“And, having writ, moves on”

Old yellowed photograph

  The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,Moves on: nor all your Piety nor WitShall lure it back to cancel half a Line,Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.(From The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, trans. Edward Fitzgerald) I've always been acutely aware of the passage of time, painfully conscious of the brevity of life and the ephemeral character of all things mortally human.  When I see beautiful flowers, I immediately remember that they'll so … [Read more...]

“Why Democracy Works”

HBS, in Cambridge

  A short but thought-provoking little video featuring Clayton Christensen, whom I first met back in the seventeenth century when we were both freshmen and next door neighbors in a dorm at BYU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSmF2-nH4EI   … [Read more...]

1 Nephi 16

The Arabian Book of Mormon

  Today's reading is 1 Nephi 16. It's in this chapter that Ishmael -- who, with his family, had joined Lehi's group on their journey away from Jerusalem -- dies.  And he's buried in a place called Nahom. For number of reasons, I believe the mention of Nahom to be one of the most impressive bull's eyes in the Book of Mormon. See here, for example, for a brief overview of the topic.  And, for a brief filmed look at the actual place, see h … [Read more...]

Glimpses of the Alhambra

The Palace of the Alhambra

  I grew up in San Gabriel, California, but we did much of our shopping in the adjacent city of Alhambra.  San Gabriel High School, from which I graduated, was actually a part of the Alhambra School District.  Nearby was Almansor Street, which ran by Almansor Park.  It took me quite a while, I think, before I realized that Alhambra came from the name of a famous Muslim palace, essentially dating from the eleventh through the fifteenth centuries, in … [Read more...]

Freedom of speech under threat in Malaysia

Where Malaysia is

  I've been watching recent developments in Malaysia with considerable concern -- notably its ban, upheld by its highest court at the end of June, on the use of the term Allah by non-Muslims to refer to the Supreme Being (rather analogous to a hypothetical legal prohibition of Jews and Muslims from using the word God in English) -- and this article in The Economist does nothing to calm my … [Read more...]

“Provo ranked 4th most educated city in website’s analysis”

Provo (in autumn?)

   Here's a nice little article in today's Deseret News that, if facts actually meant anything to certain critics of Mormonism, might perhaps possibly maybe potentially suggest a little flaw in a small portion of their general narrative about brain-dead Morgbot sheeple and the laughable state of Utard: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865611092/Provo-ranked-4th-most-educated-city-in-websites-analysis.html The reader responses, thus far, … [Read more...]

A thought on atheism and the problem of evil

A wonderful sky with tree

  "[When I was an atheist] my argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust.  But how had I got this idea of just and unjust?  A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.  What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?  If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such violent reaction against it? . . .  Thus in … [Read more...]

It’s been a long day, and I’m tired.

A lake, with meadow and mountains

 So I just thought that I would share something serene and beautiful:  There.  Nice. Relax.  Life is really very good, on the whole. Shanti. शान्ति   … [Read more...]