I just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to all you guys. I know very many of you do not live in the U.S., but it's still nice once in a while to pause and reflect on our luck and our lives.
At the same time, I personally feel a deep sorrow for all the people whose lives have been ravaged by the wildfires in California this week. If you have an opportunity to help please do. That's what America used to do.
Anyway, my year has been fulfilling and fun and I am very thankful to have made it.
What if Eleanor Roosevelt had wings? -- Monty Python
One important characteristic of a theory is that is has survived repeated attempts to falsify it. Contrary to your understanding, all available evidence confirms it. --Subbie
If evolution is shown to be false, it will be at the hands of things that are true, not made up. --percy
The reason that we have the scientific method is because common sense isn't reliable. -- Taq
In a reflective mood I wrote my Thanksgiving laudation yesterday on another thread. Permit me to copy it here.
Remember how many times over the years (decades?) so many people had said this site was doomed and was soon to dry up and blow into the oblivion of Internet fora past? And yet here we still be.
We have smart people, crazy people, jokesters, serious intellects, demented fools, all with a wide breadth of opinion, fantasy and humor.
This place takes a lot of work to maintain, police and keep right. The moderation team (that's you and yours, Phat) are key to keeping this place viable and such a frustrating, maddening, satisfying, discussion forum.
Percy should feel quite proud of what he created.
Thanksgiving (for the USA) is tomorrow and one of the small things I am thankful for is this site.
I am also thankful for EvC for giving me an opportunity to think through what I believe and try to express it to unbelievers, also for growing a pretty tough hide on me in the process.
And I'm very very grateful for this country I live in, and for this current administration which, whatever its faults, saved us from something so much worse I am tearfully grateful that God is having mercy on us even in the midst of judging us for our sins. Lincoln said the same about his time too, the Civil War being God's judgment on the nation for slavery, though he found many blessings even in the midst of it. http://www.evcforum.net/dm.php?control=msg&m=843848#m843848
I am just back to work and really enjoyed having several days off stuffing my face with pies, potatos, Turkey, ham, gravy and beers. It's the one time of year you can be a glutton shame free! Oh and the Cowboys won!!!
"You were not there for the beginning. You will not be there for the end. Your knowledge of what is going on can only be superficial and relative" William S. Burroughs