Archive for October, 2007

Why yes, it did feel kind of funny

October 23, 2007

A friend told me today that he and his family went to church last Sunday. They will most likely go back again in the near future.

Another friend told me not that long ago that he put god above his family in importance in his life. He also said that god has a plan.

Still another friend said he was thinking of becoming Jewish, or at least living according to Jewish teachings. He’s in a serious relationship with a Lutheran.

Two of my dearest friends are Pagan clergy and my best friend has a relationship with Jesus.

My family includes Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Atheists and Agnostics.

My father told me to find my own relationship with god. My mother told me I was going to hell, or maybe she said to go to hell.

Most likely both.

She is a Christian.

I, well, am sometimes an atheist, sometimes a Christian, sometimes a Pagan, and sometimes confused.

I wish I could say that I hadn’t spent a rather large part of my time thinking about religion and spirituality and the possibility of the existence of god. But I have.

It really pisses me off.

Because there are so many other really wonderful things to concentrate on, so many real and tangible experiences to have in this life, that wasting it debating the existence of a being that by it’s nature is immeasurable and impossible to prove exists or doesn’t is just, well…

Not that important right now.

And with that I step on over to a new adventure in life. But I can’t say what just yet. It’s a surprise, although it’s no secret.

It’s time to move on to other things. Time to stir it up a little.

What the hell, it’s been fun so far.

I just hope it’s healthy.

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Some thoughts on politics today…

October 21, 2007

Some thoughts on issues discussed or avoided in the presidential debates:

First, concerning the immigration issue, it’s a red herring. We are told that 12 million illegal immigrants (about 4 percent of our population) are destroying our country. Funny how it’s the 4 percent with the smallest voice who get all the blame. Maybe we should be more concerned about the 4 percent at the top of the economic ladder who are sucking the middle class dry. What we have here is class warfare, the real war that is going on in this country, unlike the bullshit wars on terror, drugs, poverty, etc.

No one seems really all that concerned with the very real issue of America’s aging infrastructure. From our bridges and roads to our drinking water and electrical grids, the systems that we rely on everyday are crumbling. We need a real Marshall Plan to focus on rebuilding and updating, which could also be used as a catalyst to introduce recycling, conservation and renewable energy technologies into the equation.

Another missing issue from the conversation right now is the rise of Russia in Asian affairs. Allied with China through the SCO, Russia has emerged as a global energy player. Under the leadership of Putin, Russia has gained influence over a majority of the oil and gas in Asia minor, in addition to Iran, Venezuela and Africa. Putin has warned the US against invading Iran, and is seeking to push the West out of Caspian Sea and Asia Minor energy and military developments. Instead of building up to another cloud war or worse with China and Russia, we should be working to build bridges with them. We should be talking about renewable energy, arms reduction, nuclear nonproliferation, third world debt reduction, hunger, AIDS, spreading democracy, global warming, peace, and so many other issues that would benefit all of humanity.

Which ties directly to Iran. How is it that Bush wants to invade Iran over the perception that Tehran is building the bomb while at the same time supporting Israel who has the bomb but hasn’t signed any nonproliferation treaties. just like India, who we happen to be trying to give the bomb to at the moment. Never mind that we also support the military dictatorship in Pakistan which also has the bomb. No, we need to be consistent in our stance towards nuclear arms reduction. We need to lead by example, by reducing our stockpiles openly. We need to engage the global community in a sane discussion about survival and continuance.

But it goes even further then perceived “threats” like Iran and North Korea. We need a president and a Congress with the courage to rein in the military industrial complex. As long as we have a massive military we will continue to manufacture wars in which to us it.

That of course ties directly to big business in this country. Our government exists to serve the rich at the expense of the rest of us. We need wrestle control of Washington away from industry. But to do that the citizenry has to pay attention and be active participants in the system.

Which is why we need to make changes to how we vote in this country. Instant runoff voting, multiple parties (or better yet no parties at all), paper trails, better funding, better education on the issues; there are so many things that can be done to increase voter turnout and awareness.

Getting back to big business, there are so many issues from privacy to regulation that need to be addressed. Oversight

Equality

Universal health coverage

Diplomacy

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