May 31: Futurists

May 31

This means the ability to put small numbers of atom and molecules where we want them, to form materials, structures and devices that benefit from such a high level of control and precision.
~Andrew Maynard

By surpassing writing, we have regained our wholeness, not on a national or cultural but cosmic plane.
~Marshall McLuhan, Counterblast (1969)

One cannot have wisdom without perspective, but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to view every situation as each person who is in any way affected by that situation might view it. Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history, and therefore a historical perspective, as well from as having the perspective of imagination−the realm of the what-might-be inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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May 31: Memorial Day

Where Abner called to Joab, “Must the sword

Devour forever? Don’t you realize
That this will end in bitterness? How long
Before you stop your men from their pursuit

Of brothers?”

~2 Samuel 2:26

Memorial Day

How many more
Young men must die
So bankers feast
On larger pies?

May 31: Prophecy


May 31

As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
–1 Kings 17:1
Love should be your guide. Be eager to have the gifts that come from the Holy Spirit, especially the gift of prophecy.
–1 Corinthians 14:1

Our LORD and Ruler,
your name is wonderful
everywhere on earth!
You let your glory be seen in the heavens above.
With praises from children
and from tiny infants,
you have built a fortress.
It makes your enemies silent,
and all who turn against you
are left speechless.
–Psalms 8:1-2

Revelation Chapter Two


1 “Write down a letter  to the angel of

The Church in Ephesus and tell him this:

‘I write to give you words from him who holds


The seven stars in his right hand and walks

Among the seven golden candlesticks:

2 I know your deeds; I’ve watched your hard work and


Your perseverance. I know that you can

Not tolerate your members’ sin, 3 and that

You’ve tested claims by those who say that they’re


Apostles but are not; and you have found

Them false. You’ve persevered and suffered for

Me, and you have not quit, 4 yet I hold this


Against you: you’ve forsaken your first love.

5 Remember then how far you’ve fallen, and

Repent and do the things you did at first.


If you do not repent, I’ll come to you

And I’ll remove your candlestick from its

Position with the churches, 6 but there’s this


That favors you: You hate the practices

Of the licentious Nicolaitans, as

I do. 7 Allow this word to sink into


The ears of anyone who listens to

The word the Spirit tells the churches: To

The man who gains the victory, I’ll give


The right to eat fruit from the Tree of Life

That’s in the Paradise of God; 8 and to

The angel of the church in Smyrna write:


“This message is from him who is the First

And Last, who died and came to life again.

9 I know how much you suffer for the Lord


And all about your poverty−yet you

Are rich! I know the slander spread by those

Opposing you, who say that they are Jews−


But aren’t, for they’ve thrown in with Satan’s cause.

10 Don’t be afraid of what you are about

To suffer, for the devil soon will test


You, having some among you thrown in prison,

And you’ll be persecuted for ten days.

Stay faithful to me even when you must


Face death, and I’ll give you the crown of life.

11 Let each who has an ear, hear what the Spirit

Says to the churches: The second death


Won’t harm at all the man who overcomes.”

12 And write this to the angel of the church

In Pergamum: ‘These words says he who wields


The keen-edged, double-bladed sword. 13 I know

That you reside where Satan has his throne,

And yet you have stayed faithful to my name,


And you did not renounce me, even when

My faithful witness, Antipas, was put

To death among you by the devotees


Of Satan in your city. 14 Just the same,

I have some things against you, because you

Have people there who do as Balaam did


When he instructed Balak how to cast

A stumbling block before the Israelites

By eating food that had been sacrificed


To idols and committing sexual sin.

15 Some also hold the Nicolaitans’ creed,

A teaching which I hate. 16 Repent! or else


I will soon come to you and fight against

Them with the sword of my own mouth. 17 Let each

Who has an ear, hear what the Spirit tells


The churches, and to him who overcomes,

I’ll give some hidden manna, and I’ll give

A white stone to him, and upon the stone


A new name will be written, only known

To him receiving it.’ 18 Now write to

The angel of the Thyatira church:


‘This is a message from the Son of God,

Whose eyes are like a flame of fire, with feet

Like burnished bronze. 19 I know your deeds, your love


And faith, your perseverance and your service.

Even more, I know you do more now than

You did at first, 20 yet I have this against


You: you permit that woman Jezebel,

Who calls herself a prophetess, to teach

My servants that sex sin is not important,


Who urges immorality on them

And has them eat food sacrificed to idols.

21 I gave her time to change her attitude,


But she refused, 22 so I will cast her on

A bed of suffering and I will make

Those who commit adultery with her


Hurt much if they don’t change their ways. 23 I’ll strike

Her children dead, then will the churches know

That I am he who searches hearts and minds,


And I’ll repay each one as his deeds warrant.

24 As for the rest of you in Thyatira

Who have not followed this false teaching of


Satan’s so-called ‘deep secrets’ (I will not

Ask anything more from you): 25 Only hold

Tightly to what you have until I come.


26 To him who overcomes and does my will

Until the end, I’ll give authority

Over the nations− 27 ‘He will rule them with


An iron scepter; they’ll be shattered like

A pot of clay that’s broken into pieces’−

The same as I received authority


From my own Father. 28 I’ll also give

The Morning Star to him. 29 Who has an ear,

The Spirit’s word to churches, he should hear.