Regarding the criticism of your comments Peter Joseph [ Official ] Israel/Palestine is off limits unless you are a holocaust survivor currently living in occupied territory. You are not allowed to have an opinion on suicide unless you have done it yourself. Ferguson is not an acceptable topic unless you live there. Basically, the validity of your opinions depends on who you are, not the content of what you have to say. You need to be collecting various chips now, to redeem in the future, if you want to have your opinions considered on the internet.

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Science is cool. However, there is no point in recorded history where the scientific canon of the time ended up being anything close to accurate, from the view 200 years later. If you are a true scientist, you have to always remember that most of what you think you know will be proven wrong.

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Some of you won’t really read what I am posting. A few of you who don’t really read it will get upset by it. Already, those of you think I am talking about you, despite the fact that I said “some to you” and further, “a few” of those. You’ll think this despite the fact that you are continuing to read this, and probably went back to make sure of what I said. If you have read all of this, and you still think what I just said is about you, then you probably should not be following me. We can be friends in real life, but we shouldn’t be conversing by FaceBook. The rest of you, yeah you, get it.

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Regarding Robin Williams. Here’s the thing about suicide. It IS cowardly and selfish. That said, it does not mean that the victim is cowardly and selfish. Suicide often means abandoning those who love you, who depend on you, and who have invested in you. There is nothing good about it, and nothing wrong with calling it what it is. But the person who does it is often a victim of mental illness, and we should not hold them completely responsible for their actions while impaired.

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So here is a thought experiment for people who have opinions about the whole public prayer thing. Let’s suppose you or a loved one is about to have surgery. The surgeon has a habit of saying a short prayer with the patient before doing the procedure. It’s something she has done for years, and she feels that it calms her, and helps her perform well. She is of a different faith than you (or you are atheist/agnostic). Do you object to the prayer? Now let’s apply the same thing to other places. Someone feels that having prayer around makes their business a better place, and wants to encourage it. The place seems to have a really good vibe. Do you object? Do you think that because you do not believe in the god being prayed to, that the prayer cannot possibly have any effect, or is it possible that the act itself, and the intention, are beneficial independent of the theology? Just something to think about.

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I noticed that Mary’s page was returning an error. Her husband posted: BTW friends – my wife is taking a temporary hiatus from FB. Don’t be alarmed. She just needs to feel unplugged for a bit. (I didn’t re-share or mention his name because it was not public, but checked with him before reposting)

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Those of us who seldom express thanks publicly might ask ourselves, restaurant discounts aside, what other rewards are we missing when we go through our daily routines without expressions of gratitude? And why does it bother us so when others benefit from their mindfulness?

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