Homo Sapien

Is being “sapien” homo’s Achilles’ heel? Homo sapien’s life might be an easier existence but is it a better existence? Shouldn’t it be preferable to live in a state of nature? So is our sapienhood a perversity of evolution or a cruelty of creation?

I know I wax of Milton and Thoreau, and I’m not saying that toothpaste and deodorant and contraceptives (and even the occasional laxitive) aren’t HUGE improvements to our existences–but do they outweigh the peacefulness and contentment of nature?

A Public Advisement for Iliana Rivera Sutton & Aha! Interpreting Solutions, LLC

I would caution the world against employing or contracting Aha! Interpreting Solutions, LLC of Arkansas. My personal experience has been that Its proprietress Iliana Rivera Sutton has serious financial and credibility problems. They are destitute as poor Geppetto and as truthful as Pinocchio.

Iliana Rivera Sutton breached her contract with me and at least three other contractors (though I suspect there are dozens more from Florida all the way to Michigan and perhaps beyond).  Her payments to us four returned NSF on the initiation and all subsequent presentments. She refuses to make alternate payment arrangements.

More details (and proofs) will soon be forthcoming. Meanwhile, If you have experienced similar issues, please comment below and I will privately reply with an abundance of contact persons and venues to report her actions and to get restitution.

According to the Arkansas Secretary of State, the business was first registered in 2014 by “ILIANA JUDITH RIVERA MS” of  “2700 PENNY LANE, ROGERS, AR 72758” and “3351 BELINDA LANE, SPRINGDALE, AR 72764” though her website (ahainterpreting.com) lists an address of “202 S Lincoln St, Lowell, AR 72745” which is actually just a United States post office location! Her Facebook lists an address of “p.o box 473 Lowell, Arkansas 72745” and provides an email address of “iliana@ahainterpreting.com“. Her cell phone is (479) 301-4902 and Google search links it to a “40 Hour Medical Interpreter Standard and Ethic Course” among other things.

More to come.

More Enthusiasm for Sport Than for One’s “Neighbor”?

I just stumbled upon a 1970s or 1980s Billy Graham crusade. He said: “here in this stadium when you have a football game, if you’re really for Texas Tech you’re really gonna shout loud when they make a touchdown and the man who loves his neighbor the most will fight all that hurts and deprives and oppresses his neighbor. Paul said, ‘who is offended and I burn not?'”
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More Thoughts on Death Penalty

I just finished watching The Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix and I am conflicted more than ever by the death penalty. How does homocide remedy homicide? To what degree is the death penalty entrenched in antiquated Judeo-Christian religiosity? And what do the evolved states of those religions say about the preciousness of life? Does the Talmud not teach that to save one life is to save the whole world? Did Christ not teach that even the most wretched life is still worth sparing? And to what degree is pronouncing the death penalty our attempt to vangloriously exalt ourselves to equality with God to decide who should live and who should die? I think that as a society the death penalty must exist as the ultimate repuditiation and condemnation of intolerable crime. But as a civilization, should we not then immediately commute that death sentence to exile (which is to say, prison)? We euthanize animals in the name of compassion, but we refuse that same compassion to those agonizing in the throes of slow natural death. Yet we force death upon those we condemn in the name of justice for the victims. Is that just a reverse–and a perverse–euthenasia? Using death in the name of compassion, not for the one dying, but for the one already dead? More death does not reverse the finality of the a priori death. And no, I haven’t been the victim of anyone like Ted Bundy, but I can say that the natural death of one who victimized me in childhood brought me no pleasure nor displeasure. It closed the cover of an open book, but it did not erase the contents of its chapters.

Deathbed Salvation

Many non-believers scoff at the notion of deathbead salvation. Some consider it unjust, a self-serving means to an end, or an act of fear. But ultimately it makes perfect sense if one understands the subtext of salvation which is not simply the avoidance of punishment for our musdeeds but rather restoration of humankind to fellowship with God. The essence of homo sapien’s free will is that we choose everything on the spectrum of life choices from career and criminality. And everyone’s choices reflect a personal journey toward enlightenment. For some, wisdom comes naturally while for others wisdom comes stubbornly. Regardless of how fast or how slow and how naturally or how stubbornly it comes, ultimately God is simply looking for us to come to a point where we acknowledge that we are but mere mortals whose greatest function is to worship the one and only supreme God of the universe. That is what salvation is: humbling ourselves from our own self-constructed pinnacle of intellect. It is a conscious admission that we must realize out of our free will. Salvation only requires this one act of humble worship. Whether it takes a lifetime to reach this conclusion does not negate its efficacy.

On Peace and Conflict

“I like to put it like this: I went to church a lot as a kid and we were always taught to love out enemies. Tai Chi taught me something new: to love the enemy inside me as well. So i don’t look at peace as the absence of conflict anymore; I see it as the acceptance of conflict.”Barry Sloane as “Zachary Heflin,” Longmire S4:E5