Due to the arctic freeze here in Fort Worth, my family has been forced to stay in doors. It has been awesome. We’ve had some real intense moments of laughter. My wife’s eyes have trouble producing tears. However, the other night we laughed so hard that tears were rolling down her cheeks. I stumbled upon this interview with Dorothy Custer (link above). She is a funny lady and knows how to laugh, particularly at herself. There is a lesson on laughter. [Read more...]
Thanksgiving is tomorrow.
We have much for which to be thankful. If I’m being honest, my thankfulness is often superficial and settles on ‘me-centered’ stuff. Sometimes, I may dive a little deeper into the ocean of gratitude and be thankful to God for my wife (for example). Let’s start there…
- Have I expressed that l am thankful that God’s power sustains the heart beat of the woman I love?
- Have I said thank you for His mighty hand that designed and orchestrated the process that we should brought together in the first place?
- Am I thankful for the Cross?
- Am I thankful for God’s loving-kindness toward me? [Read more...]
Yoda is right! Sometimes we must unlearn what we have learned.
- After four years of prep-school, I had been taught ‘how’ to think.
- After four years of college, I had been taught ‘what’ to think.
- In prep-school, I was taught how to engage reality and seek truth.
- In college, I was taught how to reject reality and redefine truth.
After I left college, I had a problem. What I had learned in college did not correspond with reality and the world as I experienced it. In my mid-20s, I had to unlearn what I had learned in college. I had to rediscover what I had learned in prep-school. I had to go back and learn ‘how’ to think again.
I had three teachers who had huge impacts on my life. All of them took the long road of teaching. This is the road of teaching a student ‘how’ to think. One taught me how to process historical facts and piece together the puzzle of historical events as they really were. Another taught me how to read between the lines to capture the author’s intent. The last taught me how to bring truth, ethics and history to bear in the human process of dying. [Read more...]
I’ve decided to take a bit of a detour and go off-road today. Enjoy the ride.
- “Mock them! Ridicule them! In public! Ridicule (people of faith) with contempt” – Richard Dawkins
- “We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.” – Richard Dawkins
- “There is almost certainly no God” – Richard Dawkins
- “A native speaker of English who has never read a word of the King James Bible is verging on the barbarian.” – Richard Dawkins
Confused yet? Apparently so is Dawkins.
Dr. Richard Dawkins is the helmsman and outspoken spokesman for the New Atheist movement in the West. I emphasize ‘in the West’ for reasons I’ll discuss below. The New Atheists’ goal is to enlighten the ignorant and stupid masses to the reality that there is no God. Everything is just a mindless process of evolution (natural selection). His main tactic is to mock and ridicule people of faith. Note: BTW, The word ‘process’ posits intelligibility and order.
That said, Dawkins has left himself a convenient escape hatch by stating that ‘there is probably no God’ frequently in recent years. Dr. Dawkins knows full-well that by claiming that there is no God, he would be claiming to be omniscient (knowing everything) and therefore, God. In doing so, he would be claiming his own nonexistence. In addition, he would be stating a negative proof like claiming there are square circles. As you can see, he’s backed away from his earlier position.
Disclosure: I have atheist friends. Most of whom (admittedly) lean toward agnosticism. They are intellectually honest, extremely kind and not hostile. Otherwise, I would not choose to be friends with them. We may disagree, but I have respect for their views. I believe Dawkins represents a virulent and hostile strain of confused atheism, which is really a mix of agnosticism and skepticism. The atheists I know do not share Dawkins’ philosophy anymore that I share the philosophy of Westboro Baptist Church or Militant Islam. [Read more...]
Tan-trum-ism: a government or political system based on the uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration espoused by 2-7 year old overindulged, entitled children (see brats; spoiled, jackanapes). Remember, you heard it here first!
Power is held by the individual responsible for bringing the ball to the playground.
Rules & Laws are made up ‘on the fly’. In the event that the advantage or score turns against the individual who brought the ball to the playground, he/she simply states, “I’m taking MY ball and going home!” Then proceeds to storm away to pout.
Tantrumism is exhibited by overindulged immature adults in government who find themselves not getting their way.
Case Study 1 – Government Shutdown 2013:
Putting up barricades and posting guards to “close” open air World War II Memorial consumes more resources than “keeping it open” because SOMEBODY didn’t get their way.
Tantrumism has taken over politics in America. We’re seeing a shift among high-level politicians who have surrendered the ‘low road’ of becoming Statesmen of the highest order in service of the people. They are choosing the ‘high road’ of childish behavior to achieve their goals.
Like the brat who takes his ball and goes home because he is losing or is not getting his way, we are left with an incomplete game and progress is, well nonexistent.
Stay classy Washington DC.
This country is a mess and people with degrees from the finest Ivy League universities got us here.
- How could people who are so intelligent be completely incompetent and duplicitous?
- How could a nation with so many vast resources manage to squander its way into massive debt and crisis?
It boils down to the worldview and philosophical framework of the individual. Like a computer with a corrupted operating system, a flawed world view and philosophical framework will cause systemic problems, errors and failures in how an individual thinks, behaves and engages reality. Therefore, we observe people in positions of power with degrees from places like Harvard and Yale making completely illogical, overtly selfish and stupid decisions. Look around and see the unintended consequences.
When your worldview and philosophical framework are flawed, all the education or money in the world is not going to fulfill you or save you. Your operating system is corrupted.
People want to feel secure, loved and relevant. No amount of education or money will accomplish security or significance. [Read more...]
I love everything about vinyl records. I love their shape, the way they smell, how they feel in my hands and watching them go round and round on a turntable. It’s fascinating how vibrations created by tiny grooves in the record’s surface are transferred from the needle (or stylus), up the tonearm and eventually through the speakers and to our ears. Vinyl is extremely cool. [Read more...]