Grace and Rude Will

Within the infant rind of this small flower Poison hath residence, and medicine power; For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part; Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart. Two such opposed kings encamp them still In man as well as herbs—grace and rude will; And where the worser is predominant, Full …

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One Language

"And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech."--Genesis 11:1, KJV Language divides, but also connects. It divides us from one another, from linguistic community to community. For instance, one person who understands Greek typically understands another person who speaks Greek, but to the English speaker, Greek sounds like gibberish. Language also …

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Courage of the Quest

“Life” by Henry Van Dyke Let me but live my life from year to year,With forward face and unreluctant soul;Not hurrying to, nor turning from the goal;Not mourning for the things that disappearIn the dim past, nor holding back in fearFrom what the future veils; but with a wholeAnd happy heart, that pays its tollTo …

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Binary Opposition

Western civilization is largely predicated on the concept of binary opposition or "pairs of opposites." A binary opposition is a pair or related concepts that are opposite in meaning. These dualities are fundamental structures through which we interpret our experience. Here are a few that you might have encountered or experienced personally: West/EastNorth/SouthMale/FemaleWhite/BlackWhite collar/Blue collar …

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Doing to the Purpose

“If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again; and what we call time enough always proves little enough. Let us then be up and doing, and doing to the purpose; so by diligence shall we do more with less perplexity.”--Benjamin …

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Companion in Tribulation

Helping others is an art and a science. If you solve someone's problems without providing them with the tools to solve them in the future, you risk creating a dependency. If you impose solutions that don't match the true need, you risk creating future imbalances. If you act without understanding, your efforts will be hit …

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