I came across this blog post I wrote in 2010.
It reminded me of how stupid I am. Cosmology, fine-tuning, the definition of intelligent life are beyond my understanding. But it reminded me of a very simple principle that science teachers teach: there’s no such thing as a perpetual motion machine. If the universe is merely a huge, complex assembly of parts behaving according to the laws of physics, then it will eventually stop spinning, so to speak. It has not been spinning forever and it will not continue to spin forever.
Now, maybe the scientists are wrong. Maybe there are perpetual motion machines. It’s fascinating to pursue this idea, but ultimately we must face the reality of the universe in which we live.
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I used to believe I was going to Heaven. I used to believe “once saved always saved”. Did I really believe those things? Did I believe a lie? I cannot trust my own mind to “believe” what is true. Is doubt the opposite of belief? Must it be continual to be doubt? When I hear people say they believe something I don’t know if I can trust them. I don’t want anyone to take my word for it when I say I believe something. Examine my actions if you want to know what I believe. Words are wind.
I have not seen this yet, but it’s on my list of movies to see:
Last year at this time I was doing some hiking on the Appalachian Trail. I quit after 200 miles. I felt like I failed. I just heard from Captain Jack. He went back out and did a section in New York. It makes me want to get back out there and give it another go. Maybe next year.
Some posts from the trail:
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I want to thank the kind drivers who hang back or change lanes as I get on the highway. The tractor-trailer I drive is slow and heavy. It takes a long time to get from zero to 60. If it weren’t for alert drivers helping me out, my job would be much more difficult.