Making Amends for all that Crap You Pulled this Year

October 2, 2012

in Featured Articles, Personal, Religion

As some of you know, it was Yom Kippur recently, the holiest day of the year in Judaism.  It’s a day you spend sitting in synagogue at one of the five continuous services reflecting on your actions over the past year and trying to ignore the desire to go eat something, or go do anything that isn’t spending eight straight hours  recalling all the times you were just a dick to someone. Yom Kippur is a time when you stop thinking about what people have done to you to justify your behaviour, or who was right or wrong, but what you, and you alone, did.

Religion gets  a bad rep, but I wanted to post what I always found to be the most powerful (and guilt-inducing) prayer recited in my synagogue on Yom Kippur, one that I tend to think of throughout the year when I’ve messed up. By the time you reach Yom Kippur, you’re supposed to have  already gone and tried to make up with people, and the day is just the forgiving bit. But I hope that some of you might find Al Cheyt, as it’s known, a useful reminder to consider the impact that you may have had on the lives of others, and and a pointed prompt to go make amends.

Just saying “sorry” will get you quite far with most people.  :-)

Happy new year!

 

For the sin we have committed before You for foolish speech
And for the sin we have committed before You by misusing our minds.

For the sin we have committed before You by the demands of business.
And the sin we have committed before You by using violence.

For the sin we have committed before You by bribery.
And for all the sins we have committed before You by compulsion.

For all these sins, forgiving God, forgive us, pardon us, grant us atonement.

For the sin we have committed before You by speaking slander.
And for the sin we have committed before You by showing contempt.

For the sin we have committed before You by financial greed.
And for the sin we have committed before You by tempting others.

For the sin we have committed before You by gossip.
And for all the sins we have committed before You by choice.

For all these sins, forgiving God, forgive us, pardon us, grant us atonement.

For the sin we have committed before You by plotting against others.
And for the sin we have committed before You by hard-heartedness.

For the sin we have committed before You by being arrogant.
And for the sin we have committed before You by giving in to despair.

For the sin we have committed before You by giving way to our own evil.
And for all the sins we have committed before You secretly.

For all these sins, forgiving God, forgive us, pardon us, grant us atonement.

For the sin we have committed before You by over-eating and -drinking.
And for the sin we have committed before You by hurting others

For the sin we have committed before You by rejecting parents and teachers.
And for the sin we have committed before You by misusing sex.

For the sin we have committed before You by allowing ourselves to be used for evil.
And for all the sins we have committed before You openly.

For all these sins, forgiving God, forgive us, pardon us, grant us atonement.

For the sin we have committed before You by hatred without cause.
And for the sin we have committed before You by envy.

For the the sin we have committed before You by betraying trust.
And for the sin we have committed before You by false pride.

For the sin we have committed before You by judging others too readily.
And for all the sins we have committed before You unconsciously.

For all these sins, forgiving God, forgive us, pardon us, grant us atonement.

For the sin we have committed before You by fraud and falsehood.
And for the sin we have committed before You by perjury.

For the sin we have committed before You by despising You.
And for the sin we have committed before You by denying our religious duty.

For the sin we have committed before You by insincere confession of sin.
And for all the sins we have committed before You consciously.

For all these sins, forgiving God, forgive us, pardon us, grant us atonement.

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Sarah Martin October 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

Thank you. Your words even calm down atheists. Good rules should apply to all of us but I’m satisfied with it being most of us. We can’t have everything.

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sarah October 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Thanks Sarah. :)

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PCC Voter November 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I know you don’t want anything to do with Clear, as was evident with your part in the recent Peter Reynolds Hate Campaign, but can you please put your differences to one side for a few weeks and look at how the Cannabis Reform community can join together to use the P.C.C. elections to some advantage.

Please see the article on Clears website about what they are doing re:PCC.

hxxp://www.clear-uk.org/police-and-crime-commissioner-elections-a-chance-to-make-a-difference/

Whilst it would be nice, I do not expect you to work with them, but at least can you consider doing something similar and working towards the same goals.

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sarah November 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Not my fault that Peter Reynolds decided to conduct a Hate Campaign against numerous people. We’ve been on the PCC issue a lot longer than CLEAR, and we already have a load of responses. They are welcome to subsume their campaign into ours if they would like.

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PCC Voter November 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Sarah, please can you let us know how to find your stuff on PCC you mentioned.

It doesn’t seem to jump out at readers on either your Blog, or the Norml-UK website.

People need to be aware of what you are doing on this and who is pro-reform in their area.

Campaigning by stealth will not achieve anything.

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Brian November 1, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I think NORML UK would lose a lot of support and credibility if it had anything to do with Reynolds or CLEAR. I understand why Release, Transform, SSDP, LEAP and NORML UK will quite rightly not touch Reynolds with a 10 foot barge poll, his politics are offensive and the way he treats medicinal users of cannabis is quite despicable.

Stay away from Reynolds, he is toxic.

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PCC Voter November 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm

You may not like him, but Clear is the party of choice for many non-users who want reform but, for obvious reasons, don’t fit in with the cannabis social clubs.

If you don’t like Peter or Clear then that is your choice, but instead of belittling yourself with your continued hate campaign, try and do something positive to effect change. As I suggested earlier ” I do not expect you to work with them, but at least can you consider doing something similar and working towards the same goals. “.

If Sarah’s claims that “We’ve been on the PCC issue a lot longer than CLEAR, and we already have a load of responses” are true, then that’s fantastic news, and apart from having a ‘we did it first’ feel to it, is a move in the right direction. All we need now is for the public to be made aware of what has been found out about each candidate.

This could be an opportunity where real change could come about.
Why can’t you just rise above your own hatred and bitterness and embrace this opportunity like an adult ?

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Kristin November 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

NORML UK will not have anything to do with someone as bigoted and hostile as Peter Reynolds. His views contravene our inclusion and non discrimination policy. We also do not agree in the slightest with their plans to ban personal grows in favour of a corporate monopoly on cannabis production. We absolutely cannot and will not support such a destructive and discriminatory plan.

If you honestly believe the cannabis community’s refusal to work with CLEAR and Reynolds is based on our “bitterness”, and not self preservation and serious ideological differences, you are woefully misinformed.

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PCC Voter November 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Which of his views do you find most offensive ? Was it when he objected to the deviants in the fashion industry that are sexually attracted to children?, that do so much harm for the LGBT community, that Sarah somehow decided was an attack against Gay men, and used for her to start a hate campaign ?

Was it the fact that Clear want to end the free for all that puts children at the mercy of pushers ?

Please enlighten us.

I read the websites of all the different pro-reform groups, including Clear, and the anti-Clear coalition made up of posters on this site, UK420 & Norml-UK.

The same names keep popping up time and time again on the anti-clear trio, and the thing is I only ever see one side repeatedly preaching hatred of the other.
The real odd thing is that the side that has a blogger preaching love, peace, forgiveness and other religious values , is the one preaching hate.

And what is your nonsense about wanting to ban personal grows ?
As far as I have read, Clear if pushing for :-

Medical users to have all the cannabis they require from their doctor on prescription. No need to grow their own.No need to buy from a dealer. Simply collect a ready made prescription such as bedrocan every couple of months.

An end to the Cannabis farms that are damaging our communities and putting children at risk.

The right to grow your own plants without fear of persecution or prosecution.

A legally available licensed market product, retailed in a controlled manner, similar to alcohol is now, for those that do not want to grow their own, and done in such a way as to protect our children.

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