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A recent study performed by the Kaiser Foundation and the Washington Post found that religion was a significant factor in how Americans perceive poverty. The study asked 1,686 different adults in the US the answer to answer a simple question:

“Which is generally more often to blame if a person is poor: lack of effort on their own part, or difficult circumstances beyond their control?”

The results showed that Christians (and white evangelical Christians especially), were far more likely than non-Christians to blame poverty on the failings of the individual, and not their circumstances.

46 percent of Christians surveyed said that poverty stems from a lack of effort. For white evangelicals, that number rose to 53 percent. In contrast, over 65 percent of atheists said that circumstances were to blame. Just 31 percent thought it was a lack of effort.

Are Poor People Really Just Lazy?

It’s certainly a convenient explanation. Far easier to write off poor and struggling people as lazy bums than it is to accept that larger forces might be at work – issues that might require tough solutions. Seeing poverty as an individual problem allows us to ignore it outright: “Why should I do anything to help? It’s that person’s own fault, anyway.”

But just because it’s the easy road, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right one. Whatever happened to “love thy neighbor”?  After all, Jesus said “blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” Jesus dedicated himself to helping the poor escape their miserable circumstances. Apparently, today’s Christians don’t share that same compassionate energy.

Why Do Christians See It This Way?

It’s hard to say for sure, but Biblical interpretation provides a possible answer. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, explains:

“There’s a strong Christian impulse to understand poverty as deeply rooted in morality — often, as the Bible makes clear, in unwillingness to work, in bad financial decisions or in broken family structures.”

Mohler continues: “The Christian worldview is saying that all poverty is due to sin, though that doesn’t necessarily mean the sin of the person in poverty. In the Garden of Eden, there would have been no poverty. In a fallen world, there is poverty.”

Could Wealth Be to Blame?

But that’s just one interpretation. Another potential explanation revolves around socio-economic structures.

A study in 2015 found that 55% of the total world wealth is held by Christians, as compared to 34% by atheists and agnostics, with the next richest religious group being Muslims at 6%.

This stark difference in terms of relative wealth could contribute to a large subset of Christians having never had to deal with many of the circumstances that could contribute to poverty. As a result, this might lead them to assume being poor is the result of individuals failings.

What are your thoughts? Why do Christians tend to conflate poverty with laziness?


 

Below you will find 20 important life lessons from that Dalai Lama:

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R’s:
    – Respect for self,
    – Respect for others and
    – Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
    think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
  20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

*References: *

The Dalai Lama Center 


#1

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS: No..
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

 

#2

LAWYER: Now sir, I’m sure you are an intelligent and honest man–
WITNESS: Thank you. If I weren’t under oath, I’d return the compliment.

 

#3

ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

 

 

#4

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.

 

 

#5

ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.

 

 

#6

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He’s 20, much like your IQ.

 

 

#7

ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

 

 

#8

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male.

 

 

#9

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?

WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.

 

 

#10

ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral…

 

 

By​Giedrė

 

 

Enter, stage left…


Today’s society is not perfect with many facets of it needing improvement if not a complete make over.  Unfortunately, finding solutions to these ills holds little interest to most people who have been conditioned to accept information without question.

Al Margen has  created  drawings showing these defects of our weaknesses. He states “They are children of boredom, nonconformity or anger. <…> They are the representation of discarded ideas. They are the garbage of the subconscious. But they are more visceral and sincere than other drawings because they have no obligation to please. <…> Because they were born only by an impulse and nothing more. Because they were born to annoy because they show the imperfect.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Feminism….


Women throughout history have cast aside their cumbersome petticoats, crinolines, corsets, and bustles in favor of more practical bifurcated garments. 

 

 

Cattle Annie and Little Britches will go down in Oklahoma and Indian Territories history as being two of the most famous female outlaws. These two cattle thieving ladies were dangerous and wildly popular for a couple of years until the eventually got caught.

 

 

This Canadian born gal made her way to America at the young age of 17. Pearl Hart dabbled in all kinds of trouble including gambling, alcohol and drugs. After meeting a man named Joe Boot, Hart got into lots of trouble. The pair were robbing stagecoaches until Hart was finally caught and arrested. This wild Western gal is famous for having said, “I shall not consent to be tried under a law in which my sex had no voice in making.”

 

 

Belle Star was one of the few female outlaws of the Old West. Later on in 1880, she married Cherokee Sam Starr. Together they would steal horses and bootleg. Belle Star was killed in 1889 at the age of 40.

 

 

                                                          

 

 

Butch Cassidy and his crew would often bring in women to help out with their illegal dealings. This young lady is most likely another outlaw who joined to likes of Butch Cassidy and his crew.

 

 

At the young age of 31, Two Gun Nan became the first woman to ride coast to coast on her horse, Lady Ellen. She made the journey wearing split skirts and pants – a trend which hadn’t been adopted by most other women at the time.

 

 

Born in the 1870’s, Laura Bullion – better known as “Rose of the Wild Bunch” – took after her father in the outlaw trade. Bullion joined up with Butch Cassidy and was romantically involved with several members of the Wild Bunch. Although she got off to a rough start, Bullion eventually gave up her bank-robbing habits and lived out her life as a seamstress in Memphis.

No Easy 8…


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Ever had one of those days that just as soon as you open your eyes from a good night’s sleep, you instantly foresaw that the day was going to be a challenge?  They say problems, like many other things in this world, come in sets of three.  Only this morning you sensed that those sets of three would be continuous bursts of bull shit, intermixed with intense changes of reality and so much drama that you wished you just thrown the bed covers back over your head and flipped off the world.

 
First, I need to say that most motivational shit you read really does work… if you let it. That choice is yours. But there are some days when the “connection to all things and the butterflies and rainbows of life” falls into the category of “Get the hell away from me.”  They say that life is a journey, and that not all journeys are easy, but for today’s absurd nonsense…I say “bite me.”

Lester Levenson once said,
“If we do not like what’s happening to us in the world,
all we have to do is change our consciousness—and the
world out there changes for us!”

I am riding this one out and when it has timed out, it will be a good day.  Like the bull riders say, “There is no easy 8.”  So when life is coming at you like a double kicker, just remember that it’s legs will eventually tire.  So hold on tight….

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Pearl Harbor: Ranked Number 1 ass kicker…

Winter Resplendency…


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I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.  –  Andrew Wyeth

 

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What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. ~Crowfoot
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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~ Anne Bradstreet
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I am a book of snow,
a spacious hand, an open meadow,
a circle that waits,
I belong to the earth and its winter. ~
Pablo Neruda
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