Faith Stays at Home
I recently read an article in a parenting magazine about multiple faith families. Mothers who were Christians, and fathers who were atheists, as well as Jewish mothers and Christian fathers. It concerns me that people, who are living for a faith someone died for, are allowing post-modern values to taint what they believe. This idea is not about arguing whether one faith is more correct than the other, but about lessons the kids are learning from this "tolerance" in the home. Recent articles are saying that parents who choose to sacrifice what they believe, and raise their children according to their spouse’s beliefs are regretting it later in their child’s life. Their children grow up with a different set of beliefs and worldviews. There’s no common ground for giving advice, or helping their kids because the child does not understand where the parent is coming from. One mother mentioned her regret in not being more vocal about her faith. Because the husband was more vocal about what he believed, her daughters naturally followed the beliefs of the father, simply because they learned and understood his beliefs…through his verbal communications. Because of the shared beliefs with the father, the mother was respected significantly less. My concern isn’t in raising kids to be tolerant, I think there needs to be a degree of tolerance, or we become the crazy man on the corner with the bull horn, proclaiming the end of the world as people walk past and ignore us. I do believe, however, that we need to teach tolerance while teaching kids to stand up for what they believe. If we are teaching kids to be tolerant and fold about the things that really matter, there’s no foundation for when they have to step out into the world. There’s no real reason for them to choose to make wise decisions. To say no to drugs, tell their friends they won’t shop lift. If parents aren’t willing to stand up for the thing that they get their deepest beliefs from (i.e. their faith), why should their child have reason to stand up for sobriety, or a clean juvenile record? If parents don’t stand up for what they believe, will kids be less likely to hear and respect their point of view and opinions?
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
We explore the history of blood types and how they are classified to find out what makes the Rh-null type important to science and dangerous for those who live with it.
- Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null.
- Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
- It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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