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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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Pope Francis: Priests Can Forgive Abortion If Women Are 'Contrite'

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Loren Miller 14 hours ago. 26 Replies

Frankie has just pissed off (and nonplussed) a whole load of people.The Vatican has…Continue

Tags: Pope, mercy, forgiveness, abortion

Change.org Petition - Jon Stewart Should Host a Presidential Debate

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 9 Replies

The above petition just landed in my inbox a few minutes ago ... and I think it is perhaps one of the most brilliant ideas I've heard in a while.  Entirely too many debates, both primary and presidential, have been little more than photo ops for the…Continue

Tags: change.org, petition, debate, Jon Stewart

The Geographic Span of Actions of an Omnipotent, Omniscient God, Displayed Graphically

Started by Loren Miller Aug 16. 0 Replies

Yahweh as described by the old testament, Yeshua of the new, and Mohammed of the quran are taken to be massive actors on the world stage.  Care to see just how massive?  Take a look at the following:…Continue

Tags: action, map, Mohammed, Yeshua, Yahweh

Romans and Christians (delanceyplace.com)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gerald Payne Aug 13. 5 Replies

Today's selection -- from Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Empires have been the dominant form of government in human history. Most early empires of such as the Roman empire were polytheistic, and made a practice of being…Continue

Tags: religion, politics, tolerance, Roman, christian

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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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2015 at 3:41am

Chris! I know the awful things that women had to endure in order to be healthy. We have come a long way and still have some challenges ahead of us. The good news, we are capable, competent and comfortable in our skins. We need no father, husband, son, priest, or potentate to dictate out decisions. 

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2015 at 2:44am

Thanks Joan! I had my tubes tied before I was 30, despite the stupidity of medical staff. (Does your husband allow this?) (You'll be back next year to have this undone!)  

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2015 at 2:24am

There is no need to feel shame or regret if a woman knows she does not want to raise children. She has every right to make that decision, based on what is best for her. I have seen far too many women who did not want to be a mother and who did not have a patience or interest in mothering and who had unwanted children No one benefits by an unwanted child. Certainly, not the child. 

A woman's wishes and needs trump any religious dogma or social expectation. I respect a woman who knows herself well enough to not allow herself to get caught in a trap for which she knows she is not well suite.

I have the utmost respect for both of you, Felaine and Chris. You had wisdom and self-awareness at an early age, when to do so meant going against some people's norms. We need more women who can think independently. Each woman is responsible for taking care of her own body.  

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2015 at 12:52am

Same for me Felaine.

 
 
 

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