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Let ’em out already, will ya?? PLEASE!

Every moment of every day that i happen to enJOY my relative measure of “freedom”…i know there is Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life…imprisoned unjustly & unfairly somewhere on this planet!:(

Every time i laugh and/or i eat what i want/when i want and/or sleep IF i need to (and at times on a comfy bed w/pillow)…and/or dance to a cool tune or read what i like…or drink my favorite (non-alcoholic beverage, of course) of choice (tea w/honey)…or spend time with a loved one or time engaged in an activity/work of my choosing…i realize some “precious” life out there…is separated/deprived of one and/or any of those “simple” basic pleasures in life…subsisting/surviving aka learning to find contentment/satisfaction with their particular lot (big or small) in this 2015 life era.

As many of us, sufferers of one thing or another, are well aware..not all prisons come with literal bars or cells, huh?…(or specific sentences of judgment or time off for good behavior or any relief/end soon in sight.) Loneliness, heartbreak, misunderstanding/taken out of context/un-under-appreciation…have some of us trapped/bound, huh?

Yeah…is that what it’s all about? MORE…(yeah, more or less)…wanting/needing more and learning to be content with less. (Hey, but less can be more, right?) May be ? more freedom means more (compassionate) responsibility to those who have less freedom.

Questions for contemplation:

(am i abusing/misusing my relative freedom in any shape or form?…Say when i “insist” on my particular preferences, opinions and/or IF i live totally for myself and my own well-being without consideration for/of Others??)

Anyway, to the powers that be (global governments, etc)…“Let ’em out already, will ya?? PLEASE!”  Can’t we all show some mercy?! {Plus, people set themselves up like they are lawgiver, jury and/or judge/punisher…some are constantly judging others by appearance or circumstance, name, label or job or what comes out of their mouth or by what car they happen to drive or the clothes on their back (or the tats on their skin)…so, many are oppressed by burdensome, ridiculous laws/judgments/punishments…but, who’s to say what exactly IS “right” and exactly what IS “wrong”??…to me, that’s the sovereign of the universe’s job/ability and not mine. That’s a YAHWEH/God skill/s and i’m definitely not God/Jehovah!!...(not all knowing, wise/powerful: able to read hearts, tell the future, completely cure through compassion, etc.)..nor do i know anyone’s personal motivation for what they happen to do or not do.} Yet, God, in the Bible (and not in the churches) sets forth “principles” of love/living/compassion that benefit all who humbly choose to practice these agape principles. (Living Agape Love brings Joy in/to any circumstance (of relative freedom).

The UN Human Rights Committee has condemned the government of South Korea for the arbitrary detention of conscientious objectors and for violating their right to freedom of conscience. This is the fifth decision that the Committee has issued against South Korea for imprisoning conscientious objectors, but for the first time it finds their imprisonment “arbitrary.” 

By its arbitrary detention of conscientious objectors, South Korea is clearly out of step with international jurisprudence and practice on this issue.

Since 1950, South Korea has imprisoned 18,163 Jehovah’s Witnesses for their conscientious objection to military service and has failed to resolve the issue.

  • Currently imprisoned: 628
  • Newly imprisoned each month: 40
  • Total years Witnesses imprisoned: 35,022

Figures above as of February 2, 2015 (excerpted: article W February 2015, South Korea Guilty of Arbitrary Detention of Conscientious Objectors)

How am i using my freedom today…?? (For selfish purposes (arbitrarily) or selfless purposes (compassionately)?)

(i cannot live for myself only! when/while Fellow-Fragile-Life continues in unfair/inhumane bondage/slavery globally!

Just tryin’ to practice unselfishness…it doesn’t come easy.)

PEACE & REAL FREEDOM to ALL LOVERS/PRACTICERS OF COMPASSION!!!:)

(published 2/26/15 @ 3:54 p.m.)

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Have You been Robbed??

It saddens/pains me that many are victimized by crimes…in particular…(anything described/defined as a crime against humanity or compassion! 🙁 Any terrible loss of fundamental human rights…:(

Crimes of the heart and crimes of the mind…crimes against compassion abound. People have been robbed…and mercilessly! 🙁

They have been robbed of “HOPE!” They have been robbed of “DIGNITY!” They have been robbed of “PURPOSE!”

(They have been robbed of “CHOICE!”…thinking/believing they are powerless.)

The/a/one stealth…smooth criminal, eh?….”evolution“…basically… asserting (and aggressively/and passively) all precious-breathing-fragile-life on the planet is meaningless, purposeless…(no meaning, no purpose, no intelligent design…doesn’t that imply valueless-ness and worthlessness??)

You, Reader, Dear-Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life have VALUE and are Worthy of Compassion!!:)

Have You let this “theory” “teaching” “thief” (evolution) rob You?!

Has it taken away meaning, purpose and hope from Your everyday existence (and longevity of living)??

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Anti-Torture Tactics

It’s super sad to become aware of any form of abuse (aka: wanton disrespect or crimes against compassion) toward fellow-breathing-fragile-life!:(

Torture–a terrible topic…1 on-line dictionary description: “torture”

: the act of causing severe physical pain as a form of punishment or as a way to force someone to do or say something

: something that causes mental or physical suffering : a very painful or unpleasant experience anguish of body or mind :  agony

:  the infliction of intense pain (as from burning, crushing, or wounding) to punish, coerce, or afford sadistic pleasure
Compassion–a terrific topic…1 on-line dictionary description: “compassion”
Compassion denotes a sympathetic awareness of another’s suffering or adversity combined with a desire to alleviate it. Like the warm rays of the bright sun, compassion can soothe a distressed life, lessen pain, and lift the spirits of an afflicted person.
Questions for Consideration: Do i/we live under a compassionate government? Am i/we pledging allegiance to a compassionate government? Am i/we ultimately supporting torture or compassion by our choices? (Am i/we promoting peace?)
Bad/non-compassionate government(s) can certainly break bones…literally…however, good/compassionate government can break bones while not breaking bones…
Because of the strong construction of bones, Proverbs 25:15 says concerning the power of patience and kind words to overcome stiff, firm opposition: “By patience a commander is won over, And a gentle/mild tongue can break a bone.” ~excerpt: Insight on Scriptures: Bones (Further related reading please see: Breaking (bad/hard) bones without breaking bones: it’s Silly Putty!
All of us have some power/influence over others…unloving the way some choose to coerce others into cooperation by means/methods of torture.  Current media events/times cause me to ask: (my choices (can) speak loudly): are my choices/words screaming: “Torture!” or ANTI-TORTURE!”  
Can’t we all employ anti-torture tactics: (my highlights)
Compassion has the power to maintain harmony and to contribute to the resolving of conflict or friction. It helps to clear up misunderstandings, and it paves the way for forgiveness. Misunderstandings may occur because we do not always express our thoughts or feelings as we wish we had, or our actions might be misinterpreted. Here compassion comes to the rescue and helps to preserve peace. It is easy to forgive a person who is known for being compassionate. Compassion helps us to measure up to Paul’s counsel: “Continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely if anyone has a cause for complaint against another.”—Colossians 3:13.~excerpt: Become Tenderly Compassionate w 07
We are all traveling in (this) life…some of us are driving really broken-down cars with toxic emissions (aka: ways of thinking/living/doing that impede/hinder/slow down our compassion growth which endanger/hurt/kill ourselves and others)…
Whatcha driving??

  (a compassion car driving safe?) Going my way? GREAT!🙂
published 12/15/14 @ 12:05 p.m.
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FIRST Conscientious Objector Executed by Nazis: Who Was He?

Ever wonder who was the 1st conscientious objector executed by the Nazis??

On September 16, 2014, the Brandenburg Memorials Foundation will host a special event to remember the 75th anniversary of the execution of August Dickmann in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. He was the first conscientious objector publicly executed by the Nazis in World War II.

Check out this video about it:

http://www.jw.org/en/news/releases/by-region/germany/stand-firm-video-clip/

In October 1937, Mr. Dickmann was imprisoned in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp because of his beliefs as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Three days after the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the Gestapo summoned Mr. Dickmann and asked him to sign a military identification card, which would have enlisted him in the German army. When Mr. Dickmann refused, he was placed in solitary confinement and the camp commander sought permission from the head of the SS to execute Mr. Dickmann in the presence of all other camp inmates. On September 15, 1939, hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including Mr. Dickmann’s fleshly brother Heinrich, were forced to watch the execution. Two days later, The New York Times reported from Germany: “August Dickmann, 29 years old, . . . has been shot here by a firing squad.” The newspaper further noted that he was sentenced for refusing military service “because of religious scruples.”

*It is the fundamental human right of all breathing-fragile-life to have scruples…and to LIVE…by them!

How many lives are saved…by conscientious objectors who respect life and who refuse to take lives on any day (no matter what date/year they live in/on (e.g., September 15th, 1939 or September 11th, 2001?)

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Shut Up! Justice? Really? or Else? (What!)

Taganrog Court Convicts Jehovah’s Witnesses for Practicing Their Faith

The judge had scheduled to announce the verdict on July 28, 2014, but he adjourned to the following day. On July 29, the judge read the 100-page decision all day and continued on the morning of July 30.

On July 30, 2014, the Taganrog City Court convicted and sentenced 7 of the 16 Witnesses in Taganrog for attending and organizing their peaceful religious meetings. They were prosecuted merely for carrying out the same religious activity that Jehovah’s Witnesses perform around the world. This verdict sets a dangerous precedent in restricting religious freedom for Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout Russia.

Victor Zhenkov, one of the attorneys in the case, stated: “I fear what the decision portends for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. Law enforcement authorities in Taganrog and throughout Russia can use this decision in a propaganda campaign to continue harassing and persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses with the real threat of imprisonment merely for practicing their faith.”

(For related context check out:Today’s Date is July 10, 2014, correct??)

Are Judges judging justly?! (You judge?/You decide?)

Judges Struggle With Their Own Conscience When Required to Ignore Conscience of Others

The presiding judge of the Suwon District Court wept as she read the prison sentence for 21-year-old Chang-jo Im, a conscientious objector to military service. Although the judge had handed down verdicts that day in five other criminal cases without any signs of distress, the injustice of this case moved her to tears. Having no other option, she sentenced this young man, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, to 18 months’ imprisonment.

In his decision regarding one conscientious objector, Judge Young-sik Kim states: “The justices hardly believe that they are ‘punishing criminals’ when they deal with conscientious objectors.” The conflict he felt caused him to question the validity of the draft evasion statute as a sentencing guideline for conscientious objectors.

“The ultimate goal of protecting freedom of conscience by the Constitution as a fundamental right is to protect individuals’ conscience, which form the basis for human worth and dignity. . . . Though their decision to reject military service does not harmonize with the majority’s idea, it would be difficult to argue that their decision amounts to a serious antisocial or antinational crime that deserves strict sanction by directly invoking the criminal punishment.”–Judge Hye-won Lim, Suwon District Court, February 21, 2013, 2012Chogi2381.

“Deciding the relationship between oneself and others . . . [and] giving serious consideration to the ‘value of human existence’ is an integral process of forming one’s character. It also embraces the decision not to deprive anyone of his or her life, even under an armed conflict. If those [who have made] such decisions are forced to perform the military duty or compelled to take up arms and are invariably subjected to punishment if they refuse to perform such a duty, it would amount to denying their rights and their identity. Surely it violates human dignity.”–Judge Young-hoon Kang, Seoul North District Court, January 14, 2013, 2012Chogi1554.

“There is no sufficient reason to claim that national security will be severely endangered to an extent that it would be impossible to protect human dignity and [the] value of all citizens when a minority, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, . . . refuses to take up arms and perform military training. In fact, the defendant . . . has already refused to perform military duty despite punishment. If the claim [were] sufficiently grounded, national security and human dignity and the value of all citizens would already be in serious danger.”–Judge Seung-yeop Lee, Ulsan District Court, August 27, 2013, 2013Godan601.

Check out the Numbers: South Korea

  • Witnesses sentenced to prison each month for conscientious objection: 40-50

  • Witnesses now imprisoned for conscientious objection: 602

  • Total of Witnesses imprisoned for conscientious objection since 1950: 17,840

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Rescued by Forgiveness

Go ahead… go on..i
DARE!
You…(smile)

ASK ?

Me.

(you know– not having any plugins on this blog or statistical dashboard analytics to read/review…key words to worry/ponder about… keeps me in the “dark!” I’m not afraid of the dark… though, I could be in the dark about any on-line stalkers, huh?)

It’s sad that some misuse/abuse the dark… to exploit others or to carry out crimes against fellow-fragile-life!:(

But, I give You:), any Reader, the benefit of the doubt… You will not misuse/abuse my darkness for your own advantage…PEACE &.THANK YOU!:)

I can write freely cause I don’t know for sure… or rather: I don’t have any plugin(s) “subjectively judging” my writing/thoughts/worth… as to likes or hates or tweets or who(m) may or may not be reading my posts.

Though I have FAITH!

My posts are being read…or

Someone is being

Fed, eh?!:)

HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….:)

ANYBODY/ANYMIND…out there in virtual reading land reading me… aka as my writing??

IF so…I dare YOU:)

to

leave

me

a question below…. later or now.

Oh, I’m positive, You can think up a variety of interesting questions… for the sake of compassion, however, PLEASE, PLEASE… keep them on the nice/positive/kind side! THANKS a BUNCH!:)

{It would be really FUN for me, IF any reader could stump me with a Biblical question.  How about asking me a biblical/spiritual question… and i’ll try my best to give a reasonable answer.}

Okay: so IF You read my last entry/post: Rescued from Distress, You realize I was heading out the door to make it to a talk…I took some notes as usual.

Did you know ? there is research circulating somewhere that I’ve read..the benefits of hand-writing notes over typing notes during a lecture/talk…that you process/learn better, etc..I use to know short-hand as a teen/young adult..lack of use, I’ve forgotten most of it.. just take long-hand/cursive notes: sometimes direct quotes or just paraphrasing…i write very fast/scribble-lol

So, looking over my scribbles… btw: this talk was given by an older gentleman who works compassionately in the jails…here in FL w/the so-called hardened criminals for the past 3 years… the in it for life-ers…some have killed their wives, etc. He spoke with such respect/affection for these ones he meets with in prison…1 prisoner mentioned that day in and day out same coldness climate and the only thing that keeps him going aka gives him hope is the 2 hour weekly visit by this gentleman and the positive Biblical stuff he shares with him..for those 2 hours, it’s the only “warmth” (compassion) this guy feels in life…” life” in jail/isolated antartica.

Actually… that brought me to tears;(… the stuff he mentioned about the prisoners…I asked him if my kids and I could give them something via him to give to the prisoners: a kind word/letter to not give up hope  or a kids’ happy drawing for some encouragement… he said NO… the gangs inside might misinterpret and could/would kill the prisoner(s) for some infraction. The prison gangs have their own live/comply or die rules, eh?!

(Most abusers of power have their own live-comply-or die rules, huh??)

i heard an AMAZING point/thought on PERFECTION & Forgiveness… that I LOVED!!… will elaborate “later.”

One of the prisoners… who had murdered…was quite upset over something he misunderstood: that he was beyond forgiveness by God because he murdered.  The gentleman shared scriptures with him about how God forgives in a LARGE way…(and there are recorded Biblical examples of previous murderers who were forgiven)… the prisoner’s whole demeanor/attitude changed for the positive!:)

Regardless of our circumstances, it is comforting to bear in mind that Jehovah is as he described himself to Moses—“a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and truth, preserving loving-kindness for thousands, pardoning error and transgression and sin.” Jehovah has not changed.—Ex. 34:6, 7.

Some may feel powerless to change (for the better/healthier: physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually)… forgiveness rescues us all in and out of prison bars (literal or figurative)!… it changes us… just knowing someone releases You:) from Your offense (of course, that doesn’t always imply release from prison… we still may pay consequence, eh?).. but the peace of mind in knowing you’re forgiven–gives some the motivation/power to forgive themselves and positively move forward to recovery.

Let’s face it… for the most part, most of us muddle through life… non/dis-functioning… we have bodies and minds that just don’t work correctly/Well… eyes, kidneys, pancreas, liver or whatever… mental illness… we may let addiction, anger, fear, greed control us and rule us… bringing us to the grave or guard… prison.

What’s bringing You and Where?!

lol…Teeth and kids… bringing me to dentist and now running out to Park… today.

Later:)

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Pursuing Peace with All BFL: BrEaThInG fragile LIFE!

Pursuing PEACE with ALL…BrEaThInG fragile LIFE…is worth my time/important!:)

it’s sad that so many are objects of prejudice, unkindness & hatred.

Do You know what it feels like to be an object of hatred??
i do…(at times, it’s not nice nor fun.)

Do You know what it feels like to be an object of love??
i do… (at times, it’s not nice nor fun.)

Being an object of hate/being an object of love..(strong emotions)..presents heart/mind-boggling/burdening daily challenges.

Not only do i think that:  political neutrality is crucial/essential to survival…but, at times, emotional neutrality is crucial/essential to survival…mentally, emotionally, physically & spiritually.

Sometimes some are so easily swayed by strong emotion(s)…positive or negative…people can get so caught up…they act rashly & regrettably…who wants tragedy? NOT ME!;)

Read & applied these Bible Principles that Promote Peace:

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Fighting Complacency!

Complacent?

a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better

self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies

an instance of usually unaware or uniformed self-satisfaction~Merriam-Webster.com

Indifference, apathy and complacency… obstacles…enemies of compassion??

WHO of us (who value life) would “willingly” fly w/a complacent pilot?!

Check out what I read:

Pilots who fly one of the most successful aircraft ever built have a preflight inspection checklist consisting of more than 30 items. If they do not carefully follow the checklist each time before takeoff, the pilots increase the possibility of a tragic accident. Do you know what type of pilot is especially urged to complete the checklist every time? It is the very experienced pilot! The seasoned pilot could easily become complacent and fail to carry out the preflight inspection in every detail. Like a safety-minded pilot, you can use a type of checklist to make sure that your faith will not falter when you need it most.  Failure to check on this regularly and diligently can lead to spiritual ruin.

Complacency can ruin compassion, complacency can ruin lives!

  Him that thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall.—1 Cor. 10:12.


I remember as a very young/little girl riding/driving along with my parents down Broadway Somerville, MA… and seeing some random old gentleman hunched over walking ever so slowly w/cane in hand (I think ? near the old Somerville Theatre)… and my immediate response was tears 🙁 and feeling so badly for him! I remember thinking…can’t we stop to help him; I know my parents didn’t see him as we quickly drove by.

Caring is a burden! When it comes to compassion, it’s a heavy weight to bear.

Fast forward… young married adult walking downtown Manhattan somewhere w/hubby & Brooklyn Friends, Ty & Kett:)…happened upon a huge crowd/swarm of finely dressed folks coming from some event may be ? theatre…and by contrast…there laying on the filthy sidewalk alone was a woman hysterically crying and wrapped in a black-plastic-garbage-bag for clothing!:(

The contrast of states & status… so DISTURBED/UPSET me!!!… It was sorta a brief glance/look as we were making our way quickly through the mob without getting separated or lost… Hubby & friends were leading the way and with all the people, it was impossible for me to stop or to find the woman… and my friends/hubby didn’t see her…I told them about her.

I hate being in situations like that… when you’re aware of another’s pain & suffering and you’re helpless due to circumstance or whatever to intervene or help…i’d like to think someone stopped to help her…

I stopped to think/talk about her and pray for her and I wrote a poem about her a long time ago. Hopefully, by now, IF she’s still living, she’s  out of the gutter.

Though Hubby & Others are quick to remind me of scammers out there… that like to take advantage of sensitive hearts like mine… who feel for others & their plight.

Through the years and through the neighborhoods…I’ve lived in and the community work been involved in…met all kinds from all walks of life…& I’m heart happy that I haven’t brushed anybody aside/have treated all with dignity & agape… no matter how difficult or demanding or undesirable they may have been or dirty/stinky-lol… my conscience lets me sleep at night.

Life must be easier…IF you’re not super sensitive…and don’t give a hoot about anything or anyone, but yourself.

It’s tough. It’s not easy loving & worrying about peoples & things that some don’t even notice!!

Then again, it’s one thing to feel compassion and another thing to act upon it…(that’s why i try my best & let God do the rest:)

 Mercy is a blend of many good qualities. It involves graciousness, love, kindness, and goodness. Tender feelings of compassion or sympathy are at the root of acts of mercy. While godly mercy does not compromise justice, Jehovah/Yahweh is slow to anger and patiently gives wrongdoers sufficient time to attain to repentance (aka change for the better/healthier/more compassionate course.) (2 Peter 3:9, 10) Mercy is thus related to patience and long-suffering. As a combination of many desirable traits—including various aspects of the fruitage of God’s spirit—mercy becomes a framework within which these qualities may be cultivated. (Galatians 5:22, 23) How vital that we strive to be merciful!

The psalmist sang: “Jehovah is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and great in loving-kindness. Jehovah is good to all, and his mercies are over all his works.” (Psalm 145:8, 9) Jehovah is “the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3) Mercy is shown by treating someone in a compassionate way. This is a major facet of God’s personality. His example and his instructions to us can teach us what true mercy is. ~ Your Father is Merciful

Think what peace many us could find IF we treated each other with mercy and not complacency!:)

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