“To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:2-7)
“Wisdom” comes from the Word of God, a Relationship with God through the Holy Spirit and “God’s Process” (Posted at this Website). The Main Thing the Three do is Teach people to Love themselves. When people Love themselves they Respect themselves, Take care of themselves, and Love other people:
“He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.” (Proverbs 19:8)
“Wisdom” and knowledge are two different things. The dictionary on my iPhone states, “the state or fact of knowing” is knowledge. Knowledge is just acquiring information. “Wisdom” is people making Acquired Information Productive.
The e-mail article titled, “For the Love of God, Stop Putting Two Spaces After a Period” got my attention because the writer is very passionate about the point he is making, which states:
A close friend of mine recently asked me to edit an important professional email. We’ve known each other since we were 8 years old, and in recent years he’s devolved into somewhat of a Patrick Bateman–esque, white-collar psychopath. That opinion was only affirmed when I learned he still puts two spaces after his periods. I know where he learned this — it was drilled into us in grade school, when our teachers first introduced us to keyboards. But the habit had never been corrected.
He had the gall to tell me I was wrong about this — even though I do write for a living and tend to be well-versed in such things. Two spaces after a period is the correct usage, he said. He was certain.
We decided to poll our group of friends — a highly representative sample of straight white male attorneys and finance professionals — and I was shocked again to discover that nearly half the respondents still put two spaces after a period. This is a group of educated, successful men who grew up with the internet and now work for some of the largest, most influential corporations in the world — nearly half of them regularly send emails that make them seem like 1960s stenographers.
And trust me: They are indeed wrong. The two-spaces-after-a-period construction is outmoded and has no place in modern communication.
This lack of consensus has plagued the written word for centuries. For hundreds of years, typesetters, once the arbiters of typographical standards, couldn’t agree on one or two spaces after a period. The first printing of the Declaration of Independence adheres to the two-space rule, while many Bibles from the era use only one, for example. Other printing presses changed the number of spaces they put between words and sentences within the same piece of text, meanwhile. Typesetters in Europe eventually agreed to use one space sometime near the early 20th century, with American typesetters following suit shortly thereafter, according to James Felici, author of The Complete Manual of Typography.
Until the advent of the typewriter, that is, when a design quirk caused typographical rules to change yet again, and the two-space rule became the industry standard. Typewriters used what’s called monospace typing, in which every letter on the keyboard had the same amount of horizontal space. Or better put, the key for a lowercase “i” was just as wide as one for a capital “W,” creating an awkward amount of white space between letters, and making it hard to discern where certain words started or ended. To avoid confusion, typists would put an extra space at the end of a sentence.
Monospace typing fell by the wayside in the 1970s, as electronic typewriters were able to write in “proportional fonts.” But the two-space rule persisted. It was so ingrained in the public consciousness that people thought it was the grammatically correct way to type. Not to mention, a generation of educators who grew up with typewriters told us the two-space rule was sacrosanct, and we just haven’t been able to break the habit. That’s understandable. Habits are hard to break, especially muscle memory ones like keyboarding.
It’s not a coincidence that many of my friends who still use two spaces work in finance and law — two decidedly old-school industries populated by people who grew up in the two-space heyday. Even on Reddit — a distinctly modern communication hub, where users tend to be young, tech-savvy and knowledgeable — users have been debating whether to use one or two spaces for eight dang years now.
As one Reddit user puts it, “I’m 21 and I’m too damn old to change a habit like this.”
Which is insane on every level — most of all that of putting two spaces between sentences. In my humble opinion, this practice should be eradicated for good — especially in the digital communication age, when every device has proportional fonts. Design experts agree that using two spaces creates an unsightly amount of white space, and increases the chance you’ll have a “river” snake its way through your paragraph. Worse, it makes a person look old and out of touch.
It’ll be incumbent on Generation Z to bring about that change, though. Because if Reddit is to be believed, there are too many stodgy millennials unwilling to abandon that erroneous second space.
“Changes in typesetting equipment and printing technology have made the ‘two spaces after a period’ not needed any longer,” says one Reddit user. “I still use two spaces, though.”
My friend had a similar reaction when I presented him my one-space argument. He concedes he’s wrong, but has no plans to change. Can’t argue with that logic.
Unfortunately, a lot of people today are like the writer. A lot of people today if people do not think like them the people not thinking like them are Wrong. I said in “The Trilogy,” “If we all are thinking the same thing then no one is thinking.” I also said in “The Trilogy,” “I do not want you to think like me. I just want you to think.” God made ALL of His Children Unique. NO one has the same fingerprint proves that.
First of all, “For The Love Of God” is people being passionate about Helping other people Grow. “For The Love Of God” is people being passionate about things that Hurt other people. How is one space after a period helping people to Grow? Who is two spaces after a period Hurting?
I did not know who Patrick Bateman was. For people like me he is the fictional character from the movie “American Psycho.” He was a successful Wall Street executive and a serial killer. I ALWAYS put two spaces after a period. Two spaces after a period does not put me in the same category as a serial killer. Two spaces after a period also does not make me “seem like 1960s stenographers.” It definitively does not make me “stodgy.” I am NOT conceding I am wrong and two spaces after a period is “erroneous” either. I never looked at two spaces after a period as a “habit” or gave it any thought. Besides learning it at school I did not know or care where two spaces after a period came from. Because I Love learning that part was interesting.
Wrong and “not needed any longer” are two different things. It is interesting he feels, “I’m 21 and I’m too damn old to change a habit like this” “is insane on every level,” but being passionate about two spaces after a period is NOT. It is also interesting he thinks “an unsightly amount of white space” matters. Since he brought it up he must agree with the experts. If the paragraph is noteworthy a “river” will not matter either. The Content of something is what Matters. It sounds like he is the one that is “out of touch.”
Nowadays people are passionate about things that do not even matter. Being passionate about something does not make it Matter. “They are indeed wrong. The two-spaces-after-a-period construction is outmoded and has no place in modern communication” does not sound “humble” at all. When people are passionate about things that do not matter, it makes them arrogant, “I do write for a living and tend to be well-versed in such things.” Arrogance makes people not SEE themselves. I hope this Blog will Help the writer SEE himself.
“Wisdom” is how people know what Matters and what does not matter. “Wisdom” is how people know what Battles to Fight and what battles are not worth fighting. “Wisdom” is what causes people to respond Accurately in all situations. “Wisdom” is how people stay Healthy too. Staying Healthy is how people Fight Aging. To Help people Fight Aging this e-mail articles, “5 Tips to Stop Aging Now” from “Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy” states:
Except for a few kids currently in middle school, no one wants to grow older. Our bodies are miraculous, self-healing machines built to last 80 years or more. Still, over time, your body will slowly break down. It’s inevitable. But the time it takes to get there isn’t inevitable—not at all. In fact, there’s plenty you can do to slow the effects of time on your body—and, in some cases, even come close stop aging.
This isn’t the Fountain of Youth—you’re never going to be 20 again. But it’s the next-best thing—a suite of tips that will increase your energy, improve your skin, optimize your organs, and generally make you feel like you sliced ten years off your life.
So get ready to take notes. You’re going to want to schedule some time for each of these five tips, starting today.
1. Exercise that body
Move it or lose it!
You’ve probably heard that phrase before—because there’s plenty of truth to it.
But this goes beyond building muscle mass through use. It’s intuitive and obvious you want a strong heart, and strong muscles throughout your body.
Less obvious is that exercise actually helps reduce inflammation. And inflammation is one of the most dangerous and damaging effects of aging.
Inflammation has been linked to everything from heart disease to depression, cancer to senility.
But a new study that followed participants for 10 years found inflammation was greatly reduced in those who participated in regular exercise.
The important thing is to do a bit each day—around 20 to 30 minutes of low-impact exercise.
If you are doing high-stress exercise—anything that raises your heart rate over 70% of maximum exertion—for over a half-hour, you actually could be causing inflammation.
So there’s no need to push yourself too hard, too long. If you want to get the maximum possible benefit, consider interval training—alternating between high- and low-stress work for an hour or so. Like sprinting for three minutes, and walking for 90 seconds.
Or just get out there and take a 15-minute walk after each meal. You’ll be amazed what a huge difference this little commitment can make.
2. Talk to me
We are social creatures. And, to stay on top of your game, you’ve got to remain a social creature.
Being social exercises your brain, just as being physically active exercises your heart.
Talking with others keeps you feeling connected—which helps tamp down the possibility of developing mental issues like depression.
And, of course, being socially active helps you stay happy. And that’s a great way to stay young as well.
3. Eating for age
You truly are what you eat. But also, in many ways, you are as old as you eat.
Some foods tax all your systems—think greasy fast food. They age you prematurely.
Others actually help your body stay young. Fruits like blueberries and pomegranates are rich in anti-oxidants, which eliminate cancer-causing free radicals.
Leafy greens like kale are rich in Vitamin K, which is great for your heart and bones. Leafy greens also have lots of fiber—which helps lower both blood pressure and cholesterol.
The purple of an eggplant comes from a nutrient called nasunin, which actively fights potential cancer cells by cutting off their blood supply.
Foods high in Vitamin C—like citrus fruits or, perhaps surprisingly, red bell peppers—are great for your immune system, and also are great for your skin. Vitamin C promotes collagen, the substance that gives your skin its elasticity and reduces wrinkles.
When in doubt, reach for the fruits and veggies. Almost all of them contain the antioxidants and fiber that your body needs to stay young, and in tip-top function.
4. Grab some Zs
As you age, you might find it harder to get a good night’s sleep. Insomnia rises with age. You might wake up multiple times in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. You might be more sensitive to caffeine or be taking a drug that keeps you awake.
Whatever the reason, not getting enough sleep makes you feel lousy, lowers the defenses of your immune system, can lead to depression, and can cause more falls.
And, importantly for today’s conversation, proper sleep gives your body time to repair and rejuvenate from the previous day. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you’re simply wearing your body down faster.
So take some steps to ensure you get the proper night’s sleep. Establish a sleep schedule. Reserve your bed for sleep only, and consider keeping the temperature slightly cooler in your bedroom. Exercise during the day can promote sleepiness later.
And, as a final step to close out your day, practice mindful breathing or meditation. This can calm down all your over-excited nerves, and lead to fast, deep sleep.
5. An ounce of prevention
Unfortunately, accidents happen.
And bad accidents can shorten your life.
So, to truly live a full happy life, you should do everything you can to avoid any hiccups. Make sure to outfit your home and wardrobe to help prevent falls.
Ensure the spaces where you walk are well-lit. You should clear out any obstacles that could cause a fall—whether that means fixing a rippled rug, moving a piece of furniture away from an entrance, or keeping your mail pile small and off the floor.
Ill-fitting shoes are also a major culprit in falls. Make sure yours are comfortable, stable, and fit right.
If you’ve started dating and become sexually active outside of a long-term, monogamous relationship, make sure you use condoms. STIs are a problem for every sexually active age group, and seniors are coming down with them at a faster rate than any other subset.
If your driving (or your spouse’s) is no longer up to snuff, put down the car keys and explore your transportation alternatives.
After all, you don’t want anything to get in the way of your vibrant life.
And if you follow these five anti-aging steps, your life will, indeed, be vibrant. You’ll have more energy and more rest, better skin and a better heart and mind.
You might not ever look 20 again. But there’s no reason you can’t feel an awful lot closer to it.
Before taking a “For The Love Of God” Stand make sure it is “For The Love Of God.” When it is “For The Love Of God” it will Help people be Better. When it is “For The Love Of God” it will Help people overcome their Hurts. When it is “For The Love Of God” it will make people think for themselves. When it is “For The Love Of God” it will Help make the world Kinder.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD?