Thursday, May 07, 2009

The long road to . . . .

Ain't that a pretty road?  I wonder if it might be the road not taken?

Today we have a few idioms to get out of the way before we delve into a fairly serious and depressing subject tomorrow or the next day.  

As many of y'all know I very much believe that EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.  Not in some paranoid government conspiracy sort of way (although my mind is open on that subject) but in a more general way.   I believe that the the World Wide Web is nothing more or less than a map of the Human Brain.  And the Human Brain is a map to the Universe.   Maybe.

What is another term for the WWW?  The Information Superhighway!  Here at Walk Stars HQ we like highways.

And now a joke:

There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.

An angel hears his plea and appears to him. "Sorry, but you can't take your wealth with you." The man implores the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules.

The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.

Soon afterward the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter. St. Peter seeing the suitcase says, "Hold on, you can't bring that in here!"

But, the man explains to St. Peter that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, St. Peter checks and comes back saying, "You're right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I'm supposed to check its contents before letting it through."

St. Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and exclaims, "You brought pavement?!!!"

Sooooo........ we have a picture that may or may not be worth a thousand words.  We have a music video and we have a cute little joke.  We're discussing idioms today,  so I imagine some of y'all have already figured out that the top picture is a street paved with gold. 

And gold is the original money.  Well, I think that might actually have been salt - but pretty much from the beginning of money until the Nixon administration gold and money have been synonymous. 

Now we know that money is the root of all evil.  Well not actually.  The King James version quotes Paul in 1 Timothy 6:10 as saying:

 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows

Some translations claim it is 'A' root rather than 'THE' root.  Not that it matters all that much.   

So if love of money is a root of evil; why are the streets of heaven paved with it?  And why is the road to hell paved with good intentions?????

We'll answer these questions and ask others tomorrow or the next day. 

Have a wonderful day.  And as the Irish say;  may the road rise up to meet you.

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