It is all bad isn’t it

The other day I let my wife know that I listened to the news on the smart speaker in the house and the car radio. She asked me why. I let her know that I wanted to be informed. Things were and are happening all over the world and I wanted to know what those things were. She replied that all the things happening seemed awful. Sunday I heard a news story about a shooting in a shopping mall and I realized that my wife was spot on. The news does seem to be pretty bad. I am at a sort of cross roads.

β€œIt is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”

Eleanor Roosevelt
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I can continue to listen to the news shake my head and comment on how bad everything is, stop listening, or I can get involved and try to make a difference.

I was in a cave on a tour in Alabama, part of the tour involved turning off the lights in the cave and experiencing complete and total darkness. I got to say complete and total darkness is an odd experience. In complete and total darkness even the tiniest of light makes a huge difference. The worse the news gets the more potent your actions will be (as long as they are good.)

Can we even do that?

I am currently taking a software development course and the instructor was explaining the difference between UI kit versus Swift UI. There were the pros and cons lists and one of the pros for Swift UI was that it was “future proof”. Immediately I thought “Can we even do that?” I also wondered if perhaps sometime ago someone thought that UI kit was future proof.

If you haven’t seen the movie Back to the Future 3 stop what you are doing and go watch it. OK, so at the end of the movie Jenny asks the doc why a note she got from the future changed when she arrived in the past and the doc tells her that no ones future is written it is being written now. I am not advocating for no planning I think we should have a plan for our immediate and far future but we must realize that the plan needs to be flexible for it to work.

love the idea of something being future proof but I just don’t think it’s possible. I think what is most prudent is that we care for ourselves and others current needs with thoughts about the future needs.

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In the Christian Bible there is a verse that describes the Bible as ” a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Psalms 119:105. I like this verse because it demonstrates how we should live our lives looking at now our feet and forward path.

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So even though we cannot future proof we should not stop planning and of course we should enjoy and live as much as we can in the moment.

Darkness is funny that way …5lbs

In most western religious texts, folklore and fairy tales darkness equals evil. Evil that surrounds and infiltrates.

I was a father at a young age (at least I thought it was young). I watched my kids grow up and while growing up I saw them face obstacles, in school, at work, within their friend circles. The obstacles were in form of rocky relationships, steep learning curves, and physical ailments.

The kids and myself were quick within rocky relationships to label people good or evil but that is reductive thinking that I tried to avoid. My dad told me that the most important thing and only thing I could do to make a difference was to do the right thing.

We cannot make someone do good or bad. People have freewill and autonomy. All that we can do is steer our own ships. When we begin to try and influence others through deeds that are not good we risk allowing the darkness to fill us. Darkness is funny that way. We can do bad things in pursuit of good outcomes and then we are the darkness we were attempting to drive out.

In the Christian bible text John 8:12 we are taught that only light or good can drive out darkness. I think a lot about war when I think about light and dark. In war we use harm and force to try and drive out darkness. It seems foolish to assume that war would create good or an end to darkness.

The written book “Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies” is thought by scholars to be, part of our civilizations knowledge base. It is a very important book that seems to have guided our society and in it the author says “Only the dead are safe; only the dead have seen the end of war.” — George Santayana

When we work and use darkness we only get pain and death. Darkness is funny that way it does not heal, mend, build, or give any life. Lets make a promise to ourselves today, lets promise that we will not use darkness even if it seems like darkness is the right way. Lets promise to only use light only do good.