A Series of Huxley Quotes from The Doors of Perception: #1 “Island Universes”

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“We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves.  The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone.  Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain.  By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude.  … Continue reading

As Working for the Lord

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___ “Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not men.” (Col 3:23) ___ I’ve been doing a lot of things half-assed lately.  I’ve been doing my job half-assed.  I’ve been doing my schoolwork half-assed.  I’ve been working on relationships with family and friends half-assed. I wrote my Mom’s Mother’s Day card half-assed. And it sucks. Life is … Continue reading

Uninhibited

Old people can be so uninhibited… At some point, you just don’t care anymore. This guy feels no pressure to conform to societal norms.  He’s not worried about what anyone else is thinking.  He simply “is.”  What a wonderful place to be. He could also be senile or have a degenerative brain disease.  Either way, his uninhibited state must be nice. Compare to the two … Continue reading

As a Man Thinketh in His Heart…

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“Until thought it linked with purpose, there is no intelligent accomplishment.  With the majority, the ship of thought is allowed to ‘drift’ upon the ocean of life.  Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for those who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction. They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, … Continue reading

Refining

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 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete; lacking in nothing.” –  James 1:2-4 Perfect and complete.  I’m not there yet… Why does it take refining to be perfect and complete?  Why aren’t we just … Continue reading

Noah, The Flood, and the Documentary Hypothesis

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Traditionally Christian (and Jewish) interpreters have attributed the first five books of the Bible, the entire Pentateuch, to Moses.  Directly inspired by God, Moses was seen as dictating the history of the world, and Israel, in a straightforward and reliable fashion.  Although there were clearly some awkward verses – third person writing (“Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all men that were … Continue reading