I’m beyond excited! For those of you who don’t know, I’m trying to change the world. Dyingwithstyle.org is my website where you can read all about it.
Anyway, it should be within the next few weeks, and there should be a podcast of it, so I’ll share it here after it’s done, and on my site.
It’s for missionsradio.org, which is basically a site promoting all sorts of world-changing people and organizations from around the world. I seriously can’t stop smiling.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I’m not talking “she’s hot” kind of love.
I have a friend. I know, that in itself is newsworthy, but here’s what got me thinking about first sight stuff.
She had a boyfriend, and bachelors degree and was beginning a good career path. One day at a meeting she met a man. Their meeting lasted less than 5 minutes. She has never forgotten it. There was something about him. Not just attraction. She continued life as normal and eventually married the guy she had been dating, and she has a kid now.
So why does she still think about the 5 minute “love affair” meeting guy?
Please don’t freak out sisters and other people who actually know me. I’m not shaving my head anytime soon, but the title of this post is a serious question.
Buddhism presents a very good perspective on life. It also is a wise view of death, or rather no death, and the day to day existence. I’m curious as to why it isn’t a more widely known and accepted way to see the world. So tell me in the comments please. Why aren’t you a Buddhist?
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.
I picked up a prescription today. If I had paid cash it would have cost $1,713.73. Thanks to my medicare “advantage” plan I paid $691.18. Thanks to my husband I was able to get this. The copayment would have been more than my monthly social security disability “benefits”.
There are thousands of people in America just like me. I’m not done yet. I have this cause, this movement to fight for, but many of those thousands are done with this life, but their body hasn’t died yet. Quit making your grandma choose between meds that make her sick, or food that she can’t taste, while she begs you to help her.
Let us go!
How dare you sentence us to a life of meager existence to ease your conscience!
No one should spend their life savings as they writhe in pain to wait until something “naturally” kills them. The arguments against assisted suicide stem from superstition and religion.
Someone reading this knows someone who can help me. Please! I’m just one person, but we can do this together.
I’m starting a movement. Join me!
I wrote “I want to die, ask me why” on a tshirt and wore it around town. No one asked me why. So disappointing, but im not giving up.
I am waiting to hear from the city attorney about the legal ramifications of planning my own death. In speaking with our local newsletter agency, it was determined that I should take full advantage of social media to network and create buzz.
The girl there said that the concept is newsworthy, and that I can keep her informed of progress, but I need to get a little more momentum before they would do an article on it.
So, basically I need to make a Facebook page for the cause, start recruiting, etc. I designed a shirt on Booster.com, but it might need a different design too.
Here’s a link for that: https://www.booster.com/dyingwithstyle. You can actually buy the shirt and support awareness, but there is a minimum order amount, so if I can’t sell enough, they won’t print.
I’m doing this, I will find a way to get it viral or something, please help! If you know web design, I could use a site. If you have ideas for a shirt to get people talking, please share. I also could use some sort of trademark or logo for all my material, if any of you do design.
I’m thinking of calling all of us who support this idea the Proactive Death Squad. Provocative enough?
I’m asking for free help, resources, etc. if you have any knowledge of fundraising/crowd sourcing, please give me ideas too! Thanks everyone!
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