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Cultural Middle-Ground

Posted in Atheist/Agnostic, Cooperative collaboration, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, Languages, Pagan, Religions, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2020 by Drogo

Most of us can be called poly-cultural in some major aspects in our lives. It is common to be part of a culture to some degree, while being part of other cultures or sub-cultures (religions, sects, social movements, political parties, ethnicities, etc). Like in Middle-Earth, there are many cultures that merge and create new cultures; talking about middle ground or coming to terms with other cultures, religions, ethnicities, or sub-cultures.

What religions, nations, or ethnicities am i 100% a part of? American? Depends on the definition and what the percentage means. I could say i am 100% American in that i am a natural born citizen of the USA and it includes so many other cultures; but North American USA DC christian style to be specific. Yet when i break that down it is not well defined beyond geography. Although part christian, i would be called a heretic by other christians to question dogmas like “jesus was perfect” (which is a classical question within christianity). American english with major influences and deviations into other languages and idiosyncrasies which are “wrong” by any institutional standard (besides SCOD).

Methodist – florida, iowa, harpers ferry

Catholic – st johns, franciscan, student

Agnostic – means i ask questions and hold positions which are heresy

Atheist – i think it is possible and probably to some degree there are no gods

Pagan – i worship Nature, FLW, organic, trees, death, neo-pagan

I like to find common points of agreement with Christians and people from other cultures. I talk on the phone or in person with as many religious people as i can, to work on moral theology. Brother Father Jay Hess was right in that mystery is ok in belief, we do not always need to have strict definitions for everything. In fact it may be impossible to agree on not only all religious concepts; but even linguistic semantics, as languages evolve and living languages flow organically and never totally conform to rules during the period. What is popular in speech or writing may deviate from grammatical dogma and the lectures of scholars. There will even be those who like to argue more than get along, rather to resolve any problems.

“There has been constant debate over the classification of ethnic groups. Membership of an ethnic group tends to be associated with shared ancestry, history, homeland, language or dialect and cultural heritage; where the term “culture” specifically includes aspects such as religion, mythology and ritual, cuisine, dressing (clothing) style, and other factors. By the nature of the concept, ethnic groups tend to be divided into subgroups, which may themselves be or not be identified as independent ethnic groups depending on the source consulted.”

Middle ground or meeting someone part-ways (half-ways is ideal), negotiating for cooperation in community vs exiling and isolating by exclusion and neglect. This is how to avoid holy wars, and strive for peace. We can make peace with our enemies, assuming we are capable of it with our friends and families to some extent. Peace, love, and sharing are 3 great ways to practice faith in humanity, no matter our religion; and this is another ethical concept I am happy to say many people I talk to can agree on no matter their belief system. The most basic moral code being the ‘Golden Rule’, which is preferred over ‘An Eye For An Eye’; although treating others well being dependent on self-esteem and attitude (how we want to be treated) is another debate for an essay on ‘the limits of love’ probably.   [Audio Draft]

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The END of Public Libraries

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Drogo

Welcome to the END of Montgomery County Public Libraries.

Dictators of Demolition:  Isiah Leggett & Betty Parker Hamilton

What was Business Manager Eric Carzon doing before the Great Recession? Obviously he was not saving any money for the County. If he is anything like Hamilton, he might have rolled over anytime Lord Leggett had idiot plans for the Libraries.

Lord Leggett and his fools have cut funding and cut staff, while at the same time spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on construction plans for new libraries. New libraries without the staff to fill them? That is reality in the Merry Land of Leggett.

Libraries were forced by Lord Leggett to kill 55 filled positions and abolished 20 vacancies in preparation for fiscal 2011. Some libraries were closed, with their entire staff terminated for expensive renovations; while expensive designers and contractors are still paid to design new buildings with no staff or funding to operate them in the future.

The county library system’s budget was cut down from $40 million to $28 million from fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2011. This year’s elimination of all summer reading programs and reductions to other programs, services and materials was just the beginning. Now we are helpless as the politicians reduce all worker paychecks by 8% while reducing all health-care benefits. The end of educated people working at libraries is near.

Libraries are often the only public gathering place for communities. As bastions of knowledge, libraries now must have computer internet access as well as old and new books, magazines, and public information. Library staff members are always busy assisting large groups of citizens and immigrants. All the computer stations are almost always occupied by people allowed to view pornography or anything they want. Long lines form at circulation desks, and phones ring continuously.

People live in their communities and neighborhoods where you need to provide the services, reducing libraries and staff does more long term damage than reducing the police force. The Mission, Vision, and Value of Public Libraries are being lost.

The Mission of Libraries is to offer free and equal access to services and resources that connect people to ideas and information which sustain and enrich their lives. Thanks to Leggett that Mission is under siege.

The Vision is to have a diverse, highly qualified staff that continually assesses community needs and interests to support, encourage and inspire our customers. Thanks to Hamilton the Vision has faded.

The Value of Libraries is to defend the right of all to learn and to grow through multi-media, archives, and recordings. Thanks to Business Manager Eric Carzon this Value will be terminated.

Libraries will no longer operate in an efficient and effective manner.

Reference article links:

https://scodpub.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/maryland-budget-cuts-drastic-library-layoffs/

http://oldblog.thomashardman.com/2009/10/dont-divide-by-zero-or.html