Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scriptures tell them to do good, love their neighbors, be faithful to their husbands and wives. They tell them not to steal or kill.

All good things. Very good basics. Church can be good. And then they get out of hand. Got to be in everybody's business. Follow those rules above and you will go far, simple as that. You don't need a church to validate if you are doing good, you will know it. What goes around, comes around. Karma.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lying to our kids

Thanks, Kevin, for doing the typing. Highlights are mine.

Throughout elementary school I was inundated with ostensibly true, but very misleading evidence against the use of marijuana. What I most remember was being told that it contained "over 100 chemicals," and therefore was tantamount to drinking from the colored bottles under the sink. Up until high school I was under the impression that marijuana was very addictive, as much as heroin, and would inevitably lead to harder drugs. When I found out through my own research and personal experience that this was not true, I felt (and still feel) deceived.
If we're going to speak about a moral imperative to keep marijuana illegal, I'm puzzled as to why we, as a society, felt (feel?) it's ok to mislead children in the interest of some greater good. In fact, I believe I started using marijuana at the age I did because I found out I was deceived as a child. When I learned that many of the dangers that those anti-drug campaigns ingrained into me were made up, I questioned everything I believed. I do not think there is enough discussion about the message we tell our kids w/r/t drugs, and I really believe that honesty is the best policy. Not simply from a moral perspective, but from a practical one. When we lie to our children, they will find out, and they will not believe us in the future. I don't think young people should use drugs for two reasons: 1) it is physically harmful to anyone who uses it, and more physically harmful to a person who is still developing physically, and 2) there are many more productive things a young person can do with their time and their friends than use drugs (sports, schoolwork, art, building a good college application). I do not believe marijuana is a gateway drug in the way that it is typically portrayed, I do not believe it is immoral to use by an adult who is aware of the dangers involved, and I do believe that some drug use can be beneficial for a person psychologically/spiritually. This is the message I will tell my kids: it's honest, and it will help them understand why I won't allow them to smoke weed if they're not ready. When they are ready, it will be up to them.

Change of Subject: Google search sends pot reform fears up in smoke:

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

A kinder, gentler Ku Klux Klan? 'We do not hate anyone,' imperial wizard says – In America - Blogs

A kinder, gentler Ku Klux Klan? 'We do not hate anyone,' imperial wizard says – In America - Blogs: ""We're not racists," Chambers told CNN Monday. "We just want to be with white people. If that's a crime, then I don't know. It's all right to be black and Latino and proud, but you can't be white and proud. I don't understand it.""

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

#1) Think for yourself. Be skeptical of everything. Most people, corporations, governments and institutions are lying to you. There is much good in the world, but there is far more selfishness and greed which is falsely presented as that which is good.

#2) Follow your inner truth, not some external guru. Any guru who demands your obedience is a false prophet. A real teacher is one who empowers you and sets you free to explore your life experience with complete freedom tempered by a code of morals and personal responsibility.

#3) Serve in the protection of life, with or without a church or spiritual group. You can protect life every day in your own garden. Resist the seduction of profit and power that comes from serving darkness (i.e. working for Big Pharma). Seek to protect life, which is sacred and precious.

#4) Value all living things, including animals and plants. You are their shepherd. Protect the diversity of life and the integrity of the continuation of life. (For example, resist GMO and plant only non-hybrid seeds.)

#5) Live an authentic life. Practice what you teach. Walk your talk. Do not speak with one face and then secretly act out another. Spiritual strength comes from spiritual authenticity, and even if the world isn't aware of what you do when no one is looking, God and the universe most certainly are. Karma counts.

#6) Defend the innocent. Stand your ground against bullies. Resist tyranny. Promote freedom, liberty and justice. Help others when you can, and seek to empower others with the skills and knowledge they can use to support themselves rather than creating dependency.

#7) Tell the truth. It is powerful... perhaps the most powerful thing in the universe. The truth unfailingly outshines lies and deceptions. And even when the people around you may not see the truth, the greater universe does. By telling the truth, you empower yourself in all areas of your life, and you bring yourself closer to true spiritual understanding.

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NYT: Prescription pills abused for better grades - Health - The New York Times -

  Once again, 'legal' drugs. Don't get me wrong here, many drugs are wonderful and have been a savior for humans everywhere, but just because a doctor or any other so called expert says it is ok does not necessarily make it a good thing. I fail to understand how we can listen to experts telling us the danger of drugs and then writing prescriptions for other more dangerous drugs and we just say ok. They know more than us so it must be ok? These same people to whom it is a real possibility that they used drugs to get the degree? (going by the article) When I was a drunk the best advice I had for life's challenges was another drink. Gave that advice to anybody. My stupid brain thought that. For some people that advice is fine and won't be a problem. But for a lot of people that is the worst thing I could say. But I was convinced I was right. I am a smart guy and an expert at drinking so I must be right, yes? If you know how silly that sounds, why do you just take your doctors word? They are human too, after all.
   So go ahead and freak out over a little pot and a drink or two. Watch your children all the time. No sex and god help them when the are a little late for curfew. Really clamp down when their grades are low. Don't let them be kids. They have to learn to be good adults. And if that kid does not live up to your standards, drug em. Sorry, medicate em. They will understand. Rehab will explain it.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Opiate addiction: How prescription painkillers pave the way to heroin - Vitals

Wow. I had thought they said pot was the 'gateway' drug. Ya know, smoke a joint, end up in an alley talking to your hand? And now it seems that the straights forgot to look at themselves. At their own 'drug dealers'. And now some of those same people say it is alright to give drugs to our kids. Maybe it is. I wonder.

Opiate addiction: How prescription painkillers pave the way to heroin - Vitals:

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