Monthly Archives: August 2012

meaninglessness & despair — existential questions

http://atheism.about.com/od/existentialism/a/introduction_4.htm * Existentialism has certainly existed in religion as theologians and religious leaders have questioned the value of human existence, questioned whether we can ever understand whether life has any meaning, and meditated on why life is so short. The … Continue reading

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merit or mayhem??

http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/2012/08/28/letters-from-yagongs-council-aide-about-the-video-surveillance/#comment-171495 * http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/2012/08/29/politics-an-election-update-from-the-hawaii-county-clerk/#comments     *     The communicant above, just like Mayor Kenoi’s ingenuous hack/hatchet Bobby Jean Leithead Todd born 1952  —  for once is correct despite blogosphere’s many pseudonyms  —  Dominic’s cronyism is Dominic’s downfall.    Even an appearance … Continue reading

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Aquinas shrugs

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-brancatelli-phd/aquinas-shrugged_b_1844126.html * When Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, distanced himself recently from his idol Ayn Rand, the author of Atlas Shrugged, saying instead, “Give me Thomas Aquinas,” he revealed something about the nature of the … Continue reading

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dissidence in service to a higher calling

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dirk-g-lange/mark-7-1-8-14-15-21-23-lip-service-but-where-is-the-heart_b_1837867.html?utm_hp_ref=religion * * Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23: Lip Service, But Where Is the Heart? * * Human beings want religion not God. Or, to put it slightly differently (and perhaps in a more nuanced manner!), they all too easily equate … Continue reading

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“Catastrophes don’t really define us, they reveal us. For believers, they can reveal God’s inability to protect us all the time, and God’s power in us to help each other. For non-believers they can reveal humanity at its best.”

Quote from Eliza Wood * http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eliza-wood/god-vs-humanity-in-natural-disasters_b_1837558.html   *   * In a natural disaster such as Hurricane Isaac, the faithful are praying more frequently, more deliberately and more urgently. In times of trouble, fear, scarcity, sickness, and in riding out … Continue reading

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overpride vs. humble grace & generosity

http://www.lvrj.com/living/just-beyond-dystopian-visions-lies-a-place-called-normalcy-167464995.html * In 1954, William Golding published “Lord of the Flies,” a novel about a group of boys who survive a plane crash on a remote desert island. Without adult supervision, the boys descend from civilized human beings into savagery. … Continue reading

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artist as someone who has a vision for a better future, and who uses creative expression to communicate that vision to others

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcia-g-yerman/ai-weiwei-never-sorry_b_1820574.html * There have always been artists throughout history who have been diaristic in their work. However, with the advent of the Internet and social media, Ai Weiwei has taken advantage of a perfect storm and has moved his art … Continue reading

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