❝❝ In some ancient polytheistic societies, the worst punishment that could be meted out was to erase a person’s existence by no longer speaking or writing their name and erasing any reference to them. It was thought this also negatively affected them in the afterlife. As a matter of personal policy, follow this concept and this is why I have not named the shooter in this article. However, The Honored Dead do deserve to be known…❞❞Read More...
— Cara Schulz, Facing Violence in Chattanooga: Two Heathens Share their Experience
❝❝You want to impress me, come up with something more than "the Bible told me so.” Don't make threats about judgement and eternal flame. Don't tell me about the changes it's made in your life. Don’t tell me how it’s “saved you.” Don’t tell me how you have the hotline to the “Almighty."
And don’t tell me “it’s God’s judgement” when you’re the one spouting the words.
Tell me about the changes your faith makes in the world around you. Tell me what you do that makes the world better than when you got here. Tell me how your faith manifests through you.
Tell me about how you pass it on.
If that "Living Word" exists, it has to be in the hearts and souls of those people who have really embraced it. It's not in a dusty book. The verses don't matter except to show you the way. Tell me what lives behind those printed words. Tell me how you turned your sacrifice into a blessing.
Tell me about love. Tell me about the love you showed today.
Your actions show that.
Your next choice starts now.❞❞
from the private journal of NeoWayland
NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.