On almost a whim, I bought tickets for my wife and I to see the play, The Convert, by The Walking Dead actress and playwright Danai Gurira. It was an amazing and intense experience, as we sat front row, on the floor, right in front of the actors. Read more
Many Christians have been able to get over the Young Earth creationism theory they were taught and now agree with science and with the rest of the world that our planet is much older than around 10,000 years. The more liberal Christians that I talk to believe their faith can co-exist with science.
As popular social views about people who are gay change (for example, the recent marriage equality ruling and polls that suggest around 60% of Americans agree with marriage equality), it’s going to be very interesting to watch The Church reform its views about people who are gay.
While in college, being involved in the WERS Rockers Reggae was an immersive experience. Early on, I borrowed books from the library to better understand Jamaican history and what the artists were expressing in their lyrics. Then I started meeting people in the community, going to concerts, and developing real relationships. It didn’t take long before I was experiencing emotional connections, especially when the lyrics and music came together in meaningful ways.
This morning, I introduced our son (who has brown skin) to the 16 year old Wayne Wade singing “Black Is Our Color” (Prophets, 1975).
Saturday night, May 2, 2015, two a cappella singing groups performed at The Cabot, a historically important theater in downtown Beverly, MA.
- Reading books at work has been the single biggest catalyst for independent thinking, questioning, researching, basically working through the questions I have to find what I can appreciate as closest to truth.
- Cutting back on distractions like TV, movies, pro sports fanaticism, etc. gives me more time to find truth and be productive, find peace, or relax with my time.
- Realizing that religions are man-made and carry men’s biases has given me a clearer view on its implications on society (power, racism, homophobia, money, politics, violence, etc.) throughout history and into the future.
- I can’t underestimate how satisfying it is to have a job where I know my work directly helps disabled people gain knowledge. Making less money means I’ve cut back on “consuming” but have found satisfaction in saving. I can ignore the marketing and save money on home phone service, mobile phone service, cut cable entirely, use traditional shaving methods and quality boutique shaving products, etc. Basically beating the system (with baby steps).
- Having my first close friend that is gay has helped me to empathize with the struggle that gay people face in society. I am sure that being an advocate for people who are gay is a more noble way to live.
- Cutting back on meat. Besides the occasional fish, I’ve not bought or consumed meat in many months. I am absolutely sure that a plant-based diet is a more healthy and more noble way to live.
- Still sure that my main goals in life are to connect with people and to help people.
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