Sobri - my reply function is not working so I have to make a separate comment. You make many very generalized rants of your own and never explain them. So please be consistent if you wish to say I sound offended. Most of what I read by you sounds like you have major axes to grind and act like conservatives or Christians are from hell! We all have opinions and are entitled to them. If mine don't agree with yours, I am not offended, and I am no less smart or intelligent than yourself. Please be reminded that our country is pretty well divided right down the middle on all the major social issues - so I am not in a small company when it comes to my beliefs, ideas, or thoughts. Your post is completely skewed with bias and anger and is not a fair representation of anything except what you do or don't believe. I can accept your differences, but you clearly can't accept mine. The move to remove God from American society is relatively new and recent. Our country was fine and happy the way it was until special interest groups decided that they were not being represented "fairly." Now we have a complete free for all and division like I have not seen in my life time. If that is the context you wish to thrive in, I am happy for you. But do not poo poo all of us who like traditional values, freedom, liberty, God, Bible, religion, etc. Nobody can rewrite our history and heritage. There are massive efforts to try, but they will always fail. If we lose what we have enjoyed for so many years, at least some of us will believe we know why.
"Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it.........."
Time for some MAJOR altering. I'd settle for abolition at this point!
Maybe you could just say he is multi-dimensional........
Love can not possibly have a smell since it is an intangible emotion. They may smell fresh and pure (other than when they smell like pee or poop), but then so do many adults.
And surely not all babies smell the same, so based on the post, some babies smell like love and the rest just miss out. They will grow up to be haters!
Oh to be young again! Been in your shoes and felt every single sensation you expressed. To this day, I have not found my "niche" or belonging in life. Many swear they are "living the dream" and are exactly where they are supposed to be. I can't relate but have always wanted to. Some people seem to be able to take life by the horns and run with it. Others seem caught up in the horns of life and it takes them by storm. I have observed in my 54 yrs. on this planet that those who are successful want everyone to believe it is possible for all people equally. The "American Dream" is an equal opportunity just waiting for anyone and everyone to embrace and enjoy to the fullest. Again, this has not been my experience. I know about, read about, and observe many things in the world around me - but unless it becomes personal experience and something I can do or be, it is hard to believe or accept.
For the first 40 yrs. of my life I thought I knew most things and believed I had an answer for pretty much everything. But now I realize there are far more questions than answers. And I have watched many people spend their entire lives clawing and scraping to get to that ultimate place in life they wanted to be, only to be discouraged or let down upon arrival. I can't recall how many people I have known of who worked to get everything just right and up until retirement age so they could "enjoy" life and start living. And as soon as they retired, they passed away!
It seems if you are going to enjoy life and make the best of it, you have to do it NOW and along the way. None of us are guaranteed a tomorrow. We can plan, set goals, climb the ladder - but if you sacrifice smelling the flowers AS you go, you will surely miss a big part of what it truly is all about. And when you reach my age and look back on it all, there are very few things that seem matter or are of great importance in life. Family seems to be an important connector, love, and the few true friends you can gather up along the way. But the little or small things seem to stand out the most (at least for me) as I reflect back on things. The smell of a rose or carnation, an ice cold favorite beverage, the smile or laugh of a child, a hug when desperately needed, the sound of ocean waves, the sound of the wind blowing through pine trees, a bird in flight, a kiss from your significant other. Simple things that don't cost a dime and have not been exploited by the greed or manipulation of humanity.
If you find an undiscovered island that we can escape to, let me know. Between our government and corporate America, there has been far too many victims and casualties.
Anyone remember Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines? Muttley's laugh and grumbling were worth it all. Here is a short clip.
I also enjoyed Road Runner, The Jetsons, and Heckle & Jeckle, Mighty Mouse, and Johnny Quest. Of course, these date me, but they were all good.
You are either American, or you are not. The qualifiers in front of American are what political correctness has given us - and it has failed miserably. The only way to STOP seeing skin color and ethnicity is to quit using all the labels for groups and giving special treatment to such.
You sound like you could just use a good hug and some positive affirmation. Though everyone running around in society claims they are FOR or ABOUT everyone being treated the same, there is very little real unconditional love being demonstrated by those around us. People are so focused on themselves and have little time to worry about the person next door or their neighbor. Many relationships have zero depth, and are surface at best. And when the bad times come, nobody is still standing there with you.
For what it is worth from a total stranger, you are a beautiful human being and have value and worth just because. If others fail to see that in you, that is their loss. Hold your head up with dignity and pursue your dreams and interests. Others will take notice in time. But your value and likability comes from within yourself first - not from others.
At least we are talking rationally now and finding some common ground. Your friend example can be multiplied by thousands upon thousands throughout history. And just because there is a surge in trying to eradicate the teachings of Creationism does not mean it is invalid or has lost its merits. It simply means that more may be choosing to go with Evolution over Creation.
It is interesting that you find it "disconcerting" that educated people can still believe in Creationism, and I find just the opposite. When all is said and done it really comes down to 2 simple choices: either matter always existed and was eternal OR God always existed and was eternal.
Something or someone had to be before everything to get the whole thing started. When a person keeps going backwards and asking "where did that come from?" - all of us has to admit that something or someone had no beginning and was just there.
Personally, I have chosen to believe the Biblical account by looking at all the options available and actually believing it makes the most sense. As this post points out, the evolutionary theory relies mostly on the element of unlimited time periods to make it work. Given enough time, chance, randomness, and very smart molecules, ANYTHING is possible and likely.
I find that to require more blind faith than the faith I exercise by believing that an eternal Being - God, created everything from nothing as stated in the Bible. Everything that humans have ever invented or designed had/has an author or creator - someone who had the idea first and then made it happen. That is completely consistent throughout all of our study about humanity. So if that is the pattern and process we observe all of our time while on this planet, logically and sensibly, it would lead a person to think that Someone was responsible for our beginning. The study of science should cause a person to realize that there are too many "perfect" systems and operations throughout the Universe for it all to be some big cosmic accident. Accidents are normally mistakes that lead to trouble or mishap. Design is on purpose and requires planning, detail, and much thought.
The distances of planets from the sun and Earth just happening to be perfectly placed so we are not burned up or frozen. The orbits of the planets, the atmosphere and weather cycle, the human body and its design, the food chain, the oceans and life therein - all and each amazingly designed with specific purposes and functions. There is a harmony and unity in our world and our Universe, and a Big Bang or Primordial Soup just don't add up or compute in my brain. And even if I was to accept either of these options, science still has no answer for where the basic stuff of the bang or soup came from. So again, even though someone like yourself may suggest I believe in magic or invisible men to make it all connect, you do as well. You know for a fact that no human witnessed creation, and that can not be disputed. Therefore, science can not provide a satisfactory answer to our beginnings because science requires observation and experimentation. A valid experiment requires replicability or reproducibility. This is one of the main cardinal methods employed by real and true science, and can not be demonstrated when talking about creation. Splitting atoms in a laboratory with lasers is NOT duplicating creation. And the scientists engaged in such already HAVE the atoms to work with. They are not creating the atoms they work with or split.
This is why I take so many "pot shots" at science and their community.
And just as you are intolerant towards people who claim Creationism is science, I am intolerant towards people who are "100% certain" that science can and has answered the questions of creation and how we got here. There simply is no such thing. I would just like to hear them admit it for a change and keep it real and genuine.
As for other religions and their creation models, that is up to each individual to decide. All of us get one shot at this thing called life. Each person has the same information available to them. I believe our time on this Earth is to be spent finding out why we were put here and what we are supposed to do while here. Most religions believe in an after life, and that seems to be as (if not more) important than our time here. The Mayans and Egyptians so strongly believed in the after life that they made special preparations for it. If the after life is eternal (which would be consistent with an eternal Being), then making preparations for such does seem to be extremely important. Our days on this planet are numbered and few in light of eternity.
What a fun and enjoyable post. Thanks so much! Still smiling.
Replaced immediately and every single one. Time to clean house and start fresh and new.
Just like a corporation or sports team that has failed miserably - our government needs a top down overhaul. Putting in an occasional "good" person here or there will not "fix" or "change" the entrenched culture in D.C. They all need to be put on notice that WE THE PEOPLE are not going to take it or stand for their B.S. any longer.
Religion per se, does not and can not do damage. That is where your logic is faulty. People do damage to other people. Religion is nothing more than a set of ideas, beliefs, concepts that people endorse, value, aspire towards, or practice.
It is a fact that people of religion have done an extreme amount of good world wide. If you wish to ignore or not acknowledge such, that is your choice. And religion is not the enemy - bad people with bad behavior is. There are plenty of non religious people doing as much (if not more) damage as religious people. To prove this to yourself, do a little research on Marxism/Leninism, and you will discover plenty of atrocities committed towards fellow human beings - especially those who wanted to believe in a God or read a Bible.
Much of the crap and ills we are seeing committed in present day society is not from religious people. It is by people who claim no belief in a God, Bible, deity, or need for religion. Godlessness does not assumedly equal goodness or moral behavior. If it did, the world would be free of evil and bad.
Technically, you are not "born" anything. We are all persuaded by many influences from the day we arrive on this globe. We become something, someone, or anything when we start making choices and decisions. Many of those are made FOR us in our youth. We don't know who or what we really are until we can make the choices all by ourselves and from our own decision making processes. Atheism is a lack of or inability to choose belief. Nobody is born with that capacity.
Good comment, but may I ask - what is the prize you refer to? Does that not make happiness or life a destination rather than a journey? What is the ultimate outcome of a goal? I used to set myself for failure by making tons of pointless goals. When I did not reach them, I always felt like a piece of crap. So, I finally decided since they were self imposed to begin with, I could stop imposing them. That took away all the pressure to perform and made me accept myself better.
Just reading the comments on this one simple post should be proof enough to show all of us that world peace or utopia are simply impossible. Here are several decent caring people, longing for and wanting a true friend more than anything. And for whatever assortment of reasons, can't find or have one! That is just extremely pathetic.
I have read enough of your posts to know you are one very sharp young lady. I totally admire and respect you. I would have never known your age had you not shared it. And yes, being under the restraints and constraints of parents and family brings both benefits and consequences (or limitations). You really are not free to pursue all avenues to solve your dilemma.
But there is nothing worse than having a "fake" friend or someone you can not truly open up to. One of the points of having a close friend is to have a confidante or one to find solace in. And just because you can't or haven't found that person, does not mean they don't exist. You just have not crossed paths yet.
Never blame yourself for who or what you are. "Too nice," "too rude," "too honest" - all nothing to be ashamed of or blamed FOR. Those are excellent qualities that many don't possess.
I am sure you are an avid reader, and that is one source of friendship. Books will not only teach you things, but take you in to other worlds. You can identify with many "fake" friends in them, and they will not hurt or take advantage of you. Music is a great friend. At the lowest point in my life, I had my songs. And they too, can not take advantage of you. Music never stops and is ALWAYS there for you. Social media is another "friend" in that you are talking to and with people who will listen and respond (as we are doing). If you want to get really close and personal with someone on these sites, there are the direct message options, email, or texting. Finally, if you don't already keep a journal, I would encourage you to do so. Start writing down all your feelings and ways you see life. Talk to the paper as if it were your closest friend. You will be amazed what that can do to comfort.