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Oh yeah!

Let's stop destroying each other with all this 'nationalistic BS' and start looking at a much bigger picture. The smaller one is fatal.

I'm not too hip on the 'battling alien races'. Why you folks have to be so violent? Violence doesn't bring peace. Fighting for peace is like f$&^*ing for virginity...

But I think we all want peace...and this is a good place to start.  ;o)
You know, for when we colonize Mars and fight wars against aliens.
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Absolute Truth

...and it happens far more than people think.
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You might like to read the discussion here, Mr. Wang... (y)

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An interesting image...
...with an even MORE interesting title!

This is a cover image I stumbled upon. It's titled:

"Three Things Tearing the World Apart"

I thought I'd share it - with a few words of great wisdom:

"private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagance. And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, and to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. Then begins, indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia (war of all...against all), which some philosophers observing to be so general in this world, have mistaken it for the natural, instead of the abusive state of man. And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression." - Thomas Jefferson

Have a great day!  ;o)
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This is for my Hero...my mother...
A Chinese poem for Mother's Day:
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母親您真偉大
Mǔ qīn nín zhēn wěi dà
Mother you are really great.

母親像月亮一樣, 照耀我家門窗;
Mǔ qīn xiàng yuè liàng yí yàng, zhào yào wǒ jiā mén chuāng
Mother, you are like the moon shining on doors and windows of our house.

聖潔多慈祥, 發出愛的光芒。
shèng jié duō cí xiáng, fā chū ài de guāng máng.
Holy, pure and such kindness, you radiate brilliant rays of love.

為了兒女著想,不怕烏雲阻擋;
Wèi le ér nǚ zháo xiǎng, bú pà wū yún zǔ dǎng
You consider the need of your children, and you are not afraid of dark clouds blocking the way.

賜給我溫情,鼓勵我向上。
cì gěi wǒ wēn qíng, gǔ lì wǒ xiàng shàng.
You bestow warm love to me, and encourage me to aim higher and higher.

母親啊!我愛您!
Mǔ qīn a! Wǒ ài nín!
Ah, mom! I love you.

<p>我愛您,您真偉大!
Wǒ ài nín, nín zhēn wěi dà!
I love you; you are really great!

母親像月亮一樣,照耀我家門窗;
Mǔ qīn xiàng yuè liàng yí yàng, zhào yào wǒ jiā mén chuāng
Mother, you are like the moon shining on doors and windows of our house.

聖潔多慈祥, 發出愛的光芒。
shèng jié duō cí xiáng, fā chū ài de guāng máng.
Holy, pure and such kindness, you radiate brilliant rays of love.

不辭艱難困苦,給我指引迷惘;
Bù cí jiān nán qùn kǔ, gěi wǒ zhǐ yǐn mí wǎng
You don't quit because of difficulty and hardship. You guide me the way when I am perplexed.

親情深如海,此恩何能忘?
qīn qíng shēn rú hǎi, cǐ ēn hé néng wàng?
Your love is as deep as oceans. How can I forget this grace.

母親啊!我愛您!
Mǔ qīn a! Wǒ ài nín!
Ah mother! I love you!

我愛您,您真偉大!
Wǒ ài nín, nín zhēn wěi dà!
I love you. You are truly great.
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Awesomeness! :oP

These guys are heroes...
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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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Dear Friend,

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer advocates for climate action and public health policies. So why is it funding ALEC, which vigorously lobbies against both of these things? Instead of associating itself with ALEC and its tax-dodging political influence games, Pfizer should follow the lead of over 100 other companies and cut ties with the corporate lobby group.

I've told Pfizer to just say NO to ALEC -- will you join me?

Act now with Common Cause at the link below...

Thanks!
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer advocates for climate action and public health policies. So why is it funding ALEC, which vigorously lobbies against both of these things?
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Profound Wisdom:

Please read this...and for those who have suffered, you know it is...
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Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room.

Everyone would like that — it’s easy to like that.

If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything.

A more interesting question, a question that perhaps you’ve never considered before, is what pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.

Everybody wants to have an amazing job and financial independence — but not everyone wants to suffer through 60-hour work weeks, long commutes, obnoxious paperwork, to navigate arbitrary corporate hierarchies and the blasé confines of an infinite cubicle hell. People want to be rich without the risk, without the sacrifice, without the delayed gratification necessary to accumulate wealth.

Everybody wants to have great sex and an awesome relationship — but not everyone is willing to go through the tough conversations, the awkward silences, the hurt feelings and the emotional psychodrama to get there. And so they settle. They settle and wonder “What if?” for years and years and until the question morphs from “What if?” into “Was that it?” And when the lawyers go home and the alimony check is in the mail they say, “What was that for?” if not for their lowered standards and expectations 20 years prior, then what for?

Because happiness requires struggle. The positive is the side effect of handling the negative. You can only avoid negative experiences for so long before they come roaring back to life.

At the core of all human behavior, our needs are more or less similar. Positive experience is easy to handle. It’s negative experience that we all, by definition, struggle with. Therefore, what we get out of life is not determined by the good feelings we desire but by what bad feelings we’re willing and able to sustain to get us to those good feelings.

People want an amazing physique. But you don’t end up with one unless you legitimately appreciate the pain and physical stress that comes with living inside a gym for hour upon hour, unless you love calculating and calibrating the food you eat, planning your life out in tiny plate-sized portions.

People want to start their own business or become financially independent. But you don’t end up a successful entrepreneur unless you find a way to appreciate the risk, the uncertainty, the repeated failures, and working insane hours on something you have no idea whether will be successful or not.

People want a partner, a spouse. But you don’t end up attracting someone amazing without appreciating the emotional turbulence that comes with weathering rejections, building the sexual tension that never gets released, and staring blankly at a phone that never rings. It’s part of the game of love. You can’t win if you don’t play.

What determines your success isn’t “What do you want to enjoy?” The question is, “What pain do you want to sustain?” The quality of your life is not determined by the quality of your positive experiences but the quality of your negative experiences. And to get good at dealing with negative experiences is to get good at dealing with life.

There’s a lot of crappy advice out there that says, “You’ve just got to want it enough!”

Everybody wants something. And everybody wants something enough. They just aren’t aware of what it is they want, or rather, what they want “enough.”

Because if you want the benefits of something in life, you have to also want the costs. If you want the beach body, you have to want the sweat, the soreness, the early mornings, and the hunger pangs. If you want the yacht, you have to also want the late nights, the risky business moves, and the possibility of pissing off a person or ten thousand.

If you find yourself wanting something month after month, year after year, yet nothing happens and you never come any closer to it, then maybe what you actually want is a fantasy, an idealization, an image and a false promise. Maybe what you want isn’t what you want, you just enjoy wanting. Maybe you don’t actually want it at all.

Sometimes I ask people, “How do you choose to suffer?” These people tilt their heads and look at me like I have twelve noses. But I ask because that tells me far more about you than your desires and fantasies. Because you have to choose something. You can’t have a pain-free life. It can’t all be roses and unicorns. And ultimately that’s the hard question that matters. Pleasure is an easy question. And pretty much all of us have similar answers. The more interesting question is the pain. What is the pain that you want to sustain?

That answer will actually get you somewhere. It’s the question that can change your life. It’s what makes me me and you you. It’s what defines us and separates us and ultimately brings us together.
For most of my adolescence and young adulthood, I fantasized about being a musician — a rock star, in particular. Any bad-ass guitar song I heard, I would always close my eyes and envision myself up on stage playing it to the screams of the crowd, people absolutely losing their minds to my sweet finger-noodling. This fantasy could keep me occupied for hours on end. The fantasizing continued up through college, even after I dropped out of music school and stopped playing seriously. But even then it was never a question of if I’d ever be up playing in front of screaming crowds, but when. I was biding my time before I could invest the proper amount of time and effort into getting out there and making it work. First, I needed to finish school. Then, I needed to make money. Then, I needed to find time. Then… and then nothing.

Despite fantasizing about this for over half of my life, the reality never came. And it took me a long time and a lot of negative experiences to finally figure out why: I didn’t actually want it.

I was in love with the result — the image of me on stage, people cheering, me rocking out, pouring my heart into what I’m playing — but I wasn’t in love with the process. And because of that, I failed at it. Repeatedly. Hell, I didn’t even try hard enough to fail at it. I hardly tried at all.

The daily drudgery of practicing, the logistics of finding a group and rehearsing, the pain of finding gigs and actually getting people to show up and give a shit. The broken strings, the blown tube amp, hauling 40 pounds of gear to and from rehearsals with no car. It’s a mountain of a dream and a mile-high climb to the top. And what it took me a long time to discover is that I didn’t like to climb much. I just liked to imagine the top.

Our culture would tell me that I’ve somehow failed myself, that I’m a quitter or a loser. Self-help would say that I either wasn’t courageous enough, determined enough or I didn’t believe in myself enough. The entrepreneurial/start up crowd would tell me that I chickened out on my dream and gave in to my conventional social conditioning. I’d be told to do affirmations or join a mastermind group or manifest or something.

But the truth is far less interesting than that: I thought I wanted something, but it turns out I didn’t. End of story.

I wanted the reward and not the struggle. I wanted the result and not the process. I was in love not with the fight but only the victory. And life doesn’t work that way.

Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for. People who enjoy the struggles of a gym are the ones who get in good shape. People who enjoy long workweeks and the politics of the corporate ladder are the ones who move up it. People who enjoy the stresses and uncertainty of the starving artist lifestyle are ultimately the ones who live it and make it.

This is not a call for willpower or “grit.” This is not another admonishment of “no pain, no gain.”

This is the most simple and basic component of life: our struggles determine our successes. So choose your struggles wisely, my friend."
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"The meek shall inherit the Earth..."

The soldiers on this page and their statements are the epitome of humanism. They are honest men, people of truth, compassionate individuals and they are as human as human can be. They were sent in to do the 'dirty work' of corrupt people - and clearly refused to do so.

They are my heroes. I, myself, am a disabled veteran and would do the very same thing in a heartbeat.

I sure hope the aggressive monsters, many of whom claim to be Christian and Jewish (and who should absolutely be aware of the quote at the top of this comment), who sponsor wars in order to 'remove their enemies' (when - in fact - they are merely creating more), create economic opportunity for the 'dogs of war' (foolish, considering they will fail without the patronage of the very people they destroy) and lie perpetually to those who are distanced from the action and oblivious to the truth (through the exploitation and control of mainstream media) realize they're cementing their places in Hell.

On both sides of this pathetic charade of 'justice' being played out by those who demonstrate nothing more than a clearly transparent corruption of humanism, there will be no peace or security. There will be only anger, fear, tragedy, suffering and perpetual unhappiness. I'd say this is already an accurate description of the world in which we all now live.

And, when it's all said and done.....those who are left over - after these violent animals are done sacrificing their humanity for evil purposes - will be the ones who will rebuild, correct the madness and foster the very environment that so many of these subhumans who've created it have been trying to convince everyone that they are building.

It really doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure that out...and these people, despite their places in upper leadership, politics, economics, finance and other powerful offices...are so far behind in terms of human intellect and compassion that they don't even belong in the same league with intelligent, compassionate human beings.

And that, my friends, is who is controlling your world. I would advise people to take a much closer look at these issues and learn what is really going on before they mindlessly throw their support behind such people because, honestly...

How do you think it will all turn out? I can tell you that all we have seen so far is precisely the opposite of what is desired by the greater population of the planet Earth - and exactly the opposite of what these monsters claim they are promoting.

Do you want, unintentionally, to be on the side of those who will not survive - who will not inherit the Earth - or are you going to do something substantial about it? If you do nothing, you are as much at fault as those who have built the horrific, inhuman world we now live in.
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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
By the time we got out of there, it was all like a sandbox. Every house we left - and we went through three or four houses - a D9 (armored bulldozer) came over and flattened it.
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"They called me unsociable, stubborn, hot-headed...well, I guess they're all just a bunch of clones, Stepford Wives or goose-stepping Nazis!"

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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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