Author: Thomas McGregor

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10 Questions to Pounder to Live a Life of Clarity

Welcome to my bathroom. I’m in the shower. This is where I think well.

There is a thought-inducing power that the warm feeling and soothing sound of constant water showers have on the mind of a person.

As I think through life’s most important and challenging questions, I humbly realize that just because I’m asking the questions doesn’t mean I know all the answers.

Therefore, in that spirit, I will now list some questions for you that I hope offer you more clarity as you travel through life.

If you have ideas or answers to any of these questions, leave them in the comments below. Anything is welcome.-

1. What makes playgrounds so incredibly appealing to children?

2. What keeps a person in a particular routine?

3. Why do we find it challenging to keep our living space organized?

4. Why do some people continue destructive behavior, even after seeing the destructive nature of their actions?

5. Why do some consider education or learning as work or a chore?

6. Why is work considered bad?

7. What is the difference between focusing on a solution versus the problem?

8. Do “cliques” still exist during adulthood?

9. What are we making excuses FOR?

10. Why do we take more than we give?

If you have ideas or answers to any of these questions, leave them in the comments below. Anything is welcome.

Happy poundering.

 

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A letter from Albert Einstein to his daughter: about The Universal Force which is LOVE

Albert Einstein was not just a great analytical thinker and mind but, also an endorser of day dreaming and the curation of the imaginative curiosity.

It has been said that Einstains landmark discovery of The Theory of Relativity was born out of a moment of day dreaming.

Creativity and thinking outside the structural norms thrust on is as infants can intemidate us just by their nature of instability alone. This can send us in to a spiral of cycling through tiptoeing our way through new experiences with the forefrontal fear that we will message up or, even die. This keeps us from acting on inspiration and momentary flashes of insight.

If Mr. Einstein had succumbed to these fears, we wouldn’t have the immense pleasure of enjoying his expensive discovories. Furthermore, all great achievers encounter these fears but decide to handle them differently.

There is a knowing that in order for anything new to be explored, even on an individual level, one must attack this momentary fear of failure like a problem with a solution – versus – the end, as if there isn’t any other options after we fail.

To make this part of our lives it’s important for us to embrace adversity in a problem-solution manner. We much embrace day dreaming and asking silly questions even, if it means we may look silly during our discovery process.

If Einstein did it, why can’t we?
Is that so silly to pounder?

You Are The Light That You Always Have Been

Reposted from: https://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/a-letter-from-albert-einstein-to-his-daughter-about-the-universal-force-which-is-love/

In the late 1980s, Lieserl, the daughter of the famous genius, donated 1,400 letters, written by Einstein, to the Hebrew University, with orders not to publish their contents until two decades after his death. This is one of them, for Lieserl Einstein.More can be found about Lieserl here

…”When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world.
I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.
There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been…

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[ANALYSIS] Luke 12: 8-10

Luke 12: 8-10

8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 
9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 
10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. (New International Version)
A firm belief in the doctrine of God’s universal providence and the extent of it would satisfy us when in peril, and encourage us to trust God in the way of duty. Providence takes notice of the meanest creatures, even of the sparrows, and therefore of the smallest interests of the disciples of Christ. Those who confess Christ now shall be owned by him in the great day, before the angels of God. To deter us from denying Christ, and deserting his truths and ways, we are here assured that those who deny Christ, though they may thus save life itself, and though they may gain a kingdom by it, will be great losers at last; for Christ will not know them, will not own them, nor show them favour. But let no trembling, penitent backslider doubt of obtaining forgiveness. This is far different from the determined enmity that is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, which shall never be forgiven because it will never be repented of. (Matthew Henry)

Introduction

The Gospel According to Luke also called the Gospel of Luke, or simply Luke is the third of the four canonical Gospels. It tells of the origins, birth, ministry, atonement, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Luke is very positive in nature and is doctrine-oriented.
Who is Luke?

Luke is only mentioned by name three times in Scripture, and all three references are in Paul’s letters: Colossians 4, 2 Timothy 4, and Philemon 1. Most biblical scholars support Luke as the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. We can come to this conclusion because of the similarity of writing styles and vocabulary in both books; another reason is that Luke used the term “we” several times to refer to his missionary travels in the book of Acts. Though Luke was not present with Jesus during His ministry, and likely was not a believer until after Jesus’ resurrection, Luke’s attention to detail and abundant eyewitness accounts serve him as a credible historian for the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

Luke’s gospel contains several parables and eyewitness accounts that are only in his gospel, such as a pre-birth account for John the Baptist, the story of the two men who met the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus, as well as stories of miraculous healing. His gospel is the longest of the 4 gospels and includes the most healing stories, showing his interest in and compassion for the sick. His gospel also has the most detailed birth account and a more descriptive death and resurrection account for Jesus. The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts total 52 chapters, making Luke the author of 1/3 of the New Testament, just like Paul.

It is most likely that Luke wrote his gospel in 63AD before the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem since he does not mention it. As a detailed and observant writer, it would be odd for him to leave out such a historic event, but there are still some scholars who argue for a later date.

8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 
This is a direct indication for the believer to promote the message of God in a way that proclaims the believers’ steadfast belief in God. The reward for doing this that God will pass it along to the angels of God. In this context “angels of God” could referrence those that have done this in the past and have resin into heaven or, a literal organization of angels in heaven to show what you’ve done for the cause of God. 
9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 

This counteracts and covers those that will not publically proclaim God as the Son of Man. However, there is a minor discripency here; what would occur if an individual disowns God and then wants to reprent? Is that an option? The most common translation of “repent” is “turn” or “return”. Two requisites of repentance included in sub are “to turn from evil, and to turn to the good.” Most critical theologically is the idea of returning to God, or turning away from evil. If one turns away from God, apostasy is indicated. Three times Ezekiel included God’s call to the people of Israel: “Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!” “Repent! Turn away from all your offenses”, “Turn! Turn from your evil ways”. Such a call was characteristic of the prophets. Interestingly enough, Luke mentions repenting directly in Luke 24:46-47:

Luke 24: 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Therefore, according to verses 46-47, we clearly see that The Messaiah has suffered in order for repenting to be possible. 

The second question would be to ask if “disowning God” is under the weight of sin as any other sin? This would also imply that there are levels of sin. If this is true, how does one know what level of sin is being committed? And, how do you know whether or not you can repent and be forgiven for it. At the onset, this would contradict the very message of Christ that all sins have been forgiven due to Christ paying for the sins of the world when he died on the cross. 

10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
This verse is where a direct contradiction occurs in multiple ways. 1. You can be forgiven ONLY if you speak agains the Son of Man(Jesus Christ) but you can’t if you speak again the Holy Spirit. 2. If the God/Holy Spirit are omnipresent(everywhere all the time)then you have little hope of both; having the ability to reprent and, Sin(becuase humans aren’t perfect and will make mistakes). You are therefore stuck in a perpetual circle of messing, attempting to be sorry; just to realize that you can’t reach the gates of heaven by that method. Unless, of course, you know who you are sinning against. But, can you know? 

Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago

In the early 1950’s, archaeologists unearthed several clay tablets from the 14th century B.C.E.. in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit. These tablets contained cuneiform signs in the Hurrian language which turned out to be the oldest known piece of music ever discovered, a 3,400-year-old cult hymn. In 1988 Richard Fink writes in an article entitled ‘Archeologia Musicalis’ that the tablets found confirm a musical theory structure of a 7-note diatonic scale, as well as other harmonies, existing 3,400 years ago.

Click Here Free Sheet Music Download: Sumerian Tablet Song.pdf

[FILE 1977] John Perry Barlow’s Top 25 PRINCIPLES OF ADULT BEHAVIOR

We are all searching for how to live our lives. This searching might be the most primal and core drive of our human existence. The question, however, isn’t so much wrapped up in the amalgam of how to live our lives as so much as if we have a set of principles to live our lives by.

“Take responsibility for your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

PRINCIPLES OF ADULT BEHAVIOR

1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, never blame.
Say nothing behind another’s back you’d be unwilling to say,
in exactly the same tone and language, to his face.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble
than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you yourself can deliver.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than whom is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Do not
endanger it frivolously. And never endanger the life of another.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason.
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission
and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Never let your errors pass without admission.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21 Forgive.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.

I don’t expect the perfect attainment of these principles. However,
I post them as a standard for my conduct as an adult. Should any of
my friends or colleagues catch me violating any one of them, bust me.

John Perry Barlow (October 3, 1977)