Lincoln Blogs


‘Something of a Dandy’
April 27, 2007, 12:37 am
Filed under: History

I am reading Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars, and in the chapter on Julius Caesar, the first century writer describes Caesar’s appearance. Apparently, Julius was somewhat self-conscious.

[Caesar] was something of a dandy, always keeping his head carefully trimmed and shaved; and has been accused of having certain other hairy parts of his body depilated with tweezers. His baldness was a disfigurement which his enemies harped upon, much to his exasperation; but he used to comb thin strands of hair forward from his poll, and of all the honours voted him by the Senate and People, none pleased him so much as the privilege of wearing a laurel wreath on all occasions–he constantly took advantage of it.

I bet Rogaine would have been a big hit in ancient Rome.

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Deadly Laziness
April 24, 2007, 9:36 pm
Filed under: School Papers

Laziness is a terrible problem in today’s society. People waste hours of their lives being lazy.

A recent study in the U.K. showed that laziness has cost health services billions of dollars. The study showed the impact that lazy and overweight people have on the health system and the funding that is needed to go into the health system just because people do not want to move. 287,000 people died in the U.K. in 2003 from a lack of exercise, with over 35,000 deaths directly linked to conditions like heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes, etc., all due to inactivity.

In the following paragraphs, I will show that laziness is a terrible vice that should be eliminated. Of course, we cannot, by law, force people to not be lazy, but if people knew the consequences of laziness, it would be a big step towards stopping it.

It is obvious that acts of laziness, which cost health services billions of dollars and are even responsible for deaths, as evidenced by a study in the U.K., are intentional . Although a lazy person may want to accomplish things, he will not give the effort needed. A person isn’t lazy because, “That’s how God made me.” He is lazy because he chose to be. In the example from the study in the U.K., the people who did not exercise clearly could have, but they chose to be lazy.

A lazy person, like those in the study group, did not become lazy overnight. Often, a lazy person is lazy because his parents did not train him not to be otherwise. Perhaps the parents did not make him do all of his homework, or do any chores. This almost always results in a lazy person. People also often imitate the examples of their parents, so sometimes the lazy attitude is learned.

No pity should be shown to someone who does not get anything done because he is lazy, like the lazy people from the study group in the U.K. If a person, for example, is fired for being lazy, we need not show compassion. We should, however, try to help him correct his mistake.

If a person is lazy as a child, he may not do his schoolwork, and will not ever finish school. He will not be able to get a job, and may even end up a homeless person. If a person is lazy as a child, his whole life could be ruined.

It would be a good idea to have a punishment for all laziness. Although some people are punished–by their parents or bosses–many get away with doing the least amount of work possible. If laziness were punishable it would result in more work being done. The world would be a much better place if laziness, which as we have seen causes thousands of deaths and billions of dollars, were eliminated; I hope you can understand that fact after reading this.



The Gospel in Everyday Life
April 21, 2007, 4:29 pm
Filed under: Faith

God has ingrained the gospel story into all of our lives. We can see the story in the seasons. In winter, all the plants are “dead”, but come spring they are “resurrected.” Each meal we eat proclaims to us the fact that life must be sacrificed so that we can live.

Lately I have been trying to see the gospel in everyday life. Here is one example I noticed: We bought my little brother Jack Henry a slush from Sonic, and after a few sips he dropped and spilled it. He did not deserve another one, but my mom showed him mercy and got him one more. We sinners sinned and did not deserve heaven, but Jesus showed us mercy and died for our sins.

I encourage you to see if you can find examples of the gospel in normal life, and I expect lots of comments with what you have found.



Greatest Epitaph Ever
April 21, 2007, 4:22 pm
Filed under: OU, Photos



A Bill I Wrote
April 16, 2007, 11:22 pm
Filed under: School Papers

This is a bill I wrote for TeenPact, a week-long gevernment course I am taking at the capitol this week. Click on TeenPact in my links to find out more about it.

STATE OF OKLAHOMA

1st Session of the 1st TeenPact Legislature (2007)

Senate Bill #1 By: Dutcher

AS INTRODUCED

An Act relating to revenue and taxation; authorizing an income tax credit for certain children; defining terms; specifying the amount of credit; prohibiting use of credit for certain people; repealing all laws contradictory to this act; and providing the effective date.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:

Section 1. For the purpose of this act, “public school” shall mean a school supported by taxes, and “child” or “children” shall mean any person in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Section 2. All taxpayers whose biological or adopted children do not attend public schools but are educated by a private school or other means are to be eligible for an income tax credit of three thousand dollars ($3000) per child.

Section 3. Parents may not claim the tax credit authorized by this act for a child who attends a public school.

Section 4. All laws or parts of laws in conflict with this act are hereby repealed.

Section 5. This act shall become effective 30 days after approval by the Governor or its otherwise becoming a law.



Amazing Bowling Trick Shot
April 15, 2007, 9:41 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized


Human Nature
April 15, 2007, 9:36 pm
Filed under: Faith, History

I am currently reading The Early History of Rome by Titus Livius (Livy) for school. In the part of the book I read today, the common people (plebians) of Rome want land from the rich people (patricians), but there is none available because the patricians have it all. The plebians are mad at the patricians because of this. But then the Romans acquire more land, and they decide that the plebians can have it. “Human nature, however, does not change,” says Livy. “The mere fact that there was plenty for everyone blunted the edge of appetite and so few applied [for the land] that Volscian families had to be induced in order to bring the number of settlers to a satisfactory figure. The bulk of the plebian families preferred to demand [other] land.” Even Livy, who lived in the pagan ancient Rome, identified man’s nature to sin. He did not, however, realize that although sin will always dwell with us until we reach heaven, it will not reign over us if Christ regenerates us, and thus can be changed.