A UNC student buys a ticket and wins the lottery. He goes to Raleigh to claim it and the man verifies his ticket number. The UNC student says, "I want my $20 million."
The man replied, "No, sir. It doesn't work that way. We give you a million today and then you'll get the rest spread out for the next 19 years."
The UNC student said, "Oh, no. I want all my money right now! I won it and I want it."
Again, the man explain that he would only get a million that day and the rest during the next 19 years.
The UNC student, furious with the man, screams out, "Look, I want my money! If you're not going to give me my $20 million right now, then I want my dollar back!"
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Dear Howdy, For some time now I have been guilty of just skipping (deleting) the T&H msgs. I must not do that from now on. Yesterday I laughed so much and that was good free therapy!! I even forwarded. Thanks for keeping them clean--- there is really no need to dirty good humor. Pamela.
A normal fax machine receives a coded message over the phone and translates it into a pattern of black and white dots on a page of paper. But there's a kind of fax machine that builds a three- dimensional object instead of a picture on paper.
Charles Hull invented the process, called stereolithography or solid imaging, in 1984. More than just a 3-D fax machine, it's a whole new way of making things. Descriptions of objects are stored as computer data files, which can be given physical form in a solid imaging machine.
A solid imaging machine creates an object by scanning a light beam across the surface of a liquid. The liquid solidifies wherever the light touches it. The newly created solid is lowered slightly, and another scan adds another layer of solid material. An object of almost any shape can be created.
Our clothes say something. I was reminded of this recently as I ate lunch at a local restaurant. A woman sitting with her back to me had on the back of her t-shirt the word "EVIL." It was written in all capitals, and positioned between her shoulders like one's name on the back of a jersey.
My first thought was to dismiss her attire as a dangerously blithe attitude towards evil. Her shirt expressed the magnificently ignorant idea that being bad is cool. It was a current day adumbration of the James Dean chic that our society so voraciously eats-up. The continual pop-culture popularity of gangsters, outlaws, and their ilk is ample proof of this. How foolish and sad, I thought. She has bought and believed a lie.
I wanted to be able to convince her that evil is base, ugly, detestable, and ultimately grossly undesirable. If she could go to the killing fields of Cambodia, or the machete bloodied fields of Rwanda, or the lynching grounds of America's recent past, then they would reveal the awfulness of evil. Then her blitheness would drop as heaviness upon her soul, and she would hate to be implicated even just in name with evil.
Then a second thought occurred to me: "Her shirt tells the truth." Evil is not something that resides merely in past historical events. Its reign is not contained to foreign regimes or other parts of town. Its sway does not merely sway others. Though she certainly did not realize it, her shirt proclaimed a central truth of her person. Evil resides in her.
But I, too, could wear that shirt. We all could. We all have a share in evil. We all have contaminated and mal-formed souls. If you do not believe me, I am only repeating the teachings of Christ. He knew that since the Fall the perennial soul-condition of humanity is deformity. His mission on earth was to proclaim a way out of our evilness and beyond our opposition to God. This is what He spoke of when he said that to follow Him was the way of the cross. The cross is His figurative and literal image for the death of our deformed self. This self must die if we are to be cured; for we can only have one master, and if our deformed self lives, it is the master.
Christ's way does not just leave us self-less, for He fills the space our former self has bequeathed. Our sinful, or evil, self is crucified, and His pure and bounteous self is resurrected in us. May we humbly believe and pursue this path.