And A Man Will Worship Something

Having just seen a tweet about a “freedom from religion group” and a reply that accused them of “Nihilism”, I am reminded of this very true quote from Emerson:

The gods we worship write their names on our faces; be sure of that. And a man will worship something;  have no doubt about that, either. He may think that his tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of his heart, but it will out. That which dominates will determine his life and character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming. ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shorter Of Breath And One Day Closer To Death

Because it never gets old:

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over,
Thought I’d something more to say.

Time – Pink Floyd 

P.S. Thanks to @JessRighthouse for sticking this in my head this morning! #CoffeeTweets

A Life Of Illusion

For my friend Hannah.

Reminded:

What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could ‘be like gods’—could set up on their own as if they had created themselves—be their own masters—invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. — C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity

Thoughts On Life And Ferguson

Thinking: You “judge” men one at a time. Not in groups. But by what they do in this life. Not by what their parents did, where they came from, what color they are, or how rich, or how poor they are. And if we judge men through the lens of history, no matter how stained that lens might be, then in a not so small way we perpetuate that history.. giving it life today, and for countless tomorrow’s.

Happy 25th Anniversary – Sometimes The Treasure Is Not In The Vault

Twenty five years ago I was working part time for the City of Middletown, Ohio. I had the good fortune to work in their IT department with some great people. I was majoring in Systems Analysis at Miami University and driving to Oxford, Ohio for classes. I was living in a small one bedroom apartment and paying $230 a month in rent. A gallon of gas was $1.12. It is most certainly a time long gone.

Then one day I noticed a help wanted add in the newspaper. A local company was looking for a full time computer technician. The next day I put on a pair of dress pants, a shirt and a tie, grabbed a few copies of my resume, and walked out the door. While watching the addresses change as I drove down First Avenue, I crossed an old set of railroad tracks and finally came to a stop, the road had ended.

Of course in 1989, with no cell phone or GPS, every such trip was an adventure. But I had found the office of Rentacomputer.com. Parking in a gravel lot, and walking toward a half abandoned paper mill, I could not have imagined how my life was about to change. A few minutes later I found myself in what could best be described as a wood paneled throwback to the 1950′s. Stepping into a small office across from a giant vault door, I met John Beagle and Bill Schiering. John was the CEO and Bill the Sales Manager. They explained to me that they were in the business of renting computer, tablets, and other IT equipment to businesses in south west Ohio.

After answering a few questions about DOS, what I was currently doing for a living, and my driving record, I had a new job. January 16, 1989 was my first day at my first full time job. More than that.. it was the first day of a career. I was twenty five years old.

Today, that all seems like a dream. One of the only things that remains the same is the amazing opportunity I have every day to work with John Beagle, who is perhaps the most innovative and generous individual I have ever known. And every day we try our best to make things better for our customers, our employees, and our vendors.

Though I can’t possibly begin to share all that we’ve been through in these twenty five years, I can tell you it’s been fun, challenging, and a lifetime’s worth of good fortune to work for such an amazing company.

So, there you have it, a little bit more from my real life.  A post about my 25th anniversary. And yes, there was a party and the cake was awesome! Cake with champagne.. that must be an acquired taste.

Thanks for reading, and again, a special thanks to John Beagle, Rentacomputer.com, and everyone over the years that I’ve had the pleasure to work with!

For a few pics of the party, and my drive to work that morning (I can’t resist a good sunrise) click here.

Alexander Hamilton On A Well Regulated Militia

Alexander Hamilton – The Federalist, No. 29, regarding the people’s militias ability to be a match for a standing army: ” . . . but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights . . . .”

If I Wanted America To Fail

By Andy Wendt:

If I Wanted America To Fail

I’d label successful women as “shiny packages” & mindless traitors, unless they agreed with my policies.

I’d demonize successful minorities in the other party & make “success” itself a dirty word.

I’d slowly shift the social norms so that what’s now perverse will someday be the American way.

I’d label as “haters” & “bigots” anyone who clings to traditional Christian values.

I’d label patriots as “extremists” & call the words of our founding fathers “outdated” & “dangerous”.

I’d claim our Constitution & our nation’s founding principles, were from the beginning, “flawed”.

I’d open our borders & flood the ranks of America’s unemployed with 11 million illegal aliens.

I’d invent fake “wars” & accuse the other side of being against the very things they cherish.

I’d convince people that redistributing the wealth was a good thing.

I’d pray on the kindness of the American people until they believed charity was the role of Government.

I’d remove God from public life until Americans forget from whom their rights are derived.

I’d borrow money from our enemies until they became our financial masters.

I’d use that borrowed money to buy votes & claim I was “putting America back to work”.

I’d burden our children with so much debt that they’d never have a chance at financial independence.

I’d cut our military & bow to Muslim kings while claiming I was making America safe.

If I wanted America to fail I’d travel from cost to coast calling out “Forward”… and not change a thing.

Barack Obama Explains Karl Marx

“Society does not consist of individuals, but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.” ~ Karl Marx, 1858

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” ~ Barack Obama, 2012