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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

knowing shallow Me

July25

I’m so damn shallow.

Distractions abound.

But, it’s little things, like a Chris Tomlin tune that help me in those less than, otherwise, fulfilling moments.

However, and having stated the above (and, many other things daily), I don’t want to mislead anyone, anywhere, ever… I’m still waiting; searching. Sad, yet hopeful.

It would be easier to call myself a Christian. But, God would know, right?

So… The best I can offer is to live my life like that, as far as I think what it could all mean. Doing it my way is like living with considered abandon, and without a net. No fish on the bumper of my car. It means living by a code but not knowing if there is a reward.

Isaiah? Nehemiah?

But, I’m also listening to God of Wonders (it’s the Chris Tomlin version, for me) – and, relentlessly, I’ll add, here.

I’m by no means courageous (maybe not since Sarajevo, anyway). Just Authentic.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

why forgiveness might be overrated

April15

I’m waxing sophomoric, here, and distilling some thoughts into the simplest of terms.

Practicing Christians will hold that forgiveness (which is apparently divine), and “turning the other cheek”, are vital elements to a sustained scociety and civility civilization.

Muslims extol the thinking that an “eye for an eye” can offer similar benefits, albeit with a greater emphasis on an ultimate and expedited solution.

A reason, but not necessarily, the reason, for my pondering much of this stems from my current investigations into existentialism and heterodoxy. In fact, you can read through my initial thinking here:  dangers of the authentic Life.

I understand, sort of, why it might make sense to turn a cheek when someone takes a swipe at you. But, on the other hand (perhaps literally) it also makes sense, to me, that if you cut off the hand that offends, the perpetrator can’t won’t likely repeat the mistake offense.

…pausing, here… I use the cross-out effect for affect – just so you know.

It takes character (ponder that play-on-words) to absorb a lot of Christian-oriented punishment. However, in the Muslim perview, the limited number of limbs (and life) increases the sense of urgency when it comes to playing fair.

Somebody has to pose these question and sort out the thinking. It’s what Prudent and Optimistic Gentlemen, do.

Peace be to my Brothers and sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

taking a position on Faith instead of making a stand

April11

Perhaps faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.

Any given day, Man faces both the gift and the punishment. This may come down to how we reflect and represent one another and our creator.

I’m taking the position that we were created with great promise and with a promise (you see… reader, I think there just might be a fine-line of difference, here; a nuance, perhaps). When we fail ourselves, and one another, we realize punishment, in one form or another.

Redemption can be a topic for another day. But therein lies the promise.

So… I think my faith is man and mankind. And, thusly, I’ll put my faith in mankind.

And, perhaps, this explains (to me) my own path, and why, from-time-to-time, I’m good at what I do. I invest in the lives of men, daily. And, the returns on that investment are rewards that can’t be measured, only by myself.

Peace be to your Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

it's the rule if not the Law

March23

I was, admittedly, stumped by a potential business partner over the weekend.

But, now I have a better plan.

Core beliefs and character are best when tested.

God has a great way of rewarding truth and light.

So does the laws of Natural Selection.

There are, after all, rules that don’t necessarily need to be laws.

Today, it just so happens that I’m listening to: No Excuses by Alice In Chains.

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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