Archive for May, 2010

The Constitution
I read and listened to this speech today, given in 1991 by Rex E Lee on the Constitution of the United States.
Comparing his thoughts to where we are today with social justice forces one to wake up. Wherever we see “social justice” on a political or religious website, if you look for the links on the page and follow them back, they will take you straight to socialism, marxism, communism pages where they train you to be a social revolutionary. Social Justice is code for redistribution of wealth, and has nothing to do with actually caring for one another. It destroys personal empathy to let the government do it through taxes.

I like the social cushions we have in Canada of health, education and welfare. But it seems we are a bit stifled because of them. IF, and I mean that as a giant IF, the stock market crashed and our money became worthless, those social cushions would disappear. We may find ourselves standing naked and alone. Who would you turn to?

I cling to the principles outlined in the Constitution of the United States, and to Canada, although I can not remember studying the Canadian constitution in school. I lived in the USA long enough to see the difference between a Canadian and an American as it relates to patriotism.


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One of my favorite poems is a six-word gem by Mexico’s Jaime Sabines. The poem reads:
I’m hungry.
I need to fast.

I think that poem holds the essence of all religious faith.

It reminds me of those young, married Mormons who say, “We’re going through tough straits. We need to be sure to pay our tithing.”

In other words, “We’re almost out of money, we need to give some money away.”

If you’re hungry, you fast — and ask for God’s help.

It’s the kind of thinking behind the Savior’s notions that to find your life, you need to lose your life, and if you want to be first, you have to be last.

It’s the contradiction at the core of Christianity: If you want peace, love and joy, turn to that beaten, bloody man nailed to the cross.

Such thinking is called counterintuitive — contrary to what one would rationally expect. It flies in the face of common sense and flirts with insanity.

You want to live? Die.

You want to rise? Lower yourself.

It sounds totally irrational.

But I think it’s the only way to lift ourselves out of this tar pit we call mortality.
It is never easy to do the opposite of what your head, heart, eyes and spleen are telling you to do.

Logic and rational thinking are wonderful gifts to have. But like everything else, they have their place.

Sometimes answers aren’t as clear as they appear.

Sometimes, to save yourself, you need to do something completely irrational — do something counterintuitive and moonstruck.

People who won’t do that aren’t bad people, of course. For myriad reasons they choose to put their trust in their ability to reason.

These thoughts came from Mormon Times article titled, “Sometimes irrationality is best choice”.

The title alone was an attention grabber, and the premise behind it istrue.

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