Monday, February 10, 2014

Deserving Of Worship?



What does it mean to worship someone or something? Some dictionaries describe the word as a feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity but that does not truly define it, in my estimation.

I don't remember ever worshiping anyone or anything in my life.


Did You Know . . .?

The observation of a quantum particle can change how it behaves not only in the future, but also in the past.

Note: Really? I don't understand that at all.



On this day in 1846, their leader assassinated and their homes under attack, the Mormons of Nauvoo, Illinois, began a long westward migration that eventually would bring them to the valley of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Their leader, Brigham Young abandoned Nauvoo and began leading 1,600 Mormons west across the frozen Mississippi in subzero temperatures to a temporary refuge at Sugar Grove, Iowa.

After a hard journey across the western landscape, Young and his followers emerged out onto a broad valley where a giant lake shimmered in the distance. With his first glimpse of this Valley of the Great Salt Lake, Young reportedly said, "This is the place." That year, some 1,600 Mormons arrived to begin building a new civilization in the valley. The next year, 2,500 more made the passage. By the time Young died in 1877, more than 100,000 people were living in the surrounding Great Basin. The Mormons had finally found a permanent home along the Great Salt Lake.



genuflect  [jen-yuh-flekt]
1. To bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor or ground, as in worship.
2. To be servilely respectful or deferential; grovel.

Wikipedia describes genuflection (or genuflexion) as bending at least one knee to the ground; it was from early times a gesture of deep respect for a superior.  It is traditionally often performed in western cultures by a male making a proposal of marriage, which is about the only remaining secular use in the West. More recently the gesture is mostly restricted to Catholic religious practices.



(born February 10, 1961)
George Stephanopoulos is an American television journalist and a former U.S. Democratic Party political advisor. Stephanopoulos rose to early prominence as a communications director for the 1992 U.S. presidential campaign of Bill Clinton, subsequently becoming White House Communications Director then Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy before departing in December 1996. Today he is chief political correspondent for ABC News, co-anchor of ABC News' Good Morning America, host of ABC's Sunday morning This Week, and primary substitute for ABC network anchor Diane Sawyer on ABC World News.

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Laura Dern is an American actress, film director and producer. Dern has acted in such films as Smooth Talk (1985), Blue Velvet (1986), Fat Man and Little Boy (1988), Wild at Heart (1990), Jurassic Park (1993), The Baby Dance (1998) October Sky (1999) and I Am Sam (2001). She has won awards for her performance in the 1991 film Rambling Rose. She was awarded a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris in the film Recount (2008). From 2011 to 2013, Dern starred as Amy Jellicoe in HBO’s Enlightened.

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Robert Wagner is an American actor of stage, screen, and television, best known for starring in the television shows It Takes a Thief (1968–1970), Switch (1975–1978), and Hart to Hart (1979–1984). He also had a recurring role as Teddy Leopold on the TV sitcom Two and a Half Men. In movies, Wagner is known for his role as Number Two in the Austin Powers trilogy of films (1997, 1999, 2002).

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I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance.
--Bell Hooks

Predigested wisdom. 
--Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary


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