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Thursday, July 19 2001

Thinking too much

Some have accused me of "thinking too much"; entries like yesterday's admitting I've never played Lotto because the moral implications of wanting to beat everyone else deter me, might illustrate the point. I used to write a weekly newspaper column entitled "thinking through," which aimed to work through a topic until some clarity had been achieved, for myself and anyone reading, so I do plead guilty to thinking "a lot." Maybe it stems from the fourth to fifth year of my childhood when I lived a very lonely existence on an isolated farm (off Buelah Road) with no peers to relate to; that may have made me pensive. A counselor I frequented during the dissolution of my marriage also thought that my mother's warnings to keep quiet during Dad's after-work naps, and Dad's demand that I be quiet during news broadcasts on the radio, may have contributed to my quietude which, I'm assuming, added to my pensiveness. I'd rather think it stems from my innate spirituality, but doing so would be vainglorious.

On the other hand, those who seem to have no conscience are probably disposed to thinking too little about anything other than hedonistic pleasures. Living for today, living "my way," self-desctructive activities that risk health and lightly taunt death all fit under the "thinking too little" category. I've always embraced the aphorism, "the unexamined life isn't worth living," but I've hoped that the Apostle Paul's words, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5) are words I live by. If you take that text to heart, you have to think...a lot...just to get your mind around what Paul's advocating.

Is my thoughful bent religion or neurosis, a kind of obsessive behavior? Does the driver next to me throwing his litter on the roadside represent the norm (the standard to emulate) or is my disgust and censure of such thoughtlessness and, to my mind, bad neighborliness, the appropriate attitude? And...who am I to judge him for being thoughtless and unneighborly?

Yesterday I suggested that people perceived as "religious" are thought by many of their neighbors as wanting to be better than everyone else. "Holier than thou" is the term that's worked its way down to our vernacular to label "holy Joes." There's a wide perception (or is it satanic deception?) that anyone aspiring to "holiness" is not a real person. Actors like Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore try to dispel the notion that they're "goody two-shoes" (saying in effect, "it's just a part I played well in my past"), apparently convinced that such "stereotyping" shortened their film careers, and they may be right in that opinion.

On the other hand (as Tevya always said)...what shall it profit a man, or woman, to gain the whole world and lose his/her soul?

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Burned

Forrest Gump is wrong.... Life is not like a box of chocolates; it's like a jar of jalapenos. You never know when it's going to burn you.

Sent by Mike Harrison

Dogliness

One reason why a dog is such a lovable creature is that his tail wags instead of his tongue.

Sent by Anonymous

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