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George Nethercutt speaks as if he were a vanguard of moral authority in this land. But his party of obstructionists and servants of the "one percent" is the cause of most of our country's woes. With their vengeful and almost childlike contempt for Obama and progressive politics in general, they are part of the problem, not the solution. Our infastructure is crumbling....roads, bridges, water systems, sewer systems, and lots more, but the Republicans are not coming forth with the funding to rebuild them, in spite of all the jobs that would create. I agree with the commenter in a recent Inlander issue, who stated that "our system is so out of touch with the needs of the people, it's almost juvenile"...and it's folks like Nethercutt who are to blame.
It is good that the 777X will be built here in Washington. I think that Boeing management did the math and realized that to build and furnish a new plant somewhere else from scratch, and hire and train a new workforce would result in a lot more problems than to utilize the trained workers and the facilities that already exist here.
It's too bad that the traditional Boeing pension will be a thing of the past, but if the younger workers would take their signing bonuses, which add up to $15,000 dollars over a two year period, and invest them in IRA's instead of blowing them on big screen TV's or new cars as young folks tend to do, they might have something substantial invested by the time they reach retirement age. But most young people don't tend to do that, if they get money they spend it, which is why I've always been opposed to privitization of Social Security!
I think "life without Western religion" would be a better term for this, because "life without God" is kind of an impossibility. If you study Eastern religion/philosophy, God is perceived in a whole different context than in the Western "big three" religions, because God is the only thing there is in the whole Universe, and "He" is you, and me, and every rock, tree, blade of grass, animal, planet, star, etc...Western religion is the religion of the ego, desperately trying to be permanent, but in Eastern religion, one must transcend the ego in order to discover the divine being within each and every one of us. Yes, Jesus was divine, but guess what, you are too. If we all knew this, we wouldn´t put up with the garbage that our clergy and politicians shove down our throats. The late great philosopher Alan Watts said that "we are the Universe knowing ittself"...we are God´s arms, legs, eyes, ears, fingers, toes, and by our being and doing, not only does God work through us but he actually lives in us, and through us, he has multitudes of experiences in all the worlds in the Universes. Does God even know where he came from? That is the Ultimate mystery, because here we have something in the midst of nothing. Stars, planets, worlds, lives....to deny the existence of God, even if you only consider him to be the "intelligence" behind "intelligent design", is to deny the mystery of your own existence! Is not life itself a miracle? The natural and the "supernatural" are the same thing, we have become numb to that idea. It´s all right here and now, the only dance there is!
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