September 25: Physicists

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September 25

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
~Max Planck, Wissenschaftliche Selbstbiographie. Mit einem Bildnis und der von Max von Laue gehaltenen Traueransprache, Johann Ambrosius Barth Verlag, (Leipzig 1948), p. 22, as translated in Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers, trans. F. Gaynor (New York, 1949), pp. 33-34 (as cited in T.S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions).

New scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment.
~Max Planck

I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.
~Max Planck, as quoted in The Observer (25 January 1931)

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September 25: Praise

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September 25


He blessed Abram, saying,

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
And praise be to God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
–Genesis 14:19-20

I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
–Psalm 34:1

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
–Hebrews 13:15-16


Hebrews Chapter Seven


1 For this Melchizedek was Salem’s king,

Priest of God Most High, who met Abraham

When he returned from the defeat of kings,


And blessed him, 2 on whom Abraham conferred

A tenth of everything. First, his name means

“The king of righteousness”; then also, “king


Of Salem” means “the king of peace.” 3 Without

A father or a mother, or descent,

And having no beginning of his days


Or end of life, but like the Son of God

He stays a priest forever. 4 You see, then,

How great he was, that Abraham the first

And the most honored man among all of

God’s chosen people, gave to him one tenth

Of all his spoils of battle. 5 Now the law


Requires Levitical descendants who

Are members of the priesthood to collect

A tenth from their own countrymen, that is,


Their brothers, even though their brothers are

Descended too from Abraham. 6 This man,

Melchizedek, was not from Levi’s line,


And yet he took a tenth from Abraham

And blessed him who received God’s promises.

7 There is no doubt the one who blesses is


Greater than any person who is blessed.

8 The Jewish priests, though mortal, took in tithes,

But with Melchizedek, they were received


By him who is declared to be alive,

9 And you might say when Abraham paid him

The tenth, 10 that Levi, whose descendants take


The tenth, paid it too. He was not yet born

But in a sense was in the body of

His ancestor when this Melchizedek


Met Abraham. 11 Now if perfection could

Have been attained through Jewish priests and laws

(The law was given to the people on


The basis of the Levite’s priesthood), why

Was there a need for yet another priest

To come− and not in Aaron’s order but


One in the order of Melchizedek?

12 For when the priesthood has a change, the law

Must also change. 13 Our Lord, of whom these things


Are said, was in another tribe; none

Belonging to that tribe has ever served

As altar priest, 14 for it is clear our Lord


Was born in Judah’s tribe, and Moses did

Not mention Judah when he spoke of priests;

15 And what we’ve said is even clearer if


Another priest, one like Melchizedek,

Appears, 16 one not made priest by human rules

But on the basis of the power which


Is flowing from an endless life, 17 for it’s

Declared, “You are a priest forever in

The order of Melchizedek.” 18 Because


The former rule was weak and useless 19 (for

The law made nothing perfect), it is set

Aside. But now we have a better hope


By which we may draw near to God, 20 and it

Was not without an oath. 21 God took an oath

That Christ would always be a priest, although


He never said that of the other priests.

Only to Christ he said, “The Lord has sworn

And never will he change his mind: You are


A priest forever in the order of

Melchizedek.” 22 Because of God’s oath, Christ

Can guarantee forever the success


Of this new covenant. 23 Those other priests

Were many, for they died and could not stay

In office for their work, 24 but Jesus lives


Forever and continues as a priest,

So no one else is needed. 25 He can save

Completely all who come to God through him,


Because he lives to intercede for them.

                  26 Such a high priest does meet our need—one who

Is holy, blameless, pure, set off from sinners,


Lifted above the heavens. 27 Unlike other

High priests, he need not offer sacrifices

Day after day, first for his own sins, and


Then for the people’s sins. He sacrificed

For their sins once and for all when he offered

Himself, 28 because the law appoints as high


Priests men in all their weakness; but the oath,

Which was made later than the law, decreed

The Son, who’s been perfected endlessly.




September 24: Poets and Philosophers (Money Matters)

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September 24
Poets and Philosophers

The love of family and the admiration of friends are much more important than wealth and privilege.
~Charles Kuralt

Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I’d be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that’s all. Go where the money is . . . and go there often.
~Willie Sutton. William “Willie” Sutton (1901–1980) was a prolific U.S. bank robber. During his forty-year criminal career he stole an estimated $2 million, and eventually spent more than half of his adult life in prison. (Willie Sutton denied that he replied to a reporter’s inquiry as to why he robbed banks by saying “because that’s where the money is.”) In a 1976 book he co-authored, Where the Money Was, he denied that he had said that.

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September 24: Presidents (The Future)

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September 24

The American West is just arriving at the threshold of its greatness and growth. Where the West of yesterday is glamorized in our fiction, the future of the American West now is both fabulous and factual.
~Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president, “Remarks, Dinner for Gale McGee,” LBJ Library, “Speech Collection” (July 13, 1963)

If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.
~Lyndon B. Johnson

September 24: Righteousness

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September 24

Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
–Genesis 15:6

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
–Psalm 23:3

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
–Matthew 6:33


Hebrews Chapter Six


1 So let us leave the elementary
Doctrine of Christ. Instead, let us go on
To be mature in understanding, as

Strong Christians ought to be. We do not need
To speak again about repentance from
The acts that lead to death, of faith in God,

2 Of baptisms and laying on of hands,
The resurrection of the dead, and of
Eternal judgment; 3 and, God willing, we

Will now go on to other things. 4 It is
Impossible for those who have once been
Enlightened, who have tasted for themselves

The gifts of heaven and experienced
The Holy Spirit, 5 and who know how good
The Word of God is and the powers of

The coming age, 6 if they have turned on God,
To have renewal in repentance, for
To their own loss they’ve nailed the Son of God

Onto the cross again and held him up
To ridicule, disgrace, and public shame,
7 For when a farmer’s land has had much rain

Fall on it and good crops come up, it has received
God’s blessing, 8 but if it keeps having crops
Of thorns and thistles, it’s considered no

Good, near to being cursed, and in the end
It will be burned. 9 Dear friends, though I may talk
Like this, I’m confident of better things

With you, that you’re producing the good fruit
That comes along with your salvation. 10 God
Is not unfair: He won’t forget your work

For him, or how you showed your love for him,
By your assistance to his people. 11 We
Want each of you to show this diligence

As long as life endures, so you’ll receive
Your full reward. 12 We do not want you to
Become lethargic but to imitate

Those who receive all God has promised them
Because of their strong faith and patience. 13 When
God promised Abraham, since there was none

Greater for him to swear by, he swore by
Himself and said, 14 “I’ll surely bless you and
Give you a son and give you numerous

Descendants,” 15 so after patiently waiting,
Abraham received what was promised. 16 When
Men take oaths, they swear by someone greater

Than themselves, and the oath confirms what is
Stated and finishes all argument.
17 God also bound himself when he confirmed

It with an oath, so that those to whom
He promised help would understand God’s purpose
Would never change. 18 He’s given us his promise

And oath, two things that we can fully count
On, for it is impossible for God
To tell a lie. 19 We who have fled to take

Hold of the hope that’s offered us may be
Greatly encouraged for we have this hope
As our soul’s anchor, firm and safe, which

Connects us with the inner shrine behind
The veil, 20 where Jesus went ahead of us
To plead for us from his eternal place

As our High Priest, with the high rank and respect
After the order of Melchizedek.

September 23: Songs

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September 23

Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen;
pour myself a cup of ambition,
and yawn, and stretch, and try to come to life.
Jump in the shower, and the blood starts pumping;
out on the street, the traffic starts jumping,
with folks like me on the job from nine to five.
~Dolly Parton, “9 to 5“ (1980)

You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar
When I met you
I picked you out, shook you up, turned you around
Turned you into someone new
Now five years later on,
you’ve got the world at your feet
Success has been so easy for you
But don’t forget it’s me who put you where you are now
And I can put you back there too
~Human League, “Don’t You Want Me, Baby?“

Well everyone’s gonna be a big star
Everyone’s gonna drive a fast car
Everyone’s gonna be in charge
Cause everybody’s business is everybody’s business.
~Smashing Pumpkins, “Cash Car Star”

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September 23: Songs and Poems


September 23
Songs and Poems

The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
~William Butler Yeats (1865−1939), “The Second Coming“ (1919). William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honored for what the Nobel Committee described as “inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.”

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said−”Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert….Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
5 And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
10 My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias.” Shelley (1792 – 1822) was one of the major English Romantic poets and is critically regarded as among the finest lyric poets in the English language. Considered too radical in his poetry and his political and social views to achieve fame during his lifetime, recognition of his significance grew steadily following his death. Percy Shelley was a key member of a close circle of visionary poets and writers that included Lord Byron; Leigh Hunt; Thomas Love Peacock; and his second wife, Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein.

Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles, I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows
Ground control to Major Tom, your circuits dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you . . .
Here am I sitting in my tin can far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do
~David Bowie, “Space Oddity”