Friday, November 11, 2011
-Forbes on Ralph Lauren
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
But to what purpose
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves
I do not know.
(Blogspot fails at enjambment)
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
The qualities you most like in a man?
Courage. When someone is willing to hold true to what he believes in the face of the most casual everyday interactions and again in the face of the most difficult adversity he has ever faced, that is rare and to be lauded
The qualities you most like in a woman?
The ability to suffer well even when that suffering crushes all of your hopes and dreams. Then to be able to turn to those you know or don't know and give them a smile. My mom is the most courageous well-suffering woman I will ever know
What do you most value in your friends?
The ability to dole out tough love. Sadly, I have very few of these and for those I do have, I am eternally grateful.
Your most marked characteristic?
My atrociously corny sense of humor
What is your principle defect?
My atrociously corny sense of humor
What is your favorite occupation?
One that makes getting out of bed on a Monday easy
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To see the world lose sight of their passions for the sake of doing what is conventional
What would you like to be?
In what country would you like to live?
What is your favorite color?
What are your favorite flowers?
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy, Richard Yates
Who are your favorite poets?
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Scout, Monica Vitti in just about any of her movies, Vesper Lynd
Who are your favorite composers?
Chopin (Pollini), Grieg, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck
Who are your favorite painters?
Caravaggio, Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian
Who are your heroes in real life?
My mom, Tim Keller, Rahm Emanuel
Who are your favorite heroes/heroines of history?
Lincoln, Paul Newman, Clinton
What are your favorite names?
John, James, Paul
What is it you most dislike?
People who are knowingly inconsiderate
What historical figures do you most despise?
What event in military history do you most admire?
Cuban Missile Crisis
What reform do you most admire?
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
How would you like to die?
Peacefully in my sleep at a time when all of my loved ones would be satisfied with the length and quality of the life that I lived
What is your present state of mind?
What fault do you indulge the most?
My penchant for sweets and desserts
What is your motto?
Sadly, as of now:
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I think I've had ample time to digest reaction to the death of perhaps the most hated man in the world (at least to the so-called 'Free World').
Let me start by saying it's incredible what social media has been able to accomplish in just the last few years. People need look no further than their Facebook News Feed to get the latest scoop on just about anything. But it also leaves very little room for error in formulating mainstream friendly opinions (see Rashard Mendenhall). Kind of sad to say, but the culmination of the ever present news feed is beginning to define what is acceptable or unacceptable to the not so silent majority. Facebook is becoming everyone's most convenient Op-ed column.
With that said, am I the only one that is a little disturbed by all of the so-called pent-up nationalism being displayed on Facebook and Twitter statuses the past few days?
Let me preface what I'm about to say by telling you I didn't know any of the 3,000 victims that lost their lives as a result of the 9/11 attacks. I don't even know anyone connected to them. And to be completely honest, even I felt a little relief to hear that Osama was no longer with us. In fact, I even posted a status update on how good Obama's poker face was leading up to the act (Did you see that speech at the Correspondents' dinner?). But it's still a little disconcerting that people are reacting to Osama's killing as if the Lakers just won the championship.
Was Osama the unmistakable face of terrorism for the past decade? Yes. Was he responsible for killing thousands and thousands of people over that decade? Yes. Was he intent on killing thousands, maybe millions more over the course of the next decade with both the resources and brains to do so? Yes.
Everything should make logical sense, but to me it doesn't. I'm bothered by the reaction because it tells me that at some point, celebrating this man's or, for that matter, any man's killing, is acceptable and encouraged. That at some point, hearing that someone got shot through the eye and dumped in the ocean, then rejoicing is an encouraged and a perfectly normal reaction. But if that's the case, where exactly do you draw the line?
If you watched Obama's announcement speech, you were probably fighting the urge to go light some fireworks and go trade in your Toyota for American made. "Today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people" he said. And of course we of all people are on the side of the Americans. We're Americans damnit! Let's forget all the partisan arguing that nearly shut the government down, all of the side-taking and deal-making and embrace our roles as Americans because that's what we all are. Now I see where all this raw nationalism came from.
No one man should have all that power (yes, I just did).
Now don't get me wrong. I do feel that the world is a safer place without Osama. And I agree that he left very little room for any other scenario. I'm reacting to what I observed after the fact. One line in Obama's speech really stuck out to me. When Obama proudly declared "Americans understand the cost of war", I had to laugh. Anyone who has ever argued or debated, much less written a coherent opinionated thought could see what he was trying to do. I couldn't contain myself because no man, woman or child that sits at home watching these things occur on a TV screen could possibly understand the costs of war, much less how much a single human life is worth.
No, we're not that delusional. We just know how much it's depreciated.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Phil e-mailed me over a blog post a while back that argued that a sensitivity to the voice of God was contingent upon the degree to which you feel He is absolutely vital to life in prayer and reading of His word. I need to get to this place.
I remember Jongmin once telling our church thatin response to a Muslim woman's questioning how many times he prays (Muslims pray a minimum of 5 times a day), he replied, "I pray without ceasing". This was then followed by laughter from the congregation, but I need to realize that praying without ceasing doesn't necessarily mean praying constantly every second of the day, but being in the presence of God at all times.
2. Be correctable and self-aware
Since when did being stubborn become a good thing. People admit to being stubborn as if it's some kind of merit badge that they can pull out whenever they feel is necessary. "I know I should, but I'm stubborn". "I know, but I'm stubborn". I'm not sure these people realize that inherent within those statements is the notion that they think they know better than anyone else what is best for them. "Being stubborn" just gives them an excuse to ignore any sort of criticism or correction. This my friends, is incredibly stupid. Be self-aware, know when correction is necessary and act accordingly. If you're anything like me, this is most of the time.
3. Take more risks knowing that this could potentially be the only time in my life that I can absorb the losses.