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Archive for December 14th, 2011

Lights Of The Season, Season 3, Part XIV

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/14

From Perth, Australia comes what is easily one of my top three favorite all-time displays. It was featured in the inaugural season and now it’s back for a repeat performance.

Music Box Dancer

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El Marco Joins Truth Before Dishonor

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/14

Truth Before Dishonor is always looking for new authors to add to the stable. We have authors from The First Street Journal, Head Noises, The Colossus Of Rhodey, Caffeinated Thoughts, Newsbusters who all write sporadically for Truth Before Dishonor. Or more accurately, mostly cross-post their articles from one site to the other. I am an author on both The First Street Journal (although I’ve only authored one article there at this time. We’ll see how current events go.) and Caffeinated Thoughts. Since TBD has awakened out of its dormant stage, all my articles outside of TBD have been cross-posted from TBD. And, save for DNW’s articles, I expect practically all articles written by other than me to have been cross-posts from other sites.

Well, Truth Before Dishonor has added an accomplished citizen-journalist to its list of authors. El Marco of Looking at the Left has agreed to be an author on Truth Before Dishonor. Like the other authors, El Marco has the freedom to write about what he wants, when he wants. We have been assured he will write at least one article within the next ten years, and we’re holding him to that agreement. Otherwise, he won’t get paid the agreed amount (which is zero cents per word). Judging by the content at his site, we expect him to be a high quality yet highly sporadic author that the readers will enjoy.

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Forgiveness And The Results Of Your Actions

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/14

A wealthy landowner had many acres of land which he could not plant and harvest himself, so he decided to lease out large tracts of land to people who could not afford to own the land but could work the land.

One such farmer, who had no money and no income available to pay a lease offered a trade. He would farm the land and pay a percentage of the yield in return for the rights to farm the land. The wealthy landowner agreed. Their settlement was that the farmer would grow corn on the 1,000 acres of land and the wealthy landowner would receive 20 percent of the sale of the corn.

As planting season approached, the farmer grew more and more dissatisfied with the agreement with the wealthy landowner until the farmer reached a stage of outright anger. How dare the wealthy landowner (who owned the land the farmer was farming) demand 20 percent of the price for something he didn’t even work for?! The farmer decided he’d show the wealthy landowner! He’d plant thistle instead of corn! That’d show the wealthy landowner! So that’s just what the farmer did.

The farmer spent all his seed money on thistle. And then he planted it on the 1,000 acres of land that didn’t belong to him. As the growing season passed, the farmer began to reconsider his decision. His contract required him to grow corn and yet he grew thistle. The profit from the corn was going to provide the farmer an opportunity to buy his own land, yet the farmer had grown so envious of the wealthy landowner that the farmer lost his opportunity to improve his own finances.

And the farmer realized his own hatred and anger and envy ruined his own chances to improve his situation. What’s more, he had a contract which he had blatantly violated.

So the farmer, realizing his own failings and the right of the wealthy landowner to sue him, and the overwhelming proof the landowner was egregiously wronged, begged the wealthy landowner for forgiveness.

The wealthy landowner forgave the farmer. And the thistle grew. And the farmer lost his money and his opportunity to improve himself.

The moral of the story:
You can be forgiven but that won’t change the fact you have to face the consequences of your actions.

Corollary:
You can forgive someone and yet allow that person to face the consequences of his actions.

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