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Stats R Us September 14, 2007

Posted by earthking in Conservatives, Liberals, Life, Philosophy, Politics, Religion.
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Everywhere we turn we find people in the media quoting statistics to support their viewpoint.  The problem is that we don’t even know if those stats are correct.  Take the latest polls on the presidential campaigns.  All that those say is that out of the people who responded to a request for their opinion, here is who is winning or losing.  Or, is it possible that the media distorts the polls to get people to think that their candidate of choice is a loser, so they should just vote for the one who will probably win?  How about the stats of uninsured Americans- I was never asked whether or not I was insured.  I don’t even know anybody who knew somebody who was asked.  Do you?  Certainly not all insured Americans have coverage through employer-sponsored plans, so the stats couldn’t have come from all employers.  Watch what information you believe.  And watch who uses information to promote a cause when the quoted stats could be wrong.  This rule goes for anything coming from any side of the political spectrum. 



Posted by earthking in Life, Philosophy, Politics, Religion.

Today I talked with the liberal queen in my office who said that the concept of a lifetime commitment in marriage is wrong- it just creates frustration for people and that probably wasn’t the way it was meant to be.  This is a complete perversion of what it means to be a man.  Doing what is right as opposed to what you want to do is the true measure of a man.  The aversion of man’s loyalty to commitment brings him to the level of a beast or animal.  Marriage, and for that matter, all commitment, takes work.  There will be times when men will want to throw in the towel.  But for the man who thinks of wavering from the path of commitment due to temptation must rise to the test to prove his commitment.  Our culture is perverse and what appears to be mainstream is demeaning to real manhood.  BEWARE OF WIMPS!

Open-Mindedness and Bi-Partisanship September 12, 2007

Posted by earthking in Life, Philosophy, Politics, Religion.
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I have a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and I studied some of the greates minds of all time:  Plato, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Bacon, DesCartes, Kant, and others.  One thing that I noticed about the truly great minds, those who were bent on finding and living out the truth about themselves and the universe, is that they not only knew about ideas they personally held, but studied ideas of people they thought were wrong.  Even more interesting, St. Thomas Aquinas could think of better objections to his arguments than his adversaries.  He debated quite frequently and wrote many treatises, and you always find it puzzling how he unravelled ideas that seemed insurmountable. 

 Currently our country is undergoing major rifts on different issues.  I honestly believe that people need to be much more open-minded.  Why?  Because these rifts will never mend until people begin to discuss ideas.  There can be no discussion if there is no willingness to listen.  This does not mean that the other side must be accepted, but at least understand what the other side is about.  

 My father is very liberal, which sometimes makes it difficult for me to visit him.  However, I have found that some of his ideas are actually good.  Yes!  I find some liberal ideas good!  I have learned over the years that no political group has a monopoly on good ideas.  Wouldn’t you agree?  And I also find that more often than not, I can even learn about people through bad ideas.  For example, communism arose primarily because the working class was oppressed.  Whether or not you believe in communism, you can learn from history.  Anybody who is oppressed, or any group that does not feel like it is heard, is vulnerable.  That group feels like there are very few solutions for their situation, so when someone comes along with a BIG solution, they grab onto it. 

 My point is this:  be open-minded, and learn from everybody.  Do not accept all ideas, yet, be open to what others have to say.  Adios for now.   

DON’T JUDGE OTHERS February 24, 2007

Posted by earthking in Life, Philosophy, Religion.

I received this in an email from someone and want to share it.  It is very true:  sometimes we perceive things that are not true at all.  Many times the hardest times in life are the greatest blessings.  About a year ago my nephew who was 3-years old drowned in a backyard pool.  It was very tough on my family, but his death brought all of us closer.  It has definitely made me think about how easily life can change and to never take anybody for granted.  Enjoy!  (I will continue on the topic of truth tomorrow.  Keep posted.)

>>                   A man was flying from Seattle to San Francisco.
>>Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sacramento along the way.
>>The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if
>>the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would
>>re-board in 50 minutes.
>>                   Everybody got off the plane except one lady who
>>was blind. The man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell
>>the lady was blind because her Seeing Eye dog lay quietly
>>underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.
>>                   He could also tell she had flown this very
>>flight before because the pilot approached her, and calling her by
>>name, said, “Kathy, we are in Sacramento for almost an hour. Would
>>you like to get off and stretch your legs?” The blind lady replied,
>>”No thanks, but maybe my dog would like to stretch his legs.”
>>                   Picture this:
>>                   All the people in the gate area came to a
>>complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off
>>the plane with a Seeing Eye dog! The pilot was even wearing
>>                   People scattered. They not only tried to change
>>planes, but they were trying to change airlines!
>>                   True story…. Have a great day and remember…

God/Philosophy versus Science February 21, 2007

Posted by earthking in Religion.

I just read a post by someone who thought that science is more rational than religion, showing us all a little flow chart of how scientific knowledge works.  That is all fine and dandy, but you know what?  That premise doesn’t make ANY sense at all.  God made the world, which is why we find it so fascinating.  The infinite Intellect made the universe so interesting and intriguing that man has not exhausted the depths of the universe even after thousands, and possibly, millions of years.  God would never say science is evil or bad, because it can be a way towards him.  There have been many scientists who wonder about God every time they study or research the universe. 

 In addition, there are many things that science cannot explain with all of its experimentation and exactness.  In fact, if it were not for the possibility of metaphysics, science could not exist as we know it today.  There have been a few philosophers who have attacked the validity of scientific knowledge.  The attacks were never and could never be answered by science because they shook the very foundations of science.  For example, how can a scientist study a few hundred cats and come to the conclusion that ALL cats have four legs?  If the scientist did not view each and every cat that lives, lived in the past, or will ever live, then it seems preposterous to posit such a “truth”.  How can we explain that scientific “truths” always seem to evolve?  It seemed scientific that the earth was flat, yet it was discovered to be a sphere.  It seemed scientific that in the 1970’s scientists believed the earth to be heading towards another Ice Age, yet here we are 30 years later screeming “Global Warming.”  Scientific knowledge is valid, but the foundations of it lie outside of science.