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Humility Keeps Us Real

Photo by Kyle Johnson (unsplash.com) Thought for the Week I’m always surprised by the number of attractive, scantily-clad young women who want to be my friends on Facebook—clearly due to my sparkling personality and rugged good looks. Then I see … Continue reading

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Illusions

Art uniquely reflects our conflicting attraction to and fear of illusions. It strives to reconcile our dueling convictions that, on the one hand, only what we perceive is real; and that, on the other, what we perceive is nothing more … Continue reading

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Reality 2.0

Reality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Our external senses don’t tell us everything, just enough to function in the world around us, to pretend it’s orderly and makes sense. In a way it does–in a way. But meanwhile, … Continue reading

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That Which Can Be Seen

Next time you meet someone with a strictly “realistic” (materialistic) view of the universe, that only that which can be seen (scientifically observed) exists, point out the following: 96% of the universe is un-observable and is not technically “there.” I … Continue reading

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Perception vs. Reality

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” ~Hamlet I have some hearing loss. It probably began back when I played in rock bands (who knew?), and then took a turn for … Continue reading

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Believe in Yourself?

Last week, I wrote a post entitled Celebrate Yourself! And now this. What’s up? Have I suddenly gone all theologically squishy? Allow me to explain. I usually cringe when I see “Believe in Yourself” articles. Because, while in theory belief … Continue reading

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Illusions

    “The value of an illusion (is) that the shadow can be more important than the substance.” ~Jean Rhys             “Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion.”     … Continue reading

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We’re All Just Ants on the Sidewalk

Socrates said, “The only thing that makes me wiser than anyone else is that I know I know nothing.” It’s good to remind ourselves from time to time how clueless we truly are. Think of it this way: You are … Continue reading

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Shoot for the Moon

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars!” This popular saying is actually a misquote of what Dr. Norman Vincent Peale originally said. The correct version should read: “Shoot for the moon. But be careful … Continue reading

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The Holes in Our Reality

The familial warmth and sentiment of Christmas can, ironically, obscure the real reason Christ came: to reveal the holes in our reality. Our world isn’t a natural one, he showed, but an unnatural one, a broken shadow place hidden from … Continue reading

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