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    Religion vs. Spirituality

    It has become quite popular in recent years to distinguish between spirituality and religion. It’s true that there are valid distinctions between the two, but there are also a number of problematic distinctions which often and unnecessarily divide the two fields of thought. One principal problem with attempts to separate religion from spirituality is that the former is saddled with everything negative while the latter is exalted with everything positive. It is important to note the fact that many of the negative things which people attribute to religions are features of some forms of some religions (usually Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), but not of other religions (like Taoism or Buddhism). Religion is spiritual and spirituality can also be considered religious. One tends to be more personal and private while the other tends to incorporate public rituals and organized doctrines. The lines between one and the other may often not be clear or distinct depending on the interpretation. Consider these definitions: Religion is an institution established by man for various reasons. Exert control, instill morality, stroke egos, or whatever it does. Organized, structured religions all but remove god from the equation. You confess your sins to a clergy member, go to…

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    A Corporatocracy Is Not A Government Of The People, By The People And For The People.

    I’m afraid for what the U.S.A. may be heading for if the Ship of State is not turned sharply and directly in another direction by the American people to save it from becoming just another failed empire and, maybe, even more than that, saving it from being a corporatocracy / plutocracy which it has become, instead of the best example of a democracy it should have been by now. What happened? We were all asleep, lulled into sleep by the current system which has planned this all until the present moment. What is the system preparing the American people for? The American people just don’t seem to get it or really understand what has happened. It hasn’t quite been understood by the American people what “WE THE PEOPLE” really means anymore and how the political “game” became rigged to give the illusion that they are voting for someone who will actually represent them but who, in reality, doesn’t give a damn about them, at all, at all, and the candidates are not concerned about the average John and Jane Doe, just the illusion of an election which is rigged, too. Too bad, because everyone is at the mall shopping, many…