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Faith vs. Science

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The great Albert Einstein once said…

Before God we are equally wise – equally foolish.

And…

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

I’ve always respected this view. Science is important to faith. I can believe in a God who has built this world by the governing principles of science. What does it gain if the Bible indicates the world is 6000 years old (while the Chinese say it’s less than 5000) and science says it’s almost 14 billion years old? Wow, that’s a huge difference!

Oh! And evolution…

The faithful need not be afraid. Sure, there are parts of evolution theory that just doesn’t make common sense (you mean one day the son of a fish figured out how to breath air?). But the survival of the fittest certainly does.

So what is claimed to be ‘Facts of Evolution’? Watch this…

And what does science say about the timeline?

Look, I’ll be honest here. The Theory of Evolution still needs some work. But with that said, there does seem to be evidence that there was a natural progression among certain species most likely defined by ‘the survival of the fittest’. It’s actually kinda logical that the best beasts mated with the best beasts to have an offspring of the next generation of best-er beasts.

But where is God in all of this? I dunno. It’s totally possible that He could create an Earth that appears to be many more thousands years old (this is reasonable though a strange strategy).

At the end of the day, what I hold on to most is that there is a God who is very interested in being interactive with us daily. However, He’s gone through a lot of actions to get to where we are now. To me, this makes sense. To you, maybe not. And I’m okay with that.

I believe that my God loves me, cares about how I live my life, and wants me to spend eternity with Him. That thought, however, has no negative reflection on any scientific theory that in my view makes complete sense…to me.

Yes, it’s confusing and frustrating. But it’s what I believe.

What about you?

Colin Powell on Immigration

You know what? Colin Powell has it correct.

We are a nation of immigrants. That’s why we need sound immigration policy. It’s ridiculous to not have a sound immigration policy to welcome those who want to come here and be part of this great nation; or we can send back home with an education to help their people rise up out of poverty.

~ Colin Powel
(from TEDtalksDirector presentation: ‘Colin Powell: Kids need structure’; 2012; http://youtu.be/NhYnouvrG_8)

Gen. Powell has a great perspective on all of this. To help put the above quote in perspective and context, I’ve embedded below the full presentation (although it’s about the education of children, this segment about immigration is pretty brilliant). Fast-forward to 14:21 and watch for 3 minutes then comment and tell me what you think about his perspective.

Critics of A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a staple among Christmas TV specials…but it almost was never seen.

From an interesting read from Neatorama, I learned about how much the CBS execs hated the show. Among their criticism:

  • They didn’t like using children to do the voices of the kids
  • They didn’t like that there would be no laugh track added
  • They didn’t like Linus quoting Scripture
  • They didn’t like composer Vincent Guaraldi’s jazzy soundtrack
  • They didn’t like the final edited version

But in December of 1965, the Special aired and and half of the American TV-owning population watched it.

Since then the Special has received some of the following praise:

  • The children’s voices makes the show sound more authentic
  • The laugh track version has never aired
  • Linus quoting scripture is considered a highlight
  • Vincent Guaraldi’s jazzy soundtrack is one of the most popular Christmas music collections of all-time
  • The final edited version is now the second longest running animated Christmas special

So if you know what you’re doing makes sense and you think your critics are out of touch, don’t listen to them. You might just have a blockbuster idea on your hands.

How America Voted in 2012

I’ve found it fascinating to take a look at how America voted in the 2012 Presidential Election.

As we all know, Obama won re-election. But who are the people who voted for him? Check out this chart I made based on Exit Polls published by CNN.com.

If you don’t check out the chart, let me give you a snapshot of who (by the numbers) is a typical Obama supporter vs Romney supporter…

Those who supported Obama are: younger, non-white women who have some high school, college, or postgraduate education, make less than $50k per year, liberal, moderate, and democratic, are either Catholic or not religious, thinks the Government should do more, wants abortion to be legal and immigrants to be granted legal status, feel that the pressing issues are foreign policy and health care, are enthusiastic or satisfied with Obama, and are hopeful for the future (and are in the majority).

Those who supported Romney are: older, white men who have a college degree, make more than $50k per year, conservative, moderate, or republican, Protestant, thinks the government is doing too much, wants abortion illegal and immigrants to be deported, feel that the pressing issues are the deficit and the economy, are dissatisfied or angry with Obama, and are not hopeful for the future (and are in the minority).

In an article entitled 5 Lessons Marketers Can Learn From Obama’s Victory it says:

It’s only been a day or so since the election, but already the conventional wisdom about the 2012 election is that the GOP failed by focusing too exclusively on white men. George H.W. Bush won the White House in 1988 with a 426-111 electoral college landslide over Michael Dukakis by garnering 60% of the white vote. Romney got 59% of the white vote, but in 24 years, the country had changed so much demographically that Romney was trounced in the electoral college. Marketers crafting campaigns would be wise to heed the observation of GOP strategist Chuck Warren who mused that “To be frank, we’re a ‘Mad Men’ party in a ‘Modern Family’ world.”

If the Republicans want to be successful, they better figure out how to broaden their base. Perhaps they miscalculated what America is currently thinking and looking for.

Foreign Currency

Working in a retail customer service job and exposed to many international customers, I’ve noticed something about world coin currency that I find interesting.

Have you ever noticed that here in the USA our coins depict their worth with English words and not numbers?

Here in the USA, we require foreigners to memorize what a “penny”, “nickle”, “dime”, and “quarter” is worth (of course here in the US we know exactly what they are worth!).

Compare that to many foreign coin designations especially the Euro…

As I’ve traveled overseas (and I’ve been to most continents), it hasn’t been much of a problem making change for a typical cash transaction because I recognize the number on each coin and I do the math.

Conversely, I’ve noticed many foreign visitors here in the US hand me a fist-full of US coins with the statement “I don’t know what this is worth…is it enough?”

I finally realized our coins either state what they are (“nickle”) or how much each is worth in English (“five cents”). Whereas most other places they place the value of the coin not by it’s local vernacular, but by it’s numerical value! It’s a NUMBER that we all recognize!

I think it explains why I have little trouble making change at a local Global vendor while traveling compared to my International counterparts here in the US using USA coins trying to make change for a typical transaction.

Mistakes

Being a supervisor at work, I’ve tried to instill the idea that I embrace mistakes. If you are “going for it” and mess up, I don’t care. We can fix it! What I don’t like is people paralyzed because they don’t know what to do next.

Some of my best lessons learned are because I made a mistake and I learned from them. If you are working for me and you are trying hard to do your job correctly and make a mistake — I don’t care. Did you learn from that mistake? Usually the answer is “yes!”. Then let’s move along.

I’m easy to work with. If you are ‘under’ me, do your job as well as you can (I don’t care about mistakes as long as you’re learning). If you’re my peer, don’t criticize me unless you have instructive correction to offer. If you’re above me, please recognize I’m continually giving it everything I’ve got, doing the best I can given the circumstances, and always looking for improvement in efficiency.

Luke Skywalker Lived Where I Live

This is possibly the best information I’ve ever discovered recently! And it totally makes sense. Ready?

Luke Skywalker (aka Mark Hamill) attended Annandale High School. I currently live a few miles from this Northern Virginia High School. He attended but didn’t graduate from AHS (he graduated in LA but whatever) because his father was in the Navy.

THEREFORE: Luke Skywalker’s father was in the Navy (which of course TOTALLY makes sense — he had his own ship!). Anakin Skywalker had a ship in the Imperial “Navy” and his son attended a High School near to me geographically. Therefore, I totally understand the plight of Luke Skywalker. The poor guy was moved around constantly but he wasn’t really all that interesting until he became a Jedi. I guess that might have happened in LA, but I dunno.

Some Favorite Quotes

I have these quotes listed as ‘favorites’ on Facebook. I was re-reading them and just thought I’d push them over here too.

“We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

“Before God we are equally wise – equally foolish” ~ Albert Einstein

“Me fail English? Thats unpossible!” ~ Ralph Wiggums

“The essential thing is not to have won but to have fought well” ~ Lady Diana

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind” ~ Albert Einstein

Some of these quotes I relate to very well, some I just want to remember, others are just unpossible.

re: Michael Jackson

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The death of Michael Jackson is moving. I’ve loved his music for as long as I can remember knowing about him. Like most, that attention span happened during Thriller. But going back to Off The Wall and the stuff the Jackson 5 put out – it’s rare I find something I don’t like (except the song Bad). He was the best musical entertainer in his prime. I still listen to his music all the time and love the mashups that DJs make of MJ music.

But there was a deeper side to MJ. I used to joke “His music is awesome, but he’s a freak”. I take that back. He wasn’t a freak. I feel more sympathy for him now…especially as I was reminded of his life in these great posts below.

The Daily Dish – Thinking about Michael

Crocker Chronicle – Michael Jackson Dead at 50

Now I realize just how much of a performer he really was.