What will be, will be our YOUTH

January 6, 2008 at 1:16 pm | Posted in avoidance, children, education, faith, teach your children, teach your parents, war | Leave a comment
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nonsequitur earth from moonYou who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well,
Their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

As a teenager, anytime mom and I would have a knock down drag out fight over any matters of cultural evolution or generation gap stuff – important stuff too, like having the FREEDOM to grow one’s hair long – I would eventually get round to playing this song, just a bit too loud, and mummy would laugh, after ensuring that she had indeed won the argument.

I look around at the youth of today, with a daughter in college and a son in high school, and I wonder. When I was a teen, the issues seemed clear. We were against war and for peace, we were for love and against hypocrisy, we distrusted the establishment and wanted to be allowed to learn from making our own mistakes, and we loved the music that spoke or felt of these issues.

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And you, of tender years,
Can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well,
Their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked, the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

(“Teach Your Children” written by Graham Nash and performed by CSNY)

Whether it is TV, or popular books, what is taught in schools or even what we read on the most popular internet sites, today no definite positions are ever taken. Avoidance of discussion seems preferable to fighting it out. The truth is a non-sequitur, and the activities of daily living have taken precedence over thought, belief, and principle, or perhaps we have lost the confidence to really believe in anything.

I would much rather that the youth do not follow in such nondescript footsteps.nonsequitur storm from space

While the amalgam of the strange ideas of the sixties may not provide answers for today’s dilemmas, in many ways there are now much bigger challenges than any we faced ‘back then’.

The paths that our youth choose to take, their beliefs, and their ‘code of the road’, will determine much for the future of what mankind is to become.

Choose wisely!


The song “Teach Your Children” can be heard in my current Christmas Playlist and that can be launched from the previous post. I also have “Que Serra Serra” on there too (What will be, will be).

Anyone remember Grandfunk Railroad’s Phoenix?
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SCIENCE AND FAITH

December 3, 2006 at 7:16 pm | Posted in 3D, creator, faith, fractal, hypothesis, immanence, intersection, mandelbrot, phenomena, science, transcendence | 22 Comments

Strange bedfellows / an odd couple, or is it just me? Having faith in God is often challenged as being unscientific so, how does one live with ones faith in a transcendent God while accepting science as meaningful?

Somehow I have a feeling that the wrong questions are being asked. What could be more natural than to believe in God as creator and sustainer of everything in the universe if this is indeed true? God works and that’s why the universe works. But then science should be able to test this hypothesis and prove it one way or the other.

Some scientists demand that they should be able to test any hypothesis to see if it is workable and to determine if it is the best hypothesis to explain whatever phenomena are being studied. This too may be a false start. I don’t believe that God is a studiable ‘phenomenon’. I don’t see any reason why he should be, do you?

To my mind, the fact that there is matter and the fact that there is energy and the fact that there is time and … all point me to God. Things are there to be studied and there to be understood only because God made it so.

This is an unusual post for this blog. Very abstract. But, very important. It’s important because I see two disturbing tendencies. One is to make science and God adversaries, the other is to say that these are two separate worlds of thought that do not intersect. The consequences of either approach is bound to be poor science and a god who occupies the scientific gaps. neither this science nor this god have any worth!

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