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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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Comment by tom sarbeck on July 30, 2017 at 12:35am

"I don't know who accepts or who declines."

Translate that to "I have no evidence as to who accepts or who declines."

And, having no evidence as to who accepts or who declines, I have no beliefs as to who accepts or who declines.

"No evidence. No belief."

Do atheists recognize that?

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 29, 2017 at 11:41pm
@Joan: Are you saying you were able to differentiate those who were worthy of trust and those who were not?

No. A dentist told me he doesn't know if patients have HIV/AIDS so he wears latex gloves with every patient. People who win elections get offers (bribes). I don't know who accepts or who declines.
Comment by tom sarbeck on July 29, 2017 at 11:26pm
Consider a sport analogy, Thomas. Learn how to swim and you will trust yourself in deep water. That's one form of personal power. Ditto for any sport.

A knowledge analogy. Study history and you will trust yourself in a discussion about history. That too is a form of personal power. Ditto for any field of knowledge.

I grew up shy and seldom spoke. Teachers had to almost pull me from my seat to read aloud. I got a degree in math and enjoyed computer programming. I married a teacher who several years later switched to sales. I went with her to a sales training and heard stuff that started me to thinking of transferring to marketing support. Knowing I would have to learn how to speak, I joined Toastmasters. My life changed for the better.

Don't stop learning.
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 11:12pm

Tom, you wrote, "in politics I learned that as I became personally powerful enough to trust myself I became able to trust unknown others, not counting the known 'bad guys'."

Are you saying you were able to differentiate those who were worthy of trust and those who were not?

Comment by Thomas Murray on July 29, 2017 at 6:25pm

Tom,

How do you learn to become personally powerful enough to trust yourself?

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 29, 2017 at 6:10pm
Setting us back five steps?

The idiot's tweets have made us smarter about the GOP. And the Democrats might be smart enough to choose candidates who, unlike Hillary, will connect with voters.
Comment by Thomas Murray on July 29, 2017 at 5:40pm

Tom and Joan,

   I know we can't ban his speeches. It would go against my beliefs in freedom of speech & expression.

   Tom, you are right that I do not trust certain groups of people.

  Trump speeches are doing more harm than good. Sometimes we work hard to get to the next step of improvement and yet it takes an idiot , i.e. Trump, to set us back 5 steps.

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 29, 2017 at 5:30pm
Joan, did any of your studies say distrust of unknown others is correlated with a distrust of oneself?

I ask because in politics I learned that as I became personally powerful enough to trust myself I became able to trust unknown others, not counting the known "bad guys".
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 29, 2017 at 5:23pm

DIRECT MEASUREMENTS: 2005-PRESENT


Data source: Monthly measurements (average seasonal cycle removed). Credit: NOAA

Graphic: The relentless rise of carbon dioxide


Comment by tom sarbeck on July 29, 2017 at 4:57pm
Thomas:
First, your desire to silence Trump results from your distrust of the people who hear him.
Second, who will silence him, and how will they do it?
And third, if he were silenced, who will know how big a fool he is and vote against his GOP enablers?
 
 
 

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