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Meanwhile, at Lonely Keyboards…
Still very glad to be Canadian.
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Likewise for Aus, Mike.
Bravo, my friend. The day that our chief executive acknowledges his role in inciting the recent violence in our country is the day hell freezes over…if Congress couldn’t pass meaningful gun legislation after 20 6-year olds were slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I’m not sure it will ever happen. We’ll see…
I know. It must be incredibly hard to retain optimism and hope as a thinking person in the US. I think some sense of connection with what I imagine many are feeling is what prompted this (somewhat inept) offering.
Remind me what optimism is…? I lost any I had back in November 2016…
The following words always touch me, give me hope and resolve as I read on. It may not be optimism but it’ll do for now.
“Four score and seven years ago …”
Thanks for adding your (global) voice to the WordPress chorus that is providing perspective to yet another shooting. If WordPress users were representative of the population, gun violence, racism and hate wouldn’t be a problem. I’m sure people in your country just shake their heads in disbelief when this goes on here. Insanity in a supposedly advanced nation.
We do, Jeff, but increasingly with fear of the direction this country is going too. As I said to Neil, what do you have when profit matters more than life?
Words have been failing me for some time. There is so much money involved in all this that it is indescribable, form the NRA to insurance companies that regardless what the average person thinks while money rules people will continue to die. It is hard to have any optimism when caring for other people is rebranded as socialism.
Sadly, true here too Neil. Just on a smaller scale with fewer guns. But that is changing too. And I fear your assessment is accurate. When profits and sectional interests count for more than lives and lying becomes the central approach of politicians, hope becomes a precious commodity. Or perhaps that should be an endangered species.
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It’s good we don’t have issues like that in New Zealand. Oh wait….
Nowhere is immune.
Well done, Bruce. That unfortunately would sell out and make you a million from our spineless U.S. Senate. – Marty
It’s hard to put together a coherent response to this post. Vague thoughts that Trump just has to be smarter than his persona and might therefore be prompted to do something unpredictably good sit uncomfortably next to fears that empathy is withering through lack of secular nourishment.
Your final phrase is telling, DD. Been wondering about starting a political party (or church) called Empathic Atheists.
I think you’ll find it’s called ‘humanism’.
Been practicing for decades, but still can’t spell it. 😛
How about a naming contest to kick things off?
Empathic Atheists for God? Doesn’t quite have the right ring, doesit? Nor does The Church of Later Day Atheists.
And unfortunately, a lust for god seems to comingle with a Will to Power in so many churches (even those that sit on pseudo scientific cans).
Secular Dreamers for Empathy is, therefore, the best I can do.
The Cafe of the Latter Day Atheists?
Humane Humanists for Humanity, and this from a Catholic.
HHH. Nice. Three letters earlier than the opposition.
(some of my best friends are reformed Catholics 😬)
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