Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Thomas the snowman








Enough said.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Faith

...for it is great to give up one's desire, but greater to stick to it after having given it up; it is great to grasp hold of the eternal but greater to stick to the temporal after having given it up. ...
Abraham believed, and therefore he was young; for he who always hopes for the best becomes old, deceived by life, and he who is always prepared for the worst becomes old prematurely; but he who has faith, retains eternal youth. ...
Abraham had faith, and had faith for this life. Yes, had his faith only been for a future life it would indeed have been easier to cast everything aside in order to hasten out of this world to which he did not belong. But Abraham's faith was not of that kind, if there is such, for a faith like that is not really faith but only its remotest possibility, a faith that has some inkling of its object at the very edge of the field of vision but remains separated from it by a yawning abyss in which despair plays its pranks.


-Johannes de silentio [Kierkegaard's chosen persona for Fear and Trembling]

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Brahms

It seems I can repeatedly listen to the first two string quartets of Brahms without tiring. Somehow with four instruments he manages to produce a fuller sound than most composers can do with a full orchestra.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

An answer to Sen. Obama's question

Words from antiquity: His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Senator Obama, aspirant to the presidency, was recently quoted: "Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked."

Assuming it is being used as more than a rhetorical device, the phrase "somehow, somewhere" implies that the senator is genuinely uncertain how faith, and specifically Christianity, to which he asserts his adherence, came to such a horrible state as to cause division.

Being the good citizen that I am, I have decided to point this selfless public official toward the answer.

Jesus says (Luke 12:51): "Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division."

Yes, the one you supposedly refer to as Lord himself was the one who made religion divisive.

Senator, you: 1. don't know your own faith 2. don't believe Christianity's holy book (in which case your faith is pointless) or 3. are a lying, pandering fool.

I suspect all three.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Name change / the end

A mercenary goes where the pay is. He goes to places that he doesn't necessarily want to for the sake of tangible compensation, usually monetary. I originally went to Boston as a mercenary.

However, for quite some time I have been here because I want to be. Yes I am working, yes I am being paid, but this compensation has taken back seat to a personal desire to simply be--here.

In the process of this transition, which was long and began perhaps a year ago, I have learned amazing things. Interestingly, I have simultaneously desired less and less to discuss these glimpses over a medium such as this. I believe this explains my infrequent posting pattern of the last year. Most posts were a result of a sense that I ought to post rather than a strong desire to.

So a name change to this particular place is necessary and appropriate. For now it is mercenary to student, simply because of the amount I have been learning. A more thorough name change might take place, but I have no intention to exert much effort toward that possibility. In all honesty I don't know how frequently future posts will come, or even if they will. Although given recent posting history this may not mean much.

I believe I am entering a personal golden age. This is no doubt due to the many gracious prayers that have been made on my behalf. God is making me more and more his, and the result is an increasing (though still only partial) indifference to both the compliments and insults of others as I find my identity and worth more and more in him.

In keeping with the spirit of this post, I don't feel a desire to be any less vague.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Truth about racism

I know most people aren't interested in the truth, because it generally conflicts with their worldview. Nonetheless, it is necessary to point out the following.

Occasionally some nitwit asserts that people who oppose amnesty for law breakers, i.e. illegal immigrants, are racist against Mexicans. Aside from the fact that that is utterly ridiculous, reality is quite the opposite. Immigrants from Asia, Africa, Europe--anywhere in the world except Mexico--generally follow the laws, procedures, and rules in their immigration efforts. The result is years of waiting and bureaucratic exercises. The vast majority of illegal immigrants are from Mexico. Therefore, if one were to favor amnesty for this demographic, one would be committing racist actions against Africans, Asians, and Europeans.

Again, those who oppose amnesty, which is in favor of a specific ethnic group, are not racist--the racists, rather, are those who believe the law should discriminate against millions of would-be immigrants who happen to fall into other demographics. Try thinking for a change, you racist. And why do you hate people from Africa so much?

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Reality tv

I've probably already told everyone who reads this, but my boss was on the season premier of the reality television show "Trading Spouses" last fall. His and one other family were the subject of two hours of scrutiny. This is odd because if you knew him at all you would realize that it is completely out of character for him to be involved with reality tv. I recently came across the video on youtube. The first part is here. The other ten or so parts can also be found on youtube, showing the episodes in their entirety. It will be obvious who my boss is.

My boss is the most intelligent person I have ever known. He is so intelligent that he can completely disregard most social protocol and get away with it. I am grateful (as you should be) that his mind is on our side instead of Iran's. He immediately sees what is and isn't relevant in any situation. I am trying to soak up just a fraction of a percent of his insight. That is difficult to do because the man is a genius whose mind operates on a level far above mine or yours. People call others "genius" all the time, so the word has lost a lot of its meaning, but he is the real deal.