The Book of Ten Sayings 1
 [Posts for the Book of Ten Sayings were misplalced on Dr.Bob ' s Reviews. They are now being moved here.] Please look here for philosophy and The Book of Ten Sayings 1Introduction This " book " was intended to be an entire book when first conceived, consisting on an elaboration of the ten most important sayings of all time. But life circumstances have held it back into a very incomplete form. But perhaps there is a kernel of wisdom somewhere here that will resonate with you and help you to grow into a better person and friend.  The First Saying  1. Put God First .Some have accused God of...
Source: The Virtual Salt - June 18, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

There Is Joy in Hell Tonight: A Teaching Story
  There is Joy in Hell Tonight: A Teaching StoiyEvery day on her way to work, Edna passed the bakery where a man, whom she thought of as Mister Skin and Bones, sat on the ground near the door and breathed deeply each time the door opened, hoping that the delightful aroma would enter his lungs and provide some molecules of nutrition or if not, at least diminish his hunger pains.She had wanted to help the starving man, but when she mentioned the need at her church, she was rebuffed with a sneer by the youth pastor, who said, “You should be ashamed even to think about such a so-called good deed. Giving that m...
Source: The Virtual Salt - June 9, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

A Man on the Street: A Teaching Story
 A Man on the StreetOn a slow news day, a reporter sees a man walking down the street rather aimlessly, and hurries over to interview him.“Hello, Sir. I’m Ted G. Biff from station ZRXP TV. We’re doing human interest stories for a TV segment on the 10 o’clock news.”“Uhh, okay. I’ll watch it. What time is it on?”“Sir, may I ask you a question?”“Sure, I guess so. Do I get a reward for answering?”“I’m sorry, Sir, but No.”“But it must be worth something to you. Come on, how about a few bucks?”“All right. Jamie, give the man a ten.”“Could you make it twenty?”“Oh, all right. Here. ...
Source: The Virtual Salt - June 9, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

Satan and the Stolen IFs: A Teaching Story
 Satan and the Stolen IFs: A Teaching StoryOne dull night in hell, an under-demon went up to Satan with an idea.“We’re getting too much resistance to converting new Christians into new devils—except, of course, in churches that preach the Easy Gospel (those are the ones we call "easy-in, easy-out.")  Research indicates that in those churches where a set of moral and spiritual values (fromthat book) is not emphasized, the evangelistic message is watered down and presented as not having any universal behavioral application. But it makes it easy to call oneself a Christian. The termChristian is no longer a syn...
Source: The Virtual Salt - June 9, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

Do You Believe?: A Teaching Story
 Do You Believe?You have been selected to serve on anad hoc jury to help improve the flow of cases through the trial court. Soon the bailiff brings into the courtroom an accused offender, a lifelong, often-convicted criminal. As he looks down at the list of current charges, the judge can be heard to mutter, “Not you again.” Then the judge looks through some of the summaries of the man’s previous convictions, pausing and sighing more than once. After looking back and forth between the criminal himself and the thick list of his most recent crimes, the judge fixes his eyes on the man for several sec onds, seem...
Source: The Virtual Salt - June 9, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

Living in Christ: A Teaching Story
IntroductionWhen thinking about moral and ethical values, objective and subjective claims, and the meaning, and understanding of difficult ideas, philosophers have traditionally used teaching stories. More impactful and often more challenging than non-fiction essays, these stories encourage their disciples to analyze and learn the condensed wisdom presented, to make connectioins, see relationships, trace out causes and effects, and go deeper into the implications of what is said and done. Even relatively simple tales about seemingly ordinary events can shed light on the human condition more clearly, immediately, and powerf...
Source: The Virtual Salt - June 9, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

The Book of Ten Sayings 10
 Concluding the wisdom in the Book of Ten Sayings is a truth that many people know from experience, yet who never mention it in company. The Tenth Saying is to be repeated every morning and every night, as part of your prayers to God to search your soul and tear out all the Pride, for ,Pride is my self-made supreme enemyIf you, like many of us, want to stay away from sin and evil, then we need to eschew effectively the sin of Pride. In  the old days, a list of sins was made, with Pride as the first sin listed, along with six others, These sins, named The Seven Deadly Sins, were considered especially bad because t...
Source: The Virtual Salt - February 19, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

Common Sense Wisdom for a Needy Time
 Here are just a few proverbs that, if carefully considered, will bring you some valuable insights. I have deliberately neglected to  discuss them in order to allow your own thinking to unfold them with their multiple truths.1. The two great disappointments in life are: (1) not getting what you want, and (2) getting it.2. It's not about you.3. [more to come] (Source: The Virtual Salt)
Source: The Virtual Salt - February 19, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

The Book of Ten Sayings 9
Number 9 in the Book of Ten Sayings reminds us that developing, building, and caring for human relationships are our primary responsibilities here on this planet. Several sayings stimulate our memories or touch around the margins, but the one that singularly hits home is,Always forgive, including yourself.We have landed in such a bizarre landscape that we don't know how to react to others, especially when the insults and criticism by which they have wronged us seem so arbitrary, ill informed, and exaggerated. The Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," sometimes requires some translating from the ...
Source: The Virtual Salt - February 14, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

The Book of Ten Sayings 8
Some readers will find this next saying ridiculous. They will say, "Why constrain yourself to an old-fashioned concept such as truth? Limiting you options up front by declaring that you will avoid all non-truths is just not workable in our current era. But we stand by the truth, believing that it provides the optimal choice. Always prefer Truth. Truth is a shockingly powerful and uniquely dangerous concept, not just in itself and for what it can do, but as a tool of manipulation. As you strengthen your resolve to be a friend of truth and an advocate for her cause, ponder deeply these cautions and ask yourself if ...
Source: The Virtual Salt - February 12, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

The Book of Ten Sayings 1
 Introduction This "book" was intended to be an entire book when first conceived, consisting on an elaboration of the ten most important sayings of all time. But life circumstances have held it back into a very incomplete form. In spite of that, perhaps there is a kernel of wisdom somewhere here that will resonate with you and help you to grow into a better person and friend.  The First Saying  1. Put God First .Some have accused God of being self-centered and even egotistical for wanting to be worshipped and at the center of humans' attention. But the truth is, the fallen creature known as ma...
Source: The Virtual Salt - February 9, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

The Book of Ten Sayings 2
 The Second Saying in the Book of Ten Sayings  2. Know Yourself How much misery and discontent and needless expense are created by people who don't know who they are or what they believe. At the basic level of rational survival, everyone needs a moral structure to make decision making easier. Of course, knowing that many or most people have no such moral code, the predators and exploiters are at the elbows of the naive and foolish, who let a stranger or a Hollywood film suggest proper and improper behavior--based on their own desire to shape decisions of their victims. And, of course, the religious...
Source: The Virtual Salt - February 9, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

The Book of Ten Sayings 3
 What is the third most important saying of all time, one that will encourage wisdom and happiness, justice and equity? The saying is,  "It is not right to do evil in order to bring about good."  This saying is, first, a warning against moral short cuts, against choosing expediency over morality; for such is the great temptation of man, whether the temptation presents itself as covetousness, lust, greed, a handy lie, the imitation of justice, or any other dash around the right way. Secondly, this saying entails another classical guide to wisdom: "Truth is always best." Whatever you suffer from tell...
Source: The Virtual Salt - February 9, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

The Book of Ten Sayings 4
The fourth timeless truth in the Book of Ten Sayings is one that our impatient and fearful age needs to meditate on. The fourth saying:This too shall pass.   The traditional story is that an ancient Persian king once ordered his wise men to invent a saying that would be true and applicable to every time and in every season, a saying that would comfort him in times of sorrow and temper him in times of joy, a saying upon which he could meditate profitably regardless of his situation, or what he faced, or how he felt. The saying they brought him was, "This too shall pass." Sometimes quoted as, "This, ...
Source: The Virtual Salt - February 9, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs

The Book of Ten Sayings 5
 The fifth of the ten deepest statements of wisdom, that, if followed as a set of life guiding principles, will bring both joy and courage, strength and justice, circumspection and maturity to whoever strives to live by them. As with many principles for finding wisdom, this fifth saying involves decision making, for life is all about making decisions, and the better the decisions the more successful and happier the life. The fifth saying is, "The more you get, the more you have; the more you give, the more you are."  It seems to be a fundamental principle of human nature that we are born selfish, greedy...
Source: The Virtual Salt - February 9, 2022 Category: Neurology Authors: Robert Harris Source Type: blogs