Friday, October 31, 2008

Source of wisdom

I have been tuning in to the Sisters' Weblog ever since starting this blog. These two ladies have a different perspective on what it means to be a Christian (they also have better grammer skills). Recently, things have taken a turn for the worse.

Katie recently posts "Manipulator" stating baldly that "her journey is over". How can one Christian read that from another and not respond?

I guess I have been paying attention to God even though it doesn't seem like it much lately.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A blessing for Yash

Living a life worth living. "Yash, I send a blessing to you that you find a love (hobby or lover) that shows you the world and stars". Yash hates the internet pictures with this video, but she loves the sadness of the singer. She told me the lyrics speak of a lover who shows the singer the world and the stars.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Are you a Monkey peddler?

Here is a little parable I received from the Meme God, the internet. Just because the source isn't holy doesn't make it any less thought provoking.

Once upon a time in a place overrun with monkeys, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest, and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10 and as supply started to diminish, they became harder to catch, so the villagers stopped their effort.

The man then announced that he would now pay $20 for each one. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again. But soon the supply diminished even further and they were ever harder to catch, so people started going back to their farms and forgot about monkey catching. The man increased his price to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so sparse that it was an effort to even see a monkey, much less catch one.

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys for $50! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on his behalf.

While the man was away the assistant told the villagers. "Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has bought. I will sell them to you at $35 each and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each."

The villagers rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys. They never saw the man nor his assistant again and once again there were monkeys everywhere.

Now you have a better understanding of how the stock market works.

Okay, so it is funny. There is a message here though. The villagers think the man is crazy for wanting so many monkeys. Money talks though. If speculation is evil, who is evil in this parable? Certainly the man and his assistant are con men. But it is the greed of the villagers that make the con possible.

Worth as opposed to perceived worth. It all comes down to valuing what we have.

This little story is such a strong Meme in my mind