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brian’s BEANS puzzle

February4

A brian’s BEANS puzzle

Take a good look at the picture below. It’s a puzzle, to be sure, for many.

I’m fully aware you may have heard tell of this exercise. And, yes, it’s part of the MENSA process. However, that’s only the beginning.

Let me know if it takes you under thirty seconds, or over thirty seconds to find the man in the beans.

Mind you, this does not necessarily have anything to do with brian’s BEANs. But, it might. Much hangs in the balance. More so for you, than for myself

When you are done with the exercise, please complete the poll below.

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If you beat thirty seconds please reach out to me via the Contact Form. Do it!

NOTE: There is an honor system at work.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

obama and a burning Bush

February11

So… It’s not yet a burning question.

But, at what point do we start reading stories about people comparing Obama and the “good ‘ol days” with George Bush?

Gawd (that’s not using God’s name in vain is it?), can you imagine how sore Thomas Jefferson’s finger would be were he alive to wag it at those fellows?

It occurs to me that, at least Clinton and George’s Dad, George, Sr. could muster some joint credibility around economic stability – and, then post White House philanthropic efforts. “Little” George and Barack might be lucky if they have an opportunity to work in a film together called: Smug and Smugger.

By the way… Riddle me this: What is the difference between Barack Obama and pornography?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

paradox or Riddle or conundrum or pandora's Box?

October22

If I care only about what I care about, does that mean I’m selfish?

I’ll consider addressing this question, with a possible, potentially herculean effort at answering it, next week.

But… If in the event you don’t care if I make such an effort, herculean or not, and the odds are I’ll hear about it, and read about it, should I then care?

This has the naught less than brilliant potential to find itself evolving spinning madly towards a conundrum – which could then reflect (careful choice of words) that veritable pandora’s box.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

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riddle, or paradox, or what ever

September20

Someone pointed me to a link showing a couple of religious leaflets that they’d found. It’s all quite interesting, in a flagellating kind of way, I suppose.

a leaflet

It took a lot of effort to load one of them into this post, and I’m not at all, not all, I tell you, convinced it’s worth the effort. And, after all my work, it’s still grainy, almost like some form of pornography, and difficult to read – let alone fathom. Just use your imagination. You have, after all seen hundreds just like  it. And, if you haven’t, it’s no true tragedy. I say this because, after all, it’s a religious artifact. God will live on, one way or another, well past the point the bloody leaflet is dust.

Why are things like this called “leaflets”, any way?

In any event, I don’t really understand something about the evangelist logic illustrated in things like leafllets and religious artifacts, in general. In their analogy (use your imagination here – or, perhaps you’ve decided to, otherwise, take a nap, especially if Georgia is playing in an American football game), I’m a terrible felon standing in front of a judge; I’m guilty of murder and theft, among many other crimes. I should probably go to prison, as I’m clearly a danger to society.

Yet evangelists would posit that a monetary fine would pay for my crimes, and it doesn’t even have to be me who pays it. Jesus will apparently pay the fine, and I can leave the court that very day. I suppose I’d have to promise to pay him back – but as they point out in the first part of the leaflet, I’m a liar as well as a thief. I am man, after all. Apparently, and according to those ferocious evangelists, God made man to sin, and not made man capable of sin, which puts a different spin on everything.

Perhaps it’s all a form of cosmic riddle.

The key to freedom, as it were, is accepting Jesus.

So, if I do pay Jesus back, by being his friend (or, at least asking him over for a play date), I get to go to heaven. Although I remain a sinner even when I’m friends with him.

Why would Jesus want so many evil friends? Unless it’s to make him look all the more noble by association.

I understand the “evil friend” question is where everyone is going to pounce on me, with a love of course.

The more I find out about Christianity, as a religion, as opposed to simply coming to grips with a mighty God, and how I make that work for everyone around me (truth and light, reflecting and representing, etc. /1), the stranger it seems.

Paradox(?) you might pondering a this point… Well, perhaps it’s that point where you must face the difference between faith, religion, belief and discernment. It’s after all, why God gave you a brain – and, made it larger (not necessarily better) than a dog /2 or chimpanzee’s (cats don’t count, ever.).

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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1/ I could hyperlink to many examples of my prior work on these topics. However, they’ve become copious in number. So, it’s a lot of work. And, if you actually cared (and, I understand many of you do, and will, ultimately), you’ll search and sort them out. All you need is the desire and proactive nature to utilize the search feature offered to the left of this post.

2/ One of my favorite posts: Sammy: The best argument I ever knew for Dogs in Heaven has now been read over 4,000,000 times. It’s being read in schools (one teacher told me it’s how he gets around the ban on religious (ouch) information. That’s fine. It’s kinda like being a pirate. Certainly a Prudent Gentleman.

Off topic: I think it’s funny that spell check doesn’t correct the word ‘kinda’.

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