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The Roman Empire vs. America

Posted by Simon Lee Briggs on November 27, 2013 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)


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About Author Marlo Donato

Posted by Simon Lee Briggs on November 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)


About Author Marlo Donato


A woman with multiple passions, who is constantly on the go; American author, musician, fashionista, lecturer, wife, and mother; Marlo Donato, was born 29 May, 1972, and is the youngest daughter of an Irish mother and Sicilian- American father. Marlo grew up on Long Island, NY and received a BA in classical Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, NYC.


Marlo moved to London in 2004, where she carved a career in luxury fashion, whilst recording several EP’s and constantly gigging with her rock band. She began struggling with numbness and vision loss shortly after the move. Later that year, at the age of 32, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, the most common neurological disease amongst young adults today.


From diagnosis, she has been passionate about empowering people with multiple sclerosis to live a full life. She has worked with the UK and US MS Societies, as well as other charities, to raise awareness for MS and disability rights.



She has been honoured by Donna Karan as a 'Woman who inspires,' for her work at raising awareness for MS. She is featured on the DK website amongst the likes of Brooke Shields and Nicole Kidman.


After getting dropped from her literary agent, Marlo self-published Awkward Bitch: My Life with MS in 2009. “The major publishing houses initially felt the book was too ‘niche’; there were not enough people who would read it. I felt it had to be published even if it helped one person.” It has remained on Amazon best seller lists since December of that year (in the US, UK, and Germany). In 2012, Awkward Bitch was translated into Lithuanian and published by Alma Littera under the title Kerėpla: Mano gyvenimas su IS. Marlo donated hundreds of books to be available for Lithuanians with MS as well as their doctors and nurses.

Marlo is a regular in the social media world; with pages on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. She is a popular vlogger on YouTube, where she speaks candidly and amusingly about her daily battles with MS.


Marlo is also an increasingly vocal advocate for Down’s syndrome, as her second child has DS. She has recently teamed up with the Down’s Syndrome Association, in an exciting project to hire people with DS in the workplace, particularly within luxury brands.


In April 2013, Marlo married musician Tim Love in a secret wedding ceremony that was later announced on Facebook and Twitter. Marlo and Tim have two daughters and live happily in London. She is writing her follow up to Awkward Bitch, which is due out in 2014.


Being Part of the Solution to World Poverty in a Simple Way

Posted by Simon Lee Briggs on October 29, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

We in the developed world are living in a time where many items that did not even exist decades ago, are considered needs, not luxuries. We feel constrained to provide them to our growing children because "everyone else has them." We want our children to "fit in." We feel the need to "keep up with the Joneses" and to "run the rat race." Even those of us who may have low incomes often receive "entitlements" or other help that assists us in moving in or near to middle-class living. The things that I'm talking about that have become, in the eyes of many, needs, consist of technological gadgets. I'm talking about computers, cell phones, iPods, iPads, tablets, and other gadgets that were unheard-of decades ago. Computers? Many of us have laptops, even if just for basic Internet services. Most of us have cell phones. Even many low-income people use what are inaccurately called "Obamaphones." (This was a service started, I believe, under Former President Bill Clinton and funds come from extra billing to users). My own daughter said the other day, "All the other kids have iPhones!" To which Daddy and Mom said, "No they don't. There are many of your friends who don't have iPhones." Purchasing an iPhone is outside of the means of our family, anyway. But this is another story! The pic above shows what is all-too typical of the pitiful living conditions of those families and individuals who live and suffer in developing countries. These many, many people have probably never seen a computer or a cell phone, let alone more "fancy" gadgets such as iPods , iPads, Tablets, or the link. That image is not pretty or comfortable but it represents what billions of impoverished people in the developing word suffer daily and contantly. You may have no doubt seen images of starving children with extremely thin limbs and unnaturally bloated bellies. I have seen them. The media ought to cover these kind of situations but doing so makes for poor entertainment, it's depressing and uncomfortable and their ratings would plummet. Plus, there is the cost of travel and many of these countries would put journalists at risk because they tend to be or have "hot spots" with harsh governments. But because we are closed off from what is going on in so many of these countries and areas of the world, it's easy to be uninformed as to what is going on and to the extent it all is going on.

God, the Church and Autism

Posted by Simon Lee Briggs on October 27, 2013 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)


Months ago, via Facebook shares online, I read two articles that bothered me and I know that they also bothered many other people; I also commented on both of them. Both articles discuss autism and faith in God, or the lack of it, and spirituality. One article is titled, "Autism May Diminish Belief in God" and the other is titled, "Are Atheists More Autistic Than Believers?" The very titles suggest that people with autism are inherently less spiritual than others and have less capacity for God, than other people in the population. What is are the authors' explanations for their findings? The writers cite the well-known finding that "theory of mind," the ability to comprehend the feelings and thoughts of other people, is deficient in autism and at the root of so many autistic social difficulties. The writers tell us that the parts of the brain that are involved in appreciating and contemplating God as a Person with thoughts and feelings, are "theory of mind" traits. This "theory of mind" and the involved parts that enable us to see ourselves in relationship with God, are damaged by autism, reason the authors. The conclusion of all this? Autism means a reduced capacity for God and faith.


The first article, "Autism Diminishes Belief in God," focuses on the supposed reduced capacity for God that autistic people have. Their conclusions are based on asking people with autism and those with traits of autism who are not diagnosed, questions about God, spirituality and faith. The writer bases his findings on what his subjects said in the surveys and the more autistic trait, the more the answers leaned toward diminished belief in God. The second article, "Are Atheists More Autistic Than Believers?" focuses on the supposed autistic traits of many atheists, asking whether many of them many have a form of high-functioning autism. These would include Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Development Syndrome--Not Otherwise Specified (PDD--NOS). Many who count themselves as atheists are no doubt offended at the suggestion that they may be considered to have traits of autism, but what is far more of a concern, even offense, to me, is the notion that atheism and autism are being compared in this fashion and the suggestion that autistic people are more likely to be atheists. What should be taken away from articles such as this?


Let me answer this question with another question. If autism hinders faith in God and spirituality, who bears much of the responsibility for this? I suggest that much of this is because congregations and people of faith, have not known how or have not tried to learn how to welcome people with autism and many other disabilities, especially invisible ones) into their congregational life. What does feeling and being welcomed into the Church (the community of the people of God) have to do with faith in God? I suggest that it has to do everything with it! It is a serious matter when people feel chronically unwelcomed by the Church! It can harm them spiritually. When individuals, autistic or not, or families don't feel welcomed into the Church or a congregation, they rarely stay. And when individuals, autistic or not, or families feel shunned or not accepted by the people of God, they are going to find it easier to feel shunned or not accepted by God Himself. Let's face it, God is invisible and His people are all we can see. Being human, though we know that God is perfect and His people are imperfect, it is all too easy to confuse God with His people. And when autistic people (who are often challenged in "theory of mind" and higher-order thinking skills) feel unwelcome in the Church, they will be even more likely to question and to doubt God. Why? It is so much easier to believe the message being sent out by the perceived (or actual) rejection of God's people, than it is to believe in the unseen God, His love and His assurance that His favor toward us is not based on what other people think or feel about us.


Let me cite my own experience with this issue in my adulthood. When my our family became members in the Church and in a local congregation, I soon became uncomfortable there. The members themselves were nice, pleasant, respectable people, many being young professionals and these were typical "church people" with traditional, family values. But this came as rather of a "culture shock" to me, as I had spent much of my youth and early adults years with diverse people, and people with various learning, behavioral and physical disabilities. And I was used to them. But in congregations we visited or became members of, I saw much less diversity. Very few people had disabilities with the exception of more severe ones where the need was obvious and where they were much more likely to be welcomed. Yes, I'm sure that there were more than a few members (as in son many congregations) who had invisible disabilities and feared "coming out of the closet" with them because of possible stigma.


I'm not blaming the members (or even the leadership) of any such congregation, as I'm sure so many may not have been exposed to the disability community and may often not know about any disabilities, especially the more complex, easily misunderstood and invisible ones. In this setting of people who were not much like so many I had known and grown up with, I became acutely aware of my differences and my background, which I knew were not "normal." I did my best to "stay in the closet" and when anyone asked me anything personal where I might have to share those "unsafe" subjects, I would clam up. And yet, judging from the reactions of others and even from what I heard from my spouse, people still sensed that "something was up" with me. I felt like a misfit and not accepted. And it wasn't that I didn't become involved so I could make a contribution. I did. Still, this did little to ease my feelings of not being welcomed. And, even today, though I know better, my natural tendency is to confuse God, Whom I cannot see, with His people, whom I could see. I tend to wrestle with doubts about my relationship with God; after all, if I have so often "struck out" with His people, what does this say about my relationship with Him? What does it say about my own faith and "spirituality" if I don't feel welcomed by His people?


And I'm not speaking only for myself here. I know that many other people, autistic or not, disabled or not, have not felt welcome in congregations. I'm positive that this happens with people with disabilities much more often and who have often not felt welcomed in the Church. In the case of those with physical disabilities, welcoming them requires that the Church make their premises accessible: ramps for those unable to walk without difficulty, sign language interpreters for deaf people who use sign language, the allowance of service dogs for those who use them for various disabilities, and I can add more and I'm sure some of you can. And congregations can create a supportive environment where people with invisible disabilities will feel less afraid to "come out of the closet" with their unseen differences and will find that they will not be judged but will be accepted. But I know that many congregations, especially large ones, feel that it is a churchgoer's or member's responsibility to reach out, get involved and make a contribution and that, as a by-product, they will be included and accepted. There is truth to this, that all of us, disabled or autistic or without disabilities, should reach out and seek to contribute to out congregations. However, in the case of people with disabilities, obvious or invisible, more support and often accommodations are needed for most to feel and be welcomed into the Church.


I know that providing physical accommodations needed by so many with visible disabilities, often costs money or may be seen as inconveniencing others, such as allowing service dogs or other service animals. And in the case of invisible disabilities, especially the complex, more easily misunderstood ones, congregations will need to take time and effort to educate themselves about these. Yes, I recognize that, unfair as it may be, those of us in the disability community and with these conditions, will probably have to lead the way in this, advocating for ourselves and for so many others.


Getting back to the topic of autism and faith in God, I can't help but but believe that much of this perceived "reduced capacity for God" and even comparisons with atheists, says something also about how autistic people have often not felt welcomed in the Church. I recognize that the Church often does not feel equipped to deal with a complex neurological condition like autism and so often don't know how to welcome autistic people. And since autism means a different way of thinking and different wiring, the Church needs to find out how to make God real to autistic people according to their different wiring. There are no easy answers to this, obviously. But I think that when the Church will try to reach out to autistic people, we may see more come to our local churches and want to know our God. The writers of these two articles seem to be boxing God in, suggesting that He is not able to reveal Himself and make Himself real to those with different wiring or thinking. These articles insult God as much as they do autistic people. Is God limited by the way someone is wired? Didn't He make the brain in the first place? Who is the Creator of those with disabilities, including autism? And doesn't His call to "go into all the world" with His message include those with autism and other disabilities? I have a practical way that you can, as a Christian, support autistic people. You can sign my online petition, calling on the US government to fund autism services for all who need them.


Is the Church listening? Will you sign my autism petition?


Christians Confront the US Government Shutdown

Posted by Simon Lee Briggs on October 27, 2013 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)


All of us who operate from a Christian worldview are just as unhappy with the current government shutdown as are those who do not share this worldview, or who do not consider themselves "religious." We see how politicians decision to this partial shutdown has profoundly affected the lives of many, especially those who have low incomes, their children, the families of those who have given their lives in military service, disabled veterans, many federal workers considered "nonessential, and other vulnerable people. Yet these same politicians continue to collect their own salaries and enjoy numerous benefits. Yes, some have said that they are foregoing those salaries and have proposed legislation to stop governmental salaries as long as the shutdown continues. We may or may not be aware that, in a week, if the US house Of Representatives, the US Senate, and President Obama do not reach a compromise and raise the debt ceiling, the US will go into default. This means that the US can't pay its bills and can't borrow more money. The result? Most services and most programs, like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran's Benefits, Head Start and many other services that many of us in the US count on just to survive, will be shut down. While we have a partial government now, we would have a total government shutdown if the US were allowed to go into default. This has never happened in US history according to my understanding.


What would God say about what is going on in Washington and about this current economic crisis? Well, according to my understanding of the Scriptures, God places a lot of importance on how we treat vulnerable groups and individuals, especially children and the poor. This includes government policies and decisions that hurt vulnerable groups and individuals. He condemns those in power profiting off them, which most of us, Christian and non-Christian, see as the US government doing to so many of us in the US. The Affordable Care Act, or as many call it, Obamacare? Which was the reason for the shutdown in the first place? What would God say about either keeping it funded, as many in Washington and the President want, or repealing it, which many others in Washington are calling for? Again, according to my understanding of the Scriptures, God calls on all of us to do all we can to preserve and protect the lives of others. This incudes helping others access health care, which helps preserve life. So He would expect the government to do all it can to preserve the lives of its citizens, which includes making accessible healthcare to those who can't get it on their own.


Yes, fiscal responsibility matters and God is against irresponsible spending, waste and fraud. This hold true whether these are being done by us as private citizens or is being done by the government in its policies and decisions. Therefore a balancing act has to be done. God expects this of us private citizens, particularly us Christians. He expects it of a government. So the US government ought to, Biblically speaking, strive to be fiscally responsible while at the same time allow enough spending to help those poor, less fortunate, and vulnerable citizens who can't help themselves or who need a hand up. He hates strife and disharmony and clearly would not approve of all the partisanship bickering that has been going on for a long time and has climaxed in the current government shutdown. What we see going on now is much, much older than President Obama's time in office and are only a build-up of what has been going on in Washington for decades. And since the problem is so old, it will take a long time to fix it. Just as with any human problem, it will take everyone working together, setting aside their differences, discerning what is best for the interest of all concerned, and courage to act according to one's convictions.


Yes, most of us are frustrated, even angry, with the US government. The phone lines of Congressmen and Congresswomen are being flooded with angry, frustrated phone calls from their constituents. Many, in frustration, are taking to the street or going to the media. Petitions are being circulated. As Christians, whatever we feel about the US government, we are called to honor them, to willingly render our duties to them (taxes, voting, etc.), and to pray for them. They need our prayers as much as ever now, as Christians confronting a shutdown that can become a total shutdown. Pray that God will give them grace to set aside their differences, wisdom to discern what to do for the best of all citizens, and the courage to carry it out. Our faith ought not be in a government that is made up of imperfect, sinful people like us. Our faith must be in a perfect, faithful God Who will keep His promises to us and will do what is right. We need to remember that He is in control, even when it doesn't look like it. He has power over all human rulers and can work through even corrupt politicians.


No matter what you believe, what do you think? Sound off.


Halloween: A Christian Perspective

Posted by Simon Lee Briggs on October 27, 2013 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

It's getting close to that time of the year when we celebrate Halloween. Of course, stores have been selling Halloween cards, Halloween party supplies and produce suppliers have been selling pumpkins for a couple of months. They have been doing this in St. Louis, Missouri, where I am. It's all a reminder that, in a week, most children under 12 and some older teens and adults, will wear their favorite Halloween costumes. My husband and I did this as parents, while I more have just gone along with the Halloween tradition because this is what pleased my spouse. It was okay with me as long as no costumes that evince occult symbols, like witches costumes or suggestive costumes. We had to deal with going through candy to get rid of hard candies that provide zero nutritional value and that pose a choking hazard. Also, we had to go though them to make sure that none of the candy had been tampered with by those up to no good. Predators.In Currently, our daughter is a teen and Halloween isn't so much of an issue now. I have been reading Facebook posts that Christian users post, declaring that they don't celebrate Halloween. One user even has been using a "I Don't Celebrate Halloween!" profile photo, those words superimposed over a pictured pumpkin. I know that the issue of those of us with a Christian worldview celebrating Halloween has always been an issue. When I was growing up in the 1970s as a teen, I had read a book by Christian singer/author, Pat Boone, where he stated that after he and his family had experienced a Baptism in the Holy Spirit in the Charismatic Church body, they stopped celebrating Halloween. I admired their stance on this, but I thought they were impractical and "over-strict." Now I wonder as I believe that they have a point. They renounced the celebration of Halloween because of it close associations with the occult and the use of costumes and practices that open the door to the Devil. Yes, we who have a Christian worldview believe in a personal Devil who, while unseen, is very much at work trying to destroy the world and the Christian community. The seemingly innocent word "magic" is also linked to the occult, and practices that call up supernatural operations that are not of God, are harshly condemned especially in the Old Testament. During Halloween, we like to tamper with this side of the supernatural with certain costumes. I'm sure our motives are innocent and we think it's all "just for fun" and "shouldn't hurt anyone." But I have always sensed that there is more to Halloween and the typical way that most of us celebrate that day. Tampering with the occult, and anything liked to the Devil, gives him an open door to attack us and our children. I know that the easy solution to tackling the Halloween issue is just not to celebrate it at all. I don't blame such Christians a bit and there is no law that tells us that we should or have to observe that day of the year. In face, the Bible does not command us Christians to observe anything EXCEPT the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion. If you believe that something is wrong, even if it's not wrong in itself, then for you it IS wrong. Those of you who are raising young children, I would hope that you find other ways that they can have special, wholesome fun on that day. For they see their peers celebrating Halloween. Because fitting in and not feeling left out matters so much to growing children, I think that it's preferable for us as parents, when we are raising young children, to come up with wholesome Halloween alternatives that allow our kiddos to enjoy that day but that don't have any occult ties and that, above all, keep them safe. For in addition to the moral concerns about the occult ties of this particular day, Halloween is a field day for child predators and pedophiles. So many of them use handing out candy as a way of luring children and gaining their trust before preying on them, molesting them or even worse. So child safety is just as issue for Christians as occult ties. Halloween can be dangerous not only spiritually but also physically! When my daughter was younger, our former congregation offered what they called a "Trunk or Treat" servant event. At this event, children handed out candy to attendees and these candies would include messages telling of the love of Christ. Many churches typically offer servant events that involve handing out candy, using this as a springboard to share the love of God with their communities or safe, wholesome Halloween parties where children can hang out, eat candy and have a great time. I think these are great! Christian parents, you don't have to get renounce Halloween altogether. There are wholesome, safe ways to celebrate on or around that day, and let your youngsters still get in on their Halloween fun. And reader, if you don't "do Christianity," you too have to see that Halloween proves to be a major child safety issue, even if you have no concerns about its occult ties. I think offering Halloween alternatives to families and to their communities is a valuable service that many congregations do at this time of the year. And I know that many of you make this a family event night and take your young ones to "trick or treat." This is fine but I recommend avoiding costumes that suggest occult ties, like witches or warlock's costumes, and to never leave them unattended, of course. What do you think? Photo Courtesy of MorgueFile.com. Photo by mensatic. This photo can be found here.

An Open Message To the US Government

Posted by Simon Lee Briggs on October 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Barack Obama and to each of the Members of the US House of Representatives and to the Senate:


I am sure that you are aware, if you care to see it, that so many of your citizens are not happy with your performance. You know that a week ago, someone fired shots at the Capitol building. I think that you should not be surprised if this shooter's motive may have been rage at your actions that have caused the current government shutdown. That would not excuse this shooter's actions, but it certainly would explain them. Also, I know many of you pay attention to public opinion polls. Would it shock you to know that your approval ratings currently stand at only 5 percent, according to at least one poll?


We have a piece of legislation that so many people apparently oppose, as do many of you. Because of the opposition of many political leaders to this legislation, we now have another government shutdown. No legislation is perfect, and it will take time for it to be well-implemented and to run smoothly. Can't things be worked out here? In just a matter of days, you know that we have the even more serious issue of what to do to keep the US from going into default. Eight days now, as I write. We understand that the bills incurred by Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have to be paid. We know that all the bills incurred by other government services have to be paid.


Yet we understand that you seem to have no plan to address this. The President wants to raise the debt ceiling, yet there are some who are agreeing to his proposal. But they are demanding that if he is to raise the debt ceiling, he is to make spending cuts to Medicaid and to all other government programs in proportion to how much he would do that. So what is it? Do most of us have to suffer from deep and painful cuts to programs and services that we need just to survive? Why should we have to make even more deep and painful sacrifices than what so many of us are already making? While all of you keep collecting your own paychecks because of your Constitutional protection from doing anything to your own salaries and very comfortable benefits?


Mr. President, all Members of the Senate and the House, so many of us are counting on you to set aside your egos and to put your country before your party loyalty. So many of us are fed up. You have to be aware that this Congress is considered by many to be the worst Congress in all of US history. You say that you want to do this and that. You pepper your speeches with your political rhetoric. Yet you so often do not back up your claims with actions. Talk is cheap. We know that your differences are based of sharply different visions on what is right and best for the US. But aren't there ways that you all can get together, iron out your differences, and find common ground?


We are not asking much from any of you. Even if each of you were to collect no pay at all during the government shutdown, I don't think you would really "feel it," now would you? We understand that there are some of you who agree that there is much government corruption. But you obviously are too afraid of your wealthy buddies on Wall Street to stand up to them and to truly work for us, the people who put you in office and who pay taxes. I wonder, how many of you are bought and paid off and so "beholden" to these wealthy benefactors, that you dare not run afoul of them? Do you blame us for feeling that many of you have accepted payoffs to get and stay elected, and that being elected is all you care about? Most of us are frustrated, disillusioned, and disgusted with all the rot in Washington. Many of us are worried and scared because of the profound effects of this shutdown on our real lives. Things will be far worse if you allow the US to go into default and do not raise the debt ceiling!


Some of us actually wonder: Who IS running this country? Your reluctance, yes, fear of standing up to these wealthy donors of yours and to be strong voices on behalf of us your citizens, makes us believe that your wealthy donors who obviously have bought and paid so many of you off, seem to be running this country. We have nothing against wealth. We just have major problems with it when it causes abuse and corruption. We see so much of that especially in Washington. Deep down, you no doubt are aware of it too. I'm sure that there are good people among you and that most of you started out with good hearts, sincerely wanting to serve your country. But then, along the way, the temptations of power and wealth apparently are too much.


As a Christian, I pray for all of you, as God tells us too. We as Christians are told to honor you because of the offices you hold. But the actions of so many of you make honoring you seem downright unattractive, even impossible. You can make it easier to respect you by acting in ways that make you worthy of that respect. I write to you as a citizen in St. Louis, Missouri but my fellow citizens in all 50 states share these concerns. So, when will you start working for us?


Photo Courtesy of PicDrome.org "blue-ink-ballpoint-pen" This photo can be found here.


Mr. Spock goes to church': How one Christian copes with Asperger's syndrome

Posted by Simon Lee Briggs on October 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)


(CNN) -- In the book “Jim and Caspar Go to Church,” an atheist turns to a Christian minister as they're watching a Sunday morning church service and earnestly asks, "Is this what Jesus told you guys to do?"


I've grown up in churches and I'm a Christian, and I'm right there with the atheist.


Want To Fight Poverty, People of God?

Posted by Simon Lee Briggs on October 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)


I'm sure that if you have followed the news, whether online or on TV, several months ago, you have been saturated with coverage of a baby. This baby is known as the "royal baby," and we were subjected to nonstop two-day coverage of every detail of this baby's birth. Who was he? He was born on July 22, 2013, to Catherine "Kate" Middleton and to Prince William Alexander. The day before, we were taken into every detail of the anticipated arrival of this "royal baby" who is named Prince George Alexander, 8 lbs. and 6 oz.. I know that many people no doubt were fascinated with and entertained by this baby, born into wealth and destined as third in line for the throne in the British monarchy. But I wondered at all this saturation coverage of one very fortunate baby born into privilege. I could understand why citizens in Great Britain have been absorbed with this event, but I could not understand the worldwide fascination. I wondered, and still do, Where are our priorities?

What about all the countless far less fortunate, destitute, and hurting children throughout the world?

Why not focus on one of them and raise awareness of their need and our responsibility to help them with our time and yes, our money? And, as Christians, God makes it clear that we have a responsibility toward those who are less fortunate. This "royal baby", as he has often been called in the media, is clearly more fortunate than most of all. We are told in Scripture to focus on those who have less than us, not on those who have more, like the celebrities and their children.