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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

White liberals diss Bill Cosby:


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6732651/site/newsweek/?GT1=5936

Whatthe readers don't realize is that he was telling off the druggie parents of these kids.

As for the whining summary: What else do you expect of these kids. Well, perhaps if the culture around them told of better things, they would be able to fight the corrosive effects of society

But as Thomas Merton once noted: Harlam is God's view of HOllywood.

Merton worked with Baroness de Hueck in Harlam in the depression; yet despite the hunger, alcohol and drugs, some people nurtured and spread hope.

But when the PC extolls nihilism, what do we expect?

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Ahhh...after six months, I finally got thru to get my blog reopened.
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/27/technology/27kurzweil.html?pagewanted=print&position=

is an article on Mr. Kurzweil, who wants to live forever...
He is into "transhumanism", which is the idea of scientific immortality...web site here:
http://www.pivot.net/~jpierce/singularity.htm

A lot of this reminds me of the first emporer of China, who was given longevity elixirs by his physicians, and ended up dying of heavy metal poisoning...

Tolkien says the theme of LOTR is about death: those who reject the ring of power are rejecting also the ability to live forever. The elves are indeed long lifed, but their fate is sad: to wither and diminish and go to the West, whereas men have the "gift of death", i.e. the knowledge that beyond us is more than memory, but a reality of life after death...

As a physician, I have seen too many people die. Some deaths are gentle, some tragic, some terrible...

One of my professors taught us that few physicians are church goers, but also few are athiests. If you don't have a hope of more than life, and if you don't see that there just might be an ultimate meaning of life and death, you will go crazy...on the other hand, you see things that make one believe that maybe there is something more, such as patients saying good bye, or telling you that they saw a vision of Christ, or a dead relative who they loved coming to talk to them...

And when I said life and death has meaning, the opposite side of the coin is that babies come too often when they are unexpected or unplanned for...yet we watch most parents accept them and love them and as we follow children, we see how these unexpected burdens were indeed blessings...