Religious right

When complexity makes knowledge difficult to attain we are an organism that substitutes knowledge with beliefs. Then we become susceptible to manipulation and ideology and follow false prophets. Public policy becomes shaped by irrational beliefs rather than knowledge or facts.


To many on the religious right, religious freedom only matters if it supports a right-wing political agenda. Indeed for years, extreme-right Christian groups have been misusing religious freedom to do everything from discriminating against LGBTQ people to denying access to reproductive health care. Far from a legitimate effort to protect the right to worship freely, religious freedom has been manipulated into another tool in the Christian nationalist playbook to circumvent any law or regulation they see fit. Tribal badges of identity, not of thought. It was never about religious freedom. It was always a right-wing political agenda, cloaked in faith.
 

In the last 43 years, anti-abortion activists, have committed at least 11 murders, 26 attempted murders, 956 known threats of harm or death, 614 stalking incidents and four kidnappings, according to the National Abortion Federation. The supposedly “pro-life” movement has bombed 42 abortion clinics, set fire to 194 and made 667 bomb threats.

Satoru

Brooklyn Zen Buddhist

I try to be calm and understanding. But I have trouble being passive and accepting. Perhaps it is because of my upbringing in Brooklyn. There were always bullies. I was taught never to let a bully put his hand in my pockets, or else I would perpetually lose my lunch money. You had to fight. Even if you took a beating the bully would not bother you again. Never let a bully take what is yours, be it Putin, a business, or corporate America. A punch in the face will change their plans. Complain, write a letter, get on the Internet, call a politician, pick a side and do something. Life is action.
Satoru

Carnival

My birthday celebration- yeah right. 

These people know how to party.

Let’s get some Islamic fundamentalist terrorists and send them to the carnival with box seats. 

Their cognitive dissidence will instantly convert them to hedonists.

A partial cure for world terrorism. 

Enjoy.

Satoru

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Ecology

Earth’s climate machine is unimaginably intricate, filled with interlocking gears and shock absorbers but lacking clarity. Today’s greenhouse gases will remain in the atmosphere for centuries, even if all other admissions cut off immediately. The planet is in peril, and it will take drastic action to save it. The greenhouse gas and pollution rise are at a dangerous level. Admissions are rising by at least one and a half percent every year. To avoid climate disaster admissions, they have to fall by 7% every year for the next decade; they are not falling, they are rising. Everyone, executives, customers, employees, and investors have to be more accountable for their impact on the environment. Artificial desires are despoiling the earth.

Once a year we celebrate the earth ecologically. The rest of the year we treat it like dirt.

Anxiety 

Worry will destroy all your dreams. Never agonize about something before it happens. Instead make the proper preparations, face the worst case scenario, and act. Worry is the interest you pay in advance for a debt you may never owe. What you tolerate you worry about. Do not be afraid to speak your truth. If you can’t say no to what you don’t want or tolerate,  then you will never have the time and energy for what you do want. Extrapolate this to other aspects in your life. Insight is the spontaneous organization of chaos.