RSS

Tag Archives: Selfishness

Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

The Christmas Sermon:

The new tax reform bill has led to an intense debate over whether it would help or hurt the poor. Tax reform in general raises critical issues about whether the government should redistribute income and promote equality in the first place.

Jews and Christians look to the Bible for guidance about these questions. And while the Bible is clear about aiding the poor, it does not provide easy answers about taxing the rich. But even so, over the centuries biblical principles have provided an understanding on how to help the needy.

— Taxing the rich to help the poor? Here’s what the Bible says.

 

 
Comments Off on Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

Posted by on December 11, 2017 in Snippets

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Greed and Selfishness

Who is Saint Gregory?

Saint Gregory

It is by no means enough not to steal the property of others; you are in error if you keep to yourself the wealth which God has created for all. He who does not give to others what he possesses is a murderer, a killer; when he keeps for his own use what would provide for the poor, one can say that he is slaying all those who could have lived from his plenty; when we share with those who are suffering, we do not give what belongs to us, but what belongs to them. This is not an act of pity, but the payment of a debt. — Pope Gregory the Great (6th Century)

 
Comments Off on Greed and Selfishness

Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Quotes

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Image

Alienated Addicts of Consumption

0014

 
Comments Off on Alienated Addicts of Consumption

Posted by on December 10, 2016 in Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Image

Our Measurement of Worth Is Barbaric

0010

 
Comments Off on Our Measurement of Worth Is Barbaric

Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Image

Transformation Begins With Self and Extends Outwards

0004

 
Comments Off on Transformation Begins With Self and Extends Outwards

Posted by on December 7, 2016 in Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Image

Question Authority? Question EVERYTHING!

0033

 
Comments Off on Question Authority? Question EVERYTHING!

Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Famine, Affluence, and Morality

Peter Singer: “Famine, Affluence, and Morality”

 
Comments Off on Famine, Affluence, and Morality

Posted by on November 27, 2016 in Video

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Image

Planetary Death by a Thousand Cuts

earth-fight

 
Comments Off on Planetary Death by a Thousand Cuts

Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Protecting What Belongs to Everyone

commons

Earth is a sacred and magical place. There’s enough natural abundance here for all of us to be fed, clothed and housed many times over. And yet billions of people still go to bed hungry, live in devastating conditions, and are forced to eke out an existence in the most dangerous and toxic of realities. All life, yours, mine, ours, comes from the planet’s freely given elements. But when it comes time to return the favor, to care for the earth as it cares for us, a handful of elites have persuaded us that what we ought to do is treat the earth like an endless storehouse, and put the very life systems that we all depend upon up for sale to the highest bidder. If we’re going to have a future, we’ve got to reverse the equation and start to manage those things that all life depends on in a way that respects life above all else, including profit. […]

The process of transforming nature into commodities opens up an important question: who owns the trees that cover the land, the minerals beneath the soil, or the fish in the oceans? Don’t these things belong to everyone in common? When corporations and states assume the right to destroy essential forests, mine mountains of finite minerals, and strip the seas of life, they are taking something that rightly belongs to everyone, that is needed for all life to exist, and selling it off for their own private advantage. This is called “enclosure” of the commons.

This process of enclosure is gaining pace all over the world, particularly in the global South. As a condition for receiving loans from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), developing countries are being forced to privatize their commons – to enclose them for private use. This means giving multinational corporations the right to exploit their natural resources and public services for private profit, to the benefit of a tiny elite rather than for the good of the people, and with little consideration for the planet.

 
Comments Off on Protecting What Belongs to Everyone

Posted by on April 9, 2016 in Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

God Is Green

God is Green from Admin Operation Noah on Vimeo.

Mark Dowd’s Channel 4 documentary challenging the world’s faiths over climate change.

 
Comments Off on God Is Green

Posted by on March 6, 2016 in Video

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Refugees

A Brief for the Defense
by Jack Gilbert

Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies
are not starving someplace, they are starving
somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils.
But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants.
Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not
be made so fine. The Bengal tiger would not
be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor women
at the fountain are laughing together between
the suffering they have known and the awfulness
in their future, smiling and laughing while somebody
in the village is very sick. There is laughter
every day in the terrible streets of Calcutta,
and the women laugh in the cages of Bombay.
If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction,
we lessen the importance of their deprivation.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.
If the locomotive of the Lord runs us down,
we should give thanks that the end had magnitude.
We must admit there will be music despite everything.
We stand at the prow again of a small ship
anchored late at night in the tiny port
looking over to the sleeping island: the waterfront
is three shuttered cafés and one naked light burning.
To hear the faint sound of oars in the silence as a rowboat
comes slowly out and then goes back is truly worth
all the years of sorrow that are to come.

cover_080815_landscape

 
Comments Off on Refugees

Posted by on September 20, 2015 in Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Mega Hypocrites?

mega-homeless

How a Megachurch Melts Down

Database of Megachurches in the U.S.

Apparently, feeding the homeless, also known as food sharing, is the newest misdemeanor to hit the street. This is such a growing problem that the National Coalition for the Homeless released a report in October titled Share No More: The Criminalization Efforts to Feed People in Need.

Here are 9 important things you need to know about homeless feeding bans:

  1. Over the last two years, 21 cities have restricted food sharing. Ten others are currently working to restrict food sharing practices.
  2. Proponents of food sharing bans believe providing meals to the homeless is a form of enabling.
  3. A Key West city commissioner, Tony Yaniz, suggested a local soup kitchen should cut back on their services saying, “What we’ve got to do is quit making it cozy . . . let’s not feed them anymore.”
  4. 57 U.S. cities have attempted to restrict, ban or relocate food sharing. Florida leads the charge with 11 cities on the list, the most of any state in the country.
  5. Due to increased demand, 78 percent of cities had to reduce the number of times a person could visit the food pantry each month and 66 percent had to turn people away due to lack of resources.
  6. Those who ignore food-sharing bans can face hefty fines and even jail time for extending compassion to someone that is hungry.
  7. According to the USDA, 14.3 percent of the U.S. population, which equates to 17.5 million households, were food insecure in 2013. Of those, 6.8 million households were considered as having very low food security — unchanged from the previous two years.
  8. Permits to feed the homeless in Sacramento, California can be as high as $1,250 and an organization may have a maximum of four permits per year.
  9. It wasn’t until November 19, 2009, that the United States joined the world consensus that The Right to Food is an international human right.

What does the Bible say about Feeding The Hungry?

What does the Bible say about The Homeless?

What does the Bible say about Hypocrisy?

We are all children of the same universe.

 
Comments Off on Mega Hypocrites?

Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Misery and Bliss

scars

Q. Why should misery perpetually exist on earth in spite of God’s Infinite Love and Mercy?

A. “The source of eternal bliss is the self in all and the cause of perpetual misery is the selfishness of all. As long as satisfaction is derived through selfish pursuits, misery will always exist. Only because of the infinite Love and Mercy of God can man learn to realize, through the lessons of misery on earth, that inherent in him is the source of Infinite Bliss and that all suffering is his labor of Love to unveil his own infinite Self.” – Meher Baba

 
Comments Off on Misery and Bliss

Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Respect

sittingbull

“When the Lakota leader Sitting Bull was asked by a white reporter why his people loved and respected him, Sitting Bull replied by asking if it was not true that among white people a man is respected because he has many horses, many houses? When the reporter replied that was indeed true, Sitting Bull then said that his people respected him because he kept nothing for himself.”

–Joseph Bruchac: “Sacred Giving; Sacred Receiving,” PARABOLA, Summer 2011. This issue is available here -> http://bit.ly/1OJrOAK

Photography Credit: Orlando Scott Goff, “Sitting Bull,” 1881.

 
Comments Off on Respect

Posted by on July 27, 2015 in Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Pillage and Plunder Capitalism

dc8ceedbec8912810c5e9cccb315eabf

“If you were to enter a church, mosque, or synagogue determined to plunder it before burning it down, you would probably end up in custody. Do the same to Earth, temple and home to us all, and you might be eligible for a government subsidy. Isn’t that strange?”

— Craig Chalquist, Ph.D

 
1 Comment

Posted by on June 16, 2015 in Articles

 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: