Chasing Game

I don’t chase game any more.

Here’s why.

4011378891_7dd40b35b2_bAt my age if the only game I am interested in allows me to approach closely on foot, there is better than an even chance that it will run away.  It might dash off completely or it might just hop a short distance as though to taunt my intent.  I don’t chase that good anymore.  I tire easily of foolish Game games.

Besides, I have found from years of experience that the allure of Game is FAR greater than the joy of actually having it.  Believe me, Young Hunter, it’s true.  The thrill of the Hunt is not what it is cracked up to be.  Many hunters have captured their prey only to discover that it is actually an unpalatable creature and almost impossible to legally shed. The possible misery is nearly unimaginable.

Here’s my solution

If the game wants to be caught it can come to me.  On close inspection, if I think it is suitable for my table, I will take it home.  If none comes to me and the urge for Game meat becomes great I can watch a nature documentary and imagine that I am once again the Great Hunter.  If even that is not enough, I can always go down to the Market and purchase a few pounds.

By the way, the only Game in which I am interested is illegal to trap or shoot.

Thanks for allowing me to share.

M

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Calvin and Hobbes
Calvin and Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes said that, “the condition of man . . . is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.”

He also said, “the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”

I bet he was a real joy to talk to over bagels and juice.

If he was right, if life is just one prolonged misery, then where’s the downside to it being “short.”

As bleak as it may seem, there must be something worthwhile there to make its brevity undesirable.

Don’t ya think?

I could make a list.

mcd

Bene Dicere

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Bene Dicere

This is Latin for “Speak Well.” or “Speak Good.”  It can also be taken as “Good Words.”

It is where we get the English word, Bene-Diction.  Many branches of many religions use a benediction to end their services.  It is also included as the last order of business in many semi-secular congregations such as conventions and conferences.  The Preacher stands up at the end and sends the people out with a blessing–a benediction.

The word means nothing fancy, simply Good Words to you.

It is a Blessing.

Blessing is translated into Latin as BenedictioBless is simply Benedicat–Good Word(s).

This begs the question, What’s the “Word?”  At the Baptism of Jesus by John at the River Jordan, the words were “This is my son.  I am well pleased.”  Could there be any blessing better than that?  If the Supreme Creator of the Universe says that it is “Well Pleased” with you, then that is the best that could be said.  If your parent says they are proud of you, that is about the best blessing a child could receive.  Unfortunately not every earthly parent is nearly blessed enough themselves to be issuing such worthy proclamations.  Not every earthly parent cares enough, if any, about their children to give their blessings to their child.  More is the pity.  But the Supreme Parent, our Heavenly Father, cares enough about every one of his children to give them his unqualified and unconditional blessing.

In the Gospel of John, 1:1, it says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The “Word” was given to us in the form of a person (“became flesh”) for one reason only.  LOVE

So if I have one word or benediction to leave you with it is Love. Accept it from God and then give it to him, yourself and everyone else.  You, me and everyone else will much the better for it.

Shalom

 

 

God Is In The Details

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So is Satan.

Don’t pick up a handful of sand and try to count the grains.

The same goes for counting the drops in a bucket of water, or the stars in the sky for that matter.

It’s a colossal waste of time–take my word for it.  Not only is it dang near impossible to do, but why bother?  If God is TRULY in the details, then he knows how many of anything and everything.  If there’s a problem, He’ll take care of it.

Don’t get me wrong.  Often times paying attention to the details is required.  But, let’s not get crazy about it.

P.S.

If you feel compelled to count grains, drops or stars, then it’s probably time to have your prescriptions reviewed.

mcd

Verdict Afterwards

From Alice in Wonderland, Chapter XII, by Lewis Carroll:

‘Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

‘No, no!’ said the Queen. ‘Sentence first — verdict afterwards.’

‘Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. ‘The idea of having the sentence first!’

But, Alice was WRONG!  Dead Wrong!

It may sound all very enlightened to declare that antecedents must be considered before conclusions can be reached.  In the real and practical world

Sentence First -- verdict Afterwards!
Sentence First — verdict Afterwards!

this is utter foolishness.  I mean, that is why they are called Ante-cedents, correct?  That is correct.  But that is not the way it works.  Here’s the way it works;

  1. You reach a conclusion about the way things are or should be, THEN
  2. You go in search of evidence preceding the drawn conclusion to fit it.

If something doesn’t fit, then it’s very simple–you disregard it or throw it out.  Hopefully you can do this before anyone else notices the “something else” that doesn’t fit or, God Forbid, even contradicts the desired Sentence (conclusion).  The less discussion about the hypothesis, the more compelling the theory.  Yes?

Natural Scientists, Theologians, Politicians, and Lawyers do very well by themselves counting on this wisdom.  If you can’t trust this bunch, then just who ARE you supposed to trust?  eh? hmm?

I give Natural Scientists a large benefit of the doubt, but still take all pronouncements from the Scientific Community with a large grain of salt.  Medical “Practitioners” get a very slim portion of that benefit.  Don’t even get me started on the rest of the gang.

Hey, I’ve ranted long enough here.  Thinkest Thou?

Thanks for letting me share.

mcd

P.S.

Natural Scientists, Theologians, Politicians, and Lawyers don’t get a bad reputation because they make so much money.  They get a bad reputation because they, in such large numbers, are fools and/or liars AND they make a bundle of money doing it.  Notice the antecedent, please.

M

Butterflies and Flowers, Gremlins and Goblins

gardening_for_butterfliesLife cannot and should not be all Butterflies and Flowers.  There must be Gremlins and Goblins, if for no other reason than to keep things interesting and to keep us all on our toes.  Do I lie?

If things were all Peaches and Cream, then there’s not much need of Heaven is there?  Where is the ambition in such a life?

It can get pretty rough, I tell ya.  I have seen and lived through some horrors of which I wouldn’t relish retelling.  I am pretty sure that you wouldn’t care to hear them retold either once I began.

Hey!  If I got every thing handed to me on a silver platter, then I wouldn’t learn very much, would I?  Besides, living through Crap Storms is what gives us character!

No Really!  I wouldn’t lie to you.

(besides, I could tell you a thing or two about butterflies that might change your opinion of them.  *nods* )

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