Friday, January 18, 2019

Follow the Money

If a corporation were found to be making a profit from selling 20,000 people a week into slavery, there would be an outcry and demands for an immediate halt to its activities. Congress would investigate and hold hearings to grill its leaders on its practices and purpose. “What is this, the 1600's?”

If the United States government were giving funds to that corporation, those responsible would be held to account. Campaigns would be mounted. Elected officials would be called out. Passivity would count as complicity. “You're either opposed to this or you're out.”

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Random Things of God

“God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29).

The foolish things of the world are those things which the world considers meaningless, random, and insignificant. The world sees no possible way in which these things could make any difference, positive or negative.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

200 Days

I'm 20% of the way toward my goal of 1,000 days of writing. It's hard to believe it's been 200 days already.

I've had more days than I've wanted where I didn't have time to write and had nothing posted ahead of time, so I only made a brief mention of recent life happenings in order to maintain the commitment. It's clear on those days not much writing was scheduled ahead of time except perhaps a few time-sensitive items.

A few times I've written something first offline, and then later added links and such when I'm actually posting it.

I've also tried to push writing ideas closer to completion ahead of time by starting drafts and setting times directly in Blogger. The problem with this is then I don't have my schedule or post notes available offline. I started a writing calendar, and I've noticed Windows 10 Calendar is more flexible (Microsoft enterprise-compatible) than Google Calendar. I still have some workflow optimizing to do.

15,200 days

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Demand Equality = Demand Power

Another strategy of the supposed nonplayer (for power) is to demand equality in every area of life. Everyone must be treated alike, whatever their status and strength.

But if, to avoid the taint of power, you attempt to treat everyone equally and fairly, you will confront the problem that some people do certain things better than others. Treating everyone equally means ignoring their differences, elevating the less skillful and suppressing those who excel.

Again, many of those who behave this way are actually deploying another power strategy, redistributing people’s rewards in a way that they determine.
Greene, Robert (2000-08-31T23:58:59). The 48 Laws of Power. Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Monday, January 14, 2019

When Learning Requires Unlearning

Anyone who has driven a car for years has built up in his arms, his legs, and his brain a set of conditioned reflexes. He automatically does certain things in the face of certain problems of speed and control. When he decides to fly an airplane, he faces the problem of unlearning some of the principles that apply in the two-dimension problem of an automobile but which would be foolish or even fatal in the three-dimension world of aircraft flight.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Two opposite ways to hit bottom

After having written about why it's difficult for the rich to get to heaven, I thought about what is the opposite of this in some ways.

There is an often an experience for the rich of having hit bottom, and then functionally learned absolute dependence on themselves. On the flip side, Jesus us told us to “sell what you have.” Even if this was in the context of talking to a rich man, it has instructive value for everyone.

What if we actually did that? What if we actually sold everything we had?

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Congress Updates

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Family Lighthouse

Today is Mom's birthday, and I thought it fitting to write a tribute for her. I don't know that I've ever done that before, especially publicly (which she may not appreciate), but I've written her things in the past she has found encouraging and appreciative of all she has done for me.

When my mom was young and growing up in Pioneer Guards (if I remember right, either a predecessor to Awana or an early form thereof), the theme the curriculum used was lighthouses. This really stuck with her, and she has enjoyed noting lighthouses during her travels ever since.

She was a lighthouse to our family in many ways, shining forth the word of truth in our family and home. There are several key forms this took over my growing up years that I want to highlight here.

Friday, January 11, 2019

How to be an exceptional contractor

In college I enjoyed many conversations with the vice president of operations. We both have a similar background, and were like-minded on many things.

I thought about doing some consulting and starting up a business, and he gave me some advice. “If you want to be a good contractor, it's very simple: Do what you say you're going to do. Do that and you'll be exceptional.”

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Understanding Compromise

Sometimes people come to a disagreement. Sometimes disagreements must be resolved before people can proceed and move forward. The resolution of a disagreement can take several forms: one person is right, the other person is right, they meet somewhere in the middle, they find another option neither initially brought to the table.

There are two main approaches to figuring out which of those four options is best, and they tend to come down to whether or not one believes in first principles. This is a worldview difference that can cause one side to completely misunderstand the other.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

An Opportunity in Every Situation

“I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts xx. 27).

It is probable that God lets every human being, that crosses our path, meet us, in order that we may have the opportunity of leaving some blessing in his path, and dropping into his heart and life some influence that will draw him nearer to God. It would be blessed, indeed, if we could meet every immortal soul, at last, that we have ever touched in the path of life, and truly say, “I am pure from the blood of all men.”

Beloved, is it so? The servant that works in your household; the man that sat beside you in the train; the laborer that wrought for you, and, above all, the members of your household and family, your fellow-laborer in the shop or factory, have you done your best to lead them to Christ?

The early Christians regarded every situation as an opportunity to witness for Christ. Even when brought before kings and governors, it never occurred to them that they were to try to get free, but the Master's message to them was, “It shall turn to you for a testimony.” It was simply an occasion to preach to kings and rulers, whom otherwise they could not reach.
Simpson, A. B. (Albert B.). Days of Heaven Upon Earth (p. 363—December 29). Kindle Edition.

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