Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Don't be a Dumbass

I am not one who is blessed with the ability to remember movie quotes, bible verses, or antibiotic dosages for that matter. I came across this during my reading last night, and just had to laugh.

The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.

Psalm 33:8-9

So the next time that someone asks me what my favorite verse is, maybe I can respond "Don't be a dumbass. Psalm 33:9!"

Some days I think I'm not mature enough to be anyone's doctor!


I also learned a new word last night from the other book that I'm reading: kleptocracy

Here's the definition according to Wikipedia:

Kleptocracy (sometimes Cleptocracy) (root: Klepto+cracy = rule by thieves) is a pejorative, informal term for a government so corrupt that no pretense of honesty remains. In a kleptocracy the mechanisms of government are devoted to taxing the public at large, or using their control of government processes in order to amass substantial personal fortunes for the rulers and their cronies (collectively, kleptocrats), or to keep said rulers in power through redistribution schemes. Kleptocrats typically use money laundering and/or anonymous banking to protect and conceal their personal illegal gains.


Anonymous said...

Is it a book about a journalist in Africa? That's where I first came across kleptocracy. I like your paraphrase; i'll have to share it with my pastor.


Kate said...

No, it's "Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies" by Jared Diamond. It's an interesting book I picked up because I've never studied anthropology at all and was curious. Unfortunately, it's very EASY to put down and do something else.

If your pastor incorporates it into a sermon, I expect 1% of the offering intake-- J/K!

Chris said...

That is priceless, Kate. I have GOT to memorize that verse. Think of all the times we can quote scripture now....at work, while driving, listening to friends, it is so appropriate!

Funny, last night on the news there was a story about a local man being attacked by mules. They had a graphic "Mule Attack" and everything. Alexis and I were cracking up. We DO live in Hicksville....

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Charles said...

Chris sent me. I like your translation of the Psalm