AND WISDOM (?) OF ZVI (such
as it is).
Note: These are all original,
except for those which were said -- strictly by
coincidence, of course -- by someone else earlier.
Modern medical research can be
compared to people trying to make an old fashioned
watch while wearing boxing gloves.
Someone who makes trouble for you
almost always does so because of ineptitude or
ignorant indifference, and only rarely because of
maliciousness or deliberate evil intent.
When looking for a mate, focus less on
how the person meets your need and wants, and more
on your ability to need and want what the person
offers -- both now and in the future.
People change, but the changes are
slow, difficult and uncertain -- and are rarely in
the direction which a second person wants.
Never demand or even expect gratitude
from someone you have helped. Strangely, they
may hate you for exposing their weakness, for not
doing more, or for other reasons. Conversely,
do not be surprised when someone who has hurt you
thereafter hates you for it.
"God said it, I believe it, that
settles it" and the like, at their logical
conclusion mean, "I cannot be wrong in this, and you
cannot be right." Sometimes the extreme
conclusion is reached -- "I have the moral right to
kill you for disagreement."
To say God is infinitely wise or
perfectly just is arrogant of us because it assumes
we know what infinite wisdom or perfect justice is.
Though laudatory, it is a judgment, and we can
no more judge God than our dogs can judge us.
Liberals, in modern parlance, are
those who want to keep unchanged (conserve?) the
environment, and change (improve?) societal
interaction. And conservatives, of course, are
those who want to keep unchanged (conserve?)
societal interaction, and change (improve?) the
When we die, our souls (whatever those
are) are immediately transported to the end of time
-- where no questions are left unanswered.
Before we can be born, we must all
sign an unbreakable contract. We forget about
the contract, and try repeatedly to break it,
usually causing ourselves much pain in the process.
However, the contract is so skillfully crafted
that we fulfill it even when we try to break it.
The contract is very short -- "I will make
POEMS (with apologies to Omar Khayyam)