Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Exercise Truth with Questions

Honesty is unimpeded by ignorance, while truth is prerequisite to a lie. There is a rigor to truthfulness, that sincerity is wholly unbridled by. Question your faith, lest you’re caught being honest, while pretending to truth.

Honesty and sincerity often masquerade as truth, seeking to forestall question. Truth alone, of these three, thrives on challenge and inquisition. Questions will offend sincerity and alienate honesty, but for truth they are a friend’s embrace. The spores of truth spread, not under an agreeable wind, not with a whisper, but with a bold invigorating wind; clearing the streets of leaves, left too long upswept.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Exercise Truth with Questions (Second Part)

Honesty and sincerity often masquerade as truth, seeking to forestall question. Truth alone, of these three, thrives on challenge and inquisition. Questions will offend sincerity and alienate honesty, but for truth they are a friend’s embrace. The spores of truth spread, not under an agreeable wind, not with a whisper, but with a bold invigorating wind; clearing the streets of leaves, left too long upswept.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Grandpa

When I remember my grandfather I smell old spice. His face lined and dark, pitted nose, and a thin cover of white wispy hair. I don't remember if he smiled much, but I remember him like he did. John Deere hat with a pack of cigarettes hidden beneath, ready to walk out to the pond or pump house. His fingers were as thick as my wrists, and he'd buy me anything I wanted at the coffee shop. He was hard. His life was hard, but he always had a soft spot for me, and for that I'll always have a spot for him. Memories become our own icons and touch stones of what it means to be a man, how to judge what really matters, and how to hold on to your pride no matter what other people think. He couldn't read or write much. He wasn't educated much, but he never hesitated to tell me pearls of wisdom. He never acted dumb, he never appologized for himself. In my memory, he just was. He farmed. He enjoyed. He sat under a tree in the front yeard waving at cars and drinking tea. His dogs were obedient, and he didn't need a book or class or animal psychology. They just obeyed. He was an old man when I knew him, but he always worked. He had a life I don't understand. But I always understood he was proud of me. He didn't have trouble communicating, he just did. One man to another. Nothing to prove to his grandson, and I had nothing to prove back. He was simple and in the eyes of the world he may not have done much, but I think of him and councel that memory. He's a big man in my life, full of useful wisdom and a picture of a man who loved his grandson.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Another Embarrassment for Christians

Intelligent Design is a shameful embarrassment for Christianity. It is the deliberate dressing up of foundationally religious ideas as science. It is not honest. Since when did Christianity need science to back up beliefs? When did we have to put wobbly scaffolding up around religious beliefs? Are they not valid on their own? Do they not have the power to persuade as they are? Intelligent Design is disingenuous at its core, religion masquerading as science, so it can sow doubt and misunderstanding. Intelligent Design will have no effect on our scientists and educated individuals, but it could serve to hold back those who do not understand enough about the issues. Why after so many centuries of these same mistakes from Christianity are we seeing this yet again. Will we need to reconfirm that the earth is round and that the sun does not revolve around the earth? Religion has always tried to hold onto the past, threatened by new understandings and ideas, often leaving their followers in the dark. ID does not defend the beliefs of Christianity, there is no valid overlap and more importantly no contradiction! Believe in religion and practice science. They are the complementary expression of humanity, approaching life problems with the most suited tools available.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Exercise Truth with Questions

Honesty is unimpeded by ignorance, while truth is prerequisite to a lie. There is a rigor to truthfulness, that sincerity is wholly unbridled by. Question your faith, lest you’re caught being honest, while pretending to truth.