Religions Origins in Humanity

Posted in Uncategorized on September 6, 2010 by thelongshot
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An ancient Mesopotamian creation story recounts the struggle between cosmic order and chaos entitled, The Enuma Elish. The story was recited at cultural ceremonies including the ancient Babylonian New Year’s festival. The Enuma Elish is written in Akkadian and stars Marduk, the patron deity of Babylon. Interestingly in ancient Sumer centuries earlier there was a similar version of this story with different heroes but with nearly the same ambitious myth of the cycle of seasons. Ironically enough, both of these stories pre-date the biblical passages of the similar narrative in Genesis. In contemporary intellectual thinking there are many historians who believe that the Genesis account was simply a rewriting of the Babylonian version. (1) A few examples of the similarities include, in both, the creation of man is followed by divine rest, also they both describe the world as formless and empty in the beginning, and the sequence of creation is similar: light, firmament, dry land, luminaries, and man. Regardless of the stories origins, I believe that moral tales are important to every society to help reinforce core beliefs and standards. If every human feared something or someone supernatural then they would be more likely to think twice about how his or her decisions affect others. This reinforcement can lead to healthier and stronger relationships with a diverse and broad range of individuals and groups alike.

The value of such stories, in my opinion are priceless in the realm of humanities because while religion is just a subset of the study of the human condition, it seems it is what guides us as humans the most. It is amazing to me how faith in a divine spirit can change and improve a mass of peoples outlook on life and humanity in general. It is a fascinating subject that ultimately we spend our whole lives looking for answers only to find out that life is really about the journey, what we learn, and how we help others along the way.


*(1) — paragraph 1,2,3.

Ryan C Stith


Road Trip

Posted in Uncategorized on September 4, 2010 by thelongshot
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West Palm Beach, Florida —

Just got back in to town from a quick suicide road trip to West Palm Beach and back. Got to make a stop at the beach briefly and it was amazing. First walking down the trail to  the beach we came across an amazing spot that looked like something straight off of a post-card. Two palm trees in the sand on either side with the dark orange waning crescent moon hanging in the distance. Pure tranquility. I am only sad for not being able to stay longer. The crash of the waves was more than peaceful. It’s amazing how something like than can take away pain and ease stress. It was a fairly simple trip, traffic was light which was a little surprising considering it is labor day weekend. There was a lot of traffic headed north probably for the Gator game today.  Anyway, it’s time to hit the books. Humanities for the win. I will be back later with more!

Classes begin.

Posted in blog, fitness, football, general, sports with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by thelongshot
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Another semester is here. New classes, new learning experiences. Whatever.

Just another semester or two and I will be done here in Gainesville (thank god).

I know you have to be sick of my Gainesville bashing, but it’s true. This place really does suck. Everyone seems to be superficial and is so intertwined in their own little world they can’t see outside their bubble. It’s a shame because there is so much life bustling about , yet I feel like I am alone when I walk these streets.

I’m just a few blocks away from Ben Hill Griffin stadium, I should be going to a few games so that should be fun. I live one street over from sorority row, so I guess that I really can’t complain that much. I digress.

Football season is rapidly approaching. It’s looking a little worrisome for my New York Giants who seem to be struggling to find their identity since the departure of Michael Strahan. And then there was Tiki Barber’s sudden bombastic announcement mid-season of his wish to retire to enter the exciting world of sports  broadcasting. Ooh La La. The team hasn’t been the same since. We do have a new defensive coordinator that looks promising, Perry Fewell could be the longterm man for the job. We’ll see Monday October 25th in Dallas when the G-Men take on the Cowgirls. If we can hang with Dallas’s Defensive line and make plays then we can play with the best teams in the league.

So I’m taking International Relations, Introduction to Humanities, Integrated Algebra, and Fundamentals of Speech. Going to be busy the next few months. Work with me here!


Posted in blog, general with tags , , , , , , , on August 29, 2010 by thelongshot
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Response to PURE STOOPID… by Ryan C Stith

Ryan Christian-Harris Stith It seems we’re bankrupt because of laziness on the part of not only politicians but our citizens as well. We are the ones responsible for holding elected officials accountable. All of these are great sound bytes but the fact is if we go back far enough we were all “illegal aliens“. I’m sure Native Americans would have offered social services to the incoming Europeans too, had they not been raped and pillaged by our ancestors that now claim “right” to this land. We have to go back further than two-hundred years to understand why our government is so backward.

And now for the #1 reason our nation and economy is bankrupt……. DRUM ROLL PLEASE>>>>>>

$750,156,530,883 (and counting) spent on an erroneous war in Iraq brought on by fear mongering in Washington, and laziness on the part of our people to ask the tough questions BEFORE we start bombing cities.

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by Prince Eric Edward on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 10:38am

Informative, and mind boggling!

i mean this is pure STUPID!

people in other countries are executed, put in hard labor camps, or deported for entering a country illegally.

in the ol’usa the weak government and current presidential line up will do nothing to fix this. they will however ridicule the people of AZ for trying to fix a real CRISIS! while they chase down sick piggies that have the flu and spend retarded amounts of money PROTECTING us from them….

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.
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2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

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3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
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4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

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5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

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6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

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7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

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8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

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9. $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

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10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US .

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13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.

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14.. ‘The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States .’
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Lauren Renee Zimmerman Dang… these numbers are ridiculous.
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Doug Long don’t worry, we’re too big to fail! lol
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Prince Eric Edward Yeah right….its a sinking ship…
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Alone In This World

Posted in blog, general with tags on August 28, 2010 by thelongshot

Am I the only one out there that feels like they are wandering through this life aimlessly all alone, even with masses of drone-like people surrounding.

Yoga X time!

Posted in blog, diet, fitness, football, general, p90x, sports with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2010 by thelongshot

It’s Saturday, and I am about the do my Yoga workout. Do you want to know more about P90X? Let me know. I officially begin the P90X Training program on September 1st. I am just getting my body in the habit of such an extreme workout. If you don’t know about P90X yet I suggest you check out the website at

Football tryouts for the Florida Falcons are coming up in just a few weeks. I really have to be prepared. If anyone in the Gainesville area wants to play some football or workout, then hit me up. Check out the Florida Falcons website at,

Until next time.

Getting it together

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2010 by thelongshot
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For Real! Working hard to get into shape as well as getting the rest of my life in order. I’m going to try and post as often as possible. I will keep you filled in on my progress dealing with my diet, health, training, and tryouts in October for Florida Falcons football. I have been invited by Coach Justin Moses to tryout for the team. Season starts in January, so I have plenty of time to get back to 100%.

I am starting P90X on September 1st. Just got it today and I am ready to start. I will upload my progress to that here as well. Feel free to leave me a comment if you have questions or complaints. Until next time!!!!!!