25 June 2009

On titles and subtleties.

I spent half an hour coming up with subtitles to the title of my blog.

At first, I wanted it to be catchy. But, I just ended up rhyming.

A few candidates to my previous title, To mull and to muse:
  1. Bearing bad news
  2. In my mulberry shoes
  3. Rarely refused
  4. A romp and a rouse
  5. Diction defused
  6. Your choice to choose
  7. To win or to lose
  8. Select snooze
  9. To control or to cruise
  10. Beaten black and beaten blue
I couldn't decide. So I just changed everything.

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Hello, I am a boy with two hearts. How do you do? Didn't you know? Yes, it's true!

16 June 2009

Hope for the Flowers.

I've been feeling hopeless lately. With where God wants me to go. With what God wants me to do. I don't see a way out. But I was reminded today. I do have hope:
House: What do I do if my only option won't work?
Wilson: You don't give up.
Wilson, if you're out there, don't let me give up.

08 June 2009

That we may buy the poor for silver

And the needy for a pair of sandals. 

Earlier today I stumbled upon an article:
A large number of schools participating in a pay for grades program have seen test scores in reading and math go up by almost 40 percentage points. The Sparks program will pay seventh-graders up to $500 and fourth-graders as much as $250 for good performance on 10 assessment tests. About two-thirds of the 59 schools in the program improved their scores by margins above the citywide average. "It's an ego booster in terms of self-worth. When they get the checks, there's that competitiveness -- 'Oh, I'm going to get more money than you next time' -- so it's something that excites them," said Rose Marie Mills, principal at MS 343 in Mott Haven. Critics, who are unaware that most college students don't become liberal arts majors, argue that paying kids corrupts the notion of learning for education's sake alone.
I am less concerned about learning for learning's sake and more concerned that we as a people have been plagued and deluded by the idea that net-worth is self-worth.

This idea implies that the wealthiest are the best man has to offer living out the best life available. And that the poor, helpless, hopeless and destitute have earned their way into the bowels of meager existence: they are the worst example of mankind, the scum of the earth, and the refuse of all things.

The most impoverished receive money as an ego-booster: the poorest feel worthless and are bought and sold for pennies. And though we have little, we have bought into materialism, have been sold to consumerism, and have traded principles for property.

Need we remind ourselves?
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
Oh, how we shame the Goldfish.