Friday, December 18, 2015

The Company You Keep

Why is it a surprise when crazy people hanging out with crazy people are still crazy?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Which God's Favor

To gain the favor of a cruel and judging God profits you little. With a kinder God favor is never the issue.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Disciples in the Boat

They saw him on shore and knew who he was. They would whisper his name to one another, and Peter plunged ahead to be as soon with him as he could, but not even he would call him by name. We may find it strange and might wonder were they embarrassed by him. He was supposed to be dead, and we can sometimes be uncomfortable with those people, even though they be our friends, who do not follow the rules. Or maybe the rules had changed, or else they feared they had changed, and when uncertain which rules apply we can sometimes avoid the disappointment of choosing the wrong ones if we say nothing. Saying nothing, calling people and things by no name, hiding in silence lest speaking hurt: it is not as uncommon as it might seem.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Parenting Between Extremes

We believe some days we are providing our children with enduring values. We hope other days we have not caused them too much harm. The truth lies somewhere between the two.

Monday, December 14, 2015

We Can Be Fair

We can wish life were fair but the only choice is that we be fair. It would be nice if there were justice, with good rewarded and evil set aside, but that does not occur, except in those instances where we decide to reward the goodness we recognize.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Not Needed

There are a number of people who do not need what we might offer. They can handle life on their own. It seems to annoy us.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

New Tears

Is it progress to now cry over something else? It is not sadder, only newer, and the feeling does not change.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Wishes

There are times when what we wish were so will not be. It is no less sad for the realization that it is what passes for best.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Leibowitz's List

I finally understood how those who found Leibowitz's list could invest it with such value. It was not what he had written, but that it had been written at all. Content was not as significant as the fact.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

God or Us

Time spent looking at God's nature is time unavailable to reflect upon our own. Time spent speculating about what God does, or ought to do, is time unavailable for being our self.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Looking

He looks at those around him. Is he looking for someone with a similar feeling, to share his with us, or does he want to confirm it is all right to feel it on his own?

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Distress We Carry

Growing old enables you to relinquish fears and anxieties that are more global in nature, passing them to another generation who may agonize about them if they wish, becoming angered and pained by what ought not to be. It is the role of younger people to become distraught and demanding of change. It is something to occupy them in the days between childhood and a time of quiet. Hopefully, they will be more ready to see and accept the quiet, more willing to relinquish the world's distress, and maybe one day there will be no distress to let go of, no anxiety to pass on.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Unknown Travelers

At different junctures we will meet the people who will accompany us on the next aspect of our journey. Some will be longer with us and some we should not overtax by asking them to come farther than they can.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Seeking Immortality

Immortality as a goal inclines people to some foolish behavior. In order to be remembered they can be destructive as readily as they might be creative. To incline history's judgment in their favor they are liable to settle for the dramatic, rather that consider what might actually be helpful. This immortality seems such a self-centered inclination. Seeking it with such determination invests it with a false value, a value neither faithful to individuals or to humanity as a whole. Better to seek nothing.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Complicating

There are few things so simple I cannot complicate or obscure them given enough time.