Have been spending a fair amount of time helping The Light of My Life play with her dolls. Never in my wildest imaginings did I ever think I would be playing with dolls with my daughter. I've heard it said that the most fun about having children is making them and it's all downhill afterwards. We didn't make The Light of My Life but she is so much fun. She's silly, happy, and uncondtionally generous with her love. Sometimes I think we'd all be better off with cognitive limitations. Book learning and smarts don't always lead to happiness. I can attest to that. I may not be the smartest guy around and I don't have a string of letters after my name but I've got smarts and a capacity for critical thinking along with a near photographic memory. And happiness is a foreign concept to me. I have a hard time saying that I'm happy about something. I really don't know what it feels like. I am content and that's enough for me. I'm grateful for this addition to our family who daily teaches us about happiness and joy.
On the Papal tip: I'm greatly enjoying listening to the MSM talking about the new pope and what a breath of fresh air it will be. Listening to some of the talking heads you would think a resurgence of liberation theology is right around the corner. Lots of talk about "social justice" which is their shorthand for redistribution of wealth and moral relativism. You want social justice? Honor your parents, don't kill, lie, or steal. Don't covet what your neighbor has. Remain faithful to your spouse.
"The popular religious system known today as liberation theology is an attempt to combine the revolutionary Communism of Karl Marx and the language of certain passages in the Bible that make it sound as if the Bible preaches Communism's bloody revolution and socialism. This humanistic version of the Bible's message of liberation never mentions either the divinity of Christ or the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ (which is different from His divinity), or salvation by faith in Christ alone, or the requirement of Christians to obey lawful authorities, or the transforming power of the gospel, or the transforming power of God's Holy Spirit, or the continuing requirements of God's law, or God's covenants with mankind, or the eighth commandment (''You shall not steal'), or the tenth commandment (''You shall not covet'), or dozens of other basic themes in the Bible.. The Marxists do not believe in a God who created this world and will bring it to final judgment. They believe only in man."