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SOCIAL CONSTRAINTS - Is freedom real or imagined ?

Last week in China a man was beaten and guards are surrounding his house even now, keeping him on house arrest. His crime is his belief.
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We benefit from a unique freedom in France, unique because it is a rare commodity in this world. But even in a land of just rulers and fair lawmaking, social constraints still limit our freedom in a very real way.

We voluntarily limit our own freedom in order to fulfill certain expectations of society.

Let's take a look at faith for example... The man in the story above has been punched in the face. But any psychologist will tell you that physical abuse heals faster than emotional abuse. In France we are likely to face the same judgmental abuse but on an emotional level, friends that mock us, colleagues that hinder our advancement, concerned family that watch over our house like hawks.

Because of the emotional pain of being singled out in this society, social constraints are far more limiting than laws could ever be. Social constraints keep us ignorant. If we never have the courage to ask our questions, then we will never have the privilege of choosing the truth. I live my freedom in heart and soul.

- Neo Realist

QUESTION - Show Us Your Best Altruism!

QUESTION : Do you find it possible for you to accomplish altruistic actions with absolutely no ulterior motives that resemble selfish ambition?

I'm reopening this question to hear personal testimonies of your altruistic acts. Responses should include actual good deeds our readers have performed. So take the time this week to brag a little and perhaps your honest ramblings about your best achievements can bring warmth and insight to those who are skeptical that altruism lives on.

- Neo Realist

les Dix Commandements

Je viens de recevoir ce message d'une amie : Selon un sondage, les Américains sont plus calés sur les ingrédients entrant dans la composition du Big Mac de McDonald's que sur les Dix Commandements de la Bible.
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I don't find the results surprising considering the Big Mac gets much more publicity than the 10 Commandments.

People are already responding to this article by posting online their versions of the 10 Commandments in songs and rap. Personally, I don't think memorizing a rap about the 10 Commandments is the solution to the world's problems. People don't trust the 10 Commandments anymore. The real reason we have forgotten the 10 Commandments is that society no longer believes these principles will make their life better. But society does not understand what it means to truly LOVE, because society has never experienced what it means to be truly LOVED.

- Neo Realist
Afin d'AIMER veritablement,
il faut d'abord, savoir que tu es
veritablement AIMÉ par Dieu!

Weekly Question: Do you believe in a GOD?

1) Do you believe in GOD? (regardless of which religion you believe in!)

2) Does your belief in GOD define who you are and your decision between "right" and "wrong"? If not, how and why do you make the decision to do the right thing?

- resident-guru