Date archive: January 2012

The Happiness Industry is making us miserable

TweetThe Happiness Industry is made up of all those books and articles and public speakers and organisations and motivational videos, AND yes, facebook pages, whose focus is about getting us to be happy. Happy, positive, confident.  All good stuff.  And I do believe we should be these things.  Of course. It’s just the whole business…

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A Facebook page owner’s day

TweetI started my first facebook page, Trying God’s Patience, at the end of October 2011, and as at the end of 2012 it had near-on 75,000 followers. It started more-or-less as an experiment, but with every new comment from its readers, it took on its own life. – Every day, someone says “that was just what…

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If I lose what I have

TweetIf I am what I have, and I lose what I have, who then am I? Erich Fromm I saw this photo on a Facebook page, seeking to invoke sentiments of love and compassion among that page’s viewers, apparently because this obviously homeless man had a dog that he was caring for.  I assumed that…

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Trying God’s Patience

TweetWhat does it mean to “try God’s patience”? Since God is the perfection of all human virtue, I don’t really believe His patience is being tried.  Nonetheless it is a phrase, and one reminiscent of a humbler god that rolls his eyes in exasperation every now and then at the failings, stumblings and sheer stupidity…

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