November 15th, 2001


Military Efficiency.

Can you say oxymoron? Yes, alas I had the joy of an army dental appointment today. My day began when I showed up 10 minutes prior to my appointment and spent 3 minutes checking in. I then proceeded to room D12 and dropped my chart into the box as instructed. I waited for about 15 minutes and was then told to report to room d22 to get X-rays.

So here we find ourselves at room D22, waiting to get our X-rays. After 10 minutes they finally called me in and spent 2 minutes taking the pictures. Yes 2, I counted. "Ok, you can go back to room D12 now." Sigh, I truck back down the hall and drop my records in the box, yet again. Ten minutes later a woman comes and takes my record and asks me to come with her. I then spent 10 minutes waiting outside room D5.

Finally they take me into a room and sit me in a chair. Of course it's 10 more minutes before the doctor comes in and spends 5 minutes poking around in my mouth. What did he have to say? "Have them schedule you two appointments." That's it, nothing more. So I go wait for another 20 minutes for a guy to write my name in a book and send me on my way.

So that's 95 minutes for a grand total of 7 minutes of actual work. Hmn.. Only in the Army. I mean, come on, in the air force we wouldn't take more than an hour to do 7 minutes worth of work.
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On the nature of things.

So, there are times in all our lives that make us stop and think. One of those times is when science crosses the boundry that seperates it from spirituallity. We stop and wonder at just how that is possible. Science is supposed to be set in stone! It's not supposed to be able to do that!

It is our fear of having our spirituality destroyed by science that causes us to think this way. I say we should not worry, for science poses no threat to our spirituallity. For many years people have sought to combine the two fields. Astrology is one such example. Man's inner nature to order things has led him to finding a way of divining the future and personalities based off the alignments of the stars and planets.

All cultures have tales of magic. Of people who can create seemingly impossible feats at whim. How do they do it? The methods varry depending on the culture, but essentially it is an ordered and scientific approach to spirituality. The shaman prays to the spirts and shakes his rattle to a certain beat and dances in a specific way in order to bring rain. While this seems obsurd to the scientist of today and is looked down upon as mere superstition, it was science to the shaman.

So then, can we define magic as simply spiritual science? If so, then why don't more people embrace magic with an open mind? Hmn... I think if they did we would have a much happier world.
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