Sunday, October 26, 2008

bling

I felt something funny on my ear tonight in the middle of church and realized that I had an extra earring stuck on my earring. Mathematically speaking, I went to church with two ears and three earrings.

On an unrelated topic, here are some things to mull this week:

- Is belief voluntary?
- If the purpose of language is to divide, what are the psychological effects of language learning?
- Is a cult ever created for a purpose other than the personal profit of the cult leader (lots of thoughts from 2 Peter feeding into this question)?
- Is the bumbling intellectual (i.e., absentminded professor) an English invention, or does he exist in other places in world literature?
- When is hate a good thing?
- If you think he will be a horrible leader, is it okay to actually want Obama to be elected president?
- When and why would graduate school be a waste of time?
- If your goal is to infiltrate a system for good, is any kind of compromise ever justifiable? What about passivity? When is passivity compromise?

2 comments:

danay said...

Lots to ponder... I'll weigh in on the cult leader question. I'm thinking of a few cults and all of them has provided some sort of "sordid gain" (not necessarily financial) to its leader. I don't know if that was the expressed purpose of founding the cult, but that's what ends up happening. I suppose that might be a caution for us in any Christian group we are involved in. A good thing can become very bad when we allow our pride to push God out of the picture. I could say more, but there's oatmeal to be made. When can we get together and chat again?

Daniel Jackson said...

- If the purpose of language is to divide, what are the psychological effects of language learning?

Do you really want to know the answer to this?

- When is hate a good thing?

See next "mull-stone"...

- When and why would graduate school be a waste of time?

Grad school is a waste of your (/God's) time if you have something more constructive to do with it. Grad school is only ever *not* a waste of time if you're already entrenched in the academic system and you have no plan for getting out of it (or you feel called to stay there.) (That, as far as I can tell, is the only purpose served by grad school: to give you an excuse for sitting around and talking about academic-type things with academic-type people. Actual research and work is based entirely on your own motivation to learn, and is totally unrelated to the Grad program.)