“For there was never a philosopher that could endure a toothache patiently.” (Shakespeare) I wonder if the philosopher Zeno ever had a toothache? He’s said to be the founder of Stoicism, a belief which says that everything is part of a grand plan, so there’s no use complaining about hardship and pain. The modern Stoic would say, “Just deal with it!” I happen to like the words of Jesus, “Come to me, all you are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” ;-) Jack
FROM TARMART REV: I've fallen in love with that Heavenly Voice as well...Jesus Christ, that is!! ====JACK: Regarding the voice of Jesus...Do you think he was a tenor, baritone or bass?
FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL: a little pain goes a long way...today or 3,000 years ago...pain is pain!====JACK: Toothaches, caused by rotting teeth were a real problem is Shakespeare's day. It was thought that inhaling another's bad breath could cause the plague. No novocaine for extractions, either.
FROM GOOD DEBT JON: I think “cable news TV” can be substituted for a toothache in this WW. I can’t say I have missed it in the past 9 months I’ve ignored it. Miss it like a toothache.====JACK: Luke Appling, who once played for the Chicago White Sox, had the nickname, "Old Aches and Pains," because he was always complaining about something. I agree with your complaint about cable news, particularly the political commentary segments. We need to be careful with how we spend our time. It's such a limited commodity.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: I would definitely go with Jesus' word. As one who has had a toothache, I would receive no comfort with Zeno's words!====JACK: I wonder if Jesus ever had a toothache.
FROM BLAZING OAKS: HA! BILL WAS FOND OF QUOTING ZENO'S "THE MASSES ARE ASSES; THE FEW SHALL ALWAYS RULE"...HE GREATLY ENJOYED HIS PHILOSOPHY CLASSES AT AUGIE, AS YOU SEEM TO HAVE. I MISSED OUT ON THAT!====JACK: Zeno's words help us to understand politics, even thought we might not like to face up to the seeming reality of it. I would like to use the quote as a Winning Words someday, but I have a hard time seeing the positive message in it. Does the word, wry, describe it? I happen to think that courses in philosophy are needed for pastors to better understand the religion they are called to interpret.