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Welcome to the World Today..........
Posted:Feb 12, 2019 7:13 am
Last Updated:Feb 19, 2019 4:05 am
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Where sex is free and love is expensive. Where losing a phone is more painful than losing your virginity. Where modernization means nudity, profanity, and if you don't drink/smoke dope you're out of fashion/style. Where boys stay boys and never want to become men, and girls become men to rule over them. Where if you don't fool your partner it's because you're not clever enough. Where the bathrooms have become photography studios. Where pizza delivery is faster than the emergency response. Where people fear the thieves and the terrorists more than God. Where Worshipping God is difficult. Where temples turn into dating pools. Where lies become realities. Where the ladies fear pregnancy more than h.i.v., and babies are murdered so the ladies can escape. Where people become toxic when they speak the truth or you're resisting to turn from what is actually toxic. Where perspectives and clothes decide the value of a person. Where money is more important than family and God. Where children are ready to leave their families for their love of the moment, rebellion and spite. Where the marriage covenant is no longer sacred or taken seriously. Where it's easier to play house than to build a home. Where jumping from partner to partner for sex or attention is easier than waiting for the right partner for life.
Where love is a game.
Where evil no longer exists.
Whoever plays with the mind always gets happiness and who plays with the heart always hurts.
Modernity, love and liquid education...

The new generation of humanity.

II Timothy 3: 1-4
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

Matthew 24:12-13
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of many will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
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Empathic failure and a call to unity
Posted:Feb 6, 2019 4:11 am
Last Updated:Feb 8, 2019 6:48 am
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By: Karren Knowlton
The large majority of Democrats were shocked and confused when their candidate in the US Presidential election lost. Why didn’t they see this coming? Why were they optimistic, many considering this outcome unthinkable and unlikely? Is it because they are all spoiled millennials who are used to getting their way? No. Is it because people tend to build homogenous social spheres, composed mostly of other people who think like them? Partly, but not entirely. What about the pre-election polls? Again, partly to blame, but I believe there’s a deeper issue here.
Perhaps the most basic cause of the shock and disbelief that struck many on Wednesday was a failure of empathy. The failure of not attempting to deeply understand the viewpoints and perspectives of Trump’s supporters, of not trying to think like they do. It is precisely this failure of empathy, from all shades of the political spectrum, which will further divide our country, as long as we let it. From a social media post showing the resulting electoral college map with the tagline “This is why I never book flights with layovers,” to another one mocking the emotional responses of those who are disappointed, these words and actions create walls within our own nation, one degradation at a time.
Motivating empathy, especially between groups in conflict, is not easy, to say the least. Yet, research in social science may be able to help by shedding some light on how we can move from being disgusted in, embarrassed by, or disinterested in one another, to wanting to hear more, wanting to understand, and maybe even wanting to help the other group meet their goals (which, in some cases, we will find are our goals, too).
First, realize that you can feel empathy where you didn’t before.
Work by Dr. Jamil Zaki, an assistant professor at Stanford University, suggests that while many people view empathy as automatic, showing up in some situations and not others, this doesn’t have to be true.¹ Zaki suggests that people’s motives and goals can shape when they experience empathy. For example, a doctor may purposefully dampen her empathy toward a patient in order to not feel that person’s pain and be able to do her job. Further, when people view empathy as automatic, they interpret situations where they don’t feel empathy as a sign that the other person is very different from them. This could turn into a downward empathy spiral. Realizing that empathy can be intentionally turned up and down is important. When people understand that empathy is malleable, they spend more time listening to those who aren’t like them, and are more willing to learn how to be more empathetic.²
Second, if you view others as outsiders, you will feel less empathy for them.
Belonging to groups is considered a fundamental psychological need for humans³, but when we draw lines between “us” and “them,” our brains tend to treat the groups differently, even when they are not in conflict (but even more so if they are). We generally like in-group members more, favoring those who are like us4, trust them more, and are more cooperative with them.5 Along with these effects comes a consistent decrease in empathy for those who we consider to be outside of our group — an outcome that has been seen in many studies, looking at group boundaries along political, ethnic, and social categories.6,7 Fortunately, people come with many categories attached to them, many groups they fall into. Race, gender, and social class are often the most prominent because they are the most visible, but worker, American, and human, are groups as well. We can choose how to view those around us.
Third, break out of your bubble.
People intentionally put themselves in situations that will evoke empathy, such as watching documentaries or reading about others’ suffering.8 People also avoid interacting with people who they do not wish to empathize with, such as avoiding eye contact with a homeless person that one passes on the street. By selecting into and out of certain situations, we can influence when and for whom we feel empathy. Research suggests that unfortunately, we usually seek to empathize with our existing in-groups.¹ Thus, if we want to understand those who think differently than us, it will take specific, intentional action on our part to seek them out and to start an open-minded dialogue. And it may not take much — the famous psychologist Gordon Allport suggested that often, interpersonal contact is all that’s needed to improve relations between groups that are in conflict.9
In the next three days, I challenge you to try to empathize with at least one person who holds a different political or social point of view. Why? Because as Trump, Clinton, and Obama spoke about the election, they were unanimous about one thing. We need to unite. To me, that does not mean coalescing toward similar viewpoints or values, but coming together in our desire to understand each other and work together toward our future. Americans can be strong willed and fiercely passionate. Now, let us empathize with one another so that our strength and passion will fuel a fire that propels us instead of one that burns us.
“For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s futures, and we are all mortal.”  — John F. Kennedy, Speech at The American University, Washington, DC, June 10, 1963
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Oh my, kids do say the darndest things!
Posted:Feb 2, 2019 12:32 pm
Last Updated:Feb 3, 2019 12:20 pm
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Chuck Schumer was visiting a Washington D.C. elementary school and the class was in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.

The teacher asked Mr Schumer if he would like to lead the discussion on the word 'Tragedy'.

So Mr Schumer asked the class for an example of a 'Tragedy'.

A little boy stood up and offered: 'If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing' in the field and a tractor runs over him and kills him, that would be a tragedy.'

'Incorrect,' said Schumer. 'That would be an accident.'

A little girl raised her hand: 'If a school bus carrying fifty children drove over a cliff, killing everybody inside, that would be a tragedy.'

'I'm afraid not',explained Schumer, 'that's what we would refer to as a great loss'.

The room went silent. No other children volunteered. Schumer searched the room. 'Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?'

Finally, at the back of the room, Little Johnny raised his hand and said: 'If an airplane carrying you, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Dick Durban, Adam Shiff, Dick Blumenthal, the Obamas and the Clintons was struck by a 'friendly fire' missile & blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy.'

'Fantastic' exclaimed Schumer, 'and can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?'

'Well', said Johnny, 'it has to be a tragedy because it certainly wouldn't be a great loss and it probably wouldn't be a frigging accident either!'
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One Thing I Know.................
Posted:Jan 30, 2019 6:03 am
Last Updated:Feb 2, 2019 6:42 pm
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In thinking back over the events of the past week, at loss for words to express my feelings to SO MANY...........but this one thing I KNOW.............

I posted this on FaceBook this morning and realized that there are a few folks I wanted to reach that may not frequent that site............My beloved Rick passed peacefully midweek and was laid to rest on Monday..........'Nuff said........those who care KNOW and those who don't just DON'T care ............at any rate, God Bless You ALL


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