Evolution is basically the idea that some single celled organism adapted, primarily through natural selection into humanity, right?
Hate to break this to you, but that theory has a fatal flaw.
Women’s menstrual cycle. Period’s. If evolution were true we certainly would have “evolved” a better way to rid our body of stuff; than a monthly river of blood.
This poem is for two people I care a lot about, from both sides of this issue. When you love someone, you set them free.
What is it that you find so hard to understand?
I explained it well, what I have planned.
I know that you love me and I love you too;
This is something that I’m just getting ready to do.
I’ve laughed, I’ve loved, I’ve shed some tears.
I’ve satisfied my doubts. I’ve conquered my fears.
You still have lots of living to do.
Don’t blame yourself that my time will be through.
It doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It’s no tragic loss.
The road will be over and I can put down my cross.
I desperately want rest, and lasting relief.
Why does that have to mean heartache and grief?
I’m not angry, I’m not even sad.
I value each second of life that I’ve had.
I know there is so much that I could still live for.
Each day holds promise, a new opened door;
I could continue this life; continue to try
To find some reason why I should not die.
I’m so tired of searching for reasons to live.
A knowledge of my death is a gift that I give.
I’m telling you now, so it will be easier on you
To celebrate my life, when my death is through.
It all could be over this very night.
With a few tiny pills I could put out my light.
But I don’t want you to be left asking why
You choose to live and I chose to die.
I want you to be a part of my life till I’m gone.
Please be a great part of this farewell song.
I’m thinking I still have ten to twelve years.
That should be plenty of time to dry all your tears.
At that point, there is nothing you should say.
I’ll die with dignity. Hopefully in a humane way.
Even our pets can be comfortably let go.
But for some reason our deaths must be painfully slow.
Perhaps tomorrow I’ll be hit by a car.
It could happen in town or when traveling far.
But if I survive till I’m ready to go,
Please don’t force it to be painful and slow.
Let me have fun. Let me be me,
And when that time comes, celebrate,
I’ll be free.
Someone finally asked me why I want to die! It’s starting…
I went to two of the stores I frequent most and asked if my dogs can use their stores as training grounds for becoming service dogs. I want our min pin imposter to be capable of opening manual doors, picking up dropped items, pulling items off the lower shelves in stores, and being good. Our smaller dog rides on my lap in stores and I would like her to be able to pull items off midrange shelves.
My hands are growing dangerously numb. Like don’t know they’re in the fire numb. Multiple sclerosis always affected me from the waste down until a few years ago when my fingers started getting numb. Now it’s both of my entire hands.
I’m probably going to have to invest in some Dragon Naturally Speaking software for writing soon, so prepare for lots of typos.
Anyway, so a store employee asked me why I want to die. I explained how I want to plan my death just like people do weddings or funerals. I explained that I would like to pull the plug before my kids are wiping my ass. The only arguments I can possibly conceive are all religiously based. Why the un-religious members of society haven’t already pushed for this is beyond me.
I also got a chance to talk to a neighbor about this.
Bottom line though, I desperately need a lawyer. Has to be pro bono, but the publicity alone will be payment enough.
I spoke with the city attorney about it, and will post more from that conversation later, but I have a much bigger plan that I definitely need a lawyer before I implement.
Th city attorney recommended I speak with lawyers who are used to dealing with wills and stuff. So, if anyone knows a lawyer who is open minded, wants interesting cases, and willing to work for publicity, please direct them to me.
So I’m on this thing about assisted suicide/euthanasia/etc.
I need press. So, this is my latest brilliant idea. You know crowd sourcing? I want to make some t-shirts that say “I want to die, ask me why” with a link to some website I create, or my blog or something where I can express and propagate my views.
What do you think? PMAO, will you photoshop me a shirt pic like that? If you are opposed to this, no big deal. I’ll be looking at those t-shirt design websites today. More to come soon!
Robin Williams recently passed away. More accurately, Robin Williams recently killed himself in a manner which would be considered “cruel and unusual” punishment for criminals.
Why, with all the resources, human rights, medications, etc.? Why does a person with plenty of money, resources, etc have to resort to something like that? Why do people with terminal, excruciating and humiliating illnesses have to watch helplessly as they deteriorate?
Why does everyone talk about how suicide is a tragedy? Because it is, even though it doesn’t have to be.
There are millions of self-help books which reference proactive living. Planning ahead is considered wise when planning for kids college, or preparing a will, or buying insurance, yet planning ahead for your own death means you’re unstable, in need of counseling or psychiatric care.
This, my dear readers, is absolute bullshit. We can buy burial plots, we can sign advance directives, we can even pick out our caskets long before we pass away. Why then can we not also determine the time, place, and method of our departure? Oh, that’s right, we can determine that…
As long as we do it in a secret, cruel and unusual sort of way.
We can plan our retirement, but we have to wait as long as possible before some terminal condition takes our independence, bladder control, sanity, and dignity.
I don’t get it. There is no way I can do this alone people. I am more than willing to be the first person to proactively “pass away”, but there are lots of people who need/want/deserve it sooner than I do. Please help me!
I’m wanting to get legislation advocating for the freedom to choose when/how to die. Human rights, pro-choice, senior citizen, disability, and many other advocates should be all over this. Please, reblogging this post or the prior one will help. Social media, news outlets, something, please. I can’t do this alone.
Here’s the thing…
A while back, I wrote about my opinions on the existence of God. In that post I explained that although I do believe that God exists, I don’t believe in religion. I’d like to talk for a minute about that.
One of the big issues that people have with religion in general seems to be the judgemental/hypocritical viewpoints that a lot of the “religious” people they know express. I have a problem with that too. The thing is, different religions believe different things right? Not everyone can be right, in theory, only one religious viewpoint could be right. If that is the case, is it that much of a stretch to just think all of the religions are wrong? I have a lot of people in the real world who would strongly disagree with this, but I am entitled to my opinion and I believe that most people base their own religious viewpoint on what their parents, teachers, church, etc. have told them. I like to think for myself.
If God is real, shouldn’t He be able to speak for Himself? Like I said, I believe in God, and He has never told me to hate homosexuality, people who believe differently, etc. In fact, the more I feel like I know about God, the more I feel God is love.
Pure, simple, straightforward love.
I have friends who are gay. I also have friends who are atheists. I have friends who are fat, thin, black, white, whatever. God has never told me to not love the people He puts into my life. No matter what they believe, think, feel, do, are. This is one of the reasons I don’t believe in religion. Religion, no matter what type of religion it is, interprets God in some way, and tells you how you should feel about Him, and what His opinion, on all sorts of issues, is.
The God I believe in is big enough to speak for Himself. He speaks to me in nature. I don’t mean I literally hear God. I can just see Him in the things He made. What I see in the things He made is beauty, diversity, creativity, etc. When I look at a beautiful sunset, I don’t see a sign come out of it that says being gay is wrong. When I watch ants working together, letters don’t appear telling me that ants are the only creature in the world that know what they are talking about. Just because a spider can have lots of eggs doesn’t mean that God is against birth control. In fact, it seems to me that God designed birth control in a way. He’s the one that gave animals an “in heat” time, and He is the one who made it where not every suitor finds a mate. We had a dog that humped a goat one time. If God was against birth control, wouldn’t that have resulted in a pregnancy?
I understand if you feel differently than I do, and I respect that. If God is real, and He made us, He could have made us all believe the same thing, and He chose not to. I think that God likes our differences. I am just so tired of all these arguments in denominations, politics, “faiths”, etc. If God exists, and He wants you to believe in Him, He can make that happen. Regardless of what you believe at the moment. God doesn’t hold a gun to our heads and force us into thinking the way He thinks. He lets us believe in different things. He lets us be different. In fact, I think it goes beyond Him “letting” us do things. I think He loves us and our differences.
Sorry for the rant, I just was thinking about it, and since no one stopped following me yesterday, I thought I might as well talk about anything because, apparently, you don’t mind a little honesty.
Before I really get into this topic, I should say that I believe there are highly intelligent people on both sides of this issue. Of course, the people who read this blog, are the most intelligent in the world, so let’s comment accordingly and with respect.
Also, this issue could have many extensions. For example: If he is real, what is the amount of interaction God has with man, different aspects of his personality, the best ways to serve, worship, ignore, or whatever else with him, what form he takes, if he is a she, etc. I think you get my point. We are not going to get into all that.
For the purposes of this post, I am defining God as the #1 definition in the Merriam Webster dictionary:
1. capitalized: the supreme or ultimate reality: as a: the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe b: Christian Science: the incorporeal divine Principle ruling over all as eternal Spirit : infinite Mind
This post will focus only on my belief as to whether or not that Being exists.
In a word: yes. Okay, lets all go clap our hands and sing praise songs now. Just kidding about the praise songs, but that does hint at the fact that although I do believe in God, I am not a fan of religion. Let’s not get sidetracked though.
Alright Hobbler, you believe in God, but why?
In his book, The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard presents a basic premise about spirituality that I believe must be understood before the concept of God can be expounded upon. It is a little technical, but bear with me:” I am a spiritual being who currently has a physical body. I occupy my body and its environs by my consciousness of it and by my capacity to will and to act with and through it. I occupy body and its proximate space, but I am not localizable in it or around it. You cannot find me or any of my thoughts, feelings, or character traits in any part of my body. Even I cannot. If you wish to find me, the last thing you should do is open my body to take a look-or even examine it closely with a microscope or other physical instruments.” He goes on to talk about how: “in Moscow for many years there was a scientific institute where the brains of great Communists-leaders, scientists, and artists – were preserved and slices taken to be analyzed under the microscope. Technicians hoped to find the secret of great Communist personalities right there in their brains. Of course, they found nothing of personal greatness there. “They were looking in the wrong place and in a wrong way.” “Roughly speaking, God relates to space as we do to our body. He occupies and overflows it but cannot be localized in it. Every point in it is accessible to his consciousness and will, and his manifest presence can be focused in any location as he sees fit…every physical object and every natural law is a manifestation of God’s willing…This does not have to be taken in the sense that he is every second consciously choosing, for example, that this electron should be circling that neutron or that this pillar should be supporting that house. No doubt he could do that if he wished. But it is true in the same sense that the arrangement of the furniture in your apartment is a manifestation of your will. It is as you have provided for and want it to be, though you are not always thinking of that arrangement and “willing” it. It is also a continuing revelation of you to all who know you well.”¹
Sorry so long of a quote, but it really describes quite well the basic belief that I have regarding how God exists. I also believe that God makes himself evident in his creations. The Bible states – The heavens declare the glory of God…” (Psalms 19:1) All creations (nature, animals, humans, etc.) demonstrate the fingerprint of an awesome Creator.
If you do not believe or care about the Bible, let me put it this way:
Someone once said – “How is it that a brown cow eats green grass, which turns into white milk, then yellow butter, which is eaten by a man who grows red hair and has blue eyes?” …”If it is so simple, make your millions by inventing a machine that turns grass into milk. Call it a “Lawn-Mooer”.
How can strawberries grow next to garlic, and yet both derive their own unique tastes from the same soil and water? How can the thin layer of skin on your head send out a special hair? It has been formulated in your genes to send out a certain type of hair for the head, hair different from that which grows on the arm, or on the eyelids or the eyebrows. Imagine if you had eyebrows or eyelashes that grew to the length of the hair on your head.²
I could give many more examples, but don’t take my word for it…Arthur H Compton, winner of Nobel Prize in Physics – “Science is the glimpse of God’s purpose in nature. The very existence of the amazing world of the atom and radiation points to a purposeful creation, to the idea that there is a God and an intelligent purpose back of everything…An orderly universe testifies to the greatest statement ever uttered: “In the beginning, God…” Johann Kepler – Johann Kepler was a German mathematician and astronomer who discovered that the Earth and planets travel about the sun in elliptical orbits. He gave three fundamental laws of planetary motion. He also did important work in optics and geometry. – “The chief aim of all investigation of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God.” Sir Isaac Newton – “All material things seem to have been composed of the hard and solid particles above mentioned, variously associated in the first creation by the counsel of an intelligent Agent. For it became Him who created them to set them in order. And if He did so, it’s unphilosophical to seek for any other origin of the world, or to pretend that it might arise out of a chaos by the mere laws of nature.” Albert Einstein – “Science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion. To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason. I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith.” Sir John Fredrick Herschel, an English astronomer who discovered over 500 stars, stated: “All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more and more strongly the truths that come from on High and are contained in the Sacred Writings.” His father, Sir William Herschel, also a renowned astronomer, insisted, “The undevout astronomer must be mad.” Matthew Maury, is considered the father of oceanography. He noticed the expression “paths of the sea” in Psalm 8:8. “If God said there are paths in the sea,” Maury said, “I am going to find them.” We are indebted to his discovery of the warm and cold continental currents. His book on oceanography remains a basic text on the subject and is still used in universities. Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, “To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.
I could definitely go on about this subject, but this post is already getting a little long for my tastes, and I would love to get some feedback on some of your positions on this issue. So, here is your chance for a quick poll, and please free to leave me any additional comments. If you would like to discuss this issue in more depth, just let me know, and we will figure out a way to chat, email, or something else. Thanks!¹. The Divine Conspiracy, D. Willard, 1997
Before I break out any very controversial issues, here is a kind of mild one…should pot be legal?
You may not know this (or you may have already guessed based on some of my other posts), but when I was a teenager I smoked marijuana (insert oo’s and ah’s here).
Although I don’t smoke anything now, I probably could get it prescribed if I was in a “legal” state because of my medical condition…Multiple Sclerosis. Honestly, at this point in my life, I doubt that I would want to use it, but the real issue is: Should it be legal?
My short answer is yes.
I believe that the prohibition of marijuana is similar to the prohibition of alcohol long ago. If it were legal, not only could we tax it and reap some of the benefits, our prison would not be quite as crowded with people who’s only conviction is marijuana use. I think that by legalizing it we could also set some safety standards for it. Also, the police would not have to devote as much time and effort into chasing this type of drug dealer down.
There are many different opinions about this issue. Here is a web link offering some of the pros and cons: http://www.balancedpolitics.org/marijuana_legalization.htm
So, what do you think?