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Sunday, March 2, 2014

What in the world?

 
What if you learned that someone was digesting books of this genre? End of times, apocalyptic.  And maybe the Left Behind series was a favorite.  And genuinely believed all this, the way I was taught.  Would you want to partner with this person in a business (other than a Christian bookstore) or invest money or work side-by-side with them in creating a robust strategic plan for a community, town or city?  What do you think about self-fulfilling prophecy, and the fact that in areas where these books are likely to be best sellers, you have more economic hardship and poorer conditions, and seemingly a lack of creative energy, personal empowerment and desire needed to make things better?  Is improving society working against, even just subconsciously, the belief system (remember, according to scripture, times will get worse and worse before ushering in an armageddon), and a main reason why some people and economies get stuck in a rut and a cycle of poverty for generations?  In other words, there's just a lack of incentive to improve conditions, thus setting up a classic self-fulfilling prophecy:  The world around you indeed becomes worse.  Could our belief system be a huge factor in this? Is the Deep South, where I was raised, in the bottom tier in many categories in part because of this apocalyptic mindset, or is it merely a coincidence? 
 
41. Oklahoma
42. South Carolina
43. Louisiana
44. Tennessee
45. New Mexico
46. Kentucky
47. Alabama
48. West Virginia
49. Arkansas
50. Mississippi
 
Source - America’s Richest (and Poorest) States

For insight into what one man's doing to change the world, be sure to View Bill Gates’ Mobile Library: The Books & Courses That Help Him Change The World.  And lest people forget or don't know, Mr. Gates dropped out of college.  Learning is for everybody.

 

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