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.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Opus 2018-191: On the Street: Brainwashing Is Spelled CNN

I am on the road again and staying in a hotel that is a true believer in CNN.  The first three times I was in the lobby long enough to pay attention all I heard were repeated litanies about racism and white privilege.  It was non-stop propaganda.  After that it was one anti-Trump screed after another.  It is no wonder that so many people are ignorant and never-Trump.  It is the intellectual equivalent of living on Twinkies. 

When my wife asked why the TV was on CNN she was told that it was the decision of the general manager.  I wonder if he is a Democrat? 

It gives me a good reason to read a book.

homo unius libri

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Opus 2018-190: Forgiveness

Trigger Warning:  Theology ahead.

Is it necessary to ask for forgiveness?  Is it necessary to change our behavior?  Most pagans and new age church attenders would answer “no” to both questions.  Jesus gives one example where the answers are “No” and “Yes”.

For reference look at John 8:1-11.  I will tag it on the end for those who don’t have a Bible handy and are not familiar with the passage.  It is referred to as the “Woman Caught in Adultery” episode.  A woman was brought to Jesus accused of adultery by a group of Pharisees.  They were obviously trying to force Jesus into some kind of public display.  They wanted Jesus to endorse stoning the woman to death as the law allow for.  Jesus called their bluff and then spoke to the woman.

I don’t think there was any doubt the woman was guilty of adultery.  It is also clear that Jesus was not condoning the behavior.  He said two things and they must be taken together.  First He said He did not condemn her and then Jesus said, “Go and sin no more.”

In regard to my opening question, notice that there is no record of the woman offering a defense or asking for forgiveness.  It is possible that it was left out but clear it is not mentioned.  Yet in spite of that Jesus offered her forgiveness.  Interesting.  I would submit that God is not into ritual flow charts, check boxes or games.  I would suggest that He can read our hearts and even if we don’t say the approved phrases He responds as if we had.  So, no, we don’t need to recite a set piece.  It is probably better if we do because it helps to clarify our minds, but God is flexible in ways we don’t understand.

Was it expected that the woman would change her behavior?  I would say it was not only expected but required.  Jesus did not say, “Don’t worry.  I’ve got your back.”  He clearly told her to stop sinning.  Would Jesus demand something that was impossible?  That was a rhetorical question.  I suggest that it is also vital to our salvation that we “go and sin no more”. 

Here is the relevant passage from the Bible.
(John 8:1-11 KJV)  Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.  And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.  And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?   She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
homo unius libri

Friday, August 10, 2018

Opus 2018-189: Our Public Secret Weapon, Part 2 of 2

Why do people continue practices that lead to the destruction of what they say is important?  We are in a cultural war but the only ones fighting are on the side trying to destroy America.  It is time we put our pocketbooks to work.

Have you ever been around someone who says they can’t make it to church because they work on Sunday?  Have you ever wished that people didn’t need to work on Sunday?  Does the fact that God instituted the Sabbath mean anything to you?  I have a suggestion to make.  I have made it to people around me and almost been thrown out of the family.  What would happen if the people who claim to be Christian would stop going out to eat and shopping on Sunday?  My guess is that a lot of businesses that focus on that day would give their people the day off.  It would not be from threats or noisy demonstrations.  It would because they could no longer make money by being open.  If they closed on Sunday their people could spend the day at worship and family activities and the company would still make money.

Now let me meddle a little more.  What would happen if everyone who considers themself a patriotic American would stop using the businesses we grip about so much?  Would Facebook, Twitter, CNN, The New York Times and others keep up the arrogance?  I doubt it.  They are businesses after all.  They need to make a profit.  They make their money by ad revenues and the ability to sell your information.  Why do you think so many blogs have ads for products through Amazon?  They get a percentage.  It comes out of our casual attitude.  We need to let the power of the free market do its work.

I must confess that I do not use the things I am urging you to give up.  I admit that the people in my life will not allow me to give up Sunday brunches.  But get started.  Don’t click on links that take you to fake news sites.  Don’t buy insurance from companies that donate large amounts to liberal causes.  Don’t hit the sales at stores that take away your Constitutional rights.  Every time you redirect a penny it is a penny less in their balance sheet and a penny more in the pocket of someone who deserves it.

What would happen if there was a war and only the liberals showed up?  Oh.  That is happening.  Do you like what you are seeing?

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Opus 2018-188: Our Public Secret Weapon, Part 1 of 2

I am relatively sure I have addressed this before but it is time to get involved in the cultural war for America.  We must strive to avoid violence, not because violence is always wrong, but because history shows that violent response ends up playing into the hands of tyrants and demagogs more than it restores liberty.  The American Revolution is the exception to the rule.  The French Revolution is an example of the rule.

So how do we put the stop to the nonsense?  We do it like the free-market capitalists that we are supposed to be.  It will not be violent but it will be painful.  It will require giving up learned preferences and going without our fixes.  It will require thought and focus, which is enough to make me doubt it will happen.  We need to hit them in the pocketbooks.

I can think of several “boycotts” that had dramatic, long term results but you could not prove effective at the time.  I remember when K-Mart was an economic force to be reckoned with.  There were two or three items that I always bought at K-Mart.  When I went to buy those things I would look around and maybe drop a few more bucks.  Then they decided to start dipping into soft pornography.  An organization called the American Family Association called for a boycott of K-Mart.  I stopped shopping there.  I had to break a habit and look other places.  It was inconvenient, but I joined in.  After a short time they backed off on the porn but my habits had already been changed.  In the years to follow they started closing stores and declining in their part of the pie.  I am sure that they, and you, would deny that the boycott had that effect but I participated and saw it happen.

I could list the other products and stores I have avoided over the years.  It was not automatic.  It was not easy.  It was also not fanatical.  If K-Mart was the only store in town, I would go to K-Mart.  On the other hand I had to change my snacking habits, I quit going to my favorite fast foot chain, I don’t buy certain brands of clothes and I don’t give money to some non-profits that I used to approve.

It can be done.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Opus 2018-187: Headlines: Democrats Claim Victory Because They Lost Small

The double standard in reporting continues.  I am looking at the race in Ohio.  At the moment it looks like the Republican will squeak by and win.  Somehow this is being portrayed as a victory for the Democrats.  The talking point is that Trump won the district by a large margin, the seat has been Republican for years and therefore coming close shows how big the Blue Wave it.

Very interesting but you lost.  Factor in all the cheating, fraud non-citizen votes and you lost significantly.  Of course, that is my spin.  But you still lost.  The Blue Wave was a ripple and could not make it over the dike.  This is not New Orleans where the levies gave way.  It seems to be Ohio where the Republicans got more than the Democrats.

After refusing to accept that Trump won in 2016 the Progressives (Democrats, liberals, socialists, Communists, RINOs) will continue to interpret every result as a mandate for their side.  It is just another reason to not pay any attention to the pundits and propagandists.  It is the same nonsense we get from the fascist thugs of Antifa when they claim they are against fascism.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Opus 2018-186: On the Street: Adversity Training

I don’t often catch Rush Limbaugh but when my wife is in the car I hear him a bit.  The other day he was talking and said something that was interesting.  He said he has been fired seven times.  Picture that.  Possibly the most successful radio personality in our history, who started the wave of conservative talk radio, was kicked out seven times for who knows what reasons.  I am sure he has grown and developed a lot but how would you like to be one of those executives who gave him the boot?

Too often people give up when they should work harder.  To often we give up on others who simply need a little time to season.  Of course firing them might be an important part of their wake up call.  Since I am retired I can tell you that.

homo unius libri

Monday, August 6, 2018

Opus 2018-185: The Chinese Are Coming

My wife is spending a lot of time following all the latest conspiracy theories.  She has me sit down to watch some special segments.  As I was sitting watching something about 45,000 indictments being pursued by pro-Trump people, the guru on the screen went on to another subject.  Evidently the Chinese are going to send troops to Syria to fight against the Americans.

I am afraid that one got me scratching my head.

I wonder if this is another case of geographic ignorance.  Syria is nowhere near China, except being on the same continent.  A Chinese military force would need to cross a boatload of countries if it came by land or air.  I am not sure that India would sit and act like it was an everyday event.  I don’t think Russia would buy it.  If it came by sea it would need to either go through the Suez Canal or all the way around Africa.  While the South China Sea might be sfe grounds for in invasion force I have a hard time believing it could make it all the way with no “accidents”.  These factors do not bode well for a Chinese invasion force.

I could be totally wrong but it is things like this that make me wonder about all these people with geopolitical genius.  It also didn’t help that he didn’t know how to pronounce coup d‛etat.

I am expecting enough trouble in the future without getting excited about this kind of stuff.

homo unius libri

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Opus 2018-184: Headlines: Warning Flag

Is anyone having trouble with this but me?

When I saw clips of the ceremony involved in returning the remains of the American servicemen who were MIA’s from the Korean War I noticed that they were draped in blue and white United Nations flags, not the Stars and Stripes.  I asked myself, “What gives here?”  I realize that the Korean War was fought under the cover of the UN but these casualties were Americans who thought they were fighting in the name of America. 

I did not see anything about the arrival in the United States but my hope is that the disgraceful rag of the UN would be removed and replaced by Old Glory before they actually made it home.

homo unius libri

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Opus 2018-183: Why, God?

God does not do things that are arbitrary.  It may look that way to us, in fact it probably will.  We may not understand or be capable of understanding.  We may not agree, but God has a reason. 

Consider what is called “the Law”.  It has different scope in different contexts.  It starts with the Ten Commandments and extends to what fibers you can use in cloth.  It can be divided into Moral Law, Dietary Law, Ritual Law and so forth.  Each jot and tittle of the Law has a purpose in creation. 

Take for instance the requirement that Jewish males be circumcised.  It is an act of covenant but it also has a real effect on life.  Modern science has discovered health benefits to circumcision.  Jewish women have lower rates of cervical cancer.  Men who have not been circumcised are eight times more likely to contact AIDS.  That is just one example.  It took millennia to learn this but it applied all that time.  The commands of God are full of this type of results.

Creation is an intricate machine and God has written a manual for us to keep in step with how it works.  Obviously I am referring to the Bible.  Read it and don’t weep.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Opus 2018-182: Last Flight from Sodom

Where do we go from here?  I continue to read headlines about pedophilia and the assault on children going on in the cultural elites.  Some of the headlines are exposes that act like criminal charges are going to be brought.  Others are statements that there are movements in government, education, entertainment and media to make sexual contact with children legal and mainstream.  It seems to be coming like a Mac truck.  I remember just a few years ago when we warned that accepting homosexuality would lead to child and animal sex being accepted and being told I was just an old Prude with sexual hang ups. 

It is knocking at the door.  Where do those of us who still have a shred of moral fiber go from here?

The question has already been asked politically.  I remember during the 2016 presidential campaign how Ted Cruz shared what his father had said.  To paraphrase, he had fled tyranny in Cuba and come to the United States.  If the United States falls and become another socialist workers paradise, where do we go from here?  There is no place left.

I have already left California.  So many leftists have fled that they are infecting the rest of the country.  I came to Texas.  Now I hear that Austin is talking about changing the name of the city because the man it is named after had slaves.  Really?  The crazies are alive and well in the Lone Star state. 

Where do I go from here?  I may not need to worry about it.  I am old enough that I may be dead by the time the fools completely take over.  I am worried more about my children and grandchildren.  I am worried about your decedents. 

I have hope though.  This is not the first time that perversion has been ascendent.  I think of the discussion between God and Abraham about the future of Sodom.  God was going to destroy it because of it evil.  Eventually Abraham brought his plea for mercy down to this.
(Genesis 18:32 KJV)  And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
God agreed to spare Sodom if there were ten righteous in the city.  Sodom was destroyed. 

How many will it take for God to spare America?

homo unius libri

Monday, July 30, 2018

Opus 2018-181: Cornerstone Considerations: BRX, Limited Government

An important foundation of the American Experiment was the idea of limited government and the belief that the purpose of government was to guarantee the rights that God had given us.

In Europe you had the Divine Right of Kings.  In China you had the Mandate of Heaven.  In Japan, as in many countries around the world, the Emperor was god.  In all of these cultures the government was in the hands of the head of state.  God sanctioned that arrangement.  The government existed to maintain his power.  In what we would call benevolent dictatorships the ruler would look at himself as a protector.  That never overwhelmed the primary role of self preservation.

America was supposed to be different.  The Declaration of Independence makes it clear.  The Constitution was designed to keep that difference.  The Tenth Amendment spells it out.
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Of course powerful people are not happy with that.  Some want to become powerful for power’s sake.  Some believe they are being altruistic and only trying to do what is best for everyone.  That comes with a belief that they and a small group of their friends, the elite that Thomas Sowell calls The Anointed, are better equipped to guide us, make our decisions for us, and keep us out of trouble.  It is not important who is hurt or killed in the process.  They truly believe two things:  1)  The end justifies the means and 2)  You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. 

You and I are the eggs.  Elitist power is the end.

When we look beyond our party affiliation and come to grips with being Americans, that awareness should pull us together.  When power is limited to a few we need to understand that the chances of us being one of the few are worse than my middle school students becoming starters in the NBA.  You will not be on the top of the heap, as much as you think your ideas are golden.  You will be one of the first ones they lock away or finish off because you could represent problems in the future.  Selfishness, if nothing else, should bring us together on the principles set down by the Bill of Rights.

November is coming.  Elections matter.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Opus 2018-180: Baby Talk: All the parts

As I watched my granddaughter wiggle and squirm it occured to me that in that little body are all the parts necessary to build a house or drive a car.  There is a brain in that head.  There are muscles and ligaments galore.  She has all her fingers and toes.  In spite of that she can’t even grab a rag to wipe her slobber, let alone wash the dog.

It occurs to me that we are like that as adults.  Even as I move through old age I feel like there are still potentials that I have not tapped and levels I have not reached.  One thing that keeps me from reaching new goals is that I have a lot of baggage to maintain.  Babies don’t have much to do beside trying to figure out how to get their fingers into their mouths.  I have my projects and my “honey do” list.  I have deadlines and handicaps. 

I also still have potential.  So do you.  It is never too late to start a project.  You may never finish but it is better to leave it unfinished because you ran out of time than to leave it stillborn.

Now if I can just stop drooling.

homo unius libri

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Opus 2018-179: Russia vs Mexico

One of the memes I have been picking up involves the twelve Russians who theoretically influenced the election.  The Democrats and media celebrate the fact they were indicted.  At the same time they deny that millions of illegal aliens can influence the election.

I would say this is a clear example of the bigotry, racism and prejudice of the left.  They assume that Russians are exponentially smarter than Mexicans.  Twelve Russians can do what millions of Mexicans can’t.  I am sure they don’t see the racism in that but they are making assumptions that can only be explained that way.

homo unius libri

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Opus 2018-178: Liberal Logic, or Not

I keep looking for blogs that are gems out in the rough.  So many people who once expressed interesting points of view have stopped writing.  When I have time I will click on posts listed in the sidebar of a blog and see where it takes me.  One of those was Bearing Arms that had an article on a psych prof who was trying to be rational about the debate on gun ownership.

He seemed to be sincere but he used the same circular reasoning that confuses the issue.  When looking at the views of gun owners he admits that they are responsible and no danger to him or anyone else.  So far, so good.  Then he goes to explain his position.
‘I do not own a gun but I feel safe at home. As violent crime rates decrease, the likelihood being a victim of a personal crime that a gun could prohibit is very small, Most people will never find themselves in this situation. In addition, my personal freedoms are not infringed by gun regulation and I too recognize that illegal guns are a problem. If I generalize from my experience, I may have difficulty understanding why people would need a gun in the first place whether for personal protection or for a vaguely defined “protection from tyranny”.’
Notice that he admits violent crime is decreasing.  He feels safe.  Somehow that leads him to think that we need more gun laws.  If we have a situation where more people are owning guns and he does not feel they are threat to him and life is getting safer, why would he want to turn the clock back to the days of fewer guns? 

He does not understand “why people would need a gun in the first place”.  Fine.  I don’t understand why people feel they need to wear a lot of gold jewelry.  I don’t understand why people eat sushi.  I don’t understand why people build houses in areas with high fire, flood and landslide risks.  That does not mean that I improve society by passing laws to keep them from doing these silly things.  But then, I am a conservative who believes that you should have all the liberty you want as long as it doesn’t cross over into my space.

As for not understanding why we need guns for protection from tyranny, he obviously had a liberal teaching him history.  Tyranny thrives on a population of unarmed serfs who know their place and can do nothing to change it.

Don’t confuse a position on a college faculty with wisdom.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Opus 2018-177: New Laws: Open Wide

I don’t know if you have seen the meme about open borders and open doors.  The idea is that if you are in favor of open borders you should never close or lock your front door.  It should be open to show how you welcome the entire world into your life.  I used this illustration for years when I was teaching and immigration came up.  I am glad to see it making the net.

My suggestion is that we need a government agency and federal program to keep track of all people who are in favor of open borders.  We would then have a team of agents visit their homes when they are not looking and remove all locks from their doors.  They should also determine if there are any safes and jam them so they will not close.  (Obviously this will not cause gun safes to be left open because these people also are against guns).  With enough care you could also find out all their passwords and account numbers so that they would really be open in their lives.  The team would do the same for their cars and RV’s.  Finally they would remove all fences and security systems. 

We need to let the law of unintended consequences introduce these unicorn riders to the laws of cause and effect.  Physics and human nature will still operate no matter how much they deny it.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-176: Headlines: Page Cooperates

Not to be a cynic or anything but I fear for the safety of Lisa Page.  The headlines say she cooperated with congress.  I don’t know whether I can believe that or not, after all it did come from the media, but if she did I hope she is lining up extra body guards.  People who speak out against the deep state tend to become statistics.  If she is really being honest I would hate to see her join the list of people who have stepped out of line.

Secret Service maybe?

homo unius libri

Friday, July 20, 2018

Opus 2018-175: Headlines: Still Never Trump

It seems that a lot of people have Never Trump tattooed on their DNA.  They can act supportive and keep on a happy face but they are really just looking for an excuse to say, “Gotcha!”  The recent meeting with Putin is a case in point.  It might be a good time to start a list of whom you can trust and who is part of the deep state.

Was Trump being Trump?  My guess is, yes.  Did the Donald say some things that sounded like “Squirrel” to people in the Hate Trump industry?  It certainly looks like it.  I don’t spend a lot of time reading all of the concerns they have about Donald giving away the bank.  Nothing came even close to Obama leaning over and saying he would have more flexibility after the election.  Next time you get upset with Trump being polite to Putin just remember that moment of open mic. 

One of the comments I read was probably an indication of where we should be.  The writer said that it wasn’t the comments Trump made that were key.  What was important was the things that Trump did and the progress he is making in so many areas.  Trump will be Trump.  If you want a smooth talking hypocrite then go volunteer for almost any one of the Democrats that are going to run for President.  Might I suggest their new light, Ocasio-Cortez?

I am still much more worried about the FBI, CIA, NSA, TSA, DHS and RINO than I am about the KGB or whatever they call themselves today.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Opus 2018-174: Digging into Deuteronomy: Memory Loss

(Deuteronomy 4:9 KJV)  Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;

Why is it that we seem to need to keep repeating things to remember them?  When I was in high school and college I knew everyone’s birthday.  Now I have to write down the dates for my wife and kids.  I once had long passages of scripture memorized and now can’t even remember which ones they were.  I could quote the Gettysburg Address.  I used to know the proper mixture for mixing mortar.  I could look at a baby and tell you how many months.  The list goes on.  I would give you more examples but I can’t remember what I have forgotten.

This verse tries to alert us to the danger of forgetting.  The fade starts as our eyes stop looking at them.  Then they get vague in our minds and eventually they wither in our hearts.  You may not have any tools to study the Hebrew but “give heed” and “keep” (8104) are the same Hebrew word.  The antidote is given twice.  We remember by repetition.  Every year when I was teaching I had to work through how to figure percentages.  I knew there was a formula, I just didn’t remember what numbers went where.  After a few times reviewing it all came back and I didn’t need to think about it any more, until next year.  Every summer the knowledge would hide because I wasn’t using it.

One of the best ways to remember the important things is to teach them to your children.  That reinforces by repetition but it also puts you on the line.  You have declared something you believe to be important.  You have demanded that they learn it.  Now you better live up to it yourself. 

There may be a few people with perfect memory but that isn’t me and probably isn’t you.  We have to work at it.

homo unius libri

Monday, July 16, 2018

Opus 2018-173: New Laws: Kosher Democracy

I am proposing a new law.  I want to mandate that all elected officials eat at a place that has a dollar menu at least once a day and on any trips stay in a Motel 6 at least one night.  Make them pay with cash.  We need to find a way to get them out of their bubbles and into the world of the rest of us.  If I understand correctly President Trump tries to follow this regime when he is out and traveling, at least in the eating area.  Maybe that is why he is working toward what most Americans want.

Candidates for office will need to document and prove that they have also been out rubbing elbows with the general public.  Maybe they would be required to keep a Twitter account going that would make it possible to follow their activities and have others comment on the experience.

Washington is out of touch with fly over country.  It is out of touch with people who must deal with all the manipulative regulations put out by the federal bureaucracy.  Sometimes the only way to get people to understand how hot it is outside is to turn off their air-conditioning.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Opus 2018-172: Headlines: Standing Tall

It was good to see that neither President Trump nor Mrs. Trump bowed to Queen Elizabeth.  I have nothing against the English royal family as such although I do think Charles is missing a few points of his triangle.  I could have even accepted a nod but they were very careful not to act the lackey like President Obama was “inclined” to do.

Making America Great can include being polite and courteous.  It can have a bit of humility.  It does not need subservience to a system of class that the Founding Fathers rejected. 

The President of the United States makes patriots proud, socialists sputter and snowflakes twitter.

homo unius libri

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Opus 2018-171: How about Euthanasia?

Why is it that people who believe in eternal life tend to be the ones against legalizing euthanasia?  Christians do not fear death because they believe it will lead to the resurrection and an eternity in the presence of God.  What is the problem with getting a little help in the process?  It comes down to the questions in the Garden of Eden and whether God is in charge or we are.

Most have heard the misquote from the Ten Commandments,
(Exodus 20:13 KJV)  Thou shalt not kill.
It is a misquote because it should be “murder” not “kill”.  Since the death penalty is given in the Bible and there are cases where war is allowed, to forbid killing would be nonsense.  Murder, on the other hand is killing for your own selfish reasons.  There is even an allowance in the Old Testament law for manslaughter and an acknowledgment that there is a difference between killing in a fit of passion and cold blooded planned murder.

For Christians taking a life is not something you do for personal convenience or profit.  Life is given by God and the length of life is in his hands.  It is part of a belief in Providence.  God is in control.  He can shield us from the virus that kills.  He can put us in the other room when the chimney falls.  On the other hand He can call us home at any time.  Certain decisions are hard to make such as turning off life support on someone who is brain dead, but that is a total different discussion than administering lethal drugs because someone is depressed. 

Where are the Buddhists and Hindus on this issue?  They believe that death leads to reincarnation.  Does that make them in favor of helping people die?  Do they write it off to bad karma because they are in the situation or good karma because they get to reboot to something better?

Death comes to all but we have different attitudes toward it.

homo unius libri

Friday, July 13, 2018

Opus 2018-170: He’s Makin’ a List

I did not watch any of the “testimony” of Peter Strzok gave to congress.  I heard the bits and pieces that the different media outlets wanted to share.  I am glad the interview is going on but at the same time don’t think it will make much difference.  Congress already has more than enough information to be demanding indictments on everyone from Barak Obama to Hillary’s maid and they have done nothing.  Flynn and Manafort are in jail and others have been harassed by Mueller for simply being on the wrong team.  Meanwhile, Comey can testify under oath that he gave classified memos to a reporter and nothing happens.

There was one point that sums up the whole problem.  I am sure that you have heard what Louie Gohmert had to say about Strzok’s reliability. 
'How many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eyes and lie to her?'
As much as everyone gasped and came unglued at that moment of honesty, that is really a question that should be asked of many people in the limelight. 

How can you put people in positions of authority and power when they are cheating on their wives and husbands?  If you will betray such a basic relationship of trust, what will you not betray?  Truth and honesty are basics of good government.  They are the foundations of a culture that seeks to live in peace, prosperity and liberty.  Think about it.  After you get your oil changed do you take a bit of the oil to a lab to see if they put in the good stuff?  How do you know that the coffee you are drinking is really organic and “sustainable”?  Was your cheese really aged two years?  We take a lot on faith.  No one would have time to check out everything.

As conservatives we need to seek out people who know what it is to be honest.  If you are also a Christian then you need to be the model of integrity.  I realize that none of us will be perfect and I understand that you can’t tell your wife what she really looks like in that dress.  Having said that we need to watch and when we find this kind of deceit going on, start a list like Santa Claus only make sure that you check it more than twice.

homo unius libri

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Opus 2018-169: Leave the Ad Hominem to the Left

Could we please stop focusing on people’s physical attributes.  I am tired of references to how ugly a certain Justice is, how fat a certain movie producer is and other such insults.  The statements may be true but they are also obvious and mean spirited.  As someone who has worked with middle school students I have learned that having a big nose, a bald head and bad style are things I have to live with and the best way I can get back at my attackers is to laugh with them.

The ideas these people express are ugly enough.  Just focus on that.  When Michael Moore talks about the great health care system of Cuba, go for it.  When Ruth Bader Ginsburg falls asleep during a speech, let the giggles flow.  When Barak Obama talks about visiting all 57 states, guffaw.  When Nancy Pelosi worries about a Supreme Court nominee destroying America, go for the jugular. 

Let the left show a lack of class.  We can do better.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Opus 2018-168: Headlines: A Sparkling Nomination

We have a nomination.  Next step is a confirmation.  I don’t know if I should be rejoicing or mourning.  It depends on whom you read and what they think they know.  We are all familiar with Nancy Pelosi’s famous statement that we need to pass the bill so we can find out what is in it.  For a legislature that is pure ignorance, arrogance or manipulation.  Or it may be all three.  In the case of a Supreme Court Justice that is the way it needs to be.

At the press conference everyone said the right things.  All we know at this point is that Brett Kavanaugh claims to believe that the Constitution should be understood to mean what it says, not what the current justice says it means.  We heard the same thing from Chief Justice Roberts and Clarence Thomas.  In one case it was a smoke screen, in the other it was genuine.  The problem is that we will not know until the proof hits the pudding.

So far Trump has done his homework.  I am willing to have hope for the future because he seems to be showing where his heart is.  I am convinced that Trump believes that Kavanaugh is the genuine article.  Only time will tell. 

Another reason that I have hope is because I believe with the Founding Fathers that the rights we have are endowed by our Creator.  God is in charge.  If we can survive eight years of Obama doing everything he can to destroy the country with the aid of the media, education system and RINOs, we can trust God to see us through.  It is more important that we live in righteousness than who sits on the Supreme Court.  Remember that Sodom would have been spared if there had only been a few particles of salt and a couple of sparks of light.

So get out there and sparkle.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Opus 2018-167: The Good, The Bad, and the Rest of Us

Right and wrong.  Good and evil.  Do they exist?  Yes.  Every human being in the world that is healthy and mentally stable will admit there is right and wrong.  If nothing else they will admit there is a wrong way to screw on a hose.  We may disagree on what to put in each category but we would agree with the concept.  A universal idea like that must come from somewhere.

It does not come from evolution.  Animals don’t have wrong and right.  When I was in Vietnam you would not believe some of the ways the bored GI’s tried to entertain themselves.  I had my books.  I wrote letters.  One time I took a break and went outside to see what all the noise was about.  A group of very bored soldiers had found a bitch in heat and were playing games with the males that wanted to breed her.  The dogs didn’t look at it as right and wrong.  All they knew was instinct and acting on it.  The soldiers knew right and wrong and I doubt if they ever told their current or future wives how they spent that afternoon.

New born babies don’t know right from wrong.  I speak as one who has been spit up on and listen to the little toots that babies make.  They drool and flop.  It is what they do.  If left alone they won’t get much further but we keep coaching and modeling and eventually we get adults who demonstrate what they have been coached on.  It is a battle all the way because it does not come naturally. 

Where do we adult get our ideas of right and wrong?  For an advanced culture to develop and thrive they need some kind of religious roots to tell them where to draw the lines.  Pragmatism isn’t enough.  Rich men think having many wives is a great idea as long as they can divorce them when it is convenient, thus polygamy.  Strong men think they can enslave the weak.  If you had taken a poll in ancient times about slavery I think that most of the people against it would be the slaves themselves.  Religion gives boundaries. 

When you remove the religious boundaries you end up with what modern Marxism has shown us.  In every case where Communists have been in control you have had genocidal levels of murder and mayhem.  If you know enough about history to recognize that the Nazis and the Communists were both socialistic then you realize that the godless governments of history make the victims of religious wars into small change and footnotes.

Which religion is best?  I obviously have an opinion but I express that often enough in other places.  Ethical behavior is pretty much nonsense without the guidance of religion.

homo unius libri

Friday, July 6, 2018

Opus 2018-166: The Problem with Elites

The class structure is being created in America as it has existed in much of history.  The building is coming from both ends in an attack against the beliefs of the middle.

The elites believe they are better than anyone else.

The peasants are content to have their needs met.  How else would you explain the large number of people who have immigrated to this country and are refusing to learn English.  I have thirteen year old students who have their parents come in for a conference and they need an interpreter.  These are not people new to the country.  That I could understand.  These are people who have thirteen year old children born in this country.  Thirteen years and they have made no effort to become fluent in the language of success.  They are complicit in the destruction of the American dream.  They believe that the elites are truly their betters.  They deserve to be at the bottom because they are happy there.

We used to have institutions that taught the elites that we are all sinners before God and saved by grace.  That generates thoughts of equality.  We used to have schools that taught that all men are created equal and we enlightened the poorer classes that the future was as bright for them as it was for the sons of the rich.

No more.  We have been betrayed by the church that refuses to teach about sin.  We have been betrayed by the schools because they are generating successive generations of peasants.  We have betrayed ourselves because we have accepted it and not demanded more.

homo unius libri

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Opus 2018-165: Terror Wins a Round

My wife shared that she would not be found at any large gathering over the 4th of July.  I think she extended it to life in general.  She is worried about terror attacks my Muslims and liberals.  What this tells me is that they are winning.

The whole point of terrorism is that they put fear, terror, in our minds to the point that we change how we live.  When we put off going out to eat or shopping it is more than just us trying to be safe.  It takes a big stick and drives it through the spokes of the economy.  The enemies of America win without having to do anything.

This works many ways.  I find that I am reluctant to fly.  It has nothing to do with fear of being blown out of the sky.  It has to do with convenience and comfort.  The comfort I am forced to live with.  The airlines keep making the seats narrower and knee knocking.  I am getting too old for that environment.  The one that is more crippling is the TSA.  Knee jerk reactions to shoe bombers and underwear bombers has made it quicker to drive to some locations than to take the airplane.  This came through to me recently when I was reading an old action novel.  The hero walking into an airport at the last minute, paid cash for a ticket with no ID and immediately boarded the plane.  Can you remember those days?  I have vague memories of it but my children can’t picture such liberty.

I will not be going to any big event either but my motivation is different.  I don’t like big crowds.  I think it is part of becoming old and cranky.  I went to one concert forty years ago.  It was enough.  I went to a Tea Party rally.  It was enough.  I prefer to schedule my life so that if I must dine out or go shopping I go when the masses are somewhere else.  I really don’t want to be forced to go to things to show the terrorists that I value liberty over security.

Don’t let Muslim suicide bombers keep you from the mall.  Don’t let Communist Antifa thugs keep you from a parade.  Don’t let government attempts to keep from traveling just because they want to keep you safe.  Liberty is a state of mind that guides our actions.

I hope you enjoyed Independence Day.  Continue to apply that independence.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Opus 2018-164: Immortal Quotes: Just to Be Clear

I came across a line I wish I had written in The Daily Gouge.
“This doesn’t mean Trump, who continues to dismay us with regularity, is anything remotely angelic…just Heaven-sent.”
And you can quote them on that.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-163: July 4, The Experiment Began

Today is Independence Day.  A good question we need to ask is, “What were we independent from?”  The most common answer would probably be some sort of ignorance from people who never listened or never covered the founding of the country.  The most common answer we would get from people who didn’t guess “From school” would be we gained our independence from England and became a new nation.  That would be right as far as it goes but still short of the real level of separation that was being sought.

Political independence was a necessary ingredient for what the Founding Fathers wanted to achieve but it was only the beginning.  What they wanted to be free from what the established paradigm of Europe.  They probably would not have used the word paradigm but you get the idea.  Europe was a product of the Enlightenment.  While there were some good things that came out of the Enlightenment it was also the source of the thinking that made the French Revolution totally different than the American Revolution.  It was based on a class society that felt like there was a natural elite who deserved to rule.  The American experiment was based on two concept that were, and are, rejected by Europe.  They are also rejected by American elites today.

The first is the Declaration of Independence phrase “all men are created equal”.  It was not a statement that all men are equal but that they were created equal.  This is the principle of the rule of law and the idea illustrated by the statue of Justice with a balance scale and a blindfold.  The rest of the world seems satisfied with different laws and different justice for those in the higher classes.  The Founding Fathers wanted the law applied the same to everyone.  It took a lot of sanding and chiseling but with the Civil Rights act of 1964 we were getting pretty close to that ideal.  Of course you then had special interest elites start in with things like affirmative action and quotas. 

But the dream is still there for most Americans.

The second concept is referenced in the first.  In order to be created there needs to be a Creator.  It was assumed in the Declaration of Independence that certain rights were ours because God had given them to us.  Because God gave them, the government could not take them away.  That thinking was rejected by Europe and, again, most of the world.  A good example is Great Britain where you are not even allowed to defend yourself from violent attacks without fear of being arrested because you defended yourself too well.

The Progressives represented by the Democrats, socialists and people on the left want to turn back the clock, do away with the experiment and become European again.  They feel that specially qualified experts are the ones who should be making major decisions and limiting our options on minor choices.  They want it for our own good.  It starts with seat belts and motorcycle helmets and proceeds to health care and sugar in our drinks.  It ends up with one party elections with only carefully screened candidates on the ballot.

Celebrate our Independence and wake up before it is gone.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Opus 2018-162: Headlines: AMLO Derangement Syndrome

Mexico is heading for a change in leadership.  I have read every opinion about this from another Venezuela to genuine hope.  I think there is a parallel with the election of Donald Trump.  We won’t know until the laundry is in.  So let’s hope for the best and keep our powder dry.

If I were to give Mexico’s President Elect any advice it would be the same I would give our president:  Be vigilant for the inevitable attempts at assassination.  A couple of headlines I read said that over 1,300 political candidates were murdered during this election cycle in Mexico.  The left in the United States keeps talking about the violence here and the danger of the “gun culture”.  We are what President Obama would have called the Junior Varsity when it comes to violence.  Mexico would be close to the top of the list if not number one.

So keep your head down AMLO.  Be careful whom you trust.  The drug cartels and crime bosses of Mexico will not go away quietly.

Best wishes.  My prayer is that you are a sincere force for change and that you will get a chance to demonstrate that.

homo unius libri 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Opus 2018-161: Cornerstone Considerations: D of I, The Wrong Day

Last Sunday the preacher was referring to the Declaration of Independence and talked about it being signed on July 4.  I have read that it was actually signed at a later date.  July 4 was the date the vote was taken to approve the document.  A post that has this and other interesting details is located on the History Channel website.

Does it matter? 

Not really.  Notice that the document does not say, “This was signed on July 4".  There are two things that are important.  First, it was approved and signed.  Second, the content gives a cornerstone for the direction of a new experiment in politics, The United States of America.

Are documents like this important?  Obviously I will say, “Yes.”  The old documents tell us what the thinking was in previous generations.  They tell us why a group of men found it necessary to finish with this statement,
“And for the support of this declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
Make no doubt about it.  These men were taking their lives into their hands or, as they would agree, putting their lives in the hands of Providence, because they believed that God had a plan for humanity and it was time to take that plan to the next step.

As I write we are looking at the appointment of a new justice to the Supreme Court.  As conservatives we want someone appointed who looks at the old documents and believes in what they say.  We don’t want someone thinking they know more than the combined wisdom of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, et al.

We have the same problem in Christian churches.  We have a growing number of pastors who believe that their personal preferences should trump the clear statements of the Bible.  They think they are wiser than Calvin, Luther, Wesley and even Jesus.  They are a danger to the church as those kind of judges are a danger to America.

Take some time to read the original documents.  Over the next few days focus on the Declaration of Independence.  After that you might want to go back and look at some of the original documents that the Founding Fathers used as resources.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Opus 2018-160: Ode to Old: I Remember I Forget

As I was getting ready to write a worship thought for my other blog I read a comment I had written about becoming forgetful.  I found it very cheering.  It was written seven years ago.  Unless my mind is gone much further than I think it is, I am still able to find my keys and remember where I live.  I consider that a victory but again, I will be the last to know.

homo unius libri

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Opus 2018-159: Baby Talk: Not What You Think

It occurred to me that some people might get the wrong idea about the title “Baby Talk”.  No, the title does not mean these posts have ideas on how to talk to Democrats.  It comes from all the ideas I get when I am talking to the baby.

I can see how someone might understand this as about talking to liberals though.  There are certain similarities.  Talking to a 10 week old infant can be pleasant when they are in a good mood.  They will respond with smiles and all kinds of fun noises.  It doesn’t mean they understand a word you are saying.  You can say the same words and make the same faces and it they are in the wrong mood it results in blank stares, grumpy faces, loud screams and if you time it right, gas.  This is, again, like talking to someone who voted for Hillary. 

Did you ever think that maybe the liberals are mad because they have poopy diapers?

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-158: Headlines: Deadly Desk Job

The recent shooting in Annapolis was a tragedy waiting to happen.  Hindsight is always better than the risk of a lawsuit but this guy had “trouble” written all over him.  You can read his long history of rejection and harassment but that is not what hit me as I was reading the reports.

I came across a jarring statement.  If you have never fired a shotgun it might not have stood out to you but it shows how ignorance can cost lives.  One if the reporters wrote this,
'There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.'
The key point is this, the killer had to stop and reload.  That is a process that can be slow and difficult in a shotgun.  Most shotguns carry three or five rounds and after that you need to force the new shells through a hole on the side.  It does not always go well.  Perhaps this guy had his shotgun well broken in and it went like clock-work.  The key is that at that moment the people hiding under the desks waiting for the police to arrive had a chance to deal with the problem.  They didn’t.  They stayed in hiding hoping that the next person shot would not be them.

Think back to the guy who shot up the Wafflehouse.  He was taken down by an unarmed man who went for him while he was reloading.  Lives were saved by someone with a little bit of courage.  Okay, someone with a lot of courage.  He did not huddle down while the killer prepared for the next round of mayhem.  This could probably be said of most mass shootings.

By all reports the police were on this very quickly.  They did their job and I have read no reports of them hiding behind their cars while the shooting continued like happened in Florida.  It still wasn’t fast enough to save any lives.  I don’t want to be too harsh on the guys under their desks.  Who knows.  I might have been one of them.  What we need to learn is that it is not always the safest place to be when a killer is intent of killing.

I hope I never need to demonstrate the courage needed in this event but I hope the lesson comes home if I ever face such a threat.

homo unius libri

Friday, June 29, 2018

Opus 2018-157: Baby Talk: Geek Diapers

High tech has come to diapers.  I am getting used to it.

My children were raised old school.  Throw away diapers were available and you could also sign up for a diaper service.  We went with traditional cloth diapers except when we were traveling.  We may have been old fashioned, but we were not stupid.

Cloth diapers have the advantage that you can reuse them.  For the neophytes out there you had to wash them between uses.  They were all natural and if you did your job as a parent, safe on baby’s bottom.  They were also great for playing games with.  I don’t know how many sessions of hide and seek I played.  If you did it right they would also protect you from having your son squirt you in the eye.

Diaper pins were a challenge but gave you a sense of pride when you learned how to do them.  You also had to learn to fold the diapers correctly.

All of that is passe with today’s babies.  They come pre-folded.  It is more challenging to get them spread out than it was to fold the clothe ones, but it can be learned.  They come in an endless supply.  You buy them by the carload at Costco and throw them away after one use.  They have some kind of sticky tabs instead of pins.  It isn’t velcro but it works well. 

None of that is really the high tech.  What they have is a strip that turns blue.  On the diapers we were using there was a vertical yellow strip down the middle.  As long as it was yellow, life was good for you and the baby.  When it turned blue, you knew you had a problem.  Actually it was the baby that had a problem but when baby ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.  It saves you from the process of sticking a finger down the diaper to find out if it is wet. 

It also doesn’t tell you if you are dealing with a number one or a number two.  It is like playing baby roulette.  You never know what you have until you open the package.  In the two weeks my granddaughter was here I changed my share of diapers but we had an understanding, or at least I did.  If it came out a number two I would pass the child on.  I must live right because I never had that kind of surprise.

Welcome to the 21st century.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-156: Headlines: Misplaced Euphoria

I would not get too excited about Justice Kennedy stepping down. 

Everywhere I see that the left is going into the Blue Screen of Death mode and the right is giggling themselves silly.  They assume that President Trump will nominate a judge who believes in the Constitution and will interpret it instead of advancing their own personal opinions.  I believe he will try.  I believe the judge nominated will meet those requirements.  I don’t believe that it means a lock on the future.

I don’t want to rain on our parade.  I have high hopes.  I am expecting a sterling selection.  Then we have to get it past the Flake on the Judicial committee and the McCain on the floor.  Both are big challenges.  We can deal with the Democrats.  What we have trouble with are the RINOs.

Take Chief Justice Roberts as an example.  He met all the criteria when he was selected.  We were overjoyed.  We felt we were holding our own.  Then he stabbed us in the back on Obamacare.  How many other justices have been nominated because they believed in the Constitution but the kool aid they serve in the Supreme Court lunchroom started to do its work?  I could see Roberts stepping into Kennedy’s slot as ego building swing vote.

So don’t stop praying for a Justice to reign up.  Don’t stop being salt and light.  Don’t stop agitating and demanding either, if that is your strong point.  Keep in mind that a faithful remnant can keep God from giving up on the United States.  If not, we face the Sodom Solution.

And as several bloggers say, “Pass the popcorn.”

homo unius libri

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Opus 2018-155: Baby Talk: Babies from YHWH to Moloch

I was holding my sleeping granddaughter and admiring the smooth flow of her cheek.  She is one cute kid.  Then my eye drifted up a few inches and I saw the arm of an old man with old man skin, sagging muscles and grey hair.  What a contrast.

Think about it.  Someone was once holding me and seeing the same contrast.  She will hold a baby some day and possibly notice the same thing.

We think human beings have so much in common.  And we should but there are people and possibly entire cultures that don’t look at it that way.  The Romans saw no problem with taking a child that did not fit into their plans and leaving it exposed on the Forum tiles to die or be picked up by someone looking to raise inexpensive slaves.  The religion of Canaan when Israel entered the land practiced throwing their first born into a blazing furnace to satisfy their gods.  Modern liberals have no problem with late term abortions where the baby is born alive by some miscalculation of the “doctor” then allowing the baby to die from lack of attention.

I rejoice that I follow a God who became human in the form of a baby born without a silver spoon in His mouth.  I rejoice in the knowledge that even this little child was conceived in the image of God.

Suddenly it is time to change a diaper.  Daily life interrupts the philosophical muse.  Let’s hope it is a number one and not a number two.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Opus 2018-154: Election 2018: Enforce the Rule of Law

The left is doing everything is can to incite violence.  They keep pushing the envelope.  The past few weeks have seen a rash of abuse on Republicans as they go about their daily lives.  Maxine Waters has openly called for violence.  It is building and there is a temptation we face as conservatives.

We have this feeling that we are the problem and if we will just give them what they want they will go away. 

It doesn’t work that way.  They are demonstrating the classic bullying behavior that keeps thugs in control of neighborhoods.  It is the standard form of negotiating from the progressives.  They demand half of your loaf.  You give it to them and hope for peace.  They realize you are not going to resist so they again demand half of what is left.  You think that will do the trick so you give it to them.  Then they want more.  It goes on until one of two things happen, either you punch the bully in the nose or you are destroyed.  It is part of the bully code.

So the right will have to stand up to the bullies sometime.  They are going to keep pushing until we respond vigorously.  This week Paul Ryan gave the Department of Justice a deadline.  When they did not meet it he blinked and extended the deadline.  It is time to lower the hammer while it can still be done without violence.  The conservatives need to start using the courts and due process to bring the bullies into line.  We need to put the fear of the rule of law in their hearts.  We need to write it loud and long.  We need to not give up until they turn and run and then we need to make sure that they did not hide anything we missed.

The way we can guarantee violence is to keep giving in until we either have no other option or we lose our collective minds.  When you have crowds spitting on government officials have them arrested and file charges.  Such behavior is not allowed.  When a loud group surrounds a conservative as they are trying to watch a movie, call the police, file a complaint and make them hire the lawyers.  When a judge lets his personal prejudice overrule the law, impeach.

And vote the suckers out.  If it is Republicans who want to play nice, let them look for other jobs.

homo unius libri

Monday, June 25, 2018

Opus 2018-153: Baby Talk: Cute

Why do people think babies are so cute?  They don’t have to take them home.

Babies are like those guys demonstrating the cleaning products at the county fair.  It works great and looks easy.  It isn’t.

If you want to know what a baby is like read “Doctor Jeckle and Mr. Hyde.”  That might be a little extreme since the baby can’t roam the streets broadcasting evil but there are parallels.

On the one side you have the public face, the advertizing baby.  When my granddaughter is in that mode she is the cutest, sweetest thing you ever did see.  Big smiles and attempts to share baby wisdom get even mature adults smiling and talking back as if the infant could really understand.  The scrawny neck is stretched out and the head is turning around with wide eyes and chubby cheeks.  It is like a magnet in the sand drawing iron hearts her way.

This bundle of joy can quickly transition into that old cranky boss you once worked for.  The head is hunched down in the shoulders.  If you are lucky, she is asleep but usually you are not lucky.  Either way she looks like Winston Churchill on a bad day.  This is the time when grandparents usually hand them back to daughters and grandfathers go looking for grandmothers.

Watch the crowd dynamic sometime.  If the baby is exhibit A people are drawn in.  If she is exhibit B they are all finding somewhere else to be.  May you never be trapped on an airplane behind, in front of, or beside an exhibit B.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-152: Headlines: Free Enterprise in Action

By now I am sure you have heard about Sarah Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant because the owner did not like Donald Trump.  It is just another example of the hatred that the left has for anyone they cannot control.  Even in this situation it was not the conservatives who were nasty.  Sanders is not even the one that first broadcast the event. 

I think this is a good opportunity for those of us who believe in free enterprise and freedom of speech to show a little class.  It was perfectly within the rights of a restaurant owner to ask someone to leave that she did not want to serve, or it should be.  I salute her for taking a stand on her beliefs as twisted as they are.  It is part of what being America is.  We are talking about a place to eat.  There are options.  If it had been a hospital or the only grocery store in town there might be some issues but not for a restaurant. 

The problem my position presents is where do you draw the line.  If you can discriminate against someone because of their political beliefs then why not because of their religion.  Why could I not refuse service to people who are cheating on their wives?  And of course we eventually get down to issues like sexual identification and race.  It is a dangerous road to travel down.

I also think it is a good opportunity for those who believe in freedom to exercise that freedom by eating somewhere else and encouraging friends to do the same.  My daughter and I went to breakfast for Fathers’ Day.  I could not count the times that we were welcomed and made to feel like we had made the right choice.  I think every employee must have spoken to us at least once and then we were thanked when we leave.  My money will be back.  If I am ever in Lexington I will make it a point to not go to the Little Red Hen which is a shame since my wife likes places like that.

The bigotry of Stephanie Wilkenson makes my life a little easier by making my choices easier.

homo unius libri

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Opus 2018-151: Baby Talk: Rocking Eternity

As I am being thankful I repeat my gratitude for being able to see, hold, and rock my granddaughter.  Yes, I am even happy to change diapers.  My thought wondered to the many people who did not have this opportunity and to those who did not take advantage of it. 

In terms of eternity how do grandchildren fit in?  What we call heaven is beyond our imagination or conception.  It needs to be a place where all the pain and wrongs of millions of lifetimes are made good.  I cannot conceive that.  How will parents who have lost children be able to sit in brotherhood with those who have not?  How will children who endured extreme poverty and possibly died of an easily cured problem be able to embrace children who thought a day without TV was suffering?  I think of Christians suffering under Sharia law.  I think of the historical reality of Christian families watching their sons stolen to be trained as soldiers in the armies of the Caliph. 

Being a parent was awesome.  Being a grandparent is spectacular.  It is humbling to think that God has something in store for us that will make all of this seem mundane. 

I hope to see you there.

homo unius libri

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Opus 2018-150: Headlines: A Second Nut from the Same Tree

Sometimes I laugh at the liberals.  Sometimes I throw up my hands in despair.  I often get a bit angry.  Peter Fonda made me want to riot.  What an evil fool!  In case you missed it he Tweeted that the president’s son should be kidnapped and turned over to pedophiles.  And he is still walking the streets.  If he is willing to publicly say something like this against a man who can call the Secret Service and the FBI into action how would he be willing to act toward your child?

Has he been banned from all the best parties?  Have there been demonstrations outside his house?  Is he shunned by the Hollywood elite?  Are you holding your breath?

The take we need to get from this is Peter Fonda represents a large chunk of the Left.  That chunk is much bigger than we want to believe and the reality of it is nothing new.  Proverbs warns us about this reality.  It has always been with us.  Notice the second part of this verse,
(Proverbs 13:19 KJV)  The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
Keep in mind that the left would label Fonda the moral giant and give him the high ground because he is speaking against a president they hate.

Earlier in Proverbs Solomon tells us that we should seek wisdom.  Why?
(Proverbs 2:12-15 NAS77)  To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things; From those who leave the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness; Who delight in doing evil, And rejoice in the perversity of evil; Whose paths are crooked, And who are devious in their ways;
Peter Fonda does not stand alone but he needs to be sitting alone, in a jail cell.

homo unius libri

Friday, June 22, 2018

Opus 2018-149: Start to Dig

The 4th is coming and it is time to begin to plan to read through the Declaration of Independence.  If you know where your copy is, good for you.  If you don’t, start digging.

Just as it is important to be reading in the Bible all year, it is important for us to remind ourselves about the foundations of this country.  I recommend that you plan on reading through the D of I on or before the 4th of July.

Read it before it is banned or edited into pablum.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-148: Baby Talk: Drool Wisdom

We are about half way through a visit by my daughter and our first grandchild.  It is a grand experience, grand and exhausting.  Why do you care?  Because it means that I will have babies on my mind and it will influence what I write.  I will see glory in a yawn and wisdom in a drool.  I will share those insights with anyone who will listen.  As the pilot says when he is landing the plane and we are almost free, “I know that you have many airlines to chose from”.  If you can’t stand baby talk then I will see you when you get back.

homo unius libri

Monday, June 18, 2018

Opus 2018-147: Foundations of Privilege

If there is such a thing as “white privilege” then it stands to reason that there would also be such a thing as “black privilege”.

What would black privilege be based on? 

It is interesting the racist attitudes that come through in the Tourette responses of the left as they blurt out pet phrases.  (Apologies for the comparison to those with Tourette.)  Notice when they talk about white privilege they seem to think it involves being corporate executives and when they are worried about black privilege it means being allowed to use the bathroom at Starbucks.  The way they try to say that minorities are equal is to give them cheat points.  It is almost like they are trying to cover up their own prejudices rather than give genuine opportunity to people they look down on.  If you can make the masses happy with bread and circuses then they will never demand a voice.

Black privilege should be based on the same thing that white privilege is supposed to be based on:  Hard work, ability and as close to an even chance as can be found in human society.  You don’t achieve that kind of deserved privilege by lowering the requirements for one group.  Are different ethnic groups different?  Probably, no, make that a yes.  When it comes to the individual do those differences have any significance?  No, not at all.  Just because men are taller on average than women does not mean that the random man will be taller than the random female.  And it certainly doesn’t reflect on intelligence or skill.

America is based on individual liberty not group identity.  As the left continues to work to Balkanize us we must work to look at people by what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the content of their character.  For Christians that is summarized in a couple of concepts.  First,
(Romans 3:23 KJV)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
(John 3:16 KJV)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
with a reminder,
(Galatians 3:28 KJV)  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
These are the ideas that are at the root of the American Experiment.

homo unius libri

Friday, June 15, 2018

Opus 2018-146: Living in Oz

Do certain spots in our culture get a pass on honesty?  In a recent discussion with my son his proposition was that the news media has always been biased.  He brought up the news coverage of the Boston Massacre, Yellow Journalism and the propaganda of World War II.  Expecting the average reporter to be objective about truth is naive and pointless.  They usually either lie or believe that what they want is truth.  Not only is that consistent with New Age thinking, it is consistent with the Christian view of original sin.  His advice was, “Get over it.”

Should we “get over it”?

Think of the different areas that we are lied to on a regular basis.  Reporters in the main stream media have a hard time seeking truth.  For them the mantra might be, “What are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”  Whether it is Trump Derangement Syndrom or Global Warming the observable facts seem to be ignored to advance the agenda of the left.  When Obama or Clinton did it, praise.  When Bush or Trump does the same, shock.  I am not sure that the news sources of the right are always innocent of this method of reporting.  I know I never read anything without my baloney meter turned on high. 

Politicians?  I know that if they have a “D” by their name they are just repeating the DNC talking points.  It is depressing how lock step the Democrats are.  The Republicans also have their share of self-serving hacks.  We are used to it and expect it.  Should we?

How about sales and advertising.  Do you believe what you see on the label.  One of my favorites is a bag of lemon drops that advertised it was a “fat free food”.  Yes, but it was all sugar.  Then you have the packages that say “sugar free”.  True, but they often have another sweetener that has just as many calories.  This one I can live with by ignoring it or buying a different product.

Then think about the fiction we read and watch.  Was Homer one of the original liars?  Is the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” deceitful?  I always like the marital arts characters who knock people across the room and they come back for more.  Really?  I can only suspend belief so much.

We have learned to live with untruth.  In entertainment it is suspending reality for the purposes of enjoyment.  Maybe we should accept the news and the news makers as just other entertainers.  Are vocalists crooning about how much they love us really any different than a senator telling us he is concerned about the good of the country.

I would take it all with a grain of salt but they tell me salt is bad for me.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Opus 2018-145: Firsts: Enough Is Enough

I never thought I would see the day but it finally arrived.  I had enough bacon. 

Of course great moments never happen in a vacuum.  It was my final dinner at my son’s house.  We had to finish things off because he has a way of not eating left overs.  We started with corn on the cob and a big salad with every bit of vegetable matter that we did not need for BLT’s later.  We decided to wait a few hours for the bacon.

When the moment arrived we had lots of tomato, three kinds of heavy bread, the outside lettuce leaves and, of course, bacon.  It was a feast and I was shocked when my appetite and my bacon ran out at the same time. 

So I had enough bacon.  Anything is possible.

homo unius libri

Monday, June 11, 2018

Opus 2018-144: Japan: Expressions of Polite, Part 11 of ?

In Japan it is considered unacceptable to blow your nose in public.  For all I know it might be unacceptable in private also.

A lot of people wear those surgical masks in Japan.  At first I thought it was people who were germophobes but I was told it was really the people who were sick.  They were wearing the mask out of consideration for the people around them.

A polite people, the Japanese.

homo unius libri

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Opus 2018-143: Fathers’ Day Is Coming

My son asked me when Fathers’ Day was scheduled this year.  I told him the partial truth, “I don’t know.”  The other part of the truth is that I don’t particularly care.  It isn’t that I don’t value fatherhood.  I do.  It has been one of the great joys of my life.  The point for me is that one day where you act like your father is important means nothing if you have not been showing that all year.

We joke about something called “Children’s Day”.  It has to be a joke because every day is Children’s Day.  The fact that I can be perpetually proud of my children makes every day a type of Fathers’ Day.  The fact that they allow me to be part of their life adds special emphasis to certain days.

When my son asked me the question I had been spending a few weeks at his house.  I fit myself around his schedule and entertain myself when he is engaged.  I fix grits for breakfast and we plan the dinners that we like but can’t have when the women are in charge.  That can run from BLT’s to Soylent in Cocoa Pebbles.  We buy weird coffees and act like we are connoisseurs who know the meanings of acidic and balance.  Did you know that you can pay $62 a pound for Jamaican Blue Mountain?  I would say that three weeks living at my son’s place is a good Father’s Day gift.  I would say three weeks in Japan with my daughter, son in law and new grandchild are also great Father’s Day gifts.

It sure beats a new tie.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-142: Headlines: Zimbabwe Reprise Continues

If you have not been following events in South Africa it is not surprise.  No one seems to be covering it.  Recently the parliament of South Africa passed a bill that allowed the government to confiscate the farms of white citizens without compensation.  I wrote about this before.  Keep in mind that the agreement between the previous white controlled government and the new black controlled government contained constitutional guarantees that this would not happen.  The South African farmers had seen what happened in Zimbabwe and did not want a reprise. 

Unfortunately promises are made to be broken and if you are in a country that feels the government gives you the right to property, the government can take away your right to property.  Australia is looking to be of assistance.  Some of South Africa’s white farmers can see the writing on the wall and are looking to get out while they are still alive.  Australia is looking for ways to help them according to the article in The South African.

It seems like a workable solution before the remaining farmers are slaughtered or evicted.  From the article it could be assumed that Australia could use more farmers. 

Let’s hope this is a win for everyone.  Black South Africa has already decided that it wants to follow the route that Zimbabwe pursued, crop failure and famine.  If I lived in South Africa I would be getting out as soon as possible with as much as possible.

homo unius libri

Friday, June 8, 2018

Opus 2018-141: A Pseudotweet

It occurred to me this morning that I have developed the strange habit of “making” my bed each day.  Something which I resisted with all the fervor of youth has now become second nature.  The first miracle is that I notice it isn’t made.  The second is that I straighten it up without an inner struggle of my spirit of liberty yearning to live free.

I don’t know when the change happened.  I am wondering why?  Is my wife a better nagger than my mother?  Did an alien possess my body?  Is it a sudden need for islands of order in my life?  Is it because I am getting old and losing my mind?  I am going to go with modern culture and claim to be the victim.

I am the victim of the modern casual approach to life.  The last wedding I attended had me standing out as one of the few men who wore a tie.  Most guests were dressed like they were going on a date to a local bar.  At church last Sunday the uniform was some sort of worn looking denim and a shirt that was not tucked in.  That spirit has embraced my inner bed maker.

For those of you who are new to this world the making of a bed used to be an arduous task.  The corners had to be neatly tucked in.  The top sheet was to be evenly folded back over the blanket, even though it would be covered by the pillows and bed spread.  The pillows were neatly arranged across the top of the bed and the bed spread was brought up over them and tucked under the front.  The bed spread had to be evenly draped on all sides.  It was quite a procedure.  No wonder I hated it.

Now I just kind of pull things up until they are generally neat.  The pillow goes wherever it ends up and since the bed spread is really a down comforter it covers a lot of uneven sheet wrinkles.  It takes a few seconds.

Am I getting better or are the expectations worse?  Is it a victory for sanity or a sign of disintegration?  This sounds like one of those stereotypical tweets that share how many squares of toilet paper you used this morning. 

homo unius libri

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Opus 2018-140: Headlines: The New Lottery

The Miss America Pageant has decided to do away with the swim suit competition.  If they had just gone ahead and done it with no announcement I would have never known because I don’t think I have ever watched it unless my wife wanted to sometime in the past.  Long ago I found that walking through an expensive bakery was not a good idea for an overweight diabetic. 

What I think was interesting was the idea that the women in the competition should not be judged on looks.  Okay.  Then to be consistent we would need to bring out the burkas and hook up those machines that disguise your voice.  If we are really concerned about doing away with physical responses then we can expect to see further announcements. 

Of course if we are trying to level the playing field we will also need to do away with other areas that some might have an unfair advantage.  Since some people are born tone deaf we could not have any musical talent displayed.  Some people do not speak English so there could actually be no verbal responses possible if we want to be fair.  To be complete we need to do away with anything having to do with intelligence also. 

As we continue down the road of the absurd we need to consider the comments by some that we must be sensitive to those who were born male but identify as female and have not gone public.  In fact, maybe limiting the competition to just women seems to be a bit discriminatory.  It should be open to all 49 gender identifications, or whatever the current number is. 

I would suggest that the only logical future for the Miss America Pageant is to become the Ms/Mr America Lottery.  If that ever becomes a reality and the rewards are good enough I might be inclined to sign up but only if there is no age discrimination.

What a world we are living in.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Opus 2018-139: Japan: Paying the Bill, Part 10 of ?

In Japan you do not hand anyone money directly.  You always lay it on the counter for them to pick up.  Everywhere you go they have these little trays like you get in fancy restaurants.  You put your money on the tray.  They carefully count out your change.  They bow.  All is good in the world.

I understand that it is considered an insult to hand them the money directly.  It has something to do with prostitution.  It seems strange to us but that is the way they do it.  Some accommodations are not a burden, just hard to remember. 

homo unius libri

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Opus 2018-138: On the Street: The Return of the Longhorn

The sign said, “Registered Longhorns for Sale”.  It is amazing what happens when society becomes so rich they don’t have time for standards.  If you ever watched cowboy movies in which they were driving cattle to the railhead you know about the role of the longhorn.  The longhorn was a type of cattle that strangely enough had long horns.  The reason the long horns were important is that they became deadly weapons when the animal felt threatened and even more deadly when they were in a bad mood.  That was all the time.  They had run wild and survived in the wild.

Longhorns were noted for their bad attitudes.  It was almost as if they knew they were born to be the central feature at a barbeque.  They were also noted as having tough, stringy meat.  It was considered a great day for steak lovers when the longhorns were cross bred with other breeds of cattle to produce more tender steaks and roasts. 

Now for some reason things come full circle.  What would be considered a cull is now “registered” as if they were really special.  Maybe they are now considered pets.  They do look majestic when the horns spread six feet or more.  Some might even consider them a romantic figure but that is beyond my ken. 

It will be interesting if Longhorn Steak ever becomes an item in expensive restaurants.  My guess will be that they can only be eaten in rooms with no air conditioning.

homo unius libri

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Opus 2018-137: I Find a New Author

How do you know if a writer is a liberal?  There are lots of clues.  I am recently working through the novels of David Baldacci.  He writes an entertaining story.  The first couple I read I enjoyed with no qualifications but as I began to read through the different series he is working on I began to see certain patterns.

In one book he continually used the acronym ISIL instead of ISIS.  As far as I know President Obama is the main one who used this term in trying to push the legitimate cause of Islam in the Middle East.  ISIS stand for “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”.  ISIL stands for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”.  To geographically challenged Americans the question is, “So what?”  Using the term Levant is granting that the Islamic state has a legitimate claim to the land of Israel.  If you question this, Google “Levant”.  When the results come up you will see some maps on the right that include Israel.  When you look at the major cities of the Levant you will find Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.  Obama was making a political statement by his choice of words.  I have to feel Baldacci was doing the same.  The other possibility is he only reads the New York Times.

There are a lot of other clues.  The tone he takes on issues like business, medicine and such.  So far the balance between irritating liberal doggerel and a good story are coming down on the side of the story, so I will continue reading.  He seems to have a theme in some of the books.  He dealt with human trafficking in one.  The one I am reading now seems to highlight the problems in foster care.  Another dealt with secret government programs that seemed to be developing cyborg soldiers.  Good topics that need to be highlighted.  Somehow I don’t think he will ever deal with the Planned Parenthood scandal of selling baby body parts or the lack of credibility in the media.  That would be too much to hope for but I will hope anyway.

I continue reading with my baloney meter turned on and my mind in gear.

homo unius libri

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Opus 2018-136: Questions

I have been reading in Judges.  It was a bloody time.  There are chapters that have no purpose or teaching that I can see.  Does that bother me?  Yes, but it is so far down my list I don’t think about it much. 

Some people approach the Bible with the doubt of pride.  They are committed to tearing it apart and proving it wrong.  So they focus on things like the massacre of Ai.  Others approach it from the questioning of faith.  They are looking for answers to life.  I count myself in the latter.

Do I have the answer to some of your questions?  No, not yet.  I will someday.  Until then I am too busy trying to understand the rest.  I may not get to your questions until I have been resurrected for a few millennia.  Of course, by then I might already know the answer from something else I was studying.

Are questions good?  They can be.  They can also just be an expression of a desire to agitate.  What is the difference?  When you tell your children to take out the trash and they ask “Why?”  It might be genuine curiosity about why you want them to empty something they just took out without you asking.  It could also be nothing but rebellion if things are running over onto the floor.

So ask away.  Question.  And be satisfied with a frequent “I have no idea” and an occasional “Because I said so.”

homo unius libri

Friday, June 1, 2018

Opus 2018-135: Headlines: Who Is Tommy Robinson?

If our Progressive (Liberal, Democrat, Socialist, Elite, RINO) leaders have their way the experience of Tommy Robinson will soon come to a community near you.  If you don’t know about Tommy Robinson then you either are not paying attention or their plan has already isolated you in a Nanny State cocoon. 

Tommy Robinson was standing outside a courthouse in England where some Muslims were on trial for rape and assorted other crimes.  He was using Facebook to report on what was happening.  He was arrested for “breaching the peace”.  That sounds pretty serious.  Evidently he had done such a heinous things before and standing in public making comments on his Facebook page was a violation of his parole.  Within five hours he appeared before a judge and was locked up again for thirteen months.  It seems he was locked up in the same prison that contained the Muslims.  Then the judge passed down a gag order telling the news media not to tell anybody about it.  In this country you don’t have to do that because the media is so one sided, but London still has competing newspapers that like to get a scoop.

This is what the English system of justice has become.  It is what the Progressives want to see in this country.  I have often noted that our basic Bill of Rights is based on the English Declaration of Rights of 1689.  One noticeable difference is in the right to what we call Freedom of Speech.  It contains a mention of such but it only applied to members of Parliament.  The common, every day, man on the street had no such protection.

Our Founding Fathers made it clear that they were determined to break from the European model.  Today’s Bumbling Bureaucrats are doing everything they can to repair the damage.  The European Model involved hereditary class systems.  The European Model made common people subjects more than citizens.

Which brings us to the case of Tommy Robinson.  He is in jail because he spoke out against the politically correct desire to cover up and protect the atrocities being unleashed on the British people my the growing Muslim minority.  With his incarceration we are slapped up side the head with an awareness that England is not the land of the free.  It isn’t now.  Maybe it wasn’t then. 

It is time for the United States to renew its commitment to not being like Europe.  If we don’t then many of us will be facing jail time and a lot of misery.  Elections are coming.  Don’t vote for anyone who is not proud to be different from the rest of the world.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Opus 2018-134: On the Street: Tactical Bathrooms

I read that Starbucks was closed yesterday to brainwash their employees.  Since I have always tried to avoid Starbucks, I must confess I did not notice.  I doubt if I will visit them often enough to feel the difference in diversity. 

However, I used the restroom at Panera yesterday and I didn’t need a key.  I simply walked in, went to the back of the store and pushed open the door marked “men”.  That was how I was identifying yesterday.  No one shouted at me or was rude.  No one asked if I was a customer or required me to purchase anything.  In fact, since they were out of the type of bread I had come for, I did not buy anything. 

To be honest, I rarely find a facility that has the ability to be locked, let alone one having the lock engaged.  I say that having visited bathrooms all across the country and even overseas.  I have a lot of experience.  When my son was young he took it on as his personal project to visit every bathroom within sensor range.  For years my wife has had issues that require up to three stops on the way to the airport.  I know my bathrooms.  They are rarely locked.

Restrooms that are locked are in areas where the service has been abused.  I can almost pick them out from the street.  Usually they have the cashiers behind grills or bulletproof glass.  They are in areas where you might expect to find a lot of homeless or the type of citizen who likes to carve their handle on the mirror.  They are in establishments who’s outside appearance make you decide you are not thirsty enough to stop and buy a drink.  The point is there is a reason why the bathroom is locked.

So I have serious questions about the event that sparked this whole white guilt event.  Is it possible that someone stepped out of line?  Sure.  Life happens.  People are not perfect.  Did it come down the way the media portrays it?  Is the Starbucks reaction rational?  Not so much.

Meanwhile since I don’t shop there and hope never to work there the only damage is the added sense of social justice smugness that has been reinforced.

I prefer Panara coffee anyway.

homo unius libri

Monday, May 28, 2018

Opus 2018-133: Remember Day

Sunday we visited a church we had never attended before.  I am out of town and so this would be normal.  I forgot that it was Memorial Day weekend and pastors always feel a need to do something.  When he asked for all veterans to come forward I was of mixed emotions.  No one would know the difference except my family.  Later my son said he wondered if I would get up and go.  At the same time I am not ashamed of my service and it is an important time. 

So I joined the old guys shuffling to the front.  They prayed for those who had not come home from the nations wars, for those who had and were injured and for those still serving.  It didn’t hurt me to participate.

I find times like that mildly embarrassing.  I am a veteran.  I served in Vietnam and never felt any shame about that.  Okay.  You are welcome.  At the same time I don’t think I should be lumped together with the warriors.  Although I was in a war zone and did go to places where people had died and I could have died, I was never in that daily atmosphere of the battlefield.  I was never shot at.  Although I did my service I did not know the terror that many felt.  I wish there was a way that we could somehow honor those warriors for what they went through.

War is terrible, but until Jesus returns it will at times be necessary.  There are bullies and bully nations who will never back down from aggression and intimidation until someone comes along and makes their behavior too painful to continue.  We now have an all volunteer military.  I hope and pray that we never have another need for universal conscription.

It is good to remember those who have fallen.  I think it is even more important to care for the families of those in current service and pray for those on active duty.  Those of us who came home healthy and went on with life should be aware of their sacrifice more than others.

homo unius libri

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Opus 2018-132: Stroke Thoughts, Part 3 of 3, Opposites Attract

We are examining some logical reasons why the universe as we know it was not created by chance.  Keep in mind that if we got to today by a series of random events then tomorrow could be another random event and small details can have cosmic consequences.

What if positive and negative started repelling instead of attracting?  It is not just in romance that opposites attract.  It is at the root of the molecules that make up you and your toast in the morning.  How would the molecules that are you change if this concept were reversed?  Current science tells us that atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons.  Every atom exists in balance between the positive and negative.  Change how they relate and all those electrons will suddenly fly off in every direction and the entire universe becomes a nuclear explosion.  Maybe that is what the Big Bang was all about.  You say, “That can’t happen.”  How do you know? 

Those are all possible if the universe is the result of a random series of chance events.  Maybe that works for you.  It makes things like love, compassion and kindness really stupid ways to spend your time unless you prefer the feeling you get from that to pure sensual gratification.  If that is where the universe comes from then it is all a cruel joke.  Hitler becomes an acceptable role model.  Murder just becomes a way to lower the population.  Kick your dog.  Put your elbows on the table.  Jaywalk, but remember, if someone runs you down, that’s okay too.

I prefer going down the path that says there is a God who planned and created all of this.  That does not deliver you non-stop at the door to a Christian heaven but it does point you in the right direction.

Or all of this post is just accidental.  You know, like the monkeys in a room full of typewriters eventually producing the Encyclopedia Britannica. 

homo unius libri