Travel Always Gives a True Light

I find it is travel that renews our spirits. It allows us to learn new customs, meet new people, and see new sites. My wife and I were blessed to enjoy such a trip this last week. I thank you for your patience when I went into areas and actions where daily blogging would be hard to accomplish.

I traveled for hours through the desert enjoying the cool air and the snow which was still present in crevices and washes where the sun had not yet shined on it. I had initially been worried about the heat I remembered from being stationed in Del Rio, Texas. I was very grateful to the kind people of Arizona who arranged a little snow and temperatures in the ’30s for us.

Part of my trip took me to Douglas, Arizona where I attended my son’s wedding and welcomed a wonderful new son-in-law into the family. I was also very privileged to meet his wonderful extended family and enjoy their gracious company.

I will tell you more of the grand hotel we stayed in later. It was the technical wonder of its day when first built, and even today, as it is being restored to former glory, all of the history and narrative of the local area is still visible and felt within its walls.

I will have much more to tell you about in upcoming blogs. For now, I wish to thank the people of Douglas. While I was there, I went out and walked the town. I always felt safe in this border crossing town. And the people were very friendly. I saw nice small shops, and I ate delicious local cuisine.

The hype I see on TV about terrorists, drug smugglers, rapists, and other terrors, I have learned is made up TV hype. I have been there and what I see in this nice border town is a community where people are living and enjoying daily life.

I want to thank all those I met, and all those I had a chance to talk with. Because of all these interactions, I have grown and hopefully become a better person because I have new ways to look at things.  Travel always helps to see things in a true light.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Good or Evil

Like all great things, the computer has within it the ability to produce great good, and at the same time evil and aggravation. Actually, the computer is just a set of circuits. It is built out of silicon and other minerals and there to do the bidding of whoever controls it, and puts it into action. My contention is that evil does not live in inanimate objects. Neither does good.

Good and evil lives within people. Thousands of years ago when we lived in villages and did not know where the next settlement was, the good and evil were able to stay right there in that one community, although every community had good and evil within it.

As we migrated throughout the world and grew in numbers, so did right, and so did wrong. Today, from any room in our home or even outside of it, each person can reach anywhere on earth, or in orbit and communicate with anyone else. That means good has a worldwide reach. From anywhere in the world to anywhere. And because of that, so does evil.

Remember it is not the equipment or the inanimate objects which allow the reach to every part of the world that causes good or evil. What causes good or evil are the people making the connections. So, before you connect with one another, you have a burden. Your burden is to think. So is mine.

We must think of whether or not we’re doing good or evil. We must consider this with the thought of both intentional and unintentional consequences. If we do good for others, we do good for ourselves. If we do evil unto others, we are only doing evil unto ourselves.

As an experiment, Please look at today’s picture and tell in the comments if you think it is good or evil.

Heavy thoughts for Friday, yet something to think about for a weekend or more.

Thanks for being with me today and have a great weekend.