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Tim Keller Speaking at Google About His Book “The Reason for God”

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Tim Keller is one of my super heroes. If you’ve got time you should watch as much as possible.

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                Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. – John F. Kennedy    

Words of Wisdom: Eisenhower on the Costs of War

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“Every gun that is made, every war ship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from
those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower, Republican President, United States General.

Groupon CEO’s Hilarious Outgoing Remarks

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This is hilarious… In the public relations circus that is always trying to play games with the truth (whether it be government, business or otherwise) I love a good bit of honest lighthearted joking like this. Cheers Mr. Mason.

Pope Benedict XVI Resignation – Mea Maxima Culpa (HBO) – and Eckart Tolle on Children

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With the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI being announced, and hearing that it has been about 600 years since a Pope resigned (for political reasons), and 719 years since they did so willingly, this is obviously big news… Needless to say I thought it would be worthwhile to spend my night catching up on what seems to be happening. I have heard many people talk about this Pope being one of the more controversial Popes in some time due to his connections with the nondisclosure policy of the church about molesting of children around the world, but not being Catholic I haven’t really taken it upon myself to learn as much as I might otherwise. One of my dear friends informed me that he had just finished the new documentary on HBO about the Catholic Church, and that it was pretty heavy… I decided that I couldn’t hear that and not find out what he was talking about.

So a few minutes ago I just finished watching the documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (HBO Documentary), and it compelled me to look up an old quote from the book A New Earth, by Eckart Tolle. I have heard people say many times in my life that it’s funny to look at children and think about them just being little people, or little adults. I prefer however to do the opposite and consider the vastness of human incapabilities and consider all people to be on a spectrum of adolescence.

On a spiritual level I don’t see all things as Eckart Tolle does, but I do have profound respect for him as a thinker, and a person of transparency. As I was watching Mea Maxima Culpa I couldn’t help but think about how people seem to do very toxic things when they aren’t in environments that encourage or require transparency. And while transparency alone isn’t the cure to people doing bad things, we could still do terrible things, however the cleansing value of ridding one’s self of stagnation in the mind due to secrets and pain is much stronger than we might realize.

The following is a quote from the book “A New Earth” by Tolle, and I put this quote in my phone a long time ago for moving me to consider my respect for my brothers and sisters of all ages:

“In the human deminsion you are unquestionably superior to your child. You are bigger, stronger, know more, can do more. if the dimension is all you know, you will feel superior to your child, if only unconciously. And you will make your child feel inferior, if only unconsciously. There’s no equality between you and your child because there is only form in your relationship, and in form you are of course not equal. You may love your child, but your love will be human only, and that is to say; conditional, possessive, intermittent. Only beyond form, in being, are you equal. And only when you find the formless dimension in yourself can there be true love in that relationship. The presence that you are, the timeless I am, recognizes it’s self in another. And the other, the child in this case, feels loved, that is to say ‘recognized.’. To love is to recognize yourself in another.” – Eckart Tolle (41:50 into the audio book “A New Earth”)

I find this to be a very profound statement, and I recommend considering it’s meaning if you plan to watch the movie Mea Maxima Culpa. Anything in life that is worth fighting for is worth the pain that comes from those fights. If you are a devout Catholic, or Christian in general I think that watching this will maybe hurt your feelings some, but it will also re-instill the true tenants of what it means to be a part of a church. I recommend watching this no matter what you believe, but if it hurts your feelings I think you should examine what is causing you pain about this, and face it. The film is somewhat critical of then Cardinal Ratzinger (currently Pope Benedict XVI). Also, do remember that this is a trailer, and there is much more to the film.

I know that there are some websites where you can watch this film for free (possibly here), but just look online, it’s worth the search in my opinion. Also, if you watch the movie and want to watch something similar I know that Deliver Us from Evil (2006) tells a similar story, and I don’t encourage this begrudgingly, I simply think that we need to have open conversations about things this pervasive and heinous. If you are catholic and offended please let me know, I’d be very open to hearing more.

I did find this resignation and the release of this film coinciding so closely to be very odd, and the conspiracy theorist in my wants to know more, but I am adamant about not jumping to conclusions, as easy as it may be to do so. Please let me know if you have anything more to offer on all of this.

Painting A World View

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Often when I hear people describe to me that they believe something based on their world view I can’t help but imagine them painting a picture of the world that they want to be real on a window that could show them the world that they have.

Lemony Snicket: Why I’m Voting for President Obama

So this was an article on the HuffingtonPost.com, and being a fan of Lemony Snicket’s, at least I loved the movie “A Series of Unfortunate Events” with Jim Carrey, I had to read it. The article isn’t much of an article at all, as it’s pretty much just bunch of quotes from various Republicans that Mr. Snicket’s found outlandish and offensive. I tend to agree with him. I still question the President, but I have faith in his resolve, and I have never heard him say anything like anyone of these quotes below. The 2 mains quotes that I can think of that make conservatives made at him have been “You didn’t build that” (which was simply acknowledging that society’s investments have paved the way for opportunity), and him saying that in his 2008 campaign that they’d been to 57 states (meaning during the trip that had changed states 57 times…). I am open to hearing criticism of President Obama, really I am, but I am tired of hearing mischaracterizations and hate… Just do this for me, think about whether or not our President would say anything like these statements below… If I’m missing something please let me know and help me understand.

 

I’m voting for President Obama because, during his second term, we will not hear the following things from him — although we may have heard them from his political opponents:

1. “I don’t know where [Osama bin Laden] is. I just don’t spend that much time on him … to be honest with you.”

2. “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”

3. “I am only going to allow small bills — three pages. You’ll have time to read that one over the dinner table.”

4. “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It’s not OK.”

5. “The life of each human being begins with fertilization … at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood…”

6. “I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk.”

7. “Drill everywhere. … There is no such thing as global warming.”

8. “Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school.”

9. “What the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy.”

10. “It is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone. Commerce, Education, and the — What’s the third one there? Let’s see.”

11. “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”

12. “The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”

13. “Corporations are people, my friend… of course they are.”

–Lemony Snicket, contributor to the 90 Days, 90 Reasons Initiative

In collaboration with:

George W. Bush (1)
Mitt Romney (21113)
Hermain Cain (3)
Rick Santorum (47)
Paul Ryan, co-sponsoring the Sanctity of Human Life bill (5)
Mike Huckabee (6)
Newt Gingrich (8)
Sarah Palin (9)
Rick Perry (10)
Rush Limbaugh (12)

This essay originally ran as part of 90 Days, 90 Reasons. For more essays, written by people such as Judd Apatow, Russell Simmons, Paul Simon, Reza Aslan, and Michael Stipe, go to90days90reasons.com.

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via Lemony Snicket: Why I’m Voting for President Obama.

Neil Degrasse Tyson on Congress: “Where is the Rest of Life?”

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I’m not posting this to hate on lawyers, we need some lawyers in office, but I agree with him, where is everyone else?

 

JFK on Negotiating

“We cannot negotiate with those who say ‘What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is negotiable.'”

I think that Obama would probably agree with these words after his first term… I’m not saying that he’s perfect, or a political strategizer(sp?), but he has had an abismal time trying to get people to cooperate with him from the right… Even when passing legislation that they have previously proposed.

George H. W. Bush on Grover Norquist

George H. W. Bush on Grover Norquist (aka: the most powerful man in the world)

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