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Intangibility vs. Tangibility

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Some of us, Fellow-Humans, place a value (in varying degrees) and/or highly value the tangible: the taste, the touch. Some of us, Fellow-Breathing-Thinking-Life, place a value (along a spectrum) and/or highly value the intangible: the impalpable; the untouchable, the abstract.

An “authentic” life aka authentic/honest and non-hypocritical living…seems, to me, to be a constant/consistent juggle…a balancing act and, at times, a difficult tightrope walk of the intangible and the tangible…or the tangible v. the intangible v. the intangible v. the tangible…ad infinitum?!

It looks like and feels like and sounds like…”some” of our “human” problems may be (?!) attributed to devaluing the intangible over the tangible and vice versa…at inappropriate times! Significant Times, in life, may call for prioritizing the tangible over the intangible and at Other Worthy Times…the intangible over the tangible.

However, i think…an authentic/honest/real life walk in life means not abdicating/abandoning one (tangibility and intangibility) over the other…but simultaneously in tandem…keeping both lights on brightly.

Better is a handful of rest than two handfuls of hard work and chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:6)

{Curious;) to me how the above-mentioned wise-Biblical verse comes to mind…cause I am tired today.}

Perhaps, only a perfect human can actually walk on water. (:)) Sort of an aside: this thought brings me to the Sage of Peace also known to some as the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived: Jesus. He adroitly handled the intangible and tangible with a complete union/unity/an impactful immediacy (and longevity)…aka miracle worker. Is that what a miracle worker does??…perfectly measures, synthesizes, aligns the tangible with the intangible/the intangible with the tangible…in an instant unification…effectuating positive changes. (A superlative Leader, A positive-change agent of real-reality.)

For example, positive changes for women.  How, When, Who, What:  has “really” emancipated or enslaved women?? technology?

Jesus, back in the first century…

Consider, for example, the occasion when Jesus spoke to a woman at a well. “A woman of Samaria came to draw water,” says John’s Gospel account, and “Jesus said to her: ‘Give me a drink.’” Jesus was willing to talk with a Samaritan woman in public, even though most Jews had no dealings with Samaritans. According to The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, for Jews “conversation with a woman in a public place was particularly scandalous.” Jesus, however, treated women with respect and consideration and was neither racially prejudiced nor gender prejudiced. On the contrary, it was to the Samaritan woman that Jesus for the first time plainly identified himself as the Messiah.​—John 4:7-9, 25, 26.

On another occasion Jesus was approached by a woman who for 12 years had been suffering from an embarrassing and debilitating flow of blood. When she touched him, she was instantly healed. “Jesus turned around and, noticing her, said: ‘Take courage, daughter; your faith has made you well.’” (Matthew 9:22) According to the Mosaic Law, a woman in her condition was not supposed to be in a crowd of people, let alone touch others. Yet, Jesus did not berate her. Rather, he compassionately comforted her and addressed her as “daughter.” How that word must have put her heart at ease! And how happy Jesus must have been to cure her!

no tampon–no toxic shock!

Jesus could have appeared first to Peter, John, or one of the other male disciples. Instead, he dignified women by allowing them to be the first eyewitnesses of his resurrection. An angel instructed them to inform Jesus’ male disciples about this astonishing event. Jesus said to the women: “Go, report to my brothers.” (Matthew 28:1, 5-10)Jesus was certainly not affected by the prejudices common to Jews of his day, according to which women could not serve as legal witnesses.

So, far from being biased against women or condoning chauvinistic attitudes toward them in any way, Jesus showed that he respected and appreciated women. Violence against them was completely contrary to what Jesus taught, and his attitude, we can be sure, was a perfect reflection of the way his Father, Jehovah, sees things.

Women Under Divine Care

“Nowhere in the ancient Mediterranean or Near East were women accorded the freedom that they enjoy in modern Western society. The general pattern was one of subordination of women to men, just as slaves were subordinate to the free, and young to old. . . . Male children were more highly esteemed than female, and baby girls were sometimes left to die by exposure.” That is how one Bible dictionary describes the prevailing attitude toward females in ancient times. In many cases, they were almost put on the same level as slaves.

The Bible was written at a time when customs reflected this attitude. Even so, divine law as expressed in the Bible showed a high regard for women, which was in marked contrast with the attitudes of many ancient cultures.

Jehovah’s concern for the welfare of women is evident from the several instances in which he acted in behalf of his female worshippers. Twice he intervened to protect Abraham’s beautiful wife, Sarah, from being violated. (Genesis 12:14-20; 20:1-7) God showed favor to Jacob’s less-loved wife, Leah, by ‘opening her womb,’ so that she bore a son. (Genesis 29:31, 32) When two God-fearing Israelite midwives risked their lives to preserve Hebrew male children from infanticide in Egypt, Jehovah appreciatively “presented them with families.” (Exodus 1:17, 20, 21) He also answered Hannah’s fervent prayer. (1 Samuel 1:10, 20) And when the widow of a prophet faced a creditor who was about to take her children as slaves to pay off her debt, Jehovah did not leave her in the lurch. Lovingly, God enabled the prophet Elisha to multiply her supply of oil so that she could pay the debt and still have sufficient oil for her family. She thus preserved her family and her dignity.​—Exodus 22:22, 23; 2 Kings 4:1-7.

The prophets repeatedly condemned the exploitation of women or the use of violence against them. The prophet Jeremiah told the Israelites in Jehovah’s name: “Render justice and righteousness, and deliver the one that is being robbed out of the hand of the defrauder; and do not maltreat any alien resident, fatherless boy or widow. Do them no violence. And do not shed any innocent blood in this place.” (Jeremiah 22:2, 3) Later, the rich and powerful in Israel were condemned because they had evicted women from their homes and mistreated their children. (Micah 2:9) The God of justice sees and condemns as evil such suffering caused to women and their children.

The “Capable Wife”

An appropriate view of a capable wife is presented by the ancient writer of the Proverbs. Since this beautiful description of the role and the status of a wife was included in Jehovah’s Word, we can be sure that he approves of it. Far from being oppressed or being viewed as inferior, such a woman is appreciated, respected, and trusted.

The “capable wife” of Proverbs chapter 31 is a vigorous and industrious worker. She works hard at what is “the delight of her hands” and engages in trade and even real estate transactions. She sees a field and proceeds to buy it. She makes undergarments and sells them. She gives belts to the tradesmen. She is vigorous in her strength and activity. Moreover, her words of wisdom and her loving-kindness are greatly appreciated. As a result, she is highly esteemed by her husband, by her sons and, most important, by Jehovah.

Women are not to be the oppressed victims of men who take advantage of them, mistreat them, or subject them to abuse of any kind. Instead, the married woman is to be the happy and accomplished “complement” of her husband.​—Genesis 2:18.

Assigning Honor:

When writing to Christian husbands about how they should treat their wives, the inspired writer Peter urged husbands to imitate the attitudes of Jehovah and Jesus Christ. “You husbands, continue . . . assigning them honor,” he wrote. (1 Peter 3:7) Assigning honor to a person implies that one values and respects such a one highly. Thus, the man who honors his wife does not humiliate her, downgrade her, or treat her violently. Rather, he demonstrates by his words and his deeds​—in public and in private—​that he cherishes and loves her. [excerpted reading reference: How Do God and Christ View Women? Awake! 2008]

{From my own personal study of the scriptures/including various research on commentary (not specifically included in this post)…

i’ve found Jesus to be–Genuinely-Compassionate, Beyond-Genius; an Authentic-Leader way ahead of 1st century and 21st century culture(s)…i.e., in his just treatment of male and female humans as valuable individuals…and in the miraculous manner of care (spiritual/physical) given.}

Aside aside…

Is it a water (adroitly balancing/adeptly working the intangible and tangible in tandem unison) walk where You see less fuzzy and more clearly?? and are able to avoid the here and now obstacles and/or any future obstacles in your immediate step and in your pathway…now and in the future?

Seems so.

When we hit the switch…up or down…we turn on either the tangible lights and off the lights of our perceptions, (faith?) etc.

It takes a grand measure of wisdom, discernment, patience and smarts, incredible abilities, along with cumulative positive traits to distinguish those important/significant times where we need to synthesize discreetly and to act appropriately and in a self-disciplined manner.

Perhaps, some highly-educated spiritual-self-helpers among us/the non-instant gratification seekers…see the wisdom in elevating the intangible over the tangible as a necessary and as being very prudent and very smart in most situations.

μὴnot σκοπούντωνlooking at ἡμῶνof us τὰthe (things) βλεπόμεναbeing seen ἀλλὰbut τὰthe (things) μὴnot βλεπόμενα,being seen, τὰthe (things) γὰρfor βλεπόμεναbeing seen πρόσκαιρα,temporary, τὰthe (things) δὲbut μὴnot βλεπόμεναbeing seen αἰώνια.everlasting.  2 Corinthians 4:18 –The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures

while we keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen. For the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting. 2 Corinthians 4:18–New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (Study Edition)

We need our intangible (aka a “convinced” faith) to be a solid, trustworthy, TRUTHFUL/ACCURATE foundation (of mind and heart)…we cannot walk on “rotten planks”…an inferior position.

A convinced faith and mere fantasy are not the same thing! DUH!;)

 

11/07/18 @ 3:02 p.m.

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Halloween 2018

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the irony of: me enJOYing big CHUNKS of chocolate as i type this post protest (chose word cause it’s more poetic aka it tastes good to my ears and word palate…though, for the record, i don’t personally/bodily/literally participate in actual/concrete “protests” for political neutrality purposes/reasons)…

NOPE…i do–by (well-informed) conscious choice–refrain/avoid any and all Halloween rituals!…and will, most likely, boycott candy consumption tomorrow. LOL so, i’m “bingeing” ? 😉 on Godiva Dark Chocolate Almond and Hershey’s Dark Chocolate sans Almond…(gifts from Hubby and not endorsements by me of said brands) tonight–dressed as my boring/(non-fun) freckled self without mask/make-up–this makes my corny self chuckle.

Would You Agree? (at crucial times) Truth is NO laughing matter…BOO< BOO< BOO to You joanie!!!

Have You read my confessions??

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

Sam What?

No, NOT a fan Man of Mass Mind Manipulation of Nations..no, thanks!

“You must not walk in the statutes of the nations.” “Do not learn the way of the nations at all.” (Lev. 20:23; Jer. 10:2)

reformation(s)…removing varnish..and tarnish?!

Halloween’s roots, although not found in the Bible, can be traced back to a pagan origin. The pre-Christian Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all celebrated a festival for the dead. These ancients believed that on these occasions the spirits of the dead returned; therefore food was left for them and lamps were kept burning so they would not lose their way.

The Celtic order of Druids worshiped Samhain, lord of the dead, as well as a sun-god to whom the horse was sacred. On November 1, which was also their New Year, they held a joint festival in honor of these gods. It was believed that the souls of those who had died the previous year because of their sins were confined to the bodies of lower animals, and at the time of this festival Samhain assembled them together, and they were released to go to the Druid heaven. On the eve of the feast of Samhain the pagan Celts used to keep bonfires burning, believing that this would protect them from evil spirits.

The many features of today’s Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations can be traced directly back to paganism. The ancients associated this time of the year with the supernatural and with the thronging of dead spirits, so it was right in line with Catholic church policy to adopt this date for their All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. The people were thus able to keep their pagan customs and beliefs and still celebrate what are called Christian festivals of the highest rank. But the varnish applied by Christendom to these pagan feasts is so thin that there is no questioning the fact that Halloween is rooted in paganism.

It is interesting to note that the Protestant Reformation was touched off on Halloween night. How so? Martin Luther, knowing it was the custom of the people to flock to the Palace Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on the eve of All Saints, picked that night to nail his ninety-five theses to its door. On reading them, the people’s smoldering resentment against the Catholic church burst into flames. Many pagan practices were cast off by the reformers, the celebration of All hallows Eve being one of them. [excerpted reading: w 11/1/1960 What Does Halloween Mean to You?]

{often wondered, but haven’t taken time to research…any? existing/trustworthy stats/data on

crime/violence/vandalism/aggression/bullying/suicide spiking/attributed to Halloween night.}

an observation–without hard evidence–from a non-participant/outsider…each year seemingly incrementally escalating of advertising and costumes, etc. seem much more outlandish and gory…over-the-top bloody-scary to me than in previous years.

Healthy Teeth to You:)…aka no rotten rituals…aka Understanding Truth about ideas/practices/origins/masks-disguises of dictators dictating cultural/religious holidays/dogmas…indoctrination(s).

freely enjoying my chocolate consumption in moderation as myself 🙂

10/20/18 @ 8:07 p.m.

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Neither/Nor

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Make me neither rich nor poor
Make me neither beautiful nor ugly
Make me neither smart nor stupid
Make me neither sharp nor dull
Make me neither clever nor dim
Make me neither strong nor weak
Make neither warm nor cold
Make me neither happy nor sad
Make me neither bitter nor sweet
Make me neither big nor little
Make me neither fat nor skinny
Make me neither haughty nor humble

Make me?! Neither nor/nor neither
Make me neither hate nor love
(You cannot make me)

“So that I do not become satisfied and deny you and say, “Who is (Yahweh)
Jehovah?” Nor let me become poor and steal and dishonor (assail) the name of my God.” PROverb 30:9

Make me neither too rich nor too poor
Make me neither too beautiful nor too ugly
Make me neither too smart nor too stupid
Make me neither too sharp nor too dull
Make me neither too clever nor too dim
Make me neither too strong nor too weak
Make neither too warm nor too cold
Make me neither too happy nor too sad
Make me neither too bitter nor too sweet
Make me neither too big nor too little
Make me neither too fat nor too skinny
Make me neither too haughty nor too humble

(Make me neither too balanced nor too wobbly)

Make me?! too neither nor/nor neither too

 

my heart:

Whoever trusts in his own heart is stupid.​—Prov. 28:26.

read commentary:
A popular philosophy or common adage is: Follow your heart. But doing that can be dangerous. And in a sense, doing so is unscriptural. The Bible warns us not to let our imperfect heart or mere sentiment rule when we are making decisions. And Bible accounts show the sad consequences of following one’s heart. The core problem is that in imperfect humans, “the heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate.” (Jer. 3:17; 13:10; 17:9; 1 Ki. 11:9) So, what could it mean for us if we simply follow our heart and let our emotions dictate our thinking and actions? For example, what might happen if we make decisions when we are angry? The answer may be obvious if we have done this in times past. (Prov. 14:17; 29:22) Or is it likely that we will make sound decisions when we are discouraged? (Num. 32:6-12; Prov. 24:10) [excerpted reading: w 17.03 2:12, 13]

emotions (and? neither/nor)…can be deceptive.

am fighting deception everyday!!

 

10/29/18 @ 12:30 p.m.

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“a” ‘better place to play’ : patience, please

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Wearing? Patience.

We all wear our values on full display, eh?!

A quality I/i am continually working on is patience…leads to harmony.

It’s a less angry/stressful/aggravating/agonizing/arrogant place to play.

More Peace🙂 easily found at the patience playgroundlot(s) less punching and petty bickering over empty words.

Patience (olive green) at play is energizing and not exhausting!

practical points on Patience:)

We are surrounded by a world in which people are often lovers of themselves, not open to any agreement, and without self-control. Those who display such characteristics are frequently anything but patient. […]

In the Biblical sense of the word, patience is more than simply putting up with a trying situation. A person with godly patience endures with a purpose. He sees beyond his own needs and considers the welfare of the one causing a disagreeable situation. For this reason, when a patient person is wronged or provoked, he refuses to give up hope for improvement in the disturbed relationship. Little wonder, then, that the Bible lists being “patient” as the first of many fine qualities that stem from love. (1 Cor. 13:4)

from my (albeit limited/imperfect) point of view: the more patience shown…indicative of depth of love; love indicative of understanding/appreciation; the more we love someone the more willing we are to be patient with/in our dealings/interactions/communications.

Patience is a wise course in numerous situations/circumstances (on & off line).

For example, please, notice these further excerpted readings:

Many everyday situations may test our patience. For example, if you feel that you have something important to say, you may need to exercise patience in order to avoid interrupting others. (Jas. 1:19) You might also need to show patience when associating with […] whose habits irritate you. Instead of overreacting to such things, you are wise to consider how [Yahweh]/ Jehovah and Jesus react to our weaknesses. They do not focus a critical eye on our minor failings. Rather, they see our good qualities and patiently observe our efforts to improve.​—1 Tim. 1:16; 1 Pet. 3:12.

Another situation that may test our patience is when someone suggests that we said or did something wrong. All too often, we may be quick to take offense and justify ourselves. However, God’s Word recommends a different response. It states: “Better to be patient than to be haughty in spirit. Do not be quick to take offense, for the taking of offense lodges in the bosom of fools.” (Eccl. 7:8, 9) Hence, even if an accusation is completely untrue, we should patiently weigh our response. Jesus followed that principle when others unjustly ridiculed him.​—Matt. 11:19.

[excerpted aforementioned readings: w 9/2018: Patience–Endurance with a Purpose]

am working on being more and more patient and…enduring with a purpose

and

obviously…

not interrupting as a talker😉

am i patient listener?!

a patient person/friend/parent/partner/fellow-fragile-life inhabiting Earth?

am i patiently purposeful?

10/09/18 @ 3:28 p.m.

Life seems an easier going with patience & purpose🙂

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