Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter in Ten Words(Repost)

(*the above image was created by John Zande. You can check out more intellectual conversations at his bolgsite by clicking here thesuperstitiousnakedape)

A heavy issue to consider.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I Always Knew I was Awesome!

Who am I? Who are you? 

Discovering who you are can be one of life's most important discoveries to be made. It can be one of the most freeing of discoveries, as well. 

Taking the Keirsey personality test is an excellent connection tool for interaction and a base for discovering and understanding your own temperament and that of others. While it will not answer all of life's questions, it will allow you to become more aware of yourself, how to conduct living in a way that best suits you and how to operate with those who surround you. 

Some of you may recall, that seven years ago I took the Keirsey personality test. At that particular point of time I was called a Protector/Provider Guardian. This, however, never completely felt right with my wife or I, but because it seemed to describe some aspects of me, we went with it. Recently, I retook the test (My wife made me do it four times plus the extra test at the back of the Please Understand Me book to be completely confident) each time I had the letters ENFP (Idealist Champion). This made so much more sense. Every description was bang on. 

Consequently, I questioned why I scored as a Guardian Temperament before? After an in-depth discussion with my wife, we came to the conclusion that it was because I was trying to emulate Guardian ideals and living styles during a crisis period in my life. I felt that it was what I needed to be at the time, so I answered the questions accordingly. While my core temperament has always been an ENFP (looking back as a child this makes sense too) I tried to be an E (I) STJ because I was trying to be reliable, strong and dependable; no wonder I fell into a depression! We always thought there may be an additional reason for my depression, besides my occupation. In view of all this, I realized it was because I was allowing shame and a sense of who I should be, instead of who I am, control me. (This was no fault of the Kiersey test, rather my own, due to the fact that when I originally answered the Kiersey test, it was time that I was emulating what I thought was needed.) I was trying to be someone I was not. I went against the core to my being. In doing so, I caused myself to face many unnecessary issues by not embracing and accepting who I really am.

Want to know my personality(E.N.F.P) more? Check this out:

I always thought I marched to the beat of my own drum, so to hear that I was a Guardian in a twenty percentile of the population, just did not make sense. I felt no validation in this category. Discovering, in contrast, that I am a Champion and that I am amongst the three percentile of misunderstood Idealists, does, in fact, validate! Even the characteristic 'weaknesses' and things to watch out for as, an E.N.F.P., aptly describes me. I am disorganized, and even though I am an extrovert, I am the only extrovert temperament that needs a lot of private downtime. I always baffled my wife, and myself, because we could not get the pieces to fit; if I was a Guardian should I not have scored a higher number in organizational learning styles? Should I not be better at fitting into standard jobs? Why do I always abandon projects in order to begin another? 

In trying to be something I was not, I put our life choices and relationship at risk. Fortunately, I felt the need to redo the test; facing myself honestly. This opened the doors to embracing my own shame story, and allowed me an optimal starting point in order to move forward. Feelings of failure have subsided, and when they do arise I am able to handle them in a more constructive manner; hopefully. I feel a sense of belonging with the three percent of the world as an ENFP temperament and it's ok! My feelings of loneliness have subsided; as validation and explanation have increased. This bodes well for my wife and I as two Idealists who are not concrete thinkers. Obviously, we still face the same issues of life, but can now better approach them with this new found discovery. Reading my description we realized new ways to communicate, understand and be together. It is very encouraging, to us both.

My wife always ties for an INFP/ INFJ, so INFX. 

By the way, who are you? 

I highly recommend taking the test, but make sure you are answering the questions based on what you normally are, not what you think you should be. 

I always knew I was awesome. I just needed an accurate explanation of myself and how I relate to the world around me. Incidentally, 'Guardians' are awesome too, be that as it may, I was never meant to be awesome like that.

WARNING! Taking this test, may change your life (I know, I am corny, but hey that is just part of being an Idealist.). :)

Saturday, December 28, 2013


"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you"
C.S. Lewis

If I am a Christian than I must believe that God forgives, not just my sins, but the sins of every individual that has ever lived in the past, lives in the present and will live in the future. This is one of the primary doctrines of Christianity, that God forgives the sins of humankind. While there is much discussion about how this forgiveness is incorporated into human history and into our daily lives, there has not been, from what I have witnessed, much discussion as to what forgiveness really is. 

It has been established that God forgives, but what is forgiveness? 

"If God forgives, than God must forgive everything. If God does not forgive everything, than God is not God."
- P. Ewert

More discussion to follow in regards to this topic. Looking forward to reading your thoughts and opinions.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Desecration of the Hobbit

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" should be retitled "The Desecration of the Hobbit" 
I was utterly shocked, from the beginning of the movie through to it's end, that Peter Jackson so blatantly diverged from the actual story. With so many additional freedoms that Peter took, the only thing similar to the actual book was a its outline, a very rough one at that, of the original story. I understand that Peter Jackson is presenting a version of his own with these movies, but he has gone too far in this second edition. While the cinema was great and the action was, by far, more intense than the first movie, I feel that there was no excuse for this movies contortions of the original characters and that the movie would have been just as successful while remaining truer to J.R.R. Tolkien's "the Hobbit".

Friday, December 13, 2013

Does This Not Sound Familiar?

There once existed an ancient religion, and in that religion a God was worshiped. The God was Mithra, Sun God.  
With ties to Zoroastrianism, dating back to ancient Persia, one must wonder how much impact this religion had on Judaism and, in turn, Christianity and then Islam. It is important to note that this religion existed before the development of Christianity and while these two religions are different, today's Christian may be surprised to see the similarities that they  do have with one another. 
Similarities like the following:

December 25th is the birthday celebration of Mithra, the Sun God

Does that not sound familiar?

The babe was wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed in a manger and attended by shepherds.

Does that not sound familiar?

He was considered a great traveling teacher and master.

Does that not sound familiar?

He had 12 companions or "disciples."

Does that not sound familiar?

-He performed miracles.

Does that not sound familiar?

As the "great bull of the Sun," Mithra sacrificed himself for world peace.

Does that not sound familiar?

He ascended to heaven.

Does that not sound familiar?

Mithra was viewed as the Good Shepherd, the "Way, the Truth and the Light," the Redeemer, the Savior, the Messiah.

Does that not sound familiar?

Mithra is omniscient, as he "hears all, sees all, knows all: none can deceive him."

Does that not sound familiar?

He was identified with both the Lion and the Lamb.

Does that not sound familiar?

His sacred day was Sunday, "the Lord's Day," hundreds of years before the appearance of Christ.

Does that not sound familiar?

His religion had a eucharist or "Lord's Supper."

Does that not sound familiar?

Mithraism emphasized baptism.

Does that not sound familiar?

What do you think? Are you at all surprised to hear that a religion, existing before Christianity, already believed and practiced so many beliefs and rituals that the Christians of today feel originated and belong to their own faith?