Chapel of Optimal Life

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SERMON: Cynicism Never Served Anyone

Cynicism is somewhat in vogue these days. Yes, many thoughtful people are looking around at the state of the world and noting that things are troubled-perhaps as troubled as they've ever been. We won't argue with this observation.

To be sure, modern technology has not "handled" the problems of poverty, or inequality, or disease-as many predicted that it would.

Furthermore, the fall of Communism in 1992 has not ushered in an era of global enlightenment, nor has war been made 'archaic,' in spite of the spread of democratic principles far and wide. More...

EDITORIAL: Conservative and Liberal View-points Can Work Together

We have begun to suspect that Reality is made up of multiple realities, operating simultaneously.

You know, that Reality may not be one thing; that realities change-even Natural Law changes-and that with this change our appropriate concept of "objective perspective" changes, too.

This is a very radical idea. It is not what most people believe. Most people perceive solidity around them. They see the universe as singular.

They seek isolated solutions to isolated problems, and they assume that once a problem has been solved it will not come back again.

They believe that we can, by observing the unchanging, static universe, draw conclusions that can also be treated as static and unchanging. More...

OPINION: I'm Moving To Watts

I recently migrated to the great metropolis of Los Angeles, California. What a place. Angelinos (as I have learned people call themselves here) are simply stacked on top of each other, 10 million strong.

There is so much going on within L.A. County's limits that it often appears to me that the whole world is here (and it is, in one form or another).

Since moving here I have lived in two places: Hollywood and Venice. Both are very comfortable communities with lots of amenities. Venice has the additional good qualities of being 'creative' and interesting and on the beach. More...

GOOD NEWS: You, Too, Can Be Happy

Jonathan Haidt, of the University of Virginia says that "The heart really is an organ of emotion. It's not just a metaphor!"

Haidt reported on his work with the phenomenon he terms, Elevation.

When presented with a moving act of charity, the body experiences a warm feeling in the chest or throat, a response that is generated by the vagus nerve (aka CNX).

Most importantly, a strong desire is felt in ourselves to do similar charitable acts also.

The yearning to do good is surprisingly strong in normal people and, if it is missing in you, you are not normal and you are absent something important.

Thus, "efforts to promote and publicize altruism may therefore have widespread beneficial and cost-effective results." More...

FICTION: Tails of Aspabibia, Part 105

"Rue Shadow has other responsibilities," Pearl said folding the strip of gauze she had cut. "Or have you forgotten?"

"How could any of us forget," Shadow said after a brief silence. "Either Pink Buddha or Copper Boy. I'll live with those mistakes all my life."

Pink Buddha turned momentarily from his watch post. "That wasn't necessary," he called softly to Pearl.

An enormous, orange-striped feline was occupying a large amount of space directly in their path. And he had Pink Buddha in a paw lock. Red Pearl stared at Shadow for several seconds. More...

ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am eighteen and I went out with a nineteen year old boy from my youth group on a first date and we had a pretty good time. He was very sweet and polite and we were both quite nervous. There were periods of no talking as neither of us could think of anything to say. I have been out with boys who never lack for talk and others, worse at small talk than this one.


"We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods."


"Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him."

Eleanor Roosevelt

"The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his way."

Josh Billings

"Teaching is the royal road to learning."

Jessamyn West

"Happiness must be cultivated. It is like character. It is not a thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to weeds."

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

"Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor."

Thomas Jefferson

"If your work is becoming uninteresting, so are you. Work is an inanimate thing and can be made lively and interesting only by injecting yourself into it. Your job is only as big as you are."

George C. Hubbs

"The deep rewards of giving go to those who give out of a concern for others, and take pains to see that their giving is wisely done, to meet real needs and seize promising opportunities."

Emerson F. Andrews

"Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian."

Emma Goldman

"All human miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone."

Blaise Pascal

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