The Danger of Dreams

Desires wither the heart.

—The Tao Te Ching, ch. 12

Last summer I worked my butt off (on an organic vegetable farm) for very little money, and was grateful for the chance to do so. This is in keeping with my life philosophy: "Work for nothing. Take all that you …

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Sins, Innocent Mistakes, and Christlike Non-Judgment

In Christian life there often exists a tension between Jesus' command "Do not judge", and the call to do right by yourself and others. It's easiest to take an extreme path, to either judge the hell out of everyone (publicly or secretly), or on the contrary avoid all moral considerations …

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What French Programmers Do

They smoke and model their berets while all
their code recurses infinitely and
will choke, will suffocate on out-of-memory

exceptions. Helplessly they laugh and smoke
and model their berets as if they no
more choose Computer Science than they choose to be

the French. But in the smoke are others …
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Prophetic Writing, Stories, and Teachable Hearts

You want to be a missionary?
You got that missionary zeal?
Let a stranger change your life
How's that make you feel?
You want to be a writer
But you don't know how or when
Find a quiet place
Use a humble pen

You want to talk, talk, talk about …
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Mistaking Abstractions For Reality

When you have names and forms,
know that they are provisional.
When you have institutions,
know where their functions should end.
Knowing when to stop,
you can avoid any danger.

—The Tao Te Ching, ch. 32

Lately I keep noticing a pattern present in much of the evil and destruction …

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God Is A Farmer

Having come from a lifetime of study, work, and play in computer science to a summer interning at Eighth Day Farm, I've learned that ecological farming doesn't have much in common with computer programming, and that God is more farmer than programmer.

A computer programmer solves a problem by dividing …

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