Tact |Gentlemen & Scholars

30 September, 2012 § Leave a comment

Generally speaking there are three guidelines for the gentleman concerning his conduct and speech and they all start with the letter “t”.  Diagrammatically, truth is the common trait that overlaps in each instance but each has its own lesson to teach as well. A gentleman is  tactful, tasteful, and timely.

Tact, these days, is a trait lacking in the speech and writings of both young and old men. Merriam-Webster.com defines tact as 1. sensitive mental or aesthetic perception and 2.a keen sense of what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense.   The Apostle Paul in Romans 12:18 exhorts his readers, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men”. Paul is encouraging the church at Rome to display tact. In essence, tact is the truth told in such a way as keeps the peace. It is the soft answer that turns away wrath in Proverbs 15:1. The tactful gentleman, (indeed, without tact I would not call any man a true gentleman) disregards his immediate feelings and answers with what he knows is the truth, for God‘s sake, and in love for the sake of his fellow-man.

Keep your eyes peeled for “Timing,” part 2 of the Gentlemen & Scholars series.


Sailing Solo | From XYZ

21 July, 2012 § 1 Comment

Reblogged from my new tab XYZ:

Real (analog) people are influenced by the people whom they interact with the most. This means that there should be some traits that transcend generational lines. Daughters turn into their mothers, sons into their fathers, wives and husbands into more a conglomerate person and so on and so forth. The problem that I see is that people do not believe that they are formed in any way by their parents, or anybody else’s, undeclared ideologies and actions.  Furthermore I see that people do not believe that they themselves influence the people that they interact with the most.  Thus you hear such naïve statements as, “as long as I am not hurting anyone,” and “what I do with my body is not anyone else’s concern”. Concerning motives, we love whom we love because we both perceive that the other loved us first.In retrospect, I think, both of us are more in love with ourselves and thus are  flattered that the other feels the same way. To say that love is a choice, which it is, only makes matters worse because of the screwed up intentionality of it all! In Christianity one’s love for one’s self is the bench mark for how much to love another person. In the end, I believe that the greatest disservice that a person can do for the people that he or she interacts with is to believe that they are the “captain of their souls,” sailing solo.

Christians and Environmentalism | C&E

7 June, 2012 § Leave a comment

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I am a God fearing Christian who believes that some day soon Jesus Christ the Messiah is going to come back and judge the earth in righteousness. The world will be destroyed in fire and brimstone and a new Heaven and a new Earth will be formed. I also believe that as a human being I bear the responsibility along with the rest of mankind to tend God’s other creations as we have been commanded to in Genesis 1:26

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (NIV)

Ruling over the other creations involves doing everything in our power to make sure that they are in an environment in which they can thrive and continue to glorify God.  I believe that a wholesome balance of  earnest expectation and responsibility are in order for the life of the professing Christian. On one hand, we must sincerely expect Jesus to return at any moment, and on the other we must be found in active obedience to His Word.

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-Daniel L. Bacon

Waiting for Daffodils

20 April, 2012 § 3 Comments

When I stand before God in the end, I want to have waited everyday expectantly and  joyfully for His second coming.

Not as some who will have been entangled with fret over the rulers of this earth and the  threat of inconvenience on the future generations.

The legacy that I want to leave my children and their children after them is that I waited for the daffodils and was delighted when they bloomed.

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

On Histories

17 April, 2012 § Leave a comment

After a war the victor sits in his cushioned armchair, pale from the bloodletting that preserves his idea of peace and prosperity. What was necessary for preservation is as good as done; therefore he writes the wrongs in retrospect–chronicling victories and assaying the  events in what light he will.

In any light, our’s is a history of violence.

The Myth of Progression | Educator, Educate Thyself

8 April, 2012 § 6 Comments

Somewhere along the way the human race has equated realizing the truth of the world around us with evolving into higher beings. We expect that we should be able to do more than the generations before us, so we do and can not understand why we’re totally exhausted all of the time, but instead of doing  less, we take a 5 hour energy. We expect that we should be able to contain more knowledge than generations before so we  idolize the renaissance man and the scientific revolution and set those men as the standard, and when we fail we lower the bar and the bachelor’s degree becomes the new high school diploma, while the Master’s degree becomes the new bachelors.

In the meantime, we continue to discover new ways to make our lives more convenient and pat ourselves on the back.

“We don’t point; it’s rude.” |Educator, Educate Thyself

31 March, 2012 § 4 Comments

Note: It’s Saturday, the most recognized day off of work or school day that we know. So, I’m going to take these next Saturday’s and run a little topical peak into education and the sense of it all. Here starts the Educator, Educate Thyself portion of One More Straw.

I am earning my bachelor’s degree. According to a 2005 Business week article, 28% of American’s have a college education. This poll tells me that a hypothetical 82% of my “of age,” countrymen and women that could have had an education, didn’t. According to a 2011 Gallup poll 69% of Americans polled agreed that having a college degree is essential for getting a good job in this country. At this point I’m feeling pretty good about myself. I’m counted with the 28% (or whatever the percentage is now) and 69% of my country is cheering me on! In fact I even get a stipend of financial aid from good ‘ol ‘bama for making the effort.

I should be ecstatic right? Well, no. *buzzer* I’m sorry, better luck next time!

The truth is that there are an awful lot of  people out there with their B.A.’s in whatever, that are mopping cafeteria floors and flipping up burgers. So… what then, is the average college education worthless? Am I just another broke, “well rounded,” individual who’s prepared for absolutely nothing? There is something desperately wrong with a system in which a man or women can go through sixteen years of education only to have it count for nothing. That’s 32 semesters, 48 trimesters or 64 quarters. In other words, a holy-indebted-up-to-my-eyeball’s-batman, later and  I’m prepared for a career as a school janitor. What is the point? You don’t need a college education to be a janitor?

We don’t point; it’s rude.

Articles Sourced:

America the Uneducated

Most Americans See College as Essential to Getting a Good Job

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