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FROM THE 2013 BOOK OF QUESTIONS #24

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

Do you think you have much impact on the lives of people whose paths you cross?

No.

Has anyone, over a short period of time, significantly influenced your life?

No.

Does advice from older people carry any special weight for you because of their greater experience?

Yes.

FROM THE 2013 BOOK OF QUESTIONS #23

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If you could take a one-month trip anywhere in the world and money were not a consideration, where would you go and what would you do?

I’d go to Ireland, England, Scotland–and Germany, if possible.

I’d visit the big cities, like Dublin, London, Edinburgh, and Berlin.

But I’d make sure to visit the megalithic sites–and touch the stones, if I could.

WE THE PEOPLE MUST TAKE A STAND

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There are so many issues on which We the People must take a stand.

As aforementioned, our government is no longer one of the people, by the people, and for the people–because two equally extremist, corrupt, and powerful political parties have taken it away from us.

And as aforementioned, the only way we can begin to take our government back is to elect an independent president in 2016.

In the meantime, however, there are things we can do to lay the groundwork for taking our government back.

We can support our government’s efforts toward the destruction of ISIS.

We can demand that our government cease imposing on states’ rights (specifically, allowing federal judges to overturn state laws on which states’ residents voted).

We can insist that our government enact laws to prevent U.S. corporations from outsourcing jobs to foreign countries.

And we can petition our government to discontinue its support of the Zionist State (“Israel”).

And these are only a few things we can do.

Our government will not give itself back to us.

We must take it back.

And we can take it back without firing a shot.

BREAD IS MORE IN LOVE WITH YOU THAN YOU WITH IT

A sheikh and a disciple are walking quickly toward a town

where it’s known there is very little to eat.  

The disciple says nothing, but he is constantly afraid of going hungry.  

 

The sheikh knows what the disciple thinks.  How long

will you be frightened of the future

because you love food?  You have closed the eye

of self-denial and forgotten who provides.  

 

Don’t worry.  You’ll have your walnuts and raisins and special desserts.  

Only the true favorites get hunger for their daily bread.  

You’re not one of those.  Whoever loves the belly

is brought bowl after bowl from the kitchen.  

 

When such a person dies, bread itself comes to the funeral

and makes a speech: “O corpse, you almost killed yourself

with worrying about food.  Now you’re gone and food

is still here, more than enough.  Have some free bread.”  

 

Bread is more in love with you than you with it.  

It sits and waits for days.  It knows you have no will.  

If you could fast, bread would jump into your lap

as lovers do with each other.  

 

Be full with trusting,

not with these childish fears of famine.

 

Rumi

(translated by Coleman Barks, et alia)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

IT APPEARS THAT KIM JONG UN IS NOW KIM JONG ILL!

Let’s hope he stays that way!

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(This post is dedicated to all Korean War veterans–including my father–who kept South Korea free from Communist totalitarianism.)

WELL, HELL!

I’ve never been so overwhelmed with such overwhelming problems in my life.

And I was planning to write a post contradicting a Bible verse that I’ve just found does not even exist.

In the past, my mom has told me the Apostle Paul wrote that God would not give us more problems than we could bear.

I never liked Paul, even when I was a devout Christian–so many of his teachings contradicted Jesus’ teachings!

So I was going to especially take pleasure in contradicting Paul!

But I first had to find the Bible verse on which my mom’s claim (probably something she had heard from someone else) was based.

And I’ve found it.

And in fairness to Paul, it does not state that God will not give us more problems than we can bear.

It’s 1 Corinthians 10 : 13, and it reads thus:

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:  but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

In other words, according to Paul, God will not give us more temptation than we can bear.  Not problems, but temptation.

So the prosecution rests.

FROM THE 2013 BOOK OF QUESTIONS #22

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

For $5,000, would you be willing to stand up in a crowded restaurant and obnoxiously berate a server about some trivial problem?

No.

If not, is it because it would embarrass you or because it would hurt her feelings?

Because it would hurt her feelings.

Do you think a server would rather have you forgo the bet or split the money with her later?

I think she’d rather have me forgo the bet.

FROM THE 2013 BOOK OF QUESTIONS #21

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

Would you accept $20,000 to shave your head and continue your normal activities without a hat or wig until your hair grew back?

Of course I would!

What is the minimum price you’d take for this?

$20.

RESEMBLANCES I SEE

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