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If Israel attacked Lebanon, killing over 1,000 civilians, as a response to Hezbollah’s capturing of 2 Israeli soldiers, why isn’t the United Kingdom launching a ground war into Iran as we speak? I mean really, if Israel’s response was appropriate and justified, the UK will be launching an assault, complete with cluster-bombs that don’t detonate until after the skirmish, within the next 72 hours.

Iran Captures 15 British Soldiers

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south-park.jpgLast night’s episode of South Park was pure genius. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show’s creators and writers, drew the analogy of lice living on a person’s head to humans living on planet earth. The real analogy, however, is not that humans are like wingless phthiraptra, but that the earth has a consciousness just like the planet of the lice (a humans head).

When one of the children washed his hair with a prescription shampoo to kill the lice, the lice reacted to the “catastrophe” by running for their lives to escape environmental destruction. The louse hero tried to warn his fellow lice that their “planet” had a consciousness and was reacting with harsh purposefulness. Rebuking the hero, and much like our contemporary world, there were political lice who stated that planets (nature) don’t have a life force or a consciousness, and that the catastrophe which wiped out the majority of the lice population was a “natural disaster,” a pure accident of nature.

People can say what they want about the alleged offensiveness of many South Park shows, but in my opinion, it is the most original thing going, on today’s networks anyway. We need more intellectual offensiveness.

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Lately, I’ve noticed that there have been a lot of search inquiries to the phrase “De Omnibus Dubitandum,” which so happens to be the title of this blog, and it has lead a lot of people here. To their misfortune, however, the meaning or translation of that phrase is nowhere to be found… until now.

De Omnibus Dubitandum means “All is to be doubted.” It’s Latin of course, and the phrase is attributed to Rene Descartes (1596-1650), the notable French philosopher.

I’m quite fond of the phrase because it serves as the foundation for those with a skeptical, independent, free, and inquisitive mind. Some of us have this by nature, an innate desire to demand proof and evidence before latching on to a belief system or ideology. In others, this desire needs to be cultivated.

Unfortunately, the struggle between society’s demanding of conformity and the individual’s desire to live freely causes great stress in the lives of all of us. That stress varies in intensity whereas some barely notice the symptoms while others develop a kind of neurosis. Regardless, doubt, doubt, doubt!

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Bertrand Russel gives the most convincing argument for the non-existence of God due to his systematic approach and through applying previous theological concepts universally to include deity. Whereas previous theologians would proffer arguments such as First-Cause, their mistake was in exempting God from the process by which all other objects were defined and held accountable. The universal application of philosophical principles to include deity was the only intellectually honest approach used when juxtaposed to the likes of Anselm and Aquinas.

An example of this universal application was Russell’s “First-Cause Argument,” which is essentially, although not stated specifically, a refutation of Thomas Aquinas’s second of The Five Ways in proving God’s existence. Aquinas stated, “There is no case known… in which a thing is found to be that efficient cause of itself, for so it would be prior to itself, which is not possible… Therefore, it is necessary to admit a first efficient cause, to which everyone gives the name of God.”(1) Much like U.S. Congressmen who exempt themselves from laws that are passed, St. Thomas is here exempting God from the same laws that he attributes as necessary to all other beings. This concept of divine exemption was not lost on Russell who addressed it immediately by referring to John Stuart Mill’s autobiography: “’My father taught me that the question ‘Who made me?’ cannot be answered, since it immediately suggests the further question ‘Who made God?’”(2)

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After much contemplation regarding which philosopher’s view of human nature I most agree or disagree with, my answer is Arthur Schopenhauer and pessimism. My arrival at this conclusion is the argument of evidence that Schopenhauer used in determining there isn’t an “all-wise, all-good, and at the same time, all-powerful Being,” which governs our lives or is concerned with His work.(1)  One need only but look around at the vast amount of frustration, disappointment, and human sorrow that exists to reach the same conclusion. Therefore, the human experience provides plenty of readily available evidence that our condition is solely and succinctly an individual’s suffering.

Furthermore, given my agnostic viewpoints, Schopenhauer’s insistence on the truth of The Will as the eternal and universal force that governs man serves as a replacement for my skepticism in a personal and personified deity. The belief in a governing Will as a guiding force offers an explanation for the world’s troubles and fills the vacuum left by an otherwise absent god.

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Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance.

The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by an east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It’s funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura: Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can.

When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odour for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odour is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offence.

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On Saturday, I attended my eleven-year-old daughter’s robotic engineering team event. Each year, the best and brightest young minds team up, build a robot, and then enter it in a competition which involves the robot performing a series of tasks on an obstacle course. The team is graded on presentation, engineering, and how quickly and accurately their robot completes tasks within a certain amount of time.

After getting up bright and early, we headed to the local university and registered. We waited for about 45 minutes before going to the auditorium for the opening ceremony.

When the master of ceremonies immediately asked for everyone to be quiet during the “Presentation of Colors,” led by none other than the local girl scout troop, I quietly sat there and watched them bring the flag onto the stage. Then, the MC began talking about military veterans and the current soldiers in Iraq who were “fighting for our freedom,” and I started to get a little irritated. Strangely, I had forgotten it was Veteran’s Day. Regardless, I sat there listening to the master of propaganda spew his patriotism all over the stage. When he was finished, he asked that everyone stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Like a disobedient servant, I stood, but that’s all I did. I didn’t recite; I didn’t put my hand over my heart. I listened to the words carefully while everyone was reciting in unison, but I couldn’t force myself to recite The Pledge. In fact, I was disgusted. First, I’m not going to swear allegiance to a flag, to the republic that it represents, or to (essentially) anything else. It’s not my nature, and I’m sure not going to pretend to be loyal to that perverted monstrosity in Washington, D.C. I’ll leave that to the citizens who prefer being raped by the government, and who seem unconcerned about the national debt, the trade deficit, illegal immigration, a backward educational system, sky-rocketing health care, ad infinitum. The reason those things I listed even exist is because of the corrupt entity in Washington that I’m being asked to swear allegiance. No thank you; I want no part of that.

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