Religions - Religious Studies
is a cultural system
, holy places,
that relates humanity to what an
has called "an order of
", a belief
in a divine power
of religion is much more
Religious Diversity - Differences among Religions
There are large concentrations of different religions around the world. Most countries have a mix of many different religions as
well as non-religious people.
Religious Populations in the World
Growth of Religions
Major Religious Groups
- 2.4 Billion
- 1.8 Billion - 24.1%.
- 1.15 Billion - 15%.
Secular, Nonreligious, Agnostic or Atheist
- 1.2 Billion - 16%.350,000 Religious
Congregations in the United States
about 314,000 are
, and 24,000 are
Catholic and Orthodox churches.
Non-Christian religious congregations are
estimated at about 12,000
One estimate was 450,000 Churches in
. 118 million people, said they
on the previous weekend. World Population
in 2020 is around
Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies
The Association of Religion Data Archives
Religions and Spiritual Traditions
- Why Do We Believe
God - Supreme Being
is conceived of as the
and principal object of faith. The concept of God as
described by most theologians includes the attributes of
or infinite knowledge
or unlimited power
or present everywhere
or ever present,
, and as having an eternal and
Many theologians also describe God as being
and all loving
. God is
the name given to a fictional creator of our world and the universe that
millions of people believe in, and whose meaning differs depending on the
religion and the person. Every person believes in God in their own way, so
everyone has their own unique experience. Even people who don't believe in
a God also have their own unique experience in life. God is a supernatural
being that has never been proven to exist. But many people believe that
God exists mostly from religions and stories
that have been passed down
from generation to generation. And some people believe in a God because
life is just seems to incredible to have happened all by itself. But human
imagination is a gift that we have to use wisely. Like everything in life,
is extremely important, and
knowledge is the key
seven names of God
of holiness are the Tetragrammaton, El, Elohim,
Eloah, Elohai, El Shaddai, and Tzevaot.
is a female deity
in polytheistic religions.
ancient Greek folklore is a supernatural being associated with many other
minor female deities that are often associated with the air, seas, woods,
water or particular locations or landforms. Different from Greek
goddesses, nymphs are generally regarded as divine spirits who animate or
maintain Nature (natural forces reified and considered as a sentient
being) for the environments where they live, and are usually depicted as
beautiful, young, and graceful maidens. They were not necessarily
immortal, but lived many years before they died. They are often divided
into various broad subgroups, such as the Meliae (nymphs of ash trees),
the Naiads (nymphs of rivers and streams), the Nereids (nymphs of calm
seas), and the Oreads (nymphs of mountains). Nymphs often feature in many
classic works of art, literature, mythology and in fiction. Since medieval
times, nymphs are sometimes popularly associated, or even confused, with
the mythical or spiritual fairies.
is the Arabic word referring to God in
is a title used in Judaism to refer to God. It is also a given name and
surname, common in Muslim societies.
a natural or supernatural being considered divine or
is a deity or god responsible for the creation of the Earth, world,
(cosmos or universe). In monotheism, the single God is often also the
is showing the
presence of a deity. Of or relating to or characteristic of a numen.
in religion is a spirit believed to
inhabit an object
over a place.
one of the principal deities of Hinduism. He is the supreme god within
Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in contemporary Hinduism.
is a major Hindu deity worshiped in a variety of different perspectives.
short form of Jehovah or Yahweh, the proper name of God in the Hebrew
widely revered god that is associated with wisdom
, healing, death,
royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, frenzy, and the
runic alphabet, and is the husband of the goddess
are a group of deities that appear in the mythological traditions of the
. Descriptions of how many Anunnaki there were and what
role they fulfilled are inconsistent and often contradictory.(also
transcribed as: Anunaki, Anunna, Anunnaku (singular), Ananaki, and other
appellation for a person or deity who has authority, control, or power
over others acting like a master, a chief, or a ruler.
was a Jewish preacher and religious leader who has
become the central figure of Christianity. Christians believe him to be
the Son of God and the awaited Messiah (Christ, the Anointed One)
prophesied in the Old Testament.
is the central figure of Islam
and widely regarded as its founder by
non-Muslims. He is known as the "Holy Prophet
" to Muslims, almost all of
whom consider him to be the last prophet sent by God to mankind to restore
Islam, believed by Muslims to be the unaltered original monotheistic faith
of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. Muhammad united Arabia
into a single Muslim polity and ensured that his teachings, practices, and
the Quran, formed the basis of Islamic religious belief.
is the religious
law governing the members of the Islamic faith.
can refer to a minor deity, a mortal who is the
offspring of a god and a human being, or a figure who has attained divine
status after death. Not to be confused with
also known as the pontiff, is the Bishop of Rome, and therefore
ex officio the leader
worldwide Catholic Church. The primacy of the Roman bishop is largely
derived from his role as the traditional successor to
, to whom Jesus is supposed to have given the keys of Heaven and
the powers of "binding and loosing", naming him as the "rock" upon which
the church would be built. Pope
Manifestation of God
are a series of
the attributes of the divine into the human world for the progress and
advancement of human morals and civilization.
is an individual who has claimed to have been contacted by the
supernatural or the divine
, and to speak for them, serving as an
intermediary with humanity, delivering this newfound knowledge from the
supernatural entity to other people.
was a fabulously wealthy and wise king of Israel and a son of David, the
previous king of Israel.
are some of the main and important formal leaders within certain
is a person who practices religious asceticism, living either alone or
with any number of other monks.
is the belief that reality is identical with divinity, or
that all-things compose an all-encompassing, immanent god. Pantheist
belief does not recognize a distinct personal god, anthropomorphic or
otherwise, and instead characterizes a broad range of doctrines differing
in forms of relationships between reality and divinity. Pantheistic
concepts date back thousands of years, and pantheistic elements have been
identified in various religious traditions.
is someone who is infinitely wise and
is being present
is the quality of having unlimited
is the belief in one god. A narrower definition of
monotheism is the belief in the existence of only one god that created the
world, is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, and intervenes in the
is a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from worldly
pleasures, often for the purpose of pursuing spiritual goals. Ascetics may
withdraw from the world for their practices or continue to be part of
their society, but typically adopt a frugal lifestyle, characterized by
the renunciation of material possessions and physical pleasures, and time
spent fasting while concentrating on the practice of religion or
reflection upon spiritual matters.
is official authorization for religious bound by perpetual vows to live
for a limited time outside their religious institute, usually with a view
to discerning whether to depart definitively.
"God is the god of all
humanity, but no single faith is or should be the faith of all humanity."
is defined as being incapable to be explained by science or the laws of
nature, characteristic or relating to ghosts, gods or other supernatural
beings or to appear beyond nature
is a common religious, cosmological, or
such as gods, angels
saints, or venerated ancestors are said to originate, be enthroned, or to
live. According to the beliefs of some religions, heavenly beings can
descend to earth or incarnate, and earthly beings can ascend to Heaven in
, or in exceptional cases enter Heaven alive.
is a religious
work of art
is an aspect of divine presence, specifically an unknown and mysterious
ability of God, angels, or human beings to express themselves
communicatively through spiritual means, rather than through physical capacities.
is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life
and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Its adherents, known as Christians,
believe that Jesus is the Christ, whose coming as the messiah was
prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, called the Old Testament in Christianity,
and chronicled in the New Testament. It is the world's largest religion
with about 2.4 billion followers
is a Christian
rite of admission and adoption into Christianity with the use of water, It
may be performed by sprinkling or pouring water on the head, or by
immersing in water either partially or completely. Christening, naming of
a vessel, as in ceremonial ship launching.
is seen as the sealing of the covenant created
in Holy Baptism. In some denominations, Confirmation also bestows full
membership in a local congregation upon the recipient.
is the central
which is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion
which professes that there is
only one and incomparable God (Allah
) and that
is the last messenger of God
. It is the
world's second-largest religion
and the fastest-growing major religion
in the world, with over 1.7 billion followers or 23% of the global
population, known as
who are people who follow or practices Islam. Muslims consider the Quran
(Koran), their holy book.
The message of the Quran
is to bring to our attention that we were not
created in vain, and that we will be held responsible for our
on this earth. In the
Quran, God indicates that He created the human to be His
trustee on earth
is actually an honor given by God to the human being, dignity to be the
trustee of God even though He doesn’t need our worship and our obedience.
It is for our own benefit.
English Translations of the Quran
an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion which teachings and beliefs are that
there is only one God
is the messenger of God. It is the world's second-largest religion with
over 1.8 billion followers or 24.1% of the world's population, commonly
known as Muslims. Muslims make up a majority of the population in 49
countries. Islam teaches that God is merciful, all-powerful, and unique,
and has guided mankind through prophets, revealed scriptures and natural
signs. The primary scriptures of Islam are the Quran, believed to be the
verbatim word of God, and the teachings and normative examples (called the
sunnah, composed of accounts called hadith) of Muhammad (c. 570 – 8 June
is one of the Five Pillars in the faith of Islam
an obligatory religious duty
for every Muslim. It is a physical, mental,
and spiritual act of worship that is observed five times every day at
prescribed times. In this ritual, the worshiper starts standing, bows,
prostrates, and concludes while sitting on the ground. During each
posture, the worshiper recites or reads certain verses, phrases and
prayers. The word salah is commonly translated to prayer but this
definition might be confusing. Muslims use the words "Dua" or
"Supplication" when referring to the common definition of prayers which is
"reverent petitions made to God."
are people who follow or practice Islam, a monotheistic Abrahamic
religion. Muslims consider the Quran, their holy book, to be the verbatim
word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet and messenger Muhammad. The
majority of Muslims also follow the teachings and practices of Muhammad (sunnah)
as recorded in traditional accounts (hadith). "Muslim" is an Arabic word
meaning "submitter" (to God). The beliefs of Muslims include: that God
(Arabic: الله Allāh) is eternal, transcendent and absolutely one (tawhid);
that God is incomparable, self-sustaining and neither begets nor was
begotten; that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial
faith that has been revealed before through many prophets including
Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, and Jesus; that these previous messages
and revelations have been partially changed or corrupted over time (tahrif)
and that the Quran is the final unaltered revelation from God (Final
Testament). As of 2019, 1.9 billion or about 24.4% of the world population
are Muslims. By the percentage of the total population in a region
considering themselves Muslim, 91% in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA),
81% in Central Asia, 65% in the Caucasus,40% in Southeast Asia, 31% in
South Asia, 30% in Sub-Saharan Africa, 25% in Asia–Oceania, around 6% in
Europe, and 1% in the Americas. Most Muslims are of one of two
denominations; Sunni (75–90%) and Shia. About 13% of Muslims live in
Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority country; 20% in the Middle
East–North Africa, where it is the dominant religion; 31% of Muslims live
in South Asia, the largest population of Muslims in the world; and 15% in
Sub-Saharan Africa and West Africa. Muslims are the vast majority in the
Sahel, the overwhelming majority in Central Asia, the majority in the Caucasusand widespread in Southeast Asia. India is the country with the
largest Muslim population outside Muslim-majority countries. Sizeable
Muslim communities are also found in the Americas, China, Europe, and
Russia. Islam is the fastest-growing major religion in the world.
is an ethnic
religion comprising the collective religious, cultural and legal tradition
and civilization of the
Judaism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the
covenant that God established with the Children of Israel. It encompasses
a wide body of texts, practices, theological positions, and forms of
organization. The Torah is part of the larger text known as the Tanakh or
the Hebrew Bible, and supplemental oral tradition represented by later
texts such as the Midrash and the Talmud. With between 14.5 and 17.4
million adherents worldwide, Judaism is the tenth largest religion in the
is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals
with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha
during the time of the Gautama Buddha.
Is an esoteric method, discipline, and school of
thought of Judaism.
religion, or a way of life, found most notably in
Hinduism has been called the oldest religion in
, and some practitioners and scholars refer to it as
, "the eternal law," or the "eternal way," beyond human origins.
Scholars regard Hinduism as a fusion or synthesis of various Indian
cultures and traditions, with diverse roots and no founder. This "Hindu
synthesis" started to develop between 500 BCE and 300 CE following the
(1500 BCE to 500 BCE).
is an Indian
religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and
largely based on teachings attributed to the
Buddhism originated in Ancient India sometime between the 6th and 4th
centuries BCE, from where it spread through much of Asia, where after it
declined in India during the middle ages. Two major extant branches of
Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada (Pali: "The
School of the Elders") and Mahayana (Sanskrit: "The Great Vehicle").
Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion, with over 500 million
followers or 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists.
Films about Religions
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The Trouble with Atheism
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TROM - 2.22 Religion
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Deconversion, Belief, and the Power of Silence
Ancient Knowledge Films
Films about Ancient Knowledge
: Volume I - Messages From The Past
Knowledge: In Plain Sight (Decoded)
Sacred Knowledge of
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Knowledge Pt.6/1 - Number 9 Code, Vortex Based Math, Flower of
Life, Fibonacci, Time, 432Hz
are the texts
which various religious
traditions consider to be sacred
, or central to their
are the texts
which various religious
traditions consider to be sacred
, or central to their religious tradition.
is a language
that is cultivated for religious
reasons by people who speak another language in their daily life.
is a summary
or exposition of doctrine and serves as a
learning introduction to the Sacraments traditionally used in catechesis,
or Christian religious teaching of children and adult converts. Catechisms
are doctrinal manuals – often in the form of questions followed by answers
to be memorized – a format that has been used in non-religious or secular
contexts as well.
is a collection of writings
from different authors writing at different
times, sacred texts in
which is a Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings
of Jesus Christ, who serves as the focal point for the religion. It is the
world's largest religion, with over 2.4 billion followers
The Bible is about
611,000 words long
, all divvied up across 66 smaller documents called the
“books” of the Bible. The Old Testament was written long before Jesus was
born. The New Testament books were written about Jesus, and what it means
to follow him.
English Bible Translations
? (youtube, 2004, Robert Beckford) -
Is the Bible or any other popular religious book, a work of
or a little of both?
is the record of
Jesus' life and teaching in the first four books of the New Testament. The
teaching or revelation
Christ. Gospel can be defined as a loose-knit, episodic narrative of the
words and deeds of Jesus of Nazareth, culminating in his trial and death
and concluding with various reports of his post-resurrection appearances.
Dead Sea Scrolls
is one of 24 books of the Tanakh or Hebrew
Egyptian-Greek wisdom texts from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.
All religious beliefs and stories
have changed throughout human
history because of how they were translated from different
languages, and also how they were changed by people
religious writings to fit their own personal beliefs at the time
they rewrote them. Religious
beliefs and stories also changed because they were
person to person
and were not written down by the same
people who witnessed these events
, so their accuracy and their
meanings have always been unclear.
Like all knowledge, religions went through many changes and
updates, but at a much slower pace when compared to other
knowledge and information that has been accumulated during that same time
The life of Jesus is a great
, a story that is
still relevant today in 2021. The story depicts human behavior that is
still being expressed by people all over the world. And what makes this
story so popular is how relatable this
story is, like with music lyrics
. The more general the
are in a story, the more open the
story is to personal interpretation
, which means that more people can find
a way to connect to the story in their own way. So the
in the story can be
applied to almost anyone, which means that everyone can play a part in this story. The names have
changed, but the story remains the same. You are the
, and your life becomes the
moral of the story
It does not matter how true a story is
because everything is relative
There can be benefits from believing a story, and there can be negative
side effects from misinterpreting a story. So it depends on the person and
the interpretation of the story. This is why everyone should be educated
to recognize misinformation
and also know the difference between reality
Jesus is born
everyday and Jesus dies everyday. Jesus symbolizes anyone who has been a
victim of ignorance. Every human is victimized by ignorance sometime in
their lifetime. Ignorance
birth place of sin
. Jesus died for the sins of ignorant people. If we
never improve education and never improve the media, and never improve religious teachings,
then humanity will continue to suffer from the ignorance of people.
Places of Worship
Place of Worship
is a specially designed
or consecrated space where individuals or a group of
people such as a congregation come to perform acts of devotion,
veneration, or religious study. A building constructed or used for this
purpose is sometimes called a house of worship
are examples of structures created for worship. A
, particularly for Buddhists, may serve both to house those
belonging to religious orders and as a place of worship for visitors.
Natural or topographical features may also serve as places of worship, and
are considered holy or sacrosanct in some religions; the rituals
associated with the Ganges river are an example in Hinduism.
is a building
used for Christian
religious activities, particularly for Christian worship services. The
term is often used by Christians to refer to the physical buildings where
they worship, but it is sometimes used (by analogy) to refer to buildings
of other religions.
One great thing about churches and religion
is that they bring people together, which is a great opportunity
to communicate with each other and share ideas.
Photos of Different Churches
is a holy or sacred site dedicated to a specific deity, ancestor, hero,
martyr, saint, daemon, or similar figure of respect, wherein they are
venerated or worshipped. Shrines often contain idols, relics, or other
such objects associated with the figure being venerated. A shrine at which
votive offerings are made is called an altar. Shrines are found in many of
the world's religions, including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism,
Chinese folk religion, Shinto, and Asatru as well as in secular and
non-religious settings such as a war memorial. Shrines can be found in
various settings, such as churches, temples, cemeteries, museums, or in
the home. Although, portable shrines are also found in some cultures.
Clothing Religious People Wear
is a distinctive set of
by members of a religious order.
Religious Headgear List
is a veil worn by some Muslim women in the presence of
any male outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head
and chest. The word ijāb in the Quran refers not to women's
rather a spatial partition or curtain. The term can refer to any head,
face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to a certain
standard of modesty. Hijab can also be used to refer to the seclusion of
women from men in the public sphere, or it may denote a metaphysical
dimension, for example referring to "the veil which separates man or the world from God".
(body image) -
the Islamic faith is a legal opinion or learned
that the Sheikhul
Islam, a qualified jurist or mufti, can give on issues pertaining to the Islamic law.
is a specific type of
formation. Particularly, it is the sense of group membership
to a religion
and the importance of this group membership
as it pertains to one's
Tolerance - Respect
is giving other people the same
that you have to
believe in something that they hold close to their heart. It's up to us to
understand why people believe differently
, it is not for us to judge, it's
to understand, which is the same as learning, and we should
never stop learning
human brain has enormous capacity for knowledge and information, we should
use this potential to our advantage instead of using it to our
for Religious Tolerance
- Our Mission is to promote religious
dialogue, and education about religions of the world as a pathway to world
Freedom of Religion
of belief is a principle that supports the
individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or
belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance. It also includes
the freedom to change one's religion
It also includes the freedom to change one's religion or beliefs, "the
right not to profess any religion or belief" or "not to practise a
religion". Freedom of religion is considered by many people and most
nations to be a fundamental human right. In a country with a state
religion, freedom of religion is generally considered to mean that the
government permits religious practices of other sects besides the state
religion, and does not persecute believers in other faiths. Freedom of
belief is different. It allows the right to believe what a person, group
or religion wishes, but it does not necessarily allow the right to
practice the religion or belief openly and outwardly in a public manner, a
central facet of religious freedom. Anti-Conversion Law
Freedom of Association
encompasses both an individual's right to join
or leave groups voluntarily, the right of the group to take collective
action to pursue the interests of its members, and the right of an
association to accept or decline membership based on certain criteria.
is the systematic mistreatment of an individual
or a group of individuals as a response to their religious beliefs or
affiliations or their lack thereof. The tendency of societies or groups
within societies to alienate or repress different subcultures is a
recurrent theme in human history. Moreover, because a person's religion
often determines his or her morality, world view, self-image, attitudes
towards others, and overall personal identity to a significant extent,
religious differences can be significant cultural, personal, and social
factors. Religious persecution may be triggered by religious bigotry (i.e.
when members of a dominant group denigrate religions other than their own)
or it may be triggered by the state when it views a particular religious
group as a threat to its interests or security. At a societal level, the
dehumanization of a particular religious group may readily lead to
violence or other forms of persecution. Indeed, in many countries,
religious persecution has resulted in so much violence that it is
considered a human rights problem. As it stands now, the majority of
victims suffering religious persecution worldwide are Christians. Muslims
suffer almost as much.
Religious Freedom Bill
allows those with religious objections to
oppose LGBT rights in accordance with traditional religious teachings
without being punished by the government for doing so. This typically
concerns an employee who objects to abortion, euthanasia, same-sex
marriage, civil unions, or transgender identity and wishes to avoid
situations where they will be expected to put those objections aside.
Proponents commonly refer to such proposals as religious liberty or
conscience protection. Opponents of such bills frame them instead as
"religious refusal bills", "bigot
", or as a "license
", highlighting how much legislation allows individuals
and businesses to openly espouse prejudice, especially against LGBT
individuals. (I can discriminate against you but you can't discriminate
against me). Separation of Church and State
Sins - Bad Mistakes
do something bad
violates a law of God or violates a religious belief, or
goes against a moral law
committing a faux pas or a fault or by making a serious
lacking good judgment
consideration of others. Heresy
for sin arising from
fear of damnation
- Human Rights
An amazing thing about religion is that religion was aware of many human behavioral
problems for over a 1,000 years. The sad part is that religion did not
improve education, or learn more and update the religious knowledge that they were
teaching. Thus human life has suffered, but we could have suffered a lot
more without religion. Luckily now we are beginning to
understand our responsibility to education, and that we must improve and
update our knowledge, if not, we will continue to suffer from our own
, as we can clearly see today when
we look at all the problems that
we face. We need to stop
transferring our problems
and start taking
for our lives,
and the lives of others. Staying Ignorant is the
is the act of
refraining from sins
that are known
to cause more harm then good. It is stopping oneself from doing
The Buddha discovered that the
direct causes of suffering are desire or craving, and ignorance
is the truth of the cause of suffering, which is the Second Noble Truth.
It's a Sin - Paul Anka
(youtube) - Everything I've ever done, Everything I ever do,
Every place I've ever been, Everywhere I'm going to, It's a sin.
Seven Social Sins:
Politics without principles, wealth
without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without
character, commerce without morality, science without humanity,
and worship without sacrifice.
Seven Deadly Sins
or a false pride is a foolishly and irrationally
of one's personal value, status or accomplishments.
is an unhealthy and illogical longing for
. To possess more than one needs
is when a person is illogically
of someone else's
achievements or possessions, and either desires it or wishes that the
other lacked it.4:
is an anger
involves a strong uncomfortable and emotional response to a perceived
provocation, hurt or threat.5:
is an emotion or feeling of intense craving, appetite, or
without real need. Addiction
is over-indulgence and
drink, or wealth items to the point of extravagance or waste.
and having an
to act despite having the ability to act or exert
oneself. Showing no care or concern for
Sitting too Much
Sensory desire (kāmacchanda): the
particular type of wanting that seeks for happiness through the five
senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and physical feeling.
(vyāpāda; also spelled byāpāda): all kinds of thought related to wanting
to reject, feelings of hostility, resentment, hatred and bitterness.
Sloth-torpor (thīna-middha): heaviness of body and dullness of mind which
drag one down into disabling inertia and thick depression.
Restlessness-worry (uddhacca-kukkucca): the inability to calm the mind.
Doubt (vicikicchā): lack of conviction or trust.
refers to the five aggregates concept
five elements constitute and completely explain a living being’s mental
and physical existence. The five material and mental factors that take
part in the rise of craving and clinging. The five aggregates or heaps
(or material image, impression) (rupa),
received from form) (vedana),
formations (sankhara), and
Cause and Effect
- Human Nature
theology is the act of delivering from sin
or saving from evil. The act of
purchasing back something previously sold.
in theology is the act of delivering from sin or
. The state of being saved or preserved from harm. Saving someone
or something from harm or from an unpleasant situation.
Confess - Confessions
is a formal statement admitting that one is
is to declare something to be true or
to reveal the existence of something or the reality or the truth of some
action or thought. To stop denying
what is true and to blow the whistle
is to make
information known to the public that was previously known only to a few
people or that was meant to be kept a secret
is an acknowledgment of one's fault
error. An acknowledgement of having done
in religion is the acknowledgment of one's sins or wrongs.
is the activity of reviewing
one's actions and feeling contrition or
. It generally
involves a commitment to personal change and the resolve to live a more
and humane life.
Repentance in Judaism
recognizes that everybody sins on occasion, but
that people can stop or minimize those occasions in the future by
repenting for past transgressions. Thus, the primary purpose of repentance
in Judaism is ethical self transformation.
is a statement made by a person or by a group of persons
– acknowledging some personal fact that the person (or the group) would
ostensibly prefer to keep hidden
. The term presumes that the speaker is
providing information that he believes the other party is not already
aware of, and is frequently associated with an admission of a moral or
legal wrong: In one sense it is the acknowledgment of having
, whether on purpose or not. Thus confessional texts
usually provide information of a private nature previously unavailable.
What a sinner tells a priest in the confessional, the documents criminals
sign acknowledging what they have done, an autobiography in which the
author acknowledges mistakes, and so on, are all examples of confessional texts.
admission of some wrongdoing
that has legal consequence. s a statement
by a suspect in crime which is adverse to that person. Some secondary
authorities, such as Black's Law Dictionary, define a confession in more
narrow terms, e.g. as "a statement admitting or
necessary for conviction of a crime," which would be distinct from a mere
admission of certain facts that,
, would still not, by themselves,
satisfy all the elements of the offense.
admit to a wrongdoing
. Be willing to admit
or forced to agree
give over and surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another.
Why do some people confess to crimes they
haven’t committed? False
is the sharing or exchanging of
intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a
mental or spiritual level.
the service of Christian worship at which bread and wine are consecrated
and shared, as a reenactment of the last supper.
is a Christian rite that is considered a sacrament in most
churches, and as an ordinance in others. According to the New Testament,
the rite was instituted by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper; giving his
disciples bread and wine during a Passover meal, he commanded them to "do
this in memory of me" while referring to the bread as "my body" and the
cup of wine as "the new covenant in my blood". Through the eucharistic
celebration Christians remember Christ's sacrifice of himself on the
cross. The Greek noun εὐχαριστία (eucharistia), meaning "thanksgiving",
appears fifteen times in the New Testament while the related verb
εὐχαριστήσας is found several times in New Testament accounts of the Last
Supper, including the earliest such account.
is sorrow for sins arising from
fear of damnation or being condemned. Contrition requires sincere
examination of conscience. Confession is owning up honestly about sin,
accepting responsibility for sin. Satisfaction is doing what is possible
to repair harm of offence. Absolution is forgiveness by Jesus through the
People need to confess more often
. I like it how churches offer
people a chance and a place to confess the things they regret doing, or
things that they realized were bad. But people should
advise a lawyer
before going to confession. Confessing is not a guarantee that you
will learn from your mistake
, or will it relieve you of its impacts and
side effects. So you will need to seek the advice of another professional,
, one who is an expert in admissions of guilt and the necessary
steps to overcome life altering mistakes. You should also
seek out more
, like people with PhDs in philosophy, psychology, biology
and physiology, just to name a few. Just remember that confessions are not
Proverbs - Biblical Principles
of experience that is
taken as true
by many people.
Proverbs 2:6 -
“For the Lord gives wisdom
; from His mouth comes
Proverbs 19:2 -
“Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and
he who makes haste with his feet errs.”
is to make a mistake
. Wander from a direct course or at random.
“The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the
Philippians 4:8 -
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if
anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Proverbs 18:13 -
“He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame
Proverbs 18:17 -
“The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes
and examines him.”
Proverbs 21:5 -
“The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but
everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.
Proverbs 11:14 -
“Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in an abundance
of counselors there is victory.”
Proverbs 18:1 -
“He who separates himself seeks his own desire. He quarrels
against all sound wisdom.”
Proverbs 18:2 -
“A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing
his own mind.”
Proverbs 10:17 -
“He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, but he who
forsakes reproof goes astray.”
Proverbs 16:25 -
“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the
way of death.”
Proverbs 27:6 -
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the
kisses of an enemy.”
Proverbs 14:1 -
“The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down
with her own hands.”
Proverbs 14:15 -
believes everything, but the prudent man considers
Proverbs 27:12 -
“A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, the naïve proceed
and pay the penalty.”
Proverbs 11:30 -
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is
wise wins souls.”
- Prayers Give a man a
fish and you feed him for a day
; teach a man to fish and you feed
him for a lifetime. If you feed a human one fish, then you will feed that human for the day. But if
you teach a human
how to fish, then that human could feed themselves for a lifetime, and
even help feed others, and also help teach others. Knowledge is Power.
Power to the People
Teach a person how to educate
, and you educate them for a lifetime. If you teach person how to
that person could
learn from other people who can also talk and listen. But if you teach a person how to read, then that person
can learn from almost every person who has ever lived throughout recorded history
A person who knows how to read can then listen to millions of people talk,
and not just listen to a few people speak
who are close to them.
knowledge is power
. Power to the People.
If you teach a person how to
understand knowledge and information, then that person can understand almost everything
in the universe.
Knowledge is Power. Power to the People
When you solve a problem
it's best to solve the root of the problem. You need to cure the disease,
and not just
treat the disease. The disease is ignorance
Sometimes you have to face the problem, you can't ignore it, you can't
pretend to understand it, and you can't pretend to have the answer. You
have to face the fact that you have to educate yourself and learn how to
solve a particulare problem.
Latin: prudentia): also described as wisdom, the ability to judge between
actions with regard to appropriate actions at a given time.
(δικαιοσύνη, dikaiosynē; Latin: iustitia): also considered as fairness,
the most extensive and most important virtue; the Greek word also having
the meaning righteousness.
(σωφροσύνη, sōphrosynē; Latin:
temperantia): also known as restraint, the practice of self-control,
abstention, discretion, and moderation tempering the appetition;
especially sexually, hence the meaning chastity.
(ἀνδρεία, andreia; Latin: fortitudo): also termed fortitude, forbearance, strength,
endurance, and the ability to confront fear, uncertainty, and
. (Do not kill without
excuse, which should be
almost never). Murder is illegal
. (Do not take more than you need, or take
something that does not belong to you, or waste things, or obtain money or
under false pretenses
Do Not Commit
(Don't have sex with someone
else's wife, husband or friend without permission or need)
. (Do not wish
for, long for, or crave
for something, especially the
of another person.
Do not be jealous
of otheres) Do not to
. (but this does not mean to ignore people who
who unfairly and illogically have more than others).
The other 6 Commandments.
6: I am
the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of
the house of bondage. (let us give credit to people first and the reasons
why they are credited, this way people understand their potential and
their responsibility to life, after that if you would like to give credit
to other possible factors of success, then so be it).
Thou shalt have
no other gods (we don't want to control peoples belief, but the fear is
that if people were to worship anything they want, then people would be
confused and unable to accurately determine what's important or valuable?
But science can answers those questions now, so we can skip this
commandment because it's to confusing). 8:
Thou shalt not make unto
thee any graven image (not necessary if improve education and all people are educated).
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (not necessary if
we improve education).10:
, to keep it holy
(rest and taking breaks are necessary, so this is not necessary if all
people are educated, to say that time off needs to be holy is illogical
because there are many beneficial things that a human can do, one would be
Honor thy father and thy mother (you honor those who
honor life and who respect human rights, to narrow the scope of who should
be honored would be illogical in it self, it would also diminish the
meaning and value of honor).
I added one more commandment for good
Learn and Gain
knowledge and Skills
during ones entire lifetime.
Or maybe just "5 Good Ideas
to Live by
", this way they could display these 5 good ideas in more
places without infringing on other peoples beliefs. (Moses 2.0).
in the Abrahamic religions. According to the
Hebrew Bible, he was adopted by an Egyptian princess, and later in life
became the leader of the Israelites and
, to whom the authorship of the
or acquisition of the Torah from Heaven is traditionally attributed. Also
called Moshe Rabbenu in Hebrew (מֹשֶׁה רַבֵּנוּ, lit. "Moses our
Teacher"), he is the most important prophet in Judaism. He is also an
important prophet in Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith, and a number
is the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. It
contains the first portion of the Sermon on the Mount, which will also
take up chapters 6 and 7. Portions are similar to the Sermon on the Plain
in Luke 6, but much of the material is found only in Matthew. It is one of
the most discussed and analyzed chapters of the New Testament. Warren
Kissinger reports that among Early Christians no chapter was more often
cited by early scholars. The same is true in modern scholarship. -
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the
meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and
thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the
merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for
they will see God.
Benjamin Franklin 13 Guidelines
Temperance. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
Silence. Speak not but what may benefit
others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
Order. Let all your things have their
places; let each part of your business have its time.
Resolution. Resolve to perform what you
ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself;
i.e., waste nothing.6.
no time; be always employ'd in something useful
; cut off all unnecessary
Sincerity. Use no hurtful
deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
Justice. Wrong none by doing injuries,
or omitting the benefits that are your duty.9.
Moderation. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you
think they deserve.10.
Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
Tranquility. Be not disturbed at
trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
Chastity. Rarely use venery but for
health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your
own or another's peace or reputation.13.
Native American Ten Commandments
. Treat the Earth and all that dwell therein with respect.
Remain close to the Great
. Show great respect for your fellow beings.
Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
Do what you know to be right.
Look after the well-being of Mind and Body.
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater Good.
Be truthful and honest at all times.
Take full responsibility for your actions.
Questions - Advice
1. Ask a lot of questions
2. Don’t fall prey to “wishful thinking” or let your
get the best of you.
3. Remember that there are
two sides to every
4. Is the pressure of time forcing me to make a premature decision?
5. Make sure you are not the only one who holds to your
6. Do you have all the
7. Beware of the “once in a life time” deal and the lure of
8. Don’t let the
fear of missing out
drive your decision.
9. When in doubt, leave it out.
10. What possible motives
driving your decisions?
11. Acknowledge that you have “blind spots.”
12. Honestly assess your motives, both good and bad.
13. Give others permission to speak
in to your life.
14. How should past experiences inform my decisions?
15. Look for patterns of behavior – “triggers
16. Understand how your family back ground might affect your
17. Learn from your mistakes
18. What is the collective
of my community?
19. Avoid having many separate conversations.
20. Recognize the difference between “selling
” and “sharing
21. Know when to “open the circle.”
22. Have you honestly considered the warning signs?
23. Don’t think that you are the “exception
” to the rule.
24. Remember that God’s way is the best way.
25. Have you considered all the possible outcomes for your course
26. Work toward the “center” rather than flirt with the “edge.”
27. Ask yourself, would this pass the “newspaper” test?
28. Keep short accounts
Works of Mercy
are practices which Christians perform.
Corporal Works of Mercy
- To feed the hungry. To give water to
the thirsty. To clothe the naked. To shelter the homeless. To
visit the sick. To visit the imprisoned, or ransom the captive. To
bury the dead.Spiritual Works of Mercy
- To instruct the ignorant. To counsel the doubtful. To admonish
sinners. To bear patiently those who wrong us. To forgive offenses.
To console the afflicted. To pray for the living and the dead.
- Doing Good. Visiting the
Sick and Prisoners. Feeding and Clothing People. Earning, Saving,
Giving All One Can. Opposition to slavery
Beliefs - Believing
is a personal view
thought to be true even though there is no proof or
that it is true. A belief is a hypothetical
possibility or an opinion
Not to believe
is still a belief, especially when
there's no proof
evidence that proves your nonbelief. And just having
correlations does not
always prove causality
that something may be
, even though you
can't be sure
is a lack of evidence
Believing is having a general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled.
A belief is a
idea in which
is placed. Believing is
an event without having a guarantee
can also mean to think or
that something is probable
likely to be, or likely to happen.
You have the right to believe
just believing is not good enough
have to Know
. I have a belief,
and you have a belief. I like your belief, but I also like my belief too,
but can you like my belief?
Pretending to Know
- Wishful Thinking
Why do we Believe
mythological, supernatural, or spiritual aspects of a religion. Religious
belief is distinct from religious practice or religious
with some believers not
practicing religion and some practitioners
believing religion. Religious beliefs, being derived from ideas that are
exclusive to religion, often relate to the existence, characteristics and
worship of a deity or deities, divine intervention in the universe and
human life, or the
explanations for the
and practices centered on the teachings of a spiritual leader
or group. In contrast to other belief systems, religious beliefs are
, which is the process of collecting and restating the
law of a jurisdiction
in certain areas, usually by
subject, forming a legal code, i.e. a codex book
of law. Codification is
the defining feature of civil law jurisdictions.
is an unshakable belief
something without need for proof or evidence. Conviction in
is a final judgment of guilty
in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed.
are generally accepted
, doctrines, conformities
a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as
. Dogmatic is
the assertion of unproved principles.Credo
is a statement of the beliefs or aims which guide someone's actions.
is any system of principles
The written body of
of a religious group that are generally accepted by that
is a belief or system of beliefs that are accepted by some group or
is a set of
beliefs. The beliefs of any such system can be classified as religious,
philosophical, political, ideological, or a combination of these.
Philosopher Jonathan Glover says that beliefs are always part of a belief
system, and that tenanted belief systems are difficult for the tenants to
completely revise or reject.Combing Beliefs
- Multiple Faiths
in a person or thing; or the observance of an obligation from
; or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement; or a belief not
based on proof; or it may refer to a particular system of religious
belief, such as in which faith is confidence based on some degree of
warrant. The term 'faith' has numerous connotations and is used in
different ways, often depending on context.
are two ideologies that exist in
varying degrees of conflict or
is based on reason or facts. Faith is belief in inspiration, revelation,
or authority. The word faith sometimes refers to a belief that is held
with lack of reason or evidence, a belief that is held in spite of or
against reason or evidence, or it can refer to belief based upon a degree
of evidential warrant.
Leap of Faith
is the act of believing in or accepting
something intangible or
, or without empirical
. It is an act commonly associated with religious belief as
many religions consider faith to be an essential element of piety.
Faith is not just about Religion
. Faith is part of all belief
systems. Faith in God, faith in religion, faith in country, faith in
family, faith in friendship, faith in your job, faith in yourself, faith
in brotherhood, faith in political party, faith in government, faith in
followers, faith in leaders, faith in humanity, faith in love. Everyone
has faith of some kind. But faith should not be tested, challenged or
punished. Faith is not an answer or a reason. You can say "I believe
this", but under some particular circumstances, your faith or belief
may not be part of the reasoning process. There is right and wrong, good
and bad, and then there is faith. And faith is neither right or wrong, or
good or bad. It is your faith. It's not a promise, it's not your ego, your
arrogance, your conviction, your stubbornness and it's not your pride, it
is your faith. You control faith, faith should not control you.
Faith should not be used as a stonewall or a
. Faith is a
guide. And if you need to apostatize, korobo, trample, change your mind,
or change your stance because of the current reality and facts, or just temporally
suspend a particular belief, then there is no shame, no guilt and no
regret, especially when the decision saves lives or avoids destruction.
Keep your faith, but never let go of your intelligence.
Dogmatic people seek less information even when uncertain
. People who
are dogmatic about their views seek less information and make less
accurate judgements as a result, even on simple matters unrelated to
politics, according to a new study. Dogmatic people are characterised by a
belief that their worldview reflects an absolute truth and are often
resistant to change their mind, for example when it comes to partisan
issues. This tendency can have societal impacts by polarising political,
scientific and religious debates. However, the cognitive drivers of
dogmatism are still poorly understood.
can refer to the collected myths of a group of
people—their collection of stories
they tell to explain nature, history, and customs—or to the study of such myths.
is any belief or practice that is considered
or supernatural. A
widely held but unjustified belief in
leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based
on such a belief. Superstition is the belief that one event causes
another without any natural process linking the two events, such as
astrology and certain aspects linked to religion, like omens, witchcraft,
and prophecies, that contradict
How Superstitions Spread
. Even seemingly irrational beliefs can become
ensconced in the social norms of a society.
is lost or highly distorted
is a personal belief or judgment
that is not founded on proof
certainty. A tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion.
- Religious Devotion
refers to the tendency for beliefs or sets
of beliefs to endure once formed. In particular, cognitive
inertia describes the human inclination to rely on familiar
assumptions and exhibit a reluctance and/or
inability to revise
, even when the evidence supporting them no
longer exists or when other evidence would question their
is a philosophical
belief that posits that God exists
as an uncaused First Cause ultimately
responsible for the creation of
, but does not interfere directly with the created world.
is a person who believes that God
created the universe and then abandoned it. Deism
combines the rejection of revelation and authority as a source of
religious knowledge with the conclusion that reason and observation of the
natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a single
creator of the universe.
is the belief
that there are
no deities or Gods.
are in almost
every aspect of society.
Pretending to know the truth
or pretending that you know the answer to
a question, is debilitating and also illogical. Religion should not create
an information bubble
Everyone has to keep learning
is an account describing the life, death, and
resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
You are still religious even if your
, you still have beliefs. You just happen to believe that you
ascended from nothing and that you will descend into nothing, like nothing
ever happened. I would still want to know you and I would still want to
learn about how your beliefs affected your life.
is a type of theology that provides arguments for the existence of God
based on reason
experience of nature. This distinguishes it from revealed theology, which
is based on scripture and/or religious experiences, and also from
transcendental theology, which is based on a priori reasoning.
"to appear", "to seem", "to think" and "to accept", a Greek word meaning
common belief or popular
in the west is a scholarly term for a wide range of loosely
related unconventional ideas and movements which have developed within
is a tradition within Christianity comprising the Church of England and
churches which are historically tied to it or hold similar beliefs,
worship practices and church structure.
Sociology of Religion
is the study of the beliefs, practices
and organizational forms of religion using the tools and methods of the
discipline of sociology.
meaning "manner", "custom", "usage", "habit".
to make something undecipherable or imperceptible by
. Just like what ignorance
does to the human mind.
is the critical study of the nature of the divine.
It is taught as an academic discipline, typically in universities,
seminaries and schools of divinity.
Why do People Believe
If we did not believe
in things, we would not be
here. You have to believe in something
in order to
. If scientists or
did not have Theories
would not have any of the technological advances or any of the luxuries that we have
today. So it's human
to believe, and it's also extremely important to believe. But
it's what you believe in that can make all the difference.
in something can give a person
especially when hope is sometimes the only thing that a person has. The only danger with
is that it may cause you not to seek out
solutions to your problems
, thus you
will be vulnerable to failure, which is the same problem with
. There's a big difference
between believing that things will be all right and actually
taking the necessary steps to improve your chances to make
things better. Sometimes a belief can relieve you from having to
worry about something, maybe something you can't understand, but
why would you stop asking
or stop learning
The beliefs that a person may
have are not as important as what those beliefs makes a person do or
. If a belief stops you from learning
stops you from asking
, then you're using your beliefs as an excuse not to learn
and not to be informed. Your beliefs are not a reason to make
. This is not what
believing in God is supposed to do to you. A belief should
free your mind
A belief should never box you in
, because then you will find it hard to be close to any God
anywhere. You need to be aware of labels
. When someone tells you their religion or any other detail like
their gender, their political affiliation, or a particular belief, all that does is
tell you just one detail among the thousands of other details that would
help to explain some of their behaviors in their personal life and in their
public life. Beyond that, a person is communicating very little about who
are. I would start with telling people your name and then explain your
purpose in life and the verifiable benefits that are the direct result of
how you live your life, and also mention that you don't prejudge or assume
things about other people, even people you think that you know well.
"I have to believe in things in order to make things up."
may have both
and morbidity and having an abnormally gloomy or unhealthy state of mind.
also have negative impacts on your life and others.You have the Right to Believe in
Anything that you want
, but you do not have the right to
believe that you're above the law
or can a belief give you an excuse to
that you're right about everything
that you do or think. A belief does not
give a person the right to break the law or can a belief give you an
excuse to pervert moral laws
This is why we have courts and a justice system
so that we can argue our reasoning
in front of a judge and jury, or defend ourselves with witnesses. But what happens when the
law and the justice system are also controlled by beliefs
? We should not
our beliefs, we need to compare the
, things that are
You have the Human Right to Believe
not the right to force your
belief on someone else
, especially when they too have the
. Your belief can not cancel out someone else's
belief. But one belief may be more
Relevance being measured by the importance and the known
benefits that are the result of that particular belief. And this
is how beliefs have been changing since the beginning of human
history. All through history we have seen our beliefs change. It
doesn't mean that the belief is gone completely, because it is
part of our past and our culture
, a memory that reminds us that
beliefs have changed, and will continue to change, because we
learn. Our ability to learn has given us many improvements. We
learn to be fair, we learn to understand, we learn to be
compassionate. we learn, and we will continue to learn till the
end of time, that's if there is even an end at all, there may
never be an end, just change.
Freedom of Religion
is a principle
supports the freedom of an individual
community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in
teaching, practice, worship, and observance. It also includes the
freedom to change one's religion or beliefs
Freedom of religion is considered by many people and most of the nations
to be a fundamental human right. In a country with a state religion,
freedom of religion is generally considered to mean that the government
permits religious practices of other sects besides the state religion, and
does not persecute believers in other faiths.
Freedom of belief is different
. It allows the right to believe what
a person, group or religion wishes, but it does not necessarily allow the
right to practice the religion or belief openly and outwardly in a public
manner, a central facet of religious freedom.
I use to think that way
I don't think that way anymore
. I use to believe that, but I don't
believe that anymore. I have more information now and a better
understanding of how ignorant it is to make
and how not to
pretend to know things
ask questions now instead of believing that I know the answers. And most
of the answers that I have now are not written in stone, this way I can
or modify my
knowledge in order to adapt
to a new reality
Believing is a Natural Human Instinct and a Design of the Human Brain
If humans did not believe, humans would never act, thus they would never
live or survive. Humans need to believe in something in order to interact with life and
the environment. But believing was never designed to replace learning, or
stop us from acquiring knowledge or stop us from
Pretending that you Know enough
, or being content with what you know
about yourself and the world around you, has devastating consequences.
Fear is a natural response that helps us react to dangerous situations
that are unfamiliar to us and also familiar to us. But
was never designed to paralyze
us or discourage us from learning, or stop us from effectively reacting to
the world. Humans have
that help us to survive. But natural instincts were
never intended to stop us from living or learning. But here we are, just
learning about this as if a veil
has been lifted
from our eyes.
"Believing in God helps me to feel
and also makes me feel
. But I know those are just
, and feelings of loneliness and love are things that I can
control. But there are things that I can't control. That's when God comes
"Everyone should be allowed to believe in anything that makes them happy, as long as
that person is aware that what they have is only one belief and
that there are many other things that are involved in creating
Freedom of Thought
is essential. But we have to be extra
careful not to turn our own
into actions that do
not truly benefit everyone fairly
, accurately or justly. I
truly want to know what you think, and I also look forward to
sharing my thoughts. To have freedoms is to be truly blessed.
But the gift of freedom
can not be used to deny other people
their freedoms, if it is, then that's not freedom, that's
. Ideas are to be
. We have a
that is filled with failures,
that we can learn
from. Lets us not insult our ancestries
by making the same
mistakes, let's honor their lives by showing them that we have
learned from their experiences and that we are ready to put
those benefits into positive actions. You can believe in God, or
you can deny God, but you cannot deny what we have learned
what we have come to understand.
God can not be defined or
limited to your definition
. It's not fair to God, fair to you, or
fair to anyone, to Limit God to fit your personal definition, especially
when there are infinite number of possibilities. Every one believes in God
in their own special way. But I can not say what God is or who God is. All
I can say is I believe there is a Higher power beyond my comprehension,
why else would I be here? Besides that, we are learning so many things
about ourselves and the world around us then ever before. And in doing so,
we have found many things beyond our comprehension, like all the different
light waves, and atoms and on on. We are just beginning to understand. So
instead of believing that we know the answers, we should just keep
learning, because that is definitely the right path to be on. God can be
an infinite number of possibilities. So the more we know, the more we know
Knowledge will bring you closer to God
A belief in God
is mostly defined by a persons
believing in God means to them. No two people could share the exact same
everyone experiences things a little differently, which is mostly based on
upbringing and the influences of their
, as well as, the
influences from the environment, the influences from schools and knowledge
in general, the influences of society, the influences from their own
personal experiences, and the influences from a corporate controlled
media. Even though people can conform
particular set of beliefs and values, each individual could never
accurately confirm how another individual interprets the same thing in the
exact same way that they do, this is because there are many variables that
are produced by all the different kinds of external and
each person experiences in their life. This is one of the reasons why some
people can't agree on things. If people want to see eye to eye, we need to
have defined rules for communication
that focus on the facts, and not our own personal subjective opinions.
God does not personally belong to you,
God belongs to everyone, equally and individually
When you believe to know what God says or what God does, that is your own
personal God, and no one else's. Every person has a mind of their own. And
everyone has the right to believe what they think God is saying or doing.
But you must remember that is only your side of the story
. Even though
other people may share the same story as you, those thoughts are is still
in your mind only. And only God can read the thoughts that each individual
has deep in their mind. And thoughts can only happen with
, so choose your words wisely.
What if you had to be God
? Would you be a
good god or bad god? And would you know the difference between a good God
or a bad God? Lets say that we are all Gods, could Gods work together?
Maybe Gods have worked together before because we are here. This whole
human race is one big family.
We can see a belief as being like a mountain
, but we know that a
belief flows like water, it never stays exactly the same. The
mountain will slowly dissolve into the sea, the sea of change.
Instead of trying to stop a belief, you should see where the
belief takes you by questioning and inquiring. Life is a
journey, and on this journey we learn many things. It's when the
journey of learning is restricted, that's when the problems and
You can't say no to something that gives you the ability to say
no. If something gives you abilities, it's not to have the
ability to restrict others from having abilities. You are not
given life to kill life, you are given life to preserve life,
that is how life survives, in its preservation, and not in its
own destruction. We must give people choices, but we must
educate people on the choices they have so they will make good
choices. All life survives this way. You have to know what good
choices are in order to make them.
When we stop asking questions, we stop seeing the possibilities. Life
is about discovery, it's not about possessions, whether those
possessions are in the form of beliefs or material objects.
There will come a day when
we all agree
You can say there is no God, but you can't say that there is no
belief in God. Believing in
God does not prove that God exists, but not believing in God
does not prove that God does not exist. To believe or not to
believe is not the question. The question is, what matters? What
does your belief explain? What are the benefits of your beliefs?
What are the side effects of your beliefs? Let us not single out
just one detail of a belief, let us consider all beliefs as a
whole, as you would a person.
is the act by which the Catholic
Church and Anglican Communion declares that a person who has died was a
is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional
degree of holiness or likeness to God
is something worthy of spiritual respect or devotion;
or inspiring awe or reverence among believers.
is the state of things that come from a supernatural power or deity, such
as a god, supreme being, creator deity, or spirits, and are therefore
regarded as sacred and Holy
, which is
belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power, A sacred
place of pilgrimage, which is a journey to a sacred place.
Atheism - To Believe or Not to Believe, is still a Belief
is the belief
that there is no God
A lack of belief in the existence of God or gods. The absence of belief
in the existence of
Negative and Positive Atheism
is any type of atheism where a person
does not believe in the existence of any deities but does not necessarily
explicitly assert that there are none. Positive atheism, also called
strong atheism and hard atheism, is the form of atheism that additionally
asserts that no deities exist. "I Thank God I'm an Atheist".
is a range of both religious and nonreligious attitudes
characterized by the absence of espoused belief in a God or gods.
Nontheism has generally been used to describe apathy or silence towards
the subject of God and differs from an antithetical, explicit atheism.
Nontheism does not necessarily describe atheism or disbelief in God; it
has been used as an umbrella term for summarizing various distinct and
even mutually exclusive positions, such as agnosticism, ignosticism,
ietsism, skepticism, pantheism, atheism, strong or positive atheism,
. It is in use in the fields of Christian apologetics and
general liberal theology.
is the view that the existence of God, of the divine or
the supernatural is
Another definition provided is the view that "human reason is incapable of
providing sufficient rational grounds to justify either the belief that
God exists or the belief that God does not exist." A religious orientation
of doubt or a denial
of ultimate knowledge of the
existence of God. A person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge
about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist).
is someone who is doubtful or
noncommittal about something. Uncertain of all claims to knowledge.
is the idea that the question of the existence of God is
meaningless unless the word "God" is given a coherent and unambiguous
definition, preferably yielding falsifiable logical consequences. Secular
Separation of Church and State
Divisions in Religions
is an unspecified belief in an undetermined transcendent reality. It is a
range of beliefs held by people who, on the one hand, inwardly suspect –
or indeed believe – that "there must be something undefined beyond the
mundane and that which can be known or can be proven", but on the other
hand do not necessarily accept or subscribe to the established belief
system, dogma or view of the nature of a deity offered by any particular
is someone not faithful to
religion or party or cause. A disloyal person who betrays or deserts his
cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
is a person who does not belong to a widely held religion. Not to be
"I 'm not a Heathen, or a Pagan, or an Atheist, I'm just
a Man of God in Waiting."
is someone who does not follow one of the Abrahamic religions
(Christianity, Islam, and Judaism); the most common meaning.
are people who do not identify with a
States with Constitutions Prohibiting Atheists
from Running for Office:
Arkansas, Article 19, Section 1: No
person who denies the being of a God
shall hold any office in the civil
departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any
Court. Maryland, Article 37: That no religious test ought ever to be
required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this
State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God; nor
shall the Legislature prescribe any other oath of office than the oath
prescribed by this Constitution. Mississippi, Article 14, Section 265:
No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any
office in this state. North Carolina, Article 6, Section 8 The
following persons shall be disqualified for office: Any person who shall
deny the being of Almighty God. South Carolina, Article 17, Section 4:
No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any
office under this Constitution. Tennessee, Article 9, Section 2: No
person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and
punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.
Texas, Article 1, Section 4: No religious test shall ever be required as a
qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any
one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious
sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a supreme
The Thinning of the Flocks
: Can churches and religious schools survive as more and more
people become religiously unaffiliated? Yes, but they need to
modernize and update so they can become more aligned with a
world that is becoming more and more educated, more advanced,
more informed and more aware. We know that churches are more
than just a religion. Churches and schools have many different
functions and provide many services within a community. And with
their doors open to the public, churches are also a place of
refuge for many people in need of hope and prayer. So as
churches and schools make the transition, they will need to find
ways to preserve their traditions, their heritage and their
culture, and at the same time, learn to communicate more, and
work together more on solving the problems that are plaguing
modern day society. They need to have more outreach and stop
making outrageous claims and
, because we don't
want religion to become corporatized, because we all know that
the corporate world
is going to be fazed out soon, as we welcome
a new era in world democracy and sustainability.
Americas Changing Religious Landscape
I see too many
people blaming religion for a lot of the suffering and pointless
killing throughout our history. It's not the fault of religions,
it was the lack of information and knowledge
. We know what the
lack of information and knowledge does to society. Most
criminals and people in prison are the result of a poor
education. But what we also learned, was that a great education
is not a guarantee that a person will do good in life. Perfect
examples of that are politicians and corporate leaders.
So that is why we must improve education, whether it would be of
religious nature or not.
Do you believe
Remember Versus Know Judgments
(memory flaws) - Reasoning
There seems to
be this profound difference between
. Knowing increases
awareness, believing decreases awareness.
Multiple Beliefs - Multi-Faith
is to be more open
and understanding of
more than one
, philosophy or world-view
. And perhaps to believe that
no one is superior
to the others.
is involved with improving communication
between different religions
is an attitude or policy regarding the diversity
co-existing in society
Interfaith Youth Core
is the combining of different beliefs
, while blending practices of various
schools of thought
. Syncretism involves the merger and analogizing of
several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and
mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying
and allowing for
an inclusive approach to other faiths. Syncretism also occurs commonly in
expressions of arts and culture, (known as eclecticism) as well as
politics (syncretic politics).
When someone says that they're religious, I wonder how religious they
are what being religious really means?
is a religious,
, and esoteric
tradition based primarily upon writings attributed to
("Thrice Great"). Hermetica
was a widely held belief in the United States that
its settlers were destined to expand across North America.
is the belief in the existence of
the oneness of God
is the worship of or belief in
which are usually assembled into a pantheon of gods and goddesses, along
with their own religions and rituals.
is the religious belief that various objects, places, and creatures with
whom humans engage possess idiosyncratic spiritual qualities.
defined as the belief in the existence of the supreme being
is a person who believes in the
existence of a god or gods.
a member or follower
of any of the Western Christian
churches that are separate
from the Roman Catholic Church and follow the principles of the
, including the Baptist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran
Conflicting Beliefs - Heresy - Blasphemy
My Belief is better than Your Belief
just a silly argument
that serves no purpose. They are both beliefs.
To each his own
means that every person is
entitled to his or her personal preferences, tastes or
, just as long as their beliefs don't hurt anyone or violate
Freedom of Speech
Above the Law
is any belief or
theory that is strongly at variance
beliefs or customs
, in particular the accepted beliefs of a church or
religious organization. The term is usually used in reference to
violations of important religious teachings, but is also used of views
strongly opposed to any generally accepted ideas. A heretic is a proponent
of heresy. Heresy is any belief or
theory that has conflicting facts
, claims or opinions that differ from
popular or older beliefs
is a person who holds
, especially one who
from the officially accepted dogma. A person who holds religious
beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church.
is the act
or lack of reverence to a deity, or
sacred objects, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable. Blasphemy
is the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred
Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing
lack of reverence to a deity, to religious or holy persons or sacred
things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable.
or injurious treatment of a sacred object, site or person. This
can take the form of irreverence to sacred persons, places, and things.
When the sacrilegious offence is verbal, it is called blasphemy, and when
physical, it is often called desecration. Sacrilege
is blasphemous behavior or the act of depriving something of its
the act of depriving something of its sacred character, or the
disrespectful, contemptuous, or destructive treatment of that which is
held to be sacred or holy by a group or individual.
in English is that which is exceptionally loathsome,
hateful, sinful, wicked, or vile.
is something that is regarded as
too important, sacred
valuable to be interfered with.
is the fact or quality of being
different, divergent, or inconsistent. An event that departs from
expectations. Discord that splits a group
. A difference between
, claims or
opinions. The quality or degree of being subject to variation. An activity
that varies from a norm or standard.
is to criticize
or speak out against
someone or something and to point out as deserving of reprehension, etc.;
to openly accuse or condemn in a threatening manner; to invoke censure
upon; to stigmatize; to blame
is to deprive someone of professional status or membership in a
prestigious group and the removal of their rights to exercise the
functions of the ordained ministry. You're
Just because a law
this does not mean that the law is
understood the same way by everyone, or does it prove that the
law is even valid
or that the law can be challenged
You cannot limit something to a particular
cannot be uniformly translated or understood the same way
by everyone. Just because you have given something a label, this does
not mean you don't have to explain your label
, an explanation
will always help assure that your label is fully understood by
everyone. If you don't teach
you will fail
the most important
element of learning, which is questioning. Without
you make people vulnerable to
. Don't define a
word so much that you confine or limit its
is having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning.
Nothing is definitive
. We define things
out of necessity. This is not to say that something is definitive. We
define something just enough so that we can communicate effectively and
continue to move forward and progress.
The awareness of
perceptions seems to be different when looking at the same
. We need to define the things we see and find a middle ground on
which to agree. For a middle ground is all we have, for we have known for some
time that there is only one planet on which we all live.
no longer afford to believe that we are some how separated from
the rest of the world, we know that we are not.
We have to share
this world as well as share our beliefs.
Is it All or Nothing or Something for Everyone? Let us
Negotiate, work together
Why do some religious practices and traditions
impracticable as we learn more?
is having no bearing on or connection with the subject
is not capable of
being carried out or put into practice.
The last thing you want to do is use your own beliefs to attack
someone else's beliefs.
So what's your
Phenomenology of Religion
concerns the experiential aspect of
religion, describing religious phenomena in terms consistent with the
orientation of worshippers. It views religion as made up of different
components, and studies these components across religious traditions in
order to gain some understanding of them.
People should try
to avoid deferring their questions to a higher power. If the
question seems to big to answer then try breaking down your
question into smaller questions that you can answer yourself.
was an official with
judicial or investigative functions in an Inquisition.
is an organization or a program intended to eliminate heresy and
other things contrary to the doctrine or teachings of the Catholic faith.
group of institutions within the Catholic Church whose aim was to combat
is the title that usually refers to the chief inquisitor of the
is one who
gives oneself one's own law
, which is a concept
found in moral, political, and bioethical philosophy.
taught that destructive emotions
resulted from errors in judgment
the active relationship between cosmic determinism and
, and the belief that it is
virtuous to maintain a will (called prohairesis) that is in accord with
is the belief that some aspects of reality are ontologically independent
of our conceptual schemes, perceptions, linguistic practices, beliefs,
refers to the aspect of a god's nature and power
which is wholly independent of the material universe, beyond all physical
was a group of 20th century thinkers concerned with what they considered
to be the demise of traditional forms of knowledge, both aesthetic and
spiritual, within Western society.
is a basic relationship found
between two levels of existence. Light corresponds to wisdom because
wisdom enlightens the mind as light enlightens the eye. Warmth corresponds
to love because love warms the mind as heat does the body.
is adherence to correct or accepted creeds,
especially in religion.
central tenet is non-violence
and love towards all
is a lineage of communities and
organizations of people who live in some way set apart from society in
accordance with their specific religious devotion, usually characterized
by the principles of its founder's religious practice. The order is
composed of initiates (laity) and, in some traditions, ordained clergy.
Religious orders exist in many of the world's religions.
are ordained ministries such as bishop, priest
is a fraternity organized as an order.
Traits sometimes allude to aspects of the original religious or chivalric
orders of the Middle Ages. Contemporary fraternal orders typically have
, including social, cultural and mutually beneficial or
Define is to Limit
To Define is to Limit:
Does defining something confine that something to just
that definition? No. Context
, but we also
It's All Relative
is formulated as the problem of limiting the beliefs
that have to be updated in response to actions. In the logical
context, actions are typically specified by what they change, with the
implicit assumption that everything else (the frame) remains unchanged.
Why do certain religious teachings look similar to an
Is religion a closed
or an open concept?
meaning of a
, phrase, sentence, or text.
is a saying that is widely accepted
on its own merits.
Truth is Stranger than Fiction
People prescribe to a
certain way of life
, not a way of life that they created, but a
way of life that was created by
100's of years before they were born. But as
people grow older they realize that the world is filled with all
kinds of people who have all kinds of beliefs that are different
than theirs. And these differences all depend on where a person
was born and how they were
raised. So most beliefs are related to
, and not so much related to
. And one of the
universal truths that all humans share is that we are all human
and that we are all living on the same planet. This is our
. People should not separate themselves because
or their beliefs, but should use these different
points of view to examine what we have learned from life, so
that we can continually improve life for future generations.
"Never doubt the value of
information and knowledge based solely on the source, whether
you hear something from a religious leader, or read something
from a religious book, always remember that any information
could lead you to an answer, whether it could happen indirectly
"You may choose what you
want, but don't be all that you choose..Spending too much time
believing, instead of learning and doing, will leave you
vulnerable. A life unbalanced is a life that is fragile, unaware and unpredictable."
is not just about believing in God, Religion is
a quest for understanding. Though Religions make
, I would still rather believe in something as long
as I don't assume that I know exactly what that something is,
even though I have a right to a
. It's not so much what you believe, it's how your
belief effects your
. There is really no clear definition of what
'believing in God' really means. But I have a feeling that
will eventually find
are the only ones who are looking in more then
one place, even though they are not directly looking for God.
And I have another feeling too that when we do eventually find
proof of God, God will be something that we never
, which will not be all that surprising, after all,
it's God. Don't look at science as a threat to Religion, look at
science as a friend who took a different path. And all these
different paths that we are taking will eventually help us all
to become more aware of our
Science and Faith
As Above, So Below
Everything is Connected
"You can still experience many things in your life without having to dedicate
your entire life to just one experience. Sampling things and
exploring the world has its benefits, and its dangers, but so
does dedicating your entire life to just one thing. But whatever
lifestyle you choose, it should not include limiting yourself to
knowledge and information. And experiencing more does not
necessarily mean that you are learning more, because first you
would have to define what is the most important and the most
valuable knowledge and information that the world has to offer.
So till then, whatever you chose to do with your life is your
choice. But please don't deny yourself to be the best that you
can be, because that would be illogical and a waste of your
Why so many people believe in God
human life is just too freaking incredible
and just too
amazing to have happened all by itself. But that's not a reason
to believe in God, that's just clearly recognizing the fact that
human life is, without a doubt, a remarkable journey. Of course
everyone wants someone to be there at the end when they die,
someone to greet them.
And most people would agree that they would want to see God.
After all, God represents the only person who's qualified to
explain just exactly what your life was all about. It's matter
of trust, in God we Trust. Having an expert witness is
Religion and science are one in
the same. They are both on the same path, looking for answers in
their own way, using different
methods for learning
Religion has been looking for answers for 100's of years, that
is why there are so many religions and why religions have gone
through so many changes. And science has also gone through many
changes. The only difference between
religion and science is time. And the time of stubbornness and
narrow-mindedness is coming to an end. It's time for religion and
science to admit they're friends, both in search for truth, both
looking for answers.
January 19, 1936 -
My dear Dr. Einstein, We have brought up the question: Do
scientists pray? in our Sunday school class. It began by asking
whether we could believe in both science and religion. We are
writing to scientists and other important men to try and have
our own question answered. We will feel greatly honored if you
will answer our question: Do scientists pray, and what do they
pray for? We are in the sixth grade, Miss Ellis's class.
Respectfully yours, Phyllis.
January 24, 1936 -
Dear Phyllis, I will attempt to reply to your question as simply
as I can. Here is my answer: Scientists believe that every
occurrence, including the affairs of human beings, is due to the
laws of nature. Therefore a scientist cannot be inclined to
believe that the course of events can be influenced by prayer,
that is, by a supernaturally manifested wish. However, we must
concede that our actual knowledge of these forces is imperfect,
so that in the end the belief in the existence of a final,
ultimate spirit rests on a kind of faith. Such belief remains
widespread even with the current achievements in science. But
also, everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of
science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the
laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of
man. In this way the pursuit of science leads to a religious
feeling of a special sort, which is surely quite different from
the religiosity of someone more naive. With cordial greetings, your A. Einstein.
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is
Spirituality, Religion May Protect Against Major Depression by
Thickening Brain Cortex
We can't allow ourselves to be
by our own beliefs anymore. We just
don't have the time or the resources.
We have a lot of information and knowledge that is a great
benefit to all of us.
So let us begin to use our information and knowledge to the best
of our abilities.
We have opportunities that we cannot afford to waste.
"We can no longer afford to devote ourselves to live under
one word or one ideal. We must understand that information is
only useful to us when it is used correctly as a whole. A
separate piece of information that excludes other information
cannot exist on its own, it needs other information in order for
it to live and to be realized. For example, a
cannot stand on it's own, a word needs
its purpose and potential is to deny life itself...
Extremism - Radicalization
is any political theory
Extremism or any type of restricted ideology
, can cause people to have
towards new knowledge and new information, which causes
a person to have an extreme narrow view
of the world, making them
to bad mistakes and bad choices.
is a person who holds
extreme views far beyond the norm
and beyond logical thinking
reasoning. A person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious
views, especially one who resorts to or advocates extreme action.
is someone who prefers
. Someone who
likes to engaged in war.
is a member of a group or a
to a set of
ideas or policies.
describes a stance on an issue that is
and not subject to
compromise. The stance is usually far from the
policies, and laws can be considered hard-line. A hardliner may be either
a reactionary or a revolutionary. Synonyms for hardliner include diehard,
hawk, extremist, fanatic, or zealot
. The term is almost always relative to
of a given time and place.
is a process by which an individual or group
comes to adopt increasingly extreme political
, social, or religious ideals
and aspirations that reject or undermine the status quo
contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice
"You alter the
facts to fit your view, when you should be altering your views to fit the
. It's better to face the
hard truth than a reassuring fate based on lies."
Blind following the Blind
Just Following Orders
The Devil Made Me Do it
of those who favor
in government and society.
that cannot be proven or
of every word in the sacred texts as literal
truth. Truth is debatable
which is one of the main reasons why we have
courts of law
is the stubborn
to a set of
perceived irreducible beliefs
. Usually has a
religious connotation that indicates unwavering attachment to a set of
irreducible beliefs. A strong sense of the importance of maintaining
ingroup and outgroup distinctions, leading to an emphasis on perceived
purity and the desire to return to a previous ideal that they claim to
understand, from which advocates believe members have strayed. Rejection
of diversity of opinion as applied to these established "fundamentals" and
their accepted interpretation within the group often results from this
is the acceptance of a belief in
, ethical, or theological matters.
is an ethical
that all actions are intrinsically
. Something may still
be wrong even if it's done for the well-being of others and even if it
does in the end promote something good. But this will always be
to the situation
and the facts that surround it.
in psychology is also called
, which is the failure in a person's thinking to
of both positive and negative qualities of the self
and others into a cohesive
, realistic whole. It is a common defense
is a belief
involving uncritical zeal
or with an obsessive
is a person filled with
excessive and single-minded zea
especially for an extreme religious or political cause. Marked by
excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea.
is being very
emotion. Ardent can also mean glowing or shining like fire.Worship
is a feeling of profound
love and admiration for something or someone.
is an act of religious
towards a deity
. An act of worship may be performed individually, in an
informal or formal group, or by a designated leader.
is love that is
, or to
excess. To venerate
something as an
or to show devotion to a deity.
Lack of Empathy
refers to preventive counterterrorism measures that
aim to have those with extreme and violent religious or
adopt more moderate
views. This is most
effective when counteracting an ongoing - rather than well advanced
process of radicalization (counter-radicalization) whereby individuals or
groups gradually develop a mindset that increases the risk of violent
extremism or terrorism. Deradicalization is not to be confused with
anti-radicalization in which radicalization is aimed to be deterred and
from occurring in the first place. De-Radicalization has been
described as an emerging science.
If someone is trying to sell you an after life full of promises,
and if the only way to know if this heaven is true, is to die, then you
are already dead inside. There are con men of the spirit
who will exploit
the name God in order to steal your soul. So you need to focus on living a
good life instead of thinking that death is a reward and that your death
will end the suffering. To stop the suffering, you need to stay alive,
because once you're dead, you can no longer help ease the suffering. Death
only adds to the suffering. Gods needs you on earth, why else would God
give you life on earth? God does not give life so that you can die, God
gives life so that you can live.
is an irrational
of being purposefully attacked by an outside agent(s) in or
through some religious context. Some examples: The fear of one's soul
being stolen. The fear of being tempted by demons. The fear of being
plotted against by cultists. The fear of God or Satan. It is a condition
which has been compared to extremism and intolerance. It has been cited as
a possible contributor to political violence. It is often related to
splitting, psychological projection, a desire to maintain a sense of
purity in situations of real or perceived persecution, and rigid and
unchallengeable attitudes. In an alternate form of religious paranoia of a
psychiatric nature, the patient can suffer from a permanent delusion of a
primarily religious nature. He could, for example, believe that he is the
messenger of God who has been sent to the world to propagate some
is a feeling of fear spread among many people that some evil
threatens the well-being of society. The process of arousing social
concern over an issue that is not real and is mostly fabricated in order
to divide people. Hoax
is a term used to characterize members of a political
or social movement as extremists with eccentric or fanatical views.
"Those who believe
without reason, are hard to be convinced by reason." -
People who don't use reasoning
in their thinking are hard to teach using reasoning. This does not
say that people don't have reasons for doing things or reasons for
thinking things, people just don't fully understand what reasoning is.
Reasoning is more than a long process of doing a lot of
and learning everything that
you can, reasoning is knowing that there will always be things in life
that you will not be able to fully
, and the things that you do understand, will always come
from continually learning
that you can, so when you do present reasons, those reasons will be well
documented, transferable, and comprehensible to yourself and other people.
Cults - Cult Like Organizations
is a group of people
who are almost entirely
a single individual
Cults use isolation
love bombing. How do you know if you're in
? These are some of the signs and behaviors of a cult, things to look out for.
. Beware of any kind of
or any kind of
make a quick decision about becoming involved
in any intensive kind of
activity or organization. 2
. Be wary of any leader who proclaims him or
herself as having special powers or special insight or divinity. 3
. The group is
mostly closed, although there may
be outside followers, there's usually an inner circle that
leader without question, and that maintains a tremendous amount of
. The group uses
typically, to recruit new members
, and then once recruited will subject
its members to an organized program of thought reform
, or what most people
refer to as brainwashing
Typically cults also exploit their members. Within the
group, they'll exploit
and, all too often, sexually. 6
. A very important aspect of cult is the
idea that if you leave the cult, horrible things will happen to you. This
is important, and it's important to realize. That people outside of a cult
are potential members, so they're not looked upon as negatively as people
inside the cult who then leave the cult.
How to Spot a Cult
is the action or process of
gradually reducing the strength
or effectiveness of someone or something
through sustained attack or pressure. Attrition in warfare is a military
strategy consisting of belligerent attempts
to win a war by
wearing down the enemy
to the point of
collapse through continuous losses in personnel and material. The war will
usually be won by the side with greater such resources.Mind
- Click Bait
- Red Flags
Pretending to Know
is an attempt to
a person by lavish
demonstrations of attention
is the practice of forcing another
party to act in
manner by use of intimidation or
or some other form
of pressure or force
Political and Corporate Terrorists
is a type of
that aims to
change the behavior or perception of others through abusive, deceptive, or
underhanded tactics. False Flag
Divided we Stand
is to convert or attempt to
from one religion, belief, or opinion to another.
is the act or fact of religious conversion
, and it also
includes actions which invite it.
Cult Awareness Network
was an organization created by
Ted Patrick that
provided information on groups that it considered to be cults, as well as
support and referrals to deprogrammers. It was founded in the wake of the
November 18, 1978 deaths of members of the group Peoples Temple and
assassination of Congressman Leo J. Ryan in Jonestown, Guyana, and was
shut down in 1996. Its name and assets were later bought by a group of
private donors (some of whom were Scientologists) in a bankruptcy
proceedings; with the transfer of ownership, the organization was renamed
the New Cult Awareness Network. CAN and its representatives were known for
being highly critical of Scientology, Landmark Education, and some other
groups and new religious movements, referring to some of these groups as
opposes any new religious movement (NRM) that they
characterize as a cult.
means one who is zealous on behalf of God.
is marked by
(marketing) - Accessory to a Crime
The 1975 film called
shows the dangers of blindly
- Reward Stimulus
is a strategy whereby one covers up,
consciously or unconsciously, weaknesses, frustrations, desires, or
feelings of inadequacy or incompetence in one life area through the
gratification or (drive towards) excellence in another area. Compensation
can cover up either real or imagined deficiencies and personal or physical
inferiority. Positive compensations may help one to overcome one's
difficulties. On the other hand, negative compensations do not, which
results in a reinforced feeling of inferiority. There are two kinds of
negative compensation: Overcompensation, characterized by a superiority
goal, leads to striving for power, dominance, self-esteem, and
self-devaluation. Undercompensation, which includes a demand for help,
leads to a lack of courage and a fear for life.
Blind Adherence -
is a club or an organization whose
activities, events, and inner functioning are concealed from non-members.
The society may or may not attempt to conceal its existence.
is used as an alternative phrase to the
is the adoption of a set of beliefs identified
with one particular religious denomination to the
exclusion of others
is a member of a religious group sent into an area to
promote their faith or offer their particular style of education,
literacy, social justice, health care, and economic development. Most
religious people have good intentions, but just like most non-religious
community services, they too can be exploitive and manipulative and
sometimes have very little
and very little
. Public Services
supposed to have secret motives
, yet here we
is the national movement of the Jewish people that
supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory
defined as the historic Land of Israel (roughly corresponding to
Palestine, Canaan or the Holy Land).
is a form of government in which a deity is the
source from which all authority derives. The Oxford English Dictionary has
Religious Affiliations of Inmates in U.S. Prisons
This information can be easily flawed, it's hard to prove that a particular
religious affiliation or practicing
religion is not the only influence that a
person has on their life
, and to what degree did these affects have on
this particular individual? Getting accurate, reliable data on the
religious identities of US federal prisoners is often difficult because
the Federal Bureau of Prisons does not release that information unless
someone requests it through the Freedom of Information Act
. The data here
is self-reported, so it’s also dependent on whether prisoners were willing
to disclose their religion. Seventeen percent of inmates listed “no
preference” for their religion, but the Bureau of Prisons couldn’t clarify
how that is different from the 3 percent of prisoners who described
themselves as “Other”. Many
chaplains report growth from religious switching
in the numbers of Muslims
and Protestant Christians, in particular. Some prisoners usually choose
the religion that they claim according to gang affiliation or special
privileges given to certain faiths. A minister who used to do ministry at
youth jails, says that almost all of them say they ‘believe in God.’
Most criminals in prison
victims of republican abuses.
Religious Leaders Convicted of Crimes
Religion in U.S. Prisons
Education in Prison
You Can't use a Religious Belief as a Reason to
Break the Law or to do something Wrong or Bad
. You have to have
reasons and evidence that proves that you had no other choice or option,
and that you were forced to do something wrong or bad. So please explain yourself.
Can you prove to everyone else who follows the law and who also has moral
respect for other people, that you should be allowed to be an as*hole
Everyone else has to be nice and have human decency, except for you? All
because you have some excuse that has no proof or evidence? Laws are made
because of proof
, so where is your proof and evidence? Laws
are written and people agree to do things because that keeps society from
degrading and becoming a living hell. If anyone could come up with any
kind of excuse that they want to, in order to do something wrong, then
society would have no law and order, as we can clearly see today in
several areas around the world. And just remember that you can't solve
problems using ignorance or violence. And it's not a
if people are abused or
. One of your main
is to keep
educating yourself because you can't fight ignorance with ignorance. Keep
learning, and together we will solve every problem known, and we will even
solve the problems that people don't even know
Church Sexual Abuse Cases
has been going on for over a hundred years
in many countries. Why?
(political groups) -
Divide and Conquer
(ideology) - Popularity
means that a believer completely gives up his own will and
subjects his thoughts, ideas, and deeds to the will and teachings of a
higher power. It may also be contrasted with submission
. Surrender is willful acceptance and yielding to a
dominating force and their will.
is an umbrella term for those methods of studying
the Bible that embrace two distinctive perspectives: the concern to avoid
dogma and bias by applying a non-sectarian, reason-based judgment, and the
reconstruction of history according to contemporary understanding.
Biblical criticism uses the grammar, structure, development, and
relationship of language to identify such characteristics as the Bible's
literary structure, its genre, its context, meaning, authorship, and
origins. Biblical criticism includes a wide range of approaches and
questions within four major contemporary methodologies: textual, source,
form, and literary criticism. Textual criticism examines the text and its
manuscripts to identify what the original text would have said. Source
criticism searches the texts for evidence of original sources. Form
criticism identifies short units of text and seeks to identify their
original setting. Each of these is primarily historical and
pre-compositional in its concerns. Literary criticism, on the other hand,
focuses on the literary structure, authorial purpose, and reader's
response to the text through methods such as rhetorical criticism,
canonical criticism, and narrative criticism. Biblical criticism began as
an aspect of the rise of modern culture in the West. Some scholars claim
that its roots reach back to the Reformation, but most agree it grew out
of the German Enlightenment. German pietism played a role in its
development, as did British deism, with its greatest influences being
rationalism and Protestant scholarship. The Enlightenment age and its
skepticism of biblical and ecclesiastical authority ignited questions
concerning the historical basis for the man Jesus separately from
traditional theological views concerning him. This "quest" for the Jesus
of history began in biblical criticism's earliest stages, reappeared in
the nineteenth century, and again in the twentieth, remaining a major
occupation of biblical criticism, on and off, for over 200 years. In the
late twentieth and early twenty-first century, biblical criticism was
influenced by a wide range of additional academic disciplines and
theoretical perspectives, changing it from a primarily historical approach
to a multidisciplinary field. In a field long dominated by white male
Protestants, non-white scholars, women, and those from the Jewish and
Catholic traditions became prominent voices. Globalization brought a
broader spectrum of worldviews into the field, and other academic
disciplines as diverse as Near Eastern studies, psychology, anthropology
and sociology formed new methods of biblical criticism such as
socio-scientific criticism and psychological biblical criticism.
Meanwhile, post-modernism and post-critical interpretation began
questioning biblical criticism's role and function.
was a German philosopher, cultural critic,
composer, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has
exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history. Nietzsche's
body of work touched a wide range of topics, including art, philology,
history, religion, tragedy, culture, and science. His writing spans
philosophical polemics, poetry, cultural criticism, and fiction while
displaying a fondness for aphorism and irony. His early inspiration was
drawn from figures such as Arthur Schopenhauer, Richard Wagner, and Johann
Wolfgang von Goethe. Prominent elements of his philosophy include his
radical critique of truth in favor of perspectivism; his genealogical
critique of religion and Christian morality and his related theory of
master–slave morality; his aesthetic affirmation of existence in response
to the "death
" and the profound crisis of nihilism; his notion of the
Apollonian and Dionysian; and his characterization of the human subject as
the expression of competing wills, collectively understood as the will to
power. He also developed influential concepts such as the Übermensch and
the doctrine of eternal return. In his later work, he became increasingly
preoccupied with the creative powers of the individual to overcome social,
cultural and moral contexts in pursuit of new values and aesthetic health.
(15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900).
is the discipline of defending a position (often religious) through the
systematic use of information.
is a nationalist political movement
of Jews and Jewish culture that
supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory
defined as the historic Land of Israel (roughly corresponding to
Palestine, Canaan or the Holy Land).
or Jihad is a holy war waged by Muslims against
infidels. A holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual
or political goal.
JIHAD. The Bafta-nominated
film by Deeyah Khan. ©Fuuse Films
is the systematic mistreatment of an
individual or group of individuals as a response to their religious
beliefs or affiliations or lack thereof.
is what is considered the most likely to happen.
connotes an organization of men, a fraternity, as
a type of organization
are a religious group that originated in
1955 from a schism in the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists ("Davidians"), a
reform movement that began as an offshoot from the Seventh-day Adventist
Church ("Adventists") around 1930.
The Family (Australian New Age group)
are directed by the Governing Body of Jehovah's
Witnesses, a group of elders in Warwick, New York, which establishes all
doctrines based on its interpretations
of the Bible. They prefer to use their own
, the New World
Translation of the Holy Scriptures, although their literature occasionally
quotes and cites other Bible translations. They believe that the
destruction of the present world system at
is imminent, and that the establishment of God's kingdom
over the earth is the only solution for all problems faced by humanity.
The stated purpose of The Watchtower is to draw attention to the kingdom
of God, which Jehovah's Witnesses believe is a real government that will
soon replace all earthly governments. Jehovah's Witnesses are best
known for their door-to-door preaching, distributing literature such as
The Watchtower and Awake!, and refusing military service and blood
transfusions. They do not observe Christmas, Easter, birthdays or other
holidays and customs they consider to have pagan origins incompatible with
Christianity. Adherents commonly refer to their body of beliefs as "the
" and consider themselves to be "in the truth". They consider
to be morally corrupt and under
the influence of Satan, and most limit their social interaction with
non-Witnesses. The group reports a worldwide membership of more than 8.3
million adherents involved in evangelism and an annual Memorial attendance
of more than 20 million.
, is an
emotion involving pleasure, excitement, and sometimes anxiety in
considering some expected or longed-for good event.
is intense enjoyment, interest, or approval.
is lacking the capacity or
ability to simplify. Addictions
Provoke someone to do something through often
false or exaggerated promises or
personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or
certainty. Allure, allurement, appeal, attractiveness, bait,
captivation, charm, come-on, courting, draw, drawing power,
enchantment, endearment, enthrallment, enticement, fascination,
gravitation, inclination, inducement, interest, invitation,
pull, seduction, solicitation, temptation, tendency. Antonyms:
is an intermediate state after physical death in which some of those
ultimately destined for heaven must first "undergo purification, so as to
achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven". Only those who
die in the state of grace but have not yet fulfilled the temporal
punishment due to their sin can be in Purgatory, and therefore no one in
Purgatory will remain forever in that state nor go to hell. This notion
has old roots.
is the ability of a being or creature to completely
transform its physical form or shape. This is usually achieved through an
inherent ability of a mythological creature, divine intervention, or the
use of magic.
is an act of
as a sacrifice.
is a statement that is taken to be true, to serve as a
premise or starting point for further reasoning and arguments.
is not a good
, what other methods can help make someone
aware of danger
A religious person becomes a terrorist when they use their
belief as an excuse to commit a crime, or
when they use
their belief to deny the rights and
the freedoms of other people. An
contradiction of the
Praying 24 hours
a day, seven days a week
will not solve our problems. It's
better to die standing up against injustices then to die on your
knees. Not to say that praying
doesn't make a difference, but if
that's all you do, then it will not. I pray
that my life will
make a difference in peoples lives, I pray that my actions will
save lives and reduce suffering.
I don't understand
, It feels like I'm outsourcing reality,
ownership of my life, or like I'm creating a
. I believe that the power of God
would be better served if we focused more on our abilities and
our potential. After all, God gave us abilities and potential,
like the ability to use language to transfer knowledge and
ourselves and to others. This transference of knowledge is
extremely important to everyone on the planet. If we are not
careful with the knowledge we convey, we may do
We need to take
responsibility for our actions, we need to learn to solve our
problems, we can't keep
, because eventually, we all know that the
always collapse, and the last one
holding the bill this time, will mark the moment of our
extinction. I would never say that ideologies
, but I would say that the
combination of our ideologies
has given us incredible
potential, enough potential to stop the killing, and to end all
suffering. Our ability to communicate is our greatest strength,
but we need to use our language wisely. We cannot depend on
always being understood the way we would like to be, we have to
learn how to use language carefully, effectively and
efficiently. We should come up with a
use, so that we can have a guide to help us
is the use of media, specifically radio
and television, to communicate Christianity.
Why does religion sometimes look like a
? Can something be
is a phenomenon in which people appear to speak
unknown to them.
Is allowing people to have special
just another form of
Should any Religion have the right to abuse
human rights or civil rights
No. You cannot justify.
also be related to the publics interpretation
of the world or
Practice What You Preach
, why is this so difficult? Counterintuitive
Evolutionary Psychology of Religion
is the study of
religious belief using evolutionary
Do as I say
, not as I do. Where's the
is to do without
something in order to survive or to reach a goal. Changing priorities and
temporally suspending certain activities so that you can work on the
things that are now more important.
These are the things that we have to do to
existence, and to guarantee that our children will have a chance
to enjoy this incredible planet as we did. I'm not saying the
world is full of joy, but it can be. But at the moment I can't
enjoy knowing that others are dying and suffering because of the
cost of other people's enjoyment, we can't allow ourselves to
contribute to this diffusion of
, we owe it to the
billions that have lived and we owe it to the trillions of
people that will live in our future.
Of course we are talking more the trillions of people....Lets
say that we have 4 billion years left on our planet, and lets
say we stay at our current population size of 7 billion, and
lets say that everyone lives for a hundred years, So now we can
say that every 100 years we will have 7 billion new people on
the planet. 7 billion new lives every 100 years, 4 billion
divided by 100 is 40 million,
So 7 billion times 40 million is a number so big it cannot be
visualized, so lets just say Quadrillions of humans who will
experience life on this planet after you are dead and gone, that
is a lot of people counting on you. and that is a lot of people
responsible for. But it is also good knowing that trillions more
people will experience life on this planet, and look back on our
time in history as being the defining moment, we cannot deny
this fact that we are in this moment now, it's time that we open
our hearts and our minds, we have a lot of work to do, and a lot
of lives to save, so here we go...let us start talking, let us
start doing, let us start living as intelligent humans. Let us
not break the chain of life, let us make the chain of life
stronger, so that humans can live forever, in peace, and in harmony.
Thinking that God will punish evil and
corrupt people is foolish
, this will not solve our problems. We
have to solve these problems ourselves. We can no longer
away that easy.
Our beliefs and our hopes are comforting, but we all know that we can not
just wish away our problems, we tried that already, it failed. So it's
time we except our responsibilities. It's time to learn, it's time to
live, it's time to love, it's time to progress.
There is nothing wrong with
, the only thing wrong
is peoples ignorance, and if someone wants to blame their
ignorance on religion, or use their religion as an excuse for
ignorance, then they only prove one thing, and that is that they
Thinking for yourself can only happen when when
learn how to think without confining and controlling
Belonging to a group does not mean that
you are connected, or excepted, or protected
Even if you belong to a group and your are connected to a group,
but if the group you're connected to is not connected to the
rest of the world, and is isolated by prejudice or beliefs that
cause you to be bias against useful and important information,
then your group will eventually go extinct, as history has
proven. We want to encourage groups and socializing, but if a
group isolates itself and tries to disconnect itself from the
rest of the world, then that is the same as a self-induced
Evil - The Devil Made Me Do It
There is No Devil
. The Devil is just a
When someone says that the devil will trick you
, what they mean
is that ignorance will trick you
. So the only thing you should
is ignorance. To
overcome ignorance you need to learn
and educate yourself
. Ignorance is a
Making Deals with the Devil
- Devil's Advocate
Selling your Soul to the Devil
is the personification of evil as it is conceived in many and various
cultures and religious traditions. It is seen as the objectification of a
hostile and destructive force. Hell
Problem of Evil
refers to the question of how to reconcile
the existence of evil
an omnibenevolent, omniscient
or the man of the lie
is always associated
with "false doctrine
and the act of misleading"
whereas the Wicked Priest is associated with "cultic
Exorcism for Ignorance
Being ignorant can be similar to being possessed by the devil or
similar to being controlled by an evil spirit. So you may need to do an
that helps to
the person so they can begin to
free themselves from the ignorance they have that is causing all the
in their life. An
necessary. Make sure that the person is in a safe and quite place before
you begin to recite
that will help to release the
demon of ignorance that resides in ones being. Here is one
recite example of therapeutic words to use
compels you, The Power
compels you! Thou cast out all ignorance! Dumbness be
gone! Thou cast out all unclean
spirits, all satanic powers, all infernal invaders and all wicked sects.
We drive this ignorance from us. God the Father, the Son and the Holy
Ghost commands you. O Lord grant us thy powerful protection that knowledge
gives us. Deliver us from the snares of the
we call ignorance, keep us
safe and sound."... If that doesn't work, then you might want to
and help them do a lot of
Eventually the ignorance devil will flee the body in search for
ignorant person to possess
and control, which usually doesn't take too
- Evil Puppets
is a person who is believed to be able to cast out the devil or performs
the ridding of demons or other supernatural beings who are alleged to have
possessed a person, or (sometimes) a building or even an object. An
exorcist can be specially prepared or instructed person including: priest,
a nun, a monk, a witch doctor (healer), a shaman, a psychic or a geomancer
(Feng shui - Chinese geomancy). (Of course we now have
involves the belief that an alien spirit, demon, or
entity controls a person's actions. Those who believe themselves so
possessed commonly claim that symptoms of demonic possession include
missing memories, perceptual distortions, loss of a sense of control, and
hyper-suggestibility. Possession, in which Satan or some demon(s) takes
full possession of a person's body without their knowledge or consent; the
victim is morally blameless. Obsession
which includes sudden attacks of irrationally obsessive thoughts, usually
culminating in suicidal ideation, and which typically influences dreams.
Oppression, in which there is no loss of consciousness or involuntary
action, such as in the biblical Book of Job in which Job was tormented by
a series of misfortunes in business, family, and health. External physical
pain caused by Satan or some demon(s). Infestation, which affects houses,
things, or animals; and Subjection, in which a person voluntarily submits
to Satan or some demon(s). Sometimes a possession may be a manifestation
of superhuman strength. Speaking in tongues or languages that the victim
cannot know. Revelation of knowledge, distant or hidden, that the victim
cannot know. Blasphemous rage, obscene hand gestures, using Profanity and
an aversion to holy symbols, relics or places.
is the religious or spiritual practice of evicting demons
spiritual entities from a person, or an area, that is believed to be
possessed. Depending on the spiritual beliefs of the exorcist, this may be
done by causing the entity to swear an oath, performing an elaborate
ritual, or simply by commanding it to depart
in the name of a higher
power. The practice is ancient and part of the belief system of many
cultures and religions.
in the Catholic Church are for those who are believed to be
the victims of demonic possession or
mental health problem
. Just because someone is suffering from a mental
health problem or physical health problem does not mean that the person is
possessed by the devil, they could just be a
. Signs of
demonic invasion vary depending on the type of demon and its purpose,
including: Loss or lack of appetite. Cutting, scratching, and biting of
skin. A cold feeling in the room. Unnatural bodily postures and change in
the person's face and body. The possessed losing control of their normal
personality and entering into a frenzy or rage, and/or attacking others.
Change in the person's voice. Supernatural physical strength not subject
to the person's build or age. Speaking or understanding another language
which they had never learned before. Knowledge of things that are distant
or hidden. Prediction of future events (sometimes through dreams).
Levitation and moving of objects / things. Expelling of objects / things.
Intense hatred and violent reaction toward all religious objects or items.
Antipathy towards entering a church, speaking Jesus' name or hearing
scripture. The demon may hold control over their physical body. Exorcism in Christianity
Devil in My Car
- The B-52's
(youtube) - Help! The devil's in my car. Help! The
devil's in my car. Help! The devil's in my car. Ho, devil's in my
car, whoa please. Please! Leave me alone! We're really tearin' tar.
We're goin' 90 miles an hour. Ho! He's drivin' me crazy. He's drivin'
me to Hell now. He's pointing his pitchfork at me. He's in the front
seat of my car! He's taking over! Ooh, he ripped my upholstery.
He's at the wheel, Help! The devil's in my car. Help! He's drivin'
too far. Ooh! Whoa! I can't lock the door, I can't put on my
safety belt. There's nothing for me to do but yell help! Devil's in
my car! I'm goin' to Hell in my old Chevrolet, I don't know which
way. Oh, help! Devil's in my car! Yeah, yeah. He's gone too far.
I won't see ya tomorrow. I won't see ya anymore. He's got his cloven
hoof on the clutch. Oh! Ow! I'm sitting on his tail. Oh-oh, I don't
want to go to Hell. (I don't want to go to the devil.) He's in my
car, in my car, in my car. Oh-wah! The radio gives me static,
There's nothing on my CB. Oh, help! the devil's in my car. Oh, he's
in my car. He's in my car. The devil's in my car. We're turning off
the road. Oh! Where ya taking me devil? Oh! He's grinning door to
door. He's got his cloven hoof on the clutch. Help me! Oh, I
don't want to go to Hell. (I don't want to go to the devil.) He's in
my car. Freeway to Hell. We're burning up the road. Freeway to Hell.
(Right through the tollbooth), we're burning up the road. (1980
The Devil - Van Halen
(youtube) - I live my life like there's no
tomorrow, And all I've got, I had to steal, Least I don't need to beg or
borrow, Yes I'm livin' at a pace that kills, Runnin' with the Devil. (1978)
or the Day of Wrath, is a Latin chant or hymn. It is a Medieval
Latin poem characterized by its accentual stress and rhymed lines. The
metre is trochaic. The poem describes the Last Judgment, trumpet summoning
souls before the throne of God, where the saved will be delivered and the
unsaved cast into eternal flames. It is best known from its use in the
Requiem (Mass for the Dead or Funeral Mass). An English version is found
in various Anglican Communion service books. The first melody set to these
words, a Gregorian chant, is one of the most quoted in musical literature,
appearing in the works of many composers. The final couplet Pie Jesu has
been often reused as an independent song. The sequence dates from at least
the thirteenth century, though it is possible that it is much older, with
some sources ascribing its origin to St. Gregory the Great (d. 604),
Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153), or Bonaventure (1221–1274). (If you
learn from your mistakes, you will live a better life or be in heaven. If
you don't learn from your mistakes, you will live a difficult life, or be
can refer to three very different but interrelated subjects: one
of the Ancient Greek harmoniai (characteristic melodic behaviour, or the
scale structure associated with it), one of the medieval musical modes,
or, most commonly, one of the modern modal diatonic scales, corresponding
to the white notes from D to D, or any transposition of this.
has a fixed number of stresses per line regardless of
the number of syllables that are present. It is common in languages that
are stress-timed, such as English, as opposed to syllabic verse which is
common in syllable-timed languages, such as French.
Church and State - Secular - Separate but Not Divided
is a state that
claims to be officially neutral
in matters of religion, supporting
neither religion nor irreligion. But this is hard to prove since there is
no definitive evidence that there is a clear separation of church and state
or a clear separation of good and bad,
because these teachings can be very subtle
and difficult to detect. Society has a
that is embedded in almost every school, university and
, and also embedded
in almost every media outlet
. So there is no
real separation, only a type
of belief system
that most people have no idea how it exists,
or why it exists or who
controls it? A secular state claims to treat all
its citizens equally
regardless of religion, and claims to avoid
a citizen from a particular religion or non-religion over other religions
. Secular states do not have a state
religion, established religion or equivalent, although the absence of a
state religion does not necessarily mean that a state is fully secular;
however, a true secular state should steadfastly maintain national
governance without influence
. But what about the influence of
partisan political ideologies
influence of money
The root of all evil
seems to be ignored, just like
of people is ignored. But of course that's not the
is it? We have this corruption
problem too. Decisions
be based on facts
, because this gives
us the best accuracy
also reduces mistakes
. People need to be more
focused on separating fact
, as well as separating
attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual
basis. Not subject to or bound by religious rule and not belonging to or
living in a monastic or other order. Atheism
is the state of being separate
from religion, or of not being exclusively
allied with or against
any particular religion.
is the principle of the
and persons mandated to represent the state from religious
institutions and religious dignitaries. One manifestation of secularism is
asserting the right to be free from religious rule and teachings, or, in a
state declared to be neutral
on matters of belief, from the imposition by
government of religion or religious practices upon its people. Another
manifestation of secularism is the view that public activities and
decisions, especially political ones, should be uninfluenced by religious
beliefs and/or practices. Separate
does not mean closed minded or stubborn
embraces human reason, ethics,
philosophical naturalism while specifically rejecting religious dogma,
supernaturalism, pseudoscience, and superstition as the bases of
and decision making.
is the aspect of
that deals with
outside of religious
traditions. Modern examples include humanism
freethinking, and most versions of consequentialism. Additional
philosophies with ancient roots include those such as skepticism and
Morals without Religion
Margaret K. Knight
also called secularization
is the act of removing a religious blessing from something that had been
previously consecrated by a minister or priest of that religion. The
practice is usually performed on churches to be rendered to non-religious
(secular) use or demolished.
Separation of Church and State
an illusion. When you have religious people
working in the public sector, like teaching, administrating and
then there is
no real separation of church and state
, especially when
so much alike
. This is
why there are religious symbols found in a lot
of government buildings. Separation is almost impossible
. So in
a way the
. And the
believes in controlling it's
just like most religions do. The State Worships Money and they
expect their followers to do the same. So the state is just like
another form of religion where people live their lives in fear and worship
a God they call
. So where is this
Shouldn't we just be separating the good ideas from the bad
? We should not blur the lines between
. The state should not
exploit religion, and religion
should not exploit the state. There is collusion
to a certain degree, so who's really
? It's not a true democracy
or human rights doesn't seem
to make it into the conversation, especially when a religious person can
use their religion as an excuse to be an as*hole to people and
. I don't think that "Thou should be an as*hole" is in any
religious book. But some religious fanatics
they can use their religion as a weapon
pretend to be above the law
, which makes their religion look
more like a terrorist organization than a religious organization. And this
is not about respecting their religious beliefs, it's more about how
ignorant they are, and that they use religion as their excuse for being
, which there is no excuse, except for having a very low level of
education and never educating themselves to acquire the most valuable
knowledge and information that is currently available.
Religious Freedom Bill
is an example that there is no separation of
Church and State. Giving religious people an excuse to
people is just
influencing more extremism
, and just another way for the
state to keep people divided
We need exemptions
, as long
as exemptions are not used as an ignorant excuse to
commit a crime
or as an excuse to
put other people in danger.
Separation of Church and State
refers to the creation of a
, that is with or without legally
explicit church–state separation and to disestablishment, or the changing
of an existing formal relationship between the church and the state.
Although the concept is older, the exact phrase "separation of church and
state" is derived from "wall of separation between
church and state
", a term coined by
. The establishment
clause separates church from state, but not religion from politics or
public life. Individual citizens are free to bring their religious
convictions into the public arena. But the government is
prohibited from favoring one
religious view over another
religion over non-religion. In a society, the degree of
between the church and the civil state is determined by the legal
structures and prevalent legal views that define the proper relationship
between organized religion and the state. The arm's length principle
proposes a relationship wherein the two political entities interact as
organizations each independent of the authority of the other.
is the condition or the fact that the parties of a
transaction are independent
an equal footing. Such a transaction is known as an "arm's-length
transaction". It is used specifically in
to arrange an agreement that will stand up to legal
scrutiny, even though the parties may have shared interests (e.g.,
employer–employee) or are too closely related to be seen as completely
independent (e.g., the parties have familial ties). An arm's length
relationship is distinguished from a fiduciary relationship, where the
parties are not on an equal footing, but rather, power and information
The Lord is
Not on Trial Here Today
(video by Jay Rosenstein -
was the plaintiff in the landmark 1948
Supreme Court case McCollum v. Board of Education, which struck down
religious education in public schools. The defendant in the case was the
public school district of Champaign, Illinois; instructors chosen by three
religious faiths had taught religion classes within the district's
schools. McCollum wrote a book on the case, One Woman's Fight (1953),
became a world traveler and served two terms as president of the American
Humanist Association from 1962–1965. She was also a signer of the
Humanist Manifesto II in October 1973 and the Humanist Manifesto III in
2003. In 1948 McCollum told The New York Times "As long as the public
school is used to recruit the child or to segregate the children according
to religion or to use the truancy power of the public schools to make them
go to religions classes, I'm against it".(November 6, 1912 – August 20,
is time set aside during school hours,
typically an hour a day or a week, for students to receive off-campus
private religious education.
"Do unto others as you would have them
do unto you".
Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount
that one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself
(positive or directive form). One should not treat others in ways that one
would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form). What you wish
upon others, you wish upon yourself (empathic or responsive form).
are verbal expressions used by the speaker to encourage or
discourage an action. Different hortatives can be used to express greater
or lesser intensity, or the speaker's attitude, for or against it. The
cohortative is a hortative
modality in English
. The cohortative is used for
discouragement. it signals mutual encouragement for the speaker and the
is a grammatical mood
that forms a command or request.
is about a speaker's or a writer's attitude
towards the world. A speaker or writer can express certainty, possibility,
necessity and ability by using modal words and expressions. Speakers often
have different opinions about the same thing.
If you violate other
peoples rights, then that means you're saying that other people can
violate your rights, which means that you're inciting a war.
Stopping this ignorant cycle of abuse begins with you. You can't use a
belief as a reason or as evidence for another belief. No one is saying
that you have to give up your beliefs, we are just saying that you should
not use your beliefs as a reason
not to learn
or as a reason not to
. It's better to
look keep looking for answers
pretending that you know
state of having rejected your religious beliefs for your political party
or a cause. The act of abandoning a party for cause.
abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief. is the
formal disaffiliation from, abandonment of, or renunciation of a religion
by a person.
is the act of leaving a faith, or a religious group or
community. It is in many respects the reverse of religious conversion.
is to foster a secular society based on science, reason,
freedom of inquiry, and humanist values
was a Puritan, an English Reformed theologian, and later a Reformed
Baptist who was an early proponent of religious freedom and separation of
church and state, and a supporter of members of the Free Will Baptist
The Age of Reason
was written by
who wrote about the
corruption of the Christian Church and criticized its efforts to acquire
political power. Paine advocates
in the place of
, leading him to reject miracles and to view the Bible as
"an ordinary piece of literature rather than as a divinely inspired text".
It promotes natural religion and argues for the existence of a creator-God.
, law and
morals has been part of the "American
" since the 1940s. In recent years, the phrase has been
associated with political conservatives
Educators and their Political Leanings
. Even though
keep a politically neutral front
as part of their jobs,
has a way
of creeping into their classrooms through the text books they use and from
school administration requirements. The teaching of ideological beliefs
can be very subtle
to the untrained teacher and student. But it's mostly
the lack of knowledge and skills that schools fail to teach that ends up
doing the most damage. Among actors and actresses, there are 90 Democrats
for every 10 Republicans. Teachers are actually as liberal or even more so
than those in acting. Among English teachers, there are 97 Democrats for
every three Republicans
, with the proportion being even more one-sided
among health teachers, with 99 Democrats for every one Republican. While
there are slightly more Republicans
among math and science teachers, among
high school teachers overall, there are 87 Democrats for every 13
Republicans. Forty one percent of respondents described themselves as
Democrats while another 30 percent said they were independents. Just 27
percent were Republicans
. Half the respondents voted for Democrat Hillary
Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Another 29 percent voted for
Trump. Thirteen percent selected a third-party candidate. Forty three
percent of the educators surveyed see themselves as moderate. The rest
were slightly more likely to lean to the left than the right. Nearly 30
percent describe themselves as liberal or very liberal. Twenty seven
percent view themselves as conservative or very conservative. Seventy
percent give Republicans a "D" or an "F" for their handling of K-12
policy. Forty five percent give Democrats a "D" or "F." Each party gets an
"A" from only 1 percent of respondents.
is a religious body or creed officially endorsed by the
state. A state with an official religion, while not secular, is not
necessarily a theocracy, a country whose rulers have both secular and
spiritual authority. State religions are official or government-sanctioned
establishments of a religion, but the state does not need be under the
control of the religion (as in a theocracy) nor is the state-sanctioned
religion necessarily under the control of the state.
is the incorporation of positive
or non-theism into political regimes. It may also refer to
large-scale secularization attempts by governments. It is a form of
religion-state relationship that is usually ideologically linked to
irreligion and the promotion of irreligion to some extent. State atheism
may refer to a government's promotion of anti-clericalism, which opposes
religious institutional power and influence in all aspects of public and
political life, including the involvement of religion in the everyday life
of the citizen. In some instances, religious symbols and public practices
that were once held by religion were replaced with secularized versions.
State atheism can also exist in a politically neutral fashion, in which
case it is considered as non-secular.
Factions - Dissenting Religions - Religions Splitting
division between people
usually belonging to an organization, movement, or religious denomination.
The word is most frequently applied to a split in what had previously been
a single religious body, such as the East–West Schism or the Great Western
Schism. It is also used of a split
within a non-religious organization or
movement or, more broadly, of a separation
between two or more people, be
it brothers, friends, lovers, etc. A schismatic is a person who
in an organization or who is a member of a
Schismatic as an adjective means pertaining to a schism or schisms, or to
those ideas, policies, etc. that are thought to lead towards or promote
is a small organized dissenting
within a larger one. A
state of conflict
Subgroups of Society
- Factions in the Republican
is a subgroup of a religious, political, or philosophical belief system,
usually an offshoot of a larger group.
is a subgroup within a religion that operates
under a common name, tradition, and identity.
New Religious Movement
is a religious or spiritual group that has
modern origins and is peripheral to its society's dominant religious
is the doctrine or belief that only one
particular religion or belief system is true.
is the adoption of a set of beliefs identified
with one particular religious denomination to the exclusion of others.
Thus "religious conversion" would describe the abandoning of adherence to
one denomination and affiliating with another. This might be from one to
another denomination within the same religion.
is the adoption of a different religion or the
adoption of irreligion under duress. Someone who has been forced to
convert to a different religion or irreligion may continue, covertly, to
adhere to the beliefs and practices which were originally held, while
outwardly behaving as a convert. Extremism
are enacted to protect people from forced
conversions, or from being forced to abandon their religion or forced to
join a religion. Those accused of fraudulently converting adults, minors
or those from a marginalized community, will face a jail time or a fine. A
person should not have the right to convert other person to one's own
religion. Anti-conversion act criminalizes unlawful religious conversion
and inter-faith marriages with the sole intention of changing someone's
religion. Freedom of Religion
treating a person or
because of the particular beliefs which they hold
about a religion. This includes instances when adherents of different
religions, denominations or non-religions are treated unequally due to
their particular beliefs, either before the law or in institutional
settings, such as employment or housing.
another's religious beliefs or practices or lack thereof. Mere statements
which are contrary to one's beliefs do not constitute intolerance.
Religious intolerance occurs when a group or person
specifically refuses to tolerate
another persons practices or beliefs based on their won religious beliefs.
unwillingness to recognize
opinions or beliefs.
separation of people
according to their religion. The term has been applied to cases of
religious-based segregation which occurs as a social phenomenon, as well
as segregation which arises from laws, whether they are explicit or
implicit. Secular State
are any opinions or doctrines at variance with an
official or orthodox position.
a division between people
, usually belonging to an organization, movement,
or religious denomination.
is the adaptation of the way Church teachings are
presented to other, mostly non-Christian, cultures and, in turn, the
influence of those cultures on the evolution of these teachings.
Defunct Religious Organizations
Islamic Schools and Branches
summarizes the different branches and
schools in Islam. The best known split, into Sunni Islam, Shia Islam, and
Kharijites, was mainly political at first but eventually acquired
theological and jurisprudential dimensions. There are three traditional
types of schools in Islam: schools of jurisprudence, Sufi orders and
schools of theology. The article also summarizes major denominations and
movements that have arisen in the modern era.
are a group of Semitic-originated religious
communities of faith that claim descent
from the Judaism of the ancient Israelites and the worship of the God of
Abraham. The Abrahamic religions are monotheistic, with the term deriving
from the patriarch Abraham (a major biblical figure from the Old
Testament, which is recognized by Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others).
is one of the two main branches of Islam. It holds that the
Islamic prophet Muhammad designated Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor and
the Imam (leader) after him, most notably at the event of Ghadir Khumm,
but was prevented from the caliphate as a result of the incident of
Saqifah. This view primarily contrasts with that of
, whose adherents believe that Muhammad did not appoint a
successor and consider Abu Bakr, who they claim was appointed caliph by a
small group of Muslims at Saqifah, to be the first rightful caliph after
the Prophet. One of the most crucial differences between Shia and Sunni
Muslims is the importance that the Shiites give to Ali, whom the Sunni do
not recognize as being the prophet's rightful successor. Both sides agreed
that Allah is the one true God and that Muhammad was his messenger, but
one group (which eventually became the Shiites) felt Muhammad's successor
should be someone in his bloodline, while the other (which became the
Sunnis) felt a pious individual who would follow the Prophet's customs was
acceptable. The Quran, together with hadith (especially those collected in
Kutub al-Sittah) and binding juristic consensus, form the basis of all
traditional jurisprudence within Sunni Islam. Sharia rulings are derived
from these basic sources, in conjunction with
of public welfare and juristic discretion, using the principles of
jurisprudence developed by the traditional legal schools.
are nonreligious persons who adhere to Christian
values and appreciate Christian culture. As such, these individuals
usually identify themselves as culturally Christians, and are often seen
by practicing believers as nominal Christians. This kind of identification
may be due to various factors, such as family background, personal
experiences, and the social and cultural environment in which they grew
When someone says that there's no
of something, it could mean that someone is
or they're expressing a
. All you can say is there
is not enough evidence
that you know
of, or are aware of, that would support
a particular belief. You have to
look at all the evidence that is currently available and analyze the evidence very carefully.
And you have to conclude that there's
need to be answered, because the evidence
that you do have, as far as you
know, does not prove for certain a particular
this also does not mean that there is other evidence that has not been
looked at or carefully analyzed
To say that there's no proof
would mean that
all the evidence that is currently available indicates that something else
may be the cause, and we should
this further. The absence of evidence does not prove anything
you cannot use the absence of evidence as an excuse or as a reason to say
something that you have no proof of. That type of
is absurd and
. Pretending to know
the answer is more dangerous
than knowing that you do not have the
answer. Your theory
is not better than another theory if you never explain
your theory. It's hard to prove that the universe and life on our planet
just happened all by it self
So anyone can have a theory
. And it's
not just a theory if the theory itself stops people from learning and
stops people from seeking knowledge and making new discoveries, especially
knowing that every person alive today is the direct result of people
learning and people seeking knowledge. So there is no point in pretending
that we have learned everything that there is to know, and that there's no
point in learning anymore, which is saying that there's no point to life
or no point in living, which sounds like the devil talking. Of course we
have a lot more to learn. And so we shall, for
has brought us this far, so
let's see how far we can go. If you believe something, you have to
remember that the word believe
means that there is no evidence or that there is a lack of evidence.
Everyone needs to learn how to finish a sentence
are saying something just because they used a few words
. To say that there
is no proof of God is a lie, and to say that there is proof of God is also
a lie. All you can say is that you believe in God, and a belief means that
there's no evidence or there is a lack of evidence. People need to stop
pretending that they know something, and they need to
and start doing
. People have to understand
that people can say almost anything they want, because they know that
people are gullible
to someone else's lie only makes lies
spread like a virus. Just because there is not enough evidence to arrest
someone, this does not mean that someone is innocent and not guilty of
committing that crime.
Justified True Belief
states that in order to know that a given proposition is true,
one must not only believe the relevant true proposition, but also
justification for doing so
. In more formal terms, an agent S knows that a
proposition P P is true if and only if: P is true. S believes that P is
true, and S is justified in believing that P is true. Two
Wrongs don't make a Right
- Invalid Argument
No one likes a Dictator
, but everyone is guilty of
excepting what has been dictated
When people use other peoples misused
information as a reason for them to spread
their own form of misused unverified information, that is not only a
, it's using lies to spread more
lies. I don't mind people having theory's or beliefs, but people shouldn't
pretend to be reinforcing their beliefs because someone else's
misconstrued beliefs makes their beliefs look better. Other peoples
bullshit doesn't make your bullshit any less bullshitty. Don't try to make
your beliefs look better by comparing your beliefs to other peoples so
called beliefs, compare your beliefs to knowledge and information that can
be verified, or at the least, admit that you have a lack of verifiable
knowledge and information. I see no difference between a
private faith school and a public school
. Both are guilty of
leaving out knowledge
based on personal beliefs. Studying a
religion is not bad. What is bad is not giving a child a
complete education. When people exploit religious beliefs
to fit their own style of personal beliefs, they only confirm
that their version of knowledge and information is unreliable
and manipulative. You can't enlighten people with
and at the same time call it the Words of God.
You can't totally separate two things that are not totally
or definitive in themselves. You can only define the parts, and
when you define the parts, you are not defining the whole, only
the parts. And those particular parts can be compared to other
parts from other ideas. And then you can define which qualities
are better, or more logical, depending on it's use or
application. Generalized ideas may seem to have differences,
like science and religion, but there are always some
between them and they will always intersect in one way or another.
Pretending to be separate from Other People based solely on your
personal belief is a cruel and deceitful lie. We are all "Other
People". No religion or
can claim ownership of
murder or genocide
, for these diseases have plagued all mankind from the beginning.
Even religious people can be
corrupted by power
, so not even God can save you
from your own ignorance. Learning how to protect yourself from the
corruptible influences of society is your responsibility, not God's. And
every human on the planet shares that
learned how to believe in God, now you just have to learn how to believe
in your own abilities, because no one will ever do that for you, not even God.
When peoples ignorance is improperly reinforced by their
religious beliefs, or when they interpret things that only match the
things they think they know
or when a person only hears one side of the story, or uses
as some kind of measurement
for value or truth, then that person will always be ignorant and they will
never understand things the way the really are. This is another good
reason why education needs to improve. We need to stop radicalizing people
with these dumbed down education systems.
, I'm just not 100% affiliated with just one religion.
I love all religious people, but not for their
religion, but for their commitment, their discipline, and their
hope. I'm more interested in who they are as a person, and not
just the nuances of their daily rituals. The ritual is one
thing, the person is the other. I have lived long enough to know
that the person is the most important, and not my perception of
who I believe they are based on their beliefs. I just hope they
do the same for me. I don't want to be defined with a word, but
defined with several kind words.
I respect the beliefs of others
but I do not agree with every
belief that a person has or do I agree with every belief that a
religion has. If a belief stops you from realizing
to problems and keeps you from having a
clear understanding of knowledge and information, to the point
where you cannot make logical decisions and choices, then that
is a belief that I do not agree with.
Knowledge and information gives you a greater awareness of
yourself and the world, I have personally experienced this
awareness in myself and have also witnessed this awareness in
others. I cannot ignore
cause and effect
or can I ignore all
the knowledge and information that our species has learned and
acquired in the last two thousand years.
I would not ask anyone to give up their beliefs. All I would ask
is that we talk and listen to each other and share our knowledge
and wisdom. We can learn a lot from each other.
We may feel like we live on separate worlds, but we know that we
I'm more interested in knowing whether a
person knows the same things that I do. We don't have to believe
in the same things or think the same way. We just have to know
some of the same things. We have our personal beliefs, but we
also have our knowledge and our life experiences. We can still
benefit each other even though we don't believe in the same
things, or believe in the same way. Because we will always have
some commonality in our knowledge and in our experiences, enough
to communicate effectively and efficiently.
You shouldn't let your belief in God undervalue Humans or
undervalue other people.
A persons religion is only one detail of
many details that makes a person who they are. A person is a collection of
their personal experiences
And how a person interpretes those experiences will determine their
behaviors and expressions. A person is also a collection of the knowledge
and information that they have acquired so far in their life. And how much
a person has learned in their life will determine how much they will
understand about themselves and the world around them. So what ever
religion a person believes in, it is still just a small percentage of who
you are as a person. I don't judge people for their
, I judge
people most by their character. Instead of criticizing someone's behavior,
I would rather ask questions about their behaviors. My goal is to
understand, not to assume
Having friends is like having
to moments in your life. This is probably why so
many people believe in a God. God is like having the ultimate
witness to your life, someone who so it all. This is probably
why so many people are nice to God. You don't want to make your
best friend angry because God might reveal some of your life's
moments, wouldn't that be funny? Sure beats
- After Life
I believe in God, but I do not worship my
. Beliefs are not made to be worshiped. Beliefs were
created to give us hope in the absence of knowledge. And now
that there is an abundance of knowledge
, I have replaced many of
my beliefs with knowledge. This process has certainly helped me
to understand things a lot better. I will always believe in God,
but I can not be so presumptuous in guessing what that means.
Trying to express your own version of a
does not convey
enough useful information, unless you are just trying to
entertain people like you would with a
So then your not so much a religion, but more of an
entertainment facility where people pay a fee to play a part in
a group fantasy. Preaching is not the same as teaching. We as
Humans are really fortunate to have had so many people searching
for truth in so many different directions. We have learned so
much about ourselves and have learned so much about our world.
Ignoring this information is not logical. We are all one big
family living in a delicate system called earth.
Do not let your beliefs blind you from the known world. Instead,
let your beliefs live on in history.
Preserving the past does not mean you have to live in the past.
Instead of giving me a
puzzle made of words
, why don't you just
tell me what you're saying?
: Where heaven meets earth. A thin place is a place of energy. A
place where the veil between this world and the eternal
world is thin. A thin place is where one can walk in two worlds.
Thin places aren't perceived with the five senses. Experiencing
them goes beyond those limits.
Following the Leader could
If you are truly trying to teach
, then you certainly can't ignore the fact
that there is a lot more information and knowledge in our world
today then ever before. And this information and knowledge can
definitely help explain
that is behind having Moral Responsibility
or a having a
. So it makes
sense to update your knowledge-base, especially when other
people depend on you and rely on you to help them, and also to
help guide them
through this world.
What's the difference between having an
and believing in
What's the difference between
and believing that there is a
Why I Hate
Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word Poem
There's nothing worse then a
Perverted Interpretation of Information.
Tree of the Knowledge
If you were God, what would you do?
if you could never become the thing that you love the most,
then what will you become?
If God created the Universe, then
And just where was God living before the
Universe was even created?
If you could never imagine that you could
be a God
or be God like, then how God could exist? God had to learn how to
be God, how else could someone become a God without learning what being a
God is, or without learning what the responsibilities of being a God is.
It must be a really good school. School of God or God University?
You give power to a leader
because you can also be a leader
You allow others to teach you because you can also teach others, including yourself.
A Personal View on Religion
It is not that unusual to think outside yourself and believe in the
possibility that you are not alone in life. I kind of feel that
someone is out there, but that someone can be almost anything, and that
something could exist on some other level or dimension that my senses are
unable to understand. So what does this mean? There is something else, but
I have no way of knowing what that something else is. So until then, I
need to focus on the reality that is clearly in front of me. And if
someone on the other side chooses to send me a message, then please
do, I just hope that I will understand the message. So if there is a way
to communicate or a way to open up a channel, then I guess that is
something else that I will have to learn, which is no problem, because I
like learning. Intelligent
People love stories
stories about fantasies
. People like to
fantasize about what God may be like, everyone does it, it seems natural,
and it's also fun to imagine fantastic levels of existence. So it's not
bad, but some people tend to hold on to these stories as if they are true.
No one should blame people for their beliefs or judge them in anyway. I
understand that everyone needs something to hold on to, so who am I to say
what that is. All I'm saying is that we should not use our beliefs to
or try to
other. We all share reality. And there are many things is this world that
can distort reality
. So we need to stay
true to our reality, and also stay true to each other.
religions are a collection of stories
, struggle and
hope that expresses views about the
talk about a relationship with a Lord or a
significant figure. Religious writings also talk about our
relationship with the belief of a creator or God that resides
beyond our comprehension. But Religions
do not provide me with all the necessary knowledge that I need.
So I spend more time outside the religious realm, but never to
far away where I stop listening because some
can be very useful to the right person at
the right time. But this knowledge needs to be
so that the
correlations and similarities are not confused with things that are just a
It's a good idea not to live your whole life or plan
your entire life solely based on your religion. There is so much more
knowledge today then any other time in human history. And knowledge is
extremely valuable when trying to understand yourself and the world around
you. And Life has also changed tremendously since religions were written.
The moral rules
that now govern society
need to be considered. A person can no longer use religion as the only
excuse for a particular behavior or action. Religion should be more of a
guide, and not used as a reason. Reasons are more accurate when based on
and experience, and not
exclusively based on beliefs.
"It is said that Men may not be the Dreams of the God, but rather that the Gods are the Dreams of Men."
"If you find evidence that one or more of your beliefs is a
, then it doesn't necessarily say that your belief isn't true, all it is
saying is that you can no longer say that those particular
beliefs are considered to be true, not unless you prove that the
contradiction is false, if so, then you can continue with your
belief, or you can, find a new belief with less contradictions."
"Believing more in something doesn't make that something anymore real, you just
make it more exaggerated."
is making something
to seem more important than it really is. To
about certain details about
something in order to persuade
people to like what you are saying, like in
. To enlarge beyond
bounds or the truth. The act of making something more noticeable than
usual. Represented as greater than is true or reasonable.
Just because information contradicts
beliefs, this does not mean that your beliefs are totally wrong, it just means
that the way you understood your beliefs to be true needs to be
explained better so that there are no Contradictions.
I'm not so concerned about whether a person
believes in God or does not believe in God. To me that is just
one belief. I am way more concerned about all the other beliefs
that a person may have or not have. For me, the more I know
about someone the easier it is to understand them. Just knowing
someone's religion tells me very little about them.
"Although the unconscious slavery of
modern man to the industrial age is a serious matter, the
emancipation of mankind from physical and economic slavery is a
comparatively easy affair. The real slavery, because it is the
most cruel and destructive of all, is the intellectual bigotry
which claims to possess an exclusive monopoly on all truth. It
is people obsessed by such a belief who, when they happen to be
in a position of material power, hasten the downfall of a
laboriously built civilization or the disintegration
of a living religion. Man can be redeemed from all types of
bondage — physical, mental, spiritual, social, political, moral
— sooner or later. But the redemption of man from the
self-imposed shackles of intellectual self-sufficiency,
uncritically accepted ideals and a dry religious heritage is a
task which is well-nigh superhuman. Here is the real task of the
aspirant: to pierce through his own layers of self-imposed
self-sufficiency and insensitivity so that he may expose a layer
of vital awareness to the world about him, which would teach him
if it could." Meher Baba
"Why is there suffering? What gives my
life meaning? Is forgiveness possible? These types of questions
cannot be correctly answered by the church, they are better
answered by scholarly research and intelligent collaboration."
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the
strength to endure
difficult one” - (Bruce Lee
Bias, prejudice, discriminate, selective, everyone is a contradiction
to themselves. We don't use logic as much as we should. It seems
we have a separate set of rules and values for our beliefs, as
if they some how defy logic. This is an error that everyone
makes, so this is not unusual. I see people apply
to several areas of their life, but I also
see them not using the same process of logical thinking in other
areas of their life. We are selecting when to use logic, and we
don't fully understand how to use logic effectively. We want
people to hang on to their beliefs, but we also want people to
understand their beliefs, so they're more aware and more
knowledgeable about themselves and the world around them. I can
prey to God and be intelligent at the same time.
God is Knowledge - Knowledge is God - I was Blind but Now I See
We know that information
extremely important to everyone's
, so you could very well
say that in a way, God is Information
, Information is God. How else could have
known that God even existed if no one communicated this
information to you?
How else could have known that God existed
if no one wrote this information in a book?
The wealth gained from knowledge is tremendous
The potential for good is immense.
And the dumbing down of
education is catastrophic
, which is Anti-God and Anti-Life.
is not in favor of. A person who is
opposed or against something.
, if not for your own sake, Keep
learning for God's sake. Learning is
something of great importance, so you can almost go as far as
saying that, " God is Learning
, Learning is God ".
is that the Words of Knowledge is our
. And the
The Holy Grail of Knowledge
is finally in our reach, thank
God! "God is Life
, Life is God."
God is like a Super Hero
and an Inspiration
is a reason for wanting something done or
the purpose of achieving
Learning something new
and important is like being
, it frees you from uncertainty, while at the
same time, opens your eyes to more possibilities. Updating Beliefs
is a future prospect or
Capability of existing or happening or being true. A possible
is a possibility
due to a favorable combination of circumstances
, like learning something
someone from harm
or from an unpleasant
. A means of
or unpleasantness. The state of
or preserved from harm. Salvation in theology is the act
of delivering from sin
really said was "Let my people go, go to school
so they can worship knowledge instead of false beliefs, and let people serve every
man, women and child as God has intended, as well as, let people take care of our
precious planet that God has given to us all and has also given to all
other life forms that we share life with on this amazing planet that we
all call home. Let my people go
and let them be free,
free from ignorance and free to educate
themselves to the highest degree."
was to escape from a hostile environment, an environment that
was derived from ignorance. But the ignorance followed us and we did not
escape its wrath. So this time, we will not run, we will defeat this
enemy, so no matter were we go, we will always be free. So let us part
this sea of ignorance, and only let it collapse and drown those who stop
To be a disciple is
to be a follower and a student of knowledge and information. For
we are all
knowledge and information, and we are all on an endless journey of
discovery, a journey that will one day lead us to God, or one day, lead
God to us.Disciple
is someone who believes
and helps to spread the doctrine
is a system of beliefs.
God is knowledge
. Knowledge will
bring you closer to God. Learn the worlds most valuable knowledge.
The more you learn about life the more fantastic life
gets. life is absolutely mind blowing. Even though there are some things
that you learn about our world that are disturbing and painful, it's all
the other amazing things that you learn about that drives you to want to
know more and understand more. Knowledge
, but not just the power of control, the power that comes from
knowledge is in the form of energy, pure energy. And energy is the driving
force of the universe, without energy life could not exist. So maybe
God is Energy and Energy is God
. And if
not, it doesn't matter, because I'm going to find out what the truth is
eventually, because I'm
never going to stop learning
. So ready or not, here I come.
is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern
Greece and an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism.
is the revealing or disclosing of some form of
truth or knowledge through communication with a deity or other
supernatural entity or entities.
"God is not an old man in
the clouds, God is everything. But I guess if God wanted to be
an old man in the clouds, then I guess God could be an old man
in the clouds, after all, God is everything."
were not banished from the
Garden of Eden
, they just failed to understand the
and that learning
needs to be fully
understood. It is not forbidden to eat the fruit from the tree of
knowledge, it's just that there are many dangers and vulnerabilities if
the responsibilities of knowledge are never fully understood.
Sin is a product of ignorance
. Idle hands
are the devil's workshop, and idle minds is where the devil can take
control. Keep learning my friends.
knowledge and information have
been here since the beginning of human existence. And religion is an
interpretation of some of the things that we have learned from knowledge
and information. Religion is one of many steps that humans have taken in
human history, and we have many more steps to take. You don't have to
desert God in order to learn more about what God has given you.
Galileo Galilei: Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany, 1615
- I do not feel obliged to believe that the same
God who has endowed us with senses, reason and intellect has intended us
to forego their use
and by some other means to give us knowledge
which we can attain by them. He would not require us to deny sense and
reason in physical matters which are set before our eyes and minds by
direct experience or necessary demonstrations. This must be especially
true in those sciences of which but the faintest trace (and that
consisting of conclusions) is to be found in the Bible. Of astronomy; for
instance, so little is found that none of the planets except Venus are so
much as mentioned, and this only once or twice under the name of
"Lucifer." If the sacred scribes had had any intention of teaching people
certain arrangements and motions of the heavenly bodies, or had they
wished us to derive such knowledge from the Bible, then in my opinion they
would not have spoken of these matters so sparingly in comparison with the
infinite number of admirable conclusions which are demonstrated in that
science. Far from pretending to teach us the constitution and motions of
the heavens and other stars, with their shapes, magnitudes, and distances,
the authors of the Bible intentionally forbore to speak of these things,
though all were quite well known to them. Such is the opinion of the
holiest and most learned Fathers, and in St. Augustine we find the
following words: " . . .Hence let it be said briefly, touching the form
of heaven, that our authors knew the truth but the Holy Spirit did not
desire that men should learn things that are useful to no one for
"It's not just what
you do in your life, it's what you have learned in your life.
Did you learn more then the previous generation? And will your
knowledge benefit the next generation? That's eternal life,
that's the key to the gates of heaven. It's not so much your
actions in life, it's
the value of the knowledge that you shared
. That's the
reason why all life survives. The strongest genes survive, and
not what those genes did for a living. But there is one
that has the ability to trump all seeds, that's
seed of knowledge
. Humans don't have to totally rely on just
for survival, they have this extra ability to learn,
even more then plants and animals do. But the act of
has become an enigma for humans. We need to correct this if we
want to survive."
is something that baffles
understanding and cannot be explained. A difficult problem.
"With every deed you
are sowing a seed
, though the harvest you may not see."
Why do People Believe
was a Christian dualist or Gnostic revival movement that
thrived in some areas of Southern Europe, particularly what is now
northern Italy and southern France, between the 12th and 14th centuries.
"the pure [ones]".
collection of ancient religious ideas and systems which originated in the
first century AD among early Christian and Jewish sects. These various
groups emphasised personal spiritual knowledge (gnosis) over orthodox
teachings, traditions, and ecclesiastical authority. Gnostic cosmogony
generally presents a distinction between a supreme, hidden God and a
malevolent lesser divinity responsible for creating the material universe.
Viewing this material existence as flawed or evil, Gnostics considered the
principal element of salvation to be direct knowledge of the supreme
divinity in the form of mystical or esoteric insight. Many Gnostic texts
deal not in concepts of sin and repentance, but with illusion and enlightenment.
God is Brilliant
You don’t need religion to believe in God..do you?
No matter how much you can decipher this world and no matter how
much you can explain and understand about this world, you still
can’t help but feel just how freaking incredible life is at
times. How could you not feel that you are a part of something that is
greater then yourself, especially in those moments of grandeur
and inspiration? I can’t say that you will meet God when you die
because how do you know if death is the final stage. I mean it
would be nice to know that God will greet you when you die, but
we are talking about God, and how could you be so presumptuous
when talking about God? If I do see God when I die I would like
to shake God’s hand and say “Wow! You really know how to mess
with someone’s head” “That was just one freaking incredible
experience that I will never forget” “How did you ever come up
with this?” “You’re freaking brilliant God, just freaking
"God is Great" “Now what’s next God, or should I
even dare to ask?” What If ?
Too Many Open Ended Questions
? A closed-ended question
contrasts with an open-ended question, which cannot be answered with a
simple "yes" or "no", or with a specific piece of information, and which
gives the person answering the question scope to give the information that
seems to them to be appropriate. Open-ended questions are sometimes
phrased as a statement which requires a response.
Moody Blues - Question
of Christ or savior may not be in the form of
a human, it just may be in the form of a
. Because we all know, we do not need
another leader, or someone to deliver us from evil. What we need
. The knowledge that our Lord and God has been
trying to bestow on us from the beginning. So the second coming
may not be something that you will see with your eyes, but
something that you will feel with your heart.
To say that there must be a
God just because life is incredibly amazing, is illogical. Just
because you believe that there must be a creator, to call the
creator a God is illogical. To call anyone or anything a God is
illogical, mostly because you cannot accurately define what God
because descriptions are not explanations. So what would you call something that you don't understand?
I would use the 3 most powerful words in the universe, which are
"I don't know." Because you have to admit that you don't know
things in order to start the process of knowing. Pretending that
you know something means that you will never know. Because if
you stop asking questions because you believe that you know the
answer, that means that you will never know the answer, and most
likely, you will never know God.
"I see a day that all
churches will be more then a place of prayer, refuge, hope and
deities, but a place that will also become a symbol of knowledge
"One of the greatest experiences is
learning from other people, I'm nothing without you, or me or
everyone. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is us.
The Mother, the Daughter and the Holy Spirit, is us. Without each other, there's nothing, no one exists without the
"life is not about
suppression, life is about expression. This is how we have
survived and learned from the beginning of time. And as a
result, everyone alive today is an expression."
is precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving
nothing to implication. Articulate; either verbally or with a
cry, shout, or noise. Indicate through a symbol, formula, etc..
Manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)
Popular Religious Songs and Music
(youtube) (the entire album)
the Sky: Norman Greenbaum
Mamas and the Papas: Dedicated to the one I love
Funk Railroad: I can feel him in the Morning
Carl Orff - O
Fortuna ~ Carmina Burana
Carmina Burana (Orff)
is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in
1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina
Burana. Its full Latin title is Carmina Burana.
is the name given to a manuscript of 254 poems and
dramatic texts mostly from the 11th or 12th century, although some are
from the 13th century.
is a medieval Latin Goliardic poem written early in the 13th
Carl Orff's O Fortuna in Popular Culture
Grace (Lyrics) - Susan Boyle
Bagpipes - Amazing Grace
There's a lot of
that has come from religion.
Religion and Music
performed or composed for
religious use or through religious influence. Ritual music is music,
sacred or not, performed or composed for or as ritual.
Christian Music Artists
Atheists in Music List
written for performance in church,
or any musical setting of ecclesiastical liturgy, or music set to words
expressing propositions of a sacred nature, such as a hymn.
Meditation vs. Praying - Spirituality
is an individual's search for
in life. Spirituality is
distinct from organized religion in that spirituality does not necessarily
need a religious framework. That is, one does not necessarily need to
follow certain rules, guidelines or practices to be spiritual, but an
organized religion often has some combination of these in place. People
who report themselves to be spiritual
people may not observe any specific
can also refer to a religious process of
which "aims to recover the
original shape of man," oriented
at "the image of God" as exemplified by
the founders and sacred texts
of the religions of the world.
is the relationship between spirituality and the
mind. It's when
psychology and spiritual experience
overlap in the realm of transpersonal psychology.
Spiritualism is a belief that
spirits of the dead have both
the ability and the inclination to communicate with the living.
is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of
worship through deliberate communication
May take place in public or in private. Involves the
use of words
, song or
language is used, prayer may take the form of a hymn, incantation, formal
, or a
spontaneous utterance in the praying person.
is to address a deity, a prophet, a
saint or an object of worship
is a prayer
asking God's help
or a humble
request for help
. The act of
communicating with a deity, sometimes as a petition or in adoration or
means "so be it
", usually uttered at the end of a prayer or hymn. It is a
declaration of affirmation found in the Hebrew Bible and the New
Testament. It is found in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim worship as a
concluding word or response to prayers. Common English translations of the
word amen include "verily" and "truly". It can also be used colloquially
to express strong agreement, as in, for instance, amen to that.
, are we just asking ourselves a question? Would we be more
responsible if we just excepted that we are the ruler of our lives? Not to
say that we are alone, just saying that we need to take control of our
lives and become the leader of our soul, instead of
to outside entities.
But I guess it doesn't hurt to ask the universe for a little help now and
then, or ask God for a sign. It's worth a shot, or a prayer. Some people
live on a
is a colorful rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges
and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding
countryside and for other purposes. The
prayer flag is a symbol for 5 elements
is an address
of a religious
nature usually delivered during a church service. A talk on a religious or
moral subject, especially one given during a church service and based on a
passage from the Bible. A sermon is an oration or lecture by a preacher.
Sermons address a scriptural, theological, or moral
, usually expounding on a type of belief, law, or behavior within
both past and present contexts. Elements of the sermon often include
What are the differences and similarities between Meditation and
They both make you concentrated and
on what is important
They both wipe out unwanted thoughts.
They both calm you down by increasing your control over your
They both give you little extra
and fulfillment by
giving you the feeling of achievement (on overcoming a daily
They both need high attention
to be done correctly.
They both can be done in group.
Salat can be considered as
meditation is not salah. In mediation you give your attention to
you want, your instructor or your object of
meditation, but in
you have to give your attention
to the verses and to Islam's god. The goal of meditation can be
varied, from reaching
tranquility of mind
solving a problem
to satisfying a god(in traditional methods), salah is to satisfy
Allah only. If you skip your meditation you will not feel
guilty, but if you skip salah
you will feel guilty and you have to do the skipped salah. You
don't have to be religious to meditate, but you have to be a Muslim to do salah. Meditation times can be defined by
yourself while salah times are predefined. Meditation can be as
short as 5 min up to one hour or more, salah be very fast if you
can say verses fast (with less attention) and it can take longer
if you choose long verses (normally not more than 15 minutes in
any case). You can listen to music
in meditation but that is not
a good idea for doing salah. You can practice meditation under a
female instructor (couch, teacher or guru) but you cannot have a
female leader for group salah. Meditation doesn't motivate you
toward a specific goal while salah gives you motivation to
follow Islam and obey Allah. You can talk or move during
meditation, but movements and chants are restricted in salah.
is a shout or song of praise to God
the quality of being religious or
. A virtue which
may include religious devotion, spirituality, or a mixture of both. A
common element in most conceptions of piety is humility, which is a lack
of false pride
is a prayer consisting of a series of
by the priest
with responses from the congregation. A series of
for use in church services
or processions, usually
by the clergy and responded to in a recurring formula by the
people. A form of prayer used in services and processions, and consisting
of a number of petitions. Litany is any long and tedious address or
Day By Day - Robin
Lamont - Godspell
(1973) - Oh dear Lord, three things I pray, May I
know Thee more clearly, Love Thee more dearly, Follow Thee more nearly,
day by day.Prayers
Lord, make me an instrument of thy
Where there is hatred, let me sow
Where there is injury,
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair,
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy
Prayer of Saint Francis
Missionaries of Charity
- "Thy will be done, on
earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and
us our trespasses, as
we forgive those who trespass against us; and
lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil
"Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as
it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily
, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Hail Mary,
full of grace.
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us
this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive
those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil.
Lords Prayer Translated
as if you were a God.
Remember to eat healthy and be
for what you have. Forgive
yourself for the mistakes
that you made, and
other people for the
mistakes that they have made. Be careful of addictions and know the
difference between your needs and your wants, especially when wants make
you do bad things
Conformity - Fitting In
is the act of
attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to a group
, like a child
who imitates other people
order to fit in. Mimic
is when people have
in a group but they often adjust their own attitudes and
behaviors to match the group opinion
thus end up being submissive
Don't Confuse Conformity with Working Together
We should see
as a behavior that can be illogical and
extremely risky to society when
. We need
, but when behavior becomes
what is perceived to be popular
, then that restricts
which are two extremely important activities for every human
this planet earth. When each of us
reinforces bad behavior
we become part of the problem. When conformity stops a person from
things, then this puts the whole
at risk. And when a
are never heard, a tragic
accident may occur. When foresight
is blinded by a conformist
behavior, or by the fear
of being called a nonconformist, then
are impeded, and life becomes stagnant
to suffering and death, which is clearly the
state that we are still in today in 2020. When everyone
thinks the same way and looks the same way, then
is lost. How do
know right from wrong
everyone is wrong? People with good paying jobs can be the most
. They can be afraid to speak up in fear of losing their good
paying job. It's like they have been bought. They took the bribe and sold
out and swallowed their pride. They turned their back on honor, and people
died. "I would rather live standing up against
than to die on my knees as a
. It's better to die standing
than to live on your knees." Non-Conformity is being unique and authentic
and not wanting to be boxed in order to just
to fit in
and to be accepted
. Do I
is a saying that refers to the learning of a process without
an understanding of why it works. Another definition implies the act of
, usually with limited
knowledge and/or concern for the consequences.
(English Standard Version) - Do
not be conformed to this world
, but be
the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will
of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do
the importance of conforming yourself to the customs of the people who are
in a certain place or situation and behave like they do.Social Validation
psychological phenomenon where one or more passive
follow or conform to the actions of others within a group. Social
is a social phenomenon in which a concept or
idea is repeatedly asserted in a community, regardless of whether
sufficient empirical evidence has been presented to support it. Over time,
the concept or idea is reinforced to become a strong belief in many
people's minds, and may be regarded by the members of the community as
fact. Often, the concept or idea may be further
reinforced by publications in the mass media
books, or other means of communication. The phrase "millions of people
can't all be wrong" is indicative of the common tendency to accept a
communally reinforced idea without question, which often aids in the
widespread acceptance of factoids. A very similar term to this term is
community-reinforcement, which is a behavioral method to stop drug
is the prevalent current thought that is widespread. It
includes all popular culture
culture, typically disseminated by mass media. This word is sometimes used
in a pejorative sense by subcultures who view ostensibly mainstream
culture as not only exclusive but artistically and aesthetically inferior.
It is to be distinguished from subcultures and countercultures, and at the
opposite extreme are cult followings and fringe theories. In the United
States, mainline churches are sometimes referred to synonymously as
is similar to conformity when you're conforming to a belief.
Conforming is not the same as
. Adapting is learning how to live, conforming is not learning
how to live but just waiting to die. Everything that you have is from
ancestors learning how to live
And now you want to throw it all away and ignorantly assume that you're
preserving something. Peer Reviewed
adherence to accepted norms or creeds imposed by some
, without question or debate, which
could put limits on development and improvements.
not say that the behaviors are
wrong or right
. You can say what
the norms are, but these norms do not explain the reasons why
they are excepted? And just because Laws are
does not mean that they can't be
, which is one of the
main reasons for a
And just because you follow a law does not mean that you're
conforming, it could just mean that you understand that if
everyone follows certain rules, we will have less problems and
less chaos. When people don't follow the rules
. And sometimes peoples conformity can turn
into obsessive behavior
. This is why
diversity is important
diversity in thinking
When people conform to the influences of
, then ignorant
things will happen, and people will ignorantly help spread more ignorance.
How The US
Government Kept A Town Of 75,000 People Secret
and in the dark about
what they were doing. The same thing is happening to the other 300 million
Americans who have no clue what is going on.
When you are not fully aware of
everything or have a full understanding about the true state of reality,
you are vulnerable
As far as you know
Do you think that you Know Enough
is to do something
unknowingly and unwittingly without knowledge or intention. Nationalism
needs to be
defined in order to avoid manipulation
is a phrase that describes a persons unquestioning obedience
or loyalty to someone or something. This expression is commonly used to
refer to a person who believes in a possibly doomed or
potential high rewards. People who are willing to die for their ignorance.
It can also mean the acceptance of an idea or changing a preference due to
, peer pressure, or
. Everyone is
drinking a Poison Cocktail
is when individuals have consented, either explicitly
or tacitly, to surrender some of their
and submit to the authority (of the ruler, or to the decision
of a majority) in exchange for protection of their remaining rights or
maintenance of the social order.
arises when bonds link members of a social group to
one another and to the group as a whole. Although cohesion is a
multi-faceted process, it can be broken down into four main components:
social relations, task relations, perceived unity, and emotions. Members
of strongly cohesive groups are more inclined to participate readily and
to stay with the group.
can be defined as two or more people who interact with
one another, share similar characteristics, and collectively have a sense
of unity. Other theorists disagree however, and are wary of definitions
which stress the importance of interdependence or objective similarity.
Instead, researchers within the social identity tradition generally define
it as "a group is defined in terms of those who identify themselves as
members of the group". Regardless, social groups come in a myriad of sizes
and varieties. For example, a society can be viewed as a large social
a state of complete or near-complete lack of contact
between an individual and society. It differs from
reflects temporary and involuntary
lack of contact
with other humans in
the world. Social isolation
can be an issue for individuals of any age,
though symptoms may differ by age group. Social isolation has similar
characteristics in both temporary instances and for those with a
historical lifelong isolation cycle. All types of social isolation can
include staying home for lengthy periods of time, having no communication
with family, acquaintances or friends, and/or willfully avoiding any
contact with other humans when those opportunities do arise.
Fit in or F*ck Off
is an informal reference to a controversial human
resources philosophy whereby the employee is expected to
prevailing organizational norms or get fired
. It is also used to impose
conformity to perceived racial, national, gender or societal norms.
Fall in Line
is conform with others
with accepted behavior. Passive
person who is too easily influenced or led. Sheep is also a
animal with a thick woolly coat and (typically only in the male) curving
horns. It is kept in flocks
for its wool or meat,
and is proverbial for its tendency to follow
others in the flock
is a mature type of
in which socially unacceptable impulses or idealizations are
into socially acceptable actions or behavior, possibly resulting in a
the initial impulse.
You will be much better off if you are more of a
than a conformist.
in social science is the qualities, beliefs, personality,
looks and/or expressions that make a person (self-identity
) or group
(particular social category or social group).The process of identity can
be creative or destructive.Shared
is when people in groups, discuss common, shared
information with more time and energy. In other words, they like to talk
about topics everybody is familiar with and therefore avoid new
information. Consensus feels good. The result is that everybody is less
informed, leading to worse decisions.
is an easy-to-compute procedure or
"rule of thumb" that people use when forming beliefs, judgments or
decisions. The familiar is favored over novel places, people, things. The
familiarity heuristic can be applied to various situations that
individuals experience in day-to-day life. When these situations appear
similar to previous situations, especially if the individuals are
experiencing a high cognitive load, they may regress back to the state of
mind in which they have felt or behaved before. This heuristic is useful
in most situations and can be applied to many fields of knowledge,
however, there are both positives and negatives to this heuristic as well.Don't let
Patriotism or Nationalism Blind You
. To many times people have had
there Loyalty and their Love
exploited by governments and corporations.
Sometimes I feel like that guy in the
Movie walking in the opposite direction of everyone else
Midnight Express (1978 Film)
is a situation in which a
members privately reject a norm, but incorrectly
that most others
accept it, and therefore go along with it. This is also described as "no
one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone believes." In short,
pluralistic ignorance is a bias
, held by that social
is being firm and
dependable especially in loyalty.
. Life Stance
is their relation with what they accept as being of ultimate importance.
It involves the presuppositions and theories upon which such a stance
could be made, a belief system, and a commitment to potentially working it
out in one's life.
is the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual
or society encompassing the entirety of the individual or society's
knowledge and point of view
- Do you know the
, or just
Pretending to Know
occurs when people of a culture
about conventions, including conventions of language,
notation, proof and evidence. They are then accused of mistaking these
assumptions for laws of logic or nature. Numerous such biases exist,
concerning cultural norms for color, location of body parts, mate
selection, concepts of justice, linguistic and logical validity,
acceptability of evidence, and taboos.
refers to the tendency for a group to make
that are more extreme
than the initial inclination of its members. These more extreme decisions
are towards greater risk if individuals' initial tendencies are to be
risky and towards greater caution if individuals' initial tendencies are
to be cautious. The phenomenon also holds that a group's attitude toward a
situation may change in the sense that the individuals' initial attitudes
have strengthened and intensified after group discussion, a phenomenon
known as attitude polarization.
the tendency of people to search for and
interpret evidence selectively
, to reinforce their current beliefs or
attitudes. Confirmation bias
is a school for young
that focuses on teaching social graces
and upper-class cultural rites as a preparation for entry into society.
The name reflects that it follows on from ordinary school and is intended
to complete the education, with classes primarily on deportment and
etiquette, with academic subjects secondary. It may consist of an
intensive course, or a one-year programme. In the United States it is
sometimes called a charm school
Donald claims that the educational ladies' salons of the late 19th century
led to the formal, finishing institutions evidenced in Switzerland around
that time. At their peak, thousands of wealthy young women were sent to
the dozens of finishing schools available. A primary goal was to teach
students to acquire husbands
The 1960s marked the decline of the finishing school. This can be
attributed to the shifting conceptions of women's role in society, as well
as succession issues within the typically family-run schools and sometimes
commercial pressures driven by the high value of the properties the
schools occupied. The 1990s saw a revival of the finishing school,
although the business model has been radically altered.
is a term used that tries to guess what the majority of
the people have an opinion on a particular subject. You can say that a
was taken and here are the
results, but a poll does not tell you if everyone understood the question
accurately, which makes this type of evidence
Same goes for Voting
Mere Exposure Effect
is a psychological phenomenon by which
people tend to develop a preference for things
merely because they are
familiar with them. In social psychology
, this effect is sometimes called
the familiarity principle
. The effect has been demonstrated with many
kinds of things, including words, Chinese characters, paintings, pictures
of faces, geometric figures, and sounds. In studies of interpersonal
attraction, the more often a person is seen by someone, the more pleasing
and likeable that person appears to be.
Because most peoples lives are very busy and filled with lots of things to
do, they never seem to have the time to stop to think
and they never stop
themselves and the
world around them. Peoples worlds are so localized, and they never think
about the outside world, only what is happening around them. People can't
see the whole picture
you never learned how to stop and take a look around. Understanding the
world as a whole requires a person to
to a high degree.
GenealogyEveryone sees things a little differently
only see things the same way, or in similar ways, when other people have
the same knowledge and the same information that you do, and also
understands that knowledge and information similar to the way that you
Not everyone has the same knowledge and information, which means that not
everyone will see things in the exact same way that you do. This is one of the
main reasons why education needs to improve. If everyone had a high
quality education and shared a lot of the same knowledge, information and
understanding, then everyone would see eye to eye with greater accuracy,
and also understand the world with greater accuracy. But when almost every
human is undereducated as they are now, then
everyone will be similar in ignorance
. Humans have relied way to much on
Conformity as a measurement of Reality
Conformity is good, but conformity can also be extremely dangerous. When we
see a crowd of people acting similar, we can then say since all the people
have the same behavior, like sitting and talking peacefully, then we can
that there are no immediate
threats or dangers. With animals, if one animal starts running then this
sounds an alert to the other animals in the herd that something dangerous
is near. But in a crowd of humans, if only one person was running in a
crowd, then we would most likely not think that there is any danger, it's only when several
people are running do humans sense danger. But what if only one
person was right and only one human knew about a threat or danger, how
would you know? You would have to have a better awareness and the
necessary knowledge and information that is needed in order to accurately
analyze that particular situation. You need to think for yourself, and not
rely totally on the awareness of others or the knowledge of others. If everyone is using
conformity then who's' doing the actual thinking
Patience and Tolerance
are cultural products (including values, customs, and
traditions) which represent individuals' basic knowledge of what
others do and think that they should do. Sociologists describe
norms as informal understandings that govern individuals'
behavior in society. On the other hand, social psychology has
adopted a more general definition, recognizing smaller group
units, such as a team or an office, may also endorse norms
separate or in addition to cultural or societal expectations. In
other words, norms are regarded to exist as collective
representations of acceptable group conduct as well as
individual perceptions of particular group conduct. You can say
that norms are implicit, unsaid rules, because that would be
ignorant. Who said and Why?
is a set of agreed, stipulated, or
generally accepted standards
, norms, social
norms, or criteria, often taking the form of a custom. Certain types of
rules or customs may become law and regulatory legislation may be
introduced to formalize or enforce the convention (for example, laws that
define on which side of the road vehicles must be driven). In a social
context, a convention may retain the character of an "unwritten law" of
custom (for example, the manner in which people greet each other, such as
by shaking each other's hands). In physical sciences, numerical values
(such as constants, quantities, or scales of measurement) are called
conventional if they do not represent a measured property of nature, but
originate in a convention, for example an average of many measurements,
agreed between the scientists working with these values.
aspects of society have Cult like Characteristics
Some jobs are cult like, some schools are cult like, some organizations
are cult like, the media
is cult like,
the justice system
is cult like and so
on. People who have been in cults, and have left cults, still have no idea
that they still may be in a cult, whether it's a family cult, political
cult, belief cult, or any kind of blind following where people fail to
question the accuracy of the goals and purpose of their group. Even an
entire country can be a Cult
. North Koreans are of course good people. But they have no ideas
that they are in a cult because information and knowledge is strictly
controlled, just like in America and other countries, except not to that
extreme degree, but still with devastating consequences. So you see, if
you control information and knowledge, you can control an entire country,
and even control almost every person on the planet to a certain degree.
Accessory to a Crime
Whether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal?
is a basis for
; a reference
against which other
things can be evaluated
. The ideal in
terms of which something can be judged
Conforming to or constituting a standard of
; or of the
usual or regularized or accepted kind. Established or well-known or widely
recognized as a model of authority or excellence. Conforming to the
established language usage of educated native speakers. Regularly and widely used or sold.
"To be adjusted to a sick society is to be sick without knowing
that you're sick because you act the same and look the same as everyone
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a
profoundly sick society."
"These millions of abnormally
normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were
fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted, still cherish "the
illusion of individuality," but in fact they have been to a great extent
Aldous Leonard Huxley
(1894 – 1963).
Mimicking - Mimicry
copy their actions or words. Mimic of an animal or plant is to resemble or
imitate another animal or plant in order to deter
(child development) -
can very well be an
inbred or inherited behavioral trait that helps people to avoid being
detected by predators
. But when people don't fully understand
, they may misinterpret these behaviors and end up doing
themselves more harm than good.
functions to protect a species from
other species so they are seen as not a threat or seen as
something that is not good to eat. The resemblances that evolve in mimicry
can be visual, acoustic, chemical, tactile, or electric, or combinations
of these sensory modalities. Mimicry
may be to the advantage of both
organisms that share a resemblance, in which case it is a form of
; or mimicry can be to the detriment of one, making it
or competitive. The evolutionary convergence
between groups is driven by
the selective action of a signal-receiver or dupe. Birds, for example, use
sight to identify palatable insects, whilst avoiding the noxious ones.
Over time, palatable insects may evolve to resemble noxious ones, making
and the noxious ones models. In the case of
sometimes both groups are referred to as "co-mimics". It is often thought
that models must be more abundant than mimics, but this is not so. Mimicry
may involve numerous species; many harmless species such as hoverflies are Batesian mimics of strongly defended species such as wasps, while many
such well-defended species form Mullerian mimicry rings, all resembling
each other. Mimicry between prey species and their predators often
involves three or more species.
is a form of mimicry where a harmless species has
evolved to imitate the warning signals of a harmful species directed at a
predator of them both. It is named after the English naturalist Henry
Walter Bates, after his work on butterflies in the rainforests of Brazil.
is a natural phenomenon in which two or more
well-defended species, often foul-tasting and that share common predators,
have come to mimic each other's honest warning signals, to their mutual
benefit. This works because predators can learn to avoid all of them with
fewer experiences with members of any one of the relevant species. It is
named after the German naturalist Fritz Müller, who first proposed the
concept in 1878, supporting his theory with the first mathematical model
of frequency-dependent selection
, one of the first such models anywhere in
is a form of mimicry in which
or parasitoids share similar signals, using a harmless model, allowing
them to avoid being correctly identified by their prey or host. Zoologists
have repeatedly compared this strategy to a wolf in sheep's clothing.
or protective mimicry
takes place when organisms are able to avoid harmful encounters by
deceiving enemies into treating them as something else.
Deception in Animals
transmission of misinformation
by one animal to another, of the same
or different species, in a way that propagates beliefs that are not true.
is avoiding detection
through mechanisms such
as camouflage, masquerade
apostatic selection, living underground, or being
. Defenses may work by signaling to the predator that
pursuit is not worthwhile, or by distraction, or by startling the
attacker, or by using defensive structures such as spines, and by living
in a group.
is shielding friendly forces as well as foes from detection
is an ethological phenomenon in which two neighboring
territorial animals become less aggressive toward one another once
territorial borders are well established. As territory owners become
accustomed to their neighbors, they expend less time and energy on
defensive behaviors directed toward one another. However, aggression
toward unfamiliar neighbors remains the same. Some authors have suggested
the dear enemy effect is territory residents displaying lower levels of
aggression toward familiar neighbors compared to unfamiliar individuals
who are non-territorial "floaters".
are birds that can mimic
the speech of humans.
is any non-human animal that can produce sounds or
those of a human language. Several species or groups
of animals have developed forms of communication which superficially
resemble verbal language, however, these usually are not considered a
language because they lack one or more of the defining characteristics,
e.g. grammar, syntax, recursion and displacement. Researchers have been
successful in teaching some animals to make gestures similar to sign
language, although whether this should be considered a language has been
describes the survival of individual prey animals
that are different through mutation from their species in a way that makes
it more likely for them to be ignored by their predators.
is an evolutionary process by which the
fitness of a phenotype or genotype depends on the phenotype or genotype
composition of a given population.
Pretending to be Nice - Flattery will get you Nowhere
is a person who agrees with everything
that someone says, even if that person is wrong
or lying. A person who supports the opinions or ideas of someone else just to earn that
person's approval, even if that person is bad.
Don't be a Yes Man
, it's your
blow the whistle
and report bad behavior. Lying
Quid Pro Quo
Being nice just to get what you wantSuck Up
who is attempting to win favor
from influential people by flattery
and pretending to like them, especially for one's own advantage.
is a person who acts overly obedient or
attentive to a grossly excessive submissive degree. (the color brown
refers to a person kissing someone's as* so many times that their nose
turns brown from being to close to the poop hole).
is a person who flatters a
, or superior, in order to get special
attention that they don't deserve. Fraudulent Attention
is an assistant subject to the
of another. Lower in rank or importance or consider of less value. Subject
or submissive to authority or the control of another.
and obedient to
authority. Abjectly submissive
and characteristic of a
is to introduce or insert
oneself in a subtle manner
, or to maneuver oneself into a position of
favor by subtle manipulation. The act of gaining acceptance or affection
for yourself by persuasive
subtle flattery intended to persuade.
An indirect and usually
is calculated to please or gain favor. To suggest or hint that something
is bad or reprehensible in an indirect and unpleasant way.
is a person uses
insincere flattery toward someone important in order to gain advantage.
Attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery or excessive
or insincere praise.
is making false accusations or an unjustified complaint.
Someone that purposely spreads
about a person, in order to harm this person’s reputation.
is the tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming,
slick and verbally facile.
Faking emotions at work does more harm than good
. The adage "Fake
it until you make it
" -- the idea that someone can fake a positive
attitude to elicit real-life benefits -- often backfires when used with
co-workers, according to a study led by a University of Arizona
researcher. When it comes to
with co-workers, four types of people emerged from
the study: Nonactors, or those engaging in negligible levels of surface
and deep acting; Low
, or those displaying slightly higher surface and deep acting;
Deep actors, or those who exhibited the highest levels of
low levels of surface acting; and, Regulators, or those who displayed high
levels of surface and deep acting. In each study, nonactors made up the
smallest group, with the other three groups being similar in size.
Followers - Too Many Just Follow, Not Enough Leaders or Free Thinkers
is an adherent or
particular person, cause, or activity who accepts
A person who moves or travels behind someone or something.
A follower can also be someone who's
watching you because they either
hate you or fear you,
or they're envious of you.
The main problem with being a follower is that the
can blindly believe
that the leader
is making decisions on their behalf
and for their benefit. But
sometimes leaders make decisions for only the few and not the many,
because the motives of leaders can be easily
. We need to
trust other people
believe that they will act responsibly, fairly and logically. But we can
that we have for
ourselves, or transfer the responsibilities that we have for other people.
I would rather be shoulder to
than be a leader
(culture) - Cults
- Popularity Trap
The Blind Leading the Blind
is an expression applied to
know as little as their followers
and are therefore likely to lead them
. Having a leader who is no more informed than his followers, both
of whom are unequipped to deal with the situation at hand. A situation
where a person who knows nothing is getting advice and help from another
person who knows almost nothing. How many
times have you heard about people who were trusted and admired but turned
out to be a criminals
? Why do people fall for charismatic leaders
like Hitler. Adolf Hitler was an unlikely leader but he still formed a
connection with millions of German people, generating a level of
was almost without parallel. Hitler was the archetypal
He was not a normal politician but he made promises like lower taxes and
better health care.
How many political leaders have turned out to be criminals
voting in an election
Why do women sometimes date the wrong men?
Some people are not who they say there
Why do some Animals Run off a Cliff Together
Just Following Orders
I Asked German
Experts Why Germans Followed Hitler
refers to any kind of self-destructive behavior
displayed by various species of non-human animals. There are anecdotal
reports of grieving pets displaying such
after the death of
their owner, or monogamous animals refusing to feed after the death of
their mate.Thin Place
- Conformity Dangers
- Fight or Run
just can't be a Follower
, you must
. Everyone needs to be a
Leader and understand that leadership is the
person on the planet. You lead by
. You lead by not
blindly following or trusting. You lead by continually learning. You lead
by taking responsibility for yourself. You lead by taking responsibility
for other people. You lead by taking responsibility for our planet that
makes life possible now and for many years to come.
Passive - Submissive - Looking the Other Way
is the trait of remaining
inactive and lacking initiative
to others with
, usually because of
. Passive is
in response to
Lacking in energy
condition of submitting
to someone or allowing to be
by people who
someone because of the
of being in
following the leader can sometimes be
. Deference implies yielding or submitting to the judgment of a
recognized superior, out of
respect or reverence
is unbiased impartial unconcern. Apathy demonstrated by an absence of
Students who tolerate cheating in the classroom may also turn a blind eye
to unethical behavior in the workplace
is when a person
information or ignores corruption
. Look the Other Way
is being satisfied with things as they are, and not looking to
to the changes.
Complacent is uncritically
satisfied with oneself or one's achievements.
Contented to a fault with
oneself or one's actions.
marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction.
- I Don't Feel Like It -
is when a person agrees to the reality of a situation,
often a negative or uncomfortable
situation, without attempting
. The concept is close in meaning to
acquiescence, derived from the Latin acquiēscere (to find rest in).
is a mental or emotional state of satisfaction
maybe drawn from being at ease in one's situation, body and mind.
Colloquially speaking, contentment could be a state of having
and is a milder and more tentative form of happiness.
Idle hands are the devil's workshop
Three Wise Monkeys
or three mystic apes, see no evil, hear no evil,
speak no evil. The three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees
no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil and Iwazaru,
covering his mouth, who speaks no evil.
The phrase is often used to
refer to those who deal with impropriety by turning a blind eye
is a situation in which a person seeks to avoid
civil or criminal liability
of facts that would render him or her
"The only way for evil to
triumph is for good people to do nothing."
Betrayal--Martin Luther King Jr
Fight or Run
Be Thankful but Not
is to avoid something unpleasant
or laborious, without stopping it, correcting it or
Pass the Buck
is a person who is present at an
event or incident but does not take part.
is when individuals are less likely to offer help to
a victim when there are other
; the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely
it is that one of them will help.
is to remain present although
waning or gradually dying. To leave slowly and hesitantly. To take one's
time and proceed slowly.
It's not that some people are afraid to do something about the
injustices they see, it's just that people don't fully understand how to
solve these problems. So people find it easier to
than to try to improve something. And society does not make it
safe for people to speak or give people a place to speak where they can be
heard by everyone and not just heard by a few people.
Reporting a crime is sometimes dangerous
and can also be a discouraging
. And this should not be. Every school on the planet should
teach the skills of civic
and the media must
inform the public
allowing to be controlled or ruled
. Unable to
. Being less important and
consider less valuable
- Easily Indoctrinated
is a former Chinese custom of
touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission.
Bend the knees and bow in a servile manner. Try to gain favor by cringing
is the bending
the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or
greeting. Showing an excessively deferential manner. Bend one's back
forward from the waist on down.Stooping
is to debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or
dishonorable way. Having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect.When you Settle for Less
or accept things the way they
, you may forget what
and you may not remember what
is like. This is
much more than a lack of satisfaction, it's a gradual sinking to a lower
level. And sometimes you can drag other
with you. Come to
is to be
stretched out and lying face downward at full length along the ground, as
in submission and rendered helpless or defenseless.
is a person who agrees with
or supports a sentiment or opinion of another person or group.
to an enemy or a
. Sympathizer is not the same as
An agreement to be submissive can only be made when
is proven and
understood. If not, it's usually
condition of submitting to someone you choose to follow
Allowing to having legitimate influence
from one's superior
is a set of
, customs, and rituals
the submission of one person to another in an erotic episode or lifestyle.
is complying with the commands or instructions of those in
. Dutiful or submissive behavior in
being willing to obey. Implied Consent
(going along with a crime)
means that he who is silent is taken to agree, or
silence implies consent
is the feeling of patient,
submissive humbleness. A disposition to be patient and long suffering.
is acting according to
certain accepted standards. Conforming
, such as a specification, policy, standard or
law. A disposition or tendency to yield to the will
of others. The act of submitting; usually surrendering power
is being willing to be taught or
led or supervised or directed, sometimes without
. Someone who is
easily handled or managed. But
don't confuse docile
with someone who is
. We want
people to follow orders
and to follow the law.
But not follow
like Mindless Robots
not easily upset or excited.
Calm and peaceful, with little movement or activity.
stands on tiptoe, doesn't stand firm."
"I have no
choice but to obey my conscience, here I stay, I can do no other, God help
(10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546).
weakness) - Polarized
is the reluctant acceptance of something without
occurs when a person knowingly stands by without raising
any objection to the infringement of his or her rights, while someone else
unknowingly and without malice aforethought acts in a manner inconsistent
with their rights. the reluctant acceptance of something without protest.
is when individuals have
, either explicitly
or tacitly, to surrender some of their freedoms
and submit to the
authority of the ruler or magistrate (or to the decision of a majority),
in exchange for protection of their remaining rights
Do Not Consent to Searches
states that he who is silent is saying they agree. Your
silence implies consent
is called learning.
is to keep things the way they are even if
people incorrectly seek stability in their lives that they resist change
even when it's for the better. This causes people to wrongly justify
holding on to opinions about ourselves, our groups, and the larger system.
This in turn defends the status quo.
is when people
things haven’t changed, when in fact they did.
is cooperation with the enemy
against one's country
refers to situations where employees withhold
information that might be useful to the organization of which they are a
part, whether intentionally or unintentionally. This can happen if
employees do not speak up to a supervisor or manager. Within organizations
people often have to make decisions about whether to speak up or remain
silent - whether to share or withhold their ideas, opinions, and concerns
... [The problem is that] in many cases, they choose the safe response of
silence, withholding input that could be valuable to others or thoughts
that they wish they could express. — Frances J. Milliken and Elizabeth
Wolfe Morrison, Shades of Silence: Emerging Themes and Future Directions
for Research on Silence in Organizations. This means the situation is not
going to change for the better anytime soon. Employee silence does not
only occur between management and employees, it also occurs during
conflict among employees, and as a result of organizational decisions.
This silence keeps managers from receiving information that may help to
improve the organization. When trying to avoid employee silence, managers
and leaders also need to know “how to facilitate varying opinions in a way
that allows healthy discussion to develop towards consensus or best
solutions”. In a recent business column entitled “Silence Does Not Equal
Agreement,” some advice is given for leaders looking to diminish employee
silence. The article suggests: "When presenting information or asking
questions of a group, make eye contact with each person at the table or as
many people as possible in the room. This gesture gives a message of
interest and connectedness. Watch for the subtle signs of people agreeing
or disagreeing with what is being said. Positive gestures include:
maintaining eye contact, a slight smile, nodding. Gestures of dissension
include: raised eyebrows, rolling of eyes, a slight sneer, looking down,
shifting in the seat, avoiding eye contact. When someone does make a
comment or suggestion, do not rush to discount their opinion or defend
your own. To shut down someone who speaks up will send the message that
you are not sincere, and people will retreat back into non-participation.
Instead, say something like, ‘Thanks for your idea, Holly, let me think
about that.’ Learn to be comfortable with silence. It takes getting used
to, but allowing silence to be in the room is a powerful presence that
gives people a chance to digest what was said, and to consider whether
they have a response or contribution, and how they may want to present it.
If you try to encourage more openness, and at first others are
unresponsive or hesitant to participate, consider asking someone you trust
after the meeting if there is something that you might have missed or
could have done differently to achieve the desired result".
"If you look the other way
, then you are turning your back on
yourself. We must stop criminals when ever we can, and if you
can't stop them yourself, then seek help, sometimes people are
unaware of crimes until someone speaks up
If give you someone an inch, they will take a mile.Let it Slide
several things. It can mean to temporally allow someone not to live up to
their end of a deal or bargain. Or it could meant to give someone more
time or to give someone a little slack because of unforeseen difficulties.
Or it could mean to negligently allow something to deteriorate and do
nothing about another person's mistake or bad behavior.
Let's See How this Plays Out
is to decide not to stop something or intervene until you see what happens
or see how something unfolds. Lets wait and see what happens first before
we act. But what happens when we wait to long and it's too late to act?
Watch the World Go By
is to pause and
remain still whilst doing nothing but surveying the environment around
oneself.People who Stand by and Watch the
, are already dead, inside. People can have all kinds of
excuses for not getting involved or not supporting good causes. Some
believe that someone else will do it, or they don't have the time, or they
don't want to stick their neck out.Sit
This One Out
means to not participate in an event or a discussion.Stick
Your Neck Out
means to personally except responsibility for ones
life and expose oneself to some risk and danger in order to support a
cause and to stand up for what is right and do what is good, just like the
millions of other people have done for you throughout history. Some people
would rather risk their reputation doing what is right than to have a
reputation based on lies. The phrase is a symbol for when a turtle takes a
risk when it sticks its neck out beyond the safety of its shell.
“Most people are, in the most ordinary sense, very limited. They pass
their time, day after day, in idle, passive pursuits
just looking at things – at games, television, whatever. Or they fill the
hours talking, mostly about nothing of significance – of comings and
goings, of who is doing what, of the weather, of things forgotten almost
as soon as they are mentioned. They have no aspirations for themselves
beyond getting through another day doing more or less what they did
yesterday. They walk across the stage of life, leaving everything about as
it was when they entered, achieving nothing, aspiring to nothing, having
never a profound or even original thought…This is what is common, usual,
typical, indeed normal. Relatively few rise above such a plodding
existence.” (Richard Taylor, Restoring Pride).
.I'd Love to
Change the World - Ten Years After
(youtube) - Everywhere is freaks
and hairies, Dykes and fairies, tell me, where is sanity? Tax the rich,
feed the poor, 'Til there are no rich no more. I'd love to change the
, But I don't know what to do, So I'll leave
it up to you. Population keeps on breeding, Nation bleeding, still
more feeding, economy, Life is funny, skies are sunny, Bees make honey,
who needs money? No, not poor me. I'd love to change the world,
don't know what to do
, So I'll leave it up to you. Oh, yeah! World
pollution, there's no solution, Institution, electrocution, Just black and
white, rich or poor, Them and us, stop the war. I'd love to change the
world, But I don't know what to do, So I'll leave it up to you
or mechanism of
that governs the recurring patterns of behavior
of a set
of individuals within a given community, sometimes
intentions by mediating the rules that govern a particular
institutions are identified with a
that is not
understood or transparent
- Church and State
is the environment or community
concerned with the
pursuit of research, education, and scholarship.
Everyone is in an Institution of some form
It's just that some institutions are better than others. Some institutions
are so subtle
that you might not even know that you're in an
Everyone is also in some form of Foster Care. Everyone experiences most of the
same problems that foster care children do, it's just in different proportions and under different names.
system in which a minor has been placed into a ward, group home
or residential child care community, treatment center, or private
home of a state-certified caregiver, referred to as a "Foster
with a family member approved by the state. The placement of the child is
normally arranged through the government or a social service agency.
, group home or foster parent is compensated for expenses
unless with a family member. Almost 10% of children in foster care have
stayed in foster care for five or more years. Nearly half of all children
in foster care have chronic medical problems
. 8% of all children in foster
care have serious emotional problems, 11% of children exiting foster care
aged out of the system, in 2011. Children in foster care experience high
rates of Child Abuse
, emotional deprivation, and physical neglect. In one
study in the United Kingdom "foster children were 7–8 times, and children
in residential care 6 times more likely to be assessed by a pediatrician
than a child in the general population". A study of foster
children in Oregon and Washington State found that nearly one third
reported being abused by a foster parent or another adult in a foster
home. A higher prevalence of physical, psychological, cognitive and
epigenetic disorders for children in foster care has been established in
studies in various countries. Foster children have elevated levels of
cortisol, a stress hormone, in comparison to children raised by their
biological parents. Children in foster care have a higher incidence of
posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Foster children are at increased
risk for a variety of eating disorders in comparison to the general
population. Nearly half of foster children in the U.S. become homeless
when they turn 18. Children in foster care are at a greater risk of
suicide. Children in foster care have an overall higher mortality rate
than children in the general population.
56% completed high school
compared to 82% of the general population, although an additional 29% of
former foster children received a G.E.D. compared to an additional 5% of
the general population. Children in the child welfare system have often
experienced significant and repeated traumas and having a background in
foster homes—especially in instances of sexual abuse—can be the
precipitating factor in a wide variety of psychological and cognitive
deficits it may also serve to obfuscate the true cause of underlying
care provided in a hospital, nursing home, or other facility that is
usually certified or licensed by the state, primarily affording diagnostic, preventive,
therapeutic, rehabilitative, maintenance, or personal care services.
Govern Oneself - Freedom of Thought
Freedom of Thought
is the freedom
to hold or consider a fact,
, or thought,
of others' viewpoints. It is different from and not to be confused with
the concept of freedom of speech
viewpoint which holds that beliefs should not be
formed on the basis of authority, tradition, revelation, or dogma, and
that beliefs should instead be reached by other methods such as
is being independent in behavior
or thought. Breaking with convention
(freedom to govern oneself)
is injustice by virtue of
not conforming with rules or standards.
of one judge's opinion
from that of the
is a non-agreement or opposition to a prevailing idea.
is not being
to authority by challenging established
rules that may be deemed to be unfair.
is departing from an accepted
standard. Diverging from the normal type.
is when you are
people's actions by tolerating, ignoring, or harboring them, without
in these actions.
is controlling a situation by
causing something to happen
than waiting to respond to it after it happens.
philosophical and ethical
stance that emphasizes the value
of human beings, individually and
collectively, and affirms their ability to improve their lives through the
use of reason
as opposed to
and authority or sinking into cruelty and brutality.
is a condition in which
everything is regular and unvarying. The same throughout in
composition. Evenly spaced. Symmetry
. Capable of being
. Marked by an
, logical, and aesthetically
relation of parts. The same throughout in structure or
Choosing to speak the same language, choosing to use the same
measuring system. Conforming could improve
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Not all Conformity is bad
we all decide to
drive on the right side of the road
we avoid having
accidents. When we don't have conformity we will always have
problems, accidents and mistakes. Drivers are 40% more likely to
be involved in a crash than those using "normal"
left hand drive
Countries in red drive all their
vehicles on the right side of the road. Countries in Blue drive on the
left side on the road.
Dangerous Social Influences of Conformity
makes a lot of people
jump to conclusions
believe that there are following
commonly accepted standards
but they cannot confirm these standards or even validate them,
because there is no defined basis for comparison; no measure of
pros and cons. No reference point against which other things can
be evaluated. No ideal terms of which something can be judged.
Accepted does not mean verified. Accepted does not mean that
more then the majority of people agree, or even understand what
the agreement is about.
We know how dangerous conformity can be, because we know how
We need to be
, not conforming or accepting. Toleration is
not about accepting, Toleration is about learning how to adapt
to a difficult situation, and to never stop working towards
normalcy and regaining balance again. You must not except the
cards that you were dealt, because there are more cards in the
deck, and there are more hands to play, the game is not over.
But the game would be over if you were a conformist.
is acting together as agents or circumstances or events. A state
of cooperation. Balance among the parts of something.
Compatibility of observations. Agreement of results.
could easily make people become unimaginative, deficient in originality or creativity,
and lack the powers of invention, and also lack the ability to deal with concrete facts,
and also lack spontaneity and individuality. Most advancements
come from the countries that preserve
. But we
still have a huge problem when people abuse freedom and use it
for evil purposes. But because certain societies are free to
learn, then we will eventually solve this problem and help
people stop abusing their freedoms and everyone else around
an emergent property in organizations that have a critical mass of people
with a common language of values and clarity about how their personal
values, personal vision/mission and goals align with the desired values,
mission/vision and goals of the organization.
We need free thinkers, dreamers,
, visionary's, people who can look at things
differently, and present observations that may give us a better
understanding of our problems and our difficulties. These are
the people who have advanced society, these are the people who
have made most of the greatest improvements in our world. So we
should stop squandering and impeding free thinking. Because this
will only keep starvation, suffering, crimes, corruption,
disease and avoidable deaths to continue to happen every day.
This I cannot conform too, or accept. Let us work together, it
is truly our only
Some contradictions are contradictions in
Something could be a contradiction
to your actions and
still be a contraction to itself, because it also did not answer all the
questions, thus it too could be in contradiction for another reason. So
maybe you still need to answer the question, "How do you justify the
action?", which is based on true reality and responsibilities of your
life. But even if you don't have any logical reasons why you do what you
do, you could still be right because there are other reasons that you have
yet learned about. You can say I pray everyday around this time, but it
still may have other benefits even without the prayer
The prayer could be added because that is something that you like and feel
good about, which is fine. But we need to see the whole picture, and wee
need to see all the layers.
All actions have
, with some actions have many effects.