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Living A Plot on a Fenced in Land

The food industry uses food from all over the world.  Ingredients are taken from each continent, in every season. What if religious institution effectively used spiritual resources in the same way to feed the spiritually hungry and those who were dying from spiritual malnutrition?

History was on course, salvation history, with the destruction of organized religion.  Was an event coming which would challenge, threaten the identity of each institution, each individual.

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey found that Buddhists struggle hardest to pass the faith from one generation to the next in the U.S. 

 Silence, Time. Celibate. Alone but not alone.

“Describing an ancient Greek perspective, he explained that fate could be imagined as a plot of fenced land. The individual cannot control where the fence stakes are placed. But every person determines for herself how she maneuvers within the enclosed space.”

Feb. 25, 2005 New York Times

More than 42% of Bolivians live on less than £1 a day and in rural areas the situation is even worse, with nearly three out of five people living in extreme poverty.

 WASHINGTON — More than a quarter of adult Americans have left the faith of their childhood to join another religion or no religion, according to a survey of religious affiliation by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The Pew survey has shown that the unaffiliated tend to be younger than the general public, with 35 percent between ages 18 and 29. And what are the unaffiliated doing with their power, as more young Americans generally enjoy the benefits of advanced education? When at an intersection of youth, as private life and public life collide, this story out of Madison, Wisconsin….

MADISON, WI— The Associated Students of Madison’s Student Services Finance Committee denied the Roman Catholic Foundation-UW-Madison eligibility Monday to receive student segregated funding for the 2008- 2010 academic years.  The SSFC (Student Services Finance Committee) is a committee made up of the University of Wisconsin-Madison students whose task is to make recommendations to ASM (Associated Students of Madison)
Student Council on the allocation of over $32 million in segregated fees. Student Services Finance Committee provides substantial operations funding to student and non-student-run organizations which provide a non-academic but educational service (e.g., tutoring, legal services, multicultural education groups, etc.) to a significant portion of the UW-Madison student body. Money from segregated fees goes to both student organizations, and UW Departments that run non-academic student programming, including University Health Services and Recreation Sports. The money that goes to support student groups is a part of the General Student Services Fund (GSSF).

Spending or Saving?

Money: Saving or spending. 

How do you spend money and time?  You start by putting a measure on time:  clocks, calendars, dates.   Then you put a measure on wealth: money.  Many then combine the means of measure in a way that seems fair.  

After all, you only had so much in a lifetime.  It was a form of human creation to try to measure time and money.  Was first-come, first-serve another form of primogenitur?  

Time and money –Addictions:  squandering time when time seemed in abundance.  Since humanity is God-like, since there is seemingly no such things as time in heaven and  since eternity is God-like, was there a connection of abundance on earth to the issue of abundance and time and addiction?    

Time: Saving or spending.

Was your spending   a holy pursuit?  Was your life a holy pursuit?  If  life really was about the pursuit of happiness, how could happiness ever be confused with financial success? 

asylum

The view from Mexico was that the United State “currently has a very strong and anti-humane immigration program.” 

So was protected liberty limited by borders to people born between certain latitudes and longitudes.  What were protected rights, if all men and all women really were created equal? 

In a land where regard for liberty seemed more and more limited to pursuits of happiness,  why was one land able to offer requested political asylum, but limited to the “political?”  Were we crazy?  Was asylum just for politicians? 

Seeking asylum.  Was it not for the crazy?