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 “You must not follow after the crowd to do evil, and you must not pervert justice by giving testimony to go along with the crowd.*(or testimony that is popular)” Exodus 23:22

Any of us can courageously choose NOT to go along with the crowd! IS it an easy course, at times,…no. However, the real thinkers and innovative doers/accomplishers of timelessness goodness…did…outside the boxes of commodity…conformity. Breaking the jello mold…(“watch it wiggle, see it jiggle”… old jello jingle…:) in other words… fear of man, or fear of what Others think or giving up or giving in because of… eats away pieces of integrity.

History is full of examples both positive & negative… impacts of past societies…

Are my personal values making me susceptible or impervious… to Others’ opinions of me?? Yeah, to a degree, of course, it’s only natural to want those You deeply love to think kindly of You…approval of family and society can be two different things… or one and the same type of thing… sometimes, neither society nor family accept..aka fully appreciate and treat me as outcast…(my (Bible) beliefs and (high-compassion) values) have brought me there…(obviously; IF it mattered most to me… winning approval over despising shame… would I write and publish most of this spiritual stuff on this blog?! It’s the slight space between being sensitive to Others and not letting the sensitivities of Others dictate;) my every choice in the matters that matter most.

And what matters most to me??

(Hmmm… living compassion; probably…and white pebbles)… (we all need encouragement/support so… am thankful! for the family/friends i do have who put up with me;)…

Resistance is NOT futile and possible…[excerpted: Resist the Pressure of Public Opinion w 2010] Thinking of a person/example of Compassion and thinking of a person who swam in the opposite direction of society and expectations thereof, etc. of his day… who treated women, children and any other underdog with deserved dignity and respect… check it out please…

“Greeks, Romans, and Judeans all considered honor and shame to be pivotal values in their cultures,” says one scholar. “Men lived and died in quest of honor, reputation, fame, approval, and respect.” Such values made them susceptible to the opinions of others.

Status, position, and honor were everything in a society characterized by an acute awareness of rank, ranging from nobility to slavery. Honor was a person’s value not only in his own eyes but in the eyes of others as well. To honor a person meant to acknowledge publicly that he behaved in a way expected of him. Rendering honor also meant being outwardly impressed by a person’s wealth, office, or nobility and therefore according him due attention. Honor could be won by performing virtuous deeds or by excelling over others. In contrast, shame, or dishonor, accompanied public humiliation or ridicule. More than a personal feeling or a response of one’s conscience, it was the result of condemnation by society.

When Jesus spoke about a person’s being assigned “the most prominent place” or “the lowest place” at a feast, it was a matter of honor or shame according to the culture of the day. (Luke 14:8-10) On at least two occasions, Jesus’ disciples disputed over “which one of them seemed to be greatest.” (Luke 9:46; 22:24) They were manifesting a major concern of the society in which they lived. Meanwhile, proud and competitive Jewish religious leaders saw Jesus’ preaching as a challenge to their honor and authority. Their attempts to get the better of him in public debates before crowds, however, invariably resulted in failure.—Luke 13:11-17.

Another concept current in first-century Jewish, Greek, and Roman thinking was the shamefulness of being “seized and publicly charged with wrongdoing.” For a person to be bound or confined was viewed as degrading. Such treatment insulted an individual before friends, family, and the general community—whether he was convicted of a crime or not. The stigma thereafter attached to his reputation could shatter his self-respect and damage his relationship with others. More shameful than being bound was the indignity of being stripped or flogged. Such treatment incited contempt and derision, depriving the person of his honor.

Execution on a torture stake subjected the victim to the worst of all possible indignities. Such an execution was “the penalty for slaves,” says scholar Martin Hengel. “As such it symbolized extreme humiliation, shame and torture.” Social pressure to renounce a person who was dishonored in this way was brought upon his family and friends. Since Christ died in this manner, all who wanted to be Christians in the first century C.E. thus had to face the challenge of public ridicule. Most people likely considered it absurd for someone to identify himself as a follower of a man who suffered impalement. “We preach Christ impaled,” wrote the apostle Paul, “to the Jews a cause for stumbling but to the nations foolishness.” (1 Cor. 1:23) How did the early Christians face this challenge?

In order to maintain his integrity to Jehovah God, Jesus underwent the most dishonorable execution possible. “He endured a torture stake, despising shame.” (Heb. 12:2) Jesus’ enemies slapped him, spat on him, stripped him, flogged him, impaled him, and reviled him. (Mark 14:65; 15:29-32) Yet, Jesus despised the shame that they attempted to heap on him. How? He refused to shrink from such treatment. Jesus knew that he lost no dignity in Jehovah’s eyes, and he certainly sought no glory from men. Even though Jesus died the death of a slave, Jehovah dignified him by resurrecting him and giving him the most honorable place next to Him. At Philippians 2:8-11, we read: “[Christ Jesus] humbled himself and became obedient as far as death, yes, death on a torture stake. For this very reason also God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

What about us today? Things the world considers foolish, weak, and ignoble, God views as wise, powerful, and honorable. (1 Cor. 1:25-28 “Because a foolish thing of God is wiser than men, and a weak thing of God is stronger than men. For you see his calling of you, brothers, that there are not many wise in a fleshly way *(or by human standards),not many powerful, not many of noble birth *(or from important families), 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world to put the wise men to shame; and God chose the weak things of the world to put the strong things to shame; 28 and God chose the insignificant things of the world and the things looked down on, the things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,” 

Would it not be foolish and shortsighted for us to be influenced entirely by public opinion?

 Whether You Reader:) are a follower of Christ (or choose another role-model/mentor) or not… it begs the self-reflection questions: am I unduly influenced by society and public opinion…(and for the better or for the worse/to my own detriment)?? Would I willingly despise shame, face public ridicule, torture for my personal belief system?? Is my personal belief system worth it?! And what did Jesus preach/teach…a timeless message of Peace & Compassion and help for the underdog!!!

Society and societies have let free/walk…violent criminals against humanity and basic compassion.

Think about it where is Today’s society taking me… to peace, joy, happiness, life?!…

No, a violent, non-compassionate, self-serving society is one I will balk!… and I choose to remain politically neutral and a conscientious objector

I will continue to spiritually fight with all my might to NOT conform!!!…I invite You Reader:) to flee from the elements of society that are hurting Humanity, You and the Planet… namely, false religion, fake government, materialism, and commercialism/big business!

As previous societies have past/passed away..so, this current-present society will end… who will survive??!…

The END of Framework (Part 1)

The END of Framework (Part 2)

End of Framework (Part 3)

Further context IF needed:

The GREATEST MAN Lives For SO MUCH MORE…:)

The GREATEST MAN Who Ever Lived: Killed! (Part 1?)

Loving the GREATEST MAN who EVER Lived (aka part 2 of previous post)

Loving the GREATEST MAN who EVER Lived (aka part 2 of previous post)

Where are You Taking Me? (You’ll See!)

11/13/17 @ 3:33 p.m.

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Cooked Mussels, Green Tea, and Dark Chocolate

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A late afternoon lunch (or early dinner) @ 4:20 p.m….Yummy. I am starting my second cup of Green Tea and second bite of Dark Chocolate! 🙂

(Sorry! to any sensitive Eaters-Readers:) out there (who may be offended by my consuming choices). A girl’s gotta eat, correct? 😉 I eat in moderation when I am hungry and stop when I am full; thus, the late lunch (after physical work) and 2nd cup of tea (the salty mussels made me a little thirsty for more). (Your lunch and dinner is probably more tasty than mine, huh? EnJOY!)

Sip, sip, sip…

My mind is thirsty for more too…How about You?? Again, Sorry! to any sensitive Eaters-Readers:) out there (who may be offended by my mind consuming choices). A girl’s mind has to eat, too, correct? 😉 Thank You for trying some new veggies/tastes.

(Or perhaps, your mind diet requires a spiritual supplement?!)

Now on to the Real Eating… aka spiritual nourishment… read the following a while back and it ties in nicely with previous posts: the-end-of-framework-part-1/the-end-of-framework-part-2/end-of-framework-part-3/

Bon Appetite!:)… sip, sip, sip…(my green highlights of excerpted points of interest)

“They are no part of the world.”—John 17:16.

 People who do not share our faith may feel a special loyalty to their country, tribe, or culture or even to their national sports team. Challenges to such loyalties have resulted in competition and rivalry and, in extreme cases, bloodshed and genocide. The way that people resolve these issues, for better or for worse, might touch us or our families personally  because we are inescapably a part of human society. Since God made man with an innate sense of justice, the decisions that human governments make may offend our sense of what is right and fair. (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 32:4) How do we react under such circumstances? It would be all too easy to take sides in worldly issues and be drawn into controversy.

And the easy way… is NOT always the smartest or wisest way, eh?!:)

The institutions that govern human society may pressure citizens to take sides in conflicts that arise. True Christians cannot do so. We do not participate in the political controversies of this world; nor do we take up arms. (Matt. 26:52) We are not swayed by efforts to involve us in exalting any portion of […] world over another. (2 Cor. 2:11) Being no part of the world, we rise above worldly rivalries.—Read John 15:18, 19.

Example of Sage of Peace/Compassion…

 If you are ever in doubt as to how you ought to behave in any given situation, it would be wise to ask yourself, ‘What would Jesus have done?’ The nation in which Jesus lived was made up of people from various regions—Judea, Galilee, Samaria, and others. Bible accounts reveal that there were tensions between people of these different areas. (John 4:9) Tensions also existed between Pharisees and Sadducees (Acts 23:6-9), between the people and the tax collectors (Matt. 9:11), and between those who had received a Rabbinic education and those who had not. (John 7:49) In the first century, Israel was ruled by the Romans, whose presence was deeply resented by the local people. While Jesus championed religious truth […], he never encouraged his disciples to foster rivalries. (John 4:22) On the contrary, he urged them to love all men as their neighbor.—Luke 10:27.

Why did Jesus not endorse common Jewish prejudices? Because neither he nor his Father takes sides in this world’s controversies. […]God designed humans in such a way that they could produce different races. Neither Jehovah nor Jesus exalts one race, nationality, or language above another. (Acts 10:34, 35; Rev. 7:9, 13, 14) We must follow their perfect example.—Matt. 5:43-48.

In NO WAY do I want to endorse common prejudices!!!…(i.e. politics, certain controversies exalt one race, nationality or language above others.) That’s partially why I am impartially no part of the world…I stay politically neutral. I love all my fellow-fragile-life-brothers-and-sisters-globally and wish them all PEACE and longevity!! It doesn’t matter what peer-pressure, family-pressure, community-pressure, national-pressure, political-power-struggle-pressure, etc. we can all rise above worldly rivalries! I cannot kill my brother or sister just because they live in another country or speak another language or eat different food!

Sip, sip, sip…

Note how some first-century Christians reacted to one divisive issue that arose within the congregation. Individuals in Corinth were saying: “‘I belong to Paul,’ ‘But I to Apollos,’ ‘But I to Cephas,’ ‘But I to Christ.’” Whatever the underlying issue, the apostle Paul was indignant about its effect. “Is the Christ divided?” he asked. What was the solution to such disruptive thinking? Paul exhorted the Christians: “Now I urge you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you should all speak in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you may be completely united in the same mind and in the same line of thought.” Neither should there be divisions of any kind in […] (True) Christian congregation today.—1 Cor. 1:10-13; read Romans 16:17, 18  “Now I urge you, brothers, to keep your eye on those who create divisions and causes for stumbling contrary to the teaching that you have learned, and avoid them For men of that sort are slaves, not of our Lord Christ, but of their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattering speech they seduce the hearts of unsuspecting ones.”

Some of us are being seduced everyday…by the political and religious and big business smooth-talkers, etc. Don’t be an unsuspecting one/pawn doing the mindless bidding of the puppet masters (in their various ego-power struggles/controversies)!

Has your upbringing or environment exposed you to national or regional loyalties? Do any such feelings still linger in your heart? Christians should not allow nationalistic fervor to taint their view of others. But what if you realize that you do have negative thoughts toward people of other nations, cultures, languages, or races? Then it would certainly be profitable to meditate on how Jehovah (True God of Agape/Compassion) views nationalism and prejudice.—Read Romans 12:2  And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. [excerpted reference: Maintain Your Loyalty to God’s Kingdom w 2015]

Questions for Reflections:

Who is molding my mind? This system of things/world.. aka soon to end framework of human society??

Do I have or foster attitude “mine is best” …holding partisan allegiances??

Am I truly FREE…on all levels from: divisive, prideful, competitive practices that dominate today’s hurtful/violent/unloving present world/framework of human society??

 PEACE & Unity to YOU:)

Published 10/26/17 @ 6:26 p.m.

P.s. and a FY…i did not finish drinking my 2nd cup of green tea…😉

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End of Framework (Part 3)

Breathing-Fragile-Life Fundamental Human Rights insights Joan Winifred never giving up! world

For context of this post please read: the-end-of-framework-part-2/ and for context of part 2 please read: /the-end-of-framework-part-1/

 After stating that many would be lovers of themselves and of money, Paul wrote (at 2 Timothy 3:1-4) that people would also be boastful, haughty, and puffed up with pride, traits that often reflect a feeling of superiority because of one’s abilities, appearance, wealth, or rank. People with such traits crave to be admired and adored. One scholar wrote the following about the person who has an all-consuming pride: “In his heart there is a little altar where he bows down before himself.” Some have said that inordinate pride is so distasteful that even the proud dislike it in others.

Some people become proud because of their good looks, popularity, musical ability, physical prowess, or exalted position. David had not just one of these assets but all of them; yet, he remained humble throughout his life. After he killed Goliath and was offered the daughter of King Saul to be his wife, David said: “Who am I and who are my relatives, my father’s family in Israel, for me to become son-in-law to the king?” (1 Sam. 18:18) What helped David remain humble? The qualities, abilities, and privileges David had were because God ‘stooped down,’ or humbled himself, to pay attention to him. (Ps. 113:5-8) David knew that he did not possess anything good that he had not received from Jehovah God.​—Compare 1 Corinthians 4:7 “For who makes you different from another? Indeed, what do you have that you did not receive? If, in fact, you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not receive it?” [excerpted w January 2018

“Where is the love?”….[“Where Is The World Headed?” excerpted article: w05] my highlights…

 Yes, human society is steeped in nationalism. Each nation and ethnic group is driven by the desire for self-determination. National sovereignty combined with the spirit of competition and greed has produced a volatile mix. In one case after another, when national interests conflict with global interests, national interests win out.

Nationalism is well described by the psalmist’s expression, “the pestilence causing adversities.” (Psalm 91:3) It has been like a plague on humanity, leading to untold suffering. Nationalism with its resultant hatred of other peoples has existed for centuries. Today, nationalism continues to fan the flames of divisiveness, and human rulers have not been able to stop it.

Many authorities recognize that nationalism and self-interest are the root of the world’s problems. For example, former United Nations Secretary-General U Thant observed: “So many of the problems that we face today are due to, or the result of, false attitudes . . . Among these is the concept of narrow nationalism—‘my country, right or wrong.’” Still, nations today, engrossed in self-interest, are clamoring more and more for their own sovereignty. Those who have the advantage do not wish to give up even a little of it. For example, the International Herald Tribune made this observation about the European Union: “Rivalry and mistrust remain basic patterns of European politics. For most EU member states, it is still unacceptable for one of their peers to gain greater influence and take the lead.”

[..] By breaking the world up into their own separate dominions, groups of men as well as individuals have experienced the fulfillment of this Bible principle: “One isolating himself will seek his own selfish longing; against all practical wisdom he will break forth.”—Proverbs 18:1.

The only way the world will become united is by having one world authority that works in the interests of all people. Many thinking people recognize this need. Those who do, however, often look in the wrong place. For example, many commentators, including religious leaders, have urged people to look to the United Nations for world unity. However, human organizations, no matter how noble their ideals, have never been able to solve mankind’s international problems. Rather, most of these organizations have simply become a reflection of the disunity that exists among various nations.

The Bible warns against looking to human institutions for the solution when it says: “Do not put your trust in nobles, nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs.”(Psalm 146:3) Does this leave us at a dead end as far as world unity is concerned? Not at all. There is another way.

Relevant readings on Nationalism…[excerpted: Prejudice and Discrimination–Getting to the Roots AWAKE! 09]

Nationalism. One dictionary defines nationalism as “a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations.” Ivo Duchacek, a professor of political science, observed in his book Conflict and Cooperation Among Nations: Nationalism divides humanity into mutually intolerant units. As a result people think as Americans, Russians, Chinese, Egyptians, or Peruvians first, and as human beings second—if at all.”

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”—Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Religion. The book The Nature of Prejudice says: “Abominations inevitably result when men use their religion to justify [selfish pursuits] and ethnic self-interest. It is then that religion and prejudice merge.”What is especially striking, the same book observes, is how readily many religious people “seem to slip from piety into prejudice.” Evidence in support of those words is seen in racially exclusive churches, sectarian hatred and violence, and acts of terror inspired by religion.

Pride. In the form of inordinate self-esteem or haughtiness, pride can make a person more susceptible to prejudice. For example, pride can cause a person to be prone to feelings of superiority or disdain toward the less educated or the materially poor. It may also make him inclined to believe propaganda that elevates his national or ethnic group. Clever propagandists, such as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, have deliberately nurtured national and racial pride to rally the support of the masses and to malign those considered to be different or undesirable.

What does the Bible say? [Do] nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with lowliness of mind [consider] that the others are superior to you.” (Philippians 2:3) Ask yourself: ‘Do I take secret delight in flattering compliments about my own race or ethnic group or in disparaging remarks about others? Am I inclined to be jealous of those who have talents that I lack, or do I take genuine delight in their abilities?’

10/20/17 @ 8:50 p.m.

(Please read Part 4 when posted.)

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The END of Framework (Part 2)

Breathing-Fragile-Life insights Joan Winifred leadership logic never giving up! things i learned world

Need some context for this post, please see the-end-of-framework-part-1

Throughout history… ages and eras end/conclude (i.e. various historical periodizations)…what about the present system of things/framework of human society??… of course, it, too, will come to an end; a close…a finale… in stages…(and what are You/i gonna do about it?!) Depends.

The framework of human society and its various sectors… basically, break down to (3) category: government, religion, business… these three are intertwined… in bed together, all three will be exposed/destroyed. (I have NO DOUBT it will happen! And most likely sooner then later.)

The world scene has changed is changing… as i write this. Everyday evidence is mounting aka confirming Biblical prophecy fulfillment. Relevant readings and pasting excerpts to help You logically reason Reader:) on this life-changing-saving topic: Check it out:

“When anyone wicked bears rule, the people sigh,” says the Bible.—Proverbs 29:2.

History is filled with dictators who ruled with an iron fist, bringing untold suffering to their subjects. Of course, that is not true of all rulers. Some may have the best of intentions for their fellowmen. However, once they are in power, they often find that their efforts are frustrated by infighting and power struggles. Or they may abuse their power for personal gain, to the detriment of the people. “History is a tale of efforts that failed, of aspirations that weren’t realized,” said former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

The Bible also points out: “It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” (Jeremiah 10:23) Imperfect humans lack the necessary wisdom and foresight to manage all their own affairs successfully. If people cannot direct their own steps, how can they direct the steps of a nation? Can you see why human rulers do not have the ability to eliminate suffering? In fact, more often than not, bad government, or rulership, is the cause of suffering!

The afore-mentioned is partly why I chose a long time ago to be/remain politically neutral, to remain separate–a safety precaution, huh! As soon as anybody, even “seemingly” competent, nice, good, etc. gets in office– you know something hurtful/bad is gonna happen: some innocent person/fragile-life will be killed, maimed, hurt, etc… from an abuse of power of some sort. (I am fragile-life and have a lot to learn, however, I highly respect the sacredness/preciousness of life and would not want unintentionally to cause its loss.)

Love, Love, Love… where?? Is the love

“By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves,” said Jesus.—John 13:35.

Religious leaders of every creed and denomination preach love and unity. The reality is that they have failed to instill in their followers a love strong enough to eliminate biases. Rather than helping to cultivate love, religion often contributes to the division, bigotry, and strife among peoples and national groups. In the conclusion of his book Christianity and the World Religions, theologian Hans Küng wrote: “The most fanatical, the cruelest political struggles are those that have been colored, inspired, and legitimized by religion.”

You with me… so far?… discussed 2 causes of suffering… bad (aka non-compassionate) government, bad (aka non-compassionate) religion… Okay, so IF I consciously choose to have nothing to do with so-called bad government and bad religion (aka abusive relationships needing severing to sustain life/health) and stay totally separate/uninvolved/unattached (meaning also having no part in any and all so-called fake holy days, etc…that manipulate the masses in spending money and time; forms of escapism from harsh reality of truth. Further context please see: halloween-twenty-thirteen/easter-eggs-and-chocolate/in-formed-un-in-formed/1-all-you-need-is/)…{please do Your own research on the origins of any/all so-called religious or nationalistic “holy” day… please, make an “accurately informed” choice. My own research has shown me much evidence that the holidays are a bunch of lies, lies and more lies…i value TRUTH aka accurate knowledge. (Life experience and simple logic teaches insufficient, misinformation, inaccuracies, lies: ultimately hurt, damage or kill. Just think about…all the trees, turkeys, life lost… and by drunk drivers, etc. and violence/anger/stress/distress occurring around and because of holidays.}

UGHH:( why am I still suffering??…

“Each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire. Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin.”—James 1:14, 15.

All of us, because of inherited imperfection, are prone to errors and mistakes and have to fight against the desire for “doing the things willed by the flesh.” (Ephesians 2:3) When wrong desire coincides with opportunity, however, the battle can be especially challenging. If we give in to hurtful desire, the results can be devastating.

Author P. D. Mehta wrote: “A vast amount of suffering is due to our own lust, to our feverish pleasure-seeking and self-indulgence, to our greed and our ambition.” Cravings and addictions of all kinds—alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, and so on—have ruined many “respectable citizens” and have brought suffering to their family, friends, and others. In view of mankind’s imperfect nature, we have to agree when the Bible says: “It is plain to anyone with eyes to see that at the present time all created life groans in a sort of universal travail.—Romans 8:22, The New Testament in Modern English, by J. B. Phillips.

Where we happen to live… plays a part in our suffering as well…

Some two thousand years ago, the Bible foretold: “Know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.”

Pointing out what makes the times critical, it goes on to say: “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, . . . having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.” Surely a key reason for all the suffering we see today is that we are living in “the last days.”—2 Timothy 3:1-4. [excerpts: Why All The Suffering? w 2013]

There are other factors contributing to suffering; of course… but I am trying to move this post on to more positives…:)…( please check out: “The End of Framework part 3″…when it’s posted.)

So, how do we cope??… some of us cannot help where we live and we had no control of when in history we were born or under what framework of human society… what family born into, what country, what government, what religion…chance happenings beyond our control. Or some of us have made certain major/minor life decisions… based on insufficient or mis-information…that have caused pain, etc…

what do we do NOW?

HOPE!!!… gives us power… to act with new insights… courage to gain more accurate knowledge… to patiently never give up in doing what is fine/compassionate aka applying these new insights in daily life…that bring us to a measure of happiness/satisfaction/self-respect now.

More readings…(my highlights)

 […], the inspired Scriptures also foretold that in our day, a misdirected kind of love characterized by selfishness would be shown by people who are alienated from God. The apostle Paul wrote: “In the last days . . . , men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, . . . lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.” (2 Tim. 3:1-4) […] Pursuing selfish goals does not bring people the happiness  that they expect. Indeed, such love fosters a selfish world that is “hard to deal with.”

“Men will be lovers of themselves,” wrote the inspired apostle. Is it wrong for us to love ourselves? No, it is normal, even necessary, to have a healthy love of self. Jehovah designed us that way. Jesus said: “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31) If we do not love ourselves, we cannot love our neighbor. We also read in the Scriptures: “Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself, for no man ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cherishes it.” (Eph. 5:28, 29) So a proper love of self is desirable.

The love of self mentioned at 2 Timothy 3:2 is not a normal, healthy love. It is a distorted, selfish love. People who love themselves excessively think more of themselves than it is necessary for them to think. (Read Romans 12:3  “For through the undeserved kindness given to me, I tell everyone there among you not to think more of himself than it is necessary to think,  but to think so as to have a sound mind, each one as God has given *(apportioned/distributed) to him a measure of faith.” ) Their main interest in life is themselves. They care little about others. When things go wrong, they tend to blame others rather than accept responsibility. One Bible commentary likens those who are lovers of themselves to “the hedgehog which . . . rolls itself up in a ball, keeping the soft, warm wool for itself . . . and . . . presents the sharp spines to those without.” Such self-centered people are not truly happy.

 Bible scholars suggest that love of self is put at the top of the apostle Paul’s list of negative qualities that would be prevalent during the last days because the other qualities result from it. In contrast, people who love God produce a much different kind of fruitage. The Bible associates godly love with joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, and self-control. (Gal. 5:22, 23) “Happy is the people whose God is Jehovah!” wrote the psalmist. (Ps. 144:15) Jehovah is a happy God, and his people reflect that quality. Furthermore, unlike those who are lovers of themselves and who are interested only in receiving, Jehovah’s servants find delight in giving of themselves for the welfare of others.​—Acts 20:35 “I have shown you in all things that by working hard in this way, you must assist those who are weak and must keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, when he himself said: ‘There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.’”

We all need money, of course. It provides a measure of protection. (Eccl. 7:12) But can a person be truly happy if he has only enough for his basic needs? Absolutely! (Read Ecclesiastes 5:12 “”Sweet is the sleep of the one serving, whether he eats little or much, but the plenty belonging to the rich one does not permit him to sleep. “) Agur son of Jakeh wrote: “Give me neither poverty nor riches. Just let me consume my portion of food.” We can readily understand his reason for not wanting to be extremely poor. As he went on to explain, he did not want to be tempted to steal because theft would dishonor God. But why did he pray not to have riches? He wrote: “So that I do not become satisfied and deny you and say, ‘Who is Jehovah?’” (Prov. 30:8, 9) Likely you can think of people who trust in their wealth rather than in God.

 As foretold, many people today are “lovers of pleasures.” Just as there is nothing wrong with a healthy, reasonable view of self and money, there is nothing wrong with a balanced view of pleasures. Jehovah does not want us to practice severe self-denial or to abstain from wholesome activities that bring enjoyment. The Bible encourages faithful ones: “Go, eat your food with rejoicing, and drink your wine with a cheerful heart.”​—Eccl. 9:7. [excerpted What Kind of Love Brings True Happiness?]

Recap of Part 2: 1 reason for our suffering: we are living in the last days of the framework of human society characterized by negative traits/ethical chaos caused by distorted, non-compassionate, selfish love.  Other contributing factors to suffering: in either a less or more degree:…depending on our personal involvement/attachment (or not) in government and religion.  As well as inherited imperfection and hurtful desires…cause suffering.  All these types of sufferings can be reduced and will be eliminated and are of a temporary nature in the stream of time.  We can do our part:

  1. We can harness desire.
  2. We can cultivate and grow unselfish love expressed through compassionate deeds.
  3. We can abandon false religion and its enslaving practices/rituals.
  4. Change unhealthy habits that cut life short.
  5. Choose political neutrality.

10/20/17 @ 3:34 p.m.

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The END of Framework (Part 1)

Joan Winifred time world

Today is Tuesday, September ooopps…duh, sorry, am sleepy/slightly stressed;  mean, O-c-t-o-b-e-r 3, 2017. 🙂

October 5, 6, and 7th…have special significance to me (as fellow-fragile-life, as a woman and as a Bible student, etc. insert whatever description that specifies me, joanie w, aka boney, freckled-face learner.)

I have special events coming up. So, my priorities have shifted.

We all do that… have priorities at certain times and then we jumble, juggle, shift them/things around accordingly.

What I want/hope to accomplish at the beginning of the week or day is definitely different by the end of the week or day, eh??

{(My priorities as a teen or in my twenties/thirties have changed approaching 50. Though, spiritual things/my spirituality–must admit– has always been a Top priority for me since childhood. Go figure? Yep, i am a weirdo-lol;) and hopefully, a compassionate/lovable/likable one…contributing something useful to the planet and fellow-fragile-life.}

When a particular dead-line is fast approaching sometimes we kick it, kick into HIGHER gear to get whatever done/finished in time…before it gets too late. Most of us like to have things to look forward to which serve as an intermediary incentive/reward/i.e. piece of  YUMMY chocolate… persuading/pressuring our time usage.  After writing this blog, I will want to get some late breakfast or early lunch, huh?

When the end of the day is fast approaching what do You do??
When the end of the work-week is approaching what do You do??

When the end…(insert whatever here) is approaching what do You do??
Depends, huh?? On what is ending… is it a serious something?! Or a silly something?!;)

When the end of your fleeting youth or the end of your entire life…

When the end…. of the world… is approaching what do You do??…” End of the World” ??? “Kosmos”

Stay Calm & (Check it out please)… (then act with accurate knowledge as your prod.)

To know when the end of the world will happen, it is necessary to understand how the Bible uses the term “world.” The Greek word koʹsmos, usually translated “world,” most often refers to the world of humankind, especially the part that is out of harmony with God and his will. (John 15:18, 19 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.” ; 2 Peter 2:5 “And he did not refrain from punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when he brought a flood upon a world of ungodly people.”) At times, koʹsmos refers to the framework of human society.—1 Corinthians 7:31 “and those making use of the world as those not using it to the full; for the scene of this world is changing.” ; 1 John 2:15, 16 15 “Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; 16 because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life*(bragging about one’s possessions)—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world.”

The phrase “the end of the world,” which appears in many Bible translations, can also be rendered as “the conclusion of the system of things,” or “the close of the age.” (Matthew 24:3; English Standard Version) It refers, not to the destruction of the earth or of all humanity, but to the end of the framework of human society.—1 John 2:17. [excerpted reading article: When Will The World End? (my colored highlights)]

All of us-fellow-fragile-life are directly or indirectly affected by the framework of human society.

What will the end of this framework (of human society) mean for me??

(this post will be continued… in part 2.)

10/3/17 @ 11:50 a.m.

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