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|Another Francis calls us to pray . . .|
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
St. Francis of Assisi
"Just imagine what the world would be like if we really worked to see that others are better off than we are. What would we have to fight about? About who could be the most generous? About who could be the least selfish?
"Just imagine what the world would be like if we took pleasure in what we do for others each day rather than in what we have done or gained for ourselves. What would cause us anxiety? What would happen to resentment? What would we worry about? Just imagine." (Keeping First Things First, ISBN: 9780910941020, p. 85)
|Carlin on global warming, climate change,
and people whose sphincters are too tight
"If you can't crack a joke,
you may be ready to crack." -- R. Larrangaga
|Notice: Carlin's language is coarse.
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|Are Americans suffering from
Passive Dependent Personality Disorder?
Passive Dependent Personality Disorder is a common psychiatric defect afflicting adults whose thinking is impaired from youth, leaving them bereft of a sense of personal responsibility and self-reliance. Their pattern of existence is surrender to and dependence upon others -- individuals and government -- to provide for their emotional and physical needs.
Passive Dependent Personality Disorder starts with a poor education, as succinctly described by Dr. M. Scott Peck in The Road Less Traveled & Beyond (pp. 27-28): “When we are young, our dependency on those who raise us shapes our thinking and what we learn. And given our lengthy dependence, we are at risk of developing thinking patterns that may become ingrained, even seemingly irreversible...
“But it would be nonsense to presume that we are doomed. As adults, we no longer have to depend on others to tell us what to think or do... Dependency in physically healthy adults is pathological -- it is sick, always a manifestation of mental illness or defect... known as Passive Dependent Personality Disorder. Such dependence is, at root, a disorder related to thinking -- specifically, a resistance to thinking for ourselves.”
Government policies which expand and perpetuate dependency on government expand and perpetuate Passive Dependent Personality Disorder among citizens. They oppose and retard development of personal responsibility and self-reliance, reducing citizens to slave-like subservience to government.
Those same government policies also violate a fundamental law for building healthy societies -- the law of subsidiarity, succinctly described in At The Crossroads: A Vision Of Hope (pp. 15-16): "Judeo-Christian society says, 'What is most important in a truly human society is the human person.' Obviously we cannot all create our own sewage departments and our own fire departments or post office departments, so human beings have to form societies in order to get those types of things done. In so doing, it also is important to resist the tendency which is all too common in human life to let somebody else do everything, to cast all of our hopes and all of our fears on somebody else.
The principle of subsidiarity holds that no higher society should do what a lower one can. In other words, no society or government should do what the individual can do for himself or herself. That is to preserve each person's dignity and promote the good of society. Those things which individuals cannot do for themselves, the next higher level of the social organization should do. That is how a healthy, balanced society functions. There is a certain solidarity in human communities which hold that the well-being of every person is the first and foremost concern and which are made up of individuals who have helping one another as their goal. All societies must have this in them or they fail, as we have seen time and time again throughout history." (More at http://www.johngile.com/crossroads.html -- At The Crossroads: A Vision Of Hope, Thomas Doran, ISBN: 978091941266) -- J.C.G.
|"I never looked at it that way before!"|
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