In the middle of a prepper show about EMPs our power went out.
Its just an old beat up truck
Some say that I should trade up
Now that I got some jangle in my pocket
But what they don’t understand
Is it's the miles that make a man
I wouldn’t trade that thing in for a rocket
-Dierks Bentley "I Hold On"
Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about his religion.
Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,
for your life, for your strength.
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
and robs the spirit of its vision.
When your time comes to die,
be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death,
so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time
to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.
It is not a fast food company's responsibility to ensure that you make good choices. Companies sell what their customers want to buy. No one mandated that 25 million people shop at McDonald's today. Change happens through culture, not legislation.
A few years ago I wrote about how important it is to always be the worst player in the band. By surrounding yourself with people who are better than you it's almost hard to help getting better just by being around them.
Are you doing that? I'm questioning whether I am.
Time to find a band to be the worst in.
I've got Google Glass for the next couple weeks. What should I be doing with it?
Not everyone who successfully impacts the hearts and minds of one generation will carry that currency of influence into the generations that follow. -Neil deGrasse Tyson in Reflections on Carl Sagan's COSMOS
This doesn't need much explanation. Watch until the end.
I don't know why this never occurred to me before, but "the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that the flag was still there" is about defiance. The kind of defiance you need when liberty is paid for with blood. The kind of defiance you need when what you believe is not what the people in charge believe. And then I remembered that the song was originally called "The Defiance of Fort McHenry".
You know how you can learn facts but not understand the lesson? I've been to Fort McHenry a number of times, served my country in the military and am a father. You'd think I would understand. I've been alive over 14000 days and just now I feel like I really get that song.
What prompted it was a couple lines from a book "But the lights of an illuminated American flag were still right there in the front window. They were the lights of a Patriot, and they still shown defiantly, just as if he were still here. Mikey would have liked that."
Something about that made the whole thing click for me.
The CNN Breaking news email just now starts with: "Wow! The U.S. economy suddenly looks a lot perkier in the third quarter". Seriously CNN? Breaking news should not contain the following words or phrases: WOW, Awesome, Super Rad, party on, hipster, selfie, twerking, bofu, wicked, bust a moby, deck, life is like a box of chocolates, game over man, bust your conk, comes on like gangbusters, fraughty issue, yarddog, gnarly, like totally, no duh, take a chill pill, gag me with spoon, Psych!, grody to the max...
If you don't like this there may be something mentally wrong with you...
This is actually from 1999 (updated from 1991), but I love this part:
The right to privacy is spread implicitly throughout the Bill of Rights. But when the United States Constitution was framed, the Founding Fathers saw no need to explicitly spell out the right to a private conversation. That would have been silly. Two hundred years ago, all conversations were private. If someone else was within earshot, you could just go out behind the barn and have your conversation there. No one could listen in without your knowledge. The right to a private conversation was a natural right, not just in a philosophical sense, but in a law-of-physics sense, given the technology of the time.
1993 was first thanksgiving in the military and I was in the middle of a 26 week school in Memphis TN.
Hundreds of families in the area volunteered to take in a couple of us at a time. My buddy and I (a Marine obviously) spent the morning volunteering at St. Jude's Children’s hospital and then this guy picked up two strangers and made us a part of their family for 12 hours. Instead of a lonely Thanksgiving, it was warm and festive.
If you have the chance to invite someone who might otherwise be alone tomorrow, please do. A lot of college kids, military, elderly and single people can use a family for a few hours.
Check out this performance of a GREAT Tool song...