One of the things my wife and I have been watching lately is a documentary series (available on disc through Netflix) titled Mystic Lands.
It was conceived rather ambitiously for a network TV series (originally airing on the Learning Chanel). The idea was a 13 episode series looking at numerous different locations of the world, and the spiritual practices that were (or, in some cases, are) practiced there, without cultural bias or prejudice as to the views of the practices being shown.
We’ve seen 4 episodes so far, and I have to say that I think they succeed. Series director Chip Duncan (who is interviewed about the project in an extra feature on Disc 2) wanted to show spirituality as a potential unifying force of humanity despite the diversity of beliefs, and I respect that view tremendously.
I would choose to phrase it this way: WHAT you practice is not so important as IF that practice means something to you. On the other hand, something being successful as a faith for you is no indicator of it’s rightness for anyone else. You have a right, and obligation, to do what is right for you, but you have no right or authority to enforce it on anyone else.
Ultimately, your decision to make someplace a spiritual place for you is the only thing that is necessary. You can make it spiritual just by setting up an altar in a room in your basement.
I’ve been sitting on this for over a week, waiting for a chance to talk to the lawyer who’s handling my claim for Social Security disability. Unfortunately, she’s having health issues herself, and hasn’t returned my call yet.
Anyhow, through the last 5 years the doctor at the VA clinic has been “concerned” about my cholesterol levels and has wanted to put me on drugs to lower them. This year, he didn’t even have a lab on-site to get the results from, but he went full-court press on pushing the statins just based on LAST YEAR’s results.
I swear, being an MD is nothing but legalized drug pushing anymore.
Anyhow, I told him I wanted to see what the results of the NEW blood work were before making any decision, and they could contact me with those results by email.
I got the email the next day. My results were that the total cholesterol went up over 40 points. Here is an excerpt of what he said:
“LDL (bad cholesterol) has gone up from 240 mg/dL to 280 mg/dL Patient has been very resistant to taking statin drugs. Complications of untreated high cholesterol including heart attack. I would advise him taking ATORVASTATIN … in order to get his LDL down. Possible side effects include muscle weakness, muscle pain.”
First – ATORVASTATIN is generic Lipitor. Notice that the only side effects he mentions are muscle weakness and muscle pain – nothing about LIVER DAMAGE, which all the literature on the health websites claim is the #1 side effect.
Anyhow, I still haven’t talked to my lawyer, but I also haven’t been sleeping well for the last week, mostly because I’ve been stewing over this. I still want to talk to my lawyer, but I think I have figured out what to say to the doctor. It would go something like this:
Dear Doctor: Please notice in my records that I am a Scientologist. This affects much more than just my attitudes towards drugs that have psychiatric actions. It is WHY I have an Advanced Directive AND a Living Will, both of which stipulate a DNR order. It is my religious and spiritual belief that the end of this life is only an opportunity to begin the next one. I am happy to discuss health care options that affect the quality of life while I have it, but I have no interest in extending it. If I have a heart attack, it will be the end of my life, and I’m comfortable with that. I will not take anti-cholesterol drugs now or ever, and you will not ever bring it up again.
Well, I think that’s what I’d say.
First, let me share a paragraph that was in the email I got yesterday from US Senator Jerry Moran (KS).
“This week, an activist group from out of state pressured the local post office in Pittsburg to remove a patriotic banner – a sign raised by veterans and post office employees in response to the attacks of 9/11. The banner has been proudly displayed since Sept. 11, 2001. I commend the Pittsburg community for rejecting this decision and I stand with them. The Constitution guarantees a right to freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. This banner is an expression of faith and of love for country. Expressions of patriotism, faith, and community should be welcome in our society and I have contacted USPS officials to express my concerns about their decision and to request reconsideration. Since the local post office branch is unable to display the banner, I am proudly to displaying it at my own office in Pittsburg.”
Now, let me focus on one phrase in that paragraph – “The Constitution guarantees a right to freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.” There is just one small problem with that point of view – it has been used to totally invalidate “atheist” as a religious choice. If it was the official position of the government, it could be used to state that everyone MUST choose some acceptable religion, which then throws open the doors to government deciding what religions are valid and which are not. Of course, this would all be subject to the efforts of special interest groups and lobbyist organizations, and upstarts or independent churches would loose all claims.
THIS is why I have long advocated that a person’s individual religious beliefs should remain private, and should NEVER be given consideration when determining laws that oversee the fates of nations. A nation like the United States of America needs to embrace ALL of its citizens, including those who do not accept any religion as valid, or it cannot function as anything less than an emerging police state.
The following is an excerpt from an email I got several days ago. – V
So much for Obama’s “rigorous vetting and screening” processes.
The FBI just fessed up to arresting two male Islamic “refugees” living in the U.S. on terrorism-related charges.
Federal officials caught Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan red-handed in Houston, Texas providing “training, expert advice and assistance, and personnel” to ISIS.
The Obama Administration granted him permanent legal status in 2011 after arriving from Iraq.
Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab was intercepted in Sacramento, California after lying about his ties to ISIS and traveling to Syria.
Both were terrorists masquerading as Islamic refugees.
And they fooled Obama Administration officials as they carried out suspected terrorist-related activity in America.
I sounded the alarm about Obama’s refugee program months ago.
It threatens our national security.
And the Obama Administration is failing miserably at thoroughly vetting these so-called “refugees” and filtering out the terrorists.
Even worse, Obama’s Syrian refugee scheme is set to bring 10,000 MORE potentially radical Islamists into America over the coming years.
That’s why I’m writing to you right now hoping you decide to get involved and take action to stop it.
I’ve set a goal of collecting 1,000,000 signatures this year from American patriots like you.
So far, over 80,000 people have signed the petition — which means we need 920,000 more signatures this year.
My plan is to whip up a grassroots firestorm of opposition demanding that Congress stop Obama’s Syrian refugee program.
With enough public pressure, especially during this year’s campaign, I’m confident our elected officials will pay close attention to our demands.
And believe me, if 1,000,000 fed up Americans like you are actively aware and involved, we will win this fight.
But without your action, it simply won’t be possible.
If you would like to help fight the Obama administration’s expansion of the refugee program, the link to sign your own copy of the petition is here:
(the following is from an email I got from the American Security Coalition – Vernon)
“I don’t know.”
Let those words sink in.
Nearly 10,000 suspected terrorists were mistakenly granted permission to lawfully enter the U.S. before the State Department realized they massively screwed up and revoked their visas.
When Congress recently asked, “What happened…where are they?”, an Obama administration official shrugged, “I don’t know.”
That’s right, Vernon.
Nearly 10,000 suspected terrorists are roaming around inside our country, they want to kill you, and the Obama administration has no idea where they are at and they barely seem to care.
It gets worse.
The State Department has denied visas to only 2,231 applicants who were suspected of terrorist activity.
If you do the math, that means the federal government lets into our country four times as many suspected terrorists as it keeps out.
Yet we’re supposed to believe Obama’s Syrian refugee program uses “rigorous” vetting and screening processes?
While at the same time, Obama implies you are un-American and a bigot for opposing him.
I’m counting on you to help me stop this — before it’s too late.
You and I simply cannot allow a flood of Islamists to continually pour into our country, regardless of the reason — not after what we saw in France and San Bernardino.
That’s why the American Security Coalition has developed an aggressive program designed to educate and mobilize the American public against the grave dangers that Obama’s Syrian refugee program poses to our national sovereignty, security and values.
With your support, my plan is to create a grassroots firestorm to pressure Congress to secure our country and bring Obama’s Syrian refugee program to a hard-and-fast end.