Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Do Thoughts And Prayers Go Out? To Where?

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In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, all the celebrity Network News mavens are so reverently reporting on the nation "coming together in prayer" and then the president speechifying once again, as always, about how, "We must (insert action)" and then, as always, personally doing nothing. (Not that there is anything he can do.)

Over and over from the television announcers, in solemn voices is proclaimed that nonsensical old bromide, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims" -- as if such thoughts and prayers are of any use whatsoever.

I often feel that there does indeed exist a God, not the fairy tale God of the Christians nor any other supposedly supernatural creature who is directly involved with humanity and who is the creator of all things in the universe, and who is, by the way, creator of the universe itself.

Oh well. I'm going nowhere with this.


Yesterday at around noon I walked down Camino-Seco to Broadway to conduct some business with my bank. After I did that I began the one mile walk back toward home. In the vicinity of the Sihuaro High School building I noticed, looking North, that the sky and mountains in the noontime  December daylight presented a fascinating view. I always carry my little camera in my pocket so I took it in hand and snapped a few shots. Below is one of them.

View From Sihuaro High School
Camino-Seco Between Speedway and Broadway
Tucson, AZ  December 18, 2012



A bromide is a phrase or platitude that, having been employed excessively, suggests insincerity or a lack of originality in the speaker employing it.

1. Words or signs having no intelligible meaning.
2. Subject matter, behavior, or language that is foolish or absurd.
3. Extravagant foolishness or frivolity.
4. Matter of little or no importance or usefulness.
5. Insolent talk or behavior; impudence



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Age:   67 years old

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Belief cannot argue with unbelief, it can only preach to it.
--Karl Barth

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