this went thru my mind


Cancer: What to Say to a Cancer Patient

“What’s the very best thing you can hear from a friend when you’ve got cancer?”

God & injustice: Your God is Too Big by Richard Beck [required reading]

“Where is God now?”

Grief & mourning: The Mourner’s Bill of Rights

“Though you should reach out to others as you do the work of mourning, you should not feel obligated to accept the unhelpful responses you may receive from some people. You are the one who is grieving, and as such, you have certain “rights” no one should try to take away from you. The following list is intended both to empower you to heal and to decide how others can and cannot help. This is not to discourage you from reaching out to others for help, but rather to assist you in distinguishing useful responses from hurtful ones.”

Healthy feedback: You Won’t Benefit From Anonymous Criticism by Seth Godin

“Forms, surveys, mass emails, tweets–none of this is going to do anything but depress you, confuse you (hey, half the audience wants one thing, the other half wants the opposite!) or paralyze you. I’m arguing that it’s a positive habit to deliberately insulate yourself from this feedback. Don’t ask for it and don’t look for it.”

Politics & poverty: Mr. Ryan’s Cramped Vision

“More than three-fifths of the cuts proposed by Mr. Ryan, and eagerly accepted by the Tea Party-driven House, come from programs for low-income Americans.”

Religion worldwide: Religiosity Declines Worldwide; Atheism On The Rise

“A new global survey on faith and atheism released by WIN-Gallup International (not related to Gallup Inc., Washington, DC) says the number of people worldwide who call themselves religious is now 59%, while 13% self-identify as atheist — a drop of 9% and increase of 3% respectively compared with a 2005 study.”

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