Friday, August 26, 2016

Have You Given Your Brain Away? Here's How You Can Know

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Unlock your mind... Take back your thoughts... Live free...

Are you completely programmed?

“Don’t lead me; I may not follow. Don’t follow me; I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.” Dr. Robert Anthony
Let’s start by stirring things up a bit. That’s always fun, eh? How do you feel about the following quotes?
·      “Prayer: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.” Ambrose Bierce (I think Bierce is saying prayer is not only quite unscientific for the most part, but selfish—individually and collectively—as well.)
·      “Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge of things without parallel.” Ambrose Bierce. (This sounds like just taking someone—or some book’s—word for something without checking to see if it makes any real sense.)
·      “Impiety: Your irreverence toward my deity.” Ambrose Bierce (This one suggests that you can criticize my religion but I can’t do the same to yours.)
·      “Religion: The art of turning superstition into coin.” Ambrose Bierce (I like this one a lot. It speaks for itself.)
These come from one of my favorite writers. Here’s a short bio from Wikipedia:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Anger and the Loss It Brings

By Richard Kent Matthews


“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

We're heading toward an election in November, here in the US. And it's nutty.

In all my years on the planet--and that's a few!!--I've never witnessed a more insane campaign season. Donald Trump. Hilary Clinton. Bernie Sanders. Jill Stein. And a host of Congressional races that could rattle a lot of chains in January.

Each one of the candidates has its lovers and haters, its supporters and detractors.

But what stands out is not just the vitriol, but the outright lies spread by campaign advisors as well as the media and individual pundits. Vicious lies, deliberate lies. As if they no longer care about truth. Sad.

What has been created is as much anger as I've ever seen in an election season. It was rough when Pres. Obama won the nomination for the Democrats in 2008, and again in 2012. But this time, the rats of every stripe have emerged from the garbage dumps. And they're wearing a dingy form of red, white, and blue.

The anger rolls on.

There's only one thing I can do about it. I will listen and adhere to the inspiring words of the Mahatma Gandhi, who said, "When there is peace in our hearts, it will find its way into the world."

I am disappointed, concerned, astonished, even a bit surprised about this current fiasco called the Presidential Election of 2016. 

I am not angry.

That means peace, as Emerson suggests, for at least the next 60 seconds. 

I can do that. My happiness counts on it. 

Yours, too, I am suspecting.