Mr. Ed's Musings, Vol. II

More random thoughts from an often warped mind….

  • Last night I slept like a baby. I woke up hungry every two hours and had to go to the bathroom.

  • When referring to amputations and paralysis, why is the descriptor always “down” instead of “up”? For example, why don’t they ever say the leg was amputated “from the knee up”? Or, the accident left him paralyzed “from the neck up”?

  • Liberals often refer to a “living Constitution.” Actually, they are right. Our U.S. Constitution is a “living” document and not forever rooted in the culture and mores of our founding fathers. The beauty of it is that its crafters allowed for it to “live” and “breath” by creating a clause allowing for its amendment. By following its own clearly defined process of amendment, the Constitution can be altered to reflect modern society’s needs. The key is to follow the defined process and not to have it changed through arbitrary decisions of the court.

*I’m reading C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity” for the first time. It’s quite profound. Here are a couple of quotes:

“You cannot make men good by law; and without good men you cannot have a good society.”

“There are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live forever…And immortality makes this other difference which…has a connection with the difference between totalitarianism and democracy. If individuals live only seventy years, then..a nation…which may last for a thousand years, is more important than an individual. But if Christianity is true, then the individual is…incomparably more important, for he is everlasting and the life of a state…is only a moment.”* My wife and I spent ten days post-Hurricane Ike without electricity or running water. We’re not complaining as we fared much better than thousands of our neighbors in southeast Texas. However, there were some positives which came out of the saga. Here are a few:

1) Our refrigerators/freezers are cleaner than they’ve been in years. I know this due to the expiration dates I found on several items cleared from the frig. (You don’t want to know.)

2) We can now fit both cars into our garage. (Necessity breeds invention.)

3) It is possible to live without a television for more than a week.

4) It is also possible to live without a computer or high speed internet service for a week (though I must admit I was addicted to Blackbery internet service).

5) We actually spoke to our neighbors for the first time in months.

6) Water sitting in a bathtub for more than seven days is putrid but it still can be used to flush a toilet.