Thursday, September 22, 2005
O Thou Whose tests are a healing medicine to such as are nigh unto Thee, Whose sword is the ardent desire of all them that love Thee, Whose dart is the dearest wish of those hearts that yearn after Thee, Whose decree is the sole hope of them that have recognized Thy truth! I implore Thee, by Thy divine sweetness and by the splendors of the glory of Thy face, to send down upon us from Thy retreats on high that which will enable us to draw nigh unto Thee. Set, then, our feet firm, O my God, in Thy Cause, and enlighten our hearts with the effulgence of Thy knowledge, and illumine our breasts with the brightness of Thy names. -Baha'u'llah

Be thou not sad, neither be thou unhappy, although the divine tests are violent, yet are they conducive to the life of the soul and the heart. The more often the pure gold is thrown into the furnace of test, the greater will become its purity and brilliancy and it will acquire a new splendor and brightness. -`Abdu'l-Baha

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Sunday, September 18, 2005
1 Pet 4:16-19 (KJV)
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

"I went for a little visit of five days (to Areley House). There were ten per­sons in the house, some un­con­vert­ed and long prayed for, some con­vert­ed, but not re­joic­ing Christians. He gave me the pra­yer, Lord, give me all in this house! And He just did. Before I left the house every one had got a bless­ing. The last night of my visit af­ter I had re­tired, the gov­ern­ess asked me to go to the two daugh­ters. They were cry­ing - then and there both of them trust­ed and re­joiced; it was near­ly midnight. I was too hap­py to sleep, and passed most of the night in praise and renewal of my own con­se­cra­tion; and these little coup­lets formed them­selves, and chimed in my heart one af­ter ano­ther till they fin­ished with Ever, On­ly, ALL for Thee!" -Fran­ces R. Ha­ver­gal

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.

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Saturday, September 03, 2005
Julia -

Well Than:

The terms "a priori" and "a posteriori" refer primarily to how or on what basis a proposition might be known. A proposition is knowable a priori if it is knowable independently of experience. A proposition is knowable a posteriori if it is knowable on the basis of experience. The a priori/a posteriori distinction is epistemological and should not be confused with the metaphysical distinction between the necessary and the contingent or the semantical or logical distinction between the analytic and the synthetic. Two aspects of the a priori/a posteriori distinction require clarification: the conception of experience on which the distinction turns; and the sense in which a priori knowledge is independent of such experience. The latter gives rise to important questions regarding the positive basis of a priori knowledge.

I guess it is useful if you intent to write a best selling book.

"Priori Incantatem," he muttered.
His eyes gazed into Harry's and it was almost as though an invisible beam, of understanding shot between them.
"The Reverse Spell effect?" said Sirius sharply.
"Exactly," said Dumbledore
The Goblet of Fire, page 697

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Thursday, September 01, 2005
A Piori?

It seems to me that the more I 'understand' Socrates and Plato, the more I think of them as idiots with too much time on their hands. Perhaps I am the idiot, who really knows who is whom?

I think I will talk to my Philosophy professor after the next lecture. How could there be "A Piori" knowledge? If there were then five year olds would be a lot more... logical.

I propose that there is only A Posteri knowledge because even if we do not think we have learned it from experience, we probably did just not conciously.

Socrates, I am not impressed... unlike the rest of those Freshmen.

I need PROOF! Meno's slave is not proof enough because he should've understood simple Geometry anyway.

Philosophy is just a serious pseudo-science if you ask me.

- posted by Julia @ 5:00 PM | | 0 rocks in pond

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