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Engineer in Hell

THE GREAT DIVIDE

   Been thinking about the great divide between opposing opinions. It could be politics; it could be religion; it could be anything where intelligent people come from different "brainstorm camps." Let's be honest, we all are brainwashed in some degree. Isn't it interesting that contrasting sides are convinced that each are more informed than the other? What seems to be a healthy exchange of ideas in the beginning quickly turns sour when expletives start flying in the conversation. At that stage, no one is listening and it's a matter of sizing up one another's vocabulary of insults. Sadly the issues are no longer dissected and neither side gain anything but new enemies. No one wants the stress of an argument which explains why we tend to stick with similar minded people who affirm our beliefs. Yet how do you test if those beliefs are true unless you have a dissenting opinion?

   I used to think that the truth will set you free. It does ... but determing truth isn't as simple as it used to be. We all know that the internet cannot be trusted, so why do we cite evidence coming from there? That's problem number 1.

   Problem number 2 is the belief that the ENDS always justify the MEANS. What if the MEANS are faulty to begin with? --- then the ENDS would have justified a faulty premise. But many also relinquish responsibility because they claim ignorance. Wouldn't it be better to gather all the opinions first especially from the "other side" before supporting a position?

   Problem number 3 is the personality issue. Once you get your name attached to a position it would be embarrassing to admit a mistake in public. We all have huge egos, right?

   My resolution? Listen more and insult less. Develop 1) patience which will help you listen and 2) humility to accept your mistakes. And lastly, listen more to the "other side" --- they are just as intelligent ... they just climbed up the Mountain of Knowledge using a different path.

   I know it's hard. I too am learning. There are a lot IDIOTS out there.

   Just kidding!

Wisdom from Rodney of Manitoba, B.C.
Words of Wisdom

Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.

Thanks to this week's winners:
Tom and Art of Pasadena; Charlie of New York; Don of Kelowna; Tony of Crenshaw; and Rodney of Manitoba.


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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
James 1:19

Engineer In Demand
Contributed by Tony of Crenshaw, CA

One day, an engineer died and went to heaven. But St. Peter said, "I can't let you in because your name is not on the list."

So the engineer went down to Hell and was let in. Well, he stayed there for a couple of days and then decided that, it was too hot and everything was inaccessible. So he built flushing toilets, air conditioning, running water and a lot of other things.

One day God called down and said to Satan, "So Satan, how's it down there in hell? "

Satan said, "Well, it's great, I've got an engineer down here and he has built air conditioning, running water, flushing toilets, and I don't know what else he's gonna build next."

Then God asked, "You've got an engineer down there? That's a big mistake, send him up here right now!"

Satan replied, "No way! This is the best thing that's ever happened to hell."

God said, "Send him up or I'll sue!!"

Satan said smirking, "Now, just where are you gonna get a lawyer?"

My apologies to all my lawyer friends who are reading this. --- Raoul



AND NOW THE CONTINUING SAGA OF ...

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Videos of the week:
Beggar in Dubai

Contributed by Mike of New York

Beggar in Dubai

You may not speak the language but you'll get the joke.

I guess no matter how rich you are, you can always find reasons to consider yourself poor.

Samsung Road Safety Trucks
Contributed by Rodney of Manitboa, B.C.

Road Safety Trucks by Samsung

What a cool concept from Samsung. I wish there were more trucks like these guys.

Single Tree Bears 40 Different Fruits
Contributed by Charlie of New York

One tree 40 fruits

If I had a garden I'd try to grow something similar.

Taking Selfie to a Different Level
Contributed by Charlie of New York

Cool drone camera

An amazing concept that is already out there. I want one of those.

Behind the Scenes of Gilligan's Island
Contributed by Art of Pasadena, CA

Gilligan's Island Behind the scenes

If you're a fan of this 60's TV show, you'll be interested in this documentary from the mouth of "Gilligan" himself.

Warning: It's pretty long


Animal Hootelaly Day

Contributed by Don of Kelowna, B.C.
Animal Friends hottelali Day

Adorable animals. Just a fun video.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Contributed by Mike of New York

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Pictures of the 50's and 60's. An era when the landscape was so much different. If we only knew then what we know today, we could have made a killing at the stock market, huh?

Betty White's Tribute to Morgan Freeman
Contributed by Tom of Pasadena, CA

Betty White Tribut to Morgan Freeman

A fun video of a Broadway-like performance by the one and only Betty White for her friend Morgan.

TGIF people!

Comments

That End Times cartoon of Zoe lying under his sign reminds me of a similar cartoon. I don't remember now the subject matter, but I remember that in the background there was a man running away after throwing a stone. Sigh! An alzy moment. But all I remember was it was funny. You recall?

Dette of Philippines

Yes. I remember. The picture is of a guy with a big lump on his head, knocked out with a big sign beside him saying: :He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone."

Raoul

AWESOME PIECE TODAY. IT DOES TAKE TIME AND MATURITY FOR MOST PEOPLE TO EVEN ACTUALLY LISTEN TO THE OTHER SIDE, BUT THAT'S THE WAY TO UNDERSTAND AND BE ABLE TO SAY, "I CAN UNDERSTAND YOUR POINT". YOU DON'T HAVE TO AGREE, BUT YOU STILL BOTH HAVE YOUR OPINIONS, BUT A FRIENDSHIP IS INTACT. WE DO NOT ALL HAVE TO THINK ALIKE TO BE FRIENDS BECAUSE THERE IS A "MENU IN LIFE" THAT HAS MANY THINGS IN THE LINE UP, AND LIKE A RESTAURANT YOU PICK AND CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT. I THINK THE BUFFET MAY BE THE BEST! WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Heather of Whittier, CA

Profound feedback Heather.

Indeed maturity is essential to cross this path. As you said before, many are good parrots of other people's opinions. Maturity requires the ability to defend one's position. And that's really scary because you open yourself to personal criticism.

I like your analogy of a buffet. We choose different food (some healthy, some not) yet all our tummies get full at the end of a meal. Time will tell (just like our positions) if some of us will be healthier than others because of the food we eat.

Raoul

Nice editorial, Raoul. Take care.

Joel of Singapore

Thanks Joel. Appreciate that.

Raoul

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