Archive for the ‘Human nature’ category


April 7, 2012

The first great commandment of Christ that “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self” is more a description of human nature than a rule. More like the law of gravity than a social admonition.–F. Beekhout

We can’t break that kind of law even if we try any more than we can break the law of gravity. Ignore either one any you are heading for a crash.


April 6, 2012

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?–Winnie the Pooh

Happens all the time. You have a thought, then another and another. Pretty soon you are lost in a train of thought that has little or nothing to do with the first one. Either that or you keep chewing on the same few thoughts over and over. The first is like being on a run away train, the second more like circling a drain.

We can’t stop ourselves from thinking, but if we work at it we can learn avoid rus away trains or circling drains.


April 3, 2012

God didn’t make a mistake when He made you. You need to see yourself as God sees you.–Joel Osteen

According to Genesis 1:31 “God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!”

For some reason we choose to see things differently. Not sure why that is….


April 2, 2012

It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.–Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (Good Omens)

Good and bad are labels, they are judgements. Fudamentally they are both ways of dismissing people. We label them and then we don’t have to think about them anymore. There’s no need to be present when we deal with them, we know exactly how to treat them.


April 1, 2012

I don’t always know what I’m talking about but I know I’m right.–Muhammad Ali

We always think we are right about everything. In our hearts we know that we are unlikely to be right about everything, but we ignore that fact. Instead we look at things one at a time thinking: but surely I’m right about this one. And we apply that thinking to each of our thoughts and beliefs. We fall into the fallacy of composition.


March 24, 2012

If you wish to see a film about a happy little elf, then I’m sure there is still plenty of seating in theatre number two.–Limony Snicket

Life’s a bit like that. Some of us get the show about a happy little elf. Many, perhaps most, of us don’t.


March 23, 2012

You’ll never get to be good at anything unless you are willing to be bad at it first.–me

The greatest enemy of learning is fear. Perfectionism, the need to do (and be) perfect, is the result of fear. Not sure when we learn this fear, but I’m sure it’s something we’ve learned rather than somthing we are born with. Infants don’t wait to make sounds untill they’ve learned to talk. Children don’t wait untill they know hot before they learn to ride a bike. Bust sometime after that the fear of making mistakes happens to most of us.