A few random thoughts...

I watched an episode of the new(ish) cable show True Blood last night. The premise is vampires seeking equal rights and standing in society. The opening credits show a picket sign that reads: God hates fangs.

heh.

Reading a book by Os Guiness with my wife - for a class she's in. Called The Call. In its introduction, he identifies "the three" spiritual avenues in the world: Eastern, Atheist/Agnostic, and Judeo-Christian. Wow. Only three options. Nuance is obviously lost on Guiness. I don't know many atheists who would use the term "agnostic" interchangeably. More importantly, he exhorts would-be-seekers to choose the avenue that fits their inclinations. That's interesting. Aren't religions supposed to transform us, rather than keep us the same and affirm everything we already think? I have friends who love Guiness, but if the first few chapters are any indication, I think he should stick to the family beer business.

My 401k is up, and that's great, but I keep asking myself: "has anything changed? Did we learn a lesson." My gut says "no" and we're doomed to keep cycling...

Sorry, I don't have a cohesive thesis for this post. No theme. My mind is racing, and I'm not sure how to slow it down.

I'm also reading a book about Mennonite conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War. About 50 of them, nationally, chose to boycott the draft and face arrest for their beliefs. The weird aspect of it: Mennonites could legally enter the draft AND legally refuse to fight for their beliefs. Many Mennonites did. But these few chose to take the non-legal route out of conviction that participating in the system itself was problematic. The book is called The Path of Most Resistance.

All for now...

4 comments:

Marcus Goodyear said...

You know, I've not read The Call before. It's in my stack of books I should read, though.

I have enjoyed some of Os Guiness's Veritas Forum mailings, though.

Peter said...

Yes, I won't judge him based on a single book. And ultimately, he's probably just not to my taste. But I know he's written some impressive things. Thanks Marcus.

christ said...

Peter,
It could be that God is beyond our understanding. We might not believe in God, but (he) believes in us. We may chase our tails as long as we like, but they are always behind us, and out of sight. Our minds will race, but eastern philosophy teaches us that stillness of the mind brings enlightenment. Could it be our struggles and debts have already been payed for, and we have but to enjoy what has been granted us? I know I have not always been thankful, and have taken for granted many of my gifts. Much of what I've searched for was given to me at birth, and has been with me all along. Religion, in my opinion, is way for us to invest our time and to relate to life and each other rationally and peacefully. Keep up the good work, I love you man.
Chris

Existential Punk said...

LOVE True Blood. Os Guinness, not so much.

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