Know What You’re Doing? I Sure Don’t!

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Do I know what I’m doing?

Well, yes and no.

At my work of choice so far, I know everything, inside and out. Close enough, OK? Enough to function far above average, in any case. For some time now.

To me, knowing what you’re doing thoroughly amounts to six letters:

B O R I N G.

Boring, yes? That’s Latin for not enough (OK, it’s not – you get me, yes?).

Who wants that? Not me, it turns out. I HATE usual, routine, same old same old same old etc. It all amounts to BORING, which to me amounts to dull and irritating and not what I want at all. Not enough for me, anyway.

So I’ve tried a few things, to spread my wings and grow. Live!

Teaching has been the best, but it would be even better (So much better!) if I could teach my own material, what I know, not the same old stuff you find in every textbook. I’m not good at settling. Not my style, right or wrong.

I’m no fan of textbooks. The very definition of boring, textbooks. Other than the folks making money at such, is anyone a fan of them? Anyone?!?

So I look to teach my own spin on things, and I know I have plenty to offer. Plenty!

Blogging is a start.

Gotta build my confidence, my audience, and my experience.

It’s a freebee, sure, but I get all those three back!

Not a bad deal at all.



  1. And excerpt from C.S. Lewis’, “Mere Christianity;”
    “In a way I quite understand why some people are put off by Theology. I remember once when I had been giving a talk to the RAF, and old hard-bitten office got up and said, ‘I’ve no use for all that stuff. But, mind you, I’m a religious man too. I know there’s a God. I’ve felt Him: out alone in the desert at night…I don’t believe all your neat little dogmas…To anyone who’s met the real thing they all seem so petty and pedantic and unreal.’
    “Now in a sense I quite agreed with that man. I think he had probably had a real experience of God in the desert. And when he turned from that experience to the Christian creeds, I think he really was turning from something real to something less real. In the same way, if a man has once looked at the Atlantic from the beach, and then goes and looks at a map of the Atlantic, he also will be turning from something real to something less real: turning from real waves to a bit of coloured paper. But here comes the point. The map is admittedly only coloured paper, but there are two things you have to remember about it. In the first place, it is based on what hundreds and thousands of people have found out by sailing the real Atlantic. In that way it has behind it masses of experience just as real as the one you could have from the beach; only, while yours would be a single glimpse, the map fits all those different experiences together. As long as you are content with walks on the beach, your own glimpses are far more fun than looking at a map. But the map is going to be more use than walks on the beach if you want to get to America.
    “Now, Theology is like the map. Mere learning and thinking about the Christian doctrines, if your stop there, is less real and less exciting than the sort of thing my friend got in the desert. Doctrines are not God: they are only a kind of map. But that map is based on the experience of hundreds of people who really were in touch with God – experiences compared with which any thrills or pious feelings you and I are likely to get on our own are very elementary and very confused. And secondly, if you want to get any further, you must use the maps. You see, what happened to that man in the desert may have been real, and was certainly exciting, but nothing comes of it. It leads nowhere. There is nothing to do about it. In fact, that is just why a vague religion-All about feeling God in nature, and so on-is so attractive. It is all thrills and no work: like watching the waves from the beach. But you will not get to Newfoundland by studying the Atlantic that way, and you will not get eternal life by simply feeling the presence of God in flowers or music. Neither will you get anywhere by looking at maps without going to sea. Nor will you be very safe if you go to sea without a map.”
    As boring as textbooks may be, I believe, they are as necessary as experience if we which to succeed at anything worth striving for.


  2. If you say so… My theory is that everything is backwards: first, we’re taught a bunch of junk we can never use. Then we go aimlessly searching for the truth. Then by the time we find it, we’re too old to apply anything… I’d like to be 10 again. Then, everything was right. Now it’s all wrong! See? Backwards… Almost as though wisdom equals realization of stupidity…


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