people behaving poorly

I am afraid we have devolved into a culture of hugely entitled, spoiled brats who believe they are entitled to whatever it is they want – they even go so far as to cast their desires a rights – but that they have no responsibility to see to it that others receive even the most…

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Among the many not so funny April Fools “news” stories circulating in Milwaukee today, two were especially telling. One said that the Mitchell Park Conservatory, something of a landmark that has been closed due to four hundred million dollars of deferred maintenance being needed, would be rebuilt with Lego blocks. It’s supposed to be funny,…

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Everyone who thinks they are special, isn’t. On the other hand, neither are those who don’t think they are special, special. We are all just human beings doing the best we can. To believe otherwise, whether for better or for worse, is simply self-deception. It is primarily our attempts to set ourselves up as special…

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We live in an increasingly anti-intellectual era in America. It is therefore critically important that we who understand act according to that understanding. Some people will refuse to do common sense things like vaccinate their children. We cannot compel them, and so we must be sure to vaccinate our children so they will not become…

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Somewhere, somehow, we have done a great disservice to the generation now in their early to mid-twenties. The result is that there seems to be a high incidence of narcissism to the point where it becomes a personality disorder. I can’t say I have a soluition, but here’s how to recognize it: A good place…

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This is eight year old Sunnie Kahle, a former student at Timberlake Christian School in Virginia. Sunnie has been raised by her grandparents and attended Timberlake until recently. Her grandparents removed her from this school [sic] after receiving a letter from the school principal. “You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible…

Read more Christian Hypocrisy – Definitely NOT an Oxymoron

I generally am of the opinion that everyone does the best they can. I have traditionally qualified that statement by saying something like “with the exception of some profoundly disturbed people,” but lately I have reassessed that and no longer believe a qualifier is appropriate.We all do the best we can. Even sociopaths, who essentially…

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The Huffington Post reported that senile televangelist Pat Robertson advised a young girl to pray over clothing she purchased at Goodwill. According to Robertson, not every article of used clothing has demons attached to it, but “it ain’t going to hurt anything to rebuke any spirits that happened to have attached themselves to those clothes.”…

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We need to come to understand there is a difference between a person and their behavior. If anything has made this apparent recently, it is the retirement announcement of Pope Benedict XVI. Allow me to elaborate. Prejudices and anti-Catholic biases notwithstanding, nobody becomes Pope without being of above average intelligence. If you doubt that, read…

Read more Separating Person from Behavior