Abortion and bicycles

Today, I was told that being anti-abortion is a ‘justified biblical view’. I don’t think it is. I don’t think there is any part of the bible that can be used to justify that view point. However, people have the right to be wrong in their views and so they can be anti-abortion if they want.

Whatever people’s views on the subject there is only one justified biblical way to act towards people who you believe are sinners. Whatever you believe their sin is, stand alongside them and tell them ‘Jesus died for sinners, of whom, I am the worst’.

There is no room for judgemental attitudes, there is no space for pride. All have sinned, all have fallen short. We are all the same.

There is a part in Red Dwarf where Kryten points out that Lister has murdered 0.3 people. The things that he has done directly lead to the death of 0.3 people.

Think about the percentages of people we kill everyday by buying cheap clothes made in factories staffed by people who work all day and don’t get enough money to feed themselves, when we buy cheap food, cheap coffee, when we drive to the shop when we could have walked.

As the song says ‘we’re all bicycle thieves’ .

Abortion and bicycles

Today, I was told that being anti-abortion is a ‘justified biblical view’. I don’t think it is. I don’t think there is any part of the bible that can be used to justify that view point. However, people have the right to be wrong in their views and so they can be anti-abortion if they want.

Whatever people’s views on the subject there is only one justified biblical way to act towards people who you believe are sinners. Whatever you believe their sin is, stand alongside them and tell them ‘Jesus died for sinners, of whom, I am the worst’.

There is no room for judgemental attitudes, there is no space for pride. All have sinned, all have fallen short. We are all the same.

There is a part in Red Dwarf where Kryten points out that Lister has murdered 0.3 people. The things that he has done directly lead to the death of 0.3 people.

Think about the percentages of people we kill everyday by buying cheap clothes made in factories staffed by people who work all day and don’t get enough money to feed themselves, when we buy cheap food, cheap coffee, when we drive to the shop when we could have walked.

As the song says ‘we’re all bicycle thieves’ .

Losing my religion

This song is awesome. Most of REM songs are awesome. This post is not about REM.

This post is about losing my religion. ‘Losing my religion’ is, according the REM, a phrase which means ‘to lose my temper’.

The idea is, if you get angry about something, if you lose your temper than you have forgotten your religious values (mostly Christian values (as this is an american deep south saying)).

However, I think there is something to be gained by anger. In some situations the only correct response to it is anger, is losing your temper. When Jesus saw the poor being persecuted in the name of God, his response was anger. When we see the poor being persecuted in the name of God, in the name of progress, in the name of tradition, our response should be anger. When we see minorities being denied equality, we should be angry. And the anger should lead to action, the anger should lead to the destruction of the systems which are continuing the persecution and equality.

If we have to lose our religion to do what is right, that is what we must do.

Hello unknown devil

‘Better the devil you know’ – staying in one bad situation instead of moving because a new situation might be just as bad, or worse.

 

Don’t take risk, put up with the bad situation because at least you don’t have to face a new one.

 

Perhaps, it is sensible advice.

 

But not always, sometimes, the right thing to do is to move away. To seek the unknown devil. You never know, maybe the unknown devil won’t actually be that bad.

 

I suppose it is also important to make sure that the devil you know is really a devil before you leave it.

 

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There is a time.

Today a co-worker reminded me that there is a time for everything. (She told me this shortly before she stole a 4-pack of yumyums. She was obviously attempting to prepare me for the shock of losing my yumyums).

Sometimes it is difficult to remember that things don’t happen just because I want it to happen. No matter how hard I try, I am not in control of the world. The only thing I have control of is how I act in these crazy situations.

If the situation calls for planting, let me be found planting. Don’t let me get distracting by arguing or weeding or dancing or any thing else. Let me be able to read the situation correctly and do act in the right way.

If the situation calls for getting over the loss of your yumyums rather than killing someone then let me get over it.

How to deal with people you don’t like

1) You could hit them with a stick. They wouldn’t like it and you might get some joy out of it. However, they are unlikely to become likeable just because you’ve beaten them up a bit.

2) Positive reinforcement tactics as seen in The Big Bang Theory and from Science. Whenever the person does something you like you reward them with say some chocolate. This should link the good behaviour with the treat and make them more likely to continue the good behaviours. However, the rewards need to be given quickly and often in order to reinforce the behaviour. This could be difficult if you are not always around the person. Perhaps, starting a positive reinforcement group to help to continue the rewards system.

3) Fight them, realise you are really quite similar, team up to destroy a bigger enemy as seen in Star Trek. Spock and Kirk hated each other and could not get on at all but after much, much fighting, they soon became the bestest of friends and fought together to destroy many space evils. However, if you fight in a public place you may just get into a lot of trouble before you can team up to destroy the bigger enemy. Also, you have to make sure that there is a bigger enemy in order to unite you.

4) Ignore them. Attempt to have absolutely nothing to do with them. Cut them out of your life. This works best when the person is voluntarily in your life. This is more difficult if the person is a work colleague or a neighbour.

5) Attempt to kill them with kindness. Everything they do, every horrible or dislikeable thing they do, just smile and be super overly friendly to them. Hopefully, this will lead to them realising that they are not getting you down and that when they act horribly they just look stupid. This is a long term method and may not lead to the person realising how sucky they are. However, it could lead to other people thinking you’re a really cool person and buying you chocolate.

6) Explain that they are acting inappropriately and that you really feel that they should stop it. Often the horrible person will not realise that what they have done is inappropriate. They may change. They may not but at least they know that you think they suck.

7) Dance to the music of Nsync. This always works.