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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

life might not be fair but its mine

October1

If you’ve followed this Blog, or are my friend (and, sometimes it’s hard to do both), you know that my earthly father took his own life back in 1986 – most likely because he was heart-broken over the loss of my mother. If you’re so inclined, you can indulge yourself and learn a bit more about that by reading: My Dad: Story 22 – Married For Life.

That tragic reality is relevant to this current post for two reasons relative to myself, although it may well be relevant to you for more, other, or no cause or effect. One reason for me is that I can, or could, relate to my Dad’s mourning of Mom. I could never abide a life without Joanne in it. And, apples come from trees, as it were.

I don’t discuss it, broadly, but Dad might have been manic depressive, as well. I doubt I’m afflicted with such a curse. I’m generally much too optimistic for such things. In fact, my recent post: optimism is apparently quite popular with you, collectively. It’s hard and cruel to label people. And, probably unwise to attempt uncertain diagnosis. But, Dad was clearly head-and-shoulders above the crowd when it came to intelligence, drive, ambition, and a capacity to love while also being mean (but, like a lot of high-ranking Air Force Officers of his era, he drank a lot as well). And, that appears to be part of the profile. To be sure, the branches of my family tree (we seem to lead by many examples, with more good than bad) certainly have their own demons.

Me? I’m open-minded, pun intended.

So, that might be my lot. Maybe not. And, I don’t mean to over-analyze. I wonder if one can be a hypocondriac when it comes to mental illness? Or, is that paranoia? I’m trying to be light-hearted. But, God help me with both the journey and discovery.

One of the ironies, here, in this line-of-thinking, might include: if you have a form of mental illness, how could you, or would you know? Also, would you care? Or, if you did, would you be inclined or inhibited to take positive action? If conscience is involved, how would that be separated from “voices”?

But, I also have scienter. You see that term referenced on this Blog, fairly often. I think it’s part of living an authentic life (yes, another recurring theme), and being accountable and responsible. But, that torch brings with it a burden, of sorts. Just because there might be the potential for mental illness, or any problem (it took me ten minutes to ponder the word problem because I detest it, and strive to avoid using it. however, it’s apropos), for that matter, this doesn’t mean we can use it as an excuse – and therefore can’t be absolved of accountability. Thusly, It’s my position that if we know there might be a problem, we have to be willing to account for it and seek ways to overcome that challenge. Furthermore, if we’re to think such a burden exists, then I’m confident I have to realize extremes, if required, to compensate for it, for the betterment of others.

So, and ironically, this test might qualify as a form of super powers that must be used for good. Or, I’m just being delusional. But, I mean well.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

inside the Box

February3

We were asked: “What is thinking ‘inside the box”?

We hear so much about thinking “outside the box” that it apparently made the questioner wonder if going back into the box might not be a wise thing these days. They suggested that it might “just be less crowded. Or maybe not.”

My own immediate thought is that we need to focus on core objectives relative to goals.

So, whereas “outside the box” allows for broader thinking – and, suggests open-mindedness, “inside the box” might signal that we have opened the box, come up with a great idea, and are now implementing a plan of action to execute.

This has equal applications in both business, and life inside and outside of  business (sometimes there is a difference).

That’s just me thinking. I tend to do that, sometimes, more than many people care to know.

However, I do think much of this offers an insight to the views of the Heterodox.

Peace be to my Bothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

what is changing My mind: Part I

May27

I will just haul off right away and admit this post is going to be rather confusing at first.

Nevertheless, here we go. Just roll with me.

What is changing my mind?

Several things. But, certainly, God (himself?) remains the catalyst. And, it, the dynamic, continues to be an evolutionary process.

Changed my mind about what?

Religion and it’s relation to faith. Possibly the course of evangelism – just stuff like that.

Over the past several months you have been reading my views on representingreflecting and the open-mind.

I will lay-out several points through the next weeks and remain open to further discussion and experience.

Change, or the process of change, has not necessarily occurred in the order you see these posts. It took many years for me to realize I, and many others, were wrong.

In any event, here are a few reasons I changed my mind.

Part I: Reading as part of research

read widely outside of evangelical Christianity with an open mind. Ironically, I discovered that many Christians don’t have open-minds (we can discuss judgmental later). My own experience of religion-oriented fundamentalists is they are not truly open to new evidence or considering things differently.

To be certain, establishing a foundation of Jeffersonian and/ or Heterodoxal thinking was a critical first step.  So, just reading isn’t good enough – without an open mind, everything confirms only your own beliefs. I decided truth was more important than my current beliefs.

I was warned this was dangerous. It was indeed.

So, God has inspired me to question the fabric of religion and strive for an ever growing sense of faith – and, then my role in the world as an influencer.

More to follow. Oh, yes, there is.

By the way… Just because this is me, you should reasonably expect that I will be distracted by other things and events. So, this particular train of thought will be be disrupted by flashes of (poorly articulated) brilliance that include political diatribes, pictures of my dog, reviews of pointless technology, and the odd recipe.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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