Why are kids viewed as a bad thing?

Christianity, Random Ramblings, Rants

Even in so-called Christian communities, when two people get married, it is expected that they should not have kids very soon after getting married, and if they do have kids, they shouldn’t have very many. For some reason it is viewed more favorably to adopt kids than to have them yourselves. The reasoning for this last option sounds very much like Ebenezer Scrooge who talks about decreasing the “surplus population.” Instead of decreasing the population, just don’t add to it. Adopt kids, instead of having your own.

The best thing (in the modern world) is to get married (or not) and prevent kids from happening because of your behavior.

Do your kid-reproducing-thing, but not so that you can have a children. Use the pill, get an abortion if the pill didn’t work for some reason. It’s all about getting “fulfillment” whatever that means.

Of course, if you were trying to have children, then…I…guess…thats a good thing!….? I’ll be happy for you…secretly wondering why you would want a kid.

As Christians, we should find fulfillment in Christ, not in human relationships. We should use our human relationship with our spouse to obey God’s command to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth….”


I understand that there are couples that are not able to have children. I am not saying that they are in that case disobeying God.

To people who think politics is a waste of time

Politics, Random Ramblings, Rants

I’m not a political junkie, nor do I post political messages on my social networks consistently (or even frequently). But it really gets me fired up when people try to rid themselves of all political thought or discussion.

People should care about the government, especially in America.

In the US, the government is run by it’s citizens, or at least that’s the way it was set up. The US government was designed to be run by the doctors and bakers and shoeshiners, assuming they would return to their former careers when they were done serving their country.

Considering that this is the way it was designed, and the fact that you can vote freely (for now), it seems to only make sense that you would spend a little thought and effort in changing the political scene for the better. I’m not saying that you should be turning every conversation and every Facebook status comment section into a political discussion.

Just understand this:

If you don’t do anything, someone will.

And you probably won’t agree with them.

The Detriment of Speed

Featured, Life, Random Ramblings, Rants

We have speedy transportation, super fast internet, quick and short conversations, hasty text messages, even fast food. While it can be a good thing to be quick, I think our culture has gone too far with it. People have a habit of overbooking their life. Everything is so close together, there is no breathing room. There is no time to eat a decent meal, so we have fast food. We don’t have time to type two letters on the keyboard of our phone, so we just reply with ‘k’.

It is a good thing to slow down in life, and not push the speed limit everywhere we go. Budget extra time to go places, more time for talking to people, and so on.

Now, I’m not advocating being lazy. On the contrary, I think you should spend every moment carefully, and with purpose. This is where video games can be seen to be extremely unhelpful. There is really no point to a video game, other than earning bragging rights. Besides, it’s just another way to waste time, which is one thing we should not be doing.

People matter. Instead of playing a video game for five hours, go make a friend, or two. Or more. Hang out with people you already know. Build those relationships. It is super important. I’m afraid that in the world we live in, people are too absorbed with themselves. This leads to the “need for speed”. “When I want something I want it now,” is the mindset.

If you are under forty-three, why drive a car to the grocery store? Unless you live an hour’s drive from the story, there is no excuse as to why you shouldn’t walk, or use a bicycle. Not only will your pocket book thank you, you will be healthier for it. It also gives your mind time to slow down, and ponder things in life that actually matter. Not just wondering what your next Facebook status will be, or whether or not so-and-so likes you, or wondering if your dog went and found a rat and gave it a tour of the city. Ok. Most people don’t ponder that too often, but you get the point. Think about, and talk about things that actually matter.

Life is short, so live it well.

And I don’t think fast food counts counts as living well.

Thoughts on the University

Christianity, Philosophy, Politics, Rants

A week into college, and already I’ve encountered relativism, environmentalism, and the dumbing down of curriculum all too common in today’s classroom. And it wasn’t accidental either.

In the words of one of the educators of today:

It [educational method used to re-educate Nazi youth following WWII] is also the one which was used by American schoolteachers who had read [John] Dewey and were concerned to get students to think ‘scientifically’ and ‘rationally’ about such matters as the origin of the species and sexual behavior (that is, to get the to read Darwin and Freud without disgust and incredulity). It is a concept which I, like most Americans who teach humanities or social science in colleges and universities, invoke when we try to arrange things so that students who enter as bigoted, homophobic, religious fundamentalists will leave college with views more like our own.

-Richard Rorty in “Rorty and His Critics,” page 21.

In other words, Mr. Rorty realizes just where today’s education came from, and that is the Nazis. Not a pretty sight. But it gets worse. Not only are they Fascistic, but if you disagree with them, or uphold moral values, you must be mentally ill.  In the words of another college professor:

Every child in America entering school at the age of five is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our Founding Fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well, by creating the international child of the future.

-Chester M. Pierce (Harvard)
in Jim Nelson Black
Freefall of the American University (2004), p. 87

Mentally ill if you obey your parents? Mentally ill if you obey the government? Mentally ill if you think that what the Founding Fathers believed would make a great nation was right? Are you serious? This can’t be right, but it is what he thinks of you if you have anything in you that is moral, obedient or religious.

And they want to change you to think like they do. But they don’t want you to know that they are doing it. They know that since they are the professors, and you are the students, that they can say things, and because you are just a student, and they are a professor, they obviously know way more than you do, and so you take what they say as truth, and slowly, you begin to believe what they are telling you. It is a constant battle, but it is a battle nonetheless.

The battle of ideas is the battle over the definitions of words.
-John Stonestreet

When words loose their meaning, people loose their lives. You have to fight for every word. Fight for meaning.
-Dr. Michael Bauman

Upcoming Holidays

Christianity, Rants

As we are all looking forward to this holiday season, it seemed like a good moment to stop for a moment and consider what these holidays are, what they were intended for, and what they have become.

First off, I’ll name the holidays of which I will be speaking. Christmas, and Thanksgiving. There are more, but these are by far the most well known.

What were they intended for?
Thanksgiving is a holiday for remembering the goodness of God, and giving Him thanks for all He has done for us.
Christmas is a day set aside to remember the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

What have they become in the public mind?
Thanksgiving has become a time where we gather with family  and have a big dinner. Some go to movies, others sleep, and others will watch TV all afternoon.
Christmas, being more of a selling point for retailers anymore, has completely lost it’s original intent. Santa, stockings, candy canes, and Christmas trees have become the icons of Christmas. Gift giving has turned into the main point of the day, instead of the act of giving gifts being a symbol of the greatest gift given. This has become the problem with today’s culture. We have so exalted the symbol, that we have completely forgotten what it stood for. But, this is a subject for another time.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t forget what God has done for you in His infinite mercy. Take some time to truly give him thanks this Thanksgiving, and instead of being wrapped up in the moment on Christmas day, remember the greatest gift given by the giver of all gifts. Maybe your family already does this. And if so, may the Lord be exalted all the more. If your family has never given it a second thought, I ask you to go out of your way during these holidays and ask God to give you a heart of thankfulness for his grace beyond comprehension.

Mole Day

Random Ramblings, Rants

Little known fact, but today is Mole Day. The reasoning for this holiday goes back to when you were in Chemistry. A Mole is a number you probably learned about, and it is the number of atoms of the same element that you must have in a sample for the sample to have the mass in grams that is equal to the atomic number of the element. For example, oxygen’s atomic number is 16.0. So, in order to have enough oxygen atoms to have a collective mass of 16.0 grams, you must have a Mole of oxygen atoms.

Now I’ll tell you why today is Mole Day.

A Mole is 6.02 x10^23. Today is October 23 (10/23) and Mole day begins at 6:02am. 6:02am on 10/23. Now you see why it is a national holiday. But, schools don’t take the day off, (except for this year because it’s a Saturday), and you don’t get the day off of work (unless you don’t work Saturdays anyway). I think at least chemistry classes and math classes should recognize this holiday, and let you have the day off.

 

Step on it

Life, Random Ramblings, Rants

So, I basically drive really fast these days.

Ok. Not for real. I drive the speed limit. Sometimes I do drive under the limit, and sometimes I drive just a little over.

Now for the real meat of the post. Feast your mind on this.
Sorry for the letdown, but it’s not the most interesting post. I haven’t been up to much, except the same old same old. Get up in the morning. School. Calculus. Lunch. School. Supper. Bed. That’s the basic routine, except for the occasional  interruption and hitch in the get-along.

I’m pretty stoked about the weekend. Or I could say that I’m pumped about the weekend. People seem to use those two terms a lot. I don’t know why they can’t just say that they are excited. It has only one more letter. Is it really that hard to spell? Stoked and pumped just don’t cut it in my book. That’s just me.

Back off that tangent. And speaking of tangents, that reminds me of my math class. Just about everything we have done so far has something to do with a tangent line. Yeah. It’s pretty intense. People say that a lot too. It’s not really intense, but people use it to mean that it is interesting, or fun, or something like that. Intense just has a different connotation in my mind. Maybe I’m just weird.

You knew that already.

Rats.

Oh well. Sorry for the rambling. I don’t know what’s wrong with me tonight. I guess I’m just feeling out of my light bulb tonight. Ah well.