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A Real Wellness Perspective on the Satanic Temple

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The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Civilization

A MOVIE THAT’S DEVILISHLY ENTERTAINING AND INSIGHTFUL

I saw a movie in the S.F. Bay area recently entitled, Hail Satan?

Really.

As a youth in Catholic schools, at a time when parochial schools were virtual penal colonies for juveniles just waiting for opportunities to go astray, uttering the words Hail Satan would have brought tribulation and woe.

I was so indoctrinated into an Old Testament vision of a punitive god that being turned into a pillar of salt, like Lot’s wife, would have been too good for me. After all, that poor woman’s offense was but to look back to view the commotion, to catch a glance of her home being wrecked or perhaps to assess whether there was time to go back to save the family pet. But no, God was throwing a temper tantrum, raining destruction and death on an entire city because, well, every man, woman and child, even babies, I suppose, were behaving like Sodom and Gomorrahites, which evidently wasn’t pretty. Lot and his wife were fleeing because two characters, dressed as angels, had scared the bejabbers out them, urging the one virtuous couple to flee for their lives and, for some unknown reason, not to look back. Unfortunately, Lot’s wife could not resist a backward glance. Who among us would not have sneaked a peek? Lady Lot got the pillar of salt treatment for disobeying angels.

At the time, I would have expected a gruesome penance for saying the words Hail Satan, let alone attending a movie by that name. Come to think of it, it seems likely I would have expected spontaneous combustion, on the spot, not a second chance to repent and shape up. Fathers LaRue, Doyle and McGovern would no doubt have ceremoniously sprinkled holy water on my smoking ashes; Sisters DeChantell, Lucy and George would have marched their classes to the charred spot where I had been cooked in fiery flames. This daily field trip would surely impress my classmates to eschew blasphemous smart aleck salutes. There was no place for Little Satanists at St. Barnabas.

Despite my experience of a dramatically intense educational environment during twelve years of Roman Catholic schooling, I recently viewed Hail Satan?, 63 years since my last day of attendance at an institution run by the one true church, the one founded by St. Peter on a rock where I was immersed in the only religion that would render me eligible to appear one day in the dock at the high court of Heavenly Gates. Eligibility was one thing, admittance something else altogether. There were no guarantees that I or anyone else, even the pope, would be found not guilty of one or more transgressions (e.g., missing Sunday Mass, eating meat on Friday, touching oneself impurely, etc.) that would trigger a guilty verdict, after which I’d be unceremoniously dropped into a huge pit of fire to commence an eternity of suffering.

The merciful god of the Catholic Church had a mean streak.

Despite these educational advantages, I attended a production about an organization that did not believe in any gods or devils, including Satan, but which hailed him anyway for its own purposes.

I loved it but I had lots of company – the audience was enthusiastic (a standing ovation as the credits rolled) and it got a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes)

I recommend you discover for yourself how the Satanic Temple goes about hailing Satan for the purpose of promoting church/state separation. The bottom line about the Temple is that it artfully, satirically and often hilariously employs the boogeyman or, if you prefer, the apparition/evil spirit/phantasm/specter/spook or bugaboo of a devil figurehead, to promote an irreligious form of humanism. Or, in the areas of reason, exuberance and liberty, REAL wellness.

Despite years of religious dogma, supernatural rituals and threats of eternal punishment, I believe the brief Tenets of the Satanic Temple are superior to the voluminous teachings of the Catholic Church, Christianity and other religions with which I’m somewhat familiar. The Satanic Temple has no angry or other gods, no hellfires, no superstitions – just a set of beliefs that encourage an embrace of critical thinking and science, personal responsibility, individual and societal freedoms and a passion for justice, kindness, love, good works and other secular values needed today more than ever.

Consider the seven tenets of the Satanic Temple:

1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason.

2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.

3. One¹s body is inviolable, subject to one¹s own will alone.

4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo one’s own.

5. Beliefs should conform to one’s best scientific understanding of the world.

6. One should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit one’s beliefs.

7. People are fallible. If one makes a mistake, one should do one’s best to rectify it and resolve any harm that might have been caused.

The authors of these Tenets believe that each is a guiding principle that might inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.

The Tenets do not square much with the kind of Satan the priests and nuns of my childhood described. Since watching the movie, I’ve not had a single nightmare. I can’t say the same about dreams endured as a child, concerned as I was about what Satan had in store for transgressors young and old in the scary afterlife.

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How to Choose the Best Gourmet Hamper in Singapore

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Gourmet hampers are the perfect way to gift your loved one or for different occasions. These gifts consist of a combination of your favorite foods like cheeses, chocolate, and other decadents. Many online vendors produce versatile gourmet hampers with different components to suit and enhance your occasion’s experience. Choosing the appropriate one to suit your occasion is usually daunting with the numerous options available. This article outlines the proper guide to selecting the right gourmet hamper.

1. Consider the Person Receiving the Gift

When choosing a gourmet hamper, it’ll be vital to consider the person, either a loved one or a relative receiving the gift hamper. Remember that a suitable and jaw-dropping gourmet hamper comes with various components, like nuts, cheeses, chocolates, and many other decadents. Importantly, choose a hamper with the components that the individual loves. For instance, gourmet hampers with a lot of cheese and chocolate will suit most chocolate enthusiasts.

2. Check the Delivery

The delivery is an essential consideration when checking the appropriate gourmet hamper in Singapore. You can consider the delivery system, the cost, and the duration the vendor takes to deliver these hampers. Essentially, choose one that the vendor has a cost-effective and reliable delivery mode. A faster and more reliable delivery will be imperative to prevent any inconveniences that may result after purchasing your hamper.

3. Consider a Reputable Vendor

When looking for a gourmet hamper in Singapore, numerous vendors (online and physical) offer varying types. Before purchasing these hampers, it’ll be essential to consider choosing the right vendor for your supply. You can check at https://bearloonsg.com/hamper/to get the right one from the wide variety available. The vendors should have a wide range of products you can choose from, a secure and reliable payment system. Choosing a reputable and dependable vendor guarantees high-quality hampers.

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4. Consider the Gourmet Hamper’s Cost

Cost is an essential factor when looking for the right gourmet hamper. These products come at varying prices due to the different qualities and components in the basket. Before choosing the appropriate option, it’ll be wise to consider the one coming at an affordable rate. You can compare the options from different vendors and sites to choose those that suit your needs. Nevertheless, ensure that the lower price doesn’t entice you into purchasing lower-quality products.

5. Consider the Theme of your Occasion

Gourmet hampers come in different sizes and highlight products that suit different occasions. When choosing a suitable hamper for your needs, it’ll be essential to consider one that suits your needs. Furthermore, you can consider the customizable ones to suit your events like birthdays, valentines, etc. For example, if you want to enjoy or light up your valentine’s day, you can consider gourmet with components reflecting a romantic theme.

Wrapping Up

Gourmet hampers are the appropriate gift for your loved one, or you can use them to light up your occasion. Nonetheless, it’s usually daunting to choose the right one for your occasion with the vendors offering a wide range of varieties. Considering your occasion’s theme, the person you’re gifting, the vendor or supplier, and the price will help you get the suitable one.

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Acne-Prone Skin: The Best Face Serums

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Acne-prone skin needs high maintenance. If you have acne-prone skin, you must know how hard it is to take care of acne-prone skin. You can’t just buy some random product and start using them. You have to take care of every effect and ingredient of the product.

Acne-prone skin faces many skin issues, but a serum can prevent you from all these unnecessary troubles. You have to choose a serum that is hydrating and exfoliating. To get flawless and non-greasy skin, you should use face serum from shop.recodestudios.com.

Here we will guide you on choosing the suitable face serum for your acne-prone skin. Let’s find out the best ingredient for face serum.

What’s an acne-prone skin serum contain

If you choose an acne-prone skin serum, you must know what ingredient it contains. A good acne-prone serum has some common elements. So before buying a serum, look for these ingredients.

  1. Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is the common element that we can find in all acne-prone skin products. It is known as beta hydroxy acid. The main work of salicylic acid is to remove dead cells and exfoliate the face. This also helps in clogging your pores.

  1. Alpha hydroxy acid

You can find AHA in all the acne-prone serums. The main work of AHA is to remove dead cells. It also helps in reducing inflammation. By using AHA serum, you can see improvement in pimple scars.

  1. Sulphur 

You can find sulfur combined with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. It helps in removing the dead skin cells that can clog your pores. You can see more minor breakouts after using the sulfur base product because they can remove the excess oil from the face, which is the breakout.

  1. Vitamin C

One of the most common serum ingredients is vitamin C. You can never go wrong with vitamin c serum. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps in reducing the redness of the face in acne-prone skin.

  1. Tea tree oil

It is one of the known essential oils made of leaves of tea trees. The tea tree works slowly and gives results after some time. You can also use pure tea tree if you have acne-prone skin.

How to choose the right ance prone skin serum

Before choosing a suitable acne-prone skin serum, you need to consider some facts.

  1. Look for ingredient 

Before buying acne-prone serum, scan the ingredient list. It would be best if you looked for a serum that contains salicylic acid, AHA, niacinamide, retinol, and zinc. We explain earlier about all these ingredients. Also, check soothing ingredients like aloe vera.

  1. Avoid the specific ingredient

You should avoid some harmful ingredients before choosing a serum.

  1. The serum doesn’t contain harsh chemical
  2. Don’t have any seed-derived oils
  3. Free of alcohol and sulfate
  4. Check review

Before buying the product, always look for reviews. The review gives a clear idea of whether you should buy the product or not.

These are some essential tips you have to follow before buying an acne-prone skin serum.

Conclusion 

It is tough to handle acne-prone skin. You will often face breakouts and pimples when you have oily skin. So to remove all the excess oil and pimple scar, we suggest you use a serum. Here we explain everything you need to consider before buying a serum.

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Bikini Cuts & Styles: What’s Right for You?

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Every person has a unique body shape and size, so why should you wear the same bikini as everyone else? Many designers and brands have caught on to the fact that women want to highlight their individuality and flatter their best assets, so now they’re developing styles for every body type and size. While you might already know which bikinis are best for you, there are so many new styles out there, it might be time to discover new shapes that could be even better! 

This overview explores some common body types and the best bikinis to make them pop. Read on here to find a few more pieces for your bathing suit collection!

  • Smaller Chest

Finding a sexy bikini means working with what you’ve got. Regardless of what social media tells you is attractive, you can still highlight your features to look their best, even if you feel like you could use more (or less) in any particular department.

For women who have a smaller bust, you may want to explore bathing suit options with embellishments, prints, and details to accentuate the top of the bikini. These create the illusion of a larger chest and balance out your hips if you’re curvier down below. You may also want to shop bathing suit tops with extra padding or a push up design to create curves where you feel they’re lacking.

  • Bigger Chest

You probably already know that the string bikini is not your friend. Tiny strands are simply not made to hold up those glorious orbs of goodness! To ensure your chest is completely supported and your breasts stay in place, explore bikinis with underwire and thick straps. Double-stitching on the bands also means your bathing suit can handle more weight.

Thick halter bikini tops, bra-style tops, molded cups, and high backs are all going to make a huge difference in how the ladies are sitting.

  • Broad Shoulders

If your shoulders are broader than your hips, you want to find balance in your bathing suit. One tactic that may work for you is choosing solid colored bikinis, or a monokini with side paneling, that helps create the illusion of an hourglass figure. A cinched, high-waisted bottom literally pulls in your waist to develop more curves in your hips and draws the eye to your middle. An asymmetrical neckline is also a great way to cut up a boxy shape and introduce more curves.

  • Flatter Booty

Similar to resolving a smaller chest, a small booty can be easily enhanced with some frills and ruching on your bikini bottom. You should also explore bottoms in bright colors and loud patterns. These two strategies provide the illusion of a bigger behind and distract from a flat tush. Flat butts also do well in cheeky bottoms and micro bikini options because the higher cut creates what isn’t actually there.

  • Larger Booty

An ample backside means string bikinis and high-cut bottoms are uncomfortable and way too revealing. Don’t force yourself into these styles for the sake of the ‘Gram. Instead, choose cuts that accentuate your butt without cutting off circulation around your hips and thighs! Suits with extra fabric mean you’re never picking out a wedgie, while thong bikinis bare it all without digging in at all the wrong places. Either style is a great choice to show off what your mama gave you; it’s all down to your preference of how much you want to share!

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  • Stick Straight

Whether you’ve been described as athletic or as a stick, you’ve got a rectangle body type with minimal curves. Take back your sexiness when you choose bathing suits that show off those taut abs and jutting collarbone! You can play up the athleticism with bandeau tops and boy-cut briefs, or you can try for an hour-glass illusion with padded pushups and ruffled bottoms. Experiment with both styles to see what you love instead of fitting yourself into a box of what everyone else thinks is sexy!

  • Tummy Pooch

Anyone with a uterus has a little bit of that front pooch – it’s part of being a woman! So, unless you’ve got a personal trainer and private chef keeping your abs flat as an ironing board, you might find yourself feeling self-conscious when compared to Insta models and Victoria’s Secret Angels.

First, you don’t have to feel like you need to hide that tummy pooch, but if you do want to smooth it out, you have options. High-waisted bikinis are the perfect way to get the shapewear feel in a bathing suit. You can also opt for monokinis with cutouts that highlight a plunging neckline and tight waist to keep the focus away from your tummy and hips.

Wear What You Want

At the end of the day, fashion and sexiness are social constructs that evolve with the times. It doesn’t matter how your body looks in a bathing suit as long as you’re happy with what you see in the mirror. Accent your assets, show everything off, or hide it all – whatever feels right to you!

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