Friday, May 20, 2016

Creator of Poverty

   The Bible says that God created man according to his own image.  Is God poor in heaven?  If not, would a loving God make humans poor?  It doesn’t make sense.  God put Adam and Eve in paradise.  

Salt Mine (From: en.wikipedia.org)
   Despite their disobedience, the same God created wealth for the nations to share and enjoy equally.  He provided inexhaustible salt mines, self-replenishing seas that never run out of edible creatures, self-cleaning air to breathe, and mountains that grow trees despite human mismanagement and illegal logging. He put diamonds, gold, silver, copper, gas, oil, etc. in the ground for future generations.  

Some products of mines are:
Batteries - cadmium, lithium, nickel and cobalt


Musical instruments - copper, silver, steel, nickel, brass, cobalt, copper, iron and aluminum
Circuitry - gold, copper, aluminum, steel, silver, lead and zinc

Sports equipment - graphite, aluminum and titanium

Computer and television screens - silicon, boron, lead, phosphorus and indium
Sun protection and medical ointments - zinc

Cosmetics and jewellery  -gold, diamonds, iron oxide, zinc and titanium dioxide
Surgical instruments - stainless steel
Electricity - coal
 and uranium
Vehicles and tires - steel, copper, zinc, barium, graphite, sulphur and iodine
Eyeglasses - limestone, feldspar and soda ash

Housing construction - gypsum, clay, limestone, sand and gravel
Fertilizer - phosphate, nitrogen, sulphur and potash

From: www.acareerinmining.ca 

Hybrid car components - rare earth elements such as dysprosium, lanthanum, neodymium and samarium

   "The worldwide production of mining uranium comes from Kazakhstan, Canada, and Australia as the top three producers… Other important uranium producing countries in excess of 1,000 tons per year are Niger, Namibia, Russia, Uzbekistan, the United States, China, and Malawi.” (Wikipedia

   “The main use of uranium...is to fuel nuclear power plants…photographic chemicals (especially uranium nitrate as a toner), in lamp filaments for stage lighting bulbs, to improve the appearance of dentures, and in the leather and wood industries for stains and dyes.”  

   With all those constructive uses, man chooses to use uranium in building weapons of destruction.  “The major application of uranium in the military sector is in high-density penetrators…uranium-235 has been used as the fissile explosive material to produce nuclear weapons”. (inventors of injurious thing...Romans 1:30

   If used for the betterment of mankind and if benefits are allotted equally, the wealth God planted underground is enough to provide free homes for all, so no one can say he's homeless, and food for the starving.  We'd still get sick and die but the quality of life would be equal, no rich or poor, subject only to individual genetic imperfection.

  So who created poverty?  Every nation’s history shows political power struggle. To the victors belong the spoils.  



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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Flora

   I’ve had a reputation for being a bully as a child but I was never mean.  I simply didn’t know how to handle my anger.  Being a Caviteña (people from the province of Cavite), I was easy to offend, carried the grudge longer than the next guy and was inclined to retaliate.  Cavite was famous in the 50’s for the practice of “ubusan ng lahi”, which means in English “finishing the family”.  If someone got killed the victim’s family kills the killer, then the killer’s family kills his killer, and the killing goes back and forth until no one is left standing in both families.  

   In the article A Scary Filipina, I narrated an incident where I got angry at a man’s comment about the way my daughter parked next to him.  I wasn’t even the one driving, but I took his mild comment personally and responded with instant anger that actually scared him.  

   I never realized I had a problem until recently.  Flora, a social worker at Davita, was assigned to help me with my medical issues. She gave over and above her duties to help me with my quirks.  She gave me a pamphlet titled Symptom Targeted Intervention Guidebook.  STI was designed to help those with depression, insomnia, anxiety, rumination, irritability, negative thinking and social isolation.  My problems were insomnia, irritability, negative thinking and, although not socially, I am emotionally isolated.  

My phone wallpaper
   Flora gave me exercises to practice control of my thoughts and emotions.  She told me to print an image of a box and a stop sign to display where I can see it.  I put them on my phone wallpaper.  I am to put inside the box daily all my worries, anger, negative thoughts and close the lid on them.  The stop sign is to remind me to stop before reacting to any thought that makes me feel bad.  Avoid thinking of the past by taking 3 minutes to just sit and feel the present.  

   In the beginning I didn’t think it would help.  Every week that Flora and I talked, she helped me with one issue after another.  Like she were my psychologist, I tell her any event that got to me the past days and she would show me where I went wrong.  Eventually I started to make progress.  Lately, I have been cordial with two people I did not speak to for more than a year.  I am sleeping better.  I am now handling my irritability and negative thoughts by just bringing Flora to mind.  She has become my imaginary stop sign.  

   This week Flora said goodbye to me.  She is moving to another job, another place.  I tried to hold my tears.  You would think after losing so many people in my life, I should be used to it by now. 

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