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Topic: The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
Posted: Friday, October 7, 2016 2:36:15 PM
"Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, "Love your enemies." It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals....Just keep loving them, and they can't stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning....They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they'll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love, they will break down under the load. That's love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There's something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive."

Martin Luther King Jr.

(Quoted in "The Sun Magazine." Oct. 2016)
Topic: It is impossible for good or evil to last for ever; and hence it follows that the evil having lasted long, the good must be...
Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 4:38:19 PM
I like the way Howard Zinn looks at this in his essay “The Optimism of Uncertainty” (The Sun Magazine – September 2016):

“The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live,
in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Topic: verruca
Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2016 10:05:52 PM
Ouch! One more reason for me to wear shoes more often. Tea tree oil is a good remedy.
Topic: One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fa
Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016 3:16:19 PM
The most common natural production: "life." Even when the body dies, life persists in the micro-organisims that continue to occupy it. And I guess they're getting messages from the spiritual energy that guides them. The fascination surrounding life...in all its glorious aspects... is perpetual. Just pondering it can cure the most severe form of writer's block!!!
Topic: Fortune always leaves a door open in adversity in order to bring relief to it.
Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 11:05:42 PM
Well, I just wish Fortune would close the door before I entered it—that way I could avoid Adversity altogether. Although it’s been said those trials are to test our preparation for growth—so they’re going to come. I guess just knowing how to best exit the calamitous situations we get ourselves in is about as good as it gets.
Topic: Art...is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the...
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 4:24:05 PM
When I read this quote, I was reminded of how I view the Internet, movies, and TV. There are so many bare bottoms on display that are meant to entice us, that, for me, it has become monotonous seeing the same type images over and over again--after all, if you’ve seen one over-exposed butt gyrating, you’ve seen them all. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not commenting from a puritanical perspective: I’m very open to freedom of sexual expression that causes no harm to others. It’s just that our media has become sexually over saturated to the point where viewing many erotic images can subdue one’s stimulation. So show me something that will spark my imagination, something subtle, something not normally meant to arouse our passions…yet it does. That’s what art has the power to do. (To better understand what I mean, watch “Chocolat,” a 2000 film that’s “sinfully delicious.”)
Topic: Having learned the trick of beating and loving and suffering, the poor faithful heart persisted, although it lived on...
Posted: Monday, August 29, 2016 11:08:57 PM
Another way of saying this comes in the lyrics of "Joy and Pain," by Maze (featuring Frankie Beverly).

"Remember when you first found love how you felt so good
Kind that last forever more so you thought it would
Suddenly the things you see got you hurt so bad
How come the things that make us happy make us sad
Well it seems to me that
Joy and pain are like sunshine and rain
Joy and pain are like sunshine and rain

Over and over you can be sure
There will be sorrow but you will endure
Where there's a flower there's the sun and the rain
Oh and it's wonderful they're both one in the same"


Read more: Maze - Joy And Pain Lyrics | MetroLyrics Or, take a listen for free on Spotify.
Topic: It will be acknowledged even by those that practice it not, that clear and round dealing is the honor of man's nature, and...
Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 8:39:43 PM
Igor Zinenko wrote:
how translate embaseth into russian or what is a meaning of this word?


One meaning is "to lower the quality or standard." Another one is "to make something not as good."

Hope this helps.
Topic: It will be acknowledged even by those that practice it not, that clear and round dealing is the honor of man's nature, and...
Posted: Saturday, August 13, 2016 8:33:09 PM
True. But as with most words of wisdom, there are exceptions. One that comes to mind is the act of kindness Georgia State Trooper Nathan Bradley did for four orphaned children last Halloween. Their parents had just died in an auto accident. When he arrived at their home to tell the next of kin and saw the children dressed in costume and waiting for their parents to come home and take them trick-or-treating, he didn’t have the heart to tell them about their parents’ recent death. With the permission of the children’s grandmother (who had to travel from Florida to get to them) and the Department of Family and Child Services, Officer Bradley chose to make the night as fun as possible for the children by taking them to McDonald’s and Burger King and letting them go joy riding with him in his police cruiser. The night ended with the children eating candy and watching movies at the station. Their grandmother was eternally grateful that that allowed her time to get to Georgia and break the sad news (in person) to the children the next morning. Since then, the officer set up a “Go Fund Me Page” on the Internet and he and the family have remained in touch. He also invited them to his upcoming wedding which was to be held in Florida (might have already happened). Bradley’s fiancée was just as committed as he was to keeping alive the connection he formed with the children and their grandmother.

So, Officer Bradley didn’t actually lie to the children, but by withholding information, for one special night, he just made them feel like their world was as safe and normal as they were used to it being. And at last count the Go Fund Me page had over $170,000 in donations.

In the US, the relationship that law enforcement has with African American citizens is egregious. It does my heart good to hear about one encounter that was positive!
Topic: The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism.
Posted: Saturday, August 6, 2016 4:03:40 PM
thar wrote:
As ever tfd gives NO context. Shame on you Brick wall

And he is a satirist. He is English. It is sarcasm!

link:
The Soul of Man under Socialism, an essay by Oscar Wilde, 1891

excerpt

Quote:
The chief advantage that would result from the establishment of
Socialism is, undoubtedly, the fact that Socialism would relieve us
from that sordid necessity of living for others which, in the
present condition of things, presses so hardly upon almost
everybody. In fact, scarcely anyone at all escapes.

Now and then, in the course of the century, a great man of science,
like Darwin; a great poet, like Keats; a fine critical spirit, like
M. Renan; a supreme artist, like Flaubert, has been able to isolate
himself, to keep himself out of reach of the clamorous claims of
others, to stand 'under the shelter of the wall,' as Plato puts it,
and so to realise the perfection of what was in him, to his own
incomparable gain, and to the incomparable and lasting gain of the
whole world. These, however, are exceptions. The majority of
people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism--
are forced, indeed, so to spoil them. They find themselves
surrounded by hideous poverty, by hideous ugliness, by hideous
starvation. It is inevitable that they should be strongly moved by
all this. The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man's
intelligence; and, as I pointed out some time ago in an article on
the function of criticism, it is much more easy to have sympathy
with suffering than it is to have sympathy with thought.
Accordingly, with admirable, though misdirected intentions, they
very seriously and very sentimentally set themselves to the task of
remedying the evils that they see. But their remedies do not cure
the disease: they merely prolong it. Indeed, their remedies are
part of the disease.

They try to solve the problem of poverty, for instance, by keeping
the poor alive; or, in the case of a very advanced school, by
amusing the poor.

But this is not a solution: it is an aggravation of the
difficulty. The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on
such a basis that poverty will be impossible. And the altruistic
virtues have really prevented the carrying out of this aim. Just
as the worst slave-owners were those who were kind to their slaves,
and so prevented the horror of the system being realised by those
who suffered from it, and understood by those who contemplated it,
so, in the present state of things in England, the people who do
most harm are the people who try to do most good; and at last we
have had the spectacle of men who have really studied the problem
and know the life--educated men who live in the East End--coming
forward and imploring the community to restrain its altruistic
impulses of charity, benevolence, and the like. They do so on the
ground that such charity degrades and demoralises. They are
perfectly right. Charity creates a multitude of sins.




“The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on
such a basis that poverty will be impossible.” Nice thought. I really like it.

However, if society were reconstructed and poverty abolished, you’d probably still have people feeling unhappy and making passionate, sometimes persuasive arguments about why they are being mistreated because they don’t have as much as Mr. and Ms. Jones. Such arguments might tempt Mr. and Ms. Jones, out of self-guilt, to still give disproportionately to them.

So I think if efforts were made to abolish poverty and reconstruct society, equal efforts should be made to instill in all the value of "contentment." When your basic needs and some wants are comfortably met, and the quality of your life (and the lives of those you love) is pleasant, you should find that gratifying. There’s an awesome personal power in true contentment, but people have to first realize that.

(Thanks Thar for the context.)