Life Will Answer – The Book: A Better Path? Pt 3

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Are we really to believe that we’re all commanded or obliged to above all else obey and honor and worship a Supreme Being? How stultifying! This Magnificence is so needy and weak that It needs us to do things to satisfy It? Hello!? How did It manage to survive all those billions of years without us?!

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Life Will Answer: Religion & Politics Pt 9

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Our Constitution granted each and every one of us the freedom to believe or not believe as we decide. That protection applies to all of us. When one group has decided by some form of spiritual osmosis that their version of the unverifiable and occasionally insane has been decreed to be the new Law, and thus their political mission is to ensure that is so, then it is up to the rest of us to put that crazy back where it belongs: away from public influence.
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Looking Left and Right: Different Choices? Pt 3

 

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Conservatism proper is a legitimate, probably necessary, and certainly widespread attitude of opposition to drastic change – F.A. Hayek, from his essay “Why I Am Not A Conservative.”

In my last post, I shared a quote from Russell Kirk’s essay “The Essence of Conservatism.” I’ve since revisited some of his other observations in that piece, along with related commentary from others on similar themes such as the one expressed above, and found more than a few worth sharing.

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Life Will Answer – The Book: A Better Path? Pt 2

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We have turned what were useful symbols and myths from ancient times about a Source, and held them as truth in their illusory forms, denying ourselves the privilege and gift of understanding Life in its even greater and grander forms here and now. Worse, we diminish our opportunities to use Life for the individual and collective good now by failing to expand and grow and evolve. Instead, we’re almost constantly limiting our potential by adhering to the invented and even silly decrees of some fictitious Being which is Itself apparently unwilling to be more enlightened.  [From my book Life Will Answer.]

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Looking Left and Right: Is Polarization Our Best Choice? Pt 2

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For the first time in our history,’ says [Jonathan] Haidt, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, ‘the parties are not agglomerations of financial or material interest groups, they’re agglomerations of personality styles and lifestyles. And this is really dangerous. Because if it’s just that you have different interests, that doesn’t mean I’m going to hate you. It just means that we’ve got to negotiate, I want to win, but we can negotiate. If it’s now that “You people on the other side, you’re really different from me, you live in a different way, you pray in a different way, you eat different foods than I do,” it’s much easier to hate those people. And that’s where we are.’

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The Tretiak Agenda – Excerpt # 14

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A cadre of government officials plotting to secure unimagined wealth and power; an innocent woman’s death, and a grieving journalist who soon finds himself a nation’s only hope to avert unimagined political catastrophe.

 

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I’m pleased to offer you another excerpt from my eBook entitled:

THE TRETIAK AGENDA

Enjoy!

 

 

Turning to his personal assistant, seated off to the side of the conference room table and dutifully transcribing notes, Tretiak issued instructions for the benefit of everyone present. “Mary, please be certain that you are in contact with everyone at least once each week from now on. I’d like to be updated more frequently, and it will be important that we all are fully aware of what each member is dealing with on a more timely basis going forward. I don’t want anything being overlooked and I want us to be able to react quickly if need be.”

Mary Brava nodded in acknowledgement, and then addressed the group. “I’m assuming everyone’s responsibilities will increase, and to ensure accuracy and timeliness, let me handle the preparation of all reports. That will allow me to stay on top of matters and free you from having to submit updates more frequently than you’ve been accustomed to.”

And we all know that she likes to be on top, isn’t that right, Mary?” Gregg Danko’s comment was greeted with silence. Mary looked across at him impassively to be certain he would derive no satisfaction from the crude remark. Danko broadened what passed for a smile.

Always count on you to add a touch of class, right, Gregg?” Philip McKenna shook his head contemptuously.

Gentlemen, that conversation is over! Gregg, that comment has no place here, and certainly not directed to Mary.” It was a rare rebuke from Anatoly Tretiak, and Danko predictably did not take kindly to it. He looked at Tretiak for several seconds. Even an expressionless stare from Danko was a menacing one. The look he then shot Philip McKenna’s way left no doubts. No one spoke for nearly half a minute.

Philip McKenna finished the third serving of his preferred Connemara single malt Irish whiskey, pointedly ignoring Danko. Untroubled as always by Danko’s hostility, McKenna then raised his empty glass in a mock toast to his nemesis.

“‘Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.’ I always liked that Mark Twain adage!” He laughed as he turned to John Delaney’s Executive Producer, who had arrived twenty minutes earlier.

Bob, do you think Delaney’s return is going to cause us any problems? If he starts poking around Rose’s background as he’s likely to do—if the hint he dropped to you indicates his intentions—we could have a hornet’s nest on our hands!” McKenna then removed his thick eyeglasses and rubbed his face, stifling a yawn.

John Delaney will be neutralized as will any others who interfere. There’s no need for any of you to worry about him. If his probings get too close, he’ll be dealt with appropriately,” Tretiak replied.

Although it’s clear that he’s going to continue covering Daniel, I’m not concerned yet,” Robert Marino replied confidently. “I’ll keep an eye on him, but I’m not expecting John to do any hatchet jobs. The last two op-eds he’s written about Daniel have been fairly tame. If he ramps up his pursuit, I can finesse that as needed.

McKenna, a former high-ranking Central Intelligence Agency executive and a prior target of Delaney’s determined investigative efforts, was particularly sensitive to the journalist’s involvement. “Some of us,” he added with a grimace borne of experience, “more so than others, are painfully aware of his, ah … unique abilities. He’s as persistent as any human alive. His return to the national stage, given his somewhat antagonistic history with the Vice President, makes me nervous.

He’ll be allotted the proper respect, and he will be managed,” was Anatoly Tretiak’s terse reply.

If ‘management’ of him proves inadequate, then I’ll take care of him.”
Gregg Danko’s threat was clear. McKenna stifled a retort. Danko glared at him but said nothing—behavior which by now served as the extent of most of their interactions.

 

 

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NOTE: Excerpts have been posted weekly throughout the summer. This is the final one. I hope it has piqued your interest!

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* I invite you to enjoy this political fiction thriller [here]

 

I welcome you to ponder the messages in my other book: Life Will Answer, and to view my other blogs–at this website [click on the My Blogs link above] and also at Peak Oil Matters

 

 

Life Will Answer: Religion & Politics Pt 8

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Our Constitution granted each and every one of us the freedom to believe or not believe as we decide. That protection applies to all of us. When one group has decided by some form of spiritual osmosis that their version of the unverifiable and occasionally insane has been decreed to be the new Law, and thus their political mission is to ensure that is so, then it is up to the rest of us to put that crazy back where it belongs: away from public influence.
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Looking Left and Right: Different Choices? Pt 2

 

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Conservatives are too prone to engage in zero-sum thinking (either I keep my money or the government takes it). They fail to appreciate the possibility of positive sum solutions to social conflicts.
Conservatives hold the laissez-faire ‘minimal-state’ view that, although we have a moral obligation to refrain from hurting others, we have no obligation to help others. Conservatives cling to the comforting moral illusion that there is a sharp distinction between allowing people to suffer and making people suffer.

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Life Will Answer – The Book: A Better Path? Pt 1

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You must be fearless enough to drop what you think you know about God – Neale Donald Walsch *

 

As I state in my book Life Will Answer, the observations I’m offering are nothing more than suggestions to consider the possibility that perhaps Life and God/Allah/Whatever might be more than what we’ve chosen so far. Then, decide if that makes sense and if this possibility can be used to your advantage from this moment on.  

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