Saturday, March 20, 2010

Navy Dog

Here is my little Navy boy who needs the boot camp! Ask me how it took 1 and 1/2 hours this morning to get him to jump in my truck! If someone would have been video taping, I surely would have been accepted for an episode of the Dog Whisperer! They would have said this dog AND this girl both have obvious mental problems... Makes for some good TV!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hmong or Tongan?

Hispanic, Latino, Spanish, Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Argentinean, Columbian, Dominican, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Spaniard, White, Black, African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian, Chamorro, Somoan, Hmong, Laotian, Thai, Pakistani, Cambodian, Fijian, or Tongan???

Got my 2010 United States Census form in the mail yesterday! I am a firm believer in unification rather than division. I don't think people should be catagorized in this way for any reason, as I believe you don't combat racism by being racist. Sooooo... as a protest to this line of thinking, I am going to check, "Other," and then write in "AMERICAN"!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Hamlet and the Monkeys

"When the first moon rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, two U.S. scientists stood watching it, side by side. One was a believer, the other an unbeliever. The believer said, 'Isn't it wonderful that our rocket is going to hit the moon by chance?' The unbeliever objected, 'what do you mean, chance? We put millions of manhours of design into that rocket.' 'Oh' said the believer, you don't think chance is a good explanation for the rocket? Then why do you think it's a good explanation for the universe? There's much more design in a universe than in a rocket. We can design a rocket, but we couldn't design a whole universe. I wonder who can?' Later that day the two were stolling down a street and passed an antique store. The atheist admired a picture in the window and asked, 'I wonder who painted that picture?' 'No one joked the believer; it just happened by chance.'

"Is it possible that design happens by chance without a designer? There is perhaps one chance in a trillion that 'S.O.S.' could be written in the sand by the wind. But who would use a one-in-a-trillion explanation? Someone once said that if you sat a million monkeys at a million typewriters for a million years, one of them would eventually type out all of Hamlet by chance. But when we find the text of Hamlet, we don't wonder whether it came from chance and monkeys. Why then does the atheist use that incredibly improbable explanation for the universe? Clearly, because it is his only chance of remaining an atheist."- Peter Kreeft, Fundamentals of the Faith

Heaven and Truth

Peter Kreeft has been my philosophy guru the last several weeks or so. The only logical reason to ever believe anything is because it's true! Truth really does trump all! His words, not mine. Actually God's words, not his, because God is the source of all truth and natural law. Ignorance is always in the darkness as truth is always in the light! I've experienced this in infantile ways, but they are no less real...I really love learning true things, especially when I SEE and FEEL them clearly down in my bones! Truth begets joy. I am not a philosopher by any degree, but I love philosophy... I love quoting people who utter profound things that are full of truth! Here was a question that was posed to Peter Kreeft:

"Will we be free in Heaven? If so, will we be free to sin? If so, won't anyone ever exercise that freedom?"

Here was his answer which made me realize that heaven will be the revealing of all truth... the kind that we FEEL, SEE, and GRASP with our ENTIRE soul instead of just reading or hearing excerpts of it from time to time like we do here on earth:

"Freedom to sin is a contradiction in terms, like 'freedom to be enslaved.' Free choice is only the means to true freedom, 'the freedom of the sons of God,' liberty.

"In heaven we will not sin because we will not want to. We will freely choose never to sin, just as now great mathematicians do not make elementary mistakes, though they have the power to do so. In Heaven we will see the attractiveness of goodness and of God so clearly, and the ugliness and stupidity of sin so clearly, that there will be no possible motive to sin.

"Now, we are enslaved by ignorance. Every sin comes from ignorance, for we sin only because we see sin as somehow attractive, which it is not, and goodness as somehow lacking in attraction. This is an ignorance that we are responsible for, but it is ignorance, and without that ignorance we would not sin. In Heaven, in the 'beatific vision' of God, overwhelmed and filled with the total joy of goodness, baptized with goodness as a sunken ship is filled with water, no one could possibly ever want to turn from this perceived glory. Now, 'we walk by faith, not by sight'(2 Cor. 5:7). Heavenly sight will not remove our freedom. Ask the blind whether sight would remove their freedom."