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    clarification

    For years, in my writing, I have noticed the need to be clear, concise, and succinct to communicate effectively. And for FEAR of danger …of being wildly taken out of context!!

    I HATE being taken out of context aka misunderstood. Who of us enjoys being misconstrued or worse?? Hated?? Made to suffer any more than necessary?? (Life and Death in the tongue, eh?!)

    I have confidence in the competence of my regular readers to generally get the gist of rhythm of thought… aka flow of content connecting context from (my) one-mind-train/thought-car to another IF You read past and present writings… they are self-explanatory/self-translating as well as any/all excerpted readings included to make a point or to point out something of significance spiritually or otherwise. (To me, from my POV, my postings serve as index finger— kindly? pointing the way; perhaps.) Any nuanced words, ambiguity or double entendres/symbolisms or spiritual words I feel any audience may not be too familiar with or may be confusing…I try to define and describe in each stand alone piece/post…while feeling/acknowledging all my/these writings—seamlessly harmonize and complement each work… expanding the bigger/broader picture of topics that interconnect and intersect, interrelate.

    It’s just tooooooooooo time consuming for me to work on a glossary of terms. So, i define as i go, and explain to the best of my ability as i go…on a need to know/do basis. Enough of this rambling…basically, wanted to clarify meaning of my usage of word “man” from last published post (as well as other posts unless otherwise specified) Have You read it yet??

    Hope that post and this post is Helpful and Hopeful to You individually:)

    Man(kind) and Man(cruel) is encompassing individually/collectively both “male and female” life including myself…aka “humans” populating/inhabiting Earth. Both men and women have the choice and have chosen to live in a kind or cruel manner…affecting each Other and Fellow-Fragile-Life…human and/or animal, etc. 

    THANK YOU HumanKIND!!:) for Your positive choices. Continue!🙂

     

    7/17/18 @ 3:49 p.m.

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    3. We’ve all heard the expression…one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? (published 8/22/15 Google Plus)

    One man’s dream is another man’s nightmare or one man’s vacation is another man’s work.

    Believe it or not this: trash, treasure, dream, nightmare, vacation, work intro is my guarded “attempt” to broach the tough topic of torture. Everyone has their own personalized description of what the term “torture” would mean to them… and I don’t want to go there. But, e.g., for a friendly-people-person-who-likes-to-talk being unable to fully communicate freely (and in particular with someone i care about) and/or HAVING to directly communicate and often with difficult/unfriendly or angry ones… that i’d rather not have to deal with frequently… is like the t word for me “sorta”. (Well, one scenario anyway. And may be “torture” is too strong of a word.) Or say, You’re a super-organized person who is forced to live in a mess. One man’s castle is another man’s prison, eh? Or You’re starving and are forced to walk down aisles at the supermarket and you have no money to buy and no one will share any food with You. Or say, You wanna chill and everybody else wants to kill. Or say You’re a chocolate lover who’s a Diabetic and You happen see everybody eating their cake, but you can’t have any.

    We all respond to stuff differently for various reasons. How about responding to things in more compassionate ways?… ways that we won’t regret (or find torturous).

    Where am I going with this post?…I don’t know!..haven’t got there yet.

    Perceptions of things/peoples…the so-called educated, the so-called uneducated… the so-called open-minded and peaceful and the so-called close-minded and not-so-peaceful, etc. Who do You consider open-minded?? Or close-minded??: War Mongers? Peace Makers? Buddhists? Non-Buddhists? Christians, Non-Christians, Religious, Non-Religious?…etc., etc.,

    “all” minds are (both) opened and closed (depends) (and opening and closing)… all eyes blink. My mouth is shut as I compose this so my fingers are talking for me. May be ? all of us like to think of ourselves as completely open-minded (free)… but perhaps, regarding certain areas/topics/new ways of living, doing, thinking we are really/actually closed minded/closed off to change!…i like the nuances of the Greek language…” me·taʹ, meaning “after,” and no·eʹo (related to nous, the mind, disposition, or moral consciousness), meaning “perceive, discern, mentally grasp, or be aware.” Hence, me·ta·no·eʹo literally means afterknowing (in contrast to foreknowing) and signifies a change in one’s mind, attitude, or purpose. Me·ta·meʹlo·mai, on the other hand, comes from meʹlo, meaning “care for or have interest in.” The prefix me·taʹ (after) gives the verb the sense of ‘regretting’, or ‘repenting.’”

    All minds are in need of repentance or …me·ta·no·eʹo/Me·ta·meʹlo·mai…what mind does not need to change?!… becoming more compassionate in thought? Or of need of forgiveness?

    “Thus, me·ta·no·eʹo stresses the changed viewpoint or disposition, a rejecting of the past or intended course or action as undesirable, while me·ta·meʹlo·mai lays emphasis on the feeling of regret experienced by the person.” (excerpts Insight Book Vol. 2 “repentance”)

    “Of course, a changed viewpoint often brings with it a changed feeling, or the feeling of regret may precede and lead to a definite change in viewpoint or will. So the two terms, though having distinct meanings, are closely related.” (Insight Vol. 2)

    For some, forgiveness is difficult without a basis to do so…e.g., IF the offender expresses an apology verbally–yet actions speak otherwise… true regretting, true repentance, true afterknowing…produces real change! “Change of mind”, Change of heart, Change of speech, Change of action… Openness to a better/more compassionate way of knowing/doing…living.

    Repentance can mean living without regret! Positive Compassionate Change! PEACE of Mind!:)

    Is compassion both open and closed?…(it seems logical/loving that a person who truly embraces compassion “strives” to live without regret.)

     

    4. (Published 8/7/2015)

    My family needs me (to be there)(for them). My friends need me (to be there)(for them). Being available (for them) makes me (mostly, at times) unavailable.

    (Writing is a privilege I’ve enjoyed; a luxury… perhaps, one I cannot afford… any longer??!) Already poured it all out like a drink offering anyway..my conscience lets me sleep okay.

    Life is privilege. A non-stop whirlwind ride of priority activity. Trying to catch my breath. Trying with all my heart, soul and mind to practice aka consistently live by these PROverbs, etc…choosing to/living by Divine/Compassionate Bible Principles (vs. Non-Compassionate Man-made rules/oppressive regulations)…I’ve found to be the Happiest/wisest/safest course (in life) for the longevity of my life and the longevity of all fragile-life on the planet…e.g., “A true friend shows love at all times, And is a brother who is born for times of distress.”  (Proverbs 17:17)

    “Do not withhold good from those to whom you should give it, If it is within your power to help.” (Proverbs 3:27)

    Compassion responsibilities, duties and loyalties simultaneously expand and limit/contract my existence and daily choices and associations and words and/or writings, movements… yet, these serve as a safeguard and a protection for myself and Others.

    When all of us are loving at all times, under all circumstances and to all fragile life on the planet… we don’t abuse any power we may possess. (We may not have miraculous power, no matter our capacities…we do have a measure of power..to use positively/for the greater good for all.)

    ALOHA! (which can mean both hello & goodbye… my compassion/loyalty value(s)/vow(s) force(s) me to say hello/goodbye simultaneously!)

    What more can I say?? What more can I write??
    All of suffering humanity is swimming in sadness (including myself? Yeah.) these past few days…trying to keep my positive mind afloat amidst waves of grief. (btw: i’m swimming fine…you’d have to be a strong swimmer to endure, huh?)

    Contemplation on the wrong things is the partial culprit…(including but not limited to:( Horrific headlines: murderers murdering… lions and other people, children going hungry, wanton disrespect for life, abuses of power rampant globally.

    Who does man think he is?! GOD?

    You do not need to be Einstein to figure out… the relativity of man’s ability to successfully decide/rule himself without annihilating himself and the planet in the process. Does Absolute rule by man mean death absolutely?  What does history tell? Or Modern-day story speak? Peace?

    Hopeless? NO! I’m not hopeless. Just (very) realistic about the (pipe dreams) future…man can provide me. Given our track record, is it blind faith/credulity to believe/trust man will finally get it together enough for global peace?! (How smart is it to put faith in governments/politicians/big businesses/(big religions, etc.) to provide enough…for everyone: enough food, enough jobs, enough housing, enough safety, enough education??) Have You had enough? (Many of us haven’t, eh?)

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    Read this pretty provocative piece (which interestingly brings me peace): “Many people today have unrealistic mental pictures of the future. Although they have little in a material way, for instance, they dream of becoming fabulously rich and of being completely secure, although human life now is “filled with trouble and sorrow.” (Ps. 90:10) They imagine themselves living without anxiety under a human government, whereas the Bible points to God’s Kingdom as mankind’s only true hope. (Dan 2:44: “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom  that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever,”) Many people feel that God will not destroy this wicked system of things, but the Bible paints an entirely different picture. (Zeph. 1:18: “Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them in the day of Jehovah’s fury; For by the fire of his zeal the whole earth will be consumed, Because he will make an extermination, indeed a terrible one, […].”; 1 John 2:15-17: “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—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world. 17  Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.”) Such hopes of those who ignore Jehovah’s purpose for the future are mere fantasies.”

    Man(cruel) has made a lot of messes that are ruining life/planet for man(kind)…IF we could all learn to be more compassionate…life would be better for all of us now. i know IF YOU had the power to right all the wrongs or solve all the world’s problems fairly/justly…You would!:) From what i’ve read Isaiah 55…”Search for Jehovah while he may be found. Call to him while he is near.
    7  Let the wicked (non-compassionate) man leave his way
    And the evil (harmful) man his thoughts;
    Let him return to Jehovah, who will have mercy on him,
    To our God, for he will forgive in a large way.
    8  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    And your ways are not my ways,” declares Jehovah.
    9  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    So my ways are higher than your ways
    And my thoughts than your thoughts.
    10  For just as the rain and the snow pour down from heaven
    And do not return there until they saturate the earth, making it produce and sprout, Giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
    11  So my word that goes out of my mouth will be.
    It will not return to me without results,
    But it will certainly accomplish whatever is my delight,
    And it will have sure success in what I send it to do.”

    {(Do Man’s words (promises) mostly lead to disappointment (go unfulfilled or fully realized)? God’s Divine Words (backed by limitless/infinite/creative power) Don’t.) What words would You choose: words leading to disappointment or words leading to delight?!}

    Take Care any Reader:) & Thank You for always courageously choosing compassion everyday!!:)

    IS THERE…”anything” to say: may be this is: a good bye… may be this is: a hello…(WHAT(???) do i know.)

    p.s. Organizing (thoughts, etc): this present post is the continuation of a compilation of previous postings —Google Plus.
    7/17/18 @ 8:13 a.m. Florida, USA
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    A (small for now: 1. 2.) compilation of Google plus past postings: (re: tidying up my virtual space; happened upon these early morning @ 2 a.m. and thought should integrate here in this space/time) Hope this potentially “new” post (to Any who haven’t read any) of my Google Plus stuff will find Helpful🙂

    1. Myths & Facts & TV Throwbacks…(published June 16, 2016 Google Plus)

    “Claim: ‘Everything in the universe came as a result of a random big bang.'”
    “Who or what caused the big bang?”
    “Which makes more sense–that everything came from nothing or that everything came from something or someone?”

    “Claim: “Humans evolved from animals.'”
    “If humans evolved from animals–from apes, for example–why is there such a huge gap between the intellectual abilities of humans and those of apes?”

    “CLAIM: ‘Evolution is a proven fact.'”
    “Has the person making this claim investigated the evidence for himself?”
    “How many people believe in evolution simply because they have been told that all intelligent people believe in it?” (excerpt reading: Young People Ask: Creation or Evolution? Why Question Evolution?)

    Belief in a Creator and Creation doesn’t make me anti-science (or ?(stupid)) Nor does “belief in creation require “blind” faith.”… “Everything you experience in life teaches you that where there is design, there is a designer. When you see a camera, a plane, or a house, (joan inserts: e.g., TV or Commercial) you rightly conclude that someone designed it. Why should you abandon that logic when you consider the human eye, a bird in the sky, or our planet Earth?”

    “Engineers often copy traits that they observe in nature so that they can improve their own inventions, and they rightly want others to acknowledge their work. Is it logical to recognize the human inventor and his work and yet fail to acknowledge the Creator and His far superior designs?” (excerpted: Young People Ask: “Creation or Evolution?–Why Believe in Creation?”)

    Please check out this excerpt read: “Was Life Created–Belief in Evolution–An Act of “Faith””
    “Why do many prominent evolutionists
    insist that macroevolution is a fact?
    Richard Lewontin, an influential evolutionist,
    candidly wrote that many scientists
    are willing to accept unproven scientific
    claims because they “have a prior
    commitment, a commitment to materialism.”
    “Many scientists refuse even to
    consider the possibility of an intelligent
    Designer because, as Lewontin writes,
    “we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the
    door.”

    “In this regard, sociologist Rodney
    Stark is quoted in Scientific American as
    saying: “There’s been 200 years of marketing
    that if you want to be a scientific
    person you’ve got to keep your
    mind free of the fetters of religion.” He
    further notes that in research universities,
    “the religious people keep their mouths
    shut.”

    “If you are to accept the teaching of
    macroevolution as true, you must believe
    that agnostic or atheistic scientists will
    not let their personal beliefs influence
    their interpretations of scientific findings.
    You must believe that mutations and natural
    selection produced all complex lifeforms,
    despite a century of research that
    shows that mutations have not transformed
    even one properly defined species
    into something entirely new. You
    must believe that all creatures gradually
    evolved from a common ancestor, despite
    a fossil record that strongly indicates
    that the major kinds of plants and
    animals appeared abruptly and did not
    evolve into other kinds, even over aeons
    of time. Does that type of belief sound as
    though it is based on facts or on myths?
    Really, belief in evolution is an act of (blind?)
    “faith.”

    (A) Creator, creation, “Creating”… so easy– a caveman can do it?? (um, believe it!) 🙂

     

    Need to Break Free? from?….or already in the process thereof…

    2. Breaking FREE?? (hope so!) You:) deserve/need to be FREE. (published May 31, 2016 Google Plus)

    “Virtually every media form studied,” says a 2007 American Psychological Association (APA) report, “provides ample evidence of the sexualization of women.”

    For example, 500+ BILLION dollars is spent on advertising (everyday)…minds are being manipulated and programmed/educated/re-educated by “advertising” campaigns…
    AND to not just buy (accept) whatever, but to accept/adopt lifestyles (materialistic, etc.), rituals, religions, and attitudes (and toward women) and others (i.e. politics, etc.) is sold….bought and…the suffered consequences thereof felt/lived/expressed …every day..(mind-boggling magnitude of manipulation)!

    People are being baited and caught…alive!…like fish. I AM NOT BITING and i pray never caught!! It’s just super-sad to me that people’s minds are blinded to the truth…or to accurate information/knowledge…mislead by media/misinformation/inaccuracies into making hazardous/life-altering/life-losing decisions…impacting short/long-term wellness/well-being…(emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually).

    That’s why i encourage many to BREAK FREE!!…protect your mind/thinking…from falsehoods (and greed). False religion–its far-reaching tentacles have many in a suffocating choke hold. i “totally” reject it in its entirety. …(a little poison is still poison, huh?). That’s why it’s so important to research stuff on a variety of topics to make sure whatever i am accepting is truth/accurate…and not fake/harmful.

    “The shrewd one sees the danger and conceals himself, but the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences.”—Proverbs 22:3.

    In my experience, the Bible with its ancient/ time-tested-relevant wisdom on many topics (actually works!)… is the best self-help book…it’s helped me MUCH. IF you read it/study it…a modern/readable translation in modern English (or your particular/native-heart language) and made your own personal application…you could experience that for yourself. There is a HUGE difference from man-made doctrine, silly ideas about things..tradition/religion…and the masterpiece, the Bible.

    excerpts (of somewhat) recent read: Awake No. 1 2016
    “Heaven is a subject of both wild speculation and heated controversy. Yet, what the Bible teaches about it is far different from what many have been taught.”

    “What is heaven?”

    “WHAT SOME PEOPLE SAY”
    There are diverse beliefs about heaven and its purpose. For example:

    Many professed Christians would agree with the New Catholic Encyclopedia, which calls heaven “the ultimate home of the blessed who die in the Lord.”
    “Judaism focuses more on the present life than on the afterlife, says Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz. But he suggests that “in heaven the soul experiences the greatest possible pleasure—a greater perception and feeling of closeness to God than it had previously.” Kravitz acknowledges, however, that “although Judaism believes in heaven, the Torah speaks very little about it.”
    “Hindus and Buddhists believe that heaven exists on many spiritual levels. It is a temporary stop, after which a person is either reborn on earth or transcends to Nirvana or Buddhahood—a state that is higher than heaven.”
    “Some reject any religious notion of heaven and say that the whole idea is childish nonsense.”

    “WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES”
    “In the Bible, the word “heaven” has more than one meaning. For example:

    “Genesis 1:20 describes the creation of birds that “fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” In this case, the word “heavens” refers to our atmosphere, the observable sky.”
    “Isaiah 13:10 mentions “the stars of the heavens and their constellations”—what we would call outer space.”
    “The Bible speaks of God’s “dwelling place in the heavens” and says that there are “angels in heaven.” (1 Kings 8:30; Matthew 18:10) Note that the words “heavens” and “heaven” are not simply metaphors, but describe an actual place of residence. *(Of course, God’s nature is spiritual, not physical. (John 4:24) Hence, his dwelling place must be a spiritual realm separate from our physical or tangible universe.)”

    R U Good?! 😉
    i wouldn’t describe myself as “good” (not my call to make that call/judgment)…then where You headed?! (hmmmmm)…

    more excerpted reading:…Awake No. 1 2016…”Do all good people go to heaven when they die?” (interesting ? )

    “The Bible does not teach that the earth is merely a temporary home where we await death and a subsequent afterlife in heaven. The Bible makes clear that death was never a part of God’s original purpose for humans. ”

    “Consider:
    God told the first human couple: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) Earth was to be man’s permanent home, where he could live forever. Death would come to the first man and woman only if they disobeyed God. Sadly, they chose to disobey.—Genesis 2:17; 3:6.
    The disobedience of that first man resulted in death, not only for himself and his wife but also for their offspring. (Romans 5:12) Did that leave the human race without hope?”

    “The Bible says that “there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise.” (2 Peter 3:13) By means of his Kingdom, God will restore our earth to the condition he intended for it, “and death will be no more.” (Revelation 21:3, 4) Is that speaking of life in heaven or on earth? For something to “be no more,” it had to be there in the first place. But death has never existed in heaven. Logically, then, that verse refers to what will happen on earth, where we were meant to live and where we yearn to be with our loved ones. The Bible also reveals that the dead will be brought back to life and reunited with their loved ones.—John 5:28, 29.”

    Peace & Real Free-dom to YOU:) Fellow-Earthling!:)

     

    current date and time Florida, USA 7/16/18 @ 12:11 p.m.

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    Judaism, Christendom, and Islam

    Do i believe in the doctrine of the immortality of the soul?

    All three: Judaism, Christendom, and Islam teach it.

    Ideas & TRUTH…the same thing?!😉

    excerpted reading:  The idea enters

    22 The idea of the immortality of the soul in Judaism and Christendom appeared because of Platonic influence, but the concept was built into Islam from its beginning. This is not to say that Arab scholars have not tried to synthesize Islamic teachings and Greek philosophy. The Arab world, in fact, was greatly influenced by Aristotle’s work. And noted Arab scholars, such as Avicenna and Averroës, expounded and built on Aristotelian thinking. In their attempts to harmonize Greek thought with the Muslim teaching about the soul, however, they came up with differing theories. For example, Avicenna declared that the personal soul is immortal. Averroës, on the other hand, argued against that view. Regardless of these viewpoints, the immortality of the soul remains the belief of Muslims. (my re(a)d highlights)

    Q: uestion(s) for reflection(s)…

    what ideas are entering my mind?

    am i accurately distinguishing between “ideas” “speculations “theories” and TRUTH?!

    Happy TRUTH Finding For You Reader:)

     

    6/15/18 @ 6:05 p.m.

     

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