Personal Journey Series – Reflections on the Passing of a Father

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Sometimes life has a funny way of kicking you in the ass, and death has a way of helping you remember memories you once had forgotten. I don’t know where to begin or why this should even bother me the way it does. For this connection has been one that was long lost, drifted away on a sea of time and space only to be brought to my mind with the passing of a common acquaintance.

 

This week I received an email from an old friend. One that used to share life and happiness with me as we journeyed through love, loss, and friendship. His life was one no one would envy but his hard and honest work has always won out. This friend left for another state years ago, and we slowly started to lose touch. His favorite saying was, “We have said it all before. What more can we say?” This used to bother me, as I was feeling the distance of his path leaving mine and as the winding roads started to split apart until little to no contact was made. This friend had a hard life. I got to share some of his struggles and learn with him through many a trial as we gathered our belongings and hiked the road of life.
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The Atheist Hell House

Fears of war and pestilence.

Fear of loss and failure.

Fear the hate of your enemy.

Fear your god and savior.

Savior? Failure.

What do you fear?

Fear is your god.

 

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Deep and insidious, beneath your consciousness, and just beyond your peripheral vision the horror of sin lies.  The most base human fears, materialized with an agenda, and aimed at the young and vulnerable.  Instincts derived from over a hundred thousand years of life in hominid form and millions of years before to the origin of species, have been carved by nature to protect the self and the genes from destruction.  When weaponized, as proven time and time again, fear truly is: “the mindkiller”.

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Pro-Life or Pro Choice? You Decide!

Pro-life or pro-choice?  It’s a discussion that isn’t going away any time soon and I wouldn’t presume to be the first to solve the debate.  However, abortion is controversial because it poses a moral dilemma and it infringes on many people’s understanding of acceptable behavior.  Why?  Well, because it involves deliberately terminating what these same people equate to a human life, which they view as a strictly unconscionable act.  The problem for pro-choice advocates is that the unborn child, to them, does not hold the same value as the life of a self-aware, self-regulating, human being existing outside of the womb.  Moreover, what of the mother’s life?  Is the sum total of her memories, experiences and personal growth not worth something substantial?  If her health were at risk due to a pregnancy, shouldn’t her inherent value trump that of a life that hasn’t even started yet? 

 

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