Archive for August, 2010

We’ll be back after these messages…

A couple classics that have been floating around the net for a while…   jk

We’ve fallen and we can’t get up.

Now, as we draw toward the end of this odyssey of fallen things, we reach the crux in our mythical genesis. As appealing as the mythic pattern may be, and as intriguing and mysterious as the grand scope it embellishes may be, you can only look like at it with a peripheral, squinted glance – like […]

Why call it “Falling” in Love?

Probably one of the most fascinating parallels with this pattern of decline and fall we’ve been discussing is the life cycle of romantic love. In the Western world, the spark of passion is the cornerstone of sexual pairing, and generally speaking we honor an individual’s right to set his or her own course in these […]

Beginning, Middle, End

“A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end.” Aristotle (384 – 322BCE) And we don’t know just where our bones will rest- To dust I guess, forgotten and absorbed into the earth below.       – Smashing Pumpkins, “1979” Cycles are one of the most familiar patterns we know.  We can identify each cyclic […]

21st Century Enlightenment

Kind of busy this week (got a new frog) so I’ve just been linking to other people’s stuff… Another good RSA Animate.   There seems to be a widespread perspective that not saying prayers in school, or at a graduation ceremony or prior to a congressional meeting, is the state’s endorsement of the secular position that […]

He took the tofu, gave thanks, and broke it…er…tore it.

Probably classified as a false analogy, definitely an appeal to ridicule. But, nonetheless, entertaining.   And as an author, I can say that the measure of success is not millionth copy sold or first million dollars earned, but when someone writes a music video tribute to you. That’s pretty much the gold standard, I think. […]

“History is a myth that men agree to believe” -Napolean

George Orwell famously wrote in 1984 Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. meaning that history guides civilization, and those in power have the ability to determine history. We may envision regimes such as Stalin’s Russia and Hitler’s Germany where a centralized, tyrannical power seeks to mastermind the […]

The Myth of the Golden Age

Before continuing with our discussion of Eden and its symbolism, particularly around the Fall of Man, we need to look at few concepts that are directly related to the idea of Paradise Lost. In Greek mythology, the Golden Age relates to the first of the Ages of Man represented as a period of primordia peace, […]

Foxhole Atheists?

Because of a letter to the editor about atheists in foxholes, Mitch Kahle was lampooned by cartoonist Corky Trinidad (above left.) He responded by cleverly modifying the prayer. A popular slogan among theists goes “There are no atheists in foxholes.” It is meant to suggest that during times of stress or imminent demise all people will hope for either […]

Ms. Krabapple didn’t laugh at the monkey video.

Someone sent me a link to some really cool lego creations.  Here’s a couple Escher creations. And here’s a concept that I thought provides a really great way to teach the kids about some of the Bible’s finer points. Lev 18:23 – Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman […]