Vegetarian Ideal


Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Stephen Fry 'God is evil' interview up for religious broadcasting award


 

Stephen Fry on God | The Meaning Of Life | RTÉ One


Stephen Fry 'God is evil' interview up for religious broadcasting award

Sandford St Martin awards also shortlist Tony Jordan’s The Ark and Lyse Doucet’s Children of the Gaza War documentary

Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry’s controversial comments came in an RTE interview. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images for GRE







Tony Jordan’s The Ark and the BBC correspondent Lyse Doucet’s documentary Children of the Gaza War are also in the running for the 2016 Sandford St Martin awards, the organisers said on Monday.

The Fry interview appeared on Ireland’s RTE television in February 2015. The broadcaster was asked what he would say to God if he met him. He said he would tell the deity: “How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right.“It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?”

Fry added that he would ask God: “Bone cancer in children? What’s that about?

“Because the God who created this universe, if it was created by God, is quite clearly a maniac, utter maniac. Totally selfish. We have to spend our life on our knees thanking him; what kind of God would do that?”

A short clip of the interview posted on YouTube has been viewed more than 6m times.
The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds and chair of the Sandford St Martin Trust, said the awards were particularly important in the context of BBC Charter renewal and the possible privatisation of Channel 4.
“The world needs to be interpreted, not just reported. And to do this effectively, the lens of those being reported needs to be looked through and understood. This means that religion needs to be taken more seriously by the BBC in its future shape and remit.
“Religion is a primary motivator of individuals and communities, inspiring and informing their political, economic, ethical and social behaviour,” he said.
Lyse Doucet said: “Religion, and belief in general, is one of the most important threads in some of the big issues of our time. People’s faith is, in some places, divisive and destructive but in others it is a source of strength and solidarity.

“The awards recognise the growing importance of understanding all faiths and people of no faith.”
The winners are due to be announced at a ceremony at Lambeth Palace, in London, on 8 June
Topics
Stephen Fry
Religion
Ireland

Link: www.theguardian.com/media/2016/mar/21/stephen-fry-godevil-interview-religious-broadcasting-award

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Qigong Master's "Demonstration Of Power"


 


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Immanuel Kant/Quotes



Immanuel Kant/Quotes


Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.

Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.

So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.

Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.

He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.

Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.

Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.

Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be carved.






 Immanuel Kant (/kænt/;[2] German: [ɪˈmaːnu̯eːl kant]; 22 April 1724 – 12 February 1804) was a German philosopher who is considered the central figure of modern philosophy.[3] Kant argued that fundamental concepts of the human mind structure human experience, that reason is the source of morality, that aesthetics arises from a faculty of disinterested judgment, that space and time are forms of our sensibility, and that the world as it is "in-itself" is unknowable. Kant took himself to have effected a Copernican revolution in philosophy, akin to Copernicus' reversal of the age-old belief that the sun revolved around the earth. His beliefs continue to have a major influence on contemporary philosophy, especially the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political theory, and aesthetics.

 Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immanuel_Kant



Karuṇā


Karuā (in both Sanskrit and Pali) is generally translated as compassion
It is part of the spiritual path of both Buddhism and Jainism.





Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Black Elk Quotes by John G. Neihardt

Black Elk Speaks 


“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”
― Black Elk


“The Holy Land is everywhere”
― Black Elk



“Crazy Horse dreamed and went into the world where there is nothing but the spirits of all things. That is the real world that is behind this one, and everything we see here is something like a shadow from that one.”
Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks


“Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of the little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.”
― Black Elk



“Behold this day. It is yours to make.”
― Black Elk



“Any man who is attached to things of this world is one who lives in ignorance and is being consumed by the snakes of his own passions”
― Black Elk



“You have noticed that the truth comes into this world with two faces. One is sad with suffering, and the other laughs; but it is the same face, laughing or weeping. When people are already in despair, maybe the laughing face is better for them; and when they feel too good and are too sure of being safe, maybe the weeping face is better for them to see.”
― Black Elk



“All over the sky a sacred voice is calling your name.”
― Black Elk



“It is in the darkness of their eyes that men get lost”
― Black Elk


“There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which... is within the souls of men.”
― Black Elk



“Peace will come to the hearts of men when they realize their oneness with the universe, It is every where.”
― Black Elk


“I did not see anything [New York 1886] to help my people. I could see that the Wasichus [white man] did not care for each other the way our people did before the nation's hoop was broken. They would take everything from each other if they could, and so there were some who had more of everything than they could use, while crowds of people had nothing at all and maybe were starving. This could not be better than the old ways of my people.”
― Black Elk



“While I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw;
For I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being....And I saw that it was holy”
― Black Elk


“Know the Power that is Peace.”
― Black Elk




“I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now from this high hill of my old age, I can still see the butchered women and children lying heaped and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young. And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people's dream died there. It was a beautiful dream...”
― Black Elk




“It is hard to follow one great vision in this world of darkness and of many changing shadows. Among those men get lost.”
― Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks



“When a vision comes from the thunder beings of the west, it comes with terror like a thunder storm; but when the storm of vision has passed, the world is greenier and happier; for wherever the truth of vision comes upon the world, it is like a rain. The world, you see, is happier after the terror of the storm.”
― Black Elk


“Every little thing is sent for something, and in that thing there should be happiness and the power to make happy. Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus we should do, for this was the wish of the
Grandfathers of the World.”
― Black Elk


“there can be no power in a square”
― Black Elk



“I knew that the real was yonder and that the darkened dream of it was here.”
― Black Elk


“And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people's dream died there. It was a beautiful dream.”
― Black Elk


“At the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit. And that center is really everywhere. It is within each of us.”
― Black Elk



“This they tell, and whether it happened so or not I do not know, but if you think about it, you can see that it is true.”
― Black Elk


“Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus we should do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.”
― Black Elk




“The world, you see, is happier after the terror of the storm.”
― Black Elk






Black Elk Speaks


Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux
by John G. Neihardt



“Crazy Horse dreamed and went into the world where there is nothing but the spirits of all things. That is the real world that is behind this one, and everything we see here is something like a shadow from that one.”
― Black Elk


“You have noticed that the truth comes into this world with two faces. One is sad with suffering, and the other laughs; but it is the same face, laughing or weeping. When people are already in despair, maybe the laughing face is better for them; and when they feel too good and are too sure of being safe, maybe the weeping face is better for them to see.”
― Black Elk

“It is in the darkness of their eyes that men get lost”
― Black Elk


“I did not see anything [New York 1886] to help my people. I could see that the Wasichus [white man] did not care for each other the way our people did before the nation's hoop was broken. They would take everything from each other if they could, and so there were some who had more of everything than they could use, while crowds of people had nothing at all and maybe were starving. This could not be better than the old ways of my people.”
― Black Elk



“It is hard to follow one great vision in this world of darkness and of many changing shadows. Among those men get lost.”
― Black Elk





“When a vision comes from the thunder beings of the west, it comes with terror like a thunder storm; but when the storm of vision has passed, the world is greenier and happier; for wherever the truth of vision comes upon the world, it is like a rain. The world, you see, is happier after the terror of the storm.”
― Black Elk


“Every little thing is sent for something, and in that thing there should be happiness and the power to make happy. Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus we should do, for this was the wish of the
Grandfathers of the World.”
― Black Elk


“I knew that the real was yonder and that the darkened dream of it was here.”
― Black Elk


“And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people's dream died there. It was a beautiful dream.”
― Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux





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Aaron Huey: America's native prisoners of war









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Aaron Huey: America's native prisoners of war

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Posted by: tedtalks on Nov 10, 2010


Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people -- appalling, and largely ignored -- compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk from TEDxDU. 


Aaron Huey
Born December 9, 1975
Residence Seattle, Washington
Nationality United States
Occupation Photographer
Website AaronHuey.com

Aaron Huey (born December 9, 1975) is an American photojournalist and documentary photographer who is most widely known for his walk across America in 2002 and his work on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He grew up in Worland, Wyoming, graduating from Worland High School. He received his BFA from the University of Denver, in Colorado in 1999.


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Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Huey