What comes first to your mind when you think of 2013?
Mario Jorge Bergoglio became Pope Francis. He is the first Jesuit pope. Why is that meaningful you might ask? To sum it up as briefly as possible –>Jesuits were developed to rally Catholics during the reformation around the middle 1500’s. They were quite successful and subsequently went in to China and introduced science and astronomy. The Jesuit doctrine is “to conquer oneself and to regulate one’s life in such a way that no decision is made under the influence of any inordinate attachment.” (inordinate attachment = extortionate connection=corrupt association) Ah, words and their subtleties. There are probably some corrupt associations that aren’t so crazy about the power this guy wields from his message of love and acceptance.
A good thing for the United States is –>The rapid progression of our society. Boggled as some may be, the Supreme Court reckoned same sex marriage as a “basic matter of equality”. Us inhabitants of the new world have family members, friends, co-workers, dance partners, cable gals and hairdressers who are gay. It is on the far side of compassion for any value system that doesn’t accept love and commitment. We need to notice these tipping points where the good guys win
It snowed in Cairo, and who can forget Miles Scott? the kid with leukemia. The make a wish foundation and the city of San Francisco joined to make his dream come true of being bat kid and saving Gotham City.
Bad happenings of hate –> bombs at the Boston Marathon, Kenyan shopping Mall attack, Syrian civil war,
Bad happenings of nature –>Philippine typhoon, A meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Flash floods and land slides in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, tornado hit Moore Oklahoma,
Bad happenings as a result of bad policies –> Africa’s Western Back Rhino became officially extinct in 2013
senseless mass shootings –> Washington Navy Yard, Hialeah, Albuquerque, Santa Monica and more.
more than 30 school shootings in the US in 2013
Nelson Mandela died after a very long and eventful life