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Whenever a Methodist coworker or friend learns that I used to be a Methodist, they ask in bewilderment, “Why aren’t you still a Methodist? How could you leave the largest and most popular denomination in the USA? Don’t you think … Continue reading
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Let the Weak Say I Am Strong When I started this series of rants against the evil aspects of sports culture, I was working under the assumption that the culture only accepts those who have a moderate amount of physical … Continue reading
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The question at hand is, “How should we redeem sports such that the weak can endure mistreatment and accept failure with courage?” Many of the weak who are mistreated, humiliated, and abused by a success-obsessed sports culture end up hating … Continue reading
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Reframing the Question I used to loathe sports, sports culture, and anyone who played sports. This abject hatred stemmed partly from how parents, teammates, coaches, and opponents mistreated me. Such mistreatment was indeed evil, but was a normal part of … Continue reading
Chopping Down the Asherah of Higher Education In my previous two educational rants, I made the following three assertions. Higher education is not necessary for financial well-being. Financial well-being is not necessary for happiness. Happiness throughout life comes from loving … Continue reading