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Den verbessern, der ihn liebt

Jehova erzieht die, die er liebt (Heb. 12:6)

Unser lieber Vater Jehova schult uns und korrigiert uns, wenn nötig. Er tut das auf vielerlei Weise. Zum Beispiel durch etwas, das wir in der Bibel lesen oder in den Zusammenkünften hören. Oder wir bekommen die nötige Hilfe von den Ältesten. Das Motiv hinter allem ist aber immer Liebe.

11 „Denn ich bin an deiner Seite“, erklärt Jehova, „um dich zu retten.

Doch ich werde alle Völker vernichten, unter die ich dich zerstreut habe.+

Dich aber werde ich nicht vernichten.+

Ich werde dich im richtigen Maß zurechtweisen*

und dich auf keinen Fall ungestraft lassen.“+

(Jer. 30:11).

Jehova unterstützt uns in schweren Zeiten. Wie ein fürsorglicher Vater seinen Kindern in Schwierigkeiten beisteht, so steht auch unser himmlischer Vater uns zur Seite. Durch seinen heiligen Geist bewahrt er uns davor, dass unser Glaube Schaden nimmt.

13 Wenn also schon ihr es versteht, euren Kindern Gutes zu schenken, obwohl ihr schlecht seid, wie viel mehr wird dann der Vater im Himmel denen, die ihn bitten, heiligen Geist geben!“+ (Luk. 11:13).

Außerdem schützt er uns in emotionaler Hinsicht. Zum Beispiel stellt er uns eine wunderbare Zukunft in Aussicht, was uns hilft, schwierige Zeiten durchzustehen. Denken wir daran: Was auch immer passiert, unser liebevoller Vater wird allen Schaden wiedergutmachen. Alle Schwierigkeiten haben einmal ein Ende, aber die Segnungen Jehovas dauern ewig.

16 Deshalb geben wir nicht auf. Selbst wenn wir äußerlich verfallen, werden wir doch innerlich von Tag zu Tag erneuert. 17 Denn obwohl die Schwierigkeiten* vorübergehend und leicht sind, bewirken sie für uns eine Herrlichkeit, die an Ausmaß* alles immer mehr übertrifft und ewig dauert.+18 Währenddessen halten wir unseren Blick nicht auf das gerichtet, was man sieht, sondern auf das, was man nicht sieht.+ Denn das, was man sieht, ist zeitlich, aber das, was man nicht sieht, ist ewig. (2. Kor. 4:16-18).

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Diegene verbeterend die van Hem houdt

Wij hebben gezien dat voor iedereen een Bron van licht en wijsheid oplicht maar wel moet opgemerkt worden.

Elk van ons moet in deze wereld vol moeilijkheden opgroeien en zich weerbaar maken.

Jehovah corrigeert degenen van wie hij houdt. — Hebr. 12:6.

Als onderdeel van onze opleiding corrigeert onze liefdevolle Vader ons als dat nodig is. Dat doet hij op allerlei manieren. Soms doet hij dat door wat je leest in Zijn Woord of wat je hoort op de vergadering. Of misschien komt de hulp die je nodig hebt van de ouderlingen. Maar in welke vorm de correctie van Jehovah ook komt, hij corrigeert altijd uit liefde.

11 ‘Want ik ben met je’, verklaart Jehovah, ‘om je te redden.

Maar alle volken waarheen ik je verstrooid heb, zal ik vernietigen.+

Jou zal ik niet vernietigen.+

Ik zal je in de juiste mate corrigeren*

en ik zal je beslist niet ongestraft laten.’+

(Jer. 30:11).

Jehovah steunt je tijdens beproevingen. Net zoals een lieve vader zijn kinderen steunt in moeilijke tijden, zo steunt Jehovah ons tijdens beproevingen. Hij gebruikt Zijn Kracht (de Heilige Geest) om je tegen geestelijke schade te beschermen.

13 Als jullie al goede dingen geven aan je kinderen, ook al zijn jullie slecht, hoeveel te meer zal de Vader in de hemel dan heilige geest geven aan degenen die hem erom vragen!’+  (Luk. 11:13).

Hij beschermt je ook emotioneel. Zo geeft Hij je een schitterende hoop. Die toekomsthoop helpt je om moeilijkheden te doorstaan. Wat voor erge dingen je ook overkomen, je lieve Vader zal alle ellende die je meemaakt ongedaan maken. Alle beproevingen zijn tijdelijk, maar de zegeningen van Jehovah zijn eeuwig

16 Daarom geven we de moed niet op. Ook al vervalt de mens die we uiterlijk zijn, de mens die we innerlijk zijn wordt van dag tot dag vernieuwd. 17 Want de beproeving,* die maar kort duurt en licht is, leidt voor ons tot een glorie die alles overtreft* en eeuwig duurt.+18 We houden onze ogen niet gericht op de zichtbare dingen maar op de onzichtbare dingen.+ Want de zichtbare dingen zijn tijdelijk, maar de onzichtbare dingen zijn eeuwig. (2 Kor. 4:16-18).

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Improving the one who loves Him

We have seen that a Source of light and wisdom lights up for everyone, but it should be noted.

Each of us must grow up in this troubled world and become resilient.

Those whom Jehovah loves he disciplines.​—Heb. 12:6.

As part of our training, our loving Father disciplines us when necessary. He does so in many ways. For instance, something we read in His Word or hear at our meetings may correct us. Or perhaps the help we need comes from the elders. Regardless of the form it takes, Jehovah’s discipline is always motivated by love.

11 “For I am with you,” declares Jehovah, “to save you.

But I will make an extermination among all the nations to which I scattered you;+

However, you I will not exterminate.+

I will discipline* you to the proper degree,

And I will by no means leave you unpunished.”+

(Jer. 30:11)

Jehovah supports us through trials. Just as a caring human father supports his children during difficult times, our heavenly Father sustains us through trials. He uses his holy spirit to protect us from spiritual harm.

13 Therefore, if you, although being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those asking him!”+ (Luke 11:13)

Jehovah also protects us emotionally. For example, he gives us a marvelous hope. That hope for the future helps us to endure difficulties. Consider this: No matter what bad things happen to us, our loving Father will undo any injury we suffer. Whatever trials we are facing, these are only temporary, but the blessings Jehovah gives are everlasting.​

16 Therefore, we do not give up, but even if the man we are outside is wasting away, certainly the man we are inside+ is being renewed from day to day.+ 17 For though the tribulation is momentary and light, it works out for us a glory that is of more and more surpassing greatness* and is everlasting;+ 18 while we keep our eyes, not on the things seen, but on the things unseen.+ For the things seen are temporary, but the things unseen are everlasting.2 Cor. 4:16-18.

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Happiness mapping and getting over gender mapping

For years people did believe that it was important to mark the differences between boys’ and girls’ because they would have different brains, and therefore the two should be taught differently, and possibly separately.

Developing back to such a trend may be dangerous, enabling again creating a trend, which can have damaging consequences – not only in classrooms, but at home and work.

Such claims may often be made on the basis of isolated brain imaging studies that have not been replicated, and in some cases have found to be wrong.

Studies have shown that the differences between the sexes are either non-existent or they are so small so as to be of no practical importance in, for example, an educational setting.
Dr Cordelia Fine presented also such an argument in 2013 at the Australian Council for Educational Research Conference in Melbourne on the brain and learning, where she said that males, for example, are often described as having a “spotlight brain” that processes information such as language in one hemisphere, while girls are supposed to have a “floodlight brain”, using both sides of the brain.

Fine says everyone is a mix of masculine and feminine qualities and there’s no fixed way in which the qualities line up.

“So being good at maths doesn’t make it more likely that you’ll be more aggressive, for example,” she says.

“That’s not to say that biological sex doesn’t make a difference in terms of the brain, brain development, or brain responsiveness, but it does undermine the idea of the male brain and the female brain.”

As part of this idea of a more interconnected female brain, females are supposed to have a larger corpus callosum, the thick band of neurones that connect the two hemispheres.

She says while older smaller studies support these differences, the bulk of more recent data has found otherwise.


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  2. Welfare state and Poverty in Flanders #3 Right to Human dignity
  3. Poverty and conservative role patterns
  4. Milestones for women ordered
  5. Women their education and chances to become a parliamentary
  6. Gender connections
  7. A bird’s eye and reflecting from within
  8. Father and motherhood
  9. Father counterpart of the mother
  10. Women, conservative evangelicals and their counter-offensive
  11. Dignified role for the woman
  12. Cosmina Craciunescu looks on Positivism
  13. 30 things to start doing for yourself – #6 is vital.
  14. Subcutaneous power for humanity 4 Not crossing borders of friendship
  15. Thirst for happiness and meaning
  16. We all have to have dreams
  17. Happiness an inner state
  18. The business of this life
  19. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands



  • What’s stopping the spread of gender-neutral restrooms? (mydoorsign.com)
    Last year, Philadelphia introduced a pro-LGBT bill that was touted as “the next iteration of civil rights and freedom in the United States.” The bill aims to provide equal rights to the trans community and Mayor Michael Nutter hopes that with this new law, Philadelphia might become “the most LGBT-friendly” city in the world. As part of the new legislation, new or renovated city-owned buildings are required to include gender-neutral bathrooms in addition to traditional men and women’s restrooms.

    In a positive response to transgender students’ complaints of harassment or discrimination, more than 150 colleges and universities have created gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.

    Whether to construct each restroom separately on the basis of socially accepted genders, or to create one restroom that is open for all, is still under debate. Some universities have taken the middle ground, and have built another gender-neutral restroom apart from the already existing gender-segregated ones.

  • Sexing the Brain Part 2: Function, Anatomy, and Structure (psychologytoday.com)
    My previous post, “Sexing the Brain (Early Days)” considered the early approach to consider sex differences in terms of perceptual asymmetries. That post ended on McGlone’s (1980) conclusion that men were more lateralized than women, supporting Levy’s (1971) hypothesis. This conclusion was as definite as it could get in 1980. However, McGlone could not quantify the sex differences.

    From this perspective, my contribution to this debate came in the form of a meta-analysis that quantified the magnitude of sex differences in perceptual asymmetries. In my 1996 meta-analysis (Voyer, 1996), I considered measures of perceptual asymmetries in the visual, auditory, and tactile modalities and provided some support for Levy’s hypothesis.

  • Langton and Dupre try to unconfuse journalists about minds, brains, and gender (leiterreports.typepad.com)
    if the mind is the brain, any mental difference will be a brain difference. Suppose there are some actual mental differences between men and women, whatever their prior causes. (Hard to imagine training up half of humanity one way, half another, without creating some differences between them.) There will then be some neural differences. Suppose you have two televisions, whose images are different. You call in the technician, who trumpets the discovery that they differ in their pattern of pixels.
  • Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference (sciencebookaday.wordpress.com)
  • Getting in a Tangle Over Men’s and Women’s Brain Wiring (wired.com)
    You may have heard there’s a new study that claims to have found that men’s and women’s brains are wired differently. Published in the respected journal PNAS, the researchers based at the University of Pennsylvania used a technique known as diffusion tensor imaging to plot the brain wiring maps of 949 people aged 8 to 22. Ragini Verma and her colleagues said their results showed “fundamentally different connectivity patterns in males and females.”

    Specifically, they reported that men’s brains had more connectivity within each brain hemisphere, whereas women’s brains had more connectivity across the two hemispheres. Moreover, they stated or implied, in their paper and in statements to the press, that these findings help explain behavioral differences between the sexes, such as that women are intuitive thinkers and good at multi-tasking whereas men are good at sports and map-reading.

  • Brain Mapping Gender Identity: What Makes A Boy A Girl? (kiramoorescloset.wordpress.com)
    An article written by Susan Scutti and posted at the Medical Daily reports on a study published last year which explores the extent to which brain anatomy is associated with gender identity.
    The degree to which one identifies as male or female has a profound impact on one’s life. Yet, there is a limited understanding of what contributes to this important characteristic termed gender identity. In order to reveal factors influencing gender identity, studies have focused on people who report strong feelings of being the opposite sex, such as male-to-female (MTF) transsexuals.
  • So my mushy head is ‘hardwired’ for girly things, is it? If this is science, I am Richard Dawkins | Suzanne Moore (theguardian.com)
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    Is female inferiority located in individual brains or in culture? Photograph: SMC Images/Getty Images

    If you cut my head in half, out would spill sugar and spice and all things nice, obviously. The part of the brain that does parking would be small, but the part that organises cupcakes and friendship would fizz like sparkling rose. Because I am a girl whose mushy head is “hardwired” for girly things.

    As ever, when I see the latest stuff on gender differences in the brain, I feel that I am barely female. Some parts of my brain have gone rogue. But before anyone gets out a soldering iron to rewire me, let’s um … think about it.

  • Gender gap a scientific myth, says psychology expert (guardian.co.uk)
    “Avid readers of popular science books and articles about gender may well have formed the impression that science has shown that the path to a male or a female brain is set in utero, and that these differently structured brains create essentially different minds,” says Fine, whose book is published in the UK this week.

    “These cultural lores, which in popular hands can become nothing short of monstrous fiction, are standing in the way of greater sex equality – just as measures of skull volume, brain weight and neuron delicacy did in the past”.

  • Gender and Sexual Diversity (dissidentvoice.org)
    The recent article by Robert Jensen, “Some Basic Propositions about Sex, Gender, and Patriarchy,” espouses concepts that both reflect and perpetuate cissexism and transphobia. Jensen correctly anticipates that readers will recognize much of his article as unabashedly transphobic. He reacts by preemptively dismissing any such observations as mere “tactics.” In the third to last paragraph he writes, “Labeling a radical feminist position on these public policy issues as inherently “transphobic” or describing radical feminist arguments on the issues as “hate speech” are diversionary tactics that undermine productive intellectual and political discussion. A critique of an idea is not a personal attack on any individual who holds the idea.”
  • From the comments, more on LBGT as deserving of respect (marginalrevolution.com)
    If it turns out you are born “different” in these ways (I’m not even sure what are the right words to use to cover all the relevant cases), what is the chance that your social structure will be supportive?  Or will you feel tortured, mocked, and out of place?  Might you even face forced institutionalization, as McCloskey was threatened with?  Most likely things will not go so well for you, even in an America of 2014 which is far more tolerant overall than in times past, including on gay issues.  Current attitudes toward transsexuals and other related groups remain a great shame.  A simple question is how many teenagers have been miserable or even committed suicide or have had parts of their lives ruined because they were born different in these ways and did not find the right support structures early on or perhaps ever.  And if you are mocking individuals for their differences in this regard, as some of you did in the comments thread, I will agree with Barkley Rosser’s response: “Some of you people really need to rethink who you are.  Seriously.”

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When we look at the different societies in this world we notice that everywhere people are looking for the same answers and trying to find the best of luck and happiness.

Happy girl 5 Happy girl 5 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We could have a look at those people around the world and see how much their ideas about happiness co-inside. We could use a scale from 1 to 10 to let them allow to give a rate for them feeling sad, happy, or somewhere in-between in their lives. Such scores could allow us to evaluate whether members were less or more happy as changes took place in their environment or surroundings.

An other way, certainly for places where people are not so literate or can not write, is to let them draw three faces – sad face, moderate face, and happy face. When present at the evaluation and the person is not…

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