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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
The word Deuteronomy literally means, repeated law and it was the fifth book of the Old Testament. It is believed that is represents a series of speeches on law given by Moses. These sermons on the law were prior to the Israelites entrance into the land of Canaan. Canaan is a region that lies between Jordan, The Dead Sea and the Mediterranean, known now as Palestine. The Israelites were intrigued by the religion of the Canaanites with its coarse form of nature worship and desecrated polytheism. The Canaanites religion was centered on agriculture and fertility and they had their own Gods and Goddesses they worshiped. The Canaanites included various Semitic people and as such were a unique blend of cultures and were responsible for the alphabetic system of writing. “But thus shall ye deal with them” seems to be an order that these people, or the people of Canaan needed to be confronted and taken over. There didn’t seem to be any indication that there should be cooperation with these people but in essence taking them over. “Ye shall destroy their alters and break down their images” would lead me to believe that any religious images they had needed to be destroyed and completely removed. “Cut down their idols and burn their carved images with fire” is referring to the religious or cultural paraphernalia the Canaanites had on display and how it needed to be eliminated. The idols or carved images would seem to be Asherim, the Semitic Goddess that the Canaanites worshiped. God wanted nothing superstitious to interfere with worshiping him and having idols and other carved images present distracted the followers. There is only one God and to have images of false Gods present was not to be tolerated. Worship should be pure and complete devotion to one God was crucial. It seems little changes as time goes by in terms of religion. We certainly have religious freedom and we are free to practice what we believe, yet there still seems to be the belief that “my religion” is the only right religion. It would seem that the instructions in this passage are too severe, but perhaps they believed as some do today, that there can be no unity unless there is a shared moral 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 friend Frenemy-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.