Useless but fun on Talk Like a Pirate Day (which is today!):
My pirate name is:
Mad Jack Bonney
Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!
"Man, by the Fall, fell at the same time from his state of innocence and from his dominion over nature. Both of these losses, however, can even in this life, be in some part repaired; the former by religion and faith, the latter by the arts and sciences." - Sir Francis Bacon "These are the days of miracle and wonder..." - Paul Simon ----------------------- Yes, there are times that the natural world outflanks us (Covid-19 anyone?). That is our lot this side of heaven. Yet God has given us great gifts through the arts and sciences to, in some part, restore our dominion over nature: My children have never feared getting polio. One of my son's friends has the heart of another person beating inside of them. Drone ships in the middle of the ocean catch nosecones of rockets in big nets when returning (!) to the earth, and serve as landing pads for spent stages of the same. Autonomous robots deliver packages to people. Fossil fuel consumption is not needed to power
Yo Yo Ma, the famed cellist, initiated a project no known as Silkroad. The concept is a simple, yet profound expression of the creativity of strangers that share a deep connection with one another as expressed in the music they compose and perform. The question, "What will happen when strangers meet?" is answered time and time again as the collision among people of dissimilar backgrounds is felt and, as a result, their creativity is heightened to dramatic effect. This concept, this collision, expresses itself in nature as well in a concept known as the "edge effect". The edge effect is seen when two distinct ecosystems meet. Within that meeting there is a transition space (for lack of a better term) that houses a plethora of species of flora and fauna that is not seen in either one of the individual ecosystems. In fact, the amount and diversity of species within the edge of the two ecosystems is greater in number and variety than within the single ecosystems that no
One of my favorite shows of all time has to be Amazing Stories which I started watching in the 1980's. I have been watching the reboot of the series on AppleTV+ and just finished the fourth episode. Towards the end of the story one of the characters remarks that some dancers she had been watching with her daughter were "so connected yet so free". That phrase struck me. I would think that freedom and connectedness were antithetical to each other. But, as a Christian, this rings true because it describes my position as a son of the earth, son of a man, and a son of God perfectly. As a human, absolute and total freedom from every burden is never to be my lot. Even thinking about what I am constrained to do I find myself in servitude more often than not. I need to eat. I need to drink. I need to sleep. I need to do a lot of things while I am in my earthly body. I am a slave to those physical acts. Now I can choose to free myself from them. There have been plenty of people tha