I just read where we are becoming a less religious country. Soon we will be a majority non religious society. My first thought was how can that be? When i thought about it i think i have an idea how that could be. Could it be more people are being to see i have, that the great religions of the world that once preached love an forgiveness have been taken over by the zealots. They believe their religion is being attacked and have transformed a religion of peace and love, benevolence into one of malevolence, vengeance and fear! For example when i took classes in my religion i was taught our God was peace and love He was a forgiving God!! Now we are being taught if we do not follow what some have translated His words to be He will punish! Maybe people are now turning away because they do not accept that vengeful God? I hope we soon return to our original teachings of a loving God!!!
The recent talks with Iran and it’s nuclear program set me to thinking. Is it not better trying to talk to an adversary to try to understand where the problems lay so all can understand fully the problems? Or is it better to just see your point of view as the proper solution and ignore the others? I believe if we always see one point as the correct one it ultimately leads to further problems immediately or down the road. We must be willing and able to always try to be compassionate before we raise the sword.
my apologies i have not posted for so long but i am back and will start THOUGHTS!? up again . one thought for today it is VIETNAM VETERANS DAY welcome home to all my brothers and sisters !!!
it has always been said , to be happy and complete you need to have lots of friends and be social with them ,but through out my life I’ve found it easier on me not to keep close friendships , beginning with school…….. i attended a school for veterans children in hardship conditions. we lived at the school , the school was our family ! we formed friendships that were like those brothers and sisters form !! we laughed and cried and grew up as families do ,until graduation when we all left the school and went are separate ways mostly never to see one another again. that fact only hit me as i sat with my class , “MY FAMILY” I finally understood how heart breaking making friends is . then there was vietnam ,at first you would naturally try to bond with your comrades because of the nature of your circumstances ,but when you lost that first “buddy” or when you rotated back stateside leaving them behind it hit you ……. i spent my final night in vietnam knowing it was wrong ,again, to have made friends and in both times i cried ! i promised myself i would only keep casual friends from then on to spare my self anymore heartaches . THAT PHILOSOPHY HAS SERVED ME WELL !!
when i was diagnosed diabetic they did all types of tests to determine why , because as the doctor said , i did not fit the profile of a diabetic. i was beating myself up trying to figure out why ? then came the reason from the veterans administration ……AGENT ORANGE ! that was the answer i needed to explain the why. but it did not stop the progression of the illness . my glucose is climbing and my vision is declining my last visit to the VA left fewer options to fix the vision problem . i had been looking forward to retirement so i could devote more time to my art , i understand now how important EYESIGHT is to our daily life. i hope i am able to go on with my art ,it is my therapy ! to everyone please take action to protect your eyesight as much as you are able !!
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
i think society has an obligation to punish those who do not adhere to the laws society has deemed proper. and society also has the obligation to find the proper punishment for each violation of those laws. my personal belief is opposed to the death penalty,BUT , i also believe that when you send someone off for punishment they need to feel that punishment. they should not feel as though it is a vacation from the society they struggle to fit into. if we can make military recruits adhere to conformity (hair, beard, dress, etc.) we can make the lawless too ! the law-breaker does not deserve the amenities of the society they can not live within the laws in! WE MUST MAKE THEM FEEL LIKE THEY ARE BEING PUNISHED !!
IT IS MY BELIEF WHAT RELIGION DOES FOR HUMANITY IS , IT GUIDES US IN A MORAL ,COMPASSIONATE AND PEACEFUL LIFE JOURNEY . BUT ALL RELIGIONS HAVE , AT TIMES , BEEN DIVERTED FROM THOSE IDEALS AND HAVE TURNED MALEVOLENT . IT IS LEFT TO THE MAJORITY OF THE CONGREGANTS IN EACH RELIGION TO STEER THE FAITHFUL BACK TO THE TRUE PATH OF THEIR RELIGION .AND IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT MULE ( RELIGION ) YOU RIDE TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AS LONG AS YOU REACH THE TOP ! ( HEAVEN ,OR WHAT EVER YOUR RELIGION BELIEVES IS IT’S ULTIMATE GOAL )
TERRORISM….. how do we respond to terrorists , should we bomb , send in the troops , just what should we do ? In my opinion we can not over react to these groups . We can never be completely safe no matter what we do ,in my opinion . No matter how much money and resources we expend these people will always be there . We can not allow ourselves to be consumed by their actions or else we play right into their hands ! We should invest in intelligence and try to stop as many attacks as possible , but to enter a ground war is insane ! We have to live our lives normally realizing that we can never be totally safe from them …..or anything for that matter .
WAR …… Is war always the option to turn to ? I hope not . It is apparent that as a species we react to so many things as if it were a contest where a winner must be named . I believe it is better to analyze first , trying to see the other side’s point , then try to seek a compromise .
Before unleashing the dogs of war we must analyze the whys and what ifs , then look to history to see what wars have brought before . See all the deaths , maimed , and destruction they left behind . See all the positive ,the lives saved , the advancement of society in a positive way.
But if it is decided war is needed we must include all of our society , to invest everyone in the fight . We must budget time and resources in a manner to achieve the results we desire in a cost-effective and the shortest time possible and admit when it is no longer possible to go on .
Most importantly we must take care , long-term , those who we ask to fight for us no matter what !!!!
“I’ll talk further latter”
education …..are we educating our future generation as well as we did decades ago ? I don’t believe we are . I attended a school that had small classes (25/30) and we also had respect for the teachers and their position , it was just natural .
The school was clean and we had pride in the institution ! I had the opportunity ,35 years later , to tour the school. What i saw was so depressing those memories will never leave me. the children were screaming and running in the hallways , laying on the desks and the place just smelled awful .
i believe these things and others have produced children who don’t believe in the importance of a good education ,do not respect authority and they are children who fell entitled !
I reentered the military 25 years after my first military tour . I scored much higher on the entrance exam than i had originally , when i questioned this the told me they needed to dumb down the test so they would be able to meet quotas ! Is this reaching forward or turning backwards !?