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Thursday, March 2, 2017

On These I stand

 I believe in the inherent dignity of every human being. I believe in freedom of expression and freedom of worship. I believe in human rights and equal rights for everyone: women, ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants, LGBT, and the disabled. I believe BLACK LIVES MATTER. And I defend the constitution and the separation between church and state.

The America I know and love is good, compassionate, tolerant, and fair. And that is one vision.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

God is Love

We are here to heal, not harm. We are here to love, not hate. We are here to create, not destroy. God is love, not hate.

My friends

My friends are whites and blacks. I am not color blind. They're mostly uppermiddle class. They are wealthy in material and in spirit. They embody the Midwestern values: down to earth and ready to lend a hand. They don't complain about paying taxes. They don't complain about Obamacare, though they don't benefit much from it. They don't judge others. They don't single people out based on trifles. They're not selfish. They're Atheists and Christians and Unitarians and straight and gay. The men I know respect women (a prerequisite to hang out with me). But what binds them all is their belief in the principal of human solidarity and the inherent dignity of everyone and the American values. I tip my hat. And am lucky to be in their company. The political waters are choppy and turbulent, but I still believe we are that shining city on a hill. Don't ever lose hope, and don't dim the lights of our beloved village. America.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

One human race

We must unite as ONE human race. Our DNA is 99.9% the same. We must evolve to save ourselves on this tiny blue dot. We are so alone in this enormous universe. I want to think that there are more of us who want this than don't. We must not allow those powerful political and religious forces to tear us apart.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

History of man

Never in the history of humankind when society rejected science and reason that things had gotten any better. Tell me.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Reflections

I try to stay apolitical on here. But ... It's a grave error, rather bigotry itself, to label every person who voted for Trump a racist, a hater, or a bigot. This is the same country that voted twice for Obama. Democracy is about political dialogue and meaningful discourse. But when that discourse makes some people feel unsafe, then I believe all fair-minded people should reach out to their fellow humans.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

System of Nature - Preface

"Truth speaks not to those perverse beings:--her voice can only be heard by generous souls accustomed to reflection, whose sensibilities make them lament the numberless calamities showered on the earth by political and religious tyranny--whose enlightened minds contemplate with horror the immensity, the ponderosity of that series of misfortunes which error has in all ages overwhelmed mankind. To error must be attributed those insupportable chains which tyrants, which priests have forged for most nations. To error must be equally attributed that abject slavery into which the people of almost every country have fallen. Nature designed they should pursue their happiness and by the most perfect freedom.--To error must be attributed those religious terrors which, almost every climate, have either petrified man with fear, or caused him to destroy himself for coarse or fanciful beings. 
To error must be attributed those  inveterate hatreds, those barbarous persecutions, those numerous massacres, those dreadful tragedies, of which, under pretext of serving the interests of heaven, the earth has been but too frequently made the theatre. It is error consecrated by religious enthusiasm, which produces that ignorance, that uncertainty in which man ever finds himself with regard to his most evident duties, his clearest rights, the most demonstrable truths. In short, man is almost everywhere a poor degraded captive, devoid of greatness of soul, of reason, or of virtue, whom his inhuman gaolers have never permitted to see the light of day." -Baron d'Halbocc

Strange are the times we live in: Religious fundamentalism is on the rise, medievalism making a comeback, religious terror and tyranny and racism becoming common, and our politics is theater to entertain. And so ever foreign is the candle of rationality, reason, and common sense; the jewels by which the mind is elevated to greatness. It seems to me the masses, overwhelmed by life and dogmatic beliefs and propaganda, want simple solutions to life's complex problems. To escape from reality and into reality shows, facebook sound bytes and tweets, is a path towards destruction.