Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Revisiting My Comments on 'the Staff of Life' and 'the Energy of Life'

   "And when I have broken the staff of your life, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven." -- Leviticus 26:26
   Just two days ago, I blogged on how a modern book of scripture (the Doctrine and Covenants from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) said grain is "the staff of life," and I noted the similarity of language from a modern scientist, who said glucose (which is in grains such as wheat) is "the energy of life."
  In my blog, I wrote how I found it interesting that so many years after a prophet of God wrote about grain being the staff of life that scientists would come to a similar conclusion.
  I failed to realize the obvious, that Joseph Smith wasn't the first to use the phrase, "staff of life." The phrase can be traced back to the Bible, itself.
  That lessens by quite a degree the thought that if Joseph was prophetic for using a phrase similar to the phrase a scientist would use some time later.
   It much lessens, but, it does not fully repudiate the prophetic nature of the verbiage Joseph Smith used. It remains that Joseph Smith's revelation did, indeed, say grain is "the staff of life." If that corresponds with something in the Bible, great. And the scientist, Dr. Robert H. Lustig, did, indeed, come along all these years later and indicate that the same food source is "the energy of life."
  Today, the phrase "staff of life" is commonly applied just to bread. "Bread is the staff of life." Both Joseph Smith's revelation and Dr. Lustig's comments used the word differently, not referring just to bread, but to grain, in the one instance, and to all foods containing the carbohydrate glucose in the other, grains being a large part of that. So, in wondering if use of the phrase was prophetic, you must consider that neither Smith nor Lustig used the phrase as it was most commonly used, meaning to refer to bread as the staff of life, but rather both used it for the larger body of food.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Do it Differently than We have Ever Done with a National Park

   Once wilderness is turned into a national park, there might be no going back. I do not say we should not create a national park in Grand Staircase, I only say that if we do, perhaps we should make it a more protected park than we have heretofore known.
   Do it differently than we have ever done with a national park.
   I like it that there are massive areas of land down there that haven't seen an overly lot of footprints. I wonder if we should keep it that way.
   How about a large, expansive national park protection area (including both Grand-Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears), where some parts are allowed footprints, and grazing, and tourism, but others are shielded from such things?
   How about making the helicopter or the air balloon, the way you view most of these sites? If you charged entry fees to cover the expense, it would make for an expensive park, but it still might be a worthy way to protect the park while at the same time opening it to the public.

Was Israel too Quickly Provoked?

  I do not have time to study the specifics of what happened, but I think to offer a broad opinion on Israel's missile attack on Gaza. I find myself thinking of scriptures that call for forgiving your enemies, and I wonder if Israel was too quick.
   I understand missiles were being fired at Israel, and Israel was just responding. I believe only two died from Israel's missile attack, and they were Palestinian soldiers or some such. So, perhaps it was a surgically successful operation. I know Israel has shown great patience with attacks on it in the past.
   Still, I wonder. I repeat, I do not know many of the facts, to be making too solid of an opinion. Still, my general thought is that you should not be overly quick to attack.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

'The Staff of Life' and the 'Energy of Life'

  There is likeness in what is said about the benefit of grains in these two statements:
   "All grain is ordained for the use of man and beasts, to be the staff of life." Doctrine and Covenants (a book of scripture in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) Section 89
   "Glucose is the energy of life." Dr. Robert H. Lustig
   Grain is a carbohydrate. It is said that grain turns to sugar upon being processed in the gut. Glucose it a type of sugar and a type of carbohydrate. A number of years ago, it was determined all carbs are not bad. There are good carbs and bad carbs. Glucose is a good one.
   It is "the energy of life," as Dr. Lustig puts it. Even so, the code of eating for the LDS people says grain is "the staff of life." I find it interesting that so many years after a prophet of God (I believe Joseph Smith, who received the revelation in Section 89, was a prophet of God) that scientists would come along many years later and come to a similar conclusion.  Yes, it can be noted that grain is not the only glucose carb. Still, it remains that grain is a glucose carb and it is such carbs that are the "energy of life."

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Some Truth in the Thought, Heal the Back, Heal the Body

   I am decades behind the times. I didn't realize we already had replacement disc surgery. I ran into someone in the store who told me her son had had the surgery. I came home and word searched, to learn it has been around for about 35 years (in Europe), and the first one was performed in the U.S. in 2000.
  I wonder on this, on how discs can be replaced, wondering if more good could be done than is being done. I wonder if it is reaching all the elderly possible. Are we reaching everyone possible, period? Is the expense preventative?
  If we have reached -- or are reaching -- the age when spines can be replaced -- any part necessary -- then we are truly entering an exciting age. Messages to and from the brain travel through the spine. Chronic pain from pinched nerves can be ended. Bladder and bowel problems can be lessened. Much of the health of the whole body can be bettered if, with the flip of a switch, so to speak, we can heal the back.
   Heal the back, heal the body. Sometimes, anyway.


Our Outrage Should be with the Law, not Just the Officer

   I watch this video of a police officer killing a man. To me and many others, the killing was blatantly wrong.
   We make laws making these killings legal, then we are outraged when the officer is acquitted. Yes, we should be outraged, but we should we as outraged with the law as we are with the officer.


Friday, December 8, 2017

He who runs the ship must sail the waves

We always want to be the person in charge. But, we should recognize that positions of responsibility come with the guarantee of criticism. At least, in many cases they do.