Jim Valvano was one of the most colorful college basketball coaches in the 1980’s when he coached the North Carolina State Wolfpack. He may be most remembered for his ecstatic celebration after winning the national champion with their improbable victory against the heavy favored Houston Cougars.
While suffering from terminal spinal cancer at the age or 47, Valvano was interviewed by Sports Illustrated reporter, Gary Smith. He looked back on his life and told a story about himself as a 23-year-old coach of a small college team.
“Why is winning so important to you?” the players asked Valvano. Continue reading
“Nobody can control or define our identities unless we let them, and so I chose to come out and to define myself – nothing more.”
These words are by Bradley Manning, who now identifies himself as female named Chelsea. Manning is serving 35 years in prison for espionage and has demanded “gender confirming healthcare” from the federal prison system.
Manning’s words express the current social trend toward personal self-expression and identity definition by homosexuals, bisexuals, lesbians, pansexuals, and transgenders
In fact, re-identification knows no boundaries.
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Friedrich Schleiermacher was an 18th century German philosopher and theologian. He became famous for trying to reconcile the criticisms of The Enlightenment with “traditional Protestant Christianity.” He is often called “the Father of modern liberal theology.”
The story is told that one day as an old man he was sitting alone on a bench in a city park. A policeman saw him and thought he was a vagrant. So he came over, shook him and asked, “Who are you?” Schleiermacher sadly replied, “I wish I knew.” Continue reading
The United flight was cancelled. The airport was crowded. And a single gate agent was rebooking a long line of inconvenienced travelers.
Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket down on the counter and demanded, “I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS.”
The agent replied, “I’m sorry sir. I’ll be happy to help you, but I’ve got to help these folks first. But I’m sure we’ll work something out.”
Unimpressed, the man shouted, so everyone could hear, “Do you have any idea who I am?” Continue reading
Angry passenger: When is this plane going to take off? I have a very important meeting to get to!
Flight attendant: The incoming plane is delayed, sir, there’s nothing we can do at the moment.
Angry passenger: Well, are you going to make arrangements for me to get on another flight? This is urgent! Do you know who I am? Continue reading