Wednesday, April 29, 2009

principle of the path and government

The principle of the path is taken from Andy Stanley. The principle is this:
it's your direction, not your intention that determines your destination. In other words, the choices we make determine where we end up; not simply where we want to end up.

I've been thinking a lot about this principle recently, and have started to try and apply it to the government's place in our lives. It's my conviction that the government's job is to do what people can't do for themselves. People can't fight wars, build roads, make currency, set up a banking system, etc. They can, however, get jobs, spend money, buy houses, buy insurance, raise their kids, etc. I feel like the American system is designed in a way that allows people to better their lives if they want. This isn't to say that circumstances can't arise that cause good people to be without money, a job, or a house.

Going back to the principle of the path, if it is ultimately a person's direction that determine that person's destination, then what role should the government play in this whole process? If a man's decisions determine a man's place in life, then what should the government do to help that man?

This is where I've landed: The government's job is to ensure that all men are given equal opportunity. It is not the government's job to ensure that all men end up at an equal destination. To me, this principle goes hand in hand with the principle of the path. The government should be designed to give equal opportunity to all people. If, however, a person does not take advantage of that opportunity (due to the principle of the path) it's no longer the government's job to take people to a better destination, because a person's direction, when given an equal opportunity as everyone else, determine his destination.

I'm afraid that America has started to move from a "legitimate concern with equality of opportunity to an illegitimate preoccupation with equality of results."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

ron edmondson: where are you?

My dad has not blogged yet today. It's 10:30, so I guess he still has time to get something up real fast, but anyone who knows him knows that this is a pretty big deal. I mean we're talking about a guy who blogs multiple times a day. The fact that it's more rare for him to have NOT blogged than to have blogged 3 or 4 times in a day says a lot about him as a blogger I guess.

Honestly I'm a little nervous.. I mean.. is he ok? Has some catastrophic event happened? Is he even still alive?

Ron Edmondson: Where are you??

Saturday, April 25, 2009

here's to the night

Tomorrow night is prom. For whatever sappy reason I've been listening to the song Here's to the Night by Eve 6 ALL day. I've probably gotten on a lot of people's nerves (more than usual) by singing it constantly. The chorus and melody of that song really make me sad. Knowing that TOMORROW is my senior prom absolutely blows my mind.

The thing is, I really don't even like dances. It's not like I've been waiting for the magic that exists in prom all my life or anything; it's the fact that my life really is going by and I can't stop it. In less than one month my high school life will be over FOREVER! There have been so many awesome things happen in high school, and all of that is about to just go away. I've known some of these people my whole life, and I'm just leaving them all in just a few months.

I guess in the end what makes the reality of that alright with me is the fact that I'm without regrets. Sure there are TONS and I really mean TONS of things I would change, but I'm ultimately without regrets of anything that's happened.

So tomorrow's one of the final milestones in this portion of my life, and all I can say is I'm looking forward to getting drunk and having sex for the first time... just kidding. In all seriousness, some people can't wait to be done, but I really am kind of bummed. I'm sure my parents are happy though, because I've been a lot nicer to them lately.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

southern baptist review

Thanks to my dad's constant and eternal twitter updates I ran across this article. I guess something good really can come out of twitter...

Anyway you can read the article here. Basically the membership and baptisms of the Southern Baptist Convention are declining.

I've been a Southern Baptist all my life, and as far as I know I agree with them doctrinally, but all I can say is this: The fact that the Southern Baptist Convention is declining doesn't mean that the movement of Christ is. Just reading some of the comments from Southern Baptists you would think that the entire planet is just rejecting Jesus and God and the whole deal... that's not the case. The movement of Christ can't be stopped or declined no matter how hard any of us try, and simply because people as a whole are running away from Southern Baptists doesn't mean that they are running away from God.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

cynics

I'm learning more and more that I'm somewhat of a cynic. I don't think that I'm pessimistic, but I'm definitely skeptical. I'm really not sure what causes that part of my personality, but it's definitely there.

Because of this trait, I'm very quick to point out and be turned off by lameness. Not goofy lameness, but just stuff that I feel is a waste of time and energy for all of humanity. This trait can be good when it comes to evaluating things and trying to improve, but it can really suck when it comes to encouragement and building others up.

When you combine this trait with the fact that I'm also very introverted around people I don't know, huge problems can arise. I'm very quick to write off things I feel are lame, even if those things are people. I'm very much aware that this is a problem, and am trying really hard to not be so cynical when it comes to individuals.

My question, though: Is there a place for cynics?

Isn't cynicalness or cynicality, or whatever the correct suffix is to make cynical a noun, a trait that can be used for good? I definitely want to get rid of it when it comes to the way I interact with others, but I feel like it also has potential to help me design and implement excellent strategies someday.

I don't know. Anyway... Is there a place for cynics?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

the importance of seeking wisdom

As a senior in high school with lots of responsibility, it's very easy for me to start thinking that I know everything there is to know about life. I've experienced a lot of life, and even completed my first ever cross-country road trip this past week.

Sadly, though, the life I've experienced is still very limited life compared to actually being in the real world. I have a feeling that when I look back on my current life 5 years from now, my struggles will seem very small and easy. Despite knowing all of that, I still struggle with lots of decisions every day.

Thankfully, even though a lot of my friends would call me a know-it-all, I know that I really DON'T know it all. Tonight I had a long talk with my dad about stuff I've been going through, and I'm extremely blessed to have a dad who is wise and wants to share his wisdom with me when I ask. I hope to be a dad like that too, and also always be open to the wisdom of those who have been where I want to be one day.

Typically bloggers would leave a Bible verse here to re-iterate what they had said, but I'm just going to put Proverbs and Ecclesiastes... just read the whole book!