Thoughts at Large: 11

• When you hear someone has died of “natural causes,” don’t believe it.  The true cause is unblessed sneezes.  Think how many times you sneeze when no one is around to bless you.  After a while, they add up.

• The parting gesture made by a losing political candidate to his disappointed crowd should henceforth be known as “the wave of the futile.”

• The Inuits supposedly have several different words for snow, reflecting its importance in their culture.  Americans have lone gunman, deranged gunman, heavily-armed gunman, and too many other ways to describe something we shouldn’t need to.

• I have existed on this planet for almost 60 years now.  There is not enough space on this page to list all of the Arab-Israeli wars and conflicts that have taken place since I was born (but you can see the list here).  Middle East peace in my lifetime?  At this pace, doubtful.

• Same-sex marriage is legal in eight states and the District of Columbia.  Over 42 million people reside in these states and enjoy the right (if not all the privileges) to marry the person of their choice.  That is only 13.6% of the U.S. population.  Long road ahead.

• Life is too short to drink yesterday’s coffee.

• First we give our babies thrill-rides by hoisting them way up in the air.  Then we surprise them with games of peek-a-boo.  Then we fool them with stories about Santa Claus and flying reindeer.  Then we make them cry when Frosty the Snowman melts.  No wonder they don’t trust us when they grow up.

• The extent to which “you are your brother’s keeper” is humanity’s essential question.  That each person answers it his own way implies there is no universal answer.  Shall it be, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” (Louis Blanc, 1839, and Karl Marx, 1875) or “He who does not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)?  Is my “brother” the person related to me, the person next door, the person who lives in my city or country, or the person of another color and culture halfway around the world?  Do I seek him out or wait for him to come to me?  And how much of my time and resources do I offer?  How an individual answers these questions is largely what defines him.

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One Response to Thoughts at Large: 11

  1. dorothy says:

    hmmmm … I frequently finish yesterday’s coffee … you’ve given me food for thought –not only on this particular subject : ) … hope the peace you find in your heart helps with the longer wait …

    and p.s. I’m glad that I now know what billionth person I am!

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