Listening for the Right Frequency by Thomas S. Buchanan

Listening for the Right Frequency

“Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, be there any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
—Philippians 4:8

In today’s health-conscious world we often are reminded that we should watch what we eat. Almost every edible item for sale carries a label informing us of how many grams of fat and how many calories it contains. Furthermore, we are told by the most prominent of dietitians, via a press that is ravenous for such news, that we should limit our intake of cholesterol or sodium or fat or sugar and that we should eat more bran or fish oil, etc.

Although it often is difficult to tell fads from science, I think that watching our consumption is a good thing. But we should not just watch our weight, but watch our souls as well. If we eat the wrong things we may become fat and lazy, or even poisoned. The same is true for our souls if we consume the wrong things with our eyes and our ears, if we are not careful about what we look at or listen to.

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Thomas S. Buchanan is the George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He has studied at UCSD, Northwestern University, and MIT, and has held visiting professorships at the University of Western Australia and the University of Aix-Marseille. He has served as department chairman, deputy dean, and institute director, president of the American Society of Biomechanics, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics. He is on the Board of Trustees of Saint Katherine College, the editorial board of Touchstone, and the board of The Fellowship of St. James.

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