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Scott Jones

After reading those I feel like abandoning life.

Law Bob Esq.

Adam, your post raises interesting questions about the value of life. Perhaps the practice of law has jaded me somewhat, I've spent long hours determining the value of human life and human suffering just so I can demand it from an insurance company. I look at it this way. Someday, you are going to die. Everyone you know is going to die.

What you witnessed between your dogs is how the natural world works, outside of the "everyone is equal and everyone gets a chance" myth upon which we base our civilization. Our culture is reluctant, no, adamantly against placing a value on life relative to other things. Not so with any other form of life. Your dogs, for example, are perfectly comfortable risking their lives over a bit of food. To them, the value of the short term benefit outweighs the value of long term survival. Nature is a simple, cold, numbers game.

If you really want to bake your noodle, consider a second cultural myth, "nothing is more precious than the life of a child." Then consider the lives of the 4 year old child and the college graduate. Which is more valuable to society, the child who might discover the cure for cancer, but is more likely to become a welfare dad, or the graduate in whom society has already invested time, effort, and money, and is about to get a return? Then ask, how many people heard about the child being killed and said, "thank heaven she wasn't a college student."

This part of the diatribe usually leads me into an analysis of masculine v. feminine thought, but rather than rehash the issue again, I leave you with a familiar quote, "We're a generation of men raised by women. We've all been raised to believe that we'll be millionaires and movie idols. But we won't!"

Leighton

This reminds me of the reactions I have when I read Dostoevsky. There's simply no response possible, but for some reason we keep on living anyway.

Monk-in-Training

Adam,
As horrible as the dog thing was, I can relate to it, as I grew up on a farm filled with animals. What is actually horrible and unforgetable is how these adults who get shot, and children suffer at the hands of their own parents. What is wrong with the world? Same crap Jesus came to save us from. We don't really care, don't really love our neighbors, and the Church is powerless to change people's lives. God have mercy on us all.

rose

It is absolutely sickning to think that a mother could do that to her own child...and that her child was taken away from her once...and given back to her...wow

Adam

Update:

The little girl who's six year old brother found handing in her closet is actually alive. She was wasn't breathing when EMS showed up but they began to work on her and got some breath sounds. They performed an emergency tracheotomy at the hospital because the rope had crushed her throat, and she is breathing somewhat normally. They aren't sure how much damage was done due to lack of oxygen, but her being alive is quite a miracle.

meg

Monk-in-Training said: "the Church is powerless to change people's lives."
I know that it looks that way and it feels that way and I think we all despair that it really is that way but it isn't. It isn't. It can't be. Call me an ostrich, call my faith the sand but despite sight and emotion and reason I will not concede that the Church is impotent in this world - and, I suspect that most days, neither would you.

McKormick

If I do something, the church is not impotent.

We have to stop talking about the church as simply an organization, or just an organized body of people who share a common faith or common demographic. The church is a communal expression of the absolute made up in part and in whole by shitty individuals.

If the church is organized, it is organized by the Holy Spirit. If the church is congregation it is brought and held together by the Holy Spirit. If the church is impotent, it is because I have failed to rise.

Jason

Right on McKormick,

The Institutional church may have a limited impact, but the people, the communities have the opportunity, and even sometimes the guts to make a difference in the world. Your comments are especially important for the upcoming Pentecost Sunday (I may even use one of them in my sermon). Thanks

grace and peace

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