Imagine receiving a somewhat threatening but mostly nutty-and-angry tweet from a guy with 62 tweets, 1 follower, and probably no life. Instead of ignoring the guy, you sic *two million people* on him, resulting in the termination of his account. That’s what mean girls do.
“God has a plan for your life!” Okay. Say God does have a plan for your life. Does that matter when you don’t know what the plan is? God had a plan for Robert Godwin’s life. And the last line of that plan read, “Apr. 16, 2017 – Gets shot in the face at random; dies.”
A truck driver left his trailer behind rather than freeze to death. The truck company fired him. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch sided with the truck company. If you’re wondering, “How could Gorsuch be such a heartless bastard?” you don’t have the slightest clue what the case was about.
Games are intended to communicate information, values, and behaviors. Board games are especially good at this. There was probably a reason someone made the thimble a “Monopoly” game piece. Perhaps that reason is something worth digging up so we can learn from it.
In a democracy, votes are required to keep government functioning. So voting is a civic duty Christians ought to fulfill, same as paying taxes. Moreover, government should be influenced by believers’ opinions as much as pagans’ opinions.
I once told a friend about his blog post, “That was an awesome post! Oh, just FYI, you’ve got a spelling error [here] and a punctuation error [here],” only for him to reply, “That’s your response? I bleed my soul out onto the page, and you point out these little mistakes??” As if the errors didn’t matter because of his feelings.
Altruism may spur you to buy me a pack of gum, but it would require selfishness and profit motive for you to *make* me a pack of gum. Even people who *like* me would never go to that much trouble to help me burn off nervous energy and reduce fidgeting.
If Jill Stein’s votes had gone to Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida, Donald Trump’s win would’ve been 280-258 rather than 306-232. In Pennsylvania, had all of Jill Stein’s votes and just under 20,000 of Gary Johnson’s votes gone to Hillary, too, we’d have seen a 278-260 Clinton victory. Dear third-party voters: *You* elected Donald Trump.
A significant segment of the population has gotten to the point they feel more kinship with animals than with their fellow human beings. Gorillas are their neighbors; children aren’t. But is this any surprise? In the U.S. we kill nearly a million unborn children a year. How does this happen if not by withholding empathy from them? And you can’t develop the lack of empathy needed to kill the unborn without losing empathy for the born.
Every religion contains some expression of our desire that good be rewarded and evil be punished. Eastern religions generally look to reincarnation; Western religions look forward to a resurrection and final judgment. But both paradigms are built on the recognition of a stark truth: “What goes around comes around” is usually not a given in this world. We live in a world of loose ends.