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.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Opus 2020-233: Ode to Old: Boring Yourself to Death

 ave you known people who retire and die in a very short time.  I know I am not the only one to notice it.  When I got my first teaching position, one of the men on staff had been a teacher at my junior high school.  Keep in mind I was 40 when I transitioned to the classroom.  He was still going strong.  He seemed in the peak of health.  A few years later he retired and was dead within a year.  It makes you think.

I was going through some notes from Pensees and Blaise Pascal had a thought that might give some insight into this.
“Nothing is so insufferable to man as to be completely at rest, without passions, without business, without diversion, without study. He then feels his nothingness, his forlornness, his insufficiency, his dependence, his weakness, his emptiness. There will immediately arise from the depth of his heart weariness, gloom, sadness, fretfulness, vexation, despair.”  Highlight Loc. 900-903
Often when people retire they find that there is nothing to do.  Their whole life was their job.  Without it they are lost.  There body starts to wind down.  Before you know it they have bored themselves to death.

I can sympathize.  I am retired.  It is really hard to get up and get going when you don’t have any deadlines.  I make my own deadlines.  I set the alarm for 5:00 so I can get up and spend some time in worship and study.  I also have children and grandchildren that bring constant joy to life.  It helps to have things important to care about.

Stay active.

Pascal, Blaise.  Pensees.  Project Gutenberg.

homo unius libri


  1. Replies
    1. You seem to have gotten over the hump. I imagine the dog making you think you are needed helps.

      Grace and peace


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