epiphany

I have cousins a few hours away in a couple of directions. I see one set a bit more often than others, and usually around Christmas. One of them is a minister and as expected his first concern is that one is staying faithful to God. I haven’t been to church in 3 years. In August of 2016 I posted a video announcing that I don’t believe anymore…that I am no longer Christian. I guess he and his wife didn’t see it. At least they don’t act like they saw it.

Every year when we meet up he usually asks me how long it’s been since I was at church, and says something to encourage me to go. Well I’m not going back. But I also don’t want to debate that at the table in a restaurant. I usually just nod my head while knowing that I’m not going back. This year I just really didn’t want to get into it. 2017 was extremely stressful with highlights of me selling my house and wrangling the move over to my mom’s with my dad in tow, dad’s health declining a bit more, my own trip to ER for heart palpitations…a visit I still owe money for. Then there’s the continued malaise, uncertainty and extremely annoying pronouncements from the White House. I just wanted the year over with and the family visit ended up wrapped up with all of that.

What came to me that morning, as I was obsessing over what my cousin was going to say about my non-attendance at services, was that my “service to God” is in taking care of my parents at this time in their lives. That it was acceptable to ‘The Divine.’ That it is good enough. I’m not a Christian. So I’m not going to try to influence anyone towards that path. The rest of what anyone thinks I “should be doing,” doesn’t matter.

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The wrong saw of conservatism

The wrong saw cuts wrong every time.

barrydeutsch

I don’t know who was first to say that, but it is always true. People on the “Red Right” want cuts everywhere except where cuts are needed. Conservatives often bring up cutting the arts, Social Security, or some other social program, while not batting an eye as the costs of empire rise.

Outrage

As a people we have ceded too much of our authority to others. It is a dangerous part of our nature that has us not paying attention to what others are doing because we think something is already “handled” or “taken care of.” Because it is easier to live among others instead of truly going alone, we’ve allowed bureaucracies to develop without sufficient public oversight.

In this story at offthegridnews.com, a newborn was handed over to authorities because she was born at home and the parents were not willing to cooperate concerning testing and immunizations.

Well, the nanny, it’s bureaucrats and their mainstream media collaborators don’t think you’re capable of taking care of your children. In fact, for some, they’re not even yours.

But don’t listen to me. I’m just a conspiracy nut. The dots aren’t connected. Go back to sleep.