• Michael McMahon
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    The only thing worse than ethnic charity is no charity at all.
  • Michael McMahon
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    God is described as omnibenevolent, omniscient and omnipotent but not necessarily omni-professional. Life isn't the same as a package holiday or a trip on a cruise ship. If we were to die and meet God we can't ask for our money back and seek to switch to a different tour guide! I don't recall signing a contract to have been born into a life with such inclement weather! One reason historical generations were far more religious than our era is that they were less accustomed to capitalism and free trade. The royal hierarchies of feudalism allowed them to conceptualise God as being regal in appearance. By contrast a request to worship contradicts our modern sense of entitlement. The problem is that a loving relationship isn't always the same as a professional or business relationship.
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    In an infinite universe there simply isn't enough room for there to be two fundamentally distinct souls! Otherwise we'd need to duel!
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    The scary thing about reincarnation is not only embodying a new person but also being "adopted" into a new family. In a metaphorical sense you'd be floating away into the unknown:

    The Prince of Egypt - River Lullaby
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    Talking to yourself or imagining your inner voice as being projected out loud can be a symptom of a mental illness. But such a thought experiment could also serve as a reference for keeping your thoughts clean. After all you wouldn't curse under your breath if you thought everyone could hear you! Purifying your thoughts are often a religious ideal. The random nature of the thoughts that pop into our head might make it difficult to fully achieve though.
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    They say never to judge people by appearence yet a divine being would likely be far more accurate in their preception than us. Sometimes people can report feeling creeped out by someone as if it were a sixth sense. We can't tell what someone is like by specific features of their facial appearence and any inference is more holistic in nature. Despite all the psychology articles there isn't any biological factor in particular that means someone is definitely evil. After all speaking in a strange accent isn't creepy when the person is from a foreign country. Moreover in our individualistic culture it's acceptable to be eccentric these days. Eating the legs of frogs isn't a weird pastime for a French person! We need a preponderance of evidence to convict someone for a crime. Although we don't need the same level of scrutiny to decide whether we should passively avoid someone. Unless someone is shown to be deceitful then I'd tend to give them the benefit of the doubt even if they could be dubbed creepy. The only exception might be if I had to be alone with them. Anyway I'd never verbally accuse anyone of a negative trait simply by their first impression. There is far too much room for error in our judgements when we know nothing of their background. Overall with regards to divine judgement my point is that a God with an infinite amount of knowledge and experience could likely tell the emotional state and ethical beliefs of a person just by looking at them.


    "Researchers have identified many things — like unpredictable laughter, pale skin, unkempt hair — that people tend to find unsettling in others. But they’ve also realized this: We humans are pretty poor judges of who we should trust, says psychologist Julia Shaw."
    https://ideas.ted.com/what-makes-a-person-creepy-and-what-purpose-do-our-creep-detectors-serve-a-psychologist-explains/

    "Stranger danger is the idea or warning that all strangers can potentially be dangerous."

    The Simpsons - Marger is a Witch Part 1
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