How to Pass in School and Enjoy It

Some Ideas On How To Pass In School (and enjoy it)
I.                    Go to school with a hunger to get infor­ma­tion and tools to learn.
   A.                 Learn what the teacher knows, but don’t limit it to that.
   B.                 Aim to get info, not please the teacher (but don’t try not to please the teacher).
   C.                 Use all the tools available.
      1.                  Books, Notes, Class lectures
      2.                  Friends, oth­ers etc
      3.                  Www
      4.                  Library etc.
   D.                 Don’t waste time think­ing about things you can’t change (let God fight those battles).
      1.                  Don’t waste time think­ing about what’s wrong with the teacher, the school, the peo­ple that run the school, the stu­dents, the curriculum.
      2.                  Prac­tice appre­ci­at­ing the oppor­tu­nity (whether it could be bet­ter or not).
      3.                  Don’t worry about bad grades.  If you are learn­ing you will get where you want to be. Col­lege, busi­ness or what ever.
   E.                  Do the right things for your life as God would have it. (Do the right things for the right reasons).
      1.                  Try to be noticed doing the right things, but don’t fake it.
         a.                   Sit on the front so you can hear, ask ques­tions, get the best of what­ever that teacher has to offer, and not be dis­tracted by the class.
         b.                  Take notes if you need them and you usu­ally will need them.
         c.                   Look at the teach­ers when they talk.  It helps in under­stand­ing and they will start teach­ing to you.  Don’t fake it, but they eat up an inter­ested stu­dent.  You would have to try to get a low grade on the front row if you look interested.
   F.                  Decide what you want to learn and learn that first.
      1.                  Fig­ure out the teach­ers out­line so you will know what you want to learn from the class.
      2.                  Always know what the teacher expects so you can decide if doing it will help you learn the sub­ject and what you want to know.
   G.                 Be will­ing to flunk, if it hap­pens because you are learn­ing the mate­r­ial better.
      1.                  It is unlikely you will ever get below a C if you learn the mate­r­ial, for you.
   H.                 Enjoy the praise you will get from know­ing the mate­r­ial,  but don’t learn the mate­r­ial to get the praise.
   I.                    Praise your­self if you learn the mate­r­ial, whether any­one else does or not.
   J.                   Bet­ter late than never even if you get a Zero on the assign­ment.  Do it to learn.
   K.                Replace what you do that doesn’t work with some­thing that does work.
   L.                  Replace hurt­ful self talk with self talk that makes you feel better.
II.                 Draw closer to God and his love for you will become more and more sat­is­fy­ing and you will need oth­ers love less and less.  That doesn’t mean that the love and approval from oth­ers isn’t nice, only that it will be much less impor­tant than know­ing the cir­cum­stances of God’s love.
III.               Study the Bible.  The seed to every answer is in it.                                   learn­ing by dad.wpd

Islamic Supremacy and the Middle East

Finally some­one in the posi­tion to know and prove his the­sis, Andrew C. McCarthy has writ­ten a book explain­ing the sim­ple facts about Islam in the mid­dle east and he says the fol­low­ing: “I did not try to write a his­tory of the “Arab Spring.” Spring Fever is, instead, an attempt to give the reader an alter­na­tive way to under­stand what is hap­pen­ing in the Mid­dle East, an anti­dote to the deliri­ous “Arab Spring” nar­ra­tive. Mine is based on under­stand­ing that Islam, a cul­ture and civ­i­liza­tion dis­tinct from and hos­tile to the West, is the most sig­nif­i­cant fact about the region; that far from being a fringe ide­ol­ogy, Islamic suprema­cism is the dom­i­nant inter­pre­ta­tion of Islam of the Mid­dle East; and that the most salient prece­dent for the cur­rent revolt, Turkey, is a model for Islamiza­tion not democratization.”

Please con­sider embrac­ing real­ity.  Read his book if you don’t already believe the truth now, that Islamic suprema­cism is a fact that can­not go away for more years than the world can real­is­ti­cally look ahead.  How do we live with the mil­lions who espouse this con­cept in the com­ing gen­er­a­tions.  Maybe you don’t want to think about it.  Maybe you do.

Bo Ogle

Equality for All?

Many Amer­i­cans have a mis­con­cep­tion of what equal­ity means.

Equal­ity, as described in the Dec­la­ra­tion of Inde­pen­dence,  means equal oppor­tu­nity to pur­sue “life, lib­erty and the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness”,  You, me or the gov­ern­ment can do much toward pro­vid­ing the oppor­tu­nity, but can do very lit­tle to enhance indi­vid­ual equal­ity, but a bad soci­ety and bad gov­ern­ment can do much to destroy that opportunity.

Inequal­ity abounds for on this earth peo­ple die every­day because they didn’t choose to get a checkup by their doc­tor in time to pre­vent an ill­ness when some did, because they were to arro­gant to quit smok­ing when oth­ers quit, to care­less to cross in the pedes­trian walk­way while oth­ers did.  Peo­ple lose their lib­erty every­day because they get caught with drugs, get caught steal­ing, get caught pass­ing bad checks, get caught doing a myr­iad of ille­gal felo­nious acts.  Peo­ple pur­sue hap­pi­ness while oth­ers pur­sue unhap­pi­ness every­day by neg­a­tive think­ing, by lazi­ness, by glut­tony and by other self defeat­ing ways.

God, or nature, if you choose, doesn’t cre­ate any­one equally under this def­i­n­i­tion.  We are all born with dif­fer­ent tal­ents, dif­fer­ent fam­ily con­nec­tions, dif­fer­ent degrees of phys­i­cal and metal strengths and dif­fer­ent finan­cial cir­cum­stances.  Some peo­ple are born into the poor­est, most back­ward soci­eties on the planet with very lit­tle chance to live long enough to be found by a char­ity and saved from an early death, while oth­ers are born in a man­sion in the Hol­ly­wood Hills, in the wealth­i­est nation in the world and into wealth and fame.  (Addi­tion­ally, only God knows, I believe, who He will give the oppor­tu­nity for sal­va­tion and eter­nal life with Him)

Sounds like a pretty unequal world and we will begin to bor­der on stu­pid­ity and futil­ity if we believe there is much we can do about most of the inequal­i­ties I have described.  Chris­tians are called in the bible to be char­i­ta­ble, (love oth­ers as our­selves) but no where is there a bib­li­cal call to cre­ate gov­ern­ment insti­tu­tions to do the work we are called to do individually.

Again the equal­ity comes from pro­vid­ing a place of rel­a­tive free­dom where we are not pro­hib­ited from devel­op­ing the gifts and tal­ents we are born with.  We can’t force any­one to use their gifts, tal­ents, time, resources and energy in a way that pro­duces good for them­selves and for soci­ety, but we can pro­vide a soci­ety that is likely to moti­vate and poten­ti­ate in each of us the drive for higher per­sonal development.

Why it is that some peo­ple believe it is the government’s job to right the inequalites from chance, nature or God, (as you may see it) is beyond my abil­ity to com­pre­hend.  It is, fur­ther­more, unlikely ever to be pos­si­ble, even in sci­ence fiction.

Hitler dreamed of bring­ing equal­ity to the earth by killing off the imper­fect as needed, leav­ing only those meet­ing stan­dards of per­fec­tion set by his government.

Amer­ica tried, some­what suc­cess­fully for a while, to pro­vide oppor­tu­nity by way of per­sonal free­dom, and encour­aged peo­ple to gen­er­ously help each other become more than their cir­cum­stances might have pro­vided at birth.  We are the most char­i­ta­ble nation on earth, almost cer­tainly, because of our Chris­t­ian heritage.

Now it seems an increas­ingly weak, lazy and cor­rupt mid­dle class has allowed an increas­ingly weak, lazy and cor­rupt upper class to cre­ate an increas­ingly weak, lazy and cor­rupt gov­ern­ment to deceit­fully claim to pro­vide “equal­ity” to an increas­ingly weak, lazy and cor­rupt lower class.  Oh what a tan­gled web we have woven.

By Bo Ogle

 

 

 

The Good News

The bad news: life is often per­turb­ing, unfair, dis­cour­ag­ing, painful, dan­ger­ous, and even deadly and ulti­mately fatal for all. There is no such thing as “safe” in the absence of an all-powerful God. The Good News: there is an over­whelm­ing amount of sci­en­tific, his­tor­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal and anec­do­tal evi­dence for God and Jesus and the bible— but that takes a lit­tle seri­ous effort to find, and an open mind —.  Even­tu­ally, how­ever, –with or with­out the evi­dence — it always comes down to faith. When your back is up against the wall, if you will turn around and look – God is the Wall.

By Bo Ogle, (but noth­ing orig­i­nal here)

You Make Me Feel

I read lately that Maya Angelou said, “peo­ple will for­get what you said… they will for­get what you did, but peo­ple will never for­get how you made them feel”. I won­der after all these years, if she might approve of my para­phrase? “Peo­ple will for­get what you said…they will for­get what you did, but they will never for­get how they felt when you said and did them”.

Such seem­ingly minor words like “you make me feel” carry such huge assump­tions about life, oth­ers and our­selves. The affect of those words upon our soci­ety is mon­u­men­tal. It is hard to say, “you make me feel” with­out giv­ing away our own power and our own respon­si­bil­ity for how we think and feel and usu­ally with­out even know­ing that we are doing it.

Every­thing affects what we feel, but noth­ing and no one makes us feel any­thing with­out it being just part of the mix of every­thing we are, every­thing we think and every­thing we already believe. I have tried here to “make you feel” like want­ing to learn and under­stand your­self and the effect words have on you. I know I might have some influ­ence, but you will do only what you feel like doing. You instinc­tively know that already. God made us that way, oth­er­wise He would just make us wor­ship Him. He didn’t and He doesn’t.

Bo Ogle

Where Have All the “Peaceniks” Gone, Long Time Passing

His­tor­i­cally, Con­ser­v­a­tives and Repub­li­cans have been “hawks” and Lib­er­als and Democ­rats have been “doves”. I watched a good por­tion of the Repub­li­can and the Demo­c­ra­tic Con­ven­tions. It seems to me the Democ­rats sounded much more hawk­ish than the Repub­li­cans. I won­der where all their anti­war rhetoric from the last years before Obama went and I won­der what the old “peaceniks” from the 70’s think about the changes in the Democ­rats or are they even noticing?

I am noticing.

Bo Ogle

Blue Moonies

Sun Myung Moon died under a Wan­ing Gib­bous Moon just miss­ing, two days ear­lier, the oppor­tu­nity to leave us under a Full Blue Moon avail­able on the last day of August this year. Just a side note to get to the main point.

I have over the years agreed with one major aspect of the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church and Sun Myung Moon. He believed that the indi­vid­ual fam­ily was our chance for peace in this world. Well, you say, “I never remem­ber hear­ing him say that”. Maybe not, but what he did say was tan­ta­mount to the same thing and that is that the pos­si­bil­ity of peace was depen­dent up mul­ti­cul­tural mar­riages through­out the world bring­ing together under­stand­ing between the var­ied cul­tures of this world. That is basi­cally say­ing that the indi­vid­ual and the indi­vid­ual fam­ily make a dif­fer­ence, a big dif­fer­ence. George Bush the elder pro­posed his “Thou­sand Points of Light” which still exist in the form of a “Points of Light Foun­da­tion” at pointsoflight.org. The idea has been in the human heart since God placed it there and has recon­firmed it in many places in the bible. Each indi­vid­ual and each indi­vid­ual act make a difference.

To the best of my abil­ity to under­stand it, that is the point Mitt Rom­ney was mak­ing in com­par­ing the lib­eral Obama approach of big gov­ern­ment and Obama chang­ing things by slow­ing the ris­ing ocean lev­els and sav­ing the planet, to his plan to “help you and your fam­ily”. Words only, I know, but it is a reflec­tion of the dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive of the left and right. Obama can’t do it and Mitt Rom­ney can’t do it, but you and I can do it with our every thought, every word and every act we do. It does make a difference.

Like the atoms of a chair are mostly space — empty of all but energy — bind the chair together so it will hold a 300 pound man, so do we make up the whole of cre­ation. We are the energy that make it what is is. YOU are impor­tant! Who could have ever thought to make up such an arro­gant state­ment that God knows every hair on your head, except GOD himself?

Bo Ogle

Pray To Whom Shall I Pray?

I am sure some will argue with my sug­gested con­clu­sion here, which only the most opaque can miss, regard­ing faith in God and the effect that faith has on the men­tal peace and san­ity of a per­son and a nation.
You may chose to do some inter­net study and look up the sui­cide rate in Lithua­nia which is the high­est per capita in the world.  Lithua­nia is a 100% lit­er­acy rate coun­try. Now look up sta­tis­tics on what per­cent­age of Lithua­ni­ans believe there is a God.
(We know that there’s only a small per­cent­age of the peo­ple who do believe there is a God; who also believe in a per­sonal God who knows all about us and cares about every detail of our lives, a cre­ator God, if you will, as described in the bible).
You can decide for your­self if you believe there is a rela­tion­ship between these two vari­ables of faith in God and suicide.
I got this poem below in an email.  It was sup­pos­edly writ­ten by a 15 year old from Ari­zona but the author is not so much the point, as what it says.
Bo Ogle
Now I sit me down in school
Where pray­ing is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds men­tion of Him very odd.  
 
If scrip­ture now the class recites,
It vio­lates the Bill of Rights. 
And any­time my head I bow
Becomes a Fed­eral mat­ter now.
 
Our hair can be pur­ple, orange or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a free­dom scene.
The law is spe­cific, the law is precise.
Prayers spo­ken aloud are a seri­ous vice, 
 
For pray­ing in a pub­lic hall
Might offend some­one with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is pro­hib­ited by the state.  
 
We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They’ve out­lawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
 
We can elect a preg­nant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s ‘inap­pro­pri­ate’ to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such ‘judg­ments’ do not belong.  
 
We can get our con­doms and birth con­trols,  
Study witch­craft, vam­pires and totem poles. 
But the Ten Com­mand­ments are not allowed,  
No word of God must reach this crowd.  
 
It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!
Amen

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

The Fol­low­ing is my response to an email I received and is fol­lowed below that by the unedited email sent to me:
On Mar 25, 2012, at 7:40 PM, Bo Ogle wrote:
Dear Oliver Gilbert
I appre­ci­ate most of the fine words and con­cepts you con­firm and sup­port for all peo­ple in your memo­riam, but it is of utmost impor­tance that you fol­low the con­cept adhered to by most of the world and in the U.S Con­sti­tu­tion that we are all pre­sumed inno­cent until proven guilty in a court of law.  It is too often, and I fear rea­son­ably so that Black Amer­i­cans are not always afforded this right as quickly and con­fi­dently as oth­ers in our soci­ety and it behoves you and I to be sure to teach all those we speak to and write to the impor­tance of this con­cept.  Your use of the word “mur­der” pre­sup­poses guilt which is con­trary to the pre­sump­tion of inno­cence we want all Amer­i­cans to receive.  Please con­sider the harm that word is doing in your memo­riam and wait for the rule of law which we need to pro­tect us all as Amer­i­cans.  We must never allow our emo­tions to over­ride our good con­science. The earth is cov­ered with the bones of those that have died at the hand of those act­ing out of emo­tion untem­pered by intel­lect and this may include Trayvon Mar­tin and could even include George Zim­mer­man if we are not careful.
We must be a soci­ety of laws and allow the sys­tem to pro­tect us.  May God help us all when the gov­ern­ment acts con­trary to the rule of law (or when the gov­ern­ment enacts laws con­trary to the rights, good and well being of the people).
Most Humbly,
Bo Ogle
The email sent to me:
On Mar 25, 2012, at 1:50 PM, Oliver Gilbert wrote:

Dear ELAINE,

Trayvon Martin’s mur­der is a tragedy.  As our com­mu­nity remem­bers his short but val­ued life and mourns his tragic and sense­less death, let us take time together to acknowl­edge that our con­tin­ued efforts to build a com­mu­nity of part­ners that value and trea­sure all life must never cease.  As our chil­dren pour out of their schools into the streets and we hear the frus­tra­tion and sad­ness in their voices and see their sor­row and grief give rise to tears and anger, let us move from this moment acknowl­edg­ing that the need for our atten­tion to things like vot­ing and social jus­tice are as impor­tant now as it ever has been. Edu­ca­tion, aca­d­e­m­i­cally and socially are as impor­tant now as they have ever been.  Activism and civic engage­ment in a proac­tive way is as impor­tant now as it has ever been.

As we react in memo­riam to Trayvon’s mur­der, we don’t just eulo­gize his life, we eulo­gize a death of inno­cence that through our work must give birth to a new covenant, one with another, that we will make this place safe for every Trayvon.

–Oliver Gilbert

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