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About Pete

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    A Pickle fan
  • Birthday 06/24/1954

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    Psychotherapy, NLP & Hypnotherapy, Counseling, Co-Counseling, Personal growth & Learning.
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    Agnostic, something or other. Not interested in the bible or anyone's so called holy books.

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  1. I mention as a matter of human self care and not about promoting some aged scripture or religion. We are human and we have needs. If we do not look after our personal needs then we will fail at the emotionally hard things in life such as caring for others. I speak as someone who was a nurse for 46 years. Those who don't look after their needs do not last long in the job. They burnout quickly. There has to be something for the carer as there is need of the cared for.
  2. A certain amount of pleasing yourself is necessary for health. I have met carers who feel guilty in enjoying life whilst those they care for cannot. However, it is important. If you do not look after your own needs then your ability to care will break down. It is about looking after ones own needs so they can continue to care. It is important.
  3. Mankind are individuals and also our very survival is based on being part of a community. We need the joining with others for protection, health socialisation; and production of the things we need. Therefore being happy is also required to be with others for that happiness and for it to be sustained their happiness too. A community that works for each other is more secure than one that does not. Therefore I propose happiness to be social as well as individual.
  4. The exercises did help at time. Trouble is my back is a lot worse now and limits what I do. My bones are getting old and degenerating.
  5. He just recommended so exercises for my back pain. I have not seen him for a while.. Well actually 5 years.
  6. I had a friend who did all the exercises. I still do not know why china banned it.
  7. Point of note. The Quakers in the US range from liberal to fundamentalist churches. The fundamentalists are not so open minded.
  8. It is also to note Stalin had wanted to train as a priest before being involved in politics. You can guess where he got many of his ideas from.
  9. I know this is not easy but communism is not communism.. After the Russian revolution there was mass starvation. 17 differing countries including the US and Britain tried to invade it. In the rural areas the peasant farmers still wanted to maintain their control on food prices. Stalin who was rejected by Lenin and the Bolsheviks worked as the secretary. After Lenin's death he pretended he and Lenin were best buddies and took control and ran Russia like a single capitalist factory but instead of the millionaires taking the profits the party did. This was the same with Mao. It was Stalin w
  10. Interesting for me is the religious society of friends in the UK. No creed and no ministers. They demand no set of beliefs from you.. Except many are pacifists. They meet in silence unless someone is moved to speak. Everyone shares in the funding of the building and duties. The Clerk of the meeting can only be Clerk for two years and then they collectively decide on another. They get strongly involved is social concerns. They do marriages and everyone signs the certificate. Again in Silence with both parties present. There is no distinction between sexes including LGTB+ Members. Re
  11. As long as it cares for people and our fellow life on this planet I am in. The issue I have is if a philosophy is strongly held, organised, and popular it becomes a religion. One of the reasons I do not like organised religion. It starts to restrain other opinions. The acceptance of someone being an atheist is one of those religious restrictions. I get sick of newly elected politicians demonstrating their religious faith in church. I mean what is wrong with someone being elected as an atheist or agnostic.
  12. What good does religion bring at all is a good question. In the right hand it can bring people together to improve themselves and their community and on the left hand it educates a bunch of annoying bigots that are full of prejudice. I think Spong belongs to the right hand. That said I do not wish either.
  13. I am sure. He however does. I can live with that. Live and let is okay by me but I do not like those who live and make you live their way too.
  14. The only good that I can see is that rather than the know it all attitude associated with many branches of christianity he has met most religions half way including agnostic, atheism, Judaism, and others, without seeking conflict. He even speaks highly of Richard Dawkins. (Much to the upset of more fundamental groups). He was among the first to perform gay marriage. Even his own church leaders have struggled with his forward looking beliefs. Some have refused to discuss things with him. For him to be christian is to be best human being he is capable. We can find holes in his belief structures