“BAD ENERGY”- What you don’t know about Solar Panels

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Today’s Quote

“It’s really kind of cool to have solar panels on your roof” -Bill Gates

Time Check

Nov 21, 1620 – The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620. 

Nov 21, 1694 – French author and philosopher Jean Francois Voltaire was born. At age 65 he spent only three days writing “Candide.”

Nov 21, 1877 – Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph. 

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Iss. 37

November, 21, 2014

Dear Thinkers,

Green Energy has become such a sexy phrase. Millions and millions of Americans have become seduced by the allure of this giant political movement. Even I must admit, I have come to be more or less infatuated with the idea of clean energy. And who could blame us? The intent is noble right?

Also there is a great debate in this country about the efficiency of alternate forms of energy, specifically solar, and as I noted, I would be a large proponent of it if solar was efficient. But the truth is, Solar energy is not efficient. Not even close. And it it were, then we wouldn’t be having the debate in this country about whether we should use solar energy or not….we would instead already be using it. But it’s the cool thing right?

Debate aside, let’s keep it real and just look at the facts.

Not only has solar energy proved itself to be insufficient, but I must question as to whether the green flag that it so often flies is an accurate representation. We take for granted the fact that “Going Green” means helping the environment, but let me ask you, what exactly does that mean?

I am under the impression that animal life and safety carries a lot of weight in the environmentalist circles… Well is that the real case? Or is this a front that gets the dog lovers to the voting booths in November? I will let you decide, but what often goes ignored is the fact that solar plants incinerate birds on a daily basis. And if killing birds is the collateral for saving the environment, are we not contradicting ourselves? The death tolls are catastrophic. It is estimated that a given solar plant incinerates a whopping 30 birds per hour. No not per month. Not week, and no, not day… I said per hour. Where is PITA on this issue and the rest of the left? I would think there would be an outcry! Not to mention my dear thinkers, each one of these plants uses an astronomical amount of water not only to run the turbines and create energy, but also to clean and hose down the panels whenever desert dust happens to gather as a film and hinder the energy creating process.

Many of these plants are located in the middle of the desert which not only means that dust will surely collect often, but additionally, it costs large sums of money to truck in water using several hundred vehicles (which do expel carbon) whenever this task is at hand. Aside from the inconvenience, does anyone remember, WE ARE IN A DROUGHT? Why is it that California legislatures can present laws that regulate the length of your showers and the time of day that you can water your lawn, when thousands of gallons are being wasted on solar panels all of the time.

In hindsight, I have no agenda in lobbying for or against solar energy. I would just like to advocate a simple piece of truth: THAT WE AREN’T BEING TOLD THE WHOLE TRUTH. There aren’t videos on the nightly news of innocent birds catching fire while quietly flying across the desert. And the environmentalists who yell at us about saving the birds and conserving water will just as quickly look the other way when it conflicts with their other agendas. And as a Conservative who is supposed to “hate the environment”, I kindly ask us to stop watering things that cause death, and instead maybe water a tree or two… something green couldn’t hurt.

Just a thought.

 

Christian Rogers

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“DOES GENDER STILL EXIST?”

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Today’s Quote

Gender is a reality, and a more fundamental reality than sex.”  -C.S. LEWIS

 

Time Check

Oct. 20, 1803- The U.S. Senate authorized the Louisiana purchase.

Oct 20, 1910- A baseball with a cork was used in a world series game for the first time.

Oct 20, 1944- Allied forces invade the Philippines in WWII. 

 

 

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Iss. 36

October 20, 2014

 

Dear Thinkers,

It appears that everything done in America these days is done in the name of tolerance. This is especially true in the public education system where an unofficial, yet not subtle, competition wages daily based on the premise of “Who is more consciously tolerant”.  This goes without suggesting the ramifications of being pegged intolerant.

Now what does being tolerant mean? To be quite honest, the word, like many other politically charged words, actually has very little meaning in itself. Instead, promoting tolerance in schools, the workplace, and in everyday life, gives meaning to a certain brand of people and in turn makes them feel important. I’d like to draw your attention now to the hypocrisy of these people, and how quickly they will unknowingly contradict themselves in the name of this divisive word.

This morning, I was directed to an article which reported on two U.S. all-Female colleges that have now decided to adopt policies in admitting “male transgender students”.  Meaning that these are girls who have in essence, declared themselves boys, or boys who have declared themselves girls (or someone who identifies as neither sex). The two schools are Mills College in Oakland, CA and Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA and many are expected to soon follow this hot new trend. 

According to The College Fix, ( http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/19615/ )Mount Holyoke’s President Lynn Pasquerella said, “Just as early feminists argued that reducing women to their biological functions was a foundation of women’s oppression, we acknowledge that gender identity is not reducible to the body”. This would in turn enable coed bathrooms, as well as several other complications that I don’t need to spell out for you. 

Now here is where this sick philosophy falls apart, 

I would then ask Ms. Pasquerella, if you hold the belief that gender is “not reducible to the body”, then how is it possible for you to operate your college under the premise that it is an all girls school? If there is no difference between men and women, I should just as easily have a chance of being admitted as any other female student on that campus—Actually, I should have a better chance—much better in fact! Due to the over saturation of women on the campus, it would only seem fair to admit me, a male student, to make the campus socially diverse. But you see, this is why this piece of leftist ideology doesn’t work just like every single other: If gender does not carry any relevance, then affirmative action, at least in the case of our gender debate, should be repealed immediately. Getting rid of gender is a double edged sword for these people. And they will just as easily justify forcing you to fill out your gender on a college application so that they can unfairly admit more women just to hit diversity quotas as they will justify telling us that you can pick your gender to walk into coed bathrooms. These two thoughts cannot live together, but it never seems to bother academia one bit and I’ll tell you why. Academics don’t care about true fairness and acceptance, they already know that we don’t have that problem on a major scale here in America. Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, these moronic ideas sprout to carry out an agenda and in doing so they don’t find problems in the slightest with contradicting themselves because they are side tracked by the overall goal of all liberals: “Winning the TOLERANT contest”. 

Thinkers, we are on the verge of eliminating men and women in the name of tolerance. But apparently, my opinion is intolerable? This hypocrisy my friends, is why you shall not find me applying to either one of those institutions. These people are tearing the country apart at its seams and I advise you not to disagree with me, because it would consequently make you intolerant. 

 

Christian Rogers

 

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“ENABLING THE DMV”

Today’s Quote

 “Hitler’s dictatorship rested on the constitutional foundation of a single law, the Enabling Law.”

-Alan Bullock

 

 

Time Check

April 22, 1898 – The first shot of the Spanish-American war occurred when the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant ship. 

April 22,1915 – The New York Yankees wore pinstripes and the hat-in-the-ring logo for the first time. 

April 22, 1952 – An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television.

 

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Iss. 35

April 22, 2013


Dear Thinkers,

Have you ever waited in line at the DMV? Doesn’t it make you mad? 

Have you ever waited in line at the post office? 

These are examples of departments that are state run and judging by the way you feel when you leave the DMV, they obviously don’t run things too well. Personally, whenever I have to go down to the DMV, I feel like I am marching off to battle. Not only is the service awful, but I get the worst attitudes from the employees and always end up having to come back more than once. Like the Spartans once said, “Come back with your Shield or on it!” Now days it’s—You’re going where?Well, Good luck with that!

So why does something as important as the Department of Motor Vehicles get away with such poor service? It’s because we enable them! We accept the fact that there will be a long line when we go to the DMV. And we complain about it, but we don’t actually do anything. Instead, we just expect that the next time will be just as bad and sure enough it is!

Think of it this way. Your taxes pay for the DMV and its employees. So when they tell you to take a number because they’re on a lunch break and you get a serious attitude from the person at the desk, you are actually paying them to treat you like crap. Talk about ENABLING, you might as well say, “Thank you sir may I have another!” 

Your money goes straight to their pensions and then they get raises and get rewarded for that colossal three hour line that wraps around the building each day. Something has got to be wrong with that don’t you think? Yet, we don’t get it. We say “hey, I bet it would be awesome if I had to wait in a line like that to see a doctor.” You know what, it might even make the hospital seem like Disneyland….until you’re….actually….dying….of course. Public healthcare is the next post office looming on the horizon and unless we get serious about taking a stand, we’re going to have one more communistic attribute. I’m sure we will all understand when it takes two weeks to get into the Emergency Room. Then it will be Real. 

 

Christian

 

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“THE HANDOUT GENERATION”

Today’s Quote

 “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”

-Samuel Adams

 

 

Time Check

April 15,  1784 – The first balloon was flown in Ireland. 

April 15, 1865 – Abraham Lincoln died from injuries inflicted by John Wilkes Booth. 

April 15, 1912 – The ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening before. 1,517 people died and more than 700 people survived 

 

 

 

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Iss. 34

April 15, 2013


Dear Thinkers,

Our country has a serious addiction to handouts. And unlike other addictions, this one cannot be broken. 

When I was in 5th grade I ran for class President. With the help of my friends and parents, I managed an excellent campaign. Eventually, at the end of the campaign, each candidate was expected to deliver a 5 minute speech telling the school why  they should vote for you. I spent hours writing and I somehow drafted up something that I felt pretty good about. 

My speech was hard hitting and serious, telling the students exactly what I planned to do. I told them about my skills, my experience, and why I thought I would be successful in bettering the school. 

Out of the six candidates, I ended up coming in second place in a heavily competitive race. The boy who beat me had a speech that differed entirely from mine. His definition of the word “Presidential” apparently included a karate outfit, extensive lying, and a karate instructor holding boards that he turned around and chopped with a HI-YAH at the end of each sentence.

But that wasn’t all, he promised to work on creating a “bring your Gameboy to school day” and to “put soda in the drinking fountains”. If you don’t think every 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grader didn’t vote for this guy you are kidding yourself. School had suddenly become Disneyland! They received him with rounds of applause and cheers of joy. If they had palm fronds they probably would have thrown them at his feet and sang HOSANNA! 

Although I ended up getting the majority of the votes in the 4th and 5th grades, these promises were too good to be true. To the younger grades, I was pinned as the bad guy. How could I neglect them, my constituents, by ignoring their RIGHT to have Soda in the drinking fountain?! 

 

The once known self-reliant culture of the American people is long gone, and it has been replaced with a need for free stuff. This mentality has spread throughout the public and is now the prevailing view among young people. For the first time, the masses are swayed by benefits instead of principles. And because of it, the business of offering false promises is thriving more than ever. Candidates embellish their claims and set goals that are unreachable all in order to get votes. 

Much like the kids at my elementary school, It is no surprise that Americans have become addicted to this new lifestyle. Eventually, there will be no turning back. Our citizens now see government healthcare, an education system, and welfare as natural rights. And unless you promise all of this and put soda in the drinking fountains you’re not going to have a chance in winning a single election. 

But we have ourselves to blame, for believing these false promises and being tempted by the government. Now we are reliant on the state, just like they want. Now it is nearly impossible to discern what is real. Unless of course, you stay informed.

Keep it Real America,

 

Christian

 

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“CALIFORNIA NEEDS A PIGGY BANK”

Today’s Quote

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

- Benjamin Franklin

 

 

 

Time Check

April 8, 1513 – The land of Florida was claimed for Spain.
April 8, 1962 – Bay of Pigs invaders got thirty years imprisonment in Cuba.
April 8, 1974 – Hank Aaron hits 715th home run breaking Babe Ruth’s record.

 

 

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Iss. 33

April 8, 2013


Dear Thinkers,

I am going to start by sharing a quick story about two brothers.

Once Upon a Time, there were two little boys who worked hard doing their chores every single week. At the end of the month, Father would reward the boys for their hard work with an allowance of seven dollars. The eldest and wisest, Jim, looked forward to the end of each month to add to his grand stash. When it was finally time, he collected his seven dollars and put the money in a jar titled SAVINGS.  John however, was not so patient. He waited endlessly for that day and when it was finally time, he grabbed the money and ran off and bought all the toys and candy he could afford. Sure, Jim was envious of his brother as he craved a candy bar of his own, but he wouldn’t let himself do it….he knew he couldn’t afford to.              10 years later, John was going to Prom and was looking for a ride. He couldn’t pick up his date because he didn’t have a car. Perplexed, John ran to his knowledgeable brother…but Jim said that he didn’t know what to do for him. Jim then  waved goodbye and went to pick up his girlfriend in his brand new sports car and head to the dance. John watched Jim drive off and turned to his Father and screamed, “It’s just not fair!” Father just smirked and simply replied, “Oh Johnny, would you like to ride with me?”

So there it is. John put himself in a bit of a predicament by not saving any of his money. Instead he indulged and spent until he had nothing left. Now let’s be honest, John probably enjoyed every single one of those candy bars, and Jim was a bit extreme as he didn’t spend a dime on himself, but he gained the ultimate reward in doing so. On the other hand, John payed the ultimate price.

This scenario sounds childish, but it is the exact situation that the United States are in as we speak. Every state gets tax money, and every state gets to choose how to spend it. Some states are like Jim, and save up their money for things of the utmost importance. And then there’s the John States. The ones that take their allowance and SPEND. California is a perfect example. If John bought the whole chocolate store, California bought the Chocolate Factory! But this is the Golden State Come On…..

Father keeps telling California to cut back and save some of that money….but toys and chocolate bars are important, we say, “They make everyone happy!” “Do you really want us to take happiness away from our people? How dare you even propose something like that!” And meanwhile the rest of the nation sits back and watches as irresponsibility consumes “John States” until they have nothing left to spend.

And I almost forgot to tell you the end of the story. Jim get’s a call when he finally gets to Prom and it’s his brother John asking for a ride. He says to Jim, “Jim you can’t leave me here alone, I’m your brother, you’ve gotta help me.” Of course, Jim leaves the dance to pick up his brother. By the time they both arrive at Prom, the dance is over. Jim looks at John and says to him “man, I hope those toys were worth it”.

And that’s what we’re gona be saying, “man California, I hope those toys were worth it”. Because now we’re all gona miss the dance, and mark my words,we will miss a lot more than that. Oh, don’t worry, CA will still be the good old Golden State. But it will keep this name only due to the fact that gold is the only currency left containing any value. Wake up California. Wake up. You can hear your Father telling you to save your money! You’re gona bring us all down with this behavior. At least look to your brothers as an example. But California and all the states like it say, “if only I was paid more than seven dollars…what a greedy father I have!” And they go and raise taxes and say “this time we will have enough!” “This time we won’t spend it all!”

Texas and Florida have no income tax. Sure, life could be better. But these states are run efficiently, they aren’t wasteful, and they don’t promise their citizens tons of free toys. Like Jim, these states spend money on the things they really need. Why can’t we all do that? I’ll tell you why…. it’s cus’ we all want to take our seven dollars and run right on down to the toy store like little kids. When will we just grow up?

Keep it Real America,

 

Christian

 

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“PROGRESSIVES ATTACK FOOTBALL”

 Today’s Quote

“I’d be derelict in my duty if I didn’t go and continue to use every advantage that I can to promote New York’s cause.” -Michael Bloomberg

 

 

Time Check

March 25, 0421 – The city of Venice was founded.

March 25, 1807 – British Parliament abolished the slave trade.

March 25, 1971 – The Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots.

 

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Iss. 32

March 25, 2013


Dear Thinkers,

This weekend I was given the opportunity to write for a political website called CBC (Conservative Blogs Central). Here is a copy of the article that I wrote for their blog. If you choose you can view the original article at http://conservativeblogscentral.blogspot.com/2013/03/progressives-attack-football.html


I’m sure some of you already know, but there was a huge amendment to the NFL rule book this week. There has been much said about to the implications that this will have on the game, but very little has been mentioned in regards to the bigger picture. And for that, my friends, you don’t need to be a football fan to throw a red flag (no pun intended).


As of now, the rule states that running backs and defenders cannot collide helmet to helmet, using the crown of the head, in the open field. The rule’s intentions seem to support a noble cause: Player Safety. And I don’t think anyone would refute the importance of player safety. But then again, couldn’t we say the same thing in reference to obesity?

 

Progressives. They always seem to know best. That’s why Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban large sodas. He says that you can’t take care of yourself, and apparently, the Mayor of New York City is the only one who can be a”health expert” in the city. (I mean, he looks so healthy doesn’t he?) This act of divine knowledge is exactly what all the dictators and kings have claimed to have throughout history.  Well let’s be honest, you don’t have the title of mayor, therefore, you must not be able to understand that soda isn’t good for you. Sadly, this is their reasoning, and it’s the same reasoning that is used when people attempt to change the game of football as we know it.


The game of football has been progressively changing within the last decade. The NFL has instated law after law, penalty after penalty, all in an effort to reduce the violence of the sport. Football, is a great parallel to America, because it has gotten to the point that there are just too many rules. In the year 2010 alone, 40,000 new laws were instated in the United States. It seems you can hardly breathe without breaking some kind of law now (if you don’t believe me, read through the thousands of laws and you will realize that you are not the perfect citizen you may think you are-it’s scary). Football players feel the same way! They are getting paid to go out and hit the opponent as hard as they possibly can…but wait, now they will get in trouble for doing that? It sounds ridiculous.


 Just like you my friends, I  have the free will to wake up and go to the gym, or instead go to 7-11 and grab a Big Gulp. And let me remind you that these players, who play in the NFL, are big boys. To put it blatantly, big boys have the ability to think for themselves and they have a decision to make as well. Yet, THEY elect to play the violent sport, with the conscience understanding that there is a great probability of getting hurt. And mark my words, whether you like football or not, the NFL is a microcosm of the USA. If you want to understand which way the country is headed, turn on the TV set and watch a game. We Americans claim to be free, but our politicians just don’t want us to get hurt….maybe they should decide what we can and can’t do….how noble of them. After all, “Big Brother is always watching out for you.”


Keep it Real

 

Christian

 

 

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“HOME SCHOOL”

Today’s Quote

One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make is who will educate your children.  -Max Victor Belz

 

 

Time Check

March 18, 0037 – The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius’ will and proclaims Caligula emperor.

March 18, 1874 – Hawaii signed a treaty giving exclusive trading rights with the islands to the U.S.

March 18, 1891 – Britain became linked to the continent of Europe by telephone.

 

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Iss. 31

March 18, 2013

Hey There Thinkers,

Today I want to talk to you about homeschooling. Many of the minds that shaped this nation were developed at home, several even educated themselves. As a product of both homeschooling and the public school system, I can vouch that there is a huge difference. One focuses on learning, and one focuses on testing. But aside from the fact that I learn more in the introduction of most novels than an entire year in public school, it is self-evident that a parent should have the right to educate their children as they choose.

 

(See Last Week’s Blog http://www.realtimesblog.com/?p=470)

In Germany homeschooling is illegal. Families who disobey this law will be harassed by authorities and even have their children taken from them. What? The Government owns your children, not you? Who could have instituted such a law?

Adolf Hitler. This law was imposed by none other than the Fuhrer himself because even he knew that control over the education system was key. In American schools today, there is one curriculum, one leftist agenda, and one culture that a student must adopt in order to be successful in school. For instance, a classmate sneezes: That can’t be followed by a “God Bless You” but instead a simple “Bless You” as some students may find that offensive. Students at my elementary school weren’t allowed to play TAG….”there’s a victim”. Not to mention Anti war, Pro Gay, and anti capitalistic messages, are promoted, while the founding fathers and constitutional views are deemed “old fashioned”. That, my friends, is just the tip of the iceberg. Even if you agree with these views you will hopefully still agree with me when I say that those who oppose the progressive views taught in schools should have the option to educate their children in a different manner.

Seeking refuge, a German family came to the United States. The family educated their children at home because they disagreed with the messages being taught in the public school system in Germany. This changed when they received threats from the government stating: their children would be taken from them. The family has been living here in America now for some time and have been enjoying their well earned freedom as they took the time to immigrate legally. However, the Obama administration is now trying to deport them. The administration’s grounds for the deportation state that the right to self-educate is not a universal human right. Well that’s scary…. Are we talking about the United States Department of Home Land Security, or are we talking about the fascist Nazi Regime? Their language sounds somewhat similar if you ask me….

As a product of homeschooling, I see this as a problem in the making. Our leaders should understand that learning does not magically occur within the walls of a classroom and anyone who has studied the lives of the founding fathers, KNOWS this. Therefore, the elimination of alternate education is purely an attempt to regulate what you can and can’t learn. It’s not WHETHER you’re learning, but WHAT you’re learning. And DO you have the option to learn what is REAL. Without that, education means nothing, we become robots. So why is it that conservatives are thought to have this anti immigrant sentiment? The Obama administration is harboring millions of illegal immigrants in this country, yet one family that has obtained a Visa, and is seeking asylum can’t live here? Seems a bit odd…doesn’t it? Oh, and let me also remind you that this family is not spending a dime of your tax money on educating their children. Think any of those illegal immigrants (who don’t pay any taxes) care about using their tax money on educating themselves? Now that’s something you won’t hear in the news.

 

Christian

 

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“WHY IS THE SKY BLUE?”

Today’s Quote

“Supposing science ever became complete so that it knew every single thing in the whole universe. Is it not plain that the questions, ‘Why is there a universe?’ ‘Why does it go on as it does?’ ‘Has it any meaning?’ would remain just as they were?” -C.S. Lewis

 

 

Time Check

March 11, 1302 – The characters Romeo and Juliet were married this day according to William Shakespeare.

March 11, 1867 – In Hawaii, the volcano Great Mauna Loa erupted.

March 11, 1930 – Babe Ruth signed a two-year contract with the New York Yankees for the sum of $80,000.

 

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Iss. 30

March 11, 2013

 Hey There Thinkers,

Why is the sky blue? You may have asked this question when you were young. It’s one of the first things we ask our mom, yet I would be willing to bet that most people don’t even know the answer. I would ask countless questions like this when I was a child and often times I wouldn’t get a satisfying answer. I remember this one in particular because I sought the help of the wisest man I knew, my Grandpa.

He gave me a well thought out answer that was understandable even for a little boy.  As always I was impressed. He told me about the air molecules and how they scatter the sun’s blue light more than other colors of the spectrum, hence the blue shade.   Cool …. but I still wasn’t satisfied and I didn’t know why. Looking back, I realize that he gave me an excellent explanation of HOW the sky was blue.  I wanted to know WHY.

As I have gotten older, I have become less likely to ask these questions because they simply seem to annoy people. In school it was considered “off topic” or disruptive. And whenever I would actually get a reasonable answer it still left me with more questions than answers. So by the end of 8th grade I had a backpack filled with “how” everything worked.  How the sky is blue, how the earth moves around the sun, how we process thoughts….These questions all have great scientific answers, but none of the answers even begin to address WHY these things occur.

So I now challenge you, especially those of you who have been answering these questions of mine for all these years, to answer for yourself: Why is the sky blue? Why do those particles scatter blue light the way they do? Why is our Earth the absolute perfect distance from the Sun? Why do we have the ability to think and communicate, Why do our bodies function with systems that are so incredibly intricate, and why do we have water on our planet? I bet you can’t answer one of those Why’s. Life in itself is a miracle, it hurts your brain to even think about it. So why is it that we think it is silly to put God in a science textbook? If you look at the systems of our universe and their complexities they absolutely shout DESIGN! If you’ve ever read anything about DNA and really think that stuff came together one block at a time by chance, I’m sorry but  I don’t want to go gambling with you cus those odds look slim. 

We know so little even about the most basic things that surround us and you realize that when you start asking WHY things are the way they are. Most people don’t ask because it’s scary. And if we stop and realize that we don’t even know why the sky is blue, it makes us approach our (thought-to-be important) life a whole lot differently cus we’re not as smart as we really think. 

 

Christian

 

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