Monday, March 30, 2020

Signs of the Times (part 10) - Anywhere vs Somewhere

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At the time of this post, the coronavirus pandemic has reared its ugly head. And in a few short weeks, our world has been turned upside down. As nations, states, shutdown. Isolate. Self-quarantine.

For updates, check out this map: John Hopkins Coronavirus

As a result,  some jobs are harder hit than others. It breaks out along these lines:


Anywhere vs. Somewhere

The Anywheres: Those who can work from home, online mostly, anywhere, are the least affected.

The Somewheres: Those who need to go to a place of business where people congregate or interact physically with people are affected the most. Like restaurants, hair salons, libraries, schools, banks, stores, factories, sports, casinos, theaters, conferences, concerts, ...

The video below shows the difference between the Anywheres (globalist) and the Somewheres (nationalist) in the context of the 2016 election:




And many of the somewheres soldier on to keep the rest of us going.

Healthcare workers, first responders, truck drivers, store clerks, farmers, ranchers, factory workers--especially those tasked to produce medical equipment in short supply.

Somewheres are the heroes in a pandemic. And their importance has come to light in these...

Signs of the Times

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

10C (part 2) - First Commandment: God and Liberty

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I am the Lord your God,
who brought you out of Egypt,
out of the land of slavery.

Exodus 20:2 (NIV)

So begins the First Statement of the First of the Ten Commandments.

And nothing illustrates this First Statement of the Ten Commandments better than this scene from the classic movie,  The Ten Commandments (1956) :



This First Statement lays the foundation of Ethical Monotheism

(1) God exists: "I am the Lord your God..."

And without faith
it is impossible to please God, 

because anyone who comes to him 
must believe that he exists
and that he rewards those
who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6  (NIV)

 (2) God delivered slaves from bondage into freedom: "brought you out...of the land of slavery."

So if the Son sets you free,
you will be free indeed.
John 8:36 (NIV)

This video examine this First Statement in light of ethical monotheism:




This first statement, the Creator liberating people from slavery, is echoed in the Founding documents of the United States of America, such:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, 
that all men are created equal, 
that they are endowed by their Creator 
with certain unalienable Rights, 
that among these are 
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

As well as our sacred monuments such as the inscription of the Liberty Bell:

"Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land 
Unto All the Inhabitants thereof."
Leviticus 25:10 (KJV)

Most of all, the Ten Commandments provide a foundation of how free people are to treat each other.

And this will be examined further in this series.

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Previous post in series:

10C (part 1) - The Ten Commandments  (2019)

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Write Stuff (part 2) - History of the English Language (in ten minutes)

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Words are the building blocks of writing, strung on the thread of grammar and style.

A rich and diverse language, its history sheds light on where many of the English words came from. And below is short summary:




Chapter 1:  Anglo-Saxon, Latin, Vikings
Chapter 2:  Norman French, Latin
Chapter 3: Shakespeare and cliches
Chapter 4: King James Bible
Chapter 5: Science jargon
Chapter 6: Empire and the world
Chapter 7: Dictionary and Dr. Johnson
Chapter 8: America and the Melting Pot
Chapter 9: Internet and techno-jargon
Chapter 10: Globalism and many flavors

Invasions, art, literature, science, tech, world empire, New World, ... English is alive and ever evolving. And it's been estimated about 1.5 billion people speak English. Of a population of 7.5 billion, that's 20% of the world.

Therefore English is the "Write Stuff" for a big slice of the world.

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Other post in series:

Write Stuff (part 1) - Give them Hope  (2017)

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