Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Judging Trump

"Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." - Matthew 7:3-4

My apologies to any out there who truly do long to see something better out of America's president.

Still, my assessment is that The Left is offended by president Trump because they are convinced that Trump is obstructing the road to Hell.  Most of the Republicans are offended by president Trump because they fear that their reputation for total incompetence will be somehow tarnished by him.  Then there is the news media who constantly accuse Trump of illegalities and collusion, totally oblivious to the fact that the leaks they daily wallow in are illegal acts of criminals with whom they are colluding.

This takes me to one of my Sunday School lessons, where I point out to the youngsters that Christianity is the only religion that teaches that hypocrisy is wrong.  In evolutionary science, the most important scientific principle is that hypocrisy is heroic, provided you get what you want and do not allow any principle to intervene other than success.  Modernism - especially Modernist Christianity - likewise honors hypocrisy as one of its greatest values.  Hypocrisy has always been with us, but as America becomes a post-Christian society, hypocrisy is guaranteed to increase until it boldly goes where it has never gone before.

So getting back to president Trump, no matter how bad he is, at the current time he is the best that America is capable of producing.  The rage at him isn't because people long for something better, but rather they long for something far worse.  Or to put it another way, if they aren't cursing you then you aren't doing a good job.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Sannyasi vs Gotta Keep Working

My ambition has been to die at my desk.  Here is a version of this.  Neither Moses nor Jesus retired.  The apostles Peter and John didn't retire either.  Gotta keep working.  But perhaps we can become spiritual ascetics and embedded in society working at the same time?

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

A California Marmot

The internet says that the only species of Marmot in California is the Yellow Bellied Marmot.  This one seemed pretty cool and care free as far as I could tell, but there certainly are yellow bellies in California.


Monday, July 03, 2017

Giant Sequoia

They grow over 100 meters tall and live for 3,500 years.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Mark Twain Pilgrimage

This is the town of Angel's Camp, California.  Mark Twain's picture is everywhere along with pictures of frogs.  This is where he picked up a story that eventually morphed into "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras Country".  After reading Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer I would never have thought he had started out his writing as a miner here in California.