Category Archives: Peace

Interesting Times Indeed.

—  “May you live in interesting times.Wheres_Waldo_Dog_a

An English expression, which supposedly is a translation of a traditional “Chinese curse”.

Although it sounds more like a blessing, the expression is normally used ironically. The implied understanding is that “uninteresting times” of peace and tranquillity are more life-fulfilling than interesting ones. From a historical perspective, “interesting times”, suggest disorder and conflict.

No known source has been attributed to the expression, and there’s only a similar phrase according to sources better informed than myself.  The similar phrase does catch the concept.

—  “Better to be a dog in a peaceful time, than to be a human in a chaotic (warring) period.

—  “World history is not the ground of happiness. The periods of happiness are empty pages in her.”  —  Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

How Society Uses Politics to Decide What’s Racist

The reaction to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s past use of blackface shows how racism gets defined by politics, not morality. Is that a good thing?

 By THEODORE R. JOHNSON |

Northam’s decades-old racist behavior does not inherently suggest he lacks the moral acuity to govern now. If he is to be taken at his word—that he is not racist, ardently supports civil rights and is genuinely horrified by his past attitudes and actions—then his growth and maturation could be seen as evidence of his fitness for office.

This distinction, however, is immaterial because his moral failing in the past is a political liability today. And, especially on matters of racism, politics—and the defining of what is and is not a liability—polices the boundaries of what we’re willing to accept as a society.

Confused_person_2We live at a time that seems more interested in finding social approval than a basis for moral judgement. There’s a philosophy of relativism, without moral absolutes. Right and wrong are an opinion based on current trend and social acceptance.

Somehow, what people have done 30+ years ago is relevant but the current taking of innocent life isn’t. Note, recent decisions by some local governments on abortion at full term.  What people won’t do to puppies or kittens, they appear to have no hesitation in killing babies.

Stealing from people you don’t like is OK, as long as it’s not you or someone you know. Recommendations by some for taxes up to 80 or 90% on the wealthy.

Men lie about rape, women never do. (Unwritten rules probably inscribed in stone).

Men who claim strong religious faith find new ways to lie to the public.

Rules and laws are subject to adherence on the basis of how you personally feel? See sanctuary cities in defiance of federal law. Pay no attention to the parts of the U.S. which at one time went to war over how they felt about sovereignty and slavery.

So, what’s right or wrong? It looks to be all relative.
What do you think?

How do you start your day? They say breakfast is an important meal that shouldn’t be skipped. What about your brain? What do you ingest the first few hours of your day?

Starting Your Day on the Internet Is Damaging Your Brain

You can either start you day with junk food for the brain (the internet, distracting apps, etc) or you can start the day with healthy food for the brain (reading, meditation, journaling, exercising, etc). When you start the day with junk food for the brain, you put yourself at a self imposed handicap that inhibits your ability to get into flow and prevents you from doing deep work. When you start the day with health food for your brain, the exact opposite happens.
 By Srinivas Rao September 18, 2017

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A Day • A Weekend to Remember

General_George_Patton_bw After working outside and driving many miles to help some friends today, I came home a man in severe need of a scrub.

I’m grateful for the little things that add up to bring a pleasant close to the end of a day. A good hot shower, music over the Internet, as well as an extremely comfortable bed to lay my weary head.

So many things I and millions of others enjoy because of those veterans, men & women, all who sacrificed life & limb, so that we, and hopefully their descendants, can enjoy the thousands of every day things we take for granted.

Memorial Day isn’t a remembrance day for current military members or even veterans.  It’s a day that is set aside to honor those who have given their all, life and limb, in the protection of their country or those who served along side.

Those honorable men and women who had a future, but lost it as well as their lives, so that we can live ours. There’s no greater love.

 

Why Do We Need Guns?

Statute of Liberty There have been several horrific events which have brought out the worst of humanity to take advantage of people gathered to either worship or enjoy themselves. Most, if not all, if my memory serves me, were perpetrated in designated safe zones. This is the hallmark of people who are predators.

The person attacking anyone with deadly intent is an angry and aggressive psychopath with no sense of the moral dimension of their crime. Their internal logic is different from yours.

Those thwarted in some criminal enterprise for profit, who use firearms to get gain, may recognize the error of their ways and stop. Those driven by compulsion won’t stop. You need a good tool to save you. Whether that tool is a firearm which you’ve been trained to use, or a baseball bat, the result needs to be the same. That psychopath needs to be stopped or the carnage will continue.

The second amendment was a recognition of human behavior in all its forms, both good and bad. It’s not there because, oh by the way, we may want to hunt, go to sporting events, or collect interesting mechanisms. It was written as an inherent right of every free person to defend themselves or their property.

Just as important as it is to be able to speak freely, gather together in common purpose, prevent unjustifiable search, arrest & property seizure, worship how we may choose; self-protection is absolutely fundamental to a free society. Without it, the other civil liberties can’t be guaranteed.

Eventually, without a second amendment, a greater form of tyranny emerges, and there’s no way to readily restore prior conditions. To keep pace with these real and constant threats, the law abiding citizen must be able to continue to legally possess and use the latest in weapons technology.

It’s not about sports, militias, parades, or historic relics of the past. It’s about each one of us being able to defend & protect against any aggressor, no matter their size, shape, or societal status with weaponry capable of matching that challenge.

Societies protect themselves, and so too should any free individual person, unless we accept our fate to the whims of criminals, and the providential timing of a benevolent government appointed employee.

Freedom comes at a price purchased by the observant, able to work, and willing to sacrifice for it.

George Orwell seeing in front of our nose