Category Archives: Priorities

HOW TO LOVE

thanksgiving, komorne hurka, zimichka 102

How to avoid being taught: learn.

How to learn: ask.

How to be the right weight: quit dieting.

How to be happy: smile.

How to talk with God: listen.

How to talk with anyone: listen.

How to win an argument: don’t.

How to feel safe: protect.

How to make amends to your children: become the parent you want them to be.

How to Love: Accept God’s Love and pass it on.

How to experience Love:  Accept God’s Love and pass it on.

(Prayers uttered by those of us who who see ourselves as powerless reflect the appeal of the beggar; our plea moves us from the streets to the alleys. Here we find the leftovers. Here we can sustain ourselves for one more day.)

I HEARD ABOUT THAT

Academic_procession

Overheard on the bus:

“Yeah, I heard about that already”;

 “Sure, I know about that”.

 “Oh yeah, everybody knows about that already.”

“According to a double-blind study…..”

 

What is more important to you when gathering information? Being among the first to know? Accuracy? Popularity?

When you seek information on Google, Yahoo or Bing do you check for accuracy? Do you first scan the document for signs of propaganda? Can you explain in twenty-five words or less the difference between Truth and Proof?

Do you understand the goals of scientific inquiry or why the goal of proving anything destroys any possibility of discovering truth?

 

‘Didn’t you know…..?’

“Oh sure, I know about that”.

“you can bet that everybody knows about that already.”

PRIORITIES

I HEARD ABOUT THAT

Academic_procession

Overheard on the bus:

“Yeah, I heard about that already”;

 “Sure, I know about that”.

 “Oh yeah, everybody knows about that already.”

“According to a double-blind study…..”

 

What is more important to you when gathering information? Being among the first to know? Accuracy? Popularity?

When you seek information on Google, Yahoo or Bing do you check for accuracy? Do you first scan the document for signs of propaganda? Can you explain in twenty-five words or less the difference between Truth and Proof?

Do you understand the goals of scientific inquiry or why the goal of proving anything destroys any possibility of discovering truth?

 

‘Didn’t you know…..?’

“Oh sure, I know about that”.

“you can bet that everybody knows about that already.”

PRIORITIES

TWO HEROES

September Eleven

If two strange men in a strange, unpopulated land encountered each other after years of wandering afoot, each with the memory of having survived a war which apparently had killed everyone else, would these two wanderers prepare to fight, shake hands, embrace…?

What would they do?

Suppose they each thought their way through all the possibilities and each decided, independently of the other to explore avenues of communication; they exchange names, and then what? Would they begin with their own language, then explore their way through whatever other linguistic possibilities occur to them?

Two weeks ahead now; these two have developed a language of a hundred words. They hunt. They share knowledge of plants and reap, clean and eat what they dare eat, they capture, cook and eat whatever they are able and they talk. And their language grows. Do they argue? Do they compete in any way? Or do they place as a higher priority, the accumulation of knowledge? Will opinions and biases of group knowledge from previous lives motivate them?

Assume the obvious that they are aware of sexual needs and being the heroes that they are,  decide that the highest priority is to find women and begin to repopulate, what then; do they remain where they are and wait for new arrivals? Do they break camp and begin wandering once again? What direction? Certainly they need not back track. Or perhaps they should. They both came from densely populated areas. Perhaps there are other survivors who were slower to emerge from the rubble.

These questions and the activities which inspired them were the events of the dream which compelled me to greet the world.

Enjoy your day.

I Heard About That

Lee Broom

Overheard on the bus yesterday:

“Yeah, I heard about that already”;

 “Sure, I know about that”.

 “Oh yeah, everybody knows about that already.”

“According to a double-blind study…..”

 

What is more important to you when gathering information? Being among the first to know? Accuracy? Popularity?

When you seek information on Google, Yahoo or Bing do you check for accuracy? Do you first scan the document for signs of propaganda? Can you explain in twenty-five words or less the difference between Truth and Proof?

Do you understand the goals of scientific inquiry or why the goal of proving anything destroys any possibility of discovering truth?

 

‘Didn’t you know…..?’

“Oh sure, I know about that”.

“you can bet that everybody knows about that already.”

Important Stuff

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The cast of Mash. East High School. 1975-76
Bill Broom is peeking out from the left of pic

How is it that one cannot control the thoughts and decisions of another but can easily be heard by the guy in the car behind us in traffic as we wonder why the turd is honking his horn?

How is it that one can walk into a room of fifty strangers and know immediately the one person in the room with whom to share a smile?

How is it that this is suddenly so important to me at this time in my life?

Have you ever heard anyone sing the flight of the bumblebee?

I knew Flash Gordon.

My son took Barbra Streisand to Dinner when he was fourteen. (He is now fifty-three.)

My favorite time of day is breakfast on my patio sharing crumbs with my avian friends.