"The belief that rational and quantifiable disciplines such as science can be used to perfect human society is no less absurd than a belief in magic, angels, and divine intervention. Scientific methods, part of the process of changing the material world, are nearly useless in the nebulous world of politics, ideas, values, and ethics. But the belief in collective moral progress is a seductive one. It is what has doomed populations in the past who have chased after impossible dreams, and it threatens to doom us again. It is, at its core, the enticing delusion that we can be more than human, that we can become gods.
We have nothing to fear from those who do or do not believe in God; we have much to fear from those who do not believe in sin. The concept of sin is a check on the utopian dreams of a perfect world. It prevents us from believing in our own perfectibility of the illusion that the material advances of science and technology equal an intrinsic moral improvement in our species. To turn away from God is harmless. Saints have been trying to do it for centuries. To turn away from sin is catastrophic. Religious fundamentalists, who believe they know and can carry out the will of God, disregard their severe human limitations. They act as if they are free from sin. The secular utopians of the twenty-first century have also forgotten they are human. These two groups peddle absolutes. Those who do not see as they see, speak as they speak and act as they act are worthy only of conversion or eradication."
"It is this naive belief in our goodness and decency--this inability to face the dark reality of human nature, our capacity for evil and the morally neutral universe we inhabit--that is the most disturbing aspect of all these belief systems. There is nothing in human nature or human history to support the idea we are morally advancing as a species or that we will overcome the flaws of human nature. We progress technologically and scientifically, but not morally. We use the newest instruments of technological and scientific progress to create more efficient forms of killing, repression, economic exploitation, and to accelerate environmental degradation. There is a good and bad side to human progress. We are not advancing toward a glorious utopia."
"Scientific and moral progress are not the same. One advances. The other does not."
I'm sure this won't be a popular stamp, but there again, I don't really care. I am proud to be an American, I'm proud of the values our country was founded on, founded on, not keeps. I am ashamed of our government, I'm ashamed of the state our country is in. I'm ashamed of our foreign policy, I'm ashamed of our policies towards our own people, I think our government is a sham that couldn't give less of a shit about the American people, it's soldiers, or our brothers and sisters in other countries. If I could, I would apologize to Russia for the idiotic ' punishing parent' our politicians have had towards them, I would apologize to the people over seas who's family members we've killed and who's lives we've destroyed. I support the troops, I pray that God brings them home safely, I thank their families for their sacrifice but seriously, someone needs to slap some of those fucking idiots in Washington. If you want to use this, just use it.
I don't know if there's a stamp like this here on DA, but I made it anyway for those who share my belief.
So after living under Obama, doing a bit of research on capitalism and the Great Depression, and having a tough time finding a job. I'm starting to lean towards capitalism (not oligarchy capitalism, which I think is corporatocracy), because that's the best kind of system we need for our dying economy. It creates tons of jobs and makes everyone, who works, richer. I sure hope we get a good liberal candidate who supports gay rights, men's rights, women's health, abortion rights, free market, right to own a gun with a background check, animal welfare, wolf-hunting, marijuana and cannabis oil for medical-use only, less war, less government spending, oppose death penalty, etc.
Of course, you don't need to share the same beliefs as I to use this stamp. Feel free to share your beliefs in the comments section.
It's so easy for me as a stampmaker to focus on Christianity, especially since I come from a fairly Christian background. However, I realized I have little to no stamps focused on Islam. So, I'll try to focus on that a little more.
And please, don't try that "but Islam badabadabada this blablabla multiculturalism bla bla bla YOUSARACIST!" stuff on me. It won't work. Also because religions =/= race.
In December, more than 60 young punk fans were detained at a concert and forced to undergo a 10-day "moral rehabilitation" camp run by police. They had their hair cut/shaved, were forced to bathe in a lake, wear conservative clothes, and pray.
Only Muslims can be charged under Sharia Law, though the non-Muslim community is expected to follow some of the rules out of respect.
If you have some links to share on this topic, please feel free to post them and I will add them to this description.
The radical flag and symbol of Ukraine. The Flag of fight in nowadays. Was UPA flag (West troops, East troops fought with yellow-blue flag).
UPA (Ukrainian Insurrectionary Army) leaded the the war against fascists in WW2 and against Communists, fought for the Independence of Ukraine and against Stalin's regime till 1956. By USSR propahanda were Nazi and helped Hitler, killed Poles and civil people. But it is the great lie of Russia
First, UPA united not only Ukrainians. There were Russians, Poles, Hungarians, and etc in the UPA troops, who fought against Stalin regime.
Second, I read the letter of old ex-communist (NKVD) where he told, that there was the order of Moscow to all NKVD troops to wear UPA uniforms and kill civil people, because the support of UPA was too strong in all Ukraine, that Communists did not know how to stop it. You have to understand by your own mind, if UPA was so bad, would they fight against USSR and have support till 1956?! Would people hide them and help them?!
Third, the murders of Polish Children by UPA was the great historical falsification! The real photo was done in 1923 when the crazy gypsy mother killed her children! It was not UPA deeds!
;>_> I got lazy, so I ended up drawing chibis, & I was gonna do some sorta backgroundy stuff but... too lazy for that too. Dx; Too busy. AP U.S. history stuff & work & all that fun jazz, ya know? ... though I don't mind the AP U.S. history stuff too much... ;>3>
Here you are Miss Comic-Chick! Hope you enjoy! <3
D: OMG. I TYPO'D KNOWLTON'S NAME. DD; I'M SORRY. >runs off to fix<
EDIT 03/03: If you are just going to be rude when you comment, and ignore the purpose of the stamp... your post will be ignored, reported for spam, and you yourself will be blocked from my deviantART page. It's honestly rather sad that I have to mention this, but... think before you speak. Seriously, it's not that hard.
Put this together because I did not see a stamp like it, plus I feel a bit like ranting. (Stamp made entirely in Seashore.)
DISCLAIMER: I do not believe in the bible. AT ALL. The bible references that comprise this argument, are here to make people who DO believe in it, think.
•Satan, like Prometheus, gave knowledge to humanity by giving Eve the fruit from the forbidden tree. Because of Satan, humanity gained knowledge of good and evil, according to Genesis. Since we couldn't have possessed knowledge of good and evil before eating the fruit, Adam and Eve couldn't have known that eating the fruit was evil, so it seems a little harsh to punish them as severely as God did. Satan gave humans true capacity for moral judgment, unlike God, who simply expected everyone to mindlessly obey his orders. •There is no biblical record of Satan engaging in the murder of torture of any human being, unlike God, who is guilty (and proudly guilty) of commiting genocide. •There is no biblical record of Satan ever ordering someone to kill someone else, unlike God, who has repeatedly demanded the deaths of those who commit even the smallest of offenses. •Satan will not be holding a massively dramatic ceremony full of blood and death for the return of his son to Earth. God apparently will.
•God takes away Adam and Eve's eternal life, thus commiting the first murder, and holds their descendants responsible and visiting Adam and Eve's punishment down on their children. In today's moral standards, the sins of the father die with the father. •God destroys all life on Earth in a great flood, except for a drunk (Noah) and his family, for failing to worship him. •God's tenth plague upon the Israelites was the unjustified murder of all firstborn sons in Egypt, which undoubtedly included little children. •Before sending the plagues to Egypt, God "hardened Pharaoh's heart" so that he wouldn't let the Israelites go, so he could have an excuse to visit horrible plagues upon them, like boils, killing cattle and murdering all firstborn sons. (Exodus 4:21) •God orders the Levites to kill their "every man and his neighnor" for worshipping another god. This cost 3000 lives. (Exodus 32:27) •God sends a plague to the Israelites, apparently feeling that mass-butchery wasn't enough of a punishment. (Exodus 32:35) •God kills Onan for refusing to impregnate his late brother's (whom God also slew) wife and instead "spilling his seed on the ground." (Genesis 38:8-10) •God kills the entire populations of Soddom and Gammorah (again, including women, children and infants) for practicing certain sexual techniques. •God gives all Philistines hemorrhoids in their pubic areas. (1 Samuel 5:9) •God kills over 50,000 people for looking at an ark. (1 Samuel 6:19) •God kills 70,000 people because King David decided to have a census. (1 Chronicles 21:7-14) •God approves of slavery, and instructs owners to beat their slaves. (Proverbs 29:19) •And, finally, God makes sure that if you are guilty of even the smallest transgression, you shall suffer endlessly for all eternity, following a dramatic homecoming for Jesus, who will be extremely pissed off at everyone for putting him to death, even though it was just the Romans and even though he knew what was going to happen beforehand, and he could have easily avoided it by using his power as God to perform a miracle and prove who he was. (See the entire book of Revelation)
It doesn't take a mathematician to add up and compare God and Satan's respective body counts. God has, after all, killed billions of people in a great flood. Satan never did anything like that. What was the only thing Satan did "wrong"? He rebelled against God, but wouldn't you? Look at what kind of a God he is! He needlessly murders people in nearly every book and passage of the Old Testament! He created an entire race of people for the sole purpose of catoring to his own ego, and then gets mad when we don't live up to our appointed role in life or question one of his decisions! He is a ruthless, dictatorial, narcissistic, sociopathic mass murderer. If I go to Hell for not worshipping him, so much the better. I'd rather spend eternity with Satan, someone who hasn't treated the human race like disposable garbage, someone who has given knowledge to humanity rather than trying to suppress it."
"Try running this by xians. They keep parroting "The Devil deceives" when in truth, it is their own "god." And, this so-called "god" of theirs is afraid of humanity obtaining knowledge and spiritual power? Is threatened by our physical nudity? "Loves" you so much he will damn you to a fiery pit to burn for all eternity? Hardly our creator. Everything the Christians accuse "The Devil" of is really their own "god." This is their deception. "He deceiveth the masses.""
As for me, I have my own personal experience: He protects those dedicates to him, he ls them in times of need, and encourages us to be strong and independent. He is the most kind and loving father-figure anybody could ask for...
In contrast; while when I was a christian, I spent 13 years feeling like I was talking to a black hole. I got nothing done and was miserable 24/7. After I left it, I kept having thoughts of "what if everything's reversed? What if Satan isn't the bad guy?" only to find years later that my thoughts were true.