When you understand the relationship
of subject and object
thinker and thought
and how they create each other
you recognise that these are not two,but one
Following the entry about confused and/or conflicting moral and ethical
standards (Dignitas Personae etc.) I endeavour to attempt to be fair
by now showing this item of news:
It appears that the Saudi court - enforcing Shia law - does not have the right to protect the child either!
Oh dear.You would think that any major religion would by now have realised
the universal repulsion of ordinary people at such activities.
Clearing the record about things like donkeys and wise men doesn’t show us the real truth of Christmas. The power of the Christmas story has little to do with who did what and when. It doesn’t matter if Jesus was born on December 25 or on Flag Day. What matters is that he came into the world as a fragile human being, a baby boy in the care of a teenage girl with a skittish husband. God showed us that humility and grace mean so much more than power and glory. Once we clear away the decorations and the subterfuge, we see God revealed in an impoverished infant. I don’t know the mind of God, but it seems like he was making a point.
from an article by Stephen W Simpson
Love that phrase 'humility and Grace mean so much more than power and glory'
"DIGNITAS PERSONAE" or Dignity of the Person
Well, it must be getting near Christmas I guess. How do I know? Not the snow on the ground,that's melted. Not the upsurge in 'help your neighbour' scenarios,that's digitalised. I know because the Vat has come out with a 'pro-life'(translated-extra members::translated - more money) document this last week with the above title.
quote"the Vatican yields to no one in its pro-life commitments. In effect, “Dignitas Personae” is a reminder that there will be no “truce,” no strategic silence, about the defense of human life from the moment of conception.
end quote: source-http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/19/opinion/19allen.html?hp
NOW THERE'S AN INTERESTING CONCEPT
So, for the benefit of those with short memories excuse me for reminding you of.........
as 'Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ' aka inquisition,, Ratzinger's 2001 letter “Crimen Sollicitationis” which clarified the confidentiality of internal Church investigations into accusations made against priests of certain crimes, including sexual abuse, became a target of controversy during the sex abuse scandal
Cardinal Ratzinger is better known as Pope Benedict XVI - the present pope.If you want to read about excommunication for Bishops,et.al, who disclose details of clergy/child sexual abuse to the Police, read it herehttp://ito.blogspot.com/2006/05/crimen-sollicationis.html
Now what was that about specks in eyes?
And what was that about millstones around the neck of those who abuse 'my little ones'?
Truly, I tell you, as a business the Vat may have some time left - but in a spiritual guidance
function,the Vat is drowning!
(this entry dedicated to the memory of Liam Mercier - and all the countless others sexually and/or physically abused by Catholic Priests, the latter of which had their Personal 'dignity' protected for so long by this organisation)
My answer to the terrorists.......with special empathy for all those affected
by the atrocities at Mumbai.
"Your eyes are brown,
mine are blue,
his are green
You have good vision, young and fresh,
mine is ageing, blurred a mite,
his is like yours, sharp and true.
You have precise colour seperation sight,
mine is confused on brown and blue hues,
his is genetically perfect.
Behold, the tree.
What do you see?
Do you see differently than me?
If so, is it any less a tree
or greater, maybe?
Behold, your God.
Does it matter how you see?
If you see differently than me?
Does it change the fact of sight
or lessen God's omnipotence that we differentiate?
Ah, but we can philosophise and speculate,
intellectualise and humanise,
from such activity we can grow to love or hate,
We can, ego-driven, minimise or maximise.
It all depends upon our eyes.
Or does it?
Is God any less God
for all our discourse, all our debate?
Is the fact of God
affected by our genetic code
or even indoctrinated load
Is not the fact that we can see
enough of a fact for you and me?
Shall you tell me
I cannot see
because I see differently?
Better, rather, you tell me what you see
for the beauty of your vision
when added to my own
gives extra dimension
depth, colour, form
to that which I have known.
The fact that you can see
does not take anything away from me
but adds to my perception
if you will care
enough to share
and I with you
that which we see as true."
For those of you who have an insatiable appetite for BAD NEWS and a
pessimistic outlook for the human race----read no further.
"If your image of a philanthropist is a stout, gray geezer, then meet Talia Leman, an eighth grader in Iowa who loves soccer and swimming, and whose favorite subject is science. I’m supporting her for president in 2044.
When Talia was 10 years old, she saw television clips of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and decided to help. She galvanized other kids and started a movement to trick-or-treat at Halloween for coins for hurricane victims.
The movement caught the public imagination, Talia made it on the “Today” show, and the campaign raised more than $10 million. With that success behind her, Talia organized a program called RandomKid to help other young social entrepreneurs organize and raise money.
At randomkid.org, young people can link up with others to participate in various philanthropic ventures. On the Web site, Talia has organized a campaign to build a school in rural Cambodia, backed by children in 48 states and 19 countries.
Likewise, she’s working with schools in seven states to provide clean water for rural African villages. She is a frequent guest speaker at other schools, although she acknowledges she’s just a bit intimidated when she visits a high school.
“I’m only in middle school, so I see high schoolers as the big kids,” she said. “When I go to high school to pass out Unicef boxes, I see them as the big, scary ones.”
At a dinner a few days ago in New York, Talia was honored by World of Children, an organization that encourages youth activism and calls its awards the “Nobel Prizes for children.” If kids like Talia can accomplish so much, without credit cards or driving licenses, just imagine what adults could achieve." (source:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/16/opinion/16kristof.html?hp
and if you want to watch a good film about youthful enthusiasm/innocence/determination in the face of life's trials.....
"Saint Ralph" with Adam Butcher is another superb film from Canada
Nag Hamadi,1946 Those scrolls are found.
How many have found their way to the secret vaults of the Catholic Church?
How many of the Scrolls have been allowed to be studied by modern academics?
Does 'The Gospel of Thomas:the secret sayings of Jesus", and other such scrolls, really threaten the fundamentals of the church - or do such documents more adequately reflect the way in which Christianity has been manipulated from within?
Can the institutionalised Christian Church survive the open study of ALL the scrolls documents from Nag Hamadi or must these remain 'protected from public view?'
"Unless drastic measures are taken at once,the greatest and most valuable of all Hebrew and Aramaic manuscript discoveries
is likely to become the academic scandal par excellence of the twentieth century."
-- Geza Vermes, The Dead Sea Scrolls: Qumran in Perspective (Fortress, 1981), p. 24.
All that which is hidden shall be revealed (St.Mark's Gospel)
"They undermine the standards codified in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the keystone of the United Nations, by granting greater rights to religions than to individuals, including those who choose to hold no faith – or who would seek to convert.
Another stark irony hangs over the UN special session this week. Saudi Arabia is one of the world's worst abusers of religious freedom, a fact recognized by the Bush administration when it named it a "country of particular concern" under the International Religious Freedom Act in 2004. The king couldn't hold such a conference at home, where conservative clerics no doubt would purge the guest list of Jews from Israel, Baha'is, and Ahmadis."
"The Saudis' dubious interfaith agenda at the UN" is the name of the article which discusses repressive and inhumane religious laws...and the rest of the article is here
It should be read regardless of what religion - or none - you hold.
But control-freak rules have always been the domain of insecure "faiths",and especially those sects,
religio-politico orgs that seek to control a state, a country....or a world
Personally,I think that religions should earn the loving respect of the world community. This they can do by upholding modern standards of human rights and by so demonstrating their LOVE for humanity as to be a catalyst for lovingness.
Obama on his Faith - 1
"And so, the biggest challenge, I think, is always maintaining your moral compass. Those are the conversations I'm having internally. I'm measuring my actions against that inner voice that for me at least is audible, is active, it tells me where I think I'm on track and where I think I'm off track. ...
Looking for, ... It's interesting, the most powerful political moments for me come when I feel like my actions are aligned with a certain truth. I can feel it. When I'm talking to a group and I'm saying something truthful, I can feel a power that comes out of those statements that is different than when I'm just being glib or clever"You can read part of this interview which originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times in 2004 here
Researchers at Oxford University have compiled a list of the
top 10 most irritating phrases.
These are,apparently,as follows:
The top ten most irritating phrases:
1 - At the end of the day
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time
5 - With all due respect
6 - Absolutely
7 - It's a nightmare
8 - Shouldn't of
9 - 24/7
10 - It's not rocket science
(this list as published in the Daily Telegraph ).
Personally, the one that irritates me the most is that one
which implies that one person or another (usually clerics
of whatever faith,but occasionally politicians) has some
'special relationship', elitist position, unique insight, into
God's will for humanity.I find it irritating because,more often
than not, their claim is refuted by their actions!
If it isn't loving,forgiving,compassionate,enduring,......it almost
certainly derives it's origin from a human source that is somewhat
disconnected from it's divine linkage.
The other day I got an e-mail message saying simply this: Rosa Parks sat in 1955. Martin Luther King walked in 1963. Barack Obama ran in 2008. That our children might fly.from an article by one of my favourites,Roger Cohen,NYT.
HuffingtonPost.com had a fantastic election page also with various 'election data widgets' from other sources,like MSNBC,DailyKos,
Google,CNN,etc. So I was 'stuck' at HuffingtonPost.com for all my data. Here's their headline,up at 04-05 am Swedish time
His name is George Sampson, he's just 14...he didn't give up the previous year and won the contest his second year. He's a nice guy...and you should Google him to learn something of his life. Not such an easy life,but that didn't stop him.
There's inspiration all around, often in the most unlikely forms, for those who are willing to simply see.
A student aiding a classmate still in the ruins of a high school in Beichuan County.
Photo: Chen Xie/Xinhua, via Associated Press
Speeches to the UN, at Yankee Stadium, to clerics about child Sex Abuse - all,of course, played to the tune of Vaticanus Harmonius Humilitatus.I,however, would be better able to contemplate the concept of 'sinners becoming saints'. or in this case cardinals becoming popes, if apologies were adequately made for ......Crimen Sollicationus (the present pope was in charge of thee department responsible for the issuance of this)
In the absence of adequate and suitable attention to this 'minor' (as in child) detail, the rest is simply a marketing road show (see duck rolling).
The church still has a very long way to go to catch up to the higher standard of morality currently shown by and in secular society. I doubt it can ever catch up
It is not clear to me where this oppression and/or persecution originates. It seems that there is far more of it in Islamic lands than is imported into those countries. In so many areas, muslim fight muslim for dominance of a particular sect,interpretation,tradition.
In the normal way of old-fashioned politics,if you seek to unite a people - or distract a population from what you are doing - the finest way is to' create a common enemy'. Where 'traditions and sectarian religious concepts are concerned' it is fairly easy to find targets.
Fitna, an Islamic/arabic word meaning 'things than can test the faith' is also the film, shortly to be released on the internet, from the Dutch politician Geer Wilders. It is reported to be not very flattering to Islam.
Beware, Islam, lest in the fury of your anger at this film you simply validate it's argument that Islam is a religion of violence. The muslim friends I have are far from this 'fundamentalist violence' and demonstrate their faith in actions of kindness and lovingness.
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Most,initially, come to God out of fear - and meet a concept of God that broadens until eventually many see the enormity of lovingness that called them to a higher awareness - and then come to God out of Love. When this happens, we meet the reality that is God. The metafor of the crucifixion is to remove our fear and open the pathways of love, tearing the veil until we see into the holy of holies, the holiest of truths: Love is all there is.