Wednesday, December 11, 2002

a thought for the moment...

"If you don't have at least two alternatives,
you don't need to make a decision."

~ Fly
I got this quote today from my Jewish thought for the day:

Before he died, Rabbi Zusya said: "In the world to come they will not ask me, 'Why were you not Moses?'
"They will ask me, 'Why were you not Zusya?'"

It is an interesting philosophical question that the whole world is preoccupied with (and has been for many centuries): "Who am I?" "Be true to yourself" and so on...

You go to a psychiatrist - and what do they think is the final solution to all your problems? Self discovery.

It is something I find myself preoccupied with from time to time. Not just "who am I" but "who am I supposed to be?" What I think I mean by this question is: what gifts has God given me, and how can (or should) I best use them?

For the Orthodox Christian this question cannot remain in the superficial realm of self discovery. It must go deeper, because at the core of the human being is "humanity" and not just "humanity" as it finds itself in this world, but "humanity" in the quintessential sense - humanity as it was before The Fall in the Garden of Eden, and humanity the way Christ healed it through the incarnation - this is true human nature (not the sylized "fallen" human nature we see in Western Christianity) - and true self discovery can only come through discovering that human nature within ourselves.

We cannot simply ask ourselves: "what would Jesus do?" because we are not Divine as He is. But rather, we learn through the study of our own weaknesses to have compassion on others when they fail. We learn through the hard road that we trod in life, to be kind and generous to others. In a nut shell, we learn to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Self discovery then, is actually quite simple, as is the discovery of God if we will only open our eyes and ears, to truly see and truly listen.

~ The Fly

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Good news for insomniacs...

"The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament showeth his handiwork. "
Psalms 19:1

There's gonna be a pretty cool metior shower throughout this week - with the best times on Friday night.

What they say at NASA
(the above link includes a nice map of the sky for 2:00 AM on Friday - to help you get your bearings.)

Check out your weather conditions here...

The Fly

Monday, December 09, 2002

What is this Blogspot all about?

I hope this to become a curious and interesting blend of fact and fiction, poetry and prose, insight and absurdity, from an Orthodox Christian perspective.

Welcome, and enjoy!

The Fly
Sorry about all these meaningless posts. The web site could use some help. The "publish" feature does not work with some computers / operating systems / or web browsers - either that, or it does not work at certain times of the day. It turns out I can only make significant changes to the page design from my computer at work. Rather annoying. To make things worse, blogger does not offer "support" to customers unless they are paying customers.

It will probably all eventually go the way of - become something too difficult for the users to manage, and ultimately die a miserable death, one bolgspot at a time. But until then I will hang in there.



Well, this is great. After about 20 attempts to create this blogspot, it finally worked. This has restored my confidence in technological intervention in the human creative process.