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A? Walking…Diction ary

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Walking Dictionary…walking dead…words. Let me explain.
No, i am not a know-it-all.  HA! (obviously, need no outward declaration of that fact!;))

I am not a definer/describer of every word out there in any language including my own heart language: English.

However, don’t You find: some words transcend simple definitions. Love. Peace. Compassion. Freedom. Hope. Do we understand love IF we erase the word hate. If we take away war are we left with…Peace?  IF we take the word “bad” out of the dictionary and censor/shun this word completely…does that automatically make us all good?? or kind?!

What about IF we add a bunch of new words…will we adopt new thinking consensus?? will we all speak in agreement?!

Some words are helpful. Some words hurtful and dangerous, scary and deadly, eh?

Do You respect words? (i “try” to carefully choose mine.)  (Ya, i probably should–would do well to expand my vocabulary! Yet, i like the power of small words that pack a big (spiritual/literary/poetic) punch.)

On the practical-side of things…we all need some form of easily comprehended communication and form of understanding, sharing, cooperation whether that is with letters, words, symbols or signs….to function well say as a united-global-brotherhood-of-fellow-fragile-life-inhabiting-Earth…in the pursuit of peace, unity, security.

How else do we describe or determine or decide…without words?! Like all preferences that all of us have no matter who we are or where we live…some of us prefer certain words over others. We usually like the ones that make us individually look and feel good/better. Words that tickle our ears in our comfort consciousness zones.

(It is a useless and futile game of frustration to fight over words.)

Same with numbers…take certain numbers away and do you still have the same amount? or value? money? equations?! May be, money just becomes plain paper…is that what it truly is–a fluctuating, non-fixed variable?…or take words that are empty…valueless…counterfeit aka meaningless.

People are not fixed…our words/our actions…may be our value (in the eyes of someone, or anyone or ourselves) changes…(If we are a person of our word…may be we gain respect (value). If we are someone who is not…may be we lose trust.)

Languages, words, values change over time. (Gain and loss are constants.)

Money can be power. Words can be power.

Both can be printed on paper…both can be burned.

Both can be used to manipulate the masses of mankind. For example, misunderstanding and mislabeling can result in much suffering and death for millions.

So can mis-education. Mis-direction of mis-understanding and mis-labeling.

Missing…out.

Just spell it out joanie!

L.a.w.

an important word to some…e.g., lawyers, judges, etc., people in power over people with limited or no power.

The Bible speaks of an important law that would be written on hearts. The Law of Love. (A law i personally don’t wanna break!) Those who respect this law…live it/communicate it daily (with words/deeds).

Some places of mind oppression persecute people or bully underdogs or express prejudice by enacting or exploiting…man-made law(s) to hurt and to keep those in power/control in power/control.  A large country out there…is using/enforcing the dangerous term “extremist” in an elastic stretch to wrap up and strangle…oppress/ban/prosecute…peace-loving, non-violent, Bible-readers/students, good-citizens of their respective country and good/loving neighbors to their fellow-fragile-life…(they are in my prayers my fellow-brothers & sisters; friends of compassion!) IF i were there in body…i would be mistreated/mislabeled the same way; no doubt. My heart/mind suffers right along with them!:(

All of us…have likes…our favorite friends, books…the Bible, an Awe-inspiring-Masterpiece to say the least, is not

a book to be banned or put on a list of so-called extremist reading!!!…

Nor its readers to be stripped of their fundamental human rights!

…the TRUTH found in the Bible and discovered by those who it set free…cannot be bound by bars nor bans…

nor bogus classifications!

 

4/1/17 @ 9:09 p.m. edited/updated/published 4/4/17 @ 10:18 a.m.

 

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2013, 14, 15, 16 Confessions of a Chocolate Lover

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Confessions of a chocolate lover…FY: i don’t want to stumble any (aka put an obstacle in anyone’s path that could potentially cause a fall) or be pushy as in push (aka potentially injure) any by my personal research/belief(s) system or by my love of chocolate…however, i am NOT/NEVER participating in Halloween whatsoever! (And yes, i share candy with kids; just at other times and for other reasons.) And Yes, i will control any chocolate and/or candy cravings for another day. Sorry, but i (little-fragile-life) refuse to be manipulated and controlled/enslaved by my desire for chocolate…or by threats of treats or tricks by big business or big media, big religion, popular tradition or scary zombies, etc.

for further context IF You choose to read (at your own risk of finding freedom)…check the following out please:)

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Halloween history and customs

Samhain: The origin of Halloween can be traced to this “ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago,” states The World Book Encyclopedia. “The Celts believed that the dead could walk among the living at this time. During Samhain, the living could visit with the dead.” However, the Bible clearly teaches that the dead “are conscious of nothing at all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5) Thus, they cannot contact the living.

 

Halloween costumes, candy, and trick or treat: According to the book Halloween—An American Holiday, An American History, some of the Celts wore ghoulish costumes so that wandering spirits would mistake them for one of their own and leave them alone. Others offered sweets to the spirits to appease them. In medieval Europe, the Catholic clergy adopted local pagan customs and had their adherents go from house to house wearing costumes and requesting small gifts. The Bible, on the other hand, does not permit merging false religious practices with the worship of God.—2 Corinthians 6:17.

 

Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches, and zombies: These have long been associated with the evil spirit world. (Halloween Trivia) The Bible clearly states that we should oppose wicked spirit forces, not celebrate with them.—Ephesians 6:12.

 

Halloween pumpkins, or jack-o’-lanterns: In medieval Britain, “supplicants moved from door to door asking for food in return for a prayer for the dead,” and they would carry “hollowed-out turnip lanterns, whose candle connoted a soul trapped in purgatory.” (Halloween—From Pagan Ritual to Party Night) Others say that the lanterns were used to ward off evil spirits. During the 1800’s in North America, pumpkins replaced turnips because they were plentiful as well as easy to hollow out and carve. The beliefs behind this custom—the immortality of the soul, purgatory, and prayers for the dead—are not based on the Bible.—Ezekiel 18:4. (excerpted The Origins of Halloween–What Does the Bible say about them?)

{Personally, some feelings on the matter: i want my kids to enJOY chocolate or candy in moderation at appropriate times throughout the year and not have to feel like they are “entitled” to beg for these or trick/hurt/threaten others, in some way, to get what they want when they expect to get what they want. Nor do i like the idea of them feeling the need to pretend to be something they are not as a method to get what they may want i.e. scary costume, etc. And Yes, my kids have played dress up and pretend as part of their normal growth toward maturity at appropriate times.} i respect other parents may feel differently than me! Plus, my kids are old enough to decide for themselves to participate or not. (Honestly, i am Happy when they make courageous decisions that are different from the popular course. Just because the crowd does it, does not mean i want my kids involved…depends.)

10/29/16 @ 5:10 p.m

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Let ’em out already, will ya?? PLEASE!

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Every moment of every day that i happen to enJOY my relative measure of “freedom”…i know there is Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life…imprisoned unjustly & unfairly somewhere on this planet!:(

Every time i laugh and/or i eat what i want/when i want and/or sleep IF i need to (and at times on a comfy bed w/pillow)…and/or dance to a cool tune or read what i like…or drink my favorite (non-alcoholic beverage, of course) of choice (tea w/honey)…or spend time with a loved one or time engaged in an activity/work of my choosing…i realize some “precious” life out there…is separated/deprived of one and/or any of those “simple” basic pleasures in life…subsisting/surviving aka learning to find contentment/satisfaction with their particular lot (big or small) in this 2015 life era.

As many of us, sufferers of one thing or another, are well aware..not all prisons come with literal bars or cells, huh?…(or specific sentences of judgment or time off for good behavior or any relief/end soon in sight.) Loneliness, heartbreak, misunderstanding/taken out of context/un-under-appreciation…have some of us trapped/bound, huh?

Yeah…is that what it’s all about? MORE…(yeah, more or less)…wanting/needing more and learning to be content with less. (Hey, but less can be more, right?) May be ? more freedom means more (compassionate) responsibility to those who have less freedom.

Questions for contemplation:

(am i abusing/misusing my relative freedom in any shape or form?…Say when i “insist” on my particular preferences, opinions and/or IF i live totally for myself and my own well-being without consideration for/of Others??)

Anyway, to the powers that be (global governments, etc)…“Let ’em out already, will ya?? PLEASE!”  Can’t we all show some mercy?! {Plus, people set themselves up like they are lawgiver, jury and/or judge/punisher…some are constantly judging others by appearance or circumstance, name, label or job or what comes out of their mouth or by what car they happen to drive or the clothes on their back (or the tats on their skin)…so, many are oppressed by burdensome, ridiculous laws/judgments/punishments…but, who’s to say what exactly IS “right” and exactly what IS “wrong”??…to me, that’s the sovereign of the universe’s job/ability and not mine. That’s a YAHWEH/God skill/s and i’m definitely not God/Jehovah!!...(not all knowing, wise/powerful: able to read hearts, tell the future, completely cure through compassion, etc.)..nor do i know anyone’s personal motivation for what they happen to do or not do.} Yet, God, in the Bible (and not in the churches) sets forth “principles” of love/living/compassion that benefit all who humbly choose to practice these agape principles. (Living Agape Love brings Joy in/to any circumstance (of relative freedom).

The UN Human Rights Committee has condemned the government of South Korea for the arbitrary detention of conscientious objectors and for violating their right to freedom of conscience. This is the fifth decision that the Committee has issued against South Korea for imprisoning conscientious objectors, but for the first time it finds their imprisonment “arbitrary.” 

By its arbitrary detention of conscientious objectors, South Korea is clearly out of step with international jurisprudence and practice on this issue.

Since 1950, South Korea has imprisoned 18,163 Jehovah’s Witnesses for their conscientious objection to military service and has failed to resolve the issue.

  • Currently imprisoned: 628
  • Newly imprisoned each month: 40
  • Total years Witnesses imprisoned: 35,022

Figures above as of February 2, 2015 (excerpted: article W February 2015, South Korea Guilty of Arbitrary Detention of Conscientious Objectors)

How am i using my freedom today…?? (For selfish purposes (arbitrarily) or selfless purposes (compassionately)?)

(i cannot live for myself only! when/while Fellow-Fragile-Life continues in unfair/inhumane bondage/slavery globally!

Just tryin’ to practice unselfishness…it doesn’t come easy.)

PEACE & REAL FREEDOM to ALL LOVERS/PRACTICERS OF COMPASSION!!!:)

(published 2/26/15 @ 3:54 p.m.)

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