Sureness disappears as doubt and uncertainty appear

Sureness about answers to the important questions of life is what people used to display not so long ago. These days, however, almost everyone is either skeptical of these answers, or indifferent to the age-old, important questions of life.

The question of marriage is a good example of this. Until recently, people were sure they knew the answer to the question “What is marriage?” For generations, people have answered this question by saying: “Marriage is a legal union of one man and one woman.” Now, some people not only question this answer, but many reject it as a misleading reply to the question.

Family life is another area in which many doubt and question the accepted standard and practice. Many now doubt the notion that the traditional family represents the only structural standard there is for the family unit. They argue that we should consider two adults of the same gender and children living together as a family.

We can also find examples of this prevailing doubt in people’s view of, and attitude toward God and religion. As people doubt and question the importance or even the existence of God, moral uncertainty and decline creep in. While this happens, people discard moral principles and values and think and behave at a lower standard than is acceptable.

A source of hope is there to help us

We can suffer in several ways because of failing to act correctly due to our doubt and uncertainty.

Is there, however, a source of knowledge and instruction that can help us remove doubt and uncertainty? Yes, the Bible is a source of factual knowledge and instruction and it can help us solve this problem. Will we, then, consult the bible and try to overcome our doubt and uncertainty?

By Edward Fagan

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Faith, A Necessary Fact Of Life

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 Random thought leads to a resolution  

Random thought, we all know, can originate from anywhere and can be about any topic there is. In this case I look briefly at a resolution idea which randomly came to me. It came to me as I wrote a diary entry recently.

It is a simple resolution which we can make at any time. This resolution commits us to use our time and energy, almost solely, to pursue our goals. It also commits us to avoid spending any time or energy responding to persons who speak or act to put obstacles in our path. (The wording of this resolution, we are free to choose according to our preference.)

 A resolution that helps us ignore the distraction others create.

We sometimes reduce or remove our opportunity to achieve our goals without realizing that we are doing so. We do this when we practise activity that is not related to achieving our goals. Sometimes we pay undue attention to those who speak or act ill toward us.

Many of these people aim to distract our attention away from our goals. When we pay them our attention, we waste valuable time and energy that we need to achieve those goals. To the extent that we dissipate our time and energy on such persons, we reduce or remove our opportunity to achieve our goals.

This is a resolution that requires us to adopt only two standards for its problem-free practice. One standard is that we set lofty goals. The other standard is that we pursue those goals in a way that respects the rights and freedoms of others.

We certainly will achieve our goals when we work energetically toward achieving them. We, however, must remember to ignore attempts by others to distract our attention away from those goals. A good resolution of the type mentioned above can assist us in attaining any goal we set out to achieve.

By Edward Fagan

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Taking Personal Responsibility

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“Aging takes its toll on all flesh”, is an accurate statement. It is as accurate when we make the same statement but replace “Aging” with “Time”. We do know that our bodily health, including brain health, can deteriorate as we grow older.

Aging and our non-physical side

We also know that our brain health affects the health and functioning of the non-bodily parts of our being. Our mental faculties and our body connect through our brain. Brain health, therefore, directly affects the health of our mind, intellect, wisdom faculty and capacity to grow spiritually.

These mental faculties mentioned above, and the human spirit (Job 32: 8) from which they result, cannot grow old. They are not “flesh” and are not subject to the ravages of age and “time”. I am joyful that there is a part of me that is not growing old and is unaffected by time.

By Edward Fagan

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Evolution And Our Mental Faculties

Daddy Of The Human Race, An Ape?

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Politics and public assistance

Politics, according to some politicians, should not participate in any kind of welfare activity. It should, instead, stop the very rich from paying any portion of the tax burden they are carrying.

These politicians therefore aim to gradually have the lower classes pay all of the taxes collected. All this time they are trying to win the votes of the lower classes. The lower classes we all know, cast the majority of election votes.

These politicians do all of this while they try to close down such services as Medicare,  Medicaid and Planned Parenthood. These are the very social services on which their grassroots supporters happen to depend.

Politics and the other state

Many politicians who long to free society of all aspects of the welfare state, want to create the other state. This other state, the abusive state, is the utopian dream of these politicians.

In this abusive state, these politicians, their relatives, their very wealthy tax-exempted friends and business associates exist above the law. This group is free of all moral and financial accountability. Their businesses, likewise, are free of all moral, financial and environmental regulation.

Moral, social and economic justice do not exist for this type of politician. Here too, everyone else is on their own or at the mercy of the all powerful political and corporate masters. Many will need these masters’ personal patronage, from cradle to grave.

History speaks and beckons against the abusive state, but will these political and corporate masters respond as they should?

by Edward Fagan

(Briefly is a short, once-weekly feature where I look at a topic of interest.)

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Famous Liar Holding High Political Office

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Love’s opposite is not hate, they are too similar

Love’s opposite is not hate, even though many of us think so. At first sight, the qualities of love and hate seem to be opposites of each other. The motives behind the acts of love and hate thus seem to be opposites of each other. The acts of love and hate, and their outcomes too, also seem to be opposites of each other.

Love and hate, however, are not opposites. These two qualities have too much in common to be opposites of each other. Love, to the extent of its presence in a host, draws its host to the love object. It creates a bond or link between its host and the love object. It also attaches its host to the love object, for as long as it remains present in the host.

Hate does exactly the same thing as love, and in the same way. Hate, to the extent of its presence in a host, draws its host to the hate object. It creates a bond or link between its host and the hate object. It also attaches its host to the hate object, for as long as it remains present in the host.

These two spiritual (though not necessarily religious) qualities have much in common. One would repel the host from the object rather than draw him to it if they were opposites. They are not opposites of each other, but are both opposites of another quality. I will look at this quality in the future.

Love and hate, the abstract nouns minus their acts or verb equivalents, are powerful. Medical research proves this in discovering that some persons who harbour much hate consequently develop certain disorders. Researchers also found that persons who harboured thoughts of love realized an improvement in their health.

Love’s opposite, what about motives, acts and outcomes? 

Our motives determine our actions and their results. When we act out of love, our motives are always to selflessly serve and help others. When we act out of hate, our motives are to cause others harm.

The motives, and acts and their outcomes, of love and hate are, like love and hate, not opposites. The motives behind our acts of love and hate connect us to the objects of our love and hate. Our acts of love and hate, and their outcomes also link us to the objects of our love and hate.

Finally then, we can say that love and hate are not opposites. We can also say that their motives, acts, and the outcomes of their acts are also not opposites.

by Edward Fagan

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Love, The Dual Sided Object

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Mental Health, and politicians?

Mental health and politicians provide us with an interesting topic which we can discuss for ages. We have had this topic around for quite a while. Remember when a king of the ancient Babylonian super power became mentally ill. He remained in this state for seven years, Daniel 4: 31-34. This king ruled during the period 605-562 B.C.

Politicians in this state, besides, have always provided satirists and comedians with great working material. They have also provided audiences to comedy shows with good reasons to attend them.

Should our political leaders mental state matter to us, and do we need to monitor their mental state? Yes, their mental state should matter to us, and we need to monitor it. Given these two answers we should be able to detect quite early, signs of existing or oncoming mental illness.

In the event we detect such mental illness, there is a sensible solution that addresses this problem. We can thus use this solution to remove such a person from office smoothly and efficiently.

The sensible solution I refer to above is the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It reflects the vision and foresight of the founding fathers of the U.S., even though it was ratified in 1967.

This is an awesome document and it has universal appeal and application. Other democratic countries can also adopt it to meet those needs and requirements that fall within its scope.

by Edward Fagan

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Lunatics, Leadership And War

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Breaking up, a few points worth noting

Breaking up in a romantic or marital relationship is often painful for one or both partners. The other partner usually sees himself or herself as suffering wrongdoing by the partner who ended the relationship. Is this, however, really the case?

Does someone deny you a right when they refuse to continue in a personal relationship with you? We commit wrongdoing when we deny someone the exercise of a right in a given situation. Do we deny someone a right when we refuse their offer to start a relationship? No we do not, because such a right does not exist.

We therefore do not grant them a right when we accept their offer to start such a relationship. Then, we also do not grant them a right to continue in such a relationship if started. We thus do not deny them a right when we terminate such a relationship if started.

We have the same moral rights within relationships as we have outside of them. In relationships, however, we grant each other privileges that we do not offer to others. These privileges are ours to give and deny as we choose to do.

When we terminate a relationship we are exercising our right to deny a privilege we granted previously. Our partner might feel bad but we are not denying them the exercise of a right. We thus are not guilty of any wrongdoing toward them.

by Edward Fagan

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Looking At Love To Understand Its Nature

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