WELCOME TO OZ!

A fantasy land where a cable station that broadcasts nothing but fantasy is #1 for news. That being the case it’s no wonder the country is in such a state of chaos and disarray. What’s up is down.and what’s down is up. It’s the land where millionaires become billionaires while the middle class shrivels into a low(er) class while waiting for something from the top to “trickle” down to them. 

 

So, millions of us watch FOX so as not to taste the bitter pill of reality as it bites into our hind sides. 

 

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THE 2ND COMMANDMENT

After reading an article in the LA Times; 

The pontiff dressed to reflect the beauty of the faith.

February 17, 2013|By Charlotte Allen
It got me to thinking about how far we have strayed from the path that God (Jesus) laid out for us. Especially when it comes to what we idealize; hero worship for lack of a better label. I went to the Christian version of the Constitution; the 10 Commandments, to do some comparisons on how we behave and the code of conduct we were given from up above; in this case the 2nd Commandment which reads;

“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.”

 

Then I looked at a few pictures to help me put a face on what I believe Christianity represents.

 

the lost sheep      Mother Teresa   Twitter trolls attack the Pope!

 

WHO WOULD YOU PICK?

 

 

This then got me to wondering how Ms. Allen,followers of the “wealth based” branch of Christianity reconcile their beliefs with the Commandments. Praising the leader of the Catholic church for the way he dresses rather than his “works” which in this case are questionable, seems misguided and naive. And, if we believe in the Commandments, the path we are on spells nothing but doom and gloom for our children, and their children. Maybe it’s time to reset our “moral compass.” 

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI, the pontiff of aesthetics

MORAL INJURIES

They say, “war is hell” and, for those that physically survive them, many of them find themselves in Dante’s Inferno.  

Though it’s not talked about much there is a big difference between “offensive” wars driven by profits like those in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan and “defensive” wars driven by self/community preservation like WWI and WWII. Even though the mechanics are the same, there are stark psychological differences. It’s referred to as “moral injuries,” an offshoot of PTSD, or what you could simply call “guilt.” With the exception of psycho or sociopaths most of us experience guilt in difference degrees throughout our lives. But, most of it is transitory and fade quickly like when you’re caught with your hands in the cookie jar.

The guilt we experience in wars is much different and can stay with us for life.  That’s especially true when we cannot reconcile the difference between defensive vs. offensive wars.  Iraq and Afghanistan are prime examples of offense, profit driven wars. Neither of these countries posed a threat to us. Even though we were fooled into believing that they had something to do with 9/11 that reality is that we were attacked by a rouge gang of Saudi Arabians based in Pakistan who’s leader was a Saudi and not a citizen or official of either of the countries we attacked. This was not “Pearl Harbor” regardless of how it was spun and those who fought in these wars are the victims/causalities of that great deception.  

 

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