Archive | June 30, 2006

3 things to think about

Borrowed from Moontiger

THREE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

1. COWS
2. THE CONSTITUTION
3. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

COWS Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington and they tracked her calves to their stalls? But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give them all a cow.

THE CONSTITUTION They keep talking about drafting a constitution for Iraq. Why don’t we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys,it’s worked for over 200 years and we’re not using it anymore.

TEN COMMANDMENTS The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse. You cannot post “Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery” and “Thou Shall Not Lie” in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians — it creates a hostile work environment

Tour de France

Our household will be Tour de France crazed for the next month. It has been for several years. Before we watched for Lance because had cancer and survived and then I watched because it’s an awesomely difficult athletic event and these guys are probably the most challenged athletes in any large competition.

It can be beautiful to watch all those cyclists moving in the peleton as if they were one entity. And watching the crashes can raise atavistic urges or at the very least kinesthetic sensations.

It is fascinating to watch the strategies of the different teams.

But right now those teams strategies must be in chaos because so many potential winners just got thrown out of the race. A big green light just went on for a lot of American cyclists so tomorrow it could get really exciting!

Friday Philosopher of the Week

May we present Immanual Kant:

http://www.friesian.com/kant.htm

Act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.

All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.

All thought must, directly or indirectly, by way of certain characters, relate ultimately to intuitions, and therefore, with us, to sensibility, because in no other way can an object be given to us.

By a lie, a man… annihilates his dignity as a man.

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.

In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.

Intuition and concepts constitute… the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.

If man makes himself a worm he must not complain when he is trodden on.

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Two things fill me with constantly increasing admiration and awe, the longer and more earnestly I reflect on them: the starry heavens without and the moral law within.