Conservatives often say the poor and jobless got that way because of their own personal failings, but Americans tend to blame the plain old free market.
A new HuffPost/YouGov poll released Thursday finds Americans generally think both the rich and the poor ended up where they are more because of the opportunities they had in life than because of personal successes or failures.
But not everyone feels that way. Republicans are far more likely to pat rich Americans on the back for their hard work while blaming poor Americans for not working hard enough.
Among all Americans, 44 percent said they think poor people are poor mostly because of a lack of opportunities, while only 30 percent said it’s mostly because of their individual failings. More specifically, 47 percent said poverty has to do more with the fact good jobs aren’t available, while only 28 percent said it’s because poor people have a poor work ethic.
We did “Across The Sea” third from the end and that was the closest thing to answers that we gave. It was the Jacob and Man In Black origin story. And that was an episode that was very polarizing and, for us, that was kind of confirmation that the answer version of a finale would never be satisfying. It would just beget more questions and that, in a way, it wasn’t really true to the spirit of the show as we intended it — that the show was a mystery. I feel like we did wrap up a lot of the biggest mysteries on the show. There was no way to sustain a mystery show for 121 episodes of television and tie up every loose end. It was just not possible. So, we really opted to find a way to take the characters to the end of their journey, and in so doing, we felt we were being fairly bold by tackling questions that were really as large as “What is the nature of existence?” and “What’s meaningful in life?” and “By what measure do we find value at the end of our journeys?” These are sort of large, ponderous questions that have no concrete answers but that was the territory we wanted to explore.
I think our mantra was to do what we’d always done, which was to write the show that we would most want to see. For Damon and for me and for the other writers, it was always about: “What is it that makes us happy? What is it that we would like to see in the finale?” And we trusted our gut and instincts, and we felt like it would be a mistake to suddenly change the methodology for the final episode. We wrote the version that we wanted to see. We stand by the finale that we wrote. It was the version of the story we wanted to tell and I think a lot of people found it enjoyable. It was inevitable that some people wouldn’t and I made my peace with that before we even wrote it. I knew that there was no version that was coming out of our computers that was going to please everybody.
We absolutely made no contingency for a sequel or a spin-off. We so definitively had decided that this was the end of our journey with the LOST franchise. We wanted to tell a story that was ending, and with our ending, and it’s called “The End” for that reason. It is the end of the story that we wanted to tell and we had no plans to go back and revisit it. I think it’s likely that at some point, ABC will want to reboot LOST because it’s a valuable franchise, and there will be some young, bright writer or writers who will come up with a great idea that the network responds to, and that’ll be great. I do not begrudge ABC the opportunity to do something more with the franchise. But we told the story we wanted to tell, and I think there’s kind of a wonderful sense of closure for us. I feel like there’s not a moment where I certainly say, “Oh, hey, I wish we had told this story” or “I regret that we didn’t get to do this or that.” I feel like we had ample opportunity to tell all the stories that we wanted to tell.
My son asked me one day, ‘Dad, what’s hell?’ … So, I said, ‘Well, if God is love, then hell is the absence of God’s love. And, can you imagine how great it is to be loved? Can you imagine how great it is to be loved fully? To be loved totally? To be loved, you know, beyond your ability to imagine? And imagine if you knew that was a possibility, and then that was taken from you, and you knew that you would never be loved. Well that’s hell—to be alone, and know what you’ve lost.’
By Stephen Colbert (via azspot)
Wait …Nietzsche was closer to Christ than many Christians? How could that be? Nietzsche understood the implications of what Christ did on Good Friday better than many who claim to be Christians. Nietzsche was closer to Christ than many Christians because he knew the Christ that he rejected, whereas many Christians don’t know the Christ whom they call Lord and Savior.
Sinful attributes and misdeeds don’t disqualify you from a life of holiness, righteousness, and Godliness, but we often treat people as such — and condemn them to an eternity in hell. But according to the Bible, you might be a ‘Christian’ even if …
You’re a Murderer : Moses (Exodus 2:11-12); King David (2 Sam. 7-12);
You’re A Prostitute : Rahab (Joshua 6:25; Heb. 11:31)
You’re An Adulterer : King David (2 Sam. 11); The woman caught in adultery (John 8);
You Sleep with Your Relatives : Judah (Gen. 38); Lot (Gen. 19)
You Practiced Polygamy : Abraham (Gen. 16:3); Jacob (Gen. 29); Gideon (Judges 8:29-32); David (2 Sam. 5:13-16); Solomon (1 Kings 11:1-3)
You’re a Corrupt Official : Zacchaeus the tax collector (Luke 19:1-9);
You Steal : Jacob (Genesis 27); Rachel (Gen. 31: 31-35); The Israelites (Malachi 3)
You’re a Criminal: the thief on the cross (Luke 23: 40-43)
You’re a Drunkard : Noah (Gen. 9:20-23)
You’re a Betrayer: Peter (Mark 14:66-72)
You Judge, Hate, Persecute, and Discriminate: Jonah (Jonah 3:10-4:4); The disciples James and John (Luke 9:51-56); Saul/Paul (Acts 9:1; Gal 1:14; 1 Cor. 15:9),
You Commit Acts of Violence: Peter (John 10); Saul/Paul
You’re a Doubter: Thomas (John 20); Gideon (Judges 6); Sarah and Abraham (Gen. 17)
Contrarily, You Just Might NOT Be a Christian If …
You perform miracles, cast out demons, and do mighty works : (Matt. 7:21-23)
You Talk to God : Satan (Job 1:7; Luke 4)
You Know a Lot About God, Theology, and the Scripture: Satan (Luke 4), the Pharisees,
Unfortunately, Christians harshly reject and attack others for much lesser crimes than the ones listed above. So what do Christians look like today? We might be surprised when they don’t look anything like ourselves.
“She’s like a cancer in my mind and some part of me knows that she’ll be there until I die. Some part of me knows that she’ll kill me. There’s nothing I can do that she won’t be in. I could drink water and it would taste like her lips. I could stare at the sky and the birds flying by would be…