Tell ‘Em That It’s Human Nature

My town has terrible radio stations that play the same old boring playlists. When I’m in my car I go ahead and torture myself by relying on the local stations to provide me with something good. And since I can control the radio on my steering wheel, I end up surfing non-stop. (I’m an annoying tv/radio surfer and proouud of it.)

Every once in a while on a cold night, I can pick up far away radio stations. As I get a little closer to Louisiana, I pick up cajun and jazz stations. As I get closer to Houston, I pick up really good rap and rock stations.

The other night I was going next door to visit my best friends. They’re only about 2 acres away but I decided to drive so I wouldn’t have to be in the cold for too long. Not sure where this station is from but I endured the static of 102.9 just to see what song they’d play next. That night, it was Michael Jackson.

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performance at Wembly, July 16, 1988

I find it interesting how certain events or details in our lives are impossible to forget. Most people remember where they were when they heard the news of his death. I was in college working at a call center. One morning I got to work and received the news that Michael AND Farrah had died. I felt so impacted by it then, and still am today. Michael sure did have an affect on human nature. Starting back when he was that cute kid singing, “Look over your shoulder honey.

Sadly, Michael always had all that controversy that went with him and somehow, I was always transfixed. I’m not really a star struck kind of person but I loved Michael and I always felt like he was just so wounded that he didn’t actually mean any harm to anyone. Was it just human nature that made everyone so curious about him?

Anyway, aside from all that, his talent was so amazing. The way he moved. They way he controlled his vocal range. His music videos set the standard for all music videos. Even that strange glove and screaming while grabbing his crotch. It was awesome.

If They Say Why, Why . . .

I’ve been enjoying this underplayed song of his from the 80’s, Human Nature. It’s so beautiful. His voice is so breathy through the whole thing and I think it really highlights his vocal range and control. I’ve been hooked memorizing the words and immersing myself in the music and dissecting every part of it. If you like doing that too, then I highly recommend that you treat your ears and your soul to this hit.

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I understand Lane Kim from Gilmore Girls when she says, “music is my life” 

This video from July 16, 1988 is a good one. I love towards the end when he lets the audience sing. His signature movements, his pelvic thrusts, his interaction with the audience, and his inflection of the word, “girl,” and everything else beautifully portrays the sentiment behind human nature. I’m reminded of what I heard in an interview that the woman in the short film, “The Way You Make me Feel,” was so nervous flirting with Michael and that he was nervous too.

I checked out wikipedia and learned that Human Nature was written by Steve Porcaro and on Michael’s Thriller album. Apparently inspired by his daughter and the weird way boys show they like girls. He ended up explaining to her that it’s human nature.

I hope you immerse yourself in this song and I hope that you also spend some time thinking about the nature of humans. Maybe you’re reminded like I was, of someone who made you feel the way this song feels.

 

 

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What Is The Ghost of Xmas Past?

I don’t have much time to live in the past when I’m living in the moment. Growing up, I hated to watch the older people in my life cry in their beer over the past and whine about how much today sucks. I didn’t understand . . . especially since I was standing right there.

Don’t get me wrong, I love remembering the past. I live in the house my grandpa built. I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know him since he died when I was almost 2, but I love hearing my parent’s memories of him. I’m living on his property in the house that he built when my mom was a teenager, so that his family would always have a home. It’s a great way to remember something we don’t have anymore.

Feeling Nostalgic

Most of my memories are vivid because I was living in the moment and actively storing them in my heart and in my memory banks. I wanted to fully experience it right then and always remember it. And I often go back in my mind and re-experience those moments and it’s awesome.

I’ve never actually longed to go back, or felt such a strong sense of loss that I desired a time machine. BUT these past couple of months I have been haunted by strange feelings of nostalgia. It’s not that awesome. Or is it? 

Nostalgia – a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition.

Like when a child becomes a teenager. It’s beautiful to watch and see who they’re becoming, but at the same time I experience loss because I’ll never be able to be with him as a little child anymore.

To be able to hold him and watch him experience everything for the first time. I can go back anytime and experience my vivid memories and photos/videos but now, in the moment that time is gone forever.

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I recently heard from a friend I haven’t seen in 9 years. We’ve known each other for 22 years and she sent me a picture of her wearing these xmas earrings I made for her in the 6th grade. I had completely forgotten about them until I saw them in that pic and they triggered so many memories that I haven’t thought of in a long time. 

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The earrings 

Photos and Memories

It made me wonder about these moments we experience and the effect photography has on them. Some people say that you’re not really living in the moment when you’re so concerned about taking a picture. It’s possible to do both. I’ve managed to photograph moments with my camera and my mind . . . and sometimes photos will trigger memories so strongly that it becomes easier to remember.

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Rd Trip through Louisiana

What about in psychology where studies show that memories aren’t really that accurate? Humans tend to remember the past better than it actually was. Or what about when memories have been tainted by time and discussion?

Maybe that’s why they cry in their beer and long for that old relationship or wish their children were young again. Maybe the changes or lack of changes a person has made, creates a rift in relationships and makes you feel an unreasonable longing for the past.

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Box of Photos

I guess a healthy dose of nostalgia isn’t so bad. The passage of time exists and we gotta embrace it and enjoy it. Like that Doris Day song says, Que Sera Sera, whatever will be will be.

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Disney Version

If we fully embrace the good, the bad, the neutral, the everyday we can experience life in it’s rawest and purest form. How about you . . . are you being haunted by the ghost of xmas past? Maybe it’s not a ghost at all . . . maybe it’s just a little bit of wisdom about life.

Why Does Pope Francis Want to Change a Verse in The Lord’s Prayer?

I heard this morning that Pope Francis wants to change the wording of The Lord’s Prayer. He said that God does not lead us into temptation, but that is Satan’s job. He said this verse implies that God leads you into Sin and a father wouldn’t do that but that a father would help you get up immediately. Instead he wants it to be, “do not let us fall into temptation.”

I enjoy digging deeper into the Bible and getting a better understanding of what it’s teaching us so let’s jump on in.

First of all, temptation isn’t actually sinning. Temptation happens before you sin or don’t sin. It’s important to distinguish between temptation and sin because, come on, who isn’t tempted to do something they shouldn’t? I know that I get tempted but I don’t always follow through on the temptation. And it’s God, and the things I’ve learned from His word, that helped me overcome the temptation.

Pope Francis is using the KJV, so I wondered what the original Greek translation is actually saying. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word “lead” (1533) could be better translated as “carry” or “bring”.

So, instead of “Lead us not into temptation,” it would be more accurate to say “please don’t carry or bring me into temptation”? I wondered what the original word “temptation” is actually saying.

The word temptation here could be better translated as “trial” (3986) So, we would be asking God, “please do not carry me or bring me into a trial or test, but deliver me from evil”? This reminds me immediately of Job, who God actually brought to Satan’s attention.

“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job?” Job 1:8

God said to Satan there’s nobody on Earth like Job, who is upright and blameless. Satan replies that God blesses Job and if God took away all those blessings then he’d surely curse God.

“The LORD said to Satan, “Very well then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Job 1:12

God is outright testing Job, carrying him or leading him into temptation. The heading over this section is even titled, “Job’s First Test.” Even though He is allowing Job to be tested by Satan (who God created) He also ordered Satan not to lay a finger on the man himself.

Hmm . . . in the book of Job, I see no implication of God leading him into temptation. I see that God outright carries him into temptation which is directly brought about by Satan. So, Pope Francis is partially right that it’s Satan’s job to tempt humans into sinful behavior. But, who created Satan and gave him that job? God did.

It might be hard for some people to look at God as being in control of everything, including Satan, or whomever else he created. I feel comforted because I know that God is in charge, and I personally don’t want to be tested the way Job was tested. God allowed him to go through some pretty bad stuff. But God also protected Job while he went through these tests.

I was reminded of another verse:

“If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23,24.

Many verses in the Bible let us know that God will get us through difficult situations that will surely happen, but he won’t let us fall. So, the Pope’s concept about asking God to not let us fall is definitely a common concept in the Bible. But I still wonder if it is an appropriate or necessary translation for this particular prayer?

The Lord’s Prayer was given by Jesus as instruction on how to pray. And if we study it carefully, and combine this one prayer with other things the Bible is teaching, I believe we can continue to deepen our understanding until the cows come home.

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Let’s look again at Pope Francis’ proposed translation “do not let us fall into temptation.” Is this a better translation? Does it give us a deeper meaning of what the prayer is asking for? Does the Pope’s reasoning behind the change make sense? Are his reasons consistent with the rest of the Bible? Does it actually water down the truth? 

I’m glad I looked up the original meanings in the concordance. Gives me a little more wisdom to chew on.