Website owner: James Miller
I couldn't sleep last night and came upstairs and turned on the TV and happened into a movie that impressed me. It was a movie by the name of "Hud", starring Paul Newman, on channel 88 which specializes in Hollywood classics. The setting was a cattle ranch in the west. When I turned into the channel the movie was in progress. The owner of the ranch, an old man, was sitting out on the range in conversation with his boy Hud (a young man of around 30 --- Paul Newman). Hud was telling his father he should sell all the cattle immediately, get rid of them as quickly as possible. The father was in shock and rebuked him only with, "You are an unprincipled young man". It seems they had reason to believe that they had Foot and Mouth disease in their herd and that, if it were so, the entire herd would have to be destroyed. Hud was saying that you have to look out for yourself in this world, that the entire world was all lie, sham and deception anyway, and the only intelligent thing to do was to sell the cattle immediately, while they still could. The entire movie was about the conflict between the old man and his boy Hud. The old man was a person of integrity and principles and Hud was a wild, carousing woman chaser, with unbridled appetites, and concern for no-one but himself. Neither was able to stand the other. Before the movie had finished Hud had attempted to rape their attractive cook and was scheming to get his father declared legally incompetent, due to old age, so he could get control of the ranch. One of the best scenes was the one where the father told Hud the reason for his long antipathy to him. Hud thought the reason was the part he had played in the death of his brother. His father told him that was not the reason, that his bad feelings toward him went back to far before that incident. Hud wanted to know what the real source of the feelings were and then declared "I don't give a damn", whereon the father said "That is it! That is the cause of my feelings. You don't give a damn. You have never given a damn. You don't care about anyone except yourself. You have a certain power with people, a certain wildness that they like. Women are attracted to you. People follow you. You have the ability to gain the confidence of people, to make them trust you. But that just makes it all that much worse." Another important character in the story was a young boy torn between his sense of right and his attraction to Hud. The old man once told him, "You have a decision you are going to have to make". At the end of the movie the old man dies and the young boy packs his bags and leaves the ranch to find his future elsewhere --- leaving the ranch in the hands of Hud. The movie ends with Hud sipping beer. Aug 1990
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God's message to the world
Jesus Christ and His Teachings
Words of Wisdom
Way of enlightenment, wisdom, and understanding
Way of true Christianity
America, a corrupt, depraved, shameless country
On integrity and the lack of it
The test of a person's Christianity is what he is
Who will go to heaven?
The superior person
On faith and works
Ninety five percent of the problems that most people have come from personal foolishness
Liberalism, socialism and the modern welfare state
The desire to harm, a motivation for conduct
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On modern intellectualism
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Principles for Living Life
Topically Arranged Proverbs, Precepts, Quotations. Common Sayings. Poor Richard's Almanac.
America has lost her way
The really big sins
Theory on the Formation of Character
You are what you eat
People are like radio tuners --- they pick out and listen to one wavelength and ignore the rest
Cause of Character Traits --- According to Aristotle
These things go together
We are what we eat --- living under the discipline of a diet
Avoiding problems and trouble in life
Role of habit in formation of character
The True Christian
What is true Christianity?
Personal attributes of the true Christian
What determines a person's character?
Love of God and love of virtue are closely united
Walking a solitary road
Intellectual disparities among people and the power in good habits
Tools of Satan. Tactics and Tricks used by the Devil.
On responding to wrongs
Real Christian Faith
The Natural Way -- The Unnatural Way
Wisdom, Reason and Virtue are closely related
Knowledge is one thing, wisdom is another
My views on Christianity in America
The most important thing in life is understanding
Sizing up people
We are all examples --- for good or for bad
Television --- spiritual poison
The Prime Mover that decides "What We Are"
Where do our outlooks, attitudes and values come from?
Sin is serious business. The punishment for it is real. Hell is real.
Self-imposed discipline and regimentation
Achieving happiness in life --- a matter of the right strategies
Self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline basic to so much in life
We are our habits
What creates moral character?