Have you ever seen a car up on blocks in someone’s yard? Have you had opportunity to see that car deteriorate over time? It doesn’t take long, does it? Since metal is pretty durable, it ends up being the last of what remains. Years before it dissolves to so much drifting dust, that metal has lost structural stability to the point of virtual uselessness. One lifetime might not be long enough to watch a car turn to nothing in your driveway, but in the big scheme of things it doesn’t take much time at all.
Oh, did you think we’d be talking about the fact that losing armies never write history books, and that the winning armies often destroy the ones that existed before they came along?
Don’t worry; we’ll get to that, too. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #027 – History Has Been Erased!”
It might sound a little strange, unless you’re a chemist, but the periodic table of elements is actually a map of creation. It’s not a being or deity or anything, and few would argue that the periodic table or its elements are intelligent in and of themselves…but it tells the story of the creation of our solar system, if you read it right. I know that sounds like a weird way to put it, since ‘creation’ is often thought of in a very particular way by some people; but it makes sense, if you look at it a certain way. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #026 – The Periodic Table is a Map of Creation!”
Back in the day, there were no heart rate monitors or machines that could detect brainwaves. You listened for a heartbeat, maybe put a mirror under someone’s nose; but after they had failed those advanced medical tests, you were pretty confident it was time to put them in the ground. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #025 – Resurrection Used To Be Common!”
Did you know that people can actually be allergic to each other? There is no question that pheromones play a part in who is attracted to whom; but that’s not the only part they seem to play. Each person’s unique body chemistry is affected a little bit differently by every other person’s unique body chemistry, and some of those effects can be pretty powerful. When it’s good, it can be really good.
But, when it’s bad…. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #024 – Just Not Right for Each Other!”
The first time I heard the word ‘traditional’ get overused and misused at the same time, I was taking classes to learn Reiki. After learning about Usui Mikeo’s spiritual awakening and subsequent teachings, I was excited to study this path to understanding one’s self.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t feel bad. Even my Appletop underlined ‘Reiki’ and ‘Usui Mikeo’ in red. Let me fix that, real quick, and teach it those words…
…like I had to do with ‘Appletop’…
…and we’re good! Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #023 – There’s Nothing Traditional about Marriage!”
There have been very few situations in history where a country’s citizens were so soft that a large portion of them began to think that a life without challenge and growth was something they should expect the previous generation to hand down to them. I had to work through this issue, back when I had zero marketable skills and no desire to develop myself into something that others may find value in.
It might sound weird, but I realized that something was seriously missing in the way I had been brought up right around the time I hit adulthood. The initial temptation was to blame my parents and teachers and even society as a whole for my lack of direction and motivation and happiness. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #022 – Rites of Passage are Important!”
When I was nine or ten years old, my family moved to rural Montana. There are not a lot of people in Montana; the population has yet to reach a million, and it’s the fourth largest state. That was a major bone of contention for me, as a kid; I wanted to live somewhere with lots of people and a wide array of cultural diversity. It took awhile for me to stop being pissed off at my parents for moving us to the middle of nowhere, and I can tell you exactly what caused the shift. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #021 – This Land is Their Land!”
There are a lot of references to the proverbial son when it comes to telling a good story, but it’s just a figure of speech. Nowadays the proverbial daughter has great opportunity to tell her story as well, and it’s exciting to see female protagonists and antagonists becoming even more popular than their male counterparts in many instances. With some prestigious learning institutions and accredited universities demanding the recognition of over seventy other gender distinctions, that adds up to a lot of versions of the proverbial offspring. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #020 – The Hero Always Gets Lost!”
If your life has always been and still is ideal in every way, you have no need for self-help books. You get to sit around and smile all day, or do whatever you want, because you were born a master of life. Since you already have everything anyone could ever possibly want, what more is there to strive for? If you are truly one of these people, then good for you. You have no reason to read this…or anything, really; so I’ll go ahead and address everyone else. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #019 – If I can do it, so can you! (Theoretically)”
You’ve heard the numbers, right? When the first computer came online, back before there was an online for it to come onto, a clock started ticking. Since then, that clock has ticked faster and faster with each successive year. One day, perhaps very soon, that countdown will come to an end. And when it does…if it hasn’t already…we will have a sentient being that is completely artificial, and it will be way smarter than any of us.
What do you mean, ‘if it hasn’t already’?
And what do you mean, in.ev.it.a.ble? That’s not a word! Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #018 – Artificial intelligence is in.ev.it.a.ble!”