On January 7, I had surgery on an earlier left knee replacement. Recovery is always slow and painfully difficult. I ought to know, I have had six big time operations that cut short my college football aspirations. Although, to be entirely accurate, the defensive back coach might also have cut it short -- by cutting me.
Omar Khayyam was a Persian philosopher, poet, and mathematician, who is perhaps most remembered for his agnosticism, at least by those of us who studied him from the Judeo/Christian perspective. Nonetheless, he was a major thinker of his time.
The one thing that will always stand out in my mind, is the Khayyam poem, which rhythmically expresses an eternal truth:
Over the years of ministerial and political careers, I have had many encounters with those who seem to enjoy attacking the work of others. As a boy, my sisters and I spent many Saturday nights with our Grandma Annie Mae, and on Sunday morning, we would attend her church.
Just about every Member of the House of Representatives would answer affirmatively to the cryptic and sophisticated question, “Are you tolerant of other views?”
In fact, it is easy to say yes to such a question, but much harder to truly live that ‘yes’.