Kirby Urner's Blog – 2nd mo. 2016 Archive (4)

On Membership

Lets do an experiment.  Pick a Meeting, any Meeting.  Find a Monthly Meeting that dares to list its recorded members as a matter of public record, with or without other contact information.  Have you found one yet?  Take your time.

Time was, being public about one's membership was an act of courage.  You might go to prison for it.  The English church considered Quakers too subversive to be allowed to spread.  Many left for the New World as a result of these persecutions, although it…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 2nd mo. 29, 2016 at 1:30pm — 15 Comments

Are Computer Games Violent?

In one sense, of course many computer games are extremely violent, with blood and guts flying everywhere, lovingly rendered.  We may say the same of fairy tales too -- pretty grim.  The mind is a violent place, just read the Bible if you don't believe me -- and a lot of that stuff actually happened!  Earth, the planet, is surely violent.  As humans aiming to be humane, we're concerned with making it no more violent than it needs to be.  Gratuitous violence, like unnecessary suffering, are…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 2nd mo. 29, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

On Racism

One of the more bogus locutions out there stems from identifying with some goofy fiction like the "white race" (really?) and then thinking to "speak for" that fictional grouping.  "Speaking as a white person for a moment..."  Yeah, right.  Funny.

Even if there were a "white race" I wouldn't consider anyone I know, including myself, authorized to speak for it.  But yes, I consider "races" to be entirely fictional, a-scientific inventions.  There's no genetics behind the concept, only a…

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Added by Kirby Urner on 2nd mo. 29, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Active Duty Friends

I was listening to another episode of NPR, government funded, actively recruiting women into the military, celebrating combat as glorious service for the Homeland. 

Drop everything, including your children if need be, when you hear the call.  Your country needs you.  Yours is not to reason why, yours is but to do or die.  These values start to disseminate as early as elementary school.…



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Added by Kirby Urner on 2nd mo. 5, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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