Journal

Just something that my cousin, my brother, and I made together. We all made a journal from scratch. We even sewed the pages and did our own binding. I really like it. I only hope that I’ll have something worthy of being written there.

Published in: on August 30, 2011 at 6:49  Leave a Comment  

Octopus

Since I haven’t been blogging for about 3 years, we need to catch up. Cornelius (the octopus) was a present for a good friend. He still lives… as far as I know. He is crocheted, obviously.

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Help Me

sooo… I have some creative energy but I need to know where to put it.  Vote or my llama friends will spit on you while you sleep.

 

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Panda Power

I made this little guy for Johnny. He was an Art class project (the panda, not Johnny). There’s cardboard underneath aluminum foil. The cardboard creates a 3D effect. Then I painted it.  Not bad if I do say so myself…

Em yeu Anh.

3D Panda

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Designer Babies

     “Designer Babies” are currently the topic of much ethical discussion. “What is a designer baby?”, you ask. Well, the term actually refers to a baby whose genetic makeup has been altered through genetic engineering. This process ensures the presence or absence of particular genes, allowing for a “perfect” baby with certain desired characteristics.

     A perfect baby sounds pretty good, right? Wrong! The entire program is morally flawed. With this “wonderful” technology, it has been made possible for scientists to detect problems with an embryo, and terminate it before it’s ever born. Abortions are becoming more widely accepted and this technology only adds to the rate at which these abortions are occurring. Luke 12:6-7 reads “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7Why, even the hairs of your head are numbered. Fear not, you are of more value than many sparrows.” The observations about ‘sparrows’ and the ‘hairs of your head’ exemplify God’s special care over the smallest details of life. The words ‘of more value’ allow us to understand God’s great love for every one of his children, whose value is so much greater because only humans, out of all of God’s creatures, are created “in God’s image” (Genesis 1:27), because God gave humans dominion over all the earth and its creatures (Genesis 1:28), and because God loved human beings so much “that He gave His only Son” to die for our sins (John 3:16). According to Jeremiah 1:5, God knew us before he formed us in the womb. How can people attempt to justify abortion when God’s love for each individual is clearly demonstrated on numerous occasions throughout His Word?

      Oftentimes, a fetus found to have a mutation or disability through genetic testing is terminated. Some people argue that this abortion is a bad thing because the genetic tests aren’t always accurate, and action is soemtimes taken when the baby would have been healthy. However, I say, even if a genetic disorder does present itself, what right do we have to end a life that God created with a purpose? We must also ask ourselves whether people with disabilities should be seen as a group to be eliminated from society. How can we represent Christ by sharing God’s love with others if we’re participating in a form of prejudice?

     So while a “perfect”, genetically enhanced baby may seem like just another advance in technology, it is important to remain aware of our moral responsibilities. God says that we should not conform to this world, yet that is precisely what we’ve done. By allowing the world to dictate morality, and by remaining complacent, we permit these immoral acts.

Published in: on December 7, 2009 at 6:49  Comments (2)  

Love is a Verb

     Love is not just an emotion, as the world sees it. It is action. While admittedly it does have emotion involved with it, it is not unstable or changeable as emotions are. Affections come and go, grow and fade, but love does not. It is constant because it is more than an emotion; it is more of a constant state of selflessness that produces action.

-B.J. Higgins

I thought this was beautiful.

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FREEDOM

      How can freedom be defined? Freedom is often thought of as the absence of physical confinement or imprisonment. Anton Chekhov uses the lawyer’s experience from “The Bet” to redefine freedom, so that it may be understood as more than a physical liberation. While imprisoned, a freedom can be experienced that is greater than that of people who are free from a cell. Freedom can come from within, and be accessed when someone realizes they don’t have to fall into the trap of worldly priorities.

      Oftentimes we are so focused on earthly pleasures and worldly precedence that we miss out on the truly meaningful experiences of life. Chekhov uses the lawyer to show that freedom from these stumbling blocks can be achieved. The lawyer states, “To prove to you in action how I despise all that you live by, I renounce the two million of which I once dreamed of as paradise, and which now I despise,” (216, 1, 3). Once he’s been in confinement, the lawyer discovers a freedom much more grand than his literal freedom, a freedom from the distractions that we all experience throughout life, a freedom from the obstacles that keep us from reaching our full intellectual and spiritual potential. The lawyer realizes that many of the affairs that we trouble our minds with daily are not pertinent, and that what truly matters cannot be purchased. It is a wisdom, a knowledge, a liberation that allows an individual to remain unaffected by society’s opinion of what is important. The lawyer understands that the things of this world are fleeting, and he obtains a freedom from what once ruled over his life.

      In “The Bet”, the lawyer undergoes an observable change of character after being in solitary confinement. He obtains a mental freedom which allows for him to gain a peace, a love for righteousness, and a surpassing wisdom. The lawyer writes that people have lost their reason and taken the wrong path, that they have taken lies for truth and hideousness for beauty (216, 1, 2). The lawyer believes that society is corrupt, and he separates himself from these people as he writes his letter. He suddenly feels free of these people and their iniquitous ways. The lawyer states in his letter, “It is all worthless, fleeting… You may be proud, wise, and fine, but death will wipe you off the face of the earth… and your posterity, your history, your immortal geniuses will burn or freeze together with the earthly globe,” (216,1,2). The statement made by the lawyer expresses the thought that the objects and events that are made priorities in one’s life are transient and meaningless. To experience the inner freedom that the lawyer obtains, one must restructure their priorities contrary to those of the world.

      By understanding that freedom is more than physical, we can improve ourselves as individuals and as a society. If we set God and righteousness as our top priorities, rather than adopting worldly priorities such as riches or fame, we begin to achieve that freedom inside of us. Filling our hearts with love and joy, rather than greed and envy, allows us, as individuals, to obtain a remarkable wisdom because we are no longer entrapped in the snare of worldly precedence. If we, as a society could set our priorities properly, we would experience a satisfying inner freedom, and in turn accomplish matters of greater importance in our lifetime.

Published in: on December 2, 2009 at 6:49  Comments (2)  

Salutations!

I’m rather enthusiastic about the commencement of my blogging. I thank you for viewing my page, and apologize for the lack of content. Once I am able to publish a few more posts, my page won’t seem quite as plain.

Published in: on November 29, 2009 at 6:49  Leave a Comment