Month: July 2017

Observation – Satan’s absurdity, and Eve’s naivete…and many questions

The claim is often made by individuals with specific objectives and interests that, the Bible is outdated and no longer useful.  It is also believed that, there is nothing profound or worth learning from a book that many others consider to be the revealed will of God.  It is possible that, the Bible falls short of expectations for many such individuals.  The record of Genesis, like the rest of the narrative is, not a reservoir of complex mathematical equations, hidden scientific findings, or even the eloquent musings of philosophy.  It is in its entirety, quite the opposite.  It is disappointingly simple, plain, and unsophisticated.  That is also what has come to be expected of the kind of people who believe its contents. (more…)

Observations – Adam and Eve know they are naked

On a day like any other day before, but never a day like it afterwards, the first man and woman experienced something.  From that day forward, woman and man were changed irreversibly.  They felt things unknown to their minds prior to that day.  They said new things.  Adam and Eve said things to the Lord they had never said before, and had never needed to in the days of their innocent obedience.  They saw in each other what they never realized before.  The first man and woman saw in their Maker reasons for distancing and qualities inspiring fear.  Mankind changed that day, and it has never been the same ever since.  Also, what changed that day is the fundamental way in which mankind has come to understand God, our Maker.  Despite many efforts, we revert to that same fear and guilt.  It hues our understanding, as it has from the day the likeness of which never has come in the entire existence of mankind.  It was the day, Adam took the forbidden fruit from the hand of Eve, partook of it against his better judgment, and condemned themselves and all their children to death. (more…)

Crisis of democracy – social decline through politicization, and insistence on freedoms and rights

It is easier to answer the question, what is democracy as compared to why is democracy.  Yes, why is democracy favored and touted as the ideal principle for governance, even though its failure was anticipated right from the time of Plato.  As it is practically impossible for all the people to get together and make a decision on the subject of governance, the leaders at the time a nation has its beginning are the ones responsible for making the decision about what form of government will take the nation forward.  The empowerment of individuals led to the natural consequence of growth and popularizing of the idea of democracy, but it also would be the very reason for the weakening of visible aspects of government.  The society that is governed by democracy is itself a victim of the idea[1,2], and so is the government that has emerged out of that society. (more…)

Crisis of democracy – the simultaneous rise of individualism and populism through the agency of the Internet

If one were to make a most basic study of the idea of democracy, it would readily be understood that it stands on the principle of transfer of power.  Decades ago and as it happened for centuries, when even the possibility of the existence of the Internet and communication technology as we have today could only be wished for, democracy escaped threat because transfer of power from the public to the government had a finality.  Once the people chose their leaders, those leaders retreated to the institutions where they served.  Having received the power from the people for a set amount of time, a disconnect then existed.  The period of disconnect had an associated mystery.  People could complain, discuss in private groups, there could be protests, the news could report on the successes and failures of the government, but nothing threatened the post-election separation of power by means of popular willing transfer. (more…)

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