Sharon McCann

Landenberg, PA, United States

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Sharon McCann
Posted almost 2 years ago
What's your favourite heartwarming story?
Not too long ago I was able to be present at the wedding of two men. They had been together for over 20 years when the state they lived in finally legalized marriage for them. I'll call them Brian and Doug. Brian's family was very accepting and open and cared deeply for Brian and Doug. Doug's family, on the other hand had thrown Doug out many years before and had wanted nothing to do with him. When it came time for the ceremony Brian's family planned a small change to the ceremony with the minister. After he asked each "Do you take this man", the minister said to the congregation and said, "Do you take this couple as part of your family?" The plan had been made by Brian's parents. They wanted Doug to know he had a family that would love him. So, when the minister asked the question he was speaking to Brian's parents who immediately stood and said, "We do." But, with n idea what was going to happen, all of Brian's family, brothers, sister, cousins, aunts Uncles - the entire clan stood and said, "We do." The entire congregation then stood. Brian and Doug wept heartily and lived happily ever after.
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Sharon McCann
Posted almost 2 years ago
What's more beneficial: Revolution or Evolution?
These three set the emotional and mythological constructs for revolutions. Many cultures view these as "successful" revolutions. The problem is that revolutions in the last 60 years have not gone that way at all. There are entire books to be written about why and how, but it nonetheless remains the truth. Instead of those three being how we judge revolution, we need to reconsider them as anomalies that no longer represent how revolutions - in the modern era - actually go.
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Sharon McCann
Posted almost 2 years ago
What's more beneficial: Revolution or Evolution?
Jorge, thank you for making my point about the Venezuelan revolution. Many here think it was and economic revolution as well, they do not see the costs. What I will give Venezuela was that it was a sharp and sudden turn and it did make thing better for many of the people. So, knowing it will never be exactly what you want it to be and will always be dynamic and needing more adjusting, does that mean it was successful or not? What would your economic evolution look like? I would love for us to see money completely differently than we currently do. But, I am not holding my breath.
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Sharon McCann
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do Scientists Need to "Silence" un-Scientific or Subjective Debate to Protect Truth?
Science has always been an exclusive institution and those who posit argument against its orthodoxy have an uphill struggle to make their points. And this is partly as it should be. It should be hard to get scientific ideas out there. You should have to prove them. Chris Kelly (below) insists that the theory of evolution will fall to the root race theory. I am - shall we say - less than convinced. So let them posit it in scientific journals, let them prove their case. Let them do the work that it takes to get their EVIDENCE and PROOF accepted by the scientific community. At some point settled science is not a stagnant thing, it is a foundation. Foundations that are solid can be built upon, foundations that are ever shifting waste time and energy in endless building and rebuilding. Science IS dynamic and far reaching. But it is supposed to be science. There is a difference between science and philosophy. There is supposed to be!
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Sharon McCann
Posted almost 2 years ago
People always say, especially elderly people, 'trust nobody', means we have to distrust anyone first before assessing his trustworthiness?
The question and the comments are so very sad to me. Do people do things that hurt other people? Yes, of course they do. But, we have allowed ourselves to devolve to a land of no internal ethics, no sense of obligation to do the right thing by other people. Ayn Rand and the thinking behind game theory - all do whatever you want screw the other guy and the heck with tomorrow or the consequences has led us to this place. People are not currently trustworthy. So how do we fix it? Do we continue to tell people to assume the worst from the start? Do we really tell people to use game theory in their marriages? (We have game theory was used as a form of marital counseling for about a decade before people realized it was a disaster!) There are things very wrong in our society. Becoming part of the problem by becoming cynical and bitter will not fix it and it certainly will not make you any happier. Learn the balance. Trust, but don't be a patsy. Love because in the end that is really all there is. Learn from your hurts, don't live in them.
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Sharon McCann
Posted almost 2 years ago
Do Scientists Need to "Silence" un-Scientific or Subjective Debate to Protect Truth?
I disagree. See? My opinion is as worthy as yours is it not? But, is my opinion as worthy as the facts shown through rigorous scientific method? I think not. Science is fighting for its life these days as more and more people have decided for themselves, based on no knowledge whatsoever, that they can debate settled points of science. This is not healthy scientific debate, its nonsense and makes us an illiterate society hell bent on causing ourselves more damage than not. When high school science teachers have to hold meetings to discuss that they will be teaching evolution we have reached a crisis point.