Wisdom

Adversity is Good

The TEDTalks video below is an emotional 21-minute presentation by Aimee Mullins. It is inspiring. How we choose to look at the world defines how we proceed through it.

Is adversity good or is it bad? Aimee challenges us.

Aimee Mullins is an athlete, actress, model. Born with a medical condition that resulted in both her lower legs being amputated. She went on to be a force in the world. Her TEDTalk reminds us how we view the world,and the words we choose to speak, can change the world dramatically.

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Does God Exist? (Part 2)

Below is a “Note” I posted on Facebook on February 25th, 2012. I have been inspired to repost it because, for some unknown reason, I decided to Google “scientific evidence for God” tonight. After reading one of the Google results, an article entitled “New Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God” by Dr. Hugh Ross, Astrophysicist, it reminded me of my “Note” and I’ve been prompted to post it again. Bottom line is this: I sincerely agree, based on the overwhelming scientific evidence, with what Luvtrop said about Darwinism:

“I believe that one day the Darwinian myth will be ranked the greatest deceit in the history of science. When this happens many people will pose the question: How did this ever happen?”

May I be bold enough to state the following: one day, quite soon, Darwin’s theory will be recognized by the general populace as a theory with no justifiable weight, and the tide of popular opinion will change direction. I believe in balanced education– all sides and opinions should be touched on and taught– but the reality is that the more discoveries that science makes puts more and more weight on the evidence of a creator.

I see a paradox in society: evolutionists claim that ‘believers’ have been spoon-fed and are closing their eyes to the obvious truth. Let me say this in the most respectful and gentlest tone possible– the opposite is true. Evolution theory doesn’t work and the evidence doesn’t point towards evolution. I’ve studied this for 25 years. It’s taken 25 years for me to be absolutely, emphatically convinced. To be honest I don’t want to be seen as “religious” as the term has such negative connotations among people I respect. I’ve fought it every step of the way. I don’t want to be “religious.” But, you can’t walk away from the evidence. I hope you don’t either. Look at it with an open mind. Please. Your universe, your life will change, for the better, forever. This is why I encourage you to investigate– for your own benefit.

Facebook “Note” from Feb 25th, 2012:

What science has discovered is amazing, and the questions posed…..

In 128 B.C. Hipparchus counted the stars. He counted 1,026.
In 1600 A.D. Kepler counted the stars. He counted 1,005.
In 2003 A.D. scientists have counted the stars, and have counted 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

Where does our cosmos come from?

Answer 1: the cosmos had a beginning — i.e. nothing existed and then the cosmos came into being.

Answer 2: the cosmos has always existed — i.e. the cosmos had no beginning, it has always been there.

Where did “life” come from?

Francis Crick, Nobel Prize Winner for the discovery of DNA: ”An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satifsfied to get it going.”

Does Darwin’s theory match scientific reality?

I hear you say, “Yes, of course it does!!”

Charles Darwin: ”I remember well the time when the thought of the eye made me cold all over, but I got over this stage of the complaint, and now small trifling particulars of structure often make me very uncomfortable. The sight of a feather in a peacock’s tail, whenever I gaze at it, makes me sick!”

Why did the eye make Darwin cold all over?

Charles Darwin: “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modiifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”

The eye cannot be explained by an evolutionary process. It cannot evolve or come into being through numerous slight modifications, because the eye has what is called“irreducible complexity” – meaning that all of its parts must come into being at one time for them to function together as a whole. If you take one part of the eye away, the whole eye no longer works as an eye.

“Irreducible complexity” has been shown to exist in other forms– a simple blood clot, and a single cell in our bodies to name two. Bacterial Flagellar is another. If we look at the science of these three things alone we discover that it is impossible for them to exist and function without all of their parts coming into being at one time.

What would happen to the human race if our blood didn’t clot?

We’d all be dead. Did our ability to clot our blood evolve over time? Or, more to the point: could the human race have evolved the ability to clot blood quickly enough before we all died out? The answer is a resounding “no.” A blood clot had to come into being at one time for us to survive– a blood clot has irreducible complexity.

What about the cells in our bodies?

Michael Behe “Darwin’s Black Box”: ”To Darwin, the cell was a ‘black box’- its inner workings were utterly mysterious to him. Now, the black box has been opened up and we know how it works. Applying Darwin’s test to the ultra-complex world of molecular machinery and cellular systems that have been discovered over the past 40 years, we can say that Darwin’s theory has absolutely broken down.”

Biology?

George Wald, “The Origin of Life”:  ”Most modern biologists, having reviewed with satisfaction the downfall of the spontaneous generation hypothesis, yet unwilling to accept the alternative belief in special creation, are left with nothing. I think a scientist has no choice but to approach the origin of life through a hypothesis of spontaneous generation.” – i.e. scientists’ hands are tied behind their backs, they have no choice, they are unwilling to consider the alternative of a special creation, even though they have no proof for evolution.

George Wald, “The Origin of Life”:  ”One has only to contemplate the magnitude of this task to concede spontaneous generation of a living organism is impossible. Yet here we are, as a result. I believe in spontaneous generation.”

Richard Dawkins: ”Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of being designed.”

What about the fossil record?

We have lots of fossil record. What does the record actually show?

Charles Darwin: “The number of intermediate varieties, which have formerly existed on earth, [must] be truly enormous. Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graded organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory.” – i.e. Darwin couldn’t find his theory proved in the fossil record.

David Berlinski, PhD, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute: “The questions should be raised… what are the predicted properties (i.e. how many stages/changes) that one would expect to see as a land-dwelling creature passes to a sea-dwelling creature?… The most modest estimate I could come up with is that an organism needs roughly 50,000 changes to adapt itself… We predict 50,000 changes and we’ve got 2 in the sequence [from the fossil record]. Where are the other 49,999 in the sequence? What is the rational explanation of this? I don’t have it. But please understand, neither do the other guys.” – i.e. no one is able to explain why the fossil record does not show what we need to see to substantiate evolution.

Charles Darwin: “The geological record is extremely imperfect and this fact, will to a large extent, explain why we do not find intermediate varieties, connecting together all the extinct and existing forms of life by the finest graduated steps. He who rejects these views on the nature of the geological record, will rightly reject my whole theory.”

Colin Patterson, Evolutionist & Paleontologist, London Museum of Natural History: “I will lay in on the line- there is not one such [transitional] fossil for which one could make a watertight argument.”

David Raup, Director, Field Museum of Natural History (one of the largest fossil collections in the world): ”We are now about 120 years after Darwin and the knowledge of the fossil record has been greatly expanded. We now have a quarter of a million fossil species but the situation hasn’t changed much. The record of evolution is still surprisingly jerky and, ironically, we have even fewer examples of evolutionary transition than we had in Darwin’s time.”

Stephen Jay Gould “Of Pandas and People”: ”The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. The evolutionary trees that adorn our textbooks have data only at the tips and nodes of their branches; the rest is inference, however reasonable, not the evidence of the fossils.”

Conclusions?

S. Lovtrup “Darwinism The Refutation of a Myth”: ”I believe that one day the Darwinian myth will be ranked the greatest deceit in the history of science. When this happens many people will pose the question: How did this ever happen?”

Where did “life” come from again?

Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe “Evolution from Source: A Theiry of Cosmic Creationism”: “The speculations of [Darwin's] ‘The Origins of Species’ turned out to be wrong… it is ironic that the scientific facts throw Darwin out, but leave William Paley, a figure of fun to the scientific world for more than a century, still in the tournament with a chance of being the ultimate winner.” – William Paley is known for his argument for the existence of God in his work ‘Natural Theology’.

We already know the answer….

Where does our cosmos come from?

Answer 1: the cosmos had a beginning — i.e. nothing existed and then the cosmos came into being. Science (ask Stephen Hawking) has proved that time had a beginning, that the universe had a beginning. See Dr. Hugh Ross’ article.

Answer 2: the cosmos has always existed — i.e. the cosmos had no beginning, it has always been there, and we evolved.

Answer 1 makes sense. Answer 2 does not make sense. But… how did it come into being? Why is the cosmos here? How did we get here? Why are we here?

The answer is plain. The answer is revealed in SCIENTIFIC FACT wherever we choose to look.

“The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display their knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19: 1-4

Footnote (Sept 25th, 2012): You may think that the Bible is a foolish load of nonsense compiled by a bunch of men who wanted to control the masses. Whether that is a true statement or not, the fact remains that if you minutely examine the Bible it supports every scientific discovery we make. It’s already told us the facts before we’ve even discovered them… and we’ve certainly desired as “modern rational-thinking men & women” to refute it’s validity with every ounce of our minds. I think we’ve been doing ourselves a disservice.

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I want to be wise, but I only have the weekend

Once, there was a community of wise monks who lived in the desert. One day, a man arrived at the monastery, asking if he could stay and learn wisdom from the monks. The old abbot came out and greeted the traveler, then asked why he had come.

The man answered, “I want to be wise, but I only have the weekend.”

The abbot smiled, because many men hoped for the wisdom which had taken him a lifetime to accumulate. He replied, “To begin, go to the graveyard and spend the day cursing the dead. Tell them they lived useless lives, and the world is better off without them.”

The man thought this was strange, but he did as he was asked. The next day, the abbot asked the traveler, “So, what did the dead say?” The man replied, “Nothing, they’re all dead!”

The abbot told him, “Today, go to the graveyard and spend all day praising the dead! Shower them with blessings, exhort them, and speak of the many ways society has benefited from their life’s work.”

Now the man was thoroughly bewildered, but he did as he was asked. The next day, the abbot asked the traveler, “So, what did the dead say?”

The man replied, “Nothing! They’re all dead! And I have to leave today!” The wise old abbot looked at him and said,

“What wise men they must be, to not be swayed by either the empty blessings or angry curses of other people. They must know true happiness.”

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4 Steps to Taking Control of Your Life

This is a guest post by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt. She is an anorexia survivor, body image expert, and the owner of aMINDmedia. She empowers you to achieve a healthier and smarter life by returning to your true purpose and values. You can read her blog or follow her on Twitter. I can also be read here, on Michael Hyatt’s blog.

“Remember, ultimately you are in control of your workout! I can motivate you to push harder. I can try to keep you from giving up, but in the end, it’s all up to you.”

This statement of our cycling instructor stuck with me because I see people give up control over crucial areas of their lives all the time.This lack of ownership reaches from personal health to thriving in our jobs and the level of destruction we create is often not realized until it is too late.

When I gave my eating disorder power over me, I stopped functioning, lost myself, and almost my life. When my brother beat me up over and over again for years, I resigned and stopped fighting. When I worked for Starbucks, I gave my boss the power to decide how much money I could make any given month.

Three completely distinct areas of a life. Three ways of giving up control.

Your areas of struggle will be different, but the lack of owning up to personal responsibility is the same.

If you’re ready to reverse this process and finally want take control of your life, the following steps will help put yourself back on track.

  1. Start dreaming. How do you want your life to look? What have you always wanted to do? We cannot make any changes in our lifestyle if we don’t know what it is we actually want.
    • Maybe you want to move to a different country or travel around the world.
    • Maybe you want to sell your big house in the country and move into a small apartment in the city.
    • Maybe you dream of giving up your well-paying job and pursue the career of your dreams.
    • Maybe you secretly wish to end your relationship and be solo for a while.
  2. Determine what is holding you back. Once you’ve determined your dreams, try to zone in on what exactly the reasons are for you not acting upon what you truly want.
    • Why do you let other people rule over your life?
    • Why don’t you go after that job you’ve always wanted?
    • Why do you keep finding excuses for traveling the world?
    • Why do you envy others for having the guts to constantly evolve in all aspects of life but you never step outside your comfort zone?

    Be honest with yourself. Be ruthless. Take some time for yourself and really dig deep.

  3. Face your fears. Analyze what it is that scares the heck out of you. When I started to gain weight, I was terrified of being judged, harassed, and even left by my husband. Yet none of those fears were rational. My life didn’t fall into pieces because of a few pounds more on my hips. Instead it improved in ways I cannot even begin to describe.So, whatever your insecurities are, ask yourself if they are valid ones.
    • Does your fear of financial bankruptcy really hold true?
    • Does your relationship really keep you alive?
    • Do your toxic friendships really prevent you from being lonely?
    • Is the job you have really the only alternative to living on the street?

    Try to be as objective as possible, even if it feels very uncomfortable. You’ll soon see that most of your fears are just as irrational as my anxiety of social disgrace because of looking healthy.

  4. Make the changes. Now that you know why you’re not in control of your life and what it is your afraid of, it’s time to make changes. Start small in order to not get overwhelmed.
    • Maybe your diet is worse than it should be. So, start eating healthier food.
    • Maybe your exercise routine is non-existent. Start building one.
    • Maybe your time online is preventing you from moving your business in the direction you want it to go. So, reduce the time on the web to a bare minimum.

    You don’t have to quit your job in order to take back control, you can start small and work your way up to the bigger life changes. Start growing confident and then rock the world with your newfound freedom.

There is nothing more rewarding than being in full control of your life. Once you realize that, “Yes, I can have that power too,” there is no end to the possibilities and opportunities that will present themselves. You’ll soon see that the world is only waiting for you to make a dent in the universe. What are you waiting for then?

You owe it to yourself to take this leap before it is too late.

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“Some people say it is wrong to regard life as a game; I don’t think so. Life to me means the greatest of all games. The danger lies in treating it as a trivial game, a game to be taken lightly, and a game in which the rules don’t matter much. The rules matter a great deal. The game has to be played fairly, or it is no game at all. And even to win the game is not the chief end. The chief end is to win it honorably and splendidly. To this chief end several things are necessary. Loyalty is one. Discipline is another. Unselfishness is another. Courage is another. Optimism is another. And Chivalry is another.” – Sir Ernest Shackleton

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“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” – C.S. Lewis

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5 Characteristics of a Strong Mind

This blog was written by LaRae Quy who worked as an undercover and counterintelligence FBI agent for 24 years.

The five characteristics are:

  1. Confidence
  2. Courage
  3. Commitment
  4. Control
  5. Purpose
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We Are What We Remember

Here’s another of Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership blogs. This time it’s about how to change (or ensure) your memories are seen in a positive light, thereby changing the way you see and experience the past, present and future. Click here to read his blog: We Are What We Remember.

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How To Be A Happy Person Others Want To Be Around

The following comes from Michael Hyatt’s Intentional Leadership blog. His blog today is a Podcast with the transcript written below– so you can choose to listen or read.

He says in his blog something very true, something we should all take to heart as we go through our day today: “I’ve noticed that there are at least two kinds of people: those who are positive and attract people and those who are negative and repel people.” 

Michael Hyatt outlines in his blog 4 ways that complaining about others hurts YOU. And then provides 7 ways of reversing the pattern and becoming a happy person others want to be around. They include:

Become self-aware
Assess your needs
Decide to change
Shift your identity
Greet others with a smile
Catch them doing something right
Speak well of others

The key here is that complaining hurts YOU, not the person you are complaining about. And the reverse is true: think and speak well of others and this will help YOU.

It’s an interesting thought in today’s culture of social media and online gossip columns. It has become so easy to look at snippets of other’s lives and be critical. And it seems like we often enjoy being critical because maybe it makes us feel like more. But these actions ultimately make us more miserable. The process makes our own hearts more critical and dark. It can become how we filter the everyday world around us. We should all be careful not to enjoy the gossip so much, and focus on the reality… that we’re just like everyone else, fighting our way through the world, sometimes being brilliant and sometimes messing up. None of us are perfect. All of us have something good inside us. It should be our mission to bring the good out of other people and highlight it in the world. We’ll find that doing so makes our own lives shine with a little more brilliance, and make us into people that others want to be around.

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Quotes

“Many poets are not poets for the same reason that many religious men are not saints: they never succeed in being themselves. They never get round to being the particular poet or the particular monk that they are intended to be by God.” – Thomas Merton

“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire, he rages against all wise judgement.” – Proverbs 18:1, The Bible

“Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.” — Mark Twain

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Does God exist?

Of course, no one has been able to emphatically answer the question ‘does God exist?’ and nor am I about to answer it in a blog! But, all the evidence that anyone needs is there (here, around you) to answer the question, if you want to know the answer. So, the real question is not ‘does God exist?’, the real question is ‘do I choose to look at the evidence that is all around me, impartially, and come to a conclusion of my own, that makes complete, logical, rational sense?’

The reasons for coming to a particular conclusion, or not, are as many as the people on the planet. Each person is an individual with their own path and choices. And because the conclusions are all very personal, none of us can fault another for believing what we do. We can only fault ourselves for our own belief. No one else. Therefore, we owe it to ourselves to be brave enough not to be swayed by societal peer pressure or be forced into a particular conclusion.

There are people, books, scientific research, all sorts of avenues for you to reach out to if you want to find the answer to ‘does God exist?’ If you choose to reach out. Reach out to as many avenues of knowledge as possible so that you are 100% sure of the answer you find. Test it and double test it. The answer will become more solid if it is the truth. Plus, I believe the answer is in nature, all around us on a daily basis– look at scientific fact very closely and the answer will be as plain as the nose on your face, as they say.

Have you looked at the evidence impartially, using every ounce of reason and logic at your disposal? Or did you accept it because someone else said it was so? Did you make your own decision? It doesn’t mean a hill of beans to anyone else on this planet what your conclusion is. I would only encourage you to have a conclusion and a very good reason for standing by it. Forget the peer pressure. Forget society. I recommend really looking closely because what you might find may open up a whole new world of exciting possibilities. Knowing the truth can only enhance the rest of your life for the better. It is therefore very much worth the work you put into it.

Does God exist? The truth is that we are the ones (ourselves) standing in the way of the answer. Nothing else. The answer is there if you want it. You only have to research, if you want to know. That’s all it takes… a conscious decision on your part to research and the obvious answer will be presented clearly to you.

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