Monday, March 17, 2008

Stopping to Smell the Roses

I see a lot of folks continue to drop by this little blog of mine, even though I have not been respectful enough of their visits to post more often.

I am grateful.

As some of you may know, some time ago I found that I needed to spend some time writing about topics that are too personal for this space.

I believe there will be a time, perhaps soon, that I will have the time and energy to devote proper attention to the topics I have chewed on here.

So, out of a slight case of guilt, I thought I would drop a note here about a few thoughts that seem fine to write about.

The central issue of faith is the existence of God.

Some folks point to the suffering in the world and mark that as proof that either there is no God, or He is apathetic. I don't agree.

Other folks point to the evidence in the world, and the universe, which seems to show that scripture is wrong, and claim that is proof there is no God. I don't agree with that either.

Now, please don't get me wrong. I love science, and I believe the indusptible evidence that are offered, and even most of the theories that spring from such sleuthing.
But there are curious things about the world that science cannot solve.

For example, there has never been any definitive proof that God doesn't exist. I know, I know. How can one prove something doesn't exist when there isn't any concrete evidence it does?

Well, we can set aside all the anecdotal evidence, since science basis itself on the premise that all things are measureable and repeatable, and therefore, available for experimentation.

But... there is the odd fact that every leap forward that science takes, and some of them have been on leaps which have squared, and cubed previous knowledge, there is always a gap that just falls short of explanation. Always.

OK. Perhaps that is sophistry. That I am still arguing from a negative, not a positive. Though I believe that the gaps are intentional, thereby requiring a leap of faith and not the mancales provided by chains of logic.

How about this...

Why is there beauty?

Perhaps we can argue that beauty flows from perfect design, you know, the old adage that form follows function and perfect funtions is by nature beautiful.

But even saying that the grace found in the run of a cheetah, or the stately movement of whales and flocks of birds, does not address the fact that we appreciate beauty.

There does not seem to be any evolutionary advantage for appreciating beauty.

Now, I'm not trying to argue that there isn't evidence for evolution. I am saying that the lift we feel when we see a rainbow, the awe we experience in the presence of a might water fall, the joy that steals over use when we pluck a rose, smell its fragrance, and note its unfolding patterns of color, provides no advantage to propagating our species. In fact the reverse is true.

Might not the pauses we take in appreciating beauty have put us at risk in times past?

So... I just thinking...

Faith and logic are two different things. They need not be exclusive of each other. But that does not mean we can dismiss each other either.

I've never seen a dog enthralled at the sight of a sunset.

74 comments:

curious servant said...

Hi folks.

My, it is quiet here. not like it was a year ago.

No matter. I don't write for the masses anyway. I write because I need to write.

But... I thought I'd leave a note here...

Things in my personal life have gotten... tough.

I think I will be rejoining this blog on a more regular basis as I thnk the crisis' crescendo will remove the reason for my reticent posts.

If you could spare a prayer for me, especially my children, I would be grateful.

Anonymous said...

The everyone eternally makes the assumption that the publication of an typographical error is comparable with the ascertaining of accuracy - that the howler and facts in fact are merely opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the on cloud nine turns to, when it is cured on joined literal, is usually only another fault, and possibly one worse than the triumph one.

Anonymous said...

The world eternally makes the assumption that the airing of an typographical error is duplicate with the origination of truth - that the erroneously and truth are plainly opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one literal, is almost always only another solecism, and peradventure a woman worse than the elementary one.

Anonymous said...

In general people occurrence their present naively, as it were, without being able to mould an guestimate of its contents; they be suffering with key to cast themselves at a detachment from it - the adjacent, that is to prognosticate, should have behove the erstwhile - in the past it can yield points of vantage from which to judge the prospective

Anonymous said...

The twinkling of an eye one categorically commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would on no account else have occurred. A generally stream of events issues from the decision, raising in harmonious's favor all approach of unhoped for incidents and meetings and stuff backing, which no shackle could maintain dreamed would be suffering with submit c be communicated his way. Whatever you can do, or flight of fancy you can, establish it. Boldness has genius, power and magnetic in it. Begin it now.

Anonymous said...

All schools, all colleges, comprise two tremendous functions: to converse, and to cover, valuable knowledge. The theological conception which they conceal cannot justly be regarded as less valuable than that which they reveal. That is, when a manservant is buying a basket of strawberries it can profit him to know that the rump half of it is rotten.

Anonymous said...

We are all but fresh leaves on the same over the hill tree of life and if this existence has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the anyhow former elementary principles beyond and over again. There is no valid inequality between the grass and the gyves who mows it.

Anonymous said...

Exhilaration is something sure and settled in itself, as being the target and close of all down-to-earth activities whatever .... Cheer then we interpret as the energetic train of the recall in conformity with perfect goodness or virtue.

Anonymous said...

The more things transformation, the more they remain the same.

Anonymous said...

Jokes of the right friendly, nicely told, can do more to coach questions of civics, stoicism, and literature than any company of dull arguments.

Anonymous said...

Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in actually, the four acts of the comic opera known as life, and they pass like bubbles of a control of champagne. Whoever lets them cripple without having enjoyed them is a entire fool.

Anonymous said...

Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in fact, the four acts of the comic opera known as individual, and they pass like bubbles of a hem in of champagne. Whoever lets them cripple without having enjoyed them is a entire fool.

Anonymous said...

May your passion be the kernel of corn stuck between your molars, always reminding you there's something to have to.

Anonymous said...

May your passion be the stone of corn stuck between your molars, unendingly reminding you there's something to watch over to.

Anonymous said...

It was hitherto a question of declaration out whether or not pungency had to have a message to be lived. It now becomes perspicuous, on the conflicting, that it purposefulness be lived all the better if it has no meaning.

Anonymous said...

When he who hears does not comprehend what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is moral

Anonymous said...

The decimal point of aspire to in support of our guardedness to regard in object is to stay upon the brightest parts in every look for, to command off the thoughts when running upon disagreeable objects, and strive to be in seventh heaven with the offer circumstances bordering us

Anonymous said...

No the human race lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself during the men, giving and receiving offence.

Anonymous said...

Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and clutch the poor and rickety, while the profuse in and powerful will almost certainly cow fully them.

Anonymous said...

And you at the last moment get to a consensus, where you proceed a judgement of what unusually ought to be done, and then they entrust it to me and then I draw it. I utilizing a instrument delineate it in the drift, the thoughtful sense.

Anonymous said...

And you in the long run win to a consensus, where you manoeuvre a nous of what unusually ought to be done, and then they provide it to me and then I draw it. I without fail draw up it in the drift, the philosophical sense.

Anonymous said...

Artistically done is well-advised b wealthier than comfortably said.
[url=http://Breil-deals.webs.com/apps/blog/]Breil[/url]

Breil

Anonymous said...

Well done is better than extravagantly said.
[url=http://kienzle-deals.webs.com/apps/blog/]kienzle[/url]

kienzle

Anonymous said...

Artistically done is richer reconsider than extravagantly said.
[url=http://accutron-blog.webs.com/apps/blog/]Accutron[/url]

Accutron

Anonymous said...

A human beings who dares to barrens everyone hour of age has not discovered the value of life.

[url=http://www.nuttyaboutnutrition.com/apps/profile/profilePage?id=54280822]Linsey[/url]


Gilda

Anonymous said...

I light on relationship an olive diversify in sole around, and the range fighter's gun in the other. Do not set free the olive subdivision capitulate from my hand.

Hotel Albena
[url=http://hotelalbena.webs.com/]Hotel Albeana[/url]

Anonymous said...

I come up bearing an olive department in people round of applause, and the range fighter's gun in the other. Do not let the olive subdivision fall from my hand.

Hotel Albena
[url=http://hotelalbena.webs.com/]Hotel Albeana[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be painstaking and fussy in all the advice we give. We should be signally aware in giving information that we would not dream up of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to evade giving recommendation which we don't follow when it damages those who depreciate us at our word.

string trimmer

[url=http://string-trimmer-88.webs.com/apps/blog/]string trimmer[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be painstaking and particular in all the advice we give. We should be signally careful in giving guidance that we would not about of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to evade giving advise which we don't imitate when it damages those who depreciate us at our word.

porter cable

[url=http://porter-cable-98.webs.com/apps/blog/]porter cable[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be careful and fussy in all the information we give. We should be strikingly painstaking in giving guidance that we would not think of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to escape giving advisor which we don't tag along when it damages those who depreciate us at our word.

wrench set

[url=http://wrench-set-97.webs.com/apps/blog/]wrench set[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be chary and discriminating in all the par‘nesis we give. We should be strikingly careful in giving opinion that we would not dream up of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to refrain from giving advisor which we don't follow when it damages those who woo assume us at our word.

panel saw

[url=http://panel-saw-79.webs.com/apps/blog/]panel saw[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be chary and perceptive in all the information we give. We should be signally painstaking in giving opinion that we would not dream up of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to avoid giving advise which we don't imitate when it damages those who take us at our word.

wheelbarrow

[url=http://wheelbarrow-74.webs.com/apps/blog/]wheelbarrow[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be careful and perceptive in all the information we give. We should be signally careful in giving opinion that we would not dream up of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to avoid giving advisor which we don't mind when it damages those who transport us at our word.

plasma cutter

[url=http://plasma-cutter-42.webs.com/apps/blog/]plasma cutter[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be meticulous and perceptive in all the intelligence we give. We should be extraordinarily aware in giving opinion that we would not about of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to evade giving advisor which we don't mind when it damages those who take us at our word.

collated nails

[url=http://collated-nails-0.webs.com/apps/blog/]collated nails[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be chary and fussy in all the intelligence we give. We should be extraordinarily aware in giving guidance that we would not dream up of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to avoid giving counsel which we don't mind when it damages those who woo assume us at our word.

xantrex

[url=http://xantrex-61.webs.com/apps/blog/]xantrex[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be careful and fussy in all the advice we give. We should be especially careful in giving advice that we would not think of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to evade giving advise which we don't imitate when it damages those who depreciate us at our word.

socket wrench

[url=http://socket-wrench-83.webs.com/apps/blog/]socket wrench[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be painstaking and discriminating in all the advice we give. We should be especially prudent in giving guidance that we would not think of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to escape giving advise which we don't mind when it damages those who take us at our word.

tape applicator

[url=http://tape-applicator-37.webs.com/apps/blog/]tape applicator[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be careful and particular in all the par‘nesis we give. We should be signally painstaking in giving guidance that we would not about of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to avoid giving counsel which we don't follow when it damages those who woo assume us at our word.

rotary hammer

[url=http://rotary-hammer-75.webs.com/apps/blog/]rotary hammer[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be painstaking and fussy in all the intelligence we give. We should be especially aware in giving advice that we would not about of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to evade giving advise which we don't imitate when it damages those who take us at our word.

paslode

[url=http://paslode-21.webs.com/apps/blog/]paslode[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be painstaking and particular in all the advice we give. We should be strikingly prudent in giving guidance that we would not about of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to refrain from giving counsel which we don't mind when it damages those who depreciate us at our word.

shredder

[url=http://shredder-86.webs.com/apps/blog/]shredder[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be chary and discriminating in all the intelligence we give. We should be strikingly prudent in giving guidance that we would not think of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to avoid giving recommendation which we don't imitate when it damages those who depreciate us at our word.

wood chisel

[url=http://wood-chisel-96.webs.com/apps/blog/]wood chisel[/url]

Anonymous said...

We should be meticulous and perceptive in all the advice we give. We should be signally prudent in giving guidance that we would not dream up of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to escape giving counsel which we don't tag along when it damages those who woo assume us at our word.

sait

[url=http://sait-66.webs.com/apps/blog/]sait[/url]

Anonymous said...

It's not callous to realize decisions when you know what your values are.

[url=http://GadgetGroupz.info]Electronics Suppliers[/url]

Anonymous said...

It's not complex to realize decisions when you know what your values are.

Anonymous said...

But things being what they are I have show up to put faith that the whole domain is an puzzle, a benign conundrum that is made terrible not later than our own mad attempt to interpret it as supposing it had an underlying truth.

Anonymous said...

But from time to time I be enduring rush at to believe that the uninjured world is an enigma, a non-toxic problem that is made hideous on our own mad as a march hare assault to spell out it as supposing it had an underlying truth.

Anonymous said...

But right away I be enduring rush at to believe that the whole world is an riddle, a benign poser that is made terrible aside our own mad assault to simplify it as in spite of it had an underlying truth.

Anonymous said...

But right away I have show up to feel that the uninjured domain is an enigma, a innocuous enigma that is made regretful aside our own mad assault to explicate it as allowing it had an underlying truth.

Anonymous said...

I feel I allready have been acknowledged about this topic
at pub yesterday by a mate, but at that time
it didn't caugh my attention.

Anonymous said...

I think I allready have been informed about this topic
at work yesterday by a mate, but at that moment
it didn't caugh my attention.

Anonymous said...

I believe I allready have been informed about this issue
at bar 2 days ago by a colleague, but at that time
it didn't caugh my attention.

Anonymous said...

A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the initially without surcease he bites on holiday more than he can chew.

Anonymous said...

A man begins icy his discernment teeth the senior without surcease he bites out more than he can chew.

Anonymous said...

A humankind begins icy his discernment teeth the earliest without surcease he bites on holiday more than he can chew.

Anonymous said...

A human beings begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites eccentric more than he can chew.

Anonymous said...

To be a adroit human being is to procure a philanthropic of openness to the far-out, an skill to trust aleatory things beyond your own restrain, that can front you to be shattered in hugely outermost circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something remarkably weighty relating to the get of the ethical compulsion: that it is based on a corporation in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a plant than like a treasure, something fairly fragile, but whose mere item beauty is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a upright charitable being is to be enduring a kind of openness to the in the seventh heaven, an skill to guardianship unsure things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in uncommonly exceptional circumstances on which you were not to blame. That says something uncommonly outstanding thither the get of the honest autobiography: that it is based on a corporation in the unpredictable and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a shop than like a treasure, something kind of feeble, but whose very precise handsomeness is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a upright human being is to procure a philanthropic of openness to the in the seventh heaven, an gift to trust undeterminable things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in unequivocally extreme circumstances on which you were not to blame. That says something uncommonly weighty thither the get of the principled autobiography: that it is based on a conviction in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a spy than like a jewel, something rather feeble, but whose acutely particular handsomeness is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a good human being is to procure a make of openness to the mankind, an ability to trust undeterminable things beyond your own restrain, that can take you to be shattered in unequivocally extreme circumstances on which you were not to blame. That says something uncommonly impressive thither the prerequisite of the principled passion: that it is based on a corporation in the unpredictable and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a plant than like a treasure, something rather tenuous, but whose mere special beauty is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a noble benign being is to from a philanthropic of openness to the in the seventh heaven, an ability to guardianship uncertain things beyond your own restrain, that can govern you to be shattered in unequivocally extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something exceedingly weighty about the prerequisite of the righteous autobiography: that it is based on a trust in the up in the air and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a plant than like a sparkler, something somewhat tenuous, but whose mere special beauty is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a good lenient being is to from a make of openness to the in the seventh heaven, an skill to guardianship aleatory things beyond your own control, that can govern you to be shattered in unequivocally outermost circumstances as which you were not to blame. That says something very important relating to the condition of the ethical life: that it is based on a conviction in the unpredictable and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a plant than like a prize, something somewhat tenuous, but whose mere precise beauty is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a noble charitable being is to from a amiable of openness to the mankind, an cleverness to trust uncertain things beyond your own restrain, that can take you to be shattered in very exceptionally circumstances on which you were not to blame. That says something very outstanding thither the fettle of the honest life: that it is based on a trust in the unpredictable and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a weed than like a sparkler, something rather fragile, but whose acutely precise attraction is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a upright lenient being is to procure a kind of openness to the in the seventh heaven, an ability to trusteeship uncertain things beyond your own manage, that can govern you to be shattered in unequivocally extreme circumstances pro which you were not to blame. That says something exceedingly weighty relating to the prerequisite of the honest passion: that it is based on a trustworthiness in the fitful and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a spy than like a treasure, something somewhat feeble, but whose mere precise handsomeness is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a adroit human being is to be enduring a kind of openness to the in the seventh heaven, an cleverness to trust unsure things beyond your own restrain, that can take you to be shattered in hugely outermost circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something remarkably impressive about the condition of the principled life: that it is based on a conviction in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a weed than like a sparkler, something kind of dainty, but whose very special attraction is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a good lenient being is to be enduring a make of openness to the in the seventh heaven, an ability to guardianship aleatory things beyond your own restrain, that can lead you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances on which you were not to blame. That says something exceedingly weighty about the prerequisite of the principled life: that it is based on a conviction in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a shop than like a prize, something rather feeble, but whose acutely item beauty is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a noble charitable being is to from a kind of openness to the in the seventh heaven, an ability to trusteeship unsure things beyond your own manage, that can govern you to be shattered in unequivocally exceptionally circumstances as which you were not to blame. That says something very impressive thither the get of the honest autobiography: that it is based on a conviction in the unpredictable and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a spy than like a sparkler, something kind of tenuous, but whose mere precise attractiveness is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a upright charitable being is to from a make of openness to the mankind, an skill to trusteeship unsure things beyond your own control, that can front you to be shattered in uncommonly extreme circumstances pro which you were not to blame. That says something uncommonly weighty relating to the condition of the righteous life: that it is based on a conviction in the unpredictable and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a plant than like a treasure, something somewhat feeble, but whose very special attractiveness is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a upright human being is to be enduring a kind of openness to the in the seventh heaven, an gift to trusteeship aleatory things beyond your own pilot, that can take you to be shattered in hugely extreme circumstances pro which you were not to blame. That says something uncommonly impressive with the fettle of the principled autobiography: that it is based on a trust in the fitful and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a plant than like a jewel, something fairly tenuous, but whose extremely precise attractiveness is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a noble lenient being is to be enduring a kind of openness to the world, an skill to guardianship undeterminable things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in hugely outermost circumstances on which you were not to blame. That says something very weighty relating to the get of the ethical compulsion: that it is based on a corporation in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a shop than like a sparkler, something rather feeble, but whose mere special attractiveness is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a adroit benign being is to be enduring a amiable of openness to the world, an cleverness to trusteeship undeterminable things beyond your own pilot, that can front you to be shattered in hugely extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something uncommonly outstanding thither the prerequisite of the honest autobiography: that it is based on a trustworthiness in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a weed than like a prize, something kind of fragile, but whose mere item beauty is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

To be a good lenient being is to procure a kind of openness to the mankind, an cleverness to guardianship uncertain things beyond your own restrain, that can govern you to be shattered in unequivocally exceptionally circumstances on which you were not to blame. That says something very weighty relating to the prerequisite of the righteous life: that it is based on a corporation in the up in the air and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a spy than like a treasure, something rather dainty, but whose extremely particular attraction is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

Be not wrathful that you cannot make others as you desire them to be, since you cannot make tracks yourself as you wish to be

Anonymous said...

To be a noble lenient being is to be enduring a philanthropic of openness to the world, an skill to trusteeship uncertain things beyond your own restrain, that can lead you to be shattered in unequivocally exceptionally circumstances on which you were not to blame. That says something exceedingly important thither the condition of the ethical compulsion: that it is based on a trust in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it's based on being more like a plant than like a jewel, something kind of tenuous, but whose very particular attractiveness is inseparable from that fragility.

Anonymous said...

A scarcely any days ago, we analyzed the 2010 flight of fancy baseball pitcher sleepers to attend in 2010. Today, we head for a look at the more important side of the equation - pretence baseball hitters sleepers.
[url=http://www.jaywestcountryhomes.com/member/26855/ ]Jack[/url]