The Daily Walk with Miracles, republished August 16, 2015 and July 31, 2014, republished with rewrite and editing April 24, 2014, fully revised and updated October 2 and 3, 2013, revised and updated March 27 and March 31, 2011, originally published November 27, 2010 under the title, “(The Reason For) Evans Liberal Politics is ‘Pride in the Name of Love’,” by Paul Evans. Placed in the Public Domain. Photograph of 50 famous marijuana smokers courtesy of Common Dreams, music video "Grace" courtesy of U2, YouTube and Dick Davies. Some of the links in this article may not work (you would probably get a 404 error), while others should work just fine, this is unfixable, but we apologize:
Watcn on YouTube: Third Day – "Cry Out to Jesus," which is a song for all who are addicted. There is grace and forgiveness for you from Jesus, Shannon. If you’d like, all are welcome to watch a wonderful THIRD DAY Songs Collection, brought to you by YouTube, Third Day and the Christian Music Channel. It’s over an hour and fifty minutes long, and Third Day in my opinion is the best Christian group you can find anywhere.
Note of August 16, 2014: This article is particularly written for one addict I once knew who let addictions to mind-numbing, killer drugs ruin the chance I once thought I had with her for a true, Christian love together. I was wrong. Shannon, God Bless you, anyway! (Exactly how many chances do I give you??? You’ve had way too many.) I don’t know what the Lord has in mind for me, but I am lonely and miss the companionship of a good Christian woman, or even just a caring woman such as I thought you were in your heart. Somehow, in 35 years of dating, including two engagements, I never really experienced that properly in my life, yet. I somehow just know that there is someone out there to love me. Email me at miracles.seawolf57 AT gmail.com OK? That’s at GMAIL.COM, OK? We should talk (or, you know, there are things hoped for, Christian things, we can do together. A nice walk in the park, a picnic, or simply going out for ice cream and a Coke. Forget the blame, don’t you know we are washed clean in His blood?
U2 – "Grace"
As to your drug dealer friends, listen up!
As to your drug gang friends, they should realize that a lot of them would die if they tried to get to me. If they’re smart they’ll keep the hell away. When you take drugs, Shannon, some drugs that is — many are OK and wrongly illegal, too — your logic is really poor, so I thought I would mention that there truly would be a terrible cost in lives and blood that your drug and mob friends would suffer if they attacked us. The cost of attacking us here is prohibitive. The person I talk with at night, Shannon, is Satan, and I am not the least afraid of him, praise God. I have always been a night owl, and love the quiet and peace of late at night. I am also, for real, a true, saved Christian, or else why am I worried about stupid, evil punks attacking me here? I do believe Satan would have a thing or two to say if your druggie friends were so stupid as to attack us here. So God, AND Jesus AND Satan, and whatever and whomever my new family can bring to bear against any attack on us are right here, waiting but worried because, frankly, you guys aren’t too smart and might well try something. Don’t. Or are you "Feeling lucky"?
By the way, I arranged it so my friends at NSA and CIA and FBI know exactly where you are, unless you want to stop using cell phones and phones, and computers, altogether. (I’m a journalist – every electronic communication I make gets human analysis. Besides, any device ever connected to the internet has an untraceable, untouchable cookie stored on it to track jerks like you, and has since 2006. Shall I go on? If I asked them for some help with you and your drug gang friends, I think you would be really screwed, Shannon.
God I love the Patriot Act! I truly do support it and The Daily Walk with Miracles fully supports our intelligence services, and all necessary security measures. (I would like to see some minor reforms in the Patriot Act, but I think those are coming if President Obama wants that.) However, back when I was a knee-jerk liberal, I do believe I was put on an ‘enemies list’ to be targeted. I don’t belong on any list of troublemakers any longer. I am reformed, truly patriotic, basically conservative though unorthodox, and a true, real saved Christian. You guys, could you take me off of your list(s) and maybe give me a real control to work with to help me keep the website clean? Please take me off your lists of dangerous troublemakers. In truth, I just want to cooperate, now.
Maybe God will grant me some sort of more "normal" life, now. Really, if I am being truthful, that’s all I ever wanted, through decades of being labelled and demonized as a mentally ill schizophrenic, and more trouble still because of you, Shannon. Perhaps even this article is His way of giving me that normal life. I pray I might have a long, happy life, and want that just like anyone else.
Are you addicted, perhaps, to… shopping? Television? The internet? Blogging? Cigarettes? Social Networks like Facebook or Twitter? Too much food? Are you addicted to the trappings of Christianity, congratulating yourselves that you are saved, while Jesus told us that we should "pray in a closet" and that those who worship in public "have their reward already"? Would you for example judge someone who is agnostic, despite the fact that this person has a caring heart and God may very well love him or her? Gee whiz, shall we do something about that as a society of shall we finally begin to follow Jesus words, to paraphrase Matthew 7: 1-2, "Judge not, lest ye be judged, or in such a manner as you judge others, so God will judge you." Judgement is mine, sayeth the Lord!
Article revision of October 3, 2013: I felt that the message in this article specifically about addiction is important enough so that I rewrote it, rewrote it again, and am bringing you a new version again. There is some personal stuff in this but then this is a one man blog. I am currently looking for someone to help me with this website/blog and if interested, please email me, Paul Evans.
"Pride in the Name of Love": Is there anyone who doesn’t know this song by U2? I cried the first few times I heard this and it is still the most inspirational song I know: Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson to some extent — and yes, this song — are the reason I worked for four years on a politics blog which was basically liberal, (and that told the truth a little bit too much, and too fearlessly, to be acceptable to the authorities). Pride in the name of love – that’s how I used to feel, at least, and to some extent that’s still very valid. Now I have some liberal conceptions of politics, and even some conservative ideas. I take truth wherever I can find it, and I try to explain it for my readers, because what a person can find in the mainstream media is sorely lacking. However, because my life (as a result of my truthfulness about things) went terribly wrong, I learned my lesson. We all have to make compromises with the status quo, sad to say. Everyone has to. We all want a car, a roof over our head, maybe a relationship with a nice person of the opposite sex, and, quite frankly, the more you are in the public eye, the more you need to pay attention to this and make some compromises. This is the way the world is, and you’d be a fool to think otherwise.
I feel that in working on this blog I am serving the American people and God in the only way I really have learned how to. I feel that I work hard at it and have a good feel for what is going on in the world of politics, at least, that I have been doing the very best I can. I don’t know anything else I could try which might make any kind of pinprick with what’s wrong in America, and really, I know that I am at least helping a few people, as must be God’s will. Before God, I do the best I can, and I do this work to try to help people.
U2 Pride in the Name of Love
I think Christianity warns us about pride, especially false pride, but still, I am proud of my efforts here. I have worked very hard at this blog almost every day for almost five years now. I started on election day, November 2, 2008, carrying political articles on my old website design site. I do think that any one man has a limited view of what’s going on in the world today, and I do feel more humble than I used to. A lot.
A Further Word About Addiction and Blogging:
Let me just say this: in most cases, if someone close to you has drug and or alcohol addictions, and/or is wrongfully abusing you, do NOT think you can handle it yourself. In most cases. Generally, it has been told to me by professionals, you are not competent to cope, or heal the person with love and kindness yourself.
Once in a while, through the power of the infinite God, love alone certainly does reach an addict, or an abuser, or someone else with terrible troubles in their lives, IS in fact reached by the power of Love. Shannon, you said that you are agnostic. Look around this website, look at the abundant proofs that God is real and God is Love, and then call on His holy name, Jesus, Immanuel, whom we know is the God of the Jewish nations and all Christians and caring people all over the world — Yahweh. Don’t write His Holy name down, the Bible is quite specific on that, God Himself gave me special permission. Ask Jesus for forgiveness, repent, not with all drug addictions, just with the ones you know in your heart make a normal life for you impossible: heroin and alcohol addiction. You are not alone, Shannon. Call on His holy name, and get in touch with me and make it before I find someone else to date who won’t give me a hard time like you always do. Actually, you were my one true love, you and Sherri. God often gives us more than once in our lives a perfect love, but sometimes we need to move on. I love the family I live with very much. There is no way I would ever move out of Wooster, keep that in mind, too.
Watch U2 – Yahweh, YouTube performance uploaded on April 18, 2008, by Wayne Carter, a fantastic song with a great video for you to see.
Almost always, your only real option is to get the person who is addicted treatment. The real problem here is that, many times, until the addict “hits bottom,” (and sometimes not then), they will not seek treatment at all or allow you to arrange treatment. Sometimes, if you can’t get the person help, you need to get yourself out of the situation. Loving someone can sometimes cost you up to your life. What I have learned, however, is that sometimes love will not allow you to withdraw, and sometimes, as is the case with many addictions which are so demonized in our society, the problem lies in society’s attitudes rather than any true harm in the addiction, itself.
I believe the real problem of the more “dangerous” addictions in our society is almost never the addict’s fault, but lies rooted in family problems as well as the intrinsic “wrongness” and sickness of the very society we live in. This includes the terrible damage we are doing to God’s perfect human genome because of genetically modified foods and all the radiation we have let loose into the world.
See Third Day — Song for the Addicted, The Daily Walk with Miracles, April 17, 2013, YouTube Music video — 4:41.
See Cigarettes or Heroin – Both Affect the Brain Similarly, & Resources to Quit Smoking, The Daily Walk with Miracles, July 10, 2013, by Paul Evans.
Below you may find it amusing to pick out those celebrities and power people you know among the 50 shown, who all smoke pot, courtesy of Abby Zimmet and Common Dreams. There are more dangerous drugs and less dangerous drugs. Marijuana, for example, has never been shown to have killed a single person, acting by itself. Alcohol on the other hand killed 44,000 people in 2004. Moreover it is alcohol which has been shown to be the real "gateway drug" in America. People go to parties, get drunk, and when they have few defences left to them, their buddy comes up to them and says something like: "Hey Baby, you gotta try this, it’s really cool." And thus it is because of alcohol that many people get hooked on dangerous drugs that DO kill people. OK, we are not going to make alcohol illegal. We tried that once. But in NO WAY should marijuana be illegal either!:
See GOP Mogul Behind Drug Rehab ‘Torture’ Centers Is Bankrolling Opposition to Pot Legalization in Colorado, The Nation on The Daily Walk with Miracles, September 18, 2012, by Leen Fang.
Watch Neuroscientist Carl Hart: Science Says We Should Decriminalize Drugs, YouTube video, reason.tv, July 15, 2013 — 22:17.
Let me get back to talking about serious or dangerous addictions. Pot isn’t one of them.
Most of the time, the experts keep saying, love will not alone be enough to reach someone with any kind of substance abuse problem. Once in a great while, through the tender mercy of almighty God, love will find a way. That way may be to finally solve the addiction through treatment, or, in fact, loved ones may choose to live with the problem, out of their love and caring for the person. A serious drug addiction can be “cured” ONLY IF the problem person is ready to make that huge, painful change in their life. If not, get them help any way you can, or accept it, or if you must, remove yourself as an enabler, and stop trying to think your own heartfelt love can make a difference. But to some loves, it just… doesn’t… matter. A pure love, sent from God, may have it so that a person would rather die than betray their beloved. I betrayed Shannon several times, by calling police into the whole issue. But you know in your heart, Shhannon, how true my love is for you. Sometimes, it takes a village, and there may be one of the interventions which are well known from TV. At other times, you just have to accept the addiction or get away from it. It would be a matter for serious prayer to God, getting all the information and advice you can, and then doing “what you have to.”
Please say a prayer for the drug addicts, alcoholics, abusers, and all those who have "something wrong with their head," such as I have been as a mentally ill person. 38 percent of the English population was recently found to be officially “mentally ill.” At some point in their lives, one-sixth of Americans are clinically depressed so that they should seek help and get medications.
There is no shame in being an addict, or shouldn’t be. It is not my fault about smoking cigarettes, and it is not their fault that heroin addicts are addicted so terribly. Anyway, God Loves and forgives you, be certain of that!
Do not doubt that God loves heroin addicts just as much as policemen, or that they are just as good as you are. You, too, as a teenager might have been enticed into trying some drug that it is almost impossible to escape from. HELP THE ADDICTED as you are able. For God’s sake buy them a pack of cigarettes, or give them a little gas, at the least. Without help they would eventually die a miserable death, if that is God’s plan. Perhaps they might simply get by until they can’t, and this can drag on for decades. How much love can you find in your heart for a suffering soul such as this?
You are probably wrong. You do not understand the addiction. You have been told that it is evil, that the heroin users are sick and that society must protect itself from them, perhaps lock them all away someplace. A social worker once confided to me that she felt that for felons, perhaps a “concentration camp” was the best we could do. How absolutely Unchristian and barbaric! It’s probably not your fault, you’ve probably never even smoked cigarettes and you DON’T understand the nature of these addictions. I am just saying, what the hell does the average person think they can know about heroin addiction. When 14,000,000 Americans are locked up each year for the terrible atrocity of smoking marijuana (or selling it), then, by all means, let’s lock them all away and throw away the key (sarcasm).
See For Those Who Suffer from Loneliness, Depression, Drug addiction, or Are In Need, The Daily Walk with Miracles, February 2, 2013, by Paul Evans.
See Internet addiction even worries Silicon Valley, The Raw Story on The Daily Walk with Miracles, July 29, 2012, by Tracy McVeigh.
Kids, this is for you: I have seen heroin, morphine, methadone and other addictions such as crack and crystal meth, close up. You are the biggest fools you have ever met if you start using any of this stuff, and particularly heroin, crack, morphine, crystal meth, and the hard ones. As far as painkillers go, I personally, after what I have seen, would rather just take some over-the-counter painkiller such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen or even aspirin than get hooked on any of those. Experts also warn us that the biggest increases in drug use are among prescribed medicines, so watch out that you stay away from those, too, unless you really need them and they are prescribed. A sheriff’s deputy one told me, believing every word he said: "The only cure for heroin addiction is death." And 90 percent of the time, say the statistics, that’s true. Please say a prayer for the addicted, if you feel so led by Jesus or God.
THE CRUX OF IT, A PERSONAL NOTE: IT’S ALL ABOUT GOD’S FORGIVENESS because of the crucifixion, death and resurrection of His only begotten son, Jesus (John – 3:16) The rest of John Chapter 3 is particularly useful to Christians as it lets us know ways to tell exactly who is good and who is evil.
Personally, I have fouled up my life in many ways, and sometimes I have even betrayed those who love me and depend on me in ways large and small, even without meaning to. And I was not even aware of the extent to which my personality is messed up due to mental illness. I can only hope for everyone’s forgiveness, especially God’s. The Serenity Prayer as used in Alcoholics Anonymous programs, does provide me with some relief, and I have always thought they were good words to thoroughly really understand, thus the video, below. I’m 57 years old and so I have trouble learning new behaviors. I wasn’t raised as a Christian and never quite learned how to behave. I messed up in my life and they tell me it is not my fault, it is my mental illness. Now it’s almost too late in my life at age 57 to do anything but try my hardest from this point on and "hold on" despite my own pain and sadness. It’s also true that in this society, that mentally ill people are not given that much of a chance to “make it.” Schizophrenics in particular, claims Dr. Gabor Matte, M.D., Ph.D., are society’s scapegoats and suffer because of that in a manner similar to Jesus’ suffering. I myself as a schizophrenic know all about suffering due to people’s judgements of me. You know, I may be autistic and I may get manic really easy, but I think that they got my diagnosis wrong back in 1979. It’s is mania and NOT schizophrenia which runs in my mother’s side of the family. Even if, however, I am schizophrenic, who are you to judge me. Yes, we are in this veil of tears we call life, and I realize that we must ASSESS our situation and our surroundings and act accordingly. But no one has the right to JUDGE anyone, as Jesus warned. Sometimes it is frustrating beyond measure to have these limitations which I suffer because society puts labels on people and treats them as if the label said it all, and that the label is all that is important in assessing someone. I believe in the First Principle of Unitarian-Universalism: "The inherent worth and dignity of all human beings." I believe those are words to live by, and words that God thoroughly approves of, don’t you?
I can truthfully say I used to feel something like “Pride in the Name of Love” and that was why I ran “Evans Liberal Politics,” and now “The Daily Walk with Miracles.” Now Ifneed to feel much more humble than prideful, and I want to admit to you that, since I make de facto zero dollars from this blog, I basically blog because I don’t know any other way to be, how I could possibly live my life any differently. It’s how I have lived for the last five years. In other words it is its own form of addiction. Blogging, I have read, can be a very real form of addiction. I feel that while that may or may not be true in my case, what my motivation is, what drives me, is to try to help people and to serve God. Even so, while I admit to an unreasonable amount of time spent blogging and wish for changes in my life, I still enjoy blogging and also I am grateful for the small enjoyments that come my way every day. I have a scientifically trained, analytical mind, and people think that because I very often see unpleasant truths in a situation or about people, this means I am judging them and am cruel. Nothing could be further from the truth. I love people and need them in my life very much. I do apologize if sometimes I make you feel bad. I never, ever meant to.
Also, I am peace loving and hate violence to the extent that, perhaps I would not defend my loved ones, much less myself, in the event I needed to. (I never really have had to.) I am in some ways a meek person. But I have felt my meekness to almost be cowardice, a few times. And at other times, like anybody, I am angry when I shouldn’t be. I really don’t know, I just hate all forms of violence. This is a sort of overall confession, I realize. God says that we should confess our sins before the world before we should make any offerings for Him, and so I wrote this for the whole world to see. I am so very tired of my inadequacies. To those I have hurt in this life, or disappointed, and for the various ways I have fallen short, I confess it and am sorry.
From March 27, 2011: In my own defence I want to quote an article I wrote back on April 5th, 2011, called “What Gets Me About Spam Commenters and a Warning for Them: A Rant,” where I state that "the entire message of Evans Liberal Politics is about CARING and building a more caring society and I put all the work I do into our site simply in order to get that message out." No matter what I have said above, that is still very true.
Watch Ten Years After: “I’d Love to Change the Word”, YouTube music video — 3:47.
Moreover, I really enjoy bringing you The Daily Walk with Miracles: I enjoy finding content and authors for republication, and sometimes doing a lot of the writing myself. I enjoy doing the “coding” (programming) for the articles, and even the typing. (You’d think that would get repetitive, but not really for me.) It gives me pleasure to bring to you a hopefully helpful and (increasingly) politically correct vision and accounting of what’s going on in the world today. And I like to do it in an artistic and aesthetically pleasing presentation. That especially is fun, and that’s where you get into the programming, which I enjoy. It’s simple programming in HTML and a little XHTML and CSS, but I am half decent at it, and for me, it’s fun.
Addition of April 24, 2014: I am addicted to blogging and bringing you The Daily Walk with Miracles (and cigarettes). These addictions are no one’s fault, people have issues, people get addictions, and no one has the right to judge them for that but God Himself. What IS wrong, and what is my failure, is that I have not put people first in my life. I spend all my time blogging when I have friends that live right here with me I need to spend much more time at, in any reasonable way they would like. This is a new realization for me and I am going to try to do better. This failure is wholly my own fault. If however I could just get taken off of the secret "enemies lists" of certain government agencies, probably more than one, and stop fighting simply to keep my computer alive, that would give me much more time to spend with my loved ones. I pray to God that this might happen soon.
Some people I know who care about me have said that this website is an obsession or an addiction for me, and that it is not healthy for me. Maybe so. Still it give me a great deal of enjoyment. I guess some of the things I said here in the past which were plain wrong have hurt people, and I regret that immensely. I feel a terrible moral responsibility in trying to help people and serve God that I MUST get it all right, so no one is misled. You know, if you write about religion, the news, or politics from the exactly correct point of view with exactly the right words, STILL, there are going to be people out there who take you the wrong way and are going to be hurt because of that. I try. I do the very best I can do. That’s why I work so long and so hard each and every day as much as possible here. I don’t mean to neglect my friendships, but I will need my immediate family here to help me, but saying something like, "hey Paul, would you like to stop for a while and come and have a meal with us, or smoke a cigarette with us, or maybe, go into town with us?" That is truly great, but I could also use just a few new friends outside the family I live with, too. I like to get away, and I come back refreshed and raring to try once more. And, you know, I DO take pride in my efforts here, and that just can’t be wrong of me, since I know I please God by the efforts I am making for him, and to help people. I am lonely, though. I have always needed a woman’s caring Christian love in my life, and I have suffered with loneliness without that in my life. There is no special girlfriend in my life, now. I am not dating and I feel that if God brings someone into my life fine. Otherwise, I am basically satisfied, though lonely. Maybe my friend Paul knows what I should do, I do so very much trust him and rely on him, since I never was very practical and my new family here has been so very helpful and vital to my efforts in life. I want to thank them from the fullness of my heart!
The Truth About Politics
Politics is depressing. In that regard, my old friend Betsy sent me a wonderful article which I need to share with you, called “Across the Universe: The Power of Disillusionment and the Politics of Despair, OpEdNews, March 15, 2011, by Chris Floyd. A young man is disillusioned, somewhat depressed, and even contemplating drinking or suicide because his Mom’s hero Barack Obama is complicit in so much that is wrong. Instead of simply making a comment of some encouragement, Chris Floyd makes this commentary in its own article, of which I wish to quote part:
You have to remember that politics is a toxin. It will make you sick, taint your mind, poison your soul, blight your life if you let it. One has to deal with politics as a form of waste management, just as you need to have some kind of sewage system in your home or community to prevent disease.
Politics — the machinations of the stunted, damaged souls and third-rate minds who hanker for power — is just a small part of life. It entirely lacks the tragic element; nothing tragic or depthful about politics and power, it’s just brute force, greed, ignorance and spite. So there is no deep meaning to be found in it. No tragedy; no real joy either. Even the greatest moments, the epiphanies — and they do happen in politics on rare occasions, one must admit — will lead very quickly back into the sewage. And that’s OK, that’s the way it is; sewage, waste management — it’s part of life. But it’s not where meaning, joy, tragedy, the salt and savor of existence can be found. So why let the evil done by third-rate goobers drive you to despair of life itself? By hook, crook, lies and murder they’ve already amassed all kinds of power; why give them power over your very soul?
May God grant you the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have: three meals a day for their bodies, – education and culture for their minds – and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — And that’s why I am always used to consider myself a liberal. ~ Paul Evans (From my page of Political Speeches & Quotes).
The Serenity Prayer
Everyone Should Listen to This:
The Biology, Morality and Politics of Addiction
The FreeDomain Radio Interview:
Gabor Maté, M.D.
Visit Dr. Maté’s website
"The Biology, Morality and Politics of Addiction:" Dr Gabor Maté caringly explains the truth to us in this long, but worthwhile and rewarding interview for our understanding. — 48:53
This may well be a very special interview, since I feel that I was strongly almost “led” by Jesus to it in terms of having something very on target about addiction to share with you. Just so we’re clear, I am addicted to cigarettes, coffee, and blogging, which is bad enough. I never in my life ever tried anything that wasn’t prescribed for me except in the distant past I used to occasionally smoke marijuana. I no longer do so, but not because I feel that there is anything wrong with it (2004: deaths due to alcohol in the U.S. – 44,000. Deaths in 2004 due to marijuana – 19), but because of the legal dangers and my fears about it interacting with my mental illness or my COPD. Cigarettes are bad enough, for me. This last about never smoking any weed may be kind of a lie, I’m sorry, but a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do. It shouldn’t be illegal and it helps a great many people. ~ Paul Evans