Reason cannot establish the existence of a pond toad. For this one needs the toad. ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ If God were dead or unwilling to deny it, at least the TV is on or the toad is in its pond. ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ Murphy was neither a scientist nor a saint, but people adopt whatever’s useful. Look around and listen if you have ears in your head. Most of reality is improbable; maybe you’re just used to it. ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ The arguments for doing what you’re told use only part of the truth, like the arguments for doing what you want. ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ How can good things happen to bad people? One might claim medical practitioners and the devil both are good— both are incentives against stupidity. ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ Nevertheless, claim what you want. What could I gain by denying it? The rationalist should be skeptical and the believer shouldn’t quibble. ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ Truth is like the transparency of a train when one stands close as it roars across the road. ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ If I were to say: “Please try. Try to get it!” would you be more likely to get it? ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ Reverend Keith is a man of God but a bad driver. Numerous accidents have tested the Lord’s providence. The question is should you accept a ride?