Monday, December 12, 2005

Breaking The Legs of Sheep

CD: Apparitions Of Melody
ARTIST: Kids In The Way
Song: Breaking The Legs of Sheep
Lyrics:

I never meant to hurt you
I never thought my words could cut right through, leaving open wounds
In all this open space, I took myself into a place
I never should have gone, I never should have gone
Oh, the damage is done

Lay me down in fields of green
This heart has seen things I never should have seen
You’re breaking my legs and teaching me

I never saw my own pride
I never thought my lips could taste of lies, and kiss your crying eyes
And all the scars you’ve gained, from crimson covered hands
That held your face when they were strong, my hands used to be so strong
Oh, the damage they’ve done

I found my place among the seas,
I found this grace upon my knees

Written by Kids in the Way © 2005 Flicker USA Publishing

Behind the Song:

"Well if you want to know the artist personally, this is the song that does it. I wrote this song during a very painful growing time in my spiritual life. I had kind of been cruising along for sometime, not really challenging myself or growing with the Lord and it started to become very apparent. I found myself dealing with a lot of my poor decisions and weaknesses. And it hurt very badly. During this time I remembered a lesson I had heard once over Psalm 23. In the few opening verses it talks about the Lord being our Shepard and how He leads us to still waters and makes us lie down in green pastures. We are the sheep, and He is our master, looking out for us. Protecting us. The teacher informed us that sheep are a very dumb animal, and will put themselves into danger without even knowing it. Even after being returned to the herd, they will wander back into the same danger they were just in. To keep them from doing so, sometimes the Shepard would have to break the sheep’s legs to “make them lie down” in the safety of the pasture. Recalling this lesson, I realized God was breaking my legs and telling me I needed to get on the ball and remember my call and duty to be a man of God." - Dave Pelsue (Kids In The Way

Band Website: http://www.kidsintheway.com/

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

WORD OF THE DAY

homonymous • \hoe-MAH-nuh-mus\ • adjective
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1 : ambiguous*
2 : having the same designation
3 : of, relating to, or being homonyms

Example sentence:How many states, besides New York, have a homonymous city or town?


Did you know?The "ambiguous" sense of "homonymous" refers mainly to words that have two or more meanings. In the 1600s, logicians and scientists who wanted to refer to (or complain about!) such equivocal words chose a name for them based on Latin and Greek, from Greek "hom-" ("same") and "onyma" ("name"). In time, English speakers came up with another sense of "homonymous," referring to two things having the same name (Hawaii, the state, and Hawaii, the island, for example). Next came the use of "homonymous" to refer to homonyms, such as "see" and "sea." There's also a zoological sense. Sheep and goats whose right horn spirals to the right and left horn spirals to the left are said to be "homonymous."

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Friday, December 02, 2005

Fallacious

Main Entry: fal·la·cious Pronunciation: f&-'lA-sh&s
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Function: adjective
1 : embodying a fallacy
2 : tending to deceive or mislead : DELUSIVE-
fal·la·cious·ly adverb-
fal·la·cious·ness noun

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The Allegory of the Cave

Plato
Book VII of The Republic
The Allegory of the Cave

Here's a little story from Plato's most famous book, see if you can understand the allegory.

[Socrates is speaking with Glaucon]
[Socrates:] And now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: --Behold! human beings living in a underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads. Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised way; and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.
[Glaucon:] I see.
And do you see, I said, men passing along the wall carrying all sorts of vessels, and statues and figures of animals made of wood and stone and various materials, which appear over the wall? Some of them are talking, others silent.
You have shown me a strange image, and they are strange prisoners.
Like ourselves, I replied; and they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave?
True, he said; how could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?
And of the objects which are being carried in like manner they would only see the shadows?
Yes, he said.
And if they were able to converse with one another, would they not suppose that they were naming what was actually before them?
Very true.
And suppose further that the prison had an echo which came from the other side, would they not be sure to fancy when one of the passers-by spoke that the voice which they heard came from the passing shadow?
No question, he replied.
To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images.
That is certain.
And now look again, and see what will naturally follow if the prisoners are released and disabused of their error. At first, when any of them is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look towards the light, he will suffer sharp pains; the glare will distress him, and he will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and then conceive some one saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion, but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is turned towards more real existence, he has a clearer vision, -what will be his reply? And you may further imagine that his instructor is pointing to the objects as they pass and requiring him to name them, -- will he not be perplexed? Will he not fancy that the shadows which he formerly saw are truer than the objects which are now shown to him?
Far truer.
And if he is compelled to look straight at the light, will he not have a pain in his eyes which will make him turn away to take and take in the objects of vision which he can see, and which he will conceive to be in reality clearer than the things which are now being shown to him?
True, he said.
And suppose once more, that he is reluctantly dragged up a steep and rugged ascent, and held fast until he 's forced into the presence of the sun himself, is he not likely to be pained and irritated? When he approaches the light his eyes will be dazzled, and he will not be able to see anything at all of what are now called realities.
Not all in a moment, he said.
He will require to grow accustomed to the sight of the upper world. And first he will see the shadows best, next the reflections of men and other objects in the water, and then the objects themselves; then he will gaze upon the light of the moon and the stars and the spangled heaven; and he will see the sky and the stars by night better than the sun or the light of the sun by day?
Certainly.
Last of he will be able to see the sun, and not mere reflections of him in the water, but he will see him in his own proper place, and not in another; and he will contemplate him as he is.
Certainly.
He will then proceed to argue that this is he who gives the season and the years, and is the guardian of all that is in the visible world, and in a certain way the cause of all things which he and his fellows have been accustomed to behold?
Clearly, he said, he would first see the sun and then reason about him.
And when he remembered his old habitation, and the wisdom of the den and his fellow-prisoners, do you not suppose that he would felicitate himself on the change, and pity them?
Certainly, he would.
And if they were in the habit of conferring honours among themselves on those who were quickest to observe the passing shadows and to remark which of them went before, and which followed after, and which were together; and who were therefore best able to draw conclusions as to the future, do you think that he would care for such honours and glories, or envy the possessors of them? Would he not say with Homer,
Better to be the poor servant of a poor master, and to endure anything, rather than think as they do and live after their manner?
Yes, he said, I think that he would rather suffer anything than entertain these false notions and live in this miserable manner.
Imagine once more, I said, such an one coming suddenly out of the sun to be replaced in his old situation; would he not be certain to have his eyes full of darkness?
To be sure, he said.
And if there were a contest, and he had to compete in measuring the shadows with the prisoners who had never moved out of the den, while his sight was still weak, and before his eyes had become steady (and the time which would be needed to acquire this new habit of sight might be very considerable) would he not be ridiculous? Men would say of him that up he went and down he came without his eyes; and that it was better not even to think of ascending; and if any one tried to loose another and lead him up to the light, let them only catch the offender, and they would put him to death.
No question, he said.
This entire allegory, I said, you may now append, dear Glaucon, to the previous argument; the prison-house is the world of sight, the light of the fire is the sun, and you will not misapprehend me if you interpret the journey upwards to be the ascent of the soul into the intellectual world according to my poor belief, which, at your desire, I have expressed whether rightly or wrongly God knows. But, whether true or false, my opinion is that in the world of knowledge the idea of good appears last of all, and is seen only with an effort; and, when seen, is also inferred to be the universal author of all things beautiful and right, parent of light and of the lord of light in this visible world, and the immediate source of reason and truth in the intellectual; and that this is the power upon which he who would act rationally, either in public or private life must have his eye fixed.

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