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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle just disappeared from the blog. Sorry!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Virtual Reality


I recently watched an ad for "Through The Wormhole", a series I highly recommend. In the ad the host (Morgan Freeman) natters on about how the universe we live in might be just a virtual reality game being played by someone, or some thing, unknown out there somewhere.

It reminded me of something I once postulated about a madman in some ethereal asylum who created our world in his tortured mind. In my theory (such as it was), he was in a catatonic state and our destruction, our Armageddon, would come when he woke up.

I have no idea if I am right, or if we are living in a virtual reality world/universe but let me leave you with this thought:

You are entirely the creator of your reality. Not just partly—all of it. You create it with your thoughts, feelings and beliefs.

Monday, May 18, 2015

I'm Melting!


The title is a famous line from "The Wizard Of Oz" when the Wicked Witch of the West is destroyed by Dorothy. A classic film, no doubt, and a favorite of most. I say "most" because I remember a young friend who cried in fear because of that witch when my sister took us to see it at our local movie theater. Kenny was not a brave kid.

I bring this up because NASA has determined that the Arctic ice shelf will disappear by 2020 and, of course, it is all our fault. Climate change, brought on by man.

Personally, I think it is government creating a "boogeyman" to frighten us into accepting more government control over our lives. We need an external enemy to frighten us, an external enemy so huge and threatening that only government can protect us... one which would unify us, a threat to the planet. Since we cannot manufacture an invasion by space aliens, Climate Change will have to do.

I'm not buying it, though.

In an update, it turns out that NASA has found no evidence that the ice sheet is melting.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Entertainment


I grew up when movies cost 25 cents and there were double features plus cartoons and, sometimes, serial episodes. In the days when commercials took up maybe 10 minutes of an hour TV show. Now, they take up almost 20 minutes.

This is not progress to me. Even movie theaters show commercials (and not just the ones urging you to visit the snack bar for over-priced drinks, popcorn, and candy) which just annoys me no end.

And now we have satellite radio... for a monthly fee. And no one seems overly concerned about the rising cost of entertainment; in fact, they seem happy to pay it. I must admit, I pay quite a bit for my cable service... an outrageous amount, actually. A friend of mine dumped his cable but retained his internet connection through them and gets his entertainment through Netflix, Hulu, and others. Says it saves him quite a bit. These require monthly fees.

Apparently, when it comes to entertainment, we are just sheep willing to be sheared. Of course, I also remember "when the air was clean and sex was dirty."


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Religion in Decline?


Being atheist, I shouldn't care much about this story but, in a way, it saddens me. After all, I strongly believe that societies need a core religion.

Religions reflect (and create) the core moral authority of a society. From ancient times, religion has been the concept around which civilization has grown. Some of these religions have been bizarre and even violent (think human and animal sacrifices). Most religions have been the basis for governments, in my view, and have certainly facilitated the legitimacy of the ruler(s).

While many believe religion is the cause of wars, I think religion has also been the impetus for peace. Religion has been used to recruit armies and there have been religious based wars but most wars, even the ones notably religious in nature, have been about resources and land. Even the infamous Crusades were more about fighting against an encroachment than about destroying a rival religion. Today's Jihad by the radical Islamists is about amassing power more than defeating Chritianity.

I would be saddened if the rich tapestry of religion declined in America but I understand it. I heard a random person on the street claim that, as societies advance, they become more secular. I think that is because government tries to take the place of religion. And that is natural because I believe that governments and religion have always been locked in a battle for the hearts and minds of the people.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Some Thoughts On Long Ago


As I watched one of my favorite shows ("Outlander"), I became grateful that I was born when I was. Though strife and turmoil comes in any age (I remember the Korean War, Vietnam, and so much more), we have learned to make our lives easier over the years. I think we forget how hard life was for those in the past. Because we didn't understand, lives were lost, routinely, due to injuries we no longer think of as important. A broken leg a hundred years ago could easily have led to the loss of that leg... or even one's life. I wonder how many patients died due to the trauma of a medical surgery? Even something like a flu could take your life. And it took many millions of lives in 1918. These days, the flu is more annoyance than important threat.

I was thinking about how we often ignore history as I watched that series which is adapted from an historical novel. We forget the very real threats and hardships we once faced. I grew up during the Cold War when we thought the world would obliterate humanity by nuclear holocaust. It is no longer a threat but could be again if the number of nations with nuclear weapons grows.


In case you were wondering, I didn't post on Friday because I was out of town... and lazy.