Monday, June 30, 2008

Apology for Bad Dreams

The following is a poem read during my Second UU experirence..

Apology for Bad Dreams
by Robinson Jeffers

I.

In the purple light, heavy with redwood, the slopes drop seaward,
Headlong convexities of forest, drawn in together to the steep ravine. Below, on the sea-cliff, A lonely clearing; a little field of corn by the streamside; a roof under spared trees. Then the ocean Like a great stone someone has cut to a sharp edge and polished to shining. Beyond it, the fountain And furnace of incredible light flowing up from the sunk sun. In the little clearing a woman Is punishing a horse; she had tied the halter to a sapling at the edge of the wood, but when the great whip
Clung to the flanks the creature kicked so hard she feared he would snap the halter; she called from the house The young man her son; who fetched a chain tie-rope, they working together
Noosed the small rusty links round the horse’s tongue
And tied him by the swollen tongue to the tree.
Seen from this height they are shrunk to insect size,
Out of all human relation. You cannot distinguish
The blood dripping from where the chain is fastened,
The beast shuddering; but the thrust neck and the legs
Far apart. You can see the whip fall on the flanks ...
The gesture of the arm. You cannot see the face of the woman.
The enormous light beats up out of the west across the cloud-bars of the trade-wind. The ocean Darkens, the high clouds brighten, the hills darken together. Unbridled and unbelievable beauty Covers the evening world ... not covers, grows apparent out of it, as Venus down there grows out
From the lit sky. What said the prophet? “I create good: and I create evil: I am the Lord.”



II.


This coast crying out for tragedy like all beautiful places,
(The quiet ones ask for quieter suffering: but here the granite cliff the gaunt cypresses crown
Demands what victim? The dykes of red lava and black what Titan? The hills like pointed flames
Beyond Soberanes, the terrible peaks of the bare hills under the sun, what immolation?)
This coast crying out for tragedy like all beautiful places: and like the passionate spirit of humanity
Pain for its bread: God’s, many victims’, the painful deaths, the horrible transfigurements: I said in my heart,
“Better invent than suffer: imagine victims
Lest your own flesh be chosen the agonist, or you
Martyr some creature to the beauty of the place.” And I said,
“Burn sacrifices once a year to magic
Horror away from the house, this little house here
You have built over the ocean with your own hands
Beside the standing boulders: for what are we,
The beast that walks upright, with speaking lips
And little hair, to think we should always be fed,
Sheltered, intact, and self-controlled? We sooner more liable
Than the other animals. Pain and terror, the insanities of desire; not accidents but essential,
And crowd up from the core”: I imagined victims for those wolves, I made them phantoms to follow,
They have hunted the phantoms and missed the house. It is not good to forget over what gulfs the spirit
Of the beauty of humanity, the petal of a lost flower blown seaward by the night-wind, floats to its quietness.



III.


Boulders blunted like an old bear’s teeth break up from the headland; below them
All the soil is thick with shells, the tide-rock feasts of a dead people.
There the granite flanks are scarred with ancient fire, the ghosts of the tribe
Crouch in the nights beside the ghost of a fire, they try to remember the sunlight,
Light has died out of their skies. These have paid something for the future
Luck of the country, while we living keep old griefs in memory: though God’s
Envy is not a likely fountain of ruin, to forget evils calls down
Sudden reminders from the cloud: remembered deaths be our redeemers;
Imagined victims our salvation: white as the half moon at midnight
Someone flamelike passed me, saying, “I am Tamar Cauldwell, I have my desire,”
Then the voice of the sea returned, when she had gone by, the stars to their towers.
... Beautiful country burn again, Point Pinos down to the Sur Rivers
Burn as before with bitter wonders, land and ocean and the Carmel water.



IV.


He brays humanity in a mortar to bring the savor
From the bruised root: a man having bad dreams, who invents victims, is only the ape of that God.
He washes it out with tears and many waters, calcines it with fire in the red crucible,
Deforms it, makes it horrible to itself: the spirit flies out and stands naked, he sees the spirit,
He takes it in the naked ecstasy; it breaks in his hand, the atom is broken, the power that massed it
Cries to the power that moves the stars, “I have come home to myself, behold me.
I bruised myself in the flint mortar and burnt me
In the red shell, I tortured myself, I flew forth,
Stood naked of myself and broke me in fragments,
And here am I moving the stars that are me.”
I have seen these ways of God: I know of no reason
For fire and change and torture and the old returnings.
He being sufficient might be still. I think they admit no reason; they are the ways of my love.
Unmeasured power, incredible passion, enormous craft: no thought apparent but burns darkly
Smothered with its own smoke in the human brain-vault: no thought outside: a certain measure in phenomena:
The fountains of the boiling stars, the flowers on the foreland, the ever-returning roses of dawn.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Americans see truth in a range of faiths, massive study finds


The United States is a nation of believers: most Americans say they believe in God, they pray, and they attend worship services regularly; they also believe in angels and demons, in heaven and hell, and in miracles.

Globe Graphic Results - religion in America
But they also say, contradicting the teachings of many faiths, that truth comes in many forms. Large majorities of Americans say that many religions - not just their own - can lead to eternal life, and that there is more than one way to interpret religious teachings, according to a massive new study of religion in America conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and released yesterday.

"Even though the country is highly religious . . . most Americans are, in fact, not dogmatic about their faith," said Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum.

Click here to read the rest of the story

Monday, June 23, 2008

A man that made an impact...



George Carlin Died Yesterday at age 71.
I know that George was an Athiest but he really made some good points about religion and I will miss his point of view. No matter who is right... he now knows the answers..

"I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood."- George Carlin

"We created god in our own image and likeness!"- George Carlin

"I finally accepted Jesus - not as my personal savior, but as a man I intend to borrow money from."- George Carlin

"I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it."- George Carlin

"When it comes to God's existence, I'm not an atheist and I'm not an agnostic. I'm an acrostic. The whole thing puzzles me."- George Carlin

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Quote of the day!

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Gandhi

Wanderer


Wanderer, your footsteps are
the road, and nothing more;

Wanderer, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.

By walking one makes the road,
and upon glancing behind
one sees the path
that never will be trod again.

Wanderer, there is no road–
Only wakes upon the sea.

"The great end in religious instruction is . . .

Not to stamp our minds on the young, but to stir up their own;
Not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own;
Not to give them a definite amount of knowledge, but to inspire a fervent love of truth.
Not to impose religion upon them in the form of arbitrary rules, but to awaken the conscience, the moral discernment.
In a word, the great end is to awaken the soul."

Monday, June 16, 2008

This is the end?

Not to bring another dismal note into my life,

But have you been watching the news lately??

Midwest floods
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/16/us/16midwest.html?em&ex=1213761600&en=26c8215ba785304e&ei=5087%0A

Chinese floods - 1 million people homeless
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/06/16/china.flooding/

7.2 earthquake in japan
http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-34060520080614

Burma over 100,000 dead
http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/05/06/8753/

China earthquake - 60,000 dead

Revelation 16:17-21
17The seventh angel poured his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, "It is done!" And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a violent earthquake, such as had not occurred since people were upon the earth, so violent was that earthquake. The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. God remembered great Babylon and gave her the wine-cup of the fury of his wrath. And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found; 21and huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, dropped from heaven on people, until they cursed God for the plague of the hail, so fearful was that plague.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Quote of the day!

If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Quote of the Day!

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Quote of the Day!

“He who has a why can endure any how”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, June 6, 2008

Quote of the Day!

John F. Kennedy:
Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Quote of the Day!

“Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security”
Benjamin Franklin

The Founders of our Nation understood something, they understood Freedom, today the powers in charge also understand Freedom, they just don't see it as necessary.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Copy Cat Christs

Here is an interesting couple of links about Copy Cat Christs.. I hate when I find "Sources" that conflict with other sources. Makes things even more difficult to figure out.

http://www.frontline-apologetics.com/Mithras.html

http://www.christian-thinktank.com/copycatwho1.html

Quote of the day!

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
Epicurus

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Quote of the day!

“Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear”
Thomas Jefferson