Augustinian meme “Tear down the wall!!” (of fear/pretense/self-importance) — no, not from Reagan’s 1987 Berlin Wall crucible, but from Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters’ 1979 The Wall movie — tribute to my mentor Tea

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existential reality — we are here to love and to be loved!!

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+pink+floyd+the+trial&qpvt=images+pink+floyd+the+trial&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=4C0E813A033C46038588F0752309F53ED420BE7E&selectedIndex=60

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http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+giving+is+receiving&qpvt=images+giving+is+receiving&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=5CF179FC128895B910B680730807233A4A9A14E4&selectedIndex=74

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Pink Floyd in January 1968, from the only known photo-shoot of all five members
Left to right: Mason, Barrett, Gilmour (seated), Waters and Wright

A black and white photo of five men standing in front of a brick wall.

The name is derived from the given names of two blues musicians — Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.

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forever young at heart  Tea  —

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http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+blonde+hippie+girls&qpvt=images+blonde+hippie+girls&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=82FD1D35CDE51D2B96ADA935B22444D7668760B1&selectedIndex=542

Tea as a child in the days of yonder past

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young maiden Tea    —

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wall#Concept_and_storyline

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Concept and storyline   (Roger Waters’ The Trial finale — Tear Down the Wall!)

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The Wall is a rock opera movie  that explores existential abandonment and isolation,

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symbolized by a metaphorical wall.

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The songs create an approximate storyline of events in the life of the protagonist, Pink, a character based on Waters,   whose father was killed during the Second World War. Pink is oppressed by his overprotective mother, and tormented at school by tyrannical, abusive teachers. Each of these traumas become metaphorical “bricks in the wall.” The protagonist eventually becomes a rock star, his relationships marred by infidelity, drug use, and outbursts of violence. As his marriage crumbles, he finishes building his wall, completing his isolation from human contact. 

Hidden behind his wall, Pink’s crisis escalates, culminating in a hallucinatory on-stage performance where he believes that he is a fascist dictator performing at concerts similar to Neo-Nazi rallies, at which he sets men on fans he considers unworthy. 

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Tormented with guilt, he places himself on trial, his inner judge ordering him to “tear down the wall,” opening Pink to the outside world (to experience life anew).

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Floyd#Lyrical_themes

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Roger Waters identifies empathy as a central theme in the lyrics of Pink Floyd.

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Pink Floyd was an English rock band that achieved international acclaim with its philosophical lyrics, primarily via Roger Waters.

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Tear Down the Wall!!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jViTte8VAzU

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Make your time on this earth count   — you have only one shot, brother/sister!!    (40th anniversary of Waters’ great lyrics)   —   “Time”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWTLUmUjo8A

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Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but its sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in the relative way, but youre older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the english way
The time is gone, the song is over, thought Id something more to say

Home, home again
I like to be here when I can
And when I come home cold and tired
Its good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells.

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make this time count  — earn this, James!!   (timeclock 47-54 seconds)  —

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv-67DFlOsM

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immense Augustinian acolyte Roger Waters (authenticity/one’s walk in emotional maturity)   —      Augustine’s backdrop    —

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/love-hate-dynamic-of-mob-hysteria-in-praising-then-killing-jesus-all-within-a-weeks-time/

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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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Title quote from Steven Kalas       http://www.lvrj.com/living/living-authentically-a-challenge-worth-embracing-89350462.html

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The more practiced you become at living authentically, the more often you’ll have to make friends with Alone.

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If you take seriously a commitment to authentic selfhood,

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you find that you regularly must sacrifice belonging.

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Living authentically includes regular re-negotiations of how we belong to family.

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In some extreme cases, whether we will belong to family at all.

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Likewise, adjustments in friendships,

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and sometimes distancing and even discarding friendships.

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There are journeys of selfhood and wholeness that must be walked alone.

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/thriving-learning-having-wisdom-are-about-getting-up-each-morning-with-intention-clarity-commitment-to-seek-nurture-connection-along-lifes-healthy-healing-path-of-inner-nouris/

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http://www.lvrj.com/living/10174701.html

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Great journeys in emotional maturity are walked alone

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But, here’s another truth: In any given time in your life, the number of people who actually, really, honestly want and

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are willing to grant you an engaged and healing audience for your suffering/loss  is      …     

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small!!     Or nonexistent!!    

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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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But each of these messages also contains the anxiety of the messenger: 

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Please stop bothering and disturbing me by suffering.

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And that’s what most modern people do. They try to stop suffering. They “get over it.” They build layer upon layer of pretense and persona over their wounds, because it’s, well, the sociable thing to do. Most of us, then, suffer unconsciously. Because that’s the way we’ve been taught to suffer.

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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, J.R., 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.

Alienation means a crisis of belonging. We are alien. We don’t belong.  Abandonment a la Roger Waters.

Estrangement means the painful disruption of the bonds of relationship. Interpersonal injuries and injustices. To become estranged is to become a stranger to the one we love and by whom we are loved.   Isolation a la Roger Waters.

I’m saying your use of the word “misfit” sounds like a crisis of alienation and estrangement.

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Pink Floyd’s musical legacy backdrop —   the history of music   

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/musica-amore-in-celebration-of-the-57th-anniversary-of-carl-perkins-blue-suede-shoes-matchbox/

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President Reagan’s Tear Down This Wall crucible   —

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tear_down_this_wall!#Response_and_legacy

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Peter Robinson, the White House wordsmith who drafted the address, said its most famous line was inspired by a conversation with Ingeborg Elz of West Berlin who had remarked in a conversation with him, “If this man Gorbachev is serious with his talk of Glasnost and perestroika he can prove it by getting rid of this wall.”

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Robinson born 1957, 14 yrs. younger than Pink Floyd’s brilliant genesis, Roger Waters born 1943, apparently was not influenced at all by Waters’ mystical surreal line, “Tear Down the Wall!”       Yet, the message is clear:    Liberated from mental tyranny (even amid physical restraints), as free living creatures inside, we all create beauty and we love anew!!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Robinson_(speechwriter)#Speechwriter

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1987 Tear down this wall address

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Referencing Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev‘s refusal to remove the Berlin Wall, the speech, delivered by Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin on 12 June 1987, contained the sentence: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

On arrival in the city before writing the speech, Robinson was warned by US diplomats to avoid Cold War rhetoric and that Berliners had adjusted to the presence of the Berlin Wall. However, after consultation with local Berliners, he found them deeply wounded and concerned about the wall; in many instances it had separated families and represented an intrusion of a police state into daily life. Returning to Washington D.C., Robinson’s phrase became controversial with the State Department and other staff members, including Chief of Staff Howard Baker and National Security Advisor Colin Powell. Repeated attempts were made to remove it from the speech, but Reagan overruled them, wishing to communicate not only with West Berliners but with East Germans on the other side of the wall.

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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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In Christianity, accountability and responsibility

(akin to one’s solitary walk in emotional maturity a la sage Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, vs. existential abandonment/alienation & isolation/estrangement)

are assessed in God’s

due time 

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taking into consideration the perpetrator’s conscripting of innocent victims through the perpetrator’s own insecurities of 1)  fear (ego defense) &   2)  smallness (arrogance/self-importance/narcissism),

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and the perpetrator’s deceitfulness (malice aforethought)

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Another way of looking at urge vs. deceit  is     —

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http://biblehub.com/1_timothy/5-24.htm

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The sins of some men go before them

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while the sins of others come later.

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God eventually issues judgment, whether sooner or later.

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Ananias/Sapphira along with Aaron’s sons Nadab & Abihu typify God’s swift judgment because of deceit –  malice aforethought   

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http://caneybaptistchurch.org/LB_Sermons/ANANIAS%20AND%20SAPPHIRA.pdf

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Not the same with Eli’s sons   — delayed judgment  — no deceit — malice aforethought   —

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http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/fear-of-the-lord–do-we-have-it-sherie-mercier-sermon-on-apologetics-general-72029.asp

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Nadab and Abihu made the big mistake of offering “strange fire” before the Lord, but they were already drunk when they entered into the tabernacle. God had no choice but to bring swift judgment upon them. Note also, that Aaron and his other sons were not to mourn them or go out because of the anointing. We are not to mourn those who God will judge.

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http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/Matthew-Henry/Lev/Sin-Death-Nadab-Abihu

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Next to Moses and Aaron, none were more likely to be honourable in Israel than Nadab and Abihu.

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But Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu were puffed up with prideful deceit,

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and  they were heated in cognition with wine.

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While the people were prostrate before the Lord, adoring his presence and glory, they rushed into the tabernacle to burn incense, though not at the appointed time; both together, instead of one alone, and with fire not taken from the altar.

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If   it had been done through ignorance, they would have been allowed to bring a sin-offering.

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But the soul that doeth presumptuously in fraud against God, and in contempt of God’s majesty and justice, that soul shall be cut off.

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Like Roger Waters’ themes, to love and to be loved, the Bible does not disregard the rich, yet does not favor the rich, but the Bible does exhort us to be mindful of the needs of the poor, and not just the material poor, but especially amongst us poor in spirit, including the material rich.  

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Among all others, the Bible intones that God’s Grace is endless and bountiful  — no matter our social standing  — rich or poor.

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http://biblehub.com/james/2.htm

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http://biblehub.com/james/2-13.htm

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1. Do not regard the rich and despise the poor
brothers;

13. rather we are to be loving and
merciful;

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A Warning against Favoritism
12So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

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