Category Archives: Opinion

Beliefs – Process – Facts

There’s an unending discussion between a belief in an existential life and a supernatural, post mortal existence. The “ungodly” are generally looked down upon as sinful, by the worshippers of deity.  The “theists” are often seen as foolish by atheists. Are we satisfied that one group are ignorant and the other are knowledgeable?

Part of this conflict arises from the thousands of differently held beliefs among the ~ “6 billion believers”. Each one has a perspective which may not be in harmony with other beliefs. If there is a God, wouldn’t there be some type of uniformity in description and purpose?

Are we operating as collective adolescents. Struggling for answers but all the while fighting among ourselves over ideology?

Some things should be obvious when it comes to knowing things. You would think for example, that people know the earth is a round three-dimensional body, yet there are those who insist the earth is flat. How do you go about determining which opinion is correct?

How do you test your own limits in knowledge?

Perhaps there’s a way of knowing, but not proving?

There are others who explain their beliefs as …

Can a scientist believe in God?

What happens to us when we die?

What are the problems if any, with a belief in deity?

Another person with an after death experience shares her story.

I don’t have any of their experience or the brilliant intellect of some of the people you may have watched in these videos. I have my doubts about an afterlife or supernatural existence, but I admit to my inability to know for sure. Anyone that reads these words might think, well he’s admitted to his own ignorance, and that is true.

What also is true, I’ve been a devout Christian, a member of the Lutheran Church while a youth, then joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), as an adult. I left that organization voluntarily in the ’90’s. I’ve read the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants, several times, and taught adult classes. None the less, the more knowledge I gained, the more doubtful I’ve become in the authenticity of any of these religious texts.

You’re comments, as long as they’re civil, are welcome. Your opinion can be completely different from mine and that’s not a problem. We’re all in an experience which we may think we know, but in reality there’s a lot more we don’t know, if we’re being honest.

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Light from Darkness ~ Hope from Despair

Watching, reading, or listening to the news, can be for our minds the equivalent of drinking from a cesspool. The construction of our news is under the impression that you need to be informed. The information as well as its frequent attendant commentary is primarily about disasters, violence, conspiring activities, polarized political points of view. All of this constant assault to the mind, heart, and our soul, leaves us with little to hope for, and a mad scramble to find our self worth in relation to the world around us.  We’ve become fixated on objects to gain pleasure, and more ways to be noticed.

The byproduct isn’t a healthy individual, family, or society. Material goods are in greater abundance. Information and entertainment are at our fingertip. Still, we have an opoid crisis and a greater number of suicides. It looks like it’s all coming apart at the seams.

Perhaps we’re looking in the wrong places to find solace. I’m reminded of these expressed thoughts.

Prayer Of St. Francis

Lord make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
And where there is sadness, joy.
O divine master grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive-
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen

Desiderata

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2018-10-25 13.48.18NBC CEO Grant Tinker his only interview on Late Night TV with David Letterman in 1982. He had recently taken over NBC studios. His mantra of “first be best, then be first” lifted the network from worst to first in the 1980s.

Some are Optimistic – Sadly I’m Not

We may lament the lack of civility and the ability to find common ground. The last few weeks crystallized just how insane people can become over their ideology, as shown during the Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nomination hearings.
 
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Brett Kavanaugh at swearing-in ceremony with President Donald Trump

I was all set to ignore another appointment to the Supreme Court. After all, none of us vote the person in, and we’ve seen both Democrats & Republicans pick their own. We used to even see some bi-partisanship in the nomination process.

Not this time however, I can’t recall a process that became so partisan and bitter, even with Clarence Thomas. I believe there’s nothing any of us could do to alter those events, but we did have the option of expressing our opinions and what damages we could do to each other throughout this period.
 
I finally shutdown some of the more obnoxious Facebook posters, who were linked as friends. I don’t mind people with a different opinion, but some completely crossed the line of rationality. As a famous line was expressed by Danny Glover in the movie, Lethal Weapon, “I’m getting too old for this sh1+”.
 
Robert Redford recently expressed his opinion on this same topic:I Feel Out of Place in the Country I Was Born Into
 
Here’s his full statement:
 
“Tonight, for the first time I can remember, I feel out of place in the country I was born into and the citizenship I’ve loved my whole life. For weeks I’ve watched with sadness as our civil servants have failed us, turning toward bigotry, mean-spiritedness, and mockery as the now-normal tools of the trade.”
 
“How can we expect the next generation to step up and serve, to be interested in public life, and to aspire to get involved when all we show them is how to spar, attack, and destroy each other?”
 
“It’s hard to blame young people for calling us out, and pointing to our conflicts between the values we declare, and those we stand behind only when it’s convenient to partisanship. Many people are rightly calling it a damn mess.”
 
“But I want to encourage you to dig deep for hope and civility right now—to try to make connections with people you disagree with, to be better than our politicians.”
 
“We don’t have to share the same motivations to want the same outcomes. Let’s focus on each other, and strengthening our communities, and reflecting on what’s happening. Let’s live in justice and respect and let others fight it out now to the bitter ends.”
 
“This is our country too. Every woman, man, and child in it, our American future.”
 
“We’ve got work to do.”

The madness continues

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Women dressed as handmaids in protest – CNN photo 9/14/2018

Rosemount educator on leave after tweeting ‘kill Kavanaugh

Google exec has meltdown on Twitter, blasts GOP over Kavanaugh nomination
~  “F–K. YOU. ALL. TO. HELL,” wrote Dave Hogue Saturday

Antifa Takes Over Portland Traffic, Chases Down And Threatens Elderly Driver
~You’re a whitey, aren’t ya! Get the f*** down the road!

Kelly Paul, wife of Senator Rand Paul ~ “It’s bizarre. I’ve never been like this in my whole life. … We used to never even lock our doors, and now that has all changed. Even going out to dinner in D.C., last night, you worry. You hope that people aren’t going to come up and just start screaming at you.”

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Kavanaugh protestors continue – AP photo 10/9/2018