Sunday, February 25, 2007

Why Not?

God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.

Maybe not. What if God isn't benevolent? What if He is actually malevolent? Or just volent?

The question many people struggle with is why God would allow good people to suffer. I think the struggle with this issue of suffering comes with an assumption that God is nice; the disconnect is why a nice entity would permit bad things. But if God isn't nice, then there isn't a conflict. Suffering and malady is often explained away as an obstacle that God places in front of us so that we can grow spiritually. That is actually an integral part of Latter Day Saint theology, as I understand it. It seems like that perspective is a choice based on a desire for God to be good.

I don't desire God to be anything, but I find the opposite perspective interesting. There is plenty of evidence otherwise that God isn't nice. Take, for example, His chosen people, the Jews. There are other groups of people that have suffered, but I'm guessing not to the prolonged historical degree that they have. The Old Testament is one long record of their oppression and suffering.

This perspective then shifts everything else. If God is not good, and possibly even mean, all spiritual success is then solely incumbent on people. They succeed inspite of God. However, I think people, that spiritual success relies on, derive that success from a belief that God is good. I could be wrong though, maybe someone who thinks God is against them, would strive to acheive success to overcome that.

Lungile Sinandile

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At February 26, 2007 7:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a professor once who wrote on the board, "God is good." He then told us to define one of those words. I think we all chose "is". It was much easier.

Growing up, I always heard/was taught that the very definition of God was good, the devil was bad, and all forces related to that.

I'm not so sure I agree with that, now I'm more in the Eastern religion camp. I guess it all boils down to the meanings of good and evil. To me, good is when there is no bad, or less bad.

I really don't believe that a God really determines as much as people blame/give him credit for.

Karma, now that is a philosophy I can get behind.

 
At February 26, 2007 11:49 AM, Blogger bryant said...

The first paragraph of anonymous' comment is interesting to me. If we define good by the character of God and Its actions, than perhaps our understanding of good is incorrect. If "God is good all the time", than it follows that everything that happens is good.

Although I'm not willing to say that persecution of Jews is a good thing, perhaps a lot of things we consider bad are actually good.

Or maybe the very idea of good and bad are simply categories defined by humans to help us understand our own feelings and experiences, especially those we find disagreeable. As a hormone driven creature this seems like the most parsimonious explanation to me.

 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Mind If I Borrow Some Quiet?

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first of forty days of Lent. It is a time of penitence and fasting. I am going to fast from noise. There are a lot of ways I'm going to implement this in my life, a lot of them surrounding turning off the radio. Turn off the radio when I'm in the shower, in my car, at work when no one else is around. I'll also mute commercials on television, and not turn the television on unless there is a specific show I want to watch (no TV browsing). I'm going to try to keep my jibber-jabber to a minimum at work too; there really isn't that much that needs saying.

Last night after working out, I went to IHOP for a free short stack of pancakes. Interesting to me, the waitress I had is one of the spirit leaders for the Husker wrestling team (that sentence has some tricky cases in it). This fact, of course, increased her tip. We talked about the Big XII wrestling championships in Columbia, MO the 3rd of March. She has to leave at 4:30 Saturday morning to make the five hour jaunt. Wendy and I, however, are going down on Friday and are coming back on Sunday.

I'm going to ask this question now and have more on this in a latter post: Who or what is to say that God isn't nice and good?

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At February 22, 2007 7:26 AM, Blogger Voth said...

I'm glad we aren't leaving at 4:30 in the morning.

You doing laundry here this week?

 
At February 24, 2007 10:56 AM, Blogger Greg said...

great idea. giving up noise.

 
At February 24, 2007 7:03 PM, Blogger Ellen said...

how's mrs. castle?

 
At March 04, 2007 8:14 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

So are you enough of a fan to have recognised the spirit leader before she identified herself as one?

 

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Maw-ly

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At February 19, 2007 8:09 PM, Blogger Greg said...

she is cute!

 
At February 19, 2007 8:10 PM, Blogger Greg said...

You should send that over to cuteoverload.com

 
At February 20, 2007 10:48 AM, Blogger Cerise said...

So this is your mom's puppy? How long do you have her?

gaxbtlal

 
At February 20, 2007 2:11 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I met my parents in York last night on their way back from TX to return Molly to her rightful caretakers. So the place is much quieter now.

 

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Anna Molly

Today Molly and I went for a spontaneous walk. I had gotten up after my late evening and taken her out to do her thing. Then the day was just so nice I figured we would go for a walk. First we went to visit Angela, but she wasn't in, which was fine. Molly didn't take too kindly to the stairs, which required me to carry her (what a sissy). Then we went and visited Kyle and Cassie and Emma, their seal point cat.

Because today was so nice, the snow did plenty of melting and mudding, so when we got back I gave her a bath. Don't worry though, my sister tested her shampoo/conditioner blend on herself before I used it on Molly. Fortunately, our hour and a half walk has finally pooped her out (figuratively and literally), and she is laying peacefully at my feet. As I said before, "She is a delight."

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At February 18, 2007 11:02 PM, Anonymous Michael said...

Doesn't Molly deserve a posted picture?

 
At February 18, 2007 11:07 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Well, I don't know if she deserves one, but my readers do.

 

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Post 201 or Only Molly Knows

Molly, the 9 week old 3/4 golden laborador 1/4 retriever, is now in the house. She is cute as the dickens, if by dickens you mean whimpering and whining at many hours of the night. I'm approaching this evening with some trepidation, as she is napping now and might not reach the appropriate level of enervation later.

Aside from my normal concerns, she is a delight. If you're in the area and would like to bask in her puppy power, you are more than welcome to visit.

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At February 16, 2007 9:34 PM, Blogger Voth said...

She's adorable. Feel free to bring her over tomorrow, I love puppy.

Wanna see Breach sometime? I think it looks interesting.

 
At February 16, 2007 11:40 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Yes, I do wanna see Breach, you read my mind.

 

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Dog Names

So I'm watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show tonight. There are lots of great names for these pure bred dogs.

What is your pure bred name? I think a formula that might work would be an anagram of your mother or father's name with one letter removed, then a compound of two nature words, like oak and rain, and finally a choice of an anagram of your middle name, the title of a movie, a fictional character, or a phrase that includes prepositions (throw in a possessive form for fun). Enjoy:

Windkist Little Rascal, Windbourne Silver Hammer, Churchhils Treasured Moon (dam Shilohs Nomoblues O Churchil), Sunburst Huntsman at Mechta, Bill Cosby's dog: Hobergay's Fineus Fogg, Kiarry's Reflections of the Sun,

Torquay S Demetrio(sire Rapidan Impressive, dam Greystone Harpia), Pequest Persuasive (dam Pequest Tilly Tooter), Gerico's Hawthorne Windsor Rose, Erinwood Clossongrey Smoke'N Mirrors (dam Erinwood Whynsome Of Eagle),

Lindvangen Nemo, Scentasias Howlaway Semper Fi, Sennenhof Xander, Setextra Velikoross Pavel, Hallam's Benenkhons Ra Qena, Aerdenhout's Make It So, Thistleglen Margot, Brushwood's Moxi of Endeavor, Subiras Riley (sire Subiras Charle of Amerdee), Kyleakin Scotsman Invasion, Miimoksen Deneb,

Finnabair Maoli, Geordan Tiger Lily, Best in Breed Kerry Blue Terrier: Aran Ferbane (sire Lescareiot Gorgeous George dam Aran Enniskerry), Alugoaa Del Cornijal, Cause For Celebration (dam Cracknor Cause Celebre),

Cantell You Can Call Me Ted, Showa Fantastic With Pantulf (sire Orlane's Cousteau At Saxonsprings), Breawood's Dancetotherisnson, Ambrier's Nanda Devi (sire Flubber Of Lollipop),

Medawisla Bluwater Yachtsman, Elmo's Men Are From Mars, Zindika Svengali Determinator, Chataquas Valimir Of Kyrov, Bermarg's Boondox Talisman,

Montrose The Golden Harvest, Broadcreek's Titus Of Taliesin, Osferatu Fauve De La Chaume Du Bois Dieu, German Shepherd Best in Breed: Kaleefs Geneva Aeval-Achtung

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At February 13, 2007 10:37 PM, Blogger bryant said...

To be honest I hadn't though much about it until recently. But apparently there is controversy in dog breeding beyond what is depicted in Best in Show and in the antics of Triumph. Read This is a dog if you want to know about it. I have a whole different view of pugs now.

 
At February 13, 2007 11:34 PM, Blogger Buffy Turner said...

Michael only recently found out our first dog, when we were kids, was "Blacky." He died. I guess that's the consummate dog cliche, but I never realized it until then; "Blacky" to us was so much more.

Sorry. That's the closest I can get to Westminster talk.

 
At February 13, 2007 11:47 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Bryant, poor pugs. I am a purist myself and just because others are irresponsible with dog breeding doesn't mean I need to be punished. I want a beautiful dog as a life accessory and status symbol.

Buffy, I don't know where to start. At first I thought you and Michael were going to have the same dog or something like that. Did he find out the dog died or that its name was Blacky? What is the consummate dog cliche, that it died? I hate it when dogs are so cliche and die.

And at which point did you realize this cliche? When Michael found out or when your dog died? And Blacky was so much more to you than a cliched dog name?

Sorry, it is getting a bit late and I'm ornery.

 
At February 14, 2007 3:22 PM, Blogger Michael Covarrubias said...

All fair questions Daniel. In fact this is how I found out the dog's name:

We were talking about good dog names and I said that a name like Robert or Andrew would be funny. She laughed. Then I had to provide the counterweight to the novelty of a 'human' name so I voiced my disdain for typical dog names that everyone uses: like "Champ" or "Blacky" (the latter for a Black Lab especially). She smiled weakly and I realized what I had just done. "Your dog was named "Blacky!" I exclaimed - laughing loudly.

Buffy didn't apologize or try to defend the name. She chuckled and explained that at their young age she and Casey weren't concerned with being original or clever. The dog needed a name. It was a black dog. They would call it "Blacky."

Far worse is that my uncle chose the same name for his Black Lab when he was an adult. My uncle that is.

 
At February 14, 2007 10:10 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

I like how you exclaim with laughter after realizing you have mistakenly belittled your wife's childhood nymical(?) deed.

I can't really talk though when it comes to naming dogs. I think my first dog was named Buster; we also had a Bill, he was a cocker spaniel. I did think one child who got one of our family's pups two years ago had a clever name. "Flag, because just look at his tail how it goes in the wind."

Molly, the latest puppy, is now at our apartment. Pictures to come.

 
At February 15, 2007 7:57 AM, Blogger Voth said...

Some pics of Molly are on my myspace, I'll add them to blogger some time this morning.

Columbia to KC is a 2 hour drive if the roads are good. I'm down with that trip. It sounds very interesting, esp if the fans of arena football are anything like hockey fans. Want me to buy tickets?

 
At February 15, 2007 4:28 PM, Blogger Voth said...

Okie. Any specific seats you want?

 

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

"Begin Again Gang . . .

gonna get gung-ho about fitness."

So tonight was the third night this week that I ran at Larson Lifestyles Center. Last year, if you remember, I ran in the Lincoln Half-Marathon and completed the 13.1 miles in 1:56. It was my goal to finish in under two hours, and I did. This year my goal is to complete a half-marathon around 90 minutes. This means going from averaging 8:46 minutes a mile to 7 minutes a mile. I don't know if this much improvement is possible, but it helps that I have two opportunities this year. Lincoln's marathon at the beginning of May, and the Black Hills marathon at the beginning of June for my mother's birthday celebration.

This week is the first running I've done since last year's marathon in May. I started "training" for last year's marathon about this same time, so my plan to improve that 1:46 per mile is to run faster paces for the thirty minutes I get the treadmill at Larson and run more longer distances than last year once the weather gets nice. Last year the most I ran before the marathon Sunday was 10 miles on Friday. Hopefully this year I'll get a 15 miler in there before the half. Any advice in this new venture is welcome. I'll keep you updated.

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At February 08, 2007 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to work on Sunday, sorry. It's cuz I have the first weekend in March off, they are making me work 6 days.

 
At February 10, 2007 12:02 AM, Blogger Buffy Turner said...

Oh, Daniel,

Your passing reference to the thirty minutes you get on the treadmill in the Larson Lifestyle Center killed me. Do you know I actually got in trouble over that? They finally called me in the dorm, got me on the phone, and had a serious discussion with me over it.

I'd been going right when they opened, every morning, and would have signed my name on the sheet, followed by a medley of other names including, but not limited to, Becka Lund, Allison Rosette, and Kari Lund, for the next three slots, or so.

The real problem came when another girl was always there, vying with me for the treadmill.

But, exactly: how would one train for a marathon with a measly thirty minutes?

At least I got in my record, 17 miles, at the Larson Lifestyle Center. Two hours, thirty-seven minutes, and forty-seven seconds. That was an exciting day.

 
At February 10, 2007 12:26 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

I don't know what is more impressive, that you were able to run at a 9:28 pace for 17 miles or that you were able to stay for two and a half hours on a treadmill at Larson.

They do have two treadmills now, but I only really care to run on one of them and have been fortunate to always have one open when I need it.

As for training for a marathon, I hope to get to a 6 minute or below pace in my thirty minute sessions, which should allow for a pretty quick pace once I get to the longer distances. That would be 5 miles in the thirty minutes which is 38 percent of the half marathong.

 
At February 11, 2007 2:23 AM, Blogger Buffy Turner said...

Yeah, I'm unequivocally slow and steady when it comes to running. I had to trade time goals for distance goals, lest I lose all sense of dignity. For probably the same reason I detested running with others. I'm too competitive, and hate the distraction of another person's pace beside my own; my only exception was letting Casey run with me Sabbath mornings, and I made sure he understood the salience of his standing. (And what does he do with that salience but run backwards, in front of me?)

Oh, and there were two treadmills at the Lifestyle Center when I was there, too. But all those older men would come at 6:00am, too.

 
At February 13, 2007 5:34 PM, Blogger Voth said...

I'll put the gates in the kitchen, you or Marcy can pick them up when you wish.

 

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Docus and Eigil


So today was fairly good. Orders slacked off so I was able to leave work about a half hour earlier than normal. This allowed me to go to the Husker's wrestling match tonight against Oklahoma State. I was very glad to see Fred Ambrose as the referee. He is in the Wrestling Hall of Fame and looks like a Turk.

After the dual, which the Huskers lost, I went to the last showing of The Last King of Scotland in Lincoln at The Ross. (Nevermind, I guess they've extended the run.) I now know why Forest Whitaker is winning all the awards so far for best male actor in a leading role. I really liked Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson, and DiCaprio did a good job in The Departed. But Whitaker was better. Near the end of the film, there are two grotesque scenes. They are a powerful part of the film, and what I'm afraid of is that they might even be integral to the film. And for a sidenote, Gillian Anderson is very attractive when blonde and tan.



When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are; it won't be answered.

Stern and Callum

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At February 02, 2007 12:57 PM, Blogger Cerise said...

Well-acted and pretty people; did you have other opinions on it? (I did respond to your question on my blog...)

 
At February 07, 2007 9:28 PM, Blogger Ancient Kingdom said...

Oklahoma State needs to play with the gaints...Yep me..The Gopher. Lol.

 

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Rabbit, Rabbit

Some names for you:

Wizdrins Narcisse

Zsakeba Henderson

Choodian Cassells

and a contestant on the newest Bravo reality competition Top Design:

Goil Amornvivat

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