Cultural Appropriation and Loving It: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

a levant religion, a spanish poem, and an african melody, what could go wrong? nothing. the ten commandments dictated the observance of the sabbath. practitioners of judaism, for a variety of reasons, left israel and established communities throughout the world. at one point, there was a significant spanish jewish community. in the 16th century spain,Continue reading “Cultural Appropriation and Loving It: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Old School Disneyland and the Ten Commandments

disneyland, back in the day, had a ticket system for their rides. park attendees would receive a book of tickets. the tickets were given the letters “a” through “e.” rides in the park were assigned a ticket value. an “a” ticket was for lesser rides such as the carousel. the “e” ticket was for theContinue reading “Old School Disneyland and the Ten Commandments”

An Amazing Sabb(m)ath Study: The Mathematical Analysis Of The Holiday And Its Societal Ramifications

societies change. sometimes for the better. sometimes for the worse. human nature has includes an element of taking advantage of opportunities. capitalism also takes advantage of opportunities as well. with respect to taking advantage of opportunities, it goes to the notion of competition. an opportunity with less competition is something that is valued. there isContinue reading “An Amazing Sabb(m)ath Study: The Mathematical Analysis Of The Holiday And Its Societal Ramifications”

An Old But Revealing Ten Commandments Study: What is the Difference in Attitudes of College Students and Prisoners With Respect to the Ten Commandments? Not Much

in an old study from 1933, “attitudes toward the ten commandments,” ray mars simpson made some startling findings. he surveyed college students and prisoners and had them rank the ten commandment with respect to their relative importance to themselves. the results were shocking. both prisoners and college students ranked the relative importance of each individualContinue reading “An Old But Revealing Ten Commandments Study: What is the Difference in Attitudes of College Students and Prisoners With Respect to the Ten Commandments? Not Much”

And The Lord Said “Let My Monkeys Go”: A Modern Tale of Slavery or Monkey Business?

the truth is always stranger than fiction. in an article, costco, a large consumer store, at the request of the people for the ethical treatment of animals(peta), is discontinuing the sale of thai-made coconut products due to alleged forced monkey labor. it was reported that chained-up monkeys can pick around 400 coconuts a day andContinue reading “And The Lord Said “Let My Monkeys Go”: A Modern Tale of Slavery or Monkey Business?”

Changing Seasons, Changing Attitudes: the Journey of Moral Living

“everything has an appointed season, and there is a time for every matter under the heaven. a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot that which is planted. a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break and a timeContinue reading “Changing Seasons, Changing Attitudes: the Journey of Moral Living”

Acts of Micro-Goodness: What We Are Supposed to Do: The Sabbath Commandment and Acts of Goodness

the sabbath commandment is not merely a commandment to take a day off from working. the commandment is about laboring for six days prior to the sabbath. the significance behind it is the fact that when god created the world, he did so in six days and rested on the seventh. within the days ofContinue reading “Acts of Micro-Goodness: What We Are Supposed to Do: The Sabbath Commandment and Acts of Goodness”

The TGIF Commandment: A Contemporary Statement and Commentary

only one of the ten commandments have been honored with a contemporary abbreviated saying. when people text, email or write “tgif,” do they understand that they are acknowledging and possibly partaking in one of the ten commandments? songs, a restaurant, and a movie have all used this term. in writing this blog post, i wentContinue reading “The TGIF Commandment: A Contemporary Statement and Commentary”

The Mathematical Formula of the Sabbath

[[(creation=good)+(creation=good)+(creation=good)+(creation=good)+(creation=good)+(creation=good)=very good]]=Sabbath This formula show that a day of rest, the Sabbath, is quite complicated. It represents the culmination of a week of productive positive acts which result in an overall positivity of a higher degree. The Sabbath is as much about how we conduct ourselves during the work week as how much we restContinue reading “The Mathematical Formula of the Sabbath”