Macabre truth-seeking

My leader

My leader is Keaukaha pastor Mokihana Poai for her intuitive connection with her mystical Christ, called the “prompt of the spirit” which nudges people from darkness to the light of day, so to speak.   Founding father Thomas Jefferson said the world belongs to the living, but the intergenerational wisdom of Pastor Poai also crosses over to the present.

My avocation:   Tell me a story, hopefully true, fact is stranger than fiction, fact being you.

There is something transfixed about people’s stories, such consequential strangers, which taps into a deep longing for narrative. The pull of Pericopes and Parables really can be traced back to ancient story-telling traditions.

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I also dive into the macabre of truth-seeking in story-telling revelation   —

“What if the face you showed the world turned out to be a mask… with nothing beneath it?”

 ― Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes    

http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/3375915-nineteen-minutes

 

But being a teller of raw truth (e.g., “Hey, old man, step to the side of the aisle, you’re slowing me down!”) with a “who gives a rip” coarse rude attitude disturbingly is corrupt (thanks, Steven Kalas, for your erudite articles

e.g.   https://sparkstrib.com/2018/01/27/strive-more-for-truth-than-honesty/          ).

 

 

Thence, since when do unforgiveness and overpride tower over  immutable principles of common decency, empathy, compassion, kindness, helpfulness, encouragement, thoughtfulness, and humbleness?

 

https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2018/07/07/unforgiveness-from-fear-of-rejected-love-overpride-from-fear-of-terminal-abandonment/

 

 

“When we pursue a life of love, we will find truth [honesty about ourselves] along the way.”

https://peteenns.com/using-truth-as-a-weapon/

 

Truth-seeking (being honest)  requires two rigorous moral deliberations/psychological maturities:  (1)  Discernment (the ability to understand what’s going on) and  (2)  stewardship (the ability to weigh and measure what you have and don’t have to give, and, if you do have it, whether you should). These two principles lie at the heart of all  deliberation/emotional conversance  —  and, in any given moment, shape the answer to your question regarding where your primary concern should be.

 

from Steven Kalas,   https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/human-beings-are-created-for-relationship-without-you-there-is-no-meaningful-me-how-i-experience-my-life-is-in-the-end-inseparable-from-how-i-experience-you-said-yet-another-way-were-h/
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Greeting to a soulful wayfinder who didn’t receive the kind of love every child deserves:

https://sparkstrib.com/2019/03/29/action-makes-words-credible/

 

 

“One should practice what one preaches” and “actions speak louder than words” require constancy of action congruent/consistent with the words  — which authenticate the words.

Yet, parents  do  act with constancy.

Infer love from constancy of

action?  (when words of love are absent)

Where you (and I) come in, Tony,

is that  you/I      evoke/connect (with others)   good cheer,

encouragement, mirth/empathetic laughter-joyfulness,

sorely needed sincere loving friendship  —

yes, to

SAY

in so many (or few!)

WORDS  —
 
 
I love you!
 
 
(Heart to heart, not necessarily romantically & certainly not lustfully!)  
 
 
Absence (withholding) of such WORDS  might not give the recipient (e.g. child)   the slightest clue how powerful the initiator’s (e.g. parents)   actions are meant to be!
 
 

Words give

meaning 

to one’s actions,

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just the “earning/reward”  received. 

Words make meaningful action REAL (the ontic)!  

 

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Unless you

say    (verb)

 why

you act,

your physical act is incomplete!  

Sometimes words do speak

louder than actions!!

 

 

An NFL coach’s refrain is

“Blame nobody,

expect nothing,

 do something.”

Six words.  

Where’s love in this dispatch?

 

Is this a message for those who were unloved as children?

 

Contrarily:

 

Expect that your parents will love you!!

 

If they don’t love you, certainly put the burden of grief in their hands, not yours!!

 

And when it’s obvious they don’t love you,

 

then don’t expect anything from these fallen ones (though we all are fallen to one degree or another).

 

Instead, pursue a life of loving and being loved!!   

No matter the risk of rejection

(but try to calculate realistically your odds, I beseech of you, okay??).

Alma y corazon,  baby  (heart & soul)!!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoAJh909eEY

 

From Jason Mraz himself: “I would also like to mention a lyric change. Shortly after recording I’m Yours, I changed ‘God forsaken right to be loved,’ to ‘God intended right to be loved.’ I’m not religious and nature alone is my guru, but I felt that the Universal Life Force that propels us, which many understand as their God, would not abandon us to give us a right to be loved. Instead, I feel love is what nature intended. At the time the lyric was conceived, I didn’t fully understand it. The song was written in a quick stream of consciousness after all. I was simply turning a phrase. And shortly thereafter I turned it into something else. I mention this amendment because I’d love to hear audiences sing the new lyric, as well as any new covers that may appear in the years to come.”

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love (verb)       &      graciously release (verb)   one’s pent-up inhibitions

 

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To be bid adieu (getting dumped/rejected) is hurtful (severe disruption of the bond of relationship)(estrangement)

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agonizing (abandoned/terminated)(alienation).

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To accept defeat/failure/loss  1) graciously/compassionately  &    2) humbly  are quite the challenges, so to speak.

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I am ever grateful for the beautiful moments spent w/others in intimate & other relationships, always reflecting positively on these mystical experiences, no matter the outcomes (defeat/failure/bereavement).    I am joyful to have given all of myself (heart/soul) in these idyllic/entrancing/euphoric relationships.

 

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Grief/loneliness are not illnesses/weaknesses to be cured.  (Yet, why love someone who doesn’t love you?  Move forward beyond what was not within your authority/control, ah-huh?  Needless suffering is just that — needless!)

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Grief/loneliness are not loathsome diseases cursed of shame/disgrace.

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Indignation at the thought of drugging to kill the pain/numb your heartache!!    Repress  —   not!!

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Rather, grief/loneliness  are universal pathhoods to mature emotional conversance (solitary self-respect, love for all & everything, humbleness).

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Grief/bereavement/loneliness  are  our most sacred &  holiest of treasures/gifts to develop appreciation & gratitude for others & everything in life, including perseverance in the face of adversity/suffering   — and the willingness/fortitude to help others deal w/adversity/suffering/misfortune/setback/etc.

 

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The relevance?

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Anxiety, depression, suicide increase in teens and young adults, study finds

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https://www.healthline.com/health-news/social-media-linked-to-mental-health-disorders-in-igen-generation    (March 19, 2019)

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/teen-mental-health-problems-suicide-up-pew-report/      (March 1, 2019)

https://www.businessinsider.com/new-cdc-report-us-suicide-rate-highest-in-3-decades-2016-4

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

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More Americans are taking their own lives today than they have at any other point in the past three decades.

Of particular concern are several groups of Americans, notably young adults. Suicide is among the leading causes of death for both adolescents and young adults, according to the new data.

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Among women, the group most affected by increased suicide rates was girls 10 to 14.

The  iGen: Born between 1995 and 2012, members of this generation are growing up with smartphones, have an Instagram account before they start high school, and do not remember a time before the internet.

iGen’s oldest members were early adolescents when the iPhone was introduced, in 2007, and high-school students when the iPad entered the scene, in 2010. A 2017 survey of more than 5,000 American teens found that three out of four owned an iPhone.

The advent of the smartphone and its cousin the tablet was followed quickly by hand-wringing about the deleterious effects of “screen time.” But the impact of these devices has not been fully appreciated, and goes far beyond the usual concerns about curtailed attention spans. The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health. These changes have affected young people in every corner of the nation and in every type of household. The trends appear among teens poor and rich; of every ethnic background; in cities, suburbs, and small towns. Where there are cell towers, there are teens living their lives on their smartphone.

Psychologically, … they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.

Even when a seismic event—a war, a technological leap, a free concert in the mud—plays an outsize role in shaping a group of young people, no single factor ever defines a generation. Parenting styles continue to change, as do school curricula and culture, and these things matter. But the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever. There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy.

… iGen teens have more leisure time than Gen X teens did, not less.

So what are they doing with all that time? They are on their phone, in their room, alone and often distressed.

The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression.

Teens who spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide, such as making a suicide plan. (That’s much more than the risk related to, say, watching TV.) One piece of data that indirectly but stunningly captures kids’ growing isolation, for good and for bad: Since 2007, the homicide rate among teens has declined, but the suicide rate has increased. As teens have started spending less time together, they have become less likely to kill one another, and more likely to kill themselves. In 2011, for the first time in 24 years, the teen suicide rate was higher than the teen homicide rate.

What’s the connection between smartphones and the apparent psychological distress this generation is experiencing? For all their power to link kids day and night, social media also exacerbate the age-old teen concern about being left out. Today’s teens may go to fewer parties and spend less time together in person, but when they do congregate, they document their hangouts relentlessly—on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook. Those not invited to come along are keenly aware of it. Accordingly, the number of teens who feel left out has reached all-time highs across age groups. Like the increase in loneliness, the upswing in feeling left out has been swift and significant.

This trend has been especially steep among girls. Forty-eight percent more girls said they often felt left out in 2015 than in 2010, compared with 27 percent more boys. Girls use social media more often, giving them additional opportunities to feel excluded and lonely when they see their friends or classmates getting together without them. Social media levy a psychic tax on the teen doing the posting as well, as she anxiously awaits the affirmation of comments and likes. When Athena posts pictures to Instagram, she told me, “I’m nervous about what people think and are going to say. It sometimes bugs me when I don’t get a certain amount of likes on a picture.”

Girls have also borne the brunt of the rise in depressive symptoms among today’s teens. Boys’ depressive symptoms increased by 21 percent from 2012 to 2015, while girls’ increased by 50 percent—more than twice as much. The rise in suicide, too, is more pronounced among girls. Although the rate increased for both sexes, three times as many 12-to-14-year-old girls killed themselves in 2015 as in 2007, compared with twice as many boys. The suicide rate is still higher for boys, in part because they use more-lethal methods, but girls are beginning to close the gap.

These more dire consequences for teenage girls could also be rooted in the fact that they’re more likely to experience cyberbullying. Boys tend to bully one another physically, while girls are more likely to do so by undermining a victim’s social status or relationships. Social media give middle- and high-school girls a platform on which to carry out the style of aggression they favor, ostracizing and excluding other girls around the clock.

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 1)  Self-absorption as a negative reaction to estrangement

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2) crisis of meaning as a negative reaction to alienation   —

 are today’s pervasive emotional afflictions which tender/result in unforgiveness (via estrangement) & overpride (via alienation).

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Both negatives stem from the origin/root of absence of mature emotional conversance (absence of one’s intimate solitary self-respect).

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Because of one’s absence of personal self-respect, the matters of self-esteem/confidence (how you perceive yourself/your standing —  in the eyes of others) take on disproportionate & counter-productive dimensions.

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The collective shame (because of “being defeated”) against you which you perceive —  is all-consuming, which can result in needless extreme self-imposed despair-hopelessness, stress, neurosis, anxiety,  and depression.

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 Celebrated painter Vincent van Gogh was not able to separate himself (self-respect)  from his perceived opinions of others about him (issues of self-esteem/confidence)(van Gogh lived in abject poverty/isolation), so he self- compelled to wander/despair in this tragic, seemingly hopeless,  and indifferent world and life of ours, ultimately shooting himself in the heart (terminal abandonment), not the head (estrangement).

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Perceived terminal abandonment seemingly appears worse than perceived estrangement/separation, esp. because permanency of termination follows in sequence after initial separation (estrangement).

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Peculiarly, van Gogh was not swollen with overpride/egomania, but instead sorrowed/lamented over his perceived unhappy life.

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Anthony Bourdain, on the other hand, possibly was angry (along w/immanent depressed) because he was not happy, self-evidently answering his own mother’s inexplicable puzzlement as to why he would commit suicide when he had all the fame & fortune one fantasizes about (as opposed to van Gogh’s grim impoverishment/isolation).  Fashion designer Kate Spade’s hanging 3 days before Bourdain’s hanging (unrelated to each other) apparently was triggered over her estrangement (getting dumped) from her husband, who was going to divorce her.

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The positive outcomes are the opposite of unforgiveness/”involuntary” separation/estrangement/brokenness  — i.e.

1) wholeness/compassion (antidotes to resentful unforgiveness/judgmentalism, perpetrators such as some hubris-filled  pastors/condemnors/humiliators/accusers who revel/titillate in embarrassing the many so-called sinners)

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overpride/abandonment/alienation — i.e.

2)  freedom/humbleness.

 

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I stand incredulous before the sheer number of people reporting/experiencing symptoms of depression. I say again, I don’t believe our ancestors experienced the same proportion of depressive symptoms. Possible explanations for this phenomenon: Crisis of meaning, for example. An increasingly vacuous culture, with significant evidence of devolution. Or, perhaps depression/depressive episodes is in part provoked by the emotional self-absorption of moderns – the observable, inexplicable delay of real emotional conversance and maturity in modern people. — Steven Kalas

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Crisis of meaning consists of alienation/fear of terminal abandonment.   Healthy attitude/willingness/humbleness consist of deepest personal intimate self-respect, not how you perceive yourself in the eyes/opinions of others (matters of self-esteem/confidence).

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Self-absorption consists of estrangement/fear of rejection-failure.  Healthy authentic living consists of compassion/empathy/love for others, not selfish narcissism.  Elon Musk’s “arrested development” typifies unhealthy self-centeredness/unforgiving nature  —

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/17/brics-from-above-seen-critically-from-below/

Tesla investors demand Elon Musk apologize for calling Thailand diver ‘pedo’

Tesla CEO called immature after attacking Vernon Unsworth, who rescued trapped children

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Mature responsible geekdom

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_X   born between 1965-1980  (alienated/latchkey)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennials     born between 1981-1994

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Z     iGen (iphone) born between 1995-2012

 

“In the last one you had a sentence that kind of stuck out to me, it said, ‘We no longer worship at the altar of character and kindness, we worship at the altar of innovators and billionaires.’ That somewhere along the line this idolatry of tech and of the wealthy has kind of shifted our vision away from what you’re talking about which is really just to care about other people.”
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“’In the past 20 years, more than 75 percent of American industries, from airlines to pharmaceuticals, have experienced increased concentration, and the average size of public companies has tripled,’ Mr. Hughes writes. ‘The results are a decline in entrepreneurship, stalled productivity growth, and higher prices and fewer choices for consumers.'”
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I have tech revolutionist Tien Tzuo’s book “subscribed!” if you want to borrow it.  Brilliant outcome of high tech averting carbon footprint like Diamandis’ Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
which book I also have for you to borrow.
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“In April 2018, US Public Interest Research Group issued a statement defending Eric Lundgren over his sentencing for creating the ‘restore disks’ to extend the life of computers.”

 

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Projected Hilo outcomes of Tzuo’s  subscription model:   Unless Gen X HPM Bldg. Supply can Millennial-ize its product paradigm & activate in construction itself with customer-based subscription services (customize work orders & streamline distribution via hands-on field work),  Amazon (Home Depot’s DIY asset portfolio in Amazon’s cross hairs via Amazon’s franchisee deliver-to-your-doorstep integration) looms menacingly over the HPM horizon.   Unless Gen X KTA grocery stores & Baby Boomer Island Naturals seamlessly brand their products for home delivery boutique style business to consumer, Amazon (incl. Whole Foods) shall foray into these market segments.

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President Trump’s DoJ intends to sustain/diversify business opportunities/start-ups via anti-trust measures, which clearly help struggling businesses like how TR’s trust-“regulators” benefited consumers at the turn of the last century.

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Linear intelligence/gurgitated drivel  are obsolete in cyberspace.   Seamless intuition per Tzuo is the keyhole to survival.     Red China’s theft of our IT/IP/AI shifts the balance of military power to despotic Red China, not to mention Red China’s control over e-commerce (e.g. trade imbalance).   The difference between Trump’s rant vs. Japan 1980s (usurpation of our IP) & Red China today is that Red China is nuclear-armed (albeit Japan our Eastern outpost proscribed from nuclear armament, so to speak).    Social media platforms/devices, monetized content creation (vs. creative creation), etc., all are Millennial matters addressed differently in totalitarian Red China vs. our U.S.    We need to shore up our datasphere.

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Matter of Hawai’i mega-tsunami a la Tohoku Japan 2011

 

From tsunami expert Gerard Fryer to Curtis  10 April 2019 12:41 (pm):

The Hilo evacuation maps were part of the statewide effort that resulted in a new set of maps that were published in 2010. Those were the maps to which Harry added a generous buffer zone. 2011 showed us that the maps needed to be supplemented. Butler basically showed us what a sensible worst case event was, while Gary Chock and friends ran a probabilistic study which essentially came up with the same result but added the information that the expected repeat time of the “Great Aleutian Tsunami” (GAT) was about 2,500 years.

Over the last couple of years the rest of the state has adopted new two-level maps reflecting our revised assessment of hazard. Hawaii County has not. [emphases are Curtis’]
I have seen the inundation maps that Prof Cheung’s group at Manoa computed. Yes, if we get a GAT then

all of the current evac zone in Hilo will be flooded.

I cannot remember the details, however, and Prof Cheung is reluctant to release the map, since it was intended only for the counties and the final public products are their various evacuation maps. Hawaii County *did* get a copy of Cheung’s map for the Big Island, so Harry is aware of the situation. He still insists that the county would be better served leaving things as they are.
From my hazy recollection of Cheung’s maps, I think the inland limit of an extreme zone, if one were set up for Hilo, would be somewhere in the vicinity of Kawili St. Is Hilo ill-served by leaving the limit at Leilani St where it now is? That’s really for the county to decide. My guess is that Leilani St is near the limit of flooding for an 800-1000-year event, while Kawili St is near the limit for a 2500-year event.

 

If there is to be an extreme tsunami (i.e, anything threatening to flood inland of the 2010 limit), it would take PTWC [Pacific Tsunami Warning Center] 25 minutes to make that determination (assuming the earthquake occurs today; in a few months they should be able to cut that time down to about 15 minutes). That leaves a little over four hours before the tsunami hits.
So far there is no formal “Extreme Tsunami Warning” product, because it is only this state that uses that language and the weather service (in which the tsunami warning system is embedded) only has watches, warnings, and advisories. Nevertheless, the state and counties, presumably with the exception of Hawaii County, will use the words Extreme Tsunami Warning in all their announcements. TV and radio will follow suit. In Hawaii County, there is opportunity for confusion, because you’ll hear messages saying that you have to evacuate both the red and the yellow zones, but Hawaii County doesn’t have red and yellow zones.
….[I]f the tsunami is really big and is expected to flood right through the evac zone in Hilo, then PTWC will know that, since the evac zones are marked on the flooding maps which they calculate for every major event. PTWC currently has no protocol for issuing any special warning to Hawaii County for a distant tsunami. I think everyone is hoping that Harry Kim can be convinced to do things like the other counties.

 

 


From: Gerard Fryer
To: Curtis
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:27 AM
Subject: Re: 1,000 yr. recurrence?

 

 

Curtis Narimatsu wrote & Gerard replied 10 April 2019

 

1.  Do any of Witter’s 8 Driftwood Bay & 7 Stardust Bay tsunamis register Mw 9.25+?  Or we just don’t know?

Gerard’s answer:  We don’t know. Until you find the same event at several locations you can’t work out the magnitude, since a small event right offshore might generate the same size of tsunami locally as a bigger event from farther away.

2.  Is there an equidistant source tsunami Mw 9.25+ between Driftwood/Stardust Bays which flashlight beams directly toward Hawai’i (Kaua’i etc.)?  

Gerard’s answer:  Witter’s fieldwork was in the vicinity of Unalaska Island. That’s pretty close. The worst source location for Hawaii is off Umnak Island, which is the next Aleutian Island to the west.

 

3. Is it fair to suggest a recurring Mw 9.25+  1,000 yr. tsunami likely from this equidistant spot a la Tohoku?  (1586 Maukawahi sinkhole data)(100% chance of recurrence in the next 500 yrs.)

Gerard’s answer:   You never quite reach 100% probability over any time period, regardless of how long it is. Until we can figure out the magnitudes of Witter’s events we can’t do much better than a very vague probabilistic forecast. I suspect the expected recurrence time for a 9.25+ within the key 1000 km of the Aleutian subduction zone is closer to 2,000 years than to 1,000 years. We just need more information. Once someone can correlate Aleutian to Hawaii observations we’ll be in much better shape to answer such questions.

 

4. Will we know this is gonna be the “big one” in order to evacuate oceanside of today’s Walmart Store?   Current evacuation maps are based on the much smaller 1960 tsunami. 

[bold highlights by Curtis]

Gerard’s answer:   Our evacuation maps, except for the Big Island, were revised after 2011 showed that you can have a magnitude 9 anywhere along a subduction zone. So now the State of Hawaii has two levels of tsunami evacuation. There is the normal evacuation zone, which is red on the current maps, and the extreme zone, which is yellow. The Walmart store near Ala Moana is in the extreme zone, which extends inland to King Street. 
The counties decided to go to two zones because of the number of people involved. A normal evacuation means you’re moving 70,000 people statewide. An extreme evacuation means 300,000. With that many people moving the evacuation itself is likely to be hazardous (accidents, etc).
In Hawaii County, things are a little different…  When they received the inundation maps calculated by the scientists and had to convert them to evacuation maps (by moving boundaries to identifiable features like roads to make the whole evacuation process easier), they pushed the inland boundaries significantly farther inland. Because of that additional safety margin, Harry Kim is now reluctant to make any more changes and prefers the simplicity of just dealing with a single zone.
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Because my family member died in the 1960 tsunami, & other family members narrowly averted death in the 1946 tsunami, I’m interested in tsunamis.

As we see with Tohoku,  1) no one anticipated such a huge deluge    2) evacuation protocols were useless vs. the enormity of the tsunami.

We get lulled into “Oh, it’ll never happen in my lifetime.”  Well, no matter the odds, there always is the possibility of a GAT in our lifetime.    Harry Kim’s extension farther inland of the evacuation zone falls far short of the safe elevation required.

I live 30 ft. across the street from our Hawai’i County Civil Defense Agency, and every morning when I threw out the trash, I saw Mayor Kim saunter into Talmadge Magno’s “man cave” hdqtr. (not Talmadge’s fault) during the Fissure 8 eruption.    This is the result:

Lava Tube Dishonor goes to Hawaii County Civil Defense > Hawaii Free Press

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Founding father Thomas Jefferson chastened, “The earth belongs to the living.”  Meaning, we’d better prepare our progeny for the possibility of a GAT, critically informed of Civil Defense’s “cushion” of extending the evac zone farther inland but still way too short of a safe elevation, lest we incur “Tohoku 2” in Hilo.

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Tsunami expert Gerard Fryer’s retort  11 April 2019  1332 (1:32 pm):

Curtis, I donʻt entirely agree with your perspective. Dan Walker, the retired tsunami scientist who still advises Honolulu City & County, said it best. When Roy Price, who was then head of State CD, asked what a worst-case tsunami would be like, Dan said “Worse than you could ever imagine.”

Dan made the case that no matter what you are planning for you can always find evidence for something worse (e.g., the tsunamis from giant landslides, which were discovered soon after that exchange).

Obviously, as you consider more and more dire possibilities, the probability that such a thing will happen declines more and more. When someone in emergency management considers such things, they have to think of the full spectrum of hazards, not just tsunamis. While I would love it if Hawaii County embraced the 2,500-year perspective on tsunami hazard (meaning that they establish an extreme evac zone just like the other counties, start a massive outreach campaign, plan evacuation routes, etc., etc., AND commit to keeping the effort going year in and year out), I also recognize that, given finite funding, such an effort may not be appropriate for Hawaii County. There are, after all, other hazards to worry about too, each making its own claim for funds. Indeed, I was surprised how readily Honolulu decided to modify their maps (and drag the rest of the state along), especially given our poor current knowledge of the actual tsunami history. It would be perfectly reasonable for Hawaii County to say, “Hey, if you want us to extend the evacuation area, show us more hard evidence that it is really necessary.”

With USGS working in both the Aleutians and Hawaii, that hard evidence will be available soon, perhaps in a couple more years. In the meantime, if Hawaii County goes all out on some great tsunami effort, then twenty years from now Hilo is wiped out by a lava flow, those who pushed the the tsunami effort would feel pretty silly. [not so, we did our best to ensure survivability]

Thereʻs no question that the old 100-year perspective that we used to have for tsunami hazard was inadequate. But by incorporating a generous buffer into the 2010 maps, Hawaii County had already moved to a more conservative position. I don’t know what the appropriate figure is, but I would guess that the Big Island maps are tacitly preparing everyone for the 500-year event. Perhaps, until more evidence is available, that’s good enough.

-Gerard

 

 

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I remember (curiously)   senior  citizens exasperated how time flies  in the blink of an eye, even the seemingly long lifetime from cradle to grave.   Now that I’m an oldster like these recurrent forebearers of half a century ago,  I comprehend the “lamenting” notion of  “Time’s up, game over!”

 

 Sad to behold, lifetime in a single breath,  yet death is not a game, it’s the way of life, unceasing/relentless/unchangeable.  So be it!  (Surrender/acceptance — the immutable laws of nature — allow freedom/wholeness in the eternal limitation of death — to reside in us all  — attitude is everything  — the freedom to be positive, no matter the predicament!)

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Boxing core.

Boxing analyst Sean O’Grady credited historian Hank Kaplan for the doctrine of boxing evolution, that fighters get bigger and better than before.  I asked Hank to reconsider because of boxing’s weight class limit except for heavyweights.  Hank thrilled over my “contrarian” opinion, and we became great friends ever since (1990).   Hank enshrined Honoka’a Portuguese descendant Bobo Olson (wife Judy is Pu’u’eo Hilo Olympic swimming gold medalist Buster Crabbe’s kin) and promoter Sam Ichinose into New York’s International Boxing Hall of Fame, but died at age 88 before getting inducted Waikiki Chinese boxer Kui Kong Young and Maui ethnic Filipino/Portuguese official Bobby Lee (Filipino dad changed name to Lee to own Chinese restaurants).

Hank’s best pure boxer is Willie Pep (#11 lb. for lb. on my toplist) via Pep’s incredulous lateral movement. Hank’s best-ever boxer-puncher is Sugar Ray Robinson.

My pound for pound toplist in order of priority consists of  1) Ray Robinson 147 lbs. 2) Robinson’s acolyte Ali 212 lbs. 3) Sam Langford 145 lbs. 4) Langford’s alter ego Joe Gans 130 lbs. 5) Gans’ alter ego Rob Fitzsimmons 150 lbs. (Rob hardest-ever puncher).   Langford/Gans/Ruby Rob date back from the late 1800s.  Ray Leonard/Roberto Duran are in my 2nd ten, Manny Pacquiao/Roy Jones Jr. are in the 3rd ten.  Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in the 5th ten i.e. #41-50.

 

 

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Binary stars Beans Afook/Ah Chew Goo (native-born Americans of Chinese ethnicity)

(Beans Afook is the winningest basketball coach in the Hawaiian Islands)

(Ah Chew Goo, 17 yrs. younger than Beans, is the greatest basketball player from the Hawaiian Islands)

(Both from same downtown Hilo geographical roots/both had dads who were tailors & who were “accommodating fellas” who shared the same storefront room across today’s Hilo’s Cronies restaurant  — destroyed by 1946 tsunami)

 

Like a binary star system, Beans Afook & Ah Chew Goo terminally orbit around each other.  One precipitates the other. 

When original Hawai’i State Sports Hall of Fame’s Bob Tom (golf legend) selected Beans Afook in the HoF 2nd yr. 1979, Afook entirely was disgusted — because fellow Chinese Bob Tom selected Ah Chew Goo in the HoF inaugural yr. 1978.   Ah Chew had the upper hand over Beans.

Ah Chew & I spent over a decade together 1996-2008 (Ah Chew from age 78 to 90, sharp as a razor).  Current HoF’s Larry Price (genesis 1997) hated Ah Chew’s Rick Barry unrestrained diarrhea of the mouth persona, so to speak.  Chuck Leahey revulsed at the thought of Ah Chew.  Which is why you never see son Jim/grandson Kanoa Leahey even acknowledge the existence of Ah Chew.  Ah Chew understandably counted on me to get Ah Chew into Price’s HoF (never happened; to date only Red Rocha is in the hoops category Inductees by Class Year | Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame

), inasmuch Price asked me to nominate Hilo’s Tommy Ka`ulukukui on the initial go-round 1998, Tommy being Price’s alter ego.  Ah Chew never stopped trying to be counted, as the saying goes.   Do you know that Abe Saperstein recruited Ah Chew to join the Globetrotters?   Ah Chew invented the rubber-banded ball & flat ball vs. Saperstein.  Hilo’s Red Rocha said that Ah Chew would’ve been a Slater Martin type in the NBA, though by NBA’s inception 1946 Ah Chew was dissipated (abdominal tear 1940 which never healed Ah Chew Goo

 

)  —  Hank Luisetti & Press Maravich played/saw the disabled Ah Chew (cf.  boxer Ali of 1966 was a blur compared to the post-ban slow moving Ali of 1971).

Sometimes, just sometimes (emphasis), fellas/gals have nasty quirks which never cease.  Ah Chew & Beans Afook wouldn’t even as much shake hands w/each other, but instead move to opposite sides of the room to avoid each other.   Yet ultra-gorgeous wives Clara & Liza always presented unfailing graciousness to make up for their husbands’ recalcitrant ways.  Even Red had this unyielding manner — Red refused to acknowledge Beans/Liza in the same room.  Even after Beans died/Liza ended up in a wheelchair, Red refused to express well wishes to Liza in the same room (even after I goaded Red to do so), on the basis that Beans never had Red on Beans’ vaunted Hilo Viking squad (Red was cut  at tryouts; ironically, Red became the only native born-raised NBA player from the Hawaiian Islands).    Sheesh…  (sadly)

 

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Redemption (Dr. Francis “Fonkey” Wong)

The final chapter in each icon’s life had an asterisk.  Beans/Ah Chew/Red eschewed forgiveness of one kind or another.   Explained by their ferocious natures?

Father of modern biography Samuel Johnson chastened that the best way to figure out an icon’s character is not by accepting blindly the vulgar auto-bio bytes from birth to death, but instead “to lead … into domestic privacies, … more knowledge may be gained of a man’s real character by a short conversation with one of his servants, than from a formal and studied narrative, begun with his pedigree, and ended with his funeral….”

   http://www.firstphilosopher.com/smartboard/shop/johnsons/biogrphy.htm

Lawrence Stone comments that we now are “trying to discover what was going on inside people’s heads in the past, and what it was like to live in the past, questions which inevitably lead back to the use of narrative.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Stone#Narrative_history

 

The key to doing narrative is to gain insight of the subject person’s “real character” per Samuel Johnson above.

 

Hilo sports editor Andy Baclig chronicled well the timeline of immutable exemplar of compassion Dr. Francis “Fonkey” Wong 1919-1971 (died of cancer)(Ho’olulu Stadium Complex named after him), a born leader who started the Wanderers sports org at age 13!   Why?

Two prompts:

1) Ah Chew Goo, just a yr. older than Fonkey, being the precocious athlete Ah Chew was, had no time for “lump eye” lemon (lousy reflexes) Fonkey & Fonkey’s peers in the Mamo St. “Triangle” (where Keawe St. merges to become Kilauea Ave. at today’s Pineapples open-air restaurant, intersecting w/Mamo St.)(Fonkey’s Chinese dad & Japanese mom, a rarity of an intermarriage in the WWI era, had their chop suey & noodle restaurant just around the corner of the most recent incarnation of Wilson’s shave ice shop SW corner of Kilauea/Mamo Sts. 20′ across Pineapples Rest.)  — 

thence, Fonkey compelled to start his own peer “gang” w/younger members like eventual banker Johnny Yuen — which became the Wanderers club, in effect to commiserate over being “left out” as “scrubs” by Ah Chew’s  “‘hood,” so to speak.

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 2)  Because the social history of Lincoln Park revolved around the paradigm of “hegemony” (initial “bulls” were the da Silva boys & Beans Afook WWI era, followed by Froggie Yoneda’s “buddaheads” early Roarin’ Twenties, followed by Kojak Hayakawa’s/Hick Goya’s “Wreckers” etc.), Fonkey broke the yoke of “enslavement” to “bulls” (toughies)  by gathering/”fellowshipping” as equals primarily at “Sand Block” (today’s downtown KTA parking lot area) (ironically, Fonkey’s stalwart youngest acolytes like Korean “Suka” Chung — elected solon Aaron’s dad  — became tough-as-nails boxers to withstand the outside world).    (Ernest B. De Silva, fka da Silva, eventually became our greatest educator & youth enabler,  far vanquishing the brash ways of his youthful vigor at Lincoln Park.)

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“meek” (compassion) &

“lowly” (humility)

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Matthew 11:29 capsulizes Fonkey’s secular calling.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-11-29/

“Meek” and “lowly” are the cues to redemption here.

 

Fonkey redeemed us all.   No asterisk.

 

From bull Beans to bull Ah Chew, finally to angel on our shoulders Fonkey.   BTW, no one knows that M.D.s Fonkey & Richard Yamanoha (Lincoln Wrecker Uchinanchu/Okinawan whose dad also was our initial Uchinanchu M.D. WWI era), out of their patient-friendly hospital (beautiful bldg. complex still there mauka of today’s downtown Burger King at 101 Hualalai St.), divided their informal social On (obligation to all) by way of city blocks   — Fonkey took care of the Wanderers (bounded by Haili St. to the north/Ponahawai St. to the south)  — Richard Yamanoha took care of the Wreckers (bounded by Kilauea Ave. to the east/Kapiolani St. to the west).   Great division of labor to minister to the down-and-out of society.

Redemption.   Fonkey Wong/Richard Yamanoha.   I got Richard enshrined to our Big Island Sports HoF.   When Jack Matsui started the BI HoF 1997, I told Jack that icons who had facilities named after them are not eligible, because the HoF is to recognize unsung heroes/heroines, esp. posthumously.   Richard Yamanoha died of hereditary kidney failure at age 37 in 1957.   Tragic.

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Ah Chew & Fonkey physically were inseparable (Fonkey’s parents’ “noodle house” eatery makai of the Goo home, which in turn was makai of today’s Tribune-Herald circulation dept. parking stalls),

yet miles apart in mentality.   Fonkey was inspired by older Wilsonian internationalist/younger New Deal educators (Fonkey’s public school teachers).   Ah Chew only resolved the law of the jungle (thence otherwise magnanimous P.E. teacher Joe Weider antecedent Roy Roberts became Ah Chew’s alter ego, even though Beans was Ah Chew’s latter coach in Ah Chew’s undefeated territorial title-winning 3 seasons at Hilo High School ).

 

With Beans and Ah Chew, “being at close quarters/range” perhaps made living “too close for comfort.”     Similarly but with opposite outcomes,  with Ah Chew & Fonkey virtually being only 10 ft. apart from each other at the Mamo St. Triangle,  Ah Chew’s prodigious athleticism impelled/triggered Fonkey’s desire to level the playing field via compassion and humbleness.

Redemption heals across the public domain & over continents.   International Boxing Hall of Fame’s selection chairperson Hank Kaplan (NYC Jewish ethnicity) made sure to enshrine atoning Max Schmeling to the glorious HoF as confirmation of Max’ deepest compassion/humility.   Well done,  faithful servant of love Hank Kaplan.

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Biblical Rhema (insight beyond Logos, the written Word)

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Regarding pastoral (pastor) discussions on divorce (incl. adultery & sexual immoralities),  let’s process Jesus’ immense Rhema (pronounced “ray-ma”  — hidden mysterious Truths behind the written Word Logos — pronounced “low-go(s)”).

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When Jesus teaches on divorce (e.g. Mat 5:31-32, Mat 19:1-12), Jesus is denouncing divorce as a mean to obtain another sexual partner other than your spouse (i.e. adultery).

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The hidden revelation denouncing opportunistic carnal lust is Rhema.

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The “edict” against such divorce is Logos.

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Divorce itself is not sin. This revelation is Rhema.

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Jesus moves beyond the particulars regarding enforcement of the commandment against adultery  — as part of what Jesus reveals in the Divinity of Jesus’ character  — that of faithfulness.  1 John 4:8-9, 1 Timothy 1:15-16, Luke 19:10, Romans 5:8 & 12:9      ergo   —

Hate sin, love the sinner.

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More so, Jesus calls us to a new life (ergo change our garment which Jesus has prepared for us)  — which overcomes the power of sin.  John 8:32-36, 1 John 3:4-6.

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The “common lot,” especially of pastors (like professors of the old law — scribes)  — is to employ the strict commandment or letter of the law, Logos,  with no regard to time, place, manner, backdrop, & circumstance — such elements comprising the spirit of the law — that is, with no revealed organic living vision and instant leading — of necessity which need to be embodied in such decision.

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Jesus’ Rhema encompasses revealed organic living vision (e.g. woman as the seed of God Gen. 3:15) and instant leading (e.g. changing of the old garment to a new garment Luke 5:36-39).

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Herewith is this instance of revealed organic living vision and instant leading by way of Jesus’ discernment regarding the woman taken in adultery  — which exemplifies the matters of divorce (actually, yes!),  forgiveness, mercy (set aside the deserved penalty), and grace (furnish an undeserved blessing) — Jesus’/our Triune God’s Holy Divinity.

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Jesus Forgives a Woman Taken in Adultery  —  John 7:53-8:11

This passage, beloved for its revelation of God’s mercy toward sinners, is found only in John.

The law contains matters of right and wrong, which are true throughout history, as well as commandments for implementing these precepts — which are not true for all times, places, and circumstances.   E.g.  pastors’ fallibility in not employing Rhema above.

The Pharisees (Jewish law interpreters) challenged Jesus regarding the law of Moses by saying that Moses tells the Pharisees to stone the adulterous woman,  so what does Jesus say, they demand emphatically – John 8:5.

Jesus sets aside Moses’ clear command.  Jesus does not follow through on Moses’ command even when challenged to do so, which leads us to believe that Jesus is more than just a prophet (more than just turning us toward God).

Jesus does not say outright that Jesus forgives the woman, but such is the implication of Jesus saying that Jesus does not condemn her and then chastening her not to sin again.  Incredulously, Jesus mediates the mercy and forgiveness of God (cf. Mat 9:1-8, Mark 2:3-12, Luke 5:18-26 & 7:36-50).

Such transformational outcome occurs because Jesus bypasses the temple — in doing so, Jesus manifests in a Divine role.   Jesus as our Divine Savior is Rhema.   The issues of sin and punishment are Logos.

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Another instance of revealed organic living vision and instant leading comprising Rhema  —     In Romans 6, Apostle Paul says that we died to sin, but we still have to fight it.   In Romans 7, Apostle Paul says that we died to the law, and we are to serve Christ in the way of the Spirit.   Apostle Paul does not want to make it sound effortless or automatic.   The struggle that began before we came to faith continues even after we come to faith   — at least this is the experience of most Christians.   If one does not have Jesus, our “ethical desires” are obliterated by our fleshly urges/impulses.   Matt 26:41.

Even as we aspire to be “ethical,” our mind, will, and emotion (soul) all succumb to our debased prompts/triggers.   Self-improvement definitely fails!

Instead, Jesus simply tells us to “bring it (our sinful baggage) along!!”

“No paint required!!” (in relation to the old law’s admonition  — “Don’t touch the wet paint!”  — you know “we gonna touch it!!”)

Such “huli au” reversal of convention/expectation peripeteia/paradox —  tremendous firepower of understanding and mystical Rhema via Jesus!     The submission/capitulation of mind, will, and emotion (soul)  to Satan because our spirit is weak is Logos.

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Herewith an occasion where Jesus mediates the forgiveness, mercy, and grace of God  —  Jesus fulfilled the old law (Matt 5:17)  — Rhema (the instant hidden revelation), though Apostle Paul’s epistles “abolished” the old law (Ephesians 2:15)  — Logos (the constant unchanging written Word).

Think of this contradiction (actually, correct paradox/irony)   —   this way:   Let’s say for the sake of discussion that superb entertainer Bruno Mars is Jesus.   Bruno’s concert is tomorrow.   Posters all over town herald Bruno’s upcoming concert.

Bruno then fulfills Bruno’s commitment by giving the concert.

When the concert is over, Apostle Paul takes down the concert posters.   The posters (ergo old law’s divine design) accomplished the purpose for which the posters were displayed  — to herald Bruno’s upcoming concert.

Bruno performed Bruno’s concert (Jesus perfected obedience to the old law and accomplished the old law’s purpose  — Rhema).

Now the concert promoter can remove the posters (Apostle Paul says that the old law is abolished  — Logos).

The old law was not created to test our obedience   — obedience is Logos.   The old law was created to show us how awful sin is, and to have us turn to God to save us   — Rhema.

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Another occasion of peripeteia (reversal of expectation/convention) — love & compassion prevail over “unforgiveness”   —

1 Peter 4:8 (love covers/forgives a multitude of sins)    —  refers back to James 5:20 (he who turns back a sinner from the error of the sinner’s ways   —  saves the sinner’s soul  —  and covers/forgives a multitude of sins)     —

and James repeats the Old Testament expression (Psalm 32:1 & 85:2, Proverbs 10:12)

that turning back an erring brother is to cover his sins  — so that the erring brother not be condemned.

“Cover” one’s sins means to forgive one’s sins, per James 5:15 (as in Psalm 32:1 & 85:2).

Thence, our Triune God “covers” more than the so-called stigma of our fallen condition — and “covers” more than the repentance of the penitent sinner.

Our Triune God in overflow fashion  —   flourishingly pronounces the Love of the Divine Trinity over one’s fallen nature/state.

Forgiveness, mercy, and grace are Rhema here.

The stigma/stain of Man’s fallen condition  — along with subsequent repentance of the penitent sinner (to avoid punishment)  — are Logos here.

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Inexplicably (though not in Jesus’ Rhema  peripeteia’s context) —  Jesus as our Kingly Savior is descended not only from Jews but also from Gentiles, even those of low estate!

Jesus also is descended from sinners along with heathens (1 Kings 15:5, 2 Sam. 11:26-27, 2 Sam. 11:3).

Our Triune God treasures the sinners and always brings back them to our Triune God.

The Son of Man,  Jesus,  came in Jesus’ Humanity as the Shepherd to find the sinner as a lost sheep  — and bring back home the lost sheep (Luke 15:4-7).

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The Spirit of Holiness (Holy Spirit) — sought the sinner as a woman carefully seeks a lost coin  — until she finds it (Luke 15:8-10).

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And Father God received His repenting and returning sinner as the “certain man” (Father God) receives his prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32).

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All 3 parables above extol the Love of our Triune God/Divine Trinity in treasuring the sinners and bringing back them to God.   These obviously comprise the mystery and the unexpected outcomes of Rhema.

Such Divine Love far covers over the so-called stigma of the fallen condition and subsequent repentance of the penitent sinners.

This Divine Love fully is expressed in the Son’s tender care as the Good Shepherd,

in the Spirit’s ardent arduous seeking for the lost coin,

and in Father God’s receiving as a loving father.

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Consider and reflect on Luke 15:19    —    once he has repented, a fallen sinner always thinks of working for God or of serving God to obtain Father God’s favor.

Yet, Luke 15:22 exemplifies “But!” in quelling such nonsensical thought!!

Jesus’  love and grace enlighten and amplify the purity of heart in the repentant sinner.

Our Triune God declares the Love of the Divine Trinity more/over (than) the fallen condition/nature/state  and  repentance of the penitent sinner.

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The one solitary lost sheep,

the one solitary missing coin,

and the one solitary “off the deep end” son

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Essentials

Verily, 500 year segments/increments denote the progression in epochs regarding the recovery of the essence of Jesus indwelled and lived out in our Kingdom life.

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Augustine (e.g. City of God) and

successor Aquinas (e.g. Summa Theologica)

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equidistant  (generally set apart by 500 years)

in the 1st millennium,

just as founder of the Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther revealed Luther’s indictment against the apostate Bishop of Rome 500 years ago.

Edification of Jesus’ genealogy as the Christ of God by way of the indwelling Christ lived out of us is Rhema.

In this sense, the mind-blowing Rhema emblematic via Jesus —

amplifies the hidden essence of Jesus

along benchmarks established by

Augustine,

Aquinas,

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Northeastern Germany’s Luther’s actual agitator, John Calvin of Bishop of Rome’s southwestern Germany/Switzerland,  also has been improved upon via Jesus’ “forcing the faith” (arduously increasing one’s faith in Jesus thru trials & tribulations) over Satan’s authority (indwelling Christ lived out of us that we live in the reality of the Kingdom today and enter into Its Manifestation in the future).   Yes, Jesus is the cause celebre of our epoch, this comprising “the final days.” Daniel 9:27.

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Peripeteia (confounded reversal of expectation)

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peripeteia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peripeteia

Grandma Sophia stops at the front lawn gate  Sophia’s  husband’s acquaintance Elena as Elena comes to Sophia’s & husband Rob’s home.   “Don’t ever step foot at my home!” Sophia tells Elena.   “But I came to give you the honey syrup which Rob says you need right away for your sore throat.”   “Leave!”  Sophia commands.    Elena leaves.

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Sophia then takes a couple of dishes out of the kitchen cabinet & deliberately drops them on the floor,  breaking them into pieces.   Sophia’s husband phones Sophia’s & Rob’s daughter Candace, who lives next door.   Candace rushes over to her parents’ home and sees mom Sophia looking down at the broken dishes, Sophia flummoxed/bewildered in “universal pathos (emotion).”   Candace intones, “Mom, you want more dishes (to break)?”    Revelatory “bolt out of the blue” question by Candace.   Candace’s  gestalt’s burst of the unconscious.   Peripeteia’s boggling reversal of expectation/convention.   Such encounter a most precious moment of emotional conversance and growth both ways, between mom and daughter.   In such arduous endeavor & presence called “life,”  I transfix on Candace’s utterly providential anointed question.   Literally, rule-breaking via universal/divine ethos (virtue & integrity)/intervention/anointing.   Bestowed upon mom Sophia as autonomy & self-determination.    Beyond personal synchronicity (reference Carl Jung’s example of how timelines seemingly match up in self-adorned style — “more than mere coincidence” per mom Sophia’s meaning of wisdom for her name Sophia)  — is the objective psyche of independent reckoning  — sweeping flourish/mind-blowing moment crystallized in daughter Candace’s simple question above.   A perceptive Christian would say of Candace, “truly apostolic (sent from God).”

 

Which are why I follow biography genesis Samuel Johnson’s “domestic privacies” (ergo Candace’s exclamation/question) paradigm.

   http://www.firstphilosopher.com/smartboard/shop/johnsons/biogrphy.htm

“… but the business of the biographer is often to pass slightly over those performances and incidents, which produce vulgar greatness, to lead the thoughts into domestic privacies, …”

“… more knowledge may be gained of a man’s real character, by a short conversation with one of his servants, than from a formal and studied narrative, begun with his pedigree, and ended with his funeral… “

 

Lawrence Stone comments that we now are “trying to discover what was going on inside people’s heads in the past, and what it was like to live in the past, questions which inevitably lead back to the use of narrative.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Stone#Narrative_history

 

Antiquity’s Tacitus said, “The principal function of history is to prevent virtuous actions from being forgotten.”  Thus, I use biography genesis Samuel Johnson’s sequential “domestic privacies”  to illustrate epiphanies, just as incisive Lawrence Stone & Edgar Knowlton Jr. discuss narrative as the historian’s expression.    In literature, stream of consciousness/free association partly emerged via Johnson’s method.

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I, for one, climax on ao ‘aumakua o ka po ancestral spirits of light in the distant past  — refrain of Moke Kupihea (Herman A. Wilson), a Johnsonian all the way.     http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2001/Jul/21/il/il01abookreview.html

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 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patrick-hess/mentors-we-dont-realize-exist-_b_6726214.html?utm_hp_ref=religion
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For Greek philosophers Plato/Aristotle, glorious virtues start w/courage & end w/wisdom, a la Santini/Zulu/the British square/other renowned warriors.

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The 1st historian in the Western World, Herodotus, crusaded to “preserve the memory of great and marvelous deeds,”

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just as successor Thucydides’ mission was to record “important and instructive actions of human beings.”

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I tip my hat to my dearest daughter Staycie age 45 for finding the hero/heroine in us all, our very own Herodotus/Thucydides who exemplify Plato/Aristotle’s creeds that glorious virtues start with courage and end with wisdom, and for making us all the happier/wiser/deeper for these values.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/16/this-ancient-blueprint-fo_n_5312209.html?utm_hp_ref=gps-for-the-soul&ir=GPS+for+the+Soul

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A person must have an “inner citadel” to which one can retreat.

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Living from this inner place of peace and equanimity —

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a place which no person or external event can penetrate —

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gives one the freedom to shape one’s life by responding to events from a rational, calm headspace.

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Find your inner citadel.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/16/this-ancient-blueprint-fo_n_5312209.html?utm_hp_ref=gps-for-the-soul&ir=GPS+for+the+Soul

Marcus Aurelius, who faced a fair share of hardship and warfare in his life, and is thought to have written the Meditations from a tent in a Roman battle camp.

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We can choose to exercise power over our thoughts and attitudes in even the most dire of situations — Roman philosopher Cicero uses the example of torture to illustrate a man’s power to choose our own thoughts, which he says can never be taken away from him. In his Discussions at Tusculum, Cicero explains that when a man has been stripped of his dignity, he has not also been stripped of his potential for happiness.

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It’s not “Who am I?” but “Whose am I?” And this radical/gestalt changes everything!! (e.g. I am a father/grandfather/elder role model to my progeny/etc.)

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http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/7128.Jodi_Picoult

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“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.” ― Jodi Picoult

 

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“I’m lonely. Why do you think I had to learn to act so independent?” – ― Jodi Picoult

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“Love is not an equation, it is not a contract, and it is not a happy ending. Love is the slate under the chalk, the ground that buildings rise, and the oxygen in the air. It is the place you come back to, no matter where

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What do you see in human experience?

C.G. Jung said that in Western civilization, the ancient office of tribal “ritual elder” was less and less occupied by clergy. Changes in modern institutional religion have turned parish clergy into administrators, teachers and fundraisers, and less and less available for the ancient symbolic functions of meaningful ritual and “testing the spirits” (discernment).
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Jung believed that modern therapists were largely the default recipient of the shamanic role. This has always intrigued me and made me nervous.
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I want to extend an invitation to veteran therapist/counselor types — you modern elders — who might be in earshot of this column: What do you notice? Wrap your arms around the years of individuals, couples, kids, teens and families that moved through your practice. What themes do you see in the modern human experience, either positive or negative? Put all that into a two- to six-sentence paragraph, and send it to me.
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* People seek redemption. Yep, regardless of religion or no-religion, people long to convert banal human experience into redemptive meaning: birth, belonging, hope, vocation, sex, pride, humility, fear, joy, forgiveness, justice, evil, anger, values, moral failure, guilt, grief, love, meaning, child-rearing, aging, death. You can see how Jung arrived at his conclusion; the list of presenting issues in therapy is virtually synonymous with the needs and hungers of any pilgrim on a religious journey.
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* Modern people are tragically separated from their symbols. Said another way, materialism and rationalism rule the day, both at the cost of meaning.

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We’ve come a long ways, but it remains today axiomatic: Men can’t cry, and women can’t get angry. I’m serious. Can’t tell you how many times individual therapy with a man includes helping him take grief and loss seriously. Can’t tell you how many times individual therapy with a woman includes helping her take anger and outrage seriously.
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http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/steven-kalas/one-man-s-definition-spirituality

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I once tried to craft a definition of spirituality that could be universalized. That is, the definition would not and could not be “owned” or dominated by any particular religion.

Purely objective. And utterly human.

For better or worse, I finally came up with this:  “Spirituality is the intentional disciplines we undertake to realize, respond and bring witness to essential relatedness.”

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Intentional disciplines

Significant spirituality presupposes some effort and intention on our part. We habituate ourselves to certain prescribed disciplines. Meditation, prayer, worship, sacrifice, piety, chanting, alms, fasting, study, mission, pilgrimage, ritual, marriage, music, art, dance, exercise — there are myriad forms of spiritual discipline. Only some are formal, “religious” activities.

But all spiritual disciplines attempt to express, strengthen and realize our fundamental relationships: self, others, cosmos, mystery. An authentic spiritual path is more than mere spontaneous enthusiasm or casual, intellectual observation.

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Let’s unpack the definition:

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To realize

A lot of things that are real are never realized. To realize is to bring to full expression. In authentic spirituality, we reach for what we believe to be real (our worldview) and we make it real in ourselves.

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To respond

Authentic spirituality compels us to respond. When we realize we are related, we find that we must respond to our relationships. We serve, we seek, we redeem, we account, we repair, we reconcile, we protect, we do battle, we make peace — action verbs.  We must answer the “voice” we have heard. We are obliged (from the Latin obligare = “tied to”).

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Bring witness

In word and deed we evidence our essential relatedness. We tell our story, yes, sometimes with words, but more often with deeds. The fast track of getting to know any human being is observing how that human being responds to his/her committed bonds of relationship.

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Essential relatedness

I was unable to coin a meaningful definition of spirituality without presupposing an article of faith. In the case of my definition, I’m presupposing that people and cosmos are essentially related. I can’t prove that. It’s part of my spiritual worldview (my cosmology) leaking into my definition.

I can’t apologize, though, because I do think we are essentially related. We do not choose to be related to the mystery, the cosmos, to ourselves and each other. We are related.

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All significant world religions and spiritual paths share common elements:

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A narrative

“In the beginning” … “Once upon a time” … “a child was born” …

Spirituality is contained in story. The story often includes a particular human life perceived to be unique and definitive of how life is and how life should be lived. For example, there is a life lived in history (Siddhartha) and then there is the collective response to that life lived (Buddhism).

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Sacred writings

The Bible, the Quran, the Deer Park Sermon, the Torah, Bhagavad Gita, petroglyphs — in sacred writings the stories and collective wisdom of spiritual paths are preserved and passed on.

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Moral code

The great world religions share basic concerns about violence, exploitation, dishonesty, theft and the breakdown of sexual boundaries. Religions postulate an “ideal” expression of our humanity and generally agree that we are incapable of realizing this ideal by the mere force of will. We sense what is good, but we cannot simply decide to be good.

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Festival, ritual and tradition

The great world religions contain potent rites of passage, rituals that realize and celebrate relatedness, and traditions that mark a rhythm for the ebb and flow of life.

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Sacrifice (alms)

The great world religions express a primary concern for the especially vulnerable members of society — the poor, the sick, the disabled, the very old and very young, etc. And so, authentic spirituality includes the regular, sometimes ritual sacrifice of time, talents, energy, goods, service and money for the aid and protection of the “especially vulnerable.”

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The thing I rather enjoy about my definition is that, even for people who swear they don’t have a religious bone in their body, well, there is still a very sense in which they can enjoy, nurture and grow an authentic inmost dimension to their lives.

If your spirituality/inmost-edness and/or your religion is not, at the end of the day, about tying you to fidelity in relationships, then I would wonder about its purpose and relevance.

Right relationships yield human wholeness.

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Jodi Picoult: “People always say that, when you love someone, nothing in the world matters. But that’s not true, is it? You know, and I know, that when you love someone, everything in the world matters a little bit more.”

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/steven-kalas/love-the-simple-measure-life

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When someone you love walks through the door, even if it happens five times a day, you should go totally insane with joy.”

— Denali

Denali isn’t famous enough to need a last name. He has no formal education. Not even a high school diploma. What he does have is a keen, super-human sense of what love means. What it requires. How to value it. How it calls us to pay attention. To celebrate and be grateful.

Because we simply never know.

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Human beings have no rights or claims on the ever-so brief moments they are given to be together.

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Denali doesn’t understand why people complain about the fact that salads cost $12 or why their shoes got wet. Denali has love in keen relief, proper perspective. He talks of loving his dog, Ben, through cancer.

In journeys like that, you don’t notice your shoes. And maybe you forget to eat lunch entirely, at any price.

I’ve never met Denali in real time. I heard him quote the above words in an eight-minute short film called “Denali.” You can watch it on Vimeo.com. (https://vimeo.com/122375452)

Films like “Denali”

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remind me how simple is the measure of my own life:

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When I notice myself in narratives of chronic complaint, I’m a loser. It’s that simple.

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Then, when I get the idea that others should be obliged to grant an audience for my complaining, I’m a loser and a boor.

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The tortured trifecta is when I take the point of privilege to feel slighted, to mobilize resentment if others are unavailable for my complaining.

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Loser, boor and Crown Prince of Entitlement.

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When, instead, I work the discipline of gratitude, I’m a man of peace and humility. My soul is in a posture to receive rather than grasp or take. I revel in an inventory of unspeakable grace and gifts,

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not an inventory of ownership, achievement and deservedness.

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Ownership? Every day I grow older, the whole idea of ownership seems more a waste of time.

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For what is truly my own

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except for the moments I dared to love and be loved?

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Answer:    nothing.

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“We are in bondage to decay.” — Romans 8:20-21

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Only love survives.

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Nobody lies in hospice and makes an inventory of ownership. Nope. Dying requires us to take inventory of love.

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“Love is paying attention.” — M. Scott Peck (1936-2005)

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A friend tells me about a family tradition, started by her father, now gone to be with God. Home from work each night, he would pull his car up to the house and tap a friendly “beep beep” on the horn. He would announce his arrival, and a wife and children would rise and mingle toward the door to greet him.

Today, my friend continues the tradition. Her family knows to expect the “beep beep” as she pulls her car around to home.

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Thus do healthy families and healthy marriages make customs and rituals out of comings and goings, hellos and goodbyes.

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They see each other. They behold each other. They respect each other. (Look it up. In Latin, respectus means “to see again.”)

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I remember, as I do at least annually in this column, the Thorton Wilder play “Our Town.” At the end, the protagonist pleads to her mother, “Mother! Won’t you just look at me!”

Then she says to the stage manager: “Does anyone really live life while they live it?”

“Oh, a few,” says the stage manager, puffing his pipe. “Poets and saints, maybe. Nobody else.”

By the way, if you decide to click that link and watch “Denali,” bring a box of tissues. It’s going to wreck you. Wring you out like a dishrag. Pour your heart into your shoes. If you can watch this piece and not be moved, something is wrong with you. You’re embalmed. Sleepwalking. Frozen in ice.

Watch it. Ponder what really matters.

Then put this column down. Go call someone you love, and tell them so. Just because.

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I remember (curiously)   senior  citizens exasperate how time flies by in the blink of an eye, even the seemingly long lifetime from birth to old age.   Now that I’m an oldster like these recurrent forebearers of half a century ago,  I comprehend the “never dying” notion of  “Time’s up, game over!”    Amazing to behold, lifetime in a single breath,  yet death (sadly) is not a game, it’s the way of life, unceasing/relentless/unchangeable.  So be it!  (Surrender/acceptance — the immutable laws of nature — allow freedom/wholeness in the eternal limitation of death — to reside in us all  — attitude is everything  — the freedom to be positive!)

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Do you know that theologian Martin Luther’s tabletalk (intimate heartfelt dialogues with others) helped inspire Luther’s deep comprehension of Scripture (selfless sacrifice for the good of others)?

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/luther/tabletalk.html

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And that mysterious and mystical exemplar Christ’s tabletalk with diverse/divergent ones from atheists to believers — inspire our deepest connection with compassion for others??

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https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/2014/10/13/up-hill-climb

I watched Rep. Elijah Cummings’ closing remarks at the Michael Cohen hearing (President Trump’s former confidant), as Cummings spoke straight from his heart,  beautiful to see.  Cummings has great mentors in Lena King Lee, Parren Mitchell, &  Kweisi Mfume, though Cummings lacks the precise articulation/charisma/magic of his forebearers.

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Update as of March 21, 2019 on the folly of Mayor Harry Kim’s rejection of preparing for the mega-tsunami headed to Hilo, Hawai’i  (overdue for this next one — last one was in 1586 A.D.)  — area affected is oceanside of today’s Walmart Store:

https://www.usgs.gov/news/new-tsunami-evidence-along-one-earth-s-largest-faults-alaska-aleutian-megathrust

 

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From Rhett Butler (21 March 2019 9:07 am):
I think the answer is both. The eastern Aleutians remain a primary concern for Hawaii (but there are others as well). Magnitude 8’s are more numerous than 9’s (all other things being equal).

Best regards,

Rhett

Curtis Narimatsu  wrote:
 
Is there a “big one” (a la the recurrent Tohoku tsunami) equidistant between Driftwood Bay & Sedanka (source “flashlight beams”– verb — directly toward Hawai’i)?   Or are there more frequent recurrent SMALLER tsunamis?
“…the observed tsunami energy from the 1946 and 1957 events skirted [emphasis Curtis’] the Hawaiian Islands, propagating to the east and west of the Islands, respectively. Between these two epicenters lies the possibility for an extreme Mw ~9 event (Butler 2012) that would be far more devastating than either the 1946 or 1957 tsunamis.”   [The symbol for the moment magnitude scale is Mw , with the subscript “w” meaning mechanical work accomplished https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moment_magnitude_scale#Definition
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Hilo Harbor—which experienced great tsunami disasters in the twentieth century—is shown in relation to the Hawaiian Islands. The tsunami evacuation zone based on historic tsunamis (cream textured, ca. 2010) is dwarfed [emphasis Curtis’] by a great Aleutian tsunami (colored zone, amplitudes noted in meters) that extends >2-km inland.   

[flooding/devastation will be twice+  the historic area]

Butler et al. (2014) analyzed and dated the paleotsunami site in the Makauwahi sinkhole on the southeastern coast of Kaua‘i between Po‘ipu and Nawiliwili harbor, positing evidence for a great tsunami there in the sixteenth century [1586 The Orphan Tsunami of 1586].  Results indicate that an Eastern Aleutian earthquake of Mw 9.25 or greater [emphasis Curtis’] is necessary to inundate the site.
Rank Date Location Event Magnitude
1 May 22, 1960 Valdivia, Chile 1960 Valdivia earthquake 9.4–9.6
2 March 27, 1964 Prince William Sound, Alaska, United States 1964 Alaska earthquake 9.2
3 December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean, Sumatra, Indonesia 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake 9.1–9.3
4 March 11, 2011 Pacific Ocean, Tōhoku region, Japan 2011 Tōhoku earthquake 9.1

April 1, 1946 Unimak (not Umnak) earthquake was 8.6 Mw.

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this updates my article in

https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2018/02/23/in-memoriam-robert-paul-hickcox-1948-2017-in-praise-of-donald-w-amaral/

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We are born writers in the sense that we are born storytellers. Language is who we are to the world. Our ability to tell our story with clarity and panache will make the difference between being heard and being ignored.
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We like to think that artistic genius, at least, feeds on solitude. It is not uncommon for new writers to worry that they will become less distinct, less original, if they spend too much time sharing ideas with their peers. But consider the case of Jorge Luis Borges. When he went to Europe as a young aspiring poet, he found his feet (and an education) in the tertulias of Madrid. Returning to his native city of Buenos Aires, he continued the habit. The almost nightly conversations he had with Adolfo Bioy Casares and other writers fed directly into his writing, and into theirs. If Latin America literature then went off in a direction not yet possible in Europe and North America, it is largely thanks to this unruly group of literary hybrids, who drew as much inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe and G.K. Chesterton as they did from Shakespeare and Verlaine. They gave each other the courage to be break conventions, question received ideas, and imagine the unimaginable.– Maureen Freely
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Write, firmly believing that imagination is the quintessential self/the quintessential way of “knowing” the world. This imaginative knowing has the potential to dispel barriers that isolate individuals and communities. Exercising imaginative “knowing” allows, always, for a potentially transcendent narrative, that is trans-global, trans-cultural and speaks to our common humanity.– Jewell Parker Rhodes

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/a-writers-life-list-listen-more-than-you-speak-engage-with-the-world-thats-where-ideas-come-from-ohh-so-true-these-are-where-ideas-manifest-beautifully-lori-nelson-spielman/

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A writer’s life list: Listen more than you speak. Engage with the world. That’s where ideas come from. Ohh, so true, these are where ideas manifest beautifully. — Lori Nelson Spielman

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The inspiration for my novel was found in an old cedar box. Tucked alongside my first bankbook and my grandmother’s rosary, I discovered a yellowed piece of notebook paper folded into a tidy little square. In my flowery, 14-year-old cursive, I’d written Lori’s List across the top, along with 27 goals I thought would make for a good life. I also included a sidebar called, Ways To Be, which included such pearls as, Don’t be stuck-up. Don’t talk about ANYONE.
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Never expect to be taken seriously. People, even friends, can be insensitive. They don’t realize how important your craft is to you. Don’t fault them for it.

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Learn to describe your project du jour in one succinct sentence, and do so if, and only if, someone inquires. And never, ever ask your friends to read your unpublished manuscript. Find a writer’s group for that.

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Don’t complain to non-writers. They don’t want to hear it.

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Write with joy and abandon. Use your creative gift in a way that would please its benefactor.

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Koontz acknowledges he has “a very low boredom threshold” and wants to be entertained by what he writes. He says he’s been asked, “I want you to write a book that’s very dark and very noir and everybody dies in the end and there’s no meaning to anything.” To which he replies, “You don’t need me to do that. It’s everywhere.”
“That’s not what I do,” Koontz said.“I write about people trying to find hope and redemption in their lives from suspense.”
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Irony is a way of transcending and ultimately extending the limited resources of everyday language — irony uses words to point beyond language.

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Irony entails endless reflection and violent reversals, and ensures incomprehensibility at the moment it compels speech.     Essentially, irony swallows its own stomach.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irony#Irony_as_infinite.2C_absolute_negativity
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Jonah in the belly of the whale as irony swallows the multiple hypocrisy of the Pharisees and teachers of the law when they confront Jesus.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonah#Jonah_in_Christianity
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Irony, reversal, and frustration of expectations are characteristic of Jesus. Does a periscope (short saying — “turn the other cheek”) present opposites or impossibilities? If it does, it’s more likely to be authentic. For example, “love your enemies.”

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peripeteia#Conversion_of_Paul_on_the_road_to_Damascus

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The instantaneous conversion of Paul on the road to Damascus is a classic example of peripeteia.

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Conflict between Western (hubris/mammon) and Arab (rural/rustic/compassionate) civilizations   (the “good” guy sides with the “bad” guys and  the bad guys become the protagonists  — cf. antihero)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_of_Lies_(film)#Themes

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In massage therapy, ischemic (choke off the oxygen) pressure point/compression cut off circulation, and the body responds to the compromise, which strives toward equilibrium, by sending a “flush” of blood and lymph, which contain constituents that temporarily alleviate pain (endorphins), which also “flush” out inflammatory chemicals (substance P, prostaglandins, bradykinin, etc.), and which also contain energy constituents for metabolic recovery for both the myofascial tissue and the neuromuscular junctions.    Such compression enhances eventual mobility and relaxation.
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http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/steven-kalas/it-ll-take-more-bubble-bath-cure-your-stress

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1.   MEANINGLESSNESS

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung said that the crisis of Western civilization was a crisis of meaning. As the great “symbol systems” of our past erode (e.g., the American flag, wedding rings, clear gender symbols, Judeo-Christian symbols), we are left more and more with a culture void of symbolic identity. Our understanding of relationship and intimacy is no longer grounded in depth communion expressed by shared symbols but in the facade of “connectedness” (see Facebook, etc.). Our work is less and less grounded in the symbol of vocation and more and more grounded in “occupation.” That is, something that occupies our time and makes money.

More and more patients enter therapy not to resolve unhappy childhood memories, not to change some unhealthy habit, but to try to express that vague, nagging, painful emptiness of a soul looking for meaning.

Meaninglessness is very stressful.

2.    DENIED EMOTIONS

Imagine standing waste deep in a swimming pool, holding a volleyball. Now, push the ball underwater with one hand. Hold it there, underwater. Give it a minute. As your arm tires, you will notice the ball’s desire to surface. It wants to surface. Demands to surface! Your arm will start to tremble. You have to concentrate. Perhaps a grunt will escape your lips as you bring to bear the effort to keep that ball underwater.

This is what it’s like to deny your emotions. To do anything but feel. Anger, fear, vulnerability, shame, guilt, grief, loss, despair — our culture raises you to deny suffering at all cost.

Undigested, unrecognized, denied emotions are very stressful.

3.     DISRESPECT/CONTEMPT

If a tree is planted in a poison forest, it will fail to thrive. If you rescue the tree by digging it up, repotting it in healthy soil, feed and water it, then the tree will begin to recover and grow. But, once restored to health, if you return it to the poison forest … well, there aren’t enough bubble baths in the world to make living in that forest OK.

This is what it’s like for so many patients. I help them. They begin to thrive and heal in therapy. But, if they must then return to a poison marriage … or return to poison parents … or return to a poison workplace and a poison supervisor … well, relaxation techniques will not ultimately be enough to save them.

Participating in relationships marked by chronic disrespect/contempt is very stressful.

4.     THE DOUBLE BIND

In the 1950s, Gregory Bateson struck upon the idea of the double bind: “A psychological impasse created when a person perceives that someone in a position of power is making contradictory demands, so that no response is appropriate.”

Bateson says the victim of double bind receives contradictory injunctions or emotional messages on different levels of communication (for example, love is expressed by words, and hate or detachment by nonverbal behavior; or a child is encouraged to speak freely, but criticized or silenced whenever he or she actually does so).

No meta-communication is possible — for example, asking which of the two messages is valid or describing the communication as making no sense.

The victim cannot leave the communication field.

Failing to fulfill the contradictory injunctions is punished (for example, by withdrawal of love).

The double bind is often one of the poisons in the poison forest. It is a common strategy (albeit, often unconscious) of folks treating us with chronic disrespect/contempt. It can make you feel like you are losing your mind.

Sure, take time for yourself. That’s a good thing. But, if any of these four stressful dynamics haunt your life, you will have to do something about it.

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You can become your  own refutation. When overpride/vanity/jealousy are your Stygian Triplets, you know you’ve passed into some parallel universe.
This is what fear masked as supreme confidence with emotional manipulation looks like in print.
Methinks thou doth protest too much.
Missing is the “Grace to You” part.
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I no longer lift bread and wine. I lift broken, poured out people. Folks like myself. My meaning in life is to help others find their meaning.
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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/jesus-death-becomes-even-more-powerful-when-this-particular-messiah-also-carries-your-personal-projections-that-is-the-celebritys-life-mirrors-important-pieces-of-your-own-psychic-journey-your/

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Why We Write

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By approaching our writing from this perspective we take our thumb off the scale, and in doing so make conscious what was previously unconscious.

And that is the goal of story: to make meaning out of a set of events.

Growth is painful. To make a choice involves discomfort, because it demands that we take responsibility. But it also means that we get to live in reality. To create from a place of fantasy, of groundlessness, is an escape — which is different than losing ourselves in our work by shedding our ego for a deeper connection to our humanity.
Why we write is more important than what we write because our reason for writing influences the content of our work. It is important to remember that we don’t have to do this. The world is not in a rush for more books. There are more great works of fiction, poetry, memoir, history and pumpkin soup recipes than we will ever have time to consume.

If we’re going to write, it is because we have a desire to express ourselves, even if we don’t quite understand what we wish to say. It might just be an inner yearning, but by making the choice to engage in the process rather than the result, our work has a chance to live. In expressing ourselves, we make what we write essential, if only to ourselves, and by beginning from this place, it has a chance to affect the world.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-goeman/faitheist-social-change-through-storytelling_b_2382772.html

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‘Faitheist’: Social Change Through Storytelling

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America is diverse. However, this diversity occurs in safe, isolated pockets that are stagnant and unengaged with one another. Diana Eck, religious scholar and founder of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, notes that diversity is nothing to be proud of. Diversity is the description of a community, like Tufts or America, where people of different beliefs or backgrounds happen to be in the same location. Pluralism, rather, is the “active seeking of understanding across lines of difference.” It is this engagement that breaks down barriers and guards against prejudice. If we want to make pluralism, rather than diversity, a descriptive fact of our community, we need emissaries to navigate cultural boundaries.
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We need to invite others inside our communities and show them what we value. And we need storytellers.

“Faitheist” works to end this ideological segregation. Chris humanizes atheism by sharing his life and his values –
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Chris aims to end the cycle of isolation and tribalism by encouraging others to contribute their own story to our collective narrative.

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The more we get to know each other, the more our prejudices will dissolve.

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Toward the end of the book, he notes: “The moment I shared my story as a secularist, others felt more comfortable sharing their own.”

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“Faitheist” isn’t just a memoir; it’s a continuation of the biographical heritage established by “Roots”, “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Hiroshima” —

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the books that informed Chris about the radical depths of human suffering and inspired his dedication to justice —

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but it is also the predecessor to a new generation of compassionate voices articulating their beliefs while serving humanity.

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/dont-you-just-love-a-cogent-argument/

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http://www.lvrj.com/blogs/kalas/Playing_with_words_is_fun_as_well_as_meaningful.html

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So, I have come up with three questions. First, why do you write? Second, what inspires you? Third, what do you do to overcome “writers’ block”? — B.F., San Francisco

Why do I write? I write for the same reason people ride roller coasters: It’s a rush. A flow. Movement and rhythm. It’s sensory. Aesthetic.

Words, for me, are like being 8 years old and having a huge bag of Legos. Every day my dictionary contains the same English words, just like every day the bag contains the same Legos. But today I have the chance to assemble them differently! And that’s fun for me.

Why do I write? I write because I love words. I hate jargon, but I love words. Yes, there are a lot of different ways to talk, but words matter.

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The right word can help us apprehend our lives in deeper, more intentional and more meaningful ways.

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There’s a reason the Hebrew verb dabar can mean either “to say” or “to do.” The Hebrew worldview speaks to the power of words: “And God said (emphasis mine), ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”

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Words have a creative force. Until we say “I love you,” there will be something about love that does not yet exist.

Am I a ‘word snob’? Oh, maybe. OK, probably. Dammit, yes! But I don’t think my demeanor is snobbish. More relentless and passionate.

I admire excellence and precision with language. I’m a harsh critic of the way American pop culture lazily conscripts the English language willy-nilly.

Americans tend to think of this — when they think about it at all — as another entitled “freedom.” A creative evolving of language. Most of the time it’s exactly the opposite. We broaden, distort and thereby cheapen the meaning of important words. This undermines meaningful discourse.

In the end, it’s worse than merely me not understanding what you mean to be saying; you no longer can accurately apprehend your own experience with anything like clarity and meaning.

For me, there is only one dictionary: The English Oxford Dictionary. Why? Because it alone is willing to guard the power and meaning of the English lexicon.

If I step out on my front porch, and shout “Labeedoowitz” loudly enough, the word “labeedoowitz” will show up in the next printing of the Rand McNally Dictionary.

OK, that’s hyperbole. But, I swear, coin the word “labeedoowitz” in a hit Broadway musical, and it will indeed be automatically included in the dictionary your son and daughter take to college.

I want to chase people to the dictionary. Regularly. I don’t apologize for using important words when just the right word matters.

I love it when I hear a new word. I interrupt people, right there on the spot. I say, “Ooh, I don’t know that word!” That’s a rush for me. A delicious feeling in my brain.

Why do I write? I write because I’m a compulsive communicator who loves to think out loud. Critical thinking turns me on. I like building an argument the way little boys like Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and Erector Sets.

I even have fun when the argument collapses. My best friends will tell you that I flat out love being wrong. Yep, when someone puts a finger clearly and accurately on the flaw in my argument, my brain stem hums as if I’d just bitten into a vanilla creme chocolate. If your argument can derail my argument, then I’m like a little kid with a new toy! I’ll race back home with your argument. Take it apart. Put it back together. Play with it. Integrate into my worldview, now changed.

Bring me a good argument, and I’ll ask you to marry me. (Uh, metaphorically speaking. I am so off the market.)

What inspires me? Life. Love. Tragedy. Suffering. Redemption. Evil. Beneficence. Truth. Beauty. Moral dilemmas. Mystery. The human journey inspires me, in virtually any form or circumstance.

What do I do to overcome “writers’ block”? Two things. First, I surround myself with deadlines imposed by others in authority over me. I’m inherently lazy. Not much of a self-starter. Without deadlines, I tend to sit around congratulating myself for thinking about all the brilliant things I could write. The thing that best “jump starts” my most creative self is the high expectations of others, especially if I have contractual obligations with them.

Second, I overcome “writers’ block” by writing. It’s like pumping the pump handle on a reluctant well. At some point I stop saying, “When I get a worthy idea, I’ll start writing.” No, I just sit down and start banging the keys, until a worthy idea shows up.

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http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/01/08/f-scott-fitzgerld-on-writing/

F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret of Great Writing

by Maria Popova

What is the secret of great writing? For David Foster Wallace, it was about fun. For Henry Miller, about discovery. Susan Sontag saw it as self-exploration. Many literary greats anchored it to their daily routines. And yet, the answer remains elusive and ever-changing.

In the fall of 1938, Radcliffe College sophomore Frances Turnbull sent her latest short story to family friend F. Scott Fitzgerald. His response, found in F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters (UK; public library) — the same volume that gave us Fitzgerald’s heartwarming fatherly advice and his brilliantly acerbic response to hate mail— echoes Anaïs Nin’s insistence upon the importance of emotional investment in writing and offers some uncompromisingly honest advice on essence of great writing:
November 9, 1938
Dear Frances:
I’ve read the story carefully and, Frances, I’m afraid the price for doing professional work is a good deal higher than you are prepared to pay at present. You’ve got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner. This is especially true when you begin to write, when you have not yet developed the tricks of interesting people on paper, when you have none of the technique which it takes time to learn. When, in short, you have only your emotions to sell.
This is the experience of all writers. It was necessary for Dickens to put into Oliver Twist the child’s passionate resentment at being abused and starved that had haunted his whole childhood. Ernest Hemingway’s first stories ‘In Our Time’ went right down to the bottom of all that he had ever felt and known. In ‘This Side of Paradise’ I wrote about a love affair that was still bleeding as fresh as the skin wound on a haemophile.
The amateur, seeing how the professional having learned all that he’ll ever learn about writing can take a trivial thing such as the most superficial reactions of three uncharacterized girls and make it witty and charming — the amateur thinks he or she can do the same. But the amateur can only realize his ability to transfer his emotions to another person by some such desperate and radical expedient as tearing your first tragic love story out of your heart and putting it on pages for people to see.
That, anyhow, is the price of admission. Whether you are prepared to pay it or, whether it coincides or conflicts with your attitude on what is ‘nice’ is something for you to decide. But literature, even light literature, will accept nothing less from the neophyte. It is one of those professions that wants the ‘works.’ You wouldn’t be interested in a soldier who was only a little brave.
In the light of this, it doesn’t seem worth while to analyze why this story isn’t saleable but I am too fond of you to kid you along about it, as one tends to do at my age. If you ever decide to tell your stories, no one would be more interested than,
Your old friend,
F. Scott Fitzgerald
P.S. I might say that the writing is smooth and agreeable and some of the pages very apt and charming. You have talent — which is the equivalent of a soldier having the right physical qualifications for entering West Point.
Two years prior, in another letter to his fifteen-year-old daughter Scottie upon her enrollment in high school, Fitzgerald offered more wisdom on the promise and perils of writing:
Grove Park InnAsheville, N.C.October 20, 1936
Dearest Scottina:
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Don’t be a bit discouraged about your story not being tops. At the same time, I am not going to encourage you about it, because, after all, if you want to get into the big time, you have to have your own fences to jump and learn from experience. Nobody ever became a writer just by wanting to be one. If you have anything to say, anything you feel nobody has ever said before, you have got to feel it so desperately that you will find some way to say it that nobody has ever found before, so that the thing you have to say and the way of saying it blend as one matter—as indissolubly as if they were conceived together.
Let me preach again for one moment: I mean that what you have felt and thought will by itself invent a new style so that when people talk about style they are always a little astonished at the newness of it, because they think that is only style that they are talking about, when what they are talking about is the attempt to express a new idea with such force that it will have the originality of the thought. It is an awfully lonesome business, and as you know, I never wanted you to go into it, but if you are going into it at all I want you to go into it knowing the sort of things that took me years to learn.
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Nothing any good isn’t hard, and you know you have never been brought up soft, or are you quitting on me suddenly? Darling, you know I love you, and I expect you to live up absolutely to what I laid out for you in the beginning.
Scott
For more wisdom on the writing life, see Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 guidelines for a great story, David Ogilvy’s 10 no-bullshit tips, Henry Miller’s 11 commandments, Jack Kerouac’s 30 beliefs and techniques, John Steinbeck’s 6 pointers, Neil Gaiman’s 8 rules, Margaret Atwood’s 10 practical tips, and Susan Sontag’s synthesized learnings.
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For me, writing begins with an almost dreamlike process. It’s as though my mind goes through some semi-conscious period where things from the past and present seem to coalesce and begin building upon themselves. Sometimes a thought fragment forms, only to fade the way some dreams dissolve as you’re awakening. At other times, an idea imbeds itself and develops with a clear forward trajectory.
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The novel’s story incorporates other aspects of my own and others’ experiences, coupled with large doses of imagination and fantasy. Like all fiction writers, I draw from the things I know well, and borrow heavily from life around me.
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I draw water from the well of my life’s work, and create stories.

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A writer is someone who always has an eye open and an ear cocked. I am no exception.

Drawing from life is at the heart of my novels, although each one begins in its unique way.

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A valuable principle I learned in my Christian ministerial studies was a mentoring metaphor that has never left me. It was idly called the Paul Principle.
Paul was the apostle that came after Jesus had already ascended into heaven. Paul was the adopted step-child of the disciples. He was mentored by Barnabas, was in jail with a peer named Silas, and wrote letters of teaching to a student called Timothy.
The principle was this…
Every man in life should always have a Barnabas, Silas and Timothy if he is to be a complete man.
Always identify your Barnabas, the one who is mentoring and teaching you.
Discover your Silas. The peer who is in the trenches with you and learning life at the same time.
And never forget to pass the torch to a Timothy in your life. The wise saying goes “If you can’t teach it, you really don’t understand it.”
We all have many Barnabas’ along our journey. We all have many Silas’ too. But to avoid complete selfishness, we need to take the wisdom we’ve acquired and impart it to ones like our children, their peers, and anyone else God allows us to come to know in our lifetime.

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Jesus’ death becomes even more powerful when this particular messiah also carries your personal projections. That is, the celebrity’s life mirrors important pieces of your own psychic journey. Your own life dramas. Jesus did this for me with his transparency. His naive nakedness. He was the first “icon” to recognize egotistic “discernment” as insanity, to rightly despise it, and to distance himself from it. Unlike Jesus, celebrities of the flesh like John Lennon, Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, & Judy Garland couldn’t stop seeking it. If one says that a weeping fan’s grief is “unrealistic (and therefore annoying) at a time when so many are struggling with foreclosures, debt, disappearing jobs and other miseries,” I would say quite the opposite — that the sting of this grief is made more acute during these hard times, because we will miss the beauty, the passion, the inspiration and hope that pour through these artists and into our lives especially during times of social misery. Celebrities, and especially artists, provide us a deep mirror into the celebration of being human. Some celebrities become iconic. That is, the mirror they wield reaches into the collective human experience of a culture and sometimes across cultures (such as Waikiki’s Bruno Mars). And the death of an icon is felt painfully and powerfully in a human psyche. The loss is real and meaningful. And so is the grief. John Lennon was a celebrity. In Latin literally “the one who helps us celebrate.” And did he ever help us celebrate. And the price he paid was the burden of fame, fame in Latin meaning “rumor/gossip.” Celebrity is a calling. Fame is simply nuts. In the end fame killed him. If anybody needs forgiveness here, it’s us. Just as fame killed Lennon, we killed Jesus (mob hysteria after Jesus cleansed the temple of the mammon money changers). For then are when we need our leaders most.

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/jesus-death-becomes-even-more-powerful-when-this-particular-messiah-also-carries-your-personal-projections-that-is-the-celebritys-life-mirrors-important-pieces-of-your-own-psychic-journey-your/

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Right hearts, minds, and actions in sequential order

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New Testament external prompts correlate with the convergence of the human and holy spirit and the sacred items in the Ark of the Covenant

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christian-piatt/following-jesus-isnt-prim_b_6740148.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

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Right thought or belief is generally called “orthodoxy,”[New Testament prompt of sipping wine-conscience/Old Testament Aaron’s Rod]

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while right action is called “orthopraxy.” [New Testament prompt of breaking bread-fellowship/Old Testament manna]

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And sometimes we seem to assume that these are the only things to focus on, or even that one is somehow superior to the other.

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In studying the teachings and words of Jesus, however, I’m coming to embrace the sense that “orthopathy,” or right-heartedness [New Testament prompt of Lord’s table-intuition/Old Testament Torah Scroll], is a critical third leg [actually the first leg] of the proverbial stool.   This right-heartedness actually helps lead us to the path we’re seeking for the other two.

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Consider the Greatest Commandment, which Jesus claims is foundational to all other laws and commandments. He’s not saying that the Ten Commandments are irrelevant or that the 600-plus Jewish laws should be cast aside. Far from it, in fact. By focusing on loving God with all we are, loving all our neighbors (“all” really does mean all) and even loving ourselves in kind, everything else falls into its proper place.

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He doesn’t say that the Greatest Commandment is to claim a certain set of beliefs, get baptized or go to a certain church.

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He doesn’t say that the virtues of action to which we are called in the Beatitudes are paramount.

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But at the same time, he’s not diminishing or undermining these.

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Rather, he’s helping bring them into greater fullness (perfection) by focusing first and foremost on loving. Not just love as a claim or feeling but as a verb, a worldview, a lens through which we understand all of creation. When we are driven by such all-encompassing, consuming, perfect and sacrificial love [New Testament prompt of living water-convergence of the human & holy spirit/Old Testament Tablets of Stone], the beliefs and actions fall into place.

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In this way, the teachings of Jesus dovetail elegantly with the teachings of the Buddha:

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Perhaps we focus on orthodoxy and orthopraxy more because, in many ways, they’re easier to measure. Also important is that they are easier to wield over others, in assessing whether or not they are worthy of salvation, inclusion, or (fill in the blank). But the act of living into perfect love is terrifying, partly because it is perpetually unfinished business.

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Also, it is radically subversive, because the rule of love (rather than the rule of law) cannot be used to consolidate and exert power over one another.

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And in the best ways possible, it subverts the very systems of power we have built to contain, control and even marginalize those without power and privilege.

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I know that for some this is a significant shift in understanding what is at the heart of following Jesus. It is shockingly simple but never, ever easy. It is accessible by all yet controlled by none.

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It is the way, the truth, the life. And it is so much bigger than any church, denomination or religion. To me, that is good news; that is gospel.

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No matter the rather undeserved propping up of Shakespeare on the backs of our Gospel Authors. Kudos to Shakespeare for Shakespeare’s own search for the mystery and the Truth of Jesus!

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Which, by the way, says a lot about shunned predestination pariah John Calvin, who is Shakespeare’s total opposite on salvation.

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Looking at the frayed Calvin proselyting about Man’s venality & depravity amid predecessor reformer Martin Luther’s Reformation in the north latitudes, one easily accepts Calvin’s admonition about the evil of Ego/overpride as our worst affliction/contagion.

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/the-take-away-which-is-a-huge-lesson-to-learn-from-some-contemporary-evangelicals-is-that-calvin-did-not-impose-onto-the-gospels-a-view-of-how-the-bible-ought-to-work-as-gods-word-rather/

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Calvin correctly says that the best Man can hope for is a release from Hell’s Iniquity by choosing Jesus as our Lord & Savior.

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Has anything changed from early Church father Augustine to intellectual Aquinas (Summa Theologica) 800 years after Augustine, to us today 800 years after Aquinas??? 1200 AD Aquinas is equidistant by 800 yrs. after Augustine & 800 yrs. before us today — yet nothing has changed in our depraved nature from 400 AD Augustine to us today, not to mention from Jesus’ crucifixion to Augustine 400 yrs. later.

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No, not in our own mental/intellectual gymnastics/tortuous rationalizations on predestination vs. free will.

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And certainly not in our innate venal toxic nature.

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We are as detestable today as we were when we crucified Jesus in the mob hysteria of those 6 days 2000 years ago.

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Imagine, we sing Hosanna, even the stones shout Hosanna, as Jesus marches into Jerusalem sideway on a donkey’s colt.

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And no later than you can bat an eyelash, we crucify Jesus because

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Jesus cleans out the temple of everything evil about us.

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No, we are no better today than that week when Jesus died for our sins. Like I say, John Calvin has something here, baby!! ;-)

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Augustine and Luther came to Christ thru Romans and Galatians.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistle_to_the_Romans

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Epistle to the Romans is the 6th Book in the new Testament, and is the longest of the Pauline epistles. It is considered Paul’s most important theological legacy.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauline_epistles

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A man is

no more a Christian

by being in church

than I am a car

by being in my carport.

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Biologically, homo sapiens are and always have been animals built for and thriving in troops. More politely, community! No life form is more vulnerable than a human being alone — environmentally, psychologically, spiritually. Yes, I’m aware that some individuals spend much of their adult lives in radical seclusion. But I have yet to meet the individual living thusly who freely chooses this life from a place of thriving mental health.

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love! Learn to be faithful and constant in relationship! For such is the measure of any significant spiritual path. “It is not good for the Man to be alone.” (Judaism) “Where two or more would gather in My name, there I will be in your midst.” (Christianity) The Hindus, the Buddhists, the Muslims, the premodern animists — all of these ways of life come down to the discipline of bridling the human ego in service to love and faithfulness in relationship.

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But, as I’ve said, and as your own question concludes, you are one of the folks with whom you are obliged in relationship. The Golden Rule — “Love your neighbor as yourself” — presupposes this. In fact, The Golden Rule makes a huge presumptive leap that you do have a relationship of regard with self. Have you ever been “loved” by someone who despises him/herself? You won’t like it in the long run.

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It has been said that our lives are wasted until we can love something or someone more than ourselves. I completely agree. My insistence remains, however, that selfless love finds its nexus, paradoxically, in regard for self! Self-respect. Self-love. People without regard for self can love, yes, but there is always a thread of brokenness in that love. Or, as my friend says, when co-dependents are about to die, someone else’s life flashes before their eyes!

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So, taken as an existential inquiry, I think your question becomes a dog chasing its tail. Taken sentimentally, we become ruled by sentiment. But, taken objectively, as “personal economy,” if you will, I think your question lies at the very heart of learning anything about love and relationship at all! Because love — “primary concern,” as you say — is not a feeling. Love is an act. It is possible to exercise a “primary concern” for someone about whom you harbor hateful feelings. Some folks would say this is the very zenith of human love.

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Objectively, your question pushes us toward the necessity of two psychological maturities: discernment (the ability to understand what’s going on) and stewardship (the ability to weigh and measure what you have and don’t have to give, and, if you do have it, whether you should). These two things lie at the heart of all ethical deliberation and, in any given moment, shape the answer to your question regarding where your primary concern should be.

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Here’s a banal illustration: I’m on an airplane as I type this. Before takeoff, the attendant gave us the safety lecture. She said that, while they never anticipate a sudden loss of cabin pressure, should it occur, oxygen masks would drop down from overhead. She said that, if I was traveling with a small child who needed assistance with the mask, that I should put mine on first.

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In short, as a function of discernment and stewardship of my “concern economy,” I should in this case make myself my primary concern. I assume because, were I to lose consciousness, my primary concern for my child would immediately become a moot point.

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No primary concern for self matters unless it obliges us in relationship with others. No primary concern for others is completely healthy unless it reflects a healthy regard for self.

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The Last Shall be First — Jesus

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Devoting oneself to others is at the heart of all the world’s major faiths.

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If we are devoted to a higher purpose (e.g. hope in salvation), love and compassion become the whole point and our goals become more important than what we get in return for them.

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The blind will see and those who see will become blind. John 9:39-41 Those who become blind also will blind themselves as experts (ability to see). Thence those who become blind shall continue to remain ignorant. — Chiasmus

http://www.biblelimericks.com/?limerick=john-941-blind-seeing-seeing-blind
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After staring at me several seconds, she burst out laughing and I joined her. She left that session, smiling, shaking her head and marveling, ‘The luck of the draw.’ I might say that I’d come to this conclusion some time before about my own experiences.”
See, a therapist focused on textbooks and technique might have answered, all sincere and philosophical: “I don’t know. Why do you think this happened to you?” But patients deserve more than a Human Echo Chamber. They deserve more than nodding, staring and “Mmm.” They need human reparative interaction.
Well, yeah. Of course.
With all respect to the practitioner’s training and expertise, maybe the heartbeat of effective therapy is 50 minutes of acutely focused, directed, authentically present and respectful human relationship.
 
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Needless suffering is of this world, stuck in this tragic and indifferent life.

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Indeed, true love endures.

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It’s just that you need to close the gestalt of being in love with the person who no longer loves you

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before what endures can be apprehended

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True love endures. That’s a good thing.

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But true love is different from needless suffering for the rest of your life.

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At the end of the day, we have to grow a self-respect sufficient not to want someone who doesn’t want us.

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Preface to Susan Sarandon’s undying line below — the gumshoe/private eye says to Susan Sarandon’s character Beverly Clark (on tailing Bev’s hubby played by Richard Gere) that couples get married for passion, not protocol. Susan’s character Bev in turn responds via her eternal line below.

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We need a witness to our lives. There are billions of people on this planet…

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I mean, what does any one life really mean?

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The good things, the bad things, the mundane things…

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‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it.

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Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness’.”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdBATA_Ag5s

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Rose teasingly tells Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack in the 1997 blockbuster movie Titanic –

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As sage Steven Kalas intones (Love’s Purple Heart is won) –

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Once upon a time you stood before an altar

And you promised not to leave

You held each other’s hand and dreamed a sweet forever

Love brought angels to your knees

Oh, the days they do fly by

Count the tears that you have cried

Count the laughter and the lies

Count your love and times love died

And here you stand together, battle-scarred and torn

The locks of fairy tales have fallen, long since shorn

Love has chosen you, blessed you, crucified you

See what you’ve become

Love’s Purple Heart is won

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You promised to believe

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Jesus knew rejection through his life. The people of Nazareth, his own hometown, rejected him (Luke 4:26-30). Still others wondered about him because of that hometown. “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked (John 1:46). People rejected much of his teaching. Many questioned the origin of his teachings and do not accept him as he was born poor, the son of Joseph the carpenter. In Matthew 21:42, Jesus talks about the stone the builders rejected. The story is a revelation about Jesus, himself.

The Gospels say that Jesus travelled a lot and suggest he entered villages where he found no place to rest. Luke’s Gospel tells of one time Jesus was not welcomed in a Samaritan village (Luke 9:51-53). Jesus’ comment on the experience could imply this happened frequently (Luke 9:58).

Remember the last few hours of Jesus’ life before his crucifixion. Many people and groups rejected Jesus, including those closest to him. Judas betrayed Jesus and identified him in the Garden of Gethsemane for those who came to arrest him. The disciples all ran away in fear when Jesus was arrested. Peter, who said that he would never desert Jesus, ended up denying Jesus three times (John 18:15-27). The high priest, the chief priests, the elders and scribes rejected Jesus and wanted him put to death.

The religious leaders took Jesus to Pilate for a trial. Pilate did not want any trouble and since it was the governor’s custom to release one prisoner during Passover, he asked the crowd, “Which do you want me to release, Barabbas or Jesus?” (Matthew 27:17). The crowds chose Barabbas and rejected Jesus, leaving him to be crucified.

At the final moment of his life, Jesus felt the ultimate rejection. On the cross at the ninth hour Jesus cries out “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45). Jesus knows and understands rejection. Jesus exemplified rejection.

Tremendous pain comes with rejection. The experience can feel like one has been thrown into a spiraling emotional and spiritual black hole and lead one to wonder if there is hope of return to a normal life.

Rejection fills life.

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Sometimes our dreams overreach immutable realities (my body simply wasn’t designed to fly like a bird).

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The good life, then, requires us to tightrope this paradox: We must never stop dreaming … yet also we must learn to say goodbye to some dreams.

If we stop dreaming, our lives become one-dimensional, static, not fully alive. If we don’t know how and when to say goodbye to a dream, we get stuck in embittered, nostalgic quicksand.

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James Kavanaugh publishes “Celebrate the Sun: A Love Story.” In it we meet protagonist Harry Langendorf Pelican. Like his seagull compatriot, Harry rejects the ordinary life of a pelican and reaches outward for his own potential. Like Jonathan, Harry falls into disfavor from family and friends. He considers his willingness to suffer the disfavor as a measure of his depth, commitment and bravery.

Then Harry’s mother dies. And Harry is confronted with limits. No amount of affirming our life’s potential or hurling ourselves boldly in that potential changes the fact that there is, in the end, no such thing as limitless freedom.

The most joyous human freedoms emerge, paradoxically, from surrender to limits.

Kavanaugh’s book critiques Bach’s book. And I knew I must choose. And I did, finally, choose. I decided. I know it sounds like a riddle, but I decided there is ever-so-much more potential for freedom in limits. I began to see the idea of limitlessness as … limiting.

Bach says, “You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self — here and now. And nothing can stand in your way.”

I concluded, “Oh, actually tons of things can stand in your way. That’s the wonder and joy of it: the journey of finding authentic selfhood when so many things are standing in the way.”

Bach says, “If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they’re yours. If they don’t, they never were.”

I concluded, “If you love someone, choose them with your whole heart! Never stop having high expectations of him/her, or of yourself!”

Bach says, “If you argue for your limitations, you get to keep them.”

I concluded, “Yes, many limitations are in fact self-imposed. Rethink those, for sure. But other limitations are immutable. We’re mortal. We age, weaken and die. We suffer. We grieve. We cannot will our own goodness. We cannot, no matter what we achieve, ever be wiser or stronger than The Mystery. Life will continue to happen, independent of our striving to be the sole author of our fate.”

Humility is the doorway to all the greatest treasures of the human experience.

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/idyllic-imperatives-in-this-tragic-and-indifferent-life/

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It’s a fine line. Easy to cross. Way too easy for me, anyway. And I cross it at my own peril.

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Leonard Cohen, in the chorus of his song “Anthem,” says that all any of us can ultimately do is “Ring the bells that still can ring / Forget your perfect offering / There is a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in. That’s how the light gets in. That’s how the light gets in.”
Where are the cracks and imperfections in your life?
How might those places of seeming weakness paradoxically be the most powerful invitations you will ever have in this life to “let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are,” to let go of our culture’s addiction to certainty and the myth of permanent satisfaction — and instead to savor and celebrate the gifts of the life that already have: right here and now.
I will conclude by offering you this blessing from one of my favorite liturgists Jan Richardson. In this life, we all have our different struggles, gifts, and graces:
May you have the vision to recognize the door that is yours,
the Courage to open it,
and the wisdom to walk through.
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Deepest reverential silence

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Elijah calls out to God to show Himself. God does not manifest in the earthquake, nor the fire, but in a still small voice — the might of the Holy.

http://biblehub.com/1_kings/19-12.htm

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The deepest inner quiet is more powerful than any outward manifestation — noise is not organic righteous activity — but simply an external show — yet the inner voice grows as living proof of God. Not just being, but doing — from the inside.

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Analogously, deep calls to deep in the roar of the waterfall. The mystery, mysticism, and miracles of the Divine. http://biblehub.com/psalms/42-7.htm

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The psalmist comes to see that there is no silence; the answer coming from God is deeper than words. God is present, and speaking, but what he’s saying isn’t resting on the surface waters of life. This is a season where deep is calling to deep or, as Thomas Kelly phrases it, a time of going “down into the recreating silences.” — James Emery White

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James Emery White: The Silence of God — Perhaps it’s not silence we’re encountering while we seek God, but rather a pregnant pause — a prompting to engage in personal reflection so that the deepest of answers, the most profound of responses, can be given and received.

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http://www.preaching.com/sermons/11545530/page-5/

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Silence.

In truth, it was the deepest conversation we had ever had. God was moving within me,

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Many of the hidden truths of Christianity have been misunderstood or lost. Read them with the eyes of the mystics rather than interpreting them through rational thought. Filled with sayings, stories, quotations, and appeals to the heart, specific methods for identifying dualistic thinking are presented with simple practices for stripping away ego and the fear of dwelling in the present.
 
 
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In the 16th century, Saint John of the Cross famously described not being able to talk with God as “the Dark Night of the Soul.” The 17th-century Benedictine mystic Fr. Augustine Baker called it the “great desolation.” This also is known as spiritual dryness.
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The term “dark night (of the soul)” is used in Christianity for a spiritual crisis in a journey towards union with God, like that described by Saint John of the Cross.
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Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, a 19th-century French Carmelite, wrote of her own experience. Centering on doubts about the afterlife, she reportedly told her fellow nuns, “If you only knew what darkness I am plunged into, a night of nothingness.”

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Contrary to the mistaken belief by some that the doubts by these saints expressed would be an impediment to canonization, just the opposite is true; it is very consistent with the experience of canonized mystics.

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The term the “dark night of the soul“ describes a particular stage in the growth of spiritual mystic masters.

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While this crisis is usually temporary in nature, it may last for extended periods. The “dark night” of Saint Paul of the Cross in the 18th century lasted 45 years, from which he ultimately recovered.
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Mother Teresa’s diaries show that she experienced spiritual dryness for most of her life. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, according to letters released in 2007, “may be the most extensive such case on record,” lasting from 1948 almost up until her death in 1997, with only brief interludes of relief between.
Franciscan Friar Father Benedict Groeschel, a friend of Mother Teresa for a large part of her life, claims that “the darkness left” towards the end of her life.
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This is a form of spiritual crisis experienced subjectively as a sense of separation from God or lack of spiritual feeling, especially during contemplative prayer. Paradoxically, spiritual dryness can lead to greater love of God.

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Such inability to communicate with God actually provides an opportunity to reach deeper in connecting with God, as seen in the seed that fell on the rocks in Parable of the Sower, as well as to the Grain of Wheat allegory found in the Gospel of John.

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Such “passive purification” bears fruit which are “the purification of love, until the soul is so inflamed with love of God that it feels as if wounded and languishes with the desire to love Him still more intensely.”

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/paul-is-a-mystic-he-thinks-mystically-writes-mystically-teaches-mystically-and-lives-mystically-and-expects-other-christians-to-do-likewise-paul-the-first-writer-in-the-christian-bible/

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Paul, the first writer in the Christian Bible; the very first theologian in the West, was a mystic.

 
 
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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/in-praise-of-mystic-christian-jo-anne-silva-i-recognized-that-our-seminaries-could-teach-us-how-to-think-and-even-how-to-apply-the-truths-of-scriptures-to-certain-situations-but-our-seminaries-did/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/richard-hays-echoes-of-scripture-in-the-letters-of-paul-pauls-readings-of-scripture-are-not-constrained-by-a-historical-scrupulousness-about-the-original-meaning-of-the-texts-esch/

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Richard Hays’ Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul: Paul’s readings of Scripture are not constrained by a historical scrupulousness about the original meaning of the texts. Eschatological meaning subsumes original sense….

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who reveals the gospel through Scripture in surprising ways.

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In such interpretations, there is an element of playfulness, but the freedom of intertextual play is grounded in a secure sense of the continuity of God’s grace: Paul trusts the same God who spoke through Moses to speak still in his own transformative reading. Just as my lectionary commentary invites Christians to read the Bible as Jesus read the ‘Bible’ in his day (with a hermeneutic of love), Hays’ work invites us to embrace the same freedom to interpret the Bible that Paul with other ancient commentators claimed. — sage Carl Gregg

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http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+4%3A24&version=KJV

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Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life—gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. As soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us, He begins to fill our lives with surprises. When we become simply a promoter or a defender of a particular belief, something within us dies. That is not believing God—it is only believing our belief about Him. Jesus said, “. . . unless you . . . become as little children . . .” (Matthew 18:3). The spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, just uncertain of what He is going to do next. If our certainty is only in our beliefs, we develop a sense of self-righteousness, become overly critical, and are limited by the view that our beliefs are complete and settled. But when we have the right relationship with God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy. Jesus said, “. . . believe also in Me” (John 14:1), not, “Believe certain things about Me”. Leave everything to Him and it will be gloriously and graciously uncertain how He will come in—but you can be certain that He will come. Remain faithful to Him.
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Sometimes you have to go to hell [deepest self-reflection, unlovely as well as lovely].

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Oh, I’m NOT talking about religion here.

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In fact, I don’t use the word “hell” very often to describe some afterlife place of deliberate torment as punishment for not belonging to the right religion.

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No, when I say you sometimes have to go to hell, I mean a very immediate, very real, “here and now” experience [existential introspection].

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You don’t have to die to go to hell. Though going there will feel like dying.

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Hell paralyzes normal thinking and feeling. Sleeping and eating become less necessary. It is dark and empty down there. In hell, some people cry and wail and clutch carpet. Others sit, dazed, in unlit rooms for minutes or hours on end. Not much use for words in hell. But, if you’ve ever been there, you know. You remember.

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You cannot take any prior learning, wisdom or life experience into hell with you. You can’t even take what you learned the last time you were there. If you could, it wouldn’t be hell.

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We go to hell with nothing. We go to hell to be nothing, for a necessary while, because hell burns down the identity in which we have heretofore reveled in supreme confidence [leave behind your inflated ego!].

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A variety of circumstance and happenstance can summon us to hell. But the different occasions have in common a grief beyond knowing.

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Beyond words. A loss beyond measuring. Someone dies. Someone betrays you. The one and only love of your life … leaves. Maybe you have a random, capricious, could-have-happened-to-anybody accident that leaves someone dead. Disfigured. Permanently disabled. Or maybe you are confronted with the consequences and humiliation of your own egregious dereliction. Grave moral failure. You burn down your life, reputation and important relationships in an act of wanton, desperate stupidity and selfishness.

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Hell is the place we go to face eviscerating, sledgehammer loss. Loss that changes you. Forever you’ll be different.

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When life demands our descent into hell, we have two choices.

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Or we can refuse to go, at least for a while. Sometimes for a long while. But woe to the person who puts off this journey.

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Because every strategy for putting off this journey leads to … hell. But it’s a different hell than the life-changing (if terrifying) descent described above.

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The hell we enter by putting off hell is “mere suffering,” as opposed to a meaningful suffering. It is a pathos. An absurdity, as opposed to a redemption.

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Alcoholism, for example, can be seen as a strategy for putting off hell. I’ll never forget my friend who, 20 years sober, said: “There should be a sign on the door of AA meetings that says ‘Sobriety is Hell.’ Because the first thing that happens to drunks who stop drinking is … it gets worse. And then it gets better.”

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There are treasures in hell. My spiritual director spoke of two treasures, specifically: “In hell you will meet your True Self,… and you will meet God as you have never known him before.”

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No one can accompany you to hell. If someone could go with you, it wouldn’t be hell. Friends, family, beloved mates – these people can walk you to the entrance of hell. They can wait for you on the rim of hell. But hell, by definition, is a place we go alone.

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Twice in my life I’ve been to hell. It changes everything. Both times the experience made for more of me. That is, my True Self. I had more depth. More humility. I learned more about love and gratitude.

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But that’s not to say the journey is without cost. One of the costs, of course, is the way the journey changes the names and faces in your innermost trusted circles.

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When you come out of hell, there will be people standing there with you and for you who you never would have imagined would still be standing there.

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And, likewise there will be people not standing there any longer who you would have bet your life would still be standing there.

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The former will surprise and delight you. The latter will break your heart.

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Those relationships will never be the same. And you’ll never understand either list. It will always be a mystery.

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I’m saying there’s nothing like going to hell for showing you what friends, family and soul mates are made of.

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Hell sifts through the pretenders.

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Who, in your life, was still standing there when you came out the other side of hell?

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/my-wish-for-christian-keenan-1-corinthians-1510-filled-with-grace-within/

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When you know that a Christian is dead inside (e.g. needlessly suffering by being angry with the world), then it’s time for Biblical Paul’s recitation on inner Grace – being regenerated, called, sanctified —

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The heretofore unsearchable/unreachable solace of Christ

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Grace gives us the desire and the power from God to do His will —

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_grace#Christianity

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When it comes to helping people in need, one of the stories that should spark our imagination remains Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan.
 
 
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The aspect of the parable I would point out here is its personal nature [very specific].

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To demonstrate how (and to whom) we ought to show compassion

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Jesus does not speak in generalities.

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where one individual (the Samaritan) must make a decision about how
 
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to treat another specific individual (the Jew set upon by robbers).

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Christian mercy is not about generalized theories,

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For example, “love your enemies.”
 
 
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Turning common-sense ideas upside down, confounding the expectations of His audience:

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He/Jesus preached of “Heaven’s imperial rule” [traditionally translated as “Kingdom of God“]
 
 
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as being already present but unseen;
 
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He depicts God as a loving father;
 
 
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He squares shoulders with outsiders

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and criticizes insiders.

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Christ evokes not simply an apocalyptic eschatology/end-time,
 
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which encourages all of God’s children to repair the world NOW.
 
 
 
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dramatic presentation and reversal of expectations that are characteristic of Jesus.

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Based on several important narrative parables [such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan],
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scholars decided that irony, reversal, and frustration of expectations were characteristic of Christ’s style.

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Does a pericope/concise passage illustrate opposites or impossibilities?
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One-third of the Bible consists of Parables/Pericopes/aphorisms.

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The poor are accepted as constituting the primary recipients of the Good News and, therefore,
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That’s pretty threatening for any comfortable Christian.
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The poor, the sick and the outcast “got” Him better than the wealthy did.
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Perhaps because there was less standing between the poor and God.
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Less stuff [pride].
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Maybe that’s why Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew, “You will have treasure in heaven, and follow me.”
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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/sage-don-milam-his-powers-of-persuasion-were-honed-by-his-ability-to-see-beyond-the-ordinary-he-loved-the-story-method-of-getting-his-point-across-everyone-loves-a-good-story-and-jesus-could-tel/

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Sage Don Milam: His powers of persuasion were honed by His ability to see beyond the ordinary. He loved the story method of getting His point across. Everyone loves a good story, and Jesus could tell a good story. He liked to end His stories with a twist that left the hearers walking away scratching their heads and thinking about them for many hours to come. The aphorisms and parables of Jesus function in a particular way: they are invitational forms of speech. Jesus used them to invite his hearers to see something they might not otherwise see. As evocative forms of speech, they tease the imagination into activity, suggest more than they say, and invite a transformation in perception. Drawing pictures from their own familiar world, He arrested their minds, captured their imaginations, and opened them ever so gently to the stirrings of the ancient language deep within them. Jesus liked to put His listeners in almost every story He told, and by the way, you and I were there as well—the least, the last, the little and the lost. These were the objects of His loving attention in those stories He told.

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In the case of Christ we have a unique form of persuasion. It is like what happens when an error in our viewpoint is shown to us, and our mind reassembles around the truth that we have not seen. But it is unlike this process in that the truth that takes us over is not a correct proposition but a person. (Sebastian Moore) — sage Don Milam

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Jesus violated every conceivable tradition when it came to His associations with the marginalized of Jewish society. He infuriated the Pharisees with every compassionate touch. The Qumran community of the Essenes had an unconditional law: “No madman, or lunatic, or simpleton, or fool, no blind man, or maimed, or lame, or deaf man, and no minor shall enter the community. “Jesus came to shatter these man-made laws with the vengeance of Heaven. It was these very rejected ones whom He had come to save. To the Pharisees He declared, ‘But go and learn what this means, “I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,” for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ The Pharisees surrounded themselves with the rich, the wise, the educated, and the elite of society. Jesus, conversely, surrounded Himself with the poor, the uneducated, the rejected, and the outcasts of society.” — sage Don Milam

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhema#Modern_usage

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Again, application of Scripture to this world.

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“… the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

In this usage Rhema refers to “a word that is spoken,” when the Holy Spirit delivers a message to the heart as in Romans 10:17:

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. (rhematos Christou)”

and in the Matthew 4:4:

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word (rhema) that comes from the mouth of God”.

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Unfortunately, religion can be and often is a cover for abuse of power. When a person has suffered in such a context, I think he or she has every right to speak up about it—even years later—as part of their recovery and to let people know such things happen—so that they can be on guard against it.
I find it highly ironic that so many pious Christians have a problem with fellow believers standing up to abusive leaders.
 
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Anyone who dared to speak truth about abusive power, corruption or incompetence in high places was slapped with those labels, marginalized and often excluded.
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http://www.gaychurch.org/The_Word/Encouragement/Jesus_God’s_Word_to_Mankind.htm

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Jesus attacked and confounded the conventional wisdom of His day—the accepted psyche of the Jewish community.

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He reversed religious order, violated accepted social practices, and challenged the motivations of men’s actions. Scripture does not say that God helps those who help themselves, as the elite of society falsely believe. Instead, just the opposite is the case. God helps those who help others, and God helps those who cannot help themselves! [secular naysayers intone that forgiveness and closure are imaginary “nothings”]

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In His stories He made the “bad guys” the “good guys” and the good guys were made the bad guys.

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The less honorable were made heroes in the stories of Jesus.

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The religious and the rich were always the villains.

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The only judgment to be found in His stories was against the righteous and the rich. What was that judgment? They were judged by the Father’s love. The compassion of their heavenly Father exposed the hypocrisy of their lives.

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Be careful what you wish for—the recognition of others, the riches of success, and the rewards of religion.

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In your attempts to move up the ladder you are actually descending. Pursuit of the first place will put you in the last place.

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Jesus challenged the established precepts upon which Jewish society was built. So-called notions like “hard work brings its rewards. Everyone gets what he deserves. The righteous will prosper. No rest for the wicked. Life is about rewards, requirements, judgments, and success.” –

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These precepts never prevailed in the stories of Jesus. They always ended up taking the brunt of the story. They were relics of the old ways of religion and just did not fit in the coming kingdom.

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Forgiveness, compassion and mercy are the golden threads of the gospel that Jesus wove through His every story as proclamations of the Good News. To sinners He extended gentle invitations. Come to Him and receive water, come and eat to never hunger again, come receive forgiveness, come receive life, come follow Me.

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His critics, those who rejected Him, did not understand the gospel parables because Jesus gathered the despised around Him.

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Because the overproud pharisees were expecting a day of wrath (against society’s “throw-aways/reh-fuse”), the religious elite closed their hearts to the Good News Jesus was proclaiming in His stories. It was pharisee cheap grace. Sloppy agape.

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To the overproud pharisees & mammon men/women, no one pleased God by simply being needy and willing. Otherwise, why had the elites of society spent their whole lives training for and toiling in the ministry. What was the use of unfaltering piety? The religious authorities had too good an opinion of themselves. To these men the gospel was an offense because it exposed them—their religiosity, hypocrisy and pride—and that was intolerable.

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“But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.”

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“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

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“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”

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And said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me;

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for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”

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Drawing back the metaphoric curtain, Jesus revealed to the world the hidden language of God—the secret messages that unlock the gate of Heaven. “ ‘I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world’ ” (see Matthew 13:34-35). Understanding the secret meaning behind these words is at the very core of hearing God.

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This is why Jesus was so insistent that His apostles decipher His words and not just listen to the literal stories, encapsulating what He had to say.

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“And He said to them, ‘Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables?’ ” (see Mark 4:13-14).

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Interpreting Scripture requires an understanding of spiritual language, the hidden truth that lies just beneath its surface.

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The Penetrating Questions of Jesus Jesus manifested a profound ability to ask the right question at the right time.

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He knew what lay in the dark corners of men’s hearts.

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Through the use of questions He exposed the motivations of the hearers—not to shame but to heal them.

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Through the use of the poignant question, Jesus gently uncovered the realties of our inward life, the life seen by no one.

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But Jesus sees it.

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He knows what is in the heart of man because He has traveled the corridors of every man’s heart.

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In fact, as many of us have discovered, sometimes to our chagrin, He sees our hearts better than we do.

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By the power of the query He turns the light on our inward parts.

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The questions of Jesus were much different from the interrogations of the religious leaders: The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax- collectors and sinners?” Luke 5:30

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Some of the Pharisees said, “Why do you do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” Luke 6:2 “Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” Luke 20:22

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The questions of religious men are crafted that they might expose for the purpose of judging and condemning. In contrast, the questions of Jesus were specifically designed to reveal for the purpose of healing.

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Most of us live in the external world rarely examining the inward way of the soul. We are more comfortable with the light turned off in our inner life because we know there are things buried we’d rather not have to confront.

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Questions force us to look inward, examining our motivations, fears, desires, and aspirations.

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Jesus had mastered the art of asking questions, and through the effective use of a question He opened a door to the inward world of man and led him to places rarely visited.

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Many are the questions Jesus posed to His enemies and followers. Lifted out of their ancient setting, these questions can still challenge us to look into our hearts.

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“But what did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ palaces!” Matthew 11:8 But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” Matthew 12:48 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15 “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26 And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith? Mark 4:40 “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?” John 5:44 “But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” John 5:47

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Questions such as these test our ability to look deeply at spiritual reality while they also force us to peer beneath the surface of life.

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Our attempts to look for the answers to the questions and the struggle to express those answers open new pathways of personal and spiritual reality.

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We will either answer with a quick knee jerk religious reaction, or we will wait and let the question probe deeper into our inner self, shedding light on the things we have shoved down because we could not face them.

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If we allow the question to do its job, it will search us and reveal the hidden, broken places in our hearts that it may accomplish what Father intended.

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The religious rulers avoided the “unclean” in the Jewish community, but Jesus made them His friends. This attachment to the “common” man was a thorn in the side of the religious community. It was unsettling to their beloved positions. It exposed their hearts hardened by religious tradition and pride. — Don Milam

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His actions were in perfect harmony with his words. No contradiction existed to create confusion or disappointment in those who followed Him. His life was a living symbol of the very words He spoke. He was a book read of all men. The love of the Father was fleshed out in His daily associations with the very lowest in the caste system of society and religion. He ate meals with the untouchables, defended the prostitutes, healed the afflicted and pursued the oppressed. And He didn’t do this to make a statement. He preferred these people. He truly enjoyed their company. And they all in turn were at ease in the Jesus’ presence; all, that is, but the religious leaders who despised this reversal of established order in their precious community. Personally, I think they would have liked to be at some of those parties with Jesus, but they couldn’t bear not being the guests of honor. It was unthinkable for them to have to take the lower seats with the riff raff. — Don Milam

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Jesus’ mind-blowing reversal/frustration of all expectations — turning common-sense ideas upside down, confounding us all — Jesus sparks our beautifully deepest, imaginative “opposites/impossibilities of thought,” to say the least!!

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At the soup kitchen for the homeless, a paranoid guy rants and rages with the food servers. Angelic gorgeous patron Pauline soothingly and fluidly comes up to the servers and says, “Please forgive my ex-husband for acting up like this.” And just like that, presto/voila, the whole world is a changed place — for the better!!

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As Gary reflected back to me about this incident, Gary thought aloud that wow, thankfully we have a Black U.S. President, and we don’t have segregated buses any more. And that on the golden anniversary of MLK’s March on Washington, MLK must be smiling in heaven right now.

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the key is that this incident in Biloxi Miss. in 1961 is not Gary’s burden to bear.

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That thankfully, Gary has not had to carry this burden of man’s inhumanity.

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That Gary did the right thing and treated people of color as equals.

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That such righteous conduct as manifested by Gary in 1961 is Jesus’ love for all so incredibly exemplified by Jesus disciple Gary.

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Two more Jesus moments as exemplars of Jesus’ Love:

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Jimmy Carter’s incredulous Playboy interview to save the lost souls of pornography (pornography outprofits all sports combined)

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/mind-blowing-still-today-37th-anniversary-president-jimmy-carter-brilliantly-moved-evangelical-christianity-closer-to-the-american-mainstream-via-his-playboy-interview-to-save-pornographys-los/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/augustinian-meme-tear-down-the-wall-of-fearpretenseself-importance-no-not-from-reagans-1987-berlin-wall-crucible-but-from-pink-floyds-roger-waters-1979-the-wall-movie-tribute/

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We, in our mob hysteria, believed ourselves to embody Jesus’ purity.

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Unforgiveness (from fear of rejected love) & Overpride (from fear of terminal abandonment)

“Why do you drink a poison brewed from the root of bitterness — in order to foment a curse on your adversary??”  rhetorically asks erudite sage Pastor Wilfredo Agngaray of our Filipino ministry behind our Hilo Shopping Center.   

 

Pastor Agngaray (Ilocano origin) look-alike as a young man

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1) Unforgiveness (perpetrator’s ego defensiveness which conscripts/ruins its victim — caused by the perpetrator’s spirit of fear of rejection/failure — estrangement/separation-brokenness-resentment; getting dumped)

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2) Overpride (self-inflated importance caused by the perpetrator’s smallness of spirit-inferiority/insecurity  — alienation/being dumped — abandonment; absence of self-respect

are self-destructive.  

Hebrews 12:15, Matthew 18:23-35

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Unforgiveness/judgmentalism/resentment usually consist of personal feelings of inadequacy/guilt  in relation to another person (e.g. getting dumped).

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Overpride/self-importance usually involve absence of self-confidence/esteem  — how you perceive yourself in the eyes & opinions of others  — the surrounding collective social milieu  — in addition to the most crucial matter  — absence of one’s personal intimate solitary self-respect, which also overlaps with unforgiveness at its deepest personal root above.   The collective shame against you which you perceive —  is all-consuming, which can result in needless extreme self-imposed despair-hopelessness, stress, neurosis, anxiety,  and depression.   Celebrated painter Vincent van Gogh was not able to separate himself (self-respect)  from his perceived opinions of others about him (issue of self-confidence/esteem)(van Gogh lived in abject poverty/isolation), so he self- compelled to wander/despair in this tragic, seemingly hopeless,  and indifferent world and life of ours, ultimately shooting himself in the heart (terminal abandonment), not the head (estrangement).  Perceived terminal abandonment seemingly appears worse than perceived estrangement/separation.

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Peculiarly, van Gogh was not swollen with overpride/egomania, but instead sorrowed/lamented over his perceived unhappy life.  Anthony Bourdain, on the other hand, probably was angry because he was not happy, self-evidently answering his own mother’s inexplicable puzzlement as to why he would commit suicide when he had all the fame & fortune one fantasizes about.  Fashion designer Kate Spade’s hanging 3 days before Bourdain’s hanging (unrelated to each other) apparently was triggered over her estrangement (getting dumped) from her husband, who was going to divorce her.

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The positive outcomes are the opposite of unforgiveness/”involuntary” separation/estrangement/brokenness  — i.e. wholeness/compassion (antidotes to resentful unforgiveness/judgmentalism, perpetrators such as some hubris-filled  pastors/condemnors/humiliators/accusers who revel/titillate in embarrassing the many so-called sinners)

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overpride/abandonment/alienation — i.e. freedom/humbleness.

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Like the honeyed melody above, regale Quincy Jones’ dulcet 51 yrs. ago

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I stand incredulous before the sheer number of people reporting/experiencing symptoms of depression. I say again, I don’t believe our ancestors experienced the same proportion of depressive symptoms. Possible explanations for this phenomenon: Crisis of meaning, for example. An increasingly vacuous culture, with significant evidence of devolution. Or, perhaps depression/depressive episodes is in part provoked by the emotional self-absorption of moderns – the observable, inexplicable delay of real emotional conversance and maturity in modern people. — Steven Kalas

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Crisis of meaning consists of alienation/fear of terminal abandonment.   Healthy attitude/willingness/humbleness consist of deepest personal intimate self-respect, not how you perceive yourself in the eyes/opinions of others (matters of self-confidence/esteem).

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Self-absorption consists of estrangement/fear of rejection-failure.  Healthy authentic living consists of compassion/empathy/love for others, not selfish narcissism.  Elon Musk’s “arrested development” typifies unhealthy self-centeredness/inflated ego  —

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/17/brics-from-above-seen-critically-from-below/

Tesla investors demand Elon Musk apologize for calling Thailand diver ‘pedo’

Tesla CEO called immature after attacking Vernon Unsworth, who rescued trapped children

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as does Brett Kavanaugh’s retrograde fixation on his own “gloriousness.”

The judiciary is (Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 78) “the least dangerous” branch because, having “no influence over either the sword or the purse,” it has “neither force nor will, but merely judgment.” Its judgments, however, can be uniquely powerful because they rely entirely on the moral authority of conscientious reasoning explained in writing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-supreme-court-was-americas-least-damaged-institution–until-now/2018/09/21/7600e14e-bdc0-11e8-8792-78719177250f_story.html?utm_term=.b3d1bc98b5cf

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlgregg/2018/09/brene-brown-true-belonging-the-courage-to-stand-alone/

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Pharrell Williams is an amazing imaginative musical artist.   Enjoy his entreaty/earnest request to young minstrels to live their dreams.    But first, here is Pharrell on the drums pared behind 3 white “popsters” —  listen to Pharrell’s lilting euphonic mastery of percussion.

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My note to a person who has humbleness/self-respect and compassion (the person’s ancestor is Kunizo Suzuki, 1st Japanese entrepreneur in Hawai’i 1845-1915)   —

Thanks for the Hawaii Times article & for your dialogue.   “Kuni” was a spiritual guy.  Let me know if Kuni comes to you in a dream (cf. Acts 2:17).  If so, this dream says loads about you (incl. unconsciously), which might clue into your Kuni DNA (“the measure of the man Kuni”).  Example:  Beatle Paul McCartney’s mom died of cancer when he was 14 yrs. old (btw, Lennon’s mom died in a traffic accident when Lennon was 17  — both teens became goal-oriented, not slackers).  In 1968 at the height of Beatlemania’s “maddening” world,  the stressed-out McCartney was comforted by his deceased mom Mary in a dream.  Thence his song “Let it be” (“it’ll be all right, just let it be”).  On the other hand, “atheist” Lennon screeched “That’s not a Beatles song!” (ergo, McCartney’s song alone).  Ha ha.  Lennon a finicky guy. You can see Mary all thru McCartney’s “ballads” (Long/Winding Road, Here/There/Everywhere, etc.).

I like to imagine Ronald Reagan at age 150 yrs. old, mind/body still intact, & how he would change the things he did when he was 70 yrs. old (as U.S. President, 2nd oldest elected president next to Donald Trump).  Just reflecting.

To me there’s no difference between the cultural idea of healthy thought (“Kuni’s lifetime journey of authentic wanderlust”) & the Christian idea of Salvation (John 5:24/Revelation 20:12-15).   Maybe the notion of Reagan living to 150 yrs. old  —  is needless   —  since eternal truths reside in (the Bible) (your intuition/dream?)….

Bye for now.  Sweet “dreams.”  (Tch tch)

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“Kuni” look alike as a young sojourner

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fine composer Felix Cavaliere’s mom  also died when Felix was 14 yrs. old.  Like Elvis (sole surviving child) & Frank Sinatra, Felix was an only child.

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Dean Ford (actual name Thomas McAleese, composer/vocalist) was Led Zeppelin Robert Plant’s contemporary  —

here is Ford at timeclock 1:43-1:54  and at 4:36-4:46 below

 

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My take on cogent compelling scholar Heather Fryer  —  the futurist  (transitioning from rising seas, recovering from collapsing coastal societies) —

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/america-is-sacrificing-the-future/2018/08/03/21085a3c-9660-11e8-80e1-00e80e1fdf43_story.html?utm_term=.914f9be9ef36

 

 
Science, like the Mississippi, begins in a tiny rivulet in the distant forest.”

Abraham Flexner

 

Flexner’s theme was the practicality of “unobstructed curiosity” that sails “against the current of practical considerations.” The 1953 discovery of the structure of DNA, which led to the 1970s arrival of recombinant DNA technology and to today’s biotech industry and pharmacology, was the result of scientific curiosity “without any thoughts of immediate applications.”

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It has been said that the great moments in science occur
not when a scientist exclaims “Eureka!” but when he or
she murmurs “Hmm…,  that’s  strange.”
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Heather Fryer, Ph.D.

Fr. Henry W. Casper, SJ Professor of History

Associate Professor of History and Director, American Studies Program 

Editor,       Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research

Creighton University

2500 California Plaza

Omaha, NE 68178

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from unrelated tsunami expert Gerard Fryer to Heather:

Regarding mythology and geology, most people know of the late Dorothy Vitaliano’s classic, “Legends of the Earth,” but if you want to have the rules laid out for you to help interpret myths yourself, a great book is Barber & Barber, “When They Severed Earth From Sky.” The title comes from a fragment of Hittite legend about the late Bronze Age eruption of Santorini—the same eruption that inspired the sedentary Greeks in the Nile delta to put together the Book of Exodus.

Anyhow, Heather, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to try to answer them.

-Gerard

 

Heather look-alike

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Geomythology is the study of alleged references to geological events in mythology.

Dorothy Vitaliano, a geologist at Indiana University, coined the term in 1968.

The philosophy attributed to and named for Euhemerus (300 BC),  euhemerism, holds that many mythological tales can be attributed to historical persons and events, the accounts of which have become altered and exaggerated over time.

Euhemerus’ work combined elements of fiction and political utopianism. In the ancient world he was considered an atheist. Early Christian writers, such as Lactantius, used Euhemerus’s belief that the ancient gods were originally human to confirm their inferiority regarding the Christian God.

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When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth 

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Why were Prometheus and Loki envisioned as chained to rocks? What was the Golden Calf? Why are mirrors believed to carry bad luck? How could anyone think that mortals like Perseus, Beowulf, and St. George actually fought dragons, since dragons don’t exist? Strange though they sound, however, these “myths” did not begin as fiction.

This absorbing book shows that myths originally transmitted real information about real events and observations, preserving the information sometimes for millennia within nonliterate societies. Geologists’ interpretations of how a volcanic cataclysm long ago created Oregon’s Crater Lake, for example, is echoed point for point in the local myth of its origin. The Klamath tribe saw it happen and passed down the story–for nearly 8,000 years.

We, however, have been literate so long that we’ve forgotten how myths encode reality. Recent studies of how our brains work, applied to a wide range of data from the Pacific Northwest to ancient Egypt to modern stories reported in newspapers, have helped the Barbers deduce the characteristic principles by which such tales both develop and degrade through time. Myth is in fact a quite reasonable way to convey important messages orally over many generations–although reasoning back to the original events is possible only under rather specific conditions.

Our oldest written records date to 5,200 years ago, but we have been speaking and mythmaking for perhaps 100,000. This groundbreaking book points the way to restoring some of that lost history and teaching us about human storytelling.

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http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+storytelling+matters&qpvt=images+storytelling+matters&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=DFE274B57550858779B97A2DD4F197049A670484&selectedIndex=86
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What if the face you showed the world turned out to be a mask… with nothing beneath it?”

 ― Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes    

http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/3375915-nineteen-minutes
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I’ll salve on Shinmachi at the turn of the last century (along with Rev. H.B. Nalimu 1835-1934 & brother Iokepa  who lived where Shinmachi is situated)  — and enjoy the aura of Kamehameha I aide-de-camp — the great warrior/canoe builder ‘I (pronounced “E”) who made Shinmachi’s site his Rosetta Stone.   ‘I’s descendants include great humanitarian Pi’ehu Iaukea 1855-1940.

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From me to

Heather Fryer, the world’s premier expert on human mass relocation/resettlement   —

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Your experiences, wealth of wisdom/maturity, your humility, your empathy  — all herald a hopeful outcome vs. past  “forced resettlement.”

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From Heather Fryer:

There must be a transition that is led by the survivors, who know what they need most to

re-establish productive lives quickly.   The generous sharing of stories and knowledge that

people here and elsewhere have afforded me has taught me this   [responsible even-handed

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From me to Heather:

Good. You’re a do-er (Jack Burns 1909-1975), not just a theoretician (Bob Dodge Democratic Party Platform 1954).

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To Curtis from Heather:

 I appreciate knowing that this conclusion makes sense to you.  Now to convince others….

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https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/10/1022492

 

To Curtis:    Thank you for sharing,   frightening as this news is.    And to think that the U.S. has abdicated not only a leadership role, but any participation in urgent efforts to address this crisis—it’s stunning how much has changed so quickly.     –Heather

Heather Fryer, Ph.D.

Fr. Henry W. Casper, SJ Professor of History

Associate Professor of History and Director, American Studies Program 

Dowling Hall (Humanities) #227

Creighton University

2500 California Plaza

Omaha, NE 68178

Phone: 402/280-2656

Fax: 402/280-1454

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“In these strange and troubling times, it is hard to speak unpalatable truths to power, but I believe we all still have a duty to do so…

I salute those … who have had the courage to speak out over the last year, often at great personal cost.

At a time when governance is so distorted and one-sided, as I believe it currently is in the United States, the media has a key role to play in holding it accountable.”

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I love to connect with people, where I get “Eureka” moments/insights (e.g. create distance between the issue at hand & my own biases  — to be clear-headed/have clarity).   Yet, in my times of solitude  — I also reflect & recount “the big picture”  —  as an example, interracial harmonizers WWII  (e.g. 1942) who instilled hope/courage/tenacity in the nearly “mortally wounded”  Nikkei (Japanese) in America —   included military brass Rufus Bratton age 50, his asst. Moses Pettigrew age 44,  Ellis Zacharias age 52, Cecil Coggins age 40, &  Kenneth Ringle age 42  —  these noble & even-handed military leaders had extensive comprehension & understanding of the Japanese cultural mindset — having served as attachés/envoys in some capacity.   Their humility, empathy, & maturity all heralded principled/responsible actions & outcomes  — from Coggins at age 40 upward to his commander Zacharias at age 52, a spread of 12 yrs. between them, including those leaders in between in age (Ringle, Pettigrew, Bratton)  —  this “middle age” bracket demographic augured well (via the experiential wisdom/maturity of these great leaders of equanimity/imperturbability)  interracial harmony amid the crucible of internment/incarceration.

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This highest realm comprised of experiential wisdom & maturity is key to enable great guidance by way of exemplar/reference to the young adult bracket demographic (ages 18-40), not just these impressionable minds in college, but esp. after they engage in the trenches of everyday survival post-college.

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In this sense, the big picture sense, scholar Heather Fryer, viewfind by her college students as their inspirational role model (like how our 442nd RCT soldiers were bestowed the sage leadership of Pettigrew et al)   —  is not the future (futurist)   — she is now manifest!!!   Global warming is the present, not the future!!   Heather comes to our rescue not a moment too soon!!  Heather Fryer is now, not later!!    Global warming challenges us all to open our hearts & minds to the needs of others.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-have-an-epidemic-of-loneliness-how-can-we-fix-it/2018/10/12/e8378a38-cd92-11e8-920f-dd52e1ae4570_story.html?utm_term=.94e032c651f1
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Renewing physical infrastructure, although expensive, is conceptually simple, involving wood, steel, and concrete.  The crumbling of social infrastructure presents a daunting challenge: We do not know how to develop new habits of heart and mind . . . new practices of neighborliness.  We do know that more government, which means more saturation of society with politics, is not a sufficient answer.

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Emily Dickinson’s Letters

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1891/10/emily-dickinsons-letters/306524/

 

 

It seems to be the opinion of those who have examined her [Emily Dickinson’s] accessible correspondence most widely, that no other letters bring us quite so intimately near to the peculiar quality and aroma of her nature; and it has been urged upon me very strongly that her readers have the right to know something more of this gifted and most interesting woman.

On April 16, 1862, I took from the post office in Worcester, Mass., where I was then living, the following letter: —

MR. HIGGINSON, — Are you too deeply occupied to say if my verse is alive?

The mind is so near itself it cannot see distinctly, and I have none to ask.

Should you think it breathed, and had you the leisure to tell me, I should feel quick gratitude.

If I make the mistake, that you dared to tell me would give me sincerer honor toward you.

I inclose my name, asking you, if you please, sir, to tell me what is true?

That you will not betray me it is needless to ask, since honor is its own pawn.

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“For me, there’s hardly a gnat’s whisker of difference between the psychological idea of healthy individuation and the Christian idea of salvation. Both include the lifetime journey of authentic living.”

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Self-respect and self-importance — not the same at all. But they can feel the same.

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Why can’t I be like you or in sync with you?

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Because then there would be no need for a me —  just you. 

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/54285947.html

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In this gaping hole of despair & hopelessness of one’s predicament is a crushing emptiness and an aloneness that can make you lose your mind —  and a sadness that can make your heart question the wisdom and the relevance of continuing to beat — a sadness no person thinks one can bear alone.

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To die of unrequited love. van Gogh didn’t shoot himself in the head. He shot himself in the heart. He saw reality so deeply and clearly, yet could not ultimately disconnect his heart [“be not of this world” Matthew 13:22 — self-respect despite this indifferent and tragic sentient life] from this reality or the other people in it.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/lifes-journey-includes-pain-of-suffering-69506497.html

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Share the suffering. The opportunity to tell the story of our suffering to a compassionate and skillful listener is helpful beyond measure. Simply in the telling and retelling, we begin to shift perspective, to put a healing distance between us and the pain.

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http://www.lvrj.com/blogs/kalas/_Retirement_leaves_time_for_pondering_self_relationships.html

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Question: What do all people seeking release from personal despair have in common?

Answer: They are suffering some combination of alienation and estrangement.

Alienation means a crisis of belonging. We are alien. We don’t belong.

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Use of the word “misfit” sounds like a crisis of alienation and estrangement.

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/steven-kalas/western-religion-breeding-ground-neurosis

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When it comes to the question of the usefulness of guilt in shaping and inspiring a thriving human identity, I would say Western religion is, at once, beautiful, nutty and (potentially) pathological. Healthy religion knows these dangers. And psychologically healthy pilgrims embrace what is beautiful while keeping a keen watch on what is nutty or pathological.

Guilt is beautiful, holy, vital and important when it is healthy guilt. And healthy guilt is nothing more or less than the name of the grief we feel when we abandon our own values. The grief of estrangement and alienation. Healthy guilt, however miserable it feels, contains within itself a holy longing for reconciliation. (One prayer, for example, is asking God to “give me a contrite heart.” Meaning, “Please give me the courage to let my heart break over the ways I have hurt others, etc.”)  Healthy rites [e.g. liturgy], rituals and symbols — bear much beauty into the world to facilitate the blessings of healthy guilt, healthy shame.

The nutty or potentially pathological side of guilt happens when people, families or institutions (especially the church) peddle guilt to us with darker, perhaps unconscious motives. If you, for example, are threatened by another’s genius, gifts and “light” (envy!), then one way to dodge the threat is to instill in that person a grave, crippling self-doubt. An anxious, paralyzing self-consciousness forcing a default posture of apology to the world for daring to be him/herself.

Or, people/institutions instill guilt because they are projecting sadism. That is, they are reveling in the humiliation of sinners. Yes, some of our accusers are having a grand time!

Control, humiliation, hierarchy, authority, power — when discussions of guilt bear these darker motives, run away quickly!!

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https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/stan-lees-company-responds-bill-maher-dis-way-minimized-legacy-disgusting-152832289.html

Countless people can attest to how Stan Lee inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls. He gave us the X-Men, Black Panther, Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come.

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Biblical Rhema (insight beyond Logos, the written Word)

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Regarding pastoral (pastor) discussions on divorce (incl. adultery & sexual immoralities),  let’s process Jesus’ immense Rhema (pronounced “ray-ma”  — hidden mysterious Truths behind the written Word Logos — pronounced “low-go(s)”).

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When Jesus teaches on divorce (e.g. Mat 5:31-32, Mat 19:1-12), Jesus is denouncing divorce as a mean to obtain another sexual partner other than your spouse (i.e. adultery).

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The hidden revelation denouncing opportunistic carnal lust is Rhema.

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The “edict” against such divorce is Logos.

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Divorce itself is not sin. This revelation is Rhema.

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Jesus moves beyond the particulars regarding enforcement of the commandment against adultery  — as part of what Jesus reveals in the Divinity of Jesus’ character  — that of faithfulness.  1 John 4:8-9, 1 Timothy 1:15-16, Luke 19:10, Romans 5:8 & 12:9      ergo   —

Hate sin, love the sinner.

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More so, Jesus calls us to a new life (ergo change our garment which Jesus has prepared for us)  — which overcomes the power of sin.  John 8:32-36, 1 John 3:4-6.

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The “common lot,” especially of pastors (like professors of the old law — scribes)  — is to employ the strict commandment or letter of the law, Logos,  with no regard to time, place, manner, backdrop, & circumstance — such elements comprising the spirit of the law — that is, with no revealed organic living vision and instant leading — of necessity which need to be embodied in such decision.

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Jesus’ Rhema encompasses revealed organic living vision (e.g. woman as the seed of God Gen. 3:15) and instant leading (e.g. changing of the old garment to a new garment Luke 5:36-39).

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Herewith is this instance of revealed organic living vision and instant leading by way of Jesus’ discernment regarding the woman taken in adultery  — which exemplifies the matters of divorce (actually, yes!),  forgiveness, mercy (set aside the deserved penalty), and grace (furnish an undeserved blessing) — Jesus’/our Triune God’s Holy Divinity.

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Jesus Forgives a Woman Taken in Adultery  —  John 7:53-8:11

This passage, beloved for its revelation of God’s mercy toward sinners, is found only in John.

The law contains matters of right and wrong, which are true throughout history, as well as commandments for implementing these precepts — which are not true for all times, places, and circumstances.   E.g.  pastors’ fallibility in not employing Rhema above.

The Pharisees (Jewish law interpreters) challenged Jesus regarding the law of Moses by saying that Moses tells the Pharisees to stone the adulterous woman,  so what does Jesus say, they demand emphatically – John 8:5.

Jesus sets aside Moses’ clear command.  Jesus does not follow through on Moses’ command even when challenged to do so, which leads us to believe that Jesus is more than just a prophet (more than just turning us toward God).

Jesus does not say outright that Jesus forgives the woman, but such is the implication of Jesus saying that Jesus does not condemn her and then chastening her not to sin again.  Incredulously, Jesus mediates the mercy and forgiveness of God (cf. Mat 9:1-8, Mark 2:3-12, Luke 5:18-26 & 7:36-50).

Such transformational outcome occurs because Jesus bypasses the temple — in doing so, Jesus manifests in a Divine role.   Jesus as our Divine Savior is Rhema.   The issues of sin and punishment are Logos.

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Another instance of revealed organic living vision and instant leading comprising Rhema  —     In Romans 6, Apostle Paul says that we died to sin, but we still have to fight it.   In Romans 7, Apostle Paul says that we died to the law, and we are to serve Christ in the way of the Spirit.   Apostle Paul does not want to make it sound effortless or automatic.   The struggle that began before we came to faith continues even after we come to faith   — at least this is the experience of most Christians.   If one does not have Jesus, our “ethical desires” are obliterated by our fleshly urges/impulses.   Matt 26:41.

Even as we aspire to be “ethical,” our mind, will, and emotion (soul) all succumb to our debased prompts/triggers.   Self-improvement definitely fails!

Instead, Jesus simply tells us to “bring it (our sinful baggage) along!!”

“No paint required!!” (in relation to the old law’s admonition  — “Don’t touch the wet paint!”  — you know “we gonna touch it!!”)

Such “huli au” reversal of convention/expectation peripeteia/paradox —  tremendous firepower of understanding and mystical Rhema via Jesus!     The submission/capitulation of mind, will, and emotion (soul)  to Satan because our spirit is weak is Logos.

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Herewith an occasion where Jesus mediates the forgiveness, mercy, and grace of God  —  Jesus fulfilled the old law (Matt 5:17)  — Rhema (the instant hidden revelation), though Apostle Paul’s epistles “abolished” the old law (Ephesians 2:15)  — Logos (the constant unchanging written Word).

Think of this contradiction (actually, correct paradox/irony)   —   this way:   Let’s say for the sake of discussion that superb entertainer Bruno Mars is Jesus.   Bruno’s concert is tomorrow.   Posters all over town herald Bruno’s upcoming concert.

Bruno then fulfills Bruno’s commitment by giving the concert.

When the concert is over, Apostle Paul takes down the concert posters.   The posters (ergo old law’s divine design) accomplished the purpose for which the posters were displayed  — to herald Bruno’s upcoming concert.

Bruno performed Bruno’s concert (Jesus perfected obedience to the old law and accomplished the old law’s purpose  — Rhema).

Now the concert promoter can remove the posters (Apostle Paul says that the old law is abolished  — Logos).

The old law was not created to test our obedience   — obedience is Logos.   The old law was created to show us how awful sin is, and to have us turn to God to save us   — Rhema.

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Another occasion of peripeteia (reversal of expectation/convention) — love & compassion prevail over “unforgiveness”   —

1 Peter 4:8 (love covers/forgives a multitude of sins)    —  refers back to James 5:20 (he who turns back a sinner from the error of the sinner’s ways   —  saves the sinner’s soul  —  and covers/forgives a multitude of sins)     —

and James repeats the Old Testament expression (Psalm 32:1 & 85:2, Proverbs 10:12)

that turning back an erring brother is to cover his sins  — so that the erring brother not be condemned.

“Cover” one’s sins means to forgive one’s sins, per James 5:15 (as in Psalm 32:1 & 85:2).

Thence, our Triune God “covers” more than the so-called stigma of our fallen condition — and “covers” more than the repentance of the penitent sinner.

Our Triune God in overflow fashion  —   flourishingly pronounces the Love of the Divine Trinity over one’s fallen nature/state.

Forgiveness, mercy, and grace are Rhema here.

The stigma/stain of Man’s fallen condition  — along with subsequent repentance of the penitent sinner (to avoid punishment)  — are Logos here.

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Inexplicably (though not in Jesus’ Rhema  peripeteia’s context) —  Jesus as our Kingly Savior is descended not only from Jews but also from Gentiles, even those of low estate!

Jesus also is descended from sinners along with heathens (1 Kings 15:5, 2 Sam. 11:26-27, 2 Sam. 11:3).

Our Triune God treasures the sinners and always brings back them to our Triune God.

The Son of Man,  Jesus,  came in Jesus’ Humanity as the Shepherd to find the sinner as a lost sheep  — and bring back home the lost sheep (Luke 15:4-7).

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The Spirit of Holiness (Holy Spirit) — sought the sinner as a woman carefully seeks a lost coin  — until she finds it (Luke 15:8-10).

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And Father God received His repenting and returning sinner as the “certain man” (Father God) receives his prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32).

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All 3 parables above extol the Love of our Triune God/Divine Trinity in treasuring the sinners and bringing back them to God.   These obviously comprise the mystery and the unexpected outcomes of Rhema.

Such Divine Love far covers over the so-called stigma of the fallen condition and subsequent repentance of the penitent sinners.

This Divine Love fully is expressed in the Son’s tender care as the Good Shepherd,

in the Spirit’s ardent arduous seeking for the lost coin,

and in Father God’s receiving as a loving father.

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Consider and reflect on Luke 15:19    —    once he has repented, a fallen sinner always thinks of working for God or of serving God to obtain Father God’s favor.

Yet, Luke 15:22 exemplifies “But!” in quelling such nonsensical thought!!

Jesus’  love and grace enlighten and amplify the purity of heart in the repentant sinner.

Our Triune God declares the Love of the Divine Trinity more/over (than) the fallen condition/nature/state  and  repentance of the penitent sinner.

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The one solitary lost sheep,

the one solitary missing coin,

and the one solitary “off the deep end” son

all denote Logos.

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Essentials

Verily, 500 year segments/increments denote the progression in epochs regarding the recovery of the essence of Jesus indwelled and lived out in our Kingdom life.

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Augustine (e.g. City of God) and

successor Aquinas (e.g. Summa Theologica)

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equidistant  (generally set apart by 500 years)

in the 1st millennium,

just as founder of the Protestant Reformation

Martin Luther revealed Luther’s indictment against the apostate Bishop of Rome 500 years ago.

Edification of Jesus’ genealogy as the Christ of God by way of the indwelling Christ lived out of us is Rhema.

In this sense, the mind-blowing Rhema emblematic via Jesus —

amplifies the hidden essence of Jesus

along benchmarks established by

Augustine,

Aquinas,

and Martin Luther in these 2 millennia.

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Northeastern Germany’s Luther’s actual agitator, John Calvin of Bishop of Rome’s southwestern Germany/Switzerland,  also has been improved upon via Jesus’ “forcing the faith” (arduously increasing one’s faith in Jesus thru trials & tribulations) over Satan’s authority (indwelling Christ lived out of us that we live in the reality of the Kingdom today and enter into Its Manifestation in the future).   Yes, Jesus is the cause celebre of our epoch, this comprising “the final days.” Daniel 9:27.

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a refreshing tribute to recognizing role models who came before us — timeclock  – 5:17-14:26  (rapper Snoop Dogg  — don’t judge Snoop by Snoop’s cover  — rap)

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In praise of an American Original Performer, Willy DeVille 1950-2009

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_DeVille#In_New_Orleans

This year marks the 30th anniversary of  eclectic entertainer Willy De Ville’s embrace of New Orleans, Louisiana, where he says he found his spiritual home. “I was stunned”, he said in a 1993 interview. “I had the feeling that I was going back home. It was very strange… I live in the French Quarter, two streets away from Bourbon Street; at night, when I go to bed, I hear the boogie that comes from the streets, and in the morning, when I wake up, I hear the blues.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_DeVille#Death_and_legacy

Visionary Willy De Ville who did his “New” based on the “Old”   —

Thom Jurek wrote about De Ville  after his death, “Willy DeVille is America’s loss even if America doesn’t know it yet. The reason is simple: Like the very best rock and roll writers and performers in our history, he’s one of the very few who got it right; he understood what made a three-minute song great, and why it mattered—because it mattered to him. He lived and died with the audience in his shows, and he gave them something to remember when they left the theater, because he meant every single word of every song as he performed it. Europeans like that. In this jingoistic age of American pride, perhaps we can revisit our own true love of rock and roll by discovering Willy DeVille for the first time—or, at the very least, remember him for what he really was: an American original. The mythos and pathos in his songs, his voice, and his performances were born in these streets and cities and then given to the world who appreciated him much more than we did.

Singer Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band said about him, “He had all the roots of music that I love and had this whole street thing of R&B — just the whole gestalt… He was just a tremendous talent; a true artist in the sense that he never compromised. He had a special vision and remained true to it.”

Writing in the Wall Street Journal about the posthumous release of DeVille’s Come a Little Bit Closer: The Best of Willy DeVille Live (2011), Marc Meyers declared, “There was creative heat and pain in Mr. DeVille’s eerie, edgy look and sound. While his punk-roadhouse fusion sailed over the heads of many at home, his approach inspired many British pop invaders of the 1980s, including Tears for Fears, Human League and Culture Club… He was a punk eclectic with a heart of golden oldies and Joe Cocker‘s pipes. A seedy sophisticate, Mr. DeVille was decades ahead of his time.”

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Like Willy DeVille after him, Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 was THE ORIGINAL in Hawai’i  — Hung Wai our greatest modern historymaker (Kamehameha the Great the greatest ancient page-turner)  —

https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/rev-hung-wai-ching-1905-2002-our-greatest-modern-destinymaker/

Rev. Ching look-alike as a young man

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Ancient Grecian (Greek) precept peripeteia — reversal of expectation/convention —  denote mysteries lost in the clouds of time!!

Rev. Ching, a Chinese American, Chinese being ancient enemies of the Japanese, is the reason the Japanese in Hawai’i survived the cauldron of WWII & the bombing of Pearl Harbor 12/7/41   —–  in addition to averting mass internment of  our local Japanese population in Hawai’i, Hung Wai is the genesis of the most decorated American military unit for its size in WWII   — the segregated 100th Batt./442nd RCT.

Keopu Kona’s Koji Ariyoshi 1914-1976, no relation to gutless coward George Ariyoshi, was a key acolyte of Hung Wai. 

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Rev. Hung Wai Ching got Merchant St. godfather/baron/scion Frank Atherton 1877-1945 to sponsor left-wing radical Koji Ariyoshi of Keopu, North Kona to grad from U Georgia Journalism School — Yale of the South — where Koji learned under master litérateurs  — peripeteia that premier capitalist yet well-meaning Atherton sponsored left wing radical Koji—   Koji look-alike as a young man   —

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Koji teamed up with West Coast legend Goso Karl Yoneda 1906-1999, who founded the ILWU on the West Coast (just as ‘Opihikao native Jack Kawano founded the ILWU in Hawai’i)  — Nikkei (Japanese ethnicity) all.

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Goso Karl Yoneda look-alike as a young man

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Our greatest Korean-American?  Forget “pollster” (spineless) Chief Justice Ron Moon & patsy Mayor Harry Kim.    It’s none other than our incomparable brilliant heartstopper granite mountain of integrity, Herbert Choy 1916-2004.   Young Oak Kim 1919-2005 also deserves mention.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Choy

Herbert Choy

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Korean name
Hangul 최영조
Revised Romanization Choe Yeong-jo
McCune–Reischauer Ch’oe Yŏng-cho

Herbert Young Cho Choy (January 6, 1916 – March 10, 2004) was the first Asian American to serve as a United States federal judge and the first person of Korean ancestry to be admitted to the bar in the United States.[1]

Background

Choy was born in 1916 in Makaweli, Hawaii, to Korean immigrants who worked in sugar plantations in Hawaii. Choy received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii in 1938 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1941. He was the first person of Korean ancestry to be admitted to practice law in the United States.

He was a Hawaii Territorial Guard from 1941 to 1942, and he was in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946. From 1946 to 1947, Choy served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. After leaving the service, he worked with the firm of Fong Miho Choy & Robinson from 1947 to 1957, where one of his partners was the future U.S. Senator Hiram Fong.

From 1957 to 1958, Choy served as Attorney General for the Territory of Hawaii. On April 7, 1971, at the urging of Senator Fong, President Richard Nixon appointed Choy to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, to a seat vacated by Stanley Nelson Barnes. At the time of Choy’s appointment, there were no Asian Americans serving anywhere on the federal bench. Choy was the first individual from Hawaiʻi ever appointed to the court. Choy was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 21, 1971, and received commission on April 23, 1971.

Choy actively served until October 3, 1984, when he took senior status, continuing to serve as a Ninth Circuit judge, but with a partially reduced caseload, until his death in 2004. He was a native of the Hawaiian island of Kauai and had chambers in Honolulu. In 2001, one of Choy’s former law clerks, Richard Clifton, became the second judge from Hawaii to serve on the Ninth Circuit.

Choy authored many significant opinions, upholding the constitutionality of a law allowing child sexual abuse victims to testify via closed-circuit television, allowing a Muslim inmate to sue Phoenix-area jail officials for imposing discriminatory security measures at Muslim services, and upholding California’s “green advertising” law regulating advertisers’ claims about “biodegradable” or “recycled” products.

He died in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 10, 2004 due to complications from pneumonia.[2]

References

  1. Jump up ^ “Isle Judge was Asian Pioneer in the Law Field Nationwide”. archives.starbulletin.com. March 12, 2004. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. Jump up ^ “Herbert Choy served on 9th Circuit Court”. the.honoluluadvertiser.com. March 12, 2004. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 

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Young Oak Kim look-alike

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Our greatest Luso/Portuguese — peripatetic intrepid man of God Rev. Ernest Gomes da Silva 1873-1955  (legendary greatest mob-buster Paul De Silva’s vuvu/grandpa, Paul’s providential divine educator dad Ernest Bowen De Silva’s father)  — look-alike        https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/our-greatest-portugueseluso-historymaker-christian-pastor-ernest-gomes-de-silva-1873-1955-fka-da-silva-for-his-ethnic-inclusion-his-congregational-calling-social-class-integration-upw/

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our greatest Puerto Rican in Hawai’i —  Carlos Mario Fraticelli, Puerto Rican poet laureate of Hawaii 1863-1945      http://archives.starbulletin.com/98/02/05/features/dakine.html

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our greatest Okinawan, Shokan Jesse Shima (bukuro) 1901-2002 look-alike (Hilo’s Jesse confidant to FDR’s chief advisor Harry Hopkins & to President Ike Eisenhower’s chief advisor Jim Hagerty, & Jesse great affiliate of African-Americans Mordecai Johnson/Charles Hamilton Houston — Brown v. Bd. of Education 1954 — greatest ever U.S. Supreme Court case)

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our greatest older Filipino immigrant  in Hawai’i  — Pablo Manlapit  1891-1969 look-alike  (but flammable Manlapit, 25 yrs. younger than our sage greatest Japanese immigrant Rev. Takie Okumura, ticked off Okumura for hothead Manlapit’s impulsive ferocity)

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Manlapit chutzpah (sass)

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and younger Filipino immigrant Ben Menor 1922-1986 look-alike

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Rev. Takie Okumura look-alike

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poignant Westernized assimilationist Buddhist Rev. Yemyo Imamura look-alike as a young man

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our greatest modern ethnic Hawaiian   —  Bill Richardson — look-alike

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Richardson#Controversies

Richardson’s landmark decisions recognized the precedent of the state’s unique cultural and legal history; specifically the public’s interests in the environment, and the rights of the indigenous Hawaiian people. Under Richardson, the court held that the public’s interest in the natural environment may limit or prohibit commercial development of sensitive areas, particularly coastlines and beaches; that the public has right to access Hawaii’s beaches, and that land created by lava flows belonged to the state, not to nearby property owners. Richardson declared, “The western concept of exclusivity is not universally applicable in Hawaii.” When two sugarcane plantations each sought the right to a water source, Richardson cited precedent from the court of the Kingdom of Hawai’i, and declared that the water belonged to neither of them, but to the state. The Richardson court recognized previously ignored claims of the indigenous Hawaiian people.

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Bill Paty look-alike (Paty lubed the money train for ethnic Hawaiian entitlements)

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Part-Hawaiian vocalists Irie Love & Anuhea

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outrageous abominations for proper society; &  “tribal” sexuality “disrespects” genderS

http://www.complex.com/music/the-greatest-rap-songs-about-sex/rasheeda-got-that-good

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Hawai’i local “gang rap” redemptively resents firearms/blades

because bare-handed “rite of passage” to “testosterone-HOOD aka DA HOOD” atavistically/tribally  comes from our loving Polynesian culture & our geographical separation from the Stateside culture of violence (i.e. American Civil War which resulted in murderous carnage of well over half a million soldiers 620,000  —  taken as a % of today’s population, the total KIA count is 6 million  — inexplicable/cataclysmic!

https://www.civilwar.org/learn/articles/civil-war-casualties

 “Negroes” very much suffered at the hands of “White” warfare

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/sick-from-freedom-9780199758722?cc=us&lang=en&  )

“Urban gangSTA rap” denotes firearms/blades as implements of destruction/domination

https://genius.com/21-savage-and-young-nudy-air-it-out-lyrics

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangsta_rap

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my message on June 5, 2018 to Scotty Brewster about our Kapoho lava inundation   —

https://www.facebook.com/spencerfamilyofhawaii/

Obadiah Spencer had his ranch/lumber mill/etc. (Spencer anthropology)  in our current East Rift Zone lava devastation area (incl. Kula Kapoho graben — lowland — literal meaning of “Kapoho” —  between perched Kapoho fault system to the south, & Koa’e fault system to the north), Spencer being connected with former owner Charles Kana’ina & wife Kekāuluohi, parents of monarch Lunalilo (exremely popular 1st elected monarch affectionately dubbed “The People’s King”), Kana’ina being descended from ancient ruler ‘Umi, whose exquisite heiau atop Kula Kapoho Puna “Pu’u Kuki’i” withstands this moment’s lava inundation. Aptly, so venerated was the stonework (not even a blade of grass could grow between stones) that one of its stones was emplaced in Kanaina’s ‘Iolani Palace location (cherished by King Kalākaua, Tom/Charles Spencer’s dearest friend/confidant), & another of its stones set at Lyman House (like Tom Spencer, literal racial integrationist Rufus Lyman eventually bought out Obadiah’s interests — site Kula means plains/meadows in Hawaiian — & Lyman’s Spencer ranch transitioned to Wm. H. Reed/stepson W.H. Shipman later pastoral holdings). Obadiah’s original ranch/lumber yards sites & Hawaii’s largest freshwater natural resource, Green Lake, were inundated by lava 3 days ago, being nestled in the bosom (at the east base) of Kapoho Cone protecting the Green Lake area for 400 yrs. till now. BTW, Kuki’i sister cone Pu’u Kukae tops the settler cemetery which was spared being overrun by the 1960 Kapoho lava flow (which extended the shoreline a half mile out to sea, in the process covering my parents’/our vacation home site & the gorgeous ocean tidepools). Lunalilo was descended from legendary seafarer Pa’ao, who introduced the heiau edifice/complex  — & volcano lava deity Madam Pele!!  Spencer anthropology converges concisely with the cultural genesis of Hawaiians right here at Pu’u Kuki’i!!!

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Our family’s oceanfront tidepools were situated 100 ft. oceanside of the homesite farthest toward the ocean in this video at timeclock 4:39   —

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What the 1960 Kapoho lava flow did not cover, the 2018 lava flow does as it creeps forward over uncovered territory  — see the gravel road at the bottom of the screen at timeclock :14 below, the same gravel road you see at timeclock 4:39 (gravel road heading toward the ocean) in the previous video above.   The lava inexorably creeps forward.

 

 

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Tremendous thinker & archetype of forgiveness —  investigative/research sleuth extraordinaire George Will   —

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/theres-no-good-reason-to-stop-felons-from-voting/2018/04/06/88484076-3905-11e8-8fd2-49fe3c675a89_story.html?utm_term=.231ae63824be

There’s no good reason to stop felons from voting

by George F. Will

 

The bumpy path of Desmond Meade’s life meandered to its current interesting point. He is a graduate of Florida International University law school but cannot vote in his home state because his path went through prison: He committed nonviolent felonies concerning drugs and other matters during the 10 years he was essentially homeless. And Florida is one of 11 states that effectively disqualify felons permanently.

Meade is one of 1.6 million disenfranchised Florida felons — more than the total number of people who voted in 22 separate states in 2016. He is one of the more than 20 percent of African American Floridians disenfranchised. The state has a low threshold for felonious acts: Someone who gets into a bar fight, or steals property worth $300 — approximately two pairs of Air Jordans — or even drives without a license for a third time can be disenfranchised for life. There is a cumbersome, protracted process whereby an individual, after waiting five to seven years (it depends on the felony) can begin a trek that can consume 10 years and culminates with politicians and their appointees deciding who can recover their vote.

Meade heads the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which gathered more than 1 million signatures to get the state Supreme Court to approve, and local supervisors of elections to verify, the ballot initiative that voters will decide on Nov. 6. Meade’s basic argument on behalf of what he calls “returning citizens” such as him is: “I challenge people to say that they never want to be forgiven for anything they’ve done.” Persons convicted of murder or felony sexual offense would not be eligible for enfranchisement.

Intelligent and informed people of good will can strenuously disagree about the wisdom of policies that have produced mass incarceration. What is, however, indisputable is that this phenomenon creates an enormous problem of facilitating the reentry into society of released prisoners who were not improved by the experience of incarceration and who face discouraging impediments to employment and other facets of social normality. In 14 states and the District , released felons automatically recover their civil rights.

Recidivism among Florida’s released felons has been approximately 30 percent for the five years 2011-2015. Of the 1,952 people whose civil rights were restored, five committed new offenses, an average recidivism rate of 0.4 percent. This sample is skewed by self-selection — overrepresentation of those who had the financial resources and tenacity to navigate the complex restoration process that each year serves a few hundred of the 1.6 million. Still, the recidivism numbers are suggestive.

What compelling government interest is served by felon disenfranchisement? Enhanced public safety? How? Is it to fine-tune the quality of the electorate? This is not a legitimate government objective for elected officials to pursue. A felony conviction is an indelible stain: What intelligent purpose is served by reminding felons — who really do not require reminding — of their past, and by advertising it to their community? The rule of law requires punishments, but it is not served by punishments that never end and that perpetuate a social stigma and a sense of never fully reentering the community.

Meade, like one-third of the 4.7 million current citizens nationwide who have reentered society from prison but cannot vote, is an African American. More than 1 in 13 African Americans nationally are similarly disenfranchised, as are 1 in 5 of Florida’s African American adults. Because African Americans overwhelmingly vote Democratic, ending the disenfranchisement of felons could become yet another debate swamped by partisanship, particularly in Florida, the largest swing state, where close elections are common: Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s margins of victory in 2010 and 2014 were 1.2 and 1.1 percent, respectively. And remember the 537 Florida votes that made George W. Bush president.

Last week, Scott’s administration challenged a federal judge’s order that the state adopt a rights-restoration procedure that is less arbitrary and dilatory. A Quinnipiac poll shows that 67 percent of Floridians favor and only 27 percent oppose enfranchisement of felons. These numbers might provoke Republicans, who control both houses of the legislature, to try to siphon away support for the restoration referendum by passing a law that somewhat mitigates the severity of the current policy. Such a law would be presented for the signature of the governor, who is trying to unseat three-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Again, who is comfortable with elected politicians winnowing the electorate? When the voting results from around the nation are reported on the evening of Nov. 6, some actual winners might include 1.6 million Floridians who were not allowed to cast ballots.

Read more from George F. Will’s archive or follow him on Facebook.

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“Why do you drink a poison brewed from the root of bitterness — in order to foment a curse on your adversary??”  rhetorically asks erudite sage Pastor Wilfredo Agngaray.    

1) Unforgiveness (perpetrator’s ego defensiveness which conscripts/ruins its victim — caused by a spirit of fear of rejection/failure — estrangement/separation-brokenness-resentment; getting dumped)

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are self-destructive.  

Hebrews 12:15, Matthew 18:23-35

https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/1-peter-48-love-covers-a-multitude-of-sins-center-of-grace-or-in-the-secular-sense-forgive-yourself-for-what-is-not-in-your-power-to-do/

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/energy-vamps-croix-and-george-brine/

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Unforgiveness/judgmentalism/resentment usually consist of personal feelings of inadequacy/guilt  in relation to another person (e.g. getting dumped).

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Overpride/self-importance usually involves absence of self-confidence  — how you perceive yourself in the eyes & opinions of others  — the surrounding collective social milieu  — in addition to the most crucial matter  — absence of one’s personal intimate solitary self-respect, which also overlaps with unforgiveness at its deepest personal root above.   The collective shame against you which you perceive is all-consuming, which can result in needless extreme self-imposed stress, anxiety,  and depression.   Celebrated painter Vincent van Gogh was not able to separate himself (self-respect)  from his perceived opinions of others about him (issue of self-confidence), so he self- compelled to wander in this tragic and indifferent world and life of ours, ultimately shooting himself in the heart (terminal abandonment), not the head (estrangement).  Perceived terminal abandonment seemingly appears worse than perceived estrangement/separation.

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Symbols are the language of dreams. A symbol can invoke a feeling or an idea and often has a much more profound and deeper meaning than any one word can convey.

 

http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamdictionary/

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Symbols (other persons/things)  often “mask” the actual person/thing  (of one’s deepest secrets and hidden feelings –

unresolved conflicts discoverable via transference, as an example

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychoanalytic_dream_interpretation#Contemporary_psychoanalytic_approach

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transference

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Displacement_(psychology)    )

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perhaps in the extreme instance  –   to die as one lived –  as a person of self-determination and self-worth.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/02/brittany-maynard-death_n_6077482.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathleen-anderson/why-cornel-west-loves-jan_b_6140744.html?utm_hp_ref=books

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My life has been a Griffin Dunne character in After Hours    

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Paul Hackett (Dunne) experiences a series of misadventures as he tries to make his way home  (mishaps produce laughter via cynicism, skepticism, & the irony of incurring wrath thru one’s desire of pleasure).

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This film is on the list of “Great Movies,” and it combines comedy, satire, and irony (irreducible truth) with unrelenting pressure and a sense of all-pervading paranoia/destruction.

Hopscotch to oblivion’, Barcelona, Spain

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtPI9jIx1kU

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After_Hours_(film)

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The words were a powerful intervention and hapless. Like stepping out in your front yard to shout down a tornado. The pathos of helplessness.

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To live well in our grief, we have to forgive ourselves for what was not in our power to do.

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“The luck of the draw.” — Steven Kalas

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/life/family/best-approach-help-some-addicts-step-away

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/relationship-important-part-of-effective-therapy-127085853.html

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The points are to establish love and emotional support as our idyllic commands, in a tragic and indifferent world.

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Indeed, true love endures. It’s just that people need to close the gestalt of being in love with the person who no longer loves you and get through their hurt, bitterness, disappointment and anger before what endures can be apprehended as the honored friend it is (self-respect) and not the cruel enemy it appears to be right after we’ve been dumped by the love of our life.

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http://www.lvrj.com/view/love-can-endure-if-people-work-through-lost-relationships-144330465.html

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Søren Kierkegaard says that life is full of absurdity, and one must make his and her own values in an indifferent world. One can live meaningfully (free of despair and anxiety) in an unconditional commitment to something finite, and devotes that meaningful life to the commitment, despite the vulnerability inherent to doing so. As sage Steven Kalas says, we’re here to love and be loved. That’s it. Dying people revel in who they became in meaningful relationships (soulmates)! Every other dimension of life — job, money, golf game, emptying the kitchen trash — is only important as it serves the end of how and why you are related to another soul.

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“Sometimes the worst pain comes from feeling unloved [negatively manifesting unforgiveness — ego defensiveness caused by a spirit of fear of rejection/failure — estrangement/separation-brokenness-resentment-recently getting dumped]

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abandoned [thence imagining the opposite — entitlement– overpride (self-inflated importance caused by smallness of spirit-inferiority/insecurity  — alienation/being dumped -past/present tenses)].”

 [The positive outcomes are the opposite of “involuntary” separation/estrangement/brokenness — i.e. wholeness

&     abandonment/alienation  — i.e. freedom

   https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/music-a-bridge-from-abandonment-and-brokenness-to-wholeness-and-freedom/    ]

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That happened to me when my marriage of more than three decades ended. When my husband walked out on me, he took my sense of self-worth with him.

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It is very hard to let go of your past. For years I held on to my old life, refusing to let go. I just couldn’t see any other life worth living. Letting go of your past is a long, hard process, and for me that process isn’t over yet. In some ways, it’s just beginning.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/antoinette-tuff/three-steps-to-turning-pain-purpose_b_4979660.html?utm_hp_ref=gps-for-the-soul&ir=GPS%20for%20the%20Soul

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I stand incredulous before the sheer number of people reporting/experiencing symptoms of depression. I say again, I don’t believe our ancestors experienced the same proportion of depressive symptoms. Possible explanations for this phenomenon: Crisis of meaning, for example. An increasingly vacuous culture, with significant evidence of devolution. Or, perhaps depression/depressive episodes is in part provoked by the emotional self-absorption of moderns – the observable, inexplicable delay of real emotional conversance and maturity in modern people. — Steven Kalas

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“For me, there’s hardly a gnat’s whisker of difference between the psychological idea of healthy individuation and the Christian idea of salvation. Both include the lifetime journey of authentic living.”

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The spirit of fear (1. unforgiveness/self-conscripted insecurity/ego defensiveness; 2. smallness ergo self-inflated importance to mask our insecurity) is selfishness.     https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/energy-vamps-croix-and-george-brine/

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When the human ego conscripts the language, the work and the mantle of self-respect, you start to feel really good and right about discarding people from your life.

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Self-respect and self-importance — not the same at all. But they can feel the same.

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Why can’t I be like you or in sync with you?

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/i-write-to-live-authentically-having-been-is-the-surest-kind-of-being-per-great-sage-viktor-frankl/

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I write to live authentically — “having been” is the surest kind of being, per great sage Viktor Frankl

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http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/2782.Viktor_E_Frankl?page=2

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‘Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved –

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From “Logotherapy in a Nutshell”, an essay” Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/all-those-moments-of-life-will-be-lost-in-time-like-tears-in-the-rain-time-to-for-me-time-to-deal-with-myself-alone/

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/54285947.html

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In this gaping hole of despair & hopelessness of one’s predicament is a crushing emptiness and an aloneness that can make you lose your mind and a sadness that can make your heart question the wisdom and the relevance of continuing to beat — a sadness no person thinks one can bear alone.

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To die of unrequited love. Van Gogh didn’t shoot himself in the head. He shot himself in the heart. He saw reality so deeply and clearly, yet could not ultimately disconnect his heart [“be not of this world” — self-respect despite this indifferent and tragic sentient life] from this reality or the other people in it.

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/sharing-grief-puts-a-healing-distance-between-us-and-the-pain-this-is-why-storytelling-matters/

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Share the suffering. The opportunity to tell the story of our suffering to a compassionate and skillful listener is helpful beyond measure. Simply in the telling and retelling, we begin to shift perspective, to put a healing distance between us and the pain.

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/because-in-the-end-great-journeys-of-integrity-are-walked-alone-sage-steven-kalas/

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/10174701.html

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When another man’s life forces you to behold your own smallness, all you have to do is retro-narrate pathologized stories about him. Just like that, your world is a safer, happier place.

Your friends who are simply gone? You force me to behold,  something I hate to think about:

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The archetypal picture here is probably Jesus, whose friends agreed to accompany him into the garden of Gethsemane that night to pray. Jesus is scared. Anxious. Asking God if there isn’t some other way. He looks to his friends for support and encouragement.

And they are sound asleep. And Jesus asks a rhetorical question into the silent night air: “Will no one stay awake with me?”

As a matter of fact, no. Tonight Jesus will suffer, and he will suffer alone.

How to maintain some sense of respect and optimism for humanity? I can only tell you what I do.

When I’m feeling low, when I’ve lost track of why I keep putting one foot in front of the other, when I am sick and tired of paying the price for living out values about which no one else appears to have much if any investment, when I can no longer argue with Protestant theologian John Calvin who used the word “depraved” to describe the essential nature of human beings …

… well, that’s when I think of people like you [who suffers alone in ennobled integrated fashion to care for his incapacitated wife].

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/9380491.html

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An old friend writes from far away. Oh, not that old. She’s 48. I mean we’ve been friends a long, long time.

There’s this bond between us. A connection. I felt it the first time we spoke, which is funny because the first thing she ever communicated to me was disdain. I was 23, so I reached into my repertoire for managing repartee with beautiful women and selected “boyish cockiness” for my retort.

When you’re 23 and male, boyish cockiness is pretty much the extent of your repertoire.

But that was it for us — bonded. A connection that has survived time together, protracted times apart, even years of no communication whatsoever. The friendship has survived love affairs — not with each other — marriages and becoming parents. We’ve been drunk together. And sober. It occurs to me that I’ve never seen her cry.

She was 20 when I met her. Once, on a whim, she sent me a picture of herself at age 5. I smiled. Somewhere inside myself I knew her then, too. Recognized her. In some alternative past, she and I played together in a sandbox (until she made me cry because she was so bossy). Like the bond between us contains secret passages that defy time and space.

She writes to me: “I get you, Steven Kalas.”

Her words strike me like thunder. Truly awestruck, like the way you fall into a spectacular sunset, or the way you stop breathing when you’re standing in a barn at 2 a.m. watching the birth of a calf. I’m focused in a point of time, staring at my monitor. It’s like she’s right here. Right now. I have a friend who gets me. She sees me. I jumble a few words and she says, “Oh yeah.” She not only understands, but understands why and how things matter to me.

Amen.

Then I have this other friend. Or did. Or thought I did. Could’ve sworn we were friends. Soul mates. Years we were friends. Across passion and victory and folly and failure. Across celebration and loss. This friend knows me. And doesn’t know me at all.

We’re not connected anymore.

And I know as much about why we’re no longer connected as I do why I’m still connected to the other friend. Which is to say I don’t know anything at all. And I’ve been railing against the disconnection, like, if I protest loudly and long enough, my erstwhile friend will snap out of it and be connected to me again.

I’ve decided to stop railing. Sad, yes. Probably sad forever. But pounding on it serves all the purpose of pounding on a grave. Why would I look for the living among the dead?

See, both connections and disconnections deserve the same responses. Awe. Respect for the mystery. Even I, a man who believes his gifts and his calling to be teaching people how to be in relationship — well, I can’t tell you much of anything about why some connections happen and some connections don’t happen and still others disintegrate.

The most terrible thing my therapist ever said to me was also the most important: “Steven, we’re alone. No one has anyone.”

Yikes-oi. (Sorry. This sort of thing happens when a GoyBoy tries to express himself forcefully in Yiddish.)

I hated what she said. Railed against it. Argued with it. She had thrown existential sand into the gas tank of my fine-tuned DeLorean of delusion. And my pricey car would go not one mile farther.

My therapist was right. And, as with every other time when she is right, it’s time for me to grow up. We’re alone. No one has anyone.

Strangely, this new truth, while initially a scalpel slashed across my chest without anesthetic, did not burden and depress me for long. Surrender to separateness and aloneness quickly began to create a new space in me. A space for … for …

… relief. A kind of peace. And, most precious, gratitude and humility. Relationship is a grace. A kind of miracle. Human communion emerges as a gift. An unmerited joy. Yes, there are ways of living more conducive to forging and maintaining lasting relationships than other ways of living. I’m not saying there’s nothing we can do. Just that, in the end, I no longer think I have earned or deserved the people who stand in the inner circle of my life.

I just give thanks.

We’re alone. No one has anyone.

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Who really sees you? Who gets you? If you need more than one hand to count those people, you are rich beyond your dreams.

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Individualism as ego overpride is not the solitary reflection of an authentic life –

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http://www.lvrj.com/view/steven-kalas-we-are-individuals-in-consequential-relationships-162688016.html

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/culture-s-approach-to-suffering-only-prolongs-pain-129608658.html

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Even people who sincerely love and adore you might find themselves ambivalent about really engaging and listening to the part of you that suffers. See, the people around us have egos, too. Their egos mobilize to protect them just like your ego does. “Cheer up … get over it … God has a plan … everybody is doing the best he or she can … don’t cry” — the felt motive for these messages is to help you.

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/9146411.html

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Lots of people don’t want to be present to sadness — their own or anyone else’s.

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Other people would like to be present to their bereaved friends and family, but don’t know how.

We live in a culture where grief is treated as a disease to be “cured,” or a weakness cursed of shame or self-loathing.

Contrarily, grief is the holiest of human journeys.

One of my favorite Friedrich Nietzsche quotes is, “Everything holy requires a veil.” Now, modern Americans might think he means that we should keep things covered up because those things are shameful. Nope. He means that some things are so beautiful, so huge, so powerful, so naked, so intimate, that to gaze casually upon them would be injurious to their meaning and value. Injurious ultimately to us.

Grief is such a thing.

I concur with your observation that people around us are largely inept at befriending us in grief. Yet I also encourage people like you to remember to veil (protect and value) their grief. Keep the circle of confidants small. Pick two and no more than five people who will hear the depths of your pain.

There are two ways to read your question at the end. Literally you ask how you might numb the heartache. But I’m guessing you aren’t being literal. In fact, it’s not a question at all, is it? It reads more like an indignation. Like, how dare anyone ask you to numb the heartache! How dare the medical community suggest drugging your bereavement!

See, you know how precious your sadness is. A breathless, crushing burden, yes. But precious.

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/alienation-i-dont-belong-and-estrangement-getting-dumped-because-i-dont-belong/

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alienation [I don’t belong] and estrangement [getting dumped because I don’t belong]

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Alienation & estrangement – the results of Loss [e.g. getting dumped] by your beloved [lifemate/soulmate]

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http://www.lvrj.com/blogs/kalas/_Retirement_leaves_time_for_pondering_self_relationships.html

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Question: What do all people seeking release from personal despair have in common?

Answer: They are suffering some combination of alienation and estrangement.

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I’m saying your use of the word “misfit” sounds like a crisis of alienation and estrangement.

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/steven-kalas/western-religion-breeding-ground-neurosis

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Guilt is beautiful, holy, vital and important when it is healthy guilt. And healthy guilt is nothing more or less than the name of the grief we feel when we abandon our own values. The grief of estrangement and alienation. Healthy guilt, however miserable it feels, contains within itself a holy longing for reconciliation. (One prayer during the rosary, for example, is asking God to “give me a contrite heart.” Meaning, “Please give me the courage to let my heart break over the ways I have hurt others, etc.”) Catholicism — its rites, rituals and symbols — bears much beauty into the world to facilitate the blessings of healthy guilt, healthy shame.

The nutty or potentially pathological side of guilt happens when people, families or institutions (especially the church) peddle guilt to us with darker, perhaps unconscious motives. If you, for example, are threatened by another’s genius, gifts and “light” (envy!), then one way to dodge the threat is to instill in that person a grave, crippling self-doubt. An anxious, paralyzing self-consciousness forcing a default posture of apology to the world for daring to be him/herself.

Or, people/institutions instill guilt because they are projecting sadism. That is, they are reveling in the humiliation of sinners. Yes, some of our accusers are having a grand time!

Control, humiliation, hierarchy, authority, power — when discussions of guilt bear these darker motives, run away quick!

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Irony about Darwin is that though Darwin ended once and for all the “scientific” notion of racial white superiority over blacks/global slavery    http://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2014/07/saint-darwin.html    — nonetheless imperialist Whites/social darwinists/eugenicists incorrectly cited Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” to advance White “master race” tyranny.   This is why supposed antagonist Bryan railed vs. Scopes/Darrow in the “trial of the century” in that “evolution” ergo Darwinism propounded by Darrow trumped of/gloated racial White superiority over folks of color, something Scopes was naive about.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scopes_Trial

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Origin_of_Species#Publication_outside_Great_Britain

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamarckism

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Erudite sage George Will’s oeuvre (sum-point) of federalism over fractured local power

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/shopping-has-changed-south-dakota-wants-in-on-the-action/2018/04/13/91ee0294-3e75-11e8-8d53-eba0ed2371cc_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a635071132f3

Shopping has changed. South Dakota wants in on the action.

A consumer checks out Cyber Monday sales

South Dakota has become what South Carolina once was — stubborn, pugnacious and wrong. In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to vote to secede. In 2016, South Dakota’s legislature picked a fight in the hope that the U.S. Supreme Court would reverse a prior decision, thereby handing the state a policy victory it failed to win in Congress.

South Dakota has enacted a law contradicting a 26-year-old court decision concerning interstate commerce, and a law Congress passed and extended 10 times. It wants to tax purchases that are made online from vendors that have no physical presence in the state. South Dakota wants to increase its revenue and mollify its Main Street merchants. On Tuesday, the court will hear oral arguments for and against South Dakota’s response to the greatest disruption of retailing since the Sears, Roebuck catalogue, more about which anon.

In 1992, in the Internet’s infancy, the court held that retailers are required to collect a state’s sales taxes only when the retailers have a “substantial nexus” — basically, a physical, brick-and-mortar presence — in the state where the item sold is purchased. Such a nexus would mean that the retailer benefits from, and should pay for, local government services. Absent such a nexus, however, states’ taxation of sales would violate the Constitution, which vests in Congress alone the power to impose such burdens on interstate commerce. Furthermore, Richard A. Epstein of the University of Chicago and New York University Law School, says the 14th Amendment’s due process clause (“No state shall . . . deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law”) is a guarantee of fundamental fairness “powerful enough to shield any party from taxation by a jurisdiction with which it does not interact.”

Internet commerce has burgeoned partly because many online retailers, by not collecting sales taxes, enjoy price advantages. This, however, is less valuable to them than their other advantages of convenience (no need to drive somewhere to shop) and choices (almost everything saleable is sold online). Such commerce could not have flourished if vendors bore the burden of deciphering and complying with the tax policies of 12,000 state and local taxing jurisdictions, with different goods exempted from taxation. So, in 1998 Congress enacted the Internet Tax Freedom Act. (It was made permanent in 2016.) This expresses Congress’s policy choice to prohibit state and local governments from imposing unique tax rules for Internet transactions.

The act, an exercise of Congress’s enumerated power to regulate interstate commerce, is intended to shield small Internet sellers from discriminatory taxes and compliance burdens. (Amazon pays sales taxes in all 45 states that have them. Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Post.) In 1998, the ITFA passed the House by unanimous consent and the Senate 96 to 2. For revenue reasons, only four governors endorsed it. Now South Dakota is seeking the court’s permission for its extraterritorial grasping. It wants the court to overrule this congressional policy calculation: The social benefits of dynamic Internet commerce, with small companies enabled to compete with large ones, exceed the costs to traditional retailers, such as Sears, which once upon a time was a problem for then-traditional retailers.

Late in the 19th century, the Sears, Roebuck catalogue was a retailing response to what government had directly (the Homestead Act) and indirectly (government-subsidized railroads) created — vast, thinly populated swaths of rural America where farm families had few if any shopping opportunities. By 1898, the catalogue had 583 pages. In 1907, when the nation’s population was 87 million, Sears mailed out 3 million catalogues. In 1927, the nation of 119 million received 75 million Sears catalogues and other mailings, helped by another government program — rural free delivery. Some traditional downtown retailers were annoyed, not for the last time: Walmart and other “big box” stores were coming to the edge of town.

South Dakota’s impertinent law reflects this fact: Governments often are reflexively reactionary when new technologies discomfort established interests with which the political class has comfortable relations of mutual support. The state’s sales-tax revenue has grown faster than the state’s economy even as Internet retailing has grown. Its brick-and-mortar retailing survived Sears, Roebuck, and then survived Walmart (often better than Sears, Roebuck has). Indeed, many brick-and-mortar retailers are now bricks-and-clicks enterprises, offering online shopping.

Traditional retailing will, like Walmart (which is now being challenged by Amazon), prosper or not depending on market forces, meaning Americans’ preferences. State governments should not try to prevent this wholesome churning from going where it will.

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above case decided in favor of States over Federalism   —

http://www.scotusblog.com/2018/06/opinion-analysis-court-expands-states-ability-to-require-internet-retailers-to-collect-sales-tax/

(Majority opinion) Kennedy discussed at some length the changes to the national economy and retailing brought about by the internet.

“The Internet’s prevalence and power have changed the dynamics of the national economy,” he said, noting that mail-order sales in the United States in 1992 totaled some $180 billion, while e-commerce sales last year were estimated to be $453.5 billion. This expansion has increased the revenue shortfall faced by the states, he continued, citing estimates that range from $8 billion to $33 billion.

The retailers’ arguments based on reliance interests in the Quill rule were unpersuasive because the physical-presence rule has not been as clear and easy to apply as suggested, Kennedy said. Nationwide sales-tax collection may impose a burden on smaller sellers, he said, but “eventually, software that is available at a reasonable cost may make it easier for small businesses to cope with these problems.”

“And in all events, Congress may legislate to ad­dress these problems if it deems it necessary and fit to do so,” Kennedy said.

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(Dissent)

“If stare decisis applied with special force in Quill, it should be an even greater impediment to overruling precedent now, particularly since this Court in Quill tossed the ball into Congress’s court, for acceptance or not as that branch elects,” the chief justice said.

Roberts noted that Congress has been considering whether to alter the physical-presence rule, and “nothing in today’s decision precludes Congress from continuing to seek a legislative solution. But by suddenly changing the ground rules, the Court may have waylaid Congress’s consideration of the issue.”

The majority “proceeds with an inexplicable sense of urgency,” the chief justice said, and it “breezily disregards the costs that its decision will impose on retailers.”

There are complex distinctions made in more than 10,000 taxing jurisdictions, he said.

“New Jersey knitters pay sales tax on yarn purchased for art projects, but not on yarn earmarked for sweaters,” Roberts said, while Texas imposes a sales tax on plain deodorant but not on deodorant with antiperspirant, and Illinois treats Twix and Snickers bars differently for sales-tax purposes.

“The Court is of course correct that the nation’s economy has changed dramatically since the time that Bellas Hess and Quill roamed the earth,” Roberts said. “I fear the Court today is compounding its past error by trying to fix it in a totally different era. … I would let Congress decide whether to depart from the physical-presence rule that has governed this area for half a century.”

 

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Big Government issue:   

Factions whose affluence makes them desirable taxpayers and whose political influence makes them politically potent will join governments in seizing the property of low-income citizens who are not as lucrative for local governments.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/hollywoods-newest-action-star-the-constitutions-taking-clause/2018/04/18/1d7ae45c-4264-11e8-ad8f-27a8c409298b_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8cbba298ca26


The home of Susette Kelo in the Fort Trumbull section of New London, Conn., in 2005. (Jack Sauer/AP)
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Coming soon to a cinema near you — you can make this happen; read on — is a bite-your-nails true-story thriller featuring heroes, villains and a history-making struggle over . . . the Constitution’s takings clause. Next Feb. 24, “Little Pink House” will win the Oscar for best picture if Hollywood’s political preening contains even a scintilla of sincerity about speaking truth to power.

In 1998, New London, Conn., was experiencing hard times. Its government decided, as governments always do, that it wanted more revenue. A private entity, the New London Development Corp. (NLDC), wanted to entice the Pfizer pharmaceutical corporation, which was about to introduce a popular blue pill, to locate a research facility on land adjacent to a blue-collar residential neighborhood. The city empowered the NLDC to wield the awesome, potentially life-shattering power of eminent domain if, as happened, it failed to persuade all the homeowners to sell for an upscale private development to “complement” Pfizer’s facility. Some, led by Susette Kelo (played by Catherine Keener, two-time Oscar nominee), refused.

Kelo’s tormentor is an oily NLDC operative (played by Emmy nominee Jeanne Tripplehorn) who is fluent in the pitter-patter of crony capitalism: The NLDC will make New London “vital and hip” using a public-private “collaboration” wherein uprooted homeowners will be “part of our team” because “social justice and economic development go hand in hand” as the NLDC integrates “the infrastructure of large corporations to the brass-tacks needs of our city’s most . . .”

Kelo’s plight got the attention of the Institute for Justice (IJ), a.k.a the fourth branch of government, nonprofit libertarian litigators who prod the third branch (the judiciary) to police the excesses of the other two. IJ lost, but won.

Kelo lost 4 to 3 in Connecticut’s Supreme Court and 5 to 4 in the U.S. Supreme Court, which accepted New London’s sophistical argument that virtually erased the Constitution’s circumscription of government’s eminent- domain power. This used to be limited by the notably explicit Fifth Amendment, which says “nor shall private property be taken for public use , without just compensation” (emphasis added). The Constitution’s framers intended the adjective “public” to do what the rest of the Bill of Rights does: limit government’s power. Government could take private property only for the purpose of creating things — roads, bridges, tunnels, public buildings — directly owned by government or primarily used by the general public. In 1954, however, to facilitate slum clearance in the District, the concept of “public use” was stretched to encompass eradicating “blight,” an expansion exploited nationwide by corporations in cahoots with city governments that found blight in cracked sidewalks or loose awning supports.

To seize Kelo’s pink house, New London did not assert blight. Instead, it argued that “public use” is synonymous with “public benefit,” and that the public would benefit more from Pfizer paying more taxes than would Kelo and her neighbors. During oral arguments, Justice Antonin Scalia distilled New London’s argument: “You can take from A to give to B if B pays more taxes.” In a dissent joined by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Clarence Thomas and Scalia, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor warned that the decision’s consequences “will not be random”: Factions whose affluence makes them desirable taxpayers and whose political influence makes them politically potent will join governments in seizing the property of low-income citizens who are not as lucrative for local governments.

By getting the U.S. Supreme Court’s attention, and eliciting strong dissents that highlight the horribleness of the majority’s decision, Kelo and IJ ignited national revulsion that has produced new state limitations on eminent domain, limitations that reestablish the framers’ intentions.

The movie, representing the vanishingly small category of “Movies for Grown-ups,” has just debuted in New London, where government economic planning ended predictably badly: Pfizer came, exhausted its subsidies and then departed, leaving a vacant lot where the pink house once stood. View the trailer and consult watch.LittlePinkHouseMovie.com to learn about showings elsewhere. Organizations or groups of about 75 people can go to TUGG.com to book a theater and receive help promoting the showing. People who send their email addresses to LittlePinkArmy.com will be contacted and helped through this process. This bypasses Hollywood’s normal distribution procedures, but the movie industry might benefit from it.

Does Hollywood want to reverse the four-year ratings decline (43.7 million viewers in 2014; 26.5 million this year) of the Academy Awards telecast? Imagine the viewership for a contest of David (“Little Pink House”) against a gaggle of Goliaths (big-budget best-picture nominees boosted by major studios’ promotional budgets).

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gorsuch-strikes-a-blow-for-constitutional-equilibrium/2018/04/20/78139ef6-43f2-11e8-bba2-0976a82b05a2_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ef6141c91fb2

Vague laws “invite the exercise of arbitrary power” by “leaving the people in the dark about what the law demands and allowing prosecutors and courts to make it up.” The lack of “precise and sufficient certainty” (criteria stipulated by the English jurist William Blackstone, whose writings influenced the Constitution’s framers) invites “more unpredictability and arbitrariness” than is constitutional. Furthermore, the crux of America’s constitutional architecture, the separation of powers, is implicated.

Last week, one week after the first anniversary of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch’s ascension to the Supreme Court, he delivered an opinion that was excellent as it pertained to the case at issue, and momentous in its implications pertaining to the institutional tangle known as the administrative state. If he can persuade his fellow court conservatives to see why they were mistaken in disagreeing with him, and if he can persuade his liberal colleagues to follow the logic of their decision with which he concurred, the judiciary will begin restoring constitutional equilibrium. It will limit Congress’s imprecise legislating that requires excessive unguided improvising by all those involved in seeing that the laws are “faithfully” executed.

In 1992, when James Dimaya, a Philippine citizen, was 13, he became a lawful permanent resident of the United States, where, unfortunately, his behavior has been less than lawful: In 2007 and 2009, he was convicted of residential burglary. The Department of Homeland Security says he should be deported because he committed a “crime of violence,” hence covered by a portion of immigration law that, after listing specific crimes (rape, murder, etc.), adds a catchall category of crimes involving “a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense.” How are judges supposed to apply this?

Writing for the majority in a 5-to-4 decision — and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor (with Gorsuch concurring in the judgment and much of the opinion) — Justice Elena Kagan wrote that the law’s category, a “crime of violence,” is so indeterminate (“fuzzy,” she said) that deporting Dimaya under it would violate the Constitution’s “due process of law” guarantee. Vague laws beget two evils that are related: They do not give citizens reasonably clear notice of what behavior is proscribed or prescribed. And they give — actually, require of — judges and law-enforcement officials excessive discretion in improvising a fuzzy law’s meaning. In agreeing with this (and disagreeing with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.), Gorsuch wrote:

Vague laws “invite the exercise of arbitrary power” by “leaving the people in the dark about what the law demands and allowing prosecutors and courts to make it up.” The lack of “precise and sufficient certainty” (criteria stipulated by the English jurist William Blackstone, whose writings influenced the Constitution’s framers) invites “more unpredictability and arbitrariness” than is constitutional. Furthermore, the crux of America’s constitutional architecture, the separation of powers, is implicated. All legislative power is vested in Congress. The judicial power, Gorsuch wrote, “does not license judges to craft new laws” but only to discern and follow an existing law’s prescribed course. With the fuzzy “crime of violence” category, Congress abdicated its “responsibilities for setting the standards of the criminal law.” So, allowing vague laws would allow Congress “to hand off the job of lawmaking.” Hence such laws not only illegitimately transfer power to police and prosecutors, but also would “leave it all to a judicial hunch.”

The principle Gorsuch enunciates here regarding one provision of immigration law is a scythe sharp enough to slice through many practices of the administrative state, which translates often vague congressional sentiments into binding rules — a practice indistinguishable from legislating. Gorsuch’s principle is also pertinent to something pernicious concerning which he has hitherto expressed wholesome skepticism: “Chevron deference.”

This is the policy (named for the 1984 case in which the Supreme Court propounded it) whereby courts are required to defer to administrative agencies’ interpretations of “ambiguous” laws when the interpretations are “reasonable.” Gorsuch has criticized this emancipation of the administrative state from judicial supervision as “a judge-made doctrine for the abdication of judicial duty.” It also is an incentive for slovenly lawmaking by a Congress either too lazy or risk-averse to be precise in making policy choices, and so lacking in institutional pride that it complacently sloughs off its Article I powers onto Article II entities. Gorsuch wants Article III courts to circumscribe this disreputable behavior.

Gorsuch represents the growing ascendancy of one kind of conservative jurisprudence, “judicial engagement,” over another kind, “judicial deference.” Many conservatives have embraced populism where it least belongs, in judicial reasoning. They have advocated broad judicial deference to decisions because they emanate from majoritarian institutions and processes. Progressives favor such deference because it liberates executive power from congressional direction or judicial supervision. Gorsuch, a thinking person’s conservative, declines to be complicit in this, which raises this question: When has a progressive justice provided the fifth vote joining four conservative colleagues?

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/america-is-about-to-get-more-law-abiding/2018/05/16/0ce93166-5871-11e8-b656-a5f8c2a9295d_story.html?utm_term=.32be465fd66f

“Prohibition” has been lifted off sports betting

Repeal of Prohibition in 1933 instantly reduced crime by reducing the number of criminalized activities, including some that millions of Americans considered victimless activities and none of the government’s business. Now, America is going to become more law-abiding, the Supreme Court having said that the federal government cannot prohibit states from legalizing what Americans have been doing anyway with at least 150 billion of their dollars annually. This figure (almost five times the combined revenues of MLB, the NFL, the NBA and the NHL; 14 times the movie industry’s domestic ticket sales) is a guess and might be much less than the actual sum that Americans wager on sports.

In 1992, when sports betting was illegal in most states, Congress, prompted by New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bill Bradley (Princeton all-American basketball player, Olympian, New York Knick), passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). This did not do what Congress has the power to do: Because of the court’s permissive construing of Congress’s power to regulate all sorts of more or less economic activities for all sorts of reasons, Congress could criminalize sports gambling. Instead, however, it gave New Jersey, alone among the 46 states that did not have such betting, one year to adopt it, after which New Jersey would be forbidden to do so.

Illegal sports betting was estimated to involve only $25 billion annually when PASPA was passed. Its subsequent burgeoning is redundant evidence that restraining a popular appetite with a statute is akin to lassoing a locomotive with a cobweb, which should chasten busybody governments. While one should formally frown upon the lawlessness of wagering Americans, their anarchic tendencies are, on balance, wholesome.

Also in 1992, the Supreme Court began enunciating the “anti-commandeering” doctrine: The federal government may not pursue its objectives by requiring states to use, or refrain from using, their resources for those objectives. The Constitution’s 10th Amendment (“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people”) means, the court has held, that “while Congress has substantial powers to govern the Nation directly, including in areas of intimate concern to the States, the Constitution has never been understood to confer upon Congress the ability to require the states to govern according to Congress’ instructions.”

In a 2011 referendum, New Jersey voters strongly approved sports betting; two months later, the legislature approved such betting in casino sports books and at horse tracks. After courts twice held that New Jersey was violating PASPA, the state appealed to the Supreme Court, saying: “Never before has federal law been enforced to command a state to give effect to a state law that the state has chosen to repeal.”

On Monday the court ruled, 6 to 3, in favor of New Jersey and three principles of good government that are threatened by federal commandeering. Writing for the majority, and joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan and Neil M. Gorsuch, Samuel A. Alito Jr. said: The anti-commandeering rule protects individual liberty by maintaining a “healthy balance of power” between the states and the federal government. The rule “promotes political accountability” because “voters who like or dislike the effects” of a regulation “know who to credit or blame.” And the rule “prevents Congress from shifting the costs of regulation to the states.”

This season, a National Hockey League team began playing in Las Vegas, where the NFL’s Oakland Raiders will relocate in 2020. Because of what the court did Monday, soon a majority of states, with a majority of the nation’s population, probably will be regulating and taxing legalized sports gambling. The unembarrassable National Collegiate Athletic Association has said without blushing that sports betting threatens “student-athlete well-being and the integrity of athletic competition.” Actually, an infusion of run-of-the-mill back-alley bookies in soiled raincoats might elevate college basketball’s moral tone.

Just after PASPA was enacted, 56 percent of Americans opposed legalized betting on professional sports events. A quarter of a century later, 55 percent approve. The nation’s most insistent promoters of gambling are state governments that run lotteries. Law lags morals, but not forever.

The professional sports leagues were on the losing side Monday, but they will find ways to profit from betting on their products. Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and a maverick himself, thinks intensified fan interest will double franchise values across baseball, football, basketball and hockey. Want to bet against him? Go ahead.

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George Will says the U.S. Supreme Court overreached its bounds in Roe v. Wade         https://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/story?id=132567&page=1

[Roe v. Wade 1973  is] the most imprudent act of judicial power since the Dred Scott decision.

In Dred Scott, the Supreme Court tried to settle the slavery controversy. Instead it hastened civil war.

With the Roe v. Wade decision, the court tried to end the debate about abortion.

Instead, it inflamed the issue and embittered our politics — because the court, by judicial fiat, abruptly ended what had been a democratic process of accommodation and compromise on abortion policy.

States Were Dealing With It

Before the court suddenly discovered in the constitution a virtually unlimited right to abortion, many state legislatures were doing what legislatures are supposed to do in a democracy: They were debating and revising laws to reflect changing community thinking.

In the five years before 1973, 16 states, with 41 percent of the nation’s population — including then-Governor Reagan’s California — liberalized their abortion laws.

But reversal would not make abortion illegal. It would just restore abortion as a matter for states to regulate. And probably no state would outlaw first trimester abortions, which are almost 90 percent of all abortions.

Changing Culture

Whether you like it or not, the culture has changed a lot since 1973. Today, abortion ends more than one in five pregnancies. Abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures.

The widely exercised right to abortion is not about to be extinguished. But neither is the debate about abortion, which continues to trouble thoughtful people.

Unfortunately, [in Roe v. Wade]  the Supreme Court said to the American people: Shut up. Pipe down. Your debate about abortion is pointless, because we will decide policy.

Thus, did the Supreme Court diminish American democracy.

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Nonetheless, cogent Will has a detractor here       http://www.libertylawsite.org/2016/08/09/george-wills-constitution/

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Liberals should not swagger (loose lips sink ships ergo animus-prejudice)

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/there-will-be-more-wedding-cake-cases/2018/06/06/8bd4a50c-68e6-11e8-9e38-24e693b38637_story.html?utm_term=.e36705f8ad00

There will be more wedding cake cases

“Loose lips sink ships” was a World War II slogan warning Americans against inadvertently disclosing important secrets, such as troop ships’ sailing schedules. On Monday, the Supreme Court showed that loose lips can sink cases.

In Colorado in 2012, a Christian baker declined the request of a same-sex couple to decorate a cake for a reception celebrating their marriage in Massachusetts. The baker said that compelling him to put his expressive activity of cake artistry in the service of an act his faith condemns — and that was not legal in Colorado — would violate his First Amendment right to free speech, which includes the freedom not to speak, and to the free exercise of religion (which also is his basis for refusing to make Halloween cakes).

Rather than find, as would not have been burdensome, bakers with no objections to their request, the couple abandoned what once was the live-and-let-live spirit of the gay rights movement. In the truculent spirit of this era, they sicced the Colorado Civil Rights Commission on the baker. It said he violated the state’s law against sexual-orientation discrimination.

On Monday, the court held 7 to 2 for the baker, but only for him . Writing for the court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Elena Kagan and Neil M. Gorsuch joining in the judgment) concluded that the Civil Rights Commission manifested animus regarding the baker’s religious beliefs. For example, a notably obtuse member said that “despicable” rhetoric about freedom of religion had been used to justify slavery and the Holocaust.

The nation remains resolutely committed to the public accommodations section of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which Colorado law anticipated in an 1885 law: If you open your doors for business, you must serve all who enter. Furthermore, it is maddeningly problematic to begin carving out exemptions from obedience to laws of general applicability that are neutral regarding religion. Wedding planners, photographers, flower arrangers, even chauffeurs who have religious objections to same-sex weddings can claim, with varying degrees of plausibility, that their activities are “expressive” and therefore their varying degrees of “participation” in religious events implicate the two First Amendment provisions the baker invoked.

In this case, the court prudently avoided trying to promulgate a limiting principle that would distinguish essentially expressive conduct from that with merely negligible or incidental expressive elements. But because the principle remains unformulated, other cases will come to the court lacking the sort of convenient escape hatch that the court found in the commission’s loose lips. Looking down the road, Kennedy on Monday warned that “there are no doubt innumerable goods and services that no one could argue implicate the First Amendment.”

First Amendment protections of freedom of speech are now more comprehensively attacked than ever before. The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1790s (which were allowed to expire), the abuses of the post-World War I “Red Scare” and the McCarthyism of the early 1950s arose from temporary public fevers, and ended when the fevers broke. Today’s attacks, emanating from authoritarian intellectuals, will not be as transitory as a mere political mood because they are theoretical: They argue that free speech is a chimera — speech often is a mere manifestation of an individual’s retrograde socialization, a.k.a. “false consciousness,” hence it is not morally serious and does not merit protection. Or they argue that free speech is only contingently important — it should be “balanced” against superior claims, such as community harmony or listeners’ serenity.

Because attacks on freedom of speech are today ubiquitous and aggressive, its defenders understandably, but sometimes more reflexively than reflectively, support any claim that this freedom is importantly implicated, however tangentially, in this or that dispute. A danger in the cake case was that victory for the baker would make First Amendment law incoherent, even absurd: Expressive activities merit some constitutional protection, but not everything expressive is as important as speech, which America’s foundational political document protects because speech communicates ideas for public persuasion.

Friends of the First Amendment should not be impatient for the court to embark on drawing ever-finer distinctions about which commercial transactions, by which kinds of believers, involving which kinds of ceremonies, implicate the Constitution’s free speech and free exercise guarantees. Taking religious advice, the court on Monday acted on the principle that “sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof,” which means: Cope with today’s ample troubles and cope with tomorrow’s when they arrive, as surely they will.

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Actor George Raft actually a splendid dancer  

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Out-of-this-world raspy textured vocal mastery

 

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Clapton’s southern blues derivation via Freddie King’s modernist electric sound  —

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_King#Playing_style_and_technique

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In memoriam Robert Paul Hickcox 1948-2017, & in praise of Julio Tomas, Sr. born 1932 & Donald W. Amaral

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Bob Hickcox look-alike age 35 circa 1983

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Bob Hickcox is my alltime positive role model and inspiration for his contemplative/reflective   countenance/personality and his overall empathy and love for everyone.  A Navy veteran, Bob worked at JC Penney after leaving military service (we worked in the shoe dept. at JC Penney), and then attended UH.  Ever concerned for the wellbeing of everyone, Bob was a giant in compassion and humility.  Bob went on to a fine career with the Hawai’i County Police Dept., retiring as captain.   I always will venerate the soft touch and gentle spirit of my dearest hero, Bob Hickcox.  It’s amazing that I never had contact with Bob in his police career and in my law career, both spanning over 3 decades- long timelines.  Bob simply was the greatest person I ever met!!

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Julio Tomas, Sr. born 1932, look-alike

Julio’s dearest wife Janet Masoco Tomas look-alike

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 Ilocano Julio Tomas, Sr. born 1932 is our  legendary basketball star  (Hilo High ’52) whose impact reaches far beyond the “hardwood floor” of the gym   — Julio Sr. was everyone’s role model in Amau’ulu (Julio from Mill Camp 1, then Camp 3 Waiau switch station/stream site, then Camp 4 above Kaaumoana enclave), then in Wainaku (mill camp site across my family’s store, warehouse, & pool hall) — Julio’s devotion to his gorgeous loving wife Juanita “Janet” (Visayan Masoco maiden name, but Janet’s mom was Ilocano) & to his 3 kids are “beyond compare.”   A heartstopper handsome man & every woman’s “dreamboat,” this “Jim Dandy” (great inspiration) always regards his dearest wife Janet as the love of his life  — utterly devoted to her as if this heartthrob couple were on its first tingling date (forever young/young at heart!)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZXxa9J7qh0

Julio’s “provider” & loving support for his wife Janet & kids Julio Jr., Jeff, & adopted daughter Maria are every man’s virtuous pious ideal!!   Not to mention Julio’s mentoring of youngsters & others all thru the decades as a man of quiet dignity & compassion.    All through Julio’s life, Julio was lucky to have great mentors (Julio’s mom & dad & Julio’s siblings/national hoops hall of fame coach Beans Afook — Hilo’s Civic Auditorium named in part after Afook/sportsman Doc Francis Wong — as in Hilo’s Wong stadium complex/employer Tai On Chock/older work peer-crane operator my uncle Charley Narimatsu/etc.).   Julio in turn shares their vision for Julio (born positive loving leader/tremendous common sense gut instincts/unmatched fighting spirit-winning attitude/foresight visionary intellect/etc.) with everyone — come one, come all, love one, love all!!   No matter, Julio’s innate humble spirit & overflowing sense of gratitude distinguish Julio as the natural-born positive leader for us all!!  No one knows that Beans Afook got Julio a scholarship to play basketball at UH Manoa, following in the footsteps of Kiyo Hamakawa & Tai On Chock 5  & 6 yrs. respectively before Julio, & later legendary coach Al Manliguis 4 yrs. before Julio, a virtual “power train” of legendary athletes.   The greatest point guard of the pre-NBA era, Hilo’s Ah Chew Goo (NBA’s Pistol Pete Maravich’s alter ego), drooled over Julio’s athleticism (e.g. jumping jack rabbit legs that could jump thru the rafters!)  & great intelligence (a la cogent NBA braintrust Hubie Brown) .   Inasmuch the Korean War still was decimating our troops, Julio eventually enlisted in the Army & discharged honorably as an infantry combat 1st sgt.   Julio served well our U.S. military.   In all aspects of life, without exception, Julio is our shining light & inspiration!!    Kudos to our greatest legendary hero, Julio Tomas Sr.!!

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In praise of my cousin Donald W. Amaral born 1952

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Donald’s paternal grandmother Yukiko Amaral was my Dad’s sister, & Donald’s deceased dad Herbert was my first cousin.   Like Bob Hickcox and Julio Tomas, Sr. above,  tough-as-nails mason Donald is a quiet unassuming reflective person, steeped in humility and empathy.   Tremendous strength of character  — my quiet hero — integrity and character to strive for — truly super-natural in countenance and disposition.   Never have  I met big heroes like Bob Hickcox, Julio Tomas, Sr.,  and Donald Amaral.  I always worship Donald!!

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I like to timeline “forebearer” role models born a century before one’s birthdate.   My cherished heroes are P’iehu I’aukea 1855-1940 for his vision and art of compromise https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_P._Iaukea   — and OT Shipman 1857-1942 for his independent spirit & compassion for all https://www.ancestry.com/genealogy/records/oliver-taylor-shipman_35193337

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I consider my dearest daughter Staycie’s century  old role models as Charles Hemenway 1875-1947 for his empathy & humanitarianism http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Charles%20Hemenway/    and Frank Atherton 1877-1945 for his beneficence  https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/24411024

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My friend  — erudite Bob Yanabu Hilo High ’60– has his forebearer in Japan industrialist who ensured the survival of Japanese immigrants to Hawai’i   —  Eiichi Shibusawa 1840-1931 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shibusawa_Eiichi

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/music-a-bridge-from-abandonment-and-brokenness-to-wholeness-and-freedom/

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On sincere spiritual inquiry   —

 

https://peteenns.com/paul-biblical-interpretation/

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I threw up on the worldwide interwebs a little post about Paul and the book of Romans, namely that, Paul seems to be winging it.

I say that for two reasons.

1. The gospel Paul preaches seems to back him into a corner, logically speaking, especially with his fellow Jews.

He relentlessly makes the case for placing Jesus and Gentile inclusion at the center of God’s plans all along, rather than the Law of Moses centered on Jews. In fact, he makes such a strong case that it looks like he is throwing his fellow Jews under the bus. So at several points, Paul seems to realize he might be going too far and steps back away from the ledge.

It seems we are watching Paul struggling to work out the ever-present Christian theological challenge of continuity and discontinuity between (1) the story of Israel (as told in the Old Testament and in Judaism thereafter) and (2) the gospel. Paul must hold in tension his unwavering belief that #2 grows out of #1 (Jesus completes Israel’s story) while dealing with the undeniable fact that #2 is a surprise ending to #1 (a crucified and risen Messiah who flings open the doors of the kingdom to both Jews and Gentiles by faith alone).

But I’m not going to talk about #1 here. I want to elaborate on the second point I made in the aforementioned post, which is:

2. Paul quotes the Old Testament a lot.

And it looks like Paul is riffing—at times it almost seems like he is grasping for a text, any text, that he can use to make his case stick, that all this unexpected Jesus business (discontinuity) is fully anticipated in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (continuity).

I want to tease this out a bit because saying that Paul is “winging it” doesn’t quite get at the dynamic. On one level, yes, Paul’s use of the Old Testament seems haphazard, but on another level it’s not.

Let me put it this way: it seems to us that Paul is winging it, playing fast and loose with the Old Testament, rummaging through it to find passages that sorta kinda work and then bending them to his will.

From our perspective—and I think it is crucial to acknowledge this—Paul is out there when it comes to Old Testament interpretation. But our perspective can’t drive our understanding of what Paul is up to and it can’t be the basis upon which we judge what Paul is doing.

From an ancient Jewish perspective, Paul isn’t winging it. And that’s my point.

Paul’s readers back then might have agreed or disagreed with what he was arguing, but not with how he argued.

They wouldn’t have given a second thought to the manner in which Paul handled his Bible.

A creative handling of scripture had by Paul’s time a long and honored history, going back to the Old Testament itself: the writer of 1 and 2 Chronicles creatively adapted Israel’s older history (in Samuel-Kings) in order to let ancient scripture speak into new circumstances that scripture did not address or anticipate (namely, exile in 586 BCE and return under Persian rule in 539).

For Judaism, this unexpected turn of events caused a lot of pain and questioning of God, which continued through Persian, Greek, and the finally Roman rule, and onto the cataclysmic destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in 70 CE.

That wasn’t how Israel’s story was to have panned out, and so accessing Israel’s ancient story after the return from exile meant reading between the lines, beneath them, above them, and around them to see how God’s word back then was speaking to them right now.

What we might call a fast and loose use of the Old Testament was for Paul and his contemporaries a normal and expected approach to biblical interpretation—creatively connecting the past with the present.

What is interesting about Paul, historically speaking, isn’t his method of interpretation. What set him apart was his content.

For Paul, as for his Jewish contemporaries, scripture was malleable—like forging metal or shaping clay on a potter’s wheel. Scripture necessarily had to be “worked with.

Paul’s faith in God’s dramatic inbreaking of the kingdom in the resurrected Christ, however, is what drove him to read his scripture in a particular wayto fill in the content by bending Israel’s past toward the Lord Jesus Christ and his kingdom, made up of Jews and Gentiles as fully equal partners.

This is why I absolutely never get bored reading Paul. Wrapping our heads around what exactly he is up to and why is an energizing and uplifting mental workout that takes us out of our stale modern expectations of how the Bible is supposed to behave.

In other words, for me, watching Paul at work (rather than judging or defending him) is interesting not simply for understanding Paul, but coming to terms with the nature of scripture: what the Bible “is,” what we should expect of it, and therefore what it means to read it today.

I’ve gone deeper into Paul’s use of the Old Testament in a few places, especially the entire second half of The Evolution of Adam. You can also check out chapter 4 of Inspiration and Incarnation and chapter 6 of The Bible Tells Me So. I blog about it a lot, too (search, for example, Paul and the Old Testament). Gee, now that I think about it, I sure do write a lot about this topic. Maybe I think it’s important or something.

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go to timeclock  :44 (44 seconds) & listen to the great instrument arrangement   —

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My dad Toshiyuki’s parents Masayuki 1880-1931 and Otome 1881-1954 are cousins with the same last name/surname who immigrated  (“Issei” immigrants) from Kumamoto, Kyushu Island, Japan (southern Japan  archipelago)  in 1902.  Masayuki was an entrepreneur/business person like his shoyu/soy sauce  maker parents, who opened up his own liquor & food store, warehouse, & pool hall on Wainaku Ave. (old Mamalahoa Highway) after he & wife Otome settled across Hilo Sugar Co. mill camp from their initial settlement at “Nikai” (Wainaku Camp 2) 2 miles up the slope of Mauna Kea mountain.   Masayuki constructed the roadway to the newly formed Nihon Gakko Japanese language school for mill camp children  — adjacent to Masayuki’s business location.

The Japanese language school in large part was formed because our native-born Hawai’i  Japanese children (“Nisei” 2nd generation) had no grandparents to mentor them in the old ways of Japan, especially since their Issei parents who were only 20 yrs. or so older than our Nisei children were way too busy working/slaving just to feed our Nisei children & survive.  Traditionally Buddhist (funding source, inasmuch Christian/Shinto resources were unwilling and/or scarce), the language school emphasized secular piety (proper decorum) over religious doctrine (ergo Buddhist precepts).

Truck farmers (including Masayuki’s oldest adult daughter Haruko  — Masayuki would fret to Haruko that Haruko’s husband Manjiro Hasegawa was a lazy inept provider  — Masayuki understandably was a stern disciplinarian dad) eventually formed their own school just above Masayuki’s store & 1st home  (1st home northwest of the warehouse behind the store — adjacent to eventual neighbor Ichi Kawakami) — because the independent truck farmers (who eventually used Masayuki’s roadway) didn’t approve of the “servile” philosophy of the plantation labor Japanese language school  — the truck farmers were independent-spirited/bold Americanized capitalists, though destitute (Big 5’s Amfac had stranglehold monopoly on ag produce market  — Big 5 is nickname for 5 oligopolists — American Factors “Amfac,” C. Brewer, Theo. Davies, Castle & Cooke, & Alexander & Baldwin– which triggered eventual “revolutionary” politician Stanley Hara 1923-2009 to break the bondage of the Big 5 haole missionary descendant e.g. Castle & Cooke – separate seafarer capitalist e.g. C. Brewer — oligopoly).   Masayuki (nicknamed “Ole’ Jake” — a whiskey term of endearment — Masayuki specialized in selling okolehao — distilled ti root — during Prohibition 1919-1933) became fatigued in the final decade of his life from emphysema (perhaps due in part from his handling chemicals in his early supervisor jobs at Hilo Mercantile & Hackfeld/later Amfac  lumber yards, but mainly from cigarette & eventually pipe smoking), necessitating the building of his 2nd home adjacent to his store’s warehouse (to eliminate the walking distance from home to store), the 1st home later being occupied by Masayuki’s daughter Yukiko (married to Antone Amaral).   After Yukiko & Antone contracted TB, the 1st home was dismantled & the lumber stored under the 6 ft. post & pier 2nd home, the same lumber which I viewed when I grew up (& attended Ha’aheo Elem. School like my Dad & siblings northwest of the mill camp).  The truck farmers’ Japanese language school eventually was dismantled & the lumber/materials recycled for their home building timelines.

It’s amazing that Masayuki’s wife Otome, who didn’t know how to write in English, was able to carry on the merchant lifestyle after Masayuki died at age 50.   My Dad at age 18 took on Masayuki’s role as patriarch, since oldest son Masaaki didn’t enjoy being the substitute patriarch with its many responsibilities, & Masaaki moved to Pahala to start his own life there.   It helped that my Dad was poker king of Wainaku & eventually became poker king  of the famed WWII 442nd combat regiment  — the poker winnings sustaining the merchant expenses (especially because plantation labor credit — workers got paid only at the end of each month — often went unpaid by manual labor customers/patrons  — Great Depression/perennial hard times).

Masayuki look-alike

 Otome look-alike

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Masayuki/Otome (Issei immigrants) children were Masaaki “Fat” (though not fat, but large-boned/frame like tough guy character James Cagney  — also light on his feet dancer like Cagney) 1903-1970, Haruko (married truck farmer Manjiro Hasegawa old enough to be Haruko’s father) 1905-1995, Masako (married Hatsuyoshi Kiyojima, who was bosom buddy of Manjiro Hasegawa) 1907-1990, Yukiko (who married Antone Amaral) 1910-1955 (tragic, Yukiko/Antone died from TB), my dad Toshiyuki 1913-1998, Chiyoko (who married my tremendously loving uncle Solomon Kauinui of Napo’opo’o Kona) 1915-1992, Yukio 1918-1955 (tragic too — died of bleeding ulcer just before Christmas at age 37, leaving behind widow & 7 young children, incl. 2 sets of twins  — my Dad had Dad’s bosom buddy baby brother Yukio move into the converted store/warehouse & 2d home when Yukio started having children  — Yukio’s funeral photo is in

  https://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Hamakua-Coast-Small-Towns/dp/0972093222

—  this book is available from our Hawai’i State public library system throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

I’m leaning into my Dad’s waistline & my brother Lloyd is cradled in my Mom Teruko “Ruth’s” arms), & Yushin “Charley” 1920-2013 (the only one to finish intermediate/middle school & grad from high school  — Big 5 oppression enslaved plantation kids to feudal labor system by imposing unaffordable public school tuition fees after the 6th grade up to 1924 and after the 8th grade up to 1933 — akin to expensive private school tuition costs   https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/yushin-charley-narimatsu-1920-2013-died-age-93-my-nisei-2nd-generation-uncle-the-last-of-his-generation-in-my-kazokufamily/    —   thence, only plantation kids who were born in 1920 & after — such as Charley, finally were able to complete/graduate from high school.)

my dad look-alike (Chiyoko’s son Dennis also looks like this)

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Uncle Yukio look-alike  (Yukio’s son Donald born 1946, & Yukiko’s grandson Tony also look like this — handsomest as the summer day is longest)

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Masayuki apparently was a learned man (Meiji era 1868-1912 transformed/westernized Japan with compulsory education), designated as ceremonial Japan consular rep who wrote letters back to Japan for manual laborers.   Otome must’ve been sexy and/or sparkling in personality in Masayuki’s eyes because she certainly was not cerebral in nature (but she was musical & loved/played the shamisen string “uke”  — my brother Lloyd, a yr. younger than me, & Yukio’s son Donald, & Chiyoko’s son Dennis, all can sing tenor exquisitely, Donald & Dennis both ’64 Hilo High grads; Lloyd was a teen idol/titlist rock band vocalist/musician, & all-state baseballer — Lloyd got eventual golden wedding anniversary wife Vicky pregnant while both were in high school, so Lloyd never went to college).   Masayuki was a drop dead handsome suitor/man, though small in stature like actor James Cagney, but with the V-shaped torso of a Cagney/fitness buff.   Otome was a lousy cook, but as irony would have it, my Dad Toshiyuki loved her kogare/black-burned crispy rice at the bottom of the rice pot which she cooked at too high a heat!!!   Incredulous turn of events where a negative outcome (burned rice pot)  triggers a positive event (Toshi loved kogare rice)  — a la ancient Grecian peripeteia principle which also incl. positive causing negative e.g. obsessed goal to be glorified results in scornful humiliation ergo Richard Nixon .

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Haruko, like her Naichi parents (Mainland Japan immigrants), had son Gaichi Tokeshi out of wedlock from itinerant Okinawan sojourner, at her age 17.  Father Masayuki disowned Gaichi for being half Okinawan, and had Gaichi adopted out to affluent Okinawan Tokeshi across the street from Masayuki.   Gaichi would come over to Masayuki’s 2d home next to warehouse/store & call Haruko “Mama (Mom),” though Gaichi loved his adoptive mom Tokeshi.  Masayuki was bed-ridden throughout the 1920s when Gaichi would come over to play with Gaichi’s biological kin.  Sadly, Gaichi refused to meet his biological Okinawan dad when Gaichi’s dad came to visit Gaichi  as an adult.   Certainly Gaichi’s loss.   Gaichi’s dad’s redemption was noble, esp. since Gaichi was unaware that Masayuki banished Gaichi’s biological dad from setting foot on Masayuki’s premises (Naichi ethnocentrism/homogeneity “pure blood” racism).        https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/japans-homogeneitypure-blood-master-race-mentality-only-in-the-past-two-decades-has-japan-acknowledged-some-of-its-past-brutalities-including-medical-atrocities-and-use-of-poison-gas-as-well-as/

442nd RCT combat veteran Gaichi, like Gaichi’s  combat “brother in arm” my dad (actually, Dad was Gaichi’s uncle)(Dad also was a bootleg boxer pre- legalization 1929), and like Gaichi’s uncle Yukio (nicknamed “Big Body” for Yukio’s Charles Atlas physique), & like stepbrother Tommy Hasegawa & later like Gaichi’s half-brothers James Eddie Hasegawa & Ray Hasegawa —  was quite the heavy-handed puncher/boxer  — at Hilo’s Jimmy’s Drive In restaurant 1947, a kanak called Gaichi “Jap” (because of Pearl Harbor), at which point Gaichi dropped the kanak like a  rock into the water  — just the same, the prosecutor dismissed the assault charge against Gaichi (racial animus instigated by the “victimized” kanak).  Whoa!!  Akin to Yukio’s former “shoe-shining” (rat-tat-tat machine gun punching from tummy up to collarbone) a humongous 6 ft. bully fellow buddahead at a Papaikou gym dance who forcibly was trying to yank Yukio’s eventual wife away from Yukio on the dance floor!!

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Yukiko also was disowned by Masayuki when she married faladoo (show off) Antone Amaral, dapper roadster hotshot Luso/Portuguese.   Yet, as with Gaichi being disowned, Yukiko still was partially supported by her dad Masayuki, to wit she/Antone/progeny occupied Masayuki’s 1st home after Masayuki/Otome moved into their 2d home next to the store/warehouse.   Yet, undeniably, Masayuki should’ve welcomed Antone/Luso kin into Masayuki’s home/family.   Yukiko’s oldest child Herb was housed/quartered at Father Louis’ Boys Home, for gosh sake!!!  (ironically, mega-banker Luso/Portuguese Walt Dods. Jr.’s dad Walt Sr. also orphaned at Father Louis’ Boys Home where today’s Hilo Terrace complex is)   Terrible on Masayuki’s part to be so racist!!   Which is why we as an extended family never had contact with the Amaral side of the family!!   Look at Yukiko’s son Tony, whose daughter Rox is P & R director today under Mayor Harry Kim, & Rox’ son who’s a prosecutor with the court system!!   Gee whiz!!   Terrible bigotry/separation via Masayuki’s horrible legacy all thru the decades!!

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Progressively, when Chiyoko married “out of race” pure Hawaiian handsomest suitor Solomon Kauinui of Kona (our most loving generous uncle  — Polynesian/Hawaiian love for all!), Masayuki was dead for a decade past, & mom Otome was not racist like Masayuki.  But young wanderlust Chiyoko eloped with Solomon in Kona, & Otome suffered a nervous breakdown over Otome’s youngest favorite pet daughter Chiyoko   — separation anxiety to the -nth degree!!   Very sad.

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“Uncle Kona” Solomon Kauinui, Chiyoko’s husband look-alike

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https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/02/21/george-will-billy-graham-neither-prophet-nor-theologian/

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George Will: Billy Graham, neither prophet nor theologian

In 1972, unaware of Nixon’s Oval Office taping system, when Nixon ranted about how Jews ‘totally dominated’ the media, Graham said ‘this stranglehold has got to be broken or this country is going down the drain.’ He also told Nixon that Jews are ‘the ones putting out the pornographic stuff.’

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Asked in 1972 if he believed in miracles, Billy Graham answered: Yes, Jesus performed some and there are many “miracles around us today, including television and airplanes.” Graham was no theologian.

Neither was he a prophet. Jesus said “a prophet hath no honor in his own country.” Prophets take adversarial stances toward their times, as did the 20th century’s two greatest religious leaders, Martin Luther King and Pope John Paul II. Graham did not. Partly for that reason, his country showered him with honors.

So, the subtitle of Grant Wacker’s 2014 book “America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation” (Harvard University Press) is inapposite. When America acquired television and a celebrity culture, this culture shaped Graham. Professor Wacker of Duke’s Divinity School judges Graham sympathetically as a man of impeccable personal and business probity.

Americans respect quantification, and Graham was a marvel of quantities. He spoke, Wacker says, to more people directly — about 215 million — than any person in history. In 1945, at age 26, he addressed 65,000 in Chicago’s Soldier Field. The 1949 crusade in Los Angeles, promoted by the not notably devout William Randolph Hearst, had a cumulative attendance of 350,000. In 1957, a May-to-September rally in New York had attendance of 2.4 million, including 100,000 on one night at Yankee Stadium. A five-day meeting in Seoul, South Korea, in 1973 drew 3 million.

Graham’s effects are impossible to quantify. His audiences were exhorted to make a “decision” for Christ, but a moment of volition might be (in theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s phrase) an exercise in “cheap grace.” Graham’s preaching, to large rallies and broadcast audiences, gave comfort to many people and probably improved some.

Regarding race, this North Carolinian was brave, telling a Mississippi audience in 1952 that, in Wacker’s words, “there was no room for segregation at the foot of the cross.” In 1953, he personally removed the segregating ropes at a Chattanooga crusade. After the Supreme Court’s 1954 desegregation ruling, Graham abandoned the practice of respecting local racial practices. Otherwise, he rarely stepped far in advance of the majority. His 1970 Ladies’ Home Journal article “Jesus and the Liberated Woman” was, Wacker says, “a masterpiece of equivocation.”

The first preacher with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame was an entrepreneurial evangelical who consciously emulated masters of secular communication such as newscasters Drew Pearson, Walter Winchell and H.V. Kaltenborn. Wielding the adverbs “nearly” and “only,” Graham, says Wacker, would warn that all is nearly lost and the only hope is Christ’s forgiveness.

Graham frequently vowed to abstain from partisan politics, and almost as frequently slipped this self-imposed leash, almost always on behalf of Republicans. Before the 1960 election, Graham, displaying some cognitive dissonance, said that if John Kennedy were a true Catholic, he would be a president more loyal to the Pope than to the Constitution but would fully support him if elected.

Graham’s dealings with presidents mixed vanity and naivete. In 1952, he said he wanted to meet with all the candidates “to give them the moral side of the thing.” He was 33. He applied flattery with a trowel, comparing Dwight Eisenhower’s first foreign policy speech to the Sermon on the Mount and calling Richard Nixon “the most able and the best trained man for the job probably in American history.” He told Nixon that God had given him, Nixon, “supernatural wisdom.” Graham should have heeded the psalmist’s warning about putting one’s faith in princes.

On Feb. 1, 1972, unaware of Nixon’s Oval Office taping system, when Nixon ranted about how Jews “totally dominated” the media, Graham said “this stranglehold has got to be broken or this country is going down the drain.” He also told Nixon that Jews are “the ones putting out the pornographic stuff.” One can reasonably acquit Graham of anti-Semitism only by convicting him of toadying. When Graham read transcripts of Nixon conspiring to cover up crimes, Graham said that what “shook me most” was Nixon’s vulgar language.

Of the My Lai massacre of Vietnamese civilians by U.S. troops, Graham said, “we have all had our My Lais in one way or another, perhaps not with guns, but we have hurt others with a thoughtless word, an arrogant act or a selfish deed.” Speaking in the National Cathedral three days after 9/11, he said “it’s so glorious and wonderful” that the victims were in heaven and would not want to return.

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In praise of Megumi Kon

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My  2017 interview with larger than life hero Megumi Kon as supplement to my  tribute  also below to freedom fighters Nadia and Maria from Russia  —

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Megumi Kon look-alike (Megumi as a young man)

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I just read negative role model/self-aggrandized Rick Tsujimura’s autobiography  https://www.amazon.com/Campaign-Hawaii-Inside-Politics-Paradise/dp/1935690825

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and positive role model/altruist Fred Koehnen’s autobiography   https://www.clarkhawaii.com/blog/2015/09/fred-koehnens-autobiography-a-delightful-look-at-growing-up-in-hilo/

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In reflecting back over the past 112 years of Hawai’i County government’s chief executives, Fred Koehnen (named above) and Megumi Kon stand out as our greatest managing directors who served their chief executives  (Fred served under our most idealistic mayor, Shunichi Kimura, and Megumi served under Kimura’s successor, investment advisor Herbert Matayoshi).  Coincidentally, both Fred and Megumi built their homes in the same neighborhood, and Fred and Herb Matayoshi worked for the same investment company in Fred’s family’s building block on Kamehameha Ave. in Hilo.  “Geographical or interlocking power block?” No, just coincidence. None of these fellas was an egomaniac.

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Megumi grew up in sugar plantation village Pu’unene, Maui, and Megumi would’ve led a nondescript unassuming life if not for his unique mom, who was 1) raised among ethnic Hawaiians in rural Pu’ukoli’i Maui (on the way to Lahaina)(Hawaiians/Polynesians are among the friendliest peoples worldwide), she 2) of rural Hiroshima Honshu Island Japan site ancestry (Westernized Hiroshima descendants are commercialized — e.g. Hilo’s Bobby Fujimoto of HPM Bldg. Supply and Barry Taniguchi of KTA Stores) 3) as a second generation (“Nisei”) Japanese American, marking Megumi as an unusual third generation man via his mom, in that Nisei were born up to 1935 (Megumi was born in 1930) — making Megumi more Americanized/Westernized a generation sooner than Megumi’s peers.  Understandably,  learning curve leader Megumi professionalized as a licensed civil engineer, and possessed the empathy (ethnic Hawaiian influence via Megumi’s mom) and social skills (Hiroshima backdrop)(Megumi’s common laborer dad was of Niigata Honshu Japan site origin, rice country, among the few Niigata immigrants to the Hawaiian Islands, and Niigata immigrants as a site source minority were more goal-oriented to survive, vs. the profuse Kumamoto/Fukuoka immigrants from Kyushu Island, Japan; Kiyo Okubo of Hilo’s Japanese Immigrant Museum and Kea’au notable Richard Imai of Kea’au Hongwanji church are Niigata descendants)   — to excel in the cauldron of politics, which Megumi never foresaw as Megumi’s destiny, Megumi strictly schooling as an operations engineer.

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Nonetheless, when Gov. Jack Burns confidant Blackie Yanagawa of Hawai’i Housing Authority had Megumi come to Hilo to head the Kaiko’o Redevelopment Agency (to rebuild Hilo after the 1960 tsunami), Megumi was embraced by Gov. Burns strategy ace Hiroshi “Scrub” Tanaka of Hilo (Scrub of the famed 442 Military Intelligence Service along with eventual Hawai’i Supreme Court justice Masaji Marumoto of Capt. Cook, Kona, our nation’s 1st ever Japanese American supreme court justice)  —  and 442nd Bronze Star awardee Willy Okino Thompson, hydrology engineer (Willy’s uncle Tom Okino was a legislator and Harvard-trained circuit court judge, and chief 442nd recruiter in 1942-43), not to mention Megumi serving under age peer Mayor Shunichi Kimura (1930-2017).   Megumi’s patience, empathy, and great listener talent/blessing all projected Megumi to the top of the “in demand” political charts.   Megumi’s understated vision and “prophetic” gifts benefitted us all via responsible and prudent city planning and  implementation.

 

1st Japanese-American Highest Court Justice Masaji Marumoto of Capt. Cook Kona look-alike 1906-1995

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Hiroshi “Scrub” Tanaka look-alike 1915-2006

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Megumi’s name comes up frequently in regaling over previous government leaders and executives over the past 112 years, based on Megumi’s immense cognition (trained as civil engineer, but with the wisdom “of the ages” in common sense like his Hawaiian-influenced mom and survival-oriented dad), pure heart (compassion and humble nature like his mom and dad), and great patience/listener/empathy gifts/skills (the ethnic Hawaiian in his mom’s Pu’ukoli’i roots).

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When one is blessed (often the luck of the draw/crapshoot) with positive leaders/mentors, society as a whole benefits, as we see with Megumi’s impact on us all.   It’s important to remember Megumi’s own understated influences (both positive as mentioned above, and negative — how not to be, e.g. cronyist politico Richard Jitchaku, or grandstander Bill Kawahara), or for that matter, Megumi’s forebearers’ own mentors, subconscious or otherwise!   Willy Thompson’s 442nd genro (old leader) was Chaplain Hiro Higuchi of Hilo’s Holy Cross Japanese church, nearly 20 yrs. Willy’s senior (reprise the 442 holy trinity of Chappies Hiro, Chicken Yamada of Hilo and Kaua’i, and Stateside’s Israel Yost), and Willy’s sempai (older brother) was my dad, 12 yrs. Willy’s senior (my dad was awarded the Silver Star for retrieving his mortally wounded CO and his fellow rifleman in an ambush/firefight

  https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/music-a-bridge-from-abandonment-and-brokenness-to-wholeness-and-freedom/).

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listen to rock guitarist Jimmy Page’s classic licks/riffs (repeated series of musical notes) timeclock 1:00 to 1:42

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Page’s licks/riffs derive from the Louisiana  (Slim Harpo) & Mississippi/Chicago (Otis Rush) blues sounds, e.g. Baby Scratch my Back (Harpo) & All Your Love/I Miss Loving (Rush).   Boogie-woogie (8 quarter notes) gave rise to rock n roll, which is  a combination of a back beat and a boogie-woogie baseline.

 

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Willy Okino Thompson look-alike

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“Chappie” Hiro Higuchi look-alike (Chappie Hiro also my dad’s party/singing/dancing pal)

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Indefatigable terrific role model “Chappie” Chicken Yamada look-alike

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Choose happiness, baby!!          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0unT_Urh7E

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Another example of peripeteia (ancient Grecian “reversal of expectation” e.g. All-“Jap” combat riflemen 100th/442nd units transfix high chief Gen. Marshall & doubter Gen. Ike Eisenhower with the 100th/442nd super-human exploits in the field of battle)  — in music is that history-steeped rockers from “southern” England incl. guitarists Jimmy Page/Eric Clapton — as always is the case — built their “electric” plugged-in licks/riffs on American southern blues sounds (African-American folkways).   The “new” picks up everything on the “old.”   Not so with ingénue Beatles Lennon/McCartney/Harrison, who created their own sounds via their tabula rasa (blank slate)  — yikes, peripeteia!!

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true friend of the 100th/442nd boys  — undaunted braveheart journalist Lyn Crost   look-alike

 

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Maria Alyokhina  — For me, this trial only has the status of a “so-called” trial. And I am not afraid of you. I am not afraid of lies and fiction, of the thinly disguised fraud in the sentence of this so-called court. Because you can only take away my so-called freedom. And that is the exact kind that exists now in Russia. But nobody can take away my inner freedom.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Alyokhina

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pussy_Riot

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/morgan-guyton/why-my-heart-is-turn-betw_b_4828605.html

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One of the most important foundations of my Christianity was my experience being bullied in late elementary and middle school.

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I have always self-identified as an outsider.

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I am attracted to the outsiders, and I have the audacity to say that Christianity is supposed to be religion of outsiders,

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When I see Jesus say “Take up your cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34) to a group of people who could only understand a cross as the most brutal, dehumanizing object in the Roman Empire, he’s not talking about spiritual discipline; he’s talking about utterly your renouncing social status by becoming a despised one (c.f. 1 Corinthians 1:28), homo sacer , a proletarian.

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They have a very precise understanding of what they are doing, as expressed in Pussy Riot member Nadia Tolokonnikova’s letters from prison to radical theorist Slavoj Zizek:

We are a part of this force that has no final answers or absolute truths, for our mission is to question. There are architects of apollonian statics and there are (punk) singers of dynamics and transformation. One is not better than the other. But it is only together that we can ensure the world functions in the way Heraclitus defined it: “This world has been and will eternally be living on the rhythm of fire, inflaming according to the measure, and dying away according to the measure. This is the functioning of the eternal world breath.”

 
 

Heraclitus? WHAT?!! (She’s not typing this on her wifi laptop in an academic library, but hand-writing quotes of ancient philosophers from memory in a cold Siberian prison).

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And is this not the same vision that Christian naturalist Alexander Schmemann has?  I hear Jesus talking about the same “eternal world breath” when he says, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).

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Most people in Russia hate Nadia and Pussy Riot. They are extremely unpopular in opinion polls. They represent the infiltration of our disgusting Western culture that I hate no less than Russians do. (Some actually accuse them of being CIA agents!) I honestly think that what most Russians hate about feminism, homosexuality, and even basic concepts of democracy like freedom of speech is that it all looks like Miley Cyrus’s wrecking ball to them. But Nadia is no trashy Western hedonist. This is what she tells Zizek about her prison experience which wasn’t quite like the old GULAG, but was still physically brutal:

You should not worry that you are exposing theoretical fabrications while I am supposed to suffer the “real hardship.” I value the strict limits, and the challenge. I am genuinely curious: how will I cope with this? And how can I turn this into a productive experience for me and my comrades? I find sources of inspiration; it contributes to my own development.

 
 

In other words, she interprets the hardships of prison ascetically, like a Russian Orthodox monk would.

It may be outrageous of me to say this, but I think Nadia Tolokonnikova and Pussy Riot are one of God’s most important gifts to the Russian Orthodox Church right now.

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Even if the scowls at First Things will sneer at me for my inconsistency, I will persist in my unsubmissive Protestant priesthood of the believer, holding in one side of my heart the liberated eternal world breath of the balaclavaed anarchists from Pussy Riot, while in the other side, I feast on the beautiful eucharistic vision of Alexander Schmemann.

 

And if you ask me how I can do this, my answer will probably be incomprehensible to you: it’s because I fear the God whose ancient truths are also always new since the church has ever conquered them. Jesus said, “Do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven” (Matthew 23:9). I dare not submit to any Father less than He.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosperity_gospel

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Churches in which the prosperity gospel is taught are often non-denominational and usually directed by a sole pastor or leader, although some have developed multi-church networks that bear similarities to denominations.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-dannemiller/christians-should-stop-saying_b_4868963.html

When I say that my material fortune is the result of God’s blessing, it reduces The Almighty to some sort of sky-bound, wish-granting fairy who spends his days randomly bestowing cars and cash upon his followers.

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If we’re looking for the definition of blessing, Jesus spells it out clearly (Matthew 5: 1-12).

1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to Him,

2 And He began to teach them, saying:

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 
 

I have a sneaking suspicion verses 12a 12b and 12c were omitted from the text. That’s where the disciples responded by saying:

12a Waitest thou for one second, Lord. What about “blessed art thou comfortable,” or 12b “blessed art thou which havest good jobs, a modest house in the suburbs, and a yearly vacation to the Florida Gulf Coast?”

12c And Jesus said unto them, “Apologies, my brothers, but those did not maketh the cut.”

So there it is. Written in red.

Plain as day.

Even still, we ignore it all

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hijack the word “blessed” to make it fit neatly into our modern American ideals,

creating a cosmic lottery where every sincere prayer buys us another scratch-off ticket.

In the process, we stand the risk of alienating those we are hoping to bring to the faith.

And we have to stop playing that game.

The truth is, I have no idea why I was born where I was or why I have the opportunity I have. It’s beyond comprehension. But I certainly don’t believe God has chosen me above others because of the veracity of my prayers or the depth of my faith. Still, if I take advantage of the opportunities set before me, a comfortable life may come my way. It’s not guaranteed. But if it does happen, I don’t believe Jesus will call me blessed.

Jesus will call me “burdened.”

Jesus will ask,

“What will you do with it?”

“Will you use it for yourself?”

“Will you use it to help?”

“Will you hold it close for comfort?”

“Will you share it?”

So many hard choices. So few easy answers.

So my prayer today is that I understand my true blessing. It’s not my house. Or my job. Or my standard of living.

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My blessing is this. I know a God who gives hope to the hopeless. I know a God who loves the unlovable. I know a God who comforts the sorrowful. And I know a God who has planted this same power within me. Within all of us.

And for this blessing, may our response always be,

“Use me.”

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great Christian “samurai” missionary Shiro Sokabe look-alike as a young man  1865-1949 (Sokabe our intrepid Honomu Hawai’i disciple)

http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2012/11/21/samurai-missionary/

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our greatest Luso/Portuguese historymaker, the incomparable Rev. Ernest Gomes Da Silva (mob-buster Paul De Silva’s vuvu/grandpa) look-alike

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Hawaii’s Greatest Revivalist  Titus Coan was mentored by America’s greatest revivalist Charles Finney.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Finney

 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titus_Coan

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Great Waikoloa Bible scholar Cliff Livermore born 1941 is descended from Charles Finney.

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Like Coan & Finney, brother Cliff Livermore  emphasizes a personal relationship with Jesus from newly styled (yet genesis/original) ‘non-denominational’ churches and ‘community faith centers.’

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Great_Awakening#New_religious_movements

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_war#Battleground_issues_in_the_.22culture_wars.22

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 Great man of wisdom George Will (steeped in history with flourish of contempo investigation/research)   —

It was an assertion of hard-won personal sovereignty: Frederick Douglass, born on a Maryland plantation 200 years ago this month, never knew on what February day because history deprivation was inflicted to confirm slaves as non-persons. So, later in life, Douglass picked the 14th, the middle of the month, as his birthday. This February, remember him, the first African American to attain historic stature.In an inspired choice to write a short biography of this fierce defender of individualism, Washington’s libertarian Cato Institute commissioned the Goldwater Institute’s Timothy Sandefur, who says that Douglass was, in a sense, born when he was 16. After six months of being whipped once a week with sticks and rawhide thongs — arbitrary punishment was used to stunt a slave’s dangerous sense of personhood — Douglass fought his tormentor. Sent to Baltimore, where he was put to work building ships — some of them slave transports — he soon fled north to freedom, and to fame as an anti-slavery orator and author. His 1845 “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” is, as Sandefur says, a classic of American autobiography.Abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison said there should be “no union with slaveholders,” preferring disunion to association with slave states. They said what the Supreme Court would say in its execrable 1857 Dred Scott decision — that the Constitution was a pro-slavery document. Douglass, however, knew that Abraham Lincoln knew better.

“Here comes my friend Douglass,” exclaimed Lincoln at the March 4, 1865, reception following his second inauguration. After the assassination 42 days later, Lincoln’s widow gave Douglass her husband’s walking stick. After Appomattox, Douglass, who had attended the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention on behalf of women’s suffrage, said: “Slavery is not abolished until the black man has the ballot.” If so, slavery ended not with the 13th Amendment of 1865 but with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.Douglass opposed radical Republicans’ proposals to confiscate plantations and distribute the land to former slaves. Sandefur surmises that “Douglass was too well versed in the history and theory of freedom not to know” the importance of property rights. Douglass, says Sandefur, was not a conservative but a legatee of “the classical liberalism of the American founding.” His individualism was based on the virtue of self-reliance. “He was not,” Sandefur says, “likely to be attracted to any doctrine that subordinated individual rights — whether free speech or property rights — to the interests of the collective.”
Although Douglass entered the post-Civil War era asking only that blacks at last be left to fend for themselves, he knew that “it is not fair play to start the Negro out in life, from nothing and with nothing.” A 20th-century Southerner agreed. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson said: “You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him to the starting line of a race and then say, ‘you are free to compete with all the others,’ and still justly believe that you have been completely fair.” As the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. knew: In 1965, he met Alabama sharecroppers who, having been paid all their lives in plantation scrip, had never seen U.S. currency. Peonage had followed slavery in sharecropper society.By the time of Douglass’s 1895 death, the nation was saturated with sinister sentimentality about the nobility of the South’s Lost Cause: The war had really been about constitutional niceties — “states’ rights” — not slavery. This, Sandefur says, was ludicrous: Before the war, Southerners “had sought more federal power, not less, in the form of nationwide enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act and federal subsidies for slavery’s expansion.”Nevertheless, in the South, monuments to Confederate soldiers were erected and Confederate symbols were added to states’ flags. In the North, the University of Chicago’s Charles Edward Merriam, a leading progressive, wrote in a widely used textbook that “from the standpoint of modern political science, the slaveholders were right” about some people not being entitled to freedom. As an academic, Woodrow Wilson paid “loving tribute to the virtues of the leaders of the secession, to the purity of their purposes.” As president, he relished making “The Birth of a Nation,” a celebration of the Ku Klux Klan, the first movie shown in the White House.Douglass died 30 years before 25,000 hooded Klansmen marched down Pennsylvania Avenue. That same year, Thurgood Marshall graduated from Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass High School, en route to winning Brown v. Board of Education. Douglass, not Wilson, won the American future.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/16/AR2008061602041.html

The day after the Supreme Court ruled that detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo are entitled to seek habeas corpus hearings, John McCain called it “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.” Well.Does it rank with Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), which concocted a constitutional right, unmentioned in the document, to own slaves and held that black people have no rights that white people are bound to respect? With Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which affirmed the constitutionality of legally enforced racial segregation? With Korematsu v. United States (1944), which affirmed the wartime right to sweep American citizens of Japanese ancestry into concentration camps?

Did McCain’s extravagant condemnation of the court’s habeas ruling result from his reading the 126 pages of opinions and dissents? More likely, some clever ignoramus convinced him that this decision could make the Supreme Court — meaning, which candidate would select the best judicial nominees — a campaign issue.

The decision, however, was 5 to 4. The nine justices are of varying quality, but there are not five fools or knaves. The question of the detainees’ — and the government’s — rights is a matter about which intelligent people of good will can differ.

The purpose of a writ of habeas corpus is to cause a government to release a prisoner or show through due process why the prisoner should be held. Of Guantanamo’s approximately 270 detainees, many certainly are dangerous “enemy combatants.” Some probably are not. None will be released by the court’s decision, which does not even guarantee a right to a hearing. Rather, it guarantees only a right to request a hearing. Courts retain considerable discretion regarding such requests.

As such, the Supreme Court’s ruling only begins marking a boundary against government’s otherwise boundless power to detain people indefinitely, treating Guantanamo as (in Barack Obama’s characterization) “a legal black hole.” And public habeas hearings might benefit the Bush administration by reminding Americans how bad its worst enemies are.

Critics, including Chief Justice John Roberts in dissent, are correct that the court’s decision clouds more things than it clarifies. Is the “complete and total” U.S. control of Guantanamo a solid-enough criterion to prevent the habeas right from being extended to other U.S. facilities around the world where enemy combatants are or might be held? Are habeas rights the only constitutional protections that prevail at Guantanamo? If there are others, how many? All of them? If so, can there be trials by military commissions, which permit hearsay evidence and evidence produced by coercion?

Roberts’s impatience is understandable: “The majority merely replaces a review system designed by the people’s representatives with a set of shapeless procedures to be defined by federal courts at some future date.” Ideally, however, the defining will be by Congress, which will be graded by courts.

McCain, co-author of the McCain-Feingold law that abridges the right of free political speech, has referred disparagingly to, as he puts it, “quote ‘First Amendment rights.’ ” Now he dismissively speaks of “so-called, quote ‘habeas corpus suits.’ ” He who wants to reassure constitutionalist conservatives that he understands the importance of limited government should be reminded why the habeas right has long been known as “the great writ of liberty.”

No state power is more fearsome than the power to imprison. Hence the habeas right has been at the heart of the centuries-long struggle to constrain governments, a struggle in which the greatest event was the writing of America’s Constitution, which limits Congress’s power to revoke habeas corpus to periods of rebellion or invasion. Is it, as McCain suggests, indefensible to conclude that Congress exceeded its authority when, with the Military Commissions Act (2006), it withdrew any federal court jurisdiction over the detainees’ habeas claims?

As the conservative and libertarian Cato Institute argued in its amicus brief in support of the petitioning detainees, habeas, in the context of U.S. constitutional law, “is a separation of powers principle” involving the judicial and executive branches. The latter cannot be the only judge of its own judgment.

In Marbury v. Madison (1803), which launched and validated judicial supervision of America’s democratic government, Chief Justice John Marshall asked: “To what purpose are powers limited, and to what purpose is that limitation committed to writing, if these limits may, at any time, be passed by those intended to be restrained?” Those are pertinent questions for McCain, who aspires to take the presidential oath to defend the Constitution.

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from tsunami expert Gerard Fryer April 5, 2017   —

Aloha Curtis,

The earthquake which spawned the 1946 tsunami displayed exceptionally slow rupture, as Lopez & Okal showed (they calculated that the rupture speed was about one kilometer/second, only about a third of the speed shown by most earthquakes). The slow rupture was accompanied by a huge slip—the distance one side of the fault moved relative to the other. What the actual slip was we don’t know for sure, but if you try to model the tsunami that hit Hawaii, you need a slip of at least 30 meters. Why the slow slip? Again, we don’t know for sure, but rupture reaching up into shallow, weak, sediments is the likeliest cause. [emphasis is Curtis’]

Could one of these tsunamis [tsunami earthquake event] sneak in and hit us unawares? Until about 1990, the answer was probably “Yes.” Now, though, I’m confident that we would get the measure of the earthquake in time.

For all earthquakes above about magnitude 6.5, PTWC runs a slowness check which looks at how the energy radiated at short periods compares to that at long periods. Slow earthquakes push out a lot more energy at long periods. This check is only possible because of the worldwide distribution of broadband seismometers: there are at least 700 such instruments all over the Earth and almost everybody shares their data in real time.

All the best,

-Gerard

On Apr 5, 2017, Curtis Narimatsu  wrote:

 

Hi Gerard:   I ponder Okal’s study which overlays tsunami earthquake” discussions.

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Will a “tsunami earthquake” be our “silent/quiet killer” undetected by current technology?

 

Thanks, Gerard   — always, Curtis

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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014GL061232/full

https://www.unavco.org/science/snapshots/human-dimensions/2016/butler.html

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https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-016-2650-0

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Via a 2,000 year time period, the Aleutian Islands spot (equidistant between the location sources of the 1946 tsunami to the east and the 1957 tsunami to the west) will send a 9.4 moment magnitude generated tsunami straight ahead to the Hawaiian Islands with 105 ft. high runups (from sea level to the highest point on land) which will cause utter devastation to all low-lying areas.   Such a tsunami is overdue inasmuch the center spot has not had such a humongous event over the past 2,000 years.   Mayor Harry Kim foolishly discards the risk of the overdue event.   After what science discovered via the 2011 Japan tsunami, it is criminal to overlook such an apocalyptic event.    The evacuation areas in Hilo include clearing everyone oceanside of our Prince Kuhio Plaza, as a conservative measure.

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Fig. 10

Hilo Harbor—which experienced great tsunami disasters in the twentieth century—is shown in relation to the Hawaiian Islands. The tsunami evacuation zone based on historic tsunamis (cream textured, ca. 2010) is dwarfed by a great Aleutian tsunami (colored zone, amplitudes noted in meters) that extends >2-km inland.

 

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http://www.staradvertiser.com/breaking-news/geologists-say-section-of-aleutian-islands-could-send-devastating-tsunami-to-hawaii/

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09xQ8n6GiTY

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2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the song Abraham, Martin, and John  (in praise of our fallen peers/forebearers).  All respect to our fallen ones   —

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the 2011 Japan tsunami at Soma port was twice as high as the deadly waves which hit Hawai’i in 1946 & 1960, not to mention that the seashore sank 3 feet along Japan’s northeast coast (thereby rendering useless  all anti-tsunami seawalls except for Fudai’s 50 ft. high barrier  — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhxlBGzNyzk  )    —     while all of Honshu moved 8 feet eastward.   

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_T%c5%8dhoku_earthquake_and_tsunami 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2v6VMqRA5w

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibewcn1-mEI&index=34&list=PL42F01C0B2AEAC1C9

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLQZ4P6CASk

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Japan’s “giant” mega-thrust earthquake generated tsunamis    —   the interval is one such tsunami every one thousand years  —

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http://factsanddetails.com/japan/cat26/sub160/item1741.html

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http://factsanddetails.com/japan/cat26/sub161/item1742.html

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http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one

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http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/superquakes-supercycles-and-global-earthquake-clustering-recent-research-and-recent-quakes

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/110315-japan-earthquake-tsunami-big-one-science/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-ishinomaki-japan-stories-of-survival-and-loss/2011/03/28/AF6FPoyB_story.html

http://openoregonstate.pressbooks.pub/earthquakes/chapter/16-an-uncertain-appointment-with-a-restless-earth/

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supercritical wave flow focus  (even reinforced concrete is destroyed by large lateral force of water)    go to timeclock 29:30  (Kuji port)  —

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2FHoOUyZ-k

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-5cJseEsmc

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http://www.jsnds.org/jnds/23_2_3.pdf

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/869_Sanriku_earthquake

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http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4099073.htm

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http://extremeplanet.me/2014/02/04/detailed-imagery-of-the-2011-japan-tsunami/

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111205181924.htm   (underwater topography/bathymetry can amplify wave pulse energy)

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“Slow” quakes (not tsunami earthquakes) might correlate with  eventual huge earthquakes  —

 

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/slow-earthquakes-are-thing-180960248/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_earthquake

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http://www.nature.com/news/in-japan-small-shakes-presage-big-quakes-1.19252

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http://www.voanews.com/content/subtle-seismic-activity-hints-predicting-large-quakes/3167842.html

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http://theconversation.com/rumbling-from-ocean-trenches-could-be-sign-that-japan-faces-mega-earthquake-41464

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4260540/

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http://www.oneindia.com/international/slow-motion-earthquakes-may-also-lead-tsunamis-2091387.html

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http://phys.org/news/2016-05-world-shallowest-slow-motion-earthquakes-offshore.html

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160505144723.htm

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUmcrezGEAk

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timeclock 23:22       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUmcrezGEAk

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2015GL063959/full

https://www.fujipress.jp/jdr/dr/dsstr000900030317/

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Rise, then withdrawal/drawback, of coastal waters in the Hawaiian Islands from subduction earthquakes (Pacific Rim local coastal plate e.g. Aleutian Islands/Japan  — snaps up/forward over “diving” Pacific Plate) — expert Gerard Fryer’s description   —

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January 30, 2018

To Curtis,

A subduction earthquake, regardless its magnitude, causes uplift offshore  and depression near shore. That means on the local coast the first thing you’ll see (e.g., Japan in 2011) is a withdrawal. On the ocean side of the earthquake (e.g., Hawaii in 2011) the first thing you should see, because you’re on the uplifted side, is a rise in sea level.

Indeed, in Hawaii in 2011, the first thing we saw on tide gauges *was* a rise in sea level. The initial rise, however, was not as pronounced as the following depression, and the next wave was larger than the first, so to someone on the beach it’s possible that the first thing you were aware of was a withdrawal.

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Whether inundation or drawback occur first is determined by how the tsunami is generated. Magnitude 8 earthquakes cause uplift of the sea floor and then subsidence (down) of the seafloor. Subsidence causes drawback and uplift will cause inundation.   http://www.sms-tsunami-warning.com/pages/tsunami-drawback#.WnI-MGczUdV

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B004JAN0Ahg

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Go to timeclock 5:15 below to see 2 persons perched atop moored ship viewing “Niagara Falls” 35 ft. high seawall (15 ft. higher than at Daichi nuclear power plant) being “flooded” over at Hachinohe harbor, northern Japan.   Then go to timeclock 10:09 to see the enormity of the “flooding/deluge.”  Experience the “agitation cycle” of a gigantic washing machine at timeclock 3:36.   —-

 

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http://www.worldportsource.com/ports/maps/JPN_Port_of_Hachinohe_1406.php

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January 31, 2018

To Frank Trusdell
US Geological Survey (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory)

from Curtis

Hi Frank:  In one of your USGS Hawai’i Trib articles, you described an old Mauna Loa lava flow  approx. where today’s Hilo police station is off Kapiolani St.  Current construction excavation on the mauka side of Kapiolani St. about 300 ft. south of the police station public parking lot reveals est. 4 ft. of dirt on top of rock.  I don’t know if this site is part of the old lava flow.  Aerial photos est. 60 yrs. ago show a greenbelt from Imaizumi Dairy (where today’s Pacific Heights condos are off Kumukoa St. up to today’s Komohana St.) all the way down to Kilauea Ave. approx. where New China restaurant is.  A stream ran down the Imaizumi Dairy area across/under  today’s Popolo St. extension.

Why was the old lava flow not covered by later flows?   Topography “anomaly?”  Your assistance will be very much appreciated.  Thanks in advance for your mana’o (wisdom).

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To Curtis,

We call the flow, at the location you mention, the Kinoole Street flow.

It is ~8600 yrs old (its been dated).  And it is not surprising that it has

that much soil.

The drainages we see now almost certainly are not the same as before

due to flood control projects and consolidation of drainages.

Why not covered?  Hilo is far from the rift.  It is slightly higher standing

ground.  But close by are the 1880-81 lava flow and another prehistoric

flow dated at ~1300 yrs.  The toe of the 1880 flow crosses Mohouli and

is pointed toward the Kinoole Street flow (floral hobbyist Otake’s property

at junction of  Mohouli & Popolo Sts.)

See here for a PDF version of our geologic map of Hilo:

Trusdell, F. A. & Lockwood, J. P. (2017).

Geologic map of the northeast flank of Mauna Loa volcano, Island of Hawai‘i, Hawaii.

U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map , 2932-A,

pamphlet 25 p., 2 sheets. doi:10.3133/sim2932A

Frank

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Frank Trusdell

US Geological Survey–HVO

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https://bigislandnow.com/2018/02/23/hawaii-volcano-watch-slow-slip-event-on-kilauea-volcanos-south-flank-expected-this-year/

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Black arrows indicate the amount and direction of motion measured by GPS stations in HVO’s monitoring network during the October 2015 slow slip event. Arrow lengths correspond to the amount of motion at each station (see scale at bottom of map); arrow points show the direction the stations moved. Color indicates topography, from sea level (green) to 4,000 feet elevation (brown). The ocean is shown in blue. USGS graphic.

Today’s Volcano Watch begins with a question: Can you guess when the next slow slip event will happen on Kīlauea Volcano’s South Flank? As a hint, the last one was in October 2015, and before then, events occurred in May 2012, February 2010 and June 2007. If this seems like a pattern, you’re right.

What is a “slow slip event” anyway?

Slow slip events are sometimes called “slow earthquakes” or “episodic slip events.” They happen when a fault begins sliding, just like in a regular earthquake, but so slowly that it takes several days to finish instead of several seconds.

At Kīlauea, slow earthquakes occur on the nearly flat-lying décollement fault that underlies the volcano’s south flank at a depth of four to five miles. This is the same fault that was responsible for the magnitude-7.7 Kalapana earthquake in 1975.

However, slow earthquakes produce no seismic waves and, therefore, none of the damaging shaking of a regular earthquake. Because of this, we actually look forward to them! [emphasis added] They help relieve a small amount of stress on the fault and give us a view into frictional properties of this hazardous fault beneath Kīlauea.

Motion of Kīlauea’s south flank is recorded by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s GPS (Global Positioning System) monitoring network. These instruments show that the south flank moves steadily seaward about 2.3 inches every year, which is attributed to a phenomenon called “fault creep.”

During a slow earthquake, the south flank surges seaward by an additional amount, usually about 1.2 inches. This additional motion occurs over two to three days, and is about the same amount that would happen in a regular magnitude-6 earthquake.

Kīlauea slow slip events tend to occur evenly in time; in particular, events after 2005 have occurred every 2.5 years, give or take three months. They are also caused by slip on the same section of the fault every time and tend to be about the same size.

In fact, Kīlauea slow slip events are examples of so-called “characteristic” earthquakes—a series of several earthquakes of similar magnitude and location, which indicates that they are breaking the exact same part of the fault again and again. According to the “characteristic earthquake hypothesis,” this series should continue into the future, allowing scientists to forecast the time, location and size of a future earthquake.

The characteristic earthquake hypothesis was originally developed in hope that it could predict regular, and possibly damaging, earthquakes. This idea emerged from observations of a series of earthquakes that seemed to strike about every 22 years near the town of Parkfield, California. After earthquakes in 1857, 1881, 1901, 1922, 1934 and 1966, all of which occurred as magnitude-6 events in the same part of the San Andreas fault, scientists predicted the next earthquake would occur in 1988.

As it turned out, the next Parkfield earthquake did not occur until 2004, 16 years after the predicted date. However, even though the characteristic earthquake hypothesis wasn’t successful at predicting a regular earthquake, it has been useful for forecasting the occurrence of slow slip events around the world.

Locations where recurring, predictable slow slip events happen include the Cascadia Subduction zone offshore of Washington and Oregon. This fault produces slow slip events equivalent to a magnitude-6.7 earthquake every 15 months. In Japan, on the subduction zone along the Nankai Trough, major slow slip events occur approximately every seven years and are equivalent to magnitude-7 earthquakes!

Because the most recent slow slip event on Kīlauea happened in October 2015, and the events have a recurrence time of 2.5 years (give or take three months), we can forecast that the next one might occur between now and August 2018. But remember, there won’t be any shaking or other effect that could be easily felt by individuals.

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My reaction:   Isn’t the terminal consequence of slow slip that of sudden cataclysm??   Eventually, the ocean side of Kilauea breaks off via an incomprehensible “apocalypse!”  This end result certainly does not make joyful a volcanologist studying slow slip.   Rational discussion of slow slip vs. bone-chilling endpoint   — is it unfair or not to discuss the ultimate consequence of slow slip?

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http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread724317/pg1

It’s not “if” but when large pieces of the Hawaiian Islands will slip into the ocean, the entire Pacific Rim will be smashed by the resulting tsunamis. In New South Wales, Australia, and the west coast of the United States there is geological evidence that parts of these coasts was scoured by a Hawaii generated tsunami over 100,000 years ago. The postulated wave started out about a 1/2 mile high in Hawaii.

 


Perspective view of the Big Island of Hawaii, looking northeast. The giant Alika landslide descended the western slope of the volcano Mauna Loa (ML). The northern lobe of the landslide, Alika 2, was about 120 cubic miles in volume (the 1980 Mt. St. Helen’s landslide was less than one cubic mile). Sediments lying on top of the Alika 2 debris are 120,000 years old. credit: Gerard Fryer, SOEST/University of Hawaii

Geologists classify these slides as either “slumps” or “debris avalanches.” These move just a few inches a year but are prone to much bigger movements. In Hawaii, both varieties of movement can involve massive blocks of real estate. In the huge Nu’uanu debris slide, stone blocks 6 miles across tumbled 30 miles out to sea. Both slumps and debris slides may create colossal tsunamis.

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Worse waves are possible in the very near future. A 4,760 cubic mile chunk of Hawaii is breaking away at the rate of 4 inches per year. This is the Hilina Slump, and it is the “the most rapidly moving tract of ground on Earth for its size.” The Hilina Slump can and will move much faster. At 4:48 AM, November 29, 1975, a 37-mile-wide section suddenly dropped 11½ feet and slid seaward 26 feet. The result was a magnitude-7.2 quake and a 48-foot-high tsunami. This was a just speck of the slump. If the entire 4,760-cubic-mile block decided to break off, it would most likely create a magnitude-9 quake and a tsunami 1,000-feet high. All the coast-hugging cities of the Hawaiian Islands would be destroyed.

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Here is a snippet on my larger-than-life hero Nobuji Tokushiro   —

 Nobuji Tokushiro look-alike

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/contrarian-opinions-provide-the-richness-of-diversity/

 
 

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Shinmachi had pockets of Issei settlers at the turn of the last century, including our 1914 Taishoji founders (its website says 1916).

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Hilo Taishoji church actually started in Shinmachi (today’s Kamehameha Statue area).    Chigo “sacred child” festivity thru Motomachi (Kamehameha Ave.) & Punahoa St. area behind downtown Hata Bldg. (Little Tokyo) was a cultural activity partaken by the Taishoji fraternity in Shinmachi.   I briefly discussed this online below.   Richard Imai 1910-2009 was a Taishoji product whose dad was a Hilo Taishoji founder, & Richard participated in such “chigo” parades even after the current Kilauea Ave. Taishoji church was built.   Of course, Western Culture jujitsu/judo genesis Kichimatsu Tanaka’s consecrated grounds, so to speak, were at the current Taishoji locality along Kilauea Ave. (makai side —  Furneaux Lane Garden Exchange area).  
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Kichimatsu Tanaka look-alike

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Grooming for great leadership —

In conversing with a parent whose child is an alltime prep judo star,

I mentioned our Issei/immigrant Kichimatsu Tanaka 1875-1954 who

introduced what we know today as judo (Kichimatsu’s yoshin ryu jujitsu

learned from his master Jigoro Kano 1860-1938, the father of judo in

Japan) to the Western World starting right here in Hilo at Furneaux Lane,

then Kilauea Ave., & finally at fabulous humongous dojo/hall Shinyu Kai bldg. 1915

owned/built by our esteemed Mainichi newspaper/Nobuji Tokushiro at “Nippon Alley” ergo

Ponahawai St. which included Dodo Mortuary (1st mortuary elevator

here 1923) & Tokushiro’s Mainichi newspaper bldg. 1918 (formerly across the

street at Punahoa lane — also called “Nippon Alley”)(Nobuji being Hilo’s most influential Issei/Western assimilationist as a prolific writer/leader). I mentioned that

Oyabun Kichimatsu’s granddaughter is Karen Tanaka Tanabe born 1951, to which

the parent/communicant exuded, “Yes, she’s great at sewing these

judo outfits.” Kichimatsu, my unspoken hero, the lowly itinerant masseur

who brought judo to Western Society!! Still forgotten today by mainstream

judoka/pundits. Kichimatsu learned his art (“The Gentle Way”) from the

Master, Kano. Kichimatsu in turn passed it on to his star pupil, Seichiro/Seishiro “Henry”

Okazaki 1890-1951, founder of Danzan ryu jujitsu in the U.S. (so-called

eclectic martial art), who in turn spawned all the self-attentive judoka

we see today. Tanaka sensei not a household name, sadly. Why do

I reprise this obscure note? The Bible of Sports, ubiquitous Sports

Illustrated Magazine, just featured among the greatest-ever mixed martial

arts titlists, Hilo’s BJ Penn, linking him to antecedent/forebearer Seishiro

Okazaki (actual bully Penn’s strengths are floor action/jujitsu/grappling), with no

mention of the man who created Okazaki, both in martial arts & in

later Hollywood renown as masseur to historymakers like FDR/Douglas

Fairbanks/Jean Harlow/Johnny Weismuller — Kichimatsu Tanaka. Our Genesis.

In politics, LBJ’s dad groomed eventual House Speaker Sam Rayburn, who

in turn groomed LBJ (greatest Civil Rights advocate), who in turn

groomed “Johnny” Burns (as LBJ affectionately called Jack Burns), who

in turn groomed Dan Inouye. Dan’s saddest fact? Dan didn’t groom

anyone (such as Ed Case) to take Dan’s place. In “parson” lexicon,

Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 spawned later great religious leaders/

character builders such as Rev. Abraham Akaka.

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Literal savior of the Japanese in Hawai’i, the indubitable Rev. Hung Wai Ching (incl. as genesis of 100th Batt. & 442nd Regimental combat team) look-alike  —

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Here is my non-Tokushiro snippet on peripeteia (reversal of conventional thinking) in Issei matters (from my blog article above) —

Thanks to Fred Kinzaburo  Makino’s fellow English brew/kin attorney Joe Lightfoot, Steere Noda was mentored by “Jap-hater” Lightfoot as a court clerk/interpreter/district court practitioner, all because Noda wholly backed up Makino’s crusade to stop forced Christian marriages (Takie Okumura) on incoming Japan picture brides, along w/Makino’s crusade to save our Nihon gakko/Japanese language schools (haole oligarchy/Big 5 coercively sought to eliminate such bi-lingual mode to defeat “Tokyo-nizing” Hawai`i kids), a crusade which Hongwanji chief Yemyo Imamura 1867-1932 fully sponsored (immigrants mostly Hongwanji Buddhists, not Christian).  Of course, Noda was a “made” man by Imamura himself a la Brando’s Godfather cinema.   Christian leader Takie Okumura 1865-1951 vehemently opposed Makino/Imamura on grounds that “when in Rome, do as the Romans do, ergo do unto Caesar as secular currency emblems Caesar’s inscription.”  Makino’s chief rival — publisher Yasutaro Soga of Nippu Jiji 1873-1957 —  though Makino’s compadre/spiritual kazoku in the unified Nikkei Sugar Strike 1909, sided w/fellow Christian assimilationist/accomodationist Okumura.  Ironically, Soga was interned WWII, not “hapa-haole” White man Makino the provocateur/instigator.   That 1st Hongwanji high school alumnus Noda also was the 1st National Guard volunteer pleasantly aroused esteemed attorney Lightfoot’s cackles (Lightfoot’s progeny is C. Joseph Lightfoot 1917-1944 Navy KIA WWII).  In other words, power grid/relationship cemented Noda’s legacy (Englishmen Makino-Lightfoot)(Noda’s unfailing allegiance to Hongwanji protector Makino).  Irony is that Imperial Japan persecuted Christians/Catholics, but worked w/Hawai`i Christians to promote language schools so long as our Big 5 would permit such endeavors — yet tolerated Buddhists in Japan despite forced State Shinto (not Buddhist, but “paganism”), but undercut Imamura in Hawai`i (Imamura protested the military’s takeover of Buddhist churches).   So Makino tried to “Tokyo-nize” Nikkei here, despite being wholly at odds w/Japan militarists vicariously via Imamura (U.S. assimilationist), & Christians Okumura/Soga tried to Americanize Nikkei here, despite being supported by Japan militarists  (vs. blowback from Buddhist Imamura).    Man oh man, manifold prism, huh??!!   Odd/contradictory alliances!!   (Fred Steere Jr.’s wife just passed away — Fred Jr. 1907-1988 was a great Punahou athlete & Big 5 exec, but it was his dad whom Steere Noda named Noda himself after, not Jr.   Steere Sr. was Noda’s alter ego/role model/mentor, Sr. an early Waterhouse/banking exec.)

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courageous “salt of the earth” journalist/publisher Yasutaro Soga look-alike as a young leader

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poignant Westernized assimilationist Yemyo Imamura look-alike as a young man

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tremendous American assimilationist/my hero Rev. Takie Okumura look-alike

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Kona Hawai’i Japanese culture heritage      —

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/in-praise-of-albert-baer-ikeda-80-years-young-now/

 

 

 

Baer’s lineage/DNA typify very Americanized (assimilated Americans) Holualoa North Kona (like our Civil War’s Union North) as the genesis of our astronomically greatest leaders in West Hawai’i (vs. backward Dixie Rebel South further down the old Mamalahoa Highway along later Gold Coast South Kona)  — Baer’s Inaba kazoku/family galvanized immense altruism/leadership among our pre-WWII born kids   —  including Baer’s uncles WWII famed 442nd soldier Goro Inaba (my dad’s combat buddy)/WWII’s protected engineer Yoshio (mentored my dad to attend Dale Carnegie course)  — the only Nisei w/top secret entry to O’ahu military nerve centers/greatest rural land developer Norman (sadly, Norman succumbed to Mammon — money is god — Exh. A: Norman’s “alarming friends” who sat in the front pews at Norman’s mama’s funeral service, with Mama’s casket bedecked in the most expensive funeral wreaths  — bling bling Norman style)(Hollywood’s Carrie Ann is Norman’s granddaughter).     Our famed Holualoa Goto kazoku also catalyzed extraordinary leadership  — such as godlike Baron & Baron’s cousin Kenji (Honolulu Japanese Hospital ergo later Kuakini Health Systems guru Kenji Goto).     Of course, Keopu’s multi-millionaire lawyer Frank Sogi was a stone’s throw from Goto/Inaba (Frank a whiner who bit off the hand that fed him  — Mike Masaoka helped form our Japan-U.S. Wall St. cabal along with Honolulu’s 100th Batt./442nd creator Rev. Hung Wai Ching — yet insolent Frank Sogi knocked Masaoka as a traitor collaborator w/WWII internment martial law military authorities),  just as Mao Tse Tung’s brainwashed disciple Koji Ariyoshi suffered unbearably under the weight of oppressive haole coffee mill owners a stone’s throw from our Inaba/Goto kazoku.       Tokuichi Tsuji 1881-1973 was a cook for Waterhouse (genesis Waterhouse emigrated from Tasmania 1851 — island south of Australia — was longtime capitalist, whose grandson benefacted Tsuji as Bishop-1st Haw’n banker & as connected w/Big 5 oligarchs), was catalyzed by  Tsuji’s “master” Waterhouse to become our Issei/immigrant entrepreneur, & eventually started Sunrise Soda Works as our earliest Issei entrepreneur here.  Of course, by the time baby boomers like yamato damashii/fighting heart Ellison Onizuka 1946-1986 rolled around, our Union North Holualoa was matched in parity by our Dixie South Kona (Baer coached Ellison in sports).      Only a few pre-WWII born leaders emerged from South Kona, incl. famed Yale sociologist Chitoshi Yanaga 1903-1985, earliest Bank of Hawai’i AJA boss Tasuke Yamagata, & City Bank founder Jimmy Morita (later was bought out by CPB), all 3 of Kealakekua, our Nation’s 1st ever AJA highest court judge in 1956, Justice Masaji Marumoto of Capt. Cook’s Marumoto Store adjacent to Manago Hotel (Masaji’s dad started the store  — sadly, Masaji’s mama died & Dad’s new wife mistreated Masaji — so that Masaji buried himself in the love of book learning & eventually fled to Honolulu to live w/Masaji’s aunty), & famed 100th Batt. shovel samurai Jesse Hirata of Honaunau (beat off attacking Germans with Jesse’s shovel after Jesse ran out of ammo).     North Kona Holualoa’s ubiquitous Japanese immigrant avatars M.D. Saburo Hayashi (Kona Echo publisher) his son M.D. Chisato Hayashi don’t have the societal impact of Gabby Inaba, the Hayashis connected at the hip w/Issei immigrants & older Nisei (2nd generation AJAs).    North Kona’s educator Winston Towata married Saburo’s progeny, but even Winston’s entrepreneur kazoku/family had only limited influence vis a vis  the Social Gospel (blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth & the kingdom of heaven, so to speak).    Gabby apprenticed for Saburo’s Kona Echo newspaper, & learned that Saburo’s stern samurai disposition was not good for Hawaii’s multiethnic mix  — which is why Gabby was always sociable/jocular (but not noisy/chatterbox!)  till Gabby’s dying day.    Gabby always encouraged and enabled others to fulfill their potential, whatever their potential might be.    Locally, Gabby stands among the rarest of leaders with a great positive attitude and mental toughness like Jack Burns/Rev. Hung Wai Ching/Statehood Joe Farrington, and historically on the national scene like Norman Vincent Peale/Abraham Lincoln/George Washington.

Gabby Inaba look-alike

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Gabby had a vision that both North & South Kona could live harmoniously with equality/parity  — & the way to trigger such peace and harmony was thru schooling — which is why Gabby’s nephew & disciple Baer Ikeda (& today’s famed Ohio educator Minoru Jerry Omori) went off to famed Bowling Green U. in the heart of Ohio — to acquire the needed tools to bring back altruism & encouragement among society’s underclasses, especially in South Kona, not just where business-minded Hiroshima/Honshu Naichi ancestral sojourners/settlers lived in Holualoa/North Kona  — but also in South Kona many expatriate Kumamoto ken/ stubborn souls escaped to from beasts of burden sugar plantation life East Hawai’i.

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Of course, Big 5 oligarch Hackfeld enabled many itinerant coffee planters to buy building materials on credit at the turn of the last century (German National Hackfeld & Germany facilitated tremendous improvement in Japan health services 120 years ago), and when Hackfeld was frozen as German enemy alien WWI,  AmFac stole Hackfeld lock/stock/barrel, & AmFac a decade after WWI forgave Great Depression delinquent debts of Kona common folk coffee planters  — which is why our greatest baseballers till this day were from the Great Depression era — such as Baer’s fabled Kona baseball squad of kids born between 1928 & 1937  (the Great Depression lasted to 1937 in delayed effect economics outcome Hawai’i). 

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Japan’s best/brightest studied in Germany a century ago, which is why original Big 5 Hackfeld was beneficent to our Issei immigrants, especially Kona coffee farmers.

Because of Germany’s prominence in medical science and Japan’s preference for the German medical system, Uchimura among many young Japanese medical scientists, travelled to the institutes of German-speaking Europe for training. http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a921279945

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1294688/pdf/jrsocmed00082-0031.pdf

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It is crucial to have insightful dialogue/connecting up with intriguing fascinating leaders like the Inaba kazoku ergo Gabby  — Gabby’s personal remembrances/reminiscences reveal Gabby’s attitude and values which helped shape our tremendous positive island community history!

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So that here is a bigger picture than Baer’s own fabled venerated stature as the Abe Lincoln of Kona   — Baer’s educator & jock fame are far-overrun by Baer’s astronomical DNA leadership traits — among them Baer’s welcome attitude in encouraging & facilitating others to live their dreams.       Banzai, Baer!     No, Baer is not like well-intentioned day dreamer solon Bill Kawahara (Bill’s ganko/hard nosed baby brother Karl is Gabby’s son in law)  — Kawahara had fine vision but lacked the practical DNA to implement Kawahara’s vision.    Karl Kawahara once asked hardened 442 veteran Isamu Kanekuni born 1921 what Isamu thought if Karl decided to run for politics — Isamu recounted, “What do I think?    I think you need to get your head examined.”      Yikes!

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Sen. Julian Yates comes in second to Gabby Inaba as Kona’s greatest-ever leader.    Sadly, well-intentioned Julian Yates bucked vs. our oppressive Big Five oligarchy — & Julian suffered fools gladly (became a martyr for us common folks), so to speak.    Julian’s son-in-law was Mao Tse Tung foil Yasuki Arakaki of Kea’au/Ola’a, just as well-intentioned Keopu’s Koji Ariyoshi [no relation to gutless George Ariyoshi] fell for Mao Tse Tung (but Mao’s brainstorm/nerve center Zhou En Lai was an admirer of Honolulu immigrants’ son Rev. Hung Wai Ching, founder of my Dad’s famed 442nd combat team/Honaunau war hero Jesse Hirata’s 100th Batt.).    Ellison Onizuka married great jock Ralph Yoshida’s older sister of Na’alehu.   Ellison yamato damashii like fearless Arakaki/Koji Ariyoshi (though our A bros’ brainwashed by Mao Tse Tung).      Gabby had many friends in politics when Jack Burns asked Gabby to be Kona’s solon — Gabby was much more effective at pushing the right buttons to get great positive community outcomes  — thanks to Gabby’s trusted friend & our greatest Statehood leader Jack Burns.    But unquestionably, without Gabby’s magnanimous equanimity, Jack Burns could not have gotten done Jack’s progressive reform for Kona.    Gabby was the fulcrum upon which positive outcomes happened.     Pololei (righteous).    Pono (balanced) too.

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Julian Yates look-alike as a young man

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Left wing radical Koji Ariyoshi look-alike (no relation to gutless coward George Ariyoshi)(Rev. Hung Wai Ching got Merchant St. godfather/baron Frank Atherton to fund Koji’s education at U of Georgia Journalism School — Yale of the South  — peripeteia!)