Let the Mystery Be

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Of Chimps and People: A Thought Experiment

Old Zen hand Michael Sierchio writing on one of the lists I subscribe to observed how "according to the best mitochondrial DNA evidence, we and chimpanzees had a common ancestor three million years ago."He then proposed a thought experiment to help us picture what that means.Picture "your mother holding her mother's hand, holding her mother's hand, etc., etc., in a line..." Then imagine standing next to your mother a chimpanzee, holding her mother's hand, and so on...In something less than a … [Read more...]

Margot Adler

I've just noticed that today is Margot Adler's birthday.One may know her as an NPR correspondent out of New York City.She is also a noted neo-pagan and Unitarian Universalist, and author of the signal study of the earth-centered revival, Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess Worshipers and Other Pagans in America Today.I've long considered her study essential reading for anyone interested in the whole range of depth, silliness and profundity that has gathered together under the … [Read more...]

Spontaneous Me

Spontaneous Me Walt WhitmanSpontaneous me, Nature, The loving day, the mounting sun, the friend I am happy with, The arm of my friend hanging idly over my shoulder, The hill-side whiten’d with blossoms of the mountain ash, The same, late in autumn—the hues of red, yellow, drab, purple, and light and dark green,The rich coverlid of the grass—animals and birds—the private untrimm’d bank— the primitive apples—the pebble-stones, Beautiful dripping fragments—the negligent list of one after anothe … [Read more...]

Saturday Night Live Gives us the Petraeus Report

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Mystical Experience

Mystical experience seems to offer the only hope for an ecumenical meeting of the world religions. In general, mystics understand one another very well, even when forms of expression differ. There is an affinity between Parmenides, Plato, Eckhart, Nicholas of Cusa, and John of the Cross, to mention but a few names. Authentic mystical experience preaches the truth, even if the forms of the preaching differ greatly. Mystics place hardly any emphasis on the precise wording of their formulations. … [Read more...]

Which Winnie-the-Pooh Character Are You?

Your Score: Pooh You scored 12 Ego, 10 Anxiety, and 14 Agency! "What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?" "Well," said Pooh, "what I like best?" and then he hadto stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a verygood thing to do, there was a moment just before you began toeat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't knowwhat it was called. You scored as Pooh!ABOUT POOH: Pooh is a bear of Very Little Brain but quite a lot of heart. He enjoys the simple … [Read more...]

A Couple of Thoughts on Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson's significance in our country's history is incalculable. It is hard to picture a document more important to the development of modern democracy than the Declaration of Independence.While the facts of it speak to the cancer present at the birth of this nation, our relatively recent collective knowledge of Jefferson's conflicted complicity with the whole of the slavery system, also contains much we need to hold in our hearts.There is no pure person. There is no one man or woman … [Read more...]

Edward Wightman Burned at the Stake

On this day in 1612 Edward Wightman was burned at the stake for heresy. While there would be a few more executions in England for heresy this would be the last time the horror of the stake would be used. The litany of his theological crimes was long. He repudiated, a number of conventionally held theological views but principally and most scandalously infant baptism and the Trinity. At his trial these opinions were found to be "heretical, execrable, and unheard of opinions, by the instinct of … [Read more...]

Awareness Test

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