genital disease

anonymous asked:

What about people in third world countries? The people who were born into poverty, live a hopeless life and die in agony from disease. Most times their religion is the only hope they have, and brings joy to their lives. Should they become atheist, and live with only despair?

thanks for your message. I take these as serious questions and will reply accordingly. I would say you are mistaken in your view on many levels:

religion is often the reason for the misery in poor countries in the first place

  • the pope telling people in africa they are not allowed to use condoms, resulting in the spreading of (deadly) genital diseases like HIV.
  • hypocritical mother theresa loved to see people suffer in poverty. she even said that ill people who suffer in agony are closer to god
  • distributing bibles to keep people dumb and controllable instead building schools and hospitals did never ever save even just one life
  • historically, religion’s amount of violence was the main reason for its success (indigenous people of america, crusades, slavery, dark ages, etc), taking away everything they had and killing unbelievers if they could not be converted.
  • even today the church is based on selling you on the imaginary sin of being human and then sells you the imaginary cure of salvation, which seems can only be done by taking your money
  • sell the vatican, feed the world

about joy in the live of a believer:

  • just about any atheist i know who did start a brainwashed religious live, often due to parental indoctrination, tells me how stripping off the disease of religion has brought back freedom, joy and total liberation to their lives.
  • i strongly question (and i have also not yet seen empirical data) that religion and joy are anyhow correlated
  • having an imaginary controller in the back of your head won’t help being joyful either

you assume that atheists live in despair:

  • this is extremely narrow-minded, and nicely shows the arrogant position religious people take on by assuming only their way of life is the right one and leads to happiness.
  • but no, i do not say anyone should become atheist. i say give people the chance to make up their own mind: stop the religious indoctrination of children, stop the religious oppression of women / gay people / etc, do not forbid anyone to have access to education (like e.g. in some islamic countries), allow critical questioning of any ideology or religion without threat of punishment
  • atheism is simply the result of the above, there is no need to ‘convert’ anyone to atheism
Herb of the Week-Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla)

Common names

Anemone
Easter Flower
Hartshorn Plant
Pasque Flower
Prairie Smoke
Pulsatilla
Twinflower
Wild Crocus
Windflower

Pulsatilla (botanical name Anemone pulsatilla) is a perennially growing herb that grows up to a height of about 18 inches and is swathed with silky bristles or hairs. This plant bears leaves that are delicately divided and produces a single light violet flower having yellow stamens. These stamens develop into downy seed heads when the flowers have withered.

The pasqueflower (also spelt as pasque flower) is a forerunner of spring and has been named so since it blooms during the Easter all through most of its range. In a number of regions in the West as well as Midwest, this plant is also called the prairie smoke. The reason behind giving this name to the plant is that long after the flower blossomed and the fruit head has matured, the elongated hair-like threads which are attached to the fruits become silken as well as feathery. When the wind gusts blow these feather-like tails, ensuing outcome gives a false impression of smoke traversing the prairie. This plant is also known as the wild crocus, which indicates the role of the plant as being a harbinger of spring. The Latin name of the species patens refers to the dispersing manner of the plant’s petals akin to sepals. Since the pasqueflower more often than not produces two flowering stems, the Dakota Sioux Indians have given the plant a name which when literally translated into English implies ‘twinflower’.

In the terms of flowers, the windflower is said to be abandoned. According to myths, the envious Greek goddess Flora transformed the nymph Anemone into a windflower at what time she had drawn the attention of her husband Zephyr. In turn, he deserted Anemone, discarding her to be blown by the wind. It is also said that this flower originated from the blood of Adonis, while the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite wailed over his slain body.

It has been documented that some Indians discovered a number of realistic uses of pulsatilla. These native Indians jammed their nose with the sepals of the plant to facilitate in stopping bleeding. In addition, they also mashed the leaves of the plant and applied it topically to ease rheumatic pains.

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I have a strong stomach, but I don’t think you can really be prepared for that at 8am on a Thursday morning.

Especially when the dermatologist keeps referring to his favourite infections as the ‘other ladies in his life’, or talking with disappointment about how 'Brazilian deforestation’ is making crabs an endangered species…