Saturday, November 22

Banana Etiquette - A Short Argument From My Freshman Year

I have a matter of very great importance for you to consider. I hope that you think about it deeply, and those of you who have wisdom will use it.

There are many different varieties of bananas in the world and they all have one thing in common, they all have peels. Of all the ways that bananas can be prepared and eaten, the most common way is simply eating them raw as a snack. One of the first questions that comes to my mind when eating a banana is, what do you do with the peel? Do you slowly peel the peel off as you eat the banana or do you remove the entire thing before proceeding? It seems that either way you go about it the main goal of consuming the banana is achieved, but what about the intermediary time? Peel on or peel off? There are three main reasons why I think that it is better to leave the peel on the banana as you eat it. The first reason, often times when you eat a banana or other snack foods, your hands are not clean. By holding the peel of the banana as you eat it, it separates the dirt and germs that are on your hands from the actual banana. If you were to hold the naked banana in your hands, any soil would be transferred from your hands, to the banana, and then into your mouth; resulting in unnecessary germ consumption. The second reason, most bananas have a fairly moist/sticky texture. If you hold a naked banana in your hands, the residue from the banana gets all over your hands. This results in a gross feeling, an increased chance of banana residue contaminating other objects, as well as an extra trip to the sink to rinse your hands. The third reason why bananas should be held in their peels as they are eaten is that it is most aesthetically pleasing to people around you. Just as it would be unsatisfactory to use your hands to eat a steak or spaghetti, it is also inappropriate to eat a naked banana with your hands. I hope that you understand the importance and gravity of the situation that is before you.

Wednesday, November 12

The Greatest Command

This semester has been absolutely exhausting. I have been trying to balance work, family, friends, girlfriend, 15 upper division credits, two different club's leadership positions, church, and working out (Ha! like that ever happens). I know that some of you may have been concerned about the lack of posts, but you need not be, I have been continually thinking about philosophy, history, theology, spirituality, etc. Though I may be able to blow you away with discussions of all sorts of things (doubtful), this will suffice for now.

The writer of Ecclesiastes ends the book with this phrase, "Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh" 12:12.
No matter how much knowledge or wisdom I gain it is all weariness and vanity. There is but one thing to do, "fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment with every secret thing, whether good or evil" 12:13b,14.
I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to go a university and acquire new skills but it still remains that the greatest commandment is to "love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength ... [and to] love your neighbor as yourself" Mark 12:29-31