Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Friday, January 28, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "The unexamined life is not worth living."
    -- Socrates


    Posted by Tom, 1/28/2011 6:53:49 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011


    Thought for the Day

    From my friend Glenda:

    "STORY is the primary way we impart what really matters to the next generation. Stories have the potential to embody biblical and theological content in ways that sink into the imagination, take root, and grow."
    -- Sarah Arthur


    I agree with the value of Story as a means of communicating values down through the generations. However, I think that far too often, we Christians find ourselves so focused on the Story that we miss or ignore the Meaning.

    Posted by Tom, 1/25/2011 7:33:36 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, January 24, 2011


    Thought for the Day

    Finding someone on the internet who acts like an adult is a rare and precious thing.

    Posted by Tom, 1/24/2011 4:12:08 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Sunday, January 23, 2011


    Thought for the Day

    I seem to spend half my internet time defending the Left against the Right, and the other half defending the Right against the Left. Considering the fact that I really don't like either of them, maybe I should just play World of Warcraft instead.

    Posted by Tom, 1/23/2011 9:58:06 AM (Permalink). 1 Comment. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011


    Thought for the Day

    Embracing non-violence necessarily involves renouncing political power as a means to ends. It is no more spiritually edifying for a person to demand that a cop or soldier employ violence on his behalf than it is to employ said violence himself.

    Posted by Tom, 1/19/2011 7:45:52 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011


    Thought for the Day

    It saddens me that so many on the Right will pay lip-service to the non-violent advocacy of Jesus, and those on the Left will do the same for Gandhi or Martin Luther King, yet both are blind to the hypocrisy of continually advocating violence through government. For all the supposed differences between them and all the high-sounding rhetoric dressing up their advocacy, their politics spring from the same spiritual sickness: a visceral desire for power and control over their fellow human beings.

    Posted by Tom, 1/18/2011 6:18:44 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, January 17, 2011


    Thought for the Day

    If individuals cannot be trusted with a given technology, what makes us suppose that governments can?

    Posted by Tom, 1/17/2011 7:26:02 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thursday, January 13, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "Progress doesn't come from early risers -- progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things."
    -- Robert Heinlein


    Posted by Tom, 1/13/2011 7:27:31 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011


    Quote of the Day

    "We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker."
    -- Ronald Reagan


    Posted by Tom, 1/12/2011 7:20:56 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Thought for the Day

    "How do we feel about the level grind from 84 to 85?"

    "It drains your desire to play and saps your will to live, but doesn't quite devour your soul."

    "Perfect."

    -- World of WarCraft: Cataclysm development meeting, as I imagine it.

    Posted by Tom, 1/12/2011 4:33:03 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...