Joan Denoo's Blog – June 2014 Archive (8)

Jesus Christ is King by Joshua Feuerstein

Direct quotes from Joshua Feuerstein:

I watched a video Jesus Christ is King. Here are some direct quotes: 

“Evolution is not a science and never will be because it was never observed.”

“Evolution is just a theory.”

“Chaos can never produce order.”

“Everything works like a clock; it has order.”

The universe “had to be through Intelligent Design.”

“I can’t look at all that creation and say that it was an accident.” 

“Creation has…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 21, 2014 at 12:22am — 5 Comments

Criticism

I know the impact of criticism, I've known it all my life. It begins with my family who expects me to fit in, to think as they do, to do the things that they do, to remain silent because I say things they don't want to hear or read. 

Sometimes the criticism is constructive, offering me a new frame of reference, pointing out a contradiction, exposing my biases and these are all valuable and important in my creative processes. 

There is another kind of criticism that is less…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 19, 2014 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Dream And Reality, by Dove of Peace, an Iranian woman

"If you only live in the dream and not in the reality

then you will get lost in your imagination.

If you only live in the reality and not in the dream

then you will be lost in the materialistic world.

Make therefore your reality to a dream and…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2014 at 4:11pm — No Comments

An Iranian Woman Writes of Her Journey

"Tragedy after tragedy changed my life. Even though they changed me, but always, I have refused to be reduced by them... 

"I am an Iranian woman, a researcher, a learner, a lecturer and they call us the third generation and some call us the burnt generation, but I am very much alive! 

"I have been student my entire life, ... I started teaching at a college and became the youngest lecturer in the college, however my passion to gain more knowledge pushed me yet again behind the…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2014 at 3:48pm — 1 Comment

Learning Life Skills

Violence after violence impacted my development. Those episodes developed defenses in me and impacted the ways I think and feel and act. Why? Who benefited by the violence? Who paid the price for each experience? Do other families have such memories? What makes a family healthy? 

I am a citizen of the United States of America, a questioner, doubter, thinker, dreamer, visionary. I know the feeling of fear and helplessness.…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 15, 2014 at 3:38pm — 2 Comments

On the Origins of Consumerism

"In the 1930s, Paul Mazure, a leading Wall Street banker working for Lehman Brothers, wrote: 'We must shift America from a needs, to a desires culture. People must be trained to desire, to want new things even before the old had been entirely consumed. We must shape a new mentality in America. Man's desires must overshadow his needs.'" 

(from the BBC film Century of the Self)



"By the 1950s, consumerism was thoroughly interwoven in the fabric of…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 6, 2014 at 1:01am — 4 Comments

God sets an example for his followers, who will destroy his enemies, their offspring, humankind.

Imagine yourself sitting in a church service and hear the reading: 

"I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.... The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins; their cities you have rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.... The LORD will swallow [up his enemies] in his wrath, and fire will consume them. [He] will destroy their offspring from the earth ... their children from ... humankind." (Psalms 9:2, 6, and 21:9-10)"

The reader says, 'The Word of…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 5, 2014 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Victim-talk vs. Initiator-talk

The problem, as I see it, is people who have been trained to be dependent, passive, and subordinate do not think in terms of independence, dominance and action orientation. I hear "victim-talk" instead of "initiator-talk". 

Victim vocabulary:

victim, fatality, loser, prey, stooge, dupe, sucker, fool, fall guy, chump, patsy, sap, sacrificial lamb, burnt offering, scapegoat; …

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 1, 2014 at 12:55pm — 8 Comments

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