Dostoyevsky on why there are no bad people

https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/12/02/dostoyevsky-good-fellows/

“A true friend of mankind whose heart has but once quivered in compassion over the sufferings of the people, will understand and forgive all the impassable alluvial filth in which they are submerged, and will be able to discover the diamonds in the filth”

“Judge [the people] not by those villainies which they frequently perpetrate, but by those great and holy things for which they long amidst the very villainy. Besides, the people are not composed of scoundrels only; there are also genuine saints — and what saints! They themselves are radiant and they illuminate the path for all of us!”

“Judge [people] not by what they are, but by what they strive to become.”

 

 

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Advice from a Caterpillar

Lewis Carol, Alice in Wonderland

“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”

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“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I – I hardly know, Sir, just at present—at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”
“What do you mean by that?” said the Caterpillar, sternly. “Explain yourself!”
“I ca’n’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir,” said Alice, “because I am not myself, you see.”

– Chapter 5, Advice from a Caterpillar

Why I hate Jesus: the Bruce Gerencser blog.

“You have one life. There is no heaven or hell. There is no afterlife. You have one life, it’s yours, and what you do with it is what matters most. Love and forgive those who matter to you and ignore those who add nothing to your life. Life is too short to spend time trying to make nice with those who will never make nice with you. Determine who are the people in your life that matter and give your time and devotion to them. Live each and every day to its fullest. You never know when death might come calling. Don’t waste time trying to be a jack of all trades, master of none. Find one or two things you like to do and do them well. Too many people spend way too much time doing things they will never be good at.

Here’s the conclusion of the matter. It’s your life and you best get to living it. Some day, sooner than you think, it will be over. Don’t let your dying days be ones of regret over what might have been.”

Bruce Gerencser, 61, ex-Christian, ex evangelical pastor of 25 years.

https://brucegerencser.net/why/

https://brucegerencser.net/why-i-hate-jesus/

With God on their side: how Evangelicals entered American politics.

 

THE EVANGELICALS
The Struggle to Shape America 
By Frances FitzGerald

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https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/books/review/evangelicals-struggle-to-shape-america-frances-fitzgerald.amp.html

“The overweening pride, lust for power and idolatry of worshiping the state that characterizes so many of today’s conservative evangelicals will at some point probably doom them, but only when the criticism comes from within their own ranks.”

See also:

“Dear Evangelical Establishment” letter by Frank Schaeffer, son of Francis Schaeffer

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5577552?guccounter=1

99.9999999% of Your Body Is Empty Space.

https://www.sciencealert.com/99-9999999-of-your-body-is-empty-space

By ALI SUNDERMIER, Science Alert

“Some days, you might feel like a pretty substantial person. Maybe you have a lot of friends, or an important job, or a really big car.

But it might humble you to know that all of those things – your friends, your office, your really big car, you yourself, and even everything in this incredible, vast Universe – are almost entirely, 99.9999999 percent empty space.”

“So to conclude: Your very important human body is really, kind of, in a way, just a misleading collection of empty spaces on an empty planet in an empty Universe. But at least you have a big car”.

whence I come and whither I go

“Why do I wish to know whence I come and whither I go, whence comes and whither goes everything that environs me, and what is the meaning of it all? For I do not wish to die utterly, and I wish to know whether I am to die or not definitely. If I do not die, what is my destiny? and if I die, then nothing has any meaning for me. And there are three solutions: (a) I know that I shall die utterly, and then irremediable despair, or (b) I know that I shall not die utterly, and then resignation, or (c) I cannot know either one or the other, and then resignation in despair or despair in resignation, a desperate resignation or are resigned despair, and hence conflict.”

Miguel de Unamuno