Moral Compass

Who holds the moral compass?

  • The person who lives a life of decency with heaven as reward for good behavior.
  • The person who lives a life of decency in fear punishment for disobedience.
  • The person who lives a life of decency.


No Man is an Island

In a world seemingly on a precipice, I am reminded of the poem by John Donne.  This meditation is genius in its description of human connectedness.  

‘No Man is an Island’

No man is an island entire of itself; every man 
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; 
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe 
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as 
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine 
own were; any man's death diminishes me, 
because I am involved in mankind. 
And therefore never send to know for whom 
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. 

John Donne
Meditation XVII, 1623

The Word

In a recent conversation with a nephew of mine (who happens to hold a PhD in Philosophy from Oxford University and a Masters in Divinity), I learned that a New Testament verse, John 1:1, uses a translation of the Greek word “logos” that is interesting, to say the least. In the English translations, Logos = Word, and the verse goes like this:

In the beginning was the Word (logos), and the Word (logos) was with God and the Word (logos) was God .  And the Word (logos) became flesh and dwelt among us.

In the common Greek language,however, logos has taken various meanings:  It has been used to describe thought, speech, words, account, proportion, standard, principle, reason, and logic.

When we replace the English word with reason, the verse causes a much different sensation:

In the beginning was Reason, and Reason was with God and Reason was God.  And Reason became flesh and dwelt among us.


The Truth Lies Here

“Truth” the word has many definitions.  It is, therefore, difficult to argue.  Truth is illusive.  Finding it……

If truth is that which matches reality, then whose reality?  Everything that is, is true. It is dependant upon who is making the assertion, upon the perspective; dependent upon whose brain is making the observation.  Truth is subjective.

So never condemn a person who says, “I know this to be true”, and do not blindly take this assertion as your own.