Heard a ridiculous stat (on news) about hotdog consumption…(on 4th & Memorial Day BBQ’s) 118 hot dogs per second! Of concern to me–how pets and people (those suffering from PTSD, etc.) adversely affected by the noise/big booms of fireworks…(also, firework safety/accidents, etc.)
PLEASE! think about it? these “fake” so-called “holy” (sacred?!) days (in America and Elsewhere)..are hurting people!…and trees and turkeys and planet!…all the over-consumption, tree-chopping, turkey-killing, over-drinking, over-eating, etc. going on and over-spending and lack of healthy moderation…from drunk driving to operating under the strong influence of something/some drug of choice…say like too much candy on Halloween; You name it. (All the combined, various, exhaustive/time-consuming/(life-consuming) rituals performed…year after year!) Or say the other “unbalanced” extreme…excessive dietary and Other restrictions imposed on adherents.
Come on, there is no denying the commercialism attached to these specific days and the robotic manipulation and enslavement of the masses to perform, buy, eat, drink…oh, yeah…BE FREE!??…uh-huh…no! (No Thank You from me!) not “true” freedom…people are programmed, coerced through culture, family, peer pressure to participate in one way or another!
Some may think these holidays, etc. enrich our lives somehow…but, they do the opposite…you cannot fill a deep void or a spiritual need with surface materialism. (The hunger remains.) And You cannot fill a true/healthy spiritual hunger/need (say for veggies) with pseudo-spirituality (unhealthy junk food) either!
“Material wealth is inferior to spiritual riches.” [Excerpted article reading: Seeking Riches That Are True–July 2017]
i invite any Reader:) today, July 4th, or any day YOU so Choose…to take a “tiny” independent step toward real freedom…and read the following excerpt and reflect on Your choices/Your options to NOT participate in certain rituals.
TODAY’S economic system is harsh and unfair. Young people search in vain for employment. Many risk their lives to move to more prosperous lands. Poverty is widespread, even in affluent lands. And the gap between rich and poor is widening. According to recent estimates, the richest 1 percent of the earth’s population have as much wealth as the rest of its inhabitants combined. While such a figure is difficult to confirm, no one disputes that billions of people are desperately poor, while others have enough wealth to last for many lifetimes. Jesus recognized this harsh reality with the words: “You always have the poor with you.” (Mark 14:7) Why such inequality?
Jesus understood that the current economic system would not change until God’s Kingdom comes. Along with the political and religious elements, the greedy commercial system, represented by “the merchants” of Revelation 18:3, constitutes part of *Satan’s world. [*God of this world/System of Things aka Arch-enemy of True God of Compassion Yahweh (Hebrew) Jehovah (English). Satan and cohorts fight/oppose Compassionate Rulership of Yahweh/Jehovah.]
[a woman relates]“By being materially generous, I have experienced an unusual phenomenon within myself over the years. I find that the more generous I am materially, the more generous my disposition toward others has become. I am more generous in being forgiving, in being patient with others, and in being able to accept disappointments and counsel.” Many have learned that generosity is spiritually enriching.—
It goes well for the man who generously* (graciously) lends.
He conducts his affairs with justice.
The generous person* (he with a good eye) will be blessed,
For he shares his food with the poor.
How Can I minimize involvement with the commercial world?
Resisting the pressures of advertising and the world around them, they remember the principle: “The borrower is a slave to the lender.” (Prov. 22:7) Satan would like nothing better than to have us spend all our time and energy as slaves to his commercial world. Some decisions could keep us in financial bondage for years. Huge home mortgages, lingering student loans, expensive car payments, even extravagant weddings can result in great financial pressure. We demonstrate practical wisdom when we simplify our life and reduce debt and expenses, setting ourselves free […]
When God’s Kingdom* (*Spiritual (actual) Government rulership based on Compassion) does come, rent and mortgages will cease, food will be free and plentiful, health-care costs will disappear. Jehovah’s earthly family will enjoy the best that the earth has to offer. Gold, silver, and gems will be for adornment, not for investment or hoarding. High-quality materials of wood, stone, and metal will be freely available to build beautiful homes. Friends will assist us for sheer satisfaction, not for money. A new system of sharing earth’s bounties will be a way of life. [excerpted reading : Seeking Riches That Are True–July 2017]
True Freedom a “new system of sharing earth’s bounties” a way of life…not under robotic compulsion, but generously/willingly with a heart full of unselfish love for fellow-fragile-life every day of the year!:)
7/4/17 @ 6:42 p.m.