Monday, July 22, 2013

The Royal Baby- Why is Everyone Making a Big Fuss?

I'll probably get a lot of flack from this post, but I really don't care. It's my opinion. Today Kate Middleton went into labor. For weeks now all your can read or hear in the news is about the royal baby. It seems that the whole world has lost it's mind and value system over the birth of just one baby. Why does the world go crazy over the birth of a baby into wealth and privilege?

Every day, all over the world millions of babies are born into this world. Millions of these babies will not survive to see another day or even their first birthdays. They are born into poverty and can expect to inherit the poverty of their parents and die in poverty. They will be born with no fanfare and they will die with no fanfare, as the world will neither take notice nor care. On the other hand this royal baby will be born into wealth and privilege and can expect to someday be king or queen of England. He or she one day can expect to inherit almost $1 billion, the wealth of the British royal family. To me this is obscene.

Today royalty is obsolete. In medieval times royalty served a purpose to protect the citizens of their kingdoms, in return for a rather large sum of money. Today they are just mere symbols of a time past, and serve no purpose but to suck money from the citizenry of their respective countries. At a time when Britain is cutting back on services to the poor and the middle class they continue to spend so much money on welfare for the royal family. When some babies are born in the world with barely a roof over their heads a royal baby is born with several roofs, and the attached castles, over its head. This is not just the case in Britain alone.There are other royal welfare families in Europe and the Middle East, who are taking money from the truly needy.

I do not understand why so many countries in the world, including Britain are in foreign lands fighting for human rights and democracy, yet stick to separating their people along the lines of royalty and the aristocracy on top and the rest of society, the commoners, on the bottom. I also don't understand why Americans, whose forefathers fought to break free from the tyranny of royalty can be so obsessed with a royal family. It is not only members of royal families that get the undivided attention of so many people all over the world, but also children of movie stars and other celebrities, as in the birth of Kim Kardashian's baby.

I am not a fan of royalty or the privileged classes, no matter what country they are from and I think it is a shame that so much time and money is spent on these freeloaders. If we took all of the money doled out to members of the royal families in the world and spent it on maternity and  childcare in the poorer nations of the world we could save a lot of tiny lives.

As ordinary human beings, no better than the rest of the population, I wish William and Kate a very healthy and happy baby.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II to be Made Saints by the Roman Catholic Church

The Vatican recently announced that former popes, John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized, or made saints, in the Roman Catholic church. Personally I really don't care one way or the other, but this announcement got me thinking.

Why are only Catholics made saints? I was raised a Catholic and attended Catholic grade school and high school, where we were inundated with all kinds of saints. When I left the influence of the Catholic Church I realized that all of the saints were catholic. The Catholic Church lays that title on a person who has led an exemplary life and has performed miracles, when prayed too.  So I am wondering if a deceased non-Catholic or even an atheist , who was prayed to by admirers, granted a miracle, would the Church make that person a saint? This is especially puzzling since the present Pope, Francis, recently commented that atheists also go to heaven.

I would think that great humanitarians, such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King or Dr. Albert Schweitzer would be great saints. Or why not Confucius or even Buddha, or great leaders of other religions? They often seemingly performed miracles, here on earth, while still alive! Or do you have to have a big following who constantly pray to you?

I realize that some other Christian religions have saints, such as St. Paul of the Episcopalian Church and saints of the Anglican Church, but I believe they are the same saints of the Catholic Church, who were retained after the different churches split from the Roman Catholic Church. I haven't heard that any of these churches have decided to name their own saints lately, though. I remember a colleague of mine, who was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church telling me that saints of the Catholic Church were evil and their followers were devil worshipers, according to his religion. They must have different criteria for living a good life.

Another question is that every day we hear of medical cures or astounding happenings that cannot be explained scientifically and can only be called miracles. If no one prayed for these so called miracles, who who do we attribute these miracles to. On that note why does someone have to take credit for a miracle?  Why can't we just say it is another mystery of life? Of course if a person can be given credit for miracles, such as in the Catholic Church, a lot of money stands to be made. I am sure that on the very day John XXIII and John Paul VI the Vatican will rake in a lot of cash from the faithful. I am sure also that with these canonizations, the Church can deflect attention away from the child abuse scandals and the Vatican Bank scandal. Perhaps the Vatican is hoping for a miracle!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July America

I'd like to wish EVERY American a very happy Independence Day. I hope everyone enjoys their celebrations and has a safe holiday weekend. 

I would also like to tell our politicians to put their petty party bickering behind them and for once do what is best for the country, not what's best for your party. The American people deserve a government that is better than what we have.  

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