Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Being Good

I just finished reading a book called Tathea... What drew me to it was the name because I've always been interested in odd names beginning with T (a quirk of mine). Anyway, the protagonist is a woman who was an empress of a country that suffered a coup and she was the only survivor of the ruling family. Tathea embarks on a journey to initially save herself and in doing so discovers her true purpose in life: to lead people to God by showing them and teaching them to strive to do good things in heart and action.

It's a fictional tale that discusses a possible origin of Christianity and is quite interesting. Being a non-christian, myself, I find it a very interesting read, nonetheless. The basic message is to keep love in your heart and follow the law of constently striving to be good and do good, regardless of the trials and tribulations you face, and to learn from mistakes and to strive to be better. I now find myself wishing that more people (no matter what the name of their religion is) were to follow these precepts.

Can you imagine what a better place we could make this world if each of us tried our very best to be good and do good?

Monday, August 15, 2005

Ladies and Gentlemen

We need more ladies and gentlemen in the world. I'm not talking about the concept of "titled nobility." Instead, I'm talking about:

People who do right by themselves and each other... People who admit when they're wrong and then work like hell to make things better... People who are gallant... People who can be trusted in and who know how to trust... People who know how to tell the truth, but also know how to tell it without being hurtful... People who understand the meaning of loyalty... People who know how to respect and be respected... People who are responsible--for themselves and their actions and the consequences of their actions...

And that doesn't mean that you can't have fun... in fact, I feel that quite the opposite would happen if you surround yourself with ladies and gentlemen... because you know that you can truly trust in them... you can get past superficials and really connect with people on a deeper level. You really can talk about life, the world, and everything... you can joke and kid with them because you know it's meant in pure fun and not to hurt...

I put my stake in the ground on this one. I found a gentleman... I believe he's one of the last southern gentlemen in this day and age, and I am so blessed to be his lady. The very wonderful thing is that in their own way, our close friends are ladies and gentlemen, too.

It's so much better to surround yourself with people you can trust to be there for you when you need them and who you would go to the wall for if they needed.

Monday, August 08, 2005

What would Heinlein think?

Anyone who really knows me will know that Robert A. Heinlein (and thus Ginny Heinlein) had a huge impact on me. I find it amazing that many of the themes I've seen in Heinlein's work are being brought to life in the real world.

Does anyone else think that we are on the brink of the Crazy Years?

I'm not going to be writing about survivalist stuff... although I do believe in that famous "Always Be Prepared" motto...

I believe that our country is facing a crisis. I believe our freedoms are being infringed upon and I believe that "bread and circuses" is becoming a reality these days. I would sincerely like to see our entire federal and states budgets have the slate completely wiped clean so we can get rid of all the pork barrel politics that have been happening.

In addition, I would like to see our tax system completely converted. At the moment, I'm sold on a national sales tax since we're a hugely consumer-based economy. Of course, the idea of only being taxed one time ever instead of again and again and again also tickles me. I'd rather hold onto my money and earn interest on it before I spend it.

And lastly but most importantly... I wish those in charge of our government would stop trying to meddle in my private life!!! Government should exist to serve the people, not control us. More on this later.

My thoughts... I wish Heinlein were here so he could do some more grumbling!