Since Sep 25, 2005
To all: My time on the forum is extremely limited these days. I'm so far behind with my pings that I'll never catch up.
So, if I am slow to reply to a post or a FReepmail (or just plain miss it altogether), please don't take it personally :)
Best to all! :)
Maxwellton braes are bonnie
Where early fa's the dew
And it's there that Annie Laurie
Gi'ed me her promise true
Gi'ed me her promise true
Which ne'er forgot will be
And for bonnie Annie Laurie
I'd lay me doon and dee
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Remember when the stars were bright? Light pollution spoils the night.
Light the ground, not the sky!
"It is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects military, political, economic, and what not. But in a way things are much simpler than that. The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden that is what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time." (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)
"Compared with the development of man on this planet, the diffusion of Christianity over the human race seems to go like a flash of lightning - for two thousand years is almost nothing in the history of the universe. (Never forget that we are all still 'the early Christians.' The present wicked and wasteful divisions between us are, let us hope, a disease of infancy: we are still teething. The outer world, no doubt, thinks just the opposite. It thinks we are dying of old age. But it has thought that very often before. Again and again it has thought Christianity was dying, dying by persecutions from without and corruptions from within, by the rise of Mohammedanism, the rise of the physical sciences, the rise of great anti-Christian revolutionary movements. But every time the world has been disappointed. Its first disappointment was over the crucifixion. The Man came to life again. In a sense - and I quite realise how frightfully unfair it must seem to them -that has been happening ever since. They keep on killing the thing that He started and each time, just as they are patting down the earth on its grave, they suddenly hear that it is still alive and has even broken out in some new place. No wonder they hate us." (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)