ENDNOTE: Fasting?

2017-Feb-18

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/3-reasons-you-should-abstain-from-your-vices-during-springtime.html

3 Reasons You Should Abstain from Your Vices During Springtime
By: Maggie McCrackenJanuary 29, 2017

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If you grew up Catholic, you’re already familiar with the practice of giving something up for Lent. In fact, the idea of fasting or parting with our vices for a predetermined period of time isn’t specific to Christianity. Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and pagan religions all have various traditions of fasting, generally as a means for developing compassion for the less fortunate, disciplining one’s mind and honoring a higher power.

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Isn’t that a subtle dig at Catholics?

I never understood this and wrote about it in my “opus”. Although calling it an “opus” seems pompous!

“Always sounded dumb to her, how would my not eating help a starving kid in China.” — Character Jody — CHURCH 10●19●62 page 73

Maybe now I understand that we were supposed to put money in “mite boxes”. But I’m really not sure. 

Small sacrifices aren’t going to “save the world”. What’s needed imho is a change in thinking. Now I know to call it memes and paradigms. Memes, like their counterpart genes, are those “ideas” that keep the common folk in poverty. Paradigms, “pair of dimes”, is how we see and interpret the external world. Either can kill us or enslave us.

So sad.

IMHO Gooferment is the meme that imprisons up to thinking that we don’t have to take personal responsibility. Yes, we are our brother’s keeper.

IMHO Gooferment doing “charity” is the paradigm that makes us think it’s OK for us to rob our neighbor for the things we think are good for everyone. Argh!

Dona Nobis Pacem

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