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You must have missed the part where the social gathering I attended was with the members of the local Lion's Club. You might want to do some research on the organization and what it does. This is just one of the few charitable organizations that we're involved in.
In an interview with Collins, it was noted that the books "[tackle] issues like severe poverty, starvation, oppression, and the effects of war among others." The book deals with the struggle for self-preservation that the people of Panem face in their districts and the Hunger Games in which they must participate. The starvation and need for resources that the citizens encounter both in and outside of the arena create an atmosphere of helplessness that the main characters try to overcome in their fight for survival.
Originally posted by wildtimes
I'm not "bitter", and just in case your next "defense" is that I'm "just jealous", don't bother with that one either. I'm perfectly content in not being a hypocrite, not living beyond my means, not hoarding wealth that can help others, and living a modest life in a modest home. I have opted out of the work force by choice -- partly because society makes me nauseated and furious, and partly so that others can have work. I do not wish to compete.
Sorry, guys, my frustration and pain are showing.....I'll be better very soon!
You persist in speaking to me as though I'm some poor little shmoe, a "bruised child" of some kind who will "learn and grow wise." Ma'am, I am 53 years old, and was brought up in a middle-class (not elite, but comfortable) lifestyle. I have an advanced education in the Humanities and Behavioral Health. I am bilingual, and can converse with a homeless transient, a Guatemalan housekeeper, a Mexican tamale vendor, and every type of individual in between just as easily -- on up to a megacorporate CEO.
In addition, I am skilled as an improvisational entertainer, and as a public speaker in front of state-of-the-art professional audiences without one glimmer of stage fright. These qualities makes me polylingual...I know body language, I can read eyes, and I see through plastic manners. I am not going to be intimidated or "pitied" into submission. I am going to continue to point out where I see problems. And I see many problems.
I do not retract nor apologize for anything I have written to you. Save your "sorries" and "assessments" of my emotional state and spiritual health. I want nothing you have to offer, and will continue to insist that it is people who refuse to do anything "real" about changing humanity's trajectory who are the problem. Silver tongued apathy with token charitable donations is what is holding us back.
By the way, I don't need to read young adult books to know where we are headed or how to resolve the world's problems.
I already know through the Bible.
Nonzero, refers to the concept of the "non-zero-sum," which comes from game theory. Looking at human history--and for that matter the whole history of life on earth--through the lenses of game theory can change your view of life. At least, that is a premise of this book. What exactly is meant by "change your view of life"? That is a question with a book-length answer. But there is enough material on this website to give you the general idea.
In a work of vast erudition and pungent wit, Wright takes on some of the past century’s most prominent thinkers, including Isaiah Berlin, Karl Popper, Stephen Jay Gould, and Richard Dawkins. He finds evidence for his position in unexpected corners, from native American hunter-gatherer societies and Polynesian chiefdoms to Medieval Islamic commerce and precocious Chinese technology; from conflicts of interest among a cell’s genes to discord at the World Trade Organization.
Wright argues that a coolly scientific appraisal of humanity’s three-billion-year past can give new spiritual meaning to the present and even offer political guidance for the future. Nonzero will change the way people think about the human prospect.
“Survival of the nicest,” The Boston Globe
As a lively writer, supple thinker, and imaginative synthesizer, Wright is bound to attract attention. His sprightly style deprives his subject of any solemnity. “Among the Aranda of central Australia,” he writes, “one of the shaman’s jobs was ensuring that solar eclipses would be temporary—nice work if you can get it.”
As a bold formulator he’s also a lightning rod for controversy. The Evolution of God, which explores permutations in our concepts of the deity, will please neither hard-core atheists nor fundamentalists of any faith. It’s too open to theism for the former, too rooted in scientific rationalism for the latter…
Wright’s description of Paul as an entrepreneur brilliant at expanding his Jesus “brand” throughout the polyglot Roman Empire may put off some Christians, but it provides a convincing account of why early Christianity was able to succeed among a Babel of competing deities.
Now, let's try again. What is "God", IN YOUR OWN WORDS. I will not accept a Biblical definition or priest sermon as an answer, because it is easy to repeat what we hear, but not so easy to understand it.
God is not someone (or something) who has His (or its) constituent parts derived from the physical universe, where we (as humans) would have some (or most) of the constituent parts of our being coming from the physical universe (which is itself a creation).
This isnt even the why the God is in you point of view is anti-biblical. The point is God is the Creator and is seperate from his creation.
Romans 1:25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.
No explanation I give will be enough for you. Feel free to go through all of my posts as to what God is, they are all there and there's not enough room on this thread for me to repost them all.
The only way to understand it is through the power of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, I am not the one capable of giving it or receiving it to you or for you.
The way to receiving the power of the Holy Spirit has already been given to you in this thread.