Some of you who know me may be thinking as you read this posting. That he’s at it again. Indulging in that happy juice from the opium plant. Why not, after all, it is a God given nutrient. It is found in Genesis 1:29, “And God said, Behold! I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.”
But rest assured the mind, is free of any mind altering substances, for now. Other than the spirit of Christ, which can cause some rather euphoric experiences. As for the body, well it is clean, thanks to a strict vegan vegetarian life style. I keep getting younger instead of older. Guess as they say, I must have the cart before the horse. That happens when one, also knows the value of vigorous exercise and diet.
Concerning exercise, for a long time, I have been considering conducting exercise classes in a local park. The primary focus would be on running. When appropriate, diet and other forms of exercise would be discussed and introduced. The goal would be to help people learn the value of exercise. For those wanting to drop a few pounds, this exercise enthusiasts has tons of tips to share.
Separate classes would be conducted depending on a persons level of interest and fitness. The classes would be for people 50 years of age and older. Would also conduct classes for people under 50 years of age.
I am 71 years of age and very fit. Yesterday I ran 15 miles and ran another 15 miles today. I am healthy, and not in any need of medications. If such classes materialize there would be no expectation or need for class participants to run those distances. I do it because I have some goals. One is to run the New York City Marathon in the year that I become 100. Also I plan to run some 50, and 100 mile races in the future.
I am posting this in hope of getting some feed back concerning readers interest in participating in such classes. Plan to create a separate website discussing exercise and health issues. The website and exercise classes would be secular in nature. No attempt would be made to introduce religion in web postings or exercise classes. So, if interested, please refer to the navigation link for contact information and give me a call.
Thought I would share some pretty incredible stuff. With the purpose of creating a focus on the Middle East. Because world turmoil, is erupting there engulfing the area. Spreading and slowly swallowing the entire world. And with President Bush announcing today, that all options are on the table concerning Iran. Things could suddenly get a lot worse. Hope people are calling their congressional representatives. And encouraging them to support Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s, 35 Articles of Impeachment of President Bush.
With all the urgency coming from everyone, and anyone, who is anybody on the geopolitical scene. One scream is constant. Find resolution for the Judea Christian-Arab Muslim conflict. In truth they do not really mean what they seek. Empty rhetoric! Furthermore, they do not frame it that way either. It always framed in in association with one or more nation states. They might have more success addressing the real problem which is religion. Very serious and unresolvable conflicts between several religions.
But it is not happening, instead resolution seems to be escaping the region and the world. Because resolution, is sought from a geopolitical perspective. The conflict is between three religions. Which is represented by Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Crying for these three religions to give them the following.The pleading comes an old African American spiritual, “Down by the Riverside.” Some of the lyrics go like this, if you recall. “Going to lay down my sword down by the riverside, Down by the riverside. Ain’t gonna study war no more.”
Another spiritualist, Micah, put it this way. “… and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; and nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more,” Micah 4:3.
“But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts hath spoken it,” verse four.
“For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord, our God forever and ever, verse five.
The focus is on a few words from verse five. “For all people will walk in the name of his god.” Perhaps those words represent this clergyman’s euphoric vision in Christ.
The worlds three main religions, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity trace their roots and authenticity to Abraham. The Jews, reject the humanity of Jesus and all his associated teachings. They see God as being spirit. Christians find their authenticity from Abraham to David, to the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. While the Muslims claim to authenticity is passed to them through Ishmael.
In that these religions are responsible for the world’s chaotic state. It would seem that they must sense that the world is heading for utter chaos and collapse.
The problem is that they do! Each believing that their version of God will deliver them victory with God establishing a new and better way for humanity to exist.
Which leaves me to ask, which religion is the right religion? Could it be that all three religions represent the perfect and correct approach to God?
Well if there is any merit to the prophecy of Micah, the possibility exists. Sometime in the future “all people will walk in the name of his god.” Now that is pretty incredible stuff!! I think.
If one gets down in the gutter where it is nasty and dirty, with your enemy. Where push comes to shove, and for whatever reason there is a breather in the action. Unique discoveries are made. The cry is, don’t want to make war anymore. It is the universal longing of most people.
What one discovers in that gutter of conflict. Where people get hurt from the turmoil of conflicting ideologies. Is that the people who do the serious work in getting the upper hand. Is that deep down in their inner being, they want to turn their weaponry into “plowshares” as instruments for the machinery for the cultivation of the ground. And those “spears” into instruments for pruning plants for the harvest of fruits and vegetables.
Universally governments are oppressive and basically evil. The only difference is some are more oppressive and evil than others. To compound the matter, religion always finds away to corrupt the world community through government. Pick your religion, and your government and ‘bingo’ the proof is in the corruption. They will not allow the people to take their swords to the riverside declaring “ain’t gonna study war no more.” Which means not gonna listen to religious clerics of any stripe, or the geopoliticians who serve them, anymore! Which is of course the religious clerics and geopoliticians worse nightmare. For the clerics it would mean ’empty cash registers,’ for the politicians it could mean justice before the world court.
Wow, that happy juice from that opium plant is deliriously euphoric.
In the end it could happen according to 95 year old Studs Terkel, who said, “Ordinary people are capable of doing Extraordinary things, and that’s what it is all about. They must count.”
It would be better to have Micah’s world, where nations shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore.
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