Truth used to matter more

Someone asked me the other day what the most significant shift has been on earth in my lifetime. I thought it was a beautiful question and volunteered after a few minutes of thought that the most significant change I could see was that truth used to matter more. What is truth? Nowadays it seems that …

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Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."—Matthew 5:6 When I was a child, I used to sneak into the freezer in our garage on the way into the house after school and eat a chunk of the icing off of buttermilk brownies my mom had made for …

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truth will out

The news came of his arrest—Her light, her love, her lifeGone in an instant.They spoke of thisBut she refused to accept it.This time will be differentThey saidSitting in the moonlightFeeling the electric momentHearing the youthful criesHeeding the call to greater freedom.This time truth shall outLies and hatred,Selfish oppression,A lifelong nightmare.Those who seeShall lock armsStare in …

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Your Own Weight

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt One of the greatest challenges to any business manager, civic leader, teacher or parent …

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Infinite Possibility

"Man must realize that he was not placed in the world, as a finality, something fixed, limited, restricted and unchangeable. He was entrusted with himself as infinite possibility, as mere raw material to fashion as he will for better or for worse as he may determine. It is part of his glorious gift of freedom, …

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The Courage to Face Ingratitude IV

"Man should have only one court of appeals as to his actions, not “what will be the result?” 'how will it be received?' but 'is it right?' Then he should live his life in harmony with this standard alone, serenely, bravely, loyally and unfalteringly, making 'right for right’s sake' both his ideal and his inspiration." …

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Tyrannosaurus Debt

My sons and I were enjoying a few of the Schoolhouse Rock animated educational motion films yesterday and we came across one that I hadn't heard during my cartoon watching years as it was one of the later releases of the series. Entitled "Tyrannosaurus Debt," this episode focused on the catastrophic consequences of fiscal irresponsibility, …

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The Pursuit of Happiness

On the matter of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness I have long been a proponent of the notion that you must first be free within your limitations before you can be free of your limitations. Accepting limitations as they now are does not require acquiescence, only the willingness to rest in them while …

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The Guardian of True Liberty

"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty." ~ James Madison Seeing the images and videos of the various manifestations of rebellion known as the "Arab Spring" brings me back to the year of my high school graduation, 1989, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. As each piece of …

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