I respect your point and I politely offer something else to consider.
You are pondering the nature of darkness while ignoring light.
Evil is the choice mankind makes when it elects to ignore
love, compassion, and empathy. When humans begin to
behave selfishly, they commit evil acts. We have free will
because love must come from a free choice, not a
robotically programed instinct. All sin, great and small,
past and future has already been forgiven for those who
will simply accept forgiveness. That’s it. It’s so simple
people just can’t understand it. When you get a glimpse
of what awaits, you will realize that the ultimate evils on
this earth are insignificant. We still suffer them painfully
and we try to comfort each other through that suffering.
Pointing out acts of evil as evidence of a futile existence
does not take into account the very miracle of existence.
We cannot understand the nature of evil any more than
an infant can comprehend the discomfort of its own birth.
Evil has been stopped and suffering has been eliminated.
We just haven’t experienced it yet. But for a being that lives
outside of Time and Space, It is already done. Our weakness
is that we just don’t know it yet.
I hope you are having a great day. Peace be with you.
The hyperbolic example of owning a nuke is often cited as a Reductio ad absurdum argument against gun ownership. The logical failing is the misunderstanding of the purpose of owning a weapon. It is not to cause as much destruction as possible; it is to put an end to aggression that threatens life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The purpose of the 2nd amendment is to insure the populous is armed should there be a need to call up a militia in times of national self-defense or to put down a tyrannical uprising that refuses to bow to the rule of law. The use of a nuke as a 2nd amendment weapon is tantamount to blowing up your house to prevent it from burning down. I just don’t see the Nuke as having a valid 2nd amendment purpose.
January 8, 2013 at 4:37pm
Top down – Bottom up.
January 8, 2013 at 4:00pm
Article I, Section VIII
Article II, Section II
Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts: “What, sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty.” Rep. of Massachusetts, I Annals of Congress at 750 (August 17, 1789).
James Madison: “As the greatest danger to liberty is from large standing armies, it is best to prevent them by an effectual provision for a good militia.” (notes of debates in the 1787 Federal Convention)
Thomas Jefferson: “Nor is it conceived needful or safe that a standing army should be kept up in time of peace for [defense against invasion].” –Thomas Jefferson: 1st Annual Message, 1801. ME 3:334
November 2, 2011 at 12:21pm
If we actually follow the teachings in the bible we would not be in the trouble we are in. Honest dealings prevent corruption and blackmail from activists. Faith in God means it is easier to make the right choices even when the secular world tells you otherwise. Living by the letter of mans law leads to ruin. True Christians do not force their beliefs on others; they try to live good lives as examples that lead others away from deception. This was not a waste of time; it was an affirmation that people cannot solve the problems of the world without God. Thus, “In God We Trust”
October 19, 2011 at 11:42pm
While I understand your sentiment, the ‘poll Tax’ idea has been vetted and it failed. By preventing the poor, or non-land owners from voting, laws can be passed that will effectively oppress the ‘have-nots’. The country only works if it is made up of ethical and educated people. If people CAN vote themselves other people’s money and they don’t, they are ethical. If they realize they can take from others without having to work as hard and they do, they are unethical. When this country loses its soul, it is doomed. Too many people have sold their souls for flat screen TVs and expensive houses.
September 15, 2011 at 12:10am
I see several comments about the Amish just building their own roads. Actually they did. Most of the roads they travel were paved over. The Amish were traveling those pathways first, the states came in and paved over the old buggy trails. So who is the interloper?
Consider this, a large number of people suddenly move into your small town and tip the demographics in such a way that new laws are passed that directly impact you. You try to say the new laws are unfair but everyone else says, “We voted, and the majority rules, that’s democracy.” Also known as MOB RULE. And that is why we live in a Republic, to prevent the majority from oppressing a minority.
We put special sidewalks and ramps in for wheelchairs; we have most public buildings labeled in different languages and brail. There are IR detectors that will show a deer in the road on a pitch black night, I am sure they will show a buggy, if you travel in buggy land, you should get a buggy detector. After all, you don’t have any objection to using technology, they do.