This is a list of society's most serious, heavy, sad, and disgusting problems. My interest here is in the process how we deal with them.
Chinese Proverb: War not determine who right, war determine who left.
... when you have read something by me you actually experience the thing. You can't do this without putting in the bad and the ugly as well as what is beautiful. Because it is all beautiful you can't believe in it. Things aren't that way. —Ernest Hemingway, 1925
“Can't we just get along?” —Rodney King, on the mass riots following a court decision on his Los Angeles police beating case.
“God whispers to us in our pleasure,
speaks to us in our conscience, but
shouts in our pains;
it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
“It's better to be controversial for the right reasons, than to be popular for the wrong reasons.”
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has.”
“When the people fear the government you have tyranny. When the government fears the people you have freedom.”
According to Henry Craik, author of "Easy introduction to the Hebrew Language" (London: Sealey and Burnside, 1831)
the Hebrew term for 'wicked' comes from a root that expresses the notion of restlessness.
“let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” —1st John 3:18
“The LORD will settle international disputes. All the nations will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. All wars will stop, and military training will come to an end. Come, people of Israel, let us walk in the light of the LORD!” —Isaiah 2:3-5
“Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.” —found by Philip Greenspun
Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment. —Mahatma Gandhi
Health reporter Susan Seliger writes:
Positive stress comes from rising to challenges, feeling confidence and a sense of control over one's destiny.
Corsage = Botanical companion.
Honey = Stolen non-human-animal sweetener.
Robot = Mechanical-american.
Pet rock = Mineral companion.
Puppet = Hand-held American.
Maiden name = Birth family name.
Man-made = Artificial; synthetic.
Manpower = Human resources.
Man-months = Person months.
Manned = Crewed.
Retreat = Exfiltration.
Unfinished = In the early stages of finalization.
Dishonest = Ethically disoriented; morally different.
Lie = Counterfactual proposition.
Dishonest = Morally different; ethically disoriented.
Lazy = Motivationally dispossessed.
Misbehavior = Negative attention getting.
Flunk out = Have one's progress toward alternative life pursuits expedited.
Crazy = Emotionally different.
Junkie = Person with a pharmacological preference.
Illness = Health alteration.
Dead = Terminally Inconvenienced; nonviable; no longer a factor.
Deaf = Aurally challenged; aurally inconvenienced.
Death = Failure to fulfill one's wellness potential.
Suicide = Autoeuthanasia; voluntary death.
Corpse = Nonliving person
Murder = Arbitrary deprivation of life.
Prison cell = Custody suite.
Housework = Domestic arts.
Lumberjack = Tree butcher.
Panhandler = Unaffiliated applicant for private-sector funding.
Fisherman = Fisher.
Bum = Non-goal oriented member of society.
Dirty old man = Sexually focused chronologically gifted male individual.
Sloppy = Nontraditionally ordered; specially organized.
Stupid = Cerebrally challenged.
Boring = Charm-free; differently interesting.
Old = Chronologically gifted; experientially enhanced; longer living; mature; senior; seasoned.
Vague/Spacey = Differently focused.
Tax payments = Contributions.
Explosion = Energetic disassembly.
Heroine = Hera; she-ro.
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How often do you fight about decisions about basic stuff:
Ever notice how the things we want are also the source of common distress?
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. —Matthew 6:19-20.
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How are we to develop an understanding about these issues—and the implications of these issues without discussing them? How do we stay mindful of these frailties of human nature? How do we live despite them? The range of responses:
Abbie Hoffman's Steal This Book, published 1971
Chinese Characters for Peace:
Japaese Kanji Characters for Peace:
Hebrew for peace:
The Biblical Counseling Foundation doesn't buy into the observations of Elizabeth Kubler Ross, who identified stages in her famous book Death and Dying:
Is it possible to go straight to forgiveness?
“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.” —Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Preoccupation with our own interests - our own narrow desires, ambitions, and goals - undermines our ability to be compassionate. Conversely, the more we concern ourselves with providing for others' well-being, the more meaningful our lives become and the happier we ourselves will be.” —The Dalai Lama
“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.” —a monk, 1100
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi
“Life is a comedy to those who think, and a tragedy to those who feel.” —Walpol
We must transform the jangling discord of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. —Martin Luther King
“It was good for me to have been afflicted so that I might learn thy [your] statutes [decrees].”
“He will not crush those who are weak, or quench the smallest hope, until he brings full justice with his final victory.”
From the Christian Quote of the Day
It means I can't do it for someone else.
Letting go is not to cut myself off,
Letting go is not to enable;
Letting go is to admit powerlessness;
Letting go is not to try to change or blame another;
Letting go is not to care for; but to care about.
Letting go is not to fix; but to be supportive.
Letting go is not to judge;
Letting go is not to be in the middle arranging the outcome; but to allow others to affect their own destinies.
Letting go is not to be protective;
Letting go is not to deny; but to accept.
Letting go is not to nag, scold, or argue; But to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
Letting go is not to adjust everything to my own desires; But to take each day as it comes and cherish myself in it.
Letting go is not to regret the past; But to grow and live for today.
Letting go is to fear less and live more.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
It is the Soldier, not the poet,
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer,
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer,
It is the Soldier, who salutes the flag,
Sweet are the many uses of adversity. Duke Senior in As You Like It by Wm Shakespeare
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