Know Jack #67

I played hookey yesterday…my high school principal could never pin that particular crime on me. Now, I’m old enough to confess. Oh, wait, what’s the statute of limitations on that again? Too late now.

On Saturday I went on an outstanding road trip to Pocatello. That may seem like an oxymoron but bear with me. I went there to hear Dr. Jeff Meldrum, a professor of anthropology at Idaho State (Go Bengals) speak on the anatomy and morphology of Bigfoot as it relates to his own studies and the Patterson-Gimlin film. Amazing stuff whether you are a believer or not.

I am not among the legions that have seen a Bigfoot. I spent a lot of time in the woods in my life and given the vast area of wildlands in America it doesn’t surprise me that I never had an encounter with anything like that. I’ve been through 34 of these United States and what I’ve seen is an infinitely small fraction of what’s out there.

However, I do know there actually exists a short cut to knowledge and education. It’s called an open mind. I am forever amazed at some modern guru who has found a “new” enlightened way of doing things. I give them a listen and invariably end up saying, “Yep, read that in the Bible…Augustine, Aristotle, Buddha, Confucius…etc.” It’s not that these “new” ideas are false or that their promoters are not intelligent people, it’s that they ignored sources because they were old, or faith-driven.

Like the old television show said, “The truth is out there.” This is true. The truth was also handed to us by thinkers for centuries. I can’t think of one of these old sources that didn’t promote the idea or try it and see…and yes, that most certainly includes the Bible. I don’t see the Bible more like a read and experiment book. It is definitely not a read and don’t question anything book. Jesus meant for every one of the precepts he taught to be implemented by every single believer.

It’s amazing what you can hear just by listening. Or as a great Yogi once said, “You can observe a lot just by looking.” Another of my heroes said he never let his schooling interfere with his education…they are not the same, you know. Attending a university is not an education unless you make it one…and then only after a decade or two of application.

Step outside your comfortable world. Get out there where different and reality stretching ideas live and walk around among them. The odds are ever in your favor that you will learn something.

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