On My Daughter’s Wedding Day (4)

Read the whole series. Just do, and be thankful for life and love and poets. ❤

No Talent For Certainty

Sometimes I write about actual events and people I know; sometimes I write fiction. The poems in this series are about actual family events.

(Part I)

(Part II)

(Part III)

True Story 4

Part IV – A Toast

Hold fast, no matter what else you may do
To what you know is right, and to each other:
And may this day bestow new lives to you,
The lives of husband, wife – (father or mother?)

Let mutual respect provide the floor
Let love be walls your true hopes to contain;
Let openness between you be a door
Let kindness be a roof to block the rain

May love be patient, as it always should
Do not compete – you are on the same team –
Do each no harm, and where you can, do good:
Together, help to reach what each can dream.

Never forget the vows you made this day.
Always recall…

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Do you remember the HI-Larious sitcom “Three’s Company”?

(For all you Brits out there, “Three’s Company” was the American version of “Man About the House”.)

In every episode there was some kind of huge misunderstanding that led to all kinds of crazy hijinks until, finally, in the end, everyone finds themselves on the same page and has a good laugh about the whole thing.

This whole past week was one long fun-house nightmare “Three’s Company” episode. I’m glad we got all that straightened out.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled shenanigans.

 

If You’re an Atheist, Where Do You Get Your Morals From?

Most people who know me personally don’t know I’m an atheist (unless they find and read my blog). As a result, I don’t usually get asked this question. I do find, however, that whenever I practice altruism, people automatically assume I must be Christian, and I admit that I find it irksome. This post by Godless Cranium is a nice summation of how it is possible to be “good without God”.

Godless Cranium

ethicsI often get asked where I get my morals from, just because I don’t believe in a certain god or gods. I always find the question strange, since I tend to think we all (for the most part) ‘get’ our morals from the same place, using much the same method.

Culture For The Win?

In some respects, I think we get some of our morals and biases from our respective cultures. It’s why different cultures vary in what they find ‘moral’ behavior.

For example, I find cutting off a thief’s hand or executing people as part of our criminal justice system unethical, yet I can cross the border into the U.S and find the death penalty or I can hop on a plane and visit a country that thinks chopping off a thief’s hand is perfectly acceptable behavior. In some cultures, human sacrifices were given to the gods, and it…

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