I know this question has been hashed and rehashed for ever by people all along history, but there still is an unanswered question that bugs me: most religious believers take the Holy Scriptures as their source. Yet No one ever takes responsibility for this little mention of the Bible which says: "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Genesis 1:27). To me it says: that God (whatever you take him to be) gave his own tools to use and we are able to take over from thereon. Do we? whenever something new happens, we thank God if it is good and we blame him if it is bad. If we want something done, we ask him for help. Hey, duys, isn't it time you give him a break and start doing it yourself, as he expected you to? (Dec 7, 2008 | post #50844)
Das wrote: Okay. "There are a few things you'll need to do, then: - You'll have to homeschool your kids. - You'll have to forbid your kids to leave your property. - You'll have to find some way to pay the bills other than working in the public sector. - You'll have to have your groceries delivered. - You'll have to order your clothing online. - You'll have to learn to cut your hair and your family's hair. - You'll have to avoid hospitals should you or any member of your family become ill or injured. - You'll have to let your local fire department know you don't want your house saved, should it catch fire. - You'll have to keep what money you do have under the mattress instead of in a bank. - You'll have to stop watching network or cable television. But hey, if you think it's worth it, go ahead. We're here. We're not going away. You can choose to stay, but if you do, you choose to stay with us. Or you can go into that closet we occupied for so many years. I wouldn't recommend it, though. " Rather noticeably, Das, you omitted to react to being called a "sick, twisted mind" and chose to make a point of "your kind" existing all over modern society and justifying it. I deduce that what you are saying is that the whole worlds is sick and twisted. Well, as far as I am concerned, I would never mind belonging into a sane minority... as I always did actually. However, I must say that I am far from blaming or criticizing gays from both sexes. It is a kind of sickness that should be overcome both by society and individuals, since it might threaten survival of mankind. I have had many gay friends. Most of the ones I have come to know are sensitive, creative and kind people. As such, I have often welcomed their advice. However, I never tried to hide my opinion re their sexual choices and can only wish they would overcome their unhealthy compulsion. (Nov 30, 2008 | post #116)
I have nothing against religions, by the way, when they are used to put some restrain on people who otherwise would be unable to keep their ethics level up. But, as any ideology or philosophy, it also turns a guy into the dangerous weapon it has the potential to be when it is used against the survival of disagreeing units. (Nov 15, 2008 | post #4)
Looks like you guys are on the same side and allow me to join you. But the source is further back: as long as men (and women of course) refuse to understand that humanity is in charge of its own destinies and decisions, the fool's paradise of religion will be an available refuge for those who are too lazy to admit we CREATE our problems and we ARE able to solve them. (Nov 15, 2008 | post #3)
Terrorism is a form of what we once used to call "guerrillas ", "underground forces", "freedom fighters" and any other mercenary corps of fighters, some of them justified, some others fanatics. They stem from a confused concept born from a sometimes suicidal demand for freedom turned into anarchy. It is impossible to beat because it uses one-sided arguments. Killing its head will not end it. Another head will take its place. The solution - as usual - is not in violence but in education. It takes longer, but it is the only thing that works. (Nov 15, 2008 | post #16)
Unfortunately, it is not ignorance, Bill. It is that "blind faith" Gforce himself talks about, only sitting on his side of the argument! It is that "blind faith" on both sides that keeps wars and slanted posters at forums ticking! In order for us all to step on Peace Grounds, could we start by conversing in civilized terms instead of throwing invalidative arguments at each others? Next thing is: None of us really can be sure what Obama will do next. We are so accostumed (Pls... a speller!) to empty promises on the part of our leaders that we dare not believe in their programs any longer. We can only gather as much information as possible before voting and that is possible with the Internet's help. Last but not least: for the sake of 1.- good discussions and 2.- personal improvement, Topix staff should consider including a speller into its forums and we all should use it. Typos and mispelled words are a totally uninteresting subject of discussion in our worried world! (Nov 15, 2008 | post #15)
Thks to Everyday guy and DJ Justice. I know I would miss Topix when I wake up at 3:00 AM... but sometimes it is a bit too spicy to take... I wonder if there is any type of filtering in this site... (Nov 15, 2008 | post #96)
I think UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon should be invited officially to keep shop in Sderot for a little while. I am afraid, however that he would not have the guts to accept and would rely on some kind of logistic non-commital argument to decline...or probably would not even reply... (Nov 15, 2008 | post #1)
By the way... I was Anne Frank's age when I was hiding in France during WW2 and had about the same trajectory till the end of the war came in time for me not to get caught... so I know what I'm talking about. (Nov 15, 2008 | post #93)
To all who are interested in this forum (it CAN be very good you know) I recimmend to flag this type of comments as offensive to have them eliminated from the discussion. I am highly tempted to delete the whole site from my page after a guy like Barney shows up and is published... (Nov 15, 2008 | post #92)
Frankly, I am nothing more than a very simple minded grandma, but this issue seems very simple to me. I fail to understand how anyone can blame us Israelis for closing tight our doors on a neighbour who's bombing us. They wanted Gaza back, we retrurned it to them. I am sure most of the civilians there would welcome peace with us, but they have no control over their authorities taht go the extend of sacrificing them to political issues. The whol;e situation is being created by leaders (Hamas) who create unhuman situations in order to serve their extremists political and religious views. And I am totally amazed to see rational leaders in the world blaming us for closing our doors on the neighbours who bomb us while we feed them! (Nov 12, 2008 | post #73)
Good point, believer, But allow me to indicate the futility of trying to put some sense into our detractor's little heads. You see, whenever a Jew disagrees with something another group wishes to impose on us, he immediately is criticized as a persecutor or whatever nasty little accusation you can imagine. Too bad we hit so strong... Truth is always indignant to those who try to hide from it. (Nov 12, 2008 | post #4017)
Por fin, algo que puedo apreciar: sentido de humor! Aqui esta el Venezolano al que quiero! (Oct 24, 2008 | post #25)
A pesar de ser antichavista, aprecio mucho su manera de expresarse que indica un amor comun por Venezuela. Me temo que Chavez, por radical, no va a ser la solucion para Venezuela. Las chupetas que les reparte a los habitantes de los ranchitos no estan destinadas a re-educar (para no decir educar) a un pueblo que no ha aprendido que el trabajo, el tezon y la educacion son los valores que han de sacarlos de la pobreza. Logran su proposito porque lo compran la mayoria de los votos, pero a la larga, Venezuela va a seguir los pasos de Cuba. Los que traen y mueven la moneda en el globo - si, estos capitalistas que osotros, los izquierdistas, tanto odiamos - huyen de los paises en los que se les desprecia, y con razon. Y con ello, los paises caen el la pobreza al nivel de pais, y no de individuo. Asi es la humanidad: cuando la vida se le hace demasiado facil, deja de ser fuerte y luchadora. En un pais como Venezuela, donde el producto de la tierra brota sin ayuda, la poblacion acaba por amar al dirigente que les trae el cambur hasta los labios mientras se sienten bajo la palma a lloriquear con gran talento hasta que un coco les cae en la cabeza... (Oct 24, 2008 | post #24)
Me gusta tu razonamiento porque no suena a "lavado de cerebro". Sin embargo, permanezco en desacuerdo. Es muy cierto que la corrupcion se transformo en un estilo de vida en Venezuela. Desde 1946, cuando llegue, hasta 1967, cuando mevie a Israel, esto no cambio: solo paso por altibajos. Si yo estuviese convencida de que el regimen de Chavez no es corrupto, lo apoyaria. Infelizmente, los regimenes totalitarios, por tener mas poder, tienden mas a la corrupcion, En una democracia, la corrupcion no es eliminada pero si reducida y frenada por las presiones de uno u otro sector publico, y par4ticularmente por las minorias que mantienen el equilibrio. Por muy buenas intenciones que pueda tener un radical de la izquierda como Chavez, (y en su caso particular, tengo mis dudas) su poder lo lleva a la corrupcion. Volvi a Venezuela en 2001 por un par de anos. La suciedad, la tristeza de una buena parte del pueblo, el increible crecimiento del cinturon de pobreza alrededor de Caracas, y la baja impresionante del nivel de cultura general me dejaron dolida y mo volvi a ir, acongojada y vencida por la mayoria joven que no vivio mejores tiempos. (Oct 24, 2008 | post #20)
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