For the Good of the Faith
The beliefs in which we are raised often form the backbone we use to support our views and arguments. Faith is a wonderful thing. The certainty that there is a benevolent higher power out in the universe watching over us all and guiding us on our best path can be powerful medicine when the world knocks us down. Recently however, the political world has bound itself to the religious. Putting aside the legal and constitutional quandaries of melding church and state into one unit, this joining has very negative consequences for organized religion as a whole.
We All Know It’s a Dog
Look. We’ve all done it. We see the adorable Labrador, Poodle, Pomeranian, etc. out in a place where there are not usually dogs. We gasp. We frantically point it out to our friends. It happens. The real issue is what many people do after they see that the dog has a vest.
Sometimes the Shadows Win
So many helpful blogs focus on managing personal anxieties and mental illness. This is a wonderful trend in media, and helps many people find ways to keep their minds from dragging them into the void, but it doesn't address what happens when you encounter someone who chooses not to manage their anxiety in a positive way. We know that all the good advice in the world is completely useless if it is ignored. Just as we all know that it's extremely difficult to force people to see that the way they choose to "handle" their problems isn't always the healthiest path.