Archive for December, 2013

JEWS FOR WHOM I HAVE THE GREATEST ADMIRATION

After I discovered the aforementioned atrocity, by simply looking-up “Palestine” in a common encyclopedia one day, I blamed the Jews for this atrocity.  Yet, over time, I realized that the majority of Zionists were not Jews–but Christians.  Millions of Christians believe that, by supporting the Zionist State, they are hastening the “Second Coming of Christ”.  This, even from a Christian perspective, is second-guessing God–and second-guessing God is a sin of the utmost evil, in any religion’s sacred text.  Thus my focus began to shift from who was responsible for the establishment and continuing support of the Zionist State to the atrocity itself.  After all, as Zig Ziglar wrote, “Fair play seeks what is right–not who is right.”  In other words, it doesn’t matter as much who is responsible for this ongoing atrocity against the Arab people and against Muslims, in general as what it is–an atrocity.  You’ve heard that slogan, “My Country, Right or Wrong”–how evil!  This slogan teaches that one should support his/her country, even when it commits evil acts.  In a broader sense, it teaches that any group of people can be exempt from moral/ethical responsibility, as long as you love the group.  It even teaches that any person can be exempt from moral/ethical responsibility, as long as you love the person. 

It gives me the greatest hope, then, when I encounter people who stand against atrocity–even when the atrocity is committed by their own brothers and sisters in faith, race/ethnicity, or nationality.  And the following are two such groups which stand for, not who is right, but what is right–Jews themselves who oppose Zionism.  If you won’t listen to me–listen to them:

Neturei Karta International: http://www.nkusa.org/

True Torah Jews: http://www.truetorahjews.org/

Not to sound too religious myself–but thank God for people like these!

SECOND ONLY TO THE AMERICAN FLAG…

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I CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH

THE ESTABLISHMENT AND CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE ZIONIST STATE (“ISRAEL”) IS AN ONGOING ATROCITY AGAINST THE ARAB PEOPLE AND AGAINST MUSLIMS, IN GENERAL.

SOMETHING I’VE WONDERED ALL MY LIFE

WHAT’S A NICE GUY LIKE ME DOING IN A TIME LIKE THIS?

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REGARDING PHIL ROBERTSON–AND EVERY OTHER CITIZEN OF THIS NATION

Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech…

Neither should we.  The United States should be governed by the rule of law–not the court of public opinion.

MY ENEMY, MY TEACHER

My dad is recovering from open-heart surgery.  During this time, I have been sending him cards occasionally, with words of comfort from the Bible and other sources.  The 23rd Psalm is one of these comforting passages–I know it by heart, and have included it in one of my cards. 

Yet in reviewing the Psalms for other possibly uplifting passages to send him, I notice that one of the most recurring themes is “enemies”.  And I cannot help but ask who my enemies are.

In the Bible, Jesus tells you who your neighbors are, in using a parable.  But he doesn’t tell you who your enemies are–he simply encourages you to love your enemies.  And this is a very good, though very difficult, thing to do. 

In the Tao Teh Ching, Lao Tzu tells you your worst enemy is yourself–no matter who you are.  And this is a very good thing to realize. 

There are many people in this world (one I know personally) who are enemies of us all.  They have alot of evil in their hearts–and their agenda is to spread this evil as widely as possible, to infect as many others with this evil as they can.

Yet who are my personal enemies–enemies of me, personally? Honestly, I have no enemies, in this sense.  I would say I am my only enemy, but that wouldn’t be quite true either. 

I have come to the conclusion that my only enemy is not a person, but an affliction.  In my case, my affliction is mental illness.  So my only enemy is my mental illness–which I’ve had all my life.

Yet this enemy–this affliction–is also my teacher.  In fact, it may be the best teacher I’ve ever had.  Among other things, my mental illness has taught me to be more compassionate of others–especially others with mental illness, though not exclusively.  It has also taught me that suffering is a part of life–for everyone, regardless of social status, sex, race/ethnicity, sexuality, character, religious/spiritual beliefs, or anything else.  And it has taught me to question everything I’ve ever been taught by others–and everything I’ve ever been taught by my self.

My enemy is also my teacher.

IF YOU WON’T LISTEN TO ME…

…LISTEN TO HER.

“I still miss my father–after eighty years.  And I worry, quite often, about this obsession with technology–the lack of common sense.  And I’m so afraid that–if we are not careful, and learn from the Titanic–that one day a disaster may occur which will be much greater.  There may well be no lifeboats–for anyone.”

Titanic Survivor Eva Hart (1905-1996)

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CAUTIOUS LEARNING

It is better to have no information at all than misinformation.


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