Friday, February 11, 2011

Love Knoweth No Laws


~John Lyly

Of Note: Love is messy and often chaotic. If we want to see Love-in-action, we need look no farther than the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, the Ukraine, Poland and, yes, even France and America in days gone by. During these protests for freedom, the masses "bring their heart into tune with God." When tension is at the right note, nothing can stop the energy released. Harnessing the power of the masses is also being used to outsource science projects around the globe. Thousands of volunteers use their Internet connections to accelerate solutions to scientifically-based problems such as "scouring microscope images of interstellar dust particles collected from the tail of a comet." If that one brings yawns, gamers in particular have been invited to solve on-line puzzles that "figure out the shapes of hundreds of proteins, which in turn can lead to new medicines" All of these projects recognize the love-in-action means relationship and the Internet can be its tool. Interestingly, when the Egyptian government totally severed this connection for the whole nation, determined protesters created work-arounds in no time, and the government's actions simply added fuel to the fire. That should provide a cautionary note to other repressive nations, which are undoubtedly taking notes. A few weeks ago over his morning cup of tea, President Mubarak was thinking about the upcoming election in which his son would run and win. Today, he is gone. Power of the people also translates as Love-in-action, which has the potency to release vast amounts of energy when motivated by the good of all. That should not be forgotten by any ruler.

Today's Weather Report: Another cloudy day in the neighborhood at 18 degrees Fahrenheit. That beats the very frigid weather we have had this past week. Tomorrow the temps are forecast to be in the upper 20's or low 30's! This might be our late January thaw. The malfunctioning snowplow will appreciate the warmth. So will I when I go to fix it tomorrow. On another note: Discover magazine named the five worst countries to surf the Web. The first was China, which came as a surprise. If we had any doubts, however, we were prompted to go to China's most popular search engine and type in "Tiananmen Square massacre." The other four repressive Internet countries came as no surprise: North Korea, Burma/Myanmar, Iran and Cuba. It is my guess that all are primed for revolutions of their own. As a matter of fact, Cuba has been mentioned as possibly the next target outside of the Middle East. Maybe by coincidence, maybe not, just this week Cuba was connected to Venezuela with its first fiber-optic line. Seems that Internet connection = change, so Fidel and Raul should be wary.

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