Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Spirit Is Willing - Matthew 26:40



There is a lot to be learned in this modern and communicative world, and there are many ways of learning them. I tend to trust most strongly in the empirical system, when I can overcome government and media indoctrination. For example: Acceptance of Gay Marriage will eventually overcome all opposition simply because, in this age of enlightenment, accepting it is seen as the natural and the right thing to do.

On the subject of learning . . . I was recently asked, "What's the difference between the words 'prone' and 'supine?" Well, I did not know there was a difference. I thought they were synonyms. But when I looked up the words, I found that I was wrong. Those two words are antonyms.

Prone mean lying face down. Supine describes someone who is lying on one’s back.

Yessir. There is a lot to be learned.


What is human spirit? The dictionary defines spirit as: The nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul.

According to Wikipedia: The English word spirit (from Latin spiritus "breath") has many differing meanings and connotations, most of them relating to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. The word spirit is often used metaphysically to refer to the consciousness or personality. The notions of a person's spirit and soul often also overlap, as both contrast with body and both are understood as surviving the bodily death in religion and occultism, and "spirit" can also have the sense of "ghost", i.e. a manifestation of the spirit of a deceased person.

At risk of exposing myself as being some kind of dullard, I admit that the idea of a human being possessing (or being) a spirit is so foreign to me as to be unknown and unknowable. I just cannot conceive of it. And, no, I am not joking about this. Of the few people with whom I have discussed this subject, all were skeptical of my claim; they seemed to take the belief in spiritual things for granted, and they could not understand how I could not believe that all of us consist of two separate entities, the bodily (biological) and the spiritual.

But I am not jesting about this at all. The 'spirit?' I just don't get it.

Spirit can also mean: The loyalty and feeling of inclusion in the social history or collective essence of an institution or group, such as in school spirit or esprit de corps. I don't think that I feel, or ever did feel that kind of spirit, either.

If anyone reading this doubts my words or feels sorry for me, and wishes to enlighten me, please feel free to do so. Just don't quote The Bible to me.



Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.



On July 3 in 1989 Martha Ann Johnson was arrested in Georgia for the 1982 murder of her oldest child, Jennyann Wright, after an Atlanta newspaper initiated a new investigation into her suspicious death. Johnson's three other children had also mysteriously died between 1977 and 1982. She confessed that she had smothered Jennyann and James as they slept by sitting on them (she weighed more than 250 pounds),

At her trial, which began in 1990, she recanted her confession, but the jury was able to watch it on videotape nevertheless.

On May 5, 1990, she was convicted of first-degree murder for the smothering deaths of three of her four children and sentenced to death. The sentence was later commuted to life on appeal. She is currently housed at Pulaski State Prison.



-  The theory that all knowledge is derived from sense-experience.
-  Practice based on experiment and observation.

Wikipedia describes empiricism as a theory of knowledge which states that knowledge comes only or primarily from sensory experience. One of several views of epistemology, the study of human knowledge, along with rationalism, idealism, and historicism, empiricism emphasizes the role of experience and evidence, especially sensory experience, in the formation of ideas, over the notion of innate ideas or traditions



(born July 3, 1962)
Tom Cruise is an American film actor and producer. He started his career at age 19 in the 1981 film Taps. His first leading role was in Risky Business, released in August 1983. Cruise became a full-fledged movie star after starring in Top Gun (1986). He is well known for his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible film series between 1996 and 2011.

Cruise has starred in many Hollywood blockbusters, including Rain Man (1988), A Few Good Men (1992), Jerry Maguire (1996), Vanilla Sky (2001), Minority Report (2002), The Last Samurai (2003), Collateral (2004), War of the Worlds (2005), Tropic Thunder (2008), Jack Reacher (2012) and Oblivion (2013). As of 2012, Cruise is Hollywood's highest-paid actor. Fourteen of his films grossed over $100 million domestically; twenty have grossed in excess of $200 million worldwide.

Cruise is known for his Scientologist faith and for his support of the Church of Scientology.

(born July 3, 1949)
Jan Smithers is an American television and film actress best known for playing Bailey Quarters on the television series WKRP in Cincinnati.

(born July 3, 1943)
Kurtwood Smith is an American television and film actor. He is best known for playing Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop and Red Forman in That '70s Show, and for his appearances in the genre of science fiction (Star Trek, The X-Files). He also starred in the seventh season of 24.

(born 3 July 1962)
Thomas Gibson is an American actor and director. His best known roles include Daniel Nyland on CBS's Chicago Hope, Greg Montgomery on ABC's Dharma & Greg, and Aaron Hotchner on CBS's Criminal Minds.


Egoism is the very essence of a noble soul.
--Friedrich Nietzsche


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