One Ancient Book One Brilliant Atheist


First off, I believe in God. I talk to Him and pray all the time. I do not need a church and steeple to deepen my faith with the creator of the universe. More sin has taken place within the walls of the church than any congregation members household. People do not need a building and a book to connect with God. Go for a walk in a park, forest, or on a beautiful trail. Pack a lunch, find a peaceful spot, and take in the beauty of the earth. In those peaceful moments our hearts open up to connect. If land is not available, sanctuary can be found in our own backyards with the birds and butterflies, or build a peaceful room inside. There are many ways to connect with the Lord without all the politics.

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Thorncrown Chapel Arkansas, Architect Euine Fay Jones

Humans have turned the Bible into a book that has caused so much death and pain. I actually do not believe the Bible we have today is the original version God intended. You can clearly see in passages like Deuteronomy 28 where there’s promise after promise of leading nations, being set up high, admission into a special group and earn great wealth if we all follow the rules. God doesn’t care about money or material things. God wants us to love one another and take care of the earth. Human kind has strayed far away from both.

At what point do we stop living by a book of politically influenced rules and start being guided by love, fairness and kindness? How many more wars have to happen and people have to die before humans are willing to change? When will the hypocritical judgement, singling out, casting away and using one sentence from a 2000-year-old book to condemn others stop? None of this behavior is God like at all.

“Religion is based primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing – fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. It is because fear is at the basis of those two things.” Bertrand Russell

Russell lived life as an Atheist. He was a mighty angel and dirty little devil all wrapped up in one. He fought for many good concepts and spent time in prison for his outspoken views on antiwar. However, he had some very strange beliefs, yet so do we all. All humans have their angelic and demon behavior that plague us individually, so to disregard Russell’s quote because he’s an atheist would be ignorant.

I agree with Russell but I feel he’s missing a big point. I feel that if we are truly good inside and out that our suffering here on earth will be less. Pull religion out, keep the spirit, do good deeds and there’s not much room for political fear. I have had a few moments where I look back and say thank you God, that was epic! In turn I have had other situations where I’m crying out where are You! Most of the time when I’m crying out, I actually made some dumb decisions that got me in the situation. I don’t need to be fearful of God punishing me. I just need to make better choices. If we live a life to serve others and be helpful in every way we can, reward for that kindness funnels back. A reward not only from God, but our neighbors, family and friends as well. The crown of respect from a community of people wanting to help you back because you are a good person, is more valuable than money or power.

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                Bertrand Russell courtesy of Brain Pickings

Even though Russell spoke out against the church, Bertrand’s favorite motto came straight out of the Bible. “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exodus 23:2). The entire passage reads like this.

 “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness. Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor man in his lawsuit.”

 “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its loads, do not leave it there, be sure you help him with it. Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.”

“Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous. Do not oppress an alien, you yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt.”

What I find interesting is that a majority of our world’s leaders are in direct opposition of these written guidelines. They pander to the congregation masses twisting the Bible and finding specific passages that work in their favor. Being a philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and a person of great wealth. Russell chose Exodus as his motto to live by when he could have chosen a very easy privileged life with no regard to anything.

Growing up with the 1%, I’m sure Bertrand watched many harmful decisions be made by politicians. He was included in many discussions dealing with war, power and the church. Bertrand was an antiwar activist until it came to Hitler and nuclear activist till the day he died. We all know how much the church in the past influenced the decision making of world leaders and many of those decisions were not nice. Did Russell watch gross decisions being made against humanity by religious leaders and politicians that caused him to give up on God?

We need to reexamine certain aspects of the Bible that are being followed. I’d love to compare ancient guidelines against what we currently read. As a society and for the future of mankind there needs to be change now. The amount of greed, cruelty, pain and suffering in the world just should not exist with how much our technology has evolved. Our lingering primitive thinking on some subjects such as racism, and our reliance upon an altered book is holding us back. Humanity could move along at lightning speed if we just stopped thousand-year-old cruel beliefs that are time consuming.

We can’t continue to pray for a savior to save humanity. For Jesus to float down on a cloud and straighten our problems out. God led us to the water, gave us amazing directions. Leaders altered those directions and screwed things up royally. Citizens through greed, addiction, over indulgence and ignorance amplified our problems and made them easy to exploit by leaders. Humanity needs to gather together and save themselves to complete what God laid out. The answers are all there if people are willing to look.

They say after every pandemic that humanity grows. The Maya said 2012 would bring great change for mankind, not the end of the world. That 2012 would bring a new reality. When you look at how much technology has taken over the past eight years, I’d say the Maya were spot on. Humanity has lost touch. We need to pop our heads up from our phones and take a look around at what’s happening. I really hope change comes soon. A majority of the world is looking for positive light, a positive change. We need to be our own guiding light now!

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A Positive Side to Selfishness


I recently watched an interview by Regina Meredith with Jim Self. The episode titled “Emergence of the New Human Part II” has two thought provoking statements. First, Jim states that our educational system will start falling apart within a decade, this interview was back in 2015. Here we are six years after Jim’s projection and I’m blown away at how Corona has crippled the public-school system. I live in a medium to high end district; they are short 8 million dollars in funds to comply with Covid guidelines. I can’t imagine what impoverished districts are facing ☹ Parents at our school received notice this week indicating a strong possibility that the kids will not return in the fall, all classes will be online. Is this the beginning of restructuring public schools to meet a new ideology???

The second thought Jim proposed on selfishness really got me thinking. Regina hit the nail on the head stating that humans have turned selfishness into a walk of shame, when there’s actuality a flip side. If a person is regarded as selfish, this label really gives someone a bad rep. Sometimes the bad reputation is well deserved. Other times a person is going through a great struggle that outsiders are unaware of. The individual appears selfish when they actually are not. We need to reexamine what it truly means to be selfish; because a person who is practicing selfcare while skipping volunteering is not selfish.

I have friends who give nearly all their time, money and well-being to help others. These super moms amaze me and I love them for their heart. However, all of these moms have one thing in common. They are tired and worn out! During quarantine, the top two givers I know both said that for the first time in years they felt rested after weeks of being forced to stop running. Both women felt the need to reexamine the pace at which they are tackling life. I think this aha moment is fantastic and not selfish.

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Jim stated that as individuals we need to be selfish in a more elevated way to improve humanity. Moms can not care for their spouses and children properly if they are worn out from PTA meetings, church groups, community outreach programs and driving all over the county to soccer games. Dads have no energy left for the family or personal fun time if they are working fifty hours a week.

Jim used a visual example to explain his thoughts, but for writing purposes I’ll use numbers. Using zero as a baseline for counting, I bullet pointed one of my friends daily schedule.

  • Mom gets a good night’s sleep, +1.
  • Alarm chimes at 5am. Mom checks the news, emails, a little Facebook and it’s time to prepare a healthy breakfast, +1.
  • Her son is having a rough morning. He’s whiney and moving at a turtles pace. She spends most of the morning arguing and now they are out the door late, -1.
  • Oops, she ate a good breakfast but forgot to pack lunch so an energy bar it is, -1.
  • As she drops Timmy at school, he reminds her about a two-week project that’s due tomorrow morning, mega stress -1.
  • Mom arrives late to the morning meeting at work. The boss is not happy, stress -1.
  • Lunch time arrives, there’s no time to order in food because her day started behind schedule. She eats the energy bar and pumps up with coffee. Coffee on an empty tummy is not good for the body, -1.
  • Moms exhausted and its only noon, -1.
  • High on coffee, the rest of the work day goes great 😊, +2.
  • Go to school to pick up Timmy. He’s fallen off the monkey bars. The arm doesn’t look broken so she puts off calling the doc because they have a full schedule today. Playing doc hoping your diagnosis is right, -1.
  • Get to church and find out a few volunteers have canceled for the weekend’s children’s ministry. Mom promised Dad that this would finally be a family weekend but she can’t say no. Fight with husband over time, -2.
  • She chatted too long at church and miscommunicated with the hubby. Arrives at home and there’s no healthy dinner. She and Timmy hit the drive through because he still has soccer practice, stress and bad nutrition, -2
  • Practice ends and now its time for homework. Little Timmy doesn’t understand, so instead of spending time with her husband she spends the rest of the night working on school work, -1.
  • Mom is half asleep when she wakes up in a jolt yelling for Timmy to get up, they forgot the project is due. Up till 1AM, project complete, lots of arguing because it’s so late, -3.

 

The total is -11. I didn’t even cover most Dads schedules that I know. A majority of humans live our lives in a stress deficit. We do not schedule enough time for our own happiness and maintaining our most important vessel, our bodies. Why is selfcare deemed selfish when in all reality being rested makes us produce more? How can we be of service to others if we are walking zombies signing up for every charity and school event that’s posted? Humans have to stop caving into organized group pressure to volunteer or over work ourselves in the office. We need to start selfishly volunteering more special time for ourselves, spouses and children to ensure our own longevity. That PTA mom your crushing school carnival numbers with will not be the one holding your hand at the end of your life, your family will. Give family and yourself precious time first. I wonder how many auto immune conditions and diseases would not happen if parents chose to selfishly spend time to reboot their own souls before going out and trying to help save another???

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7 Positive News Stories


It’s pretty disturbing how far down I had to scroll on all sites to find positive news that people really need to see right now ☹

The Nature Conservancy purchased a large tract of land in Zion forever protecting the area. Good News Network

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While we were all above the surface fighting, poor Jacob Matthew was stuck in a well for 6 days. Prayers for a speedy recovery Jacob! CNN

British man rescued after trapped in Bali well for six days

I absolutely love fishing! Check out Dave Anderson in Tennessee who reeled in a 103lb catfish. I’m super jealous Dave! Fox News

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98 year old Vivian Fisher graduated at Monrovia High School! ABC7

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Mowgli the curios lab was rescued after she got separated from her family three days. Great shot by the Boulder Police Dept! I bet this pup is glad to be home. 9 News Denver

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Top Golf in Oklahoma was the first to reopen in the country. Love this place! Oklahoman

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Although I will not be one of the first to run and peek at hole cards, parts of Vegas reopened! The Venetian Poker room is up and running 5 handed games. I’d call to get your name on the board before arriving. Have fun my diehard gambling buddies 😊 Chicago Sun Times Venetian Poker Room

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Cool Motorcycle Golf Carts!


Eagle Creek Golf Club located in Norwalk, Ohio, just became one of the coolest courses in the country. They added motorcycle golf carts to their fleet! These carts look pretty bad ass and fun to ride. Top speed is 15 mph and sorry moto guys, the back wheel is designed so knuckleheads can’t pop wheelies. My husband would 100% try this 😊

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The golf bag sets between the handlebars so players straddle the bag as they ride. Designer Rick Reimers named the cycles after his beloved pup Finn. There’s a cute puppy logo near the name.

Finn Scooters are very popular, so you will have to make a reservation to ride. Eagle Creek is a public, 18-hole, par 71 course. Now if they make one that resembles my hubby’s old racing bike which was a 1995 RM 125. We will hop on a plane immediately to come play!

 

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Online Returns Creating A Global Waste Disaster


Prior to Covid, I had a really fun job of buying pallets from retailers and selling the products on Ebay. This job is far from glamorous. There’s a lot of grunt work with sorting through broken and soiled products to find the gems. However, receiving in pallets of shoes and home goods to sell felt like fun Christmas present opening with each box.

During lockdown I watched the Ted Talk “Where Do Your Online Returns Go.” The presentation left me heartbroken. Hearing that 4 billion pounds of returned clothing fills our garbage dumps every year made my stomach turn. To know that I was actually helping the environment by buying returned or shelf pull products from retailers to resell made me feel awesome. That helpful feeling quickly faded as Covid brought my business to a screeching halt. With Sears, Macys, JCP, Nieman Marcus and Pier 1 all going bankrupt. I can’t match the deep discounts retailers are listing products for. Their store closing blowouts and clearance sales tags are better than the wholesale price I paid. I get it, retailers need to survive. JCP doesn’t even have the bankroll for rent. Sadly, as many of us who ran this type of business close doors, I see the waste getting worse again ☹

Aparna Mehta the Global Logistics & Consumer Solutions Director at UPS hosts this Ted Talk. Aparna has worked at UPS for 26 years. I find her story pretty cool as she started at the bottom in Tech Support, moved to Industrial Engineering and is now a female titan. Great job Aparna!

We all need to focus on our spending habits as we’ve created a massive waste issue. The greatness of Amazon in my opinion turned into a double-edged sword. I love getting my products fast and that I can check reviews to make a sound decision when buying expensive things. However, the company has fathered a generation of impatient click happy buyers who want products sitting on their door step the next morning. There’s no thought to buying anymore. Just one click and the Amazon warehouse is picking your order within a few hours.

Retailers had to scramble to catch up with Amazon’s amazing customer service and drive to increase sales, adding to the waste spiral. The free shipping free returns model has left 7.5 million pieces of clothing returned each year. What most people do not understand is the trail that follows once they return a product. After receiving the products back in, the retailer now has to try to resell this item out on the sales floor. This only works if products have remained in great condition while in consumer hands. If the item is not sales floor worthy, there’s options for retailers such as wrapping up goods on a pallet for wholesale buyers like me, send products to their outlet store, or shockingly that new tried on once shirt lands in the garbage.

Another issue is frankly plain lack of morals by a small group of consumers. Some people can’t just return an item. They will wear the dress or use the dishes for a fancy party they can’t afford, stain or chip items, and then say the products were defective to get a full refund within 30 days. This behavior is beyond ridiculous and adds to the waste. Thank goodness Amazon and retailers are now cracking down hard on return abusers.

Aparna has an interesting solution. Her concept reminds me of Ebay. By the way I love EBay from the top VP’s down to all the amazing mom and pop sellers listing items online. Her idea would be an app where consumers can list items they want to return for sale. Aparna would like to name the app “Green Turn” since the items are all customer returns. Pretty catchy name! Consumer’s carrot to use the app would be to receive loyalty points or cash back like the Kohls model to spend on different products.

Time will tell if her idea comes to fruition. I think the strategy is a great start. Our consumer waste needs to slow down dramatically. A bonus for all the husbands of the world will be cash back in the bank after all we moms go shopping and do not like a blouse ha ha. I think of all the poor families around the world who could use just a part of the 7.5 million pieces of new clothing sitting in landfills. If Aparna’s app does not happen, I hope down the road retailers and consumers will start donating all customer returns that would just be tossed. We all need to be more mindful before we rapid fire our buy now buttons and mindful of Mother Earth as we just throw products away. Research and think!

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