Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good nite❗❗❗ (And “Good Day,” if that “strikes your fancy” as well.)
I have many ideas for this blog adventure, and I will elucidate these ideas sometime in the upcoming year. But right now, let me say a few words about the annual feast that the world celebrates, called Christmas. As with my other posts, I only have a limited amount of words to communicate. But with each passing day, I add one more word to each post. So for the next twelve days I will opine about my thoughts about Christmas… And the upcoming new year of course. Maybe reflect a little bit about the past year, and what to expect for the year 2022.
This post is not exactly Christmas related… but possibly. In a “normal” year I would write many posts about many things. But this hasn’t been a “normal” year. It hasn’t been a “normal” few years. It’s not just the “political junkies” that are noticing things are not right. Our democracy is on the brink of being completely fractured, and a virus continues to rage and effect the global economy, our culture, our way of life.
But maybe Christmas is designed to take our attention away from the grim serious news and make us reflect on the year, and spread a little joy in a fallen world.
So, rise up signing: “Joy to the World, the Lord has come. Let Earth Recieve Her King.”
Yesterday we just had the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. (I imagine this would be the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, as the seasons are identified by the climate, so “winter” = “cold and dark,” and “summer” would be marked by “warm and light.”)
And now “the waiting” begins… Waiting for things to warm up… But first we have to wait for the cold to settle in. Then in April spring will have “sprung,” and we can enjoy sunsets that start circa 6:00 pm.
Right now winter has officially set in, in the northern climes. While it’s not my favorite time of year, I have “cold comfort” to know that “we’re all in the same boat,” and “this too shall pass.”
I ask this question in a genuine manner, becuase the prevailing consensus from a whole bunch of educated thoughtful people is that former United States President Donald J. Trump is not “smart” concerning so many matters. But, like it or not, Trump, you, and I have some things in common. We are all human beings. And as a member of the human brethern, we do have strengths and weaknesses, to be sure. It’s not that Trump is stupid or smart. It’s more like his stupidity and smartness is amplified in a way that outshines any of a mere mortal’s assets and liabilities so much more. To coin a well worn phrase, Trump’s outlandish and boorish personality is much larger than life.
The Stanford Achievement Test, also known as the “SAT” is one of two standardized tests know as “college entrance exams,” that are administered in the United States by educators to most college bound high school students. Like most other high school students with college aspirations, I sweated out “the test,” and dragged myself into my high school to take “the test.” It was a harrowing experience to be sure.
In theory, the test supposedly “measures” aptitude in mathematics and language skills. It is a timed test, and it is really “high pressure rite of passage” for any student who has asperations .
It is unheard of, unprecedented, and wrong to have someone else take a college entrace exam in your place.
What are the goals of education❓ What are the goals of our society in terms of education and culture ❓ This is one of the questions that I was pondering when I started this blogging project. Other questions I had include what are society’s goals in terms of economics, politics, law, science, religion, entertainment, literature, medicine and culture. What is the role and purpose of culture ❓ These questions and others will be addressed as the blog post lengths expand.
One of the “goals of education” is to teach “reading and writing.” One can say: “I read, therefore, I write.” It it is a variant of the aphorism “I think, therefore, I am.”
Lots of ink is being spilled about Trump’s criminality on multiple levels. I could write a book about Trump… But wait. So many other folks written about Trump, I don’t want to be “another anti-Trump book,” piling up in a mountain of anti-Trump books.
My biggest “beef” with the former president is that he lies every time he opens his mouth. So instead of giving a litany of Trump’s lies, I will just maybe give one example of Trump’s deceptive behavior.
According to Mary Trump, the former president’s niece, Donald Trump had another student take the SAT for Trump. Today students need some form of identification to sit for the test. In Trump’s time there was no requirement.
The United States Congress found Mark Meadows, the former United States President’s chief of staff, in criminal contempt of Congress by refusing to comply with a subpoena and testify in front of a congressional committee regarding what he knows about the events of January 6, 2021.
As Trump’s chief of staff, Meadows would be in a position to know many things about President Trump’s state of mind while the January 6th storming of the United States’ Capital was taking place.
Meadows submitted over six thousand pages of testimony to the January 6th committee and published a book recalling the events of the January 6th storming of the United States Capitol and his communications to Trump that day.
While the newly penned virus variant, “Omicron” continues to be discovered in least half of the states in the United States, concerns are raised about virulence of the Delta variant, which has been ubiquitous around the world in 2021. So far all indications are that Omicron is not as debilitating as Delta, but more data needs to come in before definite statements or descriptions can be made.
The Delta variant continues to be the “main variant” in the United States. The Delta variant can produce the most severe symptoms such as fever, chills and even⁰ death. I am fully vaccinated including receiving a booster shot, and I have not gotten sick, nor have I experienced symptoms.
It is Day 1️⃣1️⃣5️⃣ for my blog. But for many residents of Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois this is DAY 0️⃣0️⃣1️⃣. A day that will live in infamy… What “God of Mercy and Tenderness” could lash out such a wrath? A path of destruction so wide, so long?
COVID-19 is the slow, long burn. The destructive tornadoes that hit yesterday had more destructive force than a nuclear bomb… Without the radioactive fallout. Both COVID and these tornadoes create “The perfect storm.”
Many US residents lost their homes, or all their belongings to these violent tornadoes. Entire towns got leveled. We can only thank a higher power that we are here today living another day.