Listen up, Society! GROW A BRAIN AND LEARN HOW TO THINK!
Conveniently chosen conclusions and sweeping generalizations are almost never in the least bit accurate. Resist seeking out ideological scapegoats for the evil choices of the few.
Below are two of the best (VERY SHORT) videos that I have found that argue the main points of each side’s position. I encourage everyone to watch BOTH videos before making an assessment or spewing an opinion based on your own personal bias. When you are finished, ask yourself the following four important questions.
1) If Israel is the right side to be on, why do millions of Orthodox Jews reject Israel’s position?
2) If Palestine is the right side to be on, why is Hamas so opposed to peaceful coexistence by virtue of their “suicide bomber” terrorist mentality?
3) What gives either side the right to commit war crimes against civilians, particularly children?
and perhaps most importantly…
4) Is your moral compass so astute, your righteousness so highly regarded by God, that you can afford to take a side?
Murder is murder no matter how justified the excuse you use may feel.
HOW PRO-ISRAEL GROUPS SEE IT:
HOW PRO-PALESTINE GROUPS SEE IT:
The social condition we have built for ourselves on this planet, the same one that everyone associates with what is “normal”, is the least conducive social condition for spiritual advancement available to our species as well as to the development of any sense of perennial awareness. Those that are spiritually inclined typically fall into the trap set by the pitfalls of religious and philosophical belief, becoming more deluded with every theological step they take. Those that are not spiritually inclined immerse themselves in the indulgence of material pleasure, pushing off the fear of death for as long as their biological health will allow. So pervasive is this situation that nobody is able to effectuate change because nobody can recognize the formula for change, even when it is given to them. The lies are so much easier to believe. When you do offer someone an infinitesimal taste of the Actuality of the Cosmos, they either speedily ignore you or label you unstable, quickly returning to the insignificance of their meaningless life activities.
I don’t understand shoes at all, I’m not sure I ever did. Can you imagine if we went around everywhere wearing gloves on our hands any time we were out of our homes? How stupid would that be? The human foot is a lot tougher than we give it credit for. The problem is, we don’t give them a chance to strengthen to a point where people in a first world society can believe that shoes are entirely superfluous to most situations. Like gloves, there is a time and a place for shoes. Society needs to catch up and shed these silly notions of wearing shoes for nearly everything we do that probably spawned from a fear of looking poor.
I cannot believe that both Israel supporters and Hamas supporters are still claiming media bias against their own points of view! Like it fucking matters!? Let me make this real simple for everybody. You kill civilians (especially children), you are shit. It doesn’t matter if you warn people to get out first or if the other side isn’t doing what it should be doing to protect their own civilians. It doesn’t matter if you have killed one or a million. The leadership of both sides are shit and shit should be flushed.
It is never more amusing to me than when it is assumed that my theology must be the most liberal Christian theology on the planet! I guess they assume this because A) I was consecrated a Christian bishop, B) I was consecrated by a wandering bishop, and C) I’m occasionally unorthodox and brash in my ministerial approach. Perhaps, it is even more amusing when these same individuals discover that I practice [perhaps] the most conservative form of Christianity on the planet. I am then usually (quite expeditiously) ostracized, perhaps mostly out of their own shame for their serious lack of judgement? One can only imagine when personal bias is involved!
Let’s clear the air!
No, I am not a liberal or a conservative! I am not a progressive or a heretic! I am not a Papacy critic or a fundamentalist!
If you must give me a label, you would do well (or at least better) to call me a Perennial Mystical Esotericist. What this means is that A) I don’t bastardize traditions for my own selfish agenda or pick and choose only the pretty, clean, feel-good parts. B) I practice far more than one religion. C) I walk the most careful balance between any and all social extremes unlike most everyone else in the world. Why? Because I (again, unlike most everyone else), understand cosmic balance, how it plays out consequentially, and how failure to grasp its basics adversely disrupts the course of our evolution.
If this realization damages your opinion of me, that’s perfectly acceptable to me. I don’t need your friendship, just your commitment to evolve.
Jesus gives us an example of reckless abandonment in the rawest sense possible. The message of the Cross is a complete release of everything we hold to be important. It is the death of the ego-reality. Without the sacrificial death of Jesus, Christian teaching transforms into a bland collection of feel-good nonsense. True Christianity is a bloody, provocative, politically incorrect spirituality, and it is this way because the mystical life is a bloody, provocative, politically incorrect reality. The feeble-minded need not apply.
To Whom It May Concern:
It came to my attention this week that my monthly service bill was being rounded up to the nearest dollar with the excess monies going to local non-profit organizations. I was told by customer service today that this practice started in February and that notices went out with our bills. Regardless of the notification, I did not authorize this excess in my payment to go to non-profits that I am unfamiliar with. Unless you can furnish such authorization where I signed to agree to give extra money to you to be distributed to said organizations, I am requesting a refund on my account in the full total of the excess going back to when this started.
A proper way to have handled this would have been to send out notices asking customers to opt in, but the fact that you decided to automatically make the deduction tells me that you anticipated people not noticing the policy change and that you could collect more money this way. This is unethical and very disrespectful to your customers. If you, as a company, wish to donate money to local non-profits of YOUR choice, go ahead and do so on YOUR own profits, not your customer’s!
Anyway, I expect a full refund. Please contact me ASAP about this matter.
UPDATE 07/14/1973: Cobb EMC contacted me and refunded the full amount requested.
A Christian looks at the world and says, “if we fight for everyone to become a Christian, the world will be better.” And the Muslim looks at the world and says, “if we fight for everyone to become a Muslim, the world will be better.” And the Republican looks at the world and says, “if we fight for everyone to adopt conservative values, the world will be better. And the minority looks at the world and says, “if we fight for civil rights, the world will be better”. And so on and so forth.
The mystic does not fall into this error. The mystic looks at the world and says, “if we stop competing for philosophical, ideological, and environmental resources, surrendering to each individual’s highest authenticity by replacing deficits with abundance, the world will have no other choice but to be better.”
Competition is cruelty. Peace is attained not by fighting for it, but by holding the entire world ransom until it surrenders to abundance.