‘Happiness’ Category Archives
by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Ethics, Family, Happiness
In South Australia, adoption by same-sex couples became legal last week.
One such couple told reporters, “We’re exactly the same as every other family; the boys are safe, they’re loved, they have very good, strong female characters in their lives. The boys are happy and that’s all that matters.”
Young hopeful, after nine months recognising biological mum’s voice, sharing her body fluids, knowing nothing about the world except though her, looking forward to her breast milk….
Bingo! Suddenly at delivery-time mum vanishes without trace, and here are these two blokes….
What a nightmare!
Someone might be happy, but the child isn’t.
Anyone saying out loud that no child deserves such a fate risks state-sponsored persecution in some kind of tribunal.
Are you happy that Christmas is, at last, over and done with?
But it isn’t.
The Christmas Season — originating long before department stores, commercial Santa etc. — doesn’t end until January 6 (Epiphany Day).
What has finished is Advent — the four-week season of spiritual preparation leading into Christmas — often wasted on materialistic distractions.
Yes, for many, Christmas is an embarrassment — to cope with which one now concentrates on the Boxing Day cricket match, fine-tuning one’s blood alcohol level etc.
At ANZAC, we remind each other without embarrassment to behave in ways worthy of the sacrifices of our fallen troops.
During the next week-and-a-bit, could we focus on Baby Jesus and the man he became and the gospel he taught and the death he died?
by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Faith, Family, Forgiving, Happiness, History, Jesus, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Multiculturalism, Truth, Youth
Why celebrate Christmas?
Because we can’t help liking, honouring and admiring this unique person, Jesus Christ.
He was the ultimate one-off.
Above all, see how he totally refused to compromise.
When his challenging message was leading inevitably to his own painful death, he made his message even more challenging, more confronting.
There was no mistaking it:
“Love your enemies!”
Pray to God, saying:
“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us!”
Yes, the Christian church is faulty — tragically unworthy of him who founded it….
Yet it’s in the church that we can hear his gospel read and preached.
In the church we can meet together with others who at least have a go at living Christ’s way.
Jesus Christ, born so long ago, can make you and me better.
He offers a motive for our children to grow into people who are better.
That’s why Christmas is important.
Have a good one.
The Australian Government’s Principles for School Drug Education still state that the overall goal must be harm minimisation.
The rationale seems to be:
(1) most people use drugs only occasionally and for a short part of their lives.
(2) it’s impossible to eliminate drugs from society anyway.
(3) therefore, “harm-minimisation” is good enough.
They assume that the main problem with badly-behaved people is their being ignorant – so that education is the answer.
Plato taught that 2400 years ago. He was wrong. But we still believe it. We like the idea. It dominates how our taxes get spent.
It’s wrong because it’s deterministic — telling wrong-doing persons that, deep down, they can’t really change.
Jesus Christ, however, taught that happiness comes with purity.
“Blessed are the pure in heart,” he said, “for they shall see God.” (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 5)
Is purity something realistic to aim at?
If we discipline ourselves to even make a start in behaving better, do we really begin, by God’s grace, to re-constitute ourselves?
Should we be teaching our young people that?
by Arnold Jago in Happiness, Lifestyle, Multiculturalism
I read yesterday that Denmark is the world’s happiest nation. This, despite a relatively high suicide rate.
A while ago I read that Costa Rica is the happiest. Despite abortion not being legal there.
Is being “happy” important?
Interestingly, Jesus Christ taught at length about happiness. So he considered it important.
Jesus didn’t teach in English. The word repeated so often in Matthew’s Gospel chapter 5 (and in Luke chapter 6) is translated as “happy” in modern Bibles, but as “blessed” in older Bibles.
Anyway, he listed eight groups of “happy” people:
1. the poor
2. the meek
3. those who mourn
4. the hungry
5. the merciful
6. the pure
8. the persecuted
Some of those could be surprises.
You’d think them the people most likely to be sorry for themselves.
If he is right, many of us should perhaps be living differently.
SAME SEX MARRIAGE IS THE THIN EDGE OF THE WEDGE: your freedom of speech and information will follow normal marriage our of the window.
When or if same-sex “marriage” is legalised, will those who campaigned for it be happy and uplifted?
And will the rest of find that there was little against it for us after all?
I doubt it.
More likely those of us wanting the new legalisation overturned will be intimidated into silence.
Plus our children propagandised on the subject at school.
And will children adopted by same-sex couples find themselves denied knowledge of their biological heritage?