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Monthly Archives: April 2007

With an army of “me”
We invent our own enemies
Man versus machine
And the dirty second hands
—Switchfoot, “Dirty Second Hands”

This afternoon, I sold my soul to Verizon Wireless for another two years. Branded servitude aside, I now have a brand new Samsung SCH u540 with a free month of mobile web. So I’m pretty excited.

Now, I’m sitting at UT hospital with my dad who is suffering from dizziness. We’re having fun playing with the pencils on the Group W bench and discussing whether “fangled” is an adverb or an adjective. I’m also having a grand time exploring the breadth of the Interweb as experienced via a mobile device. It fascinates both of us a great deal: facebook, GMail, flickr, and the ability to post to WordPress.

It’s fun. Yet, it’s also just one more product of a culture that increasingly demands instant access to whatever information it pleases. In fact, it is not just a product of the culture, but a product for the culture. And the moments of time that are so precious to us become casualties of convenience and a false sense of productivity.

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Virginia Tech Memorial

Amidst all the reflection on what happened yesterday and in similar horrific acts (Columbine, Paducah, etc.), the following poem by Steve Turner came to mind. So, I offer it today.


“Creed”
by Steve Turner

This is the creed I have written on behalf of all us.

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before, during, and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy is OK.
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything is getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated
And you can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in
horoscopes, UFO’s and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man
just like Buddha, Mohammed, and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher
although we think His good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same–
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of
creation, sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation.

We believe that after death comes the Nothing
Because when you ask the dead what happens they say nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it’s compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin, and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What’s selected is average.
What’s average is normal.
What’s normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between warfare and bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It’s only his behavior that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust.
History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds,
and the flowering of individual thought.

“Chance” a post-script

If chance be the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
and when you hear

State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!

It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.