Blessed

Book of Daniel 3:62.63.64.65.66.67.
Sun and moon, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.
All you winds, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.

Fire and heat, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever.
Cold and chill, bless the Lord;
praise and exalt him above all forever

I read somewhere something sometime about how a blessing is not just an action of praise to God, as a granting of blessing to us. The act of praising God is the act in which we ourselves are blessed.

Hashtag  hashtag butchered theology.

Tourists: Succinctly

It is inspiriting without doubt to whizz in a motor-car round the earth, to feel Arabia as a whirl of sand or China as a flash of rice-fields. But Arabia is not a whirl of sand and China is not a flash of rice-fields. They are ancient civilizations with strange virtues buried like treasures. If we wish to understand them it must not be as tourists or inquirers, it must be with the loyalty of children and the great patience of poets. To conquer these places is to lose them.”
― GK Chesterton, Heretics

Only now when I read Chesterton do I realize how deeply he has influenced my thinking and dispositions. My hatred of tourism as a pursuit is no doubt inspired not just by living in a tourist hell, but by my teenage exposure to Chesterton’s musing on the how the spirit of adventure is better sated by the backyard, then a trip across the world.

All Hail the Blorg

A very interesting take on religion and psychology. The real question is whether or not a generation of adults would consent to what is an admitted ruse, and how faith could be retained in light of this being a likely documented and intentional ruse.

“I think that we should seriously prepare and equip the future Martian astronauts with an appropriate system that enables coping with stress and fear,” says Szocki. “Unfortunately, NASA and others think of Mars colonies in terms of nuts and bolts.”

He stresses that we must consider the mental and spiritual well-being of future humans in addition to providing for them physically. “However, as long as we are human beings, not robots, we should care for our emotions and psyche. It is not doubt that religious stories — of course, for believers — are much much more efficient in providing sense and hope than science, technology, or philosophy.”

–Sarah Sloat @ Inverse Science