Good morning! ...And away we go.
A Glorious Sight -- Andrew Sullivan
There's an article up at Scientific American about "glories," a quantum mechanical effect called wave tunneling:
The article is beautifully written, tracing the historical significance of glories (they can only be seen against one's shadow and thus may be one reason that holy individuals are seen with halos)...
Sadly, the article is behind a paywall, but what a lovely concept.
Move On -- Bernadette Peters, Stephen Sondheim
Yesterday was the King's birthday and many of us were gushing about him on Facebook. I remarked that this song is one of the best manifestos for art and life that I've found. Give it a listen.
The Scale of the Universe (Flash)
I'm certain I've posted this before, but it came my way again, and boy howdy. Spend some time with this.
Instructions -- Sheri Hostetler
Give up the world; give up self; finally, give up God. Find god in rhododendrons and rocks, passers-by, your cat. Pare your beliefs, your absolutes. Make it simple; make it clean. No carry-on luggage allowed. Examine all you have with a loving and critical eye, then throw away some more. Repeat. Repeat. Keep this and only this: what your heart beats loudly for what feels heavy and full in your gut. There will only be one or two things you will keep, and they will fit lightly in your pocket.
Rachel Maddow and My Lesson in Civility -- Cal Thomas
A man apologizes, sincerely and humbly, for the red meat he threw at CPAC regarding Rachel Maddow:
The next morning I felt bad about it, so I called Maddow to apologize. It wasn't one of those meaningless "if I've offended anyone ..." apologies; it was heartfelt. I had embarrassed myself and was a bad example to those who read my column and expect better from me.
Maddow could not have been more gracious. She immediately accepted my apology. On her show, she said publicly, "I completely believe his apology. I completely accept his apology." To be forgiven by one you have wronged is a blessing, it's even cleansing.
More of this, please. From everyone.
And on the flip side of that...
The Internet Has Failed -- Bioethics Bulletin
Specifically internet comments:
Time was when ‘disabling comments’ on a blogpost was at best an indication of arrogance and at worst an indication that the author was an anti-democratic elitist who did not value the opinions of his or her readers. It is time, I think, for us to accept that disabling or deleting idiot comments is no more anti-democratic or elitist than refusing to engage with a person harrassing you on the street. Just because everyone is allowed to have their say, it does not follow that the bilge they say is worth listening to.
As I've said many times, anyone who rejects Calvin's doctrine of total depravity has obviously never spent time reading Internet comments.
What do you think? Is it time to disable comments at the "big" sites? (I am blessed with smart and civil commenters here at the Blue Room. Huzzah.)
Peace be with you.