Monday, June 29, 2015

The Unsinkable Ship: When Things Go Right

I learned something interesting this last week. In 1911, a ship launched on its maiden voyage to much fanfare. It was much larger than any ship before her; the largest luxury ship in the world with a swimming pool, gymnasium, fine dining, a grand staircase and luxurious cabins for the first class passengers.  What was it?  No fair peaking at the photo on the right.

Did you say Titanic?  Sorry, that's wrong.  It's the Titanic's identical twin sister the Olympic[1].  What surprised me was that the Olympic's maiden voyage was nearly a year before the Titanic's maiden voyage.  She also had a career for 24 years!

How come I had never heard this before?  The answer is simple: when things go right, we don't pay attention to them.  Next time you feel overwhelmed by everything that goes wrong, stop and ponder on everything that goes right.  You'll be surprised.




Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dear Ben & Jerry's


Dear Ben & Jerry's,

We've had a lot of fun together with your cute names and crazy mix-in's.  Unfortunately, I never felt like I was getting enough.  Before you, I'd never bought just a pint of ice cream yet you cost as much as the larger sizes.  Still, you were just too good to say "no" to.  Until now.

I've met someone new. It was just last night, but I'm pretty sure I've found what was missing. I'm reminded of the rich, creamy ice cream I once had at a dairy. And even better, the container is half a gallon (twice as much!).

They don't have cute names for themselves and the brand name is kind of weird: Tillamook (Where did that come from?).  But I'm sorry to say that I think this is the kind of love that will last forever.



Saturday, June 6, 2015

Whoopi on the Duggars: Remember "Rape-Rape"?

On the View, Whoopi Goldberg called the Duggar family hypocrites since they call LGBT practices "sin" while their own son has a history of inappropriate sexual behavior.   This brings to mind Whoopi commenting on the Roman Polanski scandal.

Let's compare:

A teenage boy inappropriately touches girls, feels bad about it, confesses to his parents.  The parents, who have made their views on chastity very public, intervene resulting in changed behavior and healing for the victims.  (The Duggars)

A grown man, 43 years old, gives drugs to a 13 year old girl, then rapes her.  He confesses and before being sent to prison flees to a comfortable life in Europe.  (Roman Polanski)  When he is at risk three decades later of being extradited to the United States to face his conviction, Whoopi Goldberg defends him on The View, saying "It's not like it was rape-rape".

I really don't see hypocrisy for the Duggars or for Whoopi Goldberg.  In the Duggar's case, they consistently stand for traditional definition of chastity (see below).  In Whoopi's case, she consistently shows tolerance for many forms of sexual expression (including rape-rape, no definition available).

Definitely no hypocrisy, only a striking contrast between what two groups see as sexually normal.

Traditional Definition of Chastity (non-religious)

In spite of his modern reputation as being self-indulgent, Benjamin Franklin strived to build his character by systematically developing 13 Virtues.  One of these virtues,  Chastity, he defines as
"Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation."
Venery is defined as "sexual indulgence".