Mr. Personality: April Book of the Month and other ramblings

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By MR. PERSONALITY, Special to The Paper

April, the month for April Fool’s Day and Easter Sunday. I am truly ready for some Springtime weather, yes indeed. I am looking forward to all the coming events on the Courthouse Square, such as the Farmer’s Market and Market Day.

There’s a lot going on at the Courthouse Square, so much more is on its way as well. The process is indeed a tad slow for many reasons. However, we seem to be getting past Covid-19 slowly as well.

I have been adding more people to my Spiritual Love Letters Ministry, my God-given purpose for being placed here on Earth.

Yes, my expiration date is indeed coming closer and I can hear the angels sing. This fact, such as my coming death, is indeed a motivation to make the most of what time I have left. Truly a cause to celebrate with joy and much happiness, I am still experiencing the kindness of others everywhere I happen to be.

This outpouring of love and acceptance that has been ongoing daily for the better part of nine years is truly a God-given blessing and is even now increasing daily.

My book of the month, which has two titles and is 27 years old, is: Science as a Candle, The Deep Demon Haunted World. It was written In 1995 and although it had spoken to the hearts and minds of its time, today the contents are pretty much ignored. 

I saw that there is much wisdom for the wise in the thought-provoking book. The author, Carl Sagan, said we should totally question everything. That we should be more critical in our thinking and in applying the art of skepticism and all that we are told by “the authorities.” 

He also takes on the UFOs theory, faith healers, religion and all things that have no hard evidence of being proven to be real. Wanting something to be true does not make it true.

On page 201 is a chapter on the fine art of Baloney Detection. I would suggest a close reading of each chapter to be followed by the processing of its contents fully before moving on to the next chapter. This is a good method to apply to all such books. The chapter on page 337, House On Fire, discusses the dumbing-down of our school system from grade school to college. 

Sagan was truly concerned of the very real danger of humankind returning to superstition and ignorance, going backwards into the Dark Ages.

I recommend this book for those given to self discipline, critical thinking and a healthy skeptical outlook. The Old Guard is indeed dying out with no replacement in sight.

Until next time, peace, love and much respect,

Mr. Personality.

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