Chapel of Optimal Life

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SERMON: The Epic Of Gilgamesh

In The Epic of Gilgamesh, the protagonist, Gilgamesh, must face his fear of mortality.

In the first half of the saga, after much lamenting and brooding over the limits of his mortality, Gilgamesh sees only one way in which he can at least partially conquer this natural and seemingly unavoidable violation of his experience and his pride.

He sets out to accomplish deeds that will secure his reputation and legacy in the minds and stories of generations to come.

This was the first sign of Gilgamesh's fear of death lending purpose and meaning to his life. More...

EDITORIAL: What Does God Look Like?

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him."

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is the site of the famous frescoes painted by Michelangelo which include the first days of creation with God's finger gently giving life to man.

God is an old man with a full head of gray hair and a full gray beard and a garment covering his body. Man (Adam) is a light-brown haired youth, naked, innocent, almost gym-pumped muscular, no body hair.

They are both very white. This is not too surprising considering that Michelangelo and his commissioning Pope (Julius II) were both from Northern Italy and also very white. More...

OPINION: Torture

No one has asked for my opinion about torture but if you keep on reading, you are going to get it. Torture is wrong, torture is bad, torture is evil. If you agree with me, you can stop reading right here.

If you think torture is unpleasant and wrong for you and yours but okay for everyone else, then please read on.

Many apologists for torture say, "If someone kidnaps your child and buries them in a box with four hours air supply and the kidnapper is caught, wouldn't you torture the kidnapper to save your child's life?"

GOOD NEWS: Our Furry Friends

It didn't take a scientist to prove to me the benefits of having a pet.

After a peaceful night of sleep next to a warm body, what better way to start the day than waking up with your furry friend lying in bed just waiting for your lashes to start fluttering, enthusiastically anticipating your arrival into the new day.

How could you arise grumpy after a few licks, a paw pat or a happy bark and wag of a doggy tail?

The happiness a pet brings really does sustain a healthy heart and spirit. Unconditional love; where else can you find that?

A devoted friend that is there for you in good times and sad times, a friend to hug, a friend to play with, a perky, affable face to greet you after a hard day's work.

A gentle relaxing pat from you and your day is off to a great start.

nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 28

Our New York office personnel must have read the recent statistics on the number of ships sunk in the Caribbean during the past two weeks and jumped to the conclusion that we had been attacked and thus needed repairs.

Actually, it was more likely that upon spotting our ship a German submarine commander would have decided that she would sink on her own, so why waste a torpedo on her.

"Won't they be surprised to learn that we're all still among the living, Captain?"

"I wired them that we were not hit but came in here for work on our condensers." More...
ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am fourteen years old, get good marks and am considered very grown up by my friends. My parents are strict and old-fashioned and think of me as their little girl so I cannot tell them of my great love. I am really in pain. My body hurts from the love I feel for my "Apollo." He is the best looking senior in my school and I am too shy to even speak to him. He doesn't speak to me either but he smiles when he walks by.


"We don't take our pleasures seriously enough."

Charles Eames

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."

John Burroughs

"Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors."

Henry James

"When you're in your nineties and looking back, it's not going to be how much money you made or how many awards you've won. It's really what did you stand for. Did you make a positive difference for people?"

Elizabeth Dole

"It's easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing -- that's the Lord's test."

Mahalia Jackson

"Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it."

Publilius Syrus

"No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny."

Hannah Arendt

"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."


"I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles."

Anne Frank

"In our pursuit of a life of happiness, it is most important that we choose the right companions. "


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