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Atomic Bomb – Hiroshima

Yesterday was the 63rd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The Japanese have a word “Mokusatsu.” It is comprised of two characters. Moku, meaning “to kill” and Satsu, meaning, “with silence”. Mokusatsu has two meanings depending on how it is used. It can mean to “refrain from comment” or it can mean “to ignore”. Toward the end of the war, the allies issued the Potsdam ultimatum to Japan which said, “surrender or be crushed.” Japan apparently was ready to capitulate,…

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Prayer and Laughter

Every so often a report comes out in some magazine or another about prayer and whether it works or not. There was one report I read awhile back that prayer didn’t do any good in an experiment on healing. There have been other studies that suggest just the opposite. One comes from Dr. Larry Dossey, the author of Healing Words. He defines prayer as a “benevolent concern for the well being of another”, not necessarily attached to any dogma. To some people a prayer is…

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It worked once, why not against Exxon/Mobile

Some thoughts on an action in history. The Ireland of the 1870’s was a troubled place. Poverty, anger, frustration were the crops tilled in the minds of oppressed peasants. A home rule movement began and gained momentum under the leadership of Irish nationalist Charles Parnell. At one point Parnell tried a tactic to prevent land price fixing and the cheating of peasants. If a landlord evicted a tenant, the landlord would be ostracized, ignored. No one would work for him, and shop keepers would refused…

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Over There Questions

I wonder if in that other place, the place where some believe we go after our life ends here, there is an awareness of what goes on in this earthly density? I wonder if those who have been wronged or falsely accused and died, or murdered, are angry at the wrong or at the ending of their life. Do the spirits of the former earthly living feel temporal emotions? If there is a there, is there anger there or, at least, righteous indignation? Is there…

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