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Politics, Economics, and Religion

Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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America - A Second-amendment Death Cult?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by tom sarbeck yesterday. 13 Replies

This is a column by the Rude Pundit, in which he compares the NRA to Aztec high priests demanding death sacrifices.His conclusion:If we…Continue

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Biblical Family Values (AronRa)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Jul 13. 7 Replies

One of the most absurd and self-contradictory phrases out in the ether these days is that of "Family Values," usually thrown about by christians who challenge those who would attempt to make changes to usages and practices which they feel were…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 5:57pm

Epilepsy and the origins of monotheism

"There has long been a recognized association between monotheism and the desert’s all-powerful sun, as there is between polytheism and the lush diversity of sun-shaded forests. And it seems that epilepsy is another component of the development and spread of the idea of the One God.

"If only they’d had shades in those days, think how much grief we could have avoided!"
~ Robin Helweg-Larsen

Comment by sk8eycat on September 20, 2012 at 3:01pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 1:09pm

Plundering-class criminals

"Romney's ruling class contempt for his economic inferiors views us as a clutch of parasitic layabouts.

"Obama's policies manifested Romney’s privileged class view of the world when he "bailed out the true parasites of the present order, and has all but turned his back on the so-called 47 percent." 
~ Phil Rockstroh

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 12:59pm

Origins - Moving Art™

Over eons of time, birthed from deep sea waters, evolved into splendid diversity, we enjoy the gifts of participating in many wonders of what time and space does in its natural flow of life and living. Each day creates a new opportunity to
use all our senses to soak in the universe, full of wonder. Sitting in my garden with all the wildlife scampering and flittering around me, I feel profound gratitude to be alive and a part of all of this.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 12:55pm

Louie Schwartzberg at Bioneers Conference 2011 - Moving Art™ -

Determination: Watching salmon struggling to master falling water to get to its spawning gravels, the tiny seeds sprouting to become massive trees, slime mold growing betwen cracks and over rocks, wood and vegetation, all attest to the determination to live and become part of this magnificent universe. 


Evolution: Knowing life, evolving from single cell organisms into vast varieties we know today, creating life as we know it. 

Vision: Understanding human beings, developing into bodies and minds for good and ill, have the capacity to protect and care for our planet, or to destroy life as we know it.
Comment by Robert Brown on September 19, 2012 at 11:43am

Joan, shafts of light was awsome.  Thank you for the great discussions.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2012 at 11:25am

Greg, you give me bone to chew on when you wrote, "Occupy Wall ST was, to me, a better place for the 'in you face' aspects of interaction for (peaceful) change."
Will people who should read and hear the strident voice go to "Occupy"?Thanks for calling this option to my attention. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2012 at 11:17am

Richard Wolff - The Call For a New Capitalism

Wolff describes how our economic system developed, how it changed over time, and defines Booms and Busts. Capitalism creates great wealth and great poverty. Some don't wan't to recognize this but denying and deluding oneself does not change what is real. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2012 at 3:04am
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 19, 2012 at 2:50am

GRATITUDE

I close down this evening with a beautiful piece of moving art with the theme of gratitude. I am so very grateful for each of you who have taken this torturous path of ideas and options and choices with me. We haven't changed the world, but perhaps we could hear each other, recognize our differences and respect each other and all that you bring to the discussion. 

Good night. 

 
 
 

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