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Earth’s pandemic and T-shirts for young people

We at the Belgian Christadelphian office have passed a certain age, so that it would not be appropriate to walk on the street with a T-shirt. As elders, we tell the visitors in our churches about the task we as human beings have when living on this planet. We talk about our responsibility and the task God has given us. But we do know the majority of inhabitants of this planet are not believing in God and are mostly concerned about gaining as much money as possible, whatever the cost may be.

The last few months, lots of people were very worried about the Covid-pandemic, but for years there has been another big virus circling around us, which most people seem to ignore. Though for more than a decade, several of the Boom generation with the millennials and the Generation Z have been writing essays, articles and making posters for awareness about global warming and cried out into the world to save our planet. Because that planet is getting very ill. People have used and wasted earthly resources, if nothing. In our so-called ‘civilised’ countries most citizens were and are not concerned about the pollution they cause.

For us the time of publicly protesting and going on the streets, protesting for this and that, may be gone or not so appropriate.
But for young people, we would like to introduce some very interesting clothing and tote bags with a different angle. We are namely very concerned about the world where we and our children and grandchildren but also next generations have to live in. Therefore, we do find it five past twelve to call on all the responsible people to use their senses and to do something against the horrible state we have brought our planet. We cannot sit still and do if global warming does not exist.

Everybody can use his own voice to bring awareness to others. A T-shirt is a wearable message board that can pull the attention to our planet and to what we have to do about it. The world needs to change as we are currently hurtling towards climatic changes that will alter the way the planet is configured. This will certainly be to the detriment of humanity if not cause its extinction. Crazy you may say but 99.99% of all species that have ever lived have gone extinct so just because we can walk and talk and use a smart phone does not mean that we will not go the same way.

Scientists and philosophers don’t in general want to be celebrities but it is important that we listen to what they have to say because they offer the only way out of this current crisis. So enjoy our range and change the world at least in one tiny way, an environmentally friendly piece of clothing. {Scientist and Philosopher}

It is not bad to have a look at their products to make others aware of this dramatic situation.

Keep it cool V1BNo planet B design 1 V1B shopping bag

> A collection to highlight the need for us all to stop and think. > Think

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  2. Hot weather
  3. Global Warming
  4. Global Warming Was Explained in 1856. By a Woman
  5. Environment
  6. Climate explained: how the IPCC reaches scientific consensus on climate change
  7. Rapid Climate Change Makes It Hard for Butterflies and Moths to Adjust
  8. From CNN: Unprecedented heat, hundreds dead and a town destroyed. Climate change is frying the Northern Hemisphere
  9. Time to write again, getting the word out, climate change is a reality
  10. Too Dumb to SurviveThe Arctic’s last ice area
  11. Last Ice…
  12. Update on Climate Referendum in France
  13. Julia Conley: ‘This Is Our Future’ Without Climate Action, Advocates Warn After Pipeline Causes Fire in Gulf of Mexico
  14. IPBES/IPCC Report: Tackling the biodiversity and climate crises together
  15. The Climate Crisis Is Accelerating – Now What?
  16. An Actual Space Laser Shows How Devastating Sea Level Rise May Be
  17. Climate Change & Joshua Tree National Park
  18. Highest Ever Temperature Recorded In Finnish North
  19. Why Polar Bears are on The Verge of Extinction
  20. The monarch butterfly cab use our help to stay alive by Kalpana Sutaria, Austin American-Statesman
  21. Seabird Salvation
  22. Impeach Bolsonaro and Topic on Climate
  23. global participation…

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Facebookvrienden

Vandaag hadden wij de verjaardagskalender vast om weer eens een kruisje te zetten achter iemands naam, daar deze is ‘heen gegaan’. Opvallen hoe langzaam aan namen zonder een kruisje achter zeldzamer worden.

Gerard Hoogers vindt dat vandaag Facebook meer iets is voor de oudjes. Maar dan vragen wij ons af welke oudjes dat mogen zijn. Van onze oorlog en na-oorlogse generatie hebben wij meestal geen idee meer waar de schoolmakkers van de jaren 50, 60 en 70 van vorige eeuw zijn. Wij hebben namelijk alle contact en zelfs dikwijls al de namen vergeten of kennen enkel de meisjesnaam terwijl die meiden wie weet al jaren de naam van hun man hebben aangenomen.

Ook al mogen de Boomchildren een Facebookaccount hebben, valt het op dat ze er meestal niet veel mee doen. Maar het is een handig hebbeding om met de kinderen en kleinkinderen in contact te blijven alsook via Messenger regelmatig eens videogesprekken te voeren.

En zoals Gerard Hoogers vermoedelijk mocht ondervinden proberen velen van onze generatie tijdens hun pensioen toch oude vrienden op te zoeken, om soms op een verkeerde persoon met de zelfde naam te botsen of op iemand te botsen van 40 jaar of meer geleden die even de vriendschap aanvaard en dan toch onverwacht snel afbreekt.
Tijd maakt dat een mens heel wat veranderd kan zijn, maar ook kan het gerust dat sommigen met dat vroegere verleden niet meer geconfronteerd willen worden.

Of de uitspraak “Misschien als ik ouder ben en meer thuis zit, gekluisterd aan mijn laptop evenals mijn facebookvrienden wordt het weer gezellig.” waarheid zal kunnen worden betwijfelen wij wel. Wij kunnen slechts hopen.

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Friends,Foto NYPL

110, Verrek ik ben een vriend kwijt! Wie weet ik niet. Zij of hij is met stille trom vertrokken. Anders dan in de boeken van J.J. Voskuil en Frida Vogels wordt tegenwoordig nooit meer de vriendschap formeel opgezegd. Zoals Herman van Gunsteren ooit schreef in het boekje ‘Stoppen, u kunt het, u wilt het, u doet het niet’ laten we vaak organisaties, mensen of gewoontes heel langzaam in een hoekje sterven. Stoppen is niet voor iedereen een kernkwaliteit.
De Facebookvriend blijft apart. Ooit dacht ik een oude vriend terug gevonden te hebben. Het was mijn kortste vriendschap op Facebook. Het liep anders af.

Het tijdperk Facebook is een beetje voorbij. Jongeren accountslapen er en zitten op Instagram of Tiktok of een ander sociaal medium dat mij is ontgaan of voor mij stil wordt gehouden. Facebook is er voor de oudjes. Moet ik ook weg? Wees gerust ik blijf…

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Niet klagen over egoïsme

Maar al te graag schuift men de mensen geboren in de jaren 1940 en 1950 de schuld in hun schoenen van de huidige verwende koopzuchtige en aan hebbedingen verslaafde jongeren. Wij vragen ons wel dikwijls af wat wij verkeerd mogen gedaan hebben om zulk een zelfzuchtige gemeenschap gekweekt te hebben, terwijl velen van ons juist zo begaan waren met het beschermen van een gezamenlijk goed en het onderling delen van de dingen waarbij wij toch steeds het volle respect naar alles en iedereen vertoonden.

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“De huidige generatie is te egoïstisch, denkt alleen maar aan zichzelf.”
En wiens schuld is dat? Ze zijn opgegroeid in een wereld waarin het de gewoonte was, om maar geld van de ene groep af te pikken om aan een andere groep te geven. Dus deze generatie heeft alleen maar krijgen gekend, en niet geven.
En zo,teelt men egoïsten.
Dus: de vorige generatie die zich op de borst klopt om hoe sociaal ze waren, neem je eigen verantwoordelijkheid maar.
En besef je eindelijk eens, dat de staat voor je karretje spannen, nooit goed uitpakt.
Het is veel wenselijker om sociale voorzieningen door de samenleving (stam van het woord sociaal) te laten regelen, aant dat levert een samenhangende bevolking op, die wèl bereid is tot geven en nemen.

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Looking at an Utopism which has not ended

Marcus Ampe wrote a few days ago on WordPressUtopism has not ended” giving more clarification on his way of thinking and about his “Utopian Dreams“. In  a series of articles on his WordPress blog he continues to look at reasons why we should not give up hope for a better world and how some Christians and certain people are too much afraid for matters of social protection.

The Thousand-Year View from N.S. Palmer wants to apply time-tested ideas to the problems of our modern era and also took a look at Mr. Ampe‘s writing. N.S. Palmer preaches that we shouldn’t worry about things we can’t control, but it’s easier to say than to do. On that point we seem to differ. We cannot escape being in this system and having to live in this world at a certain time. But how we live and what we are willing to accept to happen plays an important role in our life. When people, living in this world, believe it could be very well possible to make it a better place for many, to some that might be an unreachable goal, to others it should be something to work at.

Trying to get a perfect society is something which we all should be doing. Though we agree only partly with Mr. Palmer who says

No society ever has been or ever will be perfect. {Utopia’s Biggest Problem}

him forgetting that one day Jesus Christ shall return and install the Kingdom of God here on earth. The Nazarene rabbi his government will be the most perfect governing body and shall give all its inhabitants the most perfect system to live in.

Mr Palmer further finds that

utopians waste their time and cause great harm by rejecting possible goals and pursuing an impossible goal. {Utopia’s Biggest Problem}

It is true that the goal set by utopians might be very unreachable, hence their name “utopists”, or followers of utopian dreams, thinking of utopia (1500-1600) being the imaginary perfect country in the book Utopia (1516) by the English humanist and statesman, chancellor of England (1529–32) Sir Thomas More, from Greek ou not, no + topos place”.

Because their goal can never be achieved, nothing will ever be enough. They think we should keep doing the same things, just do them harder. Spend more money. Take away more freedom. Police more speech. {Utopia’s Biggest Problem}

Such an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens may be presented in several authors their stories. A utopia focuses on equality in such categories as economics, government and justice (a non-exhaustive list), and does not focus on “spending more money” like Mr. Palmer seems to give the impression. Neither do utopians want to take away the freedom of people. Just the opposite they want to secure that there is freedom on all sorts of levels: freedom of life, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, a.o. but most importantly also freedom of choice under the condition not to limit others. That utopians want to have more control on those freedoms and perhaps would want to see more control of having all people receiving the same liberties and same equalities, may demand a controlling apparatus or police, but does not have to mean we have to go to become a police-state or a state of repression. That is the wrong vision a lot of people who are against socialism, utopianism and communism want to send into the world.

There are many debates about what constitutes a utopia. Many who are against any social feeling, what they call part of the “left” consider utopians and their world or societies they want to build, “utopias” benign or dangerous. Concerning utopia fitting or not, or being essential to a Christian world lots of contradictory ideas go round. Many ask

Is the idea of utopianism essential to Christianity or heretical? What is the relationship between utopia and ideology?

One of the leading scholars in the field of utopian studies, Lyman Tower Sargent argues that utopia’s nature is inherently contradictory because societies are not homogeneous and have desires which conflict and therefore cannot simultaneously be satisfied. Sargent notes that some thinkers see a trajectory from utopia to totalitarianism, with violence an inevitable part of the mix, and we have the impression Mr. Palmer might do so also.

According to Sargent:

There are socialist, capitalist, monarchical, democratic, anarchist, ecological, feminist, patriarchal, egalitarian, hierarchical, racist, left-wing, right-wing, reformist, free love, nuclear family, extended family, gay, lesbian and many more utopias [ Naturism, Nude Christians, …] Utopianism, some argue, is essential for the improvement of the human condition. But if used wrongly, it becomes dangerous. Utopia has an inherent contradictory nature here.

And that describes very well the difficulty of that utopian world for which Mr. Ampe puts his hand in the fire. He as several other Christians believes in the purity man can come to reach, in which innocence is in the heart of that person, enabling people to walk freely in nature naked, without others having bad ideas. In such a free world naturism would for example never be a problem, because all people would abstain from wrong thinking and wrong acts. In an utopian world there is no place for sexual offensive acts to the public sense of decency. There being no place for obscenity by people keeping themselves to pure thought the same as the first people in the Garden of Eden had. It was only after they had done wrong and came to know good and evil that they became afraid of the other and wanted to protect themselves by covering their body. Such covering in an ideal world would not be necessary, the same as it was not a matter to cover oneself in the 1970ies and hippies could share their places freely with others without having to fear something to go wrong. Nakedness was no problem at that time, whilst now we see again a lot of shyness and fear of nudity among many young people as well as some elderly people.

We do agree many of the boom children tried to create a perfect society in the 196070ies but failed terribly. Though we are not ashamed that we tried to stimulate others to step on the wagon with us (dreamers). Many of our generation might have betrayed their ideas, but Mr. Ampe like several others, as a follower of the Nazarene Jeshua (Jesus Christ) believes the teachings of that rebbe are still worth going for.

Utopians just ask people to take the responsibility for others and to respect everybody and everybody around them. They would never stimulate capitalism, like N.S. Palmer gives the impression.

 

At the moment we can grow unto more tolerance by learning to agree to disagree, as well by not being afraid to dare to engage in thoughtful political discussions. Though at the moment we still face the difficulty that not everyone involved is really interested in finding out the truth. An other problem these days is also that lots of people do not realise that disagreement does not imply evil. On that fact Mr. Palmer seems to agree and writes:

Calm, rational debate helps them see the underlying assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses of each person’s viewpoint. That helps everyone understand the issues better. It also helps them understand each other better. Screaming, hysteria, and emotional theatrics do not. {Dialogue Is Not Harmful}

We believe the Bible offers a way to live together peaceful and gives us a nice picture in the Book of Isaiah, what that world can and shall be. We might be utopians or dreamers for many, but Mr. Ampe with his brethren and sisters in Christ do believe those prophesies are going to become true, and as such shall their utopian dream once become a reality, though it still may take some time.

Mr. Ampe also believes we can be united and should try to convince those who hate certain people, to have them to accept them as co-living citizens with the same rights as them. It is for mutual benefit and the common good that people must be rational enough to set aside their differences and come closer to each other with full respect for each other and for other cultures.

Big problem today to come to such an utopian world is the egocentric and egoistic attitude of the present population.

We believe the Bible gives enough directions to come to a better world already now in our lifetime, even before the return of Christ. We do not have to wait until the wars to expect or the Big Battle or Armageddon, before we shall come to think about that better world. Already today, in our lifetime, we can show others fundamental truths of life.

Some might think utopians want all to become “puppets” handled by someone in charge of everything. But that is a wrong thought about the world envisioned by us. We are against any dictatorial system. It is a world whereby people freely agree to follow certain ethics and moral laws. We also do not say everybody has to do the same thing in the same manner. In our ‘utopian world’, there is enough freedom to act freely. Already now we can try to come to agreements to live a certain way, and this without any force or violence.

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Find also to read:

  1. Misleading world, stress, technique, superficiality, past, future and positivism
  2. Subcutaneous power for humanity 2 1950-2010 Post war generations
  3. Are people willing to take the responsibility for others
  4. Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, Demographic trends and New blood from abroad
  5. Lower and middle-class youth becoming tiny cogs in a larger whole that they cannot control
  6. Intellectual servility a curse of mankind
  7. the Bible – God’s guide for life #3 Fast food or staple diet
  8. the Bible – God’s guide for life #4 Not to get the best from our diet– or from ourselves
  9. Determine the drive
  10. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #3 Rejoicing in the insistence
  11. The Scensual World – Mission & Vision
  12. Are Christianity and Capitalism Compatible?
  13. Francis Fukuyama and ‘The End of History?’
  14. The Upbringing of Ideas and the Extrapolation of Capitalism
  15. Utopism has not ended
  16. A famous individual by the name of Jesus of Nazareth

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  10. The Citizen’s Convention on Climate: utopia or step towards change?
  11. Utopia….State of bliss!
  12. Technology, Utopia, and Horizon Zero Dawn
  13. Are We There, Yet?
  14. History Bends Toward Chaos
  15. “How will i get a cappuccino in your political utopia?”
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  17. Nothing Learned
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  20. Rebecca Solnit on Hope
  21. The Blank Slate of Outer Space
  22. The Climate Crisis and the Need for Utopian Thinking
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Bij het overlijden van Liesbeth List

Woensdag is Liesbeth List op 78-jarige leeftijd overleden. Veel collega’s uit het vak en andere bekenden deelden hun condoleances en herinneringen aan de zangeres.

Op 18 augustus 2017 gaf Liesbeth List aan te stoppen met optreden, als gevolg van een vorm van dementie veroorzaakt door hersenletsel. De dementie eiste toen al zijn tol. Haar dochter dat Elisah wilde dat haar moeder werd opgenomen in een verzorgingstehuis in Soest. Vredig mocht zij daar overlijden in haar slaap.

Het licht is gedoofd. Liesbeth List, de dochter van de vuurtorenwachter is niet meer. De Grande Dame van het Nederlandse chanson had het leven lief en wij hadden haar lief. Daarom: een ode aan deze bijzondere chansonnière.

Velen van de boom-children kregen in hun na-oorlogse jaren opwekkende ondersteunende gedachten in de toen ook niet altijd makkelijke jaren waarin hun generatie botste met de Grote Oorlog en tweede vooroorlogse generatie.

Voor velen openden de jaren 60 en 70 van vorige eeuw een heel andere wereld dan waarin hun voorgaande familieleden waren opgegroeid. Het was een tijd van ‘vechten voor eigen en vrije rechten’.

Naast de verscheidene protestzangers waren er Liesbeth List met Ramses Shaffy en andere luisterliedjes zangers die ons op de been hielden wanneer wij verdrietig door de conflictsituaties hier en daar toch een lichtpuntje wensten te zien.

Zo vaak door moeilijke momenten konden mensen zich laten trekken uit die somtijds uitzichtloze put. Zij was een gedreven inspiratiebron voor vele Nederlandse, Belgisch maar ook Franse artiesten die haar boodschap van het leven lief te hebben graag mee wilden delen en verkondigen met hun liederen.

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Heb het leven lief – Liesbeth List  – Titel van dit lied is het Levensmotto van Liesbeth List L.Florence/H. Kooreneef/P.Obispo – Pilotes – Templar Music

Vervolg: Zing, vecht, huil, bid, lach, werk en bewonder

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A more recent discrimination: Old Age

Newer in the discrimination group is the age discrimination.

CD1jOfiUsAAVQijSince a few years we have seen, for acceptance for a new job, the age lowering, but for those who thought they had a good job we also saw that the age they were made redundant became lower.

The boom generation has to face that their children and grandchildren got a mark on their head with the notice ‘only to be used until this or that day’. Those children reaching their middle age are called in the office of their boss to hear the ‘news’ they may go home not to return again to work. When looking for an other job they are confronted with the remarks ‘over qualified’ or  ‘too old’.

In the previous centuries perhaps we also could have an age discrimination but than in the good sense, that how older a person got, how more he or she was respected and considered mature and a good asset for the business. Nowadays the older person seems to have become a nuisance.

An attempt at a discrimination graphic.

An attempt at a discrimination graphic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Idiotic it may seem today we got a dilemma for those looking for work, either they are too young or not experienced enough, or they are too old or ‘over experienced’ (what that may be?). How may you feel when you can’t contribute because you’re too young? Or how is it to you and can you understand it that you are considered to be too old? That’s age discrimination, and it’s getting worse.

Some years ago you were a senior when you were over 60, then it became over 50 and now the 40iers may find to be a senior already. and those older than 40 may feel pushed in the corner by younger bosses who think they now everything better. Youngsters are not any more interested to learn from the experience of older people.

In the time people are living, working and staying active for longer people are considered too old too early.  I remember when I was young we looked at our grandparents as old people and often they looked very old in their black dresses (when they were widows). When you look at our generation many of us are much older than those people which looked old in the 1950ies -60ies, but we look much younger than they at the same age.

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In the 19th century people looked much older at the same age as people of the 20th or 21st century. – American missionary Daniel Lindley at an ‘old age’ (Pennsylvania , 1801 – Morristown, New Jersey, 1880 )

We can see a lot of difference in appearance. Those in their sixties or seventies look much brighter than a few years ago the same age category. And to be honest a lot of 80iers do not have to be ashamed of their appearance and are fit enough to do different interesting tasks.

Though I do agree lots of our generation may have problems with the modern technology and be an-alphabets with the e-sources. Some may feel resistant to tackle the new devices, often because younger people say to them they cannot cope with computers or i-phones.  Those remarks from younger people can hold back older people at a time when for example they should be enjoying the use of computing devices of any and all kinds if they did not already used them in their employment before retirement.

The commercial market still seems to forget a total new market is lying in front of their feet. Today we have a lot of war and after war generation which is having free time but also having enough money to do things. Some of them also get unexpected possibilities to go places they had never been before. The at the moment still considered very old ones (in the 90ies and few in the 100s) do not want to leave their savings to the state and prefer it to share it with their younger family members.  This way I also could enjoy a boat trip with a Canadian uncle and I must say my wife and I enjoyed such a river cruise, though we never would have done it on our own. I do agree we found lots of people in the age group 60-70 with a few younger people (20-30) and a few older (80-90). Clearly such organised trips with all the comfort is a blessing people like us, who have seen Abraham, could enjoy and are willing to go for. (We personally have not the financial means for it ourselves, but many retired people do have enough financial reserves.)

Kapiti SeniorNet has taken a little corner of the net. SeniorNet at Kapiti, as well as all over New Zealand, is here to help people of a certain age to learn and enjoy computing as well as the many applications available to such elderly. They write:

For those of us who are mature it is becoming more and more vital for business as employers, employees, producers and consumers. Age discrimination forgets that Seniors – that is anyone over 50 –  are the engine rooms of our communities, volunteering more hours than anyone else in the country, and that their experience, wisdom and generosity provides positive role models for us all.

Here is a little video made in Australia  by the Australian Human Rights Commission that my older son sent me, and it puts it quite succinctly. {The Power of Oldness}

And they bring into the ether the request to look differently at those who get at a certain age.

We are all getting older, wouldn’t it be nice if we could help to stop age discrimination before it stops us. Maybe you too can help to put the positivity back into ageing. {The Power of Oldness}

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Find further reading:

  1. The effects of just being you… Age.
  2. Where are the older main characters?
  3. Leaders of Anti-Ageism
  4. That Which Shall Remain Unnamed …
  5. A Face, A Story
  6. The Younger Perspective
  7. Ageism in the workplace
  8. Dealing with Age Discrimination: Workers’ rights and strategies
  9. Ageism in Musicology/Ethnomusicology? – The 2015 Hiring Statistics
  10. A Letter to the Social Justice Activists out there.
  11. Update on “42”, the record and “Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer”, the book…
  12. The Age Old Question…
  13. Young vs. Old Part I: The Debut of Spider-Man’s Vulture
  14. Young vs. Old Part II: Spider-Man and the Terrible Debut of the Tinkerer
  15. Old Man No Fi Grudge Young Boy
  16. Old Age Should Be Celebrated
  17. A 69 Year Old Grandmother
  18. Making Them Visible
  19. American roots-rock great Dave Alvin fights ageism in the media
  20. When exactly is your ‘last
  21. Career Advice: Staying relevant after 50-Feign youth!
  22. This Lady Tells Her Age
  23. Reuters: Hillary Clinton and the double whammy of sexism and ageism
  24. Where discrimination divides, Feminism (kinda) conquers
  25. Declaring Independence From Ageism
  26. Declaring Independence from Ageism
  27. Those poor crazy rich Texans
  28. Generational Diversity in the Workplace; Myths and Realities
  29. Emma Thompson: Why won’t Hollywood let me play a hot chick? Maybe it’s because I’m 56
  30. Helen Mirren, Ageism Is Outrageous and James Bond Is Geriatric
  31. “Anti-Ageist” Policies
  32. A kick ass piece on agism in the music industry by Lola Blanc
  33. A great piece on agism in the music industry by Ms. Nix in the Mix!!!
  34. Viewpoint on aging
  35. The Fear of Running Out of Time – Another Form of Ageism
  36. Ageism in the Media
  37. Who you calling old?
  38. Twitter thinks Marisa Tomei is too young and “hot” to play Spiderman’s aunt
  39. The Factors of Ageism
  40. Aging Is Awesome!
  41. The School of Creative Aging: Transforming How We Think and Act about Aging
  42. Where The 40’s At?
  43. Is a woman “middle-aged” at 30? 40? 50? Japanese men and women give different answers in poll
  44. The Problems Of The Middle Ages: The Age Of Wickedness
  45. Crossing the age Rubicon. (redux)
  46. Embracing Aging
  47. I’m A Racist
  48. enter without so much as knocking
  49. When age matters.
  50. Unlucky In My Old Age
  51. No Lotions, Potions, Diets or Pills: Here’s One Tip on Aging You Won’t Wanna Miss!
  52. Links about ageism

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Scepticals of the Bible

Most people do seem to forget that man does not live on bread alone. Material gain is for most the highest priority in their life. Though all that money and all those interesting gadgets do not seem to make them very happy. Contrary we can see much more unhappiness by those who should be lucky  and happy that they have so much.

In several countries where there is not much good food and not much good drinkable water, people not having good housing, they do find a way to enjoy life and not to worry to much. And there where there are fights going on, rebels making life very awkward, there are many who still manage in those bad conditions to find the straw for life. Mostly it is because they know where they can find the best treasure. Often they are convinced that they can find the best food for them by every word that proceeds out of the Mouth of God. In the industrialised world many have forgotten that they need daily spiritual nourishment from God’s Word in order to withstand the challenges and temptations that bombard us on a daily basis.

According to the fourth annual State of the Bible survey by the Barna Group there are just as many Americans sceptical of the Bible (19 percent) as there are engaged with the Bible. the 2014 research reveals six trends in Bible engagement: from the Bible’s continued role as a cultural icon, to increased digital Bible reading, to a rise in scepticism toward Scripture, particularly among Millennials.

The number of those who are sceptical or agnostic toward the Bible — who believe that the Bible is

“just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice” —

has nearly doubled from 10% to 19% in just three years. This is now equal to the number of people who are Bible engaged — who read the Bible at least four times a week and believe it is the actual or inspired Word of God.

sign at front gate

sign at front gate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The trend of scepticism is even more pronounced among the Millennial generation (who range in age from 18-29), two-thirds are 48 or younger (28% Millennials, 36% Gen-Xers) 68% male opposite 32% female. According to the State of the Bible report, Millennials are

  • Less likely to view the Bible as sacred literature (64 percent in comparison to 79 percent of adults),
  • Less likely to believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to lead a meaningful life (35 percent in comparison to 50 percent of adults), and
  • More likely to never read the Bible (39 percent compared in comparison to 26 percent of adults).

What we in Europe might find surprising is that those Bible sceptics are more likely to identify as Catholic than any other single denomination or affiliation (30%) and are the most-likely segment not to have attended church (87%) or prayed (63%) during the previous week. They are also most likely not to have made a commitment to Jesus that is important in their life today (76%).

From the surveys been taken last year we must not that lots of those trinitarians ( 71% of Americans) did not read the Bible and those who went to Sunday service or mass only heard those verses or quotes from Scripture given by the pastor or priest.  In many countries nearly a quart of those interested in religion watches religious programs on television,  (23% of U.S. adults said to have watched a religious TV program in the past week, 20% listened to religious talk radio).

In the United States 35 Protestant denominations may try to attract those interested in religion. Though with the Roman Catholic Church they may represent 45% of the U.S. population in 1968 and 35% in 2012, they are not able to get a 62% of non-Christian Millennials to read  the Bible.

The Americans seem to be not such passive Christians as the Europeans. From the Millennials there where  81% of practising Christians who posted Scripture online in the past year.

As can be found in the rest of industrialised countries almost 1 in 5 people under 40 in the U.S. now describe themselves as
spiritual but not religious.

Barna, like different Christian denominations are seeing how there is more need of teachers or preachers proclaiming the good News.

David Kinnaman of Barna contends Christians should be challenged to reach out to those who are searching. Those people, he says, are looking for a church that “makes a difference” in the community, including taking care of the poor.

“And a lot of churches are doing that,”

says Kinnaman.

“So part of that is getting outside the walls of the church and doing the things the gospel compels us to do.”

The study also reveals that a vast majority of churchless Americans have attended church but don’t embrace what it means to live out the Christian faith. the American Christians should be aware that they still need to make work to have some of the 10 percent who have never attended a church-service to have them come to look at such a service.

Kinnaman says the challenge is for people to make church more than a “weekly ritual” by making attending church an opportunity to participate in what God is doing in the community.

The churchless are primarily men and in America tend to be less educated, white and unmarried. Churchless confirms that the world has, indeed, altered in significant ways during the last few decades. It’s not just your imagination. Real data confirm how drastically the moral, social and spiritual lives of Americans have changed and are changing. Europe has the idea that most Americans are ‘over-religious’, but about 156 million U.S. adults and children are churchless which mean that churchless Americans = Bigger Than Canada, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa & New Zealand . . . Combined. Only China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the churchgoing half of the United States are larger.

When we look around us and see the youngsters their actions it is not surprising to hear that the younger the generation, the more post-Christian it is. Nearly half of the Millennials qualify as post-Christian (48%), compared to two-fifths of Busters or Gen-Xers (40%), one-third of Boomers (35%) and one-quarter of Elders (28%). Tracking data allows us to trace the increase of anti-church attitudes and behaviours over the past 50 years.

Those most aware of the necessity to do missionary work in the industrialised countries are the non-trinitarians like the Jehovah Witnesses and Christadelphians, though lots of the latter group become so disappointed by the reaction of trinitarians and non-believers that they give it up. After having disappeared from the scene for some time in Europe the Mormons are the other group which still does missionary work in the capitalist countries.

2015 findings of 2014 Barna Group study. About 156 million U.S. adults and children are churchless in 2015.

2015 findings of 2014 Barna Group study.
About 156 million U.S. adults and children are churchless in 2015.

The Bible has been making its way onto box office screens and home TV screens over the year 2014: from Noah to Son of God, people have been watching the Bible, but the 2014 research reveals six trends in Bible engagement: from the Bible's continued role as a cultural icon, to increased digital Bible reading, to a rise in skepticism toward Scripture, particularly among Millennials.

The Bible has been making its way onto box office screens and home TV screens over the year 2014: from Noah to Son of God, people have been watching the Bible, but the 2014 research reveals six trends in Bible engagement: from the Bible’s continued role as a cultural icon, to increased digital Bible reading, to a rise in skepticism toward Scripture, particularly among Millennials.

 

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Additional reading:

  1. When you don’t know what to do and hate yourself
  2. A time for everything
  3. Faith and trial
  4. Faith is knowing there is an ocean because you have seen a brook.
  5. Everything that is done in the world is done by hope
  6. Tapping into God’s Strength by Waiting on Him
  7. Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
  8. Determine the drive
  9. Let me keep to “first importance” things
  10. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
  11. God should be your hope
  12. Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark
  13. A new year with hopes and challenges
  14. Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness
  15. Be like a tree planted by streams of water
  16. Better loaves when the heart is joyous
  17. The thought of losing rekindles the joy of having
  18. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  19. Joy is not in things, it is in us
  20. Give your tears to God
  21. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
  22. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  23. Appointed to be read
  24. Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
  25. Building up the spirit of the soul
  26. Daily portion of heavenly food
  27. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  28. Accuracy, Word-for-Word Translation Preferred by most Bible Readers
  29. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  30. Youth has difficulty Bible Reading
  31. Do Christians need to read the Old Testament
  32. Feed Your Faith Daily
  33. We should use the Bible every day
  34. The manager and Word of God
  35. Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism
  36. Be an Encourager
  37. An ecclesia in your neighbourhood

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Please do find to read:

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  • Excuse My Scepticism (pastorcharleschipere.wordpress.com)
    In our Christian Faith, we are taught to believe rather than to be a doubting Thomas. We are taught to trust rather than mistrust. We are taught to give a person the benefit of the doubt before we dismiss them. But my journey of faith has had some encounters with reality leading me to embrace some sceptical attitude towards some things I have observed in the land of the living.
  • Cultural Fast Facts (garyrohrmayer.typepad.com)
    • 82% of U.S. adults have at least one credit card, including 40% who have 3 or
    more. Just 16% have none.• 50 million Americans have trouble putting food on the table, according to
    Feeding America, a food bank network.• Millennial moms are far more likely than moms of any other generation to be
    raising their kids near or even in the same house as their extended family.

    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 1 in 5 pregnancies in
    the U.S. ends with abortion.

    • There are now 3.9 billion urbanites in the world.

    • 80% of U.S. adults believe it is more common for grown children to live with
    their parents now than 20 years ago.

    • 30% of the U.S. population are auditory learners vs. approximately two-thirds
    who are visual learners.

    • 12- to 17-year-olds in the U.S. send or receive an average of 60 texts per
    day.

    19% Bible Lovers/19% Bible Skeptics.

  • The State of the Bible (reflectionsintheword.org)
    This year’s research reveals that skepticism toward the Bible continues to rise. For the first time since tracking began, Bible skepticism is tied with Bible engagement. The number of those who are skeptical or agnostic toward the Bible – who believe that the Bible is “just another book of teachings
  • Skeptical about skepticism (louisproyect.org)
    On Salon.com you can find an article titled “Bill Maher is right about religion: The Orwellian ridiculousness of Jesus, and the truth about moral progress” by Michael Shermer that is an excerpt from his book “The Moral Arc”. He draws a contrast between what some have called “the sky religions”, namely Judaism, Christianity and Islam that are tribal in nature rather than universal, and all those great conquests of Modern Civilization such as goodness, justice and truth.
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    Oddly enough, for an outfit so devoted to science and reason, there is little engagement with the science of genetic modification itself. This is not surprising since this intellectual current seems either totally innocent of ecological science, or determined to sweep it under the rug. The moniker Prometheus that Kurtz has given to his publishing outlet suggests an unreconstructed vision of 19th century Progress. Needless to say, this dovetails neatly with the kind of philosophical pragmatism he embraces, which appears totally at home with the agenda of US imperialism.The other big mover and shaker in the world of skepticism is Michael Shermer, who is much younger than Paul Kurtz and is the publisher of Skeptic Magazine. While targeting all the usual suspects (UFO’s, Bigfoot, ESP, etc.), Shermer has also investigated bogus history. He is the author of a book focusing on the libel case against David Irving, a holocaust denier.Just as with Kurtz, Shermer casts a wide net in his crusade against the forces of anti-scientific darkness. Such forces include those who believe that there is a Gulf War Syndrome and that silicone breast implants might be harmful.
  • Millennials: Escape the Credit/Debt Matrix (consciouslifenews.com)
    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, December, 2014, 1 in 5 of the Millennial generation (birth years from early 1980s to early 2000) live in poverty and have lower rates of employment compared to their Baby Boomer parents of a similar age in the 1980s, one of the most prosperous eras of American history.Obviously, the Millennials need a place to live (besides with their parents), clothes on their back, food to eat and resources to care for their children. Not to mention time and money for travel, and doing fun things, as well. Oh and then there is saving and investing for the future.
  • Good News, Millennials: You Don’t Have to Save the Church (christianitytoday.com)
    We find ourselves facing into “millennial anxiety” as well as concern about the “rise of the nones” (those who do not identify with any religious tradition, a cohort that is apparently growing in the West). Like some reverse Paul Revere, many ride through the fiber optics of the Internet and into church basements shouting, “The millennials are leaving! Watch out for the rise of the nones!” Simply put, millennial anxiety—a concern shared by both mainline and evangelical churches—is the fear that those between ages 18 and 25 have little interest in the church, and that the church has failed to convince them to stay.
  • Millennial Men: Risk Takers or Dupes? (talentzoo.com)
    Well, according to a study by Creditcards.com, Millennial men are “more easily swayed” by advertising than Millennial women. Yes, men of this generation are much more likely than the general American population to trust advertising.Now does that make them idiots or trusting?We (though obviously biased) would like to consider our generation as the latter.
  • Did you hear? Millennials will overtake Baby Boomers in Population this Year (theposhboomer.com)
    Millennials are defined as being between ages 18 to 34 in 2015. Boomers are now ages 51 to 69.Census data says that there are a projected 75.3 million Millennial’s this year. This year Millenial’s are surpassing the 74.9 million Gen Xer’s (ages 35 to 50). Millenial’s are projected to outnumber us Boomers by 2028.
  • Fully Satisfied (culturalatheist.wordpress.com)
    It began about the time this age cohort reached adulthood, with the 1999 publication of Saving the Millennial Generation: New Ways to Reach the Kids You Care About in These Uncertain Times. It accelerated when some polls in the mid-2000s began to suggest millennials’ waning interest in church. Enter “millennials and church” into a search engine, and soon enough you are pointed to sites that proclaim, “Ten reasons churches are not reaching millennials,” or, “Why millennials are leaving church.” The latter article quickly garnered some 100,000 page views not long ago.This past October, the 2014 Alignment Conference featured Barna’s David Kinnaman and pastor and church planter Dave Ferguson talking about millennials, who present a “game changing moment” for the church. Gen2 Leadership Conference is meeting this month with the theme, “Fighting for the Heart of the Millennial Generation.”We find ourselves facing into “millennial anxiety” as well as concern about the “rise of the nones” (those who do not identify with any religious tradition, a cohort that is apparently growing in the West). Like some reverse Paul Revere, many ride through the fiber optics of the Internet and into church basements shouting, “The millennials are leaving! Watch out for the rise of the nones!” Simply put, millennial anxiety—a concern shared by both mainline and evangelical churches—is the fear that those between ages 18 and 25 have little interest in the church, and that the church has failed to convince them to stay.
  • The Millennials Are All Right (blackchristiannews.com)
    Millennials are both high tech and high touch. They have less faith in religious and political institutions.  It extends to the private sector, too: 71 percent of Millennials would rather go to the dentist than step into a bank branch. As many one-third of millennials are willing to switch banks in the next 90 days. What would encourage them to join your organization or become a customer?

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