Once upon a time, a father took his young son into the hospital for a blood test.

The nurse orderly prepared to take the blood draw out of the son’s arm.

“Do it in the hand,” the father said.

“We were trained to do it in the arm,” the orderly replied.

“No, do it in the hand!” The father exclaimed. “You do it in the arm, you’ll break the vein, and you won’t be able to get it!”

The orderly turned and said: “Could you please STOP IT! You’re making me very NERVOUS!”

“If you’re nervous, I don’t want you…


In Defense of Objective Moral Rules

I recently engaged in a remote conversation with someone to try to convince them that we should believe in objective moral rules.

I had the thought that I might better express how I feel about objective moral rules if I draw on my own experiences.

To me, thinking about some moral rules being objective makes me think of the experience of being touched slightly inappropriately as a child.

From what I remember, there was an older and bigger boy at school who used to come up behind me and touch me between the legs…


My law school professor said laughingly, ‘Well, I suppose maybe we could make our law students read Harry Potter!’

My professor had asked me why I seemed to be one of the better writers in our law clinic. I answered that I had heard that to write well, you should read good books. And, I told him that I had been reading Harry Potter that semester.

My professor laughed, but it was true. I had been going through “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” that semester as bed-time reading. I also read “Dreamcatcher,” by Steven King.

I worry that…


Dear Readers:

I would like to take a break from my usual subjects to share my beliefs about the Lord God Jesus Christ and His offer of endless love and forgiveness for us.

As I understand it, no one else in the world offers us the kind of endless love and forgiveness that Jesus does. With humans, even friends and even lovers will have some limit to their patience for us. Jesus offers us love without end.

And, upon information and belief, he proved it. Lots of other prophets and religious figures have professed their love, but He backed it…


You Are Offered Endless Love and Forgiveness; the Choice Whether to Accept such Offer is Yours

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Dear Readers:

I would like to take a break from my usual subjects to share my beliefs about the Lord God Jesus Christ and His offer of endless love and forgiveness for us.

As I understand it, no one else in the world offers us the kind of endless love and forgiveness that Jesus does. With humans, even friends and even lovers will have some limit to their patience for us. Jesus offers us love without end.

And, upon information and belief, he proved…


You don’t know who might help you or hurt you

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To tell you in advance, the moral of this article is that it pays to be gracious and respectful to almost everyone you meet, because you don’t know just who may be able to help you or hurt you.

Once upon a time, I heard a story told by a small business owner. Supposedly, a man came to his office for a business meeting. I am not sure exactly what the prospective deal involved, but the man let the woman at the front desk know that he was not interested…


Key # 7: Finding Signs of God in the Everyday:

There may not be absolute proof that there is a God. However, I would argue that we can find signs in our everyday experience that argue for the existence of God. For example, there are examples of order in our everyday observation of the world- as if the world was organized by something like a mind.

I would give you three big categories of order in the world:

#1: numbers follow the laws of mathematics;

#2: geometric shapes follow the laws of geometry;

#3: physical objects follow the laws of…


Embracing Confusion

I was musing about writing an article, and the following concluding sentence came to me:

“And so, with hard work and confusion, we can become our best selves.”

Many people would agree with the value of hard work — but why “confusion”? Is there a way in which confusion should also be thought of as a value to be embraced?

Maybe there is.

It is in the nature of the world that we do not necessarily know what we are doing with our lives, especially when it comes to the big picture. As I write this article in…


At first glance, “The Matildas” appears to be a science-fiction crime thriller. However, the focus of the story is actually on the titular character, Matilda, and her personal development.

While the story gets off to a slow start, “The Matildas” builds into an engaging read — capped by a fiery and very bloody pair of climaxes — and a disturbingly morally ambiguous aftermath.

This is a science fiction novel with a central scientific invention. However, the book leaves one wondering why the characters do not try to use their discovery beyond the very limited purposes that they they do. But…


A Key to Happiness

Herein, I share another installment of a series of life lessons that I have come across:

[I have an update to this article. I shared the key thesis of this article, that the key to happiness is gratitude, with a close relative. However, they had an interesting response. Their response was that the key to happiness . . . is helping others. I still think that gratitude is key, or at least a key. But, I think my relative may have had a point!]

A key to happiness is: gratitude.

I would like to share a…

Jay Sherratt

Jay Sherratt is a legal professional with over a decade of experience. Jay’s interests include religion, philosophy, and personal finance.

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