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FOOD, FOOD, AND NOT-FOOD

November 28, 2017

Well, “from the sublime to the ridiculous,”  as the saying goes . . . .

This is a PROTEST POST!

I hope you all have had a very nice Thanksgiving Day.   This is about the time when leftovers are finally gone in this house.    The dinner turned out very nicely;  everything tasted so good,  the leftovers were good . . .  all these days . . .  the leftovers were enough!  Enough, already!

Maybe part of the reason the traditional food tasted so good is that I used nearly all organic meat and vegetables.   Real food.  Real taste.  I resent the fact that I have to spend so much more to get that real food,  but in the end, it’s worth it.   I no longer dare to feed my body with the chemical concoctions that are called “food”  today.

But.

shrimp

But I wanted a little change from the taste of turkey and turkey-related leftovers,  so I bought a little package of shrimp.   I know they’re bottom feeders,  garbage eaters, and they pick up all the chemical wash that slides down into the ocean bottom –  But, anyway.

I didn’t even buy shrimp that I had to clean and trim and cook;  I bought kind of ready-made shrimp,   chemical breading and all.

But.   Another but.  I didn’t really get shrimp.

Food mush

I got  Mush.  Shrimp mush, I guess.   I re-read the package, and it said “Shrimp” – not “shrimp pieces” or “minced shrimp.”    It said Shrimp.    I like to pick off the breading, but when I did this it seemed to be all white mush inside.    Didn’t taste much like shrimp either.

I re-re-read the package, and I looked harder at the stuff:

Food Worm

See those two white parallel lines?

Have you ever gone hunting for night crawlers, walking around on your lawn at night with a flashlight, and then you see the big worm and snatch it up and put it in your pail so someone can go fishing?

Well, those two parallel lines are about the size and thickness of a night crawler.  As near as I can tell,  those are the shrimp.   Except tasteless.

I went hungry tonight, a little bit.  At least I didn’t have my “treat.”

Where’s George Soros when you need him?   Where’s his Antifa?     I really think we ought to be out protesting this kind of stuff on our grocery shelves!

Should I show you the package so you know what to avoid?

Okay,  but so I don’t insult any Big Food Corp.,  I’ll blur out the label:

Food Pkg

Hah!

CAVEAT EMPTOR !!!!

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SATURDAY BLUES

October 28, 2017

It’s the weekend.   “Saturdays”  are not supposed to be like this.    You’re not supposed to work harder and with more frustrations than, say,  a weekday at work.

My first activity probably made the rest of the frustrations feel a bit better.

DUMB AND DUMBER:

I raked.   Two hours of raking.  Hey!  That’s not a complaint!      The weather was perfect!  Overcast  (no bright sun in your eyes)  and about 45 degrees (energizing!).  It was a good day to get a head start on our leaves which are finally beginning to fall.

But as I removed the leaves,  I came across a lot of  holes in the lawn.  A  LOT.

Acorn many holes

There were all these little black holes.

A closer look revealed they were little “nests.”

Acorn holes cl

Cure little round nests made by the squirrels which are so dumb that they usually can’t remember where they buried their acorns.   So they bury lots of them.

Or they’re supposed to.

These really dumb squirrels don’t bury them, they make little open-air nests for them.

Acorn nests

 

Acorn nests

Half of the holes had two or three acorns resting in them.   The other half looked like they were forgotten.

 

 

Sometimes the little nests had a little bed of leaves under and over the acorns:

Acorn leaf hidnig

 

Okay.   So I rake the leaves so that I have a nice lawn next year, and what I found was a lawn full of holes and holes filled with acorns . . .  ready to rot all winter and kill the grass.

Because these dumb squirrels are not going to be remembering where they put all their acorns.

I don’t know how they can miss them:

Acorn many

My squirrels seem dumber than  others.

 

THE NEVER-ENDING PHONE CALL –  ENDED

I freely state that Choice Hotels and all their brands are GOOD places to stay when you’re on a trip.  They are consistently clean and comfortable with a lot of amenities for a modest price.     But their Loyalty Program is not exactly adapted for the casual traveler.  Nor is it easy.

Each time I’m on a road trip,  I find myself locked out of my own account, and – just what you don’t want to spend your time doing on vacation –  I have to try and try and try and finally CALL their Customer Service in order to get back in.

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It’s like that today when I decided to take care of a few things on my account.  I finally got someone to talk to  — just as the Football Game started!    After 40 minutes on the phone with him, in which I had to fire up two of my laptops to “try it on those” —  and then one of the laptops went blank  –  I told him politely to forget it, and he answered that he’d transfer me to Member Services.

Which I wasn’t.   I got Reservations.   She told me they were having problems with their transferring function.   Once again I told her to forget it –  after I unloaded my frustrations, including the one about losing 7,000 loyalty points all of a sudden, just before I started my traveling;  and why am I always locked out when I do travel?!!

So forget that Loyalty Card business.    Fifteen nights of hotel stays on one trip is not enough to get you anywhere anyway.   Except frustrated.

 

BUSINESS OR PLEASURE?

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Yep.    I meant it.  One of my laptops,  the newest one, went dead.   Could not get anything on the screen.

I have now missed nearly all the first half of the game  (MSU vs  Northwestern.  Pretty big Big Ten game.)       I had to decide between the pleasure of a football game or taking care of this laptop business.   But if I didn’t make a quick decision,  I’d be fussing about this all weekend.

So, since it is still under warranty,   I made an appointment to “bring it in”      . . .

best buy

. . .   and that’s where I was  JUST AS THE GAME WENT INTO OVERTIME!

Fortunately the nice young Geek at the counter was also interested in the game.   He was watching one of the store’s TVs from a distance . . .

BB TV

. . .    which is where I went after he took my laptop . . .  DURING THE SECOND OVERTIME!

I watched with the small crowd during the THIRD OVERTIME   as we kind of went down in defeat.

I don’t know,  is it a “defeat” when you lose by one touchdown in Third Overtime?

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I’m okay.  I’m okay.   I’m okay.    I think two hours of raking produced enough endorphins in me to get through the rest of this day.   I’m unreasonably cheerful.

TOMORROW

Tomorrow is Sunday.   A day of  slowing down and absorbing and enjoying the things that are really important.

I’m going to need that.

Deo gratias.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

October 15, 2017

(Random thoughts after hearing a sermon and reading the mail))

Looking up     We had a very fine and inspiring sermon today, the kind where you know you’ve received a mandate to go out and take action – live your faith!   And I thank God for this man’s words.

In one small part of the sermon,  the word “compartmentalization” came up,  several examples given.   It was pointed out how we compartmentalize our faith away from our “everyday” life in society, or in school,  and in the workplace.  In the public perception of our society,  created by the media, we  compartmentalize our citizens into various ethnic groups.  And certainly, now, our political opinions keep us separated in our little “compartments.”

With the increasing implementation of Cultural Marxism into American culture,  people are taught to place themselves, and others, in  separate compartments and to look for possible injuries, insults, and wrongs done to them.    We are victims of something.   And the marxists are here to help.

Social media intimidation seems to be the first step.   (Remember the Benham twins?)  Rumors, innuendoes, implications, insinuations are enough to attract such negative attention that owners of small businesses have been forced to shut down due to “danger to their employees and families” —

Did you hear about the Cup It Up American Grill this week?

Coffe Shop

That was a sign the owners had to post on their coffee shop window after they had received numerous threats from those who opposed their private opinions.  Customers had to be told that the employees were in danger if they continued working there.  (Sorry,  I don’t remember the city this was in.  I didn’t think I’d be sharing this information.)

This comes across as a Cultural Marxist attack against private American citizens.    We can’t push back.  We can’t push back on events like this if we don’t know about them.   Our very Leftist entertainment-news media is not interested in telling us.

After accusations on the social media, or from wherever, often the next step is to consult a lawyer — and draw up a statement of  “you can’t blame us.”

So,  that Personal Responsibility Statement.   I found it on a ticket voucher that Son gave me for my birthday recently.  He had bought tickets for me and for him to see Jay Leno on stage at our local performance center theater.   Here is the statement:

Wharton Center offers a diverse selection of arts and entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every person or for all ages.  Therefore, patrons are responsible for making informed decisions regarding their ticket purchases.

Now that’s troublesome!    In a sane society of mature adults,  with integrity and  common values,  such a statement  “goes without saying.”    It is common sense.  The caveat is so obvious that it is internal and needs not be articulated:    “Not everything is for everyone.”  In addition,  a  healthy society would not be presenting offensive events to us as “entertainment.”

Mature adults would instantly recognize what is not appropriate or  “comfortable” for them – and put it out of their minds.     (There is commonly deceptive advertising and misrepresentations of course –  but then you just quietly walk out.)

Compartmentalization.  It’s being done to us.   The results are a fragmented society that cannot even talk to itself about what is going wrong.

Divide and conquer.   We’ve all heard that before.

 

 

 

 

 

NIGHTFALL

August 13, 2017

“And the evening and the morning were   (the next)  day . . .”    (Genesis)

Pond at Night

Looking out my back window tonight.      That’s the moon reflecting in my pond and three solar lights in my butterfly garden.

Darkness has descended.  Darkness makes a fitting division from one day to another.  Shut out all the issues of one day;  another (new) day will some.    And I am happy to leave behind today’s events in Virginia and the ensuing attempted attitude-adjustments by the Leftist-controlled media.     I’d like to form my own opinions,  thank you very much.

Maybe I’ll do pictures in this post to make up for no-pictures in the last.

The demonstrations in Charlottesville today and the Global-Socialist counter-demonstration that fought against them presented some big problems,  but the solutions do not lie in proclaiming our opinions one way or the other,  making quick pronouncements about “what is wrong,”   descending into name-calling in order to make a point.

I guess I stand with the president today when he said we need to analyze this,  investigate it, figure out what happened and why.   And all that before we can tell each other how to fix the social and civil problems we have.

Here’s my contribution:

As I taught public school for a few years,  I witnessed the deliberate destruction of American values by the new curriculum and the introduction of Socialism  into the minds of the children.     The children weren’t “victims”;  they were to be the new tools of Social Change.

They didn’t know that American values are opposed to Socialism’s values:

free_not_equal_equal_not_free

 

And they were not taught what could happen under some socialist governments:

Socialism Try Again

 

Yeah,  why not try it here?   How about some practice and a standing ovation?  —

Standing Ovation

Yeah, that’s the president of the un^it^ed  st^ates . . .  disguised as “Julius Caesar”   in a recent play,  much promoted by our hate-filled media.

Celebrities teach our children to have bad attitudes ready to display:

children's celebrities

“Children,”  or superannuated children.

We permit mindless slogans:

We Hate America

 

Slogans against America;  slogans against the president — any president:

dump trump people

 

The   young man who drove from Ohio to crash his car into the demonstrators today is said to have anti-Trump sentiments on his Facebook page — although that information has not reappeared anywhere.

car crash

 

Leftist counter-demonstrators today   “fought flags with fire”:

lighted spray

Disrespect embedded in —  what?  Am I supposed to say “only a small group of people”?    Okay –  then why no public disapproval  from public voices?    We ought to be publicly and loudly “disrespecting”  these people.

Because small groups of people can spread hatred and violence like a cancer spreads into the body,  into the body-politic.

We’d better watch what we teach our children —

Librarian for childrens hour

—  and we’d really better try to educate ourselves.

That’s a great project, because the rehabilitation of our society is done one person at a time.       Read!      And push back at the attitudes that lead to action that threaten our republic.    That’s like sitting outdoors in a comfortable chair in the sunlight –  and swatting away the wasps that might come your way.

Here are a couple suggestions:

If You Can Keep It  by   Eric Metaxas

Inventing Freedom   by  Daniel  Hannon

George Washington  by  Ron  Chernow

and . . .

happy face        . . . . .    most Westerns!

 

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Most Americans who are 50 years old and under have grown up in an atmosphere saturated with socialist principles alongside  American values.    They are incompatible.  One side will win out over the other.        One side is deliberately trying to win out over the other.

But this could be correctable.

I’m feeling  better already!    I love the night!       A new day comes next!

 

WETWARE DECEIVED (Starvation)

August 4, 2017

One more point on “Wetware” and then I return to . . .   the usual.   But caution.   Because the Truth is NOT staring us in the face.

Starving human

The man in the photo has dignity and worth and value and is worthy of our attention —  our love and care.

The man is someone’s brother . . .  son . . .  father . . .  friend.    Africa.    An abundance of food has been sent from America,  Russia,  and many European countries.    It’s waiting for him at the seaports, in ships,  and it’s growing older, in some instances,  or it’s being transported elsewhere,  where  his government can make the most profit and distribute the most power and influence.

His government is a powerfully entrenched Leftist governing force —   the “Errors of Russia”   (which did not originate in Russia) are at work, against this  “little”  man.    Because he’s not rich or powerful.  “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”

I mentioned the “Errors of Russia”  because this phrase was used by the Apparitions in Fatima,  1917,   with warnings and predictions which seem to be coming true.   One of the little children,  Jacinta,  had a powerful vision that year,  which she perceived was about the future of the human race.

In the vision appeared the pope, in  a church,  on his knees,  alone, praying and weeping.    The little church was in the middle of a vast field, filled with countless numbers of humans who were starving to death,  crying out for help,  weeping, dying.     Jacinta said she had the impression that they were not just starving for physical food,  but for spiritual food.

And then she said she had the impression that the Church, the Christian Church,  was in deep trouble.

The man in the photo above is a metaphor, then,  for our own human spirits  being starved for lack of  spiritual food,   spiritual Truth.    Like the man in the photo,  his Food is waiting for him;  it’s just not being delivered.  As a matter of fact,  it is being withheld from us all with the intent to  keep information and truth in the hands of the very few.

Here’s how this relates to the Artificial Intelligence I’ve been writing about:    The method of keeping people in a  state of deadly starvation is Deception;  the mechanism  is the proliferation of lies and distortions by means of our “modern”  communication technology which can make anything appear to be anything.

It’s nothing new or surprising.  Nothing unusual.   One example:   My generation grew up on this slogan —   Better Living Through Chemistry!  the advertising campaign sang to  us cheerfully.

better living

What is NOT contaminated with  “chemicals” now?

Today we are deceived by cheerful news about vaccines, cell towers,  colonization by third world migrants,   the medical industry,   our education system;  and truth is regularly withheld concerning the stock market,  political investigations,  globalization,  war, crime,  the ongoing disaster in Fukushima   (and nuclear power plants around the world),   and worse, for our spiritual starvation:    historical truth,  moral truth,  religious truth.

Today in the news   (not the “mainstream news)  was an article about Google’s new AI program that roams the com boxes looking for “toxic religious beliefs”  that are then censored.     Facebook regularly removes conservative  secular and religious sites.   Another article shows that YouTube has reduced the number of conservative,  religious videos by 50% –  and more traditional beliefs being censored all the time.

Starving human face     Like sheep, we are being herded into one global viewpoint,  as we starve for Truth.   There is agony,  unrest,  uncertainty,  mortal danger,    because we can’t function without the free use of our intellect,  and we can’t freely use our intellects in a climate of Deception.

I wish for my readers an awareness of the pervasive atmosphere of Deception.  And then I wish for everyone the strength of will to search for Truth.     And I wish for the courage to choose Truth.   And I wish for the fortitude to fight for the Truth.

The method (of our spiritual starvation)  is Deception;  the mechanism is communications technology,  facilitated by not human intelligence  but Artificial Intelligence that we’ve just  recently perceived to be not so easy to control.   Deception is made easy.  

Poster AWAKE

I don’t seem to sleep much,  but when I do sleep, I sleep deeply.     Then it’s painful to wake up!     I hate waking up — until I do.

And then it’s wonderful to be alive.

 

 

WETWARE DOMINATED

August 4, 2017

Hope to make this short.   The topic is too big to explain every remark.

BIG BANG

Light . . .  the origin of the physical material  world.    (Not the particle wave/photon packets that hit our retinas.  Not that kind of light —  but Light,  immense thrumming Energy.)    And then came a unique,  one-of-a-kind,  one-time-only being that was created,  made of material with the infusion of spirit  ( in  particular, Spirit).

This was an absolute insult to the Enemy of the Creator.   A being made from the physical world  plus spirit?   A DNA software-programmed everlasting creature?   Created for the purpose of showing forth the incomprehensible  magnitude of the Glory of God to a degree that was never before imagined?

That must be stopped.     Us.   We must be  stopped.   Turned from our purpose and stopped.   It is we,    also known as “wetware, ”   the physical, material stuff animated by spirit,  directed with built-in software.

The cosmic Battle is almost over.    Just the mopping up exercises.   If any of you gentlemen were ever in a military “mopping up” exercise at the end of a campaign,  you know that your  methods must be effective;  they  must be ruthlessly effective in order to control the situation.

ai control

AI Control – Efficient and Ruthless

 

Human intelligence invents artificial intelligence and then loses control.     The Enemy of God is not omniscient, and so he must use other means to know everything and to control the human situation.

ai skynet

It was the Ancients who recognized that  the gods give the toys by which man makes himself crazy – and destroys himself. 

There is not one piece of technology that has not been accompanied by tragedy and death and the facilitation of evil:     transportation;  medical technology;  machines of common convenience;  the discoveries of physics, biology, and chemistry;    and now communications.

Every worm has a hook.

Artificial Intelligence has been taught how to learn.  That’s the cutting edge of our technology.    And they have indeed learned –  and according to reports,  we don’t know what they’re learning and deciding!      Knowledge is power, we’re told.    And they seem to be acquiring knowledge  at an inhuman rate.     Power and control and world dominance is at stake.    The more you know, the more you can control.

Check out Revelation, chapters 12 and13 –  Revelation is the last book of the Bible.

Can the Enemy of God resist what we have been inspired to invent?

 

MOSCOW MULE – (Improved)

May 16, 2017

(From time to time  I post a recipe —  not unusual  .  .  .)

There are so many variations of the recipe for a Moscow Mule.    But since I had no experience with any of them,   I think the one Son and I used on Sunday was – the best!

MM glass

We used glasses – that’s already a variation from the copper cups you’re supposed to use.

MOSCOW MULE

Ingredients:

couple ounces of vodka    (we used rum;  rum improves everything)
three ounces of GOOD ginger Beer    (it’s not beer, but a fizzy, boldly-flavored ginger ale)
juice of half a lime   (or a few tablespoons of  bottled lime juice)
a few sprinkles of sugar – to your taste
a teaspoon or so of maraschino cherry juice

Put ingredients in a shaker.      . . .  “shaken not stirred”   or blended

Shake it up,  . . .     (Please see added instruction in the comment below!   There’s a way you should do this!)  . . .   pour into your drinking vessel,  garnish with a lime wedge,   maybe  sprinkle with  a little powdered sugar

Keep it cold.   Somehow.    (That’s why you use a copper cup;  it holds the cold better.)

 

Well, maybe that’s a BIG variant from the original recipe,  but it’s summer!                     Hot weather makes you do strange things.

MM copper

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Hat tip to my Friday morning Bible study class –  who told me all about this drink.

Hat tip and a thanks to Son who already knew about this –  and made it for me!

SAILORS TAKE WARNING (again)

April 5, 2017

 

(1),    (2) ,   (3)   points.

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(1)   It happened again :

Sunrise 2 cr best

A red sky this morning.     (Sailors take warning.)     This time the colors were even deeper and richer than before.    I ran from window to window this morning trying to get into my camera that  shade of deep reddish-salmon-orange that I was seeing in the sky.

I couldn’t.        Fifteen pictures later, I was still frustrated.

Sunrise 3 cr new

And as the sun was rising,  I was losing the color.

Sunrise 1 cr

I had two choices:  either run out and grab my friend from out of his wife’s bed  because he knows a lot about photography and promised to teach me sometime;  or instantly learn how to use oil paints,  because only a pallet  of oranges, pinks, reds, and yellows could duplicate the color I was seeing.

Two choices which were no choices;    so I just  watched the Nature Show of salmon,  orange,   pink, and yellow,  then finally pale blue.   As I watched, I settled down and my mind began reprising the pathways it had taken during the night.

(“Sailors take warning . . .”)

(2)    The night before,  just before I had  called it a day, I’d been reading up  on Pope Gregory XVI,  perhaps a rather obscure pope today,  but he aroused some controversy in his day,  not too long ago,  in the 19th century, and gives us something to think about today.

greg xvi

He wrote some interesting and valuable documents, among them an encyclical putting forth in clear terms  the Church’s opposition  against slavery,  a  teaching which had long been proclaimed by the Church,   but needed reinforcement.

However,  even though he  produced some valuable and helpful documents,    he was personally and deeply suspicious of the consequences of  what we now would call the technological and industrial revolution.   He opposed the growing socialist movement which reduces people to  “economic units,”   under the management (control) of a central state government.    He saw this as the depersonalization of the individual, individuals becoming “the masses”  which the revolutionary socialist movement is  there to provide for.    (Move over,  God.)

Technology,  this pope believed,   would only hasten this development, as  families are torn  from their land ownership and  migrate into industrial cities where the artificial societies were  generally harmful to the dignity and well-being of human beings.

Curiously (to our ears)  he pointed out that . . .

DESK and gas lamp

. . .   gas lamps  (indoor artificial lighting)  would be ultimately harmful to the health of people,  interrupting their daily rhythms, allowing industrialists to extract longer hours   from the “workers.”   He also spoke out against  locomotives, for the same reason:  disruption of human society,  harmful to health;   dirty, polluting  machines  that create an artificial sense of human travel and again,  tear apart families.

 

radio

(3)       Next,     (Sailors take warning . . . )     I woke up to  the big radio station out of  Detroit in which  the host was discussing with guests the current threats from North Korea.     It was a good, thoughtful discussion,  but the host then said that the biggest threat from North Korea’s isn’t that   one of their nuclear bombs would  go off – boom –  in the middle of our country,  but rather that they would (or someone else would)  explode a big one in the atmosphere,  near our coastline,  causing a destructive EMP which would wipe out all our modern technology,  putting  us right back into the 19th century,  perhaps like the days of Pope Gregory XVI.

Although that sometimes seems like a quaint,  charming,  more clean and pure society before all our technology,   the hard truth is that  no one today knows how to live as they did in the 19th century.   (Our government has projected that 90% of our population would die within the first year.)

And then I opened my eyes to that  beautiful  salmon-red sky.

And so  there is a  (4).

Duck creating a wak 1

Our springtime Drake has put his lady-wife somewhere, haven’t seen her for a week; she’s probably in a protected nest nearby.   He likes to sail down our creek at a high rate of speed and he likes to swim across our pond, leaving a definite wake behind.

I’m sure he saw the beautiful sunrise this morning, and I’m just as sure he was oblivious to the beauty.    But though he misses out on the ability of humans to appreciate such beauty,  if – and when –  the EMP or something takes us back into a pre-industrial age,  he would miss out on the resulting chaos – and death.

Duck Wake 2

After such a horrific event,  he may feel some “disturbance,”  but he would be off, as usual,  to visit the nest or find some food or check for any enemies or take a drink of water . . .  In other words,  life for him would go on as normal,   just as it did for human societies after  the Carrington Event.

carington

1859,  right?    Just after Pope Gregory XVI.    A few technological difficulties,  but life went on and few knew what the sun had just done to us.

Today?   We are,  unlike my springtime Drake,  we are “sitting ducks.”   Dependent upon ever newer and more fragile technology that is dangled before us like a snake charmer using his wiles.

(You do know what the “Watchers”  brought down to humanity according to the Book of Enoch?)

   —  Of course I’m a Luddite (at heart) !

 

 

 

 

 

A PAIR OF H-WORDS

January 30, 2016

 

Yes, times are . . .  complex.  

Rube

 

Figure it out.

All the instructions are there.

And it makes about as much sense as what we get from our culture — with “instructions”  from the entertainment-news-media.

The only thing is,  this is the only life we get.     How we figure things out is a matter of life and death –  eternal heavenly life,   eternal hellish death.     And if you haven’t noticed yet,  you really won’t get answers from the world around us.

Meanwhile,  I can highly recommend a little humorous take on the world around us from this interesting Website:   http://moonbattery.com/              I’m pretty sure he won’t mind if I link you to him.       He has short, to-the-point,  hard-to-argue-with frequent little postings.    Like  little vitamin pills  for the mind.

So, yes,  Humor clears the mind.

And then you’ll know where to find an answer.

The Answer hasn’t changed in almost 2,000 years.    We just have to be open-minded —  but being open-minded isn’t going to be very helpful if we’re not Humble.

Because when a person is open-minded without humility,  all that happens is the person steps onto his own stage – front and center!

If that’s good enough,  then you’d be able to figure out the diagram above!

It’s Sunday tomorrow.   Sunday presented to you for a reason.

 

WHISKERS — AND WORDS

July 25, 2015

WHISKERS:

Whiskers

Enjoy the humor.

But. . . .

It’s in a cat’s Nature to have whiskers.   In metaphysics nature means   Form or the Idea .

Sure, you can go against Nature,  and you can justify your actions by mindlessly absorbing the random thoughts that drift into your head from the surrounding culture.   “It would make you look sexy to shave off your whiskers!     You’ll be special!”

The cat is a sensate creature;  that is,  he navigates his world through his five senses.  Like we do.   His whiskers play a big part in Touch.

But humans have a nature too, and in addition to the five senses,  we have an intellect which animals don’t have, and we have a will to determine how we’re going to use the products of our intellect.

There are certain things we can’t do without when we use our intellect and choose our actions.    Just like the cool cat in the cartoon,  if we discard certain guiding principles from human society,  then we too will bump around into things, not quite knowing what’s going wrong.

pyth

Seven or eight thousand years ago (just using the period of Written History) humans used their senses and applied their intellects to discover and codify Natural Law.    Laws, or principles, are applied to the physical world and to human behavior  and these principles give us the possibility of all the sciences.

Using these objective principles we can go far.   Even to the Moon.  Or Mars — and beyond!

WORDS

paradise    All ancient societies speak of a Golden Age, a  Paradise, followed by an abrupt Fall from Grace,  resulting in this present world of chaos,  confusion, danger, and darkened intellects.

Don’t doubt for a moment that  it’s the will and intention of the Good Creator to see us through, and to save those who are willing.

With “darkened intellects”  comes a need for Revelation,  which indeed comes to us in many ways.  Specific Divine Law, for example, infused into our general knowledge, and then finally given directly and specifically to Moses.   The Laws given to Moses were fulfilled and completed in Christ,  expanded and explained,  but not contradicted or changed.

mosesI’m thinking of a what a society would look like without the Ten Commandments . .  . .

In Catholic practice, Saturday is the day after the Crucifixion and we share the day with Mary in her sorrow,  her Son absent.   (Of course we get to have Sunday next!  But right now it’s Saturday for certain meditations.)

Here’s a little secret information:   Moses didn’t receive ten commandments from God-Most-high.    He received Words from God.   Words,  in phrases and sentences;  thirteen in all, if you count each one.

Moses received the Word of God;  and then centuries later the Word — the Logos — came down to earth to fulfill all the prophecies, all the commandments,  all that is necessary for the salvation of mankind.

Throw out the “Ten”  Commandments, you throw out Christ, the Son of God.

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What kind of world would that be?    I’ll be thinking of that in the following days here in the Spruce Tunnel.