What is Religion and Why Do We Need It?

 

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Depending on who your parents are or how you were raised is probably going to determine what religion you think is true. Are they all true? Do you think yours is the true one? What if someone else thinks theirs is true? Can they all be true? Do you know what other religions teach? Have you studied any other? Do you try every day to apply what your faith teaches you in everything you think and do?

There are people who change their faith in their life; I’m one of them, but what would make someone want to change? What has your faith done for your life? Has it made a difference in the kind of person you are? Does it enable you to overcome the obstacles you face? Why do we have obstacles, is there a purpose? Whose responsibility is it when you fail and succeed? Who benefits when you fail?

There are many questions. Have you ever stopped to think about these things?

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This question isn’t being asked to convince you that what you believe is the “right” religion of not, but why do you feel you need to have a faith in the first place? What is the purpose of a religion? To live a better live and become a better human? To praise a supreme being? To have a supreme being “in the heavens” who is capable of every that is attributed to him that has been around for eons of time wouldn’t he need to come from a superior race or be an alien of some kind to be so afraid of what he could do to us if he got made enough? Does this sound silly? Have you thought about it?

If you have a religion, are you a lazy practitioner when it suits you or do you try every day to put the tenets of your faith into practice in all you do? Do you only practice on the special days? Do you look down on other religions and think you are special?

I see religion being discussed more and more in areas outside the church and believe many people don’t question why they have the religion they do. Ask yourself, why am I a Christian, atheist, Buddhist, Muslim, etc.? For many it depends on where we were born and what dominant religion is in that area, because that is what your parents taught you, and their parents taught them. But does that make it true? The basics were indoctrinated into you from a young age.

Since your parents taught you everything you knew as a young child, why would you doubt the truth of anything they said? If they were good people trying to do their best to teach their children they wouldn’t intentionally lie to you. They wanted you to learn to believe what they thought were the right things to help you with your life, as their parents taught them and their parents taught them and so on.

How does that affect the children born into families, or adopted that were not whole in some way, or perhaps raised by abusive or addicted parents or raised by foster parents – perhaps multiple sets of foster parents who taught them nothing about how to live; how to be a good person or how to live a life of truth and why that matters.

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I see an angry world with different religions fighting each other trying to prove they are the best one; the right one, and finding ways to be okay to kill. I see Christian (?) lawmakers using their power to control people, forcing what they believe on others, not because they believe it to be true but because money can be made when you can control people and what they learn. That has been for many hundreds of years. For example, these law makers want to control abortion, and it isn’t because every life is precious, because adult life isn’t precious.

Why should one religion force any part of their faith on other people? That goes for any religion, anywhere. If you try to say it’s what God wants, I say, “Oh really?” I’m disgusted with people who say, God says this and God says that because God didn’t say a damn thing. It’s just someone’s interpretation of an interpretation. Just like saying, “God loves you or Jesus loves you,” putting a human emotion on something you hope is true of an alien supreme being you might say causes floods and hurricanes on people he’s angry at, but he sure never said anything at all. Religious preachers say that for control. They don’t know anything, but people send them money to keep saying it and they can buy planes and homes. We know who these men and women are.

We have hopes. Just hopes. Period. people don’t want to die and not see their loved ones again. Do you know what other faiths say about death? Maybe you would like their version of events better. All faiths that have a supreme alien being who hears all prayers and still has time to plan every life on a planet in a galaxy of millions and millions of galaxies.

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When you think about how vast the universe is, and this is just one universe, that makes our piece of sand just one extremely small piece of something terribly large. Man has wondered and contemplated the meaning of his life since he knew he could think. His ability to understand things has increased repeatedly, but still several religions try to teach us as though our intellect it hasn’t changed in thousands of years and it puts a white man at the center, even in a black country. Is that logical?

I’m not going to tell you my faith is right and yours is wrong. I’m not going to tell you what to believe. I’m going to ask you to think. Has your faith worked in the country where you live? Or do you believe because everyone around you does? Have you seen your hopes and dreams realized? Do you believe in miracles because you have no other answer? Are you happy? Are the people happy? Do they live well together? Is there war? Is there fear?

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Is it important for mankind to understand these questions if we are going to survive as a species? I feel we are on the brink of being in a very bad place and humans are letting it happen and it’s scary. People are being hurt because some people think they are better than other people. Do you are allthink you are better than others? Do you think some races are better than others, more intelligent or more worthy? Some people choose to not search for the truth. Do you, or do you usually believe what you’re told, especially if it makes you appear socially better?

I’ve asked a lot a questions, not to argue but to search for an open door to begin a dialogue. If you can, back up what you say with a real answer, not just an opinion. Don’t back it up with just Bible verse unless you’re willing to hear the written verse of a different religion that has a different opinion or truth.

I don’t want to argue. Remember, each person thinks they know the truth. If no one comments then I’ll take it that no one cares. I want to know, why do you think you know the truth, or would you like to think you are still searching? Answer any of the other dozen or so questions I asked. Be honest and be honest with yourself. That is not always easy.

The Arrest.

She has a way with words like I’ve seldom read, definitely a talent. It’s so easy to keep reading I hope you enjoy her words as much as I do.

Musings of PuppyDoc

A code called.
She races
as the seas part
for her crossing.

Reposed before her–
rhythm without pulse,
fluid without flow,

substance without life–
is you.

Invaded
as lines in your thigh

penetrate a pump paralyzed,
as tube between ashen lips
thrusts into stagnant air.
Poison pushed into a heart
quivering, she watches as

your chest rises
with the force

of each counterfeit breath.

The symphony begins.

Thump
Shock delivered.
Strike through the breast.
Voltage down your limbs.
Buoyant, jerking,
Each retort
a life feigned by lightening.

Crunch
Bones crush.
The carol of ribs,
a surrender to the fury
of each compression,

quickens with her pounding heart.
Each chord
a dissonant harmony.

Glazed are your eyes
as they pulsate
with the cadence of their dance.
She looks at you.
Pleads for you to return.
Prays to the god she plays.
But your eyes plead for something more.

You leave her.

The story ends.

And the orchestra leaves.

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World’s Oldest Bodybuilder at 80

oldest-female-bodybuilder-grandma-80-year-old-ernestine-shepherd-19This is incredible!  Sadly, people are getting fatter –  sloppy, diabetic, unappealing, and often stuffed into spandex. Yet we look away and try to be polite and not stare into their grocery carts at the horrible food they eat, when knowledge of that bad food is out there and you could educate yourself. They fool themselves, and we help them believe that fat is beautiful. No. It. Isn’t. They will likely die sooner because of it.

People think that just because they are getting older it is normal to “Let yourself go”. It isn’t. We see examples of older people who care about themselves. They don’t give excuses for bad behavior. They don’t say, “I have a thyroid problem,” to try to not take responsibility.

When I saw this 80 year old woman in this video I was blown away. I’m not saying everyone should be a bodybuilder but there is no need to have your fat giggling down between your legs as though that is normal. There is no need or excuse to have fat kids. Now Diabetes is up for kids causing them ill health they never needed to have.

You obviously can do what you want, but maybe this will give you a little encouragement. If watching this video doesn’t fire you up to do something for your life then you are beyond helping. Love yourself and do something about it. Sometimes we get in a big rut and don’t like ourselves very much but we are going to eat our way into major illness if we don’t do something about it. Some people say, “You have to go somehow,” but having come close to dying from illness myself I can tell you, if that happens you are going to be wanting to change it real fast but it will be to late.

It’s hard to keep up the incentive to change but it is up to you to find people to encourage you to change your attitude about getting older.

This is a picture of me when I was 31 and working out with weights. I’m exactly twice that now. I don’t want to be a body builder at this point in my life but I want my health to be better than what it is. After a liver transplant in 2012 I was exercising to get into shape. My physical therapist told me I could never look like that again. I listened to him and quit. Then my back fractured from osteoporosis caused by liver disease. I Also have a herniated disc mid back and have a spinal cord stimulator up my spine for pain. Now I’m recuperating from a bad fall 3 months ago and half my left arm and elbow is now metal. Trying to make my arm work at all is challenging. Bending it, lifting it or straightening it is painful. Today for the first time I could reach my left arm over and put on deodorant, while gritting my teeth, but I did it. What an accomplishment! Watching this video was the incentive I needed to work harder.

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I was so afraid I wouldn’t be able to play the piano, but if I’m careful I can hold my arm up for 10-15 minutes but because nerves are healing it is hard to move my wrist back and forth. I’m going to start recording videos of my progress. Saying this means I have to follow through.

My doctor told me not to hope for much. One surgery was bad enough. Having to replace the bone in the shoulder socket and screw two plates together over my elbow and hold it together with 13 screws made it was worse. He said I’ll be disappointed if I try for too much. He thought 70% function was possible. That isn’t good enough.I can’t even touch my face.

So this video gave me hope – the incentive to try harder and exercize more. A year from now where will I be? I’m not one to give up. Are you? Wish me luck!

No One Gets Out of Life Alive

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NO ONE GETS OUT OF LIFE ALIVE

No one gets out of life alive
This was a year of loss and saying goodbye
Was no one dying when I was young?
or was death far away and I wasn’t among
the people whose lives were nearing the end
Did they manage to do what they did intend?
Or did they say they didn’t have the time
I’ll do it tomorrow or next year sometime
Every day we hear that so and so died
we stop, take deep breath and let out a sigh
you know he had problems, his heart wasn’t strong
I didn’t think he would live for very long
Our habits, not caring, hasten our death
you gotta go somehow, as we take our last breath
She was such a good person, it’s a shame she’s gone
But now she can be with her dear husband John
People need to believe in a heaven above
a place where our loved ones continue to love.
She died much too young, she should have had years
We now just have memories and sadness and tears
We want to believe we’ll see them someday
It helps us cope if we think there’s a way
Many believe after death there is more
Drawing our last breath opens a door
Each in our own way finds a way
to make sense of our life as we fade away
Because no one gets out of life alive
Every year has it’s loss and saying goodbye
Soon it will be you, what will they say?
What do you want remembered this day?
I lived my life honestly and helped all I could
I grabbed every dream, lived as good as I should
I have no regrets, I learned from mistakes
I lived my life fully, but in places it aches
Someday I’ll be the one that others will miss
I hope not with sadness, but with happiness

ITFO Newsletter #7 – Raping Female Inmates

This is the 7th issue of the ITFO Newsletter. It stands for “Inside The Forbidden Outside,” the book I’ve written about Jamie Cumming’s life. It is still being edited which has been difficult the last threered months because of a bad fall and a slowly healing arm. But I did manage, with time, to complete the newsletter.

Although I do include the men in some of these issues where appropriate, it is mainly about the women; the sexual abuse they endure from the staff – men and women, and the extremely poor care they get when they are incarcerated while pregnant. Half the states in this country allow womento be shackled to the bed during labor. The newsletter is also about women being forced to give up their parental rights and have their children adopted out if they were put in fostercare for less than two years. CPS Child Protective Services makes a lot of money for each child they take away and more if they manage to adopt them out. Please read and shade. Thank you

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Source: Michael Korchia on FlickrITFO Newsletter # 7  – For The Women and Their Struggles in Prison

Please Click on the above link to bring up current issue of the ITFO newsletter. Below is just a few snippets. Each issue follows different subjects that need changing and updates. I try to educate people on things they might not know.

It has been a learning experience putting a newsletter together. I hope you click on the subscribe button on the bottom and help me share it through social media. I have lots of plans and projects for this coming hear and it will take people everywhere to help make the changes we need in our prisons and all of the family and friends who are connected to them.

The prisons and our govt is finding new ways to fill our prisons and it starts with the children by making it a felony in some places…

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How My Mother Paid Her Dues

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Sitting in the chair by the window

Sitting in a chair with big wheels

Thinking of her recent past

moving fast, but now so slow

not knowing how much memory aging steals

It was just a little while ago

she fed her cat and dressed herself

The loss of pride, she had no choice

she had to let it go

She swallows hard and fights the tears

and says this isn’t hell

She feels grateful for the life she had

no one will ever know

the pain inside, the fight for life

can she find a place to be?

 She doesn’t know how to live

within these closing walls

Look to the right, look to the left 

They think she doesn’t see

They stick their arms out just in case

her body sags and falls

Make sure she’s safe, feed her meals

call her once a day

Do what they can with their busy lives

there  isn’t time for more

Everyone keeps living, they’ll be there soon

she knows they’ll say

Not understanding years are short

The door will close for good one day

When life demands you pay your dues

your choices paid the toll

The effects from how you lived your life

stare you in the face

She laughs, how useless are your fears

if you trust what you have learned

the mystic law, the parchment scroll

she vows to find in these last years

new memories sewn on happy lace

aging gracefully, appreciation for living

Dedicated to my mother – Wilma Fritz b. 1933

I am who I am because of you. Thank you.

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES THRIVE UNDER LEADERSHIP THAT LEAVES NO ONE BEHIND

Two bloggers I have much respect for connected with each other. There is a wide variety of bloggers, each with a different thing to say and each has their own group of followers. We might not all agree with what the write or what they believe in but that is the beauty of free speech that we need to hold on to at all costs. No one has the right to tell anyone else their opinion doesn’t have value as long as that opinion is not causing harm to others.

When we hurt someone else and feel no need to apologize then we have no right to demand an apology if we feel we’ve slandered.

This post is worth reading more than once and sharing it with others. I hope you course to do that and also spend time exploring both blogs for there is much to learn in both corners of the blogosphere.

The Neighborhood

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HEALTHY COMMUNITIES THRIVE
UNDER LEADERSHIP THAT LEAVES NO ONE BEHIND
by Robert M. Goldstein 

I found the Neighborhood via CELONA’S BLOG. I was impressed by the idea of blog as reality Show, and followed it. I watched the show unfold and saw a sight I’d never seen before in my experience on the internet. I saw collaboration, passion, real diversity; not a Rainbow of already entitled people of every color, nationality and sexual preference. But a genuine mix of people who in today’s version of the United States often view each other with suspicion.

Country Music and Hip-Hop. I didn’t understand what made the Neighborhood work. Then I saw a post by Kendall. I don’t recall the details of Kendall’s post but I know that I disagreed with one of his assertions…

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