Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Saturday, 2020.06.06
While having never invented a sin, I'm trying to perfect several.


Couds of War

The following recipe for stopping war within 10 days was recently sent to my attention. It required a “strong commitment of each person involved progressing exponentially to a massive scale worldwide.”

“The basis [sic] idea is one person would find 9 other persons to stop work for 10 days straight as a personal commitment to stop war and hold for peace. Those 10 persons would each commit to find 10 more persons to stop work for the next 9 days. Those 100 persons would each commit to find 10 more persons to stop work for 8 days. Those 1000 persons would each commit to find 10 more persons to stop work for 7 days. And so on multiplying by the power of 10 the total number of persons stopping work each successive day until on the 10th day the entire world would stop war and realize peace.”

Personally, my hope for peace diminishes when I see solutions like these being circulated. Is this the depth of thinking and compassion that will actually bring peace forward? I’ll leave the problems with the math alone. Mostly because I want the keep the reader. So, let’s say we have that “strong commitment of each person”. What’s going to happen? (more…)


Dan Issel’s Tongue

Dateline: Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Dan Issel, coach of the Denver Nuggets, a professional basketball team, had the following exchange with a fan, as reported by local ABC affiliate Channel 7 News:

Fan: “You suck *******!”

Issel: “Hey go buy another beer. Go drink another beer, you ****** Mexican piece of ****.”

Because of the remark, Issel was suspended for four games without pay and apologized, stating “I take full responsibility for my actions and I’m sorry for the embarrassment it’s caused my team, my family.” The local Hispanic community sought Issel’s direct apology and demanded he be fired, in spite of the fact the fan had accepted Issel’s apology.

This public display has me thinking about the thing from a variety of angles. (more…)


An open letter to KUSA TV in Denver and the Board of Directors for the Komen Foundation.

This letter was originally written last fall. My wife’s health over the holidays prevented me from tracking down all the contacts to whom I wished to send this letter. Her health is much improved at the moment. She is off oxygen although her energy level is considerably diminished. I apologize for the delay and hope that my comments may still be of value.

November 22, 1999

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am writing this letter in the hope of initiating a positive change in the way breast cancer survivors are treated during Denver’s Race for the Cure event. I have shared this letter with organizations and people not directly involved with the Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure in the hope that my experiences will assist them in avoiding some of the unfortunate trends I’ve observed with the Race for the Cure event in Denver. (more…)

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