it surprised me,
after realizing I was actually enjoying listening to him read this story,
even thought him kinda cute for a change as opposed to the usual emotions he normally elicits from me when coming across his name in the media spotlights... again.
Now I'm wondering ...
what Dr. Seuss's personal views on religion might be like?
Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss in college and later used Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone.
Geisel's birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Theodor Robert and Henrietta (Seuss) Geisel. All of his grandparents were German immigrants. Geisel was raised a Lutheran.
Fascism // is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. Influenced by national syndicalism, fascism originated in Italy in the immediate aftermath of World War I, combining more typically right-wing positions with elements of left-wing politics, in opposition to liberalism, Marxism, and traditional conservatism. Although fascism is usually placed on the far right on the traditional left–right spectrum, several self-described fascists have said that the description is inadequate.
Fascists sought to unify their nation through an authoritarian state that promoted the mass mobilization of the national community and were characterized by having leadership that initiated a revolutionary political movement aiming to reorganize the nation along principles according to fascist ideology. Fascist movements shared certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultranationalism and militarism. Fascism views political violence, war, and imperialism as a means to achieve national rejuvenation, and it asserts that stronger nations have the right to expand their territory by displacing weaker nations.
Fascist ideology consistently invokes the primacy of the state. Leaders such as Benito Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany embodied the state and claimed immense power. Fascism borrowed theories and terminology from socialism but replaced socialism's focus on class conflict with a focus on conflict between nations and races. Fascists advocate a mixed economy, with the principal goal of achieving autarky to secure national self-sufficiency and independence through protectionist and interventionist economic policies.
Following World War II, few parties have openly described themselves as fascist, and the term is usually used pejoratively by political opponents. The terms neo-fascist or post-fascist are sometimes applied more formally to describe parties of the far right with ideological similarities to, or roots in, 20th century fascist movements.
But right now, when the Japs are planting their hatchets in our skulls, it seems like a hell of a time for us to smile and warble: "Brothers!" It is a rather flabby battle cry. If we want to win, we've got to kill Japs, whether it depresses John Haynes Holmes or not. We can get palsy-walsy afterward with those that are left.—Theodor Geisel, quoted in Dr. Seuss Goes to War by Richard H. Minear
(how bizarre even the footnote)
"Pre-messianically, our destinies are divided. Now to the Christian, the Jew is the incomprehensibly obdurate man who declines to see what has happened; and to the Jew, the Christian is the incomprehensibly daring man who affirms in an unredeemed world that its redemption has been accomplished. This is a gulf which no human power can bridge."
Your question [about God] is the most difficult in the world. It is not a question I can answer simply with yes or no. I am not an Atheist. I do not know if I can define myself as a Pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. May I not reply with a parable? The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe. We are in the position of a little child, entering a huge library whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of the human mind, even the greatest and most cultured, toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged, obeying certain laws, but we understand the laws only dimly. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that sways the constellations. I am fascinated by Spinoza's Pantheism. I admire even more his contributions to modern thought. Spinoza is the greatest of modern philosophers, because he is the first philosopher who deals with the soul and the body as one, not as two separate things.
Although he did not believe in a personal God, he indicated that he would never seek to combat such belief because "such a belief seems to me preferable to the lack of any transcendental outlook."
a person who is religiously enlightened appears to me to be one who has, to the best of his ability, liberated himself from the fetters of his selfish desires and is preoccupied with thoughts, feelings and aspirations to which he clings because of their super-personal value. It seems to me that what is important is the force of this superpersonal content ... regardless of whether any attempt is made to unite this content with a Divine Being, for otherwise it would not be possible to count Buddha and Spinoza as religious personalities. Accordingly a religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance of those super-personal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation ... In this sense religion is the age-old endeavor of mankind to become clearly and completely conscious of these values and goals and constantly to strengthen and extend their effect. If one conceives of religion and science according to these definitions then a conflict between them appears impossible. For science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be...
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“From being a lot of places with my dad on mission trips, you kind of find out what true pressure is and what is just a game,” Tim Tebow says. “Even though we love it so much, football is just a game. A lot of people bleed over it and love it, and I'm one of those people. But at the end of the day, I know what's more important, and football is not more important than life, and pressure is definitely not football. So I think when you can put that in perspective, I think it really gives you a much better outlook.”
Professional football and college football are very important to Tim, but faith, family, and academics precede sports as priorities in his life.
YES! YES! YES!
Do not mistake my intent!
In no way am I claiming Tebow to be a bad kid.
But he definitely has made his priorities well known to those of us knowing better; using that oh so typical carefully crafted thou artful dodger language having been perfected over the centuries down to the "thoughts terminating cliches" they are today.
Wish they (CHRISTIANS of ANY KIND) would just come out and say it simply as it could be without all the collateral confusions created in their wakes instead; everywhere they go in search of recruiting new victims of life for their cause.
After all is said and done...
they really be no different than how pimps prey on runaway children of our very own
Instead of dealing with this problem, they prefer going oversea looking for new recruits for the church;
just South of the Border.
it's easier prosecuting drug dealers as well as punishment more severe than it is for those pimping out children for sex.
Even a DeKalb County Judge, Our Honorable Judge Janis C. Gordon, is quoted as claiming a pimp had suggested to a friend who also was a drug dealer, he should consider switching trade for this very reason... far less likelihood of being prosecuted as well as the penalties less severe.
If I'm sounding redundant, there's good reason for me being so...
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GOOD CHRISTIAN UNTIL IT'S A DEAD ONE!
Only then can one be guaranteed with certainty...
Living God's Glory Life Everlasting
SO MUCH PRAISE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE ALMOST AS IF JUST COULDN'T GET THERE FAST ENOUGH!
As the truth they shall not know until once getting freed from this life, then we be freed of them for good;
"I THOUGHT I WAS LIVING BECAUSE I HAD TO!"
~(MY MOTHER: HELL BETTY JO)~
"iNO YOU DON'T!!!"
~(SIMPLY JIM: ONE PEARL, TOTAL PIG, ANTI-CHRIST)~
if I thought it would help,
go to sleep and not wake up."
I say let's try doing it their way...
It's worth a shot.
We can always go back to doing life the old way if even this way didn't solve any of our world's problems...
What's the harm?
Not like our just recently departed Christians would not be in good company with all them Indians once here...
Although not exactly,
"MOMMY!" "DADDY!" GRANDPAW!"
this "tunnel" with it's "oh so warm light"
pretty much sent packing there all at the same time; still a happy occasion...
Just like old time when the forerunners of our today's
REALLY "EXCEPTIONAL" AMERICANS
first showed up on the east coast of a place known only to them back then
"THE NEW WORLD".
Surely the Indians will do the same thing all over again!
big old fashioned
"SON's a SON until HE gets him a WIFE.
Daughter's a daughter ALL her life."