Furry People

Pet ownership can be a gratifying experience with its many underlying purposes as to why people become owners. The mutual bonding, the companionship, and the experience of feeling what it’s like to be a caretaker all play important parts in the duration of relationship between pet and its owner. Most pet owners choose the pets they wish to care for based on their ability to care for the pet, the functions of the pet, and some may even purchase a pet based on their own personality or that of the pet itself.

While some become pet owners just for the purpose of having a lovable little furry friend around the house, some become owners to fulfill a much needed deeper psychological desire to transform their pet into a furry human being. For example, for those who cannot bear children, pet ownership makes a wonderful replacement when the probability of parenting a child is not likely or at all possible. In this situation, the owner cares for the pet as if the pet were a human being. They may buy throw birthday parties for their pet every year, they may call themselves “mommy” or “daddy”, and some may buy their pets products that were strictly designed for human use only, such as pacifiers, McDonald’s happy meals, etc.

Another case scenario may be the pet owner who disdains the idea of having children due to their own personal contempt for them in general, yet they still want to nurture something lifelike that does not resemble a child but will return the love and affection they desire from their role as a caretaker. Regardless of the fact caring for a pet can start out being just as time-consuming as it is in caring for a child, this particular type of pet owner will feel as if their responsibility as caretaker is more fun than work as a child will demand more attention and need more supervision. Also, pet owners of this type may suffer from other psychological issues stemming from their own childhood and would rather refrain from the presence of children in their life altogether, however, they do like the idea of feeling needed and wanted – something a pet will give unconditionally.

Whatever the reason a pet owner may have for substituting a pet for a child, one thing is for certain: there will never be a shortage of human beings in this world, so no worries on contributing more to masses.

©2013 Learus Ohnine

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Change

“Change is too scary.”
Change is certain. (Our bodies, our circumstances, our friends, our children, our neighborhoods, our minds, our commitments, our views, our desires). When something is changing when we don’t want it to change, the best thing we can do is change our minds and catch up to it.

When we don’t want to face the changes, its because a part of us is addicted to “the old”, and part of us is scared of the unknown. We get too comfortable in our current situation. When you know you’ve done the right thing yet you’re longing for the old thing, it gets confusing. You always have to give your soul time to catch up with your spirit.

Believe this new change is going to be better than what you’re letting go of.

God will not leave you helpless. Whenever you think you’re alone, you’re not alone. He is watching you, watching over you, standing by you, and guiding your every step along the way. He is NEVER late.

God will give you favor and He will make a way for you, but you first have to be happy with where you’re already at. Don’t be afraid things will never change. Be happy, be grateful, and be content no matter where you’re at, because God has a plan…

“Change is impossible for me.”
Sometimes God will call you to do something, and the timing does seem a little confusing as to when it is supposed to happen. Be courageous about it. Be bold and aggressive about it. Be “violent” about it. DON’T be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to find out if you heard God correctly. The kingdom of God has suffered violence, but it was only the violent women and men of God who took back their reign in that kingdom.

Don’t be terrified of what “man” can do to you! Open your mouth and say what God says, not what “man” says. Knowledge of the Word. is valuable. The power of life and death is in the tongue. The Word is your weapon. Its not good enough to just know the Word, you have to learn how to speak the Word – how to live the Word – how to breathe the Word. Let the Word fight your battles for you. Take up your sword and use it to cut the enemy to pieces with The Word!

NOBODY is a failure. The only one who is a failure is the one who quits trying! Don’t let making a mistake be the end of your life. Nobody is perfectly led by the Holy Spirit.

“I don’t want things to change, because I might fail again.”
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of the heart.
There are some things you wanted so badly that you went out of your way to get it, then once you got it, you wished with all your heart you never had it. If you don’t get what you want, then that means you’re not supposed to have it.

Maybe there’s some things in your life that you’ve been dragging around with you that have been “dead” for a very long time, but you still can’t seem to let go of them. Paralyzing fears such as the fear of hurting someone’s feelings or the fear of being alone stops you from removing that dead weight. You are so much better off to spend some nights alone than to let that person continue to keep poisoning your life.

If God doesn’t move something or someone out of your life when you want it out, its because He has it there for a greater purpose.

The fear of being hurt or of being taken advantage of is paralyzing; it stops us from following where God wants takes us. Don’t let these fears control you. Don’t be afraid of being hurt, because it will happen at some point in your life. Put your faith in God. Say “God I’m going to trust you”… and He will teach you how IF you will stop trying to protect yourself.

And so what if you get hurt? We live with the Healer inside of us anyway. 😉

So STOP trying to take care of yourself and let God be God!

©2013 Learus Ohnine

Is Syria Really Surrendering?

In light of what seems to be a progressive compliance to an agreement reached by the United States and the Russian Federation on September 14, 2013, the Syrian government has met its first deadline in an attempt to destroy their chemical weapons program. On Friday, September 19, 2013, Syrian officials have submitted an inventory list of their chemical weapons stockpile to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), with the intent to destroy their entire chemical weapons program by mid-2014. It has been indicated that Syria has the potential of executing surface-to-surface missiles, aerial bombs, and artillery rockets containing several thousand tons of the toxic chemicals Yperite, VX, and Sarin for use in warfare.

Considering the history of Syria’s light-hearted regards for integrity, one only has to wonder about the accuracy of this “list” submitted to the OPCW. On July 23, 2012, when Syrian officials admitted to being in possession of stockpiles of chemical weapons for defense purposes, major concerns were raised given to the fact that Syria had previously denied being in possession of such weapons in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In July of 2012, Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman severely contradicted himself when he stated “No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used”, safely and securely stored away from rebels, and will not be utilized “unless Syria is exposed to external aggression.” In December of 2012, a gas attack using the odorless military incapacitating agent named “Agent 15” killed seven civilians in Homs. In March of 2013, missiles allegedly containing a chemical substance were launched into the Khan al-Assal district of Aleppo and Al Atebeh suburbs of Damascus. When Syrian officials gave permission for the UN to investigate these allegations, they refused to allow the UN to investigate other areas where possible chemical weaponry were also alleged to have taken place.

However on April 18, 2013, British military scientists confirmed the use of nerve agents in the Homs, Aleppo, and Damascus areas by way of forensic evidence found on soil samples smuggled out of those regions, regions the Syrian government previously denied chemical weapon usage. Although Russian scientists concluded the March 2013 attack was possibly initiated by rebel forces, the chemical weapons attack on Ghouta in August of 2013, killing 1,300 people, was most definitely led by the Syrian regime.

Currently, the exactitude of this chemical weapons list remains under scrutiny until official reports from the OPCW confirm its validity. In the meantime, many alternative scenarios could be underway in yet another attempt by the Syrians to evade discoveries of possibly hidden chemical artillery. Syria could ship weapons to another undisclosed location since there have been reports in August of 2013 of the Syrians moving weapons to an outside location. Bashar al-Assad could order his chemical weapons to be shipped to allies in the outside regions in order to elude his stockpile from undergoing complete destruction.

North Korea perhaps?

©2013 Learus Ohnine

Atheistic America

When Colonial America was initially established, the majority of European settlers brought with them their strongly upheld religious beliefs in God with the intent to develop these thirteen territories into a Christian Nation. For this reason, very few challenged the religious beliefs of our Founding Fathers in conjunction with their shared beliefs on how Colonial America should be governed. In a formal letter written by our Founding Fathers to the English King, better know as “The Declaration of Independence”, an attempt to repudiate from the idea that the power to govern the people comes from the term “God” as depicted in a biblical sense by radically differentiating this spiritual entity with the term “Divine Providence”, which is also a term commonly used in Deism practices.

Over the years, the religious identification of America has become remarkably questionable as the number of religiously diversified foreigners migrating into United States began to rise. According to a 2008 survey reported by the American Religious Identification System (ARIS), 34% out of 303,202,683 people who make up the American population considered themselves as having no religious affiliation. In 2012, that same percentage of Americans who claimed to have no religious affiliations, or were either Atheist or Agnostic, increased by 6%. Out of the approximate 20,000,000 Americans who fall under the non-religious category, an overwhelming 5,000,000 American citizens were accounted for as Atheists.

Numerous Atheist groups have continued to grow over the years, challenging traditional laws by petitioning for their rights to be upheld in the U.S. Supreme Court. By supporting their legal claims with the concept of “the separation of church and state” in order to make major changes to accommodate those of a non-religious affiliation, many Atheist have made drastic changes within America’s society in their attempts to convert the United States into an Atheistic country. In 1963, the American Atheist group was founded by Madalyn Murray O’Hare after she petitioned the United States Supreme Court to abolish state-mandated prayer and bible readings in public schools. In 2005, the Godless American Political Committee, or GAPAC, was founded in order to enforce the constitutional rights of the Atheist community to endorse political candidates, oppose Christmas being a federal holiday, and eliminating any mention of God on U.S. currency or in the Pledge of Allegiance. The most recent attempt by the Atheist community to eliminate anything representative of a religious nature is signified by their 2011 lawsuit claiming the 9/11 iconic cross-shaped steel beam display located in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is a violating of their constitutional rights, stating the cross is “grossly offensive”.

However, with Kim Jong’s nuclear threats still held in “limbo” along with the recent events unfolding in Syria, would it be wise to kick God completely out of America and convert us into an Atheistic country at this point?

©2013 Learus Ohnine

College: Is It Worth It?

Consumers want the most from their dollars, both earned and spent, as we continue to advance to the next level of achieving an economic equilibrium in the midst of a national economic crisis. This means businesses will naturally become more competitive and collaborative, thereby necessitating the recruitment of qualified educated individuals to meet productivity demands. Consequently, the chances of employment will selectively be given preference to those candidates who possess the highest level of education possible for every position. Postsecondary education becomes cardinal for educating tomorrow’s leaders, however, the rising costs of a quality education may outweigh the benefits of having one.

According to the latest reports on CollegeData.com subsequent for the 2012-2013 academic year (fall through spring), the average tuition cost to attend an in-state public college is $22,261 and $43,289 for a private institution. This does not include expenses incurred for housing, meals, books and supplies, personal and transportation.

Depending on the student’s major, all costs may be significantly higher than previously quoted. According to the “U.S. News & World Report”, the positive side to these tuition quotes is that some colleges have already announced they will freeze their tuition rates for the 2013-2014 academic year, thereby allowing better financial planning for those paying out-of-pocket for these expenses. However, the more prestigious universities have already announced an increase in tuition rates that equal more than a $3,000 difference per academic year.

For those students having to rely on the federal government to pay a majority of (or partially for) their college education, the Congressional Budget Office announced earlier this year that drastic cuts will have to be made to the Pell grant program in order to offset a $1.4 billion deficit predicted for the 2015 fiscal year. This means having to impose stricter eligibility and academic requirements as well as reducing the amount awarded to each eligible participant. Furthermore, this will force the reduction of the amount of prospective students being eligible to enroll in a postsecondary institution by 40%.

This leaves prospective students with only one other alternative to meet their education expenses: student loans. In August of 2013, President Barack Obama signed legislation passed by Congress approving the increased student loan interest rates for all variations of student loans, except for the Perkins Loan. Student loans have a repayment grace period of 6 months after graduation, cessation of attendance, or whenever the borrower drops below half-time enrollment status.

Given the average enrollment time to complete a degree that will give a college graduate the competitive edge in today’s job market is 4 years or more, the amount of financial debt owed to the federal government by the borrower could mean having to use a majority of their salary to repay this debt for several years. For some, it may mean a lifetime.

Although most profitable and worthwhile occupations require applicants to have a college education, another requirement for applicants is tangible experience. This takes time and can force a graduate to have to settle for a salary much lower than what they are actually worth. Companies falling by the wayside from the pressures of an enormously competitive economy may be forced to downsize. Ironically, downsizing holds no discrimination regardless of how educated an individual is. Meanwhile, all debts incurred while achieving that education must be repaid regardless of the future outcome of one’s career path.

Conclusively, is a college education still worth the increasing cost and student loans? It will be IF you remember to choose carefully, invest wisely, and keep an open mind no matter what educational risk is taken.

©2013 Learus Ohnine