Advice is nostalgia

Someone this week mentioned that they were motivated to complete a project due to a sense of nostalgia. This reminded me of the poem Wear Sunscreen by Mary Schmich.

The last part in particular:

Be careful whose advice you buy,

but be patient with those who supply it.

Advice is a form of nostalgia.

Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal,

wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts

and recycling it for more than it's worth.

I couldn't remember it off the top of my head at the time so I e-mailed it to her.

It's a great quote.

Today Julie came by the house with another friend of hers. Julie is a Jehovah's Witness that's been visiting us on Sundays. I don't mind talking to them as I have a better than average familiarity with the Bible and I used to work for a Jehovah's Witness a few years ago. He was one of the best employers I've ever had and certainly one of the nicest men I've ever met in my life.

So Julie and I have been talking about God and life, the universe and everything on and off for the last two months or so. I really enjoy hearing there take on spiritual things. It creeps out my wife, because she thinks that I'm going to become a Jehovah's Witness, but I just like talking about God and they are a good pair of folks to do it with. I think I like talking with people of that faith about God because they are so passionate about what we 'really' know as opposed to 'what people have added in'.

Anyway it was interesting talking to them about some stuff today. We agreed that the Holy Spirit, which I was taught as Catholic is one of the Trilogy, is 'part' of God but isn't mentioned as part of a trilogy in the Bible. So they showed me a few passages that speak to the Holy Spirit. It seemed to me that the Holy Spirit could be explained more simply as the active manifestations of God that are visible to us in the world.

This was certainly more meaningful to me than the vague notion of what the "Holy Spirit" is that I held before they came over today.

I later told my wife that I had made it clear to them that I wasn't interested in joining their church and that they were cool with that.

In a way they are sort of 'hacking' the bible... going straight to the original text and seeing what the 'code' does. An amusing oversimplification but one I think applies.

On a positive note, I saw a headline in the Arizona Republic today about how the protests all over the world this week are motivating the US and the UK to soften up the language they are going for in the next UN Security Council Resolution regarding the use of force on Iraq. Maybe we won't be going to war as quick as I thought.

Well time to cook dinner. Have a good week.

Larry Cummings

I work with product development teams, helping find balance between people and machines to get valuable things done. I'm married and have one child. I completely love sweeping generalizations.

Phoenix, AZ

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