Learning Challenges

When I was young(er) a poem that became etched in my mind was entitled …

Why Study?

The more you study, the more you learn.

The more you learn, the more you know.

The more you know, the more you forget.

The more you forget, the less you know.

So, why study?


Now that I am old(er) a poem I made up was,

What Happened?

The more I studied the more I learned.

The more I learned the smarter I wasn’t.

The smarter I wasn’t ‘cause everything changed.

Though everything changed, one of us doesn’t.

So, what happened?

What happened, in my opinion, was due to the cosmic shift in the cloud.  Back in the day, when I was young(er), a cloud was a white, fluffy-like thing in the sky that held particles of water vapor.  Today the cloud is where everybody stores things, although I don’t know how or where.  I kind of resent these young “screen-agers” who know so much about a language that has desecrated the real English language by subverting the meanings of good, common, well-understood words.  “Cloud” is only the beginning of this travesty.  The following is enough to make a linguist weep.

PICNIC does not refer to a fun-outing lunch on the ground or campsite.  It stands for “Problem In Chair, Not In Computer!   An app used to refer to an application for employment.  Not anymore!  A tweet was bird talk.  A program was a TV show.   Amazon was a river in South America.  A cursor was a guy who used foul language.  Any keyboard would have been on a piano or organ.  Memory was what folks older than I am are losing.  CD referred to a Certificate of Deposit in a bank.  DVD meant Dallas versus Detroit in football.  Compress was what you did to garbage.  Zip and unzip was never done in public.  A screen was what kept flies outside.  A laptop was where the baby sat.  Windows were part of the house.  Reboot was what we cowboys did after we got the pebble out of our boot.  Log on was what you put on the campfire.  A hard drive was driving a pickup on winding dirt roads with only “armstrong” steering.   A mouse was a small rat that lived in a mouse pad.  Backup is what you had to do when you went too far forward.  Cut was done with a knife and you used glue to paste.  Web was connected with spiders.  A virus caused the flu.  A ram was a male sheep.  Megabytes were what you got from mosquitos and ants.  Online was where you put the freshly-washed clothes out to dry.  A post is what we put in the ground as part of a fence.  Upload was putting something in the back of a pickup and download was taking it out.  A file was used on fingernails.  A net was used to catch fish.  Spam was a meat product.  And the list goes on!

There is yet coming a real cosmic shift among the clouds.  Although the changing world may alter the meaning of words, the changeless Word of God will alter the whole world when He returns.  First, He will come for His Church and I will be a part of the “cloud” when the dead in Christ and the living believers are caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:17).   Later, after the Great Tribulation, all the inhabitants of the earth will see Jesus coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory (Mt. 24:29-30).  At that time every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).  These include everybody who is in heaven (the believers who have died), those on the earth (believers and unbelievers who are alive at Jesus’ Second Coming), and those under the earth (the unsaved who have died).  Even so, come Lord Jesus.