Monday, August 11, 2014

...the sane

Somehow the tragic death of Robin Williams was just one drop of water too much for me.  

I don't usually rant. At least not out loud.

But sometimes I get so pissed off that I don't have a choice. Well, I really do have a choice but at this point I don't want to choose the other option. 

I refuse to be silent.
  • We live in a world where people are becoming increasingly intolerant of everyone else.
  • We live in a world that believes women should be seen and not heard.
  • We live in a world where it's okay to divorce your cancer-ridden wife and marry your mistress, and still believe that same-sex marriage is a threat to the "sanctity of marriage"
  • We live in a world where people care more about the treatment of animals than they do about the treatment of people.
We live in a world that is, quite frankly, going insane.

And I'm sorry if it seems that I am ragging on religions. I am actually ragging on the zealots,  fanatics which can be found in every religion or in any system of beliefs.

  • To the zealots in the religious right: Try reading the first four books of your New Testament. Read what your Lord and Savior said, especially Luke 6:37, then tell me how you justify the way you conduct yourselves.

  • To the Congress people who thought giving a Bible to every member of Congress was somehow a good idea: The Bible, the Quran, the Torah, the writings of Confucius, and the like do not belong in our legislative chambers.  

  • To the pastor who canceled a funeral, with less than 24 hours notice, because the deceased was gay: Where is your mercy? Where is your compassion? How can you be a pastor and have neither?

  • To those who criticize Israel: Hamas is not a government to negotiate with. Hamas does not care about the Palestinian people. Hamas is a terrorist group, bent on destroying Israel. Hamas uses people as shields because they know you will criticize Israel for harming civilians.  How does it feel to be a tool of terrorists? 

  • To everyone else: To remain silent is to be complicit. Let your voice be heard, whether it is at the ballot box or the coffee house; whether it's deciding where to spend your money or where to spend your time. 

Do something!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

...the voices of reason

Ever since I was old enough to willingly watch the news, or read a newspaper (those paper things that leave ink dust on your fingers) I have thought about how reality can become distorted.

Yes, it's arguable that we all perceive reality differently, but it doesn't help to have it intentionally toyed with.

Now, I’ll be the first to say that my relationship with reality has been adversarial at times, but I know how to reason things out.

But what about others? There seems to be an overabundance of extreme viewpoints: “if it isn’t my view of reality, then it’s wrong.” Or evil, or whatever negative adjective is currently in fashion.

Those extreme views dominate our news media, and our social media.  

If you think you are unaffected, ask yourself this:  When you just read “Those extreme views dominate…” did you only think about the extreme that you disagree with?

What is missing is reason.  

Reason—there's that word again—here is why it's important:

  • Reason is “[t]he power of comprehending, inferring, or thinking especially in orderly rational ways.[emphasis added]”

  • Reason is "[a] sufficient ground of explanation or of logical defense [emphasis added]*

  • Reason is why we should realize that we need to demand explanations that go beyond: "Because I said so."

Face it, we hated it when our parents said that to us.  As adults why do we accept it from anyone else?


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