Monthly Archives: December 2009


Ralph Waldo Emerson is too much of a machine!


OK, this is such a silly picture but I think it is kind of funny. It reminded me of a principle we teach in Economics: you do not have to understand something to be doing it. Tiger Woods (probably not the best example at the moment) does not need to understand Newton’s laws of motion, or the mathematics of arc’s, trajectories etc to hit a perfect shot, he just does it. Likewise he does not need to understand the psychological, hormonal and physical processes (that occur when he meets some hot chick) to act on those impulses. In Economics terms, you may not understand the principles of diminishing marginal utility, the Law of Demand or the psychological processes involved with cognitive dissonance (buyers remorse) and yet we act accordingly all the time. Where I’m going with all this is that as we advance as a human race and begin to understand more of the world (Science, Biology, Biochemistry etc) we understand more of what causes things, and also what are the results of the thing that was caused. We do not understand Grace fully and yet we partake (?) of it. We do not understand the ramifications of responding to the salvation call of God on our lives and yet we do it anyway. However, understanding these things (usually in hindsight) is particularly useful and thrilling! Taking this to a broader level, as we advance, we start to understand more and more of things we have been doing but didn’t even know we were doing. Or the principles we were acting in accordance with, without even knowing it. We are all part of God’s Redemption Plan on the earth. As we understand more about God, Salvation, Predestination and Sovereignty we can begin to glimpse and (perhaps) understand a portion of the awesome plan of God that is unfolding throughout the world today. I hope so…


Our life is full of brokenness – broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives.” – Henri Nouwen

Rock, paper, scissors


Indifference – Studdert Kennedy

When Jesus came to Golgotha, they hanged him on a tree,
They drove great nails through hands and feet
and made a Calvary;
They crowned him with a crown of thorns,
red were his wounds and deep,
For those were crude and cruel days,
and human flesh was cheap.

When Jesus came to Birmingham,
they simple passed him by,
They never hurt a hair of him, they only let him die.
For men had grown more tender
and they would not give him pain,
They only passed him down the street
and left him in the rain.

Still Jesus cried ‘Forgive them,
for they know not what they do’
And still it rained the wintry rain
that drenched him through and through.
The crowds went home and left the streets
without a soul to see,
That Jesus crouched against a wall, and cried for Calvary.

Demotivational Posters

Pure Capitalism

“I [suspect] we are throwing more and more of our resources, including the cream of our youth, into financial services, into activities that generate high private rewards disproportionate to their social productivity. I suspect that the immense power of the computer is being harnessed to this ‘paper economy’, not to do the same transactions more economically but to balloon the quantity and variety of financial exchanges…I fear that, as Keynes saw even in his day, the advantages of liquidity and negotiability of financial instruments come at the cost of facilitating nth-degree speculation which is short sighted and inefficient” – James Tobin (1984)

This observation of Tobin was prescient and prophetic considering he wrote it in 1984! Personally I love this picture – it is so tongue-in-cheek. It highlights the absolute absurdity of our cycle of consumerism we are lead to believe is life. Study so you can get a good job, so you can earn a good salary, so you can buy lots of stuff and supposedly be happy. Then work harder to get a raise so you can have kids and send them to good schools, so that they too can earn a good salary and buy lots of stuff. Bleh. How is it that smart people can’t see straight through this? Often it is the smartest people that seem to be the most driven to succeed (as defined by our materialist culture).

I suspect the winds of change, they are a’blowing…