The federal debt stands around 21 trillion dollars, not including state and local debt, nor does it include agency debt…or about 65,000 per person…
“For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice.” ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
No act of kindness, however small, is wasted.”-- Aesop
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“Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.” “It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” “Other people's views and troubles can be contagious. Don't sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.” “Nature hath given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.” - Epictetus, The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
ThewordDeuteronomyliterallymeans,repeatedlawanditwasthefifthbookoftheOld Testament.ItisbelievedthatisrepresentsaseriesofspeechesonlawgivenbyMoses.These sermonsonthelawwerepriortotheIsraelitesentranceintothelandofCanaan.Canaanisa region that lies between Jordan, The Dead Sea and the Mediterranean, known now as Palestine.TheIsraeliteswereintriguedbythereligionoftheCanaaniteswithitscoarseformofnature worshipanddesecratedpolytheism.TheCanaanitesreligionwascenteredonagricultureand fertilityandtheyhadtheirownGodsandGoddessestheyworshiped.TheCanaanitesincluded variousSemiticpeopleandassuchwereauniqueblendofculturesandwereresponsibleforthe alphabetic system of writing. “Butthusshallyedealwiththem”seemstobeanorderthatthesepeople,orthepeopleofCanaan neededtobeconfrontedandtakenover.Theredidn’tseemtobeanyindicationthatthereshould becooperationwiththesepeoplebutinessencetakingthemover.“Yeshalldestroytheiralters andbreakdowntheirimages”wouldleadmetobelievethatanyreligiousimagestheyhadneeded tobedestroyedandcompletelyremoved.“Cutdowntheiridolsandburntheircarvedimageswith fire”isreferringtothereligiousorculturalparaphernaliatheCanaaniteshadondisplayandhowit neededtobeeliminated.TheidolsorcarvedimageswouldseemtobeAsherim,theSemitic Goddess that the Canaanites worshiped. Godwantednothingsuperstitioustointerferewithworshipinghimandhavingidolsandother carvedimagespresentdistractedthefollowers. ThereisonlyoneGodandtohaveimagesoffalse Godspresentwasnottobetolerated.WorshipshouldbepureandcompletedevotiontooneGod was crucial. Itseemslittlechangesastimegoesbyintermsofreligion.Wecertainlyhavereligiousfreedom andwearefreetopracticewhatwebelieve,yettherestillseemstobethebeliefthat“myreligion” istheonlyrightreligion.Itwouldseemthattheinstructionsinthispassagearetoosevere,but perhapstheybelievedassomedotoday,thattherecanbenounityunlessthereisasharedmoral base. - SFG
We have all taken notice as to how the lexicon seems to change almost daily; many of the new words added to the dictionary have to do with social media…here are a few that have been added recently……Adorbs- cute I guess cute has become passé.Awesomesauce- it means awesome but I guess with more emphasis.Bestie-best friendFrenemy-adversary you keep tabs on.Selfie-no explanation necessary.Slay-greatly impress. Rap – Sesame Street…for the illiterate.
The philosophy of Stoicism differs from other schools of philosophical thought in that it is not merely intellectual in nature it has a practical application in daily life. It is based on behavior rather than words and reminds us there are things we can’t control in life yet we do have control over our own actions and we need to strive to overcome destructive emotions. The three leaders of Stoic thought were; Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus and Seneca. All three took the time to keep a daily journal and Marcus Aurelius wrote about restraint, compassion and humility-things we could all reflect upon. - SFG
The Wharf-Sapir hypothesis states that certain thoughts of individuals in one language may not necessarily be interpreted the same way by people with a different language. The way we think is affected by out native language or the structure of language can strongly influence our world view.