SAINT MARY OF THE CROSS
A PROGRAM TO SAVE YOUNG CHILDREN FROM BLINDNESS: something constructive to really help poor people in Africa.
by Arnold Jago in Health
Millions of children around the world are losing their sight due to trachoma.
Especially poor children in tropical countries. In Nigeria alone an estimated 800,000 children are affected.
Trachoma is caused by a bug called Chlamydia trachomatis which causes deformity of the eyelids with friction-induced injury to the eyeball itself (granular conjunctivitis) resulting in scarring and blindness.
Various charities are involved in fighting Trachoma by providing antibiotics by mouth and teaching of facial hygiene.
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Pfizer pharmaceutical company has offered charities sufficient antibiotic to treat 345 children for a year for every $210 they can raise in donations.
One aid organisation involved in this program is CBM (Christian Blind Mission).
Their website is at www.cbm.org.au/
They can be phoned at 1800 678 069.
I believe CBM is a genuine agency which will use any money you put their way directly to those who need it.
What is Science?
A set of beliefs/truths or a method of seeking truth?
We tell ourselves that Science is a method only.
Which is OK.
Except that everything else we tell ourselves says the opposite.
Street-wise turns out to be street-gullible.
Listen to yourself next time you say something.
If listening to yourself is too painful . . . .
Try listening to what you listen to.
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To put it another way . . . .
“Scientific theories are hypothetical structures from which we deduce conclusions to test against experience.
“Yet the philosophy which governs and dominates our schools does the reverse.
“It begins with the a priori rejection of entire classes of experience . . . .
“Claiming to know (in advance of examining the data) that there are no spiritual realities or experiences — no creator, no God.” (1)
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(from an ex-member of the Communist Party)
“My party education equipped my mind with such elaborate shock-absorbing buffers and defences that everything seen and heard became automatically transformed to fit a preconceived pattern” (2)
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Isn’t that the motivation for Australia having a basically secular education system?
And why government-funded Catholic schools are continuously at risk of needing to literally sell their souls to survive?
And why many good people turn – in desperation – to home-schooling (despite home-schooling’s obvious downsides)?
(1) D.F.Polis. Not in fact an accurate quote but bent a bit to fit my context.
(2) Arthur Koestler.
As a family doctor, having practised medicine for 50 years now, I suspect that most people are uncertain why they are here on earth.
Some worry constantly about this.
Others spend their days in escapism — escaping never-ending personal or family crisis-situations and/or turning to mind-numbing distraction-escapism-gadgetry to hopefully alleviate the panic of permanent purposelessness.
Can such people be helped?
Are most, in fact, disillusioned by lack of a religion – a religion believable in today’s science-worshipping, information-overloaded era?
A monster gap in their lives. A God-shaped gap.
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The other day I read these words of Professor Mortimer Adler:
“I suggest that the men and women who have given up religion because of the impact on their minds of modern science and philosophy were never truly religious in the first place, but only superstitious.
“The prevalence and predominance of science in our culture has cured a great many of the superstitious beliefs that constituted their false religiosity.
“The increase of secularism and irreligion in our society does not reflect a decrease in the number of persons who are truly religious, but a decrease in the number of those who are falsely religious; that is, merely superstitious.
“There is no question but that science is the cure for superstition, and, if given half the chance with education, it will reduce the amount that exists.
“The truths of religion must be compatible with the truths of science and the truths of philosophy.
“As scientific knowledge advances, and as philosophical analysis improves, religion is progressively purified of the superstitions that accidentally attach themselves to it as parasites.
“That being so, it is easier in fact to be more truly religious today than ever before, precisely because of the advances that have been made in science and philosophy.
“That is to say, it is easier for those who will make the effort to think clearly in and about religion — not for those whose addiction to religion is nothing more than a slavish adherence to inherited superstition.
“Throughout the whole of the past, only a small number of men were ever truly religious.”
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Is that right?
How can we help more people to become “truly religious”?
Is that the way we should be seeking to go?
In 2008, Quentin Bryce, (a Rudd-appointed Queenslander feminist anti-male, anti-human-rights ideologue, influential heavyweight in multiple anti-social-but-trendy government-funded pressure groups) was handed the Australian Governor Generalship.
She was never an appropriate person for the job.
Now she is using her media-access to accelerate the degradation of marriage in this country in the name of “equality”.
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Mrs Bryce is a believer in Essendon-style “whatever it takes”.
She has a history of using her influence in leadership of “human rights” organisations to extinguish the rights of those who are not swallowers of her doctrinaire notions.
While being paid as a “Sex Discrimination Commissioner” in the 1980s, she campaigned to remove the rights of church schools and other voluntary organisations to select employees sympathetic to their belief-systems.
Likewise she campaigned, while on the government civil-service payroll, in favour of liberalised abortion laws in the ACT.
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In Mrs Bryce’s youth she was involved with the pro-Soviet Socialist Party of Australia, the Women’s Electoral Lobby and the Union of Australian Women . . . .
Many of us got into lefty organisations when too young to know what we were doing.
Mrs Bryce has never quite grown out of this phase.
In some ways she seems a kind-hearted person.
But she has done (in the humble opinion of this blog) a lot more harm than good.
And intends to keep on doing so.
Regarding the “third-world” poor, there’s a saying that:
“Giving a hungry man a fish helps him now. Teaching him how to fish helps him for life.”
Consider Australia’s spiritually-poor younger generation — drinking, drugging, suiciding, mutually-vilifying, random sexing . . . .
Giving them thoughts (advice, warnings etc.) may help them temporarily.
Teaching them how to have thoughts themselves might help their whole life.
But . . .
Our corporate controllers find it profitable to keep tomorrow’s consumers un-thinking.
Has your child thought lately?
While young minds fester in philosophical-idealist detention-centres which promulgate celebrity-worship and science-worship . . . such minds are lost.
The input to which they are exposed in Australia’s schools and electronic communications seems devised to keep them lost.
Last Tuesday Sir John Tavener died.
He was an important person for a few reasons.
Mainly as a composer of serious music — probably his most famous composition being “Song for Athene” which was sung at Princess Diana’s funeral.
John T was also a thinker, as revealed in a BBC interview shortly before his death:
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Tavener was brought up a Protestant Christian.
But his music explored both Islamic and Hindu and other worldviews.
He was on record saying that all religions have become “senile” and “decrepit”.
The media’s atheist bright persons loved him for that.
Also that both the Catholic and Orthodox churches are “corrupt”.
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On the basis of which conclusions, did he quit the Christian faith and encourage others to do the same?
He did not.
He did the opposite.
He converted to Russian Orthodox worship and remained a practising Orthodox for the remaining years of his life.
His belief was that you cannot have a relationship with God that doesn’t involve you in a discipline.
Which has to involve joining an organised body of fellow-believers, imperfect or worse as many might be.
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Sir John regarded atheism as a mental cop-out.
He could never accept atheism as being a reasonable worldview for any thinking person.