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Awesomeness! :oP

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This is a very good article...
Check it out, if you have a few minutes. ;o)
George Washington, depicted here taking the oath of office in 1789, was the first president of the United States. Fact, opinion or both?Credit via Associated Press
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This is very interesting...  ;o)
These super realistic models of animal foetuses were originally created for a special documentary following animals on their journey from conception to birth. Based on months of research on real ultrasound scans, the images are actually clay models enhanced with computer graphics.
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In China, almost every photo people take has them or others in the photo, however, I prefer to take photos of landscapes and scenery. I decided to compromise and offer a few of each. I hope you enjoy them, though, I'm sure the scenery is more pleasant on the eye than I am...(LoL!)
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“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” - Buddha
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Why is there so much diversity in opinions? Why can't people seem to get along anymore? Work together? Be productive and motivated? Be altruistic and care about others instead of sacrificing them for personal gain?

For those who wonder what it would take to make the world a better place, why things are the way they are, why foolish people tout their 'Ivy League educations' and talk about how intelligent and good they are...as they wander off to Wall Street, Banks and Investment Brokerages to screw their fellow humans out of everything they own...proving those educations worthless, why teachers get burned out and hate their jobs because they are underpaid and overworked while all the people they educate go on to become doctors, lawyers, celebrities and sports athletes who make far more money but wouldn't be there if not for those teachers (and probably suffer far less for their wages), etc..

...it's because they (and you) probably didn't have one of these:

A REAL teacher!

If you want to fix this world, find more teachers like this...

All these problems can be traced back to one thing - the failure of education. Fix that...and you will be amazed at how many other problems disappear.
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This man should be President...
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Great article...

Productive thought is so much better than 'faith' in a world where few people, if any, who say they have faith - truly do and where people are increasingly unlikely to trust one-another (frequently, because of conflict that is often and overwhelmingly a result of religious conflict).

This, coupled with the fact that there are more people using the ambiguity of religion(s) to control, subjugate and misdirect people for their own agendas (or for profit, sociopolitical posturing or many other definitely human and unethical purposes)...along with the inherent lack of evidence to validate anything 'religious people' would attempt to claim (in such an untrustworthy, cynical world) is probably the greatest reason for people to turn away from religion or to consider it something left to those who are improperly or not highly educated (something that is happening at a rapid pace).

Even Newton, who was a famous scientist, believed in God but - as it turns out - his God started where his own knowledge ended. Others, who resumed his work where he left off, found no God there - just Newton's inability to make progress; a problem they did not share, due to a more developed field of knowledge.

It is also a statistical fact that the majority of feverishly religious people are poorly educated and come from strife and difficult lives and cultures (look it up). These are not actually people that the majority of well-educated folks turn to for advice and spiritual guidance.

Further, does it really make sense to place faith in something with no evidence which came from a book written by humans (I've seen no other presence on Earth capable of writing such things) that is static, unchanging and is from a place in the past where the human race was in a much lesser state of development (as evidenced in all holy texts by the nonsensical, fantastic description and retelling of things for which we've seen no equal in as much time as we have shared this Earth)...while the world is dynamic, constantly changing and while mankind continues to learn much more than what was available at the time of these works of literature? If one sticks with what is static - refuses to evolve - they get left behind...and buried in the past.

If the 'religious' are trying to 'introduce' others to their faiths and ways of thinking, the explanation in the following article might be a very good place for them to start.
If we take seriously our scientific knowledge, we can redefine God in a new and empowering way that expands our thinking and may help motivate and unite us, says guest blogger Nancy Ellen Abrams.
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For the record, I am not 'anti-religious' and I have several friends who are people of deep faith - something I don't question about them. Also, I have many friends who I believe are only 'in it because it is popular and they want to be liked or accepted by their peers and local culture', but spend nearly every waking hour demonstrating their lack of faith. For them, I have little patience, as well as for those who outright deny religion.

I am Agnostic - as we all technically are - since there is no evidence. Anything other than that (whether Theist or Atheist) is little more than a choice...it is not a fact - until it is proven to be fact.

I deal in facts...and, as time and knowledge progress, I suspect more people will, as well. Until then, I believe the best route is to remain vigilant in seeking the truth and not allowing fear (of death, social isolation or whatever else may incite people) to prompt one into accepting the unknown. 

As Albert Einstein said:

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity."

"The scientists’ religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection."

"I came—though the child of entirely irreligious (Jewish) parents—to a deep religiousness, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of twelve. Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true. The consequence was a positively fanatic orgy of freethinking coupled with the impression that youth is intentionally being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression. Mistrust of every kind of authority grew out of this experience, a skeptical attitude toward the convictions that were alive in any specific social environment—an attitude that has never again left me, even though, later on, it has been tempered by a better insight into the causal connections. It is quite clear to me that the religious paradise of youth, which was thus lost, was a first attempt to free myself from the chains of the 'merely personal,' from an existence dominated by wishes, hopes, and primitive feelings. Out yonder there was this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking. The contemplation of this world beckoned as a liberation, and I soon noticed that many a man whom I had learned to esteem and to admire had found inner freedom and security in its pursuit. The mental grasp of this extra-personal world within the frame of our capabilities presented itself to my mind, half consciously, half unconsciously, as a supreme goal. Similarly motivated men of the present and of the past, as well as the insights they had achieved, were the friends who could not be lost. The road to this paradise was not as comfortable and alluring as the road to the religious paradise; but it has shown itself reliable, and I have never regretted having chosen it."

"The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge."

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
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I must admit...

...China does have some beautiful and unique horticulture!
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Gratitude | the true key to happiness...

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.” - Buddha
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You think YOU have an ant problem?

Look what I get to deal with!  :oP
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"Them"! (1954)
That's exactly what I thought when I first saw it. I saw it...long ago. Hopefully, I won't be seeing it for much longer! I would rather be looking at New Orleans.  ;o)
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This sickens me but what sickens me even more is the global apathy...

Easy to ignore?

It won't be when it spreads to your lawn, physically or by way of effect, which shouldn't take much longer. Might be a very good idea to act now, before it's too late and - if you don't know how - have you even bothered trying to find out? Too much work? I'm fairly certain that ignoring the issue now will guarantee harder work later.

If we don't think about the future, we won't have one...
7 billion people currently inhabit our planet. Each one of these 7 billion people require the basic necessities of life, such as water, food, clothing, and shelter. When we take into account all of the work and materials it takes to provide the population with just the basics – not to mention the billion motor vehicles […]
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It's probably way past the point that anyone can 'clean it up'...since so many are adding to it. In order to clean up this planet, there must be more people working towards it than against it. Right now, that's not the case...
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