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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Winning at the Meadowlands in New Jersey....

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Good Morning Friends,

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On Saturday July 4, 2009 I won four triactors at the Meadowlands. Basically what that did for me was to allow to break even for the year. Here is the link to the payoffs for that day:
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Saturday July 4, 2009 Payoffs
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Just thought I would start off by doing a little bragging. My harness racing triactor system performed for me last night at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. I won two triactors at the session and one of them paid over eleven hundred dollars for a two dollar bet. Here is the link to the payoffs. ( Saturday June 27, 2009 ) See race number two for the top three finishers in the race. ( 4-2-5 )
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Watch this exciting race below on the replays link near the bottom of this page.
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I won half of the prize because I was making one dollar bets, which is my standard wager. I was employing my primary betting strategy which is a $ 14 dollar bet; sometimes I will make a ten dollar bet and at others, even a $ 24 dollar wager. Most of the time, however, I employ the fourteen dollar system. It is a combination of bets that that involves utilizing the top five picks in the race according to my handicapping methods. My fourth pick actually won the race. For example, let us say that I picked horses 1-2-3-4-5 as my top picks out of a ten horse field in a particular race. This means that I will only make bets using these five horses and no others. Horses 6 through 10 are not considered to be worthy of betting according to my standards. In race number two last night the number 4 horse actually ( and in fact was horse number 4 ) won the race, but the critical thing according to my system is that my first and second rated horses came in second and third, respectively. And, they do in fact, have to be ' in the money. ' These are crucial horses in the system - my first and second selections. In the actual race last night the number four horse did win the race and numbers 2 and 5 came in second and third. ( my first and second horse according to my system ) The horses that won form part of my winning betting patterns. You can read about my harness racing triactor sytem in the main part of my blog. Just look at my Home Page and Blog Organization for the links. See link here: My Home Page . Scroll down to my Harness Racing Triactor System.

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So, I am just starting to think that this win might qualify as one of my Bold Predictions that I made at the beginning of the year. See link to Bold Predictions here: Happy New Year 2009 I might not get another good triactor win like that for the remainder of the year, and then again I might. Therefore, all of my Bold Predictions are coming to pass.
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The Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey
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watch a real live past harness race on the website below. It is FREE to join up. Once you join up then just press " replays " and then " Meadowlands Harness " Just pick a date and a race and watch the action. N.B. you will have to download RealPlayer if you do not have it. You can do this from the website.
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http://www.racereplays.com/mlands/
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You can watch my win at the above link. The four horse, which is a long shot comes charging late on the rail and wins the race.
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This is an edited version of a post from Dear Courier Diary
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Does God Exist? Ask Ayn Rand


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The Existence of God is under Review

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Does God Exist? Ask Ayn Rand

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Friends, here is a great interview by Phil Donahue in the late seventies. Ayn Rand, the philosopher is being interviewed. She is an entertaining guest and does not mince her words. She has many strong beliefs, and among them is the idea that God does not exist. So here you have a confirmed atheist who tells things such as they are. She is a rationalist who does not think there is any room for mysticism in the life of man. She also states that she is not afraid of death - she has had a good life and when it is over it is over. Video number 3 below is the one that spends some time on the existence of God. At one point in the interview Donahue says to Rand: " You are not smart enought to know whether God exists or not. " And, Rand responds by saying: " Yes, I am and so is everybody else..." Her base argument is that you cannot prove a negative.
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As an aside here...Ayn Rand acts as a very good commercial for the neocons and their wars, if you know what I mean. This enclosed five part interview ( see below ) with Phil Donahue ( I suspect it is the late seventies since President Carter's name is mentioned ) also details for us philosopher Rand's philosophy regarding the Middle East. She speaks negatively, for example, of places like Iran and Saudi Arabia, who dare to nationalize their oil. That oil, believes Rand, should belong to the people of the United States since they signed contracts for it and they developed it with their technology. At one point in the interview she even called the Arabs " primitives ". She did have some support from the audience concerning the issue of oil ownership, certainly more than for her strict altruism or atheistic views. So, even if you do not like her atheism you might be attracted to her ideas about U.S. supremacy if nothing else. And, there really is a connection between religion and foreign policy when you are talking about the United States of America - and that is precisely what the neocons are counting on.
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In this interview with Phil Donahue there were moments when it was a bit of a tough battle for philosopher Rand. Her views on altruism and individualism are clearly intact in her mind, and can be controversial indeed. I could see the questioning faces in the audience as Rand spoke and some clearly were not in total agreement with all of her various stances on the issues being discussed. And, I suspect that there were many religionists in the audience that day as well who, undoubtedly, would have nothing to do with her atheism. Someone would have to challenge her. And, during the question period someone did. This person proclaimed to be a former supporter of Ayn Rand's ' cult ' and that statement started the controversial interplay between a female audience member and philosopher Rand. The issue was elitism. But, Rand is a tough woman and she smelled out her adversary right away and took care of her and put her away as it were. She is a forceful woman with equally strong views and actions, particularly in her discourse. You may not appreciate or even like her ideas about altruism and self interests, but you cannot deny her atheism - it is as real as it gets. Too bad you cannot get everything you want in a human being; there always seems to be some kind of cost, or in business as they say, you have to take the good with the bad. And, the good for me a la Ayn Rand is the atheism, the bad parts are some of her views which just don't quite seem to fit into a society that requires a social conscience in order to fully function properly. Rand, the philosopher would disagree with me of course and that is to be expected. If there is a Heaven or some other venue for dead matter to debate among themselves, then I think Ayn Rand and myself will find time to do battle over this business of collectivism and what is good and bad for the state and how to produce those results. She is my kind of woman with a few reservations as you might expect.













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Here is the video with Ayn Rand and Tom Snyder. The issue of Rand's atheism is discussed in video number 2.

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You can also watch a related video here. It is the interview in 1959 with Mike Wallace:

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Ayn Rand: some random thoughts on her philosophy

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Ayn Rand: some random thoughts on her philosophy




The Bachelor Philosopher
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Ayn Rand


Some random thoughts
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OR THE NEOCONS WOULD HAVE
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Philosopher

Ayn Rand

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Love as something earned,
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Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to three videos which are freely available on the internet. They are interviews of the philosopher Ayn Rand. The interviews are conducted by Mike Wallace, Phil Donahue, and Tom Snyder. All three of them are entertaining and informative. I suspect that this continuity is based on the personality of the interviewee, namely Ayn Rand. If you watch all three of them you will immediately come to know Ayn Rand and what her philosophy is all about and you will also learn about the ' intellectual attractiveness ' of the woman. ( my phraseology )
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She has developed a philosophy which she terms ' Objectivism '. Essentially, it is a rational approach to understanding reality - objective reality. The mind is the organ that perceives for us and this is the basis of the philosophy. Through the use of our minds, and using rationalism and not mysticism, we can come to know the world around us, enabling us to develop a moral code with happiness as its base and objective. That is the philosophy in a nutshell. The only debt that she holds for the formation of her philosophy is to Aristotle she claims, and all the rest of it is of her making. ( See video number 3. ) . Ayn Rand holds some basic beliefs which I consider to be reasonable, as they are stated. She does not believe in God or mysticism; there is simply no evidence for the idea that God exists. And, she also thinks that man is basically a selfish creature who acts out of self interest. I cannot disagree with these beliefs and in fact I would applaud them. I have stated many times in my writings that man is selfish and that it is in his benefit to be that way. How are you going to survive if you do not take care of number one? It is simple logic and a very rational approach to life.
. Philosopher Rand has some other ideas, however, that I cannot totally agree with. She has some strong beliefs on the virtue of altruism, for example. Altruism, according to Rand is a bad thing because it is not natural and does not serve our interests. Why should we be constantly on guard and thinking of the needs of others? What do we gain from this kind of conduct and how does it benefit man to be constantly altruistic? She believes that practicing altruism leads to institutions in society which are harmful to it. Things like collectivism and welfare and the like do not benefit society, but rather, work against it.
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Now, I am interested in the philosophy of love and so is Ayn Rand. The issue of self-sacrifice is discussed by Ayn Rand and Mike Wallace in the following video. ( see three part video below ) Rand thinks that it is actually immoral for man to be completely self-sacrificing in relation to his fellow man. This is where Rand comes to life with her philosophy and I tend to agree with it. She says that the ' currency of love is virtue ', so this should form the basis of a loving relationship. No man is expected to marry a woman out of pity or some self-sacrificing objective.( altruism ) How would the woman feel if this was the case? Surely, there are reasons why people get married. Now, I personally would get married to a woman if I thought it was in my best interests to do so, and likewise with the woman. I do not think Rand would disagree with me. But, it is not strictly a business relationship either; a strict money or exchange of considerations, or a ' tallying up at the end of the day ' as Mike Wallace portrays it in this fascinating video. There has to be something mutual about love in my opinion and Rand is hinting that virtue should form part of the relationship, but not a self-sacrificing kind. " Love between two people should be earned " and it is the agreement on values ( type of virtue? ) that make a successful marriage, according to Rand. Her thoughts about love are found in video number 1. You might also be interested in a post of mine found here: Love is something that you earn....
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Here is the three part 1959 interview


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You can watch the Phil Donahue and Tom Snyder
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Here is a sample of Ayn Rand's mind at work in a book.
The book is called " Anthem " and you can listen to this audio
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Anthem by Ayn Rand

Here is a recent video which highlights the connection between Allan Greenspan and Ayn Rand. Video added on February 20, 2010.
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

83 and Counting for Gladys Baydala....

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Happy Birthday
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Friends, pictured above is Gladys, my mother Gladys, that is. What kind of a woman is Gladys? Let me try and describe her for you. She is not generally a very social woman as far as custom goes and she is quite happy busying herself with her own interests. She likes reading mysteries and building things or fixing them herself. She would like to be called ' Mr Gladys ' or the ' Chief ' rather some some silly feminine appellation. She is a very forceful and determined woman. You do not want to mess around with Gladys lest you suffer her wrath for the rest of your life. That is just one of her features and she has many more. She is very practical and level headed and is also a great economizer. From Gladys I probably learned that it pays to persevere and to finish one's goals whatever they might be. Gladys was a single parent and she survived by working and paying for her own home with no help from anybody so that is just example of her character for you. But, her character is different on the home front; she is given to starting things and not completing them. She is not a great domestic and is not generally interested in housework as such. The reasons for her behavior in this regard she tells me is that she took typing in school and not home economics. Well, that certainly explains things for me. How about you? But, we will not hold this part of her life against her since she is possessed with so many more noble qualities that we can certainly admire.
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Gladys is also a philosopher as we all are of course. For philosophy is simply the way all of us view the world and react to it as we understand it. For example, Gladys does not fear God because she does not believe in such things. She is a very confirmed atheist and you would be wise not to mention religion in front of her, or you will surely suffer her wrath contained in words. She was probably the first philosopher that had a major influence on me. Not only does she believe in the right and wrong of things but she has views on love and marriage as well. One of Glady's expressions that was imparted to me as a young adult was this one:
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83 and Counting....
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

San Francisco is for lovers....


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' San Francisco ' by Scott McKenzie in 1967

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Friends, this is the thought that I want to leave you with as I close out my life as it was in 1967. The song ' San Francisco ' by Scott McKenzie really portrays the mood of the times. It was not my favourite song by a long shot because it reminded me of many negative things, the most predominant of which was the Vietnam War.

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But, this song represented a reaction to the more noticeable things that were occurring all around me. This was the era of the hippy and the love ins - free love. San Francisco was the place to be if you were with the times and moving with the mood of the young population. People were reacting to this war and to authority itself and the old ways. Now, I should have grabbed on to this feature of society since, as a rebellious youth, I could easily relate to these themes. But, I did not. I never became a hippy or a pot smoking or acid taking freak. I remained myself in spite of the turmoil swirling about me. For in a way, the whole business frightened me.

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This was the era of women's liberation and of love-ins and changing clothing styles. Freedom was the issue and the philosophy. 'Peace Brother ' was a common slogan and the peace sign was a popular greeting method among the young and the so-inclined. I still use the peace sign once in a while out of a subconscious habit I suppose. It takes me back in time when I do that. This was also the times of the student demonstrations and of speaking out against authority and war itself. This truly was an epoch making time indeed and the millions of baby boomers were finally coming alive and into their own - it was their moment to react against an oppressive system.

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But, as I state above not all of us became hippies and active questioners of the system. The phenomenon was certainly hard to ignore especially when you had the Vietnam War raging in the background and acting as a prop for the newly incited young masses. For me, love was the message of the song by Scott McKenzie; this was the alternative to war and all things evil. I detailed for you earlier on how things were to change after the death of Kennedy in 1963. See, for example, my post: My Teenage Years: 1963 . After 1963 the British Invasion occurred. New music and new clothing entered the scene. It was almost as if we were being set up for something new to occur, something like war and lots of war. And, the mood became somber and this change in temperament was only exacerbated by the events in 1967 and beyond.

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This song by Scott McKenzie offered some hope and an alternative to war in my opinion. The theme of ' San Francisco ' would form part of my life later on in the crucial events of my life in 1983 as well. ' San Francisco is for lovers ' was to become much more than a slogan for me - it would become something real, something that would make me come alive, if only for a brief period in my life.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

J.P. Moreland - Clancy Martin Debate: " Does God Exist? "

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Debate between Dr. J.P. Moreland and Clancy Martin on
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Friends, here is yet another great debate on the existence of God. I must say that I was visibly impressed with the opening remarks of J.P. Moreland. He knows his stuff and is a genuine believer in the Entity. This is not to say, however, that Clancy Martin could not hold his own in this wonderful debate. Moreland concentrates on the Cosmological argument for the existence of God and also the Big Bang theory to explain the origins of the earth. This implies the idea of course that something created the universe and that something is God.
Martin, after responding to J.P's opening remarks describes himself as feeling like David v Goliath. Martin being David of course, but without the aid of being a Christian. But, Martin is not without some fine arguments of his own and the debate is certainly not a slum dunk in favour of the Christian believer. So.. sit back and listen to this very good discussion.
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Sunday, June 07, 2009

A Summary of my Life: 1949 to 1967

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A Summary of my Life:
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1949 to 1967
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Friends, a major purpose of this blog is to outline my life for you and enable you to understand my personality in a more complete manner. And, I cannot accomplish that task without providing historical documentation on my life.
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My very early childhood was generally a happy time in spite of the economic difficulties involved. There was an early family breakup and my mother would become a single working parent. But, we survived and I had my good and bad years in school. I was a very carefree child at a very early age as I outlined for you already. I didn't realize how lucky I was I suppose to have all of that freedom at such at early age. This is the time period of growing up in Steveston, which was a small fishing community on the southern part of Richmond municipality, situated on the mouth of the Fraser River.
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My early teenage years had some very difficult moments. Although I was generally successful at school and had many friends that I gathered with at lunch time there were some very trying times. I was bullied by one individual who seemed somewhat different than the rest of us. He did not like me and he was bigger and stronger. He hung out with his own gang of people and they did not like me, but I think it was mainly him who did not like me. They provoked me into a fight one time and I was so mad that I said that I would fight one of them. This person that I picked out to fight did not want to, so that was the end of that particular incident, but not the bullying from this one dominant person.
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I considered myself to a creative sort of person in Junior and Senior High School. I liked art and I remember spending lots of time drawing things, especially mountain scenes and the like. I also fantasized a lot about nature and fishing in fast running mountain creeks. I remember, for example, digging up the back yard in my early teens and creating lakes and mountains with the dirt that I had dug up. And, I even put flour on top of the mountains to make it look like snow.
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In 1967 I am eighteen years old. This is the time in which I have to decide what I want to be in the future and I have to attempt to provide a means in which to achieve my objectives. This time period also marks a half way point in my life - mid-point in the sense that a major historical event will occur later on in the latter part of 1983. I have already detailed for you in other parts of this blog, the incident in question. Now, that incident could not occur in isolation as you may expect; my actions and reactions to that event would undoubtedly not have occurred without some supporting details to allow them to happen; I would not have acted in the manner that I did on that day unless certain things happened in my life prior to that event.
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I am also a teenager full of ambition in 1967. I am finishing high school, I have a means of transportation and a summer job. This means that I can buy toys for myself and also pay for my education if need be. I am living at home and there is no outward pressure to simply get a job in order to survive. I have bought a lot of time if I need it in order to accomplish my goals, whatever they might be.
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In my late teen years I did not really know what I wanted to become and I was simply enjoying life as it was being presented to me. The carnival business and university life would both provide wonderful experiences for me. However, in the summer of 1967 I did not have any real employment objectives and no one in the family could act as a role model in this regard. There was no family business and no one had a job in an occupation that I could study for and become gainfully employed at. There was of course the carnival business, but I did not consider this industry to be something that I wanted to succeed at in a professional manner. I considered it just as summer employment anyway, or a first job.
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I lived in a working class or blue collar neighbourhood prior to my last couple of high school years. One of my friends quit school and was employed as an iron worker. I thought that might be something for me to do so I applied to take the classes. I was accepted but I did not even bother going to the classes. I suppose I felt that there was something wrong with that kind of occupation and I felt intimidated by the whole idea, of working in the trades, that is. I did not know that I was sorrowfully afraid of heights anyway so that would an extremely dumb move on my part to take on that task.
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I remember though that I did really want to try and make something of myself. I did not want to be left out and become poor as it were. I was actually quite ambitious and a hard worker down at the amusement park, but I knew that there was mostly likely more to life than working in a carnival concession for the rest of my life. I applied for university at the still very young Simon Fraser University, the " Instant University ", and I was accepted. I would start in the Fall of 1968 and would keep on going there until 1973.
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Here is another song from 1967
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Jay & The Techniques -
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Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Case For The Existence of God

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The Case For The Existence of God
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Introduction and Strategy

.Friends, as you know, I am an atheist, or as some have determined, an agnostic. At any rate, I am not a firm believer in the notion of the existence of God. But, that label is not going to deter me from constructing an argument for the existence of the Entity. In fact, I think it is very worthy endeavor indeed, to argue in favor of the Entity, that is. The following argument is sound I believe, but it comes with a price tag as well.

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So, let us pretend that I am on a panel with some theists, whose job it is is to promote the idea of a God. That being the scenario then, and here is how I would proceed.

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Now, I have to convince a body of atheists and those impartial to the idea of God, that this God does in fact exist beyond any reasonable doubt whatsoever. I would want my case to be irrefutable and undeniable.
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In a court of law one has to produce some evidence or some argument to promote his case. And, in the case of God we must agree that no evidence of an empirical nature is of any good consequence to an impartial jury. There simply are no facts or incidents from history that will suffice to prove the existence of God. It is all hearsay or questionable or tainted evidence. All of the evidence can be argued against and refuted. Doubt will remain. The very idea of Christ having lived, for example, is debatable, so this is not a very good route on which to proceed. Even this business of miracles will do us no good. Miracles, in a modern scientific world simply do not occur; it is not logical or reasonable to assume that they do. It is simply against the rules of nature for miracles to occur. Ask Mr. David Hume the philosopher and he will tell you the same thing - they are delusions and products of the mind and no more. So what are we left with then? We are left with rational discourse and logic and the nature of ideas and the power of the human mind to reason and nothing more. We will have to be like the rationalist philosophers, Descartes, Leibniz, and Spinoza. We need to become a professional believer in ideas and logic and in the very idea of God itself if we are going to make any significant progress in our case.

Materialism and Idealism


As you know, there are two types of philosophers; there are the idealists and there are the materialists. Atheists are materialists and believe that only matter counts and that God cannot exist because He is only an idea; He is a product of the mind and He is no more. But, He does exist as an idea and that will not be an area of dispute. Ideas are existent things, even though they are not material things and cannot be seen or otherwise experienced in a sensory way.

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So, logically then we have to construct some kind of an argument that will put the idea on the same level as that of something material; something that we can feel and touch and see; we need to legitimize idealism for the materialist and to make him accept it for what it is. An idea is more than something which exists soley in the mind.

The inherent quality of an idea

An immediate problem of course is that the jury will quickly realize that ideas are formed in the mind and are therefore just aspects of something material or are simply, extended matter. Well, that is the key isn't it? That Idea is really just some attribute of matter itself I mean? Although you cannot see an idea or perceive it and deal with in any tangible way, you can at least experience it, so that means it does in fact exist. Ideas are things. Ideas can be subjects and objects; and they can exist alone and be entities unto themselves. Thus, God Himself can be an idea and therefore just another form of matter. If something exists in whatever form, whether as an ideal or even as something more concrete, it must ultimately be measureable. So, an idea is just another form of matter, just as mist or vapour is another form of water, which is something that we can see. All matter and all ideas consume space and are not space. We are simply dealing with different manifestations of the same thing;

Driving the case home

Now, you have to cater to the materialists who are still going to be skeptical; you have to win them over and you have to produce the slam dunk and the home run as it were. And, what we do is to use their materialism to our advantage and to win our case. In the above example of using water and vapour that is what we have attempted to do. Friends, there really is no such thing as a difference between idealism and materialism - they are exactly the same thing. Even an idea, closely examined, will contain elements of materialism; and idea will occupy space as I mention above. If we had the technology we could prove that beyond any reasonable doubt. But, we do not actually need any real measuring technology to prove our case beyond a reasonable doubt. We simply need to produce as evidence for the jury, an idea. An existent idea. We will even want to produce the Entity and display him in a court of philosophical law if need be. And, we can do that and do it without sophisticated instruments. God does in fact exist - He is all things at all times, including ideas and all other forms of matter. And, this is how we bring the materialists on board; we simply prove to them that God exists as an idea because once we show what an idea really is then acceptance of God is a natural outcome of belief of the nature of ideas.

Nature as God - convincing the Pantheists

But, there is still danger here because we will have an argument from the Pantheists as well. These are the people who see God in all things. Nature is God and that is a very good argument indeed. So, the Pantheists will not be so easily swayed. We have to bring them on board as well. Friends, we have already lured them in by our above argument, even if they appear skeptical. God is all things all at the same time; He is nature and He is idea and matter simultaneously. He is truly supreme and omnipotent. And, that is so because He is everything at once and is most certainly found in nature. Nature is simply that grand expression that describes all to us. For within nature is God and God is manifested in the idea and in matter itself. So, God must exist because there is nothing greater than nature itself ( the Ontological Argument ) which is just everything that we can see and not see all at the same time. We need to ascribe a name to this magnificent creation or manifestation and that name is God.

What is God?

What is God? Yes, Friends, I ask what is God, not who is God because God is not a person or some anthropomorphic creation or idea. God just is. And, God must be, otherwise nothing would exist at all, no matter and no idea. Logically, God has to exist, but God is not a man or a woman as we think Him to be. You have to ask youself this question: who or what has the capability of producing something like an idea and matter, space and time -things which naturally exist;

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First of all you have to realize that none of these things exist without consciousness; you would not be able to perceive or think about anything let alone a god. But, you do have consciousness and that is your ability to know. And, how do you know? You know by the idea of the thing, that is how. Nothing is meaning without thought or consciousness. A thing needs the ability to know itself before it can know anything else. And, it acquires this ability through God or idea. God is the source of consciousness. Now, thought in itself is not meaning; it is the messenger or the vehicle of meaning. Thought is like language; it is the purveyor of meaning. So, what has all of this got to do with God? Well, the answer is of course just about everything. Do you think that thought and meaning just happened without a cause - that matter came to togther and organized and began to think about objects in space and even to think about itself? What makes you think that man is so special that he gave himself the ability to think and to create ideas about everything? Where did these ideas come from? The human animal is a delicate device indeed and he is likened to his creator, which is in fact, God; God the idea and producer of even more ideas. And, the only way for man to perceive and to know is through the mechanism of idea. God is idea and idea is God. God the idea is manifest in man. Matter cannot know, but idea can. A materialist thinks that idea is the fruit of matter. But, how can this be if the idea itself has the ability to let you know what your circumstance is? Ideas cannot be known unless they are experienced and a brain composed of matter cannot produce an idea unless that idea is presented to it in the first place. So, here we encounter a great fallacy of the materialists; they think that their brains are producing ideas for them when in fact, it is not capable of doing so without first being exposed to the idea. And, that is the role of God or idea to affect that capability. God the infinite source of all ideas is the origin of these things. But, we also know that idea and God occupies space; it is manifest in some form that we cannot see; yet it exists and as we state above, idea is really just another form of matter. So, the materialist should know that there is no difference between matter and idea. But, there is more to the issue than this: Idea is superior to matter because it can be no other way. Ideas must necessarily exist in time and have done so for an eternity. Eternity is infinity and infinity is idea. And, idea is the same thing as God. God has existed for all time and is eternity and infinity and is Idea; a form of matter and is something which is not divisible as we know. That is why ideas are eternal and can be discovered; they really do exist on their own. So, it appears as if the philosopher Plato was right all along when he talked about the Forms and ideals.
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On the indivisibilty of matter
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Friends, we are not finished our argument just yet. For, there will still be the detractors as you may surmize. And, where would these detractors come from you may enquire? They will come from those non-believers who say that matter is not divisible; matter always was and always will be; it cannot be destroyed. We believe this fact to be true which we state above, but we must use this fact to our advantage;

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The primacy of all is idea of course as we have suggested above and it can be no other way. Friends, the human mind cannot perceive infinity, although this thing does exist, because it must. The only reason it cannot be perceived is because no one has experienced it. And, the only thing that has experienced it is Idea or God and that is because these things exist for all time. But, we know that ideas can be created and spring to life when thought about - they just need to be discovered, and in fact, they are waiting in abundance to be discovered. Perhaps it is time to give the serious doubter more proof of the matter. Friends, eternity and infinity exist. That means that whatever you are thinking about at this very moment has been thought about an infinite number of times in the past. Any idea that you have ever thought of or will think of has already been thought about, infinitely. So, why would you even bother to question the very idea of the origin of an idea or thought, or for that matter, anything at all? All things exist and only await discovery by you, and that includes God and idea - any idea. You cannot formulate or produce an idea because that has already been accomplished for you; it only awaits your discovery. That is the importance of the idea itself; that is the root of its paramount nature. None of us is capable of going back in time and discovering the very beginning of time and space. But, something is and that something is God, God the idea.
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Why God created man and woman
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Well, this is the final test and proof my friends, proof of the existence of God. God created man and woman; two different things which are attracted to one another. And, it is the same thing with idea and matter as well. They must both exist for either one to exist; they are each other's meaning and reason for existence. Man and woman need to come together just as idea and matter need to come together; they are both aspects of the same thing. What good would an idea be if it could not produce something through matter? Its raison d'etre would come to an end. And, that is why God or idea produced man and matter. But, He did not actually produce anything since nothing can be created from nothing. He simply changed the form of things so that all would comprehend. Idea is in charge of consciousness because if it was not then it could not know itself. And, knowing is the purpose of life. To know life is to know God or Idea, for they are precisely the same thing. You cannot talk to matter as matter, but you can talk to an idea which is simply a different form of matter and an idea has the ability to communicate with you as well. That is why God made matter so versatile as to promote understanding and meaning. God in His wisdom did that.
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Idea and Matter and God has always existed for all time just like vapor and ice have always existed. Friends, the clues are all around us, they just need to be discoverd. It is no sense having a tool if you are not going to do something with it now is there? Think of God and idea as manager; they are the creators of things; all imaginable things.

Summing up:

Implicit in my above statement is that idea came before matter, even though matter and idea necessarily need each other, and are in fact, different manifestations of the same thing - think of the water vapor and ice analogy. But, one of them had to come first, even though it is hard to argue that one came before the other since they need each other for their existence. An idea can do all things; it can even produce matter, and all it is really doing is producing itself anyway.

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So that is how I would construct my argument and prove that God exists. He must exist since He is the same thing as idea and idea has existed for all time as anyone can plainly see. If there was no infinity then life as we comprehend it would be an absurdity. We do not believe in magic, but we can believe in God now that we know what He is.
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The problem of dying consciousness
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Everlasting life is the message of the Bible and of God
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Friends, one day we must all die and with our death goes our consciousness and understanding and meaning. When we die we lose our contact with reality and our conscious association with matter. When we are born we become organized, thinking matter and that is what we are. That is what life is. Life is the ability to know that you are alive and as I have shown in my above argument we know all of these things through the medium of the idea - the idea gives expression to life. Life is like living the dream for life is a dream or an interlude form certain death. When we die the lights go out as it were. But, as matter we never really die of course, we are simply transformed and dispersed. But, just as there is eternity and infinity then we will be again; all things are possible within the confines of infinity and that is the beauty of idea or God to tell us these things. That is the beauty of God, of God the Idea. Dear friends, I mentioned at the outset that there was a price to be paid for knowledge. You may be knowledgeable in the knowing of your existence and your fate by understanding Idea and what it means and from whence it comes. But, now you must realize as well that life is nothing more than a dream or a diversion from death and can be nothing else. For when you die your life and your reality dies the same death and you live in a state of death or non-life or non-consciousness. You are put to sleep for who knows how long; there is no guarantee as to the length of your absence from this thing that we know as life. But, rest assured that you will be put to sleep and lose consciousness in the process. Losing consciousness means that your atoms are being dispersed and reassigned as it were. You will be disorganized and will not be able to think or comprehend anything at all. This thing called life will be no more and it might as well have been a dream for all that it is worth. For when you are asleep what do you feel? You feel a lack of consciousness and you are in a state of not knowing. And, that is what happens at death; it is a constant state of not knowing; it is just another form of dream that life is. For life is the fantasy escape or dream state that death is not. For just as matter has many different forms so it is with consciousness as well. Your matter may well be dispersed, but it is the job of infinity and of idea to make it all happen again for you. They together will organize things for you and make you conscious once again. It may take an eternity, but it will happen again, and again.






Friday, June 05, 2009

My Teenage Years: 1967

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My Teenage Years: 1967

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Above is Yours Truly
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I am eighteen years old







Here are some snaps from our 1967 YearBook.
They are all girls of course since I prefer to
look at pictures of girls rather than guys.



I don't have space for everyone, but I just wanted to show a few pictures of the girls and how they looked in our graduating year.








I am sure if anyone of them has any complaints about showing up my blog I will hear about it eventually.


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Just wanted to show you all some of the innocent faces that graced our school in 1967.







You can check out the Year Book
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That is Linda directly above. She was my chum and we played cards together. She is a really neat person with an excellent personality. I wonder what Linda looks like at sixty years old.

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You can take a look at all of the pictures in

our yearbook by clicking below.

If you wait a little bit before diving into the pictures

you will hear a song playing. It is Born Free, which

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High school was actually pretty neat now that I think about it. I had quite a few friends that I hung out with at lunch time, so that was a lot of fun. I don't recall any of the negative things that occurred like in Junior High, for example. High school is really a more peaceful place, or it was for me anyhow. I had occasion to visit some high schools in the mid-nineties and they were just a chaotic mess compared to our high school year back in 1967.

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....In 1967 something happened. And, that was the Six Day War that started on June 5th. The Vietnam War was raging in the background of course, but now this new war appeared as well. I remember just after the war happened I was sitting in one of my classes and one of my teachers, who was Jewish, was just so excited about the Israeli victory. He detailed for us how Israel had beaten down its Arab neighbours. I am not sure if anyone in the class was that interested actually. I do not remember being particularly politically astute at this time and I would be impartial to Israel's victory over her Arab neighbours. But, I certainly am very opinionated about events in this area right now let me assure you. If you read my Dear Courier Diary entries from June 4, 2009 and June 5, 2009 you will be able to determine the nature of my opinions on this subject.

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I was actually still quite a strong runner at this point in my life, and that is in spite of my smoking habits. I was not involved in track and field or anything like that, but I do remember that I was still pretty good out of the starting gate in a sprint. Remember, I am probably the fastest ballboy that the Amusement park ever saw. ( my rating ) And, that is what I was doing during the summer months - I was working down at the games in my first job and enjoying every minute of it. I remember I finally got my license back and my motorcycle after a six month suspension. Boy oh boy was I ever glad to get my wheels back.

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In just a year or so I would be going to university and that would be a brand new experience for me. And, I was about to get an attitude adjustment and a completely different view of the world, and all it took was a new environment.

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Well, let me see now what was I listening to in 1967?
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You have to remember that there was a different kind of
music being played during this time period, but I was
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Groups like the Doors and Light My Fire,
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( see my Dear Courier Diary entry on June 5, 2009
if you want to listen to the Doors music )
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I preferred something like the Jackie Wilson song below:



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YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTIN ME (HIGHER AND HIGHER)
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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

My Teenage Years: 1965

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This was a very exciting time in my life. I had gotten my first job down at the local amusement park and I was saving up for my first vehicle. My first vehicle would be a motorcycle, but it was still a vehicle of sorts. I wanted to get a license as soon as I turned 16 - and I did.


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I did not know it at the time but this first job of mine as a concessionaire was to last for many years into the future. In fact, I was employed as a carnival worker all through my high school and university years, and beyond. Actually, it would be my insurance job when things got tough for me. And, there were going to be very difficult times indeed - however, at this young age I had no idea whatsoever what lay ahead for me.




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I was going through my Brylcream years, Beatles' jackets, corduroy pants and cannot remember if I bought bell-bottom pants, but most likely I did. Anyway, I was just so proud of my bike. It was a Suzuki 80cc motorcycle. It was chain-driven and air-cooled. I saved up for it and it cost me 200 dollars which was a lot of money for a young teenager. I went everywhere with this bike and I even got a bunch of speeding tickets as a consequence of owning this machine. I would even lose my license later on in high school because I was caught driving without a license that was under suspension. Well, a guy needs transportation doesn't he? This is the time when I would just jump on my machine and drive anywhere I wanted to - it was complete freedom for me and I loved every minute of it. I drove in all kinds of weather- sleet, hail, and even snow. Nothing would stop me from driving this bike. I would even drive out to the eastern Fraser Valley just to greet the arctic air as it flowed out from the interior. I remember a big thrill for me and this bike was the purchase of a chrome fender for the front. What a status symbol that was for me. I was so proud of this piece of chrome. I would be driving a motorcycle for many years into the future, including university.


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This was also the time when I started becoming aware of social issues, of things like religion, for example. Something bothered me about the televangelists. Quite frankly, I thought they were phony and that they should not be on the air trying to con people. So, I sent a letter to an American television station in Washington State voicing my disapproval. Someone kindly wrote back and stated that some people appreciated this kind of broadcasting and that the shows would continue. Well, at least I had expressed my concerns on the matter. At any rate, I realized early on that I was not going to be a Christian or associated with any kind of organized religion, or maybe of anything that smacked of authority;


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I was a very rebellious youth actually and I played a lot of hooky from school. I even wrote my own absentee letters since I skipped so many days. One day I got caught and I even got the strap and I had to write all of my grade ten exams. I passed them all of course. We lived in a very small house and just had rabbit ears for our black and white television. My mother was a single parent and she did the best that she could of course. I remember her giving me a book about girls at this time. It talked about sex and reproduction and that kind of thing. I guess this was supposed to be my sex education class or something. I told you earlier about this girl that I liked. Well, I guess I must have been brooding over her or something and my mother took time to notice. She stated that there would be others and of course she was right. Another thing she told me was that ' you don't have to marry the cow to get to get the milk '. I thought was pretty decent advice as well.


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Finally, I just thought I would tell you about one of my hobbies. I collected maps of all of the states in the U.S. I was interested in geography and foreign places. My hobby was to send letters to all of the state capitals and ask for a state map. I told them that I was planning on a visit and naturally they were eager to send me a map of their state. I remember checking the mail everyday to see how many maps I would receive. I remember memorizing all of the state capitals in the U.S. and I can still do that. I was just fascinated about foreign places since I had never really been anywhere before. In fact, when I got my motorcycle I took the ferry to Vancouver Island. And, when I got there I placed some soil in a capsule, just to say that I had finally been somewhere.


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Here is the kind of music that I liked in 1965

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Hermans Hermits -

Mrs. Brown you've got a lovely daughter
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Monday, June 01, 2009

On Selfishness....

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On Selfishness ....
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by Carl Baydala
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I am in a fairly disagreeable mood this morning and the reason for that is that I am thinking about the state of the world. And, what is the state of the world you might enquire? Well, to my mind, people are generally a selfish breed and this characteristic shows up in the broadest sense in the everyday habits of all of us - yes, all of us, including yours truly.
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And, what accounts for this selfishness you may further enquire? Well, in the first instance there is the matter of survival; we all need to get through our days in one piece, so to speak; we need certain things just to survive; to breath; to eat; and in a modern society we need a job or we need to receive something from those who have a job if we are one of the unfortunates who do not have a job. So, as you can see survival is a critical factor in the needs of mankind.
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Problems develop of course when our needs cannot be met. Either the society is going to devise some kind of a system that will allow us to fulfill our needs or we are going to make sure that we do it ourselves; we will all find a way to fulfill our needs. And, this is the root of the conflict of course. Some people are better at surviving than others and have found ways to not only survive, but to far exceed their neighbours in the matter of getting the things that they need and want.
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Now, some people are going to suffer in a system where they are not getting the things that they want and need. I am not talking about sex and advanced wealth accumulation, but just general everyday things that all of us are searching for. Just look around you and you will be able to see those who are not as successful as others. They want all of the things that the rest of us have, but they cannot, for whatever reason, achieve them. And, just what are the results of these inequities you might enquire? Well, they manifest themselves in numerous ways of course. The most obvious things that you will see are crime and its corollary, namely a police force. You will see the poor neighbourhoods and the rich ones as well. You will see people driving fancy up to date vehicles and you will also notice people driving older cars, or perhaps even bicycles, or perhaps they will have no mode of transportation at all. Further things that you will see will be religious affiliations being formed so as to provide spiritual needs for the dispossessed in order to mollify and eventually to control them. Yes, dear friends religion itself has a hand and purpose in this dislocation of the masses. There are many other institutions that develop as well as I am sure you are all aware, but I just wanted to provide you with a couple of examples to let you know where I am coming from.
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Yes, friends I believe that man and his needs, not being properly met, is a way of understanding how man organizes himself and of the institutions that are developed as a consequences of the imbalances that occur in man. And, it all boils down to man's selfish nature. Now, we should caution here that selfishness in and of itself is not a bad thing. For, simply put, if man was not a selfish creature then he would surely die. Nature has endowed man with the will to live and to survive, and to even prosper. Getting the things you want satisfies needs and this is not necessarily a bad thing. The problems develop of course when all men want the same things and in the same amount. The history of civilization shows us that conflict arises when the needs of all men are not satisfied. So, that is why we continue to experience conflict and inequities in the society. And, it all goes back to man's desires and his general character. Now, most of us survive under these conditions and we find ways to compensate for our positions if they are subservient to others. Some people steal and some take drugs to dull the pain of their condition. Some people go on expensive vacations or buy expensive cars to celebrate their relative success over others. We all do a lot of things based on our needs and our relative successes or failures. But, something that we all do and like as a group is to listen to music. Music is the great soother of society I think and we all listen to different kinds of music as well. What kind of music do you like and when and why do you listen to it? And, when you are listening to music are you celebrating or just trying to dull the pain and to forget, or just try and feel happy? Well, personally I listen to music because it makes me feel happy and I would rather be happy than sad. And, that in itself is a very selfish act indeed - and it is perfectly human to do be that way. But, I like love songs and that is where I want to be. It is where my personality tells me to go, I think. I think music does for all of us what society cannot do; it helps us to get through the day or it helps us celebrate where and who we are. Dear Friends, music is everything and anything you want it to be. So, thanks for reading and have a nice day.
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Here is what things were like back in 1965. I was
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Dean Martin - Send Me The Pillow
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Today's post borrowed from
Dear Courier Diary
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