Archive for July 2006

July 2006 Stem Cell Research

July 26, 2006

Stem Cell Research  

The divide between science and religion becomes wider than the state of Kansas with each new issue.  Supposedly stem cells can eradicate a lot of illness that human’s suffer.  From a religious fundamentalist’s view point you are tampering with “God’s handiwork”.  The issue is by carrying through with this research and finding cures through the use of fetal tissue is wrong.  By the way this is tissue that is discarded.   

The basic teaching in all religions is to help your fellow humans or treat others as you would want to be treated.  Science has already eliminated or found cures for life threatening diseases, and provided technologies that help comfort people through physical hardships.  In some cases women that were presumed infertile can have children because of scientific research and development.     

People have an individual desire to do whatever to survive.  We’re all about conquering our inevitable demise.  The bigger picture of survival is given little concern.  We have no concern about the environment that we all share and that gives us the life we value so much.  The value of the planet is a much greater concern than any scientific development to prolong human life or bring comfort to a person.  

Stem cell researching seems to fit into the beliefs of religions: Helping your fellow man.  The debate over stem cell research or the use of fetal tissue in science seems frivolous to the real problems in humanity. 

Religious organizations need to put more focus on eliminating the military and working toward sustaining the environment.  The human heart can be replaced – but not the planet where that heart beats.   

Write your congress people!

Jake Drew

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April 2006 No Second Acts

July 26, 2006

No Second Acts. 

 I read this quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald one day, “There are no second acts in American lives.”  I’ve never believed this nor should I say I don’t want to believe it.  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life or celebrity is the perfect example of why I don’t believe this quote.  When he died in 1940 none of his books were in print.  In death though he made a comeback, and is considered one of the great writers of the twentieth century.  He represents a decade of that century.  If you mention the 1920’s, you automatically think of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  

When I think of what the United States of America once represented after World War Two we were heroes, a tour de force in the world.  You could go into any country as an American and be treated as a celebrity.  What happened?  

The Military Industrial Complex has turned us into a country that evokes fear in others.  Eisenhower warned the nation in 1961.  He was a military man, and he saw back then the evils that came to be because of our reliance on the military.He knew it would destroy any goodness this country had established with the rest of the world.   

War is no longer about right and wrong in the world; war is being waged in the name of Imperialism and greed.  We can’t even determine who the enemy is.  We call the enemy terrorism.  We now start wars to create profits for corporations.  The deception or the hoax is that we are bringing democracy and freedom to another country through aggression.  What?   

We have no business as Americans in carrying out this immoral undertaking.  Ahhh….but there is business in wars.  Look up the profits of Halliburton and the oil conglomerates.  We aren’t in the Middle East to bring peace or democracy or freedom – it’s about causing enough chaos to drive oil prices up.    

I don’t want to think that this is the lasting legacy of the United States.  The military budget for 2006 was $441.6 billion.  This does not include the cost of the wars that we are currently fighting.  Can you imagine the security and good this would provide in the United States and still bring relief to other parts of the world?We could become respectable partners in the world again – heroes to the rest of the world!  Using this money to solve environmental issues rather than causing conflicts in other nations.  Can you imagine what strength we could have by doing good onto others?   

The saddest part is as the Bush and the Republican administration continue on with their military industrialism, and future generations will never realize what a great country we once were, which makes for a repulsive second act.  

Write your congress people!

 Jake Drew 

Welcome to Living in Lethargy Blog

July 20, 2006

I have always written letters to congress people.  It all started when I was a kid and I wrote Senator Hubert Humphrey, and he responded.  At the time I thought he was writing to me personally, which gave me a sense of connection with this man. 

I still feel that I have some say in what congress people do.  They work for the people, but they have to hear from the people.  Besides giving them your opinion it relieves a lot of frustrations that you might have with the decision makers.  It’s that old psychology trick when you are upset with someone.  To relieve yourself of the frustration or anxiety you write a letter and put it in an envelope, but don’t mail it.  I don’t think you can complain about a congress person unless you made an attempt to contact them. 

You have to be an active part in the policy making and your community.  If millions can vote for the “American Idol”, there is no excuse why people aren’t involved or voting. 

So write your congress people!

Jake Drew