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The END of Framework (Part 2)

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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Finite & Infinite & Good Night & Good Light

worthwhile quest… inexhaustible time

for the exhausted,

inhaling

and

exhaling

breathing-(woman)-fellow-fragile-life

with

finite abilities

and

aspirations/hopes

of hitting

the target marked:

INFINITY

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

 

For a little context check out…target-audience

Does Living Compassion have infinite prospects…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………? 🙂

 

10/16/17 @ 10:57 p.m.

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In and Out of Control

The world is not like a runaway train, completely out of control and heading to a catastrophic end. God has established boundaries, or limits, on how much damage humans can inflict on themselves.

 “And there is not a creation that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and openly exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we must give an account.” (Hebrews 4:13) [excerpted reading reference below]

Check it out PLEASE…🙂 🙂 🙂…the “details”…

What the Bible says should not be quickly dismissed in view of the fact that so much of what it foretells has actually been fulfilled in amazing detail.

For instance, consider the following Bible prophecies:

“Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another.”​—Matthew 24:7.

“In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 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.”​—2 Timothy 3:1-4.

Those prophecies describe a world that some might say is spiraling out of control. In a sense, our world is indeed out of control​—out of the control of humans. According to the Bible, humans simply do not have the wisdom and power to bring about a permanent solution. This is highlighted in the following scriptures:

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”​—Proverbs 14:12.

“Man has dominated man to his harm.”​—Ecclesiastes 8:9.

“It does not belong to man . . . even to direct his step.”​—Jeremiah 10:23.

Left to its own devices, the world could very likely face a global catastrophe. But that is not going to happen! Why? This is what the Bible says:

God “has established the earth on its foundations; it will not be moved from its place forever and ever.”​—Psalm 104:5.

“A generation is going, and a generation is coming, but the earth remains forever.”​—Ecclesiastes 1:4.

“The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.”​—Psalm 37:29.

“There will be an abundance of grain on the earth; on the top of the mountains it will overflow.”​—Psalm 72:16.

 These Bible teachings provide clear answers. Mankind will not die off from pollution, lack of food and water, or a global pandemic. The world will not be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Why not? God is in control of our planet’s future. Granted, God has allowed humans to exercise free will. However, they will reap the consequences for their decisions. 

Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap;” (Galatians 6:7)

But God will do more. He will bring about an “abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:11  “But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”) [excerpted recent readings: AWAKE! No. 6 2017]

My studies give me a b-r-i-g-h-t outlook…plus, i realize that learning to exercise my free will in a compassionate manner…is good for me, my Loved Ones, my Fellow-Fragile-Life, and the Planet.

A lot of humanity’s dire straights are self-inflicted! We all, individually & collectively, need “different” on-going education…on the lines of…dropping arrogance..and

Sowing humble seeds of compassion…heart flowers bloom…eventually, eh?:)…and IF more of us-fellow-fragile-life choose peace…things gradually improve…(also, Divine Guidance/Government & Intervention needed).

THANK YOU Reader for NOT USING Your Free Will in a manner that inflicts harm!:) We, humans, have the potential for great healing/recuperation/recovery…in my pov it starts with spirituality…then flows/follows to mental, emotional, and physical health.

i am in control of my decisions…i can continue to choose compassion.

i can choose peace/Agape Love (and not violence/hate).

i can choose healthy-happy-happenings!-lol:)

(and i can choose to make the best out of whatever comes my way…hurricane or other.)

9/6/17 @ 8:16 p.m.

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The Sunday before…

utter despair set in…

don’t be fooled by

the happy smirk

melted make-up

and

stringy hair…aka brief moment captured of quiet relaxation.

(note to self: may be?? i might try brushing my hair and fixing my make-up before documentation photos, huh??! lol;)…documentation of me feeling in somewhat control of myself/circumstances…[P.S. please! to whom it may concern/matter, ya right;) like this would matter to anyone but me–don’t misuse any image of me IF You happen upon on-line.  At some point, i intend to take them down; don’t know IF possible?…took down fun/goofy “hat” photos from a blog and yet found circulating on-line, UGHH!!]

when i post photo of myself, that is me controlling the image…and not some random friend/person/stranger/stalker… somebody instagram-ming me without me know-ing…which i don’t appreciate without my permission/knowledge. Thank You for respecting!!…:)

{facing (a) fear is letting strangers see my (me/freak show) face on-line, which i don’t like much…people looking/staring at me, etc. i can’t hide behind my stringy hair my whole life, right? may be? i’ll chop it off IDK.}

From one Sunday to the next SUN—day for context IF needed please read: Sunday Shades of Nuanced Satisfaction

Last Sunday (photo above)…(what was last Sunday’s date? today is 9/4/17) anyway…life seemed good! and it took a turn toward utter despair/non-resolution and fast!!…………………………..however, i am satisfied to get through the (emotional) pain/unpleasant place and make it unscathed to this past Sunday/yesterday feeling “o-kay”…hooray…THANK GOD! (this experience, among many, taught me once again that: “with God all things are possible.”)

Hope You Reader:) are feeling okay?? and in a safe emotional place of high-compassionate-functioning!!:) oh and Thanks for reading my ramblings..hope they encourage You somehow IF not leave this space now.

i employ my emotional/spiritual strategies of pain management (prayer, positive-Bible study, music, etc, exercise)…which usually are quite effective, but somebody pulled an unexpected/deep trigger from a concealed place…and i was too tired/relaxed and smirking-ly-self-assured (see photo above) with the attitude of: i got this all figured out?!…may be to resist too much…oh, ya, i did fight it in the wrong way; the negativity with negativity: OOPS! {but eventually had to let the despair wave wash over me first and then leave me soaked…glad to be through it…and at this “dry” emotional-well-being place: now of peace.}

a lot of it is (coping success):  mouth/mind self-discipline and not letting my thoughts/words on the loose…in the pit of disappointment, hopelessness, and black-hole darkness of super-sensitivity. But hey, sometimes, we all get engulfed before we realize.

time with my Dad doing artwork helped…we are working on a project. And Sabina helped me too. An example of a sweet, happy, positive woman with incredible health challenges seeming insurmountable…non-working arms and legs. (i should upload a video about her here, may be?) She has amazing skills!!:) a beautiful attitude and a beautiful smile and she can accomplish MUCH with her tongue and heart…what i can’t with working arms and legs without biting my tongue.

she helped me understand that difficulties..when courageously faced teach us special skills and focusing on helping Others is key and not being consumed by self-pity and negativity over our particular lot in life.

Hey, i have working fingers, and working eyes, and working arms and working legs. Enough food, enough sleep, healthy kids, etc, roof over my head, and not directly feeling effects of Hurricane Harvey:(…and no reason to give up!…the every day fine fight of compassion.

Sadly, some of us are facing literal hurricanes and figurative ones…but they are only TEMPORARY!! (Please return IF You choose, for a different post on “is the world out of control?”  recent positive readings and practical points about disasters.)

You’re not a sneaky tornado??…right?! -lol:) No! You’re a Friend of Peace!:)

PEACE Friend of Peace:)

 

8/4/17 @ 3:38 p.m.

 

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Sunday Shades of Nuanced Satisfaction

Sunday is usually a favorite day of mine…a day of spiritual opportunity for reflection/contemplation/meditation/

association with like-minded ones…
i’ve tried my best to be at peace with all-fellow-fragile-life (crossing my path in any manner of crossing i.e. on and off-line) and to be as generous as possible within the framework of my limitations…(though imperfectly and with God’s help, of course). (and Of course, i still need to make changes/adjustments in my attitude/speech and not complain about trivial stuff that aggravates me!!…yep, i am very much a continued work in progress!!)

(maintaining peace with Others aka trying to be helpful, kind, compassionate, and giving and forgiving…etc.)

nuanced satisfaction…or feeling like you tried your best on most fronts or at least the ones in your limited control…(i.e. the daily expected) and unexpected and tried to be a friend to all-fellow-fragile-life…and do my best to help and serve Other fellow-life when/if i am needed within the context of my present situation…aka puny role i play in this life…

just trying to live agape love..to the best of my knowledge and know-how…(and “hopefully” without offending or hurting Other-Fellow-Fragile-Life in my process of compassion growth). IF You have been offended…i am SORRY!

PEACE fellow-sufferer(s)…:) Take comfort in trying…(to live unselfish compassion) to the best of your abilities.

today this afternoon 9/3/17

 

keeping my head up despite my challenges aka keeping a positive attitude (aka nuanced shades of satisfaction/joy) about stuff…helps.

Partial lyrics to a Beautiful Song…recently discovered:

A heart full of questions, a life so unsure,
I heard what you told me; I wanted more.

What you told me, I wanted more.

Unanswered questions were answered that day.

The worry I was feeling melted away.

All my worries faded away.

It’s a long road we’re going down,

But faith can make things happen.

When there’s no way through and no way round,

Faith can make things happen,

Make things happen.

2. I love what I’m learning and share what I know.
I’m ready and waiting, so here I go.

Yes, I’m ready

To share what I know.

My faith is like a fire that burns within my heart.

I’ve got to keep it burning and do my part.

Keep it burning deep in my heart.

8/3/17 @8:07 p.m.

p.s. i also have “faith” in You Reader:)…that You will continue to do the compassionate thing (regardless of any unjust/seemingly unfair treatment by the many or by the few)…even when no one is watching…or completely appreciates what You do or who You are…

God Knows…
beautiful hearts
like
Yours:)

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Can You See??

“the beauty through the ….” (i like this verse)

{yeah, and seeing the hope through the despair… the “master of my” SEE}

“And He (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)…{i Love this verse}

Death and pain’s raining reign will end…believe it! 

{i trust in God (of Compassion/Yahweh/Jehovah) and not man to solve longevity concerns.}

8/26/17 @ 9:16 p.m.

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House of Mourning

When You spend time at the house of mourning (grieving/comforting/paying respects, etc)…aka when a loved one say friend/relative/acquaintance dies…cannot help but reflect on deeper stuff…and not get caught up in the mundane/trivial distractions that waste time/life away!

Sadly, but i’ve lost count (these past recent years; at least since: i started documenting stuff a bit on this blog) of all the time i’ve spent at the “houses of mourning”…it’s a blessing knowing/loving alot of Fellow-Fragile-Life:)…all of these Ones have impacted my life in various ways and have taught me compassion lessons of one sort or another…for which i am deeply grateful!

And all this suffering (aka fellow feeling–feeling and loving and losing is exhausting) is temporary!…i remain positive and hopeful…(i’ve written about “death” before and feel too tired (of the topic) to elaborate now…may be? i’ll include a link or links to these writings (that touch the topic)…RIP Family/Friends!

8/26/17 @7:43 p.m.

p.s. 8:07 p.m.

What is Absolute…

sleep, separation, death, distance

No Joking

Wages

Death Not My Master

chikungunya…OUCH!

Monday Morning Meditation(s)

Olives, Artichokes, Avocados

Flowers, funeral, laughter, tears

How Old? How Young?

Spirit & Soul

A Mortal Soul

RIP

Collecting

Pain Epiphany

Pain where a…

and p.s.s. 8/31/17 @ 3:58 p.m.

The Breathing are Living…(DUH! joanie)

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HAND-ling with CARE

Delicate: Handle with Gentle Care


(Partial) Solar Eclipse 8/21/17 FL

 

9:35 p.m. @ 8/25/17
obviously, i had no idea this particular song would be sung on eclipse day by Artist…like most songs (popped in my mind/heart) when meditating..(ahead of time about the upcoming celestial phenomenon) {BTW: loved this song in 80’s as teen; lyrics relevant then & now–@ nearing 50.}

MY (set) trajectory (1985 onward)…

no matter how much love (tears) You have for Fellow-Fragile-Life, You cannot make Anyone choose this narrow path of #integrity-keeper…#integrity-keeper for LIFE! #keeper of compassion…:) (nor will i allow Anyone to take me off this life-course.)

[don’t be stupid aka arrogant/selfish/self-centered];

TURN AROUND…and head toward LIFE!!!

8/25/17 @10:10 p.m.

{this post: me coping/me hoping}

a p.s. 8/26/17 @ 8:21 p.m.
Light By Day, Light By Night

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H.F.T…Harvesting, Funneling, and Trapping

To keep themselves warm during cold weather, butterflies spread their wings in the sun. The wings of some species of swallowtail are remarkably efficient at trapping and absorbing sunlight. The insects’ secret lies not just in their dark pigment but also in the structure of microscopic, overlapping scales coating their wings. The scales, in turn, contain rows of honeycomblike holes separated by inverse V-shaped ridges that funnel light into the holes. This ingenious structure traps incoming sunlight, making the wings extremely black and warming the butterfly with amazing efficiency.

“Butterfly wings may rank among the most delicate structures in nature,” says Science Daily, “but they have given researchers powerful inspiration for new technology that doubles the production of hydrogen gas—a green fuel of the future—from water and sunlight.” [excerpted Article/my bold highlights: Was It Designed? The Light-Absorbing Butterfly Wing AWAKE! 2014]

hmmmm…a no brainer to me, YES! An innovative-intelligent-chief-builder-designer constructed/created Butterfly wings!:)

Life Lesson: Don’t underestimate any (seemingly) delicate structure/frame/form…

If Butterflies can fly/function with 70% wing damage…

IF only 30% of my life is chaos/problem/challenge-free…i can still FLY HIGH!…survive 🙂

7/18/17 @ 9:14 p.m.

 

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Paradise…Possible!

Recent Readings…check it out:)..no time to discuss; just time to copy & paste…article: “Paradise on Earth​—Fantasy or Reality?” W No. 4 2017…enJOY…(Happy Sunday to You Reader!:))

Paradise! Colorful travel brochures make tempting offers for us to fly away to some distant “paradise” to relax and forget all our worries and troubles. But as we know all too well, when we return home, the realities of life remain much the same as they were when we left them.

PARADISE TRADITION

Over the centuries, people have been intrigued by the idea of paradise. For many, their interest was prompted by the mention in the Bible of “a garden in Eden, toward the east.” What made that garden so attractive? The account tells us: “Jehovah God made to grow out of the ground every tree that was pleasing to look at and good for food.” That garden was a pleasing and good place. Most captivating of all, there was “also the tree of life in the middle of the garden.”—Genesis 2:8, 9.

In addition, the Genesis account mentions four rivers flowing out of the garden. Two of those rivers are still known to us today—the Tigris (or, Hiddekel) and the Euphrates. (Genesis 2:10-14; footnote) These two rivers flow into the Persian Gulf through what is now Iraq, formerly part of ancient Persia.

Understandably, earthly paradise is very much a part of Persia’s cultural heritage. A 16th-century Persian carpet, in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., shows a walled garden with trees and flowers woven into its design. The Persian word for “walled garden” also means “paradise,” and the scene on the carpet mirrors the Bible’s description of the beautiful and luxuriant garden of Eden.

In fact, stories of paradise are retold in many languages and cultures around the world. As the human family migrated to different parts of the earth, they carried with them versions of the original account, which, over centuries of time, became blended with beliefs and legends that developed locally. Even today, people almost instinctively describe places of great natural beauty as paradise.

Some explorers claimed to have located the lost paradise. For example, Charles Gordon, a British army general, on visiting the Seychelles in 1881, was so impressed by the luxuriant beauty of the Vallée de Mai—now a World Heritage site—that he declared it to be the garden of Eden. In the 15th century, Italian navigator Christopher Columbus wondered if he was close to rediscovering the Edenic garden when he landed on the island of Hispaniola, now the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Mapping Paradise, a modern history book, contains details of more than 190 ancient maps, many showing Adam and Eve in Eden. Among them is an unusual map from a 13th-century copy of the Beatus of Liébana manuscript. At its top is a small rectangle with paradise in the center. From there flow four rivers, labeled “Tigris,” “Eufrates,” “Pison,” and “Geon,” each to one of its four corners, supposedly representing the spread of Christianity to the four corners of the earth. Such depictions show that although the location of the original Paradise was unknown, memories of it evidently remained as attractive as ever.

 John Milton, a 17th-century English poet, is known for his poem Paradise Lost, based on the Genesis account of Adam’s sin and expulsion from Eden. In it he highlighted the promised restoration of everlasting life on earth for humans, declaring: “For then the earth shall all be paradise.” Subsequently, Milton wrote a sequel entitled Paradise Regained.

Clearly, the concept of a lost earthly paradise is a golden thread running through human history. So why is it now ignored? Basically because, as Mapping Paradise observes, “theologians have . . . turned their back firmly on the issue of the location of paradise.”

Most churchgoers are taught that their ultimate destiny is heaven, not life in an earthly paradise. Yet the Bible says at Psalm 37:29: “The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.” Since our world today is hardly a paradise, what hope is there that this promise will ever be fulfilled? 

Paradise Earth-Wide Will Be a Reality…

Jehovah God, who created the original Paradise, has promised to restore what was lost. How? Recall that Jesus taught us to pray: “Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.” (Matthew 6:10) That Kingdom is a world government in the hands of Jesus Christ that will replace all human rule. (Daniel 2:44) Under the rule of that Kingdom, God’s will regarding a paradise earth will “take place.”

Why can we be sure that the hope of Paradise on earth is not fantasy but reality? Because the Bible tells us: “As for the heavens, they belong to Jehovah, but the earth he has given to the sons of men.” The hope of Paradise on earth is one that “God, who cannot lie, promised long ago.” (Psalm 115:16; Titus 1:2) What a wonderful prospect the Bible offers—Paradise forever!

This topic “Eden” has been more than a fascination, for me, for years…check out this related reading IF You choose:

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Peace & Paradise to You Reader:)

4/9/17 @ 11:35 a.m.

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