World War III


This Article was written by me and originally published in 2012 ~ I recently “cleaned” up my site and moved items here, this was one of them

I think that many people don’t believe that a Third World War is in the cards, I’m not so sure.  I can tell you that Utopia will never happen.  Why?  Simple, there will always be that one person with brilliance, charisma and agenda, and their agenda is to rule the world.  A super villain.  They don’t just exist in comic books and novels, they are real.  That’s why we writers create them and use them.

I’m watching the news and there are so many people with different ideas about what is right and what is wrong and so many are based on their religious ideologies.   One reason I split most of my colonies into religious based groups is because it seems that’s how most people would choose to follow, their faith.   Not everyone, but most would.  Their church is their community and their home away from home.  I watch Christians who are under attack by non-religious groups, but then I see Christians attacking equal rights for the homosexuals living in the USA.  I see anti-Semitic rhetoric and I see the attacks on peaceful Muslims.

Across the board, a zealot is a zealot and a distortion of your deity’s teachings can create a cataclysm.  Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stated in that he would not rest until the West was under one God… he meant his god.  The absolute fascism of dictatorship, deciding for the people what is best for them.  Forcing ones ideologies on others.  We’ve seen this before, twice it led to a World War and in other instances the death of millions, destruction of countries and freedoms that have yet to be re-established.

These people exist right now.  They are in our back yard, in our neighborhoods and in our churches.  They are Muslim, and Christian and Jew and Atheist.  They are everyone who cannot be tolerant of another person’s opinions and beliefs.  We are all different and yet all the same.

Is World War III ready to come?  All the time.  Look around and take notice.  I can’t tell you how it will happen or if it will happen in out lifetime, but the seeds are being sown everyday.  Will it be fought with Sound weapons and Bio warfare?  Maybe… or maybe it will be fought with nuclear weapons, destroying everything.  Maybe it will be fought with guns.  Who knows?  The point is, as long as we are vigilant and strive to be caring and thoughtful and tolerant, we might be able to stop it and until then, we’ll write books where we can teach the people there how to be more tolerant.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with WWI and WWII, please do research and absorb all the information you can.  There is much to be learned, about how it started and the atrocities that occurred.   To quote the SHOAH foundation, Never Forget.  Click here to learn about the SHOAH Foundation

 

 

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Morality for Atheists: Reasons Not to Go On A Rampage! by M. Adams – Book Review – Around the Universe Tours


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Synopsis: RELIGION AND MORALITY. For far too long, religion has been considered to be a pre-condition of morality and many still believe you could not have one without the other. But what would this mean for atheists, if this were true? What exactly is preventing atheists from going on a murderous rampage? Can atheists be moral?

This short concise book aims to tackle the common misconceptions regarding morality, atheism and religion using reasoned argument and a refreshing slice of humour.

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Review: This is a very short book, a novella really, but it certainly comes chock full of knowledge and information.  Having said that, it isn’t a boring read, quite the contrary.  Mary-Louise Adams manages to interject statistics, perceptions, philosophies and ideologies in a very interesting and informative light.

She is straight forward in her attempt to make sure that anyone who takes the time to read this book will understand that morality is a human issue, not a religious or non-religious issue, an dI couldn’t agree more.  Her points are honest and true and extremely accurate in many cases.

I myself was raised Roman Catholic and I am know a pagan solitary witch of my own design.  I have never assumed that atheism is amoral, but I can see where more conservative sects of religious individuals would.  For that reason, I can understand the need for a book like Ms. Adams’ has written.

Although this book may stir up debate, it should.  I for one thought this book was very, very good and I would recommend this book to anyone trying to understand humanity and our morality.

4 pink stars

Available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3S58EE

About the Author: Hi, I’m Mary-Louise Adams. Sometimes I write stuff down and sometimes it makes people laugh. My life goals include getting a bigger place so I can adopt two Great Pyrenees or Bernese Mountain puppies (aww, puppies!) and getting over my fear of pigeons. Thank you.

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Listening


Some may not appreciate this post, but I felt I needed to say something, just for my peace of mind.  It’s the season of politicians and sound bites, the candidates have been chosen and we the people are being inundated with conventions and platforms.  The candidates are not my issue here, but rather the constant barrage of opinions being thrust at anyone who opposes that individuals stance.  Not one candidate is really what I want.  If I agree with their fiscal plan, I disagree with their social plans.  If I agree with their social agenda, I disagree with their economics.  I don’t trust any of them, although I don’t believe any of them want to harm our country.  They are all planning to do what they think is right for the American people.

My problem is I see people talking and no one listening.  The candidates and their campaigns are there to win, so they go after the other team’s weaknesses.  Something said in a speech that gets taken out of context, etc.  But that’s typical and to be expected, as sad as that is.  Where I have an issue is with the American people themselves.  All of us have to choose (should we decide to vote, and if you don’t, that’s your right and prerogative) what topic of each platform is best for us as individuals.  Yet, that doesn’t give you the right to condemn someone else for selecting the opposing candidate.  We as Americans have the right to choose our leaders and representatives and we all have ideas and beliefs as to what is important to ourselves.  That doesn’t make those who believe the opposite necessarily wrong, just that they have different priorities and although we may feel those priorities are not “right”, those people still have the right to have them.

Some people will choose a candidate based on the economy, some on religious (or lack thereof) preference, some will choose based on some personal issues (abortion, gay rights, etc.) and I’m sure many will disagree, as we tend to do.  But we can all do this in a mature and respectful way.  Take the time to really listen to what people are saying and the context in which they say it.  Sometimes actively listening can be difficult when you’re passionate about something, but other people are passionate too.  This all comes down to tolerance and agreeing to disagree.  To embrace the beauty in our culture.  That is the right to disagree.  To disagree with your government, your family, your friends… the freedom to have your own opinion and express it as you wish.  What we all seem to forget is that with great power comes great responsibility and the freedom to say what we wish when we wish is a luxury many people in the world do not possess.

This is not to say that I want to hear hateful, awful things, I do not, but even hateful, awful people have the right to free speech.  They can say what they want as well.  But I choose to remember something my father once told me while watching the news.  They were reporting that the KKK had one of their speeches on the steps of the town hall.  They preached their hatred and bile and the crowds came to yell and oppose them.  There is something wonderful about watching people oppose hate.  When I turned to look at my dad, he was shaking his head, not because he agreed with the Klan, I knew that.  So I asked him why and he said, “That’s why they do it, because the crowds come and stand there.  What would happen if no one showed up to listen?”  That made me think.  He was right.  Without an audience, would these people show up?  I don’t think so.  The whole reason is to get on the news or appeal to the small minded followers looking to join, but without an audience, you lose power.  This seems contradictory to my previous statement, but sometimes the best way to deal with a hateful issue is to walk away.  Now, I don’t mean to tell people not educate themselves about all the issues and organizations out there, we all should pay more attention to those out there that mean us harm.

There will be many people we speak to about the upcoming election.  Some don’t want to talk about it at all and some do nothing but talk about it.  Some will be small minded and fearful and some will be venomous and intolerant, but we can only make decisions for ourselves and how we deal with those things and people around us.  In some cases listen and in others walk away… all I can do is respectfully ask that we all remember that we can agree to disagree and that our differences are what make us wonderful and unique.