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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 1

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PENSACOLA’S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS

WELL, SHE’S RIGHT

DIGITAL-AGE APOCALYPSE

The Four Horsemen meet again at the top of the world.

Moses says

So many of my people still don’t listen to me.

They exploit the Gentiles–especially the indigenous ones of the Holy Land.

Yet now they carry a new god with them everywhere they go.

And this new god removes them from their neighbors

And from their Creator–their Source.

Buddha says

So many of my people still don’t listen to me.

They show indifference to those most in need–and violent cruelty in the land they now call Myanmar.

Yet now they carry a new god with them everywhere they go.

And this new god removes them from their neighbors

And from their Creator–their Source.

Jesus says

So many of my people still don’t listen to me.

They make a weapon of my name–and they fail to follow me in word or deed.

Yet now they carry a new god with them everywhere they go.

And this new god removes them from their neighbors

And from their Creator–their Source.

Muhammad says

So many of my people still don’t listen to me.

They fight among themselves as Shiites and Sunnis–failing to unite in Islam.

Yet now they carry a new god with them everywhere they go.

And this new god removes them from their neighbors

And from their Creator–their Source.

The Four Horsemen say

Let us appeal to the Creator–the Source

To destroy this new god

So our people will at least interact with their neighbors again

And with their Creator–their Source.

CENTERED

Look to the right for criticism of Democratic politicians.

Look to the left for criticism of Republican politicians.

Look to the center for criticism of Democratic and Republican politicians.

And look to yourself for the center.

Because the center can only be found within you.

MY INTRODUCTION TO OPERA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOES GOD EXPECT US TO DO GOD’S WORK?

The Creator of this conceivably infinite universe–indeed, conceivably, an infinity of infinite universes–is perceived by us as Yahweh, God, Allah, the Great Spirit, and numerous other names, including the Creator.

And the Creator is perceived by us as masculine, feminine, or neuter (he, she, or it), or none of these–or all of these.

Yet in most English-speaking countries, including the United States, the Creator is most often perceived of as God, and as masculine.

Many of us are averse to using the name, God, though they need not be–it’s just a name.

And many of us claim that there is no God (just as many of us claim that God belongs to them–that God favors them, or their group, above all others, or all other groups).

Those of us who claim that there is no God usually point to the apparent absence of God’s intervention in human affairs–indeed in this universe, at all–as evidence that there is no God.

Yet the possibility that God chooses not to intervene–that God sees the truth, but waits–doesn’t occur to them (i.e. they consider themselves atheists, when they can more accurately consider themselves deists).

Many of us believe that God intervenes in all human affairs–indeed that God intervenes in every individual aspect of any, or every, individual human being’s life.

Some of these tend to praise God for everything that goes well in their lives–but blame themselves, others, or no one, for everything that goes badly in their lives.

Others of these tend to praise themselves, others, or no one, for everything that goes well in their lives–but blame God for everything that goes badly in their lives.

Those of us who believe that God chooses not to intervene–that God sees the truth, but waits–can avoid the dilemmas faced by those of us who believe the reverse.

Yet we cannot avoid the question why.

If God chooses not to intervene in human affairs–indeed in this universe, at all–why?

Is God indifferent to us?

Is God unaware of us?

Or is God totally interested in us, totally aware of us–yet expecting us to act as God in this universe?

Does God expect us to do God’s work?

THINK ABOUT IT

The President of the United States is addicted to mobile devices (his smartphone) and social media (Twitter)–and his addiction is destroying his career, and arguably his life.

If the President of the United States discards all of his cellphones and smartphones (choosing to rely on his more-reliable landline phones, instead), and closes his Twitter account, as well as any other social media accounts he has (choosing to communicate with his fellow human beings in a more constructive manner), he can probably save his career, and arguably his life–and greatly improve his relationships with his fellow human beings.

What about you?

If you have a mobile device (cellphone or smartphone), odds are you are addicted to it.

And if you have a Facebook or Twitter account (or conceivably an account with any other social medium), odds are you are addicted to Facebook or Twitter (or conceivably any other social medium).

And if you are addicted to mobile devices or social media, your addiction is destroying your career–and arguably your life.

If you discard your cellphone or smartphone (choosing to rely on your more-reliable landline phone, instead), and close your Facebook or Twitter account, as well as any other social media accounts you have (choosing to communicate with your fellow human beings in a more constructive manner), you can probably save your career, and arguably your life–and greatly improve your relationships with your fellow human beings.

Think about it.


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