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March 10, 2007



Great post, this is how I am trying to be a Christian in the modern world. To these I would add:

11. Let ethics inform your choice of software.
I personally have found that Christian values are supported better within free/open source software.

12. Resist attempts to introduce markets/royalties within the act of worship itself, i.e. do not turn the Lord's temple into a den of robbers.

On Trident, I agree with you 100%. As I have argued here, William Wilberforce's belief in unilateral action applies to nuclear weapons also.


In response to your post about "ways to resist empire" I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of consumerism/ industrialization on our minds and environment. Please read.

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.

Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.

To read the complete article please follow either of these links :





Good post. It's not just that our charity has been commodofied. We commodify people and we even commodify church and worship. So we shop around looking for what 'meets my needs' and if we don't like what we get we go somewhere else. And, of course, if we can't find what we want anywhere, we can always buy the 'best worship ever' on CD.

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