MicroBlog: Twitter-length Ponderings, Groanings, Ramblings & Misgivings...
The unfolding of human history is unimaginably vast and complex. It can take a lifetime of careful thinking to barely begin unraveling it.
Thankfully, from time to time I enjoy a brief flash of clarity and insight into some perplexing issue or another. That's when I find it helpful to jot down my ponderings and work them into a somewhat presentable form.
The items below would probably appear on my Twitter account if I had the strength of character to ignore those pesky "Following/Follower" numbers. Alas, I do not (see "WARNING TO SELF" at the bottom of this page).
C.S. Lewis wrote, "There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes." I know exactly what he means. For me, a "respectful contrarian" to the core, this is a deeply happy, pleasurable and satisfying mini-pursuit.
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Links are to related scriptures at BibleGateway.com.
Curtis R. Olson
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(Last updated: January 28, 2019)
To heed Godly reproof is wisdom. To heed insolent bellyaching is folly. To know the difference is sweet liberty.
Reason, adrift in the Universe: "I demand empirical proof that your god exists!" Reason, anchored securely: "Sorry, dude."
Child of God, it is not yours to beg pardon for His eternal decrees. Let those who would chide the Almighty take their quarrel to Him.
A shape with four corners is not, and never can be, a circle. This despite fierce outrage from "rectangle-rights" activists.
"Faithful and True" is the gold standard for civil authority. But silver would suffice until then, if we could find any.
Abusive employers and abusive union zealots have this in common with all abusers: Their ambitions will come to nothing.
Respectful submission to lawful authority under God? Indeed. But preening politicians and utopian dreamers deserve derision.
Kindness and due regard toward others? Always. But do not yield to bullies and grievance hustlers or they will own you.
I lament my bent for "place-seeking," O Lord, with its chomping and fretting. Grant me the sweet abandon of Your cannon fodder.
May 28, 2012 - AUSCHWITZ - Sobered by the ruins of Nazi conceit, I fear to cluck my own proud tongue.
Take heart, awkward believer. You will one day be a noble pillar in the temple of God. A perfect fit at last!
Studiously avoid religious show-offs and scorekeepers. They have their feeble reward. Do not admire. Do not imitate.
Preacher at the June 2011 funeral of an 18-month-old: "God did not will for this child to die." Small God. Small comfort.
US Republicans: Total State feigned as freedom. US Democrats: Total State feigned as fairness. Same aim. Despise both lies.
Baseline budgeting... the mother of all frauds and the lifeblood of Total State. No politician dares to speak its name.
Total State... the grandest of pagan cults. Its high priests? Elected officials. Its prophets? The media. Its burnt offering? You.
Financial mischief, in nickels & dimes or in trillions, is death to paupers, merchants and emperors alike.
The nations rage. The rulers plot folly and destruction. What can one person do?
Rebels at the bottom. Rebels at the top. Rebels everywhere between. This is the madness of the nations.
WARNING TO SELF: Social media is the new "graven image" for millions. They feed on ashes.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - C.S. Lewis, God In The Dock