An Economic Pitfall

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Erich Fromm's "Marketing Character" pinpoints a major frustration I've had with Christendom for the past decade. This principle of socio-economics exposes a monstrous pitfall for the Church lying beneath the surface of American social relationships. This one might hurt a bit since it reveals the dangers of cyber-networks, including our beloved Emergent Village Voice. Fromm's psychological training and life experience positioned him to see what now is. Post-WWII social dynamics evolved into the … [Read more...]

Book: Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision by Randy Woodley

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From the Publisher, William B Eerdman's Publishing: In this book, Randy Woodley draws parallels between the Native American “Harmony Way” and the biblical concept of shalom, arguing that cultivating an appreciation of those parallels can help to bring reconciliation between Euro-Westerners and indigenous peoples, a new connectedness with the Creator and creation, an end to imperial warfare, the ability to live in the moment, justice, restoration, and a more biblically authentic … [Read more...]

Embracing Life and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris

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Midnight in Paris has been called Woody Allen's best film in a long time, and I agree.  This year, the romantic comedy won both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay; and it was nominated for three other Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Direction, and Best Art Direction.  Woody is one of the great creative minds of the last 100 years, with all of the quirkiness and controversy we expect to accompany this kind of platitude. The … [Read more...]

Hating the Invisible Man

We finally made it to the Oregon Coast yesterday. I took some pictures in the redwood forest that I'll share soon, but this post isn't about that. We got in before dinner and were happy to learn that we had a hotel room with an ocean view. Not only that, but it actually is right on the beach. So of course, we decided to sleep with the windows open. It's one thing to fall asleep to the nature sounds on my iPad; it's entirely another to drift into an alpha state to the real thing. And … [Read more...]

Harm.on.Y is Evil

NEW VIDEO (NEW SERIES) -- HARMONY IS EVIL : Most of society today is built on a notion of order, as if order is how we are meant to live, but it is in not how we began nor how we should progress...thanks to Lewis Clarke for his filming skills! (Pass it on!)- More will be-coming. Employing theology as a way to understand and dissect culture.     … [Read more...]

Last Chance For a Win-Win on Same-Sex Marriage?

This last week, two important things happened. First, the voters of North Carolina passed a State constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. And then shortly after, President Obama reversed his long-held position against same-sex marriage and said, "It ought to be legal." In addition, the polls now show that the country is almost precisely divided in half for and against changing our laws on this issue. All of which lead me to believe that we will soon reach or have already reached … [Read more...]

God is a [pro]stit[ut]e

Doctor Daniel Paul Schreber complains of the compulsive thinking that he is forced to endure, a process of "having to think continually," in opposition to "man's natural right of mental relaxation, of temporary rest from mental activity through thinking nothing." Never a moment in which not to think and feel. Machines within me, engines in hyperdrive, factories in constant overproduction. Bataille argues that nature and capitalism alike are driven not by scarcity, but by excess, a superabundance … [Read more...]

Dehumanizing the Other: Afghan Body Parts, Soldier Suicides, the Poor and the Evil Conservative Strategy By Randy Woodley

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The first casualty of war is the truth. Tell a lie often enough and it becomes your truth. Urinating on dead bodies; cutting off fingers for sport; murdering women and children; night raid home invasions on civilians; and the most recent embarrassment of soldiers posing with dead body parts, are all possible during times of war because of the original lie that starts the war, which must include dehumanizing the enemy. It goes against human reason, after all, to kill another human being. In most … [Read more...]

love [your] neighb(our) as the enem(y).

    Desire is the Desire of the Other - Lacan Love your neighbour as yourself - Jesus Imagine a cupcake sitting on a table in front of you. The cream topped pastry tempts and haunts you with its delectable experience. Its voice beckons you: consume me. eat me, whole. in that moment the cupcake became your other. now, the other is that which has the ability [and most of the time does] tells you what you think, how you live, how you interpret reality, relationships and … [Read more...]

god (h)ates fa(g)s?!

  God hates fags, really? I have been told this is true. But what does God have against cigarettes? I mean, OK, maybe the carcinogenic properties probably aren't that healthy, but who doesn't have their addictions? Is this enough to merit people standing in the streets, making placards (using a full spectrum of variegated coloring, much like the "rainbow") and promoting violent behavior against smoking fags? I mean that is simply ludicrous. Why are so many people justifying their … [Read more...]