Which one do you choose? Flying is not so useful without other superpowers. Invisibility is okay for being naughty or for a little fun but not good for much else. You would be able to tap into all the wisdom of the smartest people who ever lived. Their knowledge would go from their heads through squiggles on paper right into your head. You would learn things from them that no ordinary mortal would ever have enough time to learn.
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You would be as smart as everybody in total. Not that you have to remember it all. With reading you just look it up. Reading is a superpower that also gives you a type of teleportation; it moves you a million miles instantly. That feeling of being immersed in a different place, or even a different time period, can be so strong you may not want to leave. When you have this superpower you can see the world from the viewpoint of someone else.
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This helps protect you from the mistakes and untruths of others as well as your own ignorance. More and more of our society is centered on pictures and images, which is a beautiful thing. But some of the most important parts of life are not visible in pictures: ideas, insights, logic, reason, mathematics, intelligence.
They have to be conveyed in words, arranged in an orderly string, and can only be understood by those who have acquired the superpower of reading. This superpower will always be with you; it will never leave you. But like all superpowers, it increases the more you use it. It works on paper and screens.
As we invent new ways to read, its value and power will expand and deepen. At any time, reading beats any other superpower you can name. For more letters from A Velocity of Being , all proceeds from which benefit the New York public library system, savor Jane Goodall on how reading shaped her life , Rebecca Solnit on how books solace, empower, and transform us , year-old Holocaust survivor Helen Fagin on how one book saved actual lives , poet and farmer Laura Brown-Lavoie on the power of storytelling , and Alain de Botton on literature as a vehicle of understanding.
Famous last words! I am not writing about what my heart wants to write about either and I have been struggling with that a lot this year. This morning I started writing a post quietly admitting that to myself, because telling the world makes it real. I stopped to absorb it all and did the dishes listening to this podcast. Now I think I can go and finish it.
Conveyed through the medium of cleaning, decluttering and organizing, the spiritual lessons come through loud and clear. I have read some of your blog posts and found them really helpful! My mom is one of those naturally organized people, and I have struggled to try to do things the way my mom did growing up.
Your perspective helps encourage me in doing it a different way. I just recently subscribed to your podcasts, and I really enjoyed this one.
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I, too, am a believer, and God has been teaching me lately that a lot of my worries and struggles stem from me trying to control everything. Thanks for your honesty and sharing how God is working in you! Yes you are meeting my needs! I am a Christian in MS who listens to you and I always say …she is just like me!
I have 4 kids, love theater, am naturally a slob and leave cabinet doors open…I am doing so much better running the dishwasher and getting small things done. God is using you!!!! Hope you realize that! I see your humanity in your blog, therefore I connect to you and see the gifts you provide to your readers.
I find much more joy in that than what you might say to me using spiritual words. So while you may not be writing the words you thought you were to be writing originally, I think your mission comes through because you are being your authentic self.
Dana, I just wanted to let you that this podcast was so much more than just a ramble of your thoughts. Thank you! This is by far my favorite podcast. You are always honest but this is so real and applicable on so many levels. Thank you for listening to God and being obedient to His calling on your life. Dana, Thank you so much for this podcast! Plenty of those were born after the events in question. Regardless of whether you credit those people, the point stands that they do not accept information that others did, and have found alternate explanations for the evidence they received.
Gods exist This one is pretending. I don't like this other one. They are all aliens.
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We're the aliens and this is their planet all along. They are manifestations of the religious people wanting to believe in a god so hard their brain-energy created one. It's a robot.
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They are just another species with different abilities. The whole thing is fake, they don't exist. My one created your one so mine is the real god. I could do that with a top hat and a deck of cards Different groups of gods hang out in different locales. So up North you've got the gods of ice, wind, cold, and naked sauna-bathing, while down South you've got the gods of heat, sand, beach-wear, and ice-cold beer! In the East they're all into mysticism and clam-digging while out west - yep, you guessed it - the gods who are worshiped by the masses are those who are concerned with surfing, earthquakes, and mall-shopping, fer sure!
Bunch of feckless bastards! Try the basic world of Dungeons and Dragons. There are multiple competing gods. It's obvious that not everything the gods say is true--there are multiple competing creation myths, for example. We don't see much of the big picture but there are certainly multiple gods competing for worshipers--a god without worshipers dies. Note the key element in both of these examples: the gods are not all-powerful. In fact, in the second example some severely weakened gods are slain by human action.
A "God" may write a book and make that book the original standard teachings of that religion. But as long as the inhabitants are natural men and women, the teachings found in the original work are bound to be interpreted in many diverse ways for the benefit of themselves. Thus we see so many different religions. You walk to the kitchen, open the fridge and look at your beer.
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And you're obviously right. How can there be more beer than the ones you see in your fridge? Unless there is a law of nature assuming gods still abide by them saying all gods have to show themselves to everybody, you can always believe there are more gods that you haven't met. And thus faith arises, and in it's wake a new religion. How can religions exist in a world where there is little to no credible scientific evidence of any its claims? Proving something scientifically does not always or even often change the public perception. Man made climate change is a scientific fact - backed by an overwhelming consensus.
But there are many people who still dispute this - one of them may become president. So unless this god zapped all the unbelievers instantly he would probably have to deal with ignorance, doubt, stubborness and all the things that make us human. Practical experience shows us that despite of the enormous success of sciences and medicine there are lots of adherents of conspiracy theories in our world.