i never want to read an email again. i just want to go build a hut in the woods and talk to birds. but i can't do that it would be illegal which is pretty cool and definitely the sign of an efficient and healthy society
something bizarre is happening on 98.5 FM https://twitter.com/nathanbarnes/status/1260429759999344641 #seattle
On May 1st, we decide what is essential.
The crisis created by the coronavirus has put the demands of financial markets directly in conflict with human survival.
Half a million people struggle to shelter in place without homes, while empty hotels light their windows. Thousands of hungry people arrive at food banks before dawn, while farmers destroy their crops because they have no buyers.
We make the economy, and we can shut it down.
Interestingly positive: "Why did god create atheists?"
Spotted elsewhere without captioning, a Facebook posting from religiousragings:
"There is a famous story told in Chasidic literature that address this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.
One clever student asks "What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?"
The Master responds "God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all - the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs an act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right."
"This means," the Master continued, "that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say 'I pray that God will help you.' Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no god who can help, and say, 'I will help you.'"
(credited to "Tales of Hasidim vol. 2 by Mar")
As an atheist, it pleases me to read such understanding. 👌
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