1. Alcohol & drug intoxication… a rip off …not true ecstasy.
2. Smoking/drugging… a rip off… not real air/oxygen…energy.
3. Nationalism…a rip off… not true-united-brotherhood-of-global-fellow-fragile-life seeking the unselfish best interests of all.
4. Fame & Fortune… a rip off… not true friendship nor true security…
“There are companions ready to crush one another; But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” PRO verbs 18:24
“For wisdom is a protection just as money is a protection, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves the life of its owner.” Eccl. 7:12
“The wealth of the rich is his fortified city; It is like a protective wall in his imagination.” PRO verbs 18:11
5. Latest technology… a rip off… IF mostly misused to hurt rather than help/heal…(Or to silence/kill instead of communicating/interacting/living/moving).
6. FAKE Religion/Big Business…Fake Government…Fake Media/Fake mind-food aka fake knowledge/fake leadership…inaccurate/insufficient misinformation/propaganda, no actual evidence, etc….a rip off… not TRUE satisfying spirituality (or leadership) leading aka setting example worthy of imitation/modeling…leading to TRUE peace (and life/longevity eternal).
“One whose appetite is satisfied turns down honey from the comb, But to the hungry, even what is bitter tastes sweet.” PRO verbs 27:7
“And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her (fake religion), my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4
7. War games/violence… a rip off… not a viable solution/resolution to conflict …”those who take up the sword… perish by the sword!”
“Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword.” Matthew 26:52
“As a city broken through, without a wall, is the man who cannot control his temper.” PRO verbs 25:28
(a limited list; e.g., not extensive… obviously;
I’m sure You could think of other rip-offs to add.)
Accurate Knowledge… along with proactive-POSITIVE Psychological tactics/non-combative/”spiritual” warfare…(in my POV) is like non-invasive, bloodless, precise, mind surgery… with better outcomes!… respecting the sacredness/preciousness of life!:)
“By patience a commander is won over, and a gentle (mild) tongue can break a bone.” PRO verbs 25:15
“Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to a receptive ear.” PRO verb 25:12
“A mild answer turns away rage, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” PRO verb 15:1
“If your enemy (the one hating you) is hungry, give him bread to eat; If he is thirsty, give him water to drink. For you will be heaping burning coals on his head (that is to soften the person and melt his hardness), and Jehovah (True God of Compassion) will reward you.” PRO verbs 25:22
“Put away from yourselves every kind of malicious bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and abusive speech, as well as everything injurious. 32 But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31, 32
PEACE Reader:)… keep up the fully-awake-wise-fine-fight: Soldier of Compassion!:)
11/04/17 @ 12:00 p.m.
Is a house… truly a home without peace & compassion & agape (unselfish) love??… what about our beautiful planet Earth with all its inhabitants?! (Would You agree?…Each family member aka fellow-fragile-life has a personal responsibility to contribute/maintain/sustain home aka Earth.)
In my POV, the silent treatment is less effective than a mild tongue. To effectuate positive change(s)…is ignoring the person and/or the problem (indefinitely) a mature course of action/non-action?! Gentle speech even when under provocation can have better results.
A mild* gentle answer turns away rage,
But a harsh* painful word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
(Sometimes, i analyze/wonder IF certain areas/aspects of my life/relationships would improve IF i was a better communicator?) Gentle and compassionate communication certainly contributes to PEACE!
We all contribute to (emotional) climate…may be the ultimate climate control is a mild tongue!:)
PEACE always Reader:)
i’ll contribute to the quiet/serenity and shut up now;)
“A Greek word with the central idea of that which is agreeable and winsome. The word is often used to refer to a kind gift or a kind manner of giving. When referring to the undeserved kindness of God, the word describes a free gift given generously by God, with no expectation of repayment. Thus, it is an expression of God’s bounteous giving and generous love and kindness toward humans. The Greek term is also rendered by such expressions as “favor” and “kind gift.” It is given unearned and unmerited, motivated solely by the generosity of the giver.” (excerpted New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, revised edition 2013, glossary)
If You/i hav ever been the recipient of an unearned gift…motivated solely by generosity of the Giver, would that positively impact our feelings of gratitude? or our feelings of warmth/love toward the giver? Would repeated acts of undeserved kindness motivate a person to live differently? or to give more freely? or to be more forgiving? or more compassionate?
for example, in my life…i’ve experienced such kindness. (and repeatedly!) So, to the best of my (limited) abilities/circumstances, etc…i strive to live a life of gratitude/appreciation…especially toward the God of Compassion and Undeserved Kindness. (Undeserved kindness plays a prominent role in my daily decisions.)
just a thought, when viewing life as an undeserved kindness, are there less complaints? dissatisfaction? or gratefulness…for one’s lot in life? less risk taking that would endanger one’s life or someone else’s?
in my POV, and through my study of the scriptures, and through my life experiences…there are many undeserved kindnesses…Generous Gifts from God! These (and other reasons) motivate me to be as comforting and caring and helpful to fellow-fragile-life as humanly possible.
However, while i respect that all of us need specific-practical help in a physical sense…i place a higher value on spiritual wellness. Spiritual health first, physical health second. It’s been my experience that spiritual well-being…has a positive, long-term, rippling effect(s) on physical well-being. (Spiritual Peace leads to Physical Peace.)
“Let us, then, approach the throne of undeserved kindness with freeness of speech, so that we may receive mercy and find undeserved kindness to help us at the right time.” (Hebrews 4:16)