I reached one of those milestones last month and the inevitable thoughts and questions have been popping into my mind ever since. One of my first thoughts was that I had surpassed the age at which my father passed away by another year (it's only been two years). We Abler men don't have a track record of longevity. I think it's because our women pretty much wear us out. I've been pondering my medical needs of late, given that I have some additional aches and pains that seem to travel around my body like Jack Kerouac and Charles Kuralt used to travel around the United States.
I've often wondered what it takes to have some real and lasting effects on the psyche of the people of our nation and the world. It is fairly obvious that most of us are so totally absorbed in our lives and activities that we often just can't be bothered to have much sympathy or empathy with the problems of others — be they our next door neighbors or someone halfway around the globe. Now if you're a lion in Africa that is part of a wildlife study and you get killed by a hunter from Minnesota under admittedly questionable circumstances, about one-quarter of the world will be in an uproa
We have already witnessed too many accusations of "wars" on various segments of our society, including the most recent claims of a "war on women." Let's be honest with each other.
A few years ago, Charles Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and commentator on Fox News, published a selective collection of his columns titled "Things That Matter." If you change that statement into the form of a question — no this is not Jeopardy — you might discover a way to think about and analyze just about everything in life. Krauthammer's book focused on a wide range of important issues and his analysis of what is right or wrong in our collective approach to those subjects. To me, truth really matters.
I almost don't know where to begin. But let me start off by observing that back in the time following the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Jewish leaders were debating how to deal with His remaining followers. A leading rabbi, Gamaliel, who instructed Saul (later Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles) as a protégé, told his fellow leaders that they should not persecute the Apostles as leaders of "The Way" (as it was known then). He observed that if The Way was like so many others, it would burn itself out as all others had before.
I spent last week fishing at a remote location in Canada. It was very relaxing to have no phone, no radio and no television for seven days and nights. We did a lot of fishing, eating fish, reading, talking and relaxing.
I had a revelation while thinking about the recent decisions by the Supreme Court — neither of which I agree with. In upholding the Affordable Care Act, the court stepped far into politics by trying to interpret the intent of Congress, instead of making Congress clarify that itself, thus overstepping the role of the court.
No, we cannot function without bureaucracies, but they could certainly work a lot better if leaders would take the time and effort to make them less cumbersome. Many organizations, including our government, could work as a result of, instead of in spite of, all the roadblocks inherent in government. First, an introduction. The Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) is a prime example of where I am coming from and what happens as a result.
I believe we human beings have been drinking way too much of the arrogance-flavored Kool-Aid that leads us to believe we can be masters of nature. All we have to do is look at our ever-expanding universe and we should come to the realization that all the intelligence we can muster is no match for nature. We may be at the top of the food chain on planet Earth, but we are certainly not in real control of the square root of zero. But that doesn't stop us from seeming rather stupid.
According to Wikipedia, "Mad Men," the television series, is set in the 1960s, initially at a fictional advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City. According to the show's pilot, the phrase "mad men" was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves.