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positioning statement


nick, brian v., aaron, george and drew…

What do you BELIEVE?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

17 Comments to

“positioning statement”

  1. Avatar February 24th, 2009 at 5:51 am Nick Milne Says:

    In what sense, exactly? Theologically? Politically? Or just in general?

  2. Avatar February 24th, 2009 at 12:13 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    All of that. Or, none of that.

    It’s an open question in the hopes of starting something just to see where it goes.

    When I coach decision-makers I ask the questions:

    What is the best thing you have ever done?


    What is the best thing you will ever do?

    What they want to say out of the gate is often different than when they think about it for awhile.


  3. Avatar February 25th, 2009 at 3:40 am Craig Pfister Says:

    I believe that every person is essentially good.
    I believe it is my responsibility to set the example, at home and at work.
    I believe our future is in our hands.
    I believe what comes around goes around.
    I believe the cream does eventually rise to the top.
    I believe in God.
    I believe that our children will do better than we did.
    I believe in the liberties which make our country great.
    I believe in a better tomorrow.
    I believe that I have not yet reached my potential.

  4. Avatar February 26th, 2009 at 2:26 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    I know I believe in the Laws of natural Selection – and God gave us discernment to nudge matters along.

    More later.


  5. Avatar February 25th, 2009 at 5:24 pm Drew Tilghman Says:

    matt 16.15-17

    i believe truth is absolute.
    i believe truth is revealed.
    i believe truth is revealed through relationship.
    i believe truth is a Person.

    regarding your specific questions:
    1. discovering who i am and what my gifts and strengths are.
    2. living out of my potential rather than up to my potential.

  6. Avatar February 26th, 2009 at 2:27 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    What might be your immediate reaction to Charles Darwin?


  7. Avatar February 26th, 2009 at 11:24 pm Drew Tilghman Says:

    my immediate reaction to charles darwin is that i acknowledge that he is dead.

  8. Avatar February 27th, 2009 at 1:21 am Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    Your research is, of course, solid.


  9. Avatar February 27th, 2009 at 4:38 am Drew Tilghman Says:


  10. Avatar February 27th, 2009 at 4:31 pm Nick Johnson Says:

    I believe…

    … in the power of reason and logic.
    … politicians rely on the public’s lack of reason and logic to maintain their elected power.
    … in property rights.
    … politicians are systematically abolishing all rights to property by transferring wealth to those who did not earn it. – “[The previous administration] transfer[red] wealth to the wealthy.” -POTUS, earlier this week. Umm, huh? Isn’t that where wealth belongs – with the people who earned the wealth in the first place?
    … our government should (because they are not) protect the rights of minorities – lest the rights of minorities become subjugated to the will and oppression of the majority – surely a circus we’ll have on our hands when the majority of citizens have voted themselves off the tax roles (and we’re getting close).
    … the smallest minority is an individual.
    … we owe everything that we have created – good and evil – to one attribute: man’s ability to reason.
    … the evil in the world must be stared down and overcome (Defining evil as a man or group who seeks to impose his will onto others through the use of force).
    … evil will fail in the long run.
    … the US is at risk of falling into obscurity in the 22nd century if we do not course correct.
    … the US will course correct when the best and brightest among us decide to get involved in politics (make the Presidency a bit higher paying, similar to the salaries of the CEO’s of large multi-nationals, and you’ll have incredibly gifted leaders ready to step into the role).
    … religions were created to give man a comprehensive explanation of life – similar to many other philosophies: Taoism, Marxism, et al – and do so poorly.
    … there is no point discussing an abstraction which, by design, is beyond the realm of human comprehension – God.
    … , like Hell, that I’d very much prefer to go to Heaven when I die.

    … I enjoy discussing politics, religion and everything else just a bit much.

  11. Avatar March 1st, 2009 at 2:49 pm george Says:

    I believe that I am afraid, but not afraid enough to believe more.

  12. Avatar March 1st, 2009 at 3:59 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    Is that a juxtaposition?


  13. Avatar March 2nd, 2009 at 2:50 am Nick Johnson Says:

    This is juxtaposition!!!

  14. Avatar March 2nd, 2009 at 4:30 am Aaron Says:

    Hmm…looks like I’m late to the game, er…”experiment”.

    So, what do I believe…

    I believe that it’s rare that I should trust myself when I can’t explain why in less than ten seconds.

    I believe that there is nothing greater, nor harder to understand and emulate, than the love of God.

    I believe that my purpose – passion, really – in life is helping people find their way.

    I believe that there is but one true God. I believe His Son died to save the world from it’s awfulness and to bring a choice for redemption.

    I believe the relaxation of personal responsibility in modern culture (not just American culture) will accelerate the Laws of Natural Selection.

    And I, too, believe that Darwin is dead.

  15. Avatar March 2nd, 2009 at 4:24 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    Aaron and Drew:

    Obviously Darwin is no longer part of the physical plain. But, “Darwinism” or, views around natural selection are relevant.

    So, what do you fellows mean when you say “Darwin is dead”?

    Meanwhile, I follow the accountability (responsibility) element in Aaron’s comment. But, does this mean you hold yourself as an example? Is this “Social Darwinism”? Or, that, by not adhering to the Faith element, natural selection prevails in some form?

    By the way… I like (and share) Nick Johnson’s view that: “we owe everything that we have created – good and evil – to one attribute: man’s ability to reason.”

    But, I want to use the word discernment.

    I am thinking it’s that GIFT (discernment) that separates people – and, then enables them to Reflect and Represent. That gift also inspires survival and possibly even “thrival” (I made that word up [it’s my Blog].


  16. Avatar March 3rd, 2009 at 10:35 pm Aaron Says:

    “So, what do you fellows mean when you say ‘Darwin is dead’?”

    Uh, he’s not breathing. He’s six feet under (or burned to a crisp). No longer walking this earth.

    I’m not sure what you mean by “Social Darwinism”; however, I think natural selection has a strong element of free will in it, which is also a key component of faith. Faith requires an acceptance and understanding of that which you cannot control (God’s will), but also a responsibility to the things you can(your free will).

    Those who exercise their free will for strength, intellect, power, and alignment with the common good will be rewarded with survival.

    On the contrary, a person with faith that chooses not to exercise their free will for those things listed above will likely be eliminated or at least left behind. Scripture has plenty of examples of this – consider the Parable of the Talents.

    So, does natural selection prevail when faith ceases? I conclude rather that these are parallel themes in life that must be evaluated by each human being. Those that reject natural selection will perish. Those that reject faith will also perish. It’s just a matter of timing.

  17. Avatar March 9th, 2009 at 3:03 pm Brian Patrick Cork Says:

    I see “free will” and the gift of discernment that God gives (most of) us that I have referred to in this string of exchanges as synonymous and a critical part of Darwin’s theories around Natural Selection.


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