Most Americans cannot say they are truly happy. Why is this? We live in the best country in the world! We have the most money, the best technologies — most of which are represented in our homes. We can do most anything we wish, go wherever we choose and accumulate wealth for our old age.
Most people of the world cannot say a tenth of this! Other Western nations are not as prosperous and indulged as are we. Our middle class live in spacious homes (1000 sq. ft and more). We have central heat, hot water and air conditioning. In Europe, these things are still rudimentary in many places. Watch British TV shows and pay attention to the plumbing or electrical systems. We had better in the 1960’s than much of what we see in these homes.
Yet Americans are among the most dissatisfied and unhappy. This discouragement is often touted as a cause, when some heinous crime is committed or someone kills them self. Why are we so unhappy? unfulfilled? unsatisfied?
Well, Scientists have now Cracked The Code To Happiness! The Minnesota Mayo Clinic announced a few weeks ago (June 2015) that they had “cracked the code to being happy.”
“Happiness Is A Habit,” says the chief researcher, Dr. Amit Sood. “Some of us are born with it; others have to choose it.”
It has been long held, apparently, that some people are simply happy, by nature, and others not so much. We all know the human mind seems to focus on negative experiences, more than positive. Studies show it takes 10 Positive comments to offset 1 Negative.
What this Study indicates is that happy people intuitively know that their happiness is the sum total of their life choices, and their lives are built around the following pillars:
Devoting time to family and friends
Appreciating what they have
Maintaining an optimistic outlook
Feeling a sense of purpose
Living in the moment
The only thing they left out was the Settled Conviction that God is “working all things together for good….” Rom. 8:28
Oh…did I mention this promise is only for those who are the called according to His purpose?
I know…it’s a Catch. However, there are Bible verses (promises and instructions) that apply to all people; concepts the Mayo Clinic Study just discovered. Taking the Study’s List and applying Bible Verses, we have this sample:
Pro 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity
Heb. 13:5 Let your conversation [behavior] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Pro 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones
Col. 3:23 …whatsover ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men
Mt. 6:34 Take no thought for tomorrow: for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof
There are more verses and even more principles that bear on this subject, throughout the Bible. It’s more than a Devotional Guide.
Dr. Robert Jastrow, an accomplished NASA scientist once cleverly said: “For the scientist who has lvied by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
What Makes YOU Happy? Is it Enduring? Is it Constructive? Will it last for Eternity?
Stop hoping this world system will produce anything but frustration, challenge and heartache….and get on with what’s REAL about life.
Happiness and/or Discouragement Are In Your Hands.
Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn Jenner and no one better think otherwise! That’s the subtext of the Media Blitz surrounding Jenner’s sex-change.
Sex-change is the least we can call this process. Nothing changed but the outside package. Jenner is still a man. A conflicted man, perhaps, but still a man. A man living in a household of immature and pampered women, exposed to all their emotions and silliness.
Because they are part of the “Beautiful People” of this world and because they have lots of money, the dumb things they do and say are offered as ‘significant’ and ‘meaningful.’ Is this one of them?
Is his change the result of being ‘left-out?’ Is it because of being isolated with these women for so many years? Is it because of something his Mother did, or Father? Is it because he simply has too much time on his hands, to think about things that really don’t matter, and enough money to do whatever he wants?
We don’t know. The world, however, doesn’t care. It only cares about whatever makes Bruce happy. Will this change make him a happier person? If the statistics are right, NO!
According to a 2008 Survey, conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, along with the National Center for Transgender Equality, transgendered persons are 4 times as likely to suffer from HIV infection; 2 times more likely to be homeless; 2 times as likely to be unemployed; 4 times as likely to have incomes under $10,000 a year.
41% of transgendered people in America attempt suicide.
70% misuse drugs and alcohol just to cope with their lives
2% report being homeless [that’s twice the National avg]
According to at least one evaluation of what is called psychiatric Axis I Comorbidity [Axis I is a psychiatric Class; Comorbidity refers to several disorders impacting the patient at the same time], 62.7% have unreported mental disorders: 33.7% depressive disorder, 20.5% specific disorder, and 15.7% adjustment disorder.
The psychiatric community refers to those who are now being called transgender, as suffering from Gender Dysphoria — a diagnosis of depression. However, now we are not permitted to call it that, so the depression goes untreated.
Under this assumption, a person becomes depressed for long periods, has a markedly diminished interest in life, loses or gains a significant amount of weight, is tired a lot of the time, feels worthless or experiences inappropriate guilt and has recurrent thoughts of death (not merely the fear of death) and recurrent suicidal ideation.
So? So we change their gender identification and they feel better!
Dr. Paul McHugh was Psychiatrist In Chief at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, beginning in 1975. While there he oversaw studies designed to determine the validity of sex-change operations. The psychiatric community was viewing sex as something different from gender. One being our genetic heritage, the other a product of our cultural influences (starting with the family).
Their initial findings indicated that, while most of those they tracked down, years after their surgery, were contented with what they had done, they were experiencing the same problems now as before. They still had the same problems with relationships, work and their emotions. Their hope of flourishing psychologically had not been fulfilled.
Dr. McHugh concludes by admitting, “I have witnessed a great deal of damage from sex-reassignment.” “We have wasted scientific and technical resources and damaged our professional credibility by collaborating with madness rather than trying to study, cure, and ultimately prevent it.”
You can read the Report at FirstThings.com
HERE’S THE THING: In a world where every young person is supposed to be happy, fulfilled and fully satisfied, is there any wonder there’s an increase in emotional disorders? [I’m not a fan of the word “disorder” because it implies this thing, whatever it is, is not my fault and I can’t change it without YOUR help]
In a world where every American is supposed to have everything they want (they call it a Need), whether we can afford it or not, whether it’s ultimately good for us or not, the Do-Gooders, Sympathizers and Socialists among us make sure we understand that nothing is really our fault. It’s the people in our lives who have created whatever problems we have, by repressing our desires, etc. So…is it any wonder there’s a lot of craziness going around? Of course, that, too, is not our fault.
Bruce Jenner is worth about $10 million. This means he lives in a fantasy world. He doesn’t have to work; doesn’t have to budget; doesn’t have to go without until he can save up for it; doesn’t have to reap what he’s sowed (within reason). His physical and financial world is very forgiving and supportive.
He has been married three times, each wife giving him two children before he moved on. This time (at 65 years of age) his ‘moving on,’ consists of staying put, but changing his gender (?) Am I the only one who sees a pattern? His older children will not participate in this Season’s ‘Coming Out Party.’
In terms of his Choices? Choices bring results. All the money in the world will not keep you from feeling badly, should you violate your value system. All the money in the world will not compensate for being a selfish husband or wife; for raising spoiled brats. The knowledge that you could have done more or better, will keep you up at night, no matter how rich and famous you may be.
Wealthy people tend to live isolated lives. They don’t believe they really need anyone. This means they don’t really have to behave. How does 30 years of running away from responsibility and/or commitment impact your psyche? (that’s soul) The answer will vary with the individual, however, every life-choice brings with it a result.
The experts have no idea why there is such a flurry of what they’re calling transgenderism, these days. Is it in the water? Is it damaged chromosomes, due to decades of drug use? Is the gene pool being corrupted? Or is it simply the result of a dissatisfaction with life, coupled with a corporate attitude that No One Should Have To Suffer or that Since We Can Do This, Why Not?
The long-term statistics for these people are not encouraging. I saw a picture of a what appeared to be a 30-ish pregnant ‘man’ with tattoos, being held and comforted by another 30-ish old man. The brain just can’t process that sort of thing!!!
However, those who resist will be ostracized. The ‘Borg’ WILL win!
A Recent Gallup Poll (May 6-10, 2015) indicates a New Record High number of Americans [51%] support same-sex “marriage.” Eight major studies of identical twins in Australia (the largest twin register in use) indicate Same-Sex Attraction is NOT genetic.
Which Report will you believe? It’s a classic: Are you going to believe the truth or your lying eyes?
A majority of Americans now believe human beings are driven toward Same-Sex attraction by their genetic code, when the reality is just the opposite. In fact, Studies Show that “about half of the homosexual / bisexual population (in a non-therapeutic environment) moves toward heterosexuality over a lifetime. About 3% of the present heterosexual population once firmly believed themselves to be homosexual or bisexual.” [Dr. Neil Whitehead]
Convinced? About 70% of the public would say NO!
Dr. Whitehead has been a scientific researcher for 24 years. He has spent four years working for the United Nations and International Atomic Energy Agency. Most recently, he serves as a consultant to Japanese Universities about the effects of radiation exposure. His PhD is in biochemistry and statistics.
About 70% of the public? No Degrees. No Experience. Plenty of Opinion.
Where does all this ‘opinion’ come from? The Media. It has been a Masterful PR effort, beginning in the 1990’s, to shape our view of homosexuality. Dr. Al Mohler, Pres. of Southern Baptist Seminary in Kentucky, writes: ‘A partial explanation of the homosexual movement’s success can be traced to the 1989 publication of After The Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear And Hatred Of Gays In The 90s.
This book outlines the Strategy
1. Repackage yourself as mainstream…demanding equal treatment [Civil Rights]
2. Establish your victimhood [Human Rights]
3. Talk freely & incessantly about your beliefs / practices
4. Portray yourself as victims of circumstance, not aggressive challengers
5. Keep the ‘crazy fringe groups’ under cover / out of sight
6. Emphasize The Haters! Quote those non-homosexuals willing to co-exist
How’re They Doing? Americans are known for their sympathy. They don’t like to see people being taken advantage of or persecuted. Casting homosexuals as victims elicits our sense of fair play and causes us to be angry with anyone who NOW says these folks are ‘bad people.’
What constitutes ‘Bad?’ The idea that these folks have chosen a dangerous, destructive and disgusting sexual practice, when everyone knows they can’t help it! They were born this way.
There have been NO scientific studies (to date) proving that homosexuality is genetic. Every accepted study has gone the other way. In fact, Whitehead writes: ‘Neutral Academic Surveys’ have indicated about half of the homosexual / bisexual population [in a non-therapeutic environment] moves towards heterosexuality over a lifetime. About 3% of the present heterosexual population once firmly believed themselves to be homosexual or bisexual.”
“Sexual orientation is NOT set in concrete,” he notes. “The majority of change is towards exclusive heterosexuality.”
IF homosexuality were genetic, identical twins (who share the same DNA) should reflect a consistent and dramatically similar sexual predisposition. They Do Not.
In 2002, Bearman and Brueckner studied tens of thousands of adolescent students in the U.S. the same-sex attraction concordance between identical twins was only 7.7% for males and 5.3% for girls. The 2000 Australian Study indicated 11% and 14% [Bailey et al].
Did I mention Bearman and Brueckner were pro-gay? They found that “from 16 to 17 years of age, if a person had a romantic attraction to the same sex, almost ALL had switched one year later. They found that the only stability was among heterosexuals, who stayed the same year after year. Adolescents, apparently, change their attractions from year to year.” [What’s New?]
Psychiatrists William Byne and Bruce Parsons summarize the science: “Critical review shows the evidence favoring a biologic theory to be lacking…. In fact, the current trend may be to underrate the explanatory power of extant psychosocial models.” In other words: Homosexuality is a psychological malady, not something people are born with.
Will this make ANY difference in how the average American will view homosexuality? Not This Year!
Why Not? Because the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Given a choice between godliness and personal gratification, you already know which will win. ALSO…the PR has been Masterful and millions of Americans have bought into the idea that homosexuals just can’t help themselves….AND…you Christians are bigots!
Over the years people like me have been trying to convince others that Eastern Meditative Techniques are more harmful than beneficial. It’s been a tough Sell!
From the 1970’s when Transcendental Meditation made it’s debut in our Educational System, to it’s ouster and subsequent return as ‘Mind Science,’ the road to understanding has been bumpy. Rock Stars, Movie Stars, even Religious Stars have embraced it’s settling and therapeutic value.
That the same result is available simply by sitting quietly still for 15 minutes a day didn’t impress anyone! That the technique was spiritually dangerous, as people shut off their conscious mind, allowing the possibility of ‘another mind’ to influence their thoughts and decision, was an even harder Sell!
But, now comes New Information about the Mind-Meditative Techniques from Studies conducted in both the U.S. and Great Britain. It seems that 60% of those who had been on a meditative retreat suffered at least one negative side effect, including panic, depression and confusion, while 14% suffered “profoundly adverse effects.”
Miguel Farias, head of the brain, belief and behavior research group at Coventry University asks: “How can a technique that allows you to look within and change your perception of reality in regard to yourself be without potential adverse effects?”
“The answer is: It can’t,” Farias said, “and all meditation studies should assess not only positve but negative effects!” In fact, he remarked, that the shortage of rigorous statistical studies into the negative effects of meditation was a ‘scandal.’
When Christians said things like this they were labeled ‘Nuts!’ They only had God’s Word to inform their opinions. Like? There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Deut. 18:10-12
Okay, that’s a bit strong, but it’s Right On Point! The Loving God of the universe is out to protect His people from danger. What greater danger is there than from the spirit world? What greater danger is there from something we know nothing about and is dedicated to destroying us?
Oija Boards have been around for a very long time. Oija Boards are NOT Parlor Games! They are very serious, paranormal tools for interacting with spirits. The spirits of God which serve to protect us are not the ones playing this ‘game.’ Many, many a horror story has proceeded from what was considered a harmless game.
Now there’s A NEW ‘Game.’ It’s called “Charlie Charlie.” Children are playing this game, where pencils are placed on a sheet of paper with the words “yes” and “no” printed on it. The players ask: “Charlie, Charlie, can we play?”
When the pencil points to Yes, the game is on. When it points to no, everyone is disappointed. To continue, questions are asked, just like with the Oija Board. The questions are couched in Yes or No answers and the pencil points to whichever one it is.
This is apparently an old Mexican Occultist Ritual: writing “yes” and “no” on a sheet of paper and asking questions. It was supposedly a “ritual” or “rite” for Mexican children. Playing the game, one girl (named Dakota) heard noises coming from her room. When she went into her room, her Bible was on the floor, faced down.
Zody, from Texas, said: “I saw a man figure at the top of the steps with black and red eyes.”
A girl from the UK said she asked the demon if he would kill her and he responded “yes.” After her friends left the power went off in her home. Nowhere else on the block were houses dark. When she attempted to call her parents, her cell phone battery was dead. Coincidence? Perhaps.
But, here’s how the meditative techniques work: You sit quietly, repeat a ‘mantra’ (a word; a sound) until you move into an altered state of consciousness, where your heart rate and breathing slow, your mind is empty of whatever was pushing at you and you feel light as a feather. It is very therapeutic.
However, when you shut off your conscious mind, it leaves you open to another “mind” that can make decisions for you. Here’s where folks start to chuckle and mock. However, consider post-hypnotic suggestions. How does the hypnotist get you to like snakes or quit smoking or bark like a dog?
Hypnotists will tell you they cannot hypnotize anyone. We do this to ourselves. How? By shutting down our conscious mind. The soothing voice of the Hypnotist substitutes for a ‘mantra.’ When we are relaxed and ‘zoned out,’ we are open to ‘another mind’s’ suggestions. That other mind is now making the decisions for us; decisions we consider to be our own. We now have no fear of snakes, etc.
You do it at night, with dreams and nightmares. There are dreams that make no sense whatever; dreams that are pleasant; dreams that are terrifying. Many times they are rooted in events or desires or fears. Regardless, they are generally chaotic and out of context. Dreams happen when we are in a altered state of consciousness. Deep sleep means our minds are shut off. In the various stages of sleep there is R.E.M. sleep [Rapid Eye Movement]. this is that time in our sleep pattern when the experts say our brains are most active. An active brain, coupled with an altered state of consciousness = strange dreams and nightmares!
Imagine deliberately shutting off your conscious mind by focusing on something which is identified with the Occult?
Now imagine going to sleep meditating on the Word of God or praying?
Which do you think would give you the best opportunity for a good night’s sleep? Without all the nonsense of life stirring you up, while you try to sleep?
How do we define ‘marriage?’ Is it primarily about the emotional commitment two people have for each other? Or is it about children and the larger society?
U.S. law reflects the latter, and for good reason. Truism: If you change the definition of words, you better be prepared to live the with the realities that creates.
In the recent case regarding same-sex marriage, before the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Samuel Alito asked: “How do you account for the fact that, as far as I’m aware, until the end of the 20th century, there never was a nation or culture that recognized marriage between two people of the same sex?” [Speaking of The Netherlands]
“Now, can we infer from that that those nations and those cultures all thought that there was some rational, practical purpose for defining marriage in that way or is it your argument that they were all operating independently based solely on irrational stereotypes and prejudice?”
Justice Stephen Beyer noted that marriage understood as the union of a man and a woman “has been the law everywhere for thousands of years among people who were not discriminating even against gay people, and suddenly you want nine people outside the ballot box to require states that don’t want to do it to change…what marriage is.”
The Justices were asked to consider two married couples with a 3-year old child:
‘One grows up believing that marriage is about keeping that couple bound to that child forever. The other couple believes that marriage is more about their emotional commitment to each other, and if that commitment fades, they they may not stay together.
A reasonable voter, which is what we’re talking about here, could believe that there would be a different outcome if those two marriages were influenced by those two different belief systems. Ideas Matter!”
With Same-Sex Marriages the Law of the Land, what else would change?
– The debate would be over with a populous deeply divided
– Churches would not be permitted to refuse a same-sex couple
– Religious schools may lose their non-profit tax status
– There will be no exceptions once it is a constitutional proscription
– If ‘equality’ is the measure for this law, what other laws need to be changed to effect ‘equality?’
– If the measure is ‘consenting adults,’ what about two men and two women?
– What about siblings? [Asked by Alito]
Justice Kennedy said this is why giving states time to settle the question is important. With States, exceptions can be accommodated. With a Federal Law it’s a one-size-fits-all and Nobody Is Happy!
The concern, from the court, is creating another culture war as with Roe v. Wade.
The push for same-sex marriage is nothing more than a war against Christianity, which is to say: God. Dostoyevsky once wrote: “If there is no God, everything is permitted.” [Brothers Karamazov, 1880] This truism drives every effort to undermine absolute standards of morality. That they are often Best for a society never enters the equation, only that I WANT WHAT I WANT!
The homosexual issue is of this same sort. Christians who stand for divine standards of morality are the same ones who don’t want to see anyone go to Hell! In our twisted logic, this comports with hate. Some of us see ‘hate’ in the life these people are forcing on children. To live without a father or without a mother. To never have that balance. To live with a floating value system. To live with a divorce rate double that of traditional couples? How is any of this ‘love?’
I fully expect the High Court to make Same-Sex Marriage a Constitutional Right. Even Hillary is advocating for Christianity to change in order to accept it. And, if Hillary wants it, who am I to say no?