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Do We Really Care About Life?

Every year there are 125,000 abortions per day, world-wide.

In the USA, nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. There are over 3,000 abortions per day. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies in the USA (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.

We have taken the one “God-like power” which humans have, and weaponized it. We think nothing of it. “It’s a medical procedure.”

We read news stories on the horrible tragedy of some crazy person that kills dozens of people with a gun. Horrified, as we should be, we take the creative process of human life and turn it into refuse.

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baby peering from blanket

We read stories about how “global warming”, or “climate change”, is going to seriously impact future life. Yet, everyday we make choices, fully within our control, that destroy human life and ruin the opportunity to have someone born who can make significant contributions to our planet.

It’s as if the idea of destroying life is just another choice to be made. Should we have two sugars in our coffee, or not? Do we read this book, or watch this program on TV, today?

Well, there’s a disconnect in compassion when we value the life of animals or sea turtles, have them protected, but not human life. Don’t misunderstand me, animals, turtles, etc. need our protection, so too does human life.

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woman with baby on beach at sunset

We know how human life is created, and we know how to destroy it. We know that a human fetus will become a human, not a flower, or a gerbil, there’s no ambiguity, until we attempt to alter the outcome based on our beliefs. I believe there’s a connection between our collective decisions and consequences.

Our callous and careless choices lead us down a broad path of compounding bad decisions. We play our mental games, and use clever speech in an attempt to disguise or subvert truth from fiction. Simply put, if you don’t want a child – don’t have sex or choose an effective form of contraception.

We say to ourselves, we have the freedom to make such decisions without any ramifications. Choosing to not have children is a good choice for some people, however, choosing to have sexual intercourse as if it’s a recreational activity or right of passage, has serious consequences. Look around, do you see the whirlwinds drawing closer? You might say, there’s no connection to the increase in societal disparity between the haves, and have-nots. The “greed is good” line from a movie permeates the selfish way many of us fritter away our lives.

Do you believe we’re immune, that our culture is so important that it can’t disappear? Look at history. The seeds of our own demise have been planted and our corruption of right from wrong make us targets of the next Darwinian phase.

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There’s a non-violent way to express yourself and get your point across, regardless of what you’re saying or what your point is. In a free society, people have a right to believe whatever they want to believe. That’s their business and they can speak their mind. But nobody, even in a free society, has the right to take another person’s life. Ever. That’s something that we really need to move beyond.”
~ Chester Bennington
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Saving the planet begins with how we treat each new human life

What Should I Know?

beware-false-claims-2There are some things we assume most people learn in their life. I read things every day which indicate there are quite a number of people who haven’t gained this basic insight. Here are a few things you should know.

    1. Life isn’t fair, it never will be.
    2. People are not equal. They deserve equal treatment under the law. There are differences among people.
    3. Find what you’re good at which you can use to earn an honest income.
    4. Some people don’t place the same value on things as you do.
    5. Time will pass even if you do nothing, find something to do that won’t kill you or put you in jail.
    6. Learn from people who know more than you do about specific subjects.
    7. Don’t place as much value on being right as finding out what is right. Challenge your assumptions.
    8. Embrace your weaknesses. We learn or gain the most from overcoming our personal obstacles.
    9. Learn to fail. We all do. Find a way to adapt and overcome what ever the challenge.
    10. Be grateful. Don’t go looking for the pity pot. Find the gold nugget or at least the brass bell along the way.
    11. Look forward not backward. You can’t travel anywhere worthwhile constantly looking in the rear view mirror. (I bet you thought there were only going to be 10)
    12. Be ready to chart a new course. Even a small change in course over time will help you arrive at a new destination. The journey may begin with that first step, but it’s going to take a lot more than a few.
    13. We all will die some day, don’t cut yours short. Live your life by design not through serendipity. Luck comes first to those who prepare & do the work.
    14. Look for the right things to happen by planning and persistence, combined with self-improvement.
    15. Learn from your mistakes. Repeating the same choices, while looking for a different outcome, is at best an exercise in futility.
    16. Own your mistakes. Don’t continuously expect others to improve or change so that your life can become better.
    17. Find people to love. Pets are great, but its only through human interaction that we find our most joy.
    18. Be realistic with your expectations. Assume nothing. Obstacles and problems will happen at some point in your life. You need to handle your problems and get back on track.
    19. Learn that honesty takes you further, and is your greatest reward after any event or confrontation.
    20. Find peace within your life. Take up yoga, go for a walk, pray, meditate, look for the calm.
    21. Learn to forgive. Holding a grudge is the greatest burden you can carry. Offload the wrong you perceive. See #11.
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    Sunrise over the Keys

     

     

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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