Over the years my conversations with fellow activists that don’t believe in miracles has been an interesting one. In regards to myself and my conversion to Christ in 1974, I have spoken of my experience in this regard as being a miracle. But I do understand those who have not had this encounter to be skeptical of anything about alleged miracles. So this has been the case.
Rousseau said that man is a social animal. Man is also a religious animal. In the socio-religio milieu there exists a deep messianic impulse. This impulse is expressed in a variety of ways. One of them is politics.
It is a known fact that there are more suicides and more people depressed during the holidays than in any other time of the year. Many of these people are just alone in society. Others are so overwhelmed with the sing-songy giddiness around them that it is just pure torture for them. The real irony is is that this is the exact opposite of what the holidays should be. This quandary reminds me of the famous quote by Hugo Von Hofmannsthal, “The weariness of long forgotten peoples hangs heavy on my eyelids”.
To be buried was just as much of a sacred right in Ancient Greece as it is today in North America. What is being played out in real time in North Dakota with the desecration of Native burial sites is on the same level of Sophocles’ Greek Tragedy Antigone.
Sometimes we human beings just have to sit down now and then and take stock. Gratefulness is not only good for reflection, but it is also very healthy for the soul. Continue reading
People always say about government oppression, “First they take away the guns.” Not true. First they come for the artists. Why is this? Because art in any form it comes in is the subversive element that undercuts all propaganda. ALL. This is why the poets in Central America are so revered by the common people. Why novels in Russia are so important to the Russians. Not to mention music, dance, visual arts etc., etc. around the globe.
If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that voting third party was wasting my vote, I would be able to go to a lot of baseball games. Having been in the trenches for many a year working hard and having fun at it for a third party or independent candidate, I hear the same old tired complaints from the uneducated as to how much impact historically outsiders of the two party system really make. This is not just my viewpoint but a long historical fact. We will get to those facts in a minute.
I had just finished a song called ”2Hands” about struggling children. Out of the blue I am contacted by someone who asked me to perform for children with cancer. What I saw that day broke my heart. The Burney Girls sang with me. We were able to cheer up many of the kids but not all. I wrote 7 songs after that and now me and the girls have a new CD out called ”Childmaze.” All donations for this CD goes locally to families with children suffering from the big C. We will make sure we personally give them what they need. No middle man. If you are interested, Lo has the contact here.
I was recently rereading Thomas Paine’s Common Sense the other day, and it was making a great deal of common sense. Yes indeed it really was making a great deal of common sense until the very end where he addresses specifically his fellow Quakers. He is very diplomatic in his wording that seeks to assure his reader that he never dishonors religion in any way. However, by the time he was finished it hit me that he was attempting to seduce in a very sly and subtle manner his fellow Quakers to the unthinkable: Violent revolution.
Stephen Fry has an argument with God. In an interview he was asked what would he say to God as he approached the pearly gates. Fry’s response was, “Bone Cancer, children? How dare you?” Of course, he is referring to the vexing issue of Theodicy: If God is so good, if God is all powerful, how come there is so much evil in the world? He went ahead and clarified that if they were pagan gods who never claimed to be love, he would not complain, or at least not much.
As strange as it sounds, the Gospel of John annihilates religious legalism not by confronting it, but rather by ignoring it. It begins by stating, “In the beginning was the Word.”
Well, there goes the Genesis account as the beginning. Creationist beware. Then you got water turning into wine. Got to keep the party going. So belly up to the bar boys, the drinks are on Him.
Mark Twain once said that there was nothing worse than a man who sets a good example. To invert Twain’s aphorism we end up with “there is nothing better than a man who sets a bad example.” Why? Because it lets us all off the hook of having to live up to such a lofty and noble standard. Let us put this in the dynamic of the perspective of today’s prevalent Christian hypocrisy and the perception of it in the good ole US of A.
Many literary critics have said that in the theocratic age of literature, that the gospel of Mark is the most radical and important work of antiquity. It took me years to see that. I always saw Mark as a wallflower gospel, not yielding its secrets so easily. I mean there is no sermon on the mount, no Magnificat, no Pilate/Christ juicy repartee. And yet there is no doubt that Mark’s gospel was the first one to be written. The plethora of books on recent Markan studies, however, have convinced me that it is indeed the most revolutionary document against the imperial mindset in the common era. And for all eras. Continue reading
I have always found it an interesting contradiction that some of those who oppose empire building also oppose the great document in world history that is anti-empire, namely the Bible. It is also just as contradicting that many who say they believe in the Bible are promoting empire. Something seems out of whack here.