"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Tuesday 17 February 2015

Meandering Down Memory Lane

The Ten Commandments:1

Thou shalt love the Lord,Thy God withThy whole heart and thy whole soul.; thou shalt  not worship false gods
Thou shalt keep the sabbath holy
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself .
Honour  thy father  and thy mother.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery,
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy  neighbour
Thy shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.

To my recollection that's how I learned them all those years ago. I can't answer for the  text. It was being taught to five year olds.

Religion was first lesson of the day from first day of school, It wasn't read of course..
It was learned by repetition.  As time went by meaning was expanded.

By the age of  seven and "use of reason " ,ability to discern good and evil, was  assumed and therefore  capability of SIN was established.  Sacraments of Penance  and Communion became the practice.

The sacraments and tenets of our religion, Faith Hope and Charity were known to us.

I got on to this tack wondering  why any religion would have rules to make women invisible ?

I read something in a missal (prayer book) once that wasn't taught in class. Giving birth was
walking through the valley of death and women's punishment for original sin. Eve made
Adam  eat the Apple.

 That was the biggie that got the pair of them cast out of the Garden of Eden.

Well ye know ...Much can be said that can also be left unsaid.

Despite what is said, we can  reasonably contend the Ten Commandments are  the principles of  common law, the basic principle of civil law in the U.K., Canada and  United  States of America and  for all intents and purposes, any Christian Society.

It means  common understanding of law and order in western and some eastern society is based on Christian principles.

As noted in a comment, four people are in Canadian prisons for murdering four female family members according to their understanding of rules to live by.

They are being housed at a cost of a million dollars a year or thereabouts to Canadian taxpayers.

Does the Oath of Allegiance required for Citizenship mean something or nothing?

Thou shalt not commit adultery
Thou shalt not bear false witness agajnst they neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet they neighbour's wife
Thou shalt not covet they neighbour's goods.

To the best of my recollection , the Ten Commandments were the first lesson in region Al those many years ago.


Anonymous said...

"I got on to this tack wondering why. religion would have rules to make women invisible ?"

Religion has not made women invisible. Religious LEADERS have done that. A lot of what is taught to congregations is what was read between the lines in books that were written a long time ago by people we think we knew who they were. As new leaders take over, they put their spin on how the books should be interpreted.

It is interesting that the Bible, Torrah and Koran all contain the stories and tales that occured in a very very small part of the world. You would think that if those works were truly sacred, some of might have occured in the Americas or Asia or Europe? Seems to be a very narrow focus on a bunch of mythology.

Anonymous said...

We have to house them and others of their ilk because we not longer have the death penalty. And we no longer have the death penalty because so many mistakes were made in the past that resulted in innocent deaths . It is a circuitous argument but we really do have to continue to warehouse our monsters.

Anonymous said...

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Keeping it simple is keeping it best.

Anonymous said...

It is the same in nature. Male birds & animals are free to flaunt their finery - females are consigned to being part of the scenery.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't just the ancients. I was once stuck for a whole day in a hotel room with a phone directory and the Book of Mormons.

Anonymous said...

Surely, that's not the only reason to do away with death penalty, 15:38. There's the whole barbaric thing, as well as the aspect of state-sanctioned murder.

Anonymous said...

Ay least, Ron Hubbard admitted he invented Scientology in order to win a bet. And people still believed him.

KA-NON said...

"Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
Steven Weinberg

Anonymous said...

No, 21:28, It is only the list of wrongly convicted that prevents us from slipping backward. We still do barbaric in the prison system especially with solitary.