Interesting puzzle solved

If you wronged me, and I was X(an unknown), how would you determine the magnitude of how much you wronged me? If you say: “hope you choke on your food and die”, and I am on my deathbed with cancer, then it’s a level 10 insult; and if you say the same to me and I don’t have cancer, it’s a level 1 insult. See what I mean? Eureka. Always be mild on the internet, folks.

An interesting quote from Ecclesiastes & Parable of the Banquet

Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God. – Ecclesiastes 8:11-13

1. It confirms the notion that the gate to destruction is wide and many pass through it; while that which leads to life is thin and only a few pass it.

2. Note that Ecclesiastes says that bad may happen to the good and vice versa.

3. ‘Shall be well with them…shall not be well with them.’ Amazing the way he says this. Very interesting. Does he mean that the good person will not suffer in this life? But he talked about the ‘tears of the oppressed’ also. So, it doesn’t mean that.

4. Now, he says that the evil person’s prolonged life is like a shadow. He is saying that it can disappear very fast. But also, the good person; although suffering oppression, will somehow have a non-shadow life.

5. The Message Bible attributes the above to the “good life”. The life which is not like a shadow, prolonged and dull.

6. What makes the ‘Good Life’, good? Koheleth warns us against leading a too righteous life. Koheleth also says that there is a proper time and procedure for every matter; and that as long as free will exists, oppression will exist. But, the ‘Good Life’ always eludes those who go for the wide path of destruction. All the earthly stuff you go after are like smoke, after all. I daresay going out with Jesus was a much better way to spend your day than collecting a lot of tax for the Romans, for Matthew.

Jesus said: “Behold how the lilies of the fields grow. They do not labor or spin or store away in barns; yet not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these.” The ‘Good Life’ eluded Solomon as he sought after earthly glory; but was open to the disciples who had ears to hear and eyes to behold the lilies; which Solomon did not possess.

I had occasion to watch 4 little kids, 1 boy and 3 girls, selling vegetables on the side of the road. I tell you, it was a sight to behold: them selling vegetables. Working at a job at such a young age. Their beauty would surpass weeks of work which I did. (I did give them 3 cupcakes as a gift.)

Note to self: So, don’t be overly good & there is a righteous and proper way to behave in every situation; taking into account everything.

Ecclesiastes and Ambition

I want to focus on ambition for something good.

1. If you invent a faster way to go from A to B, would you have found the solution to pain?

2. If you somehow succeed in putting enough money into charities, would you have succeeded in solving poverty?

1. Any invention that can be used can also be misused. A cop and a criminal can both use the invention to go faster from A to B. If you think there are good inventions like anaesthetics, there can also be bad inventions like atom bombs. (Food for thought: anaesthetics could be used for a bad purpose; and atom bombs for a good purpose.)

2. Corruption and greed would ensure that everything will return to the same place after you are gone. Putting enough money into charities will not stop oppression.

So, is getting a new house or trying to be rich if you are poor, a bad thing? Should the world stop looking for the cure to AIDS?

Ans: In 1847, anaesthetic chloroform was discovered; but that did not prevent the Nazis from murdering Jews in 1945. It is UNDOUBTEDLY a good thing to work and help others and invent new stuff for welfare. BUT, it would not solve “The Problem of Pain” in this world. As long as men and women have the power to hurt each other (free will exists), that’s the way it’s going to be. Work and ambition is definitely not the one thing we should pursue in life; it is not the one thing we should aim for. The good way is to enjoy your daily work as you do it with all your might. Not because it is an end in itself (pursuit of ambition is ‘hevel’); but because it is part of “The Good Life”.

The bad way would be to make career the main purpose of your life because of envy of others and find in the end that you are on your deathbed having not enjoyed your life or even your work.

Time trouble and Grischuk

“By playing slowly during the early phases of a game I am able to grasp the basic requirements of each position. Then, despite being in time pressure, I have no difficulty in finding the best continuation. Incidentally, it is an odd fact that more often than not it is my opponent who gets the jitters when I am compelled to make these hurried moves.” – not Grischuk, but a similar player.

Personality ratings of the characters of The Chronicles of Narnia :- King Tirian – (9/10)

  • Extremely strong character; the strongest character in all the kings of Narnia.
  • Unlike the other kings, he was unmarried and did not like the pomp and splendour of Cair Paravel. He lived far from it in some plain old shack.
  • Not his physical appearance, but it augments every bit of his character: “His name was King Tirian, and he was between twenty and twenty-five years old; his shoulders were already broad and strong and his limbs, full of hard muscle, but his beard was still scanty. He had blue eyes and a fearless, honest face.” Fearless, honest face.
  • Life had made him mature while he was still very young. About twenty to twenty-five years of age.
  • “Ho, there!” said the King, looking over his shoulder towards the door of the hunting lodge. “A bowl of wine for the noble Centaur. Welcome, Roonwit. When you have found your breath, you shall tell us your errand.”
  • “Yes,” said the King with a great sigh, almost a shiver, of delight. “It is beyond all that I ever hoped for in all my life.” – on the news that Aslan could be coming to Narnia, like any honest king should hope.
  • “A lie!” said the King fiercely. “What creature in Narnia or all the world would dare to lie on such a matter?” And, without knowing it, he laid his hand on his sword hilt.
  • “Calormenes!” thundered Tirian. “What do you mean? Who gave order for these trees to be felled?”
  • “Aslan,” said the King at last, in a very low voice. “Aslan. Could it be true? Could he be felling the holy trees and murdering the Dryads?”
  • “Well,” said the King at last, “we must go on and take the adventure that comes to us.”
  • Suddenly the King leaned hard on his friend’s neck and bowed his head. “Jewel,” he said, “What lies before us? Horrible thoughts arise in my heart. If we had died before to-day we should have been happy.”
  • “Oh, well done, daughter!” came Tirian’s voice; and then the enemy were upon them.
  • When Tirian saw that brave Beast getting ready to fight for its life—and Calormene soldiers beginning to close in on it with their drawn scimitars—and no one going to its help—something seemed to burst inside him. He no longer cared if this was the best moment to interfere or not. “Swords out,” he whispered to the others. “Arrow on string. Follow.”