Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Therefore, many of my viewpoints reflect my idealistic tendencies. I have been called to the table on it recently and I want to discuss it.
The current subject under discussion is torture. Should the United States tolerate or partipate in waterboarding or other forms of torture to extract information from detainees? The argument for torture is that we should be able to do whatever necessary to ensure the safety of the United States.
My arguments against torture are threefold: 1. It's illegal; 2. It's immoral (see Matthew 5:38-48); and 3. There is no proof that it works.
In my idealistic world, there would be no need for torture, because there would be no war. I get that is not realistic. I know there is war and I know there are gray areas associated with war. But I cannot weaken my resolve on this. I can't accept that it's okay, under any circumstance, to purposefully hurt another human being. Regardless of their actions. As hard as it is to "love our enemies," isn't this as bad as it will get? Are not our enemies those who try to hurt us? Are they not the ones we are to love the most?
And I know, most of all, that this is complicated most for those in armed services. They are paid to protect us and I mean no disrespect to them.
I'm not sure why I chose to blog about this subject. It is, like everything here in Bits and Pieces, open for discussion. It is also, like everthing here, a view into my world and my opinion. I feel strongly that each human being in the entire world is God's child, and we need to treat each other kindly and with respect.
Peace and love and all that. :)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
And, I must say, I'm okay with the 60s that they say it's going to be for the next few days. It's May, after all.
Oh, and you can't tell by looking at these pictures, but it smells AMAZING out there...lilacs, apple blossoms...yum.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I took a lot of guff for my fanny pack/money holder, but it worked super slick and will become part of my regular wardrobe. HANDS FREE!
My pretty signs. Each side took me 25 minutes. 25 x 10 = 250 minutes = more than four hours.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
As you probably know, I went garage saling with my mom and my older sister Shari this past week. (Chrissy joined us for a couple hours too). That is another post for another day. Truthfully, I couldn't find my camera before I left and it's not as great of a story without the pictures.
I found this print at a garage sale for $1.50. It's a little rough, but I've always wanted it. We had it in our house growing up, as did many of you likely. I've always wanted it in my home. And the price was right.
As I was walking to my car, a woman stopped me. She was a customer like me and pointed to the picture I had just purchased. Here is our conversation:
Woman: Did you have this picture in your house when you were a kid?
Woman: Do you know what this book is? [pointing to the book on the table in the painting]
Me: Um. I guess it's the Bible.
Woman: Nope. It's a dictionary.
Woman: Yep. I watched a special on it. And this guy [pointing to the old man] - he's an atheist.
Me: Oh, really? [standing there, puzzled, uncomfortable.]
Woman: A lot of people don't know that. [Walks away]
I went to my car disturbed. I'm still not sure what her purpose was. Originally, I thought she was being hateful, that she wanted to spoil my experience. Now I don't think so. I think she was just a know-it-all.
And she was wrong.
Of course I researched the history of this painting. According to everything I can find, it is a painting of a photograph taken by Eric Enstrom (from Minnesota, no less), and the man is indeed praying. I do not know whether that is a bible or a dictionary, but it is not important to me. Regardless, this art, like all other pieces, is subjective. It can be whatever I choose it to be.
When I look at it now, I still feel nostalgic. And happy. Even though I really really really wish I would see that woman again to tell her the truth. Alas, it's not about that. So I'll transfer my energy into finding somewhere to hang it up.
God's grace to you.