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When were you born?

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In the Beginning

On the first day, God created the cow.

God said, "You must go to field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer. I will give you a life span of sixty years."

The cow said, "That's a kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. Let me have twenty years and I'll give back the other forty."

And God agreed.

On the second day, God created the dog.

God said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. I will give you a life span of twenty years."

The dog said, "That's too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I'll give back the other ten."

So God agreed (sigh).

On the third day, God created the monkey.

God said, "Entertain people, do monkey tricks, make them laugh. I'll give you a twenty year life span."

Monkey said, "How boring, monkey tricks for twenty years? I don't think so. Dog gave you back ten, so that's what I'll do too, okay?"

And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created man.

God said, "Eat, sleep, play, have sex, enjoy. Do nothing, just enjoy, and enjoy. I'll give you twenty years."

Man said, "What? Only twenty years? No way, man. Tell you what, I'll take my twenty, and the forty cow gave back, and the ten dog gave back and the ten monkey gave back. That makes eighty, okay?"

"Okay," said God. "You've got a deal."

So that is why for the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play, have sex, enjoy, and do nothing; for the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family; for the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain our grandchildren; and for the last ten years we sit in front of the house and bark at everybody.

-- posted by Sandia to the MSN group Against the Wind

Hydrothermal Vents May Persist Millions Of Years Incubating Life

July 29, 2003 Washington -- The staying power of seafloor hydrothermal vent systems like the bizarre Lost City vent field is one reason they also may have been incubators of Earth's earliest life, scientists report in a paper published in the July 25 issue of Science. -- Space Daily

Elder's Meditation of the Day

"Look behind you. See your sons and your daughters. They are your future. Look farther and see your sons' and your daughters' children and their children's children even unto the Seventh Generation. That's the way we were taught. Think about it: you yourself are a Seventh Generation." -- Leon Shenandoah, ONONDAGA

The Creator designed us with a free will. That means we function from choices and consequences. It is important that we practice thinking about consequences before we make decisions about choices. Every choice I make is like setting up dominos one after the other that produce consequences. Not just for me but also for my children and for the children that are unborn. My choices and decision today will have consequences for seven generations. For example, if I work on my own spiritual development and I walk the Red Road, the odds are that my children will. They will marry and their children will follow the Red Road and so will my grandchildren even up to the seventh generation. This will happen because of the choices and decisions that I make today.

Great Spirit, grant that the choices and decisions that I make today will honor Your laws and values. May I live in peace today that will ripple into the seventh generation.

-- Reposted with permission, 2003 White Bison, inc.

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Big Bang Tango

"God is not a being, he is an aspiration, a gift, a vision, a goal to seek.
Ours is the responsibility of making a cruel universe turn just, of turning pains to understandings and new insights into joy, of creating ways to soar the skies for generations yet to come, of fashioning wings with which our children's children shall overcome, of making worlds of fantasy materialize as reality, of mining and transforming our greatest gifts -- our passions, our imaginings, our pains, our insecurities, and our lusts.
This is the work of deity, and deity is a power that resides in us." ~ Howard Bloom

The Cosmic Dance of Life
"It is as if the Milky Way entered upon some cosmic dance. Swiftly the brain becomes an enchanted loom, where millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern, always a meaningful pattern though never an abiding one; a shifting harmony of subpatterns." ~ Sir Charles  cott Sherrington

"We are star stuff." Carl Sagan
"So God created man in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female created he them." Genesis 1:27
"And the LORD God formed man of dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." Genesis 2:7
"2000 years before the appearance of any of these religious beliefs the ancient Chinese served a single creator god known as "Shang Ti". Ancient Chinese writing consisted of a series of word pictures or pictographs, which combined simpler features to express an idea or concept... The Bible describes the creation of man as God having formed him from the dust of the ground and breathed into him the breath of life. The Chinese symbol for create is a combination of person (or breath), dust, walking, and alive." Bruce Malone
"From the dust of the earth, from the common elementary fund, the Creator has made Homo sapiens. From the same material he has made every other creature, however noxious and insignificant to us. They are earth-born companions and our fellow mortals." John Muir
"One day the Great Spirit collected swirls of dust from the four directions in order to create the Comanche people." Earthbow
Greece: "The first man emerged from the dust of Arcadia; his name was Pelasgus." Areopagus
"In the Sumerian story, Enki, the water god, and Ninhursag, the mother goddess, are supposed to have created the first man from clay, which they mixed with the blood of a rebellious god (Tiamat)." Walter B. Murfin
"We are stardust, We are golden, And we've got to get ourselves Back to the garden." Joni Mitchell (MP3 performed by the Chillage People)

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