The Danger of Having “Great Expectations”

I have realized there is a danger of having great expectations.  And what makes the realization funny is that it came to me while reading the book, “Great Expectations.”   What’s so bad about having great expectations? You start thinking that you have already obtained or achieved your expectations. How is that bad? For example,…

Hating Money

I wish to share an experience in how I came to an understanding with my thoughts about money. Last October while enrolled at a university, I was attending an economics class about the pricing of commodities.  The teacher Dr. McGarry, was going over some fancy equations involving algebra, calculus and some other words I didn’t…

Time Continues, But We Don’t

The older I become I realize how important it is to treat time as something that must be managed in all aspects of life.  Time, in how humanity thinks about it, continues, some may even believe that humanity will continue.  However, on an individual level, each human has an expiration date.  Time existed before we…

Does Reading Seem Like A Waste Of Time?

Does reading seem like a waste of time?  Perhaps that is why only people who enjoy reading read.  People who read history or study subjects that might not directly be part of their work or career often question why they read such subjects.  While reading journal entries by John Quincy Adams I came across an…

Is There Such a thing as too Much Patriotism?

I ran across a journal entry by John Quincy Adams yesterday.  He wrote the entry while spending time in London.  The thought he shared made me ask myself.  Is there such a thing as too much patriotism? I will not attempt to explain what he actually meet by the the writing, I will simply let…

From Boy to Man

Someone asked me the other day, “what makes a boy a man?”  I pondered on the question, but I didn’t give a good reply because I didn’t have a good answer.  I think I might have blurted out something about being able and wanting to work hard.  While I think hard work is part of…

Is it a lack of faith or an understanding of life?

In Sunday school today, the teacher asked the class the question, “How do you deal with death?”  I thought about the question but never answered the question in class because I felt that I could never formulate my opinions in time to share before the class got over. So, I figured that I would share…

Does God Believe in Freedom of Religion?

The question may offend some, cause others to question whether I am a Christian.  Or whether I believe in America and its underlying principle of religious freedom.  But I simply wish to convey a thought, an idea, not create contention.  Note: this is coming from a Christian point of view.   One thing I want…

Am I an Imposter?

I am reading my first noir novel written by Ross Macdonald titled, “Black Money.”  I am enjoying the book very much and would recommend it to everyone.  While reading the book this morning I came across some lines that put me in a daze.   To set the stage, the private eye is being paid…

Some Thoughts on Government Welfare

Growing up in a conservative household as well as in a conservative part of the country.  I never heard too many good things about government welfare.  Modern day conservatives are still using the same argument against government welfare from when I was young.  They use phrases like, “Welfare teaches people to be dependent when it…

What Do We Wish To Be Saved From?

A few weeks ago, while sitting in church, I heard the words “salvation” and “saved” several times.  And for the first time, I asked myself.  What do we wish to be saved from?  Of course, sin should be the obvious answer.  But for some reason, I was caught up in another thought as I listened…

Does Man Have Wisdom?

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.  For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. I read the above scripture about a year ago while reading the New Testament with my wife.  For some reason, the scripture has kept me thinking all these many months…