“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
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Most people can distinguish between right and wrong. They form values based on laws, rules, or some kind of objective sense of morality. But not Bertrand Russell.
Nope, this atheist’s discernment of right and wrong was based on something far more fickle.
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Dan Ariely knows how to spot liars and cheats: he just looks for humans. His research team at Duke University studies our behavior and he’s found that people are willing to be dishonest in almost any situation.
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Anyone with siblings knows what it’s like to argue with their brothers/sisters. They also know what it’s like to get caught by their mother doing it.
But Dallas and Brad Woodhouse took it to another level. Their mom busted them on TV!
Three thousand years ago, King Solomon wrote, “Take a lesson from the ant…” in his Book of Proverbs. In that context, he was referring to their mighty work ethic. But there are other lessons we can glean from the tiny insects.
Like how to avoid death, for instance.
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Hank was driving through a small Texas town when he failed to come to a complete stop at an intersection before continuing on his way. Unfortunately, a highway patrolman witnessed the infraction and pulled him over.
Within minutes, Hank would learn that a ticket wasn’t the worse thing he could get from a cop.
What would you do if you lived at the bottom of a volcano that experts claimed was about to erupt? Like most sane people, you’d probably vacate the area…and then watch live feeds provided by those crazy cameramen over at CNN.
Evidently, Harry Truman wasn’t very sane.
The Law reveals sin, but is powerless to remove it. The Law points to righteousness but can’t inspire it. It shows us what godliness is, but it cannot make us godly. The Law, in this sense, in incapable of producing what it demands – it is impotent.