Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
to the exclusion of lesser borders,
The prayers concealed in what I have been saying is, not that patriotism should cease, and not that the talk about universal brotherhood should cease, but that the incongrous firm be dissolved and each limb of it be required to transact business by itself, for the future."
-Mark Twain's Notebook
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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Trying to explain it to them
Leaves one feeling ridiculous and obscene.
Their houses, like white bowls,
Sit on a prairie of ancient snowfalls
Caught beyond thaw or the swift changes
Of night and day.
They listen politely, and stride away.
With spears and sleds and barking dogs
To hunt for food. The women wait
Chewing on skins or singing songs,
Knowing that they have hours to spend,
That the luck of the hunter is often late.
Later, by fires and boiling bones
In streaming kettles, they welcome me,
Far kin, pale brother,
To share what they have in a hungry time
In a difficult land. While I talk on
Of the southern kingdoms, cannon, armies,
Shifting alliances, airplanes, power,
They chew their bones, and smile at one another.
- Mary Oliver
to have no word for a thing that is real
does not mean it is not real
but it shows your order of things
your personal communal order of what is real
between the men you eat with, know,
and share with.
you have no word for war.
perhaps that means you have no communities
within earshot that deeply richly believe different
things, and therefore fear the difference
or desire your river and land and coast
I do not know, but there are things I wish were
still a mystery to me. though..
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
To simplify the truth for children requires a deep understanding of truth. C.S. Lewis understood this.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
I was impeded by a problem I never knew I had: my hidden but stubbornly entrenched skepticism about the existence of the spiritual realm. Like most postmodern Westerners, I grew up in a culture permeated with empiricist notions about reality. Philosopher Charles Taylor writes that often we consciously hold one set of values and assumptions but unconsciously live by another. . . . My hidden skepticism provided me with a hundred handy doubts right when I most needed them. Maybe all this disruption could be blamed on menopause after all. Maybe it was strictly a psychological event—the ego overcompensating for an inferiority complex? People delude themselves all the time, don’t they?- Paula Huston
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Last night, an impromptu society was created.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
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and much of it is contrasted with the selfishness of the "modern"
individual. I was wondering what's your take on the state of
Leonard Cohen: Dear Seth, I don't really have a 'take on the state
of Christianity.' But when I read your question, this answer came to
mind: As I understand it, into the heart of every Christian, Christ
comes, and Christ goes. When, by his Grace, the landscape of the heart becomes vast and deep and limitless, then Christ makes His abode in that graceful heart, and His Will prevails. The experience is recognized as Peace. In the absence of this experience much activity arises, divisions of every sort. Outside of the organizational enterprise, which some applaud and some mistrust, stands the figure of Jesus, nailed to a human predicament, summoning the heart to comprehend its own suffering by dissolving itself in a radical confession of hospitality.