September 8th, 2007

Dragon b/w

Yesterday's hit-and-run accident

I was involved in a hit-and-run yesterday.
Fortunately, no one was injured, even though I didn't have a car around me at the time.

I was parked in front of a house on (ironically) Tranquil Drive, collecting a water sample. I had the tailgate of my work vehicle (a Ford Bronco) down, and was doing field tests on the water when this woman drove up behind me in her SUV. She obviously wanted to get through, and wanted me to Do Something.

I took a quick look and saw there was plenty of room for a halfway decent driver to get through – a good foot. Nevertheless, I went over and folded my driver's side mirror against the body of the truck to give her another half a foot of room.

She started driving forward at once, mashing me between our vehicles. Fortunately, she stopped long enough for me to extract myself, but then she drove on without stopping to make sure I was OK.

As I mentioned, fortunately, I'm OK. Nothing broken, nothing seriously bent.

I decided I wouldn't bother tracking down her vehicle. It wouldn't be too hard as it's a silver SUV with a handicap parking tag hanging from her rear view mirror. But I don't think it's worth it.

I suppose there's always the chance she'll call in and complain about me.

I've documented the incident in an e-mail to my boss, and if she decides she wants official notice of the event, I'll be happy to see she gets it.
Dragon b/w

"God Created Doubt"

Lately, the letters of Mother Theresa of Calcutta have been drawing comment in the press. Some have taken the doubt expressed in these letters as evidence of apostasy or even atheism. Is it?

Rabbi Emmanuel Rachman, a distinguished rabbi and a believing Orthodox Jew, stated that God created doubt.

God could have created certainty. He (or She) could have made his (or her) existence as plain as the noonday sun. But He didn't.

Why?

One answer seems to lie in the way people behave when they're certain. If you know there's a God, and you know what God wants, you may not be above using force to achieve it. (Allahu akbar!)

In a couple of stories in the Star Trek universe, we learn that Vulcans have a "seventh sense". This sense reveals the undeniable presence of God. It is this sense on which Vulcans focus during meditation.

When Dr. McCoy learns of this, he states that it would answer any number of questions for humans if they had such certainty. Spock replies that it really doesn't answer all that much – indeed it raises more questions than it answers. Once we know God exists, what then? Why is there evil? Does God care about mortals? and so on.

Doubt seems to be very important to the Gods.