My comment on an answer to What are some great chicken dishes?

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My comment on an answer to What are some great chicken dishes? :

My comment on an answer to What are some great chicken dishes?

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Inuit stone carving of a seal

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This very tactile and charming Inuit carving was given to Anthony J Sargeant by a dear friend when he was working in Hamilton Ontario in 1978. (it is 5 inches in length)

This tactile carving was a gift to Anthony Sargeant from a dear friend in 1978.

This tactile carving was a gift to Anthony Sargeant from a dear friend in 1978.

Side view of Inuit carving

Base with markings of Inuit carving

How can humanity stop being a threat to itself?

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Answer by Anthony Sargeant:

Why should it stop being a "threat" to itself?
If one takes that to mean the "threat" that the animal species which we call homo sapiens might become extinct. Plenty of other species have become extinct over time – sometimes simply because they have become trapped in an evolutionary cul-de-sac (the Giant Panda is heading that way in our present age).
Homo sapiens are just another animal species which might destroy itself in one way or another. In the absence of homo sapiens other animal species would survive, some would thrive and new ones would arise.

How can humanity stop being a threat to itself?

If I sin and immediately die, will I lose my salvation?

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Answer by Anthony Sargeant:

It may be flippant but to quote from Schiller (I think) "God will forgive me that is what he does for a living".

However more seriously and more important for modern women and men is to understand and accept that when you die you die. There is no hereafter – 'out there' or 'up there' – heaven, hell, and limbo, purgatory and all the rest are human constructs necessary to give meaning, consolation, and social control to human societies. In passing such constructs also help to ensure the survival of the gene – the specific tribal gene that is (see e.g. Richard Dawkins).

Perhaps we need the poet to enshrine the truth (in this case Sacherevell Sitwell – Agamemnon's Tomb)

There's nothing, nothing, nothing, not a breath beyond …..
The heart is not a clock,
                       it will not wind again,
The dead are but dead,
                      there is no use for them,
They neither care, nor care not,
                      they are only dead.

If I sin and immediately die, will I lose my salvation?