Darnell (Divine Nature)

Where the Flesh of Me greets Destiny

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 3:19-20)
Doers Of The Law

In this “Christian age” of “love, grace & peace,” I sometimes forget (or rather choose to forget) that I am still accountable to the laws of God.

Yes, God extends grace beyond what I deserve (in spite of my willful ignorance), but God also expects me to follow his laws—not only in public life but also in my private life as well.

After all God’s laws do not exist to be merely adorned by the “do gooder” masses, but to guide me towards a better life on Earth (as well as beyond).


  "For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (Romans 2:12-13)"

Doers Of The Law

In this “Christian age” of “love, grace & peace,” I sometimes forget (or rather choose to forget) that I am still accountable to the laws of God.

Yes, God extends grace beyond what I deserve (in spite of my willful ignorance), but God also expects me to follow his laws—not only in public life but also in my private life as well.

After all God’s laws do not exist to be merely adorned by the “do gooder” masses, but to guide me towards a better life on Earth (as well as beyond).

"For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. (Romans 2:12-13)"

Hiding From God‽

Sometimes I (in my limited wisdom & foolish mind) think I can conduct myself in a way that assumes (judging by actions alone) that God is incapable of seeing what I’m doing.

As if there is spiritual cloak of some sort that can prevent the Almighty from viewing what is going on in my life.

Ironically that couldn’t be farther from the truth.


  "Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?"
  
  "He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?"
  
  "He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?"
  
  "The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. (Psalms 94:8-11)"


God sees all that happens in my life & (more importantly) is active in charting the direction of my life which means he will correct me when I screw up.

But he will also guide me away from folly & dangerous situations as well. :-)

Hiding From God‽

Sometimes I (in my limited wisdom & foolish mind) think I can conduct myself in a way that assumes (judging by actions alone) that God is incapable of seeing what I’m doing.

As if there is spiritual cloak of some sort that can prevent the Almighty from viewing what is going on in my life.

Ironically that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

"Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?"

"He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?"

"He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?"

"The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. (Psalms 94:8-11)"

God sees all that happens in my life & (more importantly) is active in charting the direction of my life which means he will correct me when I screw up.

But he will also guide me away from folly & dangerous situations as well. :-)

Wisdom nuggets from Solomon


  "All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. (Proverbs 16:2)"
  
  "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil. (Proverbs 16:6)"
  
  "Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right. (Proverbs 16:8)"
  
  "A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)"
  
  "How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! (Proverbs 16:16)"
  
  "Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. (Proverbs 16:19)"
  
  "He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he. (Proverbs 16:20)"
  
  "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 16:25)"
  
  "A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. (Proverbs 16:28)"
  
  "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. (Proverbs 16:32)"


Image: Judgement of Solomon by Gustave Doré

Wisdom nuggets from Solomon

"All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. (Proverbs 16:2)"

"By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil. (Proverbs 16:6)"

"Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right. (Proverbs 16:8)"

"A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)"

"How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! (Proverbs 16:16)"

"Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. (Proverbs 16:19)"

"He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he. (Proverbs 16:20)"

"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 16:25)"

"A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. (Proverbs 16:28)"

"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. (Proverbs 16:32)"

Image: Judgement of Solomon by Gustave Doré

The man who proved Stephen Hawking wrong
By Helena de Bertodano, telegraph.co.uk
He grew up in grinding poverty and was forever in trouble at school. So how did Leonard Susskind become one of the world’s greatest physicists?The day that Leonard Susskind decid­ed he was not going to fol­low his father into the fam­i­ly…

Sounds like an interesting book to help me understand physics more! Need to save for later!

The man who proved Stephen Hawking wrong
By Helena de Bertodano, telegraph.co.uk

He grew up in grinding poverty and was forever in trouble at school. So how did Leonard Susskind become one of the world’s greatest physicists?

The day that Leonard Susskind decid­ed he was not going to fol­low his father into the fam­i­ly…

Sounds like an interesting book to help me understand physics more! Need to save for later!

Render Unto Caesar (Obamacare)

Like most capitalistic Americans I loathe paying taxes.

But I can deal with the pain of paying Uncle Sam what I owe due to the fact that he defends my life with violence (via military, law enforcement officials, etcetera) from enemies—both foreign & domestic.

Lately though thanks to the mandatory law known as the Affordable Healthcare Act (aka Obamacare) I now have to choose between paying for:

  • affordable albeit crappy health insurance
  • unaffordable albeit awesome health insurance
  • semi-affordable health insurance that’s subsidized via an insecure website
  • the IRS fine (approximately 1% of my gross income)
  • Nothing & be a rebel

Which option should I choose‽

Using the process of elimination I decided that:

  • Paying for crap service sounds as pleasant as melting gold & dumping it into the ocean (so I’m not wasting my time with that option).

  • Paying for something you can’t afford is foolish as there are more important things in life (such as water, food, oxygen, heat, etcetera).

  • Since HealthCare.Gov is as secure as the US borders, I’m going to decline submitting my info for subsidized healthcare (as I’ve already had my account info stolen before due to government servers being hacked!…grrrrrr!!!).

So that leaves me with 2 options: pay the fine or be a rebel.

The latter option sounds prudent until I ran across these verses in Romans:

"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God."

"Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. (Romans 13:1-2)"

Oh, but it gets worse! (or better depending on your perspective)

"For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing."

"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. (Romans 13:6-7)"

Despite my belief that Obamacare is as helpful as Godzilla in Tokyo, I’m going to lay aside my arrogant pride of this (in my limited mind) unconstitutional law & simply pay the fine.

After all, this law is still being challenged in court so hopefully by then the powers that be will make Obamacare extinct (unlikely) or less grievous (semi-likely).

Hopefully…

The Quest For AntiFragility Continues…

Just read chapter 7 of Antifragile & 3 things stuck out to me:

  • "Procrastination" is good
  • Signal to noise ratio
  • Forecasting the future is for fools

Procrastinating Noncritical Decisions

If you are presented with a stressful situation that doesn’t drastically alter your life, the best thing to do is wait.

Rushing into a decision is just as bad as selecting the wrong one, & sometimes it’s best to just wait & see what will happen.

This is much more passive than the GTD (“Get Things Done”) mentality, & incorporating it within my life will be…interesting. :-/

Signal To Noise Ratio

Basically having more data does not benefit you as it forces you to filter through more crapola (aka noise) in order to access the information that you desire.

In essence less is more which is something I believe.

Interestingly he uses food as an analogy where cutting back (aka fasting) can be beneficial towards your health (something I’ve noticed by eating between 1.5 & 2 meals a day).

Note: My dieting analysis is something that works FOR ME & should not be duplicated by anyone else but fools!

Forecasting The Future

Despite my constant focus on the upcoming reality of the world, the author claims that it’s impossible to know the future due to the variables that surround it.

He uses the fall of Egypt’s military dictatorship as an example.

Despite having millions upon millions of dollars at their disposal that the US was unable to predict that a stable country like Egypt would collapse due to peaceful protests.

In Essence

This is turning out to be a better book than I expected & afterwards I’m going to (re)read Mussashi as that man displays AntiFragile almost perfectly. :-)

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger‽

Just finished reading the second chapter to AntiFragile which surpassed the first chapter (the latter which is more or less a weak introduction) which provided some enlightening wisdom.

Humans gain strength through stress
The fragile attempt to control reputations while the AntiFragile eschew to be controlled by their reputation (i.e. they don’t care)
Redundancy is AntiFragile while dependency is dangerous
The last part was partially emphasized in chapter one (& is something I’m trying to integrate within my life).

As far as gaining strength through stress, this part is true. I’m personally at my best when more is on the line, so perhaps it’s time I risk a little more (calculated risks as opposed to the foolish ones) in order to see more pain & ultimately glory‽

Image Credit: Via Conan The Barbarian

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger‽

Just finished reading the second chapter to AntiFragile which surpassed the first chapter (the latter which is more or less a weak introduction) which provided some enlightening wisdom.

  • Humans gain strength through stress
  • The fragile attempt to control reputations while the AntiFragile eschew to be controlled by their reputation (i.e. they don’t care)
  • Redundancy is AntiFragile while dependency is dangerous

The last part was partially emphasized in chapter one (& is something I’m trying to integrate within my life).

As far as gaining strength through stress, this part is true. I’m personally at my best when more is on the line, so perhaps it’s time I risk a little more (calculated risks as opposed to the foolish ones) in order to see more pain & ultimately glory‽

Image Credit: Via Conan The Barbarian