The principles of Jesus Christ are the best principles to live by, but people don’t understand Jesus Christ. Read Roman Catholic laity, James Wills’s book, What Jesus Meant. Read Episcopalian, Laura Butler Bass’s book, Christianity for the Rest of Us.
Those who hop on the Christian conformity bandwagon of the masses are being led astray, whether it’s Pat Robertson with his massive following in the Media or Eternal Way Network. Jesus said: “The road to hell is broad and spacious and many [mega] will be on it.” I don’t know which road I am on, but I try to avoid the “mega-sized” road which many are following.
I also DON’T impose my values upon others, while many bullies on that wide and spacious road have attempted to impose their values upon me.
My grandmother said, “Judge not lest ye be judged.” I always assumed she was quoting from Jesus, but I am not so proud as to admit that I don’t know everything. But the message I get from what my WISE grandmother told me: I stand before my CREATOR and my CREATOR (GOD) will decide my fate. I believe in a loving God who will make certain my fate is a good one. Period. No dogma. No rhetoric. Pure and simple. If I have made my God unhappy, oh well, then I have made the Creator unhappy and I face the consequences. But I don’t believe in my heart that I have made the Creator unhappy. On the other hand, I don’t need someone else telling me THEIR opinion and interpretation about what makes our Creator happy or not.
I live by the principles of Jesus: don’t be greedy, egotistical, lying, and deceptive. Period. It drives everything else in my life, from everyday work, recreation, and relaxation. And this means it also drives my life with regard to sex. I don’t need my life micro-managed by some puritanical bastard bullies. I will treat others as I expect them to treat me: with respect. However, I am intolerant of hateful people. I will respect them as long as they leave me alone. I don’t have to accept the opinions of hateful people because Jesus Christ told us: “love your neighbor as you would yourself.”
But also I should love my Creator, too, for God made humans to stand with intelligence above the animal species – in the image of God, not animals. However that happened – and I don’t care about the details – but there is a Creator there who is far more powerful to be able to put our pieces together so everything works together in a marvelous wondrous way. I don’t attempt to form a concrete image of the Creator – based on traditional images – because all the images might just be wrong.
I also believe in original blessings and find “original sin” to be horse s*** designed by people who are like Latin American banana republic dictators (and a pope) to impose fear and intimidation upon people – and keep us all as slaves. “Original sin” creates an atmosphere with no opportunities to pull our self up by our “boot straps.” The pope and banana-republic-type (Hitler- Mussolini- Stalin- Mao-tse Tung- Tojo- type) autocrats create slaves. Period. There is a more human way of leadership, but it takes great skill to do it. It’s easy to be an autocrat, but to be a democratic leader, there are many more difficulties to overcome. Autocrats are cowards lacking humility to learn what it takes to be a true leader. On the other hand, there are those who try to achieve leadership in the name of democracy – sincerely try to do it – and they either have not learned the skill or are just plain unable to do so. FDR was a true democratic leader. FDR achieved a 96% election win over his opponent in 1936. Reagan was an autocratic bully. He never achieved anything CLOSE to that figure, yet he sure did attack FDR on many occasions – out of cowardice jealousy. Reagan had a narrow view with an ideology. FDR was a problem-solving leader who rejected ideology.
Despite the lies of Reagan, Bush, and many Republicans (particularly the tea party), FDR followed the American heritage of welfare and safety nets which existed from the founding of the Republic. FDR sought solutions to re-define safety nets for the American people because the safety nets of the late 18th Century and the 19th Century (government bounty land grants) no longer exist. The problem lies in the Democrats (and Republicans) who followed FDR, NOT FDR – as Reagan would have us believe. Reagan was an ignorant jerk who knew how to communicate effectively.
The long-term investments of real estate were also the “welfare” state of the 19th Century. A 19th-century single mom (Jane) who was left with land from a Revolutionary War land grant could sell the land at a profit in order to support her family of four children (true story) after the father died. Single moms were “created” due to death rather than divorces (during this era). Jane had no recourse of “child support” (and attacking a man in order to receive handouts) nor did she have government food stamps or a welfare check. She had the safety net of a huge land grant which had been divided among the descendants of a Revolutionary War veteran (her deceased husband’s grandfather) – and she sold it for a profit. Without an income during her lifetime (and little for investment in savings accounts), but due to hard work in growing her own food and raising four children by herself, she was rewarded by her children who took care of her until she was nearly 100 years old.
Jane is not the only example. There were many others whose descendants probably still own the land from the original land grants following the American Revolution. They perhaps have an income and don’t need welfare – as did any of their ancestors.
The American heritage was to help one another out in order for each to become what he/she is capable of being – back when land investments were plentiful. By the time veterans of World War I returned home, land grants had dried up. Republican KKK-supported Hoover fired on the veterans who protested in Washington about not having housing (at the height of the Great Depression). That same American heritage to “help one another out” – a sense of community – was the driving force behind FDR’s solutions and decisions (the New Deal). The small merchants and farmers were no longer as prevalent as America became more urbanized by herding people into the cities as slaves – combining with the influx of immigrants who were also herded into urban areas. In order to help Americans continue to have a piece of the pie which characterized the rural life, unions were developed in the same manner that small merchants (and farmers) created cooperatives in order to provide more clout within a capitalist marketplace. Economics is about balance, but there are those greedy wealthy bastards who refuse to live life in balance with others in the community. They are pigs. (Snort snort).
Both cooperatives and unions have been ruined, I believe, by deliberate forms of corruption imposed by greedy bastards who stubbornly and persistently refuse to accept balance in this system – particularly since bitch Ayn Rand has propelled these people with confidence like never before in a belief system based solely on greed. The tea party person with whom I recently spoke – the military brat – defended Ayn Rand like never before. He describes himself as a “former Marxist.” I believe he knows very little about how America has operated for several centuries.
Side point: Another great “communicator” (Reagan described as a “great communicator”) with a lousy product: Bill Gates of my generation. He is an ignorant jerk (a Democrat, too) with a lousy product, but knows how to communicate (market) effectively.
My solutions, not my values and ideology, are important. Solutions are proposed in order to make life better for the American COMMUNITY rather than just for those who have the most money. All American citizens are important (notice I used the word, “citizen”). We need solutions with the community of Americans in mind, not those of greedy bastards who would define happiness for slaves. Period.