Welcome to the first of what I hope will be a series of posts that will show up here whenever the mood strikes. (Hint: It often strikes on Monday mornings when I should be cleaning my house.) It's my chance to share some of the thought-provoking tidbits I've stumbled upon recently. Plus, that whole journalist-who-likes-to-tell-everyone-what-she-knows gene never seems to quit working. I guess this is just my chance to play reporter. Without worrying about ratings.
So here we go:
1. I will remember this story, called "Pearls before Breakfast," for the rest of my life, and I can't say that about many newspaper articles. It's lengthy but well worth the read. I guarantee it will make you think about how you live your day-to-day life. A quick tease (because I did work in the TV news business, after all, where it's all about the tease): What if one of the world's greatest violinists played a $4 million violin incognito during the morning rush hour at a train station? Would anyone care -- or even stop to notice? Would you?
2. I don't agree with the author of this article about many things. But I thought these paragraphs were spot-on:
Pro-lifers are often caricatured as stupid creationists who just want to put women back in their place. Science and free inquiry are supposed to help them get over their "love affair with the fetus." But science hasn't cooperated. Ultrasound has exposed the life in the womb to those of us who didn't want to see what abortion kills. The fetus is squirming, and so are we.3. G.K. Chesteron on divorce:
Critics complain that these bills seek to "bias," "coerce," and "guilt-trip" women. Come on. Women aren't too weak to face the truth. If you don't want to look at the video, you don't have to. But you should look at it, and so should the guy who got you pregnant, because the decision you're about to make is as grave as it gets.
If Americans can be divorced for "incompatibility of temper" I cannot conceive why they are not all divorced. I have known many happy marriages, but never a compatible one. The whole aim of marriage is to fight through and survive the instant when incompatibility becomes unquestionable. For a man and a woman, as such, are incompatible.(Big HT to Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost, one of my favorite intellectual blogs, for these last two.)
Most likely, not all of my Three Thinking Things posts will be this serious. But hopefully, they will all get your gray matter engaged.
Leave me a comment if any of these items got you thinking. And feel free to share something that's made you stop and go hmmmm recently. My motto: My house may be dusty, but my brain won't be rusty!
(Yes, I love rhyming too. Watch out, Maya Angelou!)