Recently I was in deep conversation with deep intellectuals - the type who love using long complicated words.
It was pandiculation to them, but not exactly pulchritudinous in my book, as this cacophonous conversation didn’t help my poor feelings of floccinaucinihilipilification and actually set off my catagelophobia!
We discussed the ancient Greeks and Romans whose cultures hurtled civilisation thousands of years into the future.
If it wasn’t for Pythagoras I don’t think I would have got my hands on an iPhone for another thousand years.
Well, among other problems, Adam and Eve became extremists.Father Brendan Lee.
And let’s face it; if it wasn’t for the Venetians’ blinds it would have been curtains for all of us!
While other cultures became obsessed with cults, food, pleasure or war, the Greeks and Romans practiced moderation in all things.
They only went into decline when they stopped living by their own sage legacy.
The damage to religion and politics via extremists cannot be underestimated and often brings the opposite of the extremist’s intentions.
Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner revealed, "part of the reason that I am who I am is my Puritan roots run deep. There was no drinking in my home. No discussion of sex.”
The story of Adam and Eve tells the story of how our first parents ate us out of house and home. But what was the original sin? Well, among other problems, Adam and Eve became extremists.
They could have everything else in their entire world, except for the fruit of that one tree of Knowledge – but they wanted it all. You can have too much of a good thing, even too much religion.
Jesus said to the religious Pharisees of his day that prostitutes were getting into heaven before they were, because the prostitutes calmed down their extremes, but the Pharisees couldn’t let go of their obsession with their religious man-made laws and so became poisoned by them.
If you still haven’t started taking your New Year resolutions seriously, it’s possibly because you’ve made them too extreme in your mind, even if you haven’t struck a blow.
Extremists are ruining the world, so don’t think like an extremist when you think of your world’s ambitions and goals, because if something is worth doing it’s worth doing badly.