How come we leave the most important jobs to chance and neglect providing any preparation for them in the aim of providing people the chance to put their mark on something very important or to ignore it . Do we have the inalienable right to mess up somebody’s life before the person even has a chance to live it? Is reproduction a right or a privilege? Could we mess up another person’s life this drastically if we weren’t allowed to exert this influence until their were of a majority? Does ownership apply only to property and not to people? Sometimes you would think so but it is not true. Do we have the right to mess up a person’s life just because we took part in the conception of him or her? Environmentalists want to restrict people’s rights to use their property but we don’t want to restrict a family’s rights to shape their offspring’s development and future contributions to society and to stunt or restrict a child’s future potential?
People who get parenting classes early enough either before they have children or before it is too late to help their children find it benefits both themselves and their offspring. In terms of protecting people’s rights to promote have their own set of values we may prevent some people from having any values at all or from being exposed to any set of values. Are or are not values useful? Do values help guide people to acqiring goals in life and acquiring respect for other people having their own maybe different sets of values. Not having values and therefore not teaching them often leads to only protecting the right to not having any values. Also the value of human life either after conception or after birth often has no value and results in killing and enslaving other humans.
Love often gets left out of the equation when values get left out of the equation. Babies placed in orphanages in the past to be raised without mothers (or fathers) failed to thrive and did not live to grow up. Some people get more upset about the abuse and neglect of animals than they do about that of children and babies born and unborn.. Some animals if given tne chance become emotionally attached to other animals or humans if given the chance. Do humans have the right to be given this chance. We talk about pets who give their masters unconditional love and how people who are alone and maybe also ill do better if they have access to pets. What is unconditional love. It is love given without the expectation of it being returned. It is recognition of the innate worth of life. It is something that innately benefits the giver as much as it benefits the recipient.
Love is giving without expecting it to be returned. Modern day business people might think that a person would be crazy to do this. Forced giving does not assuredly generate trust nor reciprocation. Stoke the fire and watch the blaze. Each person has something to give. Love is the core of values. Caring for other forms of life reinforces the value we have for life. Often we give up caring about something because we feel it won’t help. Evil (the absence of values) is facilitated by those who have been encouraged to have no hope that they will to be able to make a difference.
Look up the words, “power” and “force.” We are often encouraged to think that we don’t have the strength to be able to make something to happen. This is the core belief behind wars. That is that we have to exert force and go against somebody’s will in order to make them do something they don’t want to do but what we want them to do anyway. “Power” is the strength inherent in wanting really to do good. It is stronger than “force.” Good people often don’t use it because they don’t think that the have it and /or that it will work against the force of evil. However, consider Gandhi and Martin Luther King as examples of “power” in action. “Love” and “good” are the strength behind power.
Stoke the fire of “good” and watch the blaze. Giving unconditional love is the way to do this. We are not “powerless” as other people who have no values, who want other people to have no values, and who would use “force” to generate evil would like us to think.
Just thinking…That can get you in trouble around here. (Want to get this up in rough draft form before the internet gets too busy discussing this issue.) How many people in Ferguson, Los Angles, and Chicago etc. are hurting fellow African Americans? Looting each others’ businesses, destroying each others property, and making it impossible for fellow African American’s who have done no wrong to live peaceful law abiding lives. Why are we hurting each other instead of arresting and prosecuting the law breakers who promote lawlessness in their own or others’ communities? How come has it become impossible for fellow African Americans and also the Caucasian and Hispanic residents of these riot torn communities to live peaceful lives and carry out normal business and to be able to safely travel in these communities?
I was a student in Madison WI at the University of Wisconsin during the Vietnam war riots after the math research building was blown up by protestors and one graduate student killed (murdered?) in the blast who was peacefully studying in the building. It was amazing that no others were killed or hurt in the blast because there was damage around the bomb site for blocks. The most noticeable damage were the shattered windows in my own psychology building blocks away and in the University Hospital complex where people came from all over to receive state of the art medical care.
I (silly me!) tried to carry on normal business going to class and carrying on my research. Certain times of day it was not safe to be on campus. My stomach was tied in knots. Certain students and professors made it clear that they enjoyed not participating in normal campus business like teaching, attending classes, etc. and rioting instead. For them, it was a big party. I remember barrels of trash set on fire in the intersections at night and young national guardsmen so scared that they shook when they gave you orders. Don’t worry I knew that they didn’t know if I was friend or foe.
To them I was just another student and potential rioter or bomb thrower. What had I done to deserve this. Nothing. I was just an innocent bystander. What about the law abiding people of Ferguson who are losing their businesses and directing from that their jobs and sources of income. Why can they no longer go peacefully about their business?
Also I have a husband who was directly involved in quelling the rots in Joliet IL at that time because he was in the national guard. He won’t talk about it. Talk about post-traumatic stress here in our own country.
I feel there is a strong politically correct movement that is preventing us from caring about each other and teaching any kind of morality. Why is this movement hurting innocent bystanders and keeping the rioting in some cases from their own doorsteps?
Just thinking…. Government is supposed to help people not hurt them. That is why we have it. There are small local movements for paying it forward and helping each other with nothing expected in return. Where is our voice in government and in local problems? Why are we the ones who ultimately get hurt by this?
This may get me in trouble! What about the coming of the Antichrist? Why have we not heard this speculated about in the media in these times?
P.S. I can’t get any related articles from the web about the Antichrist?!
How well do you stand up for yourself or others when this happens? Are you easily shamed or guilted into doing something that makes you personally uncomfortable even at your own personal expense. When the rolis called up yonder and you go before the ultimate judge (yourself) how will you fare? How many things will you have missed out on? How many chances will you have passed by to do what you knew was the right thing but didn’t have enough courage to do?
What will you have sacrificed to make others happy by letting them get away with abusing your time trying to convince you that they are right when you know they are wrong. Giving up being joyful and happy so that others who will never learn anything the hard way can escape the consequences of their behavior. Do you sometimes feel life is a drag especially when you go along with other peoples’ preferences instead of your own especially if those choices will make you uncomfortable and continue to suck the joy out of your life.
Worse yet you go against your own internal moral code in order to conform to societies expectations and generalizations about “correct” behavior that could be be and might be applied to your behavior. Are you willing to be punished for doing something you know is really “right” even if it goes against the codes of others?
How independent are your standards both for yourself and others. Are you willing to spend time with someone who is boring but doesn’t know it because other people often let him or her get away with it. Would you spend time with someone who has few friends but who would appreciate getting your time or do you follow the crowd and do the same old thing that you do every time you go out instead? What does your intuition say you should do?
Rediscovering your self is a process that you go through many times in your life. You may think that you already know who you are and then you discover what you really are is really someone else. Have you become society”s conception of what you ought to be. Make your own plan, forge ahead blindly not knowing where you are going but knowing you have the freedom to do so.
Meet your soul, the person you were meant to be, not letting other people or other things determine who you are. Do you not know what you want. although you may know what you do not want. Unfortunately the unconscious only understands positive statements and we waste a lot of time having negative thoughts and not converting these negative thoughts into positive ones. We don’t want to be disappointed so we warn ourselves that we must protect ourselves against losing things that have come to mean a lot to us.
Most of us were warned against having a “big head” as a child or even as an adult and this prevents us from promoting ourselves. Fortunately or unfortunately men more than women are encouraged and reinforced for creating a name for themselves and for getting respect from others. Think of the accomplishments a man can line up: school board president, kindly old physician, preacher, evangelist, solid businessman. Someone whose opinions and comments count.
Some of us have been encouraged to step back and let others have the limelight. “Pride goeth before a fall.” A male “expert” often gets more recognition than a female “expert”. We think for “the chosen” to have powers, others must shirk or shrink from the limelight.
Our self-confidence is often so fragile that we can become depressed and procrastinate and feel doomed to fail. We think that there is no room in the inn for us and we must settle for the stable. We spin our wheels and get nowhere.
Everyone is important just as every child is precious. Do you not think that your grandchild or son or daughter is or was precious. Their eyes, their nose, their mouth were perfect. Every saying they made or thing that they did or created was or is precious. Something to be cherished and remembered. What happened to you? When did you stop being a cute little kid? God’s or nature’s perfect gift.
Self confidence and courage do a lot to keep a person from having cold feet about what they want to accomplish. Most of us suffer from the that we can’t debilitating have or do what we want so we stop wishing and visualizing the perfect future for us.
Sometimes we focus on one objective that was chosen by ourselves as an acceptable one or by others for us to the exception of all else. Remember when we free to explore all outlets of life back when your artwork or other creations were considered to be significant and not a waste of time. Yet you began to work harder and harder to meet the one goal that you thought was achieveable whether you liked it or not.
The opportunities are endless if you believe in their existence. Don’t limit yourself and don’t let others limit you. Are you the friend everybody likes because compared to you they are successful in life? “Oh, woe is me”, can be an endless litany and those who listen to it can become tried of it eventually. When should you start discovering your real self? THE TIME IS NOW!
If you haven’t figured this out before now, I am just one person and have no one to substitute write for me if I am busy elsewhere. During this short break, I hope to generate lots of “new” material. I hope to receive some inspiration that will take this website even further than it has gone already. I am not sure what the direction that will be but then that is the joy of discovering new things. Not knowing what you are going to find. I will be practicing what I preach and that is learning new things about the world and who I am in it. You know you can’t take a break without planning for it and making sure that things are taken care of . I have several different roles in life and it takes some time and attention to make sure that they all get taken care of.