Even Socialists Have A Limit At 102% Taxation

The Author of Pipi Longstocking, Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, generates this interesting story. In 1976, Lindgren learned that because of tax laws requiring her to pay both income tax and employer’s fees, she would effectively be taxed at a rate of 102 percent. Though she was generally a supporter of the principles of socialism, paying…

Sitting Down from Applause

How do we grind people down with Stupidity? You find out who your real friends (and enemies) are by how they react to our applause. There are worldviews and ideologies I applaud. There are theologies I bow to. There are values I esteem. There are worldviews and ideologies I do not applaud. There are theologies…

Don’t Let People Maneuver You Into Taking Charge Of Them.

“And don’t let people maneuver you into taking charge of them. There is only one Life-Leader for you and them—Christ.” ~ Jesus Christianity in the west is moving toward simple expressions. With the declining attendance in traditional churches the resources to maintain those structures are disappearing. Over the next few decades we will see tens…

Playing Small Does Not Serve The World- It’s Certainly Not Enlightened

“You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.” ~ Marianne Williamson Have I been playing small? Yesterday was Easter Sunday. It was a a good day to celebrate life and hope. It was encouraging to me after a few months of reading about Communism, Socialism, Totalitarianism, and the writings…

Why I Erased Twitter and Facebook

Have you ever did a radical flip? A picture is worth a thousand words. I erased my Facebook once again. This week I set a Google Chrome Extension, “Social Book Post Manager” loose on my Facebook profile. In 2012 I had an android app on my phone i cut lose to erase 2007-2011 for me….

Lobster Fever

What a refreshing day seeing the sun shine again. The wind is still very cold, easterly wind is right off the sea ice. We were one of the first Fishermen to get our lobster gear tagged and stacked at the wharf in Tignish, Prince Edward Island. We are ready for loading day. The buoys are…

The Monster In Me Has PTSD

I often think the, “why can’t we all just get along?” simply does not account for the brokenness in the human soul or psyche. Under the right circumstances a man or woman is capable of inflicting, perpetuating or allowing the suffering of others. Lying is an example of this, we distort the truth to make…

Ancient Greek Wisdom- Education – The Hunt Or The Platter? Part#3

“But I will employ only one more illustration, and dwell no longer on this topic. Lycurgus, the Lacedæmonian legislator, took two puppies of the same parents, and brought them up in an entirely different way: the one he pampered and cosseted up, while he taught the other to hunt and be a retriever. Then on…

Ancient Greek Family Advice Part 2 -Alcohol With The Groovy

Read Part 1 for the Historical Background and Introduction to Plutarch’s Morals, written in the first century AD. Ancient Greek advice concerning the consumption of Alcohol, as it relates to sex and the conception of children. Plutarch reminds us if we are approaching our wife/husband to have sex (procreate), we should be either totally sober,…

Ancient Greek Family Advice – Part 1

Have you ever heard of a nation fining their King for inconsiderate (to the nation) amours with a “common” woman? I am reading a 1898 translation from Greek of “Plutarch’s Morals” (Moralia) written in the first century AD. I have not laughed to this degree for a very long time. How Plutarch writes with such…

The Dark Hole I Sank Into. Forgive me!

Forgive me….. Please be patient with me as you read through this one. It combines several painful themes for me. I have read about political ideologies my whole life. I have been trained to identify the worldviews and assumptions behind writings or speeches (Bachelor of Sacred Literature). I’m actually not bad at identifying worldview assumption…