Friday, February 24, 2006

A Solid Foundation

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A Solid Foundation...
Life is busy and the world is complex. Give yourself time to take it all in.
Events come at you quickly, and keep coming all the time. Regularly give yourself the time and space to make sense of it all.
When you get too caught up in your efforts, you can lose track of why you're making them. Take the time, again and again in the midst of it all, to remember why you do what you do.
Keep yourself connected to the reality of who you are. Don't allow yourself to be defined by the events that come and go, for that would leave you with nothing solid to hold on to.
Cultivate and nurture a part of yourself that can rise above whatever may come. Then you will have a powerful perspective from which to deal with it all.
Make sure your life has a solid foundation in what is real, in what is lasting, in what is meaningful to you. And then nothing will have the power to overwhelm you for long.
~ Ralph Marston ~
"Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to doing what they want to do."
~ Kathleen Winsor ~

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Faith? Not another one...

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He asks one of his new students to stand and.....
Prof: So you believe in God? Student: Absolutely, sir. Prof: Is God good? Student: Sure. Prof: Is God all-powerful? Student: Yes. Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed  to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn't. How is this God good then? Hmm? (Student is silent.) Prof: You can't answer, can you? Let's start again, young fella. Is God good? Student: Yes. Prof: Is Satan good? Student: No. Prof: Where does Satan come from? Student: From...God... Prof: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world? Student: Yes. Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything. Correct? Student: Yes. Prof: So who created evil? (Student does not answer.) Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don't they? Student: Yes, sir. Prof: So, who created them? (Student has no answer.) Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son...Have you ever seen God? Student: No, sir. Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God? Student: No, sir. Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter? Student: No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't. Prof: Yet you still believe in Him? Student: Yes. Prof: According to empirical, t testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son? Student: Nothing. I only have my faith. Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has. Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat? Prof: Yes. Student: And is there such a thing as cold? Prof: Yes. Student: No sir. There isn't. (The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.) Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don't have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it. (There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.) Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness? Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness? Student: You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light....But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn't it? In reality, darkness isn't. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you? Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?  Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed. Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how? Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey? Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do. Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir? (The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.) Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher? (The class is in uproar.) Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor's brain? (The class breaks out into laughter.) Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir? (The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.) Prof: I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son.  Student: That is it sir... The link between man & god is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving & alive.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Mark Twain Says..

  • A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

  • A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

  • A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.

  • A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

  • A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.

  • A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

  • A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape.

  • Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.

  • Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.

  • Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

  • Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

  • All generalizations are false, including this one.

  • All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

  • All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.

  • Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

  • Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

  • Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.

  • Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

  • Be careless in your dress if you will, but keep a tidy soul.

  • Better a broken promise than none at all.

  • Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.

  • By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.

  • Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.

  • Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

  • 'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read.

  • Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.

  • Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

  • Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

  • Deep down in me I knowed it was a lie, and He knowed it. You can't pray a lie - I found that out.

  • Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

  • Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

  • Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.

  • Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

  • Don't let schooling interfere with your education.

  • Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

  • Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.

  • Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.

  • Drag your thoughts away from your troubles... by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.

  • Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.

  • Everything has its limit - iron ore cannot be educated into gold.

  • Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.

  • Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

  • Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.

  • Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

  • Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.

  • Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it.

  • George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.

  • Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

  • Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.

  • Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

  • God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board.

  • Going to law is losing a cow for the sake of a cat.

  • Golf is a good walk spoiled.

  • Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

  • Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

  • Grief can take care if itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

  • Have a place for everything and keep the thing somewhere else; this is not advice, it is merely custom.

  • He is now rising from affluence to poverty.

  • He is useless on top of the ground; he ought to be under it, inspiring the cabbages.

  • Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it.

  • Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.

  • I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.

  • I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.

  • I can live for two months on a good compliment.

  • I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.

  • I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.

  • I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell - you see, I have friends in both places.

  • I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.

  • I have made it a rule never to smoke more that one cigar at a time.

  • I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

  • I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.

  • I make it a rule never to smoke while I'm sleeping.

  • I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up.

  • I never let schooling interfere with my education.

  • I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know.

  • I've never let my school interfere with my education.

  • Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.

  • If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.

  • If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way.

  • If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

  • In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.

  • In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.

  • It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.

  • It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

  • It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.

  • It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.

  • It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

  • It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected.

  • It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.

  • It is easier to stay out than get out.

  • It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.

  • It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.

  • It used to take me all vacation to grow a new hide in place of the one they flogged off me during school term.

  • It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

  • It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.

  • It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.

  • It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.

  • It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

  • Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

  • Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one.

  • Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

  • Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.

  • Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.

  • Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.

  • Lord save us all from a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.

  • Loyalty to petrified opinion never broke a chain or freed a human soul.

  • Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

  • Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.

  • Man - a creature made at the end of the week's work when God was tired.

  • Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to.

  • Man was made at the end of the week's work when God was tired.

  • Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.

  • Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.

  • Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins.

  • My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.

  • My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

  • Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.

  • Necessity is the mother of taking chances.

  • Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.

  • No sinner is ever saved after the first twenty minutes of a sermon.

  • Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.

  • Not until you become a stranger to yourself will you be able to make acquaintance with the Friend.

  • Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.

  • Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.

  • Once you've put one of his [Henry James] books down, you simply can't pick it up again.

  • One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.

  • Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."

  • Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.

  • Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

  • Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.

  • Prophesy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks.

  • Prosperity is the best protector of principle.

  • Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

  • Repartee is something we think of twenty-four hours too late.

  • Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.

  • Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.

  • Such is the human race, often it seems a pity that Noah... didn't miss the boat.

  • Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.

  • The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

  • The Christian's Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes.

  • The educated Southerner has no use for an 'R', except at the beginning of a word.

  • The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

  • The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.

  • The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

  • The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.

  • The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives.

  • The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.

  • The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.

  • The Public is merely a multiplied "me."

  • The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.

  • The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

  • The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

  • The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.

  • The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven.

  • The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.

  • The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.

  • The wit knows that his place is at the tail of a procession.

  • There are lies, damned lies and statistics.

  • There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one - keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.

  • There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.

  • There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.

  • There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.

  • There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress.

  • There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.

  • Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.

  • Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.

  • To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.

  • To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.

  • To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

  • Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain't so.

  • Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

  • Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.

  • Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.

  • Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.

  • We Americans... bear the ark of liberties of the world.

  • We are all alike, on the inside.

  • What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.

  • What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.

  • What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce.

  • When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.

  • When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.

  • When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.

  • When in doubt tell the truth.

  • When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

  • When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.

  • Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

  • Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.

  • Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.

  • Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation.

  • Words are only painted fire; a book is the fire itself.

  • Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.

  • Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.

  • Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.

  • You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.