Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Byron had a great fondness for animals, most famously for a Newfoundland dog named Boatswain; when Boatswain contracted rabies, Byron reportedly nursed him without any fear of becoming bitten and infected. Boatswain lies buried at Newstead Abbey and has a monument larger than his master's. The inscription, Byron's "Epitaph to a dog", has become one of his best-known works, reading in part:
Near this Spot
are deposited the Remains of one
who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferosity,
and all the Virtues of Man without his Vices.
This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery
if inscribed over human Ashes,
is but a just tribute to the Memory of
BOATSWAIN, a DOG,
who was born in Newfoundland May 1803,
and died at Newstead Nov.r 18th, 1808.
Monday, June 25, 2007
any control of nature or natural events?
for some diety is kind & helps them face
nature and natural events.
for others, for me I have no need of outside
control & will face nature and natural events
if there is a natural way.
6/24/07 thoughts in a country church
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Why is religion a threat? Because most people of "faith" are too certain about things. I don't want certainty. I like science. I like thinking my research will be destroyed by better theories and then those will fall to even better ones. It's a process that never ends, while religion claims to be at the end of the questions: they "know" the answers and my questions are invalid if they challenge some silly poem or prose composed by a "prophet of God."
I like not knowing, never being sure. It means I can keep guessing.
- C. S. Wyatt
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Let us take responsibility for our own actions, inactions, strengths and frailties and not project them onto ghosts, spirits, stars, portents and gods unseen.Let us have the courage to accept that one person's faith is another person's bloody-minded pig-headed refusal to accept the obvious.Let us have the courage to accept that the person at the front of all crowds, including this one, doesn't know all the answers.Let us have the wisdom to accept that if our ancestors had fared differently in wars our communities would be holding different absurdities up as sacred truths, and the willingness to accept those absurdities would be seen as the badge of social trustworthiness or even the right to be allowed to draw breath.Let us accept that the difference between a prophet and a madman is not what they say but whether the crowd accepts the story and tells their children to believe it.Let us have the courage to accept that wanting to believe in something with every fibre of our being does not and cannot make it true.Truth needs no help, no believers, no bowed heads and no amens
.by Martin Willett
Friday, June 01, 2007
I do my best to do the "right" thing by most of humanity, while admittedly adhering to Camus' acknowledgment that family is still special to me and has some greater value that
I can't defend with logic.I don't live according to superstition or science. I live according to what I think is right.
Problem is... I'll never know if I was right.
- C. S. Wyatt