Random Thoughts-11:30:2008

Isn’t it strange that the people who act most like wild animals are the ones who most insist they are superior to animals?

Black Friday is living up to the name, but not in the sense retailers meant it.  A young Walmart employee trampled to death by the mob when he opens the doors.  Especially in a big city, the job of opening the doors on Black Friday should not be done by some young employee.  This is not a job for the new guy.  It should be done by two armed guards with guns drawn.  Of course, it would also help if the stores didn’t insist on having those super specials for the first 100 or 200 customers when they know there will be a thousand or more waiting to get in.  Personally, I do nearly all of my shopping online.

Many financial advisers are recommending people buy few, if any, Christmas gifts this year.  While I applaud the effort to get Christmas back to it’s origin as a religious holy day, I think those who have the money (not credit cards) to buy gifts, should.  It will only make the economy worse if we stop buying.

Strange Crime:

In Massachusetts, police are trying to figure out who left a piano in the woods, set up like it is ready to be played, and in good tune.

The head of the Tokyo Police Drunk Driving division was busted a few days ago — for drunk driving.

Quote of the week:

Buy a pup and your money buys love unflinching that cannot lie.
Rudyard Kipling


Scripture: Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

True Thanksgiving is thanking God for all he has given us, for his tolerance and forgiveness, his love, and for continuing to give us a chance to redeem ourselfs.

Note: when I quote scripture from the Bible, I am usually referencing the King James version.


Finding Treasure

    Finding buried treasure or treasure on sunken ships isn’t easy and there is no guarantee you will find it.  One thing is certain, you won’t find it if you don’t look, unless it found by accident like when digging a hole for the basement of a new building.  Nevertheless, some treasure hunters spend years and a great deal of money trying to find treasures.  
    The greatest treasure of all is eternal life.  There are billionaires who would gladly give all of their fortune to get it.  Unfortunately for them, eternal life is not something you can buy and the physical body can never be eternal anyway.  Only the spirit and soul can be eternal and you get eternal life by the awakening and growing of your  soul while you are still in the material world.   The odds of your awakening your soul by accident are very slim.  Worse than the odds of winning the state lottery.  
    If you want eternal life you have to seek it out like a treasure hunter looking for treasure.  You have to follow the tried and true methods of developing the spirit and soul and when you are ready, God will send his Light to awaken it.  While there have been a few very rare cases of people awakening without this spiritual development, it is much too rare to just hope it happens to you.  You have to learn to increase your chances of spiritual awakening by getting the help of a reliable spiritual teacher.


Spiritual Symbols: Wreath

    The wreath has been a symbol for thousands of years.  In ancient Greece and Rome, wreaths symbolized victory so were worn like a crown by soldiers returning from a war, Olympic athletes, and other contest winners.  In Rome, wreaths of flowers were often worn by women during festivals and weddings and generally symbolized pride.
    Wreaths today are often made of holly, pine, or other evergreen plants or tree branches.  Evergreens are a symbol of eternity or life everlasting.  Wreaths are usually circles.  Circles symbolize something never ending, eternal.  So when you combine evergreens with the circular shape you get what early Christians considered a symbol of the victory of spirit over matter or the soul over the  logical mind.
    Today, wreaths are made for many occasions and primarily to decorate the home, usually, with no knowledge or interest in the symbolism of the wreath.  Nonetheless, the soul remembers and having spiritual symbols around helps to remind it of it’s origin in the eternal worlds of spirit.