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Friday, January 24, 2020

Don't forget...!

I have read the Bible through--probably went very quickly over the begats--more than once, and while I don't recall it by chapters and verses, I have looked for the history, for the teachings, for the variety of voices, and most especially for the thread that runs through from beginning to end. With all its contradictions, with all the many voices, the stories and biographies, with all the teachings, all the rules and laws about living properly, there is one consistant message: Don't forget you... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Redemption is always possible.

You can sell your soul, or, rather, believe you have sold it, but consider that souls are not negotiable, only beliefs: A soul can be recovered by choosing to change your deal with whatever devil lured you into the belief that anyone but you can have charge of your soul. That's what the gift of free will means. Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Glamour

In the United States, in much of the world that has long followed its lead, life is about surfaces: superficials carried to extremes of glamour like a thick and heavy layer of makeup; makeup that highlights, changes, and masks what lies beneath it. Glamour not only hides reality, it denies it. It seduces and lies and makes it seem that it is what matters most. Glamour distracts. We have learned not to look deeper. We have forgotten the need. But there are calmer cultures, older cultures that... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Animals and Souls

It used to be an assumption, and a very convenient one, at that, that only human beings have that esoteric quality we call 'soul.' But how do we recognize a soul? What are its signs in a personality? What assumptions was that assumption built on? Descartes shaped the notion back when Reason was all the rage, and spirituality not so much, that animals are basically meat mechanisms, all their actions based on reflex. He asserted further that the mechanical understanding of animals absolved people... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Medieval Justice and Truth

I was watching the CADFAEL series again, from PBS some years ago. I like watching the old shows to see actors who later became notable for other roles. One episode, for instance, there's Toby Jones as a 'simple lad, but harmless.' I like him... Have seen him as one of Elizabeth I's ministers in the latter years of her reign, Robert Cecil, the son of William Cecil, Lord Burghley. He also starred in a comedy, The Detectorists. In fact, he has been in many many films and tv shows over the years,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

I was just watching a documentary about the first civilizations that states that for 99% of humanity's time on Earth, we were hunter/gatherers, pretty much doing the same things for the whole time. Then we began to settle down with our patches of grain, with herding animals instead of just following them. We discovered metallurgy... Squabbles became better-armed and graduated from fisticuffs to raids to wars... Conquest for control of resources--food and materials, work force, mates--led to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The School of Choice and Free Will--part 2

It is easy to advise, Trust the voice of your own heart, your own connection with the Divine. But what if the place you go when you turn inward to hear that voice is so noisy and filled with distractions that you can't pick out that quiet voice that is your own? What if not only others are chattering away, what if you yourself are busy quoting strictures and lessons you have picked up along the way? What if you are being distracted, misdirected, steered actually away from the droids you're... Sign in to see full entry.

The School of Choice and Free Will

In our Earthly presence, we are growing, learning, evolving souls in the greatest of all schools. In this school are many classrooms... enough to offer the lessons needed by each soul. And there are many grades, accomodating the very youngest in experience, and all, up to the most advanced. The most advanced in one curriculum, however, may be in preschool for some other line of study. It is not a linear system like a ladder. We are all embarked, some say, no matter the field of concentration, on... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

More or Less

To those who have much, more will be given. Those who have less will lose what little they have. This New Testament assertion perturbs the part of me that naturally inclines to lift up the underdog, to demand balance and fairness. It is intuitively wrong, socially irresponsible! It seems very unlike other messages of Jesus that promise the Earth to the meek and the poor, that teach that the man of wealth will have a harder time finding his way to salvation than the humble man. But maybe it isn't... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Walking the knife's edge

The thing is, "we" will never ever all be at the same level of anything at the same time, nor agree on the same values, or same best solutions. Money is very useful; greed is very destructive. We are a species in our adolescence. While there have always been the mature among us, the mature are only lately beginning to be in percentages of consequence, of the whole human population--which is way bigger than sustainable with current behaviors. This, of course, has nothing to do with chronological... Sign in to see full entry.

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