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Being Too Literal?


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Being literal has its good and bad days. My son taught me this the other day when he had a test about vocabulary. He had to memorize a group of definitions for the upcoming test and sharing was one of them. The phrase ‘oneself’ was used to explain how sharing was the process of giving to others the same amount as oneself. When he got his test the word ‘oneself’ was replaced with ‘yourself’ and he ended up getting the question wrong. Was it the school’s fault for teaching my son to learn in a way that requires him to only memorize the necessary answers for testing or the genetics I passed on to him? I might need to sit down and explain the fundamentals of thinking outside the box.

Yes, I am quite literal most of the time when I do just about anything. It is very possible I cursed him with that particular gene. More to the point, is it right to have a school teach for what will be tested? I say no.

To teach what is needed for a test is ludicrous. If I was taught about a war in 1776 without knowing why it happened so I could produce the proper answer on a test does not sit well with me. Standardized testing might be to blame in this instance. Our children are subjected to testing on a regular basis; however, they are only taught what will be on those tests. Is it fair to them? No.

What happened to the days when Teachers used a learning curriculum as a guideline instead of something carved in stone? Maybe someday we will learn from these new mistakes of teaching only the test and actually broaden the mind of the young again.

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I see it more and more. A cry goes out that the world is going to end … soon. Someone claims the world will end and we must tie up our loose ends quickly before 6:00 pm this very night before the savior comes. I am sure your boss will let that important fax slide, which could have made the company millions all because the rapture was upon us.
Does it make much sense to wrap-up a life that continues in the afterlife? What doesn’t make sense to me is the repeated doomsday deadlines being set and nothing ever happens. Is it me or does that create an implosion for religion itself? Crying wolf as churches have done is an age-old tale of a child repeatedly saying the wolf is here to the village. What came of these lies the child told? The village no longer believed him. The story ends with him finally telling the truth, but no one is listening now. I feel this is how the churches of the world are being looked at, too.
Any religion teaching good moral standards is a good religion and we cannot afford to loosing them to fabricated lies. If the world ends – so be it. What regrets will you have if the world ends? You already live with past regrets of not doing something or someone, so I think it will OK when the end comes. For now live a happy life with the ones you love.
For the churches of the world I say this – leave the end of days to whichever God you believe in. He or She knows when it will happen and all you do is cause chaos in the living world. I am sure spreading such doom does NOT create the oneness with thy neighbor as you had hoped. What a way to spend the end of life by collecting old debts or borrowed tools. Those things will sure help out in the afterlife.
I am blogging about this because if they don’t stop preaching the destruction of this world, then people will find something else to believe in. Religion as we know it will die and who knows what will grow from the aftermath. Pretty soon we might be praying under the golden arches in the shape of an ‘M’. Lunch anyone?