Thomas McGreevy

Love With Abandon

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“If human love does not carry a man beyond himself, it is not love. If love is always discreet, always wise, always sensible and calculating, never carried beyond itself, it is not love at all.” Oswald Chambers   Most acts of love are carried out with one eye on the self. Great pains are taken to ensure that such acts are not misinterpreted. The risks to ones dignity are well known and carefully managed. To survive, one must make sure that he is not carried beyond himself where he may…read more

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A Story Worth Telling

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  As the story of your life unfolds you might wonder at all the difficulty you deal with.  Do you find yourself saying things like… Why can’t I just get what I want? Why am I so thwarted in all of my efforts? Is anything ever going to come easily for me? Chances are if you were the author of your own story, the storyline would be different than the one you are living. Perhaps you already have one in mind. If you’re like me, it involves making life quite…read more

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Losing My Religion

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When you boil down the various definitions of the word religion you see one common core meaning emerge.  Religion is a set of beliefs… a set of beliefs… not to be confused with actual belief. It is the formalization of what was once known by faith. Belief is not easy to hold onto in this world, so to help us out in our struggle, somebody wrote it all down.  Somebody wrote down the story, describing the behaviors and the rituals of the true believers, the heroes. In our desperate fight…read more

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Magic and Mystery

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We have all probably been exhorted at some point in our lives to walk by faith, but why ignore the physical evidence? Why not use the tools we have? Why ignore all that we have learned? The modern humanists would have us believe that we invented the idea of walking by faith as a way of dealing with our ignorance of the world. The unexpected makes us afraid and we need a story to tell ourselves. What else can we do when the world around us does not behave according…read more

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Live an Authentic Life

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“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.”  Joan of Arc Painting: Joan of Arc by Jules Bastien-Lepage 1879     It is likely that, at some point, you are going to reach an impasse between your true self and the life you are living… or the system you are living in (thoughts about systems here). Early on, the tension is fairly subtle.  You…read more

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Living Organism

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The human race hasn’t figured out how to make living organisms.  I have serious doubts that we ever will. An organism is defined as; “a form of life composed of mutually interdependent parts that maintain various vital processes”. We don’t know how to make those, but we DO know how to make machines. When we humans decide to coordinate our interactions or our activities we build a system. This is the mechanized version of a living organism. It is a machine. It has the mutually interdependent parts.  It has the vital…read more

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Triggers

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There is a ton of research out there illustrating how significantly our environment impacts our behavior. Often we struggle in our efforts to actively control a certain behavior because, in large part, it is the result of environmental triggers. Let’s take eating, for example. It turns out that much of our eating behavior is triggered by specific aspects of our environment.  Here is an excerpt from the website mindlesseating.org; “Most of us don’t overeat because we’re hungry. We overeat because of family and friends, packages and plates, names and numbers, labels…read more

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Equilibrium

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It’s helpful to understand the 2nd law of thermodynamics because it governs the physical reality that we live in.  Here is a very basic explanation.  Every physical process that takes place results in a reduction in the amount of available energy in the universe.  The best way to think about it is this; picture a hot cup of coffee in the middle of an empty room.  As long as the coffee is hot, it’s heat can be used to do work (there are devices that can do work using the…read more

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The input signal

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Below is the simplest version of what is known as a block diagram for a closed-loop control system.  It is used in engineering fields to conceptualize a system that we want to control.  Bear with me, there are insights about life to be derived from looking at the world through the eyes of an engineer… hard to believe, I know! So, let’s examine the diagram while considering a real engineering system so we can gain a thorough understanding of how it works.  How about the heating system for your home? …read more

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Teach Your Kids to Be Creators

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I have 4 kids between the ages of 11 and 4, and I put a lot of thought into how to shape and mold them into people who will make a significant contribution in this world.  I often find that I am fighting the public education system in my efforts.  Our schools are still putting a huge emphasis on teaching kids the skills of the industrial age: how to complete pre-defined tasks… how to deliver the right answers… how to avoid drawing attention to yourself… how to get results that meet expectations… how to…read more

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