Alexander The Great

December 19, 2008

The World’s Hardest Question?

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April 3, 2008

Do You Agree With Jesus?

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Sadly I’m not joking when I say that I fully expect many conservatives to reply to this post with comments explaining why Jesus was quite wrong.

“If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that which thou hast, and give to the poor.”

“Resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

“Give to him that asketh of thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”

March 20, 2008

By Unaided Reason Alone

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The First Cause

We all know that things have a beginning, a middle and an end. In other words, cause and effect. If you follow the chain from effect to it’s cause and so on, all the way backward, you’ll reach the first cause. God, who caused all else.

The Overwhelming Consistancy of Nature

If our home, Planet Earth, had been an inch closer to the sun, it would be so hot we would have never survived to burn up. An inch further away, and we’d be a frozen wasteland in the depths of space. The consistant movement of all the planets through space is overwhelmingly an amazing fact.

Like human law, natural law seems naturally to have come from a law giver.

Design

And from this comes intelligent design, a completely different subject. One which asks the question of whether people can choose not to believe in the faith, and whether children can receive a qualit education. We’re not fascists. I’m concerned with a different question of design – so please, however much is possible, hold apart the message from its perverted use.

A blind watch maker, well, you already know the rest.

Morality

God is of course the definition of goodness, and Hell isn’t so much a place where souls burn on brimstone, but the absense of God. Without this ultimate creator of everything there would be no good or evil.

There is great injustice in the world. Genocide is going on, unchallenged by George W Bush who invaded Iraq looking for imaginary weapons to fix humanitarian problems like the ones we’re ignoring in Darfur, Sudan. Hundreds of thousands of people have been murdered since 2003, and millions are homeless. Many will continue to die horrible deaths, largely at the hands of the janjaweed. It is only in death that these wrongs will be righted, as God takes the good into Heaven and leaves the rest. Without God, the world would ultimately be devoid of justice.

March 8, 2008

A Quote from the Buddha – No, a Few!

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As much as anyone in the universe, you deserve your love and respect.

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.

The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.

Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death.

March 1, 2008

Is Gentrification Natural?

Filed under: Ethics,Modern Life — alexanderthegreatest @ 10:44 pm
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Capitalism, alllowed to run amok, will ultimately result in monopolies. This is the natural order of things. A fish will eat itself to death, the discovery of oil or natural gas will bring direct foreign investment, and inflation as a result. Is gentrification the end result of a housing market?

Houses fill two main roles

  1. They give us a place to live, to take shelter from the rain and wind, to sleep, eat, store our things, and find privacy.
  2. They have financial value, like a car or any other significant investment.

This puts the owners of any urban dwelling in a conflict of interest situation. Housing is a businesss, not a fundamental human right. Skid Row Homeless are like carless or Play Station 3 less. It’s the old fasioned way, if you can’t afford a thing, you do without. Except that homeless depress an entire neighborhood and usually means crime. But the division isn’t just between those who live indoors and those who don’t.

Like cars, buildings need maintenance. Roofs wear out from defending against storms and water. Electrical and plumbing standards change over time. Things wear out and need replacement. These reinvestments are passed on to the consumer (tennents in this case), when possible. When dealing with low rent populations, it is frequently impossible to get more in terms of rent, and in such sections of a city, anyone who can afford the increased rent won’t live. A neighborhood is in decline when houses go without these necessary improvements.

When the owner of a property lives in it, this tends not to happen. A person wanting to enjoy their home life has a strong incentive to follow the necessary upkeep. But “real estate” as a speculative investment means capitol flight – moving wealth from some areas to others. While places like Flynt, Michigan slowly die on the vine, niche areas in a city become trendy (like Valencia in San Francisco), people who can afford to (yuppies) move in, and rents rise as the market will bare more.

Some are reminded of the forced migration of Native American “Indians” across the land they once sparsely filled. The bottom rungs of the economy are often pushed from one area to another when they live in metropolises, as most Americans do. (USA Today disagrees.)

February 12, 2008

Just like a Cop

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/12/florida-police-dump-quadr_n_86290.html

to violently eject a quadriplegic man from his wheel chair. Just to see whether he needed it!

January 5, 2008

Digital Point – Misunderstood?

Filed under: Ethics,Modern Life,Web — alexanderthegreatest @ 6:37 am
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Common Sense has a song on his new album (Finding Forever) called Misunderstood. It begins with a singer opening the tune with “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.” This line, finishing the sample, is preceded by other lyrics making it clear that all people have a bad side, and should rather be judged by their intentions than actions. After this 1970s soul introduction, Common resumes the modern era, telling the story of a hood drug dealer

He on the ground he could feel God touchin’ him
He heard the sound of his mom sayin’ trust in Him
At heaven’s gates he sayin’
Lord, please, let me in!
Or send me back so I can
tell my people to be better men

Digital Point(less) is a web forum, a place where people discuss all aspects of running a site. “All aspects” is jargon for how to bleed every penny from it. Aptly put by the newest member of my blogroll in an article titled 100 Reasons Why Digital Point Sucks, the place is literally infested with spammers. Infested in the sense that it’s crawling with them like termites in a condemned house, festering like a rotting corpse being torn apart by vultures as it rots in the sun.

There are far more reasons, though, and some of them are very compelling. Digital Point itself is banned by the social networking site, Stumble Upon. The once respected member who wrote their Reputation FAQ is banned by their very own site. High risk methods of promoting one’s web site are taught to people new to the industry and looking for advice.

Is Digital Point misunderstood? Yes, by anyone who looks there for true information or useful analysis.

Common’s song, Misunderstood, ends

She dance and she dance she dance for them
Her body move but her mind was manickin’
Thinkin’ I don’t know where they hands had been
Relationships with men have been so damagin’
She thought back to when she was in howard and
Dreams of doing scenes with Terence Howard and
Broadway plays and dancin’ with Alv and them
The ones that make it always ain’t the talented
Some dreams get lost never to be found again
At first strippin’ seemed so empowerin’
Most every girl wanna do it now and then
But bein’ meat everyday is devourin’
Cats put paper where she put powder in
Life would break up now she powderin’
She was high when she fell down and then
Crowd surroundin’ and heart was poundin’ and
She fell into a deep sleep, the siren sounded and
Seein bright lights in the mist of clouds and then
Talk to god feelin like his child again
said lord let me live so I can make you proud again

Don’t let me be misunderstood,
I’m just human

The life we lead, will always lead us
and we pray that he will never leave us
It’s the price we pay, I guess that’s the reason
Why my grandma say “We all need Jesus.”

Like the Whores of Babylon (DP Users), the anti-heros seeking redemption only after death here point to a common excuse. “I’m just human.

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