Kevin Karam

Orland Park, IL, United States

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Kevin Karam
Posted 3 months ago
Elora Hardy: Magical houses, made of bamboo
This is truly incredible! And it will challenge alot of what we think of as "luxurious." Over the long term, combustible energy will be a threatening force in a city built of bamboo. (Will the villages even grow into what we consider a modern day city?) I think of the Chicago's Great Fire of 1871, or the Great Fire of London. There is no way you can use this type of material in conjunction with modern sources of energy. There are solar panels in at the Greenschool, so energy is not produced through burning, but the transmission of that electricity (if still done by AC/DC currents) pose a great threat as wires decay and the grid requires upkeep. I think that's the next challenge, updating methods of energy transmission. (Nikola Tesla, anyone?)
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Kevin Karam
Posted over 2 years ago
Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice
Bryan, thank you so much. I have been pondering from a political perspective what is the common principle that allows one to consistently hold the beliefs of the major political parties? IE Republican Pro-Death Penalty - Anti-Abortion; Democrat Anti-Death Penalty - Pro-Abortion. Your question "Do we deserve to kill?" is the consistent principle. Obviously, if you apply this question you see that both parties logically contradict themselves; and so for me, to maintain an identity of consistency and non-contradictory beliefs, this is the answer to my pondering: "Do we deserve to kill?" Thank you again.
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Kevin Karam
Posted almost 3 years ago
What if, in a fine morning, you learn, "There's nothing called God"!
Yes, we are all only humans and without the benefit of omniscience; however, I do not agree that lacking such perfect faculty null-and-voids the endeavor of understanding God. God made us in His image and likeness, even if He is fictitious, (which I highly doubt for personal reasons I'll disclose soon), wouldn't you rather aim or life and behavior at perfection than anything less? When I said Catholicism came first, I meant as opposed to Protestantism. I correct myself, Historically, other religions came first the origins of which we may never know (what of Neanderthals or our direct ancestors in their nomadic/"caveman" age) ; however, there is an interesting progression leading into Jesus Christ: I allude specifically to Socrates, without him and Aristotle, some of the Philosophies/teachings of Jesus would never have caught on with the Gentiles. It is an interesting set-up. Now here comes my cornerstone, my reason I believe in God. Without this simple fact, I would become atheist. You speak of religion as a whole and many gods. I want to address what they all have in common (except for one, I know you saw that coming, hehe), namely each god has a name. I don't know many, but even reckoning all the way to the Mesopotamians, their god's had names. One common belief that to a certain extent remains today is that when you know the name of something or someone, you can call upon it to perform favors or bend it to your will. This was a strong belief in Ancient Egypt. Moses was raised as an Egyptian and would have held the same belief. So when he was met with the burning bush, quite frankly he had no interest in listening to it, that is to return to Egypt. He tried all that he could to evade the demands of this phenomenon. But ultimately the fire called God won. Why? The last question Moses asks of the immolation is "Whom shall I say sent me?" This was a trick. Moses believed, if he knew the name of the entity before him, he could control it. (Continued...)
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Kevin Karam
Posted almost 3 years ago
What if, in a fine morning, you learn, "There's nothing called God"!
Obey, Atheism, is already headed down the path of becoming its own religion. Please watch the Ted video Atheism 2.0. http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/alain_de_botton_atheism_2_0.html It's adopting religious practices and it's only a matter of time it before it begins it's own form of "conversion" because atheist believe the world will be better place if we all have the se ideology. And who object will be persecuted.. It a circle. All this has happened before and it will happen again (and in less time, I theorize). My point is not so much about religion as much as it is about the development of ideologies. Atheism will eventually be guilty of the same atrocities of all major world religions. Why? Because nothing has changed in the development of the ideology. There will come a point that disention will be punishable by death. I cannot explain to you why I believe God is good because your understanding of the Bible is already wrong. No educated Theologian believes humanity began from two people. I have many objections to the statements you made in your last paragraph because some of your understanding is misguided and you obviously have not studied scripture. You cannot claim to have mastery over the subject inasmuch as I, an accountant, can opine on molecular biology. Finally, it is not religion that divides us, it's politicians that feed off division to make a mint that exacerbate it. You'll find more religions in themselves are tolerant, it is leaders who thrive off conflict (like a good theatrical performance) that cause us to be enemies.
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Kevin Karam
Posted almost 3 years ago
What if, in a fine morning, you learn, "There's nothing called God"!
Faisal, I want to thank you for your honesty. But I have objections. Firstly, it is obvious your knowledge of the Bible is limited since no educated Theologian actually believes humanity started from two people. Recall after Cain killed Able he ran away from Adam and Eve to another CITY! We're the couple running out at night and building civilizations and generations of people at night? Nope, they were already there... Creationism, if you'll notice comes mostly from extremists, not educated individuals. I implore you to speak with a Jesuit priest. In general, you are correct, but not really. Historically, Christianity came first, but Catholcism only became a sect once Protestestants needed to differentiate themselves after the revolution of the 16th century.. Recall "catholos" means "universal" in ancient Greek. Nothing mor Finally, the Bible is not like the Koran, (which I assume you might be more familiar with, please excuse me if I err), but God did not write it, He inspired it by allowing humans to experience His love and grace. Sadly, it can be subject to human influence.. Like, did you know the world ends twice in the Bible? (There's a reason for that...) Finally, please pardon error, I'm typing on a smart-phone. Tedious at best.
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Kevin Karam
Posted almost 3 years ago
What if, in a fine morning, you learn, "There's nothing called God"!
I feel you guys are traped in a diplaced notion that the world's natural state is chaos. Just to straighten this item: chaos is a matter of perception. Like garbage, one man's chaos is another mans paradise. (If you object, then why would anarchists love anarchy so much?) It seems to me that we only find nature to be "violent" because we can't tailor it to our personal tastes. Nature is 'x', we would perfer it to be 'y'. In the resistance nature provides during this transistion 'x to y', we find pain and suffering. Think of literally moving a mountain. As reasonably understood by seismology and shifting of techtonic plates, nature "willed" Mount Everest to be located in Tibet; but, I want a beauitful view of the Indian Ocean from Everst's peak. I hire countless men with shovels and excavators to begin the transplant. How many people do you think will be injured or die in this process? In response to "There's no point in proof or disproof": no offense is intended by this, but simply because one can't prove something is or is not true today does not deem it an unworthy endeavor. If this was the modus operandi of the day, we would still be gathering around Stonehenge dressed in pelts wolf-fang necklaces.
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Kevin Karam
Posted almost 3 years ago
What if, in a fine morning, you learn, "There's nothing called God"!
If we suddenly discovered there was no God, I don't think anything would change. One thing many people forget is that Jozeph Stalin was an atheist. He was much worse than Hitler with double the kill count. (The US called it the Cold War, but change your perspective to Poland, Georgia, the Stans, etc. and the war suddenly became excruiating.) Sadly, with our without God people are still people. With all our faults, ambitions and economical motivators, nothing will change. God has been maniuplated by charismatic people to move others to action. Whether to tithe or go to war, (it might begin to sound like "demcracy" in the US) it was not God who casued these things, it was man's manipulation of "what God wants for us" that causes us trouble. We are responsible for our societies suffering because it is us as a collective that turns a blind eye toward other's pain, not God. Is God necessary to live a nice life on earth? That depends on what and who you think God is. I am Catholic and I believe God to be everything: He is all knowing, all powerful, and all good, I am even willing to throw out all knowing and all powerful, but all good is quintessential. Forget the qualification of "nice": LIFE, period would not be possible without God. Whether it is nice, good, bad, miserable is dependant on you and the society in which you live, how you respond to that society, and what you do to help that society become what you believe it should be. Saying God is the root of pain is like a religious sinner saying "The devil made me do it". It is not a valid defence as you still have the will to act.
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Kevin Karam
Posted almost 3 years ago
Disagreeing with U.S. politics.
Rafael, now you know the power the special interests and "money". There is a status quo that must be maintained by those at the top to stay at the top. Perhaps you also realize that we have yet to reform or revolutionize the Mideval Fuedalist system?
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Kevin Karam
Posted almost 3 years ago
Disagreeing with U.S. politics.
I don't think that's necessary. We need a decentralization of news. The News and journalists were worth their gall when they were not a part of 24hr continuous coverage networks. Monsters like CNN and FOX News have destroyed the quality of reporting by essentially standardizing the product. We don't need to pay for news outside of newspaper/magazine subscriptions. The model from before cable network news worked just fine.
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Kevin Karam
Posted almost 4 years ago
Martin Rees: Is this our final century?
Two years later and will most likely go unnoticed, but Nathan, your comment reveals the lack of understand you have regarding WHAT Jesus was trying to do as a part of His time on earth/ministry. Rarely does Jesus tell people how they need to behave in a vaccume. Rather, His teachings mostly revolve around how people should behave in relation to other people or in a social setting. Follow this inoperable link below to another Ted talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/james_howard_kunstler_dissects_suburbia.html At this end of his talk, Mr. Kunstler makes a moral plug but his perspective is relative to the necessity of societal cooperation for the sake of creating an enduring civilization. Notice in his twenty second rant about calling ourselves consumers: obligaion, responsibitlity to our fellow man? Similar basic precpets to Jesus' teachings. Mr. Rees makes a similar claim although less focused in the regard of building civilizations. When persuing scientific exploits we need to be sensitive to possible outcomes and their effects on our fellow man. There might possibly be the need for "moral scientists" to evaluate certain experiements and their value to the society both on the good and bad sides. (Of course I don't believe any experienment, not without expcetion however, should go unexplored, but we should be aware and understand possible consequenses. A form of scientific/societal introspection, if you will.) Great talk, Mr. Rees, I'm curious about what was left out after the 13 min. cut-off. Either way, I don't think you can cut Jesus out simply because a religious group follows his teachings. Last I checked Al;Gore as a strong following, the only difference is we call him science, not religion.