Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Opus 2013-300: Immortal Quotes: Thinking Outside the Box

We often talk about “thinking outside the box.”  It is a cute idea that we repeat without thinking about it.  It is another post-modern sillyism that we throw around without thinking about what we are saying.  Cultural gurus have been recommending thinking outside the box for years.  It isn’t working. 

Maybe we need to start thinking inside the box.  There are many options inside the box we are not considering.  To be honest, the box is the limit of where we can go.  We can be as creative as we want outside the box.  We are not hindered by reality, the laws of physics or morality.  It is called fantasy.  We can come up with clever captions that are heart warming but meaningless.   If I think outside the box I can mold all kinds of foolish options that will destroy my life financially, morally and physically. 

I don’t think we are even considering all the options inside the box.  We need to carefully consider what the resources are and what our options are and make a creative suggestion based on reality.  You can only make more or spend less if your budget doesn’t balance.  Take that literally or figuratively.

Or maybe we just need to start thinking, period.  I am not sure that most of us are too creative, logical or even intelligent.  The number of people who have come up with truly original ideas is very small.  Who thought up the bow and arrow?  How about the zipper?  How would anyone figure out that mixing charcoal, saltpeter and sulfur together could make an explosive?  After the original thinking is done everyone else just expands on the idea.  That is easy.

So let’s quit trying to do the impossible until we have used up the options that are possible.

It is worth a try.

homo unius libri

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