Random Thoughts 2-28-2010

I have been watching the Olympic Curling on TV a lot this past week.   I’m not sure why everyone is so fascinated with this sport.  Perhaps it’s because it looks like something we could all do with some practice, though not on the same level. 

I’m going on vacation in a week, so I’ve been busy getting last minute things done.  It’s strange how you can plan a vacation months in advance, and you still have things to get done a few days before it begins.

The last batch of storms that hit the northeast just missed us here in Northern Virginia.  My theory is it’s because I got a snow blower.  Now that I have it, I won’t need it.  That’s fine with me.  If it wards off blizzards, it was worth the expense.

I like the 2010 Olympic medal designs.  Each medal is unique because the design is a small part of one large artwork.  I couldn’t find a photo of the artwork, but here is a link to the video on youtube.

The mistake people make is to wait for something to happen to them before they begin searching. They want the voice of God, or something, to tell them to get started. Or maybe they know they should be doing something but they procrastinate, hoping that tomorrow they’ll have more conviction and be more determined. What they forget is there may be no tomorrow for them. ”  ~Richard Rose


British Columbia passed a law last year making it illegal for licensed dogs to chase squirrels, sea gulls, or other wild animals, but allowed for a defense of “provocation”.  So how do you question a dog to find out if a squirrel provoked him?

Two Florida teenagers were stealing items from a car they had broke into and one of them accidentally called 911.  The 911 operator listened to them discussing what they should take and what should be left behind.  When police arrived, they were still holding the stolen items.

A twenty-year-old guy in Connecticut went on a one day crime spree.  He stole a pick-up truck, got it stuck in mud and abandoned it, stole a laptop case from a nearby car, then started stealing from mail boxes.  The police caught him with his hand in a mailbox.  So why steal a laptop case without a laptop?  He thought he could carry beer in it.


Scripture: John 10:1-3

Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

You can’t sneak into heaven through a back door.  You can’t get there by taking shortcuts.  You can’t win a spot in heaven in a lottery.  You have to work at developing you spiritual side.


Matter and Light

    We have a lot of expressions that attest to the solidity of matter: “Hard as a rock”, “solid matter”, “rock solid”, and others.  But how solid is it?  Scientists used to say that space was mostly empty, but they have found there are some things in all that supposedly empty space.  On the other hand, quantum physicists are telling us that  matter isn’t nearly as solid as most believe it is.  For starters, atoms are not little balls of solid particles, but are bits of energy spinning around other bits of energy.  The sub-atomic particles are not really particles, just bits of vibrating energy or light.  In short, they are saying that the material universe that appears to be so solid is just a hologram, a very complex matrix of light.  Some people, including some scientists, find that hard to believe, but the evidence to back up those theories is growing.
    It’s hard to believe when you are watching olympic curling on TV, for example, that those rocks smashing into each other are just big balls of light, but that is what quantum mechanics theorizes.  Further, they say that, to a large extent we as a whole have a considerable amount of control on how that light matrix appears and how it behaves.  So if we collectively believed that when one of those rocks hits another one, it would just pass harmlessly through it because they are both just balls of light, that is what would happen.  It may sound impossible, but when you really look at it on a sub-atomic level, that rock is barely any more solid than air, yet it passes right through the air, so ,is that because the air is really different, or because we believe that it is?  Something to think about.


Non-Violent is not Passive

    Many thing that Jesus was a very passive person because he told the apostles to put away their swords and not try to protect him.  But a passive person is one who takes no action at all, like the folks who pull out their cell phone and photograph someone being raped or beaten, but do nothing to help.  That is not the way Jesus behaved.  Jesus was non-violent, but not passive.  He would take action of a non-violent type when he saw wrongs that needed to be corrected.  He came to the aid of Mary Magdalene when she was about to be stoned.  He let his objections about the Pharisees and  Sadducees be known without being violent.  And when the priests at the temple announced the installation of a new idol to be worshiped that was in the form of a donkey, Jesus poked fun at the idea by riding one through town on what is now known as Ash Wednesday.  So don’t think that you have to be passive and ignore the wrongs of the world to be a good Christian, just keep your objection non-violent.