Some folks are wise and some otherwise

Judging by what we see on TV, our choice of soft drink, underarm deodorant, or shampoo is among the most important of life’s questions. Isn’t world peace more important than a clean head of hair? Why is it that none of the many talk shows discuss the value of wisdom? Take war and peace, for example, if we are stupid …

Make the rest of your life the best of your life

Make the rest of your life the best of your life. Does that make sense to you? It should because if we fail to make it better, it simply means we make it worse. Some may be tempted to say. “Wait a minute! How can I MAKE my life better? I can’t wave a magic wand and make everything better. …

When night turns into day and darkness into light

Sugimori Nobumori was hunched over the corner table, slurping a bowl of noodles. Behind him he could hear the crowd in the noodle shop excitedly discussing the sighting of a wise holy man. The sage had come to town for supplies and then returned to his home in the wilderness. Finishing his noodles, Sugimori turned to face his fellow villagers …

Ambition is a noble tradition

Is ambition a noble tradition or a contemptible trait? How can the natural yearning to excel be anything but noble? That would explain why Thomas Dunn English (1469 ~ 1527) wrote, “Ambition is the germ (seed) from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.” Yet, ambition is neither noble nor contemptuous, neither negative nor positive. Rather, it is the object of …

What is the essence of man? It is happiness

Only from the heart can you touch the sky (Rumi) All objects, however large or small, have an essence (nature) and act (do things). If objects did not act, there would be nothing to distinguish them from nonexistent objects. The essence of the sun, for instance, is that of a nuclear furnace and among its actions, it sends a stream …

It rains so the dead have something to complain about

“How are things going?” I ask. “Oh, I can’t complain.” they reply. Yet, after telling me they “can’t complain,” they immediately start doing so. On and on with whining, grumbling, griping, and bellyaching. Some people complain so much that I’m sure they continue doing so after they die. That must be why God created rain, so the dead would have …

Open-mindedness versus Gullibility

Friends often don’t agree on a particular subject, especially if that subject is politics or religion. But that’s the way it should be. We need to hear as many opinions as possible to continually refine and improve our own. Besides, as unique individuals, we have different experiences, so it’s hardly surprising that each of us arrives at different conclusions. Also, …

The Culpability of Gullibility

If the period of 1650 ~ 1800 is known as the Age Of Reason and Enlightenment, what will we call the present age? Isn’t it the Age of Gullibility? Why are we so quick to swallow half-truths, false premises, and outlandish claims? Why are we so credulous, so easily deceived? How did we arrive at the point where we accept …

The advantage of being old is that I can sing while I brush my teeth

Do you suffer from gerontophobia, which is the fear of old people, old age, and growing old? Judging by the number of books dealing with life after 50, or even 40, it appears that many people have difficulty dealing with aging. Since I’m 65, I have the right to ask, “What’s all the fuss about?” Part of the problem, it …

How Great Thou Art!

How great thou art! Can you guess who I’m writing about? The title of this article is the name of a hymn, so you may think I’m referring to God. But I’m not. Its His creature I’m talking about, YOU. If God is great and He made you in his image, aren’t you also great? Yes, how great you are, …