Archive for December 17th, 2011

Today there was breaking news:  The final convoy of American troops has left Iraq, crossing the Kuwaiti border and ending the war.
This was a war which need never have happened, but the war was not the fault of the brave soldiers, sailors and airmen who risked all and sacrificed much to do what the leaders of their country asked of them.  I, for one, honor your sacrifice, bravery, and patriotism.  I will continue to pray for you (the lost, the injured and the returning) and your families.  Thank you.
I also pray the Iraqi people can now create their own peace – and in that peace, find a freedom they would never have enjoyed under Saddam.
Welcome home to all of our brave military…!!!
Hopefully, your brothers-and-sisters-in-arms still serving in Afghanistan can join us soon.
God bless you all.

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Western civilization, it seems to me, stands by two great heritages.  One is the scientific spirit of adventure — the adventure into the unknown, an unknown which must be recognized as being unknown in order to be explored;  the demand that the unanswerable mysteries of the universe remain unanswered;  the attitude that all is uncertain;  to summarize it — the humility of the intellect.  The other great heritage is Christian ethics — the basis of action on love, the brotherhood of all men, the value of the individual — the humility of the spirit.
These two heritages are logically, thoroughly consistent.  But logic is not all;  one needs one’s heart to follow an idea.  If people are going back to religion, what are they going back to?  Is the modern church a place to give comfort to a man who doubts God — more, one who disbelieves in God?  Is the modern church a place to give comfort and encouragement to the value of such doubts?  So far, have we not drawn strength and comfort to maintain the one or the other of these consistent heritages in a way which attacks the values of the other?  Is this unavoidable?  How can we draw inspiration to support these two pillars of western civilization so that they may stand together in full vigor, mutually unafraid?  Is this not the central problem of our time?
     —    Richard P. Feynman
From his book:  “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

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