The Dog’s Definitions
Bravery: Admission that you are your own authority.
Christians: Just one group of many people who are not prepared to accept responsibility for their own destiny.
Communication: The art of convincing yourself that others have understood what you tried to say.
Convictions: Ideals, which you choose for yourself that continue to feel and be right despite any case given to the contrary.
Crutch: Any physical or abstract aid to achieve what we cannot accomplish on our own. Many are detrimental in some degree or form. Dependence on drugs or alcohol may hurt our physical being while dependence on other people’s ideas may hurt our spiritual being.
Yet either can be beneficial. Many, such as a game of golf or cards often have little effect on either, though all have the potential to do harm or good.
Danger: The willingness to accept any given truth to be right without an equal willingness to accept that it may be wrong.
Death: The final destination we all want to achieve – but not too soon.
Evil: The unfortunate but necessary opposite end of the spectrum that permits the existence of good. If it were not for the Hitlers, the Charles Mansons, the Idi Amins there could be no Jesus, Buddhas, Ghandis or Martin Luther Kings.
It is interesting (though probably irrelevant) to note that good is god with an extra letter while evil is devil minus an extra letter.
Faith: Your commitment to believing that sight, sound, smells, tastes and touch still exist even though you are no longer receptive to them. Of course this part is easy. The hard part isn’t even believing that there are other senses that exist, but trying to comprehend and identify them.
Gangnam Style dance moves: A few pathetic moves, reminiscent of a five-year old pretending to ride a horse in a feeble attempt to validate a song that isn’t very good and has little commercial appeal at best.
God: An imaginary entity necessary to explain that which we cannot.
Heaven: Any given moment of contentment or unconsciousness.
Honesty: The courage to live up to your own convictions.
Hope: The automatic pilot system within us all that takes over when common sense and logic start to get in the way of your search for god.
Innocence: The period in our lives before we feel any obligation to question our existence.
Knowledge: The ability to consider the merits of any concept, generally accepted or otherwise, in conjunction with understanding why, as opposed to learning which might simply be the acceptance of any given concept.
Legal Obligations: Society’s attempt to force each individual to accept responsibility for their moral obligations.
Life: Any grain of sand in a huge sandcastle that may or may not cause all or any part of the sandcastle to crumble if it was now removed, but certainly would have made no difference if it had never been there in the first place.
Loneliness: Your state of mind when you contemplate the size of infinity even though you will never truly comprehend it. Some examples are: “The realization that no two snowflakes are alike” or “the awe that strikes you when you look at the stars and really see them for the first time.”
Mistakes: The most valuable single tool used to gain knowledge.
Responsibility: Acceptance that any part of our physical or spiritual lives is more likely to be affected by our own actions, if not entirely so.
Satan: The ugliness within us all that we usually refuse to accept as being a part of us. Unfortunately it is very difficult to deal with anything that we refuse to accept any responsibility for.
Teacher: The people in our lives that ignite sparks inside us that make us crave to know more. As opposed to instructors that merely demonstrate generally accepted truths.
Trust: The acceptance that others will live up to their own convictions, which you hope, won’t conflict with yours.
Truth: A relative term to describe what you believe that you think might be right at any given time.
War: A conflict of two or more opposing truths usually as a result of the need to reinforce your truths by forcing others to believe what you refuse to admit that you don’t really believe yourself.
Wisdom: A collection of past experiences judged as good or bad. The more you acquire – the less you really have.
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