The burden of proof always lies with those trying to restrict the freedom of others. Since you are the one trying to eliminate religion, that burden rests on you, yet you've produced no evidence that God didn't create the universe (nor can you), so return to your inverted pyramid universe...
Though we seem to have an unnatural state of being running rampant right now where against others has replaced for self... All those negative ones will have to flip their sign to survive what's coming.
Ken:. There is A LOT of truth in what you post, although it is hard for me to follow at times. Personally, I think and believe what they've done is truly evil, but I'm not certain that was their intent. They've evolved to become so selfish that they thought they knew EVERYTHING (when, in really, their inability to think selflessly was actually leading them to develop a false understanding of reality)... That's the challenge of freedom and free will... we must always allow space within (acknowledgement that we are imperfect and have more to learn and grow) and space without (for others to have the freedom to operate, learn and grow). Best if we try to assume mistakes were unintentional to give them a space to sit down, so to speak, so that we can all again focus on our shared interests, of building a secure, stable and prosperous future for our progeny, whatever we happen to believe...
States of being should really be thought of as:
1) Not (zero state)
2) For self
3) For others
The higher the ratio of for others to for self (the greater the sphere of influence of your intent), the closer to one in being... Space is the hole that continues to grow as it itself gives selflessly to make room for others... When gives of love, knowledge, time and space for others while taking only what one needs, one elevates his or her state of being in a small way every day. Start small to test the hypothesis and see if it doesn't help you find internal peace (and faster growth of wisdom at the same time)...
Not really. Our orientation is inverted, plus I've got a hole in my head and heart to allow for plenty of room to grow... ;-)
I assure you intelligence only has REAL power when it puts selfless love first, but all you f'in cowards are afraid to put your intelligence hypothesis to the test... You're always trying to con people. All in with no hand...
It's a hard and lonely place to be focused upon serving others when we've made selfishness god... Everything one does, says and writes comes off as crazy, not because it is but because we all process "reality" through self... Everyone thinks one doing so is selfish and narcissistic when the opposite is actually true. Such is life. I now know how to experience eternal bliss while trying to effect as much positive change as possible as rapidly as possible.... You all are entitled to think and believe whatever you want about me...
This is a fun question. Personally, I don't buy into the false dichotomy of business and charity. In fact, I think we've done extraordinary damage to society as those who've built successful businesses to serve people's needs have sidelined large amounts of capital by giving it to foundations that don't know how to invest in productively and, in order to protect their endowments, tie it up in unproductive financial "assets" that are just "wealth" that taxes productive society rather than generating new wealth... Financial capitalism versus Regenerative Capitalism... Giving a man a fish rather than teaching him to fish to be self sufficient and independent, to achieve a higher state of being and help lift everyone else up...
In addition, because I think all modern "money" is fraudulent, I don't value giving "money" buy rather giving time as being truly charitable. I spend almost ALL of my time thinking about how to help others, to help fix the mess that the sociopathic Satanists created, both from the bottom up and top down, internalizing externalities while advocating for freedom and liberty.
I'm certainly not perfect, have made lots of mistakes and will continue to (that's how I learn, taking the risk, feeling the pain of failure and learning from it, then sharing what I've learned to help others avoid the mistakes / pain /suffering that I experienced).
As with most everything it seems, I think differently about charity... Rather than getting a tax write-off for "Philanthropy", why not allow people/businesses to immediately write off investments in new businesses (with a graduating scale depending upon the age) to support new business formation (those are the ones that lead to new job creation rather than elimination). The direct "cost" in tax revenue is a function of the government's cost of capital because the gains would be taxed from a lower basis. In the interim, we'd get "Capital" back to work, generating value for our citizens and country. :-)
Of course, ONE would be remiss to ignore the extent to which a few chosen ones have been subsidized to control "new media" (generally social media companies and search, though GOOG at least did it mainly through superior product and competition where AMZN, NFLX, FB, TWTR, LNKD etc replied upon an essentially unlimited "capital" subsidy to "conquer" traditional media/businesses) as the monetary control fraud operators engaged in nearly infinite abuse of "money" created from nothing to extend their control frauds via control of digital "information" (noise really as it only become information and insight when it is shared openly and honestly for others).
Ken, the control of old and new media and truth that we all process information through a selfish (for self, not necessarily against others) lens is why I encourage you and everyone else to challenge what you "know" and what you "believe"... The extent to which It's actually true (IMHO) is the extent to which you process everything for others relative to for self...
I've learned everything I truly needed to know from the selfless of my family, let alone what I've learned from beyond (other people, nature) my family.
I encourage you to stay true to your beliefs, but make allowance that they may be largely buy not completely true/correct. God doesn't change, but our understanding of God does as WE grow our EXCEPTIONALLY LIMITED knowledge (necessarily limited to how the self processes and synthesizes the external collective reality).
We exist because we are loved. When we learn to love selflessly, we start becoming ONE. When we learn to love as selflessly as possible (taking only what's necessary to preserve self while sharing / disseminating the rest, whether that be "money", "knowledge" or resources) we are ONE IN BEING, in our highest state of being. When we withhold the gifts we're given, we lower ourselves, our state of being and ultimately fail the test of what's necessary to get to the next level, individually and collectively.
When we realize we exist because are loved and we too love selflessly, we will be on our way to realizing our essentially infinite potential...
Reading 1 Jude 17, 20b-25
Beloved, remember the words spoken beforehand
by the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit.
Keep yourselves in the love of God
and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ
that leads to eternal life.
On those who waver, have mercy;
save others by snatching them out of the fire;
on others have mercy with fear,
abhorring even the outer garment stained by the flesh.
To the one who is able to keep you from stumbling
and to present you unblemished and exultant,
in the presence of his glory,
to the only God, our savior,
through Jesus Christ our Lord
be glory, majesty, power, and authority
from ages past, now, and for ages to come. Amen.
Tight institutional control of float is essential to maintaining a well oiled Protection Racket... All one need do is look cross sectional at multiples as a function of concentration of float (Top 10 holders good proxy) and track evolution over time going back BEFORE the introduction of weeklies to see how option manipulation and ETF frontrunning broke the market. They've done more damage than any treasonous traitor ever has....
We've built plenty of inverted pyramids in throughout the world by those who worship the unholy Trinity... They defraud and deceive about the true source of power / God, steal time (debt slavery through "money") and steal life (feed on our spirit). It's all a "tax" for those who hide in the shadows...
Each and every day, we're healing. We're finally having constructive dissent against abuse of power, position and privilege... The hidden heirs (entitled arrogant aholes) will be brought out from behind the shadows and exposed to the light. In reality, they have no power and rely upon the complacency, cowardice and complicity of those who enforce the control frauds in broad daylight, absorbing all of the REAL return free risk while being compensated with a small fraction of the ill gotten gains...
Bump... Stand at Sea and Lock inLand all the "capital" without a country that tried to hold all peoples and all nations hostage... convert essentially if not inherently fraudulent accumulated and derived phantom debt claims into INVESTMENTS in OURSELVES, in OUR PEOPLE and OUR NATION'S productive capacity and self sufficiency through a MASSIVE ST UST and rapidly growing physical gold buffer (demand delivery from all fractional gold working physical buffers to make sure they hold the paper claims), WITHOUT LEVERAGE AND WITHOUT LIMIT until restitution and rebalancing are complete... :-)
The Protection Racket caused the greatest pain and deadweight loss because it relies upon and amplifies the distortion of fundamental (INVESTMENT) signals... All synthetic positions do...