Friday, August 23, 2013

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My Lord God
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think
that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.


But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road

though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me
to face my perils alone.
Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude"

And that about covers it. I do know it's one prayer that I can say with all my heart, my soul and my mind. [Originally posted Erev Rosh Hashanah 5771]

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Friday, November 09, 2012

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More (HQ Video)

Friday, August 24, 2012

WOW! Been forever since I did a post. I'm in another place. more to say later.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Fragile

A challenge to suicidal student I remember from some really bad 90s TV show about a high school in California - "But if you did it, you miss out on all the wonderful struggle and tragedy that life is, don't you see?...like a really impressive, sad movie! Because...this is all there is!.." Ok, that's sick. That is a sad excuse for living, let alone not dying. So we cultivate an "objective" vantage point (that we know is only a pretense, a role-play), overlooking the only life you have, foster a quasi-Buddhist detachment from the very kishkas of the only life you have?...like serial victims of trauma describe as how they weathered their assault? In a self-saturated, technology-mediate world in increasing offering ever more dimensions to find "entertainment" by using a coping mechanism of trauma victims! (random example of recent news; high school kids engaging in ever-more impersonal sexual relationships and entanglements for fun, profit and acceptance). The capacity to "see" life from "the outside" - something materialists intuit can only be a delusion, is becoming the very, the only, privileged position offered in response to the only serious question left (as so many have pointed out) ; "Why stick around?".

About Mordechai Elon
From an email exchange with a former HaKotel student;

Understand how this looks from the outside; the rabbi is simply and clearly bisexual. End of story. BUT NO!...Insiders see someone torn by 'temptations', who just needs direction and time for reflection...which, understanding that people actually live normal lives outside, sounds almost comical in its denial (as TRUE as it might be spiritually) - since the outside world has a definition for such people - bisexual!- and a place for such people - anywhere!

From the outside, from general society, which increasingly has no parameters on sexuality aside from 'consent' and constructs of age when 'consent' is possible - Elon's situation is as simple as that; it is Orthodoxy where they complicate it all, until it is unrecognizable from the lived life of a human being, paints a life I doubt he actually lives. "Bisexual" would account only one facet of this multi-faceted person; outside of Judaism, he would simply be - and not be or have gotten into the trouble he is in. I completely understand the temptation to remove oneself from dimensional rubrics, to deny more than matter.
But does all reasoning to some degree obfuscate reality this way, is that why increasingly society claims it is impossible or pointless to quest after such higher abstractions? Of course that's a claim of Postmodernism, but an aspect of "without foundations" that's still around after post-Postmodernism is "Unthinking"; virtually anything is reasonable and justifiable by such secular, "pareve" ethics without foundations - but very few people actually think it through to that end or try - and that's just the point; you should not try to think that far - you do other things that far; feel, act, "intuit", whatever, but don't try to apply reason to something you are told is so big, anonymous, innert and impersonal as yourself and everything and everyone else...
there's nothing there to reason to - or I'd say you might risk realising how much you can realise, and then you've already dropped the red pill and there's no coming back un-tainted by redemption.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Knowing Before Whom you Stand By Knowing Where you Stand
The Divine Intellect, free of all infirmity, knows things both in their succession and in their simultaneity; it beholds the logical unfolding of things as well as their global possiblity; knowing the substances, it knows as the same time the accidents, at the level of reality - or unreality - that is theirs. Some man in the Middle Ages is walking in some town and thinks he is living "at this present moment," in which supposition he is not more deceived than ourselves of course; now if that man while crossing his street thinks deeply of God, he will immediately shed the aspect of temporal and spacial illusion that separated him from us; the street, in it's false "actuality," limits him no longer, he has come out of the deceptive instantaneity of his corporeal, spatial and psychological situation; while thinking of God he is at our side, and not only that: he is everywhere, at the side of all men, in all worlds; he is in a sense wherever one has thought of the Absolute [Footnote; This could refer to an Absolute {seemingly any viable conception of "the" Divine} still relative in itself; but this "relative Absolute" - creative and saving Being - is absolute in relation to man as such; it is relative only in divinis and in the Intellect] and wherever It will be thought of; and thus maintaining himself in the center, he is like a witness of all things; any question of unconsciousness - or of "lack of imagination" - then no longer counts, for it is as if he were endowed with a consciousness of everything, from the moment that his mind is directed on the divine Void and that thereby he becomes situated at the center of space and time.
Treasures of Buddhism, pp. 40-41

Where does the Temple begin - and where does it end?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'm at the bottom of a ravine, having fallen from above. Multiple critical injuries, weathers nice though so I have maybe a day more than most in such straights. So I pray and pray and pray, and God comes around to offer his 'comforting presence'. I ask him; did you bring a stretcher and some way to get me out of this? Anything? He Responds, "I'm omnipotent, etc, etc - I came to do the best imaginable - nay, unimaginable - thing for you; what you really need, what you really want if you knew what I know - and that's the feeling that I'm present. I see that you have a severe infection; I'll see to it that it continues along with all the other natural processes that sustained you and challenged you to this point. Oh and you've a hole in your lung through the back. Just thought you should know".

Gee thanks I think, though the conversation contradicts the value He placed on lived human life, on life itself, on His own claims for intervention in the world from the Psalms to now. And then I think, perhaps I've thought this Godly presence to be; after all, it's a presence I merely "sense" just as so many other people sense realities in error and are thus the butt of pranks galore. Agency detection and all that; my mind is in panic mode and incapable of facilitating one of the three cardinal Fs - fight, flight or reproduce - it turns inward, fostering fantasy. Why not? Will God correct me? Will God 'get' me out of this?

The absent, unresponsive God whom so many appeal to in prayer and pain, suddenly has become, in the mouths of liberal (closeted and open) theologians, a "God" who supports precisely the thing 21st Century moderns are obsessed with - human freedom - by leaving us to every last one of our own devises and the whims of a disinterest blindly idiotic nature, while filling our minds with fantasies of HIS own devising about the efficacy of appeals to Him, leaving us only with "his fatherly, comforting presence". Isn't it so fine-tuningly-amazing that how people view this benevolently-non-relating governmental God fits so well with the very expectations that want from the world? AND YET the traditions they claim to represent or even be sanctioned by asked more of God than this God - or...thus far any God - has delivered? Can't help but suppose we're merely contort our own experiences and perceptions around these generationally shifting God views, "accommodating" fact to fantasy.

Fathers - if they're good fathers - don't leave their children to pain, suffering, even their deaths to 'teach them a lesson' if they'd gotten there by their own devising - especially not if it accidental or incidental. He moves in to save them, putting himself in harms way before they're permanently damaged or permanently inaccessible to Him, unavailable to his desired goals and aspirations for them. THAT is a father. Anything else is a smarmy, fucked up metaphor we SHOULD outgrow.

The absent, unresponsive God seems strangely like the Baby Boomer absent parent, irresponsible 'parent' who leaves their child to their own 'up-bringing' and fitting precisely what immature adolescents desire from their parents before life happens and they begin to know better. It is not - as God should know if He is who Bibles and religions say He is - either/or; the absent, lackadaisical parent or the oppressive, meddling patriarch, as much as liberal theologians may hint. They're human beings, they know better. Even those without degrees know this - without revelation. And screw this. All bets are off until those aspects of my life and my hopes and prayers are answered. You'll get nothing but rote behaviorism from me until YOU change things that I can't. God day to You, Sir.

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