Kirk: “Well, there it is – war. We didn’t want it, but we’ve got it.”
Spock: “It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.”
(Star Trek: Errand of Mercy)
Artist: Black Sabbath
Album: Black Sabbath
Lent Update. I’ve made it through the first 13 days of Lent (plus two Sundays which technically don’t count) without succumbing to the lure of Internet porn. Sure, I’ve been tempted but I’ve held fast in staying faithful to my self-imposed denial of one of life’s small pleasures. Do I miss it? Hell yeah I do. After Easter, will I peruse my favorite sites again? Probably. Will giving it up for 46 days make me a better person? Probably not. Why do I bother then? I really have no idea other than an exercise in self-discipline. I doubt that giving up a bit of pornography for six weeks will result in an epiphany or bring me closer to God.
I am attracted to the idea that Lent is the only Christian observance I’ve found that’s based on scripture rather than riding piggyback on some pagan rite or festival although I’m sure that Carnival, Fat Tuesday, and the other festivities immediately preceding Lent probably have pagan roots. And a bit of spiritual cleansing now and then certainly couldn’t hurt.
Whilst perusing the blogs last night, I came across this interesting article about the benefits of The Air Bath. Ben Franklin took air baths daily, often in front of an open window. He also touted their health benefits.
“The skin requires air just as much as the lungs do. … Take off every article of clothing. Don’t retain the smallest kind of garment, for if you do, you are getting but a partial air bath. Partial air baths give but partial benefits.”
Manual of Serum Diagnosis by Bernarr Macfadden, Otto Rostoski, Published 1904, J. Wiley & sons; London , Chapman & Hall