People who have near death experiences all talk about a peaceful, euphoric , bright light enveloping them. From the moment we are conceived, we are moving towards that light. This is my heels diggin' in, I don't wanna' go, reluctant journey, into the light. Stephen

Thursday, December 31, 2009


Well, me might as well get some of this stuff out of the way right up front.  Today on the last day of the decade, everywhere you look there are lists. Top ten this, Worst five that, on and on.  What I'm not seeing much of are lists of core beliefs and convictions.  Things held as self evident.  When the noise and clutter that assaults us from every angle in today's society are muted, what is left standing as granite in our lives?  The core, the essence, the spine of our souls.  These are mine.

There is a God.  I don't get atheists.  Something from nothing violates not only basic physics, but my common sense as well.  I don't for an instant profess to be a mytical sage but there is a longing, a spiritual inquisitiveness in all of us.  We are fortunate to live in a country that allows us to pursue those questions.

I have a fundamental right to defend myself , my  property and my family from all aggressors.  This is the most basic human right.  If you come at me and mine I WILL deploy aggressive defenses. 

We all have an inherent obligation to defend the defenseless and the innocent.  If not me, then who?  This requires both  philosophical and physical courage.

The basic human rights we all acquire at conception are not forfeited because of race, gender, or sexuality.  They CAN be forfeited by engaging in criminal acts.

Our current government is rife with corruption at all levels.  This has to change or this great country of ours is doomed. 

Evil does exist.  Denial of this is the ultimate stupidity.  The natural goodness of mankind can be corrupted and evil must be challenged at every opportunity.

Being alive is good.  The alternative definitely sucks.

and just a few more:

Mean people suck
All politics is local  (Thanks Tip O'Neil)
Guns are good.  Venison is better.
I'm lucky my wife puts up with me.
Cats are lovable bitches.
Long pants suck.
Rugby IS the best sport.
Music is better louder.
My piano is out of tune, not me.
OJ did it.
Laura Ingraham is HAWT.
So is my wife.
My Mom was right all along.
My Dad is the hardest working man I've ever known.
Kids never really grow up.

These are just some of the items on my list.  Items to be discussed in depth in the future.  But what I really want to know is this:  What's on your spine of the soul list?


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