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I'm Charles Shaughnessy and Here's A Thought for Thursday, 8.28 a #ThrowBackThursday wrap up show!

Wow! Thank you all you THOUGHTERS!!!

I have reached my one month of "Here's A Thought" shows on TradioV! We have decided to have every fourth show be a wrap up of the previous 3 shows to address some of the things that I couldn't get to.  You can watch the whole show here by clicking on this photo below.  It was some pretty heady stuff and I hope you will leave your comments in the blog comment section below!

I wanted to do some thank you shout outs to our talented in house cartoonist Janne Nordvang from Norway.  She has a blog where you can learn about Janne and her family and see all of her wonderful creations.  You just need to read it in, or translate it out of Norwegian!

And a special shout out to my producer and social media guru Janelle Glickman and her three fairy godmothers Theresa Martin in Colorado, Eileen-Rita Folwell in Auckland, New Zeland,  & LeAnne Powell in Florida who make up her Team Charlie!  They have been invaluable in helping with all things social media for many, many years.

Theresa, Eileen-Rita, Janelle, Barrington & LeAnne

Our heartfelt thank you again to ALL of you who donated to my Kickstarter campaign.  I am so thrilled to call of you my original 'Thoughters.'  


*ADDITIONAL COMMENT FROM Charles Shaughnessy31 August, 2014 12:45
*ADDITIONAL COMMENT FROM charles shaughnessy02 September, 2014 15:08


  1. I love the idea of every fourth show being a Throwback show. Hopefully, in future Throwback shows, you will be able to get to the phone or tweets more often.
    I love what you said about us being "star stuff"! A question: Did you ever watch a show called Babylon 5? If not, you should as it says the same thing. It was something that I really loved way back, when I first watched the show, 20 years ago (so hard to believe!) and still love it now. I do think that the molecules inside us are the same molecules that make up the Universe.
    I am not so sure about morality being a problem. I can see that it is different from ethics and that it is possible to be one and not the other. I think though, they usually go together. George Washington had a series of rules that he lived by, which were called his Manners and Morals. I think, if you lived by his morals completely, you would be,morally and ethically, a good person.
    My last point goes to "critical thinking". So important! At my school, we teach, or try to teach, critical thinking from an early age. If mastered, it is something that will help people think and question everything they hear or read and not just accept things as the truth!
    I have enjoyed each show very much and really hope in future shows, you will be able to interact with more of us either by Twitter, phone calls, or right here on the blog. Keep up the good work and I look forward to every new show!

    1. Thank you for teaching critical thinking! That is something that is lacking among a lot of college students that I see.

    2. I agree Sharon, I don't see Morals as being bad either. I see Ethics as 'external rules' set by society, and Morals as "internal rules" set by spiritual beliefs. Some things in life are legal or "acceptable", that *for me personally* would be immoral. That does NOT give me the right to scream at others for doing things that are spiritually wrong for me! So many have been turned off by just that behavior. I think the 10 Commandments works pretty well, as a basic ethical guideline.

  2. Oh! Forgot to add that I love Dixie's Midnight Runners!

  3. Charlie, I commend you for being willing to explain your religious beliefs and interpretation of the origins of mankind. Too many times people attack those whose beliefs are different from their own (occasionally leading to wars over religion) and are not willing to appreciate contrasting viewpoints. Everyone brings their own experiences (good and bad) to the table when discussions are held about the origins of the world, politics, religion, etc., and we must accept the fact that people are different and not denigrate them when they hold different beliefs or have been turned off of religion because they have seen what damage has been done in the name of God. For instance, one message I get from watching “The Spirit Game” is that sometimes people mock those whose religious beliefs are dissimilar from their own when they really should appreciate differences, no matter how difficult it might be (although sometimes a healthy skepticism isn’t a bad thing). It certainly doesn’t advance the discussion when people’s beliefs—or lack thereof—are challenged because they vary from what is perceived to be the norm, and it is even more disheartening when people who call themselves religious decide that their way of worship is the only acceptable way, and everyone else is wrong. Life would be pretty boring if we all thought alike; we need to appreciate diversity instead of opposing it.

    1. I agree Karen. If people from all religions, could accept the beliefs of others, we would eliminate a lot of the current issues in the world today!

  4. I've left my comment about the TBT Show on your precedent post...

  5. Thanks for a great show, as always, and I loved the shout-outs to some dear friends of mine. Wish you'd stop saying "tree of knowledge" instead of the correct "tree of knowledge of good and evil" though! Like you said on "H'wood Journal", check your facts! ;-)
    I don't agree that the "little old lady who threw a grenade at the unarmed German soldiers on their way to the movies" wasn't a heroine. Most of us call those gentlemen NAZIS(and not sure they were EVER unarmed). That woman had seen those soldiers storm into her village, force unarmed people out of their homes and onto trains for the camps, take the best food for themselves and give scraps to the citizens,etc. The Nazis were terrorizing Europe and doing unspeakable things, sorry...they don't get a time-out for a little R&R at the cinema. She knew what they had done before the movie, and what they would continue to do after the show. It must have been hell for her, and she may have saved lives in the process. WWII and the current situation with ISIS make 'killing' a necessary evil, as much as I hate it too. Not all wars, but when you have maniacal armies storming through nation after nation, committing atrocities, they need to be stopped.

    1. Right--and what they were watching at the cinema was generally propaganda designed to encourage their efforts and promote their perception of the "master race," not merely entertainment. It's not like they were going to the theater to watch Bugs Bunny cartoons and musicals.
      And about ISIS--I certainly would feel a bit more comfortable if we had a president who had a strategy to deal with the threat and who was more concerned with limiting the threat domestically by securing our borders.

  6. Have to just jump in to clarify with JoAnn....I called it the Tree of Knowledge as a shorter form of "...of Good and Evil" because you can ONLY recognize "good" and "evil" IF you have self-knowledge ( which is actually what this fruit delivered.) ANY knowledge can ONLY come as a result of this self-knowledge which enables us to construct concepts external from a purely subjective and "natural" existence which defines all other animals. And my point about the French "heroine" remains. Even the barbaric ISIS see themselves as "moral" according to THEIR God. THAT"S my point. There is no absolute, much as we might violently disagree with another's murderous justifications. Neither ISIS nor the Nazis saw THEMSELVES as "bad guys."

    1. So when humans acquired self- knowledge, they then had the sense of good and evil. So from then on, we were born with self-knowledge,or a sense of morality. As we grow, a code of ethics is imposed on us, either by religion or society. Correct? So the acts of ISIS or the Nazis are to them, ethically right but do they see themselves as morally right if they are born with self-knowledge?
      And yes, I agree! I would have done the same thing as the old lady!

    2. It's complicated, but I do believe we are all born with a conscience and a knowledge of right and wrong, but we are also born with that rebellion/sin that Adam and Eve had. Sometimes people are so blinded by their HATE, that it overrides what they know is wrong(or they are criminally insane, which is tragic all around). I suspect if you asked Nazis if what they were doing was right, they'd say "yes" at first, but with persistence would finally admit "ok, yeah, it's wrong but I hate them and they deserve it". Of course, they were following the rantings of a man who was nucking futz.
      With ISIS et al, it's definitely more complicated, but the core is the same, anger and hatred at the world, or at the scapegoat. Angry young men who have no hope for any future, and some charismatic leader is telling them that Allah will reward them(their only hope of things getting better) if they just eliminate all infidels(especially the Jews, sound familiar?). So in their cases, they are on a "mission from God". But that isn't true of the Nazis, or random ill people who kill thinking God is telling them to do something, it's really just true of these radical Islamists.

  7. thank you for clarifying, I get it now. We agree that their disobedience(in eating the fruit) opened their eyes to their mistake and resulted in their banishment from God. What they need to do to get BACK to God is where we differ. And you're right, that sense of right and wrong is what separates humans from animals.
    I know the Nazis saw themselves as doing "good"(shudder) but I understand why the grandma did what she did. I'd have done the same in those circumstances.

    1. I'm not even sure we differ that much. Unlike the Catholics, I believe that we have a direct line to God without having to go through a priest. I follow the teachings of Jesus as much as I can as a road-map for living a "good" life. I believe that the greatest commandment is to love....and I would happily blow away any ISIS thug that came in range! Sometimes, you just gotta do what you gotta do!

    2. I tend to agree with you on the direct line to God! I am Catholic (well, born Catholic anyway!) and perhaps it was all those Sundays HAVING to go to church that has turned me away from the Church itself, but not from God.
      I think it is the way you live your life and how you treat others that count. If going to a church helps some people live a good life, then that's great!


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