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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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Same As it Ever Was. . .

This may not be what you want to read or hear from someone, but there’s nothing you or I can do about it. You – me – everyone – are going to die. Having this as a reminder and a terrific conversation starter, let’s go a little further with this, and in the end, it’s all going to make sense. If it doesn’t, I’ll give your money back. Wait! You didn’t pay me. Lesson learned, you get what you paid for…

pair of love birdsThat’s really the first lesson everyone needs, you get what you paid for. Your thinking, that’s another dumb thing, he just said. Well, actually it’s the first smart thing I’ve typed, but you might miss the point.

Whenever you get an offer that sounds too good to be true, it’s definitely not going to turn out the way you expect. Sure, you heard what you wanted to hear, or they’re saying all the right things, however the delivery or the outcome isn’t going to be what’s promised.

Promises made and quickly found to be false.

  • This won’t hurt much
  • Trust me
  • This won’t make you pregnant
  • Hi, we’re from the IRS, and we’re here to help you.

We need to learn how to be critical in our thinking. Although the repeated life lesson is, “don’t trust a promise”, we hear words that we like, and we fall for it, almost every time. That’s how bad relationships start, used cars get sold, and politicians keep their job.

When a politician of your preferred party of choice makes a promise, don’t listen to their words, look at their history of delivery. Here are some examples, which are only applicable when the promise is made. These aren’t their exact words, but it’s what they generally say.

  • I’m going to make your schools better.
  • I’m going to give you good jobs.
  • I’m going to make you safe.
  • I’m going to make things fair.
  • I’m going to get you a tax break.
  • I’m going to really screw over the wealthy but make you a deal.
  • I’m going to protect you from all those bad people outside of our group.
  • I’m going to give you clean water.
  • I’m going to give you clean air.
  • I’m going to regulate all those things that need regulation.
  • I’m going to ban all those things you know need to be banned.
  • I’m going to give you a bunch of free things without concern how they get paid.
  • I’m going to keep you healthy.
  • I’m here for you.
  • And god bless ‘merica …

Does any of that look familiar?

I started out with something that’s known to be true. Then I proceeded to tell you what you probably didn’t want to hear. Well the fact is, everyone lies, some are whoppers designed to sucker you, but to tell their lies they start with something almost everyone accepts to be true. It’s the “mom & apple pie” story we like hearing. Then come the promises. My advice is to not believe them, unless and until they deliver on that promise. Chances are they won’t.

Put on your thinking cap anytime you hear a story that doesn’t fit what you know to be true. Don’t fall for the promises of boyfriend, girlfriend, theologian, politician, soldier, sailor, or salesman. Find out whether something is PROVABLY TRUE, NOT WHAT’S BELIEVED OR SAID TO BE TRUE!

Yes, you’re going to die, but why not live your life on your own terms, and not the promises of someone else?

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The Name is Lieber – Stanley Lieber

Stan_Lee_convention_photo_comic_con This is one of those times in life where we have the death of someone many recognized as a cultural icon. A creative talent who has launched an era of fictional characters in graphic art, that has developed into huge movie entertainment.

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Author ~ copyright owner
Stan Lee & Jack Kirby

Stan Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber, on December 28, 1922 in New York City from Romanian-born Jewish immigrant parents. Lee had one younger brother, Larry Lieber born October 26, 1931.

“I grew up in New York City during the Depression. My earliest recollections were of my parents talking about what they would do if they didn’t have the rent money. Luckily, we were never evicted. But my father was unemployed most of the time.”

Most of us that knew anything about Stan Lee, learned it from the emerging array of super hero comic books, primarily created in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, from the collaborative efforts of Stan Lee, his brother Martin, and some of the soon to become well known names of graphic artists from that period. A list of collaborators include the following:

Jack Kirby
Steve Ditko
John Romita Sr.
Don Heck
Bill Everett
Joe Maneely

Marvel branding began in 1961, the year that the company launched The Fantastic Four, with other comic hero titles soon to follow.

The comic books looked much like other published graphic art from that period, but the contents, especially the characters, were very much like average people. It’s rival, DC Comics, a much larger publisher at that time, kept their characters in a different less relatable world. Communism wasn’t mentioned, and international conflicts were kept to a minimum. Sure, they had plenty of aliens, and fiends, but the individuals described in Marvel showed you their flaws, and emotions, and Communism. This caught the attention of young, as well as many college aged readers.

Stan_Lee_in_front_of_his_creations_70sStan Lee, was a classic liberal in the sense that he understood what it was like to be downtrodden, maligned, have personal problems, but all the while possessing a moral compass. He wasn’t afraid of tackling the larger social issues, including drugs, violence and racism. I think this statement, written about 50 years ago, is at the heart of what made Marvel Comics, more than just graphic art entertainment with simple stories. He posted his own readership columns in the back of the comics, which gave us insight as to who he was as a person.

Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them—to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater—one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately. If his hang-up is black men, he hates ALL black men. If a redhead once offended him, he hates ALL redheads. If some foreigner beat him to a job, he’s down on ALL foreigners. He hates people he’s never seen—people he’s never known—with equal intensity—with equal venom.

Now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another. But, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race—to despise an entire nation—to vilify an entire religion. Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill out hearts with tolerance. For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God–a God who calls us ALL—His children. ~ Stan Lee

Stan Lee’s characters had feet of clay, his characters were sometimes created from ancient mythic deities, but they too weren’t infallible. Despite the many villains, and dire situations, a common decency existed among his created heroes. Sometimes, even the bad guys & gals, weren’t so bad either.

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Spider-man Created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko

One of his famous comic character quotations ⋅⋅⋅  “With great ººpower comes great responsibility” ⋅⋅⋅ It has a simple meaning; if you have the ability to do something, make sure that you do it for the good of others.

Charitable Foundation
The Stan Lee Foundation was founded in 2010 to focus on literacy, education, and the arts. Its stated goals include supporting programs and ideas that improve access to literacy resources, as well as promoting diversity, national literacy, culture and the arts.

StanThe ManLee [ December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018 ] He will be missed.

Ownership & Trademark credits

Parent company Marvel Entertainment, LLC
The Walt Disney Company©
All rights of ownership to characters & images ™ belong to them.