that is, to establish a mission of some kind to assist the worker. It isn’t just about compensation as there are many worker issues long overdue and need to be addressed.

We’ve lived on borrowed resources from other nations far too long. Equity among nations is the next big step forward. It is about time we realize we are only a very small part of the rest of the world. Equitable living conditions should be paramount in our minds for everyone no matter what part of the world they live in. We are a selfish nation, consuming far more than is our due.


Obamacare

Just wondering… What if?

It looks more like the Affordable Health Care law is finally going to make a difference to the vast numbers of people who cannot afford it. Isn’t that the point of the ACA? The following article gives some insight into why the GOP is resisting the law.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/11/the-gop-is-terrified-obamacare-could-be-a-success.html


Tired

I am so tired of waiting,
Aren’t you,
For the world to become good
And beautiful and kind?
Let us take a knife
And cut the world in two-
And see what worms are eating
At the rind.

-Langston Hughes