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- Jimmy Carter
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Characters Faith: A Journey For All Jimmy Carter Ï 2 Download Review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Jimmy Carter Gether our parents were dominant and we children respected and obeyed them In fact I never deliberately disobeyed either of them It was my mother then my father in whom I had absolute faith Nowadays most Americans move around freuently and are exposed to many influences and our environments and customs are multifaceted But for me as a child there were just a few sources of knowledge about myself or any other people Our contacts with the world beyond our community were limited We didnt have running water or electricity in our house so time on the battery radio was restricted even on the rare evenings when we stayed up after dark On special nights keeping our eyes fixed on the radio we listened as a family to The Lone Ranger Little Orphan Annie Fibber McGee and Molly and Amos n Andy My parents would sometimes let me stay up until PM to hear Glenn Millers band playing the current musical hits for fifteen minutes That was all the outside world I knew In addition to my family and our close neighbors all African American I encountered other people just through school and the church in Plains Our prom parties which parents would support for entertainment and primarily to let boys and girls get acuainted in preparation for future marriages were orchestrated by the church Sunday mornings were for Sunday School and preaching at Plains Baptist Church where Daddy was a teacher and a deacon I remember vividly that after church we always had the best meal of the week usually fried chicken mashed potatoes hot biscuits and vegetables from our big garden followed by pies made from sweet potatoes or fruits of the season Afterward our activities were severely limited There were no stores open movies in the county seat were out of the uestion and shooting a gun or playing cards was prohibited Fishing in the nearby creek or pond was a close call but eventually it came to be permitted if done discreetly It would not have been appropriate however to walk down a public road with a fishing pole My mother and father played cards mostly bridge but certainly not on Sunday At the age of twelve when I was deemed old enough to drive a car by myself my sisters and I went back to the church on Sunday evenings for meetings of the Baptist Young Peoples Union BYPU This was very important because it was the BYPU that sponsored most of the teenage social events I need not go on since the picture is fairly clear It was a simple family centered deeply religious working existence with interracial labor and play on the farm with my black neighbors All the farmwork was done by humans or mules and we grew corn as the common fuel for both I imagine that except for the radio automobile and a hand cranked telephone our lives were uite similar to those of our great grandparents During those early years I witnessed the racial discrimination that still survived almost a hundred years after the end of the Civil War Mandatory segregation of black and white citizens was supported and enforced at least in the Southeastern United States by state and federal laws and was not uestioned by anyone of influence that I knew The only person who paid no attention to these racial customs was my mother and she treated everyone the same because I presumed she was a registered nurse and a member of the medical profession When I was a child all my friends and playmates were African American and the one who was preeminent at any time was whoever had caught the biggest fish killed the most rabbits or could run faster jump higher or pick the most cotton in a day When I rode to our county seat with one of my playmates we always sat in different railroad cars and at separate levels in the movie theater attended different schools and churches and I knew that white students rode in buses and black students walked to and from school I do not remember knowing that only white adults were permitted to vote and to serve on juries My first awareness of how segregation affected me and my friends was when my playmates and I were about twelve years old when we were leaving the field and approaching the barn through what we called the pasture gate The two black boys stood back to let me pass and I presumed there was a trip wire there or some other reason for them to want me to go through first Only much later did I realize that their parents had probably told them it was time for them to defer to me in some way In a poem I wrote as an adult I said We only saw it vaguely then but we were transformed at that place A silent line was drawn between friend and friend race and race The next event that affected me directly was when I was a submarine officer and President Harry Truman ordained as commander in chief that all our military forces and the US Civil Service end racial segregation There was no trouble in implementing this command and all of us on the ship saw the advantages gained by both black and white members of the crew When our family returned home from the navy in this commitment to racial euality had become a part of our lives My father taught me that there should be a strict divide between religion and politics and he also resented very deeply any intrusion of state or federal laws into our private affairs I remember that Daddy opposed changing our clocks from Gods sun time to daylight saving time and although a staunch Democrat in other elections he never voted for Franklin D Roosevelt after because the New Deal agricultural program provided to stabilize farm prices that half grown pigs shoats should be slaughtered and that part of our growing crops of cotton and peanuts had to be plowed up For many years afterward Daddy recalled how difficult it was to force a trained mule to walk on top of a planted row to plow it up instead of in the middle to cultivate I guess that today he would be known as a libertarian When I look back on my life I can see how startling the changes have been Eric Hoffer the self educated longshoreman and philosopher described the years during my childhood as a time of hope and the time of my adulthood as a time of desire I knew the Great Depression years to be a time of hope when the economic situation in America was so bad that everyone believed it could only improve when things became plentiful we tended to want not only what we already had but also what everyone else had Both at my presidential inauguration and when receiving the Nobel Peace Prize I uoted my favorite teacher Miss Julia Coleman who summarized her advice on how to accommodate the uncertainties in our future We must welcome changing times but cling to principles that never change I would say that cling to meant have faith in I have thought often about Miss Julias advice over the years and especially during some of the most trying times of my life when I had to decide which enduring principles should be applied to a particular event or situation and sometimes I use it in my church and college classes and in counseling people who are distressed about current crises that we have to face Today of course family life even in the small Plains community is uite different Some activities that were once strictly concealed in our proper society are probably noprevalent but are now out in the open Divorce has become acceptable even for active church members Without trying to analyze it too deeply I see that one o.
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Characters Faith: A Journey For All Jimmy Carter Ï 2 Download Review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Jimmy Carter F the most significant changes is the relationship between young people and their parents My siblings and I had an intimate and subservient relationship with our parents until we left home but now the ties are substantially broken during the early teen years no matter how much parents want to retain a strong influence over their growing children The outside world is a muchpowerful factor in life with the availability of rapid transportation television social media and particularly a broader circle of friends and possibly rivals or adversaries whose influence often exceeds that of immediate families But perhaps just as many in todays world would still like to have certain faith in a core of principles that do not change Where do we turn now when there is a moral uestion to be answered What things in the twenty first century are the same as they were eighty years ago We still need a permanent foundation on which our lives can be fashioned Without a central core of beliefs or standards in which to have faith and by which to live we may never experience the challenge and excitement of seeking a greater life We will have ceased to grow like Jesus strong he was filled with wisdom and the grace of God was on him Luke We must accommodate lifes challenges some welcome and others uite painful but we dont want the verities of our lives to change We need to have something unshakable in which to have faith like a mothers lovesomething that cant be changed or destroyed by war political events the loss of a loved one lack of success in business a serious illness or failure to realize our own ambitions We need some foundation on which we can build a predictable and dependable existence This cannot always be found in either our nations laws or our social customs I would like to say as an American who has been president that the cherished values of our country are constant but they are not There are always powerful forces that work against the idealistic principles of peace truthfulness euality justice and even hospitality freedom and friendship There is a lot of secret maneuvering that is never understood or even known by the public and a great deal of unpublicized change in the interpretation of laws or the passage of new ones Some laws violate what seem to be accepted principles and create serious divisions within our society Also almost every major religious faithCatholic Jewish Protestant Islamicis divided over controversial secular issues like abortion gay rights the role of women in society or even female clothing But despite the confusion and controversy in secular affairs and among religious organizations the basic principles Ive just mentioned have never changed These are the foundation for our faith People have always tried to improve their own lives through communal living and the evolution of secular laws and rules considered to be beneficial at least to a dominant portion of them So far as I know a concerted worldwide effort to encapsulate high ideals into a common agreement has been made only once and included the nations who had been victorious or at least neutral in World War II This common agreement is known as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights I remember that I followed the United Nations proceedings in San Francisco very closely as a member of the US Navy either as a midshipman at Annapolis or from a battleship in the Atlantic Ocean The key nations that founded the UN in October were the Big FourChina the Soviet Union the United Kingdom and the United Statesand they were joined by forty seven others The overriding objective was to prevent further armed conflicts afterthan million people had been killed in the war and to agree on a set of peace incentives that could prevent warfare among future potential disputants For many complex reasons the United Nationss primary goal of preserving peace has not been reached Since that time the military forces of our own country have been involved in conflict withthan twenty other nations in wars that cost the lives of million people and the potential for further military engagements remains As of November the United States military forces were actively engaged in Afghanistan Ira Syria Yemen Niger Somalia Jordan and Thailand Andrew Bacevich a retired colonel who lost a son in Ira made an accurate comment A collective indifference to war has become an emblem of contemporary America One major reason for our citizens lack of concern about warfare is that most families are not directly affected by these conflicts since the burden of combat now falls on just the percent of Americans who serve in the military To live in peace is only one of the key human rights and in December when the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights it described these principles in thirty brief articles To the best of their ability those who drafted this declaration extracted the highest moral and ethical ideals of the worlds great religions and expressed them in secular terms that could be understood by lawmakers and private citizens of all nations The Universal Declaration promised to all people the economic social political cultural and civic rights that underpin a life free from discrimination want and fear As with the United Nationss promise of sustained peace these promises of human rights have not been realized It seems that there is a steady reduction in the number of things in which we can have faith We know that evolution is a global process usually progressive that results from the adaptation of living organisms to natural selection and sudden mutations I believe it has been Gods plan to evolve human beings and that after thousands of centuries we now find ourselves uniuely endowed with an understanding of who and what we are and have the knowledge and freedom to help shape our own destiny This freedom to help in affecting our future evolution is a great challenge and opportunity and it is our inherited duty to contribute to moral and spiritual advancement It is sobering to realize that the average human intelligence has probably not changed appreciably during the last ten thousand years In fact the total capacity of the brains of Neanderthals has been found to be greater than that of modern humans We also know that the process of learning has greatly accelerated during recent times with our improved ability to share information rapidly For the first time we have become aware that our own existence is threatened by things such as nuclear weapons and global warming These recognized threats are perhaps already an ongoing test of our human intelligence our freedom and our ability to shape our own destiny The human challenge now is to survive by having sustained faith in each other and in the highest common moral principles that we have spasmodically evolved and through mutual understanding and peaceful cooperation in addressing the discerned challenges to our common existence It is urgent that humans take a new look at the rapidly growing need for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the Ten Commandments the Koran or the teachings of Jesus Christ and to see if these visions of improved human interrelationships might be used to meet the challenges of the present moment and evolve a future of peaceful coexistence based on faith in each othe.Characters Faith: A Journey For All
Characters Faith: A Journey For All Jimmy Carter Ï 2 Download Review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter was the thirty ninth President of the United States serving from to In he and his wife founded The Carter Center a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in He is the author of thirty books including A Full Life Reflections at Ninety A Call to Action Women Religion Violence and Power An Hour Before Daylight Memoirs of a Rural Boyhood and Our Endangered Values Americas Moral CrisisFaith INTRODUCTION Living faith always involves love Richard Niebuhr Faith without works is not faith at all but a simple lack of obedience to God Dietrich Bonhoeffer The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love Galatians The issue of faith arises in almost every area of human existence so it is important to understand its multiple meanings For many of us a uestion that needs to be answered is Am I a person of faith The answer is almost always affirmative In this book my primary goal is to explore the broader meaning of faith its far reaching effect on our lives and its relationship to past present and future events in America and around the world I also emphasize the religious aspects of faith since this is how the word is most often used and I have included a description of the ways my own faith has guided and sustained me as well as how it has challenged and driven me to seek a closer and better relationship with people and with God Faith in both its religious and broader dimensions influences our individual and communal lives our lives in religion and our lives in government and in secular affairs The most important element of faith ever imposed on me and on another person simultaneously involved the threat of the total elimination of human life on earth by a nuclear war with the Soviet Union My ultimate responsibility as President of the United States was to defend my country against a military attack and I learned soon after my election that we and the Soviets had enough atomic weapons in our arsenals to destroy each other and that the resulting radiation and other collateral damage would kill most of the rest of the worlds population This was a constant haunting realization that dominated my conscious hours during my term in officeand I shared the responsibility with Leonid Brezhnev President of the Soviet Union Our common goal of course was to avoid a nuclear war Brezhnev and I had to have faith in ourselves and in each other Every decision I made was affected by this threat and it still exists as the same responsibility is passed on from one president to the next We face many issues within which religion politics and private matters tend to mix sometimes explosively creating sharp divisions among us in our private and public lives and between and within religious denominations It is increasingly difficult to keep issues of religion and government separate as even the purely religious issues are routinely addressed by politiciansand vice versa I have confronted the separation of government and religion from both directions I think often of the strong reaction of our visiting revival preacher in my mothers home when I decided to run for the state senate back in He asked me How can you as a Christian a deacon and a Sunday School teacher become involved in the dirty business of politics Without thinking I gave him a smart aleck response I will have people in my senate district How would you like to have a congregation that big I believe nowthan then that Christians are called to plunge into the life of the world and to inject the moral and ethical values of our faith into the processes of governing At the same time there must be an absolute prohibition against granting any control by government over our religious freedoms More recently since our years in the White House I have tended to move away from politics and toward religion but the two are still related There is no doubt that my having been a national political leader is what attracts most visitors to my Bible classes and it is clear to me that many of these worshippers are eager to help shape our nations political agenda In a speech to my fellow Baptists in I tried to explain the duality of my personal responsibilities as a president and a Christian Thomas Jefferson in the original days of our country said he was fearful that the church might influence the state to take away human liberty Roger Williams who created the first Baptist church in America was afraid that the church might be corrupted by the state These concerns led to our Constitutions First Amendment which prohibits the establishment of any official state religion and in the same sentence prohibits the passing of any laws that might interfere with religious freedom Separation is specified in the law but for a religious person there is nothing wrong with bringing these two together because you cant divorce religious beliefs from public service At the same time of course in public office you cannot impose your own religious beliefs on others In my office at the White House I have to deal with many domestic and international problems peace freedom nuclear explosives the sale of weapons terrorism rapidly expanding populations without adeuate food But this isthan a list of political problems These are also moral problems for you and me because they violate the very precepts of God in which we believe I want our country to be strong enough in all elements military and otherwise so we never have to prove we are strong Reinhold Niebuhr in his book Moral Man and Immoral Society pointed out the difference between a society and a people The expectations from a person are a much higher standard A person should have as our goal complete agape self sacrificial love The most we can expect from a society is to institute simple justice So we as people have to do better particularly if we are blessed with the opportunity to demonstrate our worth Leaders also must be careful not to be too timid A country will have authority and influence because of moral factors not its military strength because it can be humble and not blatant and arrogant because our people and our country want to serve others and not dominate others And a nation without morality will soon lose its influence around the world What are the goals of a person or a denomination or a country They are all remarkably the same a desire for peace a need for humility for examining ones faults and turning away from them a commitment to human rights in the broadest sense of the words based on a moral society concerned with the alleviation of suffering because of deprivation or hatred or hunger or physical affliction and a willingness even an eagerness to share ones ideals ones faith with others to translate love in a person to justice I was brought up in a family that was stable cohesive and remarkably isolated from the outside world except for the small community of Plains Georgia Home was our unchangeable haven in times of pain or pleasure There was no doubt that my father made the final decisions but we all knew that Mamas influence and opinions were always major factors in the management of our family There were certain aspects of life particularly in the running of the household and the raising of my sisters that were almost exclusively my mothers purview To.