Gay Episcopalians

Written by Ed Howes

Be of good cheer, Episcopalians. Ideological splits in churches are not and never have beenrepparttar end ofrepparttar 132376 world, as close as this one is torepparttar 132377 end. Splits are proof of growth. Traditional Episcopalians still have a home. The new gay branch will rapidly expand by a near monopoly on performing gay weddings, beginning with their bishop and his mate. With growth comesrepparttar 132378 political power to force civil recognition of gay marriage. Life is good. Everybody wins.

American life has become a carnival in which we either watch or perform. We seldom do both at once - The Carnival of Lost and Found. The found seekrepparttar 132379 lost. The lost seek each other. All entertain andrepparttar 132380 owner sellsrepparttar 132381 tickets. It's hard to lose money with good entertainment - money and entertainment. That'srepparttar 132382 best marriage of all. Radio, print, television, video, computers, politics and religion; surelyrepparttar 132383 difference is inrepparttar 132384 profits.

Have you heard about Ad Busters? They are making thirty second TV un-commercials. The message tellsrepparttar 132385 viewer he or she is being controlled and manipulated by allrepparttar 132386 other messages onrepparttar 132387 screen. TV stations and networks refuse to airrepparttar 132388 ads. They don't want to risk offendingrepparttar 132389 people who pay to control and manipulate us. Ad Busters' strategy is to pass legislation that forcesrepparttar 132390 TV guardians to sell two minutes of each hour of programming for consumer de programming or what we might call public service announcements. I think there is a good chance they will obtain this legislation.

I thinkrepparttar 132391 ads might backfire. I don't watch much TV, but I think I'd like to see these ads. It would probably be unrealistic to expect them to have any more effect thanrepparttar 132392 Surgeon General warnings on cigarette packs. Ad Busters spokesman saidrepparttar 132393 idea is to shake people out of their apathy. An admirable goal to be sure, it may be like getting a sleeping man out of bed. You can get him out, but you can't keep him out.

Apathy itself is an interesting thing. How is it created? How is it overcome? Surely apathy is created by a perception or a point of view. Perhaps it comes from wanting and infrequently obtaining what is wanted. We develop a sense that our efforts achieve little positive result and we are mocked. Make no effort, get no result and there is no mockery.

Sometimesrepparttar 132394 mockery comes first. Someone tells us we must do this. This can make allrepparttar 132395 difference. We go along with them. We do what they wanted us to do. It made absolutely no difference andrepparttar 132396 truth was too obvious to deny. We've been had. Someone is having a good laugh atrepparttar 132397 joke. We've been manipulated for some stranger's unknown benefit. After a few such experiences, we don't believe those who say we can make a difference we might want to make, and we do not care if we could. Not caring not only shields us from mockery, it frees up time for activities of our choosing. My personal experience taught me that apathy might just be a predictable response to over stimulation. I'm tired of allrepparttar 132398 hype and I'm going to learn to ignore it. Apathy is just time out from The Carnival of Lost and Found.

Short Sighted Part of Prison Series

Written by Ed Howes

There are two major causes of crime in America today. One cause is professional lawmaking in government that passes new laws against previously legal behaviors, day after day, without ceasing. The second cause is lousy parenting, most especially inrepparttar first five years of a child's life. The damage done is seldom reversed, often compounded.

The abused and neglected child eventually learns to abuse and neglect others because s/he has learned from negative models; inrepparttar 132375 home,repparttar 132376 school andrepparttar 132377 neighborhood. S/he sees life as a struggle for survival and power. Poorly equipped to use power constructively through observation, any power is most often applied destructively and eventually, unlawfully.

Society does not want to see that criminals, in most cases, begin as victims for who law offers little to no protection. Society, in its foolishness, pays forrepparttar 132378 crimes committed by its victims. It pays forrepparttar 132379 investigation and apprehension of its new criminals. It pays forrepparttar 132380 prosecution of them, and then pays for years of housing them in cruel, degrading, inhumane and humiliating cages. Cages that increaserepparttar 132381 neglect and abuse that set people on a criminal path inrepparttar 132382 first place; cages that transform people into beasts and monsters, no matter whatrepparttar 132383 crime.

In many cases a convict was supporting or contributing torepparttar 132384 support of a family when arrested. The loss of family support then becomes an obligation to restore torepparttar 132385 innocent that which imprisonment denies them. Society likes to think a prisoner is paying a debt to society. The prisoner is paying nothing to society for caging allows a prisoner to do little or nothing of social value. It is society that at once pays all costs relating torepparttar 132386 caging and is creating a debt torepparttar 132387 prisoner that will never be repaid. The recovery ofrepparttar 132388 prisoner's lost production.

Society, in its infinite foolishness, prefers one size fits all punishment and cares nothing about punishment fitting crimes. Confinement fitsrepparttar 132389 crime of kidnapping and murder. Confinement is murder. One day at a time. Fear, resentment, anger and rage providerepparttar 132390 daily sustenance for prisoners. When they then behave as we should expect, new punishments are heaped upon them.

Next, society decides prisoners have been punished enough and they are released withrepparttar 132391 advice to get their act together. No grubstake, little hope for lawful employment and probably little family support. They violate parole or re offends in some fashion because they have become institutionalized and socially dysfunctional, byrepparttar 132392 abuse and neglect of cruel and usual punishment. The cycle repeats.

In Old Testament times,repparttar 132393 punishments fitrepparttar 132394 crimes in cruel and merciless fashion. Jesus would later say this form of punishment was allowed due torepparttar 132395 hardness ofrepparttar 132396 social heart or consciousness. Then He said we must forget those old ways - that we should love our enemies and pray for those who trespass against us and forgive them their crimes. Prisons arerepparttar 132397 proof His words fall on deaf ears that want nothing to do with mercy or forgiveness. The hard hearts ofrepparttar 132398 days of old makerepparttar 132399 rules of today and a so- called Christian nation mocks Christ. Merciless fools will soon be mocked by Christ and their victims alike. There will be no mercy inrepparttar 132400 mocking.

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