Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A better life, today

I Petrus'un mektubu 3:10

Yaşamdan zevk almak ve iyi günler görmek isteyen,
dilini kötülükten, dudaklarını hileli sözlerden uzak tutsan.
Now, of course, we have a word list:
  • zevk -- taste, flavor; pleasure. Hmmm ... reminds me of "zest!"
  • hile -- trick, ruse, adulteration
  • hileli -- fraudulent, trickery
And, a translation:
Folks, if you want to enjoy life and see good days, keep your tongue far from evil and your lips from deception.
The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about honest weights and measures. Bottom line: folks who use "short" weights to cheat their neighbors, shorten their own lives! As modern aphorisms assert, "What goes around, comes around," and "Payback is a bitch." Fractional reserve banking is the lifeblood of our privately-pwnd Federal Reserve Bank. This systematic fraud siphoned out 95% of the dollar's value since 1913 -- and has recently imposed another major "tax on savings" with results that are yet to be seen.

Or, as Jesus told us, putting a positive spin on the issue, be generous. "For with the measure you use, it will be measured unto you." (Luke 6:36) Teach your children to leave generous tips -- at the moment, Christians have a reputation for stinginess. Waitresses hate working Sunday afternoons.

And, to get back to this scripture reading -- be careful what you put on your resume. Misrepresenting yourself is a dangerous form of fraud. Trying to live up to a fabricated image is a recipe for disaster.

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