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December 10, 2012

Most problems could be solved by practicing compassion

I am writing in reply to Dellmer Mouse’s letter

where he expresses his belief that the election

result is the final piece of the puzzle, signaling

the return of Jesus Christ and the fall of

all sinners. Mr. Mouse’s letter isn’t backed up

by any scientific fact or realistic historical

record, only his own personal interpretation of

a few lines of scripture. The lines quoted have

been interpreted, re-interpreted and twisted

over the years by a variety of people, warning

of an upcoming apocalypse.

Recently we have seen predictions of the

world’s end from religious leaders, one claiming

to have deciphered a code within the Bible

that told of the rapture. His prediction failed

not once, twice, not three times but more than

five.

Does Mr. Mouse not realize that war, murder,

sickness, natural disasters and all associated

violence have been part of history since

the formation of this planet? The disasters we

face today often pale in comparison to prehistoric

changes that took place on planet Earth

some causing mass extinctions and bottle

necking human evolution. To then suggest

that President Obama’s re-election is a further

sign of impending doom is laughable.

He then cites the current state of Israel as a

sign of the end times. Israel has struggled as a

nation for many, many years. The geographic

location of Israel would lead anyone to believe

that they will struggle in the future as well,

unless an entire shift of thought in the Middle

East garnishes a less violent approach to

problem solving.

Instead of assuming that the world is ending

and certain people will be, “raptured” up into

the heavens a better approach is to focus on

what we can do to create a better world. Social

justice, living more in harmony with our natural

environment, investing in science and

technology, and acting out of tolerance

towards those whom are different than we are

— appear to me like a better approach than

simply throwing in the towel and waiting for

some imaginary ticket to the stars.

The world isn’t ending Mr. Mouse. Most of

the problems that you cited could easily be

solved by practicing compassion toward others,

treating the natural environment with

care and respect and realizing that no real

solution to any problem comes at the barrel of

a gun.

Jeremy Gosnell

Oakland

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