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Now, taking an evening walk most days, we saw and photographed this bumper sticker.
An amusing thought. Possibly a major challenge to tackle for those who post on the philosophy board.
Recently, the possibility that Japan and/or South Korea might acquire nuclear weapons has come to the public’s attention. (Donald Trump may have mentioned this recently.) This idea is not really new. We first read of this possibility back in the summer of 2005 in an article in the Wall Street Journal.
Let us consider this scenario in this essay.
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No, do not put a “coexistence” bumper sticker on your car. Peaceful coexistence has been proven to be a vain hope.
Seeking understanding and encouraging tolerance have failed.
The reality is that many Muslims do not desire to assimilate into European culture. The more extreme Muslims wish to convert Europe to Islam, by force if necessary.
Some people are now realizing or concluding that Islam is not an authentic religion but is a violent ideology.
There is no pain quite like that of a broken heart.
There are many songs that try to capture and convey how deep and poignant this particular kind of pain is. We present the lyrics to one such song in this post.
Here are the words to the song: Someone That I Used to Love.
The United Nations is currently working towards imposing a regimen of global taxes on consumers around the world. Such a global tax will be discussed at the World Humanitarian Summit in May this year to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. Taxing the citizens of the world is also on the agenda of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Why is this important, why should we be concerned?
I wake up in the night. My heart is pounding in my chest. My breathing is short and quick. I can feel the blood coursing in my ears. It feels as though a freight train slamming through the metal diamonds at a rail crossing is in my head.
Recently, Hillary Clinton wooed black primary voters in various southern states with assertions that we have systemic racism in these United States. Such racism has kept blacks down. (How she would combat this “systemic” racism was not made very clear.) These black voters gave Ms. Hillary her primary victories on this past Tuesday.
In this essay, we note various “isms” used to get various groups to queue up and vote for the (politically) correct politicos.
Let’s discuss death and the primal fear of it that we humans cling to.
Last evening’s sunset over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico.
Some of our recent blog subscribers appear to have an interest in philosophy. With nearly 600 essays or posts since June, 2012, rather than scroll through the various categories on the right side bar of the blogsite, it may be easier for an interested reader to make use of the search box (also on the right side of the blogsite). This may not be visible on small hand-held devices. It can be seen and used on a larger screen I-phone, a tablet, and of course on a desk top personal computer monitor. Typing in appropriate terms will call up related essays. As well, we include links to some of our essays on the various pages of the blog.
Being “pure” does not require the complete desexualization of the individual.
It is sad that Christianity became warped by the influence of ancient pagan schools of thought that had a contempt for the flesh and anything related to the flesh. If one reads the New Testament, one does not find an animosity towards the married state nor towards sex within marriage. This animosity came later and is not authentically Christian.
Genital mutilation has nothing to do with Heaven. But, it may have something to do with Hell for those who perform such mutilations.
Genital mutilation has nothing to do with health or cleanliness or hygiene.
When we are young, we have so much hope and optimism. There is much novelty in life that excites, entices, and seduces us. We have dreams of happiness and success. We envision our efforts and sacrifices bearing much fruit in the future. This youthful hope and optimism become harder to maintain when we are older. Our zest for life is tested over the years as the process of living is itself an ongoing struggle.
Our feature image is of floor tiles in a fast food restaurant’s eating area in Las Vegas.
The sexual love the spouses share with each other is naturally giving. Sadly, among married Christians there is much confusion on this subject of sexual love, with some spouses needlessly suffering from unhealthy inhibitions and even feeling shame in the marriage bed. This is so unnecessary. Letting go of, or shedding these inhibitions and shame will open you to a deeper, richer emotional intimacy with your spouse during your lovemaking.
Mutually fulfilling lovemaking is not the only necessary ingredient for a successful, lasting, happy marriage – but the reality is that it is one of the key ingredients! And, God intended that both spouses enjoy sexual fulfillment within their loving marriage. (If you doubt this, consider the sexual capacity (for arousal, desire and pleasure) in both the man and the woman all throughout each month. Of course, the emotions are also intimately involved.)
Why do we humans do the things we do?
Why are we always tinkering?
Why do we show no self-restraint?
Why do we play act at being God?
We may not have very good answers, but it is important to raise the questions in these days.
The small placard on the wooden man says “tinkering”. (All photos in this essay were taken at the Exploratorium in San Francisco this past Saturday, 20 September 2014.)
We took a walk in our neighborhood on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The walking cleared our minds and focused us in the present moment.
We share some sights that impressed themselves upon us.