The Archer’s Paradox

The Archer’s Paradox

May 12

Imagine that you have a bow and you’re trying to shoot an arrow at a target.  When you release the string, it is going to throw force directly at the bow.  The arrow, however, rests on the side of the bow.  In order to fully utilize the force of the string and properly hit the target, the arrow needs to go through the bow itself.  Yet, despite the arrow pointing to the side, it flies...

A Money Desert

A Money Desert

May 11

Disclaimer:  I’ve always hated it when an author starts something with a disclaimer, yet I find that a disclaimer seems warranted for this post.  I’m writing this post to try out an idea and I don’t have any other forum suitable for such a thing.  I’m posting it here in hopes that I can solicit feedback and further refine the idea.  I’m not an economist, so this idea could be...

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Apr 18

Picture an Easter Egg, all pretty and painted on the outside.  Now imagine cracking it open, only to discover that it was vile and rotten on the inside. That was sin, in the beginning.  It was contained, walled up and enclosed.  But our ancient enemy painted a pretty picture of it, making it look and sound enticing.  So we cracked it open and tried it out, only to discover that what was...

Les and Jes: a parable of sorts

Les and Jes: a parable of sorts

Apr 07

Once upon a time, there were two wrestlers named Les and Jes.  They were a formidable duo – nobody could stop them.  Nobody could defeat them.  This story is the secret of their success. They only ever competed in “tag team” bouts.  In these matches, only one competitor from each team could be in the ring at any given time.  A competitor could exchange places with a teammate by...

What makes you happy?

What makes you happy?

Mar 22

Think of all of the generally unhappy people you know.  What do they all have in common?  In my experience, unhappy people are generally critical.  They are quick to point out what isn’t perfect, what isn’t good, what could be better.  They are certainly capable of being grateful and pointing out what is good, but their “blink” seems to focus on what is “wrong.” Contrast that with...

The Animal Kingdom: a parable of sorts

The Animal Kingdom: a parable of sorts

Feb 16

Once upon a time there was a kingdom of animals.  The kingdom was comprised of a diverse group of creatures, but it was ruled by lions.  The lions were fierce and proud and strong.  They worked hard at protecting the animals of their kingdom and making sure that no other kingdom attempted to harm any of the animals. However, the lions were lions.  They were always in charge because they were...

Surrender

Surrender

Jan 06

A dear friend a fellow warrior asked me today, “What is the difference between defeat and surrender.”  As I attempted to answer the question, I realized it wasn’t that simple.  It wasn’t something I could just spit a short reply and it be clear enough.  So I decided to explain my thoughts more thoroughly. “Defeat” is a simple concept.  It is the opposite of victory.  Defeat...

An election prediction

An election prediction

Nov 07

A lot has been said going about the upcoming Presidential election on November 8th.  A lot has been said about what will happen if this candidate or that candidate gets elected.  I thought I’d take a few moments to make some predictions about what will happen after the election. First, the candidate I voted for will not win.  I know this and I’m perfectly comfortable with it.  I won’t...