Friday, May 18, 2007

Chasing after the Wind

How confusing it is these days to be an American. Our crisis of the week is the impending legislation designed to stop illegal immigration. You'd think any bi-partisan proposal to stem a problem twenty years in the making would be welcomed as a step forward. But it seems we're destined to evolve into a factional country where every little issue becomes a struggle of monumental political will.

Kennedy backs new immigration legislation

Duncan Hunter Opposes Immigration Deal

Conservatives won’t stand for the Bush-Kennedy immigration deal.

Too bad we're not more like our more civilized friends in Eurasia, where things are humming along smoothly. Uh, oh...

EU-Russian talks end in acrimony

"If the atmosphere at the post-summit news conference was anything to go by, the relationship has reached a new low, says the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Moscow."

Well, at least the Middle East is getting more civilized, thanks to the enlightening influence of the rest of the world...Oh, darn...

Israel continues Gaza air strikes

"At least seven Palestinians have been killed as Israel carried out four more air strikes in the Gaza Strip."

Three more Kassams fall on Sderot; one house directly hit

"At least 15 rockets hit the western Negev on Friday and three people in total were lightly wounded and many were treated for shock."

Thank God (or Krishna?) for the peaceful example of India, where live and let live is the rule...oops...

Blast hits historic Indian mosque

"At least five people have died and many others injured in an explosion at a historic mosque in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad."

On the wind I hear the voice of Solomon...

The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

"Meaningless! Meaningless!"
says the Teacher.
"Utterly meaningless!
Everything is meaningless."

What does man gain from all his labor
at which he toils under the sun?

Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.

The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.

The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.

All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.

All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.

Is there anything of which one can say,
"Look! This is something new"?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.

There is no remembrance of men of old,
and even those who are yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow.

I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

What is twisted cannot be straightened;
what is lacking cannot be counted.

I thought to myself, "Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge." Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;
the more knowledge, the more grief.


Seems like we've got all the wisdom the world can stand...

Sir Chuck, TGIF

11 comments:

  1. Actually the indication of the quotes given would imply that we are more civilized then most.
    Which is not necessarily a great compliment.

    Sir Jason

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  2. It is interesting how few things change. But it is remarkable how few notice that it has happend before.
    Maybe that's why I don't get upset by politics as much as others-I do know it happenend before.
    One thing that does bug me that others have mentioned is the importance people give to politics.
    I pay attention to it because I have an interest in it. However I do not elevate it. Politics at it's worst is a variation of a gangster movie. At it's best it's only purpose is to allow ordinary people to have a decent, and reasonably dignified everyday life. It is everyday life that is important and politics should exist for it. To often we get it backwards.

    Sir Jason the knight who thinks that peasants and burgherfolk are really more important then knights.

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  3. Good points, Jason. It does seem at times that global politics and history are mistaken for the same thing and given the same significance. If we could give today's politics its true level of importance, maybe everyone would be a little more relaxed...and a lot of talk-show hosts and news channels would be out of business.

    Sir C, wearied by it all...

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  4. and a lot of talk-show hosts and news channels would be out of business.
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    Horror of horrors! We can't allow that!

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  5. The discussion is about discussion and this is what our politicians are really good at.
    Actually, I don’t view it as such a bad thing. One thing a democracy such as ours excels at is getting lots of input.

    Pro 24:6 For by wise guidance you will wage war, And in abundance of counselors there is victory.

    Notice that it does not specify an abundance of wise counselors, though it seems to imply that though this process enough of them will be wise that we will have good decisions.

    Our system is very imperfect but when you compare it to the whimsical decrees of, say, Emperor Caligula, who decreed his horse must be worshiped, the system is relatively good.

    I have been praying about the immigration situation that three things would happen.
    1. That we be merciful to those seeking a better life, though having sinned by disobeying our laws.
    2. That we make many of them legal so that they don’t have to lie and show false ID.
    3. That we discontinue the practice of favoring the law breaker over the law abiding person seeking legal immigration.

    So, brethren, we need to pray for our leader daily.

    Sir John, recently having made peace with Google.

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  9. The discussion is about discussion and this is what our politicians are really good at.
    Actually, I don’t view it as such a bad thing. One thing a democracy such as ours excels at is getting lots of input.
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    My point wasn't that it was a bad thing. My point was that it is a means not an end focusing on it to much gets priorities out of whack.
    Knights really should exist for the sake of peasants and burghers and not the reverse.

    Sir Jason

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  10. Good points, Sir John and Sir Jason...

    Sir John, that scripture intrigued me, for the same reason that you pointed out, not saying "abundance of wise counselors..."

    You related to the immigration issue; I take it back further, to the invasion of Iraq. We all prayed that President Bush would receive wise counsel...it now appears that few Christians believe he was led by such counsel, for so many now appear to want him to change his course.

    Shudder to think if the casualties of D-Day were reported as in this day and age...The Third Reich would still be in power...

    So many say they believe in the power of their prayer, yet find it hard to live with the course God lays out.

    Sir C

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  11. Shudder to think if the casualties of D-Day were reported as in this day and age...The Third Reich would still be in power...
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    Newsies then were almost universally hostile to the Third Reich. Their weakness was not recognizing that the difference between them and the communists was merely aesthetic(Nazis took joy in doing evil, commies didn't take joy in anything even when they did evil, and wished to make others like them), and strategic(Yanks and Brits danced with the Russian devil, and Finns danced with the German devil because it suited their respective interests). Nonthe less newsies then were more inclined to risk danger themselves, were better informed, and wrote better articles. And they did not see themselves as having a duty to oppose the policy of the Republic. Times change.
    However the present conflict is really a series of border-wars rather then a Great War. And newsies have acted that way before in border-war, notably the Phillipine Pacification.

    Sir Jason

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