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The question of “When will change happen?” begins with the individual and most importantly — the self.
The self deceives others, and even itself. The self understands. It does not understand who it really is, nor who it will become absolutely, but it always understands that which it learns with full and thorough knowledge and that which it learns through full and thorough knowledge.
While those who change the world know more than the average man, they only know in part. They know the self with an ever-increasing awareness. Some are…
It’s not just about people. It’s the ideas.
I now know after listening to Isaiah 58 that though I may have made a valid argument about slavery being a physical problem of people not the abstract idea (that only the people were wrong and the idea was morally neutral), I was truly and sorely wrong.
Isaiah 58 says,
“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”
Isaiah 58:6 KJV
Slavery is a bad idea, not…
In a previous article, I made what is probably a controversial claim — namely, that the concept of slavery is not only closely tied to wage labor, but that people are the problem, not slavery: https://carltonbreid3.medium.com/slaves-versus-the-mcdonalds-worker-6576ff71819b
Here, I would like to clarify what I said at the end of the article, since I have a bit of free time.
I will start with the following claim: one’s social status is constructed.
In my first example, I will be discussing the hypothetical human named Abe. Abe is poor. But, why is he poor? The first intuition is to assume that he…
The title of this article is not really a question of terminology. Rather it is a question of the difference between Forced Laborers Laborers and unforced laborers.
Orlando Patterson documents in his groundbreaking book “Slavery and Social Death” the various forms of a slave, and in the introduction, he quotes Marx’s definition of the little difference between the forced and the unforced laborer.
Now, the “unforced” laborer and the forced laborer (slave) are really not that different upon further inspection. Patterson discovers quite notably that the forced laborer is dishonored, while the rich man is honored. …
I voted for Biden, because the politics of 2020 pale in comparison to the love of Christ.
I am not perfect, and neither is Biden, and neither is Trump. Only Christ is perfect. I voted for Biden for one reason:
Biden strives to live out the love of Christ.
His democratic primary message was based on faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these was love.
When he finished criticizing Trump, he lowered himself and shared his heart with America. He said,
“Look, I understand it’s hard to have hope right now.
On this summer night, let me take…
See this scale. It involves Force, and Force is an interaction. The massive earth pulls both objects on the scale down, and force is merely the interaction between all three objects. Likewise, opportunity is an interaction, but I haven’t proved that yet. You don’t need to understand the math behind force to understand this article. You just need to know that if the physical equation is true, I can make a metaphor from it.
Now, I will write a quick paragraph about what impact and opportunity really is.
Impact begins with the posture of the heart.
You might say, “That’s…
I thought I wanted a million friends. I thought I wanted a girlfriend. I thought I wanted to travel the world. I thought I wanted wealth business brings, but I want one thing.
I thought I wanted to relish the embrace of a woman. I thought I wanted to be well known. I thought I wanted to be well-regraded. I thought I wanted lead the world, but now, I only want one thing.
I thought I wanted an airplane when I was little. Oh, how I was wrong. I thought I wanted to be perfect. Oh, how I was wrong.
Few people consider the ant and its ways, but those who examine the life of the ant find wisdom.
Proverbs 6:6 CSB “Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise.”
Under the hot sun, the ant works hard for its colony. Yet, its life is so fragile. A small child can burn it with a magnifying glass for pleasure. Yet which human is also not at the whim of nature, and indeed, others? The country sacrifices its soldiers. The company finds a scapegoat (s). …
I myself am a very lonely person, and COVID has made my loneliness worse. Very few people reach out to me, and I am usually the person to reach out to them. Whether it’s the emotion of feeling isolated in a crowd, or the feeling that I cannot connect with anyone, I know that neither has improved.
One would think that the emotion of feeling isolated in a crowd would go away, but it doesn’t. Zoom has this way of making the already difficult endeavor of communicating effectively with others even harder. I never expected to feel subtle isolation over…
Edit: By church, I mean the white Evangelical church, since a majority of churches are white evangelical churches. I apologize.
Corruption in the church has its own aphorism… that derives from the Bible.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”
Matthew 5:13 CSB
Yes, one can argue that the American church lost it’s saltiness the moment it became wrapped up in American politics.
Furthermore, their reputation was tarnished once they…
I write love, with the intention to kindle hope. A student, a writer, and a Christian. #Blacklivesmatter