Borrowed wisdom?

An image of Asian sages

  "The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are." C. S. Lewis, "Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem," Selected Literary Essays    … [Read more...]

Some wisdom for you

A sapiential inquiry

  It's not original with me, but it's good counsel, so I pass it on nonetheless: Never hate people who're jealous of you. Respect their jealousy.  After all, they're the ones who think you're better than they are.   … [Read more...]

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

SLC Temple Square

  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square perform Mack Wilberg's wonderful arrangement of "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" -- slightly more than six minutes of beauty and devotion:  Come thou fount of every blessing Tune my heart to sing thy grace Streams of mercy never ceasing Call for songs of loudest praise Teach me some melodious sonnet Sung by flaming tongues above I'll … [Read more...]

Families and Prosperity

The temple in Curitiba, Brazil

  In case you missed it, here's a link to an interesting article about the relationship between family stability and economic success: In our materialistic but divorce-friendly culture, studies like this one should be widely publicized.   … [Read more...]

Another revolutionary insight

The Count

  It occurred to me today, over brunch at The Beachcomber, directly on the sand at Crystal Cove, why there's a perfectly good explanation for the fact that even large surveys have failed to detect vampires:  The questions are poorly designed. For example, if you ask whether anybody out there has been harmed by a vampire, you're almost never going to get an affirmative response, and the reason for that is obvious: The people who might have answered … [Read more...]

Why the Egyptians built the pyramids


  A revolutionary new explanation for the pyramids of Egypt has just occurred to me: I suspect that the pyramids were originally painted black.  The ancient Egyptians hoped to lower the temperatures in the Nile Valley by constructing giant heat-absorbers, with maximum surface area. Clever, once you understand it.  Unfortunately, given the hot climate and the annual sand-bearing khamsin winds, all the paint has peeled off.But the idea … [Read more...]

Einstein on “fanatical atheists”

Albert Einstein

  "The fanatical atheists are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle.  They are creatures who -- in their grudge against traditional religion as the 'opium of the masses' -- cannot hear the music of the spheres." Albert Einstein   Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

The need for special divine revelation


  "Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason."  (St.Thomas Aquinas)  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]