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Friday, July 24, 2009

Musing on a hot summer day

I imagine that when the human brain evolved into a mind that could understand "love," "graciousness," and "justices" (and project those attributes onto a Creator that they could now think the originator of these positive attributes), this "new creature" observed and reasoned and also came to understand "jealousy," "anger," "hate," and "violence" and further understood that some attributes are positive to peace and tranquility, while others are negative. From all that came a new concept called values -- agreed upon positive behavior that could provide the most peace and tranquility to the most folks. A new tool -- common values -- allowed humans to move from the natural to the artificial with a degree of peace and tranquility, even when living in the most unnatural of settings, towns and cities.

Monday, July 20, 2009

YHWH

Physicists come up with words like, 'quark' (lifted from James Joyce) or 'charm' or 'up' or 'down' while theologians come up with words like tetragrammaton. That for how the Hebrew scribes penned the 'unpennable' or the 'unspeakable': YHWH. Four Hebrew consonants, and the 'missing' vowels. Without the 'missing' vowels, the 'word' is unpronounceable, or more likely, not to be uttered by humans. Even the modern-day Hebrew scribe writes in English: G-D. Yet most do utter YHWH, guessing with Yahweh and even further guessing at the unknown vowels and coming up with Yehovah or Jehovah. It is as though the original Hebrew scribes captured in writing the essence of the mystery of what most today, cannot imagine. For we simply utter God, or god, without a thought to the sacredness of our utterance.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Nature proclaiming

There is not a flower that opens, not a seed that falls into the ground, and not an ear of wheat that nods on the end of its stalk in the wind that does not preach and proclaim the greatness and the mercy of God to the whole world.

--Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Hmmm, and what would Michael Jackson say?

Well, he did say a few things.

“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.”

“The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.”