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Is God Dead?

The more I study religion the more amazed I become with it. Recently I wanted to search for facts; what country is the most atheistic in the world? My findings were a surprise. Up to 85% of the Swedes does not believe in a God, this is the opposite to USA where about 3-9% is non-believers, atheists or agnostics.

Toplist

1. Sweden (up to 85% non-believer, atheist, agnostic)
2. Vietnam
3. Denmark
4. Norway
5. Japan
6. Czech Republic
7. Finland
8. France
9. South Korea
10. Estonia (up to 49% non-believer, atheist, agnostic)

Now, how come that 7 of 10 countries in the top list are European? I think that the education and health is very good in this countries. Science has done very much for this countries and people don’t need religion any more. It is like with Santa Claus, when you reach third grade you don’t believe in him anymore. Maybe it is so with God too?

We can see that in the developing countries like Uganda, Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad etc there is less than 1% non-believers. Maybe people in the Europe see that it works without God, people don’t need to rely on him anymore. But I don’t know why it is that Europeans is more non-believers than the rest of the world, I just have my theories.

My question stands; Is God Dead?

Source: http://www.pitzer.edu/academics/faculty/zuckerman/index.asp

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Oh my, I have been so off the latest day. I have not been in a good mood at all. And I have also been away on a trip and an inner journey, which I needed. Today I walked 6 miles which took exactly 85 minutes. It was hard because I didn’t use regular shoes. I wore my slippers, and that did a lot of bad things to my feet.  I have lost a few more pounds. I am now at the lowest weight in 4 years, I love my new life. And I am feeling that my energy is coming back and I will write something interesting in a close future. So, now I will continue listening on the classical music I love so much, like Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Grieg, Debussy, Mozart, Bach etc.

Here is a good video I like and recommend. It’s a song by Swedish Ranarim. It is in Swedish, but if you’d like a translation just comment. Enjoy!

Over and Out!

/Nick

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Racism is a global issue and I believe that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, and shall be treated in that way. And what is reported in media these days are disturbing news. It seems like a storm of racism and xenophobia is blowing through Europe in this time. It seems like World War II and nazism is completely forgotten. But this time it’s not the jews which are the main target of the racism, but the Romani people. In WWII the Romanis were marked for extermination and sentenced to forced labor and imprisonment in concentration camps. But as we know the Jews were the main target. And the thing that made the extermination of certain ethnic groups was the wind of racism which blew through Europe at that time as it does today. But today it’s not Antisemitism but Antiziganism that is going on. Today Romanis often live in ghettos and in low-class areas and sometimes sets up camps to live in. Many people see them as thieves and social parasites and they are often targets of police brutality.

The closest news may be the reports that French authorities demolished at least 51 illegal Roma camps and began the process of repatriating their residents to their countries of origin. But this is not the first time it happens. In the early 1990s, Germany deported tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to Eastern Europe. Sixty percent of some 100,000 Romanian nationals deported under a 1992 treaty were Romani.  In Northern Ireland an anti-racist rally in the city on 15 June, 2009 to support Romani rights was attacked by youths chanting neo-Nazi slogans.

One of these issues seems to be that the Romani Camps are illegal in most of the European countries. And why that is, I can’t answer. Maybe one reason could be Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame which is having a strong, genocidal hatred picture of gypsies in the Disney’s animated adaptation of the story.

In my own country, Sweden which for a few days ago had an election where one new party called the Sweden Democrats were elected into the parliament. They were founded in 1988 and is a Swedish political party that describes itself as a nationalist movement. It has its roots in the nazi movement but was split up in two different party’s during late 90’s. The famous Swedish botanic researcher Carl Von-Linné (Carl Linnaeus) was also a pioneer in race-biology field. He divided humans to races and related behavioural patterns and claimed blacks are lazy and slow while Europeans are innovative and smart. Sweden was also the first country in the world to open an institute for race-biology research in the Swedish town of Uppsala. The institute recommended the sterilization by force of the mentally ill, physically disabled, homosexuals and ethnic minorities, which was allowed by Swedish law until 1975.

This all makes me embarrassed to be Swedish and European.

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I’ve had for a couple of years now lower back pain which returns now and then. I believe it is because that I have been sitting down to much and for a long time. The problems began shortly after that my interest of computers and web design came. I sat in school and when I came home I sat with the computer. Then I had a great time with no pain when I worked out, played soccer and in the military service it was not there aswell. But after the military service I started with an office job as a telephone salesman and worked with it for 4 years. And I came home and sat with my computer making websites. So my back problem came back again. But for some time now I have done some exercises which has been really good for my lower back. And I will keep doing them until it is gone and I can get out more. I am still little lazy after seven months of doing nothing really. Anyway here is the video and temporary cure for my back pain. Maybe it can do some good for you aswell?

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sweden mountain

Well, today is the day! We have a historical election in Sweden. We can for the first time have a non-Socialist government two terms in a row. On other hand Sweden will see its first female prime minister tomorrow. The non-Socialist government has during this term handled the financial crisis very good. Sweden are on the top ten list* of countries which are least affected by the economic crisis in the world. The present government was even able to lower the income-taxes during this financial crisis. And from the las election “the Alliance” kept most (103 of 131) of the promises they made. They introduced something called “rut-avdraget” which gave 10 000 jobs for mostly youths and immigrants. They also privatized “Apoteket” (the pharmacy’s of Sweden which before was had monopoly on the drug market) with the output of 409 new pharmacy’s. This makes it a lot easier for people to get there because it’s closer. And it also gives thousands of new jobs. So far there has almost only been positive effects with the non-Socialist government.

What will happen if the socialist side wins? Well, first of the socialists cooperate with the communist party and their leader Lars Ohly who is very anti USA and pro-Palistine and Iran. This will make our good cooperation with the western countries such as USA unstable. Then the taxes will go back to the previous standard which results in lower incomes. The subsidies to non-workers will increase which lower the funds to other more important things like the medical services etc. The “rut-avdrag” will disappear and with it 10 000 jobs. The socialists will take Sweden and our strong economics and first make our beautiful country into a marxist state and will lead us to a communistic society. Is it worth it? If that happens I will move, and so will probably all company owners and other rich people also do. They whom which makes the society go around. Sweden will go to its grave.

GO Fredrik Reinfeldt and the non-Socialist Alliance

* http://www.labnol.org/internet/countries-least-affected-by-economic-recession/8814/

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Who are the Shaman?

Withdraw yourself from the never ending masquerade of life.
Go within, there you will find your treasure.

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First off I want to say that the medicine wheel is a part of many different cultures which makes it hard to tell that “this is how it works”. In this post I write about the Native American Medicine Wheel only.

The medicine wheel is a symbol for the wheel of life and are representative in Native American spirituality. The medicine wheel teaches us that all lessons are equal, as are all talents and abilities. Every living creature will one day see and experience each spoke of the wheel, and know those truths. It is a pathway to truth, peace and harmony. The circle is never-ending, life without end. The Medicine Wheel symbolizes the individual journey we each must take to find our own path. The wheel or circle represents the circle of life and the center of the circle represents the eternal fire.The medicine wheel is sacred and the native americans believe so,  because the Great Spirit caused everything in nature to be round. The Sun, Sky, Earth and Moon are round. There are four cardinal directions and four sacred colors in the Medicine Wheel.

  • East is red and represents success, triumph
  • North is blue and represents defeat, trouble
  • West is black and represents death
  • South is white and represents peace, happiness.

The sacred directions is:

  • Up above and the color is yellow
  • Down Below with the color brown
  • Here in the Center and the color is green

The medicine wheel is also connected to the year and the four seasons. East is spring, North is winter, South is summer and West is autumn.

O Great Spirit of the East,
radiance of the rising Sun,
spirit of new beginnings
O Grandfather Fire,
great nuclear fire of the Sun.
From you comes life-energy,
vital spark, power to see far,
and to envision with boldness;
with you we can purify the senses,
our hearts and our minds.
We pray that we may be aligned with you,
so that your energies may flow through us,
and be expressed by us,
for the good of this planet Earth,
and all living beings upon it.

O Great Spirit of the South,
protector of the fruitful land,
and of all green and growing things,
the noble trees and grasses.
Grandmother Earth, Soul of Nature,
great power of the receptive,
of nurturance and endurance,
of bringing forth and growing,
flowers of the field,
fruits of the garden.
We pray that we may be aligned with you,
so that your powers may flow through us,
and be expressed by us,
for the good of this planet Earth,
and all living beings upon it.

O Great Spirit of the West,
spirit of the great waters,
of rain and rivers, lakes and springs;
O Grandmother Ocean,
deepest matrix, womb of all life.
With you comes the dissolving
of boundaries and holdings,
the power to taste and to feel,
to cleanse and to heal.
Great blissful darkness of peace.
WE pray that we may be aligned with you,
so that your powers may flow through us,
and be expressed by us,
for the good of this planet Earth,
and all living beings upon it.

O Great Spirit of the North,
invisible spirits of the air,
and of the fresh, cool winds;
O vast and boundless Grandfather Sky,
your living breath animates all life.
From you comes clarity and strength,
and the power to hear inner sounds,
to seep out old patterns,
and bring challenge and change.
The ecstasy of movement and the dance.
We pray that we may be aligned with you,
so that your powers may flow through us,
and be expressed by us,
for the good of this planet Earth,
and all living beings upon it.

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