The Search for a Purpose in Life

Chilean Volcano Eruption

Years ago I read the book by Orange County mega pastor Rick Warren, A Purpose Driven Life. The premise of the book is that successful lives are born of those people that make living Biblical principles their purpose. In other words, make God your main purpose in life and all else will fall into place. Pastor Warren and his book left me unconvinced that I should adopt his prescribed purpose into my own life. However this idea of humans needing a purpose to organize their lives has percolated in my…

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Self-Medicating with Laughter

A Day without Laughter is a day wasted

Some people are very serious, they take themselves very seriously, and they expect others to do the same.  We all know these people, they are a bore. Contrast that with the person who is always using self-deprecating humor to show their shared humanity. They are likeable and approachable; they are the ones that we love to be around. Nothing in our lives should be so sacred that we can not use it appropriately for a good hearty belly laugh.  We need to see our faults and follies and take joy…

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Animals, Pets and Humans, a Symbiosis

Kids and cats

When I was growing up I was fortunate to have parents that raised all sorts of animals. We had sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, horses, rabbits, geese, ducks, dogs, cats and an assortment of rodents like rats and guinea pigs. Raising animals taught me a wide range of lessons that are not as easily learned from studying books or listening to teachers. From feeding them every day to watching lambs be born to slaughtering them for food, the circle of life was apparent and raw. I saw lambs born with birth…

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Yesterday’s science is tomorrow’s religion

Books on Religion

The greatest philosophers and thinkers in our history are considered great because they were the first to propose a new idea that radically changed our perspective on life and existence. These new explanations of our world and its meaning revolutionized previously held beliefs, but today we no longer consider them novel, but common knowledge. The ancient mid-easterners adopted the creation stories emanating from the Zoroastrians and eventually canonized them in books of sacred texts such as the Bible. The Romans had their myths to explain the creation as well as…

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The evolution of everything

Evolution

Evolution is a description of a process of how everything is building upon the previous incarnation of human development where it discards what does not work for something that does. Most anti-evolutionists in America today think of evolution only in respect to organic evolution, human development and the adaptation of species, but I prefer to expand that idea to show how we know the world is built upon this very simple principle. Consider all these human activities and how they evolve throughout time. Landscape Civilization Language Religion Thought Knowledge Technology…

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