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The Message Monthly -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana July -- On The Record -- LIVIN' ON THE EDGE There's something wrongAVith the world today/I don't know what it is/Something's wrong with our eyes/We're seeing things/In a different way/And God knows it ain't his/It sure ain't no surprise We're livin' on the edge Evaluating risky business By CHARLIE MARTIN i CNS COLUMNIST There's something wrongAVith the world today The light bulb's gettin' dim/There's meltdown in the sky If you can judge a wise man/By the color of his skin/Then mister/You're a better man than I We're livin' on the edge/You can't help yourself from fallin'/Livin' on the edge/You can't help yourself at all/Livin' on the edge Tell me what you think/About your situation/Complication, aggravation/It's getting to you/If Chicken Little tells you/That the sky is fallin'/Even if it wasn't/Would you still come crawlin'/Back again?/I bet you would my friend Again and again and again and again Something's rightAVith the world today/And ,,verybody knows it's wrong/But we could tell :n m/Or we could let it go/But I would rather/Be a hanging on Living on the edge Written by Steve Tyler/Joe Perry/Mark Hudson Sung by Aerosmith Copyright (c) 1992 by Swag Song Music Some people like living on the edge or at least near the zone of discomfort. Thev feel this brings zest and ad- venture into their fives. However. Aerosmith offers another view. Their new hit, "Livin' on the Edge," suggests that living on the edge brings more than excite- ment. Life becomes uncertain as one beconms more aware that "you can't help yourself from fall in'." Aerosmith appears to believe that the whole world is too close to the, edge. In their words. "There's something wrong with tim world today. The light bulb's gettin' dim, there's meltdown in the sky.'" For the sake of our discussion, I want to focus on individual rather than planetary choices. When thinking about one's personal life, what is living too close to the edge? Try asking yourself the following four ques- tions designed to help you evaluate your own risky behavior. 1. Are my actions compromising my moral values? If you are violating your own inner sense of right and wrong, then, as the song states, "you can't help yourself from fallin'." No matter what is gained in added adven- ture, putting aside moral values means losing one's integrity. Nothing is worth this price. 2. Am I sacrificing long-term gains for shofv term thrills? .... For example, using drugs may bring an mediate buzz, but putting one's physical or tal health in jeopardy is not just living on the edge, it's (:razy behavior. 3. Do those who love me know about risk-taking choices? :' Love is a two-way responsibility. If you hiding your flirtation with danger from or others who care about you, you are them about what you are doing with your life. Love brings a responsibility to be t From this honesty flows trust and the abilil negotiate faMy one's personal wants and de-: sires. 4. Am I gelminely proud of what I am " doing? If so, there is no reason to hide my ac- tions. When others disapt)rove, I can listen to : their point of view and include it in making a decision. However, also honor yourself by be in your intuition about what supports and ex- :: paiMs your life. Perhaps there is no sure way to evaluate how close to the edge we should live. Yet, when we openly talk about our desires, goals and dreams, we bring others into our hearts. With real honesty, conHnunication and cN' ing at the heart of our lives, we can find in ourselves and make healthy decisions. (Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box Rockport, IN 47635.) Jasper native authors book of poems the German community of Jasper. His collection of 48 poems comprises the recently released book, Somewhere in Southern Indiana: Poems of Midwestern Origins. Many of the poems were writing in the 1970s while he was researching his family's history and editing journals and letters of Jasper's pie- While most families docu- ment their history through photo albums, Jasper native Norbert Krapf has turned to poetry to paint a portrait of his family tree. Dr. Krapf, an English pro- fessor at Long Island Univer- sity, has spent more than 20 years researching his ancestry and writing poems about his childhood and adulthood in ! Thomas Weinzapfel, M.D. Pediatrician neers. His family has lived in Dubois County since the 1840s. "It all became an obsession when 1 moved away from home," said Dr. Krapf. "When I moved away from the region where my family had lived since uprooting themselves from Germany, I felt a deep- ening need to know some- thing about my origins." Somewhere in Southern In- diana includes narratives of the marriage of Dr. Krapf's great-grandparents, poems about growing up, poems about the scenery of Dubois County, as well as about returing ta town as a man. To order a copy where in Southern e [o Catholic Books and Gifts' Poems of Origins., call Jerry. 800-331-6605. ,  of 00ull; I .me be leavi00 the Cornerstone. r-Olese been extremel 9 meaninoaful and fruitful years for us and DMAlUC CORP.. PHONE: n l.Jr. Weinzapfel is pleased to announce his association with Dr. Daniel Michel in the practice of pediatric medi- cine. Dr. Weinzapfel is now accepting new patients. For more information or an appointment, call .... 422-6886 Holiday Professional Bldg. Suite 102 1202 W. Buena Vista Evansville, Indiana P , I of re.. &ply gr.Uf00 everyo,00..,,oho and supported us ihese past fen Bears. Cve are also 9raieful io the oppoduniiiy to serve you in this ministnd. ,...'t this time me are ven d pleased to annomwe that ,..nne ,.Simms "mill be conlinuin 9 the ministnd of the Cornerstone and me that you f]ive her your contimwd support.  &,d v .tz 5N0000t,, 900eter t t