Hopefully I can keep up my self discipline to keep the weight off. But me and self-discipline? In some areas the two of us don't do so well together. I do have to admit that in some situations my resolve is icy and cold as steel. But in others like when we are holding a training class at work and the siren song of free donuts wafts down from the break room above ...
Anyway, the dihydrocodeinone is good stuff. Despite that I'm still coughing horribly, I don't really care. Would you believe that having feelings of euphoria is a common side effect of dihydrocodeinone? I'm shocked. Just shocked, I tell you. It's also supposed to be habit forming. Color me surprised.
The down side is that last night I get the vital things finished that I had wanted to finish. I knocked away two of them this morning, translating a spot of Hesiod and washing up the dishes from dinner last night. The last item, the one really important item on my mental list of things to get done, did not get done. I blame the drugs.
The essay I'm presently working on for Doxos is on happiness. I'm putting Billy Joel, Aristotle and Jesus in a steel cage death match over what true happiness is. Three men die. One man gets up again. But after that I'm not certain what to write about. My goal is one serious article per week. I've no clue what to do for next week. Hence, I'd like some suggestions. Is there topic in ancient or medieval philosophy or in Christian antiquity that you've wondered about? If so, leave a comment and it may inspire me.
So there's another boycott of Starbucks shaping up. I found out about this through a grass roots effort. A fair number of Catholics are sending out an email to everyone in their address book bemoaning this quote which is printed on some of Starbucks' coffee cups:
Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure.
My initial reaction to this is that it's tempest in a teapot. This statement is not the view of Starbucks. In fact they clearly state that it does not necessarily reflect their views and it is part of campaign to put what they view as provocative statements by their customers on their cups to stimulate dialogue in the grand old coffee house tradition. Some of the other comments that they considered putting on the cups can be read at Starbucks web page dedicated to the Way I See It campaign. At the abstract level, I think this is a good thing, even if derivative of This I Believe.
But the more I reflect on the particular quote they chose to print up from one coast to another, the more I'm a bit offended. I would imagine that they've gotten thousands of submissions since they started the campaign. It would surprise me if a large percentage of those didn't offer similar trains of thought. And of those, they appear to have picked one that was being intentionally offensive to theists. There are a large number of ways that the above statement could be worded without being overtly hostile. Rather than serving to extend public discourse, I think the above statement serves only to polarize it. It's the atheistic equivalent of the type of rhetoric used for so long by the Jerry Falwells of the Christian world. Just as Dr. Falwell offends me, so does this. The intent isn't to dialogue, it's to browbeat.
On the other hand, maybe I should just be glad that it wasn't the atheistic equivalent of Fred Phelps.
I heard about ten minutes of an an interview with Alice Cooper on the way back from Greek class yesterday. It was pretty interesting to hear the comments of one of the originators of shock rock on the difference between what he did and what all the cool new kids are doing in the shock rock arena. He claims that, at least at the beginning, he strived to use no profanity, portray no sexual immorality and put nothing on stage that was incompatible with Christianity. Despite his intentional restraint charges of Satanism and witchcraft were leveled at his stage show. His response was that Shakespeare's MacBeth contained far more foul language, immorality and Satanism than his music and stage show.
Oh, I wish I could focus. It's been twelve hours since I took my cough medicine and my head is still up in the clouds.
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