a thrill like music

“Isn’t it funny the way some combinations of words can give you—almost apart from their meaning—a thrill like music?” – C.S. Lewis

Went to my favorite place with the padres today: The Library of Congress. These quotes never get old. I looooove reading them amidst the phenomenal artwork and stately architecture. I hold great esteem for each of these men and wholly believe in each one of these bits of truth.

BEAUTY IS TRUTH, TRUTH BEAUTY
Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn

TOO LOW THEY BUILD WHO BUILD BENEATH THE STARS
Edward Young, Night Thoughts, “Night,” viii, 215

THERE IS BUT ONE TEMPLE IN THE UNIVERSE
AND THAT IS THE BODY OF MAN
Novalis, Philosophy and Physics

THERE IS ONE ONLY GOOD, NAMELY, KNOWLEDGE;
AND ONE ONLY EVIL, NAMELY IGNORANCE
Diogenes Laertius, Socrates, Sec. xiv.

A LITTLE LEARNING IS A DANGEROUS THING;
DRINK DEEP OR TASTE NOT OF THE PIERIAN SPRING.
Pope, Essay on Criticism, Pt. ii, 215

THE NOBLEST MOTIVE IS THE PUBLIC GOOD
Virgil

IGNORANCE IS THE CURSE OF GOD,
KNOWLEDGE THE WING WHEREWITH WE FLY TO HEAVEN
Shakespeare, Henry IV, pt. ii, Act iv., Sc. 7

THE TRUE UNIVERSITY OF THESE DAYS IS A COLLECTION OF BOOKS
Carlyle, On Heroes and Hero-Worship, “The Hero as a Man of Letters.”

NATURE IS THE ART OF GOD
Sir Thomas Browne

THEY ARE NEVER ALONE THAT ARE ACCOMPANIED WITH NOBLE THOUGHTS
Sir Philip Sidney, Arcadi

WORDS ARE ALSO ACTIONS AND ACTIONS ARE A KIND OF WORDS
Emerson, Essays, “The Poet”

THE FOUNDATION OF EVERY STATE IS THE EDUCATION OF ITS YOUTH
Dionysius

THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD IS THE BIOGRAPHY OF GREAT MEN
Carlyle, Essays, “History”

ALL ARE BUT PARTS OF ONE STUPENDOUS WHOLE,
WHOSE BODY NATURE IS, AND GOD THE SOUL
Pope, Essay on Man, “Epistle” i, 267

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a digital nation

Watch this PBS documentary: a digital nation. It changed the way I viewed technology. They discuss how the internet has hurt (and helped) relationships, how multitasking is destroying our culture, how we create second lives through the internet, and how pretty soon we’ll be sending our kids to internet addiction camps like they already do in Korea. You really should watch it, I found it fascinating.

As a result, in the last few weeks I’ve began multiple conversations about the value of media in our life: twitter, facebook, google buzz… what is the point of it all? Does it add more value or only distract?

The short conclusion is that I think it adds a lot a value IF properly used. Proper Netiquette (defined: short for network etiquette, the code of conduct regarding acceptable online behavior) must be displayed as well as moderation in all things, including email use. Which is why I felt the need to go on a google chat hiatus for the last two weeks– I was feeling addicted ‘being online’, I felt the compulsion to have some sort of web presence, as weird as that may sound. Some of you may have felt the same way with a different web program.

Feel addicted to youtube videos? Do you constantly think of your actions in terms of something to blog about or update your facebook status with? Can you handle being signed out of your email for a few hours? a few minutes?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, then I venture to say that it is time to step back. Let’s look at how the web is helping and hurting us, then refine how we use it.

One final thought from Thomas Jefferson: “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” I think in some small way, the internet is a powerful form of tyranny over the mind of man. Although I haven’t developed this thought thoroughly. Elder Bednar also had a lot to say on this subject.

I’d appreciate your thoughts.

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?

my relationships with others are the most important part of my life.

i’d like to comment on the essential need and desire to have good friends in our lives. Not just good friends, but friends who listen, who care, who lift us and push us to greater heights. Friends who know when to let you cry, know how to make you laugh, and who know when to just sit and and let you think for awhile. Basically just friends who love and show that love.

I have such a friend. In fact, I have many of these friends. But the one whom I spend the most time with recently has been my dear roommate Catherine. Any who know this friend of mine will quickly agree how fun and witty and intelligent catherine is. While she is most certainly ALL these things (and many more), I’d like to point out some lesser known attributes of catherine. Here are five inherent qualities and reasons why I’m so grateful this gal has become one of my very closest friends:

#1: genuine
cath does not guard or second guess what she thinks or feels. her actions and words are genuine displays of her feelings.

#2: dedication and devotion
i don’t know many people that feel such a deep commitment and devotion to her beliefs and values. this is the mark of a true friend.

#3: real companionship
catherine spends her time developing real friendships. ANY situation is much more entertaining and meaningful if catherine is with me. as we’ve become better friends, it’s been a beautiful thing to watch how sensitive she is to my feelings, my needs, and my desires. everyday she, unknowingly, pushes me to become a better person.

#4: spontaneous desires and actions
as a dedicated (and obsessive) planner, i’ve grown to love her uninhibited and impromptu desires and ideas. cath is fun. so much fun.

#5: love of beautiful things
catherine is attracted to beauty of all kinds and is constantly inspiring me to immerse myself in nature, music, and great literature. by constantly immersing herself in what she is drawn to, she encourages others to “seek after these things”.

my new quest is to be this type of friend in every relationship throughout my life.

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
Let us move forward with strong and active faith. – FDR
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. -TJ