As to mental maladies, is any man altogether sane? Are we not all a little off the balance? Some minds appear to have a gloomy tinge essential to their very individuality; of them it may be said, “Melancholy marked them for her own;” fine minds, and ruled by noblest principles, but yet most prone to forget the silver lining, and to remember only the cloud.

Pain has, probably, in some cases developed genius; hunting out the soul which otherwise might have slept like a lion in its den…

Any simpleton can follow the narrow path in the light: faith’s rare wisdom enables us to march on in the dark with infallible accuracy, since she places her hand in that of her Great Guide.

- Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Valley of the Shadow of Death

60 million Americans experience a mental health condition every year—that’s one in four adults and one in ten children. People of every race, age, religion or economic status are affected. Whether we are aware of it or not, we all know someone who is living with some form of mental illness.

- National Alliance on Mental Illness

Via at TEDxJaffa – 2013

Go here to interact with a map showing the seizing of over 1.5 billion acres from America’s indigenous people by treaty and executive order from between 1776 and 1887… this account also omits the lands taken via England, Spain, and other European nations prior to 1776.

It’s not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. Credit belongs to the man who really was in the arena, his face marred by dust, sweat, and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs to come short and short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. It is the man who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows the great enthusiasm and knows the great devotion, who spends himself on a worthy cause, who at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement. And, who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and cruel souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

― President Theodore Roosevelt

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.

- Thomas Jefferson

Because we are finite and fallen, we must critically evaluate whatever we think we know, but these limitations do not prevent us from learning much about the world.

- Michael Wittmer, Don’t Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus Is Not Enough (144).

Study after study has found that Porn addiction changes brain chemistry for the worst; side effects include:

  • Inability to Feel Pleasure
  • Willpower Erosion
  • Dating & Social Problems
  • Social Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Performance Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Voyeurism
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Sexual Performance Issues
  • Memory-Loss

Invest the 16 minutes or so to hear Gary Wilson explain how porn has ravaged the men of this generation.

Do not suppose that abuses are eliminated by destroying the object that is abused. Men can go wrong with wine and women. Shall we prohibit and abolish women? The sun, moon, and stars have been worshiped. Shall we pluck them out of the sky?

- Martin Luther

Though not without its own viewpoints & bias, here are two great links via The Guardian, a winner of a Pulitzer prize for public service, that help foster media literacy & critical thought about what we participate in and consume:

Media

Social Media

 

U.S. society in general, and pop-culture specifically, has blended up a cocktail of autonomy & self-esteem culture that has now trickled into our collective religious thinking. Along with a handful of familiar concepts loosely borrowed from Christianity, a new America Religion has emerged and was articulated a few years back by sociologist Christian Smith while studying the spiritual attitudes and beliefs of young people. What Smith & co. discovered was something they dubbed, “Moral Therapeutic Deism”.  Though many statistically identify with (nominal) Christianity, Moral Therapeutic Deism, by sharp contrast teaches:

1. “A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.”
2. “God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.”
3. “The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.”
4. “God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.”
5. “Good people go to heaven when they die.”

Taken from excerpts via the Christian Post, here is some brilliant insights into Moral Therapeutic Deism: Read on »