Equality is a bad social policy

…work in progress…

Equality is a bad social policy.  It seems to me it is simply untenable.  It cannot realistically be achieved.

  1. strip all people of their sex to make them equal?
  2. strip all people of their faith and religion to make them equal?
  3. give the smart people drugs to dumb them down to average intelligence?
  4. take house, cars, money from the rich and give to the poor?

What does this solve?

A social policy of achieving equality in a family, community, work environment, city, province, country or world just doesn’t make sense.

Consider a social policy of love.  Instead, when you see:

  1. someone who is hungry, invite them to dinner and feed them
  2. someone with no cloths, take them shopping and buy them a jacket
  3. someone who is lonely and depressed, be their friend
  4. someone with no job, work with them and give them opportunity
  5. someone heaping hot coals on their head (bad life decisions) be their friend, show empathy and show them a better way to live.
  6. someone with no friends, be their friend and teach them empathy and how to make healthy relationships

Consider this on a international social scale.    Over time has US foreign policy built relationships — what was the result.  Or created separation.  What has been the fruit of CIA deception and lies?   What if different decisions were make and we loved them?

Everyone has a moral code.  World wide people tend to believe in:

  • Justice
  • Honesty
  • Keeping our word
  • Careing
  • Generostity

However, world wide, people apply this to themselves, family, community…. reaching out in concentric circles first.  The gospel message and what is in the bible says, love of self first and then moving out in concentric circles of love is ass-backwards.  This kills and murders relationships.  It wreaks God’s plan for the best possible world.

I see humans have desires of their heart for worldly things.  They covet material things.  Hearts tell our minds something (I NEED more comfort, more stuff, more ____ to be happy.  Then people manufacture lies, “because I must have it, I need it (lie)”   and this leads to justification, manufacturing a world visions that justifies the desires.   This is why there is hardness of heart, cruel to people, moral supperiority…

The wisdom and mystery of God is to 1) repent – empty ourselves of “love of self first”.  and prepare a empty space in your heart then 2) fill it up with a relationship with God.  Wisdom of God which is to see all circumstances and choices through the lens of God… LOVE God first and following from that love neighbor like we love self.  RELATIONSHIP of love.   Every choice we make… 1) does it Glorify God, furthering his plan of one united people loving God and 2) (secondary thing) does it build up our relationships with each other.

Go back up to the list above of “someone with”s…   social policy is not best served with laws driving equality.  Social policy is best served from a heart of love focused on relationships.

 

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Suicide

Suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem.

It is more brave and couragous to choose life instead of death in depression regardless of the temporary problem.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/story.html?id=f2ab4578-8267-46fb-84e8-96b40c7ccf9b

More people died at their own hands in B.C. in 2006 than in motor-vehicle accidents.

The silent, self-inflicted epidemic has claimed over 10,000 lives in the province over the last 20 years.

There are roughly three men to every woman who dies by suicide

Overall suicide rates have declined by almost a third since the ’80s.

 

B.C.’s No. 1 suicide magnet: the Lions Gate Bridge.

 

Why?  A simple answer rarely comes, according Dr. Raymond Lam, head of the Mood Disorders Centre at the University of B.C. Hospital. The problem is that each individual’s road to suicide is cobbled with a different and enigmatic combination of stressful life events, mood and psychiatric disorders, suicidal ideation, impulsivity, access to lethal means and, sometimes, imitation of others who have killed themselves.

The only truly universal factor among the departed is an overwhelming sense of hopelessness.

“Most people who end up dying by suicide don’t seek help,” said Lam.

Eighty per cent of those who die by suicide are clinically depressed, he said, while the remaining 20 per cent may simply be acting on an intoxicated impulse or suffering from a personality disorder.

According to Jennifer White, a former suicide prevention counsellor with 20 years in the field who now teaches at the University of Victoria, the most important thing for suicidal people to realize is that their feelings are temporary.

Myth No. 1: Self-harming behaviour or suicide attempts are just cries for attention

WHITE: This myth is probably one of the most dangerous ones, because the typical thing to do if you think someone’s trying to get attention is to just ignore it. What I like to say is it’s an effort to communicate distress and pain. When we see it that way then people who are on the receiving end are more likely to stay connected than to ignore and dismiss us.

Myth No. 2: It’s none of my business/there’s nothing I can do

WHITE: The thing we want to get people to do is to notice self-harming behaviour, and then to ask people directly, “I’m worried about you, are you thinking about suicide?” But people are either afraid that they’re going to make things worse or that they’re going to upset someone. My experience is that most people sense a feeling of relief that someone’s paying attention.

Myth No. 3: Suicidal thoughts and mental illness are signs of weakness

WHITE: These kinds of ideas really get in the way of people getting help, because if they’ve received messages from other people that they must be crazy or they must be weak, it further isolates them. We need to recognize that experiences of depression and stress and loss are part of our full human experience. As a community and as a society we need to respond with empathy and compassion and support.

Myth No. 4: Those who talk about suicide won’t actually do it

WHITE: Actually, the reverse is true. Many people who have died by suicide often talked about it before they died. From all the studies that have been done in this area, the presence of a previous attempt is the most significant indicator, in that it’s the factor most strongly associated with a suicide death.

FEAR

From Jared White:

http://jaredwhite.com/essays/making-the-mental-breakthrough-that-depression-is-rooted-in-fear-not-sadness

160519_Jared_White_FEAR.pdf

One of the most important things I learned, which really helped me understand what I was going through, is that the underlying trigger for depression (at least, the kind of depression I suffered with) has far less to do with “sadness” or “sorrow” and much more to do with a chronic state of anxiety laced with fear. In a sense, my subconscious felt “unsafe”. I was constantly in fight-or-flight mode. Depression basically tried to turn everyone and everything in life into the “enemy”. My marriage is unsafe. My job is unsafe. My money is unsafe. My friends are unsafe (or “I don’t have any friends”). My lifestyle is unsafe. I have to change something. I have to “get away” or “hide” or do something (anything!) other than what’s happening right now.

In short, in order to be effective against depression and find healing in my relationship with God and others, I had to make the mental breakthrough that (my) depression is rooted in physical anxiety/fear and neural misfirings in the brain, not sadness over real-world misfortune.

Mindfulness – Christian Mindfulness

Following is all cut an paste from other web pages…

And there’s no denying that scientific studies have shown quite conclusively for many years now that meditation has positive effects on both brain function and bodily health.

 

The big question is, can Christians meditate? Of course!

  • “Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.” Psalm 48:9
  • “Your commandments make me wiser…I have more insight than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.” Psalm 119:99
  • I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night.” Psalm 63:6
  • “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
  • “Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening…” Genesis 24:63
  • “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2
  • “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things…practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
  • “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
  • “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35

 

Now, let me highlight just a couple of the areas where I believe mindfulness and Christianity blend so wonderfully:

1. Mindfulness embodies the Christian tokens of love and acceptance.

2. Mindfulness allows Christians to blossom in their faith.

3. Mindfulness allows you to connect to your body “as a temple to honor God.”

Concern #1 — “As a Christian, mindfulness goes against my theology, as it is a Buddhist practice.”

 

It is true that mindfulness has roots in Buddhism. However, the mindfulness that is typically taught in business and academic settings is completely Westernized. It is purposefully devoid of spiritual or religious connotations and focuses simply on the act of awareness.

 

Concern #2 —“As a Christian, mindfulness is about ‘clearing the mind.’ This action opens a gateway to demonic/evil forces, thoughts or actions.”

 

Mindfulness is not about clearing. In fact, it is pretty much the opposite of that.

 

Mindfulness, on every level regardless of which exercise you are doing (mindful breathing, walking, hearing, etc.), is about bringing awareness to thought. What is “cleared” is the overwhelming majority of thoughts — mindfulness teaches how to quiet the incessant dialogue that truly ravages our brain to then bring forth clarity and calm.

 

 

http://jaredwhite.com/essays/christian-mindfulness-is-it-even-possible

The most practical way to hear God is…

The most practical way to hear God is to listen and write.    WRITE DOWN YOUR PRAYERS.  (or blog them 🙂

  1. Quiet yourself.  Worship. (Christian Mindfulness)
  2. Read Bible
  3. Ask what is God telling me here
  4. Write it down.  (Bible verse, what you believe God is telling you, Prayer request)
  5. Pray over it

Habakkuk 2:2    And the Lord answered me:  Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

1 Chronicles 28:19    19 “All this he made clear to me in writing from the hand of the Lord, all the work to be done according to the plan.”

Value His Voice (Hearing God’s Voice) // Robert Morris  (see around 14:00)

 

 

Best possible world

God created the best possible world.

God gave people free will.

When God gave man free will he put some part of the outworking of the best possible world is in the hands of people.

People have free will  – we DO the desires of our HEARTS and we have the ability to make choices which have consequences.

Do the choices that we make glorify God?  Another way of saying this is do the choices we make follow God’s plan for the best possible world?  Or do the choices we make tear pieces out of the best possible world. Trash it?

I hear a lot about tolerance in 2016.  What is tolerance?   We are told by social scientists, judges, lawyers, teachers, school systems, media and politicians that we need more tolerance.  What is tolerance?

The term “toleration”—from the Latin tolerare: to put up with, countenance or suffer—generally refers to the conditional acceptance of or non-interference with beliefs, actions or practices that one considers to be wrong but still “tolerable,” such that they should not be prohibited or constrained.

Is this the promise of modern society for the best possible world?   Tolerance is a myth.. it does not actually exist.  See the “paradox of tolerance”.  “Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance.”   The best we can hope for is for people to “at least to behave “as if they possessed this virtue””.

Philosopher Karl Popper defined the paradox in 1945 in The Open Society and Its Enemies Vol. 1.[1]

“Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.”

He concluded that we are warranted in refusing to tolerate intolerance: “We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.”

In 1971, philosopher John Rawls concludes in A Theory of Justice that a just society must tolerate the intolerant, for otherwise, the society would then itself be intolerant, and thus unjust. However, Rawls also insists, like Popper, that society has a reasonable right of self-preservation that supersedes the principle of tolerance: “While an intolerant sect does not itself have title to complain of intolerance, its freedom should be restricted only when the tolerant sincerely and with reason believe that their own security and that of the institutions of liberty are in danger.”

In a 1997 work, Michael Walzer asked “Should we tolerate the intolerant?” He notes that most minority religious groups who are the beneficiaries of tolerance are themselves intolerant, at least in some respects. In a tolerant regime, such people may, such people may learn to tolerate, or at least to behave “as if they possessed this virtue”.

It seems to me that tolerance is not the best possible world.   God’s design of peace through 1) love & relationship with God and 2) love & relationship with neighbour is a much better option.

I believe this is true for  husband/wife, kids, family, extended family, church, work, community, country, continent, world, and universe.