Politics, Economics, and Religion


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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Overton Window shifted toward burn everything down

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 18. 3 Replies

"Breitbart's whole goal was to burn everything down...and Trump has gone full Breitbart."Ben Shapiro ( former Breitbart editor-at-large,  who has become a vociferous critic)…Continue

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Bill Maher on Donald Trump

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Oct 15. 8 Replies

Bill Maher has spared nothing on his Real Time program in repeatedly eviscerating Drumpf in every last available way.  Those assessments are usually focused on one particular aspect of Drumpf's behavior or personality, but to borrow from…Continue

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Comment by tom sarbeck on July 17, 2015 at 9:20pm

All of the Bush males--#41, #43, and Jeb--have shown they have language problems. I've never heard anyone describe a cause.

Comment by Alan Perlman on July 17, 2015 at 8:53pm

Or how about: "I know how difficult it is to put food on your family."  There was a whole 365-page calendar of them.  I think all the coke and booze addled his brain permanently.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2015 at 10:45pm

I will NEVER forget this Bushism:

George W. Bush "Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 16, 2015 at 9:22pm

You are exactly correct, but he's no less inhuman.

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 16, 2015 at 9:16pm

Pope Cuddles: "...the bondage of individualism."

He could have spoken also of the bondage of collectivism, but that's the kind of bondage Catholicism needs and uses.

Cuddles has concealed his inhumanity better than other popes have.

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2015 at 8:34am

That's the way I think, Loren!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2015 at 8:29am

Chris, my first rule for a long time has been: "Put Yourself FIRST."  I say this because:

  • If you don't do it, no one else necessarily will.
  • If you wish to give of yourself, you have to have something TO give!
  • If you give without regard to yourself, you can run out of yourself!

Certainly, there's a balance to be found, but Step One has to be understanding one's own needs and prioritizing them as necessary to maintain whatever balance works for that person.

If that makes me selfish, then I'm selfish.

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2015 at 8:10am

Churches want you to ´love another person as you love yourself´, but they teach you to hate and neglect yourself.... not funny.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 16, 2015 at 7:20am

@ Tom - concomitant with the notion that choices in one's own interest are "selfish," the Pope in a recent speech made reference to "the bondage of individualism." Can't have people actually being themselves - that would never do!

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 16, 2015 at 5:14am

Joan, you are right when you say "[t]there is no need to feel shame or regret if a woman knows she does not want to raise children.

But in the Catholic schools I went to in the 1940s, nuns and priests put a lot of effort into creating guilt in both girls and boys. They used the word "selfish" more than any other.

In my sister's class two years ahead of me, a boy was an only child AND his mother was the only divorced woman in that mainly Catholic suburb of Cincinnati. I heard words worse than "selfish" about her.

I heard nothing about her from my "silent as stones" parents. I grew up not having heard gossip and not engaging in it.


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